THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE - CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       8       NEWMARKET TOWN U18       1

St Neots U18 Scholars opened the defence of their Cambridge Division title by thumping last seasons’ fourth placed side – the only team with a better goal difference than the Saints last time around.  Each season introduces a new crop of players at this age group but St Neots policy of including younger players in their squad each season has the benefit of continuity because no fewer than five of their starting team had featured in a starting line-up last season.  In fact, striker Andre Williams had played in all but three games in the 2016/17 title winning side and another survivor Kieran Waites was the star of this victory contributing four of St Neots’ goals.

Although St Neots looked the better side from the start the visitors’ defended very well in the opening phase of the match.   Aaron Hiscock had an early chance blocked by the feet of the visiting goalkeeper but much of the better openings saw off-target finishing with efforts from Callan Irvine, Hiscock and an Andre Williams free kick either high or wide.   The visitors made few openings but after 17 minutes from a Toby Peters free kick, Lewis Kent lost his marker to head over the bar.  The deadlock was broken after 22 minutes when from a Williams cross Kieran Waites timed his run to perfection to claim the opening goal and two minutes later the same combination doubled the score, Waites showing pace to add to his personal tally.  After 31 minutes, a Waites hat trick was only avoided as visiting keeper Konrad Mil produced a full length save but the pressure continued and after 37 minutes Waites celebrated his hat trick outwitting William James to slot past the keeper.   Andre Williams had been a first half scourge on the visiting defence and he scored a fourth goal three minutes before the break.

Waites then made it 5-0 in the opening minute after the break with Williams once again the provider but five minutes later a clumsy challenge by Joe Brooks on Joe Horncastle conceded a penalty for the visitors and Horncastle himself converted.   Then after 56 minutes the Williams/Waites combination set up the sixth St Neots goal for the hardworking Callan Irvine and although Luke Gray hit the foot of a post for the visitors from a corner by Horncastle, the St Neots keeper George Bugg was largely a spectator.   When Mil spilled a Williams corner after 71 minutes Alfie Donkin scored the seventh goal from close range and appropriately Williams wrapped up this convincing opening victory with his second and the eighth goal ten minutes from time.

St Neots Town:  Bugg, Chambers, Brooks, Donkin, Dunnett, Fulianty, Williams, Irvine, Waites, Routs, Hiscock                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:  Goodridge, Ford and Rider.

Referee:  Paul Attfield                                                          

 

John Walker

Southern League Premier Division     

STRATFORD TOWN       1        ST NEOTS TOWN        1          

Back in the fold after a four years spell with Colchester United in the Skybet Football League, Dion Sembie-Ferris, a former product of the St Neots youth system, marked his Southern League debut with a goal at Stratford.   Sembie-Ferris was snapped up by Colchester after making just one senior team appearance for St Neots in the side that lifted the Hunts Senior Cup in the 2013 Final when they defeated Huntingdon Town at Yaxley in a penalty shoot out.   Signed just 48 hours before Saturday’s trip to Warwickshire he took just 21 minutes to announce his return in style.    The goal was a highlight for St Neots on a day when two average sides cancelled each other out.   St Neots will be the happier of the two sides because a point away from home is always useful but it was the fifth meeting of the two and St Neots are still to record a victory in the sequence.   Apart from Sembie-Ferris there were two other players making their seasons’ debut with Kyron Wiltshire starting in midfield following two substitute appearances, and in defence Liam McDevitt had shaken off his injury to come into the side.   The three displaced players, Tom Wood, Ryan Horne and Matt Foy were all on the substitutes bench.

