Saints miss the target

PUBLISHED: 10:05 09 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:00 24 May 2010

THIS was another battling performance by the Saints who were more than a match for their high riding opponents, but again, their failure to convert their chances, coupled with a basic defensive error and late strike, means th

Weston St Johns 0 Westbury 2THIS was another battling performance by the Saints who were more than a match for their high riding opponents, but again, their failure to convert their chances, coupled with a basic defensive error and late strike, means they stay rooted at the bottom of Division 1 of the Toolstation Western League. This is becoming a familiar tale for the Saints this year, and only emphasises the need for a natural goal scorer to capitalise on the opportunities which they are creating.Saints gave a debut to 18-year-old midfielder Jack Clark, and the youngster soon settled in well. He, along with James Wotton and Richard Parks, controlled affairs in the centre of the pitch.Saints got the ball in the net on 25 minutes when a floated free kick by player-manager Tim Moxey was headed home by Lee Loveridge, but to the exasperation of the home supporters, Loveridge was judged to have crept offside. Craig Dixon, given the chance to lead the attack, also went close, but his shot on the turn went just wide.Saints had a let-off when Wheeler outpaced Lee Robberts, but with only the keeper to beat, inexplicably decided to pass to a colleague who, although he missed the open goal, was standing a couple of yards offside.Saints continued to press after the break, mainly through Clark, while Damian Bromley stood out well at the back with a commanding display. The Westbury attack rarely posed problems for St John's until Roberts failed to control the ball, when simply clearing his lines may have been the better option. Wheeler to full advantage and fired home from 12 yards, giving Matt Jakeman no chance.Chris Cullis was introduced to add some spark up front, and Greg Tuner was also given his first outing in St John's colours, Tuner catching the eye with some neat touches and commitment in the tackle.The game was wrapped up by Westbury in the 89th minute when Aaron Billet fired through a crowded box after a quickly taken corner.These are frustrating times for St John's as they are not converting their play, which is generally of a high standard, into points. Not being able to score when on top, and gifting the opposition a goal, is a conundrum the management has to solve.

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