Match Day 2
By Tony Bennett
Back again to the league for Match Day 2.
Here we were away to AFC Warriors U12 Saxons. A good team with plenty of spirit that we'd already faced in the cup game 2 weeks earlier.
There were quite a few absentees for SAS Orange today with only 10 to choose from . By far our lowest attendance this season.
SAS were looking to put in a performance this week after the crazy 2nd half from the last game and started in good vain.
They moved the ball around well but Saxons were not ready to roll over showing some grit and coming back with some moves of their own.
As expansive as SAS Oranges play was, Saxon's striker, a big impressive athlete was the main out ball for them and an impressive one at that.
Always a threat they looked for him at the earliest opportunity but SAS marshalled him very well.
On many occasions SAS Orange should have had a lead in the 1st half but were not clinical at the decisive moment.
They could have been punished for their wastefulness on two occasions but for Gabriel Reast
coming to the rescue with outstanding keeping.
The 2nd half saw SAS take it up a notch but for all their enterprising play they were still not clinical and Saxons boys were taking confidence in this.
Again Gabriel Reast
had to come too the rescue with an outstanding double save from a two on one situation.
Bearing down on goal Saxons striker looked odds on to score, his low shot was powerful to the keepers left but with cat like reflexes Gabriel got down well and pushed it away only for the rebound to go to their right winger.
Surely 1-0 now.
But no. Gabriel sprung to his feet, quickly set himself for the next duel and pushed the next shot out too.
The rebound off that shot came straight back at the striker too quick for him to deal with and the ball ricocheted out for a goal kick.
Stung into action SAS really pushed for the opener, creating some really good opportunities but but it was really beggining to feel like one of those days where no matter if they were still playing now, they were not going to score.
The deadlock was broken on 51 mins when their impressive striker managed to get away for only the 3rd time off the morning.
This time he buried his chance, taking it earlier than before, giving Gabriel no chance.
Under an onslaught Saxons managed to see the game out for a 1-0 victory and the 2nd defeat in 2 games of life in the 5th division.
A very unlucky outcome for SAS Orange in a game that they easily deserved at least a point from.
Performances like these and getting back to their clinical selves will see this team well in this league, no doubt about it.
I think we can safely say last weeks result was a freak that hopefully won't happen again.
M.O.T.M this week was Gabriel Reast
. Outstanding between the sticks and improving leaps and bounds. Well done