SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town       0        Alvechurch       3

The outcome of this match hinged on an ugly 51st minute incident which resulted in a red card for a visiting official and two yellow cards for home players – the one for home skipper Luke Knight a second in the match, and a sending off.   It appeared that St Neots had been denied the chance of taking a quick throw-in bringing Referee Andrew Humphries into consultation with a colleague to sort out the melee before meeting out the punishments.    Sadly this was a case of St Neots being responsible for their own misfortune because the loss of a player as they sought to get back into the game proved to be a fatal blow.   It was the second dismissal for the Saints’ skipper this season and in addition to twelve cautions, it has resulted in his disciplinary punishments seeing him missing almost half of St Neots’ matches.   It was overall a very disappointing performance by the home side who are now mired in a relegation fight with only just over a third of the season remaining.  With one of his Northampton loanee players recalled at short notice and Devante Stanley starting a three matches suspension, Manager Matt Clements recalled Taylor Parr, Russell Short and Scott Sinclair leaving Tom Wood and Mason Rhiney on the substitutes bench.

Alvechurch took control of the attacking play from the start.   A loose clearance fell to Raheem Nabie after just two minutes, but his shot was deflected, and then a Josh Ezewele corner was pulled back to Josh March who shot high over the bar.  It was therefore no surprise when the visitors went ahead after 12 minutes as an Ezewele free kick found Kieran Cook unmarked and he headed past Finley Iron.   St Neots first shot on goal after 12 minutes by Johnny Herd was deflected for a corner and the ball was cleared quickly to March who free shot was comfortably saved by Iron.   Cook could have added to the score but skied his effort over the bar and from a Tom Turton corner, March won the ball in the air, but Iron saved well.   An initial midfield flare up saw Luke Knight and Cook booked as tempers frayed and St Neots desperate to get a toe hold into the game did create a good chance with Dylan Williams and Jordan Norville-Williams combining well, but Scott Sinclair fired well wide.   The first half ended with Nabie player clear of a square lying defence, but his effort was too high.

St Neots looked more positive after the break but before they could really test the visiting defence the unfortunate (but unnecessary) flare up outside the visitors’ bench saw them reduced to ten men and a quick rethink of tactics required.   They responded by introducing Tom Wood to boost their attacking options in midfield, sacrificing Sinclair who was playing wide right but before the substitute made any impact the visitors carved out a second goal to leave the home side with a mountain to climb.   It came after 66 minutes as Tom Turton beat his marker on the side line and his accurate cross saw Lee Chilton arrive late from the left flank to head past the stranded Iron.   Wood had a shot blocked as St Neots rallied and a second substitute, Gary Wharton saw his effort blocked after good play by Williams.   Alvechurch was then reduced to ten men when Ash Carter was dismissed for violently disputing a corner kick decision but by then the visitors were back firmly in control and they rounded off a comfortable victory and a league double when the lively Chilton stole in at the far post to claim his second goal of the match from a Rahim Nabie cross in a breakaway attack six minutes from time. 

Many of the rather sparse crowd had left before this third goal no doubt ruminating on how St Neots can get back to consistency of performance and enough points to retain their place at their current level of football.

St Neots Town:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Hughes, Parr, Sinclair, Short, Hall, Williams, Norville-Williams

Subs:  Wood (for Sinclair 60 mins), Wharton (for Hall 70 mins) and Rhiney

Cards:  Knight (RED – 2 x Y – 35 & 51 mins), Herd (Y – 48 mins), Sinclair (Y – 51 mins), Miles (Y – 59 mins), Wharton (Y – 77 mins).

Goals:  none

 

Alvechurch:  Crane, Ezewele, Foster, Turton, Morrison (K), Carter, Nabie, Cook, Lloyd, March, Chilton

Subs:  Morrison (T) (for Cook 73 mins), Landell (for Lloyd 77 mins), Llewellyn (for Turton 89 mins, Willets and Parsons

Cards:  Carter (RED – 73 mins), Cook (Y – 35 mins)

Goals:  Cook (12 mins), Chilton 2 (66 & 84 mins)

 

Referee:  Andrew Humphries (Daventry)

Attendance:  198

 

John Walker

HUNTINGDONSHIRE SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL

Yaxley       2         St Neots Town       2

(St Neots won 3-2 on penalties)

