Derby win for Saints
PUBLISHED: 12:05 24 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:10 24 May 2010
WESTON returned to Coleridge Road following their humbling at Bridport and bounced back in style with a convincing win in the local derby. Saints lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, featuring Harris, Brown and Haslett in defence with Hodges, Hayes, Park, Wooto
WESTON returned to Coleridge Road following their humbling at Bridport and bounced back in style with a convincing win in the local derby.Saints lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, featuring Harris, Brown and Haslett in defence with Hodges, Hayes, Park, Wooton and Blenkinsop in midfield and Marlow and McNab, playing his first attacking role, up front.Unfortunately Harris was sent off after only five minutes for striking out at an opponent following a spat in the penalty area. Saints reorganised with Wooton dropping back in defence and McNab going to midfield, leaving Marlow as the lone striker.The sending off unsettled Saints for a while and Clevedon put them under pressure until the 25th minute when Marlow forced his way into the Clevedon penalty area and scored with a low drive from an acute angle.In the 35th minute, Park made a run into the Clevedon box and whipped in a cross that was caught by the wind and deceived goalkeeper Selway and went in over his head, and for the rest of the half, Saints retained most of the possession to stay in control.The second half began with Clevedon trying to make the extra man count, but Saints were at their most resilient best and denied them the chance with some strong defending and pacy attacks on the break.On 70 minutes Clevedon were awarded a penalty with Haslett was adjudged to have upended Gregory, but fortunately for Saints, the spot kick was blazed over the bar to maintain their two-goal advantage.With caretaker manager Kevin Evans banished to the stands, Jamie Crandon took over control of the team from the dugout and he replaced Hayes with Marshall to strengthen the midfield on 75 minutes.Saints increased their lead in the 80th minute when a corner by Blenkinsop was met by Marlow at the far post and headed the ball over Selway and shortly after Marlow was replaced by Mark Brown who worked hard in keeping the ball up front.The rest of the game became tense with tempers getting frayed. Brown for Saints and Cheeseman for Clevedon were booked and in the dying moments, Cheeseman was sent off for deliberate hand ball while punching it into the net.This was a well deserved win for Saints and an ideal way to bounce back from the disappointment at Bridport when they travelled with a drastically depleated side and lost 8-0.