Oh Brother.....Keeper Jamie's spot kick heroics see off Sibling Sean's Saints

HUNTINGDONSHIRE FA SENIOR CUP QUARTER FINAL

 

St Neots Town        3        Eynesbury Rovers     3

(Eynesbury won 4-1 on penalties)          

 

Three old boys came back to haunt St Neots as they were despatched out of the Hunts Senior Cup at the quarter final stage by neighbours Eynesbury Rovers.   Hero of the hour was goalkeeper Jamie Greygoose (2014/15) – brother of the St Neots Assistant Manager – who saved the first two penalty kicks in the shootout, Jordan Brown (2018/19) who scored Rovers’ second goal to put them in initial second half control, and Rukky Djemoah (U18 side 2013/14) who slotted home the deciding fourth Rovers penalty, also in the shootout.   St Neots must justifiably thought they had turned the game around coming from 3-1 down with 18 minutes remaining to earn the sudden death decider but their inability to beat the visiting keeper from the spot proved to be their downfall.   Rovers were delighted to avenge the defeat in their last Senior Cup visit to the Premier Plus Stadium when they had been thrashed 6-1 in the Senior Cup Final of 2017/18.   St Neots had to make two changes to the side that had lost at Halesowen because Tom Boxer and Joe Massaro were ineligible so back into the side came Aaron Smith with Sam Gomarsall slotting into the defence in an unfamiliar full back role. There was also a senior debut as a second half substitute for Reif Clarke, the leading scorer in the Saints U18 side.

The first half was largely a scrappy contest with neither side able to dominate play.   Rovers unsettled the St Neots defence with their long ball tactics and their threat at set pieces when the home defence failed to show aerial superiority and an inability to clear their lines, whilst the home side showed some neat approach work but little finish.   After a quarter an hour of not very threatening play Eynesbury won five corners in as many minutes and from the fifth, they took the lead.   With St Neots failing to clear Steve Gentle forced the ball home from close range in a goalmouth scramble after 21 minutes, but their advantage lasted just seven minutes before a scruffy goal at the other end brought parity as St Neots skipper Lee Watkins forced home a cross from the  left.   Eynesbury arguably then had the better of the final fifteen minutes of the half with Gentle finding the net again but penalised for a push, Daniels linking well with his attack for Jordan Brown to squander a good chance and Williams setting up Gentle for a close range effort that James Philp saved well.

The second half seemed to be very tightly fought until Eynesbury scored twice in as many minutes around the hour.   Looking suspiciously offside Jordan Brown outstripped the St Neots defence to finish confidently to reinstate Rovers’ advantage and before St Neots had time to recover Stevan Shaw upended Brown to concede a penalty, confidently dispatched by Ashley Fuller.   At 3-1 down St Neots needed to review their approach so they took off a defender and introduced Reif Clarke up from and Ben Stokes as an additional attacking midfielder and their rethink quickly paid dividends.  After 72 minutes Joe Sutton wove his way past two defenders to be brought down by a third and from the resultant penalty award Alan Musoke reduced the arrears.   Rovers seemed to opt to sit on their single goal advantage soaking up pressure from the home side but with eight minutes left St Neots introduced Prince Mutswunguma as their final substitute and with his first significant involvement he crossed the ball into the heart of the Rovers defence and the ball went in off a defender to send the match into the penalties decider.

Greygoose saved the first two St Neots kicks from Musoke and skipper Watkins – St Neots two scorers in the ninety minutes – and although Ben Bradley netted their third attempt successful conversions by Gentle, Jamie Cole, Fuller and Djemoah put Eynesbury in the Semi-Final.

