Local football round up
PUBLISHED: 10:47 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 10:47 24 February 2014
Saffron Walden local football round up
Haverhill Borough 1 Great Chesterford 3
Great Chesterford extended their unbeaten league run to an impressive 16 games giving themselves a huge boost in becoming the league champions, but know all to well there is still a long way to go with today’s opponents and Saffron Rangers all having a say on the matter.
The game started as expected, with the home side trying to put there authority on the tempo of the game and Chesterford had a game plan to stick too which they did superbly. There were little chances with the away side having the best effort with top goal scorer Steve Leys seeing his strike after a defensive mistake just missing the target. Haverhill huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow the Chesterford wall down with skipper Mark Butcher putting in his best performance to date along with the solid Dave Baker, Adam Brown and Mark Reeve who all shut out any threat leaving goalkeeper Adrian Baker as a spectator.
The second half couldn’t have gone any better for the away side who came out all guns blazing creating a chance straight from the kick off when the busy Johnny Lambert jinked past two defenders before passing to Jamie Williams who was crowded out in the penalty area by what looked like a nervous defence, and that nervousness was to show again when a Josh Saggers corner caused havoc and Lambert couldn’t believe his luck when he found space in the penalty area before coolly lifting the ball over the goalkeepers reach from an acute angle and got his side up and running with the confidence running high.
Moments after the home side had a glorious chance to get back in the game when a forward was played in for a one on one but he failed to get past the outstanding A. Baker who stayed big and stopped any chance with a great block.
Chesterford could smell blood and went in for the kill after some good work from the midfield duo Ben Hornby and Andy Smith who worked hard to retrieve the ball, with Saggers picking up the pieces and he unleashed a rasper of a strike with a trademark left footed finish which flew past defensive bodies and nestled into the back of the net.
Things were to get even better for the away side when Leys picked the ball up out on the left wing before setting himself up for a beautiful curling shot that lobbed the helpless goalkeeper Leys is now on 27 goals for the campaign and he celebrated with the vocal away fans who were in dream world.
Chesterford remained professional knowing the home side would come at them and nullified any attack that came there way. To Haverhill’s credit they created some clear cut chances but failed to take any but did find a lifeline when a fierce cross was bundled into A. Baker’s goal with the scorer being unclear.
Chesterford used there huge squad to full affect making all of there changes, to add some much needed fresh legs, and all of the substitutes that came on added exactly that to the game. The away side would hold on for this massive victory that keeps them at the top of the league with only 6 games remaining, all round a brilliant performance, Chesterford showed exactly why they are where they are.
Duxford Reserves 0 Saffron Crocus 6
Playing for only the second time in 2014, Crocus were able to take out their frustration on the unfortunate home side and claim the points needed to maintain a promotion push.
The visitors scored two early goals to set the tempo of the match, the 1st through Giuseppe Jafari’s cool finish after linking well with Scott Cummings.
Cummings then finished empatheticly from an incisive pass from Ross Millard. Goalkeeper Scott Smith managed to beat away a close range Duxford effort from a corner, but otherwise Crocus were in control of the first half, creating chances but wasteful in finishing them.
The second half was played in a similar fashion and it wasn’t until a double subsitution was made before Crocus added to thier total, a bullet header from Tom Hollett and a deflected finish from debutant Darrell Phillips put the game beyond the home side.
Charlie Norris added two late strikes after powerful runs into the Duxford area.
Crocus face Gamlingay United Reserves in their next fixture
Saffron Dynamos 2 Kedington Utd 1
Saffron Dynamos, playing their first game in five weeks, came back in style with a tremendous performance to beat second place title-contenders Kedington in an entertaining match.
Dynamos made five changes from their last outing with Keith Hill, Oliver Mc Randal, Harry Bond, Charlie Brockwell and James Wesley recalled to the starting line up.
With Kedington winning the toss they started the game taking the advantage of the strong wind, making inroads through out the half into the Dynamos half but the hosts held firm with some superb defending.
Despite this Dynamos made some useful chances themselves as they started to put some great pass and move football together against the wind, going close to breaking the deadlock. Mid half the visitor took the lead with a wind assisted lob that deceived keeper Kieth Hill dipping just under the cross bar.
The home side did not deserve this after there efforts so far but to there credit they rolled up there sleeves and battled on.
Second half they threaten the visitors goal more with some nice football as more chances came there way. On 62 minute Dynamos deservedly equalised as a great cross ball was played to Ben Start just out side the penalty box, as he went on to finish with a great shot to the keepers right to put them back in to the game.
Dynamos now pushed for the winner as time was running out, and with Daniel Rouse now on pushing and directing the team forward it was he who set up the deserved winner with 8 minutes to go, with a precision ball to last seasons top marksman Milton Mendes who left two defenders floundering on the floor to finish superbly to take the points.
Dynamos travel to Sawston Rovers on Saturday for a 3pm kick off.
Abacus 6 Casuals & Pelham 0
Terry Reed Division One
Abacus finally kicked a ball in 2014 with a very convincing victory over the division’s basement side.
The home side were in total control from start to finish, keeping possession well and creating chances at will, it was only a matter of time before the first goal came and it was captain Steve Leys who got his side up and running with a well taken left footed strike that cannoned off the post.
Josh Saggers was pulling the strings in midfield and played an inch perfect cross field pass to Leys who lobbed the advancing goalkeeper putting Abacus in pole position to take the points.
Abacus continued to look comfortable in possession and only had one scare in the second half but the away side failed to make the most of a rare chance seeing there effort superbly stopped by the brave Brazilian Luiz Carlos.
Abacus rode the minor storm and introduced JJ Anderson for the faultless Richie Salmon and they put the game to bed after some excellent work from Anderson who clipped the ball over the opposition’s back four and Charlie Norris managed to keep the ball in play before shooting home at the keepers near post to confirm where the points were heading.
Abacus were now in the healthy position of how many goals they could score and the 4th came when Leys played in his strike partner Norris who rounded the keeper before finishing calmly into the empty net.
Joe Cooper came on to make his 1st appearance of the season and it was his interception that led to the fifth goal before passing to Norris who in turn set up defender Steve Woods who finished like a forward smashing the ball home to score his fourth goal of the season.
The final goal of the game came late on and there was to be another assist for Anderson who played the ball across the penalty area with Norris on hand to tap home completing the rout and his hat-trick.
It was an all-round professional performance from a team striving for success.