St Neots Town U18 2 : 2 Histon U18
Match
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St Neots Town U18 2 : 2
Histon U18
Thursday 27 August, 2015 19:45

Thurlow Nunn Youth Cambridge Division

 

ST NEOTS TOWN U18      2           HISTON U18       2

 

With their first two scheduled league matches in the newly created Cambridge Division either abandoned or postponed St Neots U18’s got their season under way with an entertaining 2-2 draw with visitors Histon.

It was the first meeting of these two sides at this level and Histon who had been beaten in their first match looked a lively and well organised side – especially in the first half. St Neots, formed almost exclusively from the Club’s academy, showed a lack of experience but became stronger as the match wore on with several of their number also featuring in the Saints side in the UCL Division One.  

 

Histon looked the better side in the first 45 minutes but with the pattern of play being open and end to end both sides created chances. It was from one of those early chances after Histon had seen two efforts deflected that St Neots took the lead with a well taken goal. George Goodall won a corner as his well struck shot was deflected wide by a defender and following the corner Goodall was well placed on the edge of the penalty area to lash the ball home.

St Neots keeper Evan Jeckells then did well to save a stinging volley from Norbert Zalejski but at the other wend Dan Lewis almost increased the lead with a volley gathered by Will Gilbert. However Histon were in the ascendancy and Oliver Haberham squandered two excellent chances to level the scores shooting wide of target when well placed.

Then in a ninety seconds spell in the five minutes before the break Histon capitalised on their possession scoring twice. After 40 minutes Jeckells dived full length to parry a Haberham shot but the ball fell kindly for Zalejski to open the visitors account and in their next attack Histon took the lead as Matt Allen netted after Jeckells had touch a shot onto the cross bar. The first half drama continued as Jordan Stewart was judged to have fouled Zalejski but from the resultant penalty award Haberham sent his kick high over the bar.

 

The second half was less intense as St Neots settled to dominate possession.  With skipper Isaac Clark and Erhan Nurettin dominant in midfield they created chances but Charlie Luff saw his shot well saved by Gilbert who then produced a further series of good saves to deny Goodall and Ofusu. The save of the match came on the hour – a reflex clawing save to deny Dan Lewis and then Gooderham was wasteful firing wide when well placed. However justice was served two minutes from time when the speedy Claudio Ofusu broke clear of the defence to earn a point for his side with a clinical finish.

 

St Neots: Jeckells, Hutchins, Stewart, Nurettin, Humphrey, Rudman, Goodall, Clarke, Ofusu, Lewis, Bevan

 

Subs used:  Rayner, Luff, Southwood, Theodoroo and Fisher.

 

Cards:  Stewart (Y – 43), Ofusu (Y – 45)

 

Goals (St Neots):  Gooderham (10 mins), Ofusu (88 mins)

 

 

John Walker