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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 3-2 Oswestry Town

The venue hosted a special night under the lights as St Martins faced Oswestry in a local derby which lived up to its name as the game finished 3-2 with late drama.

First half:

The first half started quickly as it was a fairly quiet start but then suddenly in the 13th minute Oswestry opened the scoring after some good work was done down the right hand side, a dangerous ball was whipped into David Howarth who got himself some space and placed a decent header into the top right hand corner. The game was then quite tight as both teams were evenly matched in the middle of the field but both team were resistant; although the saints did grab chances where they could and our first chance fell to Tawanda Melusi who found himself with some space on the edge of the box, hit it first time but it was always rising and went over the bar. It wasn’t long after this that the saints capitalised on the chances they were creating as in the 37th minute the saints played some very nice one touch football to build up a low cross into the box which Karl Bailey got himself onto unmarked, hit it first time into the bottom right hand corner to level the playing field and make it 1-1 going into half time.

Second half:

The second half carried on from the first as the saints carried on their momentum from the end of the first half and looked very positive as they pressed well and looked to create some chances but nothing too prominent. Then the saints really started applying the pressure as they won a corner after some good play and it was a short corner, taken quickly by Tawanda Melusi who lay it off for Calum Bennet on his favoured left foot to whip it in first time and find the head of a looming Stuart dickin who grabbed our second with a very well placed header and give the saints the lead in the 72nd minute. The lead was shortly lived though as Oswestry equalised only two minutes later in the 74th minute as Liam Parry did some nice work from a counter to square it across to Louis moss to rolled it into an open net to equalise. The game then began to get a lot more competitive than it already was as both teams seemed desperate to get all three points as both teams were working hard late on; then in the 93rd minute in true derby drama style a high ball was lofted into the box which found it’s way to Karl Bailey who grabbed his second and St Martins’ third and what turned out to be the winner in injury time and The Saints walked away with a well fought three points.

Written By Liam Vaughan.

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 3-3 AFC Bridgnorth

St Martins came desperately close to clinching a place in the T J Vickers Shropshire County Cup Semi Final, but lost out in a sudden death penalty shoot out to AFC Bridgnorth.

In a cracking cup tie at the Shrewsbury Sports Village, the Saints raced into a two goal lead through goals from Jordan Davies and Karl Bailey, but Bridgnorth came from behind to lead 3-2

Jay Stoker’s penalty then levelled for Saints to bring the score back to 3-3 and took the game into extra time, but they had to play the added 30 minutes without goalkeeper George Ashton, who was injured in a clash at the end of 90 minutes.

Centre forward Tom Ash took over in goal, but with no further scoring the game had to be decided on penalties, and it was the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division side who progressed, winning the shoot out 8-7.

St Martins General Manager Craig Rogers said:

“We started the game well, were on the front foot and the better side. But as soon as they scored shortly before half time, it drained the confidence out of us a bit.

“They got a couple of penalties and it went to 3-2, and then when we did well to get back to 3-3 we lost our goalkeeper.

“To be fair our centre forward Tom Ash did really well in goal during extra time. We probably should be in the final, but we’re not.

“Their goalkeeper was quite impressive tonight, we just didn’t get the breaks we needed and that’s football.

