St Neots Town FC 1 : 5 Hayes and Yeading FC
St Neots Town FC 1 : 5
Hayes and Yeading FC
Saturday 03 December, 2016 15:00

Southern League Premier Division


ST NEOTS TOWN      1         HAYES AND YEADING UNITED      5     


This result equaled St Neots worst defeat this season and it came in a relegation scrap that they could hardly afford to lose.   They had five players suspended and the team had not played for two weeks after four consecutive postponed matches and it took just 45 seconds for these setbacks to surface when the visitors claimed their first goal thanks to a perfectly placed low shot by Ryan Hope in the first attacking move of the match.     Three of St Neots suspended players are regular members of their defence and the patched up back four struggled throughout against a lively visiting attack.   The side featured four changes from their previous match away at Frome with Jonny Hall and Rogan McGeorge returning after suspension and a debut for midweek signing Charlie Day from Cambridge City.   Youngster Andre Williams making hisfirst start after just two brief substitute appearances completed the line-up with several players slotted in away from their normal positions.   Making their first visit to Town after their relegation from the National League last season, Hayes and Yeading still with a match in hand thoroughly merited their victory as they moved within a point of St Neots in the relegation zone.

The match had hardly started before St Neots goalkeeper Alex Archer was picking the ball out of his net having been beaten from 20 yards by a perfectly placed low shot by Ryan Hope after an innocuous looking square pass from Mitchell Weiss.   St Neots looked shell shocked but recovered for Taylor Parr to flick a Declan Rogers free kick across goal and beyond the far post.   A clever chip by Peter Clark then created panic in the visiting defence requiring keeper Danny Boness to produce two brave saves at the feet of James Hall and Rogers as the ball bobbed around the six yards’ box.   However, that brief show of defiance did not last and Archer had to produce a good save to deny the onrushing forwards when Cole Brown beat his marker to cross.   Full back Martin Mahlondo then joined his attack to swap passes with Terence Carter and go clear and his net bound shot was diverted for a corner by Archers’ legs as the keeper appeared to be diving the wrong way.   The visitors were now well on top looking dangerous every time they went forward and after 33 minutes Carter chased a ball that the defence though had gone out of play but he acrobatically returned it to the six yards’ box where Josh Hutchinson was left with a simple tap-in finish.  A minute before the break it was 3-0 when a through ball by Brown split the defence and Hutchinson bore down on goal and as Archer dived at his feet to smother the ball bounced off the keeper onto the striker and into the net for his second goal.

St Neots needed a positive early reply after the break if they were to have any hope of reward from the match but within five minutes Brown had the ball in the net – disallowed by an offside flag to St Neots’ relief.   In a bid to bolster the frail looking defence St Neots introduced former Cambridge City player/manager Dan Gleeson signed in the week and he marked his arrival with a header from a corner that flew wide.   Then in four minutes just before the hour mark Hayes and Yeading sealed the result with two further goals.   After 56 minutes a through ball by Manny Adebowale freed Mitchell Weiss who netted and four minutes later Hutchinson became the first visiting player this season to record a hat trick when he beat Archer from fifteen yards.   St Neots continued to try but apart from a Taylor Parr header from a Williams cross that rebounded from the bar they created little.   They did however finish with a consolation goal when substitute Colin Mugoya upended Charlie Day in the penalty area and James Hall scored from the penalty spot.   It was scant reward and left St Neots ruing a very poor performance – payment for their poor disciplinary record and those missing players.


St Neots:  Archer, Hyem, Jonny Hall, McGeorge, McLean, Parr, Williams, Clark, James Hall, Rogers, Day

Subs:   Gleeson (for McGeorge 52 mins), Nurettin (for Williams 84 mins), Maynard, Buddle and Coldicott-Stevens.

Cards:  none

Goals:  James Hall - pen (73)


HandY:  Boness, Evans, Mahlondo, Toomey, Adebowale, Broadbent, Brown, Hope, Weiss, Hutchinson, Carter

Subs:  Mugoya (for Evans 567 mins), Kearney (for Hutchinson 70 mins), Everitt (for Carter 77 mins), Taylor and Benton. 

Cards:  none

Goals:  Hutchinson 3 (33, 44 & 60 mins), Hope (45 secs), Weiss (56 mins)


Attendance: 265 

Referee: Wayne Cartmel (Luton)


John Walker