Banwell beaten by a single goal

Banwell 0 Creech St Michael 1 - AFTER what seems like an eternity since their last fixture, Banwell played host to Taunton feeder side Creech St Michael at the Riverside.

Banwell 0Creech St Michael 1AFTER what seems like an eternity since their last fixture, Banwell played host to Taunton feeder side Creech St Michael at the Riverside. With a patched-up side, Banwell lined up with a familiar 4-5-1 approach, Harvey was in goal with Payne and Hebbes full backs leaving Sweeting and Mitchell in the centre, Mullins in an advanced role partnered Molloy in midfield with Pennington wide left and Bradley on the right, leaving Duncan just behind Ferris up front.Banwell started fairly well, but showed the lack of game play and Creech are a good footballing side, well drilled in set pieces and hitting on the counter which showed in the first 20 minutes. As Creech attacked, Harvey made two outstanding one-on-one saves to deny Creech in a 10-minute onslaught and Sweeting and Mitchell did well. The referee awarded a penalty to Creech, but their captain pulled it wide of the post.Bradley and Pennington were causing Creech problems with their pace down the wings, but with just Ferris lurking alone up front, it was a case of not making enough chances in the first 45 minutes.Early in the second half, Banwell brought on Stevens for Molloy and Atwell, making his debut, for Hebbes, and they started to make more chances. Ferris went close with a good effort, then Pennington waltzed round five Creech players before seeing his shot well saved, before Duncan had a header from five yards loop over the bar. Atwell was causing all sorts of problems with his movement and silky touches, linking up superbly with Breadley, Ferris and Stevens, as the game opened up.Then disaster struck for the home side as a harmless cross was heading towards the arms of Harvey, but Mullins glanced his header into the path of a Creech striker who volleyed the ball over Harvey from 12 yards.Banwell pressed hard for an equaiser, with Ferris working an opening, but passing when a shot might have been the right decision. There were strong performances from Mullins, Harvey, Mitchell, Pennington, Atwell and Stevens, but Sweeting was given the man of the match award sponsored by Diamond Limousines.Langford Rovers 1St George EIG 0ROVERS deposited St George from the top of the table with this impressive Division 1 winOn a sticky pitch, Rovers stared brightly, keen to extinguish the memories of the mauling they took at the hands of the visitors earlier in the season.Pressing forward, Rovers were presented with a gilt edged chance after just 10 minutes, Grant Giles heading over a Trevor Haslett cross at the far post.It was Giles again minutes later, again with a header with which he should have done better. Leigh White went close, and Wes Wilson blasted a free kick over the bar, but other than two dangerous free kicks, Rovers defended game fully in the first period.The second period started brightly, and evenly. Just as fatigue started playing its part, the game opened up and began to be fast flowing from end to end.Adi Knight blocked well for Rovers, and Nathan Talbot saved smartly from a close range shot, before Rovers broke the deadlock.A fine Wilson pass found White who jinked in the area and pulled the ball back for Giles to score from close range. The visitors pressed forward, again proving most dangerous from set pieces, but the Joe Popperwell defence withheld everything they could throw at it.The referee turned down what seemed like a certain penalty for Rovers with minutes left, before a superb Giles tackle helped seal the points.Rovers entertain Peasedown this Saturday, hoping to improve on their current sixth place in the table.


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