After a week off Sacriston were back in action against Fram WMC in the County Cup. Following a slow start the home side were fortunate to go one up when Winter was played in by Sam and his effort inside the box deflected past the helpless keeper. Shortly after Sam unfortunately picked up an injury and was replaced by Oli upfront.
It was a fairly even affair throughout the half but Sacriston made it two after around 35 minutes when Rooney collected Mat’s long ball, cut inside and smashed home from about 30 yards, an excellent finish and a rare assist credited to Segga’s number one who claimed he ‘put it on a plate’ for Jack. Just minutes later it was 3 and it was Rooney again, who received the ball from Grant and like his first goal, controlled outside the box, cut inside and this time hit a curling effort into the far corner. Two fantastic strikes that Jack’s distant cousin Wayne would have been proud of.
Leading up to the game much was made in the local papers of Sonni Armstrong facing up against his former club, and the fair haired youngster was on the receiving end of a few choice words and challenges during the opening 45 from his former comrades. Armstrong had a couple of chances to have the last laugh when presented with glorious chances inside the box, but on both occasions hit ugly fresh air swings that will live rent free in his youthful head over the coming weeks. Early golden boot contender Aaron Van White also seemed destined to chalk his name on the scoresheet and make it 3 in 3 when presented with a header 6 yards out, but like his blonde compadre he also barely made contact with the ball.
The second half was a fairly dull affair with a number of changes made by Finch to freshen things up. Oli had a couple of chances to extend the lead but was thwarted by the keeper on both occasions. It was Winter who eventually made it 4 when he was played in behind the defence following a nice ball by Lewis. With the whole goal at his mercy Winter somehow managed to smash it straight at the keeper, but fortunately the rebound fell back to Winter, who again had the whole goal to aim it, but again managed to smash it straight at the keeper, thankfully this time though it deflected into the net.
Fram continued to work hard and should have at least got a consolation goal late on but missed the target with two huge chances. It was Sacriston who rounded off the goals with their fifth when some excellent work from Oli saw him draw a foul and win a late penalty which Boomer proceeded to blast into the top corner for 5-0. Some corners of the ground were calling for Laddie to step up to take the penalty but the wait for the big man’s first club goal goes on.
The score line probably flattered Sacriston slightly but it’s two wins in two for Finch’s men who are into the next round of the cup. Man of the match went to Rooney who looked lively when on the ball and scored a couple of screamers in the first half.
Back in league action next week vs Ferryhill Dynamos.