SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town    1    Coalville Town    4     

This victory left ambitious Coalville Town just a point outside the play-offs and it avenged an earlier meeting with St Neots when they were dumped out of the FA Cup in a penalty shoot-out.   It may have been the fourth meeting of the two sides this season (including the FA Cup replay) but the visitors will have learned little in advance about their opponents for St Neots skipper Matt Miles was the only survivor from the last meeting of the two sides.   The home side probably played as well as they had in their previous match against champions elect Kettering Town despite the final score not reflecting this, but the winners created few scoring openings yet managed to convert four of them!   It was once again a penalty conceded in the opening quarter of an hour that left the home side with a mountain to climb, but this time unlike in the previous match, the penalty decision was much more contentious.   It came after 12 minutes when central defender Owen Dunnett appeared to win the ball with a decisive challenge, but his opponent tumbled, and the Referee pointed to the spot on his Assistant’s advice.   From that point on St Neots were chasing the game despite their side being strengthened from their previous match with Scott Pollock and Gary Wharton returning after injury and loanee Ryan Hughes returning from his Football League debut with Northampton Town.   Also, back in the side was Prince Mutswunguma with Mason Rhiney, Joe Rider and Reif Clarke on the substitutes bench.

After a quiet opening the penalty award after 12 minutes was the first notable incident.   Andrew Wright confidently tucked away his spot kick to boost the visitors and a minute later Scott McManus could have increased the lead, but he shot wastefully over the bar.   For the next twenty minutes there was little action in either penalty area but a poor clearance by visiting keeper Richard Walton was seized upon by Scott Pollock whose chip drifted just over the cross bar.  With much of the play in midfield there was an effective stalemate as neither side were able to dominate but the reorganised home back four seemed to be growing in confidence.   Another opening for the visitors saw McManus fire high over the bar after the St Neots defence had failed to clear and then a lengthy free kick three minutes before the break by Ryan Hughes was comfortable gathered by Walton.   A disappointing first half ended with Tom McGlinchey winning his way to the bye line but as he widened his shooting angle his shot flew across the face of goal.

Pollock, still feeling his injury, failed to reappear after the interval giving recent signing Ben Bradley the opportunity for his debut in midfield for St Neots.    However, before any significant counter attack could be mustered by the home side, two goals in three minutes effectively ended the contest.   Five minutes after the restart Coalville won a free kick and Wright’s floated cross was headed in at the far post by defender Kieran Fenton and three minutes later St Neots were floored by a very unfortunate goal.   Another free kick by Wright was deflected up into the air by a defender, wrong footing his colleagues and it fell invitingly for Tim Berridge to poke home from just a couple of yards.   St Neots retaliated with a series of attacking moves and a Hughes free kick was deflected for a corner taken by Matt Miles.   His inswinging kick was totally misjudged by visiting keeper Richard Walton who called for the ball but off balance, could only punch it into his own net.   If that was the boost St Neots desired it did not materialise.   Their efforts failed to significantly test the visiting defence whilst at the other end James Philip made an excellent save to deny McGlinchey.  Eight minutes from time Joe Doyle-Charles won a corner for the visitors but suffered an accidental neck injury that saw an eight minutes delay in play whilst he was treated on pitch before being stretchered off.  However, in the added time substitute Kairo Mitchell took advantage of slack marking to complete the scoring.

St Neots Town:  Philip, Hood, Hughes, Miles, Dunnett, Shaw, Sutton, Pollock, Wharton, Mutswunguma, Norville-Williams

Subs: Bradley (for Pollock 46 mins), Rider(for Mutswunguma 74 mins), Rhiney and Clarke.

Cards:  Hughes (Y – 42 mins)

Goals: OG (57 mins)

Coalville Town: Walton, Thomas, McManus, Fenton, Burgin, Towers, Doyle-Charles, Wright, Omotola, Berridge, McGlinchey

Subs:  Mitchell (for Berridge 69 mins), Dean (for Wright 78 mins), Shaw (for Doyle-Charles 90 mins), Freeman and Luto.

