Weymouth 0 : 2 St Neots Town FC
Match
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Weymouth 0 : 2
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 20 August, 2016 15:00

Weymouth   0         St Neots Town   2

20 August 2016

 

St Neots bounced back from their midweek reversal at St Ives to return from their long trip to Weymouth with all three points – only their second victory in four visits to the Bob Lucas stadium.   New signing Miles Smith was thrown into the side at right back for his debut with Dom Mason moving forward to midfield in place of Jordan Brown who was on the bench.   Also getting his first taste of Southern League football was recent addition to the squad Janie Osborne who started on the bench.   Weymouth one of the pre-season favourites had made a poor start with just two wins from their four completed league matches and were backed by a noisy crowd of more than 500.

The local media described St Neots as ‘a highly capable outfit’ – praise indeed for Andy Davies’ fledgling side and the evenly fought first half saw the home side go close on 19 minutes when Chris Shepherd picked out Sam Jordan whose shot was well smothered by Alex Archer.   Moments later James Hall swivelled to hit a cracking low drive that was deflected behind for a corner.   Just before the half hour mark St Neots took the lead after a period of pressure as Jordan Patrick’s lofted drive went over home keeper Jason Matthews but rebounded from the bar to deflect in off the keeper’s back for an own goal.   Weymouth seemed stunned by this setback and St Neots fully deserved their slender half time advantage.

The second half was fairly evenly contested but after 69 minutes the visitors struck what was to prove the decisive blow when Jordan Patrick deservedly registered his first goal for the club to double his sides’ lead.   Declan Rogers created the opportunity with a pin-point pass and although Patrick’s initial effort was parried by Matthews the St Neots player followed in to head the ball over the line.   Weymouth threw on an additional striker in a bid to salvage something from the match but the St Neots back line held firm to deservedly add three further points to their tally and move up to eighth place in the table.   Manager Andy Davies was delighted saying “We knew we had to step things up on the road and I’m very pleased with our first away win.  It was great to see Jordan get off the mark for the club and he took both goals very well.  A clean sheet was a massive bonus as we were keen to tighten up defensively.”

St Neots:  Archer, Smith, Jonny Hall, McGeorge, Wood, Parr, Mason, Clark, James Hall, Rogers, Patrick

Sub used: Spark for Mason , Osborne for Patrick

Subs not used: Brown, Butt and Hobbs

Cautioned: Rogers, Wood and Osborne

Attendance:     512

Referee:  Robert Crockle (Bristol)         

 

John Walker