On the back of a solidly impressive performance against Arbury Vipers two weeks earlier, on the 13th of October Kitsonians traveled (in the pouring rain) to Gt Wilbraham to take on Wilbraham fc in the Cambs FA Fen Regis Millennium Cup.
Wilbraham are a new addition to the Cambs and District sunday league having joined Division 3 this season after several successful seasons in the Tucker league.
The management chose to field unchanged starting eleven for the first time this season, the midfielders keeping their places inspite of the return to the squad of J. Tofts, M. Ball, M. Caspel, T. Matthews, and P. Higginson.
Kitsonians started brightly against a strong Wilbraham team which boasted several players who are well known in the Cambs Sunday League from many years of playing for teams at higher levels than they currently find themselves at.
The bright start was rewarded with an opening goal from C. Thurlbourne on 15 Minutes, unfortunately Wilbraham’s next attack resulted in disputed penalty as they broke down Kitsonians right side and M. Sadeqpur was adjudged to have impeded the attacker.
The penalty was duly converted and the the resulting shift in momentum from Kitsonians to Wilbraham saw two more quick fire goals from the home team and meant that the first half hour of the game drew to a close with the score at 3 – 1 to Wilbraham.
A second Kitsonians Goal on 37 minutes, scored by C. Thurlbourne from a byline cut back from M. Sadeqpur meant that Kitsonians looked to be heading to the much needed break surprisingly only 1 goal behind.
Unfortunately the whole game pivoted on a critical Wilbraham goal only seconds before halftime. The last attack of the half ment that the score at the break was 4 – 2 and the sense that Kitsonians were losing the battle was palpable.
Three changes at halftime with J. Tofts, M. Ball, M. Caspel replacing S. Dipple, A. Dobie, and A. Paget proved to be a relatively futile throw of the dice from the management as the task in hand, that of winning the second half by 2 clear goals, proved too much for Kitsonians, against a Wilbraham team that inspite of ceding territory looked persistently dangerous on the counter attack and relatively solid in defence.
The further introduction of T. Matthews (60) and P. Higginson (65) added pace to the wings and while the second half certainly saw a more disciplined performance from Kitsonians further goals at the wrong end followed on 60 and 85 minutes.
Leaving the final score at 6 – 2 to Wilbraham and the overwhelming sense that on the day a Kitsonians team that in difficult conditions never really got going, had been beaten by the better team.
Team: GK-Dan Hobday, RCB-Steven Dunkley, CB-Dan Shinn, LCB-Alex Howlett, RM-Majeed Sadeqpur, CM-Sam Dipple, ACM-Andrew Dobie, CM-Adam Paget, LM-Nick Hawkins, FW-James Dobie FW-Carl Thurlbourne. SUBS. 1, M. Caspel, M. Ball, J. Tofts, T. Matthews, P. Higginson, E. Dudko, B. Taylor, N. Gardiner.