Local Football: Sabden 5, Hare and Hounds 6

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A JEKYL and Hyde performance at the Nutter Barn saw Sabden somehow snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Sabden blazed into a two-goal lead within the first six minutes.

With only a minute on the clock, Ryan Graves threaded a ball through for the opener, and shortly after Dave Kerrison lashed an unstoppable 25-yarder into the net.

However, Tom Diggins, on his debut, was powerless to stop the Hare pulling a goal back with a piledriver.

Sabden responded well, and 10 minutes from the break, Adam Fuller’s corner was cleared to Graves, who steered a 20-yard strike low into the corner.

In the second half, Sabden extended their lead as Jay Bates’ shot was blocked and fell to Fuller, who guided the ball into the net.

Within 15 minutes, Sanden conspired to turn a 4-1 lead into a 5-4 deficit.

They managed to level matters 10 minutes from time, as Fuller lofted a ball over the defence for David Fallon to race onto and to poke under the keeper.

But, frustratingly, within 2 minutes the Sabden backline was breached again and the game finished in a 6-5 defeat.

DOG Inn’s Terry Cattermole Trophy Group B clash with cup holders Stanley Ultras was washed out due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Whalley side, sponsored by Darbyshire & Co. Accountancy Practice, were hoping to build on last week’s superb 7-2 win over Baggy’s Wine Bar.

Manager Simon Kerins said: “The players, like me, were on such a high from last week that it would have been great to play the game and hopefully continue the winning run. In the event, the weather has had the final say and we must bide our time.

“It is frustrating not to be playing but, when that happens, I always feel that you have to focus on the most recent game for confidence and momentum. I have been proud to manage Dog Inn for almost 12 years and, for me, our second-half performance last week was the best 45 minutes that we have played in all that time.”