St Neots Town FC 2 : 3 Redditch United
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St Neots Town FC 2 : 3
Redditch United
Saturday 31 August, 2013 15:00

 

Calor Southern League Premier Division

 

ST NEOTS TOWN        2        REDDITCH UNITED      3

 

A third successive home Southern league defeat for the first time left St Neots with plenty to think about thanks mainly to their pallid first half display.   Visitors Redditch established a two goal lead with just about their only two first half efforts on goal and then set about defending that lead. It led to them conceding five bookings for an assortment of offences but they will be delighted with their second away victory of the season. St Neots welcomed back injured skipper Gavin Hoyte for his first league match of the season and gave Andy Palmer his first start but it was not until after the break that they looked capable of reaping any reward from the match. Then with three attacking substitutes and playing just three at the back they produced constant pressure on the visiting defence but scored just once despite monopolising possession. Now with two away league fixtures prior to their FA Cup debut this season Manager Iain Parr must decide how he can tighten his defence which is far too often looking vulnerable without being under real pressure.

Redditch opened the scoring on five minutes when Kyle Patterson capitalised on a misunderstanding between defender and goalkeeper to shoot home into an empty net from a narrow angle and then St Neots created a handful of chances without seriously testing visiting keeper Sam Hornby. Joe Benjamin had two shots blocked after displaying good determination and after a poor defensive clearance Jay Davies sent a rising shot just a foot wide with the visiting keeper beaten. The same player sent a second free kick off target and the Redditch keeper had not been in real action when his side doubled their lead five minutes before the break as Edwin Ahenkora doubled the lead taking advantage of more defensive hesitancy to fire home. Lewis Hilliard then saw a St Neots best first half effort – a free kick rebound from a post but that was as near as St Neots got before the break although Andy Palmer had a close range header saved and Hilliard brought a full length push away save from Hornby.

St Neots began the second half well with Benjamin having two early efforts – the first deflected for a corner and the second an overhead effort that went over the cross bar. Their determination was galvanised when Iain Parr sent on substitutes Dion Sembie-Ferris and Bobbie-Joe Taylor to play wide down the flanks with five in midfield and only three at the back. Immediately the game changed in its character with Redditch pulling all players back bar one to deny St Neots space.   A series of corners failed to produce a direct opening although a swerving effort by Sembie-Ferris was only just the wrong side of the far post.  Taylor saw a low cross diverted just wide and the last throw of the dice was a further substation with Karl Safee replacing Andy Palmer.   After 69 minutes the perpetual motion of Adrian Sear proved invaluable as he rose high above the defence to head a Lewis Hilliard cross into the net to reduce the deficit but this did not inspire St Neots.  They plugged away but with five minutes left the outcome was decided by a left wing attack by Redditch that saw Harry Austin take a return pass from Ahenkora to net from an angle.   It may have been the visitors’ only second half chance but it proved significant and even Karl Safee’s injury time first Southern League goal was only a questionable consolation for St Neots.

 

 

 

 

St Neots: Heath, Rodgers, Steer, Sear, Crowie, Hoyte, Hilliard, Davies, Benjamin, Palmer, Adjei

Subs:  Sembie-Ferris (for Hoyte 57 mins), Taylor (for Adjei 57 mins), Safee (for Palmer 67 mins), Sharman and Nkinga.

Cards: Adjei (Y – 28), Safee (Y – 72)

Goals: Sear (69 mins), Safee (45 + 3)

 

Redditch: Hornby, Recci, Connelly, Price, Austin, Anderson, Ahenkora, Oshungbure, Headley, Patterson, Molyneux

Subs:  Bains (for Price 80 mins), Pitt (for Patterson 80 mins), Caines, Conteh and Hands

Cards: Oshungbure (Y – 23), Recci (Y – 28), Ahenkora (Y – 35), Austin (Y – 61), Connolly (Y – 66).

Goals: Patterson (5 mins), Ahenkora (40 mins), Austin (85 mins)

 

Attendance: 231

 

Referee:  Jake Hillier (Watford, Herts)

 

 

John Walker