With half of the standard ten penalties either missed or saved the outcome of this Hunts Senior Cup semi-final was until doubt until literally the last kick of the match.   The outcome of the match could and should have been decided by half time because St Neots dominated much of the first half and created chance after chance but lower graded Yaxley repelled their efforts with home keeper James Blake producing several good saves.   Then after the break Yaxley came back with a vengeance and the confidence seemed to be drained from the visiting side who, nevertheless, could have snatched a winning goal before the ultimate penalty shoot-out.   Yaxley are enjoying their first ever season at Step Four of the pyramid in the Southern League Division One Central and have made a good start presently sitting half way up the table with much the same squad as won their promotion from the UCL.   The last time the two clubs met was in the Senior Cup was three seasons ago – a quarter final tie won by the visitors 6-1 with Tom Meechan, Adam Tann, Luis Vieira, Claudio Ofosu, Tom Ward and Isaac Galliford their goal scorers.   Unsurprisingly St Neots no survivors from that team in the squad for that meeting.   Yaxley last lifted the Senior Cup in 2007/08 beating St Ives in a penalty shoot-out but have been beaten finalist twice since then.   St Neots Manager Matt Clements made several changes from the side that had lost at Leiston restoring Ryan Hughes and Tom Wood in defence and James Hall to lead the attack, as well as handing full debut to Mason Rhiney in midfield with Taylor Parr unavailable and Russell Short, Scott Sinclair and Gary Wharton on the substitutes bench.

The match got off to an explosive start with both sides scoring in their first credible attack.   St Neots were swiftly out of the blocks as Jordan Norville-Williams chased a long cross ball to the corner flag before skilfully turning his marker and crossing for James Hall to rise above the home defence to head home – his first goal since his return to the club on New Years Day.  Yaxley’s response was swift and effective as two minutes later the visiting defence failed to clear, and Dan Cotton returned the ball to the far post for Dalton Harris to level the scores.   St Neots then took over with Dylan Williams hauled down on the edge of the area and from Johnny Herd’s free kick, Ryan Hughes saw his shot rebound from a post into the grateful arms of home keeper James Blake after eleven minutes.  Three minutes later Williams saw an effort rebound from the crossbar and from a Luke Knight corner,

Norville-Williams had his shot cleared off the line by Sam Spencer.   However, the pressure paid off and after 18 minutes St Neots regained the lead when Jordan Norville-Williams unleashed a surprise shot from 25 yards to beat Blake’s desperate dive.   The tempo then dropped with St Neots continuing to dominate with Williams twice going close, Blake producing the save of ther match to deny Devante Stanley, and Herd slicing through the home defence to be upended by Kyle Nolan on the edge of the penalty area, earning the Yaxley player a rather fortunate yellow card when the home side might have been reduced to ten men.

If Yaxley had failed to test visiting keeper Finley Iron in the first half, they swiftly made amends after the break, with Matt Sparrow cutting in to see his low shot well saved and then Lewis Hook squandered an excellent chance firing wildly over the bar.   Fraser Sturgess also tested Iron and after 57 minutes a Cotton shot was blocked on the goal line.   St Neots seemed to regain their rhythm and they replied around the hour with a Knight shot that was deflected for a corner and Hall then set up the unmarked Williams ten yards from goal, but Blake bravely saved his point-blank effort.  Substitutions by both sides followed in a bid to grasp the initiative and one of the newcomers, Scott Sinclair burst through with a fierce shot just shy of the angle of post and bar.    The last ten minutes was phrenetic as both sides threw caution to the wind.   It was Yaxley who produced the decisive moment as a long cross by Cotton found substitute James Ward who levelled the scores with nine minutes remaining.   St Neots responded with Norville-Williams heading over the bar and Knight seeing a free kick well saved.   Yaxley will rue their missed late opportunities with substitute Tom Waumsley breaching the visiting defence but firing straight at Iron, and Sparrow shooting across the face of goal when left unmarked.   In time added Herd then cleared off the line to earn St Neots their penalty shoot- out.

Waumsley fired the first spot kick over the bar to hand the visitors the initiative and the goalkeepers both made two excellent saves to extend the drama but with Luke Knight and Dylan Williams scoring for St Neots and James Ward and Joe Butterworth successful for Yaxley it was left to Tom Wood to become the unlikely St Neots hero as he fired home the tenth spot kick.   Holders St Neots will now face either the Rovers of Eynesbury or Godmanchester in the end of season Cup Final.

