Saints pay for defensive lapses

St Johns travelled to Nailsea with nine players missing, but came away with an undeserved defeat.

Nailsea Town 3

Weston St Johns 2

ST JOHNS travelled to Nailsea with nine players missing, but came away with an undeserved defeat.

From the whistle, Saints were in control of the game, keeping the ball well and creating half chances, while the backline was comfortable.

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Nailsea took the lead after a free kick left a striker on his own six yards out to score. Saints levelled when a cross was met by a great header from Justin Flavell in his first start of the season.

A carbon copy of Nailsea’s first goal was repeated as the visitors failed to deal with another free kick. Again Saints pulled back level when Flavell was brought down for Andy Lockyer to score.

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Another lapse at the back let a Nailsea striker finish to make the half-time score 3-2.

After a few strong words from manager James Bennellick, the saints looked more solid. The biggest chance of the second half came when substitute Dan Hartley was put clean through, only for the keeper to save with his feet.

Alliance Homes man of the match was skipper Mark Adams.

Langford Rovers 2

Cutters Friday 3

ROVERS crashed down to earth with a hugely disappointing loss against their Bristol rivals.

Rovers started sluggishly, struggling to grasp control against a midfield three from Cutters. Strangely ineffective in attack, Rovers were gradually grinding their way into the game when they went one down.

Rovers started to press, with Callum McManus and Leigh White looking dangerous when on the ball, but Langford went two down to a penalty. Ryan Harris pulled one back before half-time with a header after good work from McManus.

Manager Crandon read the riot act at half-time, which spurred Rovers in the second half. They pressed harder, but fell further behind when a long ball evaded Crandon and their striker tapped in to restore a two-goal lead.

Rovers then switched to three in defence and went on the offensive. Aaron Blakemore, White and Levi Marlow all shot wide. Ryan Havard and Grant Giles were introduced and immediately made an impact.

Soon after, Leigh White nicked a goal from Blakemore’s cross. Rovers should have equalised, but Giles and Havard both missed chances.

Peter Evans Storage Systems man of the match went to Leigh White

Winscombe 3

Westlands 2

WINSCOMBE maintained their promotion push against a determined Westlands side.

Winscombe started brightly and keeper Malessa was forced to make a good save from Bray’s drive. They went ahead after 12 minutes through Kerrie Sleeman, who found time and space to score.

Sleeman was on the mark again on the half-hour after good work from Mike Flint and Ash Mason. They hit the bar and the Westland keeper was kept busy for the rest of the half.

The second half started much the same as the first and Winscombe went further ahead when Simon Willis scored against his old club. Westlands scored direct from the kick-off when the centre forward spotted Tim Paige off his line and scored from 50 yards.

They scored again five minutes later when a mix-up allowed them to score. Winscombe were now under pressure, but were still keeping Malessa busy in the Westlands goal. Hill, Flint, Massey and Hooper all had chances, but the game ended with Winscombe 3-2 winners.

Winscombe Fish Bar man of the match was Tim Stoves. They would also like to thank match ball sponsor Julian Stephens.

Cleeve 1

Banwell 5

BANWELL travelled to Cleeve hoping to keep up their impressive form and started the brighter of the two sides.

The front three of Bebber, May and Underhill caused problems and after great midfield link-up play from Daniels, Underhill put the away side one up.

Banwell continued to have the majority of possession and when the ball was passed to Bebber, he crossed for Puddy to make it 2-0 at half-time.

The midfield three of Owen, Daniels and Puddy worked hard and on the hour mark, the ball was played into Puddy’s feet, who turned and shot from 25 yards out to score in the top corner.

A rare lapse in concentration from the Banwell defence saw Cleeve score to make it 3-1, but it only proved to be a consolation after a Bebber run and strike saw the ball hit the hand of a Cleeve defender. Puddy completed his hat-trick from the spot.

A 30-yard effort from Evans hit the upright before the referee awarded a second penalty for a foul on Russell. Bebber stepped up to make the final score 5-1 to Banwell.

Special mentions for Scott Daniels and Jason Potter, but the Brewers Arms man of the match was Mark Puddy.

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