The Big MPW Derby: Cambridge V Birmingham
Anyone who was in the team last year would know two things: how painful it was to watch MPW Birmingham lift the trophy they made for themselves on the day; and how excruciatingly long, quiet and frustrating the coach ride was back to Cambridge. We hadn’t lost to our sister college in a few years and to be the squad that allowed that run to end was humiliating. On Tuesday, November 19th, came our chance to set the record straight.
With a squad of 15 talented and highly motivated players, a day of bitterly cold weather wasn’t going to stop us. We ran out 6-4 winners, with three of our goals coming in the last 10 mins, one of which was a 30-yard screamer by centre-back Max Everest, and the rest of the goals coming from Tom Blair (hat-trick) and our two Kazak boys Amir Seiitzhan and Dias Mamatayev.
The post-match ceremony at the Birmingham college was much more enjoyable this time round and even though we enjoyed the win, I’d like to say well done to the Birmingham squad, and special praise goes to their captain who practically went to war for 90 minutes.
Special thanks also goes to Keith Grant, who came back and joined us for the game; and Joel who also came along and taught us all a lesson of how the centre forward role should be played. We look forward to the return leg in Cambridge in the Spring and will obviously go out there and give it our all to retain our trophy!