St Neots: Philp, Gomersal, Smith, Butler, Shaw, Goode, Watkins, Bradley,  Musoke, Foster, Sutton

Subs:  Stokes (for Foster 66 mins), Clarke (for Shaw 67 mins), Mutswunguma (for Sutton 82 mins), Badiani and Hudson

Cards:  Butler (Y – 9 mins)

Goals:  Watkins (28 mins), Musoke – pen (72 mins), OG (86 mins)

Penalty: Bradley

 

Eynesbury:  Greygoose, Clark, Fuller, Daniels, Duckett (J), Utteridge, Lewis, Duckett (R), Gentle, Brown, Williams

Subs:  Djemoah (for Williams 53 mins), Cole (for Daniels 62 mins), Sinclair, Jarrold and Duckett (M).

Goals:  Gentle (21 mins), Brown (60 mins), Fuller – pen (62 mins)

Penalties: Gentle, Cole, Fuller and Djemoah.

 

Referee:  Ashley List (Papworth)

Attendance:       114

 

John Walker

 

Marc Abbott Resigns From His Position As First Team Manager

Marc Abbott

 

It is with great regret that we have accepted the resignation of Marc Abbott as First Team manager with immediate effect. The Club would like to go on record and thank Marc for the time, energy and effort he has put into the Club and we wish him every success in the future.

 

Director of football, Matt Clements, will oversee Saturday's game versus Corby Town along with Sean Greygoose and Matt Joseph

A further statement will be released once we have more information regarding the first team managers position moving forward.

 

Saints push Yeltz all the way for three points

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CENTRAL

 Halesowen Town        2        St Neots Town        0          

In midweek Bedford Town, close neighbours of St Neots Town, travelled to Halesowen and were beaten 6-0 by the in-form home side.   That should have been an indication of the task facing the visitors in this match.   With eight straight victories in all matches prior to this meeting Halesowen with three matches in hand, are now just five points adrift of league leaders Corby Town who are the visitors to the Premier Plus Stadium next Saturday.   In the event St Neots were beaten by a hotly disputed penalty and a goal four minutes in added first half time after the match referee had indicated he was adding two minutes!   So, 2-0 at the break Marc Abbott’s team returned to give an excellent account of themselves in the second half as they matched their opponents and came close several times to reducing the arrears.   The Manager made two enforced changes bringing in Joe Massaro for his debut and Lewis Foster, for the unavailable Aaron Smith And Sam Gomersal.  For much of the game the side operated a defensive pattern yet still created chances against a home side that brags the tightest defensive record in the Division.   However, credit must be given to goalkeeper James Philp who made a handful of outstanding saves when he was exposed by the free scoring home attack.

St Neots took the match to their hosts from the start and after four minutes Tommy Boxer powered forward beating two players and unleashed the first effort of the match that flew over the bar.  The home side replied with Robbie Bunn left unmarked in front of goal bringing affine reaction save from James Philp.   Bunn then saw a second effort fly wide, but the hosts were beginning to dominate and after twelve minutes they took the lead when they were awarded a controversial penalty.  Sam Goode’s tackle on Simeon Coburne looked harmless enough but to St Neots’ distress Referee Stephen Oakley pointed to the penalty spot and leading scorer Montel Gibson made no mistake to claim the lead for his side.   Most of the attacking by Halesowen was coming down their left flank and Philp had to save at the feet of Gibson after good work by Joshua Hawker.   After 20 minutes Reece Hewitt seemed to have a good claim for a second penalty, but his appeals were ignored to St Neots’ relief.   Gibson sent a cheeky lob narrowly over the bar when he spotted the keeper a yard off his line, and a free kick by Bunn was then pushed onto the bar by Philp.   As the half reached 45 minutes the St Neots custodian was fortunate when he rushed from his line to be passed by Coburne but the home player shot into the side netting.   Then four minutes into time added Jordan Piggott fired in from the edge of the area following a corner and although skipper Lee Watkins produced a spectacular header to clear the ball, an eagled eyed Assistant Referee flagged that the ball was just over the line so Halesowen went to the break with a two goals advantage.

