S&S stay top after Sudbury draw

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Shefford & Sandy Mens firsts retained their position two points clear at the top of East Men’s League Division Two after a hard fought 2-2 draw at second placed Sudbury.

S&S probably edged the game in terms of possession, but both sides had the opportunities to snatch all three points. Goals came from youngster Liam Stevens and Chris Fell.

The result of S&S IIs’ game was never in doubt from the very start as S & S grabbed the initiative & rarely let up for the whole game, beating Bedford Vets 7-0. The big factor in this match was that S&S were back to playing a much crisper passing game and they were just that much quicker and sharper on the ball than their local rivals.

Goals came from Steve Brookes (2), Danny Price (2), Robbie Stevens, Daz Hepburn and Lewis Bridger. The Man of the Match was Stevens.

The Mens 3s maintained their 100% record in Division Eight SW, but at a much narrower margin than the week before, 3-2 against a surprisingly competitive Winchmore & Enfield IIIs side. Goals came from skipper James Graham, Grant Kirby & Alan Warren. The Man of the match was James Morris.

S&S IVs produced yet another entertaining match - running out 7-3 winners against the very senior pros of Southgate Tankards, who included in their ranks a former international.

Skipper Trevor Bridger pulled the passing strings as his young charges wreaked havoc down the flanks. Youngster Alistair Wood opened the scoring with a neat lift over the Tankards keeper, Bridger made it two with a well placed finish.

Next up Charlie Garwood made it three from a narrow angle and then Jake Foad slotted home number four. The Tankards struggled to get out of their half as the speedy Foad, Ben Stewart and Paul Angell ran full tilt at their defence. S&S picked up their fifth with Steve Ashdown neatly deflecting in a Stewart shot. Just before half time the Tankards pulled one back.

The Tankards started the second half well & S&S lost their shape. The Tankards were good value for two goals and suddenly it looked as though the game could slip away from S&S, but finally they lifted themselves and arch poacher Ashdown was on hand with a tap in for number six and then Stewart with a neat lift scored the seventh.

S&S Ladies IIs went down 5-3 in blustery Essex to Saffron Walden IVs.

S&S seemed to struggle for any fluency in their play and passing against a young and sprightly Saffron Walden team who soon found themselves two up.

Early in the second half a rejuvenated S&S forced a number of short corners and Rayner’s intricate stick work led to S&S’s first goal. Walden however, broke quickly down the pitch and scored their third, quickly followed by a fourth.

S&S battled on and Bartram’s cross was deflected into the goal by Saxon. A dubious umpiring decision led to Walden’s fifth and final goal. Captain Nunn’s strength and experience led to S&S’s third. Player of the match went to Tayla for her superb goal keeping.

S&S: Gina Kelly, Tayla Green, Kaz Hall, Nat Nunn, Hannah Bartram, Kirsten Rayner, Tina

Fury, Kath Wilson, Izzy Benton-Slim, Sammi Saxon, Emma Wilding, Charlie Field