Saints hit by late strike
PUBLISHED: 09:02 02 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:23 24 May 2010
SAINTS came within 90 seconds of a memorable victory against their local rivals, but a late strike by Nick Moore meant the points were shared
Weston St John's 3 Clevedon United 3SAINTS came within 90 seconds of a memorable victory against their local rivals, but a late strike by Nick Moore meant the points were shared. However, Saints should have been out of sight long before the final whistle, having squandered numerous chances.Clevedon took the lead when striker Ross Gregory beat stand-in keeper Lee Loveridge at the near post with an excellent strike, but the home side were back on level terms within five minutes. Lee Ludwell did exceptionally well to outstrip Clevedon skipper Andy Woodlands, and his goalbound shot was bundled over the line by Scott Davis.With Greg Turner and McNab doing well, Saint took the lead on the half hour when Turner forced keeper Sellway to parry a shot and Ludwell scored from the rebound.In the sixth minute of injury time of the first half, Steve Lester headed home a Simon White corner. In the second half Rob Salmon dictated affairs from the heart of the midfield and Turner continued his good work up front. Saints eventually took the lead when Ludwell's low drive was smashed home by Jason Clarke. The home side were well on top, but were indebted to Loveridge for making an superb one-handed save from Lester.Saints defender James Marshall picked up a second yellow card on 80 minutes and although they looked likely to hang on for a win, Moor got Clevedon's equaliser from a corner.Saints should have won by a large margin had the converted their second-half chances but this point takes them off the bottom of the league for the first time in weeks.