Disputed penalty, and it wasn't McDermont this time.

Collinson, Greener and Sangha in action - photos by the injured Dan Smith

A solid performance, again, from Sassco against, arguably, the strongest team in the competition.

We were up against it and had three enforced changes, with Burns, Stanness and Middlemiss all out. In came Si Williamson, Dave Smith and John Devlin (at the 11th hour). Davey Lamb Chops was in goal, as I thought the priority would be to get the shaky McDermont pushed out of harms way on the right side of defence.

It started awkwardly. We were under quite a bit of pressure. Absolute Home Improvements were putting together some good moves, but we were weathering the storm in the storm. A little bit of a melee outside their area, saw a breakthrough and James Collinson scored his first goal for us, easily picking his slot and firing home.

After this, the problems started. We turned to see Dan Smith lying on the floor, apparently sunbathing, but realistically injured, or suffering shell shock from his snipering last week. We were down to 10 men. Then not long after this, a clean tackle by myself saw the referee call a foul and a penalty! I wasn't devastated one bit as I and all the rest of the team (including Davey Pie Face, who'd be the first to slag me off) knew it was a good tackle and the ball spun off in the direction of where it was cleared.

It was 1-1 at half time, but we had the winds on our backs for the second. We still had 10 men, but were managing perfectly. My 17 year old tactics of defending deep, were finally coming back into fashion. We (or I) ignored Dixon's obsession with a line up the field, because he likes his bike rides and is fitter than the rest of us if he has to get back. Defending deep meant that the closer the opponents got to goal, we stalled them to allow more men to ccome back and defend in numbers. The players were then in two minds to shoot, cross, pass and so on. Si, Gareth, Collinson and Devlin did superb in the middle, and despite being down to 10, we probably created the better chances: Three squandered free kicks in good areas, Barker's open goal miss and then a hell of a goalmouth scramble, which didn't result in anything.

Defensively, Dixon, Macca and Whelam (plus myself) were solid enough and Davey didn't really have any major saves to make, although a lot of them he gathered easily.

A very impressive second game. Hopefully the same bunch can creak into game 3. 

Sassco.co.uk 2 Knattspyrnufél…

11-a-side - 22nd May 2018

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Iceland still unbeaten against England. It was all square at Sassco's third encounter at the Stadium of Light. A loss in 2016, a win in 2017 and now a draw in...Read More

Israel סוקרסטארס Soccerstars …

Israel Tour 2018 - 20th May 2018

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The English lose on penalties (as expected). We were greeted by heavy security at Ben Gurion airport. There were missile silos all around the airport and in the distance, we heard...Read More

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Saturday Season 20 - 21st April 2018

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Large wins during the 40 minute games It was searing heat, as six teams kicked off Season 20 (wonder how many will be left at the end). The marathon league takes...Read More

Panini stickers for Reykjavik…

11-a-side - 12th April 2018

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Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur "Throttur" line up. If you thought Sassco's line up look rough..... Here we have our esteemed opponents, with their huge squad. in the "Panini" format. The game against Reykjavik's Knattspyrnufélagið...Read More

Soccerball for the Israel Tou…

Israel Tour 2018 - 6th April 2018

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Land of milk and honey, and retro Sassco balls. It's the usual style with our retro balls for the Israel Tour. It contains the Woven Inc logo as well as the tour...Read More

Play on the Pitch Panini Stic…

11-a-side - 26th March 2018

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Got, Got, NEED! We've launched the official Panini Stickers for the Play on the Pitch 2018 game. Apparently, Jake Dyke's worth at least two swaps. The game against Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, our semi-professional...Read More

Tel Aviv-Yafo תל אביב-יפו Ser…

Israel Tour 2018 - 22nd March 2018

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Venues and opponents in The Holy Land.  On Friday afternoon, we will be travelling to the picturesque Kibbutz Ma'agan Michael, just north of Tel-Aviv to take on Tel-Aviv Soccer Stars and...Read More

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Saturday Season 20 - 13th March 2018

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Season 20 to span a number of months After the resounding success from the recent Season 19 Tournament, the particpants requested more regular events.  Therefore the plan is to have a league containing four/five...Read More

Redhouse Fusion win Season 19…

Sassco Tournaments - 11th March 2018

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Slightly older, but worthy winners. The regular league at Downhill ended back in 2011 on a cold, wet and miserable February evening, concluding 17 seasons of weekly football. Since then, a small...Read More

Israel Tour 2018 Itinerary.