The wind was always a feature of the match and it was in St Neots’ faces in the first half.   They began cautiously with home striker Edwin Ahenkorah a constant threat.   He provided the first goal after eight minutes when his cross was deflected to James Fry on the edge of the penalty area and his low shot beat visiting keeper Mike Emery, who seemed to be unsighted, with the aid of a wicked deflection.   St Neots retaliated with Scott Sinclair crossing from the right to find the head of Mickey Hyem whose effort beat home keeper Louis Connor but deflected from the cross bar.   Taylor Parr then shot wide from a Dylan Williams corner but the home side looked more pacey and inventive with Ben Stephens dispossessing Lee Clarke to set up Ahenkorah and it took an inspired save from Emery to prevent a second goal.   Then after 21 minutes Dion Sembie-Ferris drifted in from the left flank with pace to go past two defenders and calmly slot past Connor to level the scores.  After 29 minutes’ there could have been a spectacular Ahenkorah opportunistic goal for Stratford.   Spotting Emery off his line the striker sent a high lob from within his own half over the defence only to see the ball land on the cross bar!   Will Grocott saw a shot deflected but the half ended with two Williams corners offering chances for the visitors.   From the first McDevitt forced a finger-tip save from Connor and from the second Parr saw his headed effort deflect off the underside of the crossbar down onto the line to be scrambled clear.

St Neots seemed unable to use the conditions to their advantage after the break.   From an Ahenkorah cross a full-length header by Ben Stephens was blocked on the line and then in a rare St Neots attack a Williams free kick saw McDevitt head narrowly over the bar.   Both sides seemed to be searching for inspiration but none came as both introduced substitutes and the match became scrappy with no real rhythm from either side.   Emery twice saved with his feet from the lively Ahenkorah but the home keeper had little to do until the last five minutes.   Then Sinclair moved forward to set up Micky Hyem but his net bound effort was blocked and then substitute Matt Foy broke into the area to be sent tumbling but St Neots penalty appeals were waved away.   If this was a fairly solid defensive showing by St Neots it only underlined the lack of method and quality in their attacking play.   Now they must regroup to entertain the ambitious Hereford United in their Bank Holiday Saturday home match next weekend.

 

Claire Howes' Matchday Photo Gallery can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/claire_howes/

 

 

St Neots:  Emery, Sinclair, Bradshaw, Clarke, McDevitt, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Wiltshire, Watson, Hyem, Williams (D)

Subs:  Horne (for Clarke 63), Foy (for Williams 76), Wood and Bugg.

Cards:  none

 

Goals:  Sembie-Ferris (21 mins)

 

Stratford:  Connor, Summerfield, Thomas, Gallinagh, Clark, Francis, Stephens, Fry, Ahenkorah, Grocott, Luckie

 

Subs:  Taylor (for Luckie 67), Evans (for Grocott 83), Hancock and Marsden.

 

Cards:   Grocott (Y – 47 mins), Taylor (Y – 75)

 

Goals:   Fry (8 mins)

 

Attendance: 209

Referee:  Mark Howes (Solihull)

 

 

John Walker

We are pleased to announce that DataWolves Ltd  have extended their First Team training kit and Travel apparel sponsorship for the 2017/18 season. 

Mike Green  - Director added:

" Once again, we would like to thank everyone at DataWolves, especially Gary Taylor, for their continued generosity and support. Another local company who have got behind the Club for a number of years now and understand what we are trying to achieve, not just with the senior sides, but right down to the youngest Academy squads.  This sponsorship deal allows us to kit the players out with top quality training/warm up kit and travel apparel, which allows the players and management to travel to both home and away games in comfort and style. On behalf of the First Team Squad and Management team, a massive thank you !!"

We are excited to announce this evening the signing of DION SEMBIE-FERRIS.

Dion, now 21, rejoins the Saints having spent the past four years at Colchester United, where he made 25 First Team Appearances. During his time at the U's, he also had loan spells at Margate (five appearances) and Concorde Rangers (20 appearances and four goals).

Prior to his time at Colchester, Dion joined the Saints Under 18 side, winning the County Cup and went on to make four appearances for the First Tewam before being snapped up by the League Two side.

On rejoing the Saints, Dion had this to say: "It's good to be back where it all started! Don't think there's any other place I'd rather be at the moment to get back to enjoying my football again! Really excited to get going and help the boys pick up points. Looking forward to getting going and starting Saturday with a win!"


