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MATCH REPORT: Cheadle Town 0-1 St Martins

The saints travelled to Stockport to take on Cheadle Town FC for a very tight 90 minutes of football. Chances went either way but a late strike from Brendon Price was the difference maker as St martins ended up snatching a late 1-0 win.

First half:

From kick off you could see how the saints wanted to play, they put a lot pressure on the Cheadle Town defence very early on. Both sides did play well on the ball on attack but st martins were showing their danger from counter attacks in this first half as Karl Bailey had a chance in the 21st minute from a quick counter but he couldn’t find the net as it just went wide of the post.

Goalkeeper George Austin had a very impressive game as he denied the Cheadle Town attackers of any chance of a goal as he was quick off his line, confident and kept the saints in the game at times; Cheadle Town also had a good chance as they played a long ball over the top over the Saints defence which lead to an open net but the forward couldn’t put it away. Score was level at the break

Second half: 

Cheadle Town started the second half very strong as they came out and played quick and the Saints defence did find themselves on the back foot at time early on but managed to stay composed and keep the score level. The home side were the first with a big chance in this second half as their striker was through one on one after a long ball played over the Saints defence but George Austin pulled out another very impressive save to deny the forward.

The Saints then found themselves getting back into the game with counter attacks once again and the Cheadle towns defence did look exposed from these counter attacks as The Saints kept digging at their back line to find a goal; finally in the 71st minute the saints had themselves another counter attack, connected a few passes which led to Karl Bailey playing a back heel pass to set up Brendon Price who slotted it in the bottom left corner just out of the keepers reach to win the game and secure three points for The Saints.

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 1-1 Wythenshawe Town

The Saints faced 6th place Wythenshawe town at home for a very tight 90 minutes of football and 3 points would’ve meant a whole lot to either side had they have got it, as wythenshawe sit in 6th just below St Martins who are in 5th.

First half 

It wasn’t the start The Saints could have asked for as wythenshawe had picked up an early corner, crossed it in and The Saints players couldn’t get a touch onto it to clear it as Wythenshawe’s captain Chris Middleton had already nodded it in to the back of the net; admittedly it was a slow start to the game from The Saints as Wythenshawe created some chances but we slowly got our bearings and started attacking with a lot of confidence we had a lot of good movement, good passing and that all led to our first goal in the 13th minute as our midfielders and forwards played some very nice link up play, worked as a team and got the result as Callum Bennet blasted a shot at the Wythenshawe keeper and he couldn’t keep it out as it trickled into the back of the net to equalise.

It was an exciting first half which was full of action, the game had a reoccurring theme which was that the momentum constantly shifted between both sides; the Saints were creating plenty of chances as Tawanda Melusi found himself with some space in the box after some good build up play but the Wythenshawe defenders were quick to close him down before he could get his shot off. Wythenshawe’s Captain Chris Middleton did score a second but it was flagged offside.

Second half 1-1

As both sides were looking to break this deadlock in the second half The Saints came out with a game plan, they applied a lot of pressure and were very determined when they had the ball at their feet as only in the 56th minute the team were passing through the midfield very well, they found space for David Easthope on the edge of the box but his shot just skimmed the outside of the post.

The saints kept up the momentum from the first half as they carried on creating plenty of chances as Brendon Price had a low cross played into him from the right side but he just wasn’t quick enough to finish it; Wythenshawe also created their fair share of chances but nothing clear cut as both sides resolute defending quickly shut down the chance of any goals. The Saints tried to make an impact sub with Callum Graybrook coming off the bench to replace David Easthope in the 84th minute but with such little time Callum struggled to make an immediate impact in terms of a goal as the game ended level.

Full Time 1-1

The saints struggling to get the winner as the points were shared at home after a very good 90 minutes of football between these two sides. It was very entertaining and fair to say that both teams deserved to take away a point; both teams were very organised and the score line shows it, they both dominated certain sections of the match but nobody could find the winning goal to grab all three points. Onto the next. 

Report written by Liam Vaughan

Photo: Andy Easthope

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MATCH REPORT: Wem Town 0-1 St Martins

The Saints travelled to a familiar foe in the shape of Wem Town for the 1st round of the TJ Vickers Premier Cup for a place in the quarter finals.

