Saints bounce back
PUBLISHED: 09:31 31 August 2012
St Johns bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a battling draw against Shirehampton.
Weston St Johns 2
ST JOHNS bounced back from two consecutive defeats with a good performance in this fiery encounter.
The Saints were 1-0 up within five minutes. A free kick from player manager James Bennellick found Lockyer in the box, who turned and his deflected shot found the bottom corner.
Shirehampton replied with some good attacking football and equalised after opening up the St Johns defence and crossing in low for their striker to score from close range.
The game erupted when Shirehampton’s goalkeeper appeared to strike Rob Winter in an off-the-ball incident. After he finally left the pitch, a defender took up his position in goal.
After the break, both teams went looking for the win which made it an entertaining second half.
The St Johns midfield of Adams, Hayes, Clarke and Lockyer worked hard to press the visitors and caused them to look for the long ball for their quick forwards. Another strong performance from defender Dean Pierson kept them a bay.
Lockyer found space for himself, cut inside and curled a looping shot over the keeper’s head only to go inches wide. Clarke put Saints back into the lead from another strong run into the box and firing an unstoppable strike into the top corner.
Again the visitors quickly replied. A long ball over the top found Shire’s forward in space and he outpaced his defender to fire a low strike pass Ian Allchorne in goal.
That wasn’t the end of the action though as Ryan Hawkins got sent off for dissent and Shire’s forward was also sent off after the final whistle for a similar offence.
Mike Whittaker Builders man of the match went to Jack Clarke.
Westland Utd 1
CONGRESBURY made it four out of four wins with what in the end turned out to be a comfortable win over a battling Westland side.
The home side were thankful to keeper Danny Bullock who was in good form as Westland looked the most likely to score. Having survived a few scares, Congresbury defenders Ollie Clements, Sam Clements, Danny Sprague and Harry Matthews settled into the game and Westland were reduced to long-range efforts.
Congresbury had the first clear chance when Tony Tuckfield was pulled down in the box, but his powerful spot kick was well saved. Just before the break, Congresbury took the lead when Rob Harraway’s cross was headed on by Ross Stockhall for Ben Marsh to score.
After the break, Si Lister made it 2-0 with a goal from Tuckfield’s cross. The score soon became 3-0 when Harraway headed home after good work from Stockhall and Marsh.
Substitute Seb Williams’ superb pass sent Harraway clear and he made no mistake from a tight angle. Marsh set up Tuckfield for the fifth and Stockhall was the creator for the sixth, scored by Tuckfield.
Tuckfield completed his hat-trick when he intercepted a back pass to make it 7-0. Westland scored a consolation goal when their striker gave Bullock no chance with a long-range strike.
Player of the match was Rob Harraway.
Middlezoy Rovers 0
CONGRESBURY’S winning streak came to an end with a disappointing performance away to a good Middlezoy side.
The visitors started the better side with Ross Stockhall being put through twice and both chances being saved by the keeper. Then Tony Tuckfield blasted over the bar from Rob Harraway’s cross.
Middlezoy began to take control as Danny Sprague, Seb Williams and Si Hewish struggled to control midfield and keeper Danny Bullock was forced to make a couple of decent saves to keep the score 0-0 at half-time.
The second-half was dominated by Middlezoy, but it was mainly threats from set-pieces and defenders Sam Clements, Ollie Clements, Alex Read, Dan Pepworth and Moe Lister dealt with their efforts comfortably. Player of the match was Sam Clements.
WRINGTON-Redhill undertook their third successive away fixture of the campaign at Larkhall and were a little unfortunate to lose.
However, for large periods of the game the away side struggled to contain Larkhall’s free-flowing football and uncharacteristically gave the ball away cheaply and were made to pay as away custodian Saade was left exposed for the home side’s first goal.
The second half saw Wrington put on the back foot by a rampant Larkhall, who were denied several times by the impressive goalkeeping of Saade. Failure to clear their lines saw Larkhall smash home their second goal on the hour.
Wrington got a goal back through Tom Johnson, but despite all efforts could not find an equaliser. Callum Fisher was the man of the match, chosen by the vice-president’s association.
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