Saints knocked out in extra time

SAINTS went out of the cup to high-flying Somerset Premier side Ashton/Backwell.

Ashton/Backwell Utd 1

Weston St Johns 0

(after extra time)

SAINTS went out of the cup to high-flying Somerset Premier side Ashton/Backwell.


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Ashton/Backwell are the form side in the Somerset League Premier Division and they sit in second place and Saints produced a good performance taking them all the way before going out to a goal in extra time.

Saints, with James Bennelick, Mark Adams and James Wotton playing well, started the game the brighter, but without creating any chances for Ross Stockhall, Levi Marlow or Jack Clark.

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Marlow and Stockhall were up against a well organised Ashton/Backwell defence and were forced to try and create their own chances. Ashton/Backwell were playing counter attack football, but never really threatened the Saints goal.

The second half was a lot different as Ashton/Backwell opened the game up. Saints defenders Juzzy Flavell, Dean Pierson, Ash Flavell and Andy Llewellyn were playing well to keep the strikers out. When they did break through, they found keeper Joe Malik in top form as he made three excellent saves.

It was Saints now playing counter-attack football and Stockhall forced the keeper into a good save and Wotton went close following a goalmouth scramble and Marlow hit the post from a narrow angle.

There was no score after 90 minutes and the game went into extra time. Ashton/Backwell took the lead in the first minute of extra time. The goal came when Saints gave the ball away in midfield and two passes later a striker cut inside and drilled a low strike just inside Malik’s near post.

Bookers Wholesale player of the match was James Bennelick.

Westland Utd 2

Creech St Michael 1

WESTLAND started sluggishly on a heavy pitch and found the going difficult.

It was an eventful first-half with an early opening goal from Creech St Michael. Things turned worse for Westland 10 minutes before half-time when Nick Mace was sent off for a poor challenge in the penalty area. Luckily for Westland, the spot kick was missed.

Manager Briffit changed things around at the break and moved Pete Churchill into midfield and despite being a man down, Westland began to gain the upper hand. Westland centre forward Leadbeater was brought down inside the box and converted the resulting penalty to tie the score.

Westland’s second substitute had an instant impact, Cory Thomas played the ball through for Rich Powell to finish well for a 2-1 lead, which Westland fought hard to retain through to the final whistle.

Burnham United Res 1

Worle 2

THIS was a well-deserved win for Worle who, although playing well in the previous weeks, a win has eluded them.

This sets them up nicely for their next game, a local derby on March 5 away to Westland United.

Still missing five first team players plus inspirational captain Jason Potter, Worle called upon Mason Gardner and man of the match Conor Downs.

Worle started the game much the better side playing with a back three of Osborne, Thomas and Downs and coped comfortably with the Burnham attack, which included first teamer Stuart Walford, who had a quiet game, well marshalled by Osborne.

Worle took the lead in fortunate circumstances. Bushell and Hannam were a constant nuisance up front and their pressure caused a back pass to elude the home keeper for an own goal.

With chances few in the first half, it was a breakaway 10 minutes before half-time that allowed the home side a glimmer of hope when a good cross was converted by Vickery.

Worle dominated the second half with Hewish, Bail, Harvey, Brewer and Gardner dominating the midfield, enabling Hannam to put Worle 2-1 up.

Other chances followed with Bail crossing into the six yard box, but could not pick out the onrushing Worle forwards. Hannam had another chance when an overhead kick clipped the crossbar.

Burnham created one last chance in the second half, but a great save by Matt Hill kept Worle in the lead and a well deserved win.

Man of the match was Conor Downs.

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