The Saints fall short against Atherstone
Heather St Johns 0-2 Atherstone Town
Heather St Johns starting 11: Ben Allsop, Jordan Burrows, Jordan Taylor, Sean Ellis, Callum Rudd, Rudy Misambo, Keiron Fitzgerald, Eddie Wilson C, Akheem Rose, Joel Ambalu, Jake Healy Subs: Ryan Nesbitt, Michael Turner, Alessandro Zarrelli, Dominic Perkins, Luke Pinnock
Atherston Town starting 11: Tom McNulty, Danny Harris, Ashley Gray, Kurtis Mewies C, Christian Mullings, Benn Minshull, Ben Ashby, Kyle Baxter, Aden Moore, Kyle Turner, Louie O’Connor Subs: Aaron O’Neil, Jordan Coles’ Ashley Wilkes, Alan Miller, David Boal
Heather hoped to continue their recent good form in the league with the visit of high flyers Atherstone Town.
The Saints had the first real chance of the match, as the front three-showed skillful interplay before striker Ambalu hit a shot just wide of the post. It was then the visitor’s turn to come close, as number two Danny Harris saw his strike hit the side netting. A scary encounter for Saints keeper Ben Allsop, as he found himself out of position in an attempt to clear the ball. Callum Rudd performed a great challenge, stopping the visitors from having an easy finish. Ben Allsop soon made up for his previous mistake, as he performed a great save to deny the opening goal from number ten Kyle Turner. In the thirty fourth minute the visitors pressure payed off, as a goalmouth scramble in the box landed perfectly to Kyle Turner who made up from his previous miss. The visitors went into half time leading one-nil.
Atherstone doubled their advantage just after half time, as again a scramble in the box landed in the path of Kyle Turner, who converted for his second of the game. An almost identical goal to the first. Two-nil. This prompted a change for the Saints as Ryan Nesbitt replaced Keiron Fitzgerald. The Saints came close to getting a goal back, as Jake Healy got on the end of a dangerous cross, resulting in the keeper performing a great save. Saints defender Callum Rudd misjudged a bounce leaving the visitors with a one on one opportunity. However Rudd showed fantastic determination and strength to win the ball back and to stop the danger. The Final opportunity of the game fell to Heather’s new signing Ryan Nesbitt, as he just missed out on a one on one opportunity as the Atherstone keeper was quick to react, pouncing on the ball.
Despite the game being a close battle in the first half, the early second half goal prevented a Heather comeback.
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By Josh Read