Dion trained with his new team mates and will be available for selection this Saturday for the match at Stratford Town.

Please join us in welcoming Dion back to the fold and we hope his stay with us is an enjoyable and successful one

 

 

 

It's with great pleasure that St Neots Town FC can announce that St Neots Interiors will continue to be

our first team shirt sponsor and GESS will continue to sponsor our 3G astro

Iain Parr- Director

"Having great business partners like St Neots Interior and GESS is really important to our football club

and shows real commitment from two local companies in supporting what we do at St Neots Town FC.

Stuart Currington and Martin Hicks are both very keen to work with us and insure that the funds

made available continue to allow us to take the club into the community while at the same time

support our own business portfolio interests. Massive thank you from all at St Neots Town FC and

really look forward to working with two great companies"

Southern League Premier Division     

HITCHIN TOWN       2        ST NEOTS TOWN        2          

St Neots got their season up and running with an important point from their midweek visit to Hitchin.   Having failed to find any real first half rhythm they fell behind just before the break but the introduction of recently signed Kyron Wiltshire as a second half substitute sparked the visitors into life and a late, late second goal earned them a share of the spoils.   Manager Matt Clements was philosophical after the match paying tribute to the resilience of his team who refused to accept defeat and kept going right to the end.   With injured players still undergoing further treatment Clements named an unchanged side for the visit but there were signs of some recovery with Liam McDevitt named as an unused substitute.   Hitchin has never been a happy hunting ground for St Neots who have now only recorded one victory in six visits. 

There was little goalmouth action in the first half hour as the sides strove to impose themselves.   An early snap shot by Scott Sinclair sailed over the bar and for the home side Liam Brooks should have done better with a header wide of target when he was left unmarked for a Kevan Cotter cross.   Both sides seemed reluctant to test the keepers from distance with an impression that they would rather try to walk the ball in.   However, the danger signs were showing for St Neots with Hitchin wide man Trey Charles terrorizing the St Neots back line at times.   He beat two defenders to fire over the bar after 32 minutes and then set up Lucas Kirkpatrick whose effort was also off target.   St Neots was convinced that there should have been a penalty award when Matt Foy was bundled over in the penalty area but the game was waved on and then a Danny Watson low cross was bravely claimed by Michael Johnson at the feet of Micky Hyem.   Then a minute before the break it was the home side who stamped their authority as Sinclair had to clear off the line from Charles conceding a corner kick and from the cross by Kirkpatrick, Liam Brooks lost his marker to slot home at the near post.

St Neots required an immediate response after half time but it never arrived and after being injured and booked for a mistimed tackled Ryan Horne was substituted by Kyron Wiltshire.   He made an almost immediate impact setting up Hyem whose shot was blocked.   At the other end a cross was deflected by Jack Bradshaw forcing an important full-length save from Emery and after 64 minutes St Neots were level when from a Hyem cross Kyron Wiltshire smashed home a low shot to level the scores.   However, parity only lasted for three minutes and then Ben Walster overlapped on the left and crossed to the near post where Liam Brooks produced almost a carbon copy of his first goal to put the home side in front again.  Walter then had a shot saved and Charles once again cut in to fire over the bar but the home side then seemed to have settled for their narrow advantage as they began to concentrate on defence.   Sensing their chance St Neots set up a series of attacks in the last ten minutes and Wiltshire went close to doubling his personal tally firing into the side netting with a low finish.   Then as added time ticked down and with only seconds remaining St Neots last gasp equalizer arrived as Emery launched a free kick from his own half into the Hitchin six yards box.   The ball was knocked onto the cross bar and from the rebound Danny Watson rose high to head a priceless equalizing goal.

 

 

 

  

St Neots Town:  Emery, Sinclair, Bradshaw, Horne, Wood, Parr, Foy, Clarke, Watson, Hyem, Williams (D).

