Saints suffer opening day blues

PUBLISHED: 13:09 21 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:44 24 May 2010

THE Saints suffered an opening day defeat to their Wiltshire based rivals in Toolstation Western League Division 1, but the home side can count themselves unfortunate not to have taken at least a point from the encounter. Th

Weston St John's 0 Shrewton 2THE Saints suffered an opening day defeat to their Wiltshire based rivals in Toolstation Western League Division 1, but the home side can count themselves unfortunate not to have taken at least a point from the encounter.The game was minutes old when the lively Ross McNab went close to opening the scoring with a stinging drive, but the effort went inches wide. At the other end, Chris Cullis did well to clear the ball off the line from a powerful header by visiting striker Justine Walters. These were the only chance which were created in the first half which, although played at a high tempo, saw both defences dominate. Disaster struck the Saints moments after the restart as Walters managed to wriggle free from his marker to drive the ball past keeper Mat Jakeman from 12 yards out. Saints responded to this setback and played the remainder of the game virtually camped inside their opponents' half as they drove forward looking for an equaliser.Rob Salmon, James Wotton and man of the match Richard Parks were in outstanding form, dictating affairs, and always looking for the goal-scoring opportunity. McNab again went close, as did his strike partner Lee Loveridge, while Salmon also saw a 20-yard effort fizz over the bar.Saints wide men, Chris Cullis and Craig Dixon, were also in the thick of the action, while the defensive trio of James Marshall, Marcus Brown and veteran Tim Moxey looked comfortable.Saints kept pushing for parity, but the all-important goal remained elusive. To rub salt into the wounds, Shrewton broke away in the dying seconds of injury time to send in a deep cross which Dean Foot met at the far post to clinch the game.A disappointing result for the Saints, but they can look forward to a good season if that level of performance can be maintained.There is a new positive outlook at Weston St John's this season, with a new committee and management structure having been installed.Gary Beauchamp has taken over the role as club chairman, while Tim Moxey has joined the club as first team manager. Moxey, who had a brief spell with the Saints a couple of seasons ago when he helped the then manager Jamie Crandon, has appointed Ian Currell as assistant manager. Both Moxey and Currell have a wealth of experience.Moxey said: "We're looking to develop a squad with the best local players with the right attitude, the right level of commitment and the sheer determination to win. We play at a decent level of football, and the facilities at St John's are always improving."Any local player who feels they are up to the challenge of Western League football, and have the attributes the club desire, can contact either Tim Moxey (07875 809413) or Ian Currell (07730 981387) for further information.

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