George IV Old Boys 4 – 1 Sabden

George IV Old Boys 4 – 1 Sabden

A second half collapse by Sabden loosened another bolt on the relegation trapdoor; not helped by their fellow strugglers, Chucky Pad Warriors drubbing bottom club Glory 5 – 0, effectively making next week`s final home match against the Warriors a do or die fixture.

During the first half, Sabden kept their shape against a well-organised George IV team, being content to hit the blues on the break. On 22 minutes, such a break allowed top-scorer David Fallon to dribble into the box, where he had his heels clipped.
The referee pointed to the spot and Fallon grabbed the ball, spotted it and sent the keeper the wrong way to give the Treacle Miners a 1 – 0 lead.

Despite not having the same quality of possession, Sabden, with their two banks of four were working quite well in limiting the George to mainly long shots.

On 38 minutes a break down the Sabden left side saw keeper Danny Skaife making a brilliant diving save to his left to somehow push the ball around the post for a corner. Cruelly for Skaife, the resulting corner was not defended with the same diligence and George scored a soft equaliser, to take the teams in level at half time.

Sabden were forced into a re-shuffle at half-time, with captain Ryan Graves unable to continue. The armband was passed onto Adam Fuller, who also had to make the switch into central midfield to plug the gap.

If the first half was admirable for stout defending and good organisation, the same cannot be said of the second half.
Slightly aided by the wind, George IV launched wave after wave of attacks and a little credit has to be given to the team for holding out until the 64th minute before the ranks were inevitably breached, to make it 2-1 to George IV.

There was further misery for Sabden as another enforced change saw right back Will Child hobble off with a groin problem. Now having all four rightbacks at the club injured, Tom Connell switched from left midfield. Unfortunately, there were now too many square pegs in round holes and George IV began to create goalscoring opportunities almost at will.

By the 78th minute the score had reached 4 – 1 against. Sabden rescued a tiny amount of pride in the last 12 minutes to ensure that no further scoring took place, but they will have to perform much better next week if they are to retain their Division One status – a status they worked incredibly hard for last season.

If ever we needed at 12th man (or woman) it will be next Sunday 10th March at Nutter Barn; kick off 1pm.