After our planned game was called off, we had several options open to us - but the one we chose was to prove to be a poor game between two very ordinary teams. Apologies to our friends at Plains Road, but even they would struggle to find any positives from this game.
Welfare were 10th in the EMCL with 21 points from 16 games prior to kick off, whilst St.Andrews were 15th on 16 points from their 17 played.
St. Andrews looked to be a very young team and as the game progressed, their youthful legs coped much better with the sticky pitch and in the end were comfortable, well deserved winners.
The Miners' Ben Middleton had the games first chance in the fourth minute after he was gifted the ball by visiting keeper Lewis Marlow. The no. 9 appeared to have a rush of blood and instead of simply placing the ball into the far corner he hammered it high, wide and not very handsome.
The Saints had a decent chance on 9, but Lance Walker was able to keep out Brady Hickey at the far post.
James Price had a 22 yard effort well saved by Marlow after 22 minutes had been played, then 8 minutes later the winger also saw the keeper dive well to save his 25 yard free-kick.
St. Andrews took the lead on 37 after Pele Willams fired the ball across the goal from the left picking out the excellent Eliot Coring. The no. 7 fired the ball back to the far post and BRADY HICKEY was on hand to slide the ball past Walker.
90 seconds later, Coring fired in a superb cross from the right that centre-forward RICHARD SAUNDERS met with a powerful header that flew past Walker to double the travellers advantage. H-T 0-2
The second half was, if anything, worse than the first, and with the temperature dropping very rapidly, the gloves went on and the notepad stayed firmly in the pocket.
When a strong challenge on Chris Muldoon saw the full back dispossessed on 78, some Welfare players stopped and appealed for the foul, but there was no reaction from Referee Duncan Robertson. The Saints players played on and when the ball was fired in at the near post, substitute SAM HOLLIS deftly flicked the ball past Walker to secure the points for the away team. F-T 0-3
I suppose we could have chosen a better game to go to, but 20-20 hindsight is a wonderful thing, isn't it!! Supposed to be at Greenwood Meadows v Gedling MW on Tuesday. We’ll see!!!
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