Weymouth 3 : 1 St Neots Town FC
Match
SLP 27
Weymouth 3 : 1
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 29 December, 2012 15:00

 

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division

 

WEYMOUTH      3       ST NEOTS TOWN       1

 

With suspensions and injuries reducing the playing squad to a wafer thin level this was not the best time for St Neots to complete their 370 miles round trip to face one of the Premier Division in-form sides.   The only consolation was that being only one of two completed matches in the Division on the day there will be no requirement to travel for a midweek rearrangement.   However statistics reveal that this was St Neots’ seventh league match without a victory .   The outcome was not really decided until eight minutes from time when Weymouth claimed their third goal because at that stage St Neots looked capable of stealing a point but the ultimate result was about right on the balance of the 90 minutes play despite St Neots having taken an early lead.   St Neots’ keeper Jack Giddens will feel that he should have done better with the first two Weymouth goals but there were a couple of positives to be gained in defeat.   Striker Craig Calver making only his second start for St Neots registered his first goal and seventeen years old Youth team skipper Harry Jenkins – an early morning call up to the squad – slotted into the side for almost the whole of the second half in his customary centre half slot for a very encouraging senior debut.   Manager Iain Parr was pleased with the overall performance but acknowledged that he had few selection options because of those missing.

St Neots created the first opening after five minutes with Calver only inches away from a Jon-Paul Duncliffe cross in front of an empty net whilst at the other end Kyle Critchell headed wide from a Scott Walker cross.   Gavin Hoyte then brought a good save from Simon Evans after clever build up play by Lewis Hilliard and Mark Ford squandered the best early chance firing over the bar after Ollie Thorne had misjudged a through ball.   After 24 minutes a quick break following a Weymouth corner brought the opening goal.   Hilliard’s early clearance played Dan Jacob away on the right and he fed Ade Yusuff whose attempted cross took a deflection and fell kindly for Craig Calver who calmly finished at the far post.   However the lead was short lived for four minutes later St Neots conceded a free kick just outside the area and Scott Walker’s well placed free kick went around the wall and inside the far post with Giddens looking out of position.    St Neots were then disadvantaged when Adie Sear limped off with a recurrent hamstring injury and replaced by Jack Werndly who slotted into an unfamiliar midfield role.   Scott Walker almost reinstated the Weymouth lead with a fierce free kick that rebounded from Giddens’ chest and just before the break a Werndly volley was blocked by a defender.

St Neots made a positive start after the break despite losing Ryan Sharman to another hamstring problem.   This brought Harry Jenkins on for his senior debut releasing Ollie Thorne to a more familiar midfield role.   A cross from Calver was headed inches over the bar by Yusuff and Jacob shot wide but Weymouth came back with a second goal.   The attack down the right saw Craig Duff linking well with Mark Ford before the latter cut inside to hit a rather tame shot beating Giddens at the near post from a narrow angle.  St Neots sent on their third substitute Tom Spark pushing him forward on the right and with Yusuff probing the home defence St Neots looked the likelier side to make a significant breakthrough.   It was therefore against the general run of play when Weymouth carved out their third goal to clinch the victory.   Just eight minutes were left when a Walker free kick curled beyond the far post was headed back by Ed Palmer and defender Sam Poole up for the set piece was left with a simple headed goal from three yards.   That broke St Neots resistance and Giddens made some late amends for earlier slips by saving a late effort by Ford at full stretch.

 


 

St Neots: Giddens, Duncliffe, Jacob, Thorne, Gent, Hoyte, Sear, Sharman, Calver, Yusuff, Hilliard.

Subs:  Werndly (for Sear 35 mins), Jenkins (for Sharman 47 mins), Spark (for Duncliffe 73 mins)

Cards: Yusuff (Y – 43)

 

Weymouth: Evans, McConnell, Wells, Critchell, Poole, Palmer, Duff, Clay, Joyce, Ford, Walker.

Subs:  Smith (for Duff 63 mins), Groves (for Joyce 83 mins), Reed, Clarke & Skinner.

Cards: none

 

Referee: Adam Ricketts (Bristol)

 

Attendance: 701

 

John Walker