Hicks is Top Saint in Deserved Win

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2014 08:46pm
Southam, Stratford-on-Avon
By David Hucker
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Southam United’s young team tore up the formbook when twice coming from behind to win 3-2 at fourth-placed Bolehall Swifts.

It didn’t look too hopeful when Ian Ray’s team fell behind in just the fourth minute. A simple through ball opened up a big gap in their defence and, although keeper Tom Cross tried to gather, he was beaten to the punch by Dave Yonwin who tapped into an empty net. 

But, Saints were back on level terms five minutes later when Oli  Manoochehri ran from his own half to beat the defenders for pace and round keeper Thomas McNulty to cap a superb solo effort. 

Swifts came back, shooting over in the 18th minute and being denied a second when Cross saved well from Yonwin. The post then came to Saints’ rescue before Matty Wyatt shot over from a Manoochehri throw.

Manoochehri was denied by the legs of McNulty and, with the interval approaching, they lost central defender Josh Turton, who was bleeding from a cut above the eye caused by a clash of heads.  

With Turton’s injury necessitating hospital treatment, Ben Tennant moved into the centre of defence, with Danny Wylde switching sides to left back and Dan Rist taking his place on the right.

Swifts took the lead again in the 58th minute through Steven Day, but it was all square in the 71st as SteveThomas beat McNulty to a high free kick floated into box and the ball fell to Joe Williams, who fired into the net.

Cross was called on to keep Saints in the match, punching over a free kick given away by Simon Hicks, before they got the third and all-important goal in the 76th minute.

Wylde sent the ball down the line to Thomas who, in turn, sent Manoochehri away. The danger seemed to have been cleared but, Kurt Parsons, in only his second match, latched onto a short pass back to McNulty to score.



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