Knebworth Reserves v Hinton Reserves in the Hertfordshire Senior County League Reserve and Development Division on a slightly damp October Saturday afternoon doesn't conjure thoughts of total football but this game was very entertaining packed full of incidents and goals for the small crowd of people who attended the Knebworth Recreation Ground.
Hinton Reserves (played in an old Queens Park Rangers red and black away kit) went into the game on the back of three consecutive 8-0 defeats to Lemsford Reserves, Hadley 'A' and Letchworth Garden City Eagles Reserves and were bottom of the table with one draw and five defeats from the six league games they had played.
The K's had won 4-1 against Sandridge Rovers Reserves in their previous games and had narrowly lost 4-3 at Wormley Rovers Reserves prior to that.
Hinton fielded a much changed side including just five players who started in the previous game against Letchworth.
It was fairly level scrappy sort of game in the first 45 minutes with Hinton having the best chance when the Knebworth keeper spilled a long range free-kick from outside of the box onto the angle of crossbar and post.
The 'potential red card missed' incident comes from 2m 25s on the highlights video when a Knebworth and Hinton player collided off the ball > Have a look and see what you think - comments can be added to the article at the bottom of the page.
|LIAM KENNA AND THE SHORTS INCIDENT|
Knebworth took the lead but a handball in the box allowed Hinton a chance to get the score back all square from the penalty-spot. Unfortunately for the Hinton player the kick was smashed well over the cross bar which was very reminiscent of Chris Waddle's famous moment in the Word Cup of 1990.
Knebworth made it 2-0 when a cross from the right was headed home well on the edge of the six yard box to the delight of the spectators including aforementioned Shorts Incident Man. Even the shout of "That was absolutely bloody delicious" rang out from behind the goal.
Kenna made it 3-0 through a similar type of header - This wasn't captured on camera unfortunately as were Hinton's two late goals from Camarl Edwards-Phillips (making his debut for Hinton) which made for a nervy ending and showed that the Enfield based side have some fighting spirit and good team work that they can build on in future weeks.
Credit to both teams on the day and good luck for the rest of the season - I hope Hinton Reserves can go on to win a game or two in the next few weeks - I'm sure when it happens they'll celebrate it well. The game was 90 minutes of excellent entertainment.
Knebworth Reserves are in Hertfordshire Intermediate Cup action next Saturday where they face a trip to play Old Parmiterians whilst Hinton Reserves will be looking to get their first win in a home game with Sandridge Rovers Reserves.