Hemsby rattle Redgate with another victory of previously unbeaten hosts
PUBLISHED: 16:22 22 March 2017
Hemsby had their longest away trip on Saturday as they travelled to face Redgate Rangers and once again had major changes with Russell Marriott, Ryan Hopper, Kristian Sutton and Mauro Cardoso all missing from last week.
Hemsby started at a fantastic pace and could have taken the lead within the first 45 seconds when Joe Youngs put the ball through for Dean Sabine, but it zipped off the wet surface ahead of him.
It only took another minute before the deadlock was broken when Mikey Grayson’s great ball forward was flicked on by Dean into the path of Joe Kenny and he finished well.
The lead lasted 14 minutes as Redgate got a break when Rui Goncalves could have picked up a deflected back pass, but chose to kick and the ball fell to a Redgate player 20 yards out and he scored. Two minutes later another poor clearance fell to the same player and he made it 2-1.
Redgate increased their lead in the 54th minute when their winger finished well for 3-1.
Hemsby hit straight back as Youngs and Grant Osben linked well to create an opening for Reece and he got the wrong side of the defence and finished well. An inspired substitution in the 65th minute saw Kenny come back into the fold after recovering from his injury and within 30 seconds he was in the right place after Rui’s long clearance was flicked on by Reece and the ball landed between Joe and the keeper. As the ball bounced off the pair, it ended up the other side of the keeper and Joe had the easy job of tapping the ball into the net to make all square at 3-3.
Hemsby sensed they could get all three points if they carried on applying the pressure and in the 78th minute, Kenny made his way into the area only to be taken down for a penalty and after a lengthy spell of the home side trying to get the referee to change his decision, Reece eventually took responsibility and sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to complete a tremendous comeback and give Hemsby a 4-3 victory.
It was Redgate’s first home league defeat of the season and Hemsby are the only team to have won in the league there in both of the last two seasons.
It was an excellent team performance that showed how far the team has come in a short space of time. The Hemsby Sports and Social Club man of the match was James Grant.