Sherwood Vets 2
Cromford Vets 3
Cromford’s last match of the season was probably one of their best performances ever.
Cromford kicked off with the wind at their backs but did not use it. Instead they passed the ball around with ease. Hutchinson and Ford in the engine room set up attack after attack and only last-ditch defending kept Hoe and Dunsby at bay.
Lambert and Whitworth on the flanks were seeing a lot of the ball and again their crosses made the Sherwood backline work their socks off.
Sherwood weathered the onslaught and started to probe the Cromford defence but found no way through Ward and Wood at full backs and Carline and Bullen in the centre as they dealt with the Sherwood threat.
Boam in the Cromford goal marshalled his defence well and was only called on to make one smart save diving to cut out a cross.
Lambert, Cromford’s wing man, had to go off after a clash of heads with Carline and Nelson joined the fray. His crosses were no less effective and Bullen was unlucky not to open the scoring when his glancing header was just the wrong side of the post.
The second half saw Austin and Blackburn join the fray but it was Sherwood who looked the more dangerous.
Pete Morgan was a thorn in Cromford’s side and it was he who put Sherwood in front.
It was 2-0 when Simon Martin’s rasping drive forced Phil Boam into a fantastic tip over but, from Bowler’s corner, Morgan headed his and Sherwood’s second.
Cromford began the task of salvaging some pride. Hoe’s tireless running nearly brought some reward but Millar saved well.
At the other end Boam again pulled off a fingertip save, denying Morgan his hat-trick.
Cromford threw caution to the wind. Hutchinson threaded the ball down the left for Austin to cross into the box where Bullen was waiting he directed the ball back across the six yard for Nelson to slot home .
Cromford then gained a free kick and Hutchinson’s pin point kick found Mark ‘the Bullet’ Bullen to equalise.
Cromford went after the winner. A Nelson corner found Bullen at the far post who powered a header into the roof of the net from a near-impossible angle to complete a magnificent fightback and start the celebrations and end an amazing game that will live long in the memory of those who were involved.