Al­fie hits a hat-trick to boost sur­vival bid

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - By JAMES WEST­GATE james.west­gate@jpress.co.uk @Jim­my­wezz

SAWTRY COLTS YEL­LOW .. 3 WIS­BECH ST MARY PUR­PLE .............................. 2 Un­der 13 Di­vi­sion Two

SAWTRY Colts went for a Bur­ton as they took a gi­ant step to­wards Di­vi­sion Two sur­vival.

Need­ing to beat the strug­gling Saints to move clear of the drop zone for the first time this sea­son, Sawtry clinched the re­sult they so des­per­ately needed thanks to an Al­fie Bur­ton hat-trick.

The vi­tal rel­e­ga­tion clash with strug­gling Saints wouldn’t have gone ahead had Sawtry boss Gary Smith not de­cided to book the 3G pitch at the Grange. And the ar­ti­fi­cial pitch clearly suited a nat­u­ral goalscorer like Bur­ton as Sawtry snatched the vi­tal points.

Smith said: “I have coached quite a bit on 3G in the past but it was new for a lot of the boys although I thought they coped with it very well. We knew it was a mas­sive game for both teams with rel­e­ga­tion still a big is­sue for us and I am de­lighted that we were able to get the re­sult we needed.

“Ob­vi­ously Al­fie had a great game but all the boys were su­perb and they re­ally showed what they can do when they are at full strength. Los­ing play­ers and oth­ers get­ting in­jured has been a mas­sive prob­lem for us and it has meant we have been stuck in the bot­tom two.

“But this re­sult has moved us clear and a point or two from our last two games should see us al­right.”

Af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the early ex­changes, Sawtry took the lead when Bur­ton opened his ac­count with a headed goal from an Adam Smith corner in the 20th minute.

But try as they might the Colts couldn’t build on their ad­van­tage and early in the sec­ond half the Saints equalised when Cal­lum Elsey broke clear be­fore send­ing his shot past Fred­die Nel­son in the Sawtry goal into the bot­tom corner.

Stung into ac­tion, Sawtry hit back al­most im­me­di­ately when Bradley Bird put Bur­ton in for his sec­ond of the game. And when Bur­ton sank the tre­ble af­ter latch­ing onto an Os­car Seph­ton cross, the Colts looked like gal­lop­ing away with it.

The Fen lads clearly had other ideas, how­ever, and Bartek Zi­abka set up a nervy fi­nale when he net­ted with five min­utes to go to make it 3-2. But Sawtry stuck to their guns and held on for the win that should guar­an­tee them Di­vi­sion Two foot­ball next sea­son.

WIS­BECH ST MARY PUR­PLE UN­DER 13s: Pic­tured from the left are, back, Stu­art Ablett, Craig Peel­ing, Danny Mur­phy, Lu­cas Ablett, Aaron Wat­son, Char­lie Be­don, Cal­lum Elsey, Rea­gan Rose, Dave Rose, front, Tadas Genulevil­ius, Coner Ruthven, Bartek Ziabra and Bran­don Pow­ell.

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