Manager Dan Stevens shuffled the pack again, with a debut for George Durrell, and starts for Walters, Stoker, Ash, Graybrook amongst others.

In truth, the game lacked quality for 120 minutes, especially in the final third. The Saints dominated possession from start to finish as Wem played deep and tried to counter attack. The first real chance came from Millington after five minutes but he dragged shot wide when in a good position. There were lots of half chances and nearly moments for the Saints in the half but in terms of really opening up Wem, it never really came. The best chance came right on half time, when a short corner was delivered and it dropped to Ash in the six yard box, and the keeper produced a good point blank save and Ask couldn’t convert the follow up. Wem never really offered much bar the odd long range effort for the whole half. The most entertainment in the half was the handbags that saw Dickin and Hands get booked, yet they were probably the least guilty of the flair up.

Half Time 0-0

The second half followed a similar pattern and Price had the best chance of opening the scoring when he met a Graybrook cross but his stretched effort was clawed away by the keeper. Easthope was introduced for Durrell and his creativity helped put Price in on goal but the keeper again made a good save with his legs. Wem should of been reduced to 10 men in the second half when the right back, who had been booked for a foul on Price in the first half, lunged in from behind on Price again, and everyone was expecting a second yellow but the referee, who has a really poor game for both sides, failed to give the second yellow. This disjointed the game and Austin was next to get a whack for his troubles on the knee and then Tom Ash had to be replaced due to a late tackle.

The Saints almost won it in normal time, when a cross was headed back across goal by Karl Bailey but it hit the post and the follow up could not be converted.

Full Time 0-0

Extra time was just three minutes old when The Saints finally took the lead in the most unlikely circumstances. A corner was won and taken short between Graybrook and Price, Price crossed and the Wem Centre half headed it straight in the far top corner from the centre of goal. A bizarre own to say the league. It should of been wrapped up by half time. First Bailey cut in from the left, smashed a low shot and it hit the post, the rebound came 6 yards out to Jordy Davies who somehow managed to fire the ball over the bar, a real contender for miss of the season. Bailey had another chance to get on the score sheet, doing some great work down the right, getting into the box and firing between the keepers legs but somehow it ended up wide, maybe the pitch played a part.

Full time (AET 0-1)

All in all a comfortable night for the Saints who defended well and limited the home side to no real efforts at goal. A lot of work to be done in attacking areas for the Saints who looked really blunt at times in the final third and decision making was poor at times. That said, it’s our name in the hat for the last eight of the cup and that’s what matters all in all.

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MATCH REPORT: Wythenshawe Amateurs 1-0 St Martins

The Saints suffered defeat on the road to second placed Wythenshawe Ams through a first half goal.
The Saints named an unchanged team from the one that held Cheadle Nomads to a draw last weekend.
The game started in pretty dull fashion with both sides trying to gain control, but neither side mustered a chance until 18th minute when the Ams left back smashed a shot from a tight angel but Austin palmed it away from a standing position.
The same player had an opportunity from a dangerous freekick but he fired over.
On 22 minutes, the deadlock was broken, a long ball found No. 11 out on the left, he ran at Bates who showed him inside onto his stronger foot and he smashed the ball into the bottom corner. It was poor defending from Bates and a learning curve he will learn from, as after that he grew into the game.
In all honesty, for the rest of the game, it was all St. Martins, Brendon Price produced two great crosses where the Saints should of scored from, Melusi had a great opportunity when he road challenges and got himself in the box, the keeper saved his effort and Millington blazed the follow up over. The final chance of the half came from a Easthope Free kick which was inches wide.
Half time 1-0
The second half was attack against defence and Ams where camped in their own half for most of the half.
The Saints where turning the screw and on 57 had a good opportunity but Melusi wanted too much time on the ball.
On 65 minutes, the Saints should of been level. Good play from Melusi set up Jordy Davies and his effort beat the keeper but great defending from No. 2 cleared the ball off the line.
The Saints where piling constant pressure but not really testing the keeper too much! Ams where last ditch defending well and fighting for their points.
On 81 minutes, Easthope produced a great ball to release Tom Ash who was in on goal but he tripped over his own feet and the chance went.
In stoppage time, The Saints where looking for the equaliser and twice had the ball cleared off the line in efforts from Easthope and Davies again, a real blow.
Full time 1-0
A real disappointing result but a really good performance from the lads who arguably could of taken three points, never mind one. We just lacked a bit of clinical finishing in the final third.   Its a joy to see when you see a set of lads leave everything on the pitch for the club and we have got a fantastic set of players and staff at the club.
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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 1-1 Cheadle Heath Nomads

The Saints drew their second game of the season against Cheadle Heath Nomads thanks to a late Karl Bailey strike that saved them from defeat.

