St Neots Town FC 0 : 3 Cambridge City
St Neots Town FC 0 : 3
Cambridge City
Saturday 10 September, 2016 15:00


Southern League Premier Division


ST NEOTS TOWN       0       CAMBRIDGE CITY      3


St Neots central defender Taylor Parr picked up his second red card in successive matches – a decision so harsh that even visiting officials agreed it should have been yellow at the worst.   He was penalized for what looked like a straightforward clumsy block on an attacking forward but it was felt he did not deny his opponent of a scoring opportunity hence the confusion and anger at the decision.  It led to St Neots falling to their first home defeat of the season and it was the third time in eight league matches that they have had to play the whole of the second half with ten men.   Parr could now be out for up to six matches which means he will not be able to play until the middle pf October.   Acting boss Lee Clarke made three team changes from the midweek FA Cup defeat preferring Mickie Hyem to Rogan McGeorge in midfield and Dom Mason to Miles Smith in defence with Jordan Patrick returning up front in place of Tom Spark.   Morning rain which continued throughout the match made the surface slippery and it was the visitors who adapted better to the conditions to go on to record only their second league victory this season.


Visitors Cambridge City were good value for their fifth win in six visits to St Neots and they laid the foundation for their victory with two goals in the opening eight minutes.   Tunde Adewunmi scored after two minutes with the first effort of the match after Cemal Ramadan had headed on a Dean Mason cross.   Making his debut for Cambridge Mason then added the second goal with a smart finish six minutes later and St Neots had little to offer in reply on the difficult surface.   It could have been even worse for the home side for after 12 minutes Ramadan should have added the third when left unmarked but his low shot rebounded off a post to be cleared.   St Neots were sluggish when they had possession and much of their passing lacked quality often giving the ball away before they had time to develop an attack.  In fact, it was 17 minutes before they had a shot and then the out-of-sorts Ryan Hawkins dragged his shot wide after clever play by James Hall.   The home side then improved and began to shade possession and a swirling free kick by Declan Rogers was punched clear by Enol Ordonez and the keeper then had to smother at the feet of Hawkins after more good work by James Hall.   St Neots seemed to be growing in confidence as half time approached but the controversial sending off left Lee Clarke with some half time reorganisation to consider.  


Unlike previous occasions when the side had had to go into the second half with ten men he decided not to bring on a defender but instead opted to defend with three at the back and Cambridge clearly happy to rest on their two goals advantage decided not to go out to challenge this decision.   However, they almost extended their lead eleven minutes after the break when Paul Cooper got the ball in the net from a Jon Kaye cross but he was ruled offside.   St Neots replaced Mickie Hyem with Rogan McGeorge and took the game to their visitors with a James Hall header comfortably saved and a Declan Rogers shot blocked.  The game lost most of its rhythm with a procession of substitutes by either side the result of which was Cambridge looking dangerous on the break.   St Neots with Jordan Brown and Tom Spark on looked to be the most likely side to score but with ten minutes’ remaining Cambridge substitute Charlie Wolfe looking yards offside was allowed to run on unchallenged to a through ball and beat Alex Archer with a low finish.   St Neots were even denied a late consolation goal when Ordonez denied Tom Spark with the save of the match at the expense of a corner.








St Neots:  Archer, Dom Mason, Jon Hall, Hyem, Ward, Parr, Hawkins, Clark, James Hall, Rogers, Patrick


Subs:  McGeorge (for Hyem 59 mins),Brown (for Hawkins 64 mins),Spark (for Patrick 72 mins), Smith and Wood.


Cards:  Parr (RED – 45), Patrick (Y – 49), McGeorge (Y – 81)




Goals:  none




Cambridge:  Ordonez, Cooper, Day, Norman, Williams, Femiola, Dean Mason, Kaye, Adewunmi, Ramadan, Okay


Subs:  Lopes (for Ramadan 68 mins),Wolfe (forAdewunmi 72 mins), (Loker for Dean Mason), Serrano and Richardson.


Cards:  Okay (Y – 44)




Goals:  Adewunmi (2), Dean Mason (8), Wolfe (80)


Attendance: 343


Referee: Paul Forrester (Luton)




John Walker