Neither side made any half time changes but there was a change in the pattern of play with St Neots looking more comfortable in defence and ambitious in attack.  Lewis Foster making only his second start for St Neots saw a net-bound shot pushed for a corner, and Alan Musoke was robbed after weaving his way towards goal.   At the other end Coburne netted but was ruled offside and Philp produced the save of the match to deny Hewitt who had been put clear on goal by Bunn.   St Neots almost pulled a goal back on the hour when Tommy Boxer rose above the home defence at a Watkins corner, but his header rebounded from the crossbar.   A careless clearance by a visiting defender gifted Coburne a clear chance but once again Philp came to his sides’ rescue.   In the next St Neots attack Parsons cleared off the line from Massaro and the only other real chance St Neots had to reduce the arrears was a free kick some 25 yards from goal that substitute Prince Mutswunguma wasted with a weak finish directly at the home keeper.   Halesowen next week go to Bradford Park Avenue in search of an extended run in the First Round Proper of the FA Trophy.

 

St Neots: Philp, Shaw, Sutton, Butler, Boxer (T), Goode, Watkins, Massaro, Musoke, Bradley, Foster

Subs:  Mutswunguma (for Sutton 79 mins), Badiani (for Musoke 64 mins), Stokes, Harrison and Abbott

Cards:  Shaw (Y – 27 mins), Butler (Y – 76 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Halesowen:  Bunn (B), Ashmore, Bowen, Piggott, McCone, Parsons, Hawker, Bunn (R), Gibson, Coburne, Hewitt

Subs:  Molyneux (for Gibson 68 mins), Yates (for Ashmore 74 mins), Wright (for Hewitt 85 mins), Sammons and Manning.

Goals:  Gibson – pen – (12 mins), Piggott (45+4 mins)

 

Referee:  Stephen Oakley (Evesham)

Attendance:       560

 

John Walker

 

A Daunting Trip Ahead......

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

There was bad news for St Neots fans on Wednesday morning. Halesowen Town had limbered up for St Neots’ visit on Saturday by recording their biggest league victory on Tuesday evening – a 6-0 home victory over Bedford Town who were just a point below them at start of play.

Halesowen now trail the two clubs above them by six and eight points respectively but have three matches in hand as bookies make them joint favourites for the automatic promotion place this season.Now they seek to win back a step three place after their relegation with St Neots last season.

So Marc Abbott and his improving side face their toughest away test of the season on Saturday with their trip to the West Midlands.

John Walker

 

 

 

 

St Neots Sport and Learning Academy (September 2020 Intake) - KEY DATES

Thank you for registering your interest for the Post 16 Sports and Education Scholarship Programme. Once again we are very excited to see so many students showing an interest in one of the Sports Scholarship Opportunities we have to offer.

 

 What’s next?

  The next step of your journey will be to attend our upcoming Open Trial Day 

  Thursday 19th December 2019
  at St Neots Town Football Club 10.30am - 1.30pm.

  This is for everyone who is interested in Football, Teaching and Coaching,
  Female Football, Cricket, Golf, Netball and Hockey.

 

This will also be an opportunity to meet teaching and coaching staff to gain a better

understanding of the academic options and training opportunities on offer for September 2020.

 

New for September 2020


In addition to football, we are now in the position to offer young

Sportsmen and Women the opportunity to continue to develop

in their specialist sport.

 

  • Full time training programme is integrated within your timetable

  • Elite Football Scholarship working in partnership with Peterborough United 

    and St Neots Town FC

  • British College League Football (Male and Female)

  • Cricket Scholarship working in partnership with Eaton Socon Cricket Club 

    and Cricket East.

  • Hockey Scholarship working in partnership with St Neots Hockey Club

  • To be confirmed with local clubs in December 2019.

    - Netball

    - Golf

    - Tennis 

 

How do I register my interest?