*Article from the Hallmark Security League website*

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 2-6 New Mills

ST MARTINS 2-6 NEW MILLS
HALLMARK SECURITY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 SOUTH
PLAYED AT PARK HALL STADIUM, OSWESTRY
SATURDAY 30TH MARCH 2019
MATCH REPORT BY ‘STATTO’
After suffering their 3rd straight league defeat with a 2-3 loss away to Cheadle Heath Nomads the previous Saturday, St Martins took their losing run to 4 games as they crashed to a very disappointing 2-6 home defeat by New Mills in their Hallmark Security League Division 1 South clash at Park Hall Stadium on Saturday.
Saints had gone into the game in 10th place in the table 4 points behind 9th placed Cheadle Heath Nomads with both 8th placed Abbey Hulton United and 7th placed Sandbach United a further 7 points ahead with Abbey Hulton ahead on goal difference.
Meanwhile, New Mills went into the game on the back of 2 straight league defeats which had left them in 18th place out of 20 in the table, level on points with 17th placed Cammell Laird 1907 but behind on goal difference and having played 2 games more than Lairds.
Saints got off to a flying start by taking the lead after just 97 seconds when a stray forward pass by New Mills defender Tom Russell in the centre circle on the visitors’ right was intercepted by Calum Williams, who took a touch before sending a low forward diagonal ball to George Durrell on the right.  He took a touch before sending a low through ball to Jordan Davies outside the right hand corner of the box, whose flighted cross into the middle found Shawn Melusi who sent his header from 6 yards into New Mills keeper Stuart Morrison’s top left hand corner.
New Mills equalised in the 17th minute when Luke Hincks’ free kick from the left to the far post saw Ben Bevan pulled down in the box by Saints defender Jack Bates, Stoke on Trent referee Dan Parkes said penalty and after the fuss died down, Joe Rothwell stepped up to fire the resulting spot kick into Saints keeper George Austin’s left hand corner.
Saints were forced into their first substitution in the 18th minute when the injured Davies was replaced by Andrew Flann.
New Mills went 2-1 up in the 33rd minute when Dan Vinten’s long ball over the top on the left was missed by Saints defender Stuart Dickin and found the lively Remeece Brown, who ran infield and took an over-committed touch with the ball coming off his left foot to the suspiciously offside-looking Georgi Whyment on the penalty spot who fired his right foot shot from 12 yards into Austin’s left hand corner.
It was 3-1 in the 39th minute when Hincks’ floated corner from the right to the far post found Liam Delaney who rose highest to send his header from 3 yards with the aid of a deflection off Saints defender Jay Stoker on the goal-line into Austin’s top right hand corner.
Saints pulled a goal back in the 57th minute when Harvey Plimmer’s short corner from the right found Durrell whose first time cross into the middle found Melusi, who sent his header from the edge of the 6 yard box into Morrison’s left hand corner to make it 3-2.
Just 73 seconds later (now in the 58th minute), it was 4-2 when Rothwell’s short corner from the left found Brown who took a touch and made a diagonal run from the left towards the middle of the D before firing his right foot shot from 22 yards into the centre of the net.
Saints made their second change in the 59th minute when Brendon Price came on to replace Flann.
It was 5-2 in the 60th minute when Rothwell’s ball over the top from the right fell to Brown who took a touch before sending his curling left foot shot from 30 yards into Austin’s top right hand corner.
It was 6-2 in the 65th minute when Vinten’s long ball over the top on the left found Rothwell who ran into the left of the box before being shoulder-barged by Bates, referee Parkes said penalty and Brown stepped up to fire the resulting spot kick into Austin’s left hand corner to complete his hat-trick on his debut for the club.
New Mills made their first change in the 66th minute when Jake Dunford came on to replace Hincks before making their second change in the 72nd minute when James Power came on to replace Delaney.
Saints made their final change in the 76th minute when Dan Stevens came on to replace the injured Dickin.
Then deep into the 88th minute, Durrell won a tackle with Adam Cooper on the left of midfield and seemed to clearly get the ball.  However, referee Parkes saw it differently and with Durrell having already been shown a yellow card in the 45th minute, he was shown a second yellow and sent off to leave Saints with 10 men for the final 2 minutes plus added time.
The final blast of referee Parkes’ whistle after 1 minute and 12 seconds of added time at the end brought the game to a close and confirmed Saints’ worst defeat of the season.
Saints: George Austin, Jack Bates, Calum Bennett, Calum Williams, Jay Stoker, Stuart Dickin, Jordan Davies, George Durrell, Karl Bailey, Shawn Melusi, Harvey Plimmer.  Subs: Brendon Price (for Andrew Flann 59), Andrew Flann (for Davies 18), Dan Stevens (for Dickin 76).
New Mills: Stuart Morrison, Adam Cooper, Dan Vinten, Tom Russell, Ben Bevan, Liam Delaney, Robbie Swallow, Luke Hincks, Georgi Whyment, Joe Rothwell, Remeece Brown.  Subs: Jordan Pendlebury (for Brown 74), Jake Dunford (for Hincks 66), James Power (for Delaney 72), Dan Tweedie (not used), Ben Parkinson (not used).   
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MATCH REPORT: Cheadle Heath Nomads 3-2 St Martins

