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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 2-2 Stone Old Alleynian

The saints hosted Stone Old Alleynian on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon for a good afternoon of football that resulted in 4 goals being scored; Karl bailey was goal hungry and grabbed himself a brace and the visitors scored two long range goals to result in the points being shared in a 2-2 draw.

First half:

We started off this game slow and the visitors seen plenty of the ball as they dominated possession and their attackers showed their quality in their interplay but couldn’t create a clear chance early; the saints remained composed defensively as Alleynian carried on attacking. The saints did slowly start to find their bearings as in the 21st minute we had our first chances as there was three quick successions of low balls being played across the box but nobody could provide the finishing touch. The saints continued to keep up this momentum when Karl Bailey grabbed himself a goal in the 23rd minute after a delightful long range pass from Calum Bennet resulted in Karl Bailey slotting in a delightful little finish to make it 1-0 and then not only two minutes later he grabbed his brace and extended st martins lead to 2-0 as he chased down a back pass to the oppositions goalkeeper and pounced to take it around the goalkeeper and put it away in an open net. Just as st martins started to look comfortable with this 2-0 lead, the visitors came back in the 33rd minute as Alleynians James Lee hit a lovely strike from 25 yards which hit the crossbar and went in and nothing the keeper could’ve done to keep that one out. As The saints were recovering after conceding they went through and had a chance cleared off the line as the keeper was caught off his line and chipped. St martins had the lead at half time.

Second half

Looking to extend their lead in the second half as the saints subbed on Tawanda Melusi for Calum Bennet at the start of the second half. The visitors saw the first chance fall to them as a powerful low ball was played near post but it was to no avail as none of their attackers could get a touch onto it to equalise. A few minutes went by and then talleynians Kyle Blake found himself with space 25 yards out and hit another worldie which tucked into the top left corner to make it 2-2. As St Martins looked to reshape and recuperate after conceding another they got themselves a corner which knocked around the box and fell to Tawanda Melusi’s feet to give him a golden opportunity but the Alleynian defenders were quick to put their bodies on the line and block his shot. The saints then began to pick up the pace as they were putting pressure on the visitors defence playing some nice quick passes and this ended in a chance coming to Brendon Price as he was played through for what seemed a certain goal but the Alleynian goalkeeper made an impressive save to keep it level. Neither side could find themselves a winner as they both would not break defensively and the game finished 2-2 after an impressive 90 minutes from both sides.

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