If you have not completed the Google form, please click on the google link below and

populate the form so that we can get a few more details before we see you on

Thursday 19th December 2019.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScU1Uzxwp704eW02bquwENy-GKjG2vwZ91pl0cswdohgG14xQ/viewform

 

 

Important dates:

  • Thursday 19th December 2019 - Open Trail 10.30am – 1.00pm

  • Thursday 20th February 2020  -  Open Trail 10.30am – 1.00pm

  • Sixth Form Open Evening for September 2020 intake -

    Starting 9th March 2020 for 2 weeks  

  • Easter Induction Day – Date TBC

 

 

 

No luck this week for Saints against ten man opposition at Kidlington

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CENTRAL

 

Kidlington       1           St Neots Town        0           

For the second consecutive match St Neots found themselves playing for more than half the game against ten men, but on this occasion, they failed to take advantage and returned home pointless from Kidlington.   Once again, the failure of Marc Abbott’s side to score goals cost them dear because they easily outnumbered their hosts with chances as they dominated possession, especially after the break, but some determined defending and a helping of good fortune kept the home goal intact.   However, the result laid bare the problem facing Marc Abbott and his coaching team.   In the final third of the field there was a lack of finishing to the extent that the home keeper never had a serious save to make after his side were reduced to ten man.   St Neots employed a 4-1-4-1 formation, but this system only works to satisfaction if the wide men in midfield support the front runner.   Last week in their victory over Wantage they did – at Kidlington they did not.   As a result, striker Alan Musoke was left with the task of getting the better of two and three defenders at a time with very little or no support.  Excluding last weeks’ five goals romp at the expense of the bottom side St Neots have now scored just five goals in their last ten outings – figures that speak for themselves.  There were three changes in the starting line-up – two of them enforced.   With leading scorer Prince Mutswunguma out injured and Panny Boxer unavailable into their places came Ben Bradley and Jonny Butler – the latter after suspension, whilst Sam Gomarsall was preferred to Lewis Foster who was on the bench.

 

The opening phase was competitive but even with both side creating openings.   A Ben Bradley shot was deflected, Marvin Martin volleyed over from close range and James Philp had to save at the feet of Leam Howards.    The keeper also saved well from Lewis Coyle whilst Bradley saw a second effort deflected for a corner after neat work by Alan Musoke.   The goal when it arrived was fortunate for Kidlington because St Neots had failed to clear following a corner and from the edge of the area Declan Benjamin hit a low shot through a crowd of players past the unsighted Philp.   As St Neots hit back Sam Goode had a looping header from a Lee Watkins free kick well saved by Christian Lawrence, and then Joe Sutton saw his fierce volley deflected over the crossbar.  The first half flashpoint came five minutes before the break when Sutton clashed with home skipper Lewis Coyle and with the Referee seeming slow to act players from both sides piled in to ‘assist’ and after the melee was calmed Coyle was sent off, with Sutton and visiting skipper Lee Watkins both issued with yellow cards along with Marvin Martin from Kidlington.   The half then fizzled out with the break coming as a relief to both Managers as they sought to reinstate discipline.

 

For obvious reasons the home side lined up defensively upon the restart seeking first to retain their narrow advantage.   Apart from a Bradley free kick that failed to trouble the home keeper, St Neots made little use of their numeric advantage, but on the break, Kidlington looked dangerous and the St Neots defence had to be careful not to be dragged too far forward.   The twice St Neots did look dangerous was from lengthy throws from Aaron Smith but when the home defence failed to clear the finishing touch was always missing.   With twenty minutes remaining St Neots made a positive move varying their tactics to try to utilise their extra man, taking off defensive midfielder Jonny Butler and pushing Lewis Foster on as an additional attacker.   His one effort flew wide and then as a final throw of the dice St Neots went three in defence pushing Tom Boxer forward to supplement the attack in the last ten minutes.   In that final period several shots from St Neots were blocked by the resolute and packed Kidlington defence who were clearly delighted to hold out for their second consecutive League victory lifting then well clear of the relegation zone.

 

St Neots Town: Philp, Shaw, Smith, Butler, Goode, Boxer (T), Watkins, Gomarsall, Musoke, Bradley, Sutton

 

Subs:  Foster (for Butler 69 mins), Stokes (for Gomersal 64 mins), Massaro, Badiani and Abbott.

