The nine Southgate men’s teams in action over the weekend managed to rack up 43 goals in six wins between them.
M3As beat Blueharts 9-1 at home as Matt Ellis and Lucas Jaehnig brought some sunshine to a wet afternoon graveyard shift at Snakes Lane last Saturday.
Maybe Lucas was in a hurry to get home as within a couple of minutes of starting he bagged a drag flick from the opening PC. His haste proved contagious as Matt joined in to provide the second. Then bish, bash bosh..3As were four up after 15 minutes and Blueharts were left reeling as between them Lucas and Matt put the oppo to the sword effectively sealing the game. A well-worked Blueharts counter attack led to their only goal but a second counter drew a super save from Veysel Demir at point blank range leaving the half-time score at 5-1.
Second half resumed with Noah Lavy pulling the strings in midfield whilst being ably supported by Sam Orsborne and Jackson Trathen. More goals came from the dynamic duo but man-of-the-match Noah gate-crashed the party to bag one of his own and as the rain lashed on, the game finished 9:1
It was a day for the front line but it could not have happened without the supporting cast; Alessandro Onano for a gut-busting yet refined performance at RB, Oscar Prior for his cool ball possession and numerous assists, and Tom Murphy for continually linking the play from LB.
Tankards Y lost 1-0 to Stevenage despite having the better of the first half. Fine play through the midfield of George Howard and Duncan Trathen gave a good platform to release the forward line of Freddie Trathen, Andy Cross and Kristiaan van Driem, resulting in a number of short corners; unfortunately, Tankards weren’t able to convert any. Stevenage had a few first half chances but these were snuffed out by some excellent keeping by Cliff Peck. It was late in the second half that the opposition mounted a counter attack and despite a Southgate defence that had given away little all game, thanks to Mat Mitchell and Jez Lavy, the Hertfordshire side were able to squeeze the ball off Cliff ‘s left pad into the goal.
Tankards Z beat 10-man Hertford 5s 6-0. Wiz and Tony Mastroddi pulled the strings in midfield, where they were ably assisted by Pinakeen Patel and Laurence Wyatt. Mark Thomsett had an excellent game at centre back and Ethan McBride had another solid game at right back, saving what was to be Hertford’s one good chance of a second half goal on the line, following some very fine work from Veysel in goal.
Goals came steadily throughout the game, two in the first half and four in the second. Scorers were Alastair Whatley – with yet another brace – and Dave Richardson, who produced a lovely strike for his goal while Tony Mastroddi chipped it over the keeper following a rebound. Wiz scored from a short corner but MS Patti’s goal right at the end of the game
deserves a special mention.
The veteran striker saved his best till last and was the moment of the game. A deft touch on the reverse led him to beat a defender at the top of the D, whose trailing leg then caught him, as he moved past, ready to take his shot at goal. The choreography of the resulting fall through the air to win the PC was worth a perfect 10. Laurence pushed out, Wiz stopped and Patti produced a perfect strike to send ball into the bottom right corner. A great way to finish the game.
Jon Lenihan won MoM with a masterclass performance at left back.
Tankards A beat Broxbourne 8-1. Scorers: Scott Brown (5), Greg, Haimish, Hargrove. Man of the match Joseph Soper.
M1s beat Fareham 1s 4-1
M2s beat Banbury 2s 5-0
M3s lost to Bromley & Beckenham 2s 0-6
M3As beat Blueharts 5s 9-1
M4s lost to Bromley & Beckenham 4s 3-4
Magnums beat Tring Supervets 8-0
Tankards A beat Broxbourne 4s 8-1
Tankards Y lost to Stevenage 4s 0-1
Tankards Z beat Hertford 5s 6-0