Cards: none

Goals:  Wright – pen – (35 mins), Fenton (50 mins), Berridge (53 mins), Mitchell (90+2 mins)

 

Referee:              Jeffrey Aldous (Bedford)

Attendance:       139

 

John Walker

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

Kettering Town       2        St Neots Town        0       

A spirited performance against runaway league leaders Kettering Town was without tangible reward but a spirited second half performance after trailing 2-0 at the break was of great credit to the inexperienced visiting side.   This victory for the Northamptonshire hosts extended their lead at the top of the table to eleven points with just six matches remaining and now only a catastrophic run of form looks likely to rob them of the championship and resultant promotion to the National League.     With recent star player Dan Trendall unavailable and leading scorer Gary Wharton injured, St Neots selection problems were further complicated late in the week when Northampton Town recalled loan centre half Ryan Hughes for their EFL match at Cheltenham so into the side Marc Abbott drafted three additional youth side players Owen Dunnett, Joe Rider and Reif Clarke also recalling Harry Beckley for Prince Mutswumguna who was on the bench.

The revised starting balance of the visiting side was a contributory factor to a backs to the wall first 25 minutes in which Kettering dominated and threatened to run riot.   Visiting keeper James Philip was in constant action making two excellent saves in the first three minutes to deny a Rhys Hoeness snap shot and a well-placed Marcus Kelly free kick.   Hoeness in particular was the chief tormentor down either flank and he was twice denied when his efforts were either blocked or deflected.   The sheer pace of the home attack, that are the leading scorers in the league was frightening, but St Neots held out until the 16th minute when an unfortunate handball by Harry Beckley conceded a penalty kick which Hoeness confidently despatched to put Kettering ahead.   The home side thought they should have had a second spot kick when Dan Holman tumbled in the area but their appeals were waved away and then after 28 minutes St Neots first real shot from Beckley nestled on the roof of the net.   Lindon Meikle then had a net bound shot deflected and when Hoeness went clear skipper Matt Miles got back to rob him on the line at the expense of a corner ten minutes before the break.  It was only a temporary reprieve as from the cross the unmarked Declan Towers ghosted in to head past Philp.   St Neots tried to retaliate with some neat approach football but the home defence stood firm apart from a late chance for Joe Sutton who went clear but home keeper Paul White raced from his line to quell the danger.

The second half also began at breakneck speed as the home side again tried to dominate.   A cross-cum shot from the left by Hoeness beat Philip but rebounded from the far post and a follow-uo effort by Stohrer was cleared off theline.   Holman then squandered a great chance firing wildly over the bar and as the match aproached the hour mark, Mark Abbott reshaped his side with Leon Fulianty on at full back pushing the lively Jordan Norville-Williams forward to boost the attack.   Stohrer shot over the bar and Philip saved from Holman but now the Kettering attacking opportunities were drying up as Neots appeared to grow in confidence.  Prince Mutswunguna replaced the tiring Joe Rider who had been hard working up front with little support, and then after a dazzling run from the half way line, Norville-Williams tumbled in the penalty area but was only rewarded with a yellow card for allegedy diving.   Club Coach Ben Yeoman then made a surprise appearance as St Neots third substitute replacing Joe Sutton and he kept the home defence on their toes in the latter stages of the match.   Kettering did threaten to extend their lead five minutes from time when substitute Brett Solkhon clipped the crossbar with a dipping shot and Holman almost had the last word in added time when he cleverly turned his marker before shooting over the bar.   Against a very experieced home team, this will have been a useful learning curve for a St Neots side containing eight teenagers.

 

St Neots Town:  Philip, Hood, Norville-Williams, Miles, Dunnett, Shaw, Clarke, Rhiney, Rider, Sutton, Beckley

Subs: Fulianty (for Beckley 59 mins), Mutswunguma (for Rider 71 mins), Yeomans (for Sutton 78 mins) Hudson and Abbott.

Cards:  Norville-Williams (Y – 72 mins)

Goals: none

 

Kettering Town: White, Stohrer, Richens, Meikle, Holman, Milnes, Hoeness, Kelly-Evans, Kelly, Towers, Stanley

Subs:  Toseland (for Meikle 33 mins), Solkhon (for Milnes 81 mins), Brighton, Bradshaw and Rowe.