Cards:  Sutton (Y – 40 mins), Watkins (Y – 40 mins), Smith (Y – 54 mins), Butler (Y – 60 mins), Foster (Y – 89 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Kidlington:  Lawrence, Blackstock, Castle,Martin, West, Ricketts,Coyle, Benjamin, Odhiambo (A), Howards, Smith 

Subs:  Odhiambo (E) (for Smith 49 mins), Willoughby (for Ricketts 77 mins), Peart (for Odhiambo (A) 81 mins), Franklin and Williams.

Cards:  Coyle (RED – 40 mins), Martin (Y – 40 mins), Franklin (Y – 45 mins), Odhiambo (A) (Y – 72 mins)

Goals:  Benjamin (29 mins)

 

Referee:  Matthew Fletcher (Hemel Hempstead)

Attendance:       53

 

John Walker

 

Looking ahead to a trip to Kidlington

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

After the very impressive performance at the Premier Plus Stadium last Saturday which saw St Neots thrash their struggling visitors Wantage Town by five goals to nil, thanks in part to Alan Musoke’s first hat trick for the side, it is now a priority to maintain the confidence that the team displayed in that victory.   This weekend’s match sees a third trip this season to Oxfordshire to face Kidlington who are currently six points and three places ahead of the Saints in the league table.   That margin is because last Saturday Kidlington recorded only their second league victory in their last twelve league and cup outings.   They beat Coleshill 3-1 away from home to register their first away victory this season.   Despite their poor form, at home Kidlington boast a decent league record with only one defeat in six outings and that was to Daventry Town.

Kidlington are now in their third season at Step Four having finished 18th in the table three points above relegation last season but having finished 12th in their first season.   This will of course be the first meeting of the two sides and St Neots should be almost at full strength with Jonny Butler having served his one match suspension.

 

John Walker

 

 

 

 

Superb Musoke treble helps Saints seal first home league success

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CENTRAL

St Neots Town        5           Wantage Town        0

St Neots recorded their first home league victory since February, over struggling pointless Wantage Town.   They did get some unexpected early assistance when Jared Jones picked up a straight red card after 11 minutes for an ill-judged dangerous challenge, leaving the visitors to play most of the match with ten men.   The star of the show was hard working striker Alan Musoke who scored a memorable hat trick – his first goals for St Neots in his seventh appearance, although debutante defender Tom Boxer and skipper Lee Watkins returning after a one match suspension, pushed him hard for the man-of-the-match tag.   It was the first time St Neots had recorded five goals in a league match since 9th December 2017, and it was the first St Neots league hat trick since Jevani Brown netted three times on 25th February 2017.   The match had been billed as a ‘must win’ for both sides but St Neots fully deserved their victory building on recent improved results against teams well ahead of them in the league table.   With Jonny Butler sitting out a one match suspension, Lee Watkins returned to assume the captains’ armband and new signing Tom Boxer – brother of Panny – produced an impressive debut in defence.   The third change saw Lewis Foster return in place of Ben Stokes who was on the substitutes bench.

Wantage began positively despite their poor record and Jack Buchanan forced James Philp into a good save with an early low shot from the edge of the area.   However, the sending off gave St Neots the incentive to push forward to take advantage, and defender Sam Goode joined the attack but saw his shot blocked after neat work by Lee Watkins.   Panny Boxer than beat the keeper from the edge of the box but the ball rebounded off the crossbar to be cleared, but the pressure soon told and after 18 minutes St Neots eased their nerves with the first goal as Lee Watkins weaved a delightful through pass to find Alan Musoke and he measured the perfect chip over the back peddling visiting goalkeeper.   Following a corner Aaron Smith shot just inches wide and St Neots were now using their extra man to full advantage dominating the attacking play.   After 25 minutes the score was almost doubled when a close-range effort by Prince Mutswunguma was acrobatically cleared off the line by Charley Tuttle with his keeper out of position and then Watkins fired over the bar and Musoke had a shot blocked.   Little was seen of the home attack with striker Dylan Broadley left to plough a lone furrow and it was no major surprise when three minutes before the break St Neots increased their lead as Stevan Shaw powered down the right flank and crossed to find Mutswunguma in full flight towards the visiting goal to finish with a flourish.

