Keymer & Hassocks Football Club. Playing Football in Hassocks at Adastra Park since 2003

3rd March 2012
Framfield & Blackboys vs Keymer & Hassocks
Div 1

After last week’s 2nd half collapse against St Francis K & H were hoping for better things in their game away to Framfield but the lead up saw problems surface with one late withdrawal through injury, leading scorer R Kift pulling out on the morning of the game due to a pressing lunch engagement and 2 more reporting they had been sick during the week

The start was held up whilst liberal sprinklings of dog mess were cleared from the pitch which itself turned out to be something of a toilet as large clumps of cloying mud started to collect on the players boots such that their feet seemed to expand to grotesque proportions.

It was interesting to see how both teams would cope-K & H preferring a short passing game whilst Framfield went for the longer ball-the first half proved inconclusive as not much was created by either side

The second half started a bit more lively with Framfield’s approach gaining the upper hand but it was K & H who had the first serious chance as Stuart Thompson was taken out when clean through on goal.The Ref gave a penalty then changed his mind after talking to their lino and awarded a free kick outside the area (which K & H disagreed with) but very curiously took no action against the offender!!Framfield then thought they had taken the lead after keeper Craig Jackson struggled to deal with a shot-the ball had actually gone over the goal line for a corner before he scooped it back and Framfield put it in the net so it was ruled out.

The decisive moment came when Toby Raftery was floored from behind but the Ref refused a free kick saying the offender had merely run into him and whilst protests continued Framfield went forward and scored the ball coming back off the crossbar for a tap in.Interesting to note that goal is far from being upright and the crossbar is behind the goal line.That pretty much knocked the stuffing out of K & H and they started to wilt so no surprise when Framfield hit the second – a good finish from just inside the area.Gary Thomas who came on a sub set up a late consolation with a determined run and cross which Stuart Thompson despatched into an empty net.

K & H were happy for the game to finish whilst recognising the season is petering out with this deserved defeat against a poor side-and just to rub it in the showers were stone cold


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