Cards: none

Goals:  Hoeness – pen (16 mins), Towers (35 mins)

 

Referee:              Steve Durnall (West Bromwich)

Attendance:       894

John Walker

                                                                                               

                                                                                 

 

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

Next up for St Neots is a busy period with two matches in four days.   With only eight matches left every point available is vital if relegation at the end of the season is to be avoided.   Three of those eight opponents are still very much in the promotion/play off chase and the next two are two of that eight.   First up on Saturday Marc and his side must visit league leaders and firm promotion favourites Kettering Town.   Currently eight points ahead at the top of the table the Poppies have been in the top two all season although they do lack the consistency they would like, with two surprising defeats in their last three matches at home at home to Coalville and away at Biggleswade.   Prior to the Coalville defeat they had reeled off seven consecutive victories and were looking impregnable.   In four visits to Burton Latimer where the Poppies play, St Neots’ have not recorded a victory although two of the meetings have ended in draws.    Earlier this season at the Premier Plus Stadium Kettering recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory and the only St Neots’ victory in nine meetings came at home in the sides’ first Southern League meeting in 2013 when goals from Lewis Hilliard, Adrian Sear, Ryan Auger and Kyle Asante gave the home side a 4-3 win.

Next Tuesday another of the promotion hopefuls – Coalville Town – visit St Neots for a rearranged match – the original date cancelled out by a waterlogged pitch.   After last weekend Coalville were eighth in the table three points shy of a play-off place but with three matches in hand.   In the league meeting at Coalville in November a Dion Sembie-Ferris goal saw St Neots leading for almost half an hour before conceding a late goal and a share of the points.   That match was regrettably marred in time added on at the end of the ninety minutes, when the Referee, Jamie O’Connor from Bolsover, totally lost control following a rather innocuous foul.   He ended up issuing four yellow cards in that unsavoury ending – one a second yellow which became a red, and another when he brandished the red card again only to rescind it after being corrected by an Assistant Referee.   It was a great shame because it had been a very good contest between two well-matched sides and on the balance of play a draw was a fair outcome.     

On Tuesday this week there was a very significant result as Lowestoft defeated Halesowen 5-1 in a rearranged league match.   That result lifted the Norfolk side five points ahead of St Neots, who because of an inferior goal difference need two victories to overhaul them.

So if you fancy having a flutter on us on our next match, BetVictor have given us 13/2 football odds to win at Kettering Town on Saturday or 4/1 for the draw.

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John Walker

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town        1        Lowestoft Town       3

Victorious Manager Jamie Godbold was understandably jubilant after the match.   ‘This was a genuine six-pointer which we had to win’ he said ‘and we did it in style.   I was very pleased with my side’s approach and delivery and it gives us an important psychological boost to move above St Neots and out of the relegation zone at this important point of the season.   Now we go on to another vital match on Tuesday at home to Halesowen who are one of the three clubs below us so three more points will give us a very useful cushion above the relegation area’.

St Neots Manager Marc Abbott had a more sober approach.   ‘We were beaten on the day by a better team that adapted to the conditions more readily and showed a greater hunger and ruthlessness’ he said.   ‘My team failed to live up to the promise of our three previous performances and we conceded some soft goals.   We showed an inability to take advantage of key momentsin the match.   However there are still eight matches left and we must learn from our shortcomings’.

This was to be the first league meeting of the two sides at St Neots for 46 years when a goalless draw had been the outcome but with visiting striker and man of the match Jake Reed in his current form and confidence that was never likely.  There was a very significant moment before that match started when visiting skipper Ross Jarvis won the toss and elected to kick with the almost gale force wind at his sides’ back.  They powered forward from the start to take full advantage and with their first attack after two minutes the irrepressible Reed headed the opening goal at the near post after skipper Jarvis had won his header at the far post from a swirling cross.   After 20 minutes Reed was unmarked at the far post to double the lead.   St Neots showed some determination with the hard-working Dan Trendall testing Nicholas Hayes but the visitors were well in control and Philp had to produce a back breaking save to deny Shaun Bammant at the expense of a corner.

