St Neots Town FC 2 : 2 Frome Town
Match
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St Neots Town FC 2 : 2
Frome Town
Saturday 26 March, 2016 15:00

 

Southern League Premier Division

 

ST NEOTS TOWN       2         FROME TOWN       2      

 

With Histon beaten a win for either side might have gone a long way to ensuring survival at Step Three next season but in the event a draw was a fair result to a hard fought encounter and with five matches left both look likely to have earned a further Premier Division season.   St Neots led twice but each time they were pegged back by the in-form fighting Frome side that has now suffered just one league defeat in their last thirteen outings. St Neots were grateful to Remy Gordon who followed up his goal at Frome ten days ago with a brace in this match and he is beginning to have a major influence on the side after missing much of the season recovering from a broken leg. There was just one change in the St Neots starting line-up with fit again George Casey replacing Jamie Anton at right back.

 

The match got off to a great start for St Neots when they went ahead after just four minutes.  Lee Clarke burst into the area and looked to have been brought down but as St Neots appealed for a penalty and Frome appeared to freeze the ball broke loose and Remy Gordon sent the perfectly placed shot beyond Darren Chitty and inside the far post. In the next ten minutes St Neots were twice unlucky not to at least double their lead. After 12 minutes Lee Clarke threaded a pass inside the final defender and Drew Roberts saw his carefully placed shot blocked by the keeper’s legs and two minutes later the same St Neots player sent over a wickedly inswinging corner that beat Chitty but rebounded from the crossbar. Frome gradually began to create chances themselves and after Mitchell Page had miskicked in front of goal they levelled after 20 minutes when the St Neots defence went missing and from a hopeful cross Darren Jefferies was left in space to head home from close range. A mistimed tackle by St Neots skipper Adam Tann on Jon Davies saw both players booked although the Frome player looked fortunate not to suffer more serious punishment for his retaliation. Tom Ward was penalised for a push on the edge of the St Neots area but George Miller’s free kick sailed harmlessly over the bar and then after good work by Mitchell Page a Rob Hobbs shot was deflected wide by Danny Burns. Two minutes before the break Lee Clarke presented Roberts with another chance but his effort beat the keeper’s dive but trickled the wrong side of the far post.

 

St Neots suffered a 57th minute scare when Alex Archer was penalised for carrying the ball outside his penalty area. He was booked but Dan Cleverley sent his free kick over the bar.   The wind was increasing in strength and playing against the conditions St Neots were struggling to clear their lines but after 63 minutes a sweeping move almost the full length of the field saw the home side regain the lead. Remy Gordon won the ball deep inside his own half picking out Lee Clarke and continuing his forward run to take a return pass and beat the keeper with a clinical finish. This time however, the lead only lasted for four minutes before a Jon Davies cross was won the air by Mitchell Page who headed wide of Archer to level the scores again. St Neots sent on substitutes Jordan Brown and Peter Clark and the last twenty minutes was played end to end with both sides having chances to seal a victory. A surging forward run by Brett Longden set himself up but his shot was deflected wide and then substitute Jordan Brown jinked along the bye line before seeing his narrow angled shot also rebound off a defender for another corner. Frome might have snatched a winner themselves but Archer saved with his feet after Davies broke through and then two efforts from distance were both sent high over the bar as St Neots back peddled. Four minutes from time the unlucky Roberts saw his shot saved a full stretch by Chitty and then substitute Peter Clark saw his shot blocked. So each side took a point and perhaps more importantly deprived their opponents from picking up two more!

 

 

 

St Neots:  Archer, Casey, Longden, Tann, Ward, Burns, Schiavi, Coulson, Clarke (L), Roberts (D), Dawkin

 

Subs:  Brown (for Schiavi 68), Clark (P) (for Coulson 68), Hobbs, Ofosu and Mazeo-Kelly.

 

Cards:  Tann (Y – 22), Archer (Y – 57)

 

Goals:  Gordon 2 (4 & 63 mins)

 

 

 

Frome:  Chitty, Miller (K), Teale, Hobbs, Roberts (C), McPhee, Davies, Miller (G), Page, Cleverley, Jefferies

 

Subs:  Regan (for Teale 64), Jackson (for Miller (G) 64), Bryant (for Cleverley 77), Hulbert and Jeffries

 

Cards:  Davies (Y – 22)

 

Goals:  Jefferies (20 mins), Page (67 mins)

 

Attendance: 262

 

Referee: Nigel Smith (Bourne)

 

 

 

John Walker