Chesham United 3 : 1 St Neots Town FC
Match
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Chesham United 3 : 1
St Neots Town FC
Tuesday 05 January, 2016 19:45

Southern League Premier Division

CHESHAM UNITED        3        ST NEOTS TOWN     1        

Another game – another defeat and it took St Neots’ sorry recent run to three successive defeats and no win in their last nine matches.   It was however not all doom and gloom because the overall team performance was easily the best since the beginning of December and their return home empty handed came principally because of the very controversial sending off of Matt Mitchel-King after just 29 minutes.   There was a coming together of Mitchel-King and Barry Hayles – the two most experienced players on the pitch and after the former Jamaican International went down the St Neots midfielder was shown a straight red card for an alleged stray arm’ that had caught Hales in the face.   Referee Adam Williams from Pinner had already sought the limelight booking St Neots skipper Ryan Frater after five minutes for a rather dubious handball offence in the centre of the park and he went on to issue sevenyellow cards and two reds in a match that was never physical or ill-tempered.   With Lee Clarke, Remy Gordon and Ben Jones all restored to the starting line-up it was Jamie Anton who was the unlucky player to start on the bench.

Despite the early booking St Neots settled quickly on the rain sodden surface and after 13 minutes the lively Tom Meechan burst into the penalty area to be pushed off the ball by Curtis Ujah but the certain looking penalty appeals were ignored by the officials.   At the other end Ujahheaded onto the roof of the net from a Matt Taylor corner but St Neots were in the ascendancy and after 24 minutes deservedly took the lead as a delightful through ball inside the final defender by Lee Clarke freed Meechan and he made no mistake to claim his 24th goal of the season.   It was no more than they deserved but St Neots were then reduced to ten men and this gave the home side the initiative.   Ryan Blake went clear but Andy Wilton saved at his feet and in the same attack the keeper had to go full length to push away a stinging shot from Bruce Wilson.   Seven minutes before the break another fine Wilton save denied a Dave Pearce goal but the seeming non-stoop wave of Chesham attacks gave them the reward they sought after 43 minutes when a Taylor shot was pushed away but Ryan Blake was the first to react as he netted from close range to level the scores.

St Neots half time tactical move saw Adam Tann moved into midfield with Jamie Anton on in defence with the out of touch Remy Gordon sacrificed.   That move did what was required because for the first 25 minutes of the second half St Neots dominated despite their deficiency in numbers.   Ben Jones had his shot deflected and followed up to bring a good save from home keeper Shane Gore and Ryan Hawkins shot narrowly wide.  Meechan saw another narrow angled shot finish up in the side netting but he was then hauled down when going clear and Ujahlooked mighty lucky only to get a yellow card after 66 minutes.   However two minutes later the same thing happened and this time the defender saw both colours as he was sent off.   That just seemed to inspire the home side and four minutes later they took the lead when Blakeburst into the area to leave Wilton helpless with a fierce finish after good work on the right by Pearce.  Wilton under pressure then did well to punch away a shot by Wilson but as St Neots seemed to lose their rhythm and confidence Chesham were now looking the stronger side.   With eleven minutes left the goal of the match – a real humdinger of a 25 yards shot by substitute Ashley Smith ripped into the roof of the St Neots net to confirm a 3-1 Chesham victory and leave the visitors back at square one.

 

St Neots:  Wilton, Tann, Longden, Mitchel-King, Frater,Blackett, Hawkins, Jones, Meechan, Clarke, Gordon

Subs:  Anton (for Gordon 46), Hobbs (for Longden 85),Lewis (for Meechan 90), Ofosu and Mailancol.

Cards:  Mitchel-King (RED – 29), Frater (Y – 5), Longden (Y – 84)

Goals:  Meechan (24 mins)

 

Chesham:  Gore, Gater, Little, BeasantUjahYoungs, Pearce, Taylor, Blake, Hayles, Wilson

Subs:  Smith (for Taylor 71)Bossman (for Hayles 76), Hamilton-Forbes (for Pearce 81), Woodcock andDubrenec

Cards:  Ujah (RED – 68 – 2xY), Gater (Y – 44), Blake (Y – 73), Little (Y – 86)

Goals:  Blake 2 (43 & 72 mins), Smith (79 mins)

 

Attendance245

RefereeAdam Williams (Pinner, Middlesex)

 

John Walker