Football: Blues triumph in Varsity warm-up

Olivia Lee - Sports Co-Editor 12 March 2012

Cambridge University 1 Bedford 2nds 0

The Blues won their penultimate league match of the season last Wednesday, battling against Bedford 2nds to take a 2-0 victory.

With the Varsity match only days away, the team will be pleased with a confidence victory.

The aggressive opposition quickly put the Blues under pressure in the first half, but Danny Kerrigan soon exerted force at centre forward, taking the first strike at goal after a run down the left wing.

Bedford reacted with sustained possession and a few chances of their own, mainly created from set pieces.

Slippery conditions made for some messy play and Cambridge did well to keep their tackles clean, especially given the energetic tempo set by the visitors. Heading into half-time with an untouched scoreline, it was a question of who would tire first in the second half.

Moments into the second half Bedford attempted to re-assert their authority, sending a lovely curling ball towards the goal and making sure goalkeeper Karakashian was kept on his toes.

Soon, the ball was back in Cambridge possession and remained there for the majority of the second half.

Rory Griffiths managed to turn pressure into points after twenty minutes, sending the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs to make it 1-0. The opposition’s desperation to equalise translated into some scrappy play, resulting in a yellow card for the captain. A composed touch by Danny Ford after a corner cross from Anthony Childs widened the gap to 2-0.

Despite relentless attack from Bedford, the Cambridge defence held firm and cleared with confidence, making sure that Cambridge finished the game with a comfortable win.

Coach Che Wilson was cautiously optimistic regarding the Blues’ hopes in Tuesday’s Varsity match.

“Hopefully we can stamp our authority on the game” he said, commenting that while Oxford have struggled so far this season, Cambridge have gone from strength to strength, resulting in their promotion.

With last year’s frustrating 3-1 defeat failing to reflect the closeness of the game, the Blues will be keen to avoid the same disappointment this time around.

Olivia Lee – Sports Co-Editor