Saints continue their fine run
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Weston St Johns continued their fine run with an away victory at Cutters Friday.
Cutters Friday 1
Weston St Johns 2
WITH seven changes to the starting line up from the previous week, Weston St Johns carried on their fine second part of the season with this excellent away win.
In difficult conditions, the Saints took the game to their hosts from the start and strikers Rob Winter and Andy Lockyer were again a constant threat.
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The first goal came on 32 minutes when Winter was put through by Clark to finish well from 10 yards.
The second half became a midfield battle and defenders Flavell, Pierson, Matthews and Cole were dealing well with the home strikers. That was until the 65th minute when Cutters scored from close range to level.
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The winning goal for the Saints came 10 minutes later when Wotton put Lockyer in to calmly finish in the corner.
This result was a great team effort and saw some excellent individual performances. The Alliance Homes man of the match was Joe Radcliffe.
Ashton & Backwell Res 1
CONGRESBURY returned to the top of the table as they bounced back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over a battling Backwell side.
The game got off to a fairly even start, but Congresbury gradually began to take control with Ben Marsh, Ben Sheppard, Seb Williams and Moe Lister creating chances for strikers Ross Stockhall and Tony Tuckfield.
Congresbury took the lead with a goal out of nothing, when a hard shot by Tuckfield deceived the keeper and went in at the near post. Danny Bullock made two good saves to keep Backwell out, but just before half-time, Backwell equalised to make the half-time score 1-1.
Playing down the slope in the second half, Congresbury dominated the game but were frustrated by some resolute Backwell defending, while defenders Ollie Clements, Sam Clements, Alex Read and Si Hewish had to be on their toes.
Midway through the half Congresbury regained the lead with the goal of the game, a stunning 25 yard strike into the roof of the net by Williams. Congresbury continued to create chances and Tuckfield, Stockhall and Marsh all had good chances to make the game safe.
It wasn’t until the final minute following good build-up play by Rob Harraway and Danny Sprague that Stockhall beat the keeper to make the final score 3-1.
Williams Roofing player of the match was Seb Williams.
WINSCOMBE easily defeated local rivals Churchill in a game that was played on a very wet pitch.
Winscombe started the brightest and went close on numerous occasions, but could not put the ball in the net.
The midfield trio of Cureton, Stoves and Hayden were running rings around Churchill and with the back four commanding, it was no surprise that Winscombe scored through 17-year-old Nick Hayden, who scored again two minutes later after a superb ball from Cureton.
A storm at half-time had the Churchill manager requesting that the game should be abandoned, but the referee deemed it playable, and almost immediately had a player sent off for sliding in.
To their credit, Churchill changed things around and put Winscombe under pressure and scored with a good header, but Tim Paige in goal was never troubled again and with five minutes left, substitute Damien Hill scored to seal the victory.
This win moves Winscombe up to third in the league, still with an outside chance of promotion. Winscombe Fish Bar man of the match was the impressive Nick Hayden.