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Reserves beat Paxton in entertaining encounter

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:35


Pre-season match - 25th July 2016

Saints Reserves v Great Paxton FC

Fifth friendly of the season and St Neots squad continued to build for the season kick off on Saturday 6th August vs Loughton Manor.

Whether it was tired legs from Saturday's fixture or Paxton United being up for the local matchup, it was Paxton who started the better and were direct. This initially put the St Neots Town Reserves defence on the back foot, without troubling Stanford in the Town goal. Slowly St Neots started to get a foothold in the game but it was Paxton who had the best chance of the half with a scramble in the Saints box which was finally hacked away. Midway through the half the best chance fell to Luke Swain, one on one with the Paxton keeper, the stylish Swain somehow placed the ball wide. St Neots started to pull together a number of good patterns of play, but the final ball didn't present goal chances. To Paxton's credit, the direct play and energy was still a fret, and a deflection fell kindly to the Paxton attack and they broke free onto the lone figure of Stanford in goal, Stanford stood strong and the Paxton attack shot wide.

Halftime 0-0.

Second half and St Neots changed the tired looking Aldo Walsh for Jack 'sunshine' Brown, to St Neots credit they started the better and whether it was Paxton who had tired or St Neots being lifted, the game begin to swing in the home teams favour. Laurie Bambridge was pulling the strings and linking play well in midfield, and Saints started working the ball taking control. Paxton only fretting when playing direct and St Neots making minor errors that gave them a number of half chances. Again, Stanford forcing every Paxton attack to be either pulled wide or within the keeper's range. 

St Neots looked in control & Rob Fitzgerald taking over the arm band from Luke Partridge started to control things from the back, breaking down Paxton attacks on the halfway line and dictating play in Paxton's half. It was the re-introduction of Aldo Walsh in the forward line that finally saw the break through after good play by Jamie Osborne to feed an inch perfect ball to Aldo, who placed the ball into the back of the net. Further chances were created and Aldo came closest to doubling the lead when his free kick clipped the top of the bar.

Full time 1-0.

We wish all the best to Paxton United who gave us a good contest and with that performance will have a good season. Next up, Braintree Town U21 on Thursday 28th.

MoM: Laurie Bambridge

Squad: Stanford, Fitzgerald, Partridge, Gillespie, Bambridge, Swain, Humphrey, Reynolds, Walsh, Osborne, Smith, Pelling, Brolia, Brown, Gregory, Beavis, Sincock

Referee: Gary Wilson


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