Racers victorious in close contest
Racing Club Warwick 2-0 Heather St John
Racing Club Warwick starting 11: Jonathon Pigott, Lucky Nwosu, James Coleman, Martin Hutchcox, Tom Reynolds (c), Mark Tunton, Wade Malley, Joseph Luright, Jake Brown, Joe Ashworth, Martin Slevin Subs: Michael Mannion, Zak Harbon, Bradley Harbon, Callum Hunter
Heather St Johns starting 11: Ben Allsop, Levi Dawson, Callum Rudd, Dan Chapman, Platini Kamdem, Ross Clarke, Luke Pinnock, Toumani Sidibe, Keiran Smith, Jake Healy, Deqwon Ebanks Subs: Sean Allsop, Michael Turner, Eddie Wilson, Jason Hewitt
The home side got off to a fast paced start, as a rushed snapshot from just inside the box flew narrowly wide of the post. The Racers didn’t need a second opportunity, as a through ball was intercepted by keeper Ben Allsop, however a drop by the Saints gave the forward a simple finish. One-nil. An injury to Ross Clarke meant that substitute Sean Allsop joined the action. Number three James Coleman came close to doubling the host’s lead, as his deflected shot looped onto the crossbar. The Saints had to make another sub, as Kieran Smith was forced off the pitch due to an injury, he was replaced by Michael Turner. A fantastic piece of defending by the Saints back line, number nine found himself one on one forcing a save out of keeper Allsop, a kind rebound fell to number 10 Joe Ashworth his shot was then brilliantly saved by a sliding block from Callum Rudd. The Saints began to push for an equaliser, as Toumani Sidibe found Jake Healy, who then struck his shot forcing the keeper into a good save. The Saints continued to press, this time through a counter attack led by Jake Healy, as he found Deqwon Ebanks in the box. However, the striker could not convert as he dragged his shot wide of the far post.
The Saints continued where they left off Luke Pinnock couldn’t get the right connection at the back post after getting on the end of a good delivery, resulting in an easy save for the keeper. The host continued to look a threat as they search for a second; a low cross was put into the Heather box finding number nine Jake Brown who then dragged his shot wide of the post. The second half was sparse with shots as both teams struggled to find the killer ball in the final third. With both teams looking evenly matched the next goal would surely be the pivotal point of the match. It was the hosts that struck again ten minutes from time through a well worked free kick routine, instead of going for goal a well weighted through ball was played into the box finding Martin Hutchcox who finished well, a routine that caught the Saints off guard.
Despite the Saints matching the hosts throughout most of the match, Heather were unable to continue their recent good run of form. Next week the Saints finish the season at home, as they face Pershore Town.