Elsenham 6 Sawbridgeworth 2 Under-16s Division Two ELSENHAM turned in another fluent performance to record a sixth straight win which keeps them firmly in charge at the top of Division Two. Mitchell Seaman and Ross Cooper were this week s absentees, and w
Elsenham 6 Sawbridgeworth 2
Under-16s Division Two
ELSENHAM turned in another fluent performance to record a sixth straight win which keeps them firmly in charge at the top of Division Two.
Mitchell Seaman and Ross Cooper were this week's absentees, and with some players only having just recovered from illness it wasn't clear whether the home team would be able to sustain their level of recent weeks.
Those concerns were soon dispelled as Elsenham immediately reverted to their A game, playing some neat passing football that had their visitors on the back foot.
The first chance came when Tony Hogg's header went narrowly wide, but it wasn't long before Elsenham did find the net as Dean Clayden played a great ball through for Mason Duckett to prod into the far corner of the net.
Duckett turned provider for the hosts' second when his well delivered corner was met by a flurry of heads and appeared to come off a Sawbo defender on its way into the net.
The pattern of the game remained the same until about five minutes before half time when a terrible defensive blunder threw the visitors a lifeline.
Michael Jarvis appeared to have the danger covered and 'keeper Jon Booth came out to gather the ball, however in a split second of indecision the Sawbo forward was able to get a foot in and prod it past Booth and into the net.
The setback only served to spur Elsenham into action and just before the interval a superb volleyed goal from Josh Daniel restored the home side's two goal cushion.
Sawbo came out for the second half determined to get back into the game and put a little more pressure on the Elsenham back line.
The hosts appeared to be coping with the increased threat until a stunning 30 yard strike flew over Booth and scraped the underside of the bar on its way into the net.
Once again, Elsenham responded almost immediately with a beautifully constructed goal of their own as Adam Mace and Robert Smith combined well to set up Daniel for a clinical finish into the top corner.
Clayden added a fifth and a Sawbo defender bizarrely put through his own net to complete another good victory for Elsenham.