MATCH REPORT: Ellesmere Rangers 0-1 St Martins

Saints made a short trip away to Ellesmere for a Shropshire derby in a disjointed game which resulted in st martins getting themselves a well fought 1-0 win.

First half:

It was evident very early on what kind of game this was going to be as both sides were attacking well early on but the majority of the football was being played in the middle of the park as both sides looked threatening when they had the ball but couldn’t keep the ball for long. The saints got their first chance only 10 minutes in as Tawanda Melusi chased down a back pass to the defence, used his strength to claim the ball and played it out to the edge of the box to Tom Ash who struck it but couldn’t keep his shot down as it went over the crossbar. Ellesmere then got their first chance of the game with a good effort from the left side as they struck a long shot which hit the far right post and fortunately for the saints, didn’t cross the line. As the game carried on both sides were being very resilient to giving away easy chances as they defended well; but somebody who was causing problems was Tawanda Melusi who looked dangerous in this game as he drove at the defence once again, running through defenders and he set up Brendon Price on the left hand side of the box who looked for the bottom left hand corner but it just went inches wide of the post. The saints were starting to look very threatening at this point of the game as they were creating chances one after another, our first shot on target this game came from Karl Bailey in the 32nd minute who cut in from the left hand side, used his dangerous right foot to pull off a shot but didn’t have enough power to challenge the keeper, shortly after in the 36th min the saints finally got the goal they were pushing for as another hefty run from Tawanda Melusi caused problems for the Rangers defenders, he passed it into the feet of Callum Graybrook who smashed it past the keeper to give St Martins the lead they’d been fighting for. That was the last event of the half as the two teams headed in for half time.

Second half:

Both sides were out for the second half as The saints looked to maintain and Rangers looked to come back into it; and they were doing a good job as they started off the second half better as they created some chances early on in this half, they crossed in the ball to find an open header but couldn’t put it away. The game then carried on with much from the first half as the game carried on to be a stalemate between the two sides as neither allowed easy chances. St Martins first chance of the half fell to goal scorer Callum Graybrook as he found himself with some space on the edge of the box, pulled off a shot but it just went over the crossbar; The saints carried on creating chances here and there as all they lacked was a finishing touch to extend their lead. Substitute Harvey Plimmer pulled off an audacious effort on the edge of the box as he was backed into a defender and tried to kick it over his head and catch the keeper off his line but it just nestled on the top of the net. We did hit the post with a very good effort which bounced across the line. Rangers couldn’t find much in the latter part of this half, the saints last effort of the game comes to Calum Bennet as he cuts in from the left side, beats his man, pulls off a shot with his left food but keeper made a good save, shortly after the ref blew his whistle for full time as St Martins came away with three points and a well fought three points.

Written by Liam Vaughan

Photo credits: Andy Easthope (Twitter: @andyeasthope)

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