Saints relieves to play

PUBLISHED: 10:55 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 06 May 2010

Herts Senior County League Division One Allenburys Sports 5 St Peter s 3 ST PETER s returned to action after an enforced break due to the weather and were involved in a highly entertaining eight-goal contest. The Saints travelled to Ware to take on an A

Herts Senior County League Division One

Allenburys Sports 5

St Peter's 3

ST PETER's returned to action after an enforced break due to the weather and were involved in a highly entertaining eight-goal contest.

The Saints travelled to Ware to take on an Allenburys Sports side that have been more active than most during the adverse weather conditions.

On a good playing surface, despite the recent snow and frost, both sides attacked with plenty of enthusiasm against two shaky defences as goal scoring opportunities were aplenty.

A makeshift Saints defence was the first to crack following a mistake in general marking and positional play.

They were soon on level terms, however, when a deep pass found Dominic Bradshaw in acres of space. He unselfishly laid the ball off to Mark Savory who, with plenty of time and room, placed his shot wide of the 'keeper.

At this stage the Saints should have been ahead, had it not been for two good chances missed by debutant Liam Crouch.

The home side regained the lead following another lapse in concentration by the Saints rearguard, leaving their striker all the space and time to pick his spot for 2-1.

Not to be undone a second equaliser came the Saints way when Crouch worked well out on the left flank before crossing to the unmarked Bradshaw who was left with a simple tap-in to level the scores at 2-2 at the break.

Unfortunately, the Saints shot themselves in the foot during the second period when handing the host club three goals. 'Keeper Chris Collings, who had performed excellently up until half-time, was guilty of gifting Allenburys two goals plus a further slip-up gave the hosts a 5-2 advantage.

Crouch, who had looked lively throughout, was denied a goal twice, before being rewarded late on when he fired home after receiving a pass from Ben Ryan.

This was a good opportunity missed by the Saints, but considering the numerous changes forced upon them, it was a creditable performance in many ways.

St Peter's return to Lemsford next Saturday when they host Debden Sports in the Herts Senior County League Division One.

St Peter's: Collings, Shearer, Ryan, R.Jones, Court, Gauthier, Savory, Blyth, Bradshaw, Chapman, M.Jones. Subs: Bedeau, Stevens, Morris.

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