Saints pay the price for missed chances
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Weston St Johns paid the price for missed chances against a Street side reduced to 10 men.
Street Res 3
Weston St Johns 2
ST JOHNS only have themselves to blame for leaving Street empty-handed.
Saints travelled with a weakened squad after injuries and they started poorly and found themselves 1-0 down after Street scored from a corner. The visitors nearly equalised when Rob Winter’s smart turn forced the Street keeper into a fine save.
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The Street custodian kept Saints at bay again moments later, but soon after the visitors were awarded a penalty after a foul on Hawkins, which saw Street reduced to 10 men. Leigh White buried the penalty and Saints then took the lead when fine play by White saw Coombes head home.
Saints missed chance after chance to kill off the game and Street equalised when a deflected shot beat Harrison. Streets tails were up now and a long ball caught out Saints and Hudson was adjudged to have clipped the Street striker and the referee award a penalty, which the striker sent Harrison the wrong way for the winning goal.
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Cleeve West Town 4
Uphill Castle 3
UPHILL were unlucky to lose this top of the table clash after taking the lead on three separate occasions.
They opened the scoring early on when Sam Beresford scored from close range following a cross from Nick Crocker. A few minutes later Cleeve equalised when a striker outpaced two defenders to give keeper Mark Rawlins no chance.
Rawlins made two excellent saves from close range shots to keep Uphill in the game. A flowing move involving Josh Evans and Ben Harris set Paul Wray free and his cross was fired home by Matt Bebber to give Uphill a 2-1 lead, but Cleeve equalised after a goalmouth scramble.
Uphill took the lead for the third time when Beresford got his second of the game with a well-placed shot to give Uphill a half-time lead.
Early in the second half, poor defending ended with Cleeve equalising again. Uphill were unlucky not to retake the lead when hit the post. The Cleeve goal was leading a charmed life as Wray hit the bar before being cleared.
Cleeve took the lead for the first time when a free kick was converted. Late on Cleeve also hit the bar.
The Old Thatched Cottage player of the match was Sam Beresford.
Cheddar Res 1
WINSCOMBE entertained a youthful Cheddar side and were 2-1 winners.
Playing with the slope, it was Cheddar who started brightest and went ahead with a penalty after 18 minutes after Hughes fouled the Cheddar winger.
It took the home side only five minutes to respond when Hutchinson fired home a rising shot. The rest of the half remained nip and tuck with the home defence of Hughes, Massey, Heal and Chambers, keeping shots on Paige’s goal to a minimum.
Winscombe started the second half brighter with Stoves and Flint marshalling the midfield, giving King and Kay the opportunity to run at the defence.
When substitute Payne came on, it was from his shot that the keeper could only parry and King slid in to give Winscombe the lead.
It was not a convincing win, but gives managers Barker and Bradford hope for the run up to Christmas, especially with a number of home games.
Winscombe Fish Bar man of the match was Matt Heal.