Flying Dutchman 2 – 2 Sabden

Following two gritty performances without any reward, Sabden FC recorded their first point of the league season in an entertaining 2-2 draw against one of the league`s pace-setters, The Flying Dutchman.

Although the home side had the early possession and territorial advantage, Sabden showed once or twice that they carried a real threat on the counter. On 9 minutes, the “Dutchmen” failed to heed the threat, and James Dickinson, who was excellent throughout, broke clear on the right, following some good work which left the Dutchie leftback on the seat of his pants. He drove towards the byeline, before pulling a low cross into the path of Zac Musker, who played in David Fallon. The striker made no mistake with his low left-foot drive and the ball nestled in the bottom right corner of the goal.

With the morale boost of a fine goal, Sabden got their passing game going and forced numerous corners from which the Dutchmen had to defend stoutly to keep themselves in the contest. The Dutchmen, however, were not without a threat of their own, and were causing problems down the Sabden right flank. Right back Sol Islam and midfielder Dickinson had to show tremendous teamwork to contain the lively home winger.

Despite the good work, the home side did eventually draw level by exploiting the Sabden right flank. Centre half, Will Child, who helped marshal the backline superbly, got a good head to a left-wing cross to divert it away from the danger area, but the ball was chipped back in for the onrushing striker to nod into the net.

During the second half, the heavens opened, but to their credit, both sides continued to play decent football.

The home side started to apply more pressure and managed to carve out an almost carbon-copy of the first goal, with a looping cross clearing the outstretched palm of Sabden keeper Nick Galea, for the Dutch striker to head home.

Sabden made personnel changes, with Russ Edwards getting his first taste of action this season as a striker; and Tom Connell adding some bite in the left back position, with Jason Bates pushed into a central midfield role.

Normally a raiding full back, Bates started to cause mayhem with his direct dribbling at the Dutchman backline and the equaliser was not long in coming, a through ball dropping into the path of Fallon, who despatched a delicious left foot volley into the bottom right corner, to complete his own Man of the Match performance and seal a deserved point for the men in red and black.