Bideford 3 : 2 St Neots Town FC
Bideford 3 : 2
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 26 October, 2013 15:00

Calor Southern League Premier Division


BIDEFORD       3       ST NEOTS TOWN        2       


It is no coincidence that Bideford are third in the Calor Southern League Premier Division this season after only just avoiding relegation on goal difference just six months ago.   They are now undefeated in their opening twelve league matches this season and their rejuvenated side has several new experienced players including loanee Ashley Yeoman from Football League outfit Torquay United and he proved to be the significant difference between the sides on the day as he contributed a personal hat trick.  St Neots Manager Iain Parr sprang something of a surprise when he announced his team making four changes and including Matt Nolan, Mark Ducket and the two Cambridge United loanees Liam Hurst and Bobby-Joe Taylor in the starting line up.   Out of the side went the injured Ed Adjei and Jhai Dhillon with Jay Davies and the previously ever-present Lewis Hilliard both starting on the substitutes’ bench.  Despite returning home pointless and dropping to bottom but one in the league table St Neots contributed in no small part to an exciting and entertaining match and the overall improvement in their performance was only marred by a couple of unfortunate defensive lapses.


St Neots started with a 4-1-4-1 formation and after Niall Conroy had saved a Steven Reed free kick they might have gone in front when Jake Woolley fed the unmarked Matt Nolan who went round the home keeper but shot across the face of the unguarded goal from a narrow angle.    Conroy was then forced to make an important save pushing a close range Rob Farkins volley over his cross bar.  However St Neots was giving as good as they got and after 17 minutes Nolan found Woolley with a clever reverse pass and his shot across Steve Oliver bounced off the inside of the far post into the grateful keeper’s arms.   Bideford main threat was coming down their right flank from the speedy Sean Downing who was giving Mark Ducket a torrid time and inevitably it was Downing who created the opening goal with a run and cross that saw Owen Howe’s low shot blocked but Ashley Yeoman reacted first to ram the ball past Conroy.   That setback signalled a change in St Neots’ tactics with Woolley pushed up to partner Nolan in a standard 4-4-2 formation and chances came with both Adrian Sear and Leon Hibbert both firing over the Bideford cross bar.  Bideford then lost defender Ben Gerring with a knee injury replaced by Nick Barker and the first half ended with St Neots pressing for an equaliser.


St Neots also lost a defender shortly after half time with Ducket helped off suffering from a suspected displaced shoulder and this let on substitute Jay Davies with the versatile Liam Hurst slotting in at full back.  Matt Nolan was brought down on the edge of the penalty area But the resultant Davies free kick was cleared and after 61 minutes St Neots deservedly levelled the scores as Davies sent a long cross field pass to find Nolan wide of the left and his early cross was volleyed home from close range by Lewis Wilson.   Kevin Squire volleyed over the bar when left unmarked at the far post and the action continued end to end with substitute Lewis Wilson on his debut firing wide.   Then after 75 minutes Gavin Hoyte was harshly judged to have impeded Jack Furzer and Yeoman sent Conroy the wrong way with his well placed penalty kick.   This was hard on St Neots who were competing well and they pushed forward looking for a second equaliser with Dan Crowie on as a extra striker but it all went wrong when four minutes from the end of normal time the visiting defence was caught short and Matty Bye set up Yeoman to claim his hat trick.   However in added time Sear was upended by Furzer and Jay Davies tucked away the penalty kick to give the final score line the closeness the game had justified.





St Neots: Conroy, Deeney, Ducket, Hibbert, Ann, Hoyte, Davies, Woolley, Sear, Nolan, Hurst, Taylor.

Subs:  Davies (for Ducket 54 mins), Wilson (for Woolley 57 mins), Crowie (for Hurst 82 mins), Hilliard and Ford.

Cards: none

Goals: Wilson (61 mins), Davies (90 + 2 pen)


Bideford: Oliver, Downing, Reed, Furzer, Farkins, Gerring, Bye, Yeoman, Squire, Howe, Duff

Subs:  Barker (for Gerring 31 mins), Clifford (for Howe 67 mins), Groves, and Phillips.

Cards: none

Goals: Yeoman 3  (25, 75 and 86 mins)


Attendance: 215


Referee:  Mark Lawrence (Bridgewater)


John Walker