Saints caught by two late goals

PUBLISHED: 10:47 18 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 24 May 2010

SAINTS were cruelly denied a share of the spoils when Almondsbury snatched victory with two late goals. The Coleridge Road outfit had nine regulars missing from the starting line-up, but produced a resolute display full o

Almondsbury 2 Weston St Johns 0SAINTS were cruelly denied a share of the spoils when Almondsbury snatched victory with two late goals. The Coleridge Road outfit had nine regulars missing from the starting line-up, but produced a resolute display full of heart.The Saints went closest to opening the scoring when Eursin Guidge struck a venomous first-time shot from 30 yards, and was only denied by a fine save by Bloodworth in the home goal. Guidge was enjoying his excursions up front, and again called Bloodworth into action with a strong header.Saints were full of confidence, with debutant keeper Adam Lane showing a safe pair of hands, although the visitors survived a goalmouth scramble when the ball ricocheted off several players before Dave Willcox cleared.Lee Roberts showed up well in midfield while widemen Lee Loveridge and Scott Davis worked hard. Saints were not only providing stern resistance to the home side, but were also creating chances. Jason Gustar and Price were constantly tormenting the Almondsbury backline, but the final touch was lacking.The second period saw the Saints having to defend up the slope and with the wind in their faces, but again their excellent attitude and commitment, led by Damian Bromley and Tim Moxey, kept Almondsbury at bay.Lane again showed his courage when twice punching clear while under pressure, and Craig Dixon bravely threw his body to prevent Rugman getting his shot away.With the minutes ticking away, it looked as if it was heading towards a stalemate. However, with just under 10 minutes remaining, Almondsbury snatched the lead when Rugman chanced his luck and cheekily backheeled the ball through the crowded box and into the net.To rub salt into the wound, Almondsbury added a second in the dying moments from the penalty spot. Guidge was judged to have handled when the ball as he attempted to defend a cross. Cockram duly converted to spot kick to seal the points.The was a tremendous performance by the depleted squad, but again, the all important league points have gone astray.

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