Wells City beaten by Roman Glass St George in high-scoring Toolstation League clash
MATCH REPORT: Wells City 3, Roman Glass St George 5
Wells City’s surge up the league was halted as they were brought down to earth with a disappointing display against Roman Glass St George on Saturday.
The Blues started the brighter, playing the ball around well, and their first chance arrived when Ryan Crowther laid the ball to Jamie Howson, who set up Jason Loxton, but his effort went just over.
Wells continued to attack, with Crowther putting some great crosses into the box from the left, but there was nobody on the end of them.
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The keeper made a great save from Howson’s low shot but could do nothing about the next effort as Loxton found Billy Manning, who cut inside his marker and hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner after 20 minutes.
Wells goalkeeper Ben Dancey claimed a long free-kick to set up the next attack five minutes later, finding Harry Lewis with a quick throw. A one-two with Crowther then opened up space for Howson, who drove a low shot into the bottom corner.
The visitors were quick to respond as a throw-in down the left was sent into the box and the forward slotted home.
Crowther had a great chance to extend Wells’ lead but the keeper made a great save to tip his header over the bar. Roman Glass then levelled when a corner was not clear and the visiting striker slotted home.
However, Wells continued to attack and Lee Begg’s through ball found Howson, but his toe-poked effort at full stretch was saved by the keeper.
The visitors went ahead for the first time when they finished off a counter-attack through the middle of the pitch but Wells levelled on 45 minutes when Mark Randall’s corner was headed goalwards by Loxton and tucked home by Howson.
The visitors pounced on a defensive mistake to regain the lead as Wells made a slow start to the second half.
City found themselves under more pressure and Roman Glass looked to kill the game off, with only a great save from Dancey keeping them out.
Begg headed over from a Randall corner as Wells fought back, while Crowther had a shot saved and headed over from the resulting corner.
Fabio Ramos and Toby Cole came off the bench as Wells pressed for an equaliser and Loxton’s long-range effort went just over, while Dancey was called upon to make a double save at the other end.
However, he could do nothing about the visitors’ fifth goal as, after making a good save low down, the rebound was deflected over him and into the back of the net.
Gavin Eyre came on for the closing stages but Wells were unable to break down the visiting defence.