 

Yaxley:  Blake, Duncliffe, Eagleton, Nolan, Spencer, Bettles, Sparrow, Hook, Harris, Cotton, Sturgess

Subs:  Waumsley (for Harris 56 mins), Ward (for Nolan 71 mins), Butterworth (for Sturgess 76 mins), Stebbing and Watson.

Cards: Hook (Y – 23 mins), Nolan (Y – 40 mins), Bettles (Y – 90+2 mins)

Goals:  Harris (8 mins), Ward (81 mins)

 

St Neots:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Hughes, Wood, Stanley, Rhiney, Hall, Williams, Norville-Williams

Subs:  Sinclair (for Rhiney 64 mins), Wharton (for Hall 80 mins) and Short

Cards:  none

Goals:  Hall (6 mins), Norville-Williams (18 mins)

 

Referee:  Jon Burridge (Papworth)

Attendance:  103

 

John Walker

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

St Neots now face a critical week with two matches that could well shape the rest of the season.   On Tuesday it is the semi-final of the Huntingdonshire Senior Cup – a trophy that the club lifted last season with a thumping 6-1 victory over town rivals Eynesbury Rovers who had been the holders the previous season.   Their opponents who have home advantage will be Yaxley – this season celebrating their first ever season at Step Four of the pyramid in the Southern League Division One Central.   They have made a good start presently sitting half way up the table with much the same squad as won their promotion from the UCL.   The last time our two clubs met was in the Senior Cup three seasons ago – a quarter final tie won by our lads 6-1 with Tom Meechan, Adam Tann, Luis Vieira, Claudio Ofosu, Tom Ward and Isaac Galliford our goal scorers.   Unsurprisingly we have no survivors from that team in our squad today.   Yaxley last lifted the Senior Cup in 2007/08 beating St Ives in a penalty shoot out but have been beaten finalist twice since then.

On Saturday Alvechurch visit the Premier Plus Stadium for a return league fixture – the two sides having played in Worcestershire in November when the home side won by the odd goal in five.   That was an entertaining match with St Neots coming from behind to 1-1 thanks to a rare Tom Wood goal, before Gary Wharton scored just before the break to make it 2-1.   However, Alvechurch levelled in the second minute after the break and went on to score a winning goal.   The Worcestershire club are having an outstanding first season at Step three currently one of five clubs on 39 points vying for the fifth play off position in the table and last week they recoded their fifth home league victory of the season with a 1-0 win over struggling Halesowen Town.

 

John Walker

 

 

 

 

We are very sad to receive the news that ex player, ALAN BAREHAM, passed away suddenly yesterday

Alan was captain of our very successful youth team in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s and went on play 184 first team matches between 6th February 1982 (v Timken Duston (H)) and May 1988 when his final match for the club was the famous Hinchingbrooke Cup victory over Langford at Eynesbury Rovers – our final match before mothballing the club.

A popular guy, who, in recent times still supported the club at first team and veteran matches, will be missed by the many who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this  very sad time.

RIP

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

Leiston       2         St Neots Town        0

Just four days on from their first league meeting these two sides suffered contrasting fortunes in the quick return match.   St Neots had enforced team changes and seemingly far less method than in the first meeting and the result was a complete turn-around of score line and points reward.   With James Hall unavailable and the pair of Northampton Town loanee’s defender Ryan Hughes and midfielder Scott Pollock, recalled by their parent club to play in a youth fixture, St Neots welcomed back skipper Luke Knight after suspension and recalled Gary Wharton and Matt Miles – the latter after injury.   However, the visitors were far from their best – unable to put together any real convincing attacking moves, whilst the home side used the pitch well stretching the visiting defence to create openings, and despite playing with ten men for half an hour before a Neots red card levelled the numbers, they thoroughly deserved their victory.   St Neots looked only a shadow of the side that came into this match on the back of their first two consecutive league victories of the season and with a County Cup to defend in a midweek semi-final they must swiftly regroup and rebuild confidence.

