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February 4th, 2018

The first team saw their winning run come to end yesterday after losing 2-4 at home to Abermule FC.

On another day we could of won comfortable, the visiting keeper made several impressive saves to keep us out and we were our own worst enemies on times being caught out on the counter.

Match report from Stu Townsend.

The Saints made a strong start to this afternoon’s proceedings as young striker Matty Tong forced the Abermule goalkeeper into a full-length save in the fifth minute before the visiting custodian made a save from Darren Horrigan effort after he had come in off the left touchline.

Will Goodwin, playing in a more advanced role today, saw a close range shot on goal blocked in the 16th minute, just when it seemed the net would be bulging from a goal, and Jack Biggs’ header did not quite have the right direction following a cross to the far post 10 minutes later.

Despite being fortunate not to be behind at this stage, Abermule went ahead in the 18th minute when a cross from the left touchline flew over Jordan Bailey in the Hay St Mary’s goal and found the far corner of the net.

The hosts were back on level terms four minutes later after Tong latched on to a through ball and went wide of the Abermule goalkeeper before turning the ball home from a tight angle.

An Abermule player saw a shot on the turn from 20 yards saved by Bailey in the 43rd minute before Horrigan drove goalwards in the Saints’ next attack but struck his effort from 25 years at the goalkeeper. Goodwin saw a close range shot turned behind by the Abermule custodian in the 62nd minute, following a low pull back from Tong, and Biggs header was saved from the subsequent corner.

The Montgomeryshire outfit took the lead five minutes later when Bailey made a reaction save from a close range shot but was unable to keep out the follow-up effort.

Just a minute later captain Chris Preece headed in the equaliser from a free kick. (2-2)

Preece headed narrowly wide from a free-kick played into the Abermule penalty area just a minute later before Biggs was not able to keep a header on target from a Hay St Mary’s corner nine minutes later. Abermule went down the other end of the pitch, in their next attack, and scored from a corner after Bailey had turned a low shot behind. Biggs headed narrowly wide from another corner in the 84th minute, as the Saints pressed for an equaliser, but the visitors doubled their lead in stoppage time when experienced substitute Nick Mumby ran through and fired a low shot past Bailey.

Sponsors man of the match was Darren Horrigan.

Our Reserves went down 5-0 away at St Harmon FC. With seven 16 year olds starting and the bare eleven it was always going to be a hard task.

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