Great Shelford 2 – 0 Brampton

Despite the points gap between the two teams this was a very even game which is usually the case when Brampton visit Shelford. Minus Chris Newton through injury, Alex Shepherd through suspension and central defender Aaron Wootton who was busy moving house, the visiting team had to be reshuffled. Manager Wayne Ambler moved Gareth Owens and Jack Miles into defence along with youngster Jordan Locke coming in from the reserve side, and instructed his wing men to play more centrally in an attempt to close down the Shelford mid-field creators.

Once the two defenders had adapted to their new role the system worked well with Brampton nullifying attacks and making some of their own. It was only after a rather comical looking error in the first half (not to the visiting side) between Locke and keeper Jordan Porter that enabled  a Shelford tap into an empty goal that gave the home side the lead.

It has to be said that both Brampton players involved in the mix-up went on to redeem themselves, Porter with two or three super saves; Locke forming part of a defence which was praised by the manager who named the latter as his man of the match.

Shelford’s second goal came right at the end of the second half after they themselves had been under considerable pressure by the visitors trying to find an equaliser. Martin Turner and Ollie Vale combining well throughout to trouble the Shelford defence, ably assisted by Nick Garner and Matt Gearing.

Before and after the game Ambler commented, “ We knew this would be a difficult game and I applaud my players for the way they played; however our big test will come next week when we take on Hemingford. We need all three points.

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