Street 1-0 Hengrove Athletic
Street bank another 3 points
The scoreline suggests a very tight contest but Street put in a fantastic performance to record their 11th win in a row and keep the pressure up on the chasing pack as they remain top of the Western League Premier division.
Josh Wadham was first to test the Hengrove keeper on 12 minutes with a fine snap shot and Criag Herrod had an effort cleared off the line moments later as Street started the game in dominant fashion. Herrod was instrumental in the early stages as he set Josh Bennett up following an exchange of passes but his strike was parried by the visiting GK. A Wadham corner after 24 minutes was met with a brilliant flicked header by Dave O'Hare but his goal bound attempt was cleared on the line and away for safety.
On the half hour mark Street went very close to a opening goal as another Wadham cross saw Ross McErlain strike the upright with with a great header and Ben Amghar was unable to convert the rebound. The pressure told on 36 minutes when the impressive Lewis Hogg stole possession in midfield and fed Bennett in a right wing position and his exquisite cross was met with a towering header by Dave O'Hare giving the GK no chance.
Ten minutes into the second half Street nearly added a second, after a sustained period of possession Matt Hurley stung the palms of the visiting GK with a rasping drive who did well to tip it over the bar. On 64 minutes Herrod went on a driving run, he twisted and turned but couldn't quite supply the finish. Minutes later McErlain had the ball in the net from a Herrod corner but was ruled out for an infringement and then the visitors mounted their only meaningful attack of the game on the break but couldn't test Tom Punchard in the Street goal. The ever dangerous O'Hare then went very close following good build up play as Street searched for that all important second but his well struck effort went agonislingly wide.
Jake Mawford linked up brilliantly with Steve Murray towards the end but he couldn't quite supply the finish as Street continued to pile on the pressure. The final whistle was blown and despite numerous missed chances manager Rich Fey would of been delighted with the overall display and another 3 points.
Man of the match Josh Bennett, congratulated by vice captain Steve Murray.