Smith saves point for Saints

Last Updated: Dec 16, 2013 08:34am
Southam, Stratford-on-Avon
By David Hucker
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A strike deep in added time by Simeon Smith against his old club gave Southam United a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Bolehall Swifts, although the visitors may well feel that they did enough to earn all three points.

Playing with the strong wind at their backs in the first half, Swifts created a number of chances to have gone into the break well ahead. As it was, they scored only once thanks to a thunderous 25th minute free-kick from Adam Goodby that went in off the underside of the bar.

Swifts could have gone ahead as early as the 7th minute when two players were waiting in the box for a cross from the right, but Marc Passey, who was the lone defender, headed clear to avert the danger. Kieran Conway comfortably saved a long shot from Chris Cowley and then held on to a free kick struck straight at him.

Oli Manoochehri almost brought Saints level just after the break, but Tom McNulty managed to push the ball onto the post and it was scrambled away for a corner. A Jamie Coleman corner from the right was headed on by Andy Wilson-King to Simon Hicks, who shot high and wide, before another inswinging Coleman kick hit the post and bounced over.

With the match in the seventh minute of added time, Joss Holford sent over the perfect corner for Smith (pictured) to rise above everyone and powerfully head home to earn a point.

Next Saturday, Saints are at home to Alvis Sporting, who will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Coventry Copsewood.




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