The Saints travelled to telford for an Ethelstone cup match with Wellington Amateurs on what looked like a tough pitch and a physical side from the outset. The Saints left top scorer Karl Bailey on the bench along with Durrel and Millington with one eye on Saturday’s game vs Stone OA. Walters, Melusi, Ash, Dickin where all unavailable on the night.
The home side started the game much stronger and took the lead within four minutes. A corner was cleared back to the taker and his cross was met by the head of the midfielder to put the home side one up. The home side continued their good start but looked likely to concede at the back and on 16 minutes, Jordy Davies got to the byline and crossed for Callum Graybrook to finish. The Saints started to take control of the game, with Harvey Plimmer really looking dangerous on the break against a slow back line. The home side where picked up a couple of bookings for late tackles and they where getting frustrated. The Ams keeper was in inspired form, considering he is usually an outfield player and he pulled off a great save to deny Hands and just before half time Davies smashed the post after good work from Price. Jay Hands was again thwarted by a good save from the home keeper.
Half time 1-1
The first action of the second half was a red card for the home side. Ams actually started the half well, but on the touch line, the Ams 10 got into a something and nothing with Bennett, as Stoker tried to break it up, 10 went for him and threw his head at Stroker and received a straight red for his troubles.
The Saints should have had a clear penalty not long after with a clear push in the back of Davies but somehow the referee didn’t give it. On 65 minutes, there was a second red for Ams, a cross come in the box and the No 9 and Davies jumped for the ball, the Ams player didn’t like Davies challenge and proceeded to headbutt him, and received his marching orders. Davies was booked for his reaction to the headbutt and Ams No 5 was booked for his involvement afterwards.
Stevens tried to shake it up introducing the three lads from the bench and with two men advantage, the Saints should of seen the game off but Ams worked hard and made it difficult. Price should of but us ahead on 81 but somehow miskicked from a yard, Bailey forced a good save save from the keeper as well. The Ams keeper really was fantastic on the night.
In the last minute, the ball was worked out left and the cross came in and was headed home with a great header from Karl Bailey to get us through to the next round where we will face league and local rivals FC Oswestry Town at Yocking Park in 2019.