Saints secure 8th spot
Heather St Johns 1-1 Pershore Town
Heather St Johns starting 11: Ben Allsop (c), Levi Dawson, Dan Chapman, Kyro Sharpe, Callum Rudd, Mitch Woodbine, Michael Gyasi, Luke Pinnock, Jake Healy, Toumani Sidibe, Deqwon Ebanks Subs: Ryan Nesbitt, Michael Turner, Keiran Smith, Sean Allsop
Pershore Town starting 11: Adam Marusiak, Richard T Robinson, Chris Whittaker, Dean Waldron, Shaun Griffiths (c), Steve Webb, Will Stallard, Dane Aldington, Jamie Clarke, Ben Lane, Reece Jacobs Subs: Chris Priest, Quentin Townsend, Tunde Ajibade, Steven Roche, Jelson Neto Antonio
The Saints almost got off to the perfect start, as Jake Healy found space just outside the visitors box, he then struck his low driven shot wide of the post. Healy was then given another opportunity, this time with a free kick. The forward struck it well, looping the free kick over the wall and over the keeper. The Saints found themselves one-nil up, with only twelve minutes played. Heather’s Dan Chapman was forced off the pitch due to an injury, Ryan Nesbitt replaced him. The visitors pressed for an equaliser as number eleven Reece Jacobs, was forced wide by Heathers Kyro Sharpe. The angle narrowed, as the forward’s shot was pushed onto the side netting by Saints keeper Ben Allsop. Heather came close soon after, as a fantastic solo run by Gyasi gave the winger an opportunity to shoot. His powerful shot was partially saved by the keeper, as a last ditch goal line clearance was then required to keep the visitors in the game. The Saints yet again came close to doubling their lead, as a corner delivery was met by the head of Callum Rudd. However his effort was unintentionally blocked by his teammate Jake Healy. Saints keeper Ben Allsop pulled of one of the saves of the season to maintain Heathers lead, as number eleven Reece Jacobs hit a powerful strike inside the box forcing a point blank save by Allsop.
The visitors had their best chance of the match early into the second half, as free kick delivery was met by the head of Ben Lane, who missed the target from close range. Pershore were given a way back into the game, after Saints defender Levi Dawson was harshly accused of a handball inside the box. Resulting, in the visitors being awarded a penalty. Number three Chris Whittaker stepped up to convert. One-one. Saints keeper Ben Allsop made another fantastic save, as number eight Dane Aldington struck a long distance shot that almost found the top corner. The Saints made their second change of the match, as Keiran Smith replaced Jake Healy. Heather came close to regaining their lead a few minutes from time, as Mitch Woodbine struck a half volley from outside the box, forcing a good save from Pershore’s Adam Marusiak.
Despite the Saints not ending the season with a win, an eighth spot finish signifies a successful season from the Saints.