Following a disappointing late defeat against Chilton, Sacriston had a couple of weeks to recover and were looking for revenge against a Sedgefield St Edmunds side that beat them 3-0 earlier in the campaign.
Tactical Teddy reshuffled the pack which included a welcome return to the starting line-up for Braveheart and all round fans/females favourite Liam Summers, following a long lay-off through injury. The gaffer also brought Ryan Park back in between the sticks and put young Jockey Wilson as the left attacking winger, whilst Finch was moved into the midfield as our box to box man in the absence of Ben through injury.
Segga got off to the best possible start with Jacob setting the tone instantly through a crunching tackle on the opposition full back, driving on and crossing to the feet of Renwick (Sam not the pussy with ‘sore legs’ who didn’t get stripped) who controlled well and fired clinically into the bottom corner to put the home side 1-0 up within seconds of the game.
The blues continued their positive start pressing the opposition hard at all times and were rewarded with the second goal of the game 20 minutes into the first half, with Tom playing the ball in towards Renwick who panicked the defence into a miss-clearance to the feet of the delicate Adam Wilson who struck powerfully into the bottom corner with his weaker right foot from the edge of box.
The first half continued in the same vein with Sacriston in control and the back four and two centre mids kept their shape well and rarely looked troubled throughout; a very quiet 45 for Parksweeeee. By this point Sacriston were looking particularly dangerous on the counter attack and the energetic Davey Wardle burst forward resulting in a great chance for Renwick who dragged wide before Renwick then turned provider putting Winter clean in on goal only to also miss the target.
Murphy’s men had put in an excellent 45 minutes and just needed to do the same again to secure the 3 points. The second half was a fairly even game with no team creating clear cut chances until 60 minutes when an in swinging free kick from Dean Spliff went to the back post only for Jockey on the spot to pop up with a right foot volley into the back of the net for his second and Segga’s third.
Young Adam’s brace follows a big week in his tender life after passing his driving test earlier in the week with the highly reputable Tim’s Driving School. Any budding provisional drivers in the Durham area looking for an enthusiastic, friendly and charming instructor should contact the Ice Man, Tim Asquith for further details.
Back to the game and Sacriston were now looking good for the 3 points and Teddy ‘Tinker Man’ Murphy introduced a few subs to the match, with Ryans Bell and Green replacing Jakey and Jockey on the flanks. Sedgefield then created their best chance of the game with a cross towards the back post that was headed powerfully towards goal only for Park to make a smart save to his right; unfortunately the ball parried into the 6 yard box and a tap in rebound seemed inevitable until Parksweee threw himself from the ground across the face of the goal and saved exceptionally before grasping the ball in his hands; one of the saves of the season so far.
The tinker man’s subs then paid dividends as Segga put the game to bed with the tireless Renwick playing Green in down the right side, with Ryan taking a touch and calmly slotting the ball passed the keeper for 4-0 up and his first league goal of the campaign.
Further changes were made with Gav coming on in place of Davey Wardle who had an excellent game alongside Finch in the middle of the park and then came the return of Chris Mordue, a moment that brought a tear to eye of fans and players alike at the welfare. Following his departure a whole two weeks earlier it was a moment we all dreamed of; the long days and cold nights were becoming unbearable, the future of the club was in jeopardy, Dean was now classed as the best looking and relegation beckoned, but the saviour Sexy Chris was back, and even on the bench his beauty inspired the team to a 4-0 lead.
Following an excellent 80 minutes Sacriston had a poor last 10 when a soft free kick on the wing was headed down and smashed in by the Sedgefield striker for 4-1. Minutes later it was 4-2 as a long punt forward was delicately flicked on by Finch sending the opposition striker one on one to and chip over the keeper for 4-2, a good assist for the big man.
Despite the panic that could have ensued Segga saw the remainder of the game out reasonably comfortably with Summers and the fat fingered Chalky leading the defence well and rekindling the ‘Laurent and Per’ partnership from the old days as the clock ticked down. An excellent performance and vital 3 points which sees Sacriston leapfrog their opponents in the league table. Man of the match could have been given to anyone but went to David Winter, not as much for his creativity this time but for his hard work throughout the game and for the first time in his 8 years with the club actual helping out with some of the defensive work for the team, long may it continue …
A tough fixture away to Pelton RAOB next week, but Segga will go into the game high on confidence following one of the best performances of the season so far.
Up the club!