FOOTBALL: Saints get five-a-day with ‘Big Max’

Sponsor John Keogh of the Five Bells, Tydd St Mary, presents the first team with their new Adidas kit
Sponsor John Keogh of the Five Bells, Tydd St Mary, presents the first team with their new Adidas kit
  • PFA Challenge Cup

Tydd St Mary continued their bright start to the season with a stylish 5-1 home win against Peterborough ICA Sports Reserves on Saturday.

ICA started the game strongly and could have scored in the opening five minutes if it had not been for some desperate defending to keep them at bay.

The Saints hit the post on 10 minutes but then ICA went straight back up the other end and struck the bar.

Tydd finally began to find their feet and deservedly took the lead on 18 minutes when Nick Ainslie’s dart down the right wing found him in a good position to deliver a perfect cross for the surging Max Burrell to volley home.

The Saints continued to make chances and began to dominate the game.

On 40 minutes Burrell ghosted to the edge of the box and seemingly had nowhere to go but then turned and smashed an unstoppable screamer into the top right-hand corner of the net, giving the keeper no chance.

Tydd were not finished there either and just three minutes later Tim Lowe found Burrell in the box to complete his first-half hat-trick.

The Saints started the second half at a slower pace but never lost control of the game.

However, they had to be thankful of some fine goalkeeping from David Cooper on two occasions to keep them 3-0 ahead.

Man of the match Burrell extended the lead when he pounced on a loose ball for his fourth of the game.

A penalty reduced the deficit but Tydd made it 5-1 with two minutes to go when substitute Joe Johnson scored with his first touch.