St Neots Town FC 4 : 2 Hendon FC
Pre Season Friendly Schedule
St Neots Town FC 4 : 2
Hendon FC
Saturday 18 July, 2015 15:00





Pre-Season Friendly



Two teams beaten in the Step Three play offs at the end of last season for a place in the newly christened National League met at the Premier Plus Stadium to produce a compelling a competitive match that proved to be an excellent work out for both.  After two ‘showpiece’ matches again Football League visitors this was a serious workout that saw St Neots field eight players in their starting line-up not with the club at the end of last season.


There were some notable individual performances in an all-round very satisfactory performance that saw the home side deservedly ease into a three goals half time lead.  

Then after the break Manager David Batch introduced eight substitutes to give them some competitive playing time as they seek to win either signing on or first team berths.  

Leading the way were the impressive strike force of Ryan Hawkins, Tom Meechan and Remy Gordon each of whom contributed first half goals and Connor Hall in defence and the experience Ollie Thorne who patrolled the midfield with ruthless determination. Hendon rallied after the break but had no complaint in defeat.

It took St Neots just eight minutes to open the scoring with a classic goal as Tom Meechan fed Remy Gordon who left his marker for dead to cross for Ryan Hawkins to burst through a statuesque defence to score.


Meechan was also involved in the build up to the second goal which saw Gordon rob a hesitant defender to double the lead just two minutes later.

Goalkeeper Danny Gay had to execute an acrobatic save to push an Andre Da Costa effort over his crossbar but despite having a reasonable share of possession Hendon seldom threatened.

Jack Wilkinson did have to clear off the line from Da Costa after Gay had only parried an effort from Aaron Morgan but the icing on St Neots first half performance came six minutes before the break when Hawkins cleverly freed up Meechan who showed great skill and confidence to outsmart a defender and round the visiting keeper to score.

Hendon looked better organised and more determined after the break and Gay needed two attempts to save a stinging shot from Elliott Braithwaite. 


Then on the hour a virtuoso goal from Jake Cass put the visitors back in the game as he cut in to beat Gay with a searing right foot effort. Gay then made a good save to deny Sam Murphy but he was helpless after 69 minutes when Murphy produced a swerving effort into the far corner of the net. 

 At 3-2 it looked as though the visitors might produce a real come back but just three minutes after their second goal Ollie Thorne spotted the substitute keeper off his line to net with a 35 yards thunderbolt worthy of settling any contest.

St Neots:  Gay, Tann, Wilkinson, Thorne, Hall, Mitchel-King, Clark, Anton, Meechan, Hawkins, Gordon.


Second half substitutes:  Vieira, Harty, Farrell, Hobbs, Henrick, Ofusu, Risby and Greygoose (gk)


Attendance 201


John Walker