Redditch United 2 : 0 St Neots Town FC
Match
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Redditch United 2 : 0
St Neots Town FC
Monday 27 October, 2014 19:45

Southern League Premier Division

 

REDDITCH UNITED      2         ST NEOTS TOWN        0      

 

            In- form Redditch moved up to fourth in the table as they comfortably defeated St Neots to record a notable league double over their visitors and inflict on them their first away league reversal this season.  

            On a bumpy pitch St Neots lost more valuable ground on divisional leaders Poole Town with a performance that will not have pleased Manager Gary King. Disrupted by injuries to two key players in their Hereford match just 48 hours before travelling to Worcestershire, the visitors restored Arthur Lee and Dean Cracknell to the starting line up to replace Ryan Frater and Bruce Wilson and also rested Lewis Hilliard and Matt Nolan. They took some time to get any sort of rhythm into their play by which time they were a goal behind and they created too few chances as they struggled to cope with the home side’s route one tactics.

            St Neots’ formation appeared to be far too narrow to take advantage of the wide pitch with the two nominated wide players Jay Davies and Ben Ford seeming to drift too readily into the centre of midfield. With Redditch happy to hoist the ball over St Neots’ retreating defence this should have been the ideal opportunity to attack down the flanks.

            The opening minutes saw few chances but after ten minutes Redditch went ahead with their first significant attack as an Ashley Sammons shot deflected off a defender to the feet of Simeon Maye who slotted the ball past the helpless Paul Bastock. St Neots responded positively and skipper Gavin Hoyte joined the attack to see his header from a Matt Spring free kick deflected off the line and around a post and then Nathan Frater saw his teasing cross sliced over his own crossbar by Jim Mutton. Paul Bastock, however, was the busier of the two goalkeepers leaving his area to clear from the onrushing Jermaine Hylton and saving from Sammons. Ten minutes before the break a total misunderstanding in the St Neots defence saw Josh Bickerstaff and Dean Cracknell collide as both tried to clear and this allowed Maye a clear run on goal but Bastock narrowed his angle and his shot found the side netting.   Frater saw one effort fly narrowly wide having earlier tested home keeper Sam Hornby and a minute before the break St Neots best first half move saw Hoyte flick on a long throw by Max York but Drew Roberts’ finish was too high.

            A predictable early second half substitution saw the introduction of Lewis Hilliard for Jay Davies and this added some width and bite to St Neots’ attack. The substitute set up Matt Spring whose low shot grazed the wrong side of a post and Hornby then had to push away a Spring free kick under pressure in a packed six yards box. However St Neots’ main preoccupation was trying to keep tabs on striker Jermaine Hylton who was to be awarded the man of the match tag for his persistent chipping away at the St Neots defence. He cleverly set up Sammons who brought the save of the match from Bastock at a critical period and was then instrumental in a move that saw a Liam Spink shot deflected for a corner.  

            In a bid to add momentum St Neots sent on Lorenzo Ferrari and Ben Farrell and Max York was denied a good shout for a penalty.   Sadly, it was all to no avail when seven minutes from time, a George Carline cross again took an unfortunate deflection and the resultant bounce of the ball wrong footed Bastock leaving Jermaine Hylton a simple tap in goal at the far post to clinch all three points for his side.  

            Now St Neots must quickly regroup before the weekend and their important FA Trophy home date with Ilkeston Town.

    

 

St Neots: Bastock, York, Lee, Cracknell, Bickerstaff, Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Ford

Subs: Hilliard (for Davies 55), Farrell (for Cracknell 71), Ferrari (for Ford 73), Nolan and Deeney.

Cards: York (Y – 86)

Goals: none

 

Redditch:  Hornby, Jones, Cullinane, Spink, Mutton, Scarr, Carline, Maye, Hylton, Sammons, Angus

Subs:   Loveridge (for Angus 60), Oshungbure (for Sammons 71), Spencer (for Carline 86), Caines and Catlow.

Cards:  Sammons (Y – 56), Hylton (Y – 70)

Goals:  Maye (10 mins), Hylton (83 mins)

 

Attendance: 248

 

Referee: Craig Taylor (West Bromwich)

 

John Walker