Israel Tour 2018 - 1st March 2018

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Flights, football and where Jesus was born. Our five day odyssey in the Holy Land is part of a busy month of May, so we have tentatively planned our schedule. Football...Read More

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11-a-side - 1st March 2018

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A full set of players! Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur have announced their large squad for the game v Sassco.co.uk at the Stadium of Light on the 17th May. They will be bringing a total...Read More

The FA People's Cup at Goals …

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 25th February 2018

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Sassco cruised through the group, but eliminated in the knock-out stage. A far better performance this year, with the team comprising of Kevin Cooper, Curtis Newbold, Davinder Sangha, Aden Bannister and Jake Dyke. Game 1Sassco.co.uk...Read More

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The rules and regulations for Play on the Pitch 2018 have been passed on from Sunderland AFC. Those who took part last year, will know what to expect. Rules of Play Squads...Read More

Team shirts for the SAFC Game…

11-a-side - 23rd February 2018

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Game confirmed! The game has now been officially confirmed and booked in to the Stadium of Light for the 17th May 2018. The kick off is 7:00pm. Our illustrious guests, Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, have...Read More

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Sassco Tournaments - 16th February 2018

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Season 19 in March 2018 The League, albeit in a tournament format and 5-a-side, is back in action after a long hiatus, since the summer of 2016. It's now played over...Read More

Line-up: Sunderland AFC Stadi…

11-a-side - 7th February 2018

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3 Absent, but 3 in. Delighted to have confirmed 11 Sassco players for the Play on the Pitch event at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, in May 2018. The team is scheduled to...Read More

Sassco.co.uk v Knattspyrnufél…

11-a-side - 26th January 2018

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Our first overseas guests? Not 100% confirmed, but Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur, a semi-professional side which defeated Sassco in the Iceland Tour 2017 in one game (Sassco won the other) are looking to travel...Read More

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11-a-side - 10th September 2017

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11-a-side - 13th August 2017

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The Harpers return and both last a full game (nearly). Our O35's 11-a-side adventure ended in a whimper, so it was good to be invited to a full 90 minute session...Read More

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11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 22nd July 2017

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  Martin Smith: over 300 pro appearances. David Duke over 200 pro appearances. Stubba: Priceless! We were struggling again. This time, we'd lost half the side from last week, due to holidays...Read More

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McDermont concussed - wakes up thinking he's Danny Dichio. It was when he was off getting no treatment that we scored the winner. The game was up and down up to...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 4 Sunderland O35…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 1st July 2017

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Finally, we managed to get a win, However, the circumstances were all too familiar, with new faces coming in, but this time slotting in perfectly. Team talk was just about who was...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 0 Washington AFC…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 24th June 2017

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McDermont foaming at the mouth. Another disappointing game topped off with McDermont foaming at the mouth, requesting to be subbed, then fannying around in the box to concede the fourth goal. The...Read More

Sassco.co.uk 1 Sunderland O35…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 17th June 2017

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Searing heat, another injury and McDermont roars like a kangaroo to hit the crossbar. It was quite disappointing. We were missing a few from last week: Barker, Dan Smith and Dave...Read More

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Last competitive game was 6 years, 9 months, and 19 days ago. Yes, a total of, approximately, 2484 days, 17 hours and 30 minutes had lapsed since Sassco played it's last...Read More

Near miss in the final moment…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 28th May 2017

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Tired legs took effect the following day, as we faced an identical schedule, which was increasingly gruelling. Also, the majority of the team were out on the lash until around...Read More

Triumph on Day 1 of the Knatt…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 28th May 2017

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Sassco.co.uk had a gruelling four match schedule, and despite Dixon being rudely awoken with a frying pan, and using a player provided by the opponents, they triumphed with a clean...Read More

Sassco win at the Stadium of …

11-a-side - 21st May 2017

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Sassco's most glorious moment in their 18 year history. Sassco 11-a-side, finally won their first game in over a year, and what a place to do it in. It was their first...Read More

Stadium of Light 2017 shirts …

11-a-side - 12th May 2017

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Delighted to announce that the shirts supplied by Woven Inc. have arrived and are ready for our second game at the Stadium of Light on 18th May.

Opening game v South Tyne Bui…

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 10th May 2017

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Sassco return to action on the 3rd June at 10am against South Tyne Building Supplies. Squad has been confirmed with the following players: 1. Davinder Sangha 2. Chris Dixon 3. Marc McDermont...Read More

Stadium of Light Rules, Itine…

11-a-side - 4th May 2017

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The rules and regulations for Play on the Pitch 2017 have been passed on from Sunderland AFC. Those who took part last year, will know what to expect. Rules of Play Squads...Read More

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Iceland Tour 2017 - 30th April 2017

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The main venues are shown below for the Iceland Tour. The apartment is shown, plus the football venue, main bus terminal, as well as hotel and airport. Below this map is...Read More

3-5-Who?

