Sabden 7 – 4 Hare & Hounds

ZACS THE WAY TO DO IT !!

Sabden 7 – 4 Hare & Hounds

 A Sabden side missing its regular firing squad put in a good performance considering the atrocious conditions to send bogey team Hare and Hounds home with their tails between their legs.

 The heavens opened one hour before kick off and continued unrelenting throughout the game.

 Sabden almost got off to the worst possible start from the kick off, as Graves underhit his backpass to Diggins in the Sabden goal, but the Hounds` centre forward screwed his shot wide of the upright. Twice more in the opening 4 minutes the Sabden goal led a charmed life as glorious chances for Hounds to bite went begging, with the Sabden defence struggling to adjust to the conditions.

 However, on 5 minutes Ricky Grayston poked the ball through and left winger Zac Musker scampered through on goal and expertly lifted his shot over an advancing keeper to give the Treacle Miners the lead.

 The lead didn`t last for long as a hesitant defence allowed Hounds to strike an equaliser on 12 minutes. Worse followed on 16 minutes as yet more difficulties coping with the conditions at the back led to Hounds taking the lead.

 It took a moment of genius to spark a lethargic Sabden into life, and that spark was provided by livewire lone striker Paul Astin, who had been struggling with a double hamstring injury all week. A hurried clearance by the Hounds keeper found Astin goal and the striker looked up and calmly stroked the ball over the keeper`s head from fully 30 yards.

 The teams squelched off at half time with the scores at 2-2

 With the wind now at their back Sabden were able to get forward with purpose, with the excellent Musker and Astin giving their markers nightmares. However, it was the defence that provided the inspiration for a glorious 12 minute spell that was to seal the match.

 Ben Dewhurst, who had a storming game had his heels crudely clipped on the halfway line. Will Child delivered an immaculate 40 yard free kick and Zac Ashworth powered his header home from 6 yards.

 Five minutes later, on the hour mark, Musker rinsed the Hounds fullback for the millionth time and squared for Astin, who steered the ball accurately into the net, for 4-2. One minute later, the same players combined and Astin had a richly deserved hat-trick.

 Jason Bates, once more asked to play out of position, was linking the play nicely between midfield and attack and his industry won a corner on 67 minutes. Adam Fuller delivered the corner with his usual precision and Ashworth`s aerial threat proved too much for the Hounds defence, and the ball sailed into the net for 6-2 and Ashworth had his brace!

 With Sabden now in control, they continued to probe against a deflated Hare & Hounds. Bates charged forward on 85 minutes and went down under a fair but robust challenge, twisting his ankle in the process. This meant that Sabden had to see out the game with 10 men.

Hounds took heart from Bates` misfortune and poured forward and grabbed a goal on 86. Any threat of an unlikely comeback was snuffed out a minute later as Musker made it a hat-trick of assists by squaring to Grayston, who rolled the ball into an unguarded net. Hounds did net again on 88 minutes but time ran out and Sabden were victorious 7 – 4.

 GOALS:

Musker (5), Astin (26, 60, 61), Ashworth (55, 67), Grayston (87)

 MAN OF THE MATCH

Zac Musker – outstanding from start to finish. Tiger-like in the tackle, quick and skilful

 KEY MOMENT:

Alan Wright rising effortlessly above Ian Ormondroyd demonstrating you don`t need to be tall to win a header