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Ian Howse hits hat-trick as Street Reserves fight back to beat Weston St Johns

By GeraintTucker  |  Posted: December 03, 2013

Ian Howse

Ian Howse scored all three goals for Street Reserves

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MATCH REPORT: Street Reserves 3, Weston St Johns 2

Street Reserves have had a tough start to the season but, following a poor run of results, they appear to be getting back on track as they picked up a second successive victory on Saturday.

The hosts made the perfect start against Weston St Johns as Ian Howse put them in front with a glancing header from a corner.

However, Street suffered a blow on the half-hour mark when referee Richard Palmer adjudged that Jake Begg was the last man in a one-on-one challenge and the home defender was shown a straight red card.

The ten men of Street were then punished as the visitors made the most of two opportunities leading up to the interval to gain a 2-1 advantage at half-time.

Street manager James Court reorganised his team for the second half and it almost worked immediately as Harry Magee had an effort cleared off the Weston line.

The turning point came midway through the second half when Street keeper Matt Haines brought off a brilliant save at point-blank range, which appeared to lift the spirits of his side.

Street were applying all the pressure as they pushed for an equaliser and they were rewarded on 83 minutes when Howse cut in from the right and his left-foot shot took a slight deflection as the ball looped over the keeper and into the far corner of the net.

The home side’s outstanding second half was finished off in the 87th minute when the referee awarded a penalty, which Howse converted to complete his hat-trick and secure the points.

On Saturday, Street Reserves host Watchet Town.

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