Subs:  Wiltshire (for Horne 56), O’Malley (for Foy 76), McDevitt and Dean

Cards:  Parr (Y – 37 mins), Horne (Y – 54 mins)

 

Goals:  Wiltshire (64 mins), Watson (90+4 mins)

 

Hitchin Town:  Johnson, Cotter, Walster, Dowie, Goode, Wright, Clifton, Kirkpatrick, Brooks, Smith, Charles

 

Subs:  Donnelly (C) (for Kirkpatrick 60), McCaffrey (for Clifton 84), Syme and Donnelly (B)

 

Cards:   Smith (Y – 66 mins), McCaffrey (Y – 86 mins)

 

Goals:   Brooks 2 (44 & 67 mins)

 

Attendance: 520

Referee:  Paul Forrester (Luton)

 

 

John Walker

Southern League Premier Division     

ST NEOTS TOWN        0          FARNBOROUGH        1

Farnborough returned home delighted with their opening day Step Three victory over St Neots as they look to continue their climb back up the pyramid.  It was tightly fought match with St Neots just shading both possession and chances but their finishing was not good enough.   Neither keeper was seriously extended and the two sides looked very evenly matched but the visitors took full points because having gone in front in the first half they defended with determination – especially late in the second half.   St Neots were without three probable starters – new signings Liam McDevitt and Luke Knight were both nursing pre-season knocks and full back Johnny Herd is still on his honeymoon.   Manager Matt Clements must now work on his side’s sharpness in front of goal because they threw away points they deserved at least to share because of their weakness in this area.   St Neots have now only won once on the opening day in their six seasons in the Southern League Premier Division.

The match got off to a lively start with play moving from end to end but early chances were at a premium.   Matt Foy did have a shot blocked on the line by Courtney Fearn after good work by Ryan Horne and at the other end Josh Huggins was left unmarked at a Nic Ciardini corner but he headed tamely wide.   Then Farnborough went ahead from the first real chance of the match.   The goal was created by some skillful work down the right at full back John Oyenuga went past his opposite number to pull the ball back from the bye line.   Matt Bunyan completely missed his kick but the ball fell to the feet of Nic Ciardini and he beat Mike Emery with a crisp shot from 20 yards.   St Neots hit back with Lee Clarke heading down a cross to the feet of Dylan Williams but his shot hit visiting goalkeeper Liam Stone as he dived the wrong way!   Stone then distinguished himself with a fine save from a low effort by Foy and the same St Neots player then upended as he made for goal earning a booking for Matt Bunyan.   Dylan Williams saw a shot blocked and ten minutes before the break St Neots best first half effort saw a Scott Sinclair free kick headed down by Taylor Parr but Micky Hyem skied his shot well over the bar.

‘More of the same but better finishing’ must have been St Neots half time instructions and in the first ten minutes after the break they took the game to their visitors with Danny Watson delaying a shot that was blocked and then from a Williams corner, Watson shot wide when he should have at least tested the keeper.   Another Williams corner found the head of Taylor Parr whose effort was deflected for a corner and the only threat from the visitors came after 65 minutes from Keith Emmerson but Emery saved well at the second attempt.   Watson was replaced by recent signing Kyran Wiltshire and after 74 minutes Taylor Parr attempted an agile overhead kick from a corner but it was too high.    With Lee Clarke and Micky Hyem now pushed up to lead St Neots attack they redoubled their attacking approach with Farnborough happy to filter back and defend.   Williams was on the end of a delightful move involving Jack Bradshaw and Ryan Horne but he shot disappointingly over the bar underlining St Neots frailty in front of goal.   Sinclair pushed into midfield when substitute Harry O’Malley was introduced, looked lively and he saw a low shot well saved by Stone and towards the end St Neots were reduced to shooting from distance with both Bradshaw and Clarke off target.   In the last ten minutes, the visitors were happy to run the clock down with some blatant time wasting tactics and that proved effective as the game petered out.