The saints took a trip away to the ProSeal stadium to take on Cheadle Heath Nomads in an exciting game which ended unfortunately for the saints as they lost the game 3-2.

First half:

The first half started off quickly as in a mere 45 seconds the saints took the lead thanks to Tom Ashe who was in the right place at the right time as Harvey Plimmer drove the ball down the left hand side, beat his man and then whipped in a menacing cross on his left foot which was met by and scored by Tom Ashe to give the saints a one goal lead. The Saints then continued to play well as they applied plenty of pressure and were very good at winning the ball back in the first 10 minutes; This shown to benefit them as things only got better for them as in the 15th minute Harvey plimmer won the ball back, drove at the defence, played in Karl Bailey with a through ball which split the struggling Nomad centre half’s, Bailey then went on to tuck it past the keeper on his right foot to give the saints a two goal lead in 15 minutes. Nomad began getting themselves into the game as they attempted to respond quickly at the other end as they won themselves a free kick on the edge of the box, went for goal but George Austin pulled of an impressive save to deny the goal. Nomad then really started pushing to get themselves something before half time as in the 32nd minute they got themselves a goal from a corner as nomads’ Simpson scores an impressive header which tucked into the top right hand corner. The last event of the half came from Cheadle as they got themselves another chance just before half time, a ball was whipped into the box and they won the header but it hit the post and then bounced along the line before George Austin claimed it.

Second half:

Quick start for the saints in the second half as they looked to extend their lead in the 55th minute as Karl Bailey was played through again by Harvey Plimmer, who played very well this game, Bailey attempted to slot it past the keeper for our third but couldn’t quite converted as it was put behind for a corner; only ten minutes later Cheadle got their second from another corner as they won a header at close range and there was nothing George Austin could’ve done. Things were then only looking up for Cheadle as they continued to dominate in this second half and got themselves a penalty in the 72nd minute, which was a rollercoaster of emotions for all the players on the pitch as Cheadle took the penalty, scored it but then it had to be re taken due to somebody running into the box, they then hit the crossbar on the penalty and the scores remained level; that was short lived though as only in the 87th minute Cheadle got their winner and that was the final blow for the saints as the scored finished a devastating 3-2.

Written by Liam Vaughan

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 1-3 Sandbach United

St Martins hosted Cheshire based side, Sandbach FC in a game which St Martins were unfortunate to lose as the game ended 3-1.

First half:

We were caught off early on as Sandbach got a corner in the 4th minute, the St Martins defence attempted to clear it but it only went as far as Sandbach forward James Kirby who cut in from the left to put it on his right foot and bend it in the top right hand corner and the saints trailed very early on. The saints attempted to respond only six minutes later as Calum Bennet played a exquisite long ball over to Harvey Plimmer who found space on the far left side, he controlled it well and as he drove forward it all looked very promising but the keeper just got a hand onto his shot to put it wide for a corner. The saints were beginning to play well and that early goal looked even more unfortunate as time passed on; Jordan Davies got himself some space on the right wing, he attempted to play a lofted through ball into the box but none of our attackers could get a touch onto it to convert it. The game was very much of a deadlock in terms of the two teams performances as they both attempted to attack and defend seamlessly but neither could succeed in doing so. As the whistle blew for half time it felt like a game that should’ve been a draw as the teams were very evenly matched but Sandbach were in the lead due to that early goal.

