With only one league game remaining, the Anglian Knights were hoping for a cup run as they took on Mousehold in the League Cup. Despite being defeated by Mousehold twice in the league, Anglian went into the game confident after a great weekend at the Premier League in a Day.
It was a very hot weekend, but that didn’t effect the pace of the game as both teams played the ball around, trying to expose gaps in the defences.
It took a while though as Mousehold worked the line well, utilising their player with a massive throw-in. However, the Knights defended brilliantly, clearing their lines well and creating dangerous counter attacks.
It was the boys in white who took the lead, coincidently starting from a throw-in taken quickly by Matt Jillings. Louie Watts’s flick-on was met by the right boot of Jack Hurrell who smashed the ball into the net! 1-0
It was quite a shock to Mousehold who have had a relatively successful season, but Anglian had taken the lead against the Claret and blue team before in the first game of the season.
Mousehold came straight back at Anglian, but the whites kept their heads and defended well for the majority of the half. With 10 minutes left of the first half, they continued to use the long-throw, aiming for their big centre back. The centre back ran into the box, going to ground as the ball approached. The referee deemed him to have been taken out and pointed straight to the spot. Needless to say, their player stepped up and buried the ball well. 1-1
The half-time score was 1-1, the team talk was to get the ball down and start playing it on the floor. The game was turning into a route-one passing game, which is not a game we are good at!
I am not sure if it was the heat getting to the Anglian players because we came out for the second half asleep. Mousehold kicked-off and played the ball around, sending it to their left winger who created enough space to cross the ball and find the head of their right winger, who nodded the ball in well. 2-1
Anglian were back in the position they have been in most games, the scoreline never deters them from pushing for an equaliser or winner.
There was some great periods of play, with the defence, midfield and attack combining superbly to create openings. Anglian began keeping the ball on the floor, starting with Tom Offord at centre back. He spread the ball to left back Kierstan Foreman, he passed to Watts, who turned to Mark Cook. He picked out Craig Kiddell on the left, who dragged it back to Watts for an instant pass to Hurrell. His lay off to Cook was struck beautifully, but it curled inches over the top corner.
The Knights continued to play some fluent football, with some great darting runs from Matt Jillings and superb deliveries from Kiddell.
The Knights came even closer to an equaliser after some great build up play saw the ball delivered dangerously into the penalty area by Kiddell. He picked out Jim Newman with a delightful chip, but his shot was blasted over the bar.
It looked like it was going to be another one of those days for the Anglian Knights, but they got a stroke of luck in the 90th minute. Louie Watts’s cross into the packed penalty area was challenged by Mark Cook. This challenge was enough to see the Mousehold goalkeeper fumble the ball into his own net! 2-2
The teams were tied, which meant 30 minutes of extra time was to be played. All were warn out from this hard fought battle, and both teams were impressed with their performances and Mousehold were complimentary of the Knights, respectively.
30 minutes of extra time came to no conclusion as the result remained 2-2, which meant the game would be decided by a penalty shoot-out.
Adam Cooper was in goal for Anglian and had performed brilliantly the whole game, with the whole team having faith in their stopper.
Mousehold had the first penalty, which was straight down the middle, but too powerful to prevent going in the net.
Louie Watts was first to shoot for the Knights, but his penalty was denied by the keeper as he dived to the bottom right of his goal.
Mousehold managed to convert all 5 of their penalties and Kierstan Foreman, Mark Cook, Matt Jillings kept the whites in it until the end, but Mousehold came out winners and progressing to the next round of the cup.
Top performance from all the players involved on Saturday, hopefully we can get a result in the last game of the season!