The Saints went into the game resorting the team that had beaten New Mills in our last league game before our break in league action.

The Saints started in dominant fashion and where the team in possession, against Cheadle who sat deep trying to contain the Saints, and did a good job of it in the early stages. The first chance came on 8 minutes when a cross from the left found a diving Brendon price at the near post and his header was tipped around the post by the keeper.

On 12 minutes, the Saints had the ball in the back of the net, but the linesman ruled Karl Bailey’s ‘goal’ out for offside. A look back on the game video shows that Karl was onside, so just one of those things that didn’t go our way.

On 21 minutes, Bailey was the focal point for the Saints again, Easthope feeding him but Karl dragged his shot wide from 18 yards.

Cheadle offered very little in the way of attacking threat, on 24 they had an effort but was fired over by the forward. The game was happening in between both boxes, in a good competitive game but neither keeper being overly worked. On 32 minutes, out of nothing, Cheadle took the lead. A high ball on the edge of the box was allowed to bounce by Dickin, who was the pressured by the forward and he managed to clear to Yuille, who was 40 yards out and struck a great shot, not quite a half volley but the ball was slighting bouncing, and it flew over Austin and into the net. In his attempt to save the ball, Austin dislocated his little finger and good work from the St. Martins staff meant it was popped back in and he continued to play.

On half time, the Saints had the ball in the net again, this time Bailey turned provider for Price but he was flagged offside. Again the replay showed up the linesman, and the Saints where wrongly denied for a second time.

Cheadle almost doubled their lead not long after, a corner wasn’t cleared, a shot was blocked on the line by Price, then the follow up effort was tipped onto the bar by Austin and to safety.

Half time 1-1

The second half started with The Saints in control again and there should of been an equaliser on 51 minutes. A great break with pace and incision saw Melusi drive and release Easthope on the left hand side of the box and he drove towards the keeper, he choose to try pull back for Bailey or Melusi in the box and it was cleared. I think if it was on his stronger foot, he would of shot and scored without a doubt. It wasn’t looking like it was our day.

The Saints where well on top, Cheadle where tiring from the big pitch, a couple of mistimed tackled where resulting in bookings and dangerous free kicks but the Saints really wasted some good opportunities with Hands and Dickin both firing into the wall. A change from the managing brought Davies into the game and a change of shape and Davies looked to continue his recent good form. With 15 remaining, The Saints had a the most blatant penalty you will see all season turned down. Davies looking to run into a ball in the box was brought down, instantly the referee dismissed the claims. Unbelieveable. If he had spoke to his assistant, it would of been given without doubt. Terrible decision. (Though the referee on the whole had a very good game).

With two minutes remaining, The Saints where level! Hands volleyed pass in the centre of the pitch deflected into the path of Price, he fed Melusi who drove into the box, he drew two defenders towards him and squared the ball to the unmarked Bailey who doesn’t miss from there. .

The game finished all square, there was not much quality on show in all fairness, but loads of effort. Cheadle will feel like they dropped two points due to the timing of the goal, but with the bad decisions and balance of play, The Saints will feel a tinge of disappointment also, so a draw was probably about right for both teams. A good set of people from Cheadle, we enjoyed their visit and look forward to the return leg!

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 2-4 Cammell Laird (Macron Cup)

The Saints exited the Macron Cup in the first round after throwing away a two goal lead to visitors Cammell Laird.

The Saints started the game by making a host of changes to the line up which saw starts for Stoker, Walters, Williams, Davies, Plimmer and Ash. Karl Bailey was unavailable and Parker, Melusi, Easthope, Price and Millington where left on the subs bench.

