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Sun Postal bounce back from final defeat with Codicote win
11:17am Monday 24th March 2014 in Sport
Sun Postal bounced back from the crushing defeat in the final of the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy with another win that had all the hallmarks of a title-winning side.
Rocked by the midweek cup loss to County League outfit Belstone, Paul Hobbs would have been worried about a hangover against Codicote on Saturday but first-half goals from James Armstrong and Craig Lynskey settled the nerves and ensured normal service was resumed for the South Midlands Division One leaders.
The second half was a largely uneventful affair until Codicote's Elijah Mullings fractured his shin ten minutes from time. Play was held up for 50 minutes while the ambulance arrived and the promising youngster was taken to hospital.
"Thanks to Sun Postal's physio [Martin Sills] who worked with Codicote physio @RyanJefferies8 in attending to @JahmellMullings," read a tweet from the Codicote Twitter account.
When play resumed Armstrong grabbed his second to make it seven in his last three league games and a remarkable 27 for the season. Armstrong, 32, and Lynskey, 24, now have 41 league goals between them for a Sun side who are only nine short of registering a century of league goals. Saturday's opponents had been the only side to stop Sun scoring in the league this season.
Most pleasing for Hobbs will have been the fact that Sun kept a clean sheet in their first of three games without regular stopper Ross Hampton. Andy Hopping, the 44-year-old who was in between the sticks when Sun won promotion to the South Midlands League in 2003, deputised.
He will again wear the number one shirt tomorrow when Sun travel to face Bedford in a mouth-watering clash between the top two. Sun have a four-point gap over Bedford and are a further seven clear of Kings Langley who slumped to a shock 2-1 home defeat to Crawley Green on Saturday.
Sun, who have won 14 of their last 16 league games, will be boosted by the return of Ashley Lewis, arguably their player of the season, after the midfield dynamo completed his five-game suspension.
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