College Football Round-up: Week 7
A shortened fixture list this week, but Fitz and Homerton march on, while Queens’ record a second win in a row.
Fitz and Homerton cemented 1st and 2nd positions respectively for the Christmas break, whilst a mid-table battle between Kings and Jesus saw the spoils shared. Catch all the news on collegiate football here.
Christ’s 1 – 2 Homerton
Homerton edged Christ’s to secure 2nd place at the halfway mark. Read Henry Young’s full report here.
Queen’s 2 – 0 Selwyn
Queens’ football firsts made it two wins from two, in a match that could have had a much higher scoreline.
Two first half goals from Zac Baynham-Herd and Alex Rowland were enough to seal the 2-0 win. The breakthrough came from Rowland, as a defender miscued his clearance to put him one-on-one with the keeper. Rowland took his time and dinked it over the keeper’s leg with the coolest of finishes.
The second goal came quickly, and it was another fine goal from ZBH. After latching onto James Eales’ pass through the middle, he beat a defender and hit a neat finish from distance.
Selwyn were not without threat, and were unlucky not to convert a dangerous cross that passed agonisingly across an open goal.
Queens’ were too good on the day though, and dominated the match with a midfield that was firing on all cylinders. Eales was frequently the feature of quick counter attacks and the Selwyn left-back had a torrid time trying to match him for speed and trickery.
It was Selwyn keeper Erasmus Zu Ermgassen that kept them in the game to the end. He couldn’t even be beaten late on from the penalty spot, when he brilliantly saved Tom Proctor’s penalty bound for the corner.
Kings 1 – 1 Jesus
Meanwhile, mid table stalwarts Kings and Jesus played out a 1-1 draw. Read Ben McNally’s full report here.
Emma 0 – 5 Fitz
Fitz maintained their perfect record with an emphatic win over bottom place Emma
Fitz piled further pressure onto a struggling Emma side with a comfortable victory over the league’s bottom team. Whilst recent form and league standing pointed to only one result, Emma did show glimpses of the football which lead them to fifth in the league last year but were ultimately undone by some decisive Fitz attacks.
After a fairly nervy first 10 minutes from both sides, Simon Court’s pure work-rate created a chance out of nothing. Chasing down the Emma keeper he forced a mistake by the touchline which the attacker capitalised on, sweeping the ball across goal for his strike-partner Daniel Lobron to volley home.
A delightful corner from Sam Hobbs was then met by Donald Bogle who rose above the keeper to head home the second, taking a heavy goalkeeper punch on the nose for his troubles. Fitz went temporarily down to ten men whilst Fitz’ Terry Butcher poured blood onto the touchline and Emma grew into the game but couldn’t capitalise on their numerical advantage.
For the last hour, with Fitz back to full strength, the men in red took hold of the game, playing some good football and adding further goals to show for it; another corner from Hobbs and glancing header from Fitz’ valiant captain making it 3-0 before the break. In the second half both sides squandered chances early on before Simon Court fired home from another Hobbs assist to make the points safe. However there was still time for Court to set free substitute Mehdi Golozar, with the striker stroking it past the onrushing keeper for Fitz’ fifth.
Emma now face an uphill challenge to remain in the top division whilst Fitzwilliam go into the second half of the season top of the league and with the only one hundred per cent record in the division.
Downing P – P Caius
Downing v Caius was postponed due to player shortages. The game will take place on Thursday 29th of November.