The Saints started strongly and had an early effort after ten minutes but Calum Williams got the finish wrong. Jordy Davies, who looked dangerous all night, crossed for Plimmer on thirteen but couldn’t connect with the header.

On twenty two minutes, more good work from Davies  set up Ash but he couldn’t get the finish. On twenty five minutes, Ash did get it right though, cutting in from the left and hitting a shot in the near post. The keeper should of done better in fairness.

The lead was almost short lived, a short corner from Lairds was crossed and headed over. On 36 minutes, Tom Ash should of doubled his talley but the keeper saved his effort but it was short lived as the very next attack saw Davies get down the right and a great delivery to Ash at the back post and he had the simple task of finishing the ball.

Cammell Laird’s skipper picked up a booking and a few tackles started flying in as frustration took over but to their credit, Lairds got themselves back in the game just before half time, a long punt was picked up in the box by the Lairds skipper who faked to shoot, pulled the ball onto his right foot and finished passed Austin.

Half Time St. Martins 2-1 Cammell Lairds

The game was following a very similar path to the league game in August, where we led 2-1 at half time and had a massive opportunity to make it 3-1 early in the second half, in August, Karl Bailey smashed home his chance, In October, Jordy Davies chose to go for goal instead of pulling it back and he shot wide. It proved to be a massive moment in the game. Lairds grew in confidence, the centre half having a 30 yard crack and making Austin pull a sharp save off. On the hour, Davies was in again, but again he could find the right finish for his good play.

Shortly after, Lairds equalised with a well worked goal, long ball out to the left, excellent first touch and cross to the impressive Caleb Jones to finish. Jones then almost put Lairds in the lead but his lobbed effort hit the bar. The Saints responded, Hands hitting a left footed strike from 30 yards to rattle the bar. Both teams going for it, like cup football should be. Price and Easthope were introduced but with 10 minutes remaining, The Saints committed football suicide trying to play out from the back and Jones got his second goal. The Saints had a go in the last ten minutes, Easthope causing trouble and Price having a effort blocked which was a certain goal. With The Saints trying to keep possession and build attacks in the final moment, Austin receive the ball and tried to trick Jones, but he stole the ball and completed his hat trick and saw Lairds into the next round.

All in all, a thrown away game for the Saints, credit to Lairds who battled well but with the changes and the 3rdand 4th goals we conceded, it was not to be. Positives with Ash getting two goals, Davies a MOTM performance, Plimmer getting his first start since his ACL injury (and awarded the Oppo man of the match) and getting Stoker back into the grove after injuries, the squad is looking strong and ready for a tough period of league football coming ahead.

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MATCH REPORT: New Mills 2-3 St Martins

New Mills 2-3 St. Martins

Saturday saw the Saints make one of the longer trips of the season to picturesque New Mills. The home side had started the season well and where top but slipped to 9th but their games always producing goals, Today was to be no different!

The Saints made one enforced change, Top scorer Karl Bailey was forced to miss the trip due to his marathon run the day after, so in came Harrison Millington who had missed last weeks win.

The home side started on the front foot but it was the Saints who had the first real effort with Easthope shooting straight at the keeper. It was Austin next into action after a long range effort was caught in the air and he palmed the ball to safety as it looked to risky to try catch.

On twelve minutes, the man of the game, unfortunately the referee, started his display and gave the home side a penalty. Josh Parker was deemed to foul Lowe in the box, his fall was theatrical but there was contact. Sherriff stepped up and despatched for 1-0.

The Saints responded immediately and won a free kick 20 yards out after a foul on the impressive Price. Graybrook was wasteful and the freekick was poor.

On sixteen minutes, that man in black was centre of attention again, the ball ran towards Austin and was chased by Brooks, there was a 50/50 tackle between them and brooks went down, the linesman signalled penalty, but the referee signalled goal kick. After a discussion, the referee stuck with his original decision. A let off for the Saints but the linesman did seem to try and ref the game off the side all afternoon.

Two minutes later, the scores where level. Price played in Bennett in the left and at the by line, he pulled back the perfect cross to find Millington to score his third goal in three games. 1-1

Five minutes later, there was more drama involving the referee as he awarded another penalty to New Mills in what seemed to be a challenge where Bennett won the ball and it should of been a corner. Sherriff despatched the kick and made it 2-1.

