Zac snatches winner as Sabden climb the table

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SABDEN climbed to fourth in the Burnley and District First Division table with a 3-2 victory over third place St Paul’s.

The deadlock was broken after 23 minutes when Sabden captain Ryan Graves intercepted the ball just over the halfway line, drove at the opposing defence, before unleashing a rasping effort from 25 yards that seared in to the bottom left corner.

St Paul’s found a way back in to the fixture against the run of play when a defensive mix-up gifted them an equaliser. Sabden full-back Sol Islam tracked back superbly to deny the St Paul’s forward with a last-ditch tackle, but his heroics were short-lived when the spinning ball veered inwards and bobbled in via a post.

Sabden reverted to 4-4-2 in the second half but the tactical change backfired somewhat as St Paul’s took a 2-1 lead. It was a cruel way to fall behind as a speculative drive took a wicked deflection off Jack Birkett and left goalkeeper Nick Galea rooted to the spot.

However, Sabden continued undeterred and were deservedly back on level terms when Graves showed his ability from a dead-ball, curling a delightful, dipping free-kick just under the bar to make it 2-2 in the 64th minute.

Unsatisfied with a point, Sabden continued to press and eventually they were rewarded with the winner. Left winger Zac Musker found Dave Fallon, and his enticing centre was met by a bullet header from Zac Ashworth who had stormed in to the area from the right to seal maximum points.

• FOR the third Sunday running, Dog Inn were left twiddling their thumbs following the postponement of their match due to unfit pitches. The Whalley side, sponsored by Darbyshire & Co. Accountancy Practice, are keen to return to action and build on their 100% winning start to the season.

Manager Simon Kerins said: “It is obviously very frustrating for everyone.

“We want to play and it is disappointing when we are unable to do so.

“We have made a good start to the season, but it will soon be a month since our last match.

“This is where the mental side of things is crucial; we need to stay focused and be ready to play whenever we next get the green light to do so.”