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Another tough day at the office for the Reserves

Sunday, 03 September 2017 11:35




Spartan South Midlands League Division One








St Neots Reserves were outclassed by a well organised and speedy visiting Ampthill Town side in their second home outing this season.   On this showing, their promotion to Step Six is going to be a real test for their inexperienced squad but from a club perspective having a side at this level is important.   Their task is made more difficult by the lack of form displayed by the senior side so far.   For players to step up three levels is always a big ask but confidence seems to be lacking in both squads at present.   However, the opportunity for the younger members of the squad to gain experience at this level will prove useful.




Ampthill were quickly up and running with a goal in their first attack as Louie Dillon was too quick for the home defence as he set up Sam Holmes for a simple tap-in finish.   It could have been much worse two minutes later when Bartlomiej Danowski sprinted from his line as Danny Butler broke clear but his challenge was clumsy and resulted in the award of a penalty kick taken by Brad Clack.  The keeper made amends by guessing right to save the under hit kick.   St Neots almost levelled after 10 minutes when Kevin Ashby rose high above the defence for an Alexander Minall corner but his firm header was just too high.   Sam Holmes then had a shot blocked for the visitors but his corner on 18 minutes set up Jamie Cerminara for a header which easily beat the home keeper.   A minute later St Neots thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Ayrron Armstrong was flattened by the visiting keeper but the officials were unimpressed.   Tom Mitchell lobbed narrowly over the bar but ten minutes before the break the third Ampthill goal gave the young home side a mountain to climb.  It came from a free kick by Jake O’Neill and was met with another towering header at the far post by Jamie Cerminara.   St Neots almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time but Bradley Harrison’s effort was just wide after good work by Erhan Nurettin.




There was strong hint of handball by Butler when he set up Sam Holmes for Ampthill’s fourth goal after 52 minutes but the officials saw nothing amiss and then Danowski produced two good saves to keep the score line at a reasonable level but the visitors’ continued to outplay their hosts and after 66 minutes Brad Clack was left unmarked at the far post to convert a cross from Holmes to make it 5-0.   St Neots introduced substitutes and went more on the offensive and had a good last twenty minutes producing openings for substitute Callan Irvine and Harrison and they were cruelly denied a consolation goal they deserved when a defender got back to clear off the line from Tom Mitchell.






Reserves: Danowski, Bambridge, Southeran, Minall, Mitchell, Ashby, Armstrong, Nurettin, Harrison, Nkala, Humphrey




Subs: Walsh (for Nkala 64 mins), Irvine (for Minall 64 mins), Piette (for Armstrong 81 mins) and Waites.




Cards: Humphrey (Y – 41), Minall (Y – 64)




Goals: none




Referee: Bradley Hallibone (Biggleswade)


Attendance: 72

John Walker


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