Saints maintain top spot
Weston St Johns moved within a point of promotion for a second year running.
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SAINTS maintained their place at the top of Division 1 of the Somerset County League and moved within a point of clinching a second promotion in three years with this comfortable win over Congresbury.
Saints started brightly with James Bennellick and James Wotton enjoying a lot of possession, but without creating any chances. It was against the run of play when Congresbury took the lead, with a deflection wrong-footing keeper Ian Allchorne. Saints almost hit back immediately when Jack Clark struck the bar with a good strike. It didn’t take long for Saints to equalise, the goal coming when Juzzy Flavell fired home and minutes later, Saints took the lead when Dan Hartley found Clark and his goalbound cross shot was deflected into the net to make the score 2-1.
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Saints continued to push forward and Danny Sprague had two good headers fly just over the bar, Clark hit the post before Hartley found Flavell unmarked in the area and he made no mistake with a well-placed shot to make the score 3-1 at half-time.
The second half was all Saints with defenders Dean Pierson, Mitch Smit, Danny Sprague, Alex Read and Dave Wilcox shutting out the Congresbury strikers. Mike Carpenter made it 4-1 from the penalty spot and Saints finished the game comfortable winners.
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Mike Whittaker Building player of the match was Dean Pierson.
WRINGTON-Redhill held its end of season presentation evening with over 80 players, guests, sponsors and vice-presidents were treated to a sumptuous buffet created by Lucie Howells, ably assisted by husband Pete.
The award ceremony saw Trevor Cleeves receive the Arthur Clements Cup for clubman of the year, first team manager Alan Smith’s player of the year was given to Callum Fisher and first team players’ player of the year was Neil Andow, who also scooped the golden boot award for top goal scorer.
The supporter’s club player of the year went to Graham Cheeseman. Reserve team manager Julian Moss awarded his player of the year to Chris Giles, players’ player of the year went to Mick Edmunds.
Thanks go to Steve Andow for his help and support, the team who set up the clubhouse and to Mike and Hester.
A successful year saw the first team gain promotion and the reserves in the final of the Keyes Cup at Cheddar on May 15. The first team play their last fixture against Portishead Reserves tonight (Thurs) at the Hand Stadium Clevedon (6.30pm), needing a point to become champions.