Saints crumble at home
PUBLISHED: 13:34 27 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 May 2010
DESPITE gaining a determined point away at Larkhall in midweek, Saints continued their current poor home form when they lost to Wellington. The blustery conditions made any decent football almost impossible, but Wellington
DESPITE gaining a determined point away at Larkhall in midweek, Saints continued their current poor home form when they lost to Wellington.The blustery conditions made any decent football almost impossible, but Wellington adapted better in the first half and came close to scoring on several occasions, but poor finishing let them down. Saints continued to ride their luck and the first half ended scoreless.With Crandon having to be replaced by Blenkinsop just before the interval, Saints began the second half a little brighter. The midfield pair of Hayes and Park attempted to create chances, but all too often passes went astray. Marlow and Hodge worked endlessly up front, but, not for the first time, failed to be given any decent service.The game's only goal came on 65 minutes when Saints lost possession in midfield and a quick pass was played up front to catch the defence flat footed and Woon broke away to score with a low drive.Hayes was replaced by Marcus Brown almost straight after and Haslett was pushed up into a midfield role in an effort to create openings. Blenkinsop came close to scoring in the 75th minute when he connected with a pass to fire a volley heading towards the top corner, but was denied by a magnificent save by the keeper to tip the ball over the bar.As the clock ticked on, Best and McNab pushed on down the flanks, leaving Marshall and Brown as lone defenders. Mark Brown was introduced in the 80th minute and his pace quickly caused problems for the Wellington defence, but it was to no avail as Saints fell to their second successive home defeat.This was another lack-lustre performance by Saints and it sees them fall back to 15th spot in the table, a far cry from earlier times when they enjoyed a top six position. A lot more effort will be needed if they are to climb back up the league, starting with another home game, against Clyst Rovers, tomorrow (3pm).