Higley’s glee as APSA hold Town

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE London APSA 0 Sawbridgeworth Town 0 APSA manager John Higley hailed the performance of Simpson Mpalampa after his side battled to a draw against high-flying Sawbridgeworth Town. Higley s men are fourth bottom in the Essex Senior Leag

ESSEX SENIOR LEAGUE

London APSA 0

Sawbridgeworth

Town 0

APSA manager John Higley hailed the performance of Simpson Mpalampa after his side battled to a draw against high-flying Sawbridgeworth Town.

Higley's men are fourth bottom in the Essex Senior League, while Town are third from top, two points adrift of leaders Stansted.

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Despite their contrasting fortunes, APSA held the Robins to a goalless draw at the Terence MacMillan Stadium on Saturday.

Higley was quick to praise the efforts of Mpalampa.

"Simpson Mpalampa epitomised that attitude, throwing himself in front of everything to stop a goal," said the APSA chief.

"It was great to have Majid Hussain back, as he gives us a lot more stability at the back.

"I thought that Yasern Patel was unlucky not get on the scoresheet. He caused Sawbo all manner of problems.

He added: "It was a great performance from the lads.

"They picked themselves up after the defeat against Stansted and were solid in all areas of the pitch."

Higley rang the changes against Town following the 3-1 loss to Stansted, welcoming back Hussain and opting to draft in the experience of Fahim Shah and the youth and tenacity of Michael Ellis.

APSA started well and almost took the lead when Zubair Haleem whipped the ball in and Shah rose highest, but glanced a header the wrong side of the post.

The hosts carved out another chance, this time for Haleem, who fired over with just the goalkeeper to beat.

The second half started in the same vein, with APSA attacking and Isaac Aubynn was denied a goal when his header was cleared off the line.

The home side thought that they had broken the deadlock, when a slick passing move sent Patel through on goal.

He evaded two defenders before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper, only to see his effort hit the bar and bounce to safety.

APSA: Brown, McCullagh, Langton, Shah, Hussain, Ellis, S Mpalampa, Haleem, Patel, Aubynn, Burgess.

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