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Late Smith strike sinks Villa

Last Updated: Sep 1, 2013 09:05pm
Southam, Stratford-on-Avon
By David Hucker
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In an even contest that never really sparked into life, Southam United grabbed all three points when Simeon Smith pounced two minutes from time to secure a 2-1 win over Pelsall Villa.

Southam  were guilty of giving the ball away too often in the opening half, and twice Matt Ross was called on to clear danger. Villa keeper Amrick Panaesar denied Smith two opportunities, the second with a flying save across the face of the goal.

Villa took the lead in the 25th minute with a strike from John Charters. Brad Rees conceded a free kick on the edge of the area which Charters put into the defensive wall, the ball fell to Ben Lund whose shot was saved by Keiran Conway, but it went back out to Charters who put it low through the crowd into the corner.

Panaesar saved a Ross header from a Chris Wilson-King corner, before the Saints winger, who worked the left touchline well, put a low cross into the goal area, but Joss Holford was unable to get a toe to it.
Half time: Southam United 0 Pelsall Villa 1
Conway had to be sharp to deny Lund from close range at the start of the second half and, at the other end, Smith set up Lee Thomas, who put his effort well wide. Saints then came close to scoring when a Rees header hit the top of the bar. 

The turning point came in the 66th minute when substitute Pawel Tomczak set up Smith, who was brought down by Sean Wesley, and Holford thumped the penalty past Panaesar to make it 1-1.
A long range Holford shot in the 78th was well saved by Panaesar and the ball fell to Smith, who handled as he bundled it into the net.

Wilson-King set up Smith, but the striker couldn’t get hold of the ball. With one more effort,  Saints grabbed all three points two minutes from the end when Smith (pictured) latched on to a long ball out of defence and headed over the keeper.

Manoochehri proved a real handful to Villa and Smith’s speed always threatened to bring reward, but the player of the match nomination goes to Matt Ross who was a tower of strength in the defence.
“We were not at the races in the first half, but played better as a unit after the break” said captain Jamie Coleman.

“Overall, it was an even contest, but I always thought we could get behind their defence if we were patient and took the chances that came our way. It’s good to get into a winning habit and we need to carry the work on at Pershore Town on Tuesday.”

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