Saints keep the winning habit

PUBLISHED: 09:13 11 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

SAINTS recorded their second successive victory when they defeated their Mendip rivals in a seven goal thriller. Although the playing surface was ideal, the afternoon sun and strong wind made defending the car park end

Weston St Johns 4 Shepton Mallet 3SAINTS recorded their second successive victory when they defeated their Mendip rivals in a seven goal thriller.Although the playing surface was ideal, the afternoon sun and strong wind made defending the car park end extremely difficult.Shepton took full advantage and forced eight corners in as many minutes, but the home defence held firm. Having withstook the early onslaught, Saints settled into their game and almost took the lead in 15 minutes, but striker Ross McNab's shot was inches wide. Ten minutes later, Saints got the breakthrough when Lee Ludwell was fouled and Rob Salmon scored from the free kick from just outside the penalty area. Just before the break, Shepton equalised when Gary Chapman was given space in the penalty area and beat Matt Jakeman.Saints dominated the second half and regained the lead when Tom Owen beat three defenders and his cross was turned into his own net by Dean Loxton. Widemen Greg Turner and Rich Powell were causing problems for the Shepton defence.Saints continued to dominate and added a third on the hour when Lee Ludwell picked up the ball 30 yards out, rounded three defenders, and scored from the edge of the penalty area.Shepton were thrown a lifeline with 20 minutes remaining when James Marshall picked up a yellow card for an illegal challenge on the edge of his penalty area and Paul Leatherhead scored from the free kick.Saints restored their two-goal lead with the goal of the game by man of the match Salmon. He won possession on the halfway line, and scored with a tremendous 35-yard effort. The scoring was completed on 85 minutes when Renold Turnock outpaced Saints' defence to score.Manager Tim Moxey said: "We are delighted with the win which puts us within striking distance of the other clubs at the bottom. Not only are we now scoring regularly, we are also creating many opportunities.

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