After another long lockdown period, SJFC kicked off in the new champions league style tournament set out by the Herts Senior League.
SJFC played Bovingdon for the first time and the game kicked off to an intense start, with both sides getting stuck in with some strong challenges. Bovingdon had most of the possession but SJFC created some chances on the counter attack, with Abbas Rattansi’s shot being deflected into the keepers hands from Mazharali Gulamhussein’s cutback.
It was Bovingdon who got on the scoresheet with two quick goals from set pieces, the first being a corner and the second from a penalty a few minutes later after Hussein Pirbhai brought down one of the players in the box.
The second half was a lot more cagey with neither side creating many chances, but SJFC had more possession than they had in the first half. Fifteen minutes before the end however, a brilliant curling effort from one of the Bovingdon players found its way in to the top corner to make it 3-0, before another well worked team goal made it 4-0 minutes before the end.
A tough first match to our restart of the season however, with the new format all hope is not lost with two games remaining of the group stages.