Truro City 2 : 3 St Neots Town FC
Match
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Truro City 2 : 3
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 08 March, 2014 15:00

 

Calor Southern League Premier Division

 

TRURO CITY     2               ST NEOTS TOWN      3

 

St Neots returned from their 660 miles round trip to Cornwall with three valuable points thanks to a late winning goal from Matt Nolan after surrendering a two goals lead.    The shirt sleeved crowd had been treated to a feast of attacking football from both sides and it was a match in which the result could have gone either way but in the event it extended St Neots current unbeaten run to nine games.    There were just two team changes from the midweek trip to Redditch with Matt Nolan and a fit again Lewis Hilliard preferred to Simon Thomas and Ed Adjei.   Hilliard who had to passa pre-match fitness test was particularly influential scoring the first goal and setting up the other two and there was a five star performance from goalkeeper Nathan Abbey who produced three world class saves to keep the home forwards at bay.   The small handful of brave supporters who had made the club’s longest ever away trek for a league match was delighted with the performance and result and they now have just ten days rest before another trip to Devon in the Red Insure Cup Final (first leg) on Tuesday 18th March.

 

Truro made the better start in the bright sunshine,   Les Afful tested Abbey with a shot in the very first minute and six minutes later Olly Brokenshire was left unmarked at the far post and it required a brilliant reflex save from Abbey to keep his goal intact.   St Neots then came to life and Ryan Frater went close with a header from a Jay Davies cross that only just cleared the cross bar.   But St Neots were on a forward move and after 17 minutes a lengthy clearance from Abbey found the head of Jay Davies who knocked the ball forward for Lewis Hilliard to run on a net with a low shot.   Jake Woolley then fired a free kick just beyond the far post but the game was flowing end to end and Abbey was relieved to see a 30 yards pile driver from Brokenshire pass wide of his goal.   The hard working Matt Nolan saw a clever lob well saved by Ollie Chenoweth whilst Ben Watson flashed a shot wide at the other end.   The lively Les Affal then brought a back breaking save from Abbey at the expense of a corner but he then limped off to be substituted.   That brought to an end a first half that could have produced a greater number of goals that the single one that gave St Neots their narrow lead.

 

Truro came out clearly fired up after the break and Abbey was in action saving from Watson and Jamie Lowrie.   Jake Woolley seemed to be involved in most of St Neots forward moves and he brought a good save from Chenoweth at the expense of a corner before volleying an easier looking chance high over the bar.  However it was he who made up for his disappointment after 54 minutes when Hilliard deftly swapped passes with Nolan before crossing to the far post for Woolley to joyfully crash home to extend the visitors’ lead.   St Neots looked comfortable at that point but after 63 minutes Truro mounted a spirited fight back and as the St Neots defence dithered it allowed Ben Watson to curl the ball into the net with Abbey looking unsighted and ten minutes later the scores were levelled as a cross from substitute Liam Eddy was forced in at close range by Watson with the St Neots defence once again culpable.   However it was to their great credit that they put this setback behind them and they began to repair the damage.   With Ed Adjei on for the tiring Jordy Nkinga St Neots took the game to their hosts and were richly rewarded ten minutes from time when Adjei fed Hilliard on the left flank and his cross looked to be misjudged by the out of position home keeper allowing Matt Nolan to deflect the cross inside the far post for what proved to be the clinching goal.   Truro made a last ditch effort to get some reward from the game and two minutes into added time a cross from the bye line by Lowry tested the tiring defence but Abbey produced the save of the match to knock the ball over the bar.

 

 

St Neots: Abbey, Nkinga, Lee, Farrell, Frater, Hoyte,Hilliard, Cracknell, Nolan, Davies, Woolley

SubsAdjei (for Nkinga 73 mins), Tolley (for Davies 84mins), Thomas (for Nolan 89 mins), Wilson and Ferrari.

Cards: none

Goals: Hilliard (17mins), Woolley (54 mins), Nolan (80 mins)

 

TruroChenoweth, Tully, White, Kendall, Pugh, Brokenshire, Green, Lowry, Watson, Afful, Cooke

Subs: Eddy (for Afful 41 mins), Copp (for Cooke 86 mins), Ash (for Brokenshire 86 mins), Daw and Fisher.

Cardsnone

GoalsWatson 2 (63 and 73 mins)

 

Attendance417

 

RefereeRichard Corp (Frome)

 

John Walker