FC Oswestry Town 2 St. Martins FC 1
Following the devastating defeat to Padiham FC, St. Martins FC were due to play Wythenshawe Amateurs but the game was cancelled because of a water-logged pitch which meant that their next game following one of the biggest defeats in the club’s history would be away to arch rivals FC Oswestrywho are currently sitting on of the North West Counties League Division One South. Not the best preliminary to such an important game but the Saints provided their best performance of the season to-date but still lost, defeated by two mistakes concluding a 2-1 loss. Saints lost possession of the ball from a comfortable position in the 10th minute that resulted in Harry Bower opening the scoring with a simple tap-in. The Saints did not allow this misfortune to effect their performance as the strove forward with confidence in what proved to be a classic ‘Local Darby’ with both teams giving 100% effort and displaying impressive ability.
Tragedy struck the Saints however, in the 62nd minute, as Centre Back, James Derman miss-directed a defensive header into the top corner of his own net. This misfortune did not dilute the Saints efforts however as William Wells led the Saints attacking line impressively and was rewarded for his efforts as he pounced onto a rebound from a Jamie Hand’s free-kick in the 65th minute to score a deserved goal for a, now rampant, St. Martins. The Saints dominated possession in the last quarter of the game and nearly equalised as an Andy Easthope’s rocket-shot from outside the box, rattled Oswestry’s bar. Sadly the Saints had to face yet another defeat but can take pride in their performance against opponents who are sitting at the top of the league whilst the Saints currently trail near the bottom but that reality didn’t seam possible to any neutral spectator watching, what was, an excellent football match .
Written by: Les Williams
Photo: Ace Photography