St Neots almost conceded a goal in the opening minute when Luke Knight clumsily upended Kyle Hammond on the edge of the penalty area, but the home player climbed to his feet to send the free kick narrowly over the bar.   St Neots responded with a quick counter-attack as Devante Stanley fed Gary Wharton but he fired across goal from an oblique angle.   Finley Iron then had to save bravely at the feet of Hammond as Leiston began to assert themselves and Byron Lawrence sent Christy Finch clear, but he shot well wide as Iron narrowed his angle.   After 21 minutes the wily Jordan Norville Williams was crudely brought down by Harry Knights earning the home defender a straight red card – a chance for the visitors to push home their advantage.   However apart from one off-target effort by Stanley this never materialised and after Tom Bullard had headed against the bar for Leiston from a corner, they deservedly took the lead on the half hour when the unmarked Patrick Brothers was given far too much space on the left and he curled a sublime chip over the keeper and under the bar at the far post.   St Neots managed a brief rally as Dylan Williams had a net-bound shot blocked and a second well gathered by Marcus Garnham.   Before the break Luke Knight picked up a strange booking as he appeared to push one of his own players!

St Neots still sought to push home heir numerical advantage after the break but after Knight hadsent a free kick in a prominent position wide of target and after only six minutes of the second half, parity in numbers was restored when Devante Stanley became the second player in the match to be shown a straight red card after a late high tackle on Bullard.   St Neots regrouped with Norville-Williams pushed well forward but six minutes after the St Neots dismissal, the home side effectively clinched all three points with a second goal.   It came as a result of some shoddy defending with wide man Lawrence going past his marker to send in a low shot that was deflected to the unmarked Noel Aitkens at the far post for a simple tap-in goal.   Leiston quickly stated their objective of sitting on their enhanced advantage taking off two attacking players and defending deep in their own half challenging St Neots to take the game to them.   However they almost got a third goal on the break when Scott Sinclair missed a header presenting Brothers with an open chance, but he shot wide.   St Neots huffed and puffed with little result although they did try to play some constructive football to get the ball forward.    From a late free kick Taylor Parr had a header comfortably saved by Garnham and from a Sinclair cross Gary Wharton missed St Neots best chance for a late consolation goal, before bringing a good save from the home keeper with the final chance of the match.

Leiston:  Garnham, Knights, Dunbar, Boardley, Jefford, Bullard, Lawrence, Hammond, Aitkens, Finch, Brothers

Subs:  Bacon (for Boardley 58 mins), Davies (for Finch 77 mins), Cheetham (for Brothers 90+2 mins), Head and Lay-Fulcher.

Cards:  Knights (RED – 21 mins}

Goals:  Brothers (30 mins), Aitkens (57 mins)

 

St Neots:  Iron, Sinclair, Herd, Knight, Short, Parr, Stanley, Miles, Wharton, Williams, Norville-Williams

Subs:  Rhiney (for Williams 64 mins), Shaw and Gomes.

Cards:  Stanley (RED – 51 mins), Knight (Y – 36 mins)

Goals:  none

Referee:  Benjamin Bowles (Colchester)

Attendance:  208

 

John Walker

February Half Term Football Development workshops

The Workshops are designed for footballers of all levels, both boys and girls, who wish to improve every aspect of their Football. If your child is new to the game or they are already an advanced footballer, our UEFA B qualified coaches will take a step by step approach whilst, at the same time, ensure that the sessions are highly enjoyable for your son or daughter.

Please note that the Workshops are split into two days, Day One for the Foundation Phase with the second day covering the older Development Phase

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FEB DEV WORKSHOP

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town     2         Leiston       0

Back to back league victories for the first time this season has lifted St Neots three points clear of the relegation zone for the first time for a month.   Suffolk visitors Leiston visiting the Town for the first time were sent back down the A14 with little to show for their ninety minutes effort.   St Neots could and should have won by a greater margin for the were the dominant force in the first 45 minutes and more than shared possession after the break with home keeper Finley Iron have only one serious save to make.   This was in part tribute to a compact and confident display by St Neots’ central defenders Ryan Hughes and Taylor Parr who shackled the free scoring visiting attack that has netted more than twice the number of goals scored by the host side this season.   Undefeated in their last six games Leiston had climbed to the top half of the table after a poor November but they were well beaten in this encounter.   St Neots had an enforced team change when full back Matty Miles failed to recover from an injury sustained in the Royston game and so Scott Sinclair got his first start since returning to the side after a voluntary break.    However, St Neots kept their loyal group of noisy fans waiting because despite leading for more than ninety minutes they kept the faithful waiting until added time for the clinching goal from the penalty spot.