St Neots made a determined start after half time introducing two attacking substitutes and reorganising in an attacking 3-4-3 formation.   However, a third goal by Jake Reed with a shot across the goalkeeper after the home defence only managed a half clearance two minutes after the break effectively settled the issue. St Neots worked hard to get back in the game but they lacked the guileto take full advantage.     The wind had abated slightly but apart from one shot by former Saint Dylan Williams, the home side looked well in control through their superior possession.   However, they squndered too many promising openings like after 56 minutes when Ryan Hughes was presented with a golden opportunity when visiting keeper Nicholas Hayes mishandled a cross from Norville-Williams  but his tame header went over the bar.  Just past the hour Mason Rhiney wasted a free kick in a promising position and Jacob Joseph wriggled pastthree defenders but his cross was cleared.   The lively Dan Trendall was then brought down by Joshua Curry to earn a penalty kick but Jordan Norville-Williams’ woeful effort was high and wide after 65 minutes.   Six minutes later they received another potential lifeline when Trendall was again grounded this time by the goalkeeper, earning the assailant the only caution in the game.   This time Gary Wharton made no mistake with his fourth goal in successive matches.   That signalled a change of tactics by the visitors who reverted to full defensive mode happy to preserve their two goals cushion in the final twenty minutes.   St Neots replaced the limping Stevan Shaw with youth team skipper Liam Fulianty but the only significant chance that they created was an added time effort by Trendall relatively comfortably claimed by Hayes.   And it does not get any easier with the sides’ next match away to face league leaders Kettering Town.

St Neots Town:  Philp, Hood, Norville-Williams, Miles, Hughes, Shaw, Mutswunguma, Rhiney, Wharton, Sutton, Trendall

Subs:  Joseph (for Mutswunguma 46 mins), Rider (for Sutton 46 mins), Fulianty (for Shaw 76 mins) and Beckley.

Cards:  none

Goal: Wharton -pen- (71 mins)

Lowestoft Town: Hayes, Curry, Wilkinson (J), Barker, Jarvis, Frisk, Pollock, Williams, Reed, Bammant, Wilkinson (M)

Subs:  Smith (for Wilkinson (J) 33 mins), Deeks (for Williams 78 mins), Zielonka (for Bammant 90+1 mins), Tann and Putnins.

Cards: Hayes (Y – 71 mins)

Goals:  Reed 3 (2, 20 & 47 mins)

 

Referee:              Matthew Morrison (Bury St Edmunds)

Attendance:       293

 

John Walker

Easter Football Academy Days at St Neots Town Football Club 

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UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

The visitors to the Premier Plus Stadium on Saturday are Lowestoft Town.  

The Trawlerboys have been playing at Step Three for three seasons now since their relegation from the Football Conference. After two seasons in the Ryman area of the pyramid they transferred to the Southern League Central this season and like us have struggled for consistency. This is to be the third meeting of our two sides this season – both of the others after long midweek treks into East Anglia for us staged at the Amber Dew Events Stadium at Lowestoft. On 2nd October last year both teams chose to field understrength teams for our Southern League Cup tie which resulted in a 3-1 victory for our hosts – Luke Knight our scorer (his final goal in a St Neots shirt), and then three weeks later a rearranged league fixture finished 2-1 to us with Nabil Shariff scoring both goals. Our last league meeting at St Neots was 46 years ago in the Eastern Counties League when we fought out a 0-0 draw, but our Norfolk visitors have been in town once since then for an FA Vase tie on 21st November 2006 when they returned home with a handsome 6-1 victory with Craig Reynolds claiming our consolation goal. This match is vital for both sides for a glance at the league table before last weekend showed that our point on Saturday lifted us above our weekend visitors who were beaten at Alvechurch. Lowestoft may have some reservations about their trip here today because on 8th January 1972 they were scheduled to visit us here at our former home at Shortsands for an ECL fixture, but they never arrived because their team coach was involved in a fatal road accident on the A11 in which the driver of the car was killed and the coach driver and eight of the team and officials required hospital treatment.

 

John Walker

 

 

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE

ST NEOTS TOWN U18   3     ROYSTON TOWN U18   2

St Neots Town U18 side are the Champions of the Cambridge Division of the Thurlow Nunn League for a record breaking third time in succession – with a match to spare.   That was the outcome of a very competitive final home league match of the campaign with visiting Royston Town who still had a mathematical chance of the title.   The visitors had lost just once this season – at home to St Neots – and they posed a real threat to the celebrations with a determined performance.   St Neots were without their injured midfield playmaker Adrian O’Hara for the first time this season, so they had to reorganise but the bonus for them was the return of Jacob Joseph following his injury lay-off.

 

With the stakes obviously high neither side settled quickly although two early openings for St Neots went begging as Joe Rider saw his effort easily saved ad Owen Dunnett headed narrowly over the bar from a corner.   Then in their first significant attack the visitors took the lead as Noah Costin cut in from the right to shoot across the keeper.   St Neots set about repairing the damage and Merkel Cousins headed over the bar, but the match became over competitive as Jack Dickerson was booked for a dangerous late tackle.   Reif Clarke was then cynically brought down three yards inside the penalty area but the free kick given outside the box and as St Neots built the pressure Nehemiah Goodridge saw a header cleared off the line.   Then a minute before the break from a Clarke corner, goal ace Joe Rider headed home for the side to go to the break on level terms.

