25th October 2017
Oxford Brookes 1 – 4 Cambridge
The Blues turned in a stylish performance as they breezed to a 4-1 win away to Oxford Brookes.
Having thought the game would be placed on Oxford City’s pristine new 4G pitch, the boys were heartbroken when the groundsman informed them that the much inferior 3G surface opposite would host the tie. That, however, was the only disappointment of the day.
Buoyed by last week’s last gasp drama, Cambridge came flying out the traps early. Seizing on indecision in the Brookes backline, Alexander forced the goalkeeper to tip wide with a fierce drive. Centre back Oscar Melbourne then went within inches of taking the lead with a looping header which was clawed off the line.
The Blues finally made the breakthrough after 25 minutes. Ollie Lerway’s cultured through ball fell to Bolderson who was calmness personified as he cut back to Alexander to apply the finish.
The home side came back into the tie and made the last 15 minutes of the half difficult for Cambridge. The midfield three of George Herring, Stefan Wolf and Joe Ellis, immense throughout , had to battle for every second ball as Brookes upped their endeavour without creating any real chances.
At the interval, the Blues stressed the need to keep compact and continue to stifle the home team. What followed, though, was a 10 minute goal glut which all but confirmed Cambridge would be heading home with the points. Alexander grabbed the first with his best goal of the season yet. From a tight angle, he expertly lobbed the goalkeeper with his weaker left foot into the top right hand corner.
Just two minutes later, the diminutive Bolderson struck the first of his goals. With his back to goal, he swivelled beyond two Brookes defenders and made no mistake from close range.
Now filled with confidence, Bolderson added another soon after. From twenty yards out he planted a perfectly placed curling effort beyond the stranded goalkeeper to seal the tie.
Brookes threatened to haul themselves back in the game as they snuck in behind the defence for the first time to make it 4-1. However, guided by the excellent Michael Hofstetter from the back, the goal proved to only be a consolation.
In truth, Cambridge could’ve added a fifth late on, with Lerway and Rufus Saunders both going close.
All in all, an accomplished performance worthy to send birthday boy captain Jack Congdon home with a big beam on his face.