Saints lose out to late goal

Yatton Athletic 5 Weston St John's 4 - ST JOHN'S narrowly lost out to top of the table Yatton in this Somerset County League Division 2 Cup match.

Yatton Athletic 5

Weston St John's 4

ST JOHN'S narrowly lost out to top of the table Yatton in this Somerset County League Division 2 Cup match.

Yatton struck first when a long-range effort was spilled by Saints keeper Ian Allchorne, but Saints settled down and started to take control with defenders Ash Flavell, Dave Wilcox, Nick Jones and Joe Radcliffe keeping Yatton at bay Saints equalised when Ross Stockhall raced on to a neat pass from Dan Hartlely to fire the ball past the keeper and Jones almost gave Saints the lead with a stunning long-range effort that left the keeper stranded but just cleared the bar.

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Just before half-time Yatton were awarded a penalty to go 2-1 up at the interval.

Saints started the second-half the stronger but could not get the equaliser. Yatton were reduced to counter-attacking and from a quick break and against the run of play they made it 3-1. Saints did not gave up and Jack wayward shot was fired home by Hartley to make the score 3-2.

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Yatton increased their lead when following hesitancy in the Saints defence a striker fired home a superb volley. With only minutes left Ryan forced a superb save from the keeper and moments later James Wotton fired home from the edge of the area to make the score 4-3. Yatton were hanging on and in the final minute of normal time a good run and shot from Clark was saved by the keeper but the ball fell to Ryan Hodrien who scored for4-4.

Saints pushed for a winner and Hodrien hit a post with the keeper beaten. Saints then won a corner which was headed against the bar by Juzzy Flavell, but with only a minute of injury time left Yatton broke away and won a corner which was headed home for the winner. Weston Costcutters player of the match was Nick Jones.

Frome Town Res 3

Worle 1

WORLE had a tough away draw in the League Cup playing Frome Town Reserves, but started brightly, outplaying their county premiership opponents. Worle's attacking, attractive football created by the midfield of Smith, Murphy, Gardener, Hewish, Randall, Goodrum and spearheaded by Rio, produced five good chances in the opening 20 minutes. With Chris Murphy's thunderbolt shot giving the birds more hassle than the home goal keeper.

Josh Randall came off injured, Ben Goodrum taking over and having an exceptional game. Worle were playing free flowing football but were unfortunately caught on the break to go one behind.

Again, Worle were hit against the run of play just before half time. Despite the two goal deficit the defence of Sowden, Down, Clark, Gould, and Pearson performed well.

Just after the break, Worle were hit again on the counter to go three-nil down, but their team spirit came through and were rewarded by man of the match Rich Gardner scoring from 20 yards.

Westland United 4

Wrington & Redhill 3

WESTLAND United made hard work of this fixture against Wrington and could have easily given away valuable points in this Somerset Division 2 encounter. Westland started brightly down both flanks with McManus and Lloyd causing problems.

Westland went one up when Pete Churchill pulled the ball back from a deep cross for Ryan Hawkins to knock in from eight yards. Hawkins again two minutes later to send Westland two up.

Westland were in control but took their foot of the gas and let Wrington back into the game on 30 minutes when a free kick missed everyone in a packed box eluding keeper Dan Till.

Wrington came out for the second half sensing an upset and Westland were unable to play their free-flowing football. Wrington levelled the scores with good work down their right and then went ahead 3-2 from a penalty.

Westland looked beaten until the introduction of Corry Thomas and Adam Haysom changed their fortunes with quarter of an hour to go Thomas hit a cracking drive into the far post and five minutes later hit just as venamous a shot into the roof of the net to put Westland back into the lead 4-3.

A nervous last five minutes was played out and Westland managed to secure all three points in a game where their performance was well below par. Man of the match went to Corry Thomas for his two great strikes. Westland are away to league leaders Yatton on Saturday in a crucial six-pointer.

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