St Neots Town U18 3 : 4 Brackley Town U18's
St Neots Town U18 3 : 4
Brackley Town U18's
Thursday 25 September, 2014 19:45


FA Youth Cup Round Two




ST NEOTS TOWN U18     3       BRACKLEY TOWN U18     4      




St Neots stumbled to defeat at their first hurdle in the FA Youth competition thanks in the main to a virtuoso performance by Brackley striker Tom Kalugin who claimed a well taken hat trick.   It was an entertaining match of contrasting fortunes with the visitors probably just the better side over 90 minutes but St Neots never gave up trying and it was Brackley that was holding on at the final whistle.   With a couple of players unavailable including leading scorer Ebey Marango, St Neots had to make positional changes in their line up and took some time to settle but still looked the more composed side in the first half hour.   Brackley looked to be physically bigger and stronger than their hosts and looked generally more comfortable on the ball.




St Neots keeper Dan Huff had to dive bravely at the feet of Kalugin in Brackley’s first attack and then Patrick Wright had a shot deflected after a strong run through the home defence.   However when St Neots settled they began to look dangerous in front of goal with Lewis Davis rounding Sam Bridges to bring a good low save by Jack Bennett and then the lively Dan Hobbs had a cross flicked on only for the keeper to push away at full stretch.   St Neots took the lead after 18 minutes when Hobbs showed good control before side footing through the defence for Blake Rivers to run on and net with a crisp low shot.  Huff then saved well from Ellis Minott but was helpless when a Jarred Spink cross from the right was headed downwards from close range by Kalugin to open the visitors’ account on the half hour.   Four minutes later Brackley were ahead as a Spink corner was not cleared and Dan Middleton bundled the ball home from close range.   Despite this setback St Neots finished the first half strongly with both Davis and Hobbs having shots well saved by Bennett.




The second half began with Rivers cutting in from the left to shoot narrowly wide and then Chris Lewis had a shot deflected for a corner.   Then after 55 minutes from a Hobbs corner St Neots skipper Dan Mattin levelled the scores at 2-2.   Mattin then limped off injured and St Neots had to reorganise with Huff saving a lengthy effort by Kyle Wynne.   Some competitive exchanges in midfield were then a feature of the contest but the fifth goal of the game from Kalugin after 69 minutes as he cleverly chipped the advancing Huff was the turning point of the match.  Brackley began to dominate the chances if not the possession with Wynne clipping the top of the crossbar with the keeper beaten and Brackley substitute Lewis Chant shooting high over the bar when he should have scored.   Brackey pressure resulted in a fourth goal and a hat trick for Kalugin as he produced a stunning finish on the turn to beat Huff and give his side a comfortable two goals cushion three minutes from time.   St Neots had the better of the final exchanges and Dan Hobbs deservedly got a goal from a free kick to narrow the deficit but it was too little too late.



St Neots: Huff, Whittle, Stewart, Ball, Mattin, Coleman, Lewis, White, Davis, Hobbs, Rivers

Subs used:  Benham, Jefferson and Fawcus-Williams


Cards:  none


Goals (St Neots):  Rivers (18 mins), Mattin (55 mins), Hobbs (45+3 mins)


John Walker