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Reserves so unlucky not to get anything positive after superb performance

Thursday, 29 August 2019 10:56

 

Cambs League Kershaw Premier Division

ST NEOTS RESERVES       0       COMBERTON UNITED       2

A second goal on the strike of full time for visitors Comberton gave a false impression to the match which had been the best performance by St Neots Reserves so far this season.   Their performance had deserved at least a draw against a side now sitting in second place in the league table and they should gain some confidence going forward.   It was an even contest throughout with the home defence looking assured, but the shortcoming was in attack where St Neots seldom tested the visiting keeper.   Recent signing Dylan Logan who had begun his St Neots career with a brief spell as a substitute for the senior side, looks to be a promising addition to the squad.

An early free kick by Calum Forster was deflected wide of the St Neots goal but then Logan was prominent on his team debut, crossing from the right for James Wills to head over the bar and then going it alone to bring a good save from visiting keeper Matt Dethridge.   For the visitors Sam Curtis headed wide from a Sam Kerley free kick and Dethridge was again in action saving at full length from Logan.   Dan Olive broke through only for his shot to rebound from the keeper’s legs and home keeper Jacob Crosby was twice in action late in the first half, saving bravely at the feet of Alex Bradford before making a full length save to push away a close range header from Calum Forster. The closest St Neots came to taking the lead was when skipper Bobby Shillinde joined the attack and crashed an effort against the foot of the post just before the half time whistle was blown.

If Comberton had shaded the first half it was a different story after the break.   St Neots adopted a more attacking approach but were caught on the break in the fourth minute after the restart when Sam Curtis opened the scoring.    Comberton seemed happy to defend their narrow advantage but from a 30 yards free kick Alex Bradford rattled the St Neots cross bar.    However, the balance of play had changed, and St Neots began to dominate possession but lacked that finishing touch in front of goal.  Even the introduction of substitutes failed to provide the added impetus and the best St Neots managed were lengthy efforts from Wills and Adrian O’Hara comfortably fielded by Dethridge.   Bobby Shillinde also tested the keeper, but the killer blow came right on time when some defensive hesitancy handed that late chance to the visitors and Giorgio Favarulo netted from close range.

 

Reserves: Crosby, Olive, Shillinde, O’Hara, Garlikowski, Fitzgerald, Logan, Minall, Wills, Rzeszutek, Clarke

Cautioned:  Olive, Fitzgerald

Subs: Fitzpatrick, Walsh, Ezeigbo and Grimes

 

Referee: Roger Coxhead

 

John Walker

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