The real test was whether St Neots could maintain the pressure on their visitors and the resumption began with Joe Sutton shooting wide when well placed.   An early second half substitution saw the introduction of substitute Ben Stokes with Mutswunguma withdrawn and Sutton moved to a wider attacking role.   As Wantage tried hard to make an impact on the game Philp was forced to turn a Tuttle free kick around for a corner, and more substitutions by both sides followed.   Russell Lyle in the visiting goal was being kept busy and he bravely dived at the feet of Sutton to retrieve the ball after 67 minutes, but the respite was temporary as a minute later Musoke notched his second goal to make the score 3-0 with a shot that went in off the underside of the crossbar.   Momentarily the visitors looked well beaten as Sutton brought a good save from Lyle, and substitute Stokes saw his effort parried by the overworked custodian.   Sixteen minutes from time Tom Boxer made a rare sortie in attack at a set piece and was brought down to earn St Neots a penalty award.   On a hat trick there seemed little choice who would take the kick as Musoke stepped forward to confidently stroke the ball home for his deserved reward.   There was still time for teenager Adrian O’Hara to make his Southern League debut as a substitute and for Lee Watkins to complete the rout with his first league goal of the season twelve minutes from time.

St Neots Town: Philp, Shaw, Smith, Boxer (P), Goode, Boxer (T), Watkins, Sutton, Musoke, Foster, Mutswunguma

Subs:  Stokes (for Mutswunguma 51 mins), Gomersal (for Foster 64 mins), O’Hara (for Boxer (P) 74 mins) and Abbott

Cards:  Boxer (T) (Y – 52 mins), Smith (Y – 54 mins)

Goals:  Musoke (3) (18, 68 & 74 mins- pen), Mutswunguma (42 mins), Watkins (78 mins)

 

Wantage Town:  Lyle, Webster, Tuttle, Jones, Shakti, Fry, Singh, Rogagui, Broadley, Buchanan, Martei

Subs:  Broadbank (for Buchanan 60 mins), McGrory (for Broadley 73 mins), McKeon (for Fry 83 mins)

Cards:  Jones (RED – 11 mins), Rogagui (Y – 24 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Referee:  Joe Woolmer (Northampton)

Attendance:       186

 

John Walker

 

Saints push the undefeated league leaders all the way in promising performance

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CENTRAL

Berkhamsted        3          St Neots Town        1           

Twelve minutes from time with St Neots bossing the game and looking odds on to steal a goal to level the contest against their table topping hosts, an outrageous decision by Referee Grzegoorz Konasiewicz saw influential St Neots midfielder Jonny Butler pick up a totally undeserved second yellow card to reduce the visitors to ten men.   Butler won the ball in a 50/50 challenge that left the Berkhamsted player prone on the pitch and the Referee allowed play to continued for several seconds before stopping the game to get assistance for the home player.   Then to the amazement of all he issued Butler with his second caution – even though he had not awarded a free kick for the challenge.   Asked about his decision after the match the official replied, ‘I think I reacted too slowly’.  That forced a quick St Neots reshuffle and in time added for stoppages leading Berkhamsted scorer Lewis Toomey broke clear to plunder a second goal for himself and a third for his side to give the final score line an almost unrepresentative picture of the contest.   The home side started the day as league leaders not having lost any of their twelve league matches this season but St Neots’ second half performance was described by a home official as ‘our toughest test so far this season’.   No reward then for St Neots but it should do the team confidence no harm as they go into next weekend’s crucial test against bottom of the table Wantage Town at the Premier Plus Stadium.   There were two changes in the starting line-up for St Neots with Ben Bradley back to replace suspended skipper Lee Watkins, and recent signing Ben Stokes replaced Sam Gomarsall who was on the bench.

