St Neots Town FC 2 : 0 Biggleswade Town
St Neots Town FC 2 : 0
Biggleswade Town
Monday 31 August, 2015 15:00

Southern League Premier Division


A feisty Bank Holiday meeting of these neighbours will probably be best remembered for the two red cards and seven yellow issue by Referee Alistair Wilson in a game that was never dirty.

Almost all the bookings were for niggly offences but the two sendings off were straight reds that will result in three match bans for the perpetrators. St Neots will prefer to remember the match for a solid performance which deservedly yielded three valuable points and a tenth well taken goal for Tom Meechan who it is believed has become the first St Neots player ever to score ten league goals before the end of August.  

There was also a first goal for the hard working Ryan Hawkins who has played the perfect support role for his strike partner. 

Biggleswade started the day seventh in the table after their best ever start to a Premier Division season but after going down to ten men they rarely threatened except fort two missed second half chances by substitute Tony Burnett.

Biggleswade made the better start and both Ian Rees and Shane Hill both shot wide after some good approach play. St Neots fielding the same starting line-up for the third consecutive match found it difficult to penetrate the visiting defence and Biggleswade might have gone ahead after 15 minutes when Ryan Frater headed down a corner to Ian Rees who blazed his shot high over the bar.  Danny Guy then made an important save pushing a close range shot by Sam Merson for a corner after 18 mins but a minute later the game changed its complexion.

Brett Longden picked up a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Callum Lewis and St Neots responded positively moving to three in defence and pushing forward with greater determination.  

From that point on in the first half they looked the better side with Tom Meechan and Nathan Frater going close before Tom Ward saw a powerful header from an Isaac Galliford corner deflect off a defender for another corner after half an hour.  

Then five minutes later the ten men went in front as Meechan freed Ryan Hawkins with a deft flick and he finished well into the corner of the net. 

Three minutes later numerical parity was restored when former St Neots defender Ryan Frater kicked out at his brother and also received a red card for violent conduct.   This did little for the visitors’ confidence who might have had a second player dismissed on the stroke of half time when another former Saint Jay Davies made a dangerous two footed lunge at Jack Wilkinson but got away with a booking.

The second half started where the first half had left off with St Neots in the ascendancy with a Galliford cross cleared off the line for a corner by Connor Roberts with his goalkeeper out of position. 

Then after 64 minutes Matt Mitchel-King rose high above the Biggleswade defence to knock down a cross and goal poacher Tom Meechan was on hand to direct the ball past the goalkeeper. 

Biggleswade tried hard to respond to this second setback sending on two substitutes one of whom Tony Burnett should have pulled a goal back when he wasted two chances in the 75th minute.  

First he was played clear of the defence but he delayed his shot allowing Gay to rush out to block and then he was presented with a free header inside the six yards box but he put the ball wide.  

However they were the only real second half chances for the visitors who seemed to wilt as the match wore on. Meantime St Neots carved out a couple of good chances to make their victory more resounding. 

With Adan Tann on as a late substitute St Neots reverted to four in defence to preserve their comfortable lead and after 82 minutes from an in-swinging Hawkins corner Tom Ward headed just the wrong side of a post and then just before his late substitution Meechan rounded the final defender but saw the ball taken off his toes by the advancing goalkeeper.  

The three points lifted St Neots back to sixth place in the table in readiness for their next match away to league leaders Chippenham Town.

St Neots: Gay, Longden, Wilkinson, Hall, Ward, Anton, Frater (N), Mitchel-King, Meechan, Hawkins, Galliford

Subs: Tann (for Frater 81), Trotman (for Meechan 90 + 2), Osei-Addo, Burton and Sutton.

Cards:  Longden (RED – 18), Hall (Y – 42), Wilkinson (Y – 67)

Goals:  Hawkins (35 mins), Meechan (64 mins)

Biggleswade: Malone, Roberts, Coulson, Hill, Frater (R), Iweduino, Daniel, Lewis, Merson, Rees, Davies


Subs:  King (for Hill 67), Burnett (for Davies 67), Blackman (for Iweduino 83), Hunter and McNulty.

Cards:  Frater (R) (RED – 38), Coulson (Y – 13), Davies (Y – 45), Hill (Y – 46), Iweduino (Y – 73), Daniel (Y – 45 + 1)

Goals:  none

Attendance: 456

Referee: Alistair Wilson (Boston)

John Walker