Redditch United 1 : 0 St Neots Town FC
Match
SLP 33
Redditch United 1 : 0
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 02 February, 2013 15:00

 

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division

 

REDDITCH UNITED      1       ST NEOTS TOWN       0     

 

Bottom but one in the table Redditch United sprang something of a surprise by completing a league double over visitors St Neots thanks to a single goal victory.

They were assisted by Referee Marvyn Amphlett who controversially sent off St Neots defender Arthur Lee after 67 minutes leaving the visitors to play out almost half an hour with ten men.   That dismissal came just as St Neots were beginning to dominate the match but subsequently they were unable to claw their way back on an extremely heavy pitch that deteriorated as the game proceeded.   Lee was issued with a second yellow card after contesting a 50-50 challenge with Redditch striker William Richards in midfield but he had previously been booked for impetuously kicking the ball into the crowd after being penalised for a first innocuous challenge.  St Neots recalled Ryan Augur and Gavin Hoyte in defence as they unsuccessfully strove to find their first league defensive clean sheet since 13th October when they last won away from home.

Home skipper Alan Hickman became the first player of three to be booked for kicking the ball away after just eight minutes but this did not send the right message to the other perpetrators.  Redditch almost took the lead on 11 minutes with a free kick from Liam McDonald that beat Jack Giddens in goal but rebounded from the crossbar.   At the other end Craig Calver cleverly set up Ben Mackey but home keeper Bradley Catlow dived bravely at his feet to smother the ball.   It quickly became obvious that the home side were adapting to the heavy conditions more quickly than their visitors although overall in the first half both sides looked short on ideas and were searching for some inspiration.   Ryan Auger combined well with Calver to set up Dan Jacob but his wild finish was well wide of target whilst an accurate cross by Connor Deards found the head of William Richards but Giddens saved well.   Deards also shot wide when well placed and St Neots best first half move saw Lewis Hilliard’s cross towards the unmarked Mackey intercepted at full pace for a corner.   Just as a goalless first half seemed inevitable Redditch snatched a surprise goal as Gavin Hoyte shepherding the ball back towards his keeper seemed to slip in the mud and William Richards nipped in between defender and keeper to steal a soft goal in the final minute of the half.

The match restarted with both sides looking more positive and after Catlow had saved bravely at the feet of Jacob Redditch created a couple of chances with Deards volleying wide and the same home player crossing for Dean Bennett to shoot wildly over the bar.   St Neots tried to vary their approach pushing Dan Jacobs up to support Mackey and bringing on Kyle Assante for the tiring Calver.   However the sending off of Lee created an additional problem solved as St Neots reverted to just three players at the back.   This left them defensively more vulnerable and Giddens had to save well from Richards and Joshua Quaynor.   St Neots threatened at set piece movements and Gavin Hoyte had a net bound shot booked on the line by Mark Hands and in a single movement following a corner an Adrian Sear header and a Dan Jacob shot were both blocked as Redditch packed their defence.   The home side resorted to time wasting tactics in the last ten minutes including sending on substitutes and despite the Referee adding on more than five minutes St Neots failed to create a significant opening to snatch a late equaliser.

 

Footnote            Midfielder Ollie Thorne who had picked up 14 bookings in 24 appearances for St Neots left the club in midweek to join Arlesey Town.   In his first appearance for his new club Thorne maintained his ‘bad boy’ image going on as a substitute but still picking up two yellow cards to be sent off.


 

 

St Neots: Giddens, Auger, Sage, Sear, Lee, Hoyte, Hilliard, Davies, Calver, Mackey, Jacob.

Subs:  Assante (for Calver 62 mins), Adjei, Nkinga, Wood and Duggan.

Cards: Lee (RED Y – 32 & 67), Auger (Y – 87), Hilliard (Y – 90+3 mins)

 

Redditch: Catlow, Moran, Charlton, Hickman, Costello, Hands, Deards, McDonald, Richards, Bennett, Quaynor.

Subs:  Hylton (for Bennett 88 mins), Oshunburne (for McDonald 90+3 minutes), Flanagan and Creswell.

Cards: Hickman (Y – 9), Costello (Y – 73)

 

Attendance: 160

 

Referee:  Marvyn Amphlett (Kidderminster)

 

John Walker