Depleted Saints lose

PUBLISHED: 11:46 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 May 2010

Herts Senior County Division One Cuffley 5 St Peter s 1 This proved to be a day to forget for St Peter s as their already dismal season hit an all-time low. They came up against a useful Cuffley side, who sit in second place, and the Saints were always go

Herts Senior County Division One

Cuffley 5 St Peter's 1

This proved to be a day to forget for St Peter's as their already dismal season hit an all-time low.

They came up against a useful Cuffley side, who sit in second place, and the Saints were always going to have a fight on their hands if they were to come away with anything at all. Not for the first time this season, the Saints were down to the bare bones.

Despite carrying a foot injury, Johnny Shearer was pressed into action between the sticks resulting in regular 'keeper Chris Collings having to line up at full back. Other players were asked to play out of position especially in defensive areas.

Needless to say, the Saints started off shakily with players trying to adjust to their new positions. After only seven minutes they found themselves 2-0 down and facing a possible thrashing.

Gradually with plenty of effort and determination they weathered the storm and only conceded one further goal before the break.

Not too many chances came the Saints way, although Liam Crouch was very unfortunate not to get his name on the scoresheet when his thunderous effort beat the keeper all ends up, but struck an upright before being cleared to safety.

A fourth goal from a header eased the home side further ahead but not to be undone the Saints finally got on the scoresheet. A fine through ball from David Stevens was picked up by Liam Crouch, who lobbed the 'keeper for a well taken effort.

A penalty goal shortly before the end enabled Cuffley to run out 5-1 winner, but they were kept at bay time and again by some excellent saves from Shearer.

Once again Danny Blyth was the pick of the players but generally it was a team effort that kept the score down to 5-1.

Even manager Mitch Morris, at 45 years old, was pressed into second half action, replacing Mark Savory who went off with a possible broken left arm.

Next weekend the Saints travel to Enfield where Hinton provide the opposition. Kick off is 2.45pm.

St Peters: Collings, T.Gauthier, Court, Stevens, Njenga, Blyth, M.Jones, Savory (Morris), Bradshaw, Crouch.

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