Better, But Still Not Back To Their Best
By Gary Tustin
The two games against Eaton Socon earlier in the season were tighter than they should have been with SASS winning both. This was exactly the same.
The game against Eaton Socon was played in blustery conditions which made it difficult for both teams.
Early on SASS created several chances, the best one was a beautiful free kick delivered by Ollie F for Ollie B to head over from about two yards when he should have scored.
For all SASS’s dominance they could, and maybe should, have fallen behind early on. Eaton Socon cut clean through and were only denied by a fine diving save by Aidan. Moments later a tight offside ruled out a goal for them also.
SASS continued to press, James hit a post and Louie somehow missed the rebound. James and Ollie F both shot wide.
On 25 minutes Jake received the ball and his astute pass found James. A fantastic quick low ball was finished first time by Ollie B. The goal was a thing of beauty.
Having waited for the opening goal when it came it we were treated to a repeat showing four minutes later. James found Ollie B who finished with minimal fuss.
Two nil is a dangerous lead and so it proved. Minutes later a good Eaton Socon move and sloppy SASS defending meant the score was two one.
Half time came at a good time for SASS as the goal back filled Eaton Socon with belief and they were making life difficult for the home team.
SASS started the second half with real purpose and spurned many good chances to increase their lead. Jonnie somehow hit the bar when it seemed easier to score.
However the third goal was worth waiting for. The returning Ollie F curled a fabulous effort from the edge of the box in off the post.
This should have made the game same but again SASS contrived to gift a goal back to the visitors. A long hopeful ball through was not dealt with and a looped shot somehow made the score 3-2.
SASS actually took the conceding of this goal as a spur to play better and their pressure eventually told. A free kick from Jake was headed home by Ollie B to complete his hat-trick and settle the team’s nerves.
The game finished 4-2 and although it was not a vintage SASS performance it was an improvement on recent games and they were worthy winners.
The recruitment policy looks to be working as the two new summer arrivals (Ollies B and F) scored the goals and both played really well. Very different types of players with different personalities but both are great to have around the team and bring so much to the squad.
Well done to the team for winning what was a difficult fixture played under testing conditions.