Believe it or not, two minutes later, the referee was at it again, this time awarding St. Martins a penalty for a foul on Price, though it did look potentially outside the box. Jamie Hands stepped up and even though the keeper got a hand to it, he couldnt keep it out. 2-2

The game continued to be a messy affair, Bates and Easthope both picking up bookings (fairly) but The home side where very theatrical in going down and a few times the referee could have booked for simulation. There was also an early change, Graybrook was replaced by Ash, partly through injury and partly tactical.

Half time 2-2

A minute into the second half, The Saints got themselves into the lead for the first time. Tom Ash recieved the ball on the edge of the box and threaded a good ball to the on rushing Melusi who squared for Easthope the force the ball home! A great start to the second half. 2-3

It should of been 2-4 moments later, in a similar move to the third goal but Easthope couldnt take the ball in his path and New Mills scrambled the ball away.

Easthope and Price both had further early chances in the second half but the game started to settle and New Mills grew into it with their midfielder Aaron Kirk having a greater influence.

On 63 minutes, the home side would of equalised if not for a great last ditch tackle by the skipper Josh Parker who got his toe in and deflected the ball just wide for a corner.

With fifteen remaining, the man in the middle was centre of attention again, a horrible tackle on Stuart Dickin, who was again impressing, should of saw Adam Farrend’s afternoon end but he only recieved a booking to the bemusement of the away side.

The Saints had some half chances on the break as the game was coming to a close but couldnt get that cushion needed.

In added time, the New Mills sub McConnell, picked the ball up on the left and smashed a shot from 30 yards, which looked like it was heading to the top corner but luckily for the Saints, it was their day and it smashed the bar and flew away. The whistle went and the Saints made it 25 points from 13 games, with 9 of those games away from home already!

The game was a good contest and New Mills are a good strong team that will take points off good teams over the season. The Saints are learning to win when not at their best and thats a good sign.

The result sees us move to first place in the table but we have played alot more games than some clubs so even though its nice, its not going to be sustained in the short term, especially with no league game until the end of the month now.

All in all and hard fought three points for the lads and we can now enjoy a rare weekend off!

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 2-0 Rylands

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.

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MATCH REPORT: Wythenshawe Town 1-4 St Martins

The Saints travelled to south manchester on the back of three defeats and three poor performances, a place and a point ahead of our opponents. Jordan Davies and Matt Walters where unavailable and David Hartshorn suspended but there was good news as Jack Bates was finally cleared to mate his Debut, in our eleventh game of the season.

The game started evenly but it was first blood to the home side, good work from the left winger got a cross in and The Saints didnt deal with the second ball, the striker composed, shot across the keeper and the ball went in off the post.

The Saints where level 4 minutes later though, showing great character, Melusi was brought down by the keeper and Jay Hands stepped up to convert his penalty.

The game was competitive and evenly matched, defences on top and no keeper forced into a save. In the 34th minute the Saints really showed there class with a goal that would not be out of place at a much higher standard of football.

Easthope started the move in his own half by spreading the ball wide to melusi, he drove inside and returned the ball to Easthope who then passed the ball into Price and drove towards the Wythenshawe defence where he got the ball back 18 yards out and with the outside of his boot, bent the ball away from the keeper and into the far corner! A really classy goal!

Two minutes later, the Saints showed of extended their lead, a ball out to Melusi where he beat the full back and put a great ball into the box where Bailey, who had a fantastic game working hard up front, had time for a touch and to pick his corner but miscued and fired wide.

Wythenshawe had a chance to equalise just before half time, but Calum Bennett sensed the danger and cleared the effort off the line. They also tried to lob the keeper from 30 yards but it went wide!

Half time 1-2

The first 15 minutes followed a similar pattern to the first, competitive and full blooded but chances at a premium.

On the hour it was another penalty for the away side, after Price was played through on goal, tried to take it around the keeper but the home defender clipped him and fouled for a penalty. Hands duly dispatched the penalty for 1-3 lead.

With 15 remaining, Wythenshawe got a life line after Bennett clipped the forward after missing the ball and gave the third pen of the day, but Austin was equal to the effort and saved with his feet to keep the scoreline in the saints favour.

