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Mixed Fortunes at Llanandras Park.

April 16th, 2017

The reserve team won 1-0 in ‘The Alfred Sparey Cup’ final against host side Presteigne St Andrew’s FC.

An early goal from striker Josh Wisniewski was enough to retain the trophy.

Reserves

The reserves started well considering it was game number 3 in 4 days. Richard Meredith was full of running in the middle of the park alongside veteran Kevin Jones who was playing several good through balls to the forward players.

In the 12th minute a cross from the right was headed goal bound by striker Josh Wisniewski only for the Presteigne keeper to save, however, Wisniewski reacted quickest to head the ball a second time past the keeper. 1-0

The Saints could of added to their tally, Matty Tong flicked the ball over the two centre backs and got on the end of it but his goal bound shot was saved, he also saw a left foot shot well saved after being played in by Rob McNamara.

Presteigne found it hard to get past ‘The Saints’ back four who were solid all afternoon especially Adam Finn who had an excellent game.

Ht 1-0

The second half was a quiet affair with neither side creating a lot, Tom Bevan pulled off one good save, up the other end McNamara shot over the bar and Jones saw an effort go inches wide.

Our defence was well on top stopping any Presteigne attack in their tracks.

It was good to see 16 year old Taylor Maddy come on and work very hard for the last 15 minutes when there were a lot of tired legs on the pitch.

Ft 1-0

First Team

The first team lost 0-1 to Knighton Town FC in a game of very few chances. A Mark Jones goal in the 77th minute was enough to win the trophy for Knighton.

In a game of very few chances we were unlucky not to be awarded two penalties in the first half. Jack Biggs was blatantly pulled back as he was about to shoot on goal and youngster Callum Maddy was tripped over a good yard in the area, a free kick was awarded outside the box!

The second half was similar with both teams struggling to break down each others defence, Ryan Davies was through on goal but Stu Turpin saved when he tried to lob him.

The winning goal saw Mark Jones nip in between Jordan Baker and the outstanding Matt James, Jones got a slikght touch which saw the ball beat Baker. 0-1.

We probed as did Knighton but no clear cut chances came and the game petered out seeing our opponents win the Otway Cup.

Ft 0-1.

More to follow.

Finals Day at Presteigne Football Club.

April 15th, 2017

This is off Presteigne FC Cup Secretary Alan Stocker –

Tomorrow at Llanandras Park -Your Easter Sunday sorted –

Come and watch what promises to be two cracking cup finals in the historic Presteigne St Andrews Football Club Cups.

1.30pm – The Alfred Sparey Cup Final

Presteigne SAFC Reserves v Hay St. Mary’s FC Reserves
No extra time, straight to penalties if required.

5pm – The Otway Cup Final

Hay St. Mary’s FC v Knighton Town FC

Arguably the two best senior sides in the area do battle in this one, with both sides beating each other in their home ties in the league – “this could be one hell of a game”!
Extra time and penalties if required

Bar Open All Day, Hot Food, Live Premiership Matches On The Big Screen In The Bar

£3 Adults, £1.50 Senior Citizens, Children Free if accompanied by paying adult otherwise £1

See You There

Results.

April 15th, 2017

A depleted first team went down 1-0 at Montgomery Town FC today whilst our reserves came away from Llanidloes reserves with a point after a 1-1 draw.

I didn’t attend either game,however, my source tells me the reserves went in at the break 0-0, Rob McNamara made it 0-1 only early in the second half only for ‘Llani’ to equalise shortly after.

With Talgarth Town FC losing this afternoon it’s now a two horse race between the reserves and Brecon Northcote FC. A point next week will surely be enough with our superior goal difference. If we lose we will then need to win at Knighton Reserves the following week, it’s getting interesting!

 

 

Weekend Preview

April 14th, 2017

The first team head to Montgomery this Saturday in their final league game of the season. Jenks had this to say ”Montgomery is always a tough place to go and we have always had tight games with them on their pitch. Although they are bottom of the league they have only been losing by the odd goal or two. We have got a lot of players missing again which will also make things harder, so we know it will be a difficult game”.

He went on to say ”We were lacklustre for a lot of the game against Bow Street in very warm conditions, but the last 25 minutes were superb. Hopefully we can put in another good team performance and end the season on a high”.

Without: Steve Goodwin, Jack Biggs, Rob Snedden, Owen Lloyd, Ryan Davies.

Squad: Jordan Baker, Matt Croose, Callum Maddy, Harry Ratcliffe, Will Goodwin, Steve Morgan, Stu Davies, Tom James, Adi Lawford, Brendan Hackett, Richard Meredith, Matt James and Gareth Jenkins

Reserves

The reserves face another tough test tomorrow(Saturday) with a visit to Llanidloes. This will be game number 2 of 3 in 4 days.