 

St Neots looked more comfortable after half time and when Clarke burst through the defence visiting keeper Christopher Gough saved well at the expense of a corner.   On the turn Rider sent a shot just off target but on the hour, St Neots took control with a quality goal built from a neat Rider flick to free Jacob Joseph and his early cross picked out Reif Clarke for a clinical finish.   For a while the home side dominated with Royston managing just one shot from distance by Dickerson that was too high.   After Gough had saved well from a Leon Fulianty free kick the defining moment arrived fourteen minutes from time as Dan Olive produced a stunning 30 yards effort to make it 3-1 with the goal of the season.   Predictably with nothing to lose Royston threw everything forward and claimed a late consolation goal three minutes from time as Daniel Baulk forced the ball home from a Francis Shilton cross but St Neots had done enough to take the points and the title.

 

St Neots Town U18:  Burberry, Olive, Goodridge, Brown, Dunnett, Fulianty, Cousins, Routs, Rider, Joseph, Clarke

 

Subs used:   Leagas, Wood and Rowland.                                                                                                 

 

Cards: Brown (Y – 44 mins), Clarke (Y – 48 mins)

 

Referee:  Paul Dobbs                                                                

 

(John Walker)

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION 

St Neots Town        2        Biggleswade Town       2

 

They say lightning does not strike twice but St Neots are living proof that it does, and two goalkeeping errors – one at each end – made this outcome of the contest happen.  For the second consecutive week a goal conceded three minutes into added time robbed the young inexperienced home side of two extra points they had worked so hard to achieve but the single point was enough to lift them out of the relegation zone for the first time in as many months.   Ultimately it was inexperience that cost them dear, but they continue to learn as they build experience at this higher level of football for most of them.   The commitment of the side is beyond question and proud Manager Marc Abbott heaped praise upon his team in his post-match interview.    He had been forced into a team change when playmaker Scott Pollock failed to recover from the injury sustained in the previous match, so he brought in Dan Trendall for his debut and he added pace and imagination in attack.

The first serious effort on goal after 6 minutes saw Sean Lucien’s effort blocked but St Neots took the lead two minutes later.   A long clearance by James Philip sailed over the heads of defenders and former St Neots custodian Sam Donkin opted to wait for the ball to reach his area but Gary Wharton pounced to steer the ball past him and into the open net – his third goal in consecutive matches.   The visitors had a further shock after 11minutes when David Longe-King misdirected a header back to his keeper but luckily for him the ball passed the wrong side of a post.   However, St Neots’ lead was short-lived for after 15 minutes a Matt Ball corner was headed back by Jordan Gent and Joe White headed past the keeper.   Prince Mutswunguma tried a lengthy effort that just cleared the crossbar and then Philip did well to push away a searing cross from Lucien that looked to be creeping in at the far post.   Ten minutes before the break St Neots regained the lead as Dan Trendall switched play from left to right and Mason Rhiney’s cross was stabbed in at close range by Prince Mutswunguma.   It was the first time St Neots had scored twice in a league match since 8th December.   Five minutes before the break Philip saved well again and then White headed in from an offside position as the visitors sought parity.

The second half saw the visitors adopt a more attacking formation with former St Neots player Claudio Ofosu on to test St Neots down the flanks.   Lucien seemed to be getting all the better chances for the visiting side, but he sent a free kick high over the bar and was well off target with two more efforts.   St Neots seemed to have lost the rhythm that had seem them competitive in the first 45 minutes and their back line had to defend well as their opponents began to dominate possession.  They looked particularly threatening from set pieces with their tall defenders supplementing their attack.   Another striker was added to the visiting attack, but Ball squandered a good chance with a centrally positioned free kick that he dragged well wide.   St Neots did threaten on the break with Trendall a constant threat, but they lacked the finishing touch to carve out what could have been a clinching goal.    With five minutes left Philip again rescued his side with a point blank save to deny White and Ofosu earned a booking for simulation diving dramatically in the penalty area.    The Referee signalled four added minutes and in the third of those the visitors stole a goal and a point.   It came from one of many corners after the excellent Philp had mishandled a shot dropping the ball over the bye line – this one delivered by Lucien and when St Neots failed to clear there were two shots blocked before Jordan Gent drove home from close range.   It was a cruel ending, but it still took St Neots to a third consecutive match without defeat, following the defection of almost their whole team.

