Cambridge City 3 : 2 St Neots Town FC
Cambridge City 3 : 2
St Neots Town FC
Thursday 26 December, 2013 15:00


Calor Southern League Premier Division


CAMBRIDGE CITY       3        ST NEOTS TOWN     2      


St Neots can be proud of their Boxing Day performance although they returned from Histon empty handed.   They were beaten by the odd goal in five by a Cambridge City side now looking strong in third place in the table but they showed real character coming back from a three goals deficit to go close to snatching an unlikely point with two late goals.   After their six goals home victory just five days earlier Manager Gary King named an unchanged starting line-up but his side trailed by a single goal at the break before conceding two more around the hour mark.   That would have seen most side capitulate but this St Neots squad are made of sterner stuff having been twice denied by the woodwork and their late burst left the home side clinging on to the narrowest of leads to take the three points that keeps the pressure on the leading two clubs.  


St Neots made the early chances as Simon Thomas set up Lewis Hilliard to bring a useful save from Zac Barrett and then Jay Davies volleyed over the bar when well placed.   Appeals for a penalty when Jake Woolley tumbled in the area were waved away but after 16 minutes in their first real attack Cambridge went ahead with a beautifully crafted goal.   The impressive Adam Marriott won the ball and slipped the perfectly weighted pass inside the full back to play Josh Dawkin clear and he kept his cool to fire low past the advancing Nathan Abbey.   It was rough justice on St Neots but they reacted positively winning a string of corners but could not find a finishing touch although a Matt Nolan header was only just too high.   At the other end Marriott sent a snap shot wide and then St Neots wereunlucky not to draw level when a Hilliard shot was blocked by Chaffey but he collected the loose ball to send a shot against the crossbar.   On the stroke of half time Barrett produced another important save to deny Davies.


Cambridge had the better of the play at the start of the second half.   Kelvin Bossman cut in but shot wide, Josh Beech headed wide after good work by Marriott and then on the hour the home side doubled their lead.   Once again Adam  Marriott was the tormentor-in-chief taking a return pass from Bossman to beat Abbey with a low angled cross into the bottom corner of the net.   St Neots sent on substitutes Adrian Sear returning from a lengthy injury absence and Shane Tolley but before they had a chance to make an impact Cambridge claimed a third goal as Kelvin Bossman went past his marker to score with a swerving shot that went in just under the bar at the far post.   St Neots then threw caution to the wind and went for the preservation of pride.   Up for a corner Arthur Lee headed against a post from a Davies corner, Hilliard shot over the bar and Tolley was robbed as he looked to shoot from close range.   Then with just four minutes left Shane Tolley maintained his incredible scoring record as he collected an accurate through pass from Dave Deeney to volley past the surprised Barrett and two minutes later Hilliard was hauled down in the area by substitute Jackson Ramm and from the resultant penalty kick Jay Davies rapped the ball home to reduce the deficit to a single goal.   Had there been more time left St Neots might have completed a stunning comeback but there was only time for a midfield skirmish in which Brighton and Tolley were both yellow carded.

St Neots: Abbey, Deeney, LeeFord, Frater, Hoyte,HilliardDavies, Nolan, ThomasWoolley

Subs: Sear (for Ford 61 mins), Tolley (for Thomas 61mins), Ferrari (for Woolley 72 mins), Hibbert and Conroy.

Cards: Tolley (Y – 90 + 2)

GoalsTolley (86 mins), Davies (89 mins pen)


CambridgeBarrett, Pepper, Brighton, Beasant, Chaffey, Beech, Lewis, Martin, Bossman, Marriott, Dawkin

Subs: Burns (for Lewis 66 mins), Ramm (for Lewis 76 mins), de-Haviland (for Beasant 83 mins), Midgley and Ordonez.

CardsMartin (Y – 56), Beasant (Y – 74) Brighton (Y – 90 + 2)

GoalsDawkin (16 mins), Marriott (60 mins), Bossman (64 mins)




Referee: Ellis Clark (Kettering)


John Walker