11-a-side - 28th April 2017

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Woven Inc to supply Sassco's …

11-a-side - 20th April 2017

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Please to announce that Woven Inc, one of the UK leaders in custom workwear and fashion clothing based in Washington, are supplying the AWDis kit for our game at the...Read More

Sassco 11-a-side are back?

11-a-side O35 League 2017 - 31st March 2017

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We're looking to revive the 11-a-side team in, albeit, an over 35 format. Durham FA are organising a 50 minute game league, which is played on a Saturday morning at Durham...Read More

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11-a-side - 25th March 2017

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Sassco travelled to the beyond (i.e. Walker Dome) to take on the Northumbria University Officer Training Corp team. A team which we somehow defeated 6-1 last year, albeit with what...Read More

Knattspyrnufélagið Þróttur To…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 20th March 2017

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The dates and times have been just about confirmed with a five team tournament set over two days. The teams involved, alongside Sassco.co.uk are Þrottur, Breidablik, FC Sækó and Öspin. The dates...Read More

AWDis football kit choices fo…

11-a-side - 8th March 2017

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We have a number of choices for our game at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in May. Last year, we chose orange as the sponsor colour, but our opponents are looking at...Read More

Sunderland AFC Stadium of Lig…

11-a-side - 28th February 2017

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Delighted to have confirmed 11 Sassco players for the Play on the Pitch event at Sunderland's Stadium of Light, in May 2017. The team is scheduled to play against a similar...Read More

The FA People's Cup at Goals …

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 24th February 2017

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Sassco took part in their first FA People's Cup, a 5-a-side competition played at Goals Sunderland on Sunday 26th February, but failed to get a Quarter Final spot. The team comprised...Read More

Official match ball for Icela…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 15th December 2016

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Ready to grace the glaciers. It's back to basics with the 70's retro look for our Iceland Tour 2017 match ball. The ball contains the Iceland Tour logo, as well as...Read More

5-a-side defeat against Sunde…

Sassco 5/6-a-side - 4th November 2016

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A game requested by Sunderland Deaf FC, who are taking part in a the Rudolph 5-a-side tournament in Derby, was arranged at the outdoor pitches at Everyone Active Washington. The Sassco team...Read More

Iceland Tour football kit by …

Iceland Tour 2017 - 26th August 2016

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A little while away, but the initial design for the Iceland Tour 2017 football team kit is ready. The jerseys will be provided by the Just Cool by AWDis brand, supplied...Read More

Icelandair from Manchester an…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 13th August 2016

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The flights were changed slightly. Originally, we were due back on the 30th May 2017, but as the flight was cancelled, a few panicked communications later saw it changed to...Read More

First team ever to use Just C…

11-a-side - 7th August 2016

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New shirt for the nomadic 11-a-side team. Sassco have had branded team kits and custom made team shirts since the foundation back in 1999. So we are now proud to announce...Read More

Iceland Tour 2017 football sq…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 27th July 2016

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The six players for the Iceland Tour 2017 are detailed below:   Kevin Cooper Joins again after taking part in four recent tours. Superb between the sticks. Davinder Sangha Organiser (as expected) and defender in...Read More

Cricket score = bad defences.

11-a-side - 24th July 2016

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Our regular tri or bi-annual game took place again, but this time off the 3G (or is it 4G) and on to grass at Castle View, where we suffered a...Read More

Games against Breiðablik UBK …

Iceland Tour 2017 - 23rd July 2016

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Really delighted to announce two games in Iceland for the 2017 tour. Games will take place in and around Reykjavik. The first one arranged was against Breiðablik UBK arranged by Andrés Pétursson...Read More

Tactical headquarters in Reyk…

Iceland Tour 2017 - 7th July 2016

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We've provisionally booked a two bedroom apartment in Reykjavik, which will hold 6 people (Booked tickets yet, Tim?). The apartment is close to shopping, bakery, ATM, etc. Bus stop is also...Read More

Defeated again; Dave Gourlay …

11-a-side - 3rd July 2016

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Plenty of dinosaurs were dug out for Sassco's difficult game against O'Briens, a team organised by Steve Farrer (himself a rare dinosaur), and containing a lot of ex-Redhouse FC players. For...Read More

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