Yaxley FC 1 : 6 St Neots Town FC
Round One
Yaxley FC 1 : 6
St Neots Town FC
Tuesday 27 October, 2015 19:45

Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Round One

YAXLEY FC  1 - 6     ST NEOTS TOWN               

This match was not about the competition or the opposition it was about the superb passing and movement of play and brilliant goals that no team could have defended against.

St Neots eased their way into the Hunts Senior Cup semi-final with six separate players on their scoresheet on what proved to be a simple victory over a hard working Yaxley side. 

They must relish a 3G surface for this is the second time this season they have scored six on the synthetic turf.  

However they were kept reasonably quite in the first half by their hosts leading by just a single goal and it was not until the second half that the floodgates opened.  

With their league backlog of matches piling up this was one match St Neots would have been pleased to have avoided but Manager David Batch used the opportunity to rest several regulars and utilise almost the entire extent of his squad making five changes from the side that had been beaten at home on Saturday.  

It was an ideal chance for the management to tweak their style of play and a chance for the newcomers to show their pedigree and three of the scorers recorded their first goals of the current campaign.  

Tom Meechan had netted a hat trick for Godmanchester the last time he had faced Yaxley and although he only got one in this match he also recorded an important assist with three of the other five goals.

The match got off to the perfect start for the visitors when they forged ahead in their first attack after just four minutes.  

An Isaac Galliford corner was not clear and from twelve yards the unmarked Tom Ward netted with a shot that bounced into the roof of the net.  

Ryan Horne then should have doubled the lead but his free shot was too high and then Guiy Mailancol shot disappointingly wide.  

Playing a 4-3-3 system with lots of one touch shorty passing St Neots looked comfortable but Yaxley had three chances to level.  

A shot from Jon Stead was pushed away by Ollie Sutton who then saved well after Stead had set up Dan Cotton.  Stead was also involved in the third chance setting up Scott Carter who dragged his shot well wide.  

Tom Meechan almost and should have doubled the lead after 25 minutes skilfully lobbing Andy Stevens but Sam Spencer got back to clear off the line but in the next attack St Neots did extend their lead when Meechan cleverly flicked a Galliford cross to the unmarked Luis Vieira who netted from close range.  

Back came Yaxley and deservedly pulled a goal back ten minutes before the break when Cotton’s hard work set up Scott Carter to score with his second attempt after his first had been blocked.

Stevens made an excellent save to push a stinging shot by Horne over the bar at the start of the second half as St Neots began to cruise through the gears although Caret almost got through their defence only to see Ollie Sutton dive bravely at his feet to smother.  

After 55 minutes St Neots introduced teenage substitute Claudio Ofosu to add pace up front and with his second touch he made the score 3-1 after unselfish skill by Meechan.  

Now Stevens was busy fielding several shots from Galliford, Horne and Ofosu as St Neots upped their pace.  

It was clear that Yaxley were wilting under the constant pressure and after a net bound shot by Galliford had been deflected wide St Neots capitalised on the corner after 73 minutes as skipper Adam Tann netted a rare goal.  

That was the start of a five minutes spell in which St Neots destroyed the confidence and will of their hosts as they added their last three goals.  

Two minutes later Tom Meechan was rewarded for his non-stop hard work when he was in the right place to score after impressive work by Ofosu and Vieira and after 78 minutes the scoring was completed when Meechan again took on two defenders to lay on a first goal for the club by Isaac Galliford who had delivered his best game for St Neots.

Brilliant goals, attacking football and the right result, the faithful were certainly given a real treat last night. 

Is was also especially satisfying for those non-regulars who had featured in a memorable victory,

St Neots: Sutton, Anton, Hall, Beech, Ward, Tann, Vieira, Horne, Mailancol, Meechan, Galliford

Subs: Ofosu (for Mailancol 55), Berkes (for Ward 84), Gomes and Wilton

Cards:  none

Goals:  Ward (4 mins), Vieira (28 mins), Ofosu (58 mins), Tann (73 mins), Meechan (75 mins), Galliford (78 mins)

Yaxley: Stevens, Duncliffe, Ogbonna,, Nolan, Spencer, Morris, Gearing, Hook, Carter, Cotton, Stead

Subs:  Napier (for Carter 57) Bogusz (for Duncliffe 76), Henbury (for Gearing 82). Furnell and Coleman.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Carter (35 mins)

Attendance: 98

Referee: Richard Hart (St Ives)

John Walker