Score doesn't tell the story
By Mark Wilkins
Despite losing 3-1 things could have been very different in this fixture.
Saints started this fixture on the front foot and applied sustained pressure on the Freeland defence, Ben Green
(pictured) hit the post after 5 minutes and nearly knocked out teammate Sean Jacob
with another effort 5 mins later. Guy Swain
and Kyle Harris-Steele
were knocking in crosses for fun and continued to put ball after ball into the Freeland penalty area. Freeland then played the ball down the right wing which Benji Cuff
intercepted, but when he mis-hit his back pass the Freeland striker pounced on the mistake and as Harry Jenkins
beared down on him made a delightful chip over him and into the back of the empty net. Tomas Parker
, Dan Fraser and Sean Jacob
were linking up well in the midfield and were slicing through the Freeland midfield like they weren't there, so it was no surprise when Luke Cuff
laid the ball off to Ben Green
to slot home an equaliser before the break.
Marston began the second half in the same way as they had started the first and within a couple of minutes from the restart Luke Cuff
smashed the ball off the crossbar, Tomas Parker
also hit the post early on and it was Luke Cuff
who again found himself with another chance only to see the goalkeeper save with his legs. But it was again Freeland who found the net, with a route one pass over the top of the defence for their striker to run onto and fire past Jenkins to make it 2-1. Marston didn't give up and had the majority of possession during which they played lovely football, but again they couldn't make the most of their chances. New signing Jordi Mulvany
came off the bench along with Eddie Parker
and Matty Holton
to add some fresh legs and it wasn't long before Mulvany made an impact putting Cuff through on goal again but the keeper managed to get a foot to the ball and deflect his shot wide. With Saints pushing for a second goal Freeland again exploited the gaps at the back and again played another ball over the top for their striker to net a third, they thought they had netted a fourth but the effort was ruled out by an offside flag from Mark Wilkins. Such was the frustration of the Freeland player his outburst saw him given a red card from the referee. Despite having the majority of possession and more chances at goal it was again a case of so near, yet so far for Saints.