LEAGUE LEADERS HIT FOR SIX
By Mark Wilkins
Saints stun League leaders Cropredy in top of the table clash.
The first team travelled to Cropredy on Saturday for a top of the table clash. Things did not get off to a great start, as two traffic accidents on the way over led to the kick off being delayed for a quarter of an hour.
The game kicked off in dull and damp conditions, and for the first five to ten minutes, it looked as though we were going to be in for a close encounter, as both teams went close to opening the scoring.
The Saints then got into their stride, and after several passes, Kyle Harris found his way in to the box and opened the scoring with a well worked goal. The second followed shortly afterwards, when Jordi Charles Mulvany found himself in space at the edge of the penalty area, when he let a shot go. It was a screamer and was still rising as the ball hit the back of the net.
Marston now were in full flow, with every player looking comfortable on the ball. Tackling was strong and passing was brisk, and it was little wonder that Luke Cuff was able to add two more before half time.
The second half started like the first, and Cropredy had a couple of early chances, but Harry Jenkins was alert to any danger, and made one good save at his near post. For most of the game he was however a spectator.
It was during this period that Ben Strong and Jay Hill who were both making their debuts were introduced as substitutes. They were able to fit straight in to the slick passing game
After about 65 minutes Luke hit his third goal, a rocket strike from inside the penalty area.
Tai Thomas also came on late a substitute.
Shortly after this Cropredy had a player sent off for a poor tackle from behind, for which he received a second yellow card. Everyone thought his sending off was unfortunate, as the booking he received in the first half did not appear necessary.
By now the game was over as a competition, and Luke added his forth goal, another poachers strike in the penalty area.
As the game petered out, Harry received a back pass and undertook a mazey run out of his penalty area beating three players, before being tripped from behind. I am sure the referee had seen enough by then as it turned out to be the final action of the game.
It was a job to pick a man of the match as the team collectively were outstanding and the score could have easily been 8 or 9.
Also need to thank Matthew Thompson who had an afternoon away from the Clubroom and kindly offered to run the line.
Finally, and despite this, Cropredy were excellent hosts, and we thank them for their understanding at our late arrival, their hospitality after the match and their excellent Shepherd’s Pie!!