St Neots Town FC 2 : 0 Weymouth
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St Neots Town FC 2 : 0
Weymouth
Saturday 16 August, 2014 15:00

ST NEOTS TOWN   2  WEYMOUTH      0

Playing the top of the table side for the second time in five days St Neots scored a goal in each half and that was sufficient to see them rob Weymouth of their 100% record and topple them from the top of the league table.

It was a generally entertaining encounter with both defences mean and secure for much of the match but St Neots finishing was sharper and their victory well deserved.   The two team changes along with some reshaping saw Mason Spence and Lewis Hilliard replaced by Josh Bickerstaff and Nathan Frater and the changes added impetus to St Neots’ attacking play right from the start. Weymouth never really got a chance to settle and when they did get into the match they found it difficult to create meaningful chances.

 

Right from the start Nathan Frater making his first league start for St Neots was inventive and his pace was a thorn in the side of the visiting defence.  In fact after four minutes he was the principal architect of St Neots opening goal as he drifted wide to find Matt Nolan at the near post and his unselfish flick on left Arthur Lee with the task of scoring his second goal in successive matches – doubling his career record for the club.   At the other end Stewart Yetton rounded Nathan Abbey but was driven wide and Ryan Frater got back to clear and then Matt Spring had a stinging free kick pushed away by the visiting goalkeeper. It was Jason Matthews who was to be the busiest keeper in the first half saving at the feet of Nathan Frater and then from Jay Davies.   Ed Palmer earlier booked then saw a chance fly high and wide after the best early move by Weymouth and Adam Kelly had his shot deflected for a corner. Towards the end of the first half Weymouth came more into the match but St Neots always shaded possession.

 

The second half had a lively start with Nathan Frater brought down on the edge of the area for Matt Spring to curl a free kick just beyond the near post whilst from a Shan Krac free kick a close range header by Stewart Yetton was brilliantly saved by Abbey. 

St Neots replied with a pile driving shot from Davies that left Matthews helpless but rebounded from the woodwork and as play continued end to end a misplaced defensive header by Gavin Hoyte gave Weymouth an unexpected corner kick.   Midway through the second half with Weymouth pushing forward St Neots made a tactical change bringing on Mason Spence to a flat back four and this acted as a containing ploy.   Nolan shot inches wide from a Lee cross and Davies was also only just off target with a curling effort.   The introduction of substitute Lewis Hilliard proved significant for two minutes after his introduction he set up Jay Davies for the clinching second goal.   Lorenzo Ferrari was St Neots third substitute just before time but he sent his effort high and wide in added time after more good work by Hilliard.

 

St Neots: Abbey, Powell, Lee, Bickerstaff, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Nolan, Frater (N), Ford

 

Subs: Spence (for Frater (N) 66 mins), Hilliard (for Bickerstaff 74 mins), Ferrari (for Davies 89 mins), Ivey-Ward and Greygoose.

Cards: Ford (Y – 53)

Goals: Lee (4 mins), Davies (76 mins)

 

Weymouth:  Matthews, Wells, Wannell, Krac, Laird, Palmer, McPhee, Kelly, Yetton, Rigg, Sheppard

 

Subs: Sills (for Kelly 58 mins), Ford (for Krac 74 mins), Colwell, Copp and Poole.

Cards: Palmer (Y – 9), Krac (Y – 70)

Goals:  none

 Attendance: 312

 

 Referee: Rob Smith (Letchworth)

 

 John Walker