St. Martins 2-0 Rylands FC
The Saints finally got a home fixture on a Saturday almost a full two months since the season started! It was a strange feeling for everyone but you felt there was a determination two put our last two home results behind us with a solid display.
The team had one change, Callum Graybrook replacing the unavailable Harrison Millington.
The game start with Rylands looking threatening but The Saints where taking some time to get back into the rhythm of the Venue pitch with the quality not quite being there on passes.
The first chance fell to Graybroon but he shout high from a good position 18 yards out. A couple of errors from St Martins gave Rylands good opportunities to score, first No. 10 shot wide and the biggest miss was for No. 9 when Austin Hesitated and allowed him through on goal but it was a poor finish and saved for Austin to make amends.
On 20 minutes, The Saints played there way in, a threaded through ball from Easthope put Melusi in but his finish was tame at the keeper.
The game was entertaining the both teams where struggling when getting into attacking areas. On 39 minutes, The Saints showed some quality to open the scoring. Winning the ball back, they charged forward and Bailey squared to Graybrook who then found Melusi, who was on edge of the box, his cross was inch perfect for Bailey who met it on the half volley and gave the keeper no chance to fire us ahead.
The Saints where fairly untroubled and saw the half out.
Half time 1-0 Saints
The second half started like the first, lots betwern boxes but not much happening in the boxes, although Austin saved from No. 9 early in second half.
It took till the 72 minute to finally get some goal action and it was a mistake by the No. 4 of Rylands on the edge of his box, was dispossessed by Bailey and for the second game running, showed his teamwork by putting a pass on a plate for Price to roll the ball into an empty net and give the Saints the breathing room they needed.
Quickly after the goal, Austin was adjudged to have carried the ball out of his area, and was booked (was wide so no goalscoring opportunity), the free kick was wasted.
It was counter attack football from here on in as Rylands looked to run out of ideas against the impressive Parker and Dickin. Jordy Davies, Easthope and Plimmer all has good chances to extend the lead but where blocked or saved.
In the end the Saints deserved their points, as they where the best in both boxes on the day even though Ryland had more possession.
Man of the match was Josh Parker who was fantastic, but the team where a credit and move into second place, though have played more games than alot of teams.