Fulbourn Institute 2 vs 3 Lakenheath

Saturday March 23rd 2013

Dickie – Fulbournfc chairman

It is easy to see how Fulbourn lost this game because they failed to defend three second half free kicks. But why they didn’t is hard to believe with the experience they had in the back four.

The first half ended goalless but was pretty end to end with both sides creating chances. A Matt Lilley header from a corner and a delightful lob from Jordan Trainier that hit the bar were two good examples.

The second half started badly for Fulbourn when Neil Elsom was harshly penalised. As I was still drinking my tea I can’t describe how the defence failed to cope with the free kick but Lakenheath took the lead.

Fulbourn didn’t take long to get back on level terms when Matt Lilley squeezed the ball home through a packed six yard box. The home right back was cautioned after another desperate attempt to stop Lilley. Fulbourn gained a corner on the left and Ashley Shipp found the head of Neil Elsom to take the lead. Fulbourn came close to increasing their lead but the home side held out. Lakenheath won another free kick and the ball was launched into the box and they won a header resulting in a home player firing in the equaliser.

The game was very open and Fulbourn were still creating chances as were the home side. Matt Lilley was creating problems whenever he got the ball but Lakenheath profited from another free kick when a player was left unmarked to head home.

Fulbourn had their chances in the closing minutes but an equaliser didn’t materialise and I went home very frustrated as I am sure all the Fulbourn players did.

A good game to watch from a neutral point of view but I am Fulbourn through and through.