Hare & Hounds 6 – 2 Sabden

The result is not one which we wanted to kick our league campaign off with.

However, there was a lot to admire in the overall performance, and there is still quite a bit of head scratching taking place as to how we actually lost the match, let alone by such a disappointing scoreline!

Every crucial bobble of the ball or slight miskick seemed to result in a goal against.

Conversely, the Sabden midfield of Ryan Graves, Adam Fuller and Adam Tempest were often carving the Hounds defence open with delicious balls only for “luck” to determine that the ball would finish an inch wide of the post or be cleared off the line with the keeper beaten.

At only 1-0 down, striker Joe Keane, who was one of several Man of the Match contenders, rounded the keeper only to be hacked down. “Red Card”, I hear you cry! The ref thought otherwise and simply gave a free kick and the Hound`s keeper stayed on the field ….

Shortly after half time, a stumble on the left flank (I shall be having words with the Townley Groundsman about his lumpy bits) allowed Hounds to break and the ensuing pinball session in the Sabden box finally ended up with the ball trickling agonisingly out of the reach of Nick Galea and nestled into the net – 2-0 down!

The Sabden players are not short of determination and confidence in their own ability and they doggedly continued to probe. James Dickinson fed a short ball in to David Fallon who had taken up a position on the flank. Losing his marker with a little shimmy, he swung over a great cross. Adam Fuller bravely thrust his head to the ball from about 8 yards and the ball fizzed into the corner of the net.

Four goals were conceded in the ensuing 20 minutes: each one has a hard luck story. The stonewall penalty not given, the wicked bounce, the foul on Tempest not given…… all leading directly to goals against

We did manage to grab a consolation in the dying minutes; the tireless Karl Pil ……. erm… Jason Bates, blasting the ball into the net from 16yards to complete the scoring.

So we were beaten, but the game really was a close one and the players will be itching to put the matter right next Sunday at home – please come and see for yourself – we play good football!!