 

Claire Howes' Match Photo Gallery can be found here: flickr.com/photos/claire_howes/

 

St Neots Town:  Emery, Sinclair, Bradshaw, Horne, Wood, Parr, Foy, Clarke, Watson, Hyem, Williams (D).

Subs:  Wiltshire (for Watson 67), O’Malley (for Foy 76), Williams (A) and Dean

Cards:  none

 

Goals:  none

 

Farnborough:  Stone, Oyenuga, Ciardini, Fearn, Saville, Huggins, Emmerson, Bunyan, Cureton, Coles, Regis.

 

Subs:  Hutchins (for Ciardini 67), Barton (for Cureton 74), Allen and Cairney

 

Cards:   Bunyan (Y – 27 mins)

 

Goals:   Ciardini (16 mins)

 

Attendance: 275

Referee:  Stuart Cheek (Stevenage)

 

 

John Walker

Team: St Neots Town FC Reserves

Spartan South Midlands League Division One Fixture: London Lions Away

Date: Wednesday 9th Aug’2017

Wednesday 9th August 2017, was a significant day in St Neots Town FC history as our Reserve Team made their debut in the Spartan South Midlands Division One (step 6). A night to remember for the management and players on many counts, a challenging league standard, extreme conditions, a moment of individual class and heroics in defence resulting in a 1-0 victory against league favourites London Lions.

 

During the day there were doubts over the pitch conditions but due to London Lions excellent facilities they were able to host the league opener although the wet conditions were borderline postponement standards.

 

On pre-season reflection, Gearsy and Bish would be the first to admit that preparation could have been better all round, but in the final two weeks everything dropped into place giving the management team good confidence in the squad quality and depth for this season’s opener. With four squad players unavailable due to holiday/work commitments, the team should have healthy competition for places over the open months.

 

Debutant starting places went to Lapompe, Sells, Minell, Parratt and Brooks in a new look Reserve Team. Parratt showing his senior level experience, making an immediate impact with good movement and hassling the Lions defence, it didn’t take long before he showed his seasoned quality. Nathan Larrier’s through ball put Parratt away down the right wing approaching the corner of the box. The home keeper’s decision to come out to shut the angle proved to be the wrong move, as Parratt coolly chipped him from 25 yards, even the home fans clapping the unpredictable moment of class.

The Lions took our opener as a wakeup call, turning up the pressure and dictating much of the remainder of the half. Saints defence standing strong and organised frustrated the hosts and when they did manage to open up Saints, keeper Alex Vitue was equal to the test. Saints did create a number of chances, Parratt could have doubled the lead when he raced through one on one but shot into the keepers arms. Another great chance came when good work down the Lions right enabled Parratt to cross for fellow debutant Sam Brooks, who could have scored although the pitch conditions did not help the youngsters first touch and finish. The first half finished 1-0, Lion’s taking the ‘Lions share’ of possession and chances, Vitue solid between the sticks and Saints taking their opportunity.

Clearly the Lions had a dressing down at halftime and started the half dictating the play. Saints defensive unit of Vitue, Lapompe, Sells, Ashby and Mitchell were commanding and needed to be on top of their game to secure the clean sheet. At times, Vitue needing to pull out top draw saves to keep the Lions at bay. As the game drew to a close, Lions defence looked exposed and a number of positive breaks forced Lions back to give the Saints’ defence time to catch breath. However, in the 91st minute Saints almost threw their hard work away. Lion’s Keeper drove a huge punt into our right back position and their left winger drove in on goal to be brought down by Lapompe. The offense looked outside the box but referee deemed it inside the area and a penalty was given. Saint’s heads did not drop as Vitue’s game so far had been outstanding, could he cap off a heroic performance?  The Lion’s striker hit a great penalty but it was Vitue’s day, he got down and across fast to block and push the ball to safety. The remaining minutes dragged on and Saints dug in holding out for the referee’s final whistle. It came on 96 minutes, finishing a great landmark day for the team and club, recording our first game and win at Step 6.

London Lions were without out doubt the better team, but a workman like defensive performance, Alex Vitue’s brilliance in goal, along with Dean Parratt’s moment of class means all three points went home with the Saints.

