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Singh Sabha succumb to disappointing draw in first game of the new year

FC Beaconsfield 2, Singh Sabha 2

Singh Sabha kicked off the new year with a 2-2 draw against FC Beaconsfield. Sabha went into the game on the back of two cup wins at the back end of 2019 but league form needs to be a priority if they are to compete with the teams above them in the table.

On Saturday, Sabha took the lead first after some great link up play between the Hunjan brothers. Sukh played in Harinder with a sublime 30 yard pass before he broke away and coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead.

Beaconsfield did fire back before the end of the half, however, after Sabha’s defence were caught napping and the hosts were able to bundle home from close range.

After the break Andrei Tonca was forced into making a series of saves to keep the score line level as Beaconsfield upped the pressure. Down the other end, Mubarak Bashir had his effort denied by the Beaconsfield keeper but it was the home side who would take the lead. Sabha’s defence were guilty of switching off once again and Beaconsfield punished them with a neat finish at the back post.

Moments after, Mahmood and Bashir both went close to restore parity and Bashir was finally rewarded for his efforts when a poor Beaconsfield clearance landed at the feet of the forward who took a touch and fired home from 25 yards out past the stranded Beaconsfield keeper.

Sabha had a chance late on to snatch victory as Jameel Ahmed headed his effort onto the post from Sukh Hunjan’s corner. They are back in cup action this Saturday as they host KS Gryf in the Maidenhead Norfolkian Cup Semi Final.

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AFC Phoenix 2, Singh Sabha Sunday 5 (Ken Gomm League Cup)

Elsewhere, Singh Sabha Sunday continued their impressive cup run with a comfortable 5-2 win over Division 2 side, AFC Phoenix, to progress into the quarter final of the Ken Gomm League Cup.

Sabha took an early lead through Gratton who scored with a powerful strike after he was found by Amarjit Chand with a long throw. But Phoenix levelled the game when keeper Hasan Hussain was caught on the ball allowing the hosts to nick it from his boot and equalise. Hussain swiftly made amends for his error and his long ball found Gratton who raced clear and finished past the onrushing Phoenix keeper with a lob.

Sabha scored the goal of the game moments later with some lovely teamwork involving Jovan Bains, Mahmood and Raju, with Bains finishing the move to put the visitors in a 3-1 lead approaching half time. Phoneix did nick one back just before the break however, shrinking Sabha’s advantage to just the one goal.

After the break, Sabha had a great chance to score but substitute Andrei Tonca had a contender for miss of the season when he fired over the bar from just yards out. Tonca however did make amends moments later with a left foot finish from similar range after being picked out by Riaz.

Tonca then turned provider to slip in man of the match Mubarak Bashir who got his first goal for the Sunday team to wrap up the match 5-2. Sabha are back in cup action again this Sunday as they host FC Beaconsfield in the Roy Lester cup in the second round.

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