Winscombe triumph in five-goal thriller

Winscombe hit back from 2-0 down to defeat Weston St Johns 3-2.

Winscombe 3

Weston St Johns 2

WINSCOMBE put up a spirited display on Saturday as they fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Weston St Johns 3-2 in an exciting second half display from both sides.

The first chance of the game came on 25 minutes when Winscombe striker Michael Flint sent a 25 yard drive crashing against the bar.

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The second half got off to a promising start for the visitors as they took the lead with a Justin Flavell strike from 18 yards after Winscombe had failed to clear a Callum McManus corner.

Saints doubled their lead on the hour when Ross Stockhall pounced to score his 14th league goal of this season’s campaign. Winscombe quickly reduced the arrears when Chris Redd scored with a fine shot.

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Winscombe upped the tempo in the final quarter of the game and they scored a deserved equaliser with a thunderous effort from Ash Brown, his free kick crashing against the bar and over the line.

The game continued to swing from end to end, but with Jury Cureton in commanding form at the heart of the Winscombe defence, it always looked more likely that Winscombe would snatch the winner.

The winning goal came on 85 minutes when Flint got the better of the visitor’s defence as he beat the offside trap and then lifted the ball over the advancing keeper to find the back of the net.

Bookers Wholesale man of the match for St Johns was keeper Ian Allchorne.

Minehead 0

Langford Rovers 1

ROVERS picked up their eighth win in the first 10 games to maintain a title push and second position in the Somerset Premier Division.

In a scrappy game dominated by a swirling wind, the home side played the more attractive football, breaking well with pace. Rovers could not get into their stride and were restricted to long range efforts from Levi Marlow, Joe Ellis and Leigh White.

The best chances fell to the home side, their striker firstly hitting a post from close range and then firing a stinging shot which keeper Jamie Crandon did well to save.

The second period saw Rovers more composed and passing the ball with more fluency. Ross Neads and Leigh White provided more width and Marlow and Ryan Havard started to create.

It was the latter who earned the free kick which resulted in the goal. Kyle Havard struck from 30 yards, with the wind assisting and eluding the home keeper.

Rovers stuck firm and defended resolutely with White, Popperwell, Marshman and Harris impressive. The home sides only chance in the second period saw a superb save from Crandon, earning Rovers another valuable away win.

Rovers entertain Minehead again this Saturday in the Cup.

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