Saints on song to clinch victory

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:07 24 May 2010

SAINTS travelled to Cornwall in Division 1 of the Toolstation Western League and came away winners of a thrilling ding-dong battle. Saints were severely under strength with several first team regulars missing, but they

Saltash United 3 Weston St John's 4SAINTS travelled to Cornwall in Division 1 of the Toolstation Western League and came away winners of a thrilling ding-dong battle.Saints were severely under strength with several first team regulars missing, but they reverted to a 4-4-2 formation with Best, Haslett, Harris and Cullis forming the defence. The midfield consisted of Hodge, Wootton, Walford and Blenkinsop, with Marlow and Brown forming the strike partnership.The game started brightly, with Saints enjoying most of the possession in the opening stages and on 10 minutes Walford won a free kick on the edge of the Saltash 18-yard area and Blenkinsop curled his shot into the top corner of the net to open the scoring.For the next 10 minutes Saints created several chances, but were denied by some determined defending by Saltash. However, the Cornishmen gradually forced their way back into the game and equalised in the 25th minute when a snap shot from 18 yards by Alexander beat Saints' keeper Locke.The game continued with both sides battling it out until the interval. Two minutes into the second half, Saltash won a corner and they took the lead through Robinson, who was left unmarked in the six-yard box to tap home.Saints came back determined to get back on terms and in the 55th minute, Marlow forced his way into the Saltash box to equalise with a fierce low drive. Five minutes later, Blenkinsop, with his second strike of the game, put Saints back in front with a shot high into the home net.Saltash came back and on 75 minutes, Alexander brought the sides level again with an unstoppable shot past Locke.Saints denied Saltash any thoughts of sharing the points when Walford curled a shot inside the far post from the edge of the 18-yard area on 80 minutes for the winner.The game continued at a fast pace and in the last minutes, Locke brought off a splendid one-handed save to push the ball round his post.

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