Chesham United 3 : 2 St Neots Town FC
Chesham United 3 : 2
St Neots Town FC
Saturday 04 February, 2017 15:00


Southern League Premier Division  


CHESHAM UNITED       3         ST NEOTS TOWN      2        


St Neots’ third league defeat by the odd goal in the same number of matches was unlike the previous two.   In the two previous defeats’ they were extremely unlucky to have finished empty handed but this time the reverse was their own fault.   Chesham are eighth in the table with games in hand and hope to be heading for the play-offs – but not on this form.  Having scored twice in the opening ten minutes Chesham spent the remainder of the match on the back foot and never really tested St Neots’ keeper again whilst the visitors enjoyed much more of the possession and created chances but the end product was disappointing.   With skipper Micky Hyem and leading goal scorer Declan Rogers both out injured – the latter for the first time this season – it was just as well that Matt Clements had been busy in the week boosting his squad.   The starting line-up featured two of his most recent signings in James Tricks a striker from Boston United and Fernando Bell-Toxtle – a midfield loanee from Cambridge United and also on the bench was another Cambridge United youngster.   Back into the side after injury came Jacob Partridge whilst Jonny Butler was on the bench.  To run salt into the wound of defeat Chesham featured four players recently at St Neots in Drew Roberts, Mat Mitchel-King, Brett Longden and David Hutton and Roberts laid on the first Chesham goal and Hutton claimed the second.   St Neots best efforts brought two outstanding saves from home keeper Ashlee Jones.


Chesham made the perfect start before the visitors turned up!   With just ten minutes gone the home side led 2-0 and a huge defeat looked likely for St Neots.   In their first attack of note the home side went ahead as Drew Roberts was left unattended in acres of space on the left flank and he went to the bye to cross for the experienced Jamaican international Barry Hayles to head home at the far post.   If that was bad worse was to follow for eight minutes later after Roberts had dragged a shot wide of the far post St Neots failed to clear a corner and when the ball fell to David Hutton on the edge of the penalty area he curled a delightful shot into the net through a packed defence and around the keeper who may have been unsighted.   To their credit the visitors rolled up their sleeves in a determined effort to retrieve the damage.  In the next five minutes Jevani Brown saw his shot blocked and Jacob Partridge shot narrowly wide as Chesham were pushed back into their own half.   After 17 minutes St Neots were back in the game when following good work by Jonny Herd the ball fell to Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson and from twenty yards he sent the ball past Jones to claim his first St Neots goal.   Taylor Parr headed a Partridge corner narrowly over the bar and then Chesham had to reshuffle as Mat Mitchell-King limped off with a groin strain.  St Neots went on to finish the first half well with their only scare coming from a Hayles cross cleared off the line by Tom Wood.


There was little change after half time although striker James Tricks who had made an impressive start limped off injured to be replaced by Lee Clarke.  Within two minutes Clarke had almost levelled the scores with a low shot saved at the foot of his post by Jones.  Fortnam-Tomlinson then had a great chance following a corner but he shot wide before St Neots introduced Nassim L’Ghoul for the out of sorts Peter Clark.   That boosted St Neots attacking options and from a corner by that player Tom Wood brought an outstanding save from Jones who twisted to touch his header over the bar.   St Neots continued to dominate with L’Ghoul twice testing Jones but perhaps they paid too much attention to finding an equalizer and were caught short in defence in the 90th minute when from a Ryan Blake cross substitute Dave Pearce snatched a third goal.   St Neots refused to give up but Jonny Herd’s 94th minute goal was scant consolation because they should have won.


St Neots:  Archer, Day, Herd, Partridge, Wood (T), Parr, Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bell-Toxtle, Tricks, Clark (P), Brown


Subs:   Clarke (L) (for Tricks 57 mins), L’Ghoul (for Clark (P) 65 mins), Butler, Knowles and Norman.


Cards:  Bell-Toxtle (Y – 30), Clarke (L) (Y – 76)




Goals:  Fortnam-Tomlinson (17 mins), Herd (90+1 mins)




Chesham:  Jones, Longden, Little, Mitchel-King, Crilley, Taylor, Hutton, Youngs, Hayles, Roberts, Blake




Subs:  Hamilton-Forbes (for Mitchel-King 24 mins), Pearce (for Hutton 84 mins), Swales (for Blake 90+4 mins)Ward and McCorkell.


Cards:  none




Goals: Hayles (2 mins), Hutton (10 mins), Pearce (90 mins)


Attendance: 331


Referee: Darren Knox (Henlow, Bedfordshire)




John Walker