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Another pleasing work out as The Saints win again

Wednesday, 17 July 2019 18:14

HUNTS FA INVITATION PREMIER CUP GROUP MATCH

St Neots Town       2        Biggleswade United       0

 

With three changes in their starting line-up, St Neots continued their pre-season preparation with a second victory in the Huntingdonshire Premier Cup 125 competition.    It was an all-round impressive performance, not only showing an encouraging depth in strength of Marc Abbotts’ squad, but also a display of confidence and assuredness from his recently assembled charges.   Biggleswade, despite this being their third defeat in the competition, were hard working and worthy opponents and even in the final minute produced two efforts that might have afforded them a consolation goal.   The most significant home team change was at the heart of the defence – now credited with two clean sheets – where Jake Noble and Joe Walker came in for Sam Goode and the injured Stevan Shaw, and there was also an impressive performance from substitute goalkeeper Michael McCormack who played the whole of the second half.

The opening ten minutes saw St Neots make a confident start with impressive skill by Prince Mutswunguma setting up Timothy N’Kala whose finish flashed across the face of goal and then skipper Lee Watkins shot narrowly wide.   Biggleswade responded with Charisma Agyemang outpacing the home defence to set up Charlie Clayton but his finish was too high.   Prince then outwitted two defenders, but his shot was blocked by James Bishop and then at the other end Agyemang should have done better with a free header after good work by former Saint Andre Maltay.    The breakthrough came on 21 minutes when a loose clearance fell to Alfie Connor and his rasping shot found the roof of the net.   Now St Neots looked comfortable and both Sam Gomersall and Mason Rhiney shot with when well placed.

Defender Jake Noble almost increased the lead upon the restart with a header from a corner but St Neots claiming the larger share of possession looked confident in defence, and little was seen of the visiting attack.   Then after 68 minutes home skipper Lee Watkins added a second goal after substitute Joe Sutton saw his shot blocked by a defender.   Biggleswade with several changes to their side rallied strongly and McCormack made two excellent saves to deny Craig Packham and Alfie Donkin.   The nearest to a Biggleswade goal came six minutes from time when Jacob Joseph cleared off the line, but St Neots moved straight onto the attack and visiting keeper Connor Beatty pulled off a fine low save to deny Joe Sutton.   The final action saw another good save by McCormack after a visiting forward was left unmarked.    The next more severe test against Step Four opponents Yaxley is due just 48 hours after this victory and the likely reward for the winners will be a place in the Cup Final.

 

St Neots:  Philp, Triallist, Smith, Connor, Noble, Walker, Watkins, Rhiney, N’Kala,  Mutswunguma, Gomersall

Subs:  McCormack, Leagas, Sutton, Hudson, Joseph, Harris.

Cards:  none

Goals: Connor (21 mins), Watkins (68 mins)

Biggleswade:  Beatty, Clark, Brown, Bishop. Maltay, McManus, Donkin, Caglar, Clayton, Butler, Agyemang

Subs:  Spavins, Campbell, Ashley, Packham, Chambers.

Cards:none

Goals:  none

 

Referee:  Ashley List

John Walker

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