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Step 4 new boys 'Hall take the honours with solitary strike

Sunday, 16 July 2017 12:26

Pre-Season friendly

 

MILDENHALL TOWN       1        ST NEOTS TOWN         0    

 

Eastern Counties League double winners Mildenhall Town reaped the reward of their success by being promoted to step Four for the first time in their history and will compete in the new season in the Isthmian League North.   They kicked off their home campaign with a hard- fought narrow victory over visiting St Neots Town by a goal to nil.   Once again Manager Matt Clements used his mix and match selection policy affording all his squad to win places for the forthcoming season and once again the second half substitutions seemed to stiffen the side.  This policy gives every player a chance to stake his claim but it does little to encourage balance and rhythm.   Last season conceding 101 goals in 46 league matches was clearly St Neots Achilles heel and that problem does seem to have been addressed with centre half Liam McDevitt adding steel to the back line.   However, two goals in three matches at the other end of the field is a disappointing return and with Jevani Brown out on further trials with Cambridge United it is a problem seeking urgent resolution.

 

Mildenhall looked the better side in the first 45 minutes and Saints keeper Mike Emery was kept busy from as early as the fifth minute when he saved with his feet from Kyle Huxtable.   St Neots almost scored against the run of play after 23 minutes when Claudio Dias dinked his way past three defenders and chipped the advancing keeper but the ball rebounded from the crossbar.   Jake Chambers-Shaw and Huxtable both spurned excellent chances to put the home side ahead both shooting wide of target whilst at the other end Danny Watson had a shot blocked after good work by Luke Knight.   The first half ended with the save of the match from Emery who denied Huxtable.

 

St Neots half time substitutions introduced experienced attacking trio Lewis Wilson, Decan Rogers and Micky Hyem and St Neots now began to be the dominant force.   However, they seemed to lack a cutting edge and both Knight and Hyem should have done better in front of goal after promising build ups.   Rogers was also handed a golden opportunity by a lengthy Emery clearance but he dallied and shot wide.   After 67 minutes against the run of play there was a total misunderstanding between McDevitt and Emery and this presented Mildenhall trialist Luke Lindsay with a simple finish into an unguarded net for the only goal of the match.   It was less than St Neots second half performance deserved but they must score goals if they are to win matches.

 

 

 

St Neots:  Emery, Sinclair, Herd, Knight, McDevitt, Parr, Williams, Clarke, Watson, Allen, Dias

 

Subs:  Rogers, Bradshaw, Wood, Wilson and Hyem

 

Mildenhall:  trialist, Kerins, Curry, Asenci, Ruddy, Hilton, Stillinger, Chambers-Shaw, Huxtable, Brown (D), Brown (J)

 

Subs:  Lindsay, trialist, trialist

 

 

 

John Walker

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