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Young Saints sweep aside The Stutes and close in on the big prize

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 15:30

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

HISTON U18      0           ST NEOTS TOWN U18       7

With just one match left later this week, away at Haverhill, St Neots now know that a single point will be sufficient to see them retain the championship of the Cambridge Division of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League.   This penultimate league match was switched from Histon to the Premier Plus Stadium and was a very one-way contest with St Neots scoring seven goals without reply, with goalkeeper George Bugg a virtual spectator.

In the early stages St Neots seemed shot shy with an Alfie Donkin head over the bar and a Callan Irvine shot wide of the target their best efforts.   However, that changed after 13 minutes when Ben Southwood skilfully lost his marker to cross for Kieran Waites to open the scoring.   Two minutes later Aaron Hiscock was brought down by goalkeeper Daniel Wiseman as he raced from his goal and Hiscock got to his feet to tuck away the resultant penalty.   Southwood twice shot across the face of goal and Waites fired wide after a delightful move involving Donkin and Hiscock.   Then after 28 minutes Irvine threaded a through ball to find Ben Southwood to make it 3-0 and six minutes before the break the contest was effectively decided when Kieran Waites claimed hissecond goal of the match and his nineteenth of the season after clever play between Donkin and Southwood.

The second half was a more leisurely affair with St Neots no doubt having one eye on their important final match.   They sent on two substitutes and continued to dominate without showing the urgency they had displayed in the first 45 minutes.   It was now that Histon goalkeeper began to shine making three excellent saves to deny Leon Fulianty (twice) and Aaron Hiscock.    On the 75th minute another delightful three-man move ripped open the Histon defence as Hiscock and Waites set up Sam Routs for a tap-in fifth goal and then two further goals in the last five minutes from the lively Callan Irvine gave St Neots their 69th league goal of the season - 15 more than their nearest rivals and 12 more than they scored last season.   Histon’s sole effort to test the underworked St Neots custodian came from a lengthy Finlay Newey free kick that Bugg retrieved from just under his cross bar.

St Neots:  Bugg, Leagas Brooks, Donkin, Southeran, Fulianty, Southwood, Irvine, Waites, Routs, Hiscock                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:   Dunnett and Ford

Referee: Nicholas Easey                                                                                                

(John Walker)

 

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