Saints crash at Longwell

PUBLISHED: 10:09 11 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 May 2010

THE Saints suffered a torrid time on their travels, and were well beaten by Longwell with a brace of goals in each half. The wind made life difficult for both sides, with the only person enjoying the conditions was

Longwell Green 4 Weston St John's 0 THE Saints suffered a torrid time on their travels, and were well beaten by Longwell with a brace of goals in each half.The wind made life difficult for both sides, with the only person enjoying the conditions was the kite flyer in the adjacent park. Defensively, Saints were initially more than holding their own, with the early chances falling at the other end. Jason Gustar had a shot smothered by the keeper, and then Ross McNab sent a blistering 25-yard effort sailing just over the bar. However, St John's conceded a weak opening goal on 20 minutes when Dan Tanner's tame mistimed shot bobbled through a crowded box to give his side the lead.Saints then had to reorganise soon after when Marcus Brown pulled up sharply with a torn hamstring, and had to be carried to the touchline. Worse was to come as a second goal arrived shortly before the break. The usually dependable Matt Jakeman failed to collect a regulation cross, and Charlie Rowland gratefully tapped in from six yards.The second period saw Longwell exert their authority on the contest, with the Saints always second to the ball. Their cause was not helped when another defender Mark White had to leave with a hamstring injury.Longwell were now well in control, and Saints had to work overtime to limit the chances. Having weathered the storm, the Saints conceded a third as Longwell extended their lead in controversial circumstances. Chris Allway appeared to be yards offside when heading home an excellent cross from the left.Scott Davis was introduced, and provided a little encouragement as he attacked down the left wing, but the decisive strike remained elusive.Longwell completed the scoring when Mark Cooper smashed the ball into the roof of the net from two yards after the ball fell nicely to the striker following a goalmouth scramble.A disappointing display by the Saints who travel to Almondsbury tomorrow for the reverse fixture, having drawn at home earlier in the season.

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