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Another well earned point gained on our travels - this time at Chesham United

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:15

Southern League Premier Division     

CHESHAM UNITED      2        ST NEOTS TOWN        2      

St Neots returned from Chesham with another valuable point on the road but the reward from the outing could and should have been better.   Their fortunes at The Meadow have never been good with just one point from five previous visits but they played well enough to have broken their duck on this occasion.   After recovering from the shock of conceding an early own goal the visitors fought back to be level at the break before dominating the second period and leading 2-1 with countless goal scoring chances going begging but the concession of a late goal with just nine minutes remaining gave Chesham a share of the spoils.   Skipper Luke Knight returned to the side having completed his one match ban to replace Kyron Wiltshire who began his two matches disciplinary punishment so that meant a second consecutive match in the midfield holding role for Harry O’Malley.   However, defender Liam McDevitt returned as a late substitute following his six-match absence and with Taylor Parr missing for the next match this could be crucial.

St Neots began well enough with a Tom Meechan chip saved well and Scott Sinclair firing over the bar after good work by Johnny Herd.   However, after 12 minutes St Neots habit of conceding an early goal occurred again when the unfortunate Taylor Parr turned a cross from Oran Swales past his own keeper at the near post.   Then four minutes later he made suitable amends when at the other end he headed a Dylan Williams corner powerfully into the net to square the scores at 1-1.   The match then settled into a fairly tight battle with both sides playing some neat attacking football but the two defenses looked confident and secure with Mike Emery saving well from Scott McGleish in a counter attack.   Six minutes before the break another Parr header from a corner was beaten away by home keeper Hafed Al-Droubi but Emery was almost caught out two minutes later when a snap shot from former Saint Jhai Dillon sailed over his head but rebounded from the crossbar to be cleared.   Benji Crilley was then booked for hauling Dylan Williams down as he tried to find a way through the defence and the half ended with Lewis Toomey shooting wide of goal.

The second half saw a distinct change to the pattern of play.   St Neots keeper Emery became almost a spectator as his side began to dominate the attacking play.   The wily Williams was brought down on the edge of the Chesham area but Jack Bradshaw’s free kick was blocked by the defensive wall and then Al-Droubi produced a fine reflex save from Tom Meechan who had turned smartly in the box to create space.  The pressure continued with Luke Knight firing over the bar and Williams shooting narrowly wide after wriggling his way through the defence.  Chesham had their moments in sporadic breakaway attacks and in one of these Emery produced the save of the match beating away an effort from Zac Reynolds when he appeared to be going the wrong way.   Williams was proving to be the main threat to the home defence and when he was hauled down by Dhillon that earned a second booking for the home side.  With fourteen minutes remaining the pressure seemed to have paid off when a Williams effort was parried and Scott Sinclair followed up to net the loose ball to put St Neots in front.  However, this setback seemed to energize the home side and they produced a late second goal from substitute Shane Bush after a Dhillon cross found him unmarked at the far post.   It was a disappointing end to a good performance but Manager Matt Clements was philosophic choosing to praise the spirit and determination of his side against their improving hosts.  ‘A point away from home is always good’ he observed.

 

St Neots Town:  Emery, Bradshaw, Herd, Knight, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, O’Malley, Meechan, Williams (D), Sinclair

Subs:  McDevitt (for O’Malley 86 mins), Butler (for Sinclair 90 + 2 mins) and Williams (A).

Cards:  none

 

Goals:  Parr (16 mins), Sinclair (76 mins)

 

Chesham:  Al-Droubi, Crilley, Dhillon, Bevans, Murphy, Bates, Hutton, Reynolds, Toomey, McGleish, Swales

 

Subs:  Ahmed El-Sahib (for McGleish 61), Bush (for Hutton 77), Ward and Pepara

 

Cards:   Crilley (Y – 41 mins), Dhillon (Y – 71 mins), Bevans (Y – 90 + 3 mins)

 

Goals:   Parr OG (12 mins), Bush (81 mins)

 

Attendance: 192

Referee:  Stuart Kyle (Wembley)

 

 

John Walker

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