Glory 1 – 7 Sabden

Whilst performances in the first three games have been quite good, the points tally has been disappointing. Thus, the Sabden team were determined to make sure their hard work and skill counted for something as the fixture list dealt up yet another away day.

Happily, this week we had the points to go with the performance, as Sabden went goal crazy at The Prairie.

With barely 5 minutes on the clock, the Sabden forward line panicked the Glory defence into conceding a cheap corner. Having just returned from his holiday in the sun, classy central midfielder Adam Fuller swung over a continental-style corner that Joe Keane met with a bullet header to leave the Glory keeper grasping at thin air.Before the Glory defence could organise themselves, they found themselves 2-0 down. This time, Fuller`s midfield partner, captain Ryan Graves split the defence and David Fallon raced through, turned inside and stroked the ball past the exposed Glory goalie (try saying that quickly 3 times after a nice flagon of single malt!).

With the hosts shell-shocked, the Graves-Fallon combination struck again on 16 minutes to make it 3-0 to Sabden. The through ball looked as though the GG (Glory Goalie! Are you keeping up?) might get to it first. However, the never-say-die attitude of Fallon saw the GG panic and once Fallon had the ball under control there was only likely to be one outcome.

It is fair to say that for the remaining 30 minutes of the first half, our opponents had a proper go at getting back into the game. Therefore, it was pleasing to see the backline of Tom Connell, Will Child, Jack Birkett and Sol Islam working very well as a unit and holding firm. Additionally, our goalkeeper Nick Galea was in no mood for conceding goals and was bravely holding onto any crosses and shots that came in.

So, leading 3-0 at the break, the Sabden lads were determined not to let their opponents grab the glory (see how I slip them in?); and within 2 minutes of the restart it was 4-0. This time Fallon turned provider, a flick-on putting left midfielder Zac Musker through on goal. With the GG committed, Musker deftly side-stepped him and rolled the ball into the empty net.

It has to be said of our opponents that they never stopped trying to play football, and at no point resorted to spoiling tactics. This did mean that the Sabden midfield were able to continue to carve out chances, and it was not long before Adam Fuller on a rare foray forward was played in by Fallon. Fuller made no mistake, and Sabden went “nap”!

The introduction of Dave Kerrison at left back seemed to have snuffed out one of the threats from the Glory. Kerrison, on his return from sunbathing in the Canaries, showed intelligent play throughout the half, continually feeding short balls into the midfield where Sabden really had the game under control.

The back four were on a promise of a free pint from the ‘Gaffer’ if they could keep a clean sheet; sadly their one lapse of concentration cost them their freebie, as Glory pulled one back to 5-1. (There is no truth in the rumour that ‘Gaffer’ was seen celebrating the goal and waving his wallet on the sidelines)

Hurt by the blot on their hard work, Sabden drove fiercely at the Glory defence. Jay Bates, revelling in his new central midfield role, used his runs to create gaps for others to profit from. One such beneficiary was Joe Keane, who having scored one goal and provided excellent solidity throughout, chose to run down the right flank. Approaching the byeline, he cut back a superb cross that Fallon gobbled up for his hat-trick goal.

Fallon wasn`t quite finished for the afternoon, and shortly before full time, he latched onto a Will Child free kick and lifted a 20 yard Henry-esque strike into the top corner, beyond the despairing dive of the GG (remember him?).

And so the score finished 7-1 to Sabden. Our opponents were The Glory, so it is only fitting to finish thus:

Our Fallon,
Who art up front,
David is his Name.
Thy through balls come
Defence undone
Goals One, Two, Three
(The Team hit Seven)

For thine is the Hat Trick
With power
Against Glory
(Four is the total)
Top Man