On Thursday night the reserves beat Knighton Reserves 3-0 to secure a place in final of ‘The Alfred Sparey Cup’. All the goals came in the second half, the pick of the bunch was a left foot shot from veteran Tom Weaver. The other scorers were Rob McNamara and Harry Ratcliffe.

The Alfred Sparey Cup Final will be between our reserves and the hosts(Presteigne) reserves.

The Otway Cup Final will be between our first team and Knighton Town FC.

Both games are this Sunday 16th April at Presteigne FC.

Saints Veterans.

April 12th, 2017

The Saints Veterans have entered a team in the Hereford summer league which starts on May 7th. If anyone is interested in becoming involved as a player or in any other way please give JULIAN a call on 07941236666 and he will fill you in with all the details.

Julian is looking to do a couple of training sessions over the ground on a Sunday in preparation for the new season. You have to be over 35 to eligible to play in the league.

A Busy Week Ahead.

April 12th, 2017

Thursday

Knighton Town Reserves v Saints Reserves k.o. 7.30pm – Alfred Sparey Cup Semi-Final.

Saturday

Montgomery Town FC v Saints First Team k.o. 2.30pm

Llanidloes Town Reserves v Saints Reserves k.o. 2.30pm

Sunday

Knighton Res/Saints Res v Presteigne Res – Alfred Sparey Cup Final

Knighton Town FC v Saints First Team – Otway Cup Final

Both games kick off time to be confirmed

Droitwich Spa Belles Ladies v Saints Ladies k.o. 2pm

Both Sides Win

April 8th, 2017

SAINTS 3-1 BOW STREET

The first half was quite laboured by both sides playing in hot and humid conditions. The Saints had a lot of possession but were struggling to craft out any clear cut chances and Bow Street were happy to contain the pressure and attack on the counter. The second half was a better spectacle with both sides attacking more as the temperature slowly dropped. The away side took the lead on around the hour mark after a shot across goal was well saved by Jordan Baker but the rebound was finished well by the oncoming attacker. The goal woke Hay up who changed to a more attacking formation. Rob Snedden had a few chances well saved by the Street keeper. The equaliser come in the 82nd minute when Jack Biggs controlled the ball brilliantly with his chest in the box, turned and shot first time, the keeper saved well with his foot but Callum Maddy tucked away the rebound. Three minutes later it was 2-1 to the home side. This time Maddy turned provider when he found Ryan Davies with a 20 yards pass who turned the defender and chipped the ball over the out coming keeper. Hay were putting a lot of pressure on the visitors in the last 10 minutes of the game and wrapped up victory with a third goal on 88 minutes. Maddy again provider to Rob Snedden who ran onto the through ball and lobbed the keeper. FT 3-1.

Team; Jordan Baker, Richard Meredith (Owen Lloyd), Will Goodwin, Tom James, Matt James, Stu Davies, Callum Maddy, Adi Lawford (Ryan Davies), Rob Snedden, Jack Biggs and Brendan Hackett.

 

 

Jack Biggs

The First Team were trailing 0-1 with 8 minutes to go, however,they scored three quick goals through Callum Maddy, Ryan Davies and Rob Snedden to win 3-1 against Bow Street FC.

Goal scorer Ryan Davies

Goal scorer Callum Maddy

Newcastle 0 Saints Reserves 1

The Reserves won 0-1 away at Newcastle Upon Clun FC to go top of the league for the first time this season.

The sun played its part in our game as well. It had dried up an already bumpy pitch and hardly helped in what is always a tough place to play. Newcastle were strengthened by the return of some key players, whilst again we were missing a few players.

We needed a win to take us top but maybe we struggled with the pressure and after last week’s excellent cup result against Northcote, were we a little complacent?

The first half was rather uneventful with only a handful of chances for either side. Newcastle hoped to gain from the slight hill advantage but we held our ground.

HT 0-0

The second half was a little more eventful. The breakthrough coming via a good breakaway and excellent cross by Kyle Harding to Josh Wisniewski who lashed home the winner. Not that the win was guaranteed, it took a brilliant header from Tom Weave to deny a free kick and a good stop from goalkeeper Tom Bevan. Thankfully, we stayed strong to the end and gained the all important three points. The game also saw a debut for Taylor Maddy, who we will see a lot more of. We have a cup game Thursday before heading back to the league on Saturday.

Full Time: 0-1

Weekend Preview.

April 6th, 2017

The first team host Bow Street this Saturday in a 3:00 kick off. The Magpies are having a good season and currently sit in 4th place in the league and 1 point above the Saints.