Second half:

Starting off the second half the saints looked to level things; Tawanda Melusi got himself a blinder of a chance as a low ball was played into the box, fell straight to his feet and he had all the time but he couldn’t get his shot right and he rolled it into the keepers hands. Next up Tom Ashe got himself a decent chance as he jumped up and got himself onto a decent cross but he couldn’t generate enough power to put it past the Sandbach keeper as he dealt with it fairly comfortably. In the 65th minute Harvey Plimmer came off for Karl Bailey due to injury. In the 70th minute Sandbach got their second through Christopher Smith as he got himself onto a long ball, waited for the ball to drop before volleying it into the bottom left hand corner. Then only 10 minutes later Sandbach got their third as they are played in behind, and it is squared to Josh Lane for an open goal for what looked to be the sealer for the game; substitute Karl Bailey attempted to get St Martins back into this one as in the 87th minute he got a ball played into him in the box from Tawanda Melusi and slotted it in the bottom right hand corner for what was only a consolation goal as the game finished 3-1.

Written by Liam Vaughan

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 0-4 Wythenshawe Ams

St Martins hosted 4th place Wythenshawe amateurs in a game where the saints struggled and Wythenshawe showed their quality.

First half:

The first half of this game wasn’t too eventful as the two teams tried to figure each other out. The first shot of the game came from Jamie Hands who found himself open on the edge of the box courtesy of a well worked st Martins counter attack, he took a shot with his left and looked for the bottom corner but the Wythenshawe keeper got down to make a good save. Early worry for the saints as Wythenshawe got themselves a penalty in the 10th minute which was given for handball but the saints had George Austin to thank who made an impressive penalty save to keep the score level; unfortunately not long after Wythenshawe scored due to a misfortunate touch from Calum Bennett who played the Wythenshawe attacker through on goal and he slotted it past George Austin to take the lead. The rest of the half was fairly uneventful as Wythenshawe looked to extend their lead and St Martins looked to get back into it.

Second half:

The start of the second half was bad news for the saints as in the 51st minute Wythenshawe extend their lead by 2 as the Wythenshawe forward chased down a back pass and beat George Austin to it and slotted it away into an open net. Wythenshawe then continued to dominate the start of the second half as St Martins locked something offensively and struggled to establish themselves; Wythenshawe played a cross into the back post but it couldn’t be converted. The best chance the saints had was in the 71st minute as a low cross was played in, it bounced around the box for a few seconds and a shot is taken from a few yards out but there’s not another power to beat the Wythenshawe keeper and he makes a comfortable save. As the game approached its end, Wythenshawe defended well and St Martins continued to press for something big if they were to get back into this game. The game looked to be set in the 80th minute as Wythenshawe made it three thanks to some good football and a squared pass into the box. Although St Martins did play better in the latter part of the second half it wasn’t enough as Wythenshawe continued to defend well and then got their final nail in the coffin with their fourth goal in the 90th minute with a goal very similar to their third as a ball was played down the wing and then squared into the box and it was slotted away to end the game.

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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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MATCH REPORT: Rylands 1-0 St Martins

The saints travelled away to Gorsey Lane to take on top of the table Rylands FC in what turned out to be a game in which both sides battled well and it resulted in a 1-0 win for Rylands.

First half:

The early minutes of the game looked strong from St Martins as they piled on plenty of pressure as Rylands attempted to pass it out from the back. Although the saints played good pressure, the first chance of the game fell to the home side to as they found themselves with a chance on the edge of the box, took a shot but George Austin watched the shot drift past his post. This was shortly followed up by our first chance of the game which fell to Karl Bailey, he was played through but still had a defender to beat as he attempted to fire an early shot and catch the keeper out in the bottom right hand corner but the Rylands goalkeeper got down to it to deny Bailey. The game then went quiet as both sides were trying to figure each other out and get a goal but neither were succeeding; The saints did get themselves very close though as a free kick was played in from the right hand side, it pinballed around the box until it fell to Tawanda Melusi who managed to get a shot towards goal a couple yards out but it drifted inches wide of the post. There was one more St Martins chance before the two sides headed in for half time; a low powerful ball was played in across the box but the Rylands defender just beat Karl Bailey to what would’ve been a tap in. It was a deadlock at the break.

