Saints earn the first point of the season

PUBLISHED: 14:52 27 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:46 24 May 2010

Weston St Johns 1 Almondsbury 1 THE Saints gained their first point of the new campaign with a deserved draw against Almondsbury. Saints had the lion's share of possession during the opening half, but resolute defending by the opposition restricted the h

Weston St Johns 1 Almondsbury 1THE Saints gained their first point of the new campaign with a deserved draw against Almondsbury.Saints had the lion's share of possession during the opening half, but resolute defending by the opposition restricted the home side to a snap-shot by Ross McNab and a low driven effort by Rob Salmon. The Saints had to reorganise on 30 minutes when central defender James Marshall left the field with a twisted ankle, to be replaced by debutant Lee Roberts.The break arrived goal-less, but the game exploded into life shortly after the restart when Salmon was shown the red card for an off the ball incident. Almondsbury seized the initiative with the extra man and started to dictate affairs. However, further controversy arrived on the hour when the Saints should have been awarded a free kick on the edge of the Almondsbury box, but with whistle in mouth, the referee waved play to continue. Almondsbury broke and Roberts conceded a penalty after he was judged to have tripped a striker. The No 9 dusted himself off to send Mat Jakeman in the Saints goal the wrong way.The Coleridge Road side work tirelessly throughout, and their endeavour was rewarded when Jason Gustar send in the perfect far-post cross for skipper James Wotton to knock in the equaliser with five minutes remaining

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