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Neots win the battle of the Saints in a feisty encounter marred by injury to Ives player

Thursday, 12 March 2020 11:05

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE

ST NEOTS TOWN U18        2       ST IVES TOWN     1 

Second and third in the league table prior to this match the reward for the winners would be a berth at the top of the table, and after a feisty encounter it was St Neots who prevailed.   It was a game scarred by a 43rd minute injury to Tom Wakeley which resulted in a 50 minutes suspension of the match whilst an ambulance arrived to transport the unlucky youngster to the hospital.   At the point of the injury the match had boiled up into a competitive contest but after the restart the enthusiasm seemed to have dispersed and the second half saw a visiting side reduced to ten men defend well but unable to seriously challenge St Neots’ narrow advantage.

 

There was a quiet start with neither side seriously testing the opposition goalkeeper in the opening twenty minutes.   Then Kai Hope tested Dylan Martin at one end and Brad Brown burst through to shoot over at the other.   Leading the home attack Brad Matzk looked lively and was only denied the opening goal by a too narrow angle after he had left defenders in his wake.   Then after 29 minutes a deep cross from Jake Wood picked out the head of Marley Edwards and he gave St Neots the lead.   However, within sixty seconds the visitors had responded positively as Tom Wakely was left unmarked and he levelled the scores from close range.   Visiting keeper Kai Bradley produced the save of the match to deny Jake Wood after 34 minutes but two minutes later the home side struck what was to prove the decisive goal as St Ives defender Ewan Young was caught in possession and Brad Matzk advanced on goal to reinstate the lead.   Three minutes before half time the injury saw the temporary suspension of the game.

 

Upon the restart the visitors gave the impression of trying to take revenge for the injury with Faris Rhaman booked and after 51 minutes the game exploded with a fracas in the St Neots penalty area resulting in a red card for Ewan Young and bookings for Matzk (St Neots) and Karl Frans and Kai Hope (St Ives).   When peace was restored St Neots had much of the possession with their one-man advantage, but they created little although Bradley saved well from Brown and Max Smalley.   St Ives best chance of a share of the points came midway through the second half when Ben Smith broke clear but was foiled by an important save by Dylan Martin.

 

St Neots:  Martin, Olive, Wood, O’Hara, Howell, Byrne, Smalley, Clark, Matzk, Brown, Edwards

Sub used:   Nshangalume.

Cards: Byrne (Y – 42 mins), Matzk (Y – 51 mins), Edwards (Y – 83 mins)

Referee:  Nicholas Easey                                                                               

(John Walker)

 

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