Both sides got off to a speedy start with home danger man Lewis Toomey lobbing narrowly wide with St Neots keeper James Philp stranded after just twenty seconds, and a minute later Prince Mutswunguma spotted home keeper Xavier Leon off his line but sent his lengthy effort over the bar.   Toomey was then impeded by a defender on the edge of the penalty area, but Jon Lacey sent his free kick high over the bar.   However, Berkhamsted then struck an early significant blow when after eight minutes a Lacy cross saw Lewis Toomey time his run to the near post perfectly as he flicked the ball past Philp.   St Neots responded with Ben Bradley bringing a good save from the home keeper, but the home side were showing just why they are promotion favourites with some clinical attacking play as Alex Taylor had a net bound shot deflected for a corner.   The match was competitive with Joe Sutton finding his way into the Referee’s notebook, before another lengthy effort by Aaron Smith tested the keeper.   Nine minutes before half time the home side stamped their first half superiority on the game as Jon Lacey got on the end of a Joshua Chamberlain cross to extend his sides’ lead.   Both Philp and Sam Goode blocked further home side efforts, but two minutes before half time an Alan Musoke cross picked out Prince Mutswunguma and his acrobatic overhead kick put St Neots back in the match at 2-1.

After the break St Neots bossed the contest although they failed to capitalise on superior possession because they lack a significant finish.   It was 24 minutes into the second half before Berkhamsted had a shot at the St Neots goal, and then Philp kept his side in the contest with a brilliant save to deny Lacey’s searching chip.   St Neots’ substitute Jake Kerins, on for Stokes, made an early impact having a shot cleared off the line by Ryan Kinnane, and as the second half reached a critical stage the dismissal of Butler had its effect.   After a six minutes delay whilst home skipper Ben Spaul received extensive treatment the match had lost much of its intensity, further slowed down by more substitutions.   With three minutes of normal time remaining, Toomey was denied a second goal when he went clear but failed to finish, but he only had to wait four more minutes before he was again at the near post to take advantage of some hesitancy to convert a Chamberlain cross to dash St Neots’ hopes.   Mutswunguma almost had the final word with an effort deep into added time that he sent wide of the far post.

 

St Neots Town: Philp, Boxer, Smith, Butler, Shaw, Goode, Sutton, Bradley, Musoke, Stokes, Mutswunguma

Subs:  Kerins (for Stokes 60 mins), Foster (for Bradley 84 mins), Gomarsall (for Musoke 84 mins) and Abbott

Cards:  Butler (RED – 2 x Y – 39 & 78 mins), Sutton (Y – 31 mins)

Goals:  Mutswunguma (42 mins)

 

Berkhamsted:  Leon, Taylor, Cooper, Amu, Kinnane, Farrelly, Summerfield, Spaul, Toomey, Lacey, Chamberlain

Subs:  Hercules (for Summerfield 60 mins), Witham (for Amu 72 mins), Sexton (for Spaul 84 mins), Murphy and Stobbs.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Toomey 2 (8 & 90+1 mins), Lacey (36 mins)

 

Referee:  Grzegoorz Konasiewicz (Oxford)

Attendance:       206

 

John Walker

 

Looking ahead to Berkhamsted

 

 

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

It does not get any easier for St Neots Town......  

Their recent improvement has been reflected in far more impressive performances against sides above them in the table and have resulted in a deserved away draw at Biggleswade and two narrow single goal home defeats by Daventry and Aylesbury – matches they could well have won.  The net result of these improvements has yielded just one point from their last nine, and they have seen the gap in the table between themselves and the Clubs above them increase to five points.

And so on to Saturday and a trip to Berkhamsted who just happen to be the current league leaders.   Promoted to Step Four in the Southern League from the Spartan South Midlands League in 2018 they finished sixth in their first season at that level, just three points shy of a play-off place.   However, they looked well placed to improve on that this season having won nine and drawn three of their twelve completed league matches this season and have only conceded six league goals.

Marc Abbott’s team will go there looking for only their second league victory of the season but it may be a case of damage limitation given the hosts record.

 

John Walker

 

 

 

 

 

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