Saints suffer poor start

08/08 Updated: 08/08 11:56

Southam United 0 Littleton 3

MANAGER Luke Fogarty saw his side crash to their second successive Athium Midland Football Combination defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Littleton on Tuesday night.

Saints got off to the worst possible start when, after just two minutes, former player Ollie Manoochehri hit the post and Joe Lolley converted the rebound.

Littleton looked the more lively side and doubled their lead in the 43rd minute when a poor defensive header from Quentin Townsend saw the ball fall to Manoochehri , who set up Steve Edghill, who had time and space to place it into the net from the edge of the box.

Saints’ cause was not helped when Marc Passey was sent off in the second half and they fell further behind two minutes from time as Littleton hit the bar from a free kick and Manoochehri reacted quickest to fire in unchallenged

Saints had put up a disappointing performance when going down 2-1 to ten-man Bloxwich United on Saturday.

They could have scored in the very first minute when Simeon Smith cut inside the defender, but last season’s leading scorer fired wide.

United then went close from a corner before Craig Watkin, making his debut for Saints, sent over a good cross that was nearly turned in for an own goal.

The visitors fell behind in the 23rd minute when, from a cross from the left, Alan Wilkes was on hand at the far post to rise above keeper Ollie Manuel and head home.

Four minutes later, United were reduced to ten men when Ryan McCallister brought down Martin Thompson from behind to deny the striker a clear shooting opportunity and got his marching orders.

Smith put the resulting penalty wide and Saints were made to pay when United went two up from a low right-wing cross in the 32nd minute.

In the second half, Lee Scott cleared off the line after Manuel had strayed from his area to keep the score down.

Saints got back in the match in the 70th minute when keeper James Fryer dropped a long ball from Neil Stacey and Smith pounced but it merely proved a consolation..

Saints travel to Dudley Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round on Saturday (3pm), before entertaining Pilkington XXX in the league on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Saints youth team continued their pre-season warm-up with a 3-1 win at Ardley United.

After a scrappy start, they found their form in the last half-hour and goals by Cyril Okpoti, Tom Davison and Robbie Stephans saw them to a comfortable win.

They are at home to Woodford United on Saturday and start the season proper on August 20 at home to Earlswood Town, followed by a trip to Nuneaton Griff.

An early season highlight is the FA Youth Cup first qualifying round fixture against Premier Division Kidderminster Harriers at Banbury Road on September 17.

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