"Frampton dominates the opening exchanges but failed to take any of their chances. Cribbs took the lead from a well taken free kick and doubled their lead shortly before half time. The second half was a lesson in counter attacking football. With 9 or 10 men camped inside their own half, Cribbs continually caught Frampton on the counter attacked and scored a further 3 goals. Frampton scored a consolation goal after having 1 chalked off for a dubious offside, but that was about all they could muster!
A good game of football, with the scoreline not really reflective of the game, but full credit to Cribbs for how they went about the game."
Cribbs Vets Report:
" We started with a strong squad of 14, but started slowly, and Frampton had most of the possession in the first 20 minutes. However, our defence held firm, marshalled by 'Franz' Turner again, and Frampton didn't really trouble Ains in goal, which was just as well, as his wife was 9 months pregnant and he was half expecting a phonecall throughout the match, which thankfully never came! Once we stopped pressing too high up the pitch, we became very compact, and started to control the game and create chances, and Simon King, in particular, could have had a hat-trick on another day in the first half alone. Towards the end of the half, we won a free kick on the edge of the box, and Turns stepped up to score a cracking goal by curling the ball over the wall into the top corner of the net. Within 10 minutes, a great through ball from Manny finally set Coatesy free to outpace the defence and slot the ball past their keeper for one of his typical goals to make it 2-0 at half-time.
In the 2nd half, whilst the possession was fairly even, we continued to create good chances while Frampton weren't able to get any clear shots on goal, despite their good possession football. It was, therefore, no surprise when we scored a couple more goals from Ade Phipps (Phippsy) and another from Coatesy, after some more good build up play. With 15 minutes left, Frampton at last started to apply some pressure and Ains was forced to make his first real save, tipping a close range shot round the post, but, from their next attack, Frampton managed to score a consolation goal from a goalmouth scramble to make it 4-1. However, this inspired Simon Baker to make a mazy Coates-like run from his own half deep into Frampton's half before releasing Phippsy on the right, who put in a perfect low cross for Coatesy to tap in for his hat-trick, and make the final score 5-1.
Another good competitive vets game played in excellent spirit. Frampton were a good side, but our whole squad played well for the full 90 minutes, and, on chances created, we could have won by even more. Roll on Ashley!!