Godmanchester Rovers U18 2 : 4 St Neots Town U18
Godmanchester Rovers U18 2 : 4
St Neots Town U18
Tuesday 14 April, 2015 19:45

Thurlow Nunn Youth West Division


GODMANCHESTER ROVERS U18      2       ST NEOTS TOWN U18      4       


St Neots penultimate league match of the season was a bitter/sweet affair in a contest of two very contrasting halves.   After half an hour St Neots were four goals ahead and they continued to dominate for the remainder of the first half but after the break they looked a different team.   With the contest looking over Godmanchester roared back into the game scoring twice in nine minutes but despite this boost they never had the knowhow or guile to punish St Neots for their lackadaisical second half performance.   The victory assured St Neots of a top four finish in the final league table and given their policy of introducing so many talented under age players in the second half of the season it bodes well for next season.


The visitors began in impressive style and were in front after just three minutes when Charlie Lewis beat his marker on the right and crossed to the opposite flank for Owen Coleman to score with a well placed shot.   Seven minutes late it was more of the same when another right wing cross – this time from Chris Lewis was volleyed in by Coleman leaving home keeper Danny Mulgrew rooted to the spot.   Godmanchester had still not mounted a worthwhile attack when after ten minutes Coleman turned provider heading the ball between the last two defenders for the lively Claudio Ofosu to make it 3-0 with a crisp finish.    The home side did manage two shots – the first a direct free kick by Ben Gibbins comfortably gathered by Evan Jeckells and the second a wild effort by James Osbourne well wide of the goal.   On the half hour it was 4-0 when Coleman involved once again robbed a dithering defender to cross to the far post for Chris Lewis to force home from close range.     Eric Nyathi squandered Godmanchester’s best first half effort scooping the ball over the bar after a defensive error and the half ended with Mulgrew producing a full length save to deny Charlie Lewis.


St Neots half time substitutions did nothing to enhance their performance.   They lost their shape and rhythm and sensing their chance Godmanchester pulled a goal back just two minutes after the restart with a smart finish by Farris Alston.   Nine minutes later Peter Souter fed Alston and he claimed his and his sides’ second goal with a clever lob over the goalkeeper.    St Neots had to stem the flow and they rotated their players but never seemed to threaten the home defence that had looked so vulnerable in the first 45 minutes.   They never managed a significant shot on goal in the second half but recovered their defensive composure to hang on for victory with Alston and Callum Harcourt failing to narrow the visitors’ lead with two late wasted opportunities.



St Neots: Jeckells, Loasby, Stewart, Taylor, Ball, Heywood, Lewis (Charlie), Whittle, Lewis (Chris), Ofosu, Coleman


Subs used:  Luff, Nurettin, Bevan and Nkala.


Cards:  none


Goals (St Neots):  Owen Coleman 2 (3 & 10 mins), Claudio Ofosu (13 mins), Chris Lewis (30 mins)



John Walker