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A battling performance by 10 men not enough as rampant league leaders run riot

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 23:49

 

Southern League Premier Division    

ST NEOTS TOWN        0     KINGS LYNN TOWN       5         

The outcome of this match was effectively determined two minutes before half time when St Neots defender Taylor Parr was sent off for a rash challenge on Cameron Norman.   At that point of the match trailing by a single goal St Neots were still competing well with the league leaders but the second half was a different story.   General opinion was that the challenge deserved only a caution but Bedfordshire Referee Tim Donnellan who booked four other players in the match seemed in no doubt.   The experienced Norfolk side utilized their extra player to maximum effectiveness playing ‘keep ball’ as St Neots chased around often in vain and then Lynn struck with four second half goals against a home side that became more ragged as the half wore on.   For Parr it was his first sending-off of the season, but he will now miss the Christmas matches and for St Neots it was their biggest defeat of the season and their heaviest since Boxing Day last year.   Injuries sustained at Bishops Stortford in the previous match saw Tom Wood come in for Liam McDevitt and Harry O’Malley for Kyron Wiltshire with Ryan Horne returned to the line-up for the unavailable David Bridges.   In attack there were home debuts for Lewis Irwin and Nabil Shariff, but they received little service as Lynn extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points.

The start was end to end but the visitors made their initial break through after just ten minutes when the St Neots defence failed to cut out a cross from the right and Simon Lappin drilled home a low shot past Mike Emery who may have been unsighted.   St Neots went straight up the other end and Dion Sembie-Ferris had a stinging shot well saved by Alex Street as they adopted a 4-3-3 line up.   After 18 minutes a smart interchange of passes between Michael Gash and Lappin set up Craig Parker but he volleyed wide and two minutes later Gash brought a fine save from Emery as he acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar.   Lynn were now looking confident and Gash contrived to volley over the bar from around three yards, and then there was a glimmer of a chance for the home side as Irwin burst through, but he lost control and the ball ran away for a goal kick.   The dismissal was to become a defining moment in the match and St Neots went to the break trying to sort out how to contain their visitors with just ten men.

Lynn stamped their authority within four minutes of the restart as a delightful move breached the St Neots defence with Lappin and Ryan Jarvis cutting past three defenders for Craig Parker to apply the finishing touch for their second goal.  St Neots tried to vary their tactics with Stefan Broccoli replacing Irwin and then Sembie-Ferris warmed the keepers’ hands when he had to retrieve the ball after spilling the first shot.  A six minutes spell midway through the second half saw St Neots destroyed as Lynn added three further goals.   The first after 69 minutes was bizarre when Johnny Herd was clearly fouled but after an injury delay the official gave the free kick the wrong way and the visitors capitalized as Gash netted from two yards following Norman’s free kick.   St Neots still refused to buckle as Street had to save a blockbuster shot from Luke Knight but after 75 minutes a Lappin corner was not defended as former St Neots defender Tom Ward rose high to head his sides’ fourth goal and just sixty seconds later a cross from another former Saint, Ryan Hawkins was forced in by Leon Mettam who became Lynn’s fifth goal scorer on the night.   A procession of further substitutions by both sides acted to suppress meaningful attacking by either side although Shariff was unlucky to see his effort fly across the face of goal after winning his way to the bye line.   So St Neots impressive unbeaten league run came to an unseemly end in front of their own supporters.

 

St Neots:  Emery, Bradshaw, Herd, Knight, Wood, Parr, O’Malley, Horne, Irwin, Shariff, Sembie-Ferris,  

Subs:  Broccoli (for Irwin 56 mins), Butler (for Horne 76 mins), Marsh-Brown (for Sembie-Ferris 76 mins), McDevitt and Wiltshire

Cards:  Parr (RED – 43), O’Malley (Y – 16), Horne (Y – 64) Emery (Y – 77)

Goals:  none

 

Kings Lynn:  Street, Norman, Fryatt, Gaughan, Ward, Jarvis, Lappin, Parker, Gash, Mettam, Hawkins

Subs:  McQuaid (for Hawkins 76 mins), Siddons (for Gash 76 mins), McLeish (for Norman 82 mins)

Cards:   Lappin (Y – 73 mins)

Goals:   Lappin (10 mins), Parker (49 mins), Gash (69 mins), Ward (75 mins), Mettam (76 mins)

 

Attendance: 282

Referee:  Tim Donnellan (Leighton Buzzard)

 

John Walker

 

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