St Neots Town FC 1 : 1 Histon FC
St Neots Town FC 1 : 1
Histon FC
Tuesday 08 December, 2015 19:45

Southern League Premier Division

ST NEOTS TOWN  1- 1  HISTON              

There was no home sweet home return for St Neots after five successive away trips as they served up a tepid performance to share the points with strugglers Histon. 

It was their fourth draw in a row – a sequence not previously recorded in the Southern League – and the result gave Histon a point to move them marginally further away from the relegation zone.  

With Drew Roberts and Shane Blackett joining Tom Ward on the injury list and the inspirational Matt Mitchel-King away on business,

St Neots were without five senior players from a match in which they really could not afford to get less than a victory because although they have only lost once in their last seven league games they have made no progress up the league table (still twelfth) as the season reaches its half way stage.  

St Neots lacked creativity and ideas against a visiting side equally as short of inspiration and it was a poor match full of disappointing performances.  

The one player who did serve up a good performance was defender Ryan Frater who has been consistent since his return to the club but all around him there was little to enthuse about.

Back from his broken leg lay off it was good to see Remy Gordon in the starting line- up and after a slow start to the match his ninth minute shot across the face of goal was the first real action. 

Two minutes later he picked out the head of Lee Clarke with a long cross but off balance he could only put the ball over the bar. From a Danny Rumens cross a free header by Josh Oyinsan was also too high whilst Ben Jones shot well wide from 25 yards.  

Jordan Nicholson was the most threatening visiting player but he lacked support and Ryan Frater and Jamie Anton were solid in defence winning every ball in the air. It really was a stalemate until Isaac Galliford was totally unnecessarily brought down from behind in the penalty area by Lewis Clayton and with both regular spot kick specialists missing Galliford himself took responsibility to rap the ball home to give St Neots a thirtieth minute lead.  

Visiting keeper Brendan Brown saved well from Gordon and against the run of play Histon levelled four minutes before the break with their only first half shot on target.   It was an untidy goal to concede as St Neots failed to deal with a routine attack but it was a quality finish from Jordan Nicholson that beat home custodian Andy Wilton.

Histon made the better start after half time and Nick Freeman squandered a chance to put his side ahead after 49 minutes when he cut in to leave his marker for dead but with the goal at his mercy he blazed over the bar.  

At the other end Galliford volleyed over the bar after clever work by Lee Clarke but Histon were looking the better side and Brett Longden had to clear an Oyinsan header off the line following a corner by Sam Ives.  

In fact corners were the visitors’ most effective method of attack but fortunately for St Neots they lacked a positive finish. St Neots closest to a second goal came after 57 minutes when a well struck free kick by Ryan Hawkins was just the wrong side of a post with Brown beaten although twenty minutes later the keeper produced the save of the match to push away a volley from Hawkins after good work by Longden.  

St Neots introduced three young and inexperienced substitutes and after Ben Jones had volleyed wildly over the bar it was one of the replacement players Chris Lewis who almost snatched a last minute winner from a Dan Hobbs cross but his glancing header fell just beyond the far post.  

The lack of experience in the side contributed to the surrender of two more valuable points and now all eyes will be on the medical room hoping for fit senior players to emerge.

St Neots: Wilton, Tann, Longden, Galliford, Frater, Anton, Clarke, Jones, Hawkins, Ofosu, Gordon

Subs: Hobbs (for Ofosu 35), Lewis (for Hawkins 82), Mailancol (for Gordon 85), Berkes and Sutton.

Cards:  Longden (Y – 51)

Goals:  Galliford – pen (30 mins)

Histon: Brown, Trotman, Uttridge, Key, Smith, Rumens, Freeman, Clayton, Oyinsan, Ives, Nicholson

Subs:  Fulcher, Norman, Carden, Auger and Ordonez.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Nicholson (41 mins)

Attendance: 312

Referee: Marc Wilson (Stevenage)

John Walker