Sixer’s Soapbox: Beating the Mags, a rare but pleasurable occurrence

OK, it was only a reserve game, but it’s always nice to rub their noses in the dirt, and it’s even better when a Sun’lan’ lad rattles in an eight minute hat trick. Our man at the Stadium of Light was Pete Sixsmith, taking in his second reserve game of the day. He was wearing his new anorak.

A cold night at the unsponsored, unsullied Stadium of Light, but the cockles of the heart were warmed by Ryan Noble’s hat trick to see off a previously unbeaten Mags second string. Premier Reserve League it may be, but after our recent dismal run against the representatives of The Great Satan, it’s good to put them in their place.

He scored them in eight minutes as well. The first one was a strong shot which Jak Alnwick, brother of wannabe porn star Ben, should have saved. For the second, he picked up a rebound from the keeper who had failed to hold a strong Jordan Cook shot, but the third was an absolute cracker.

The impressive James McClean played in Michael Liddle with a very clever back heel and his through ball set Noble loose in the box and he crashed it past Alnwick to earn a standing ovation.

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Bravo Louis Laing, Jordan Watson

There has not been too much to cheer about of late so let us offer hearty congratulations to Louis Laing, who has been called up into the England Under 18 squad for the friendly against Italy in Capri next Tuesday.

Laing – in the centre of the photo – has impressed one or two people known to M Salut with his performances for the reserves, and it is good to see his progress honoured. Let us hope he gets to play in some part of the game.

Another apprentice defender, Jordan Watson, has also won international honours, selected in Northern Ireland’s under-19 squad playing in Slovakia next week. Well done Jordan, too – send us a photo and we’ll add it!

Ah! No need …

West Ham, Darren Bent or snow can brighten our lives

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Always look on the bright side of life – even when hubcap thieves in Liverpool are casing the joint, intent on stealing our star striker, and our next opponents suddenly start winning. Monsieur Salut, off to Zurich to report (but not for the British media) on the Fifa decision on 2018/2022 World Cup venues, tries to keep smiling …

The Reserves’ great win at Chelsea aside – and we’re still waiting to hear from the much-praised Louis Laing with a photo we can post – it has not been a week for good news.

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