RESERVES GO TOP
By Mark Wilkins
The reserves go top after a game that had a bit of everything.
Saints Reserves went to the top of Division 2 after a game that involved 11 goals, a penalty miss, a double fracture, a hat trick and a sending off. Those spectators that braved the weather witnessed a game that had a bit of everything, it all started in the first 5 minutes when Jae Sharkey made one of his trademark jinking runs into the Yarnton penalty only to be up ended by Danny Burrows for an early penalty for Saints. Leonard Sackey stepped up to take the spot kick only to see keeper Richard Clare make the save to keep the scores level, but, it wasn't long before saints broke the deadlock when Billy Young slotted in his right footed effort. It was soon followed by a Jae Sharkey strike to make the score 2-0 and before Yarnton knew it, Young had got his second to make it 3-0. Craig Bloomfield then got in on the act to make it four to Saints, Declan Wither got one back for Yarnton against the run of play, but, it was Jae Sharkey who had the last say of the half when he buried his second for Saints to make it 5-1, then on the stroke of half time player/manager Matty Jacob (pictured) made a tackle in which it was later found out to have caused a double fracture to his ankle.
The teams came out for the second half and it was a gain Saints who started the brighter as Craig Bloomfield got his brace, with Jacob Mulvany getting Saints 7th. Then 15 mins into the second half Craig Bloomfield got his marching orders for a challenge on the Yarnton keeper, with Saints now down to 10 men Yarnton brought on their substitutes to add some fresh legs. This soon paid off when Harry Jenkins spilled the ball after his knee got caught in the soft ground as he came out to smother a forward ball, Colin Rhodes took full advantage and put the ball in the back of the net for Yarnton's second. Substitute Dave Risely then scored Yarnton's third, but, it was Billy Young who had the final say when he got his hat trick and Saints 8th to wrap an action packed afternoon at Boults Lane.
The club would like to give a special thank you to Yarnton manager Mark Peedell who attended to Matty Jacob following his injury, it is very much appreciated.