St Neots Town FC 5 : 2 Kings Lynn Town FC
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St Neots Town FC 5 : 2
Kings Lynn Town FC
Tuesday 09 August, 2016 19:45

 

Evostik League Southern Premier Division

 

St Neots Town   5  -  2  Kings Lynn Town

 

If ever there has been a match in which St Neots Town have wanted to go out and put right all the wrongs which were witnessed in their previous match, then this was that game. Nights like these have seldom been seen since our days in the Central Division where teams were often put to the sword in almost consummate ease and the Saints fans present inside the stadium could justifiably go home with big grins on their faces and look forward to the rest of the season with renewed hope and optimism.

 

Manager Andy Davies was able to call upon the fit again Jonny Hall and Jordan Patrick, who both made their debut’s for the club and opted to use Tom Wood’s physical strength rather than the craft and guile of Peter Clark in midfield. Also, there was a recall for Alex Archer between the sticks, with Sam Donkin dropping to the bench.

 

Dubi Ogbonna scored one and created three others as he terrorised an almost pedestrianLynn defence with his trickery and pace throughout the evening and alongside fellow scorer Declan Rogers and hat-trick hero James Hall, look to be forging a very dangerous understanding which can only mean bad news for opposition defences.

 

The opening quarter of an hour belonged to the visitors, with Alex Archer having to make a couple of smart saves to keep out the Linnets and Declan Rogers could and probably should have done better with a least one of his early opportunities which presented themselves to him.

 

St Neots took the lead in the thirty-third minute when James Hall confidently swept home a spot kick after Ogbonna had been bundled to the ground as he worked his way into the area. Three minutes later it was two – nil as Ogbonna threaded a sweet ball to Rogers and his crossed mas fumbled by Street in the Lynn goal, leaving the alert James Hall to double the lead and his own personal haul on the night.

 

Things were to get even better for the home side after forty-two minutes when a stray pass from Stevenson was intercepted and fed to Declan Rogers and he made no mistake, firing the ball past a helpless street to send the home support a state of delerium.

 

Half Time: St Neots Town 3  - 0 Kings Lynn Town

 

The second half began at a blistering pace and Ogbonna, who was clearly enjoying himself against his old club, was very unlucky not to add a fourth goal when he saw his powerful header flicked over the crossbar in acrobatic style by Street. The fourth goal of the efvening did arrive in the sixty-third minute and it was to bew the home side who were to extend their lead. It was that man Ogbonna in the thick of the action again and this time he burst into the right hand side of the box and as he got to the dead ball line, he produced an exquisite turn which beat the defender all ends up and he pulled the striker to the ground, earning the saints their second penalty kick of the night. Up stepped James Hall who confidently sent Street the wrong way with his spot kick and claimed his first hat-trick for the Club in only his second competitive start.

 

The visitors did manage to get a foothold in the game as Toby Hilliard struck to give the Linnets a glimmer of hope however Dubi Ogbonna was about to snuff out any ideas of a comeback when he got on the end of a sublime cross from the left by Hall to side foot into the net and cap a fine individual performance on the night for a player who was quoted as “not yet being fully fit” by manager Davies.

 

At this point in the proceedings, rather fittingly Ogbonna was withrdawn and replaced by Jordan Brown, with the night sky full of  applause and supporters chanting his name as he left the field.

 

Toby Hilliard was to reduce the arrears a little more when he scored his and Lynn’s second of the evening however it was to be St Neots Town’s night with a performance which had well and truly exorcised the horror show at Slough only four days earlier and indeed set the benchmark for future performances, beginning with the visit of early pace setters Frome Town this coming Saturday

 

 

 

St Neots: Archer, Mason, Hall, McGeorge, Ward, Parr, Patrick, Wood, Hall, Ogbonna (Brown 81), Rogers.

 

Subs not used: Butt, Hobbs, Clark, Donkin.

 

Goals: Hall (33, 36 and 63), Rogers (42) and Ogbonna (75).

 

Cards: Ogbonna (yellow 77).

 

 

 

Lynn: Street, L Fryatt, Yong, Gaughran, Quigley, Zielonka, M Clunan, Stevenson, Mettam, Sands (Edge 81), Hilliard (A Clunan 81).

 

Subs not used: Mills, McLeish, Pearson.

 

Goals: Hilliard (69 and 80).

 

Cards: Clunan (28) and L Fryatt (48).

 

 

 

Referee: Carl Pearce.

 

Attendance: 327.