St Neots Town FC 1 : 0 Dorchester Town
Match
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St Neots Town FC 1 : 0
Dorchester Town
Saturday 17 October, 2015 15:00

Southern League Premier Division

 

ST NEOTS TOWN      1        DORCHESTER TOWN      0      

 

Last season the corresponding match to this hadproduced eleven goals – this match by contrast probably produced less than eleven clear chances and just one goal.   However that was enough todeservedly give St Neots a clean sheet and all three points and take them to within three points of the play off places with two or three matches in hand of the clubs ahead of them.   Once again their scorer was ace poacher Tom Meechan who now has sixteen goals in seventeen starts since moving up two steps in the football pyramid at the start of this season.   Although St Neots injury list is beginning to improve with three senior players due back in the next couple of weeks or so there were still little genuine selection options for this match so the team was glad to welcome back Jamie Anton after suspension to replace the only partly fit Adam Tann who was on the substitutes bench.   Dorchester seeking to win their way back to the National League after struggling last season looked a very compact and well organised side and had a good first half but faded as the game wore on.   St Neots was well served in defence by acting skipper Tom Ward and the dependable Shane Blackett and there was another solid midfield display from Josh Beech and but for a couple of good second half saved by visiting keeper Shane Murphy they might have won by a bigger margin.

 

The first half saw two very evenly match sides try to make an impression but clear chances at either end were at a premium with defences comfortably in control.    Josh Beech filling the midfield holding role was twice in attacking action early on glancing a near post header over the bar after ten minutes and five minutes later heading down for Isaac Galliford who blasted his effort high over the bar.   Dorchester’s first two serious efforts on goal both finished up in the side netting from first Jonah Ayunga and then Bradley Tarbuck.  However the visitors created the best two first half chances.   After 34 minutes Charlie Davis and Lewis Morgan combined to set up Tarbuck and when Andy Wilton dived to parry his shot it fell kindly for Ben Watson whose follow-up shot was well smothered by the goalkeeper.   Five minutes later St Neots failed to clear and Jonah Ayunga sent Tarbuck clear on the right but his shot was deflected on to the cross bar by an outstretched defensive leg.  Three minutes before the break St Neots were denied a clear penalty when Meechan was brought down but Referee Mark Wardell opted to play the advantage rule only for Galliford through on goal to shoot over the bar again.

 

Jamie Anton had an early second half shot comfortably saved but St Neots playing a 4-3-3 formation with Lee Clarke just behind the front two were quickly having the better of the game.   From a Galliford corner visiting keeper Shane Murphy produced the save of the match – a full length diving save from Meechan at the expense of another corner and then Clarke shot wide.   The all-important goal came after 69 minutes when Galliford seemingly hemmed in on the bye line by two defenders did really well to produce an accurate cross to find the head of Ryan Hawkins and he unselfishly nodded it down for Tom Meechan to drive into the net.   Charlie Davis shot high over the bar in a swift Dorchester counter attack but St Neots looked well in control and Murphy under pressure did well to push away a Hawkins free kick.  The visitors tried to freshen up their attack by introducing two substitutes but St Neots defence was never seriously under threat and they twice broke clear – first for Clarke to fire over the bar and then for Meechan to wriggle between defender and keeper but off balance he could only lob on to the roof of the unguarded goal.   It was not St Neots’ most convincing victory of the season but it was workmanlike and efficient and maintained their run of just one defeat in their last nine league matches.

 

 

 

 

 

St Neots: WiltonAntonWilkinson, BeechWard,Blackett, ClarkeLongden, Meechan, Hawkins, Galliford

SubsVieira, Tann, Horne, Mailancol and Hobbs

Cards:  Clarke (Y – 64)

GoalsMeechan (69 mins)

 

DorchesterMurphy, Hanger, Smeeton, Martin, Walker, Dillon, Davis, Morgan, Ayunga, Watson, Tarbuck

Subs:  Crittenden (for Davis 77), Brookes (for Morgan86)FarrTaylor, Pashen and Walker-Davis.

Cards: Walker (Y – 72)

Goals: none

 

Attendance313

 

RefereeMark Wardell (Bourne, Lincs)

 

John Walker