Back to Winning Ways
4 of the best from staints
Saints returned to winning ways with a convincing victory over Littlehampton. With both teams having displayed indifferent form in recent times it was difficult to predict how this match would go, and the cagey start to the match from both sides clearly indicated that both sides were looking to build confidence and regain some momentum from early season. With Saints adapting a new system there were clearly a few teething problems early and the game was breaking down regularly. It eventually took a piece of individual brilliance to break the deadlock on 25 minutes when Ed Boucher dribbled half the length of the pitch before beating the Littlehampton keeper. This seemed to give Saints a confidence lift and the second goal duly came from a penalty corners paid when Tim Griffiths sent an unstoppable drag flick into the roof of the goal. Half time was reached with Saints 2 - 0 to the good.
The second half saw Saints increase the pressure on Littlehampton and this was rewarded with further goals for Batchelor (2). The quality of the match was more consistant and Saints were able to settle in to their new formation and proved to regularly threaten the Littlehampton goal. At the other end of the pitch the Saints defensive line was rarely tested, but worked tirelessly with the new look midfield in building and supporting play. At the final whistle Saints had recorded a comfortable win which moved them back up to third in the league. Next weeks match see's Saints travel to Brighton to play a team who have already beaten them this season.