Sabden move into contention

Paul Astin opened the scoring for Sabden
Paul Astin opened the scoring for Sabden

Sabden defeated second placed Heys Inn to record their fifth consecutive league victory, and put themselves right into the championship mix.

Sabden were out of the blocks quickly and David Fallon chested a cross into the path of Paul Astin, who smartly volleyed the opening goal.

Heys equalised on the half hour as a free kick from the left was powerfully headed into the top left corner.

Three minutes later the Heys striker coolly steered home a wicked cross.

Sabden began the second half like wounded animals, and on 53 minutes, Astin`s shot beat the keeper and struck the post, but Fallon netted the rebound to level the scores.

The locals went ahead with 16 minutes remaining when a pass from deep sent Jacob Buggie clear, and the 18-year-old kept his head and lifted the ball over the keeper.

Four minutes later, Buggie provided the ammunition for Astin to extend the lead.

And Fallon’s second goal on 83 minutes, following a drilled corner from Adam Fuller, killed the game off.

To Heys’ credit, they poured forward for an equaliser, and an unfortunate own goal finished the scoring, but the points stayed with Sabden.

Ryan Ellis was named man of the match for another imperious performance at the heart of the defence.