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Young Saints and City youngsters serve up showpiece game in top of the table clash

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 16:49

 

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       2         CAMBRIDGE CITY U18       2         

This was a pulsating encounter between the two best sides in the Division and it finished honours even.  Leaders St Neots retained their top berth and their unbeaten at home in the league record, whilst their visitors Cambridge City remain unbeaten this season.   It was a match that was played at a tremendous pace with a high degree of commitment from each side with both going in front before the points were shared after 90 minutes, so there was plenty to engross St Neots best home attendance of the season.   The visitors started in an explosive fashion dominating the early exchanges, but St Neots came back to enjoy a much greater share of the second half possession and thought they may have won until the late Cambridge equaliser.

St Neots weathered an early scare when goalkeeper Joe Burberry miskicked a clearance before pouncing on the ball in the opening minute, but the visitors were dictating play and went ahead on seven minutes when a swift attack on the left saw Jamie Judge cross to the far post for Robert Friel to force home.   Burberry then had to save well from Henry Hall and Friel as Cambridge maintained their impressive start, but St Neots replied with Jacob Joseph firing over the bar and Markel Cousins forcing a good save from Toby Moring.   Friel then shot over the bar when played clear by Jude White, but it was St Neots who finished the first half more strongly as Joseph volleyed over the bar after good work by Bradley Brown, and Cousins saw a shot blocked on the goal line following a Sammy Routs free kick.

 Cambridge did create two early second half openings with White shooting off target after a pacey run that took him past two defenders, and Aaron Hiscock attacked on the left but saw his shot blocked by a defender.   St Neots then took over with Routs having a shot deflected over the bar, and Nehemiah Goodridge going close with a shot from a corner.   Cambridge were now pushed back on the defensive and Moring despite being unsighted produced the save of the match to deny Cousins, pushing his low shot away at full stretch.  He also saved a narrow-angled Joe Rider shot with his feet but was eventually beaten after 72 minutes by a neat Joseph header from a cross by substitute Tom Leagas.   Six minutes later St Neots took the lead as the impressive Cousins fed leading scorer Joe Rider to make it 2-1.   However the lead was short-lived for two minutes later a rare Cambridge attack ended with the unmarked Aaron Hiscock heading Harvey Bullin cross past Burberry.   There was no easing of commitment as both sides strove for a winning goal but a draw was a fair result.

St Neots:  Burberry, Ferry, Goodridge, O’Hara, Rowland, Fulianty, Joseph, Brown (B), Rider, Routs, Cousins

Sub used:   Leagas.

Referee:  Paul Gale

 

 (John Walker)

 

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