Poole Town 2 : 0 St Neots Town FC
Poole Town 2 : 0
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 16 November, 2013 15:00


Calor Southern League Premier Division


POOLE TOWN       2         ST NEOTS TOWN     0      


St Neots returned pointless after a fours hours trip to Poole but gave a reasonable team performance against an improving side that has only been beaten in the league once this season.   The host side was well organised and very competitive especially in defence where they seemed able to block most of St Neots shots on goal.   St Neots made two changes from their midweek match at home to Biggleswade bringing in Arthur Lee and recent signing Ryan Frater in defence and reshaping their side with the versatile Ben Ford given a wide midfield berth.   However the changes made little difference with both of the Poole goals coming from avoidable defensive errors.   Too many St Neots attacking moves broke down on the edge of their opponents penalty area and they also found it difficult to deal defensively with the ‘route one’attacking approach of their hosts.  The victory lifted Poole into the play off places in the Premier Division and they look well placed at present for a fourth promotion up the pyramid in just five seasons.   Next up in the league for St Neots is a visit from St Albans who captured some of the weekend headlines as they defeated Conference outfit Chelmsford in the FA Trophy away from home.


Ford had the first direct shot at goal with an effort that went across the face of goal but it was the home side who looked livelier in attack with Niall Conroy have to save from Michael Charles and Carl Preston in the first nine minutes.   After 13 minutes Poole forged ahead as Preston showed fleet of foot down the left flank and although his cross was met by a defensive header the ball fell to Dan Cann and he netted from ten yards.   Matt Nolan saw home keeper Nick Hutchings save a volley and then the same St Neots player was brought down on the edge of the box near the bye line but the free kick was wasted.   St Neots tried hard to set up attacking movements but they found the Poole central defenders in dominating form both in the air and on the ground and the nearest St Neots got was a run by Jake Woolley that ended with him being booked for allegedly diving.   So there was little to choose between the sides at the break although Poole had shaded possession.


St Neots were upset two minutes after the restart when skipper Gavin Hoyte was booked for what looked a very innocuous 50/50 challenge in midfield and when Conroy failed to hold the ball four minutes later Marvin Brooks nipped behind the defence to make it 2-0.   Now St Neots play became ragged for a spell although a Ford free kick from 25 yards clipped the cross bar with Hutchings beaten.   Ed Adjei replaced Ford and his added pace seemed to inspire St Neots as Nolan shot across goal after good work by Woolley.   Poole got the ball in the net a third time from a Steve Devlin cross to the far post but Will Petch’s effort was ruled out for a push on a defender.    Conroy redeemed himself for his earlier mistake as he produced the save of the match to deny Cann but St Neots was running out of ideas and picked up two more bookings for frustrated challenges.   It was overall a disappointing result but with the two new defenders bedding in better as the match progressed there is optimism that competing well with one of the best sides they have faced this season is another step in the right direction.


St Neots: ConroyCrowieLee, Frater, Deeney, Hoyte,Hilliard, Davies, Nolan, WoolleyFord

Subs: Adjei (for Ford 59 mins), Wilson (for Nolan 69mins), Sharman ( for Davies 84 mins)Longden and R.King.

Cards: Woolley (Y – 42), Hoyte (Y – 47), Hilliard (Y – 82), Frater (Y – 86)



PooleHutchings, Clarke, Spetch, Cummings, Whisken, Pettefer, Brooks, Devlin, Charles, Preston, Cann

Subs: Dibba (for Charles 86 mins), Richardson (for Dann90 mins), Byerley, Thomas and Davies.


GoalsCann (13 mins), Brooks (51 mins)




Referee:  Adam Nunn (Trowbridge)


John Walker