Redditch United 1 : 4 St Neots Town FC
Redditch United 1 : 4
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 05 November, 2016 15:00


Southern League Premier Division


REDDITCH UNITED       1         ST NEOTS TOWN       4      


St Neots produced a sparkling second half display as a preview to the Bonfire Night festivities to record their first ever away league victory at Redditch at the fifth attempt.  With other results going in their favour it was enough to lift them four places up the league table to seventeenth – their highest position since 10th September.  Runners-up in the league last season Redditch was beaten in the play-offs and have installed a smart 3G pitch since St Neots’ last visit but they were well beaten as the visitors scored three times in a twenty minutes’ spell after the break.   Declan Rogers and James Hall each scored twice with Hall also setting up Rogers’ second goal but both should have gone on to complete hat tricks as the second half goal scoring chances kept flowing.  Taylor Parr returned from suspension to replace Charlie Ward in defence and Nassim L’Ghoul was handed his first Southern League start with Rogan McGeorge left on the bench.   With skipper Tom Ward and striker Sam Mulready hoping to be fit soon there will be plenty of competition for places in the team to travel to Liverpool for the FA Trophy date next weekend.


There was an awful start to the match for the visitors when they conceded a goal after just 63 seconds.   A long ball forward by Jordan Jones sent Luke Shearer galloping down the right and although closely marshalled by Parr he was allowed to cross from the bye line to the near post where Danico Johnson muscled in front of the last defender to poke the ball into the net from close range.   That seemed to set the standard for the first twenty-five minutes as Redditch spread their attacks wide down the flanks and St Neots was guilty of allowing them too much time and space to set up crosses for their forwards.   Goalkeeper Alex Archer was kept busy saving from Ahmed Ali and Eli Bako and then Jonny Hall acrobatically cleared off the line from Shearer.   When St Neots replied L’Ghoul tested home keeper Bradley Catlow before Johnson should have done better with his head from a Reece Hales free kick.   Towards the end of the first half St Neots came back with several promising attacks and Parr headed into the keeper’s arms from a L’Ghoul corner and then six minutes before the break James Hall levelled the scores being quick to pick up a loose clearance to fire low past the goalkeeper.   Tom Wood then moved forward to test the keeper and the last action of the half saw Catlow save well from a curling Rogers free kick.


Redditch made two substitutions after the break taking off the dangerous Shearer and Hales no doubt to the relief of the St Neots defenders.  Full back Nat Kelly had a low shot saved by Archer but this proved to be an isolated effort from Redditch as St Neots settled down to produce some attractive attacking football.  Just six minutes into the second half St Neots were in front as Tom Spark took full advantage of an overlap by Miles Smith to send the full back towards the corner flag and his deep cross found Declan Rogers unmarked at the far post and his volley was too good for Catlow.   This took the wind out of the home side who afterwards showed little resistance.   L’Ghoul looked to be brought down as he sped into the area but the Referee waved play on and then eight minutes after the Rogers goal it was he who crossed to the far post for James Hall to score his second goal of the match and his eleventh this season.   Hall then found Rogers unmarked at the near post but his header was too high and a shot from Peter Clark hit a defender on the line with another goal looking certain.  After 71 minutes James Hall beat the keeper to a back pass and when his shot rebounded from the bar Declan Rogers claimed his second goal of the match to establish a 4-1 lead for the visitors.   Catlow then kept the score down by saving well from Rogers and at the feet of James Hall.   It may have been a surprise victory but it was very well deserved.




St Neots:  Archer, Smith, Jonny Hall, Hyem, Wood, Parr, Spark, Clark, James Hall, Rogers, L’Ghoul


Subs:   Hobbs (for L’Ghoul 86 mins),Ward (C), McGeorge, Buddle and Clement-McNee


Cards:  none




Goals:  James Hall 2 (39 & 59), Rogers 2 (51 & 71)




Redditch:  Catlow, Jones, Kelly, Brown, Courtney, Cullinane-Liburd, Bako, Ali, Shearer, Hales, Johnson


Subs:  Apostoco (for Shearer 46 mins), McDermott (for Hales 46 mins), Loveridge (for Bako 62 mins) and McDonald.


Cards:  Ali (Y – 84)




Goals:  Johnson (1)


Attendance: 258


Referee: Tim Walker (Derby)




John Walker