In stoppage time, the Saints where awarded their third pen of the day and the fourth of the game when Tom Ash was brought down by the goalkeeper, in fairness all four pen decisions the ref had spot on, and this gave Hands the chance for a hat trick of penalties, a feat he has achieved before for the Saints at Tipton, and he duly delivered and the Saints marched out 1-4 winners.

It was a fantastic team performance from everyone involved after a tough few weeks for the Saints. We now can look forward to a trip to Vauxhall Motors next week as we try and add to our points talley.

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MATCH REPORT: FA Vase – Wellington 3-2 St Martins

After a comfortable 4-3 victory against Maine Road on bank holiday Monday, the Saints turned their focus to the FA Vase, as they travelled down to Hereford to take Wellington in the first round of qualifying. This was only the Saints second appearance in the compeition, so they were hoping to improve on last years efforts.

After a tactical change to the starting XI due to missing players, the Saints started off well, creating their first chance early on. Walters wins a strong header which finds its way over the Wellington defence, Bailey is quick off the mark to try and beat the ‘keeper to the ball, however he gets a touch but it deflects off the goalkeeper and the home side clear the danger.

However, it all went downhill quickly for the Saints. In the 13th minute, the Saints loose the ball deep in the opposition half, which allows them to break away and counter attack, a lofted ball over the heads of the Saints defence finds the Wellington striker who takes the chance and volleys the ball past George Austin to but the home side ahead.

Straight from kick off, the Saints always made the game level. Jordan Davies runs at the Wellington defence, however its nicked from his feet but he manages to win it back, and sets up Karl Bailey to shoot at goal, but his effort is dragged wide.

On the 30 minute mark, Austin is called into action. A ball from the Wellington defence splits open the Saints defence, allowing the forward to run into space, however Austin is quick off his line to collect the ball from the feet of the attacker to deny the home side extending their lead.

A few minutes later, the Saints create a chance of their own. Bailey picks up the ball and drives at the Wellington defence, after beating a handful of players to get himself into the box, he rolls the ball to Dave Easthope to shoot, however his shoot is directly at the goalkeeper, who catches the ball with ease.

Just before halftime, Austin is called into action again with a handful of quick reaction saves to deny Wellington from extending their lead.

The Saints get the second half underway, and hoped to improve on their first half performance to get themselves back into the game, with James Durman coming on to replace Tom Ash which allowed Josh Parker to move into midfield.

Things went from bad to worse for the Saints. Austin tries to play a quick ball to the foot of Jamie Hands, however he couldn’t control the ball which bounces off the top of his foot and goes directly back to Austin in goal, but only for the ball to find the top corner, out of reach of Austin. An own goal to extend Wellingtons lead and cause more damage to the Saints to their hopes to reach the next round of the FA Vase.

55 minutes into the game, and Parker tries a long ball over the Wellington defence as he tries to pick out Davies, which he does and Davies drives into the open space, but his effort to try and play the ball across goal is denied as it smashes against the defender, who clears the danger.

A few seconds later, Hands picks out defence with a superb long ball, again over the top of the home defence fore Davies to get into space, this time he tries to flick the ball over the goalkeeper as it comes down to home, but his effort is goes narrowly wide.

In the final 25 minutes, Wellington put the game to bed by adding a third. Parker looses the ball and Wellington are quick on the attack, which leads to the forward rolling the ball past Austin and to slot home into an empty net.

Into the final 10 minutes and the Saints win a corner, its cleared but Price manages to flick the ball back into the box with his head to find Parker, who knocks the ball into space, Easthope is on hand to volley the ball with a spectacular scissor kick and smash the ball into the bottom corner to give the Saints a brief sense of hope that they can get back into the game.

A few seconds later, Davies drives down the right wing, beating everyone in his path to find his way into the box, his effort at goal is driven straight at the goalkeeper, however the ball rebounds off the cross bar and into the feet of Bailey who doesn’t think twice to drill the ball into the back of the net.

However it was to late for the Saints as the game finished 3-2 to Wellington. St Martins now turn their attention to Tuesday night as they take on Eccleshall in the league, a win in that game takes them joint top with league leaders Wythenshawe on points. And then its a trip to Nelson the following weekend in the Macron Cup.