 

Man of the Match: Alex Vitue

 

Saints Squad: Vitue, Lapompe, Sells, Minall, Ashby, Mitchell, Larrier, Sincock, Parratt, Brooks, Humphrey, Reece-Brown, Andre, Walsh, Beavis, Cooke

 

Attendance: 45

 

Next Game:       12th August - Hatfield Town Away - 3:00pm KO

 

Venue:                 Gosling Athletics Stadium - Stanborough Rd, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6XE

Pre-season friendly

 

ST NEOTS TOWN        2       BEDFORD TOWN      1    

 

This victory took St Neots tally to six wins in nine pre-season matches but it was probably their least convincing victory.   With Luke Knight, Lee Clarke, Johnny Herd and Tom Wood all missing, Manager Matt Clements again had the chance to assess the potential strength of his squad and this performance may have given him plenty to ponder.   Step Four neighbours Bedford Town were a side full of running and invention but they failed to capitalize on their scoring chances and paid that penalty in their defeat.   Several home players were absent nursing minor knocks but the overall strength of the home side should have been sufficient but they lacked quality in their attacking approach and were guilty of allowing promising moves to break down because of poor passing.   So now it will be back to basics on the training ground as the Manager assembles his line up for the first League match at home to Farnborough next Saturday.   Promoted from the lower league last season Farnborough who were former members of the Football Conference prior to demotion and reformation are an ambitious Club and likely to present St Neots with a stiff opening challenge to the 2017/18 season.

 

Bedford was clearly the better of the two sides in the opening 45 minutes and almost all the early attacks came from their superior possession.   Devante Stanley might have done better in the third minute when he lofted his shot high over the bar and on the quarter hour a clever through ball from Bradley Woods-Garness freed up Lee Roach behind the St Neots defence.  He took the ball around advancing keeper Mike Emery but his net bound shot was cleared off the line by Taylor Parr.   Both Andrew Phillips and Woods-Garness fired over the bar after good moves had outwitted the St Neots defence and St Neots were struggling to create any significant openings.   However, after 32 minutes and totally against the run of play St Neots went ahead when Scott Sinclair was cynically brought down from behind to earn St Neots a free kick twenty yards from goal and full back Jack Bradshaw stepped up to fire low past visiting keeper Adam Harper with the assistance of a slight deflection.   Liam McDevitt then miskicked in front of goal after good work by Ryan Horne and the half ended with Phillips having one shot deflected and a second find the side netting as the visitors strove for an equalizing goal.

 

After the break, they did not have long to wait to reap their deserts.   After 48 minutes’ the best goal of the match was created by substitute Matty Clifford who beat his marker to set up Devante Stanley who curled a delightful shot well wide of substitute St Neots goalkeeper Dom Ruggerio.   That might have boosted the confidence of the visitors but St Neots were now showing better teamwork.  However, they could have gone behind after 58 minutes when a clever attacking move saw another substitute Ben Sawyer move inside to set up Lee Roach but once again Parr got back behind his beaten keeper to clear off the line.   Three minutes later St Neots regained the lead as the lively Scott Sinclair robbed a defender on the bye line and accurately picked up Dylan Williams’ late run into the penalty area and he finished confidently.   Now back in front St Neots looked more composed and Sinclair sent two efforts over the bar before Williams netted but was ruled offside.   Multi substitutions followed by both sides and after 74 minutes a mistake by Ruggerio presented Roach with an open goal but Parr got back to complete his hat trick of goal line clearances.  Omar Naseri might have earned Bedford a draw after wriggling through the St Neots defence but his finish was wide and the match petered out with Bedford having more possession but St Neots defended well to hang on for their victory.

 

Claire Howes's Photo Gallery can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/claire_howes/

 

SNTtv Goal Footage can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKbwdBcGujU

 

 

St Neots Town:  Emery, O’Malley, Bradshaw, Horne, McDevitt, Parr, Sinclair, Hyem, Watson, Williams (D), Foy

 

Subs:  Williams (A), Muzvimbiri, Mitchell, Holman and Hiscock.

