St Neots Town FC 0 : 2 Weymouth
St Neots Town FC 0 : 2
Saturday 17 August, 2013 15:00


Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division


ST NEOTS TOWN       0       WEYMOUTH      2


St Neots disappointed their fans with a lukewarm display on the opening day.   Their much changed team with only one survivor from their final line up last season looked shapeless and unbalanced and more like a collection of individuals than a team.  There were however good performances from Cambridge United on loan midfielder Bobby-Joe Taylor and Rene Steer making his first appearance after a fifteen months injury absence. When they did create openings they found visiting keeper Jason Matthews in good form and they must now rethink their approach especially in attack. Weymouth set up their victory with two goals in the first twelve minutes and despite St Neots best efforts they made little impression on the visiting defence in which Nathan Walker and Sam Poole were outstanding. 


With St Neots down to ten men with Ola Sogbanmu receiving treatment to an early ankle injury Weymouth went ahead after five minutes.   Home keeper Daniel Heath made a fine save to push a Stewart Yetton shot onto his cross bar but Mike Ford followed in to head home.   Seven minutes later Weymouth were two ahead when goalkeeper Heath brought down Ford in the area and was perhaps lucky to escape with a yellow card but stood no chance with Scott Walker’s well hit spot kick.   St Neots tried to reply but a Bobby-Joe Taylor shot was scrambled for a corner and Matthews saved well from Lewis Hilliard.   Weymouth played some attractive football frustrating many of St Neots approach moves and too often St Neots was reduced to playing the long ball out of defence.   Paul Rodgers did well to block a close range effort by Ben Wood and St Neots had one shout for a defensive handball waved away following a corner.    St Neots did go close with a Hilliard free kick that was just the wrong side of a post but overall Weymouth looked pretty good value for their half time advantage.


Clearly needing a different approach St Neots made two early second half changes sending on Ryan Sharman in midfield and restoring Hilliard to his more favoured wide role and substituting Karl Safee for Ola Sogbanmu who had never looked mobile enough after his early injury.   They then had a bright ten minutes spell in which Hilliard had a net bound header blocked and Taylor saw his follow up effort deflected for a corner.   Another penalty appeal was turned down and then Safee fed Benjamin whose effort was high over the bar.   Safee then just failed to reach an accurate Taylor cross but as the wind began to get up the brief St Neots momentum faded.   Weymouth came back into the game and Yetton was only inches wide and Scott Walker brought a good save from Heath with a stinging free kick.   Ford then beat the keeper only to see his shot rebound from a post and as a last throw of the dice St Neots brought on Andy Palmer to play with just three at the back.   However the late efforts all came from the visitors with Heath saving well from Ford and a wickedly inswinging corner by Scott Walker was pushed over the bar under pressure by the home custodian.  Overall it was a vey disappointing start for St Neots.




St Neots: Heath, Rodgers, Adjei, Sear, Crowie, Steer, Taylor, Hilliard, Benjamin, Sogbanmu, Fuller.

Subs:  Sharman (for Fuller 46 mins), Safee (for Sogbanmu 49 mins), Palmer (for Adjei 78 mins), Wood and Conroy.

Cards: Heath (Y – 12), Hilliard (Y – 69), Sear (Y – 88)


Weymouth: Matthews, McConnell, S Walker, Clay, N Walker, Poole, Burbridge, Ford, Yetton, Joyce, Wood.

Subs:  (none used) Wells, Groves, Chainey, Winsper and Green

Cards: Clay (Y – 66)


Attendance: 354


Referee:  Adrian Gillett (Aylesbury)



John Walker