Keeper nets winner for Saints

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 May 2010

SAINTS, who had no game for two weeks showed great character and determination to beat Wiltshire side Shrewton at Coleridge Road

Weston St John's 2 Shrewton Utd 1SAINTS, who had no game for two weeks showed great character and determination to beat Wiltshire side Shrewton at Coleridge Road.With Shaun Locke unavailable due to county youth league duty, Jamie Crandon took over in goal with a defence of Ryan Harris, James Marshall and Stuart Walford.Jamie Wooton returned to the first team in a midfield holding role, Trevor Haslett and Brett Gready were wide men, Andy Hayes and Richard Park completed the midfield and Levi Marlow and new signing Ricky Hodge were up front.After an even opening spell, Shrewton got the breakthrough on 20 minutes when Dean Foot scored from the edge of the penalty area with a shot on the turn.Saints got a deserved equaliser on 35 minutes when the ball was played into the Shrewton penalty area and Marlow beat his marker and fired an unstoppable shot into the far corner.After an even start to the second half, Saints began to get on top with Hayes and Park orchestrating many good moves. Greg Blenkinsop replaced Haslett on the hour as Saints looked to press. Ricky Hodges worked tirelessly to create an opening and linked up well to bring the midfield into the game and one of these moves brought the winner on 65 minutes when Hayes accepted Hodge's pass and burst into the penalty area where he was brought down and Crandon came up from goal to score, despite keeper Burwell getting a hand to the shot.Nathan Best came on for Gready and looked comfortable on the ball, immediately linking up with Hayes and Park. Marlow was replaced by Damien Bromley and went up front, with Hodge dropping into midfield.This win lifts Saints two places up the table and with the next three matches at home, they will be looking to climb back into the top eight in the table, the target for caretaker managers Kevin Evans and Dave Wilcox.

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