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Relegation confirmed for the Saints as Lynn hit five at the Premier Plus Stadium

Sunday, 21 April 2019 17:19

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town       0        Kings Lynn Town       5 

This result confirmed St Neots relegation to Step Four next season after seven seasons in the top flight of the Southern League, and furthered King Lynn’s aim of a home semi-final tie in the play-offs.   The visitors were as dominant as the final score suggested and Saints Boss Marc Abbott was quick to heap praise on the winners saying “they are easily the best side we have played since I took over as Manager.   This was a tough lesson for my young side who were unable to cope with the experience and quality of the opposition.   Lynn were exceptional today and judged on this performance, they look likely to progress further through the play offs.  

His opposite number, Ian Culverhouse, was thoughtful, adding “Yes, we played well today and were very happy with the result that gives us a chance of the runners-up spot”. He also said, “but great credit is due to Marc Abbott and Matt Clements (St Neots Managers) for keeping the club going after their trauma of the past two months”.   

Injury means that full back Jordan Norville-Williams’ season is over so there was just one St Neots team change with Jacob Joseph coming in for Leon Fulianty with Prince Mutswunguma moving back into defence.  Lynn always looked comfortable and in control and their slick short passing tactics ensuring that they enjoyed more than two thirds of the possession throughout the match.

The visitors got off to the perfect start with a goal in the first real attack of the match after five minutes.   St Neots conceded a free kick wide on the right and Frazer Blake-Tracy’s direct shot seemed to be covered by St Neots custodian James Philp, but ace marksman Adam Marriot got the touch that left the keeper stranded.   Marriott then almost doubled his tally, but Philip anticipated well to block his effort.   Dan Trendall beat the visitors’ offside trap, but Ryan Fryatt got back to clear and then visiting keeper Alexander Street under pressure did well to clutch a Joe Hood cross.   However much of the play was in the direction of the St Neots goal and after 20 minutes Adam Marriott doubled his personal tally after being left unmarked at the far post.   The impressive Jordan Richards then rattled the crossbar and Marriott proving a real thorn in the St Neots defence might have completed a 25 minutes hat trick but for a fine block by Ryan Hughes with the goal looking invitingly open.   St Neots tried hard to make an impression on a resolute visiting defence with skipper Matt Miles and Mason Rhiney prompting from midfield,but the measure of the visiting side was that they always seemed to have extra players on the pitch.

Two goals in a three minutes’ spell early in the second half put paid to St Neots’ hopes of any reward from the match.   After 53 minutes a slick move from midfield saw Richards find Michael Gash unmarked at the far post.   His angle was narrow, but his fiercely hit shot ricocheted off the unfortune Ryan Hughes for an own goal.   Lynn maintained their pressure and from a Michael Clunan corner, Rory McAuley rose high above the defence to power a header into the roof of the net.   Both sides then opted to utilise their allowed number of substitutes – Lynn no doubt happy that the points were assured and St Neots trying to vary their approach against an impenetrable defence.   The  result was a period of non-productive play but in the final fifteen minutes the game became more open.   A fierce effort by Aaron Jones was well parried but the reshaped St Neots attack was beginning to grow in confidence and the hard-working Dan Trendall shot narrowly wide and substitute Joe Rider  had an opening after good work by Matt Miles and Prince Mutswunguma, but his finish was weak.   Two late bookings for the home side seemed to sap their confidence and two minutes into added time visiting substitute William Mellors-Blair raced clear to beat the keeper with a shot that rebounded in off the far post.  Ironically even if St Neots had won this match, they could not have caught Lowestoft Town who impressively defeated play-off hopefuls Stratford Town 3-2.

 

St Neots Town:  Philip, Hood, Mutswunguma, Miles, Hughes, Shaw, Joseph, Rhiney, Trendall, Bradley, Sutton

Subs:  Hudson (for Joseph 67 mins), Rider (for Bradley 67 mins), Dunnett (for Shaw 67 mins) and McCormack.

Cards:  Hood (Y – 71 mins), Sutton (Y – 84 mins), Mutswunguma (Y – 89 mins)

Scorers:  none

Kings Lynn Town:  Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Richards, Gash, Marriott, Parker

Subs:  Mellors-Blair (for Gash 62 mins), Hawkins (for Marriott 67 mins), Barrows (for Jarvis 71 mins), Henderson and Robinson.

Cards: Street (Y – 19 mins), Blake-Tracy (Y – 21 mins)

Scorers:  Adam Marriott (2) (5 & 20 mins), Hughes OG (53 mins), McAuley (56 mins), Mellors-Blair

(90 + 2 mins)

Referee:  Alastair Wilson (Boston)

Attendance:  320

John Walker

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