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Saints end pre-season with a six goal blast

Saturday, 03 August 2019 11:51


Haverhill Rovers         3              St Neots Town       6        

St Neots completed their pre-season build up with a trip to Haverhill and Manager Marc Abbott must have been pleased overall with his sides’ performance against his former club.   However, he will be left with some food for thought regarding the frailty of his defence in the second half when they conceded two late goals.   However, he had opted to give all his squad some playing time and with six second half substitutions the side understandably looked unbalanced and less confident.   It was good to see Sam Goode back in action with a protection around his broken wrist and there was a debut for Cambridge United loanee Sam Bennett who looked an important addition to the Manager’s attacking options.

The most recent addition to St Neots’ squad, Sam Bennett made an impressive start forcing an early save from home keeper James Young and the home side were slow to get going and had only an off-target header from Max Dinnell to threaten the visiting defence.   Meantime skipper Jake Kerins was prominent bringing a fine eleventh minute save from Young but two minutes later the keeper was left helpless as Kerins sent the perfectly placed lob into the far corner of the net to open the scoring.   After 22 minutes the advantage was doubled as a Mason Rhiney free kick was headed over the goalkeeper by Sam Goode.   Two efforts from Arron Smith were well saved but after 32 minutes Prince Mutswunguma got on the end of a Tim N’Kala cross to make it 3-0.   Jordan Palmer then squandered Haverhill’s best first half opening failing to convert from close range, and Ryan Gibbs shot over the bar, but St Neots remained in control when a lengthy speculative shot by Mason Rhiney appeared to be misjudged by Young and crept in at the near post.   Right on half time a mistake by James Philp in the visiting goal allowed Alfie Carroll to loop a header from a Josh Revell cross into the net to set up the 4-1 half time score line.

Philp made up for his error five minutes after the restart with the save of the match to deny Dinnell and St Neots continued their domination with a fifth goal from a direct free kick by Alfie Connor, and a sixth after 68 minutes when Jake Kerins claimed his second goal of the match with a low shot following a corner.   At that point with all the St Neots substitutes on, Haverhill bravely adopted a more attacking approach – and it quickly paid off.   With fifteen minutes left a Jude White shot was deflected to Emery Pruden who netted to make it 6-2 and the home side had the final word three minutes later when a Palmer shot rebounded from the cross bar and Pruden claimed his second goal.

St Neots:  Philp, Kerins, Smith, Rhiney, Goode, Shaw, Gomersall, Connor, N’Kala, Bennett,  Mutswunguma

Subs:  Joseph, Walker, Sutton, Logan, Quigley and McCormick.

Cards:  Mutswunguma (Y – 79 mins)

Goals:  Kerins 2 (13 & 68 mins), Goode (22 mins), Mutswunguma (32 mins), Rhiney (40 mins), Connor (59 mins)

Referee:  Reg Barker (Mildenhall)


John Walker

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