Date: 21 July 2020

As we build up to the 2020/21 season beginning we look back at some highlights from previous campaigns.....


Jacob Fallaize

Jacob Fallaize leaps highest to nod home an important and game changing equaliser for the reds.

Picture courtesy of andydoveyphotography.com

Sylvans opened their account in the Priaulx League with a very hard fought win against St Martins who will count themselves unlucky to have finished on the losing side.

It was Saints who raced in to a deserved 2-0 lead courtesy of two well executed corners. Both times Sylvans were found wanting at set pieces and despite the game being fairly even they found themselves trailing. 

In between the two goals for the visitors, the impressive Euan Melrose deservedley won his side a penalty after being hauled back in the box. Top scorer Sam Murray saw his penalty saved but referee Ian Drillot ordered a retake for the keeper moving too soon. Murray stepped up again but could not find the net as the keeper saved again.

Midway through the half, the reds forced a freekick some 30 yards out. Greg Roland delivered a dangerous curling ball towards the far post where Murray glanced it in to the  bottom corner for 2-1. It could easily have been 2-2 before the break but chances went begging.

Some sturn words at half time from coach Martyn de Garis clearly stirred the home side and it was the impressive Melrose who had now switched to the left flank who got the equaliser early in the 2nd half. Cutting in from the touchline his powerful effort arking in to the top corner for 2-2.

With the reds now on top, Saints were being restricted to counter attacks.  However with little over 15 minutes one of those counters produced the fifth goal of the game. Greg Roland's clearance was charged down and when the ball landed perfectly at the feet of a Saints forward he managed to get the ball past the on-rushing keeper Leroi Riley who tripped him for a penalty against the run of play. 3-2 Saints and a hatrick for Louis Hunter.

The home side rallied well though. Spurred on by the excellent Greg Roland at the back, youngsters once again came to the fore. Jacob Fallaize playing only his second senior game at the age of 16 had already seen one guilt edged chance go begging. He made no mistake from a corner though as he rose at the back post and thumped a header home for 3-3.

Step forward another 16 year old in Robbie Legg. With time almost up he raced on to a through ball only to be bought down some 25 yards out. He stepped up to bend a sensational freekick over the wall and in to the top corner to win a entertaining match. It was a touch of class from the youngster who promises so much and one which will hopefully spur both him and the team on to better things.