St Johns denied maximum points

St Johns were unlucky not to take all three points against Ashton & Backwell.

Weston St Johns 1

Ashton & Backwell 1

ST JOHNS were unlucky not to take maximum points from this feisty encounter with title challengers Ashton & Backwell.

Ashton forced a number of corners in the first half, but rarely challenged goalkeeper Mike Lowe’s goal, with central defenders Ashley Flavell and Mike Hudson defending superbly.

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The Saints saw chances come and go with the visiting keeper pulling off some great saves, the best coming from a dipping free kick from Flavell. He was not to be denied as he met a cross from James Cole to head into the far corner.

Saints looked comfortable with James Wotton on his first start of the season and Mark Adams on top in the midfield battle. The visitors frustrations boiled over when a defender was red carded in the 80th minute for a two-footed tackle.

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Against the run of play, Ashton levelled with a scrappy goal. Another poor tackle was punished with a straight red card for an Ashton striker, but a red card was also shown to Flavell in the aftermath.

Alliance Homes man of the match was Andy Lockyer.

Congresbury 6

Churchill Club 70 2

CONGRESBURY recorded a comfortable victory over Churchill to maintain their position at the top of the league table.

Churchill took the lead when Congresbury’s defenders failed to clear the ball. Gradually Congresbury took control of the game and Danny Sprague equalised. Defenders Sam Clements, Alex Read, Ollie Clements and Seb Williams settled down, limiting Churchill to long-range efforts.

Congresbury took the lead when Ash Brown’s powerful shot was saved, only for Tony Tuckfield to hammer the ball past the keeper. Brown soon made it 3-1 with a neat finish. Just before half-time, Tuckfield made the score 4-1 when he raced clear and gave the keeper no chance.

After the break, the Congresbury midfield of Moe Lister, Ben Marsh, Si Hewish and Sprague controlled the game and a flowing move allowed Marsh to make the score 5-1.

Keeper Danny Bullock was having a quiet game, but he made an outstanding save when a striker was through one-on-one. Tuckfield completed his hat-trick and made the score 6-1.

Substitutes Dave Blakely and Rich Carnall cDAVE were given a run out and both played well. A defensive mix-up led to Churchill scoring a consolation goal.

Player of the match was Sam Clements.

Burnham Utd Res 1

St John’s Res 2

SAINTS Reserves made the short trip to Bburnham and came away with three deserved points.

Saints dominated on a poor pitch and nearly took a lead when a swift passing move saw Ryan Evans’ shot cleared off the line. From the resulting corner, Evans volleyed Saints into the lead.

Saints goalkeeper Allchorne gave confidence to the back four of Hartley, Carpenter, Whittaker and Chara. Lee Whittaker, Dan Hartley and Evans bossed the midfield, with Hodrian and Gorkua supporting the returning Troy Hayes. Burnham equalised after Saints switched off from a corner.

After the break, Saints’ pressure paid off when Gorkua crossed for Lee Whittaker to score his first goal of the season Hodrian nearly added a third, but his shot narrowly went wide.

M&S Carpentry man of the match was Ryan Evans.

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