St Neots Town U18 10 : 4 St. Ives Town U18
The Cozy Stadium
St Neots Town U18 10 : 4
St. Ives Town U18
Thursday 30 October, 2014 19:45

Thurlow Nunn Youth West Division


ST NEOTS TOWN U18      10         ST IVES TOWN U18      4  


Probably for the first time in Club history three St Neots U18 players all recorded hat tricks in the same league match as visitors’ St Ives were swept away in a sea of goals.   It was a strange match with St Ives outplaying their hosts for the first 35 minutes to lead 3-1 and looking to be well on their way to gaining revenge for a heavy Gayton Cup defeat on the ground just eighteen days earlier.   Then St Neots came to life and Blake Rivers scored three times in a spell of just seven minutes to propel St Neots to a 5-4 half time lead.   The second half was all St Neots as the visitors tired quickly and St Neots scored five further goals to take their tally to an incredible 32 in their last three League and Cup fixtures and to take their total for the season to 52 goals in nine matches.


There was little indication as to what would be in store at the start of the game as St Ives settled down to dominate.   After Ben Johnson had the visitors’ first two shots – one too high and the other wide – St Neots’ keeper Dan Huff had to save bravely at the feet of George Mead to keep his goal intact.   However after 13 minutes St Ives deservedly went in front as David Lappins ran through almost unchallenged to net and seven minutes later the same player doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Ben Loader had upended Kieran Carter.   St Neots pulled a goal back through a Cade Stephens-Abbey header after 26 minutes but St Ives increased their lead a minute later when Ben Johnson curled a great shot into the top corner of the net.   Ollie Benham sparked the St Neots revival ten minutes before the break with a good finish and less than thirty seconds later Blake Rivers’ first goal levelled the scores at 3-3.  Two minutes later Rivers second goal put St Neots ahead but within two further minutes George Mead rose to head St Ives’ fourth goal.   However Rivers completed his hat trick three minutes before half time to send St Neots in at the break with a 5-4 lead.


The second half was pedestrian in comparison.   It took St Neots 16 minutes before substitute Claudio Ofosu finished off St Neots best move of the match to make in 6-4 but with Ofusu and another substitute Themboulani Nkala marauding down the flanks the chances just kept flowing for the home side.   Cade Stephens-Abbey became the second St Neots player to complete his hat trick with goals after 61 and 84 minutes and there was an explosive finish as Ollie Benham hit two long shots in the last three minutes to complete the scoring past the overworked visiting goalkeeper.



St Neots: Huff, Stewart, Loader, Ball, Mattin, Whittle, Rivers, Benham, Stephens-Abbey, Coleman, Chris Lewis

Subs used:  Charlie Lewis, Nkala, Ofosu, Harris.


Cards:  Benham (Y – 56)


Goals (St Neots):  Stephens-Abbey 3 (26, 71 & 84 mins), Benham 3 (35, 87 & 90 mins), Rivers 3 (35, 37 & 42 mins), Ofosu (61 mins).


John Walker