St Neots received a massive early boost when they scored their quickest goal of the season when Jordan Norville-Williams ghosted in at the neat post to flick home a Devante Stanley cross in just two minutes after St Neots had broken clear from a Leiston attack.   It was the youngster’s first goal of the season – deserved reward for his non-stop effort in both attack and defence.   St Neots’ early pressure continued with several corners and then after seven minutes a Dylan Williams free kick only just cleared the cross bar.   Williams was then the provider with a delightful reverse pass to Scott Pollock coming quickly forward from midfield, but his shot whistled just a foot wide with visiting keeper Marcus Garnham beaten.   James Hall still searching for his first goal since his return to the squad, then fired wide following a corner and the home side thought they were hard done by when Stanley was brought down in the penalty area, but justified penalty appeals were ignored by the Referee.   Finley Iron had to save at the feet of Kyle Hammond as Leiston struggled to get a meaningful attacking presence in the game and St Neots then created three good chances in the five minutes leading up to half time.   Williams showed sublime skill to outwit two defenders but saw his shot blocked by a third, Johnny Herd curled a shot wide of the far post and then Stanley set up Williams to force a good save from Garnham.

St Neots needed to quickly re-establish their confident approach after the interval and in the first minute Norville-Williams sped down the left leaving his marker in his wake and his cross split the defence, but Hall was unable to muster a meaningful finish.   Sebastian Dunbar had a shot deflected and when Scott Sinclair gave the ball away in midfield, Matthew Blake was left with time and space, but he delayed his shot and Ryan Hughes blocked at the expense of a corner.    Stanley then headed over the bar after 70 minutes and play then moved to the other end where a corner afforded defender Harry Knights with a free head, but he put the ball over the bar.     Another well-placed Williams free kick after 78 minutes brought the save of the match from Garnham and Hall then cut in but only found the side netting.   With time running down Leiston chanced their arms forward and the St Neots defence had to repel several promising attacking moves that came to nothing.   Then two minutes into added time home substitute Gary Wharton fired in a low cross to the near post handled by Knights and the Referee awarded the penalty for Dylan Williams to confidently stroke home for his fifth goal of the season to confirm the three points haul.   A late Leiston attack saw Taylor Parr clear off the St Neots line – the only real late threat to the home sides’ important victory.

St Neots:  Iron, Sinclair, Herd, Short, Hughes, Parr, Stanley, Pollock, Hall, Williams, Norville-Williams

Subs:  Wharton (for Stanley 73 mins), Rhiney and Gomes.

Cards:  Short (Y – 39 mins)

Goals:  Norville-Williams (2 mins), Williams – pen (90+2 mins)

 

Leiston:  Garnham, Keys, Dunbar, Nichols, Knights, Bullard, Lawrence, Hammond, Finch, Blake, Brothers

Subs:  Jefford (for Keys 46 mins), Davies (for Finch 71 mins), Cheetham (for Nicholls 86 mins), Boardley and Beckwith.

Cards:  Lawrence (Y – 25 mins), Blake (Y – 76 mins), Nicholls (Y – 84 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Referee:  Mark Chalkley (Swaffham)

Attendance:  128

 

John Walker

 

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

 

So now it is swiftly on to a rarity in Southern League terms – a back to back meeting home and away with the same team.  

The team involved is Leiston and Tuesday will be the first meeting of the two sides since the 11th September 2010 when we travelled to Leiston for a First Round Qualifying FA Cup match that was won by our hosts by three goals to two.   It was an incident packed encounter with Leiston reduced to ten men before the break.   St Neots led twice but the ten men came back to score a late winning goal to proceed in the competition.    Leiston have been part of the Bostik Isthmian League since winning their way up to Step Four via the championship of the Eastern Counties League in the 2010/11 season – one year before we joined the Southern League.   Like us their impetus was maintained to achieve Step Three status just twelve months after their elevation.   At the time these notes were penned, Leiston were eleventh in the table having won nine of their twenty-three completed matches and drawn seven more.   Their away record shows victories at St Ives, Royston and Kettering (the first defeat of the season for the league leaders) so they do appear to travel well this season.   Last season they finished fifth in the Isthmian Premier Division to feature in the play-offs where they lost by a goal to nil to league runners-up Dulwich Hamlet.   In the past twenty years their trophy cabinet has been full, as in quick succession they lifted the Eastern Counties League championship, the Ryman League Division One North title and the East Anglian Cup so success has been a regular feature of their history.    Now in company with two other East Anglian sides who have transferred from the Isthmian Premier League across the pyramid they find themselves travelling westwards for their league programme as opposed to south.

