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Late show sees Linton see off the Reserves in season opener

Thursday, 15 August 2019 08:28


Cambs League Kershaw Premier Division




St Neots Reserves kicked off the new season with a home defeat to Linton Granta who last season finished runners-up in the league. However, the score line fails to reflect a very encouraging start for Mark Gearing’s side. After 71 minutes of a competitive contest the game was still goalless but after the visitors had gone ahead, they ran riot scoring three further goals in the last seven minutes of the match.   Three of the four goals came from poorly defended set pieces, so the team knows where improvement is required.

In the first twenty minutes there was only a couple of noteworthy attempts on goal as defences dominated. Visiting keeper Rhys Davies saved well from James Wills and his opposite number Jake Crosby had to dash from his area to block at the feet of a forward who had gone clear. After 33 minutes St Neots were reduced to ten men for the statutory ten minutes period when Alex Minall found himself in the ‘sin bin’ for dissent – an incident copied when a visiting player suffered the same fate later in the half. The match was competitive with St Neots skipper Bobby Shillinde finding his way into the Referee’s notebook following a late challenge. St Neots had a late chance prior to the break when a rising shot from Wills was blocked by a defender.

The second period was more open with both sides creating chances and changes in formation with the introduction of substitutes. A lengthy effort by Nick Threadgold was well saved by Davies and Reif Clarke raced through the visiting defence to fire into the side netting.   Wills tested the keeper after good work by Marcel Rzeszutek, but the visitors were beginning to dominate and in one attack following a corner both Matthew Crawley and Chris McNicholas were close with headed efforts. The bulk of the goalmouth action came in the final 20 minutes. After 71 minutes Linton forged in front when from a searching Chris Palmer free kick Jacob Kitchiner opened the scoring. Then in the final seven minutes the inexperienced home side fell apart as Linton added three further goals. A defensive error let in Palmer for a simple finish and then it was a Palmer corner that was headed in at the far post by Lewis Russell.   The rout was completed a minute from time when a cross from substitute Benjamin De’Ath was deflected into the path of Dale Archer and he gave Crosby no chance from close range.


Reserves: Crosby, Olive, Shillinde, Minall, O’Hara, Threadgold, Clarke, Fitzpatrick, Wills, Rzeszutek, Hudson

Cautioned:  Shillinde

Subs: Okirie, Walsh, Ezeigbo, Grimes and Thompson


Referee: Stacey Fullicks


John Walker

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