Huskies win derby day thriller

Liphook United’s resident lunatics, also known as the U14 Huskies, won a thriller against Liss on Saturday.

The Husks showed up to the Rec excited to be playing on the big boy pitch, there were plenty of people there to watch and the game did not disappoint.

It was the Huskies first game in the First division for a few years having being dropped down from the prem after a tough season last year.  The standard is still very high though and a difficult game was expected.

A timing misunderstanding with one of our players made the job tougher as we only had ten players to start with.  Liss had about 16 to call on, so the Husks had show their bottle.  They very rarely fail to do that.

A good start to the game and after some great work by James Wood down the left, Billy Allcock smashed home at the near post.  Some great footy on show from both teams made for an exciting half.  The Huskies looked to be going towards half time with a lead, but two quick goals from Liss took us into the break trailing 2-1

By now our 11th player had arrived and even though the lads were tired, I was convinced if we got the ball down and played somewhere near our best footy, this game was there for the taking.

The Huskies proved me right by playing some lovely joined up stuff.  Billy bagged a stunning goal and Woody hit 2 to leave us 4-2 up.  We should have had a couple more but the Liss goalie was outstanding.  Liss were never out of it though and showed great character of their own to bring it back to 4-3 to force a nervy final 5 minutes.

The very tired Husks held out though for a well deserved three points.  Well played by all and the ref could not have had an easier game thanks to the great behaviour of both sides.

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