 

 

 

John Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town     1         Royston Town       0

This long awaited third home league victory of the season was a fully deserved reward for a determined St Neots performance.  They were having to avenge a 5-0 defeat at Royston earlier in the season and they went into the match on the back of five successive league and cup defeats at the Premier Plus Stadium.   Mid-table Royston nine places ahead of their hosts were unbeaten in their last three matches and began the match in a very positive way but St Neots matched them, and the result was a competitive encounter in the grey chilly conditions.   The home side were without two key players – skipper Luke Knight and utility player Tom Wood – both serving suspensions, and

Manager Matt Clements again shuffled his pack making four changes including a debut for seventeen years old impressive Northampton Town loanee Scott Pollock, but this time he significantly got the formula right.   Into the side came full backs Matt Miles, Johnny Herd and Devante Stanley but the most significant change was the midfield pairing of Pollock and veteran Russell Short who had spent the last couple of months in defence.

There was an explosive start to the match with each side close to taking the lead twice in the opening quarter of an hour.   St Neots shook off their ‘slow starters’ tag creating the first two chances only to be denied by some excellent goalkeeping by visiting custodian Joe Welch.   Back in the side Devante Stanley found Dylan Williams on the edge of the area and his clever turn wrongfooted his marker but the keeper pushed his low shot away to be cleared.   Then James Hall was twice involved in prising open the visiting defence as he collected a neat return pass from Jordan Norville-Williams only for the keeper to smother bravely at his feet.   Play moved to the other end where Ryan Hughes save his side clearing off the line from Vance Bola, and Tom Newman squandered a good opening shooting wide after good work by Josh Castiglione.   The pace never really slackened with both sides playing attacking football as Finley Iron saved well from a Joe Newton free kick and Rohdell Gordon fired over after good play by Bola.   Royston had to make an early substitution when Newman limped off injured, but his replacement Sam Corcoran quickly made an impact as he saw his effort rebound from the crossbar.   Visiting skipper Dan Braithwaite robbed Devante Stanley when a St Neots goal looked certain and then Norville-Williams sent a free kick over the bar.   Castiglione had the final first half chance, but Finley Iron saved well, and the sides went to the break wondering how the match was still goalless.

Corcoran found the woodwork for a second time with a cross that bounced on top of the bar four minutes after the restart and Norville-Williams set up Stanley, but he fired wildly over the bar.   After 56 minutes Royston got the ball in the net following a Castiglione cross, but St Neots were saved by an Assistant Referee’s flag and with Hughes suffering an injury, Scott Sinclair became the first St Neots’ substitute with Short moving back into defence.   From a Williams free kick Hall fired wide after 73 minutes and then the industrious Scott Pollock set up Williams following a corner, but his effort was blocked by a defender.   The pace slackened but St Neots were still the more impressive with Norville-Williams teasing the visiting defence with his pace.   Pollock was driving St Neots forward and Hall had another effort blocked by a defender and in a bid to boost his tactics Clements sent on Mason Rhiney urging his players to go in search of a winning goal.   It eventually arrived eight minutes from time.  A long Johnny Herd throw was returned to him and his second cross was powered into the net by Taylor Parr – appropriate reward for he had been a defensive stalwart for the home side.   St Neots held out for the last few minutes and added time without the visitors’ threatening to spoil the party and now they must build on both confidence and this result in the second half of the season.

St Neots:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Short, Hughes, Parr, Stanley, Pollock, Hall, Williams, Norville-Williams

Subs:  Sinclair (for Hughes 61 mins), Rhiney (for Miles 78 mins), Wharton and Gomes.

Cards:  Stanley (Y – 36 mins)

Goals:  Parr (82 mins)

 

Royston:  Welch, Joseph, Newton, Thomas, Murray, Braithwaite, Castiglione, Mentis, Bola, Newman, Gordon

Subs:  Corcoran (for Newman 26 mins), Gallin (for Gordon 68 mins), Scott-Morriss (for Castiglione 68 mins), Green and Oswick.

Cards:  none

Goals:  none

 

Referee:  Mark Stevens (Milton Keynes)

Attendance:  268

 

John Walker

 

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