Saints foiled by a late Portishead goal

PUBLISHED: 10:18 25 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 May 2010

FOR the second successive week, St Johns's efforts went unrewarded, as again they were foiled by a late winner, which took the points the short distance along the M5. The first half saw Portishead in the ascendancy, with mi

Weston St John's 0 Portishead 1FOR the second successive week, St Johns's efforts went unrewarded, as again they were foiled by a late winner, which took the points the short distance along the M5.The first half saw Portishead in the ascendancy, with midfielder Cleve Holder dictating play. Saints were on the defensive for most of period and were indebted to keeper Mat Jakeman for keeping them in the game with a couple of outstanding saves, the first when Holder found space on the edge of the box, the other when he bravely dived at the feet of the visiting Number 9.At times the St John's defending was woeful, but equally, centre backs Bromley, Moxey and Marshall worked overtime to keep the opposition at bay. The break allowed the Saints to regroup, and they reappeared with renewed vigour, and soon after the restart, Saints introduced debutant Mark Puddy in exchange for hard-working Lee Roberts. Whereas in the first period, Portishead were dominant, the resurgent Saints were now more on the offensive. For the dominance of midfielder Holder in the first 45 minutes, now read Richard Parks. The Saints' playmaker was finding his range with his passing, mixing the long ball with some delightful touches.St John's had a glorious chance to take the lead on the hour when skipper James Wotton sent Ross McNab through on goal, but the striker was denied glory by a fine save by the legs of Robin Moore.Puddy settled in well in his defensive midfield role, allowing Parks and Wotton to drive forward, but with the minutes ticking away, the game appeared to be heading for a stalemate.Portishead introduced the impish figure of Miles Farrier to the attack with 10 minutes remaining, and he dealt the killer blow on 88 minutes, peeling away from his marker to find room and time to send an exquisite chip over the advancing Jakeman.Another agonising finish to a game which saw the points slip away, but it will only be a matter of time before the Coleridge Road side start finding the back of the net and climbing the table.

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