Football
Saints hit back to continue good run

Wednesday 10 October 2012 Updated: 10/10 14:47

Southam United 4 Bromsgrove Sporting 1

SAINTS came from behind to record another fine Athium Midland Combination Premier victory at Banbury Road on Saturday which lifted them up to seventh in the table.

Saints should have gone ahead after two minutes but Chris Hayden’s shot was blocked by the legs of keeper Reece Francis and Simeon Smith’s follow-up cleared off the line, before Ryan Lynch fired the third attempt over.

Sporting forced a good save from home keeper Ollie Manuel, before taking the lead in the sixth minute, as Saints failed to clear a corner and Aaron Roberts fired home from the edge of the area.

Despite Saints having plenty of possession, it was Sporting who had the better chances and Jon Rogers should have increased the lead, having two clear-cut opportunities when breaking free of the home defence.

Saints equalised in the 37th minute when a long throw from Neil Stacey was headed on by Josh Cole and Smith, with his back to goal, nudged the ball in.

Smith nearly got a second after shaking off the close attention of former Saints defender Matt Ross, before a penalty for handball gave Sporting the chance to go ahead again.

Taken by the normally reliable Joe Brookes, the shot was struck well away from Manuel, only for it to hit the inside of the post and rebound across the goal before going out.

Smith was in action again after the break, colliding with Francis, before Manuel pulled off another good save to deny Joe Brookes in the 58th minute.

Francis then denied Smith again and, from the corner, Casey Gaggini crossed to the far post where Smith headed onto the bar and Cole was on hand to convert the rebound.

Graham increased the lead in the 76th minute by converting a cross from Marc Passey who made it four two minutes later when his shot was deflected past Francis.

Saints travel to Hereford-based West Midlands (Regional League Premier Division outfit Pegasus Juniors in the first round proper of the FA Carlsberg Vase this Saturday.

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