 

Bedford Town:  Harper, Cooper, Brown, McKenzie-Lowe, Milenge, Peters, Woods-Garness, Auger, Roach, Stanley, Phillips

 

Subs:  Sawyer, Moli, Grant, Naseri, Walker and Clifford.

 

Referee:  Ellis Mills (Yaxley)

 

 

John Walker

Pre-Season Friendly

 

ST NEOTS TOWN         4       MANSFIELD TOWN XI      1    

 

St Neots’ penultimate pre-season friendly against a youthful but very accomplished Mansfield Town Academy XI was a very useful workout and it produced their fifth victory in eight warm-up matches.   Again, loan striker Matt Foy made his mark with two well-taken goals and apart from the concession of a second half penalty kick, the reshaped defence looked sound and secure against a pacey attack.   With just one more warm-up before the season proper on Saturday week, Manager Matt Clements must now have a clearer view of his first-choice line-up despite the absence of some potential squad regulars from this match.   Minor first half injuries to Luke Knight and Scott Sinclair and expected to clear up in time for selection for the opening visit of promoted Farnborough FC on 12 August.

 

Right from the start St Neots looked capable of dictating the pattern of play.   Matt Foy turned smartly in the area after good work by Ryan Horne to shoot narrowly wide and Scott Sinclair brought a smart save from visiting keeper Harrison Davidson.  However, St Neots early momentum was disrupted after 15 minutes when Luke Knight limped off injured to be replaced by utility player Tom Wood.   Wood have played the whole of last season in the centre of the defence but he slotted in confidently and efficiently in midfield proving how important his place in the squad will be.   Mansfield’s only notable first half attack after 20 minutes forced St Neots custodian Evan Jeckells to swiftly leave his area to clear but this was an isolated threat and five minutes later St Neots first expected goal arrived as Sinclair crossed from the left and Danny Watson timed his run to the near post perfectly to head over the stranded goalkeeper.   Watson could have then trebled his haul in the next six minutes but he volleyed wide when Dylan Williams spotted him unmarked at the far post and he then headed wide from a Horne cross.   St Neots continued to create openings keeping Davidson in constant action and there was some concern when Sinclair was helped off with a facial injury a minute before the break not to return.

 

St Neots introduced their two remaining substitutes after the break bringing on Andre Williams for Sinclair and Harry O’Malley for Johnny Herd in a straight swap.   The best move of the match after 54 minutes produced the best goal of the match as Foy (twice) and Watson combined to shred the visiting defence and when Foy was upended in the area Dylan Williams stepped up to confidently dispatch the penalty kick to make it 2-0.   Now St Neots looked further in control and two minutes later Watson unselfishly nodded down a Dylan Williams cross and Matt Foy claimed his third goal in two appearances for St Neots.  Both second half substitutes Harry O’Malley and Andre Williams went close to further increasing St Neots lead whilst at the other end substitute Iywrah Gooden forced a smart save from Evan Jeckells.   However, the visitors refused to submit and after 72 minutes Riley O’Sullivan broke into the penalty area to be brought down by Horne and the same visiting player got up to rap home the penalty kick for the visitors’ consolation goal.   There was still time for the home side and Matt Foy to have the last word as Dylan Williams set up Foy for the fourth St Neots goal a minute from time.

 

St Neots:  Jeckells, Bradshaw, Herd, Horne, McDevitt, Parr, Foy, Knight, Watson, Williams (D), Sinclair

 

Subs:  Williams (A), O’Malley and Wood

 

Mansfield:  Davidson, Shone, Bennett, Walker, Gibbens. Johnson, Bircumshaw, Morgan, Sarson, Dumbleton, Cornell

 

Subs:  Mars, O’Sullivan, Briggs, Gooden and Weston.

 

Referee:  Josh Smith

 

 

John Walker

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