 

 

 

St Neots Town:  Philp, Hood, Norville-Williams, Miles, Hughes, Shaw, Mutswunguma, Rhiney, Wharton, Sutton, Trendall

Subs:  Clarke (for Prince 62 mins), Beckley (for Sutton 77 mins), Rider (for Wharton 88 mins), Hudson and Fulianty.

Cards:  Hood (Y – 74 mins), Shaw (Y – 74 mins)

Goals:  Wharton (8 mins), Mutswunguma (35 mins)

 

Biggleswade Town:  Donkin, Bradshaw, Perry, Forbes, Gent, Longe-King, Lucien, Brooks, White, Ball, Nwaboukei

Subs:  Ofosu (for Brooks 62 mins), Donnelly (for Forbes 73 mins), Allinson (for Bradshaw 82 mins) and Walster.

Cards:  Gent (Y – 38 mins), Ofosu (Y – 81 mins), Perry (90 mins)

Goals:  White (15 mins), Gent (90 + 3 mins)

 

Referee:  Alex Rayment (Dunstable)

Attendance:  284

 

John Walker

The Board of Directors have agreed to allow FREE ADMISSION to anyone under the age of 18 to Evostik League South Premier Division Central matches between now and the end of the season, raising the limit from under 16.

Now is a great opportunity to come along and cheer on fellow youngsters Joe Rider, Jacob Joseph and Leon Fulianty who are currently enjoying game time in the First Team Squad, starting with Saturday's visit of Biggleswade Town.

Please note, only children Under 12 years need to be accompanied by a paying adult. 

Proof of age may be requested at the turnstiles

 

THUROW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

ST NEOTS TOWN U18        5     HAVERHILL ROVERS U18       0

This match was dubbed as the title showdown with the only two clubs still in the running meeting at St Neots.   In the end it was a fairly comfortable victory for the home side as suggested by the score line, and they now need just three points from their two final games to win a third consecutive Cambridge Division title.   They could therefore clinch the title next Monday when Royston are the final visiting team this season.   However those facts assume that to deny St Neots the title, Haverhill would ned to win their final six matches in the span of the next six weeks and on this showing that looks doubtful.   Two goals late in the first half set St Neots on their way but Haverhill had looked dangerous on the break cancelling out St Neots’ advantage of possession.   As the visitors tired after the break St Neots rammed home their superiority.

Playing an attacking 3-4-3 formation St Neots began full of confidence and in the opening three minutes carved out as many goal attempts.   Haverhill replied with Jake Mingay bringing an important save from home keeper Joe Burberry and after visiting keeper Thomas Hogg had saved well from Sam Routs and Markel Cousins, the game settled with St Neots dominating.   After 31 minutes after a great run by Cousins, Reif Clarke netted but was ruled offside but St Neots persevered and after 36 minutes the impressive Markel Cousins jinked past defenders to open the scoring.   Five minutes later more slick footwork saw Reif Clark leave his marker standing as he cut in to add a second goal.    The best Haverhill could offer was a Cohen Micklewright free kick comfortably saved.

Micklewright volleyed wide immediately upon the restart but St Neots then added a significant third goal after 56 minutes as the irrepressible Cousins beat three players before scoring from a narrow angle for his second goal.   Clarke then saw an acrobatic header rebound from the cross bar after great work by Routs and then after 68 minutes a Routs free kick was spilled by the keeper and Clarke knocked in the rebound to make it 4-0.   The fifth goal came from ace marksman Joe Rider – his 28th of theseason eight minutes from time and the only blot on the victory was an 85th minute fracas following a bad tackle and, in that incident, visiting defender Tafun Yagir was sent off and three players were booked.   However St Neots had the last word when substitute Bradley Brown beat the keeper but saw his shot rebound from the foot of a post.

St Neots:  Burberry, Olive, Leagas, Fulianty, Goodridge, Dunnett, Clarke, O’Hara, Rider, Routs, Cousins                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:   Brown, Wood, Muse and Rowland.                                                                                                 

Cards: Fulianty (Y – 85 mins), Brown (Y – 85 mins)                                                             

Referee:  Emma Hunt

 

(John Walker)

 

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