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Rampant Saints run riot over Robins

Friday, 01 September 2017 10:25




ELY CITY U18       0          ST NEOTS TOWN U18       8      


For the second successive match, the exciting new crop of St Neots U18 players hit eight goals – this time without reply.   Last season Ely finished as runners-up to the Saints in the final league table but on this occasion, they were completely outplayed by a side full of running and confidence.   However, team spokesman Richard Churms is stressing that the side must keep their feet on the ground as future matches will not be as straightforward as the starting double victories have been.


St Neots began brightly and were quickly dominating proceedings.   After four minutes, a slick move split the home defence as Andre Williams beat his man to pick out Kieran Waites and his flick set up Aaron Hiscock for a simple finish.   Under fire home keeper Joe Deas then had to dive full length to divert a Williams shot onto a post and then spectacularly throw himself to his left to keep out a net-bound shot from Callan Irvine.   After 15 minutes, the woodwork robbed the visitors for a second time when a Williams shot rebounded and then from an inswinging corner by the same player Archie Southeran’s header was cleared off the line by a defender.   The pressure was bound to pay off and after 24 minutes Irvine found the woodwork yet again and Aaron Hiscock was quickest to react as he knocked in his second goal.   Within sixty seconds Irvine was to get his reward as he neatly finished off another slick move between George Holman and Waites and despite further one-way traffic it was still 3-0 at the break.


A half time substitution saw the introduction of last season’s leading scorer Ben Southwood and he carried on where he had left off with two goals in ten minutes.   The first from a Williams corner and the second again set up by the same player.   Between those two goals a free kick by Irvine was deflected into his own net by a defender so it was 6-0 after an hour.   Just after that Ely threatened the St Neots goal for the first time in the match when they won a corner but Nehemiah Goodridge cleared the danger and then it was back to St Neots’ almost total possession and after 72 minutes Callan Irvine topped a final personal display with a solo goal past the overworked Deas.   The final goal followed four minutes later when Southwood turned provider pulling the ball back for the unmarked Kieran Waites and the nearest Ely got to a consolation goal was two minutes from time when George Bugg kept out a Joshua Lewis effort with his legs.




St Neots Town:  Bugg, Chambers, Fulianty, Donkin, Southeran, Goodridge, Williams, Holman, Waites, Irvine, Hiscock                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:  Brooks, Southwood, Hammond and Ford.


Referee:  Peter Howard (Chatteris)                                                          


John Walker


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