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Young Saints Further Cement Top Spot With Another Eight Goal Haul Against Ely City

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 16:41


ST NEOTS TOWN U18       8       ELY CITY U18      1

For the second time this season St Neots powered eight goals past Ely to extend their league at the top of the Cambridge Division of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League.   Scoring four times in each half they made their task look easy despite conceding the first goal of the match!   The wintery weather had disappeared leaving the pitch in almost perfect condition and but for some inspired goalkeeping by Ely keeper George Marsh, St Neots could easily have racked up double figures.

St Neots outclassed their visitors in the opening ten minutes dominating possession with Andre Williams firing wide and then forcing a good save from visiting keeper George Marsh.  Joe Brooks then rattled the Ely crossbar from 30 yards and Sam Routs played Kieran Waites clear, but Marsh blocked bravely at his feet.   Then against the run of play and in their first attack Ely took the lead as Josh Bateman capitalised on some sloppy defending to put his side in front after 12 minutes.  It took St Neots just 30 seconds to respond as from, the restart Aaron Hiscock found Andre Williams who levelled the sores.   St Neots then returned to dominating proceedings as Hiscock shot over the bar, George Holman headed wide and Louie Diver cleared a Waites effort off the line.  After 26 minutes St Neots were in front as the overworked Marsh saved at full length from Waites, but Aaron Hiscock followed in to score from close range.   A tap-in rare goal from skipper Alfie Donkin made it 3-1 after 34 minutes and Andre Williams claimed huis second goal of the match three minutes before the break, outpacing two defenders.

Second half play followed a similar pattern with St Neots dominating, and on the hour from a Williams cross Aaron Hiscock scored his second goal before substitute Joseph Rider came on to have a significant impact on the match.   Within seconds of his appearance after 61 minutes he saw a snap shot rebound from a post and then he dominated St Neots attacking play recording an impressive hat trick in an eight minutes spell.   His first after 81 minutes came from yet another Williams assist and his second a minute later a follow up after the brave Marsh had parried at full stretch.   His hat trick arrived a minute from time as he ghosted past two defenders to complete his sides’ third eight goals haul in a league match this season.


St Neots:  Bugg, Goodridge, Brooks, Donkin, Southeran, Fulianty, Williams, Holman, Waites, Routs, Hiscock                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:   Baker,Rider, Ford and Leagas.

Referee: Paul Doyle


John Walker

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