Second half:

The second half carried on where the first half finished as both sides were struggling to break each other down. George Austin did get his first real test of the game as a Rylands played in a very dangerous cross which could’ve gone anywhere, ended up bouncing off of a St Martins defender which forced Austin to pull off an impressive reflex save to keep it out. St Martins did struggle for a little portion of the game as rylands carried on creating chances from crosses into the box and the saints couldn’t seem to get a steady set of play to attack for themselves. This ended up resulting in the home side taking the lead late on as they scored from a corner which was unfortunate for the hard worked St Martins side. We then had to restart as we looked to get something from this game with only 5 minutes left of the game. The Saints unfortunately came away with the loss in a game in which they battled well.

Written by Liam Vaughan

Photo: Rylands Football Club

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MATCH REPORT: St Martins 9-1 Stone Dominoes

St Martins FC hosted Stone Dominoes FC in a exhilarating game of football which involved some lovely attacking play from St Martins who ended up scoring 9 goals and taking a well deserved three points in a 9-1 home win.

First half:

There is only one word to describe the first half and that is: Hectic. It became apparent right off kick off that the saints were already in their top gear as they created plenty of chances within the first three minutes of the game; they then went and scored in the sixth minute as MOTM Karl Bailey picked up his first goal as a cross was played in, the Dominoes keeper couldn’t keep hold of it and spilled it to gift Karl Bailey an open net and he smashed it home for his and St Martins’ first of the game. St Martins then carried on searching for another as they carried on piling the pressure after their first and they eventually got it as in the sixteenth minute Tom Ash finessed his shot from the edge of the box and placed it in the bottom right hand corner and then only four minutes after, the saints had grabbed their third as a low cross was played into the box and the dominoes defender attempted to clear it but ended up putting it in his own net. The saints didn’t settle for three as they kept fighting for more and found it only 41 seconds after their last goal! Karl bailey slotted away his second of the game. There then was a slight six minute break from all the madness as dominoes started to slowly get back into it and they found their first chance of the game as they fired a shot from the edge of the box but it was easy pickings for George Austin, but dominoes were looking better; unfortunately for Dominoes Tom Ash went down the other end and fired a peach of a shot from roughly 25 yards out to find the bottom left hand corner and grabbed the saints fifth of the game. As Dominoes looked to get back into it, their captain Luke smith drove down the left hand side of the pitch as he found himself in some space, took on the St Martins defence and then slotted it past George Austin for what can only be a consolation goal for the away side. That was the end of the first half as St Martins went in with a four goal lead.

Second half:

The second half was a lot more composed from Dominoes but St Martins very much kept their momentum as straight from kick off they kept the same pressure and movement from the first half. The first chance of the half fell to on form Karl Bailey on the edge of the box who attempted to place it in the top right hand corner which forced an impressive save from the Dominoes keeper. The start of this half was a lot calmer than the first as Dominoes showed more drive and defended well, the saints did carry on playing their lovely interlinked one touch passing, which was something they kept up all game, to try and break down the improved Dominoes defence and it almost produced as in the 60th minute as Karl Bailey got himself another chance, a driven ball was played into him in the box but he couldn’t produce a clean enough touch to finish it. Although he made up for it in the 69th minute as he was played wide open thanks to a Tom Ash assist which provided Bailey with his Hat-Trick, he then got his fourth in the 71st minute and made it a six goal difference; although he didn’t stop there as he scored his fifth goal in the 89th minute. The game was finished by a goal from Calum Graybrook who found himself with space in the box and slotted it past the keeper in the bottom right hand corner to finish Dominoes’ miserable afternoon and high praised St Martins came away with three points and 9 goals.

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Report written by Liam Vaughan