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Saints beat conditions to overcome Town

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2013 09:12pm
Southam, Stratford-on-Avon
By David Hucker
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On a blustery afternoon that made life difficult for both sides, Southam United tamed both the conditions and the visitors to run out comfortable 3-0 winners over Earlswood Town.

 

 

Earlswood kicked off playing against the wind and dominated the early exchanges, but without troubling Kieran Conway in the Saints goal. It was to prove the story of the match as, despite the visitors’ procession, Conway made his only significant save in the third minute of added time, as Saints always looked the more likely winners.

Town keeper Tom Savage needed to be at his sharpest in the 13th minute to deny Oil Manoochehri, whose header from Danny Wylde’s cross looked certain to be a goal. Then, Andy Wilson-King split the defence with a through ball to Manoochehri, but the pace was just too strong and Savage came out to claim.

Saints took the lead in the 36th as Jamie Parker conceded a corner and Jamie Coleman’s kick found Manoochehri, who turned and shot, only for the ball to cannon off a defender to Marc Passey who scored through a crowded goalmouth.

It could have been two a couple of minutes later, but Joss Holford’s long-range effort flashed just past the post and then Savage got down well to save from Aaron Donaldson.

Steve Thomas came on for Wylde at the start of the second half, with Passey dropping back into defence and Saints doubled their lead in the 52nd minute as Manoochehri slipped past Richard Dugmore and rounded Savage to finish in clinical fashion.

Donaldson set up Thomas, but Savage saved with his legs to deny the youngster a goal. Earlswood came nearest to scoring in the 70th minute when an inswinging corner by Lee Dunkley hit the far post, before Saints also had another chance as Holford’s header from a Manoochehri corner went just wide.

It was all over in the 82nd as a clearance out of defence saw Earlswood stretched at the back and Manoochehri raced from his own half to round Savage and score, sending Saints up to third place in the St Mary’s Hospice Midland Combination

On Saturday, Saints travel to Fairfield Villa in the Les James Memorial Challenge Cup, kick off 1.30pm.

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