Jenks had this to say ”Bow Street are a good young side that like to play football, the games we have had in the past have always been entertaining and have had a few goals in. They have got some very good players in their squad and we know it will be another tough game”.

He went on to say ”We put in a superb team performance in the second half against Berriew last weekend and got a deserved 3-3 draw. We didn’t put enough pressure on them in the first half and sat off too much. The second half we pressed them all over the pitch and had a lot of possession. We showed great character after being 3-1 down. Hopefully we can put in another good performance and get a good run going until the end of season”.

 

Squad: Jordan Baker, Tom James, Callum Maddy, Rob Snedden, Richard Meredith, Will Goodwin, Ryan Davies, Adi Lawford, Matt James, Brendan Hackett, Jack Biggs, Harry Ratcliffe, Stu Davies and Owen Lloyd

 

 

 

 

Both Saturday sides are in action this weekend.

The first team host Bow Street FC whilst the reserves are away at Newcastle FC.

Awaiting the managers thoughts –

Saturday

Saints First Team v Bow Street FC k.o. 3pm

Newcastle FC v Saints Reserves k.o. 2.30pm

Hay Senior Challenge Cup.

April 6th, 2017

Builth Wells FC are through to the final of the ‘Hay Senior Challenge Cup’ after beating Ewyas Harold FC 3-2 after extra time.

Hot shot Dave Thomas scored a hat-trick to seal their place in the final.

Thomas put Builth 1-0 up in the first half only for ‘Harold’ to equalise from a Mark Avery penalty.

In a game where both sides had good spells it was Builth who went 2-1 up but with just a couple of minutes to go a good header at the back post saw the game go into extra time.

ft 2-2

The first period ended without any goals but midway through the second period another good header this time from Thomas saw Builth reach the final.

3-2 aet.

Builth will play the winners of Hay St Mary’s FC v Orleton Colts FC on April 30th.

 

Results.

April 1st, 2017

The First Team came away from Berriew FC with a point after a 3-3 draw against the team second in the table.

Goal scorers were Callum Maddy, Brendan Hackett and Jack Biggs.

The first team started well and took the league through a well worked move in the 11th minute resulting in a good finish by youngster Callum Maddy. 0-1

Berriew responded well and the leagues top scorer Rich Davies fired in the equaliser on 25 minutes. Just 5 minutes later we were 2-1 down, a free kick from the right was headed goal bound by Matt Mumford, it looked like it took a deflection off one of our players although all are denying it!

Ht 2-1

The second half saw Berriew get on top in the early stages but our makeshift back four defended well limiting them to half chances.

A mistake on 65 minutes let in Rob Pritchard who put the home side 3-1 up and at that point it seemed there was no way back.

To our credit the lads dug in and started to press higher up the pitch, in the 72nd minute captain Brendan Hackett was put in on goal and fired a shot from an acute angle across the keeper into the bottom right corner. 3-2

Four minutes later Adi Lawford chased a ball down in the corner and crossed into the box for Jack Biggs to head in an equaliser. 3-3.

Berriew had one more chance from a corner when Steve Goodwin’s clearance flew inches over the bar.

Ft 3-3.

Team –

Jordan Baker, Richard Meredith, Tom James, Steve Goodwin, Will Goodwin, Adi Lawford(Harry Ratcliffe), Jack Biggs, Stu Davies, Matt James, Callum Maddy, Brendan Hackettt.

 

Reserves

The Reserve Team are through to the league cup final after a close fought 1-2 win at Brecon Northcote FC .

Goal scorers were Kevin Jones and Rob McNamara.

It was always going to be a hard ordeal, following Wednesday’s defeat. To play the league leaders for a second time in four days in another cup semi final, with a potential title decider to come, made this anything but ‘another game’.

To then go to Brecon Northcote missing many key players was making the outcome seem unfavourable, thankfully Dan and Taylor joined us to take our squad to 13. Yet we started with a familiar 11, who knew after Wednesday that we had to start far better.

Thankfulky we pressed and harried, using both wingers well and controlling any of their attacks. Both goals came before the break in what was a very dominating half.

HT 2:0

We started the second half just as strong and could have put the tie to rest, even before the break. We had near misses again but it was Northcote who pulled one back, making the last 20mins a very cagey affair. Adam Finn and Chris Preece were dominant at the back, whilst James Eckley and Harry Gilb at full backs kept any attack at bay. Yet again it was a whole team effort which eventually saw us reach the finish line and another Cup Final beckons.

Managers Man of the Match: Chris Preece

‘The Ressies’ will play Rhayader Town Reserves in the final after they won 1-2 after extra time against Talgarth Town FC.


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