Saturday’s match at Aldenham Road started badly for the Sun, with Stevenage Borough Community scoring with their first attack in the early minutes of the match.
This seemed to make the fellas in yella a might nervous and panicky, especially in defence and with a lot of passing in midfield going astray, it all helped to give SBC a helping hand which they took gratefully.
Despite that, and the case of the notorious slippery pitch (not to make too many excuses) causing both sets of players to lose their footing, the Sun had the majority of control of the game, and when they did manage to string some passes together, they looked capable of coming back into the match.
But Stevenage were dangerous on the break, especially with their speedy left winger causing the Sun defence problems.
As always, Ashley Lewis looked capable of causing some problems of his own and it looked like he had scored an equaliser but for a great stop from the SBC keeper, the ball rebounded out to George Minihan, whose left foot shot skimmed the crossbar.
But before the Sun could draw level, Stevenage Borough Community went further ahead when a ball into the Sun area was dummied by one forward, leaving his colleague with a clear shot at goal, leaving Luke Furlong flat footed on the goal line.
The two goal deficit seemed to finally rouse the Sun, and Ashley Lewis broke past two defenders and lashed a fierce shot into the SBC goal to make it 2-1 at the break.
Toby Sakata and Ashley Lewis both had chances to draw the game level and there was then a scuffle due to a misjudged call by the SBC representative running the line after he had flagged for some uncertain decisions throughout the half
But that had nothing to do with the Stevenage break in first half injury time when the SBC player breached the Sun defence and slotted the ball under the advancing Furlong only for the ball to hit the post and come back to safety.
Instead of any hair dryer treatment at half time (rather difficult in the middle of a field), kind words and encouragement were spoken instead to the Sun players and they responded with a second half show.
The Sun pushed hard at Stevenage early in the second half but it was the visitors who came close to scoring again when a shot, yet again from a clever break, was superbly saved by the fingertips of Luke Furlong.
From the corner, Furlong punched the ball out, finding George Minihan, who, with his strength, shielded the ball from his marker, and put through a long pass to Ashley Lewis, who put in a cross finding Toby Sakata, but his header wasn’t strong enough to threaten the keeper.
But Toby soon used his head to good use, when a cross from Paolo Deritis was met by a brave diving header from Sakata to make it 2-2.
Stevenage went straight down the other end from the restart and with only the Sun keeper to beat the Stevenage number eleven’s shot went over Furlong, but clipped the bar and went over.
Luke Furlong was called into action soon after and made a fantastic reflex save in the six yard area to stop Stevenage going ahead again.
Ashley Lewis picked up a pass and successfully lobbed the keeper but the Stevenage lino again put his flag up, causing more disruption among the Sun officials. The linesman then accused the Sun management of abusing him, although no such words were heard, and despite another Stevenage official offering to take over the line duties, the man refused.
Ashley Lewis once again beat the opposition and passed the ball square to George Minihan who, despite two defenders closing down on him, remained cool enough to put the ball past the SBC keeper to put the Sun ahead for the first time in the match.
Frustration crept in for Stevenage and one of their players was extremely lucky to stay on the pitch after diving in dangerously with both feet, which could have ruined a player’s career. Unfortunately, the referee saw nothing and the player remained on the field of play.
But the best way to retaliate is to score more, and this is what George Minihan did, scoring his second of the match after sneaking up at the back post to knock in a low, deep cross.
Substitute Youssef Enajar, definitely one to keep an eye on for the future, showed vision by starting a one-two with fellow youth player and sub Callum Tobin and connected perfectly with his right foot as the ball flew into the Stevenage goal from the edge of the area to make it 5-2.
Callum Tobin made his second assist of the afternoon soon after, after controlling the ball with his chest, he put a cross in from the left that found Ashley Lewis with a simple tap in to make it six.
Callum could have pulled off a perfect game when he was put through on a one to one in injury time but he put his shot wide of the goal.
Sun Sports are now fourth in the league and a win next Saturday could see the Sun move into second spot.