Bedworth United 0 : 6 St Neots Town FC
Bedworth United 0 : 6
St Neots Town FC
Tuesday 18 August, 2015 19:45

Southern League Premier Division


St Neots recorded their biggest ever away Southern League victory to condemn a Bedworth side to their fourth consecutive defeat since winning promotion from the Central Division at the end of last season. 

The final tally could have been greater because the home side finished with nine men having had one player dismissed after 41 minutes and a second ten minutes from time – both for violent conduct.  

In fact Bedworth’s indiscipline cost them dear with four further players picking up yellow cards mainly for niggling offences rather than serious foul play and they look to be struggling to cope at the higher level.  

The match was St Neots’ first league encounter on a plastic surface on which of course they train regularly and they adapted with consumate ease.  

They were boosted when Mat Mitchel-King still suffering the effects of facial injuries and Ryan Hawkins (bruised ankle) both came through pre-match fitness tests to replace Remy Gordon and Nathan Frater. 

Lee Clarke was also in the starting line-up replacing Adam Tann who was on the bench and the two recently recruited loan players from Luton were both in the squad – one on the bench.

There was little early indication as to what was to come at the end of the first half when St Neots was to effectively clinch victory with three goals in ten minutes. 

In fact there was little of note in the first twenty minutes with Bedworth shading possession and St Neots tactics from the back offering little opportunities to their front players.  

However the home side only carved out one real opening with Kristian Ramsey-Dickson getting around the back of the St Neots defence but his final cross was poor and easily cleared. 

St Neots should have taken the lead on 21 minutes when Hawkins was felled in the area by Luke Rowe and he climbed to his feet to take the resultant penalty kick only to see Denham Hinds guess right to dive and push the ball away. 

Then after 24 minutes a clever through ball inside a defender by Ryan Hawkins freed Tom Meechan and he went past his marker to open the scoring with a well-placed shot.  

From a Jack Wilkinson corner Lee Clarke headed narrowly wide but after 33 minutes it was 2-0 when another Wilkinson corner was mishandled by the keeper to leave Tom Ward a simple close range header.  

Three minutes later St Neots were awarded a second penalty when Meechan was brought down and this time Lee Clarke made no mistake and then after Mark Albrighton had been sent off for stamping on Brett Longden Mat Mitchel-King headed on a long Wilkinson throw and debutant Isaac Galliford deftly set up Connor Hall to make the half time score 4-0 in favour of the visitors.

Three minutes after the restart Guy Mailancol on as a substitute for Galliford rapped home a Longden cross to score with his first touch of the ball and in the next St Neots attack a minute later the impressive Tom Meechan claimed his sixth goal in four matches scoring after Hinds could only parry a Hawkins free kick.  

St Neots could now send on two more substitutes to gain playing time and they introduced the second Luton loanee Luke Trotman and Bamoussa Cisse for Hawkins and Clarke. 

There seemed to be a lack of continuity in the play with the opposition also sending on substitutes and picking up cautions but the pleasing thing was that St Neots looked solid in defence with Tom Ward and Mat Mitchel-King well in control. 

St Neots had the ball in the net a seventh time but the effort was ruled out by an offside flag and although they had much of the possession thanks to their extra player the home side were concentrating on defending rather than trying to create a consolation goal.  

It was a fairly complete performance against a side that will struggle at this level.

St Neots: Gay, Anton, Wilkinson, Hall, Ward, Mitchel-King, Clarke, Longden, Meechan, Hawkins, Galliford

Subs: Mailancol (for Galliford 46), Cisse (for Hawkins 55), Trotman (for Clarke 59), Tann and Osei-Addo.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Meechan 2 (24 & 49 mins), Ward (33 mins), Clarke – pen (36 mins), Hall (43 mins), Mailancol (48 mins)

Bedworth: Hinds, Tullin, Rowe, Westwood, Cartwright, Haines, Albrighton, Steane, Naughton, Ramsey-Dickson, Bains

Subs:  Kiembi (for Ramsey-Dickson 58), Degville-Cross (for Naughton 70), Creaney (for Steane 84 mins, Penney and Nash.

Cards:  Albrighton (RED – 41), Haines (RED – 70), Ramsey-Dickson (Y – 35), Rowe (Y – 50), Tullin (Y – 53), Degville-Cross (Y – 82)

Goals:  none

Attendance: 193

Referee: David Avent (Northampton)

John Walker