Half Moon eclipsed in cup goals rush

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A bizarre game of football saw Half Moon losing 8-4 in a high-scoring encounter in the league against high-flying East Bridgford Rangers at Butts Field in East Bridgford.

East Bridgford Rangers were second in the league to date, having won five and lost one.

Little was known about them, so the Moon were hoping that they could take their Cup form into this match and be rewarded with their first three points of their league campaign.

That hope was shattered beyond measure in the first half as they led 7-0 at the break

Bridgford went for the throat from the word go and gave the Moon a lesson in football in all areas of the field. After East Bridgford’s first two early goals the Moon had a rare attack, which found flaws in the East Bridgford defence, but from then on in it was East Bridgford, and five more goals had the first half well and truly sewn up.

It was a very quiet Half Moon camp at the break, and the talk was about why they were shooting themselves in the foot when they know for a fact that they can play ten times better than the first half’s performance.

To the Moon’s credit, not a negative word was spoken, and they were determined that things would be a lot better in the second half.

The tables turned, and it was the Moon who dealt out the punishment in the second half.

East Bridgford were not allowed to sit comfortably on their lead and were starting to get a little twitchy when the Moon piled on the pressure, played the football and scored four goals of their own.

Moon started the half with an early goal when they were awarded a penalty which was converted by striker Kieran Clarke , and although East Bridgford scored the next goal the Moon netted three more through strikes from Calum Curtis, Jamie Taylor and Ally Jones.

Needless to say, the Moon did not want the half to end in this ‘game of two halves’.

So Half Moon still have to register their first league win and this week are in cup action yet again when they travel to the Victoria Embankment to play Queen Adelaide Reserves in the County Cup.