St Neots Town FC 0 : 1 Chippenham Town
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St Neots Town FC 0 : 1
Chippenham Town
Saturday 20 April, 2013 15:00

 

Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division

 

ST NEOTS TOWN       0       CHIPPENHAM TOWN      1

 

This was a very disappointing home finale to St Neots first season in the Southern League Premier Division.   In front of a good shirt sleeved crowd of 389 they did not play well, had a player sent off in the first half and when a visiting player was also dismissed after the break they failed to raise a serious challenge to attempt to retrieve their narrow deficit.   Chippenham came to town knowing that three points would seal their place in the division next season but having taken the lead they threatened their own chances of success with some unnecessary physical play that earned them four yellow cards.   The visitors probably wanted to win more than St Neots but the match was not a very encouraging spectacle with far too many free kicks that broke up any semblance of rhythm.   St Neots were without injured midfield talisman Adrian Sear and after Jay Davies had received his marching orders it was left to Junior Konadu to recover some semblance of an attacking approach in midfield.   Now assured of a comfortable mid table berth this season St Neots can be pleased with the result of their first season at Step Three but there is still some considerable squad building required before next season.

There was an explosive start to the match as both sides adopted an all out attacking policy.   Lewis Hilliard broke quickly on the left and his cross found Nathan Koranteng who dragged his shot wide and play moved to the other end where Toby Osman wriggled clear of the home defence but Jack Giddens spread himself to deflect the shot with his legs.   However after seven minutes the St Neots defence failed to clear and Dean Griffiths made them pay as he calmly slotted the ball wide of Giddens for what proved to be the only goal of the match.   Attempting an immediate response Jay Davies deftly swapped passes with Koranteng to go clear but the ball ran away from him and the chance was lost.   After this early excitement the game settled with much of the play restricted to the midfield area.   A Davies free kick was well saved by visiting keeper Ben John and Alex Kite volleyed wide at the other end but clear chances were rare.   After 33 minutes the game boiled over as Jay Davies was sent off for allegedly using his elbow in a 50-50 challenge with Toby Osman and bizarrely Greg Tindle was booked for dissent despite his side getting the free kick and going a man up.   St Neots pulled Hilliard back into midfield playing with just one man up front for the remainder of the first half and seemed to rely on shooting from distance with both Hilliard and Lee shooting wide.   Iain Harvey was booked after two unwise lunge challenges and the first half ended with Giddens making a good save to deny Dean Griffiths.

Six minutes after the break the St Neots defence failed to mark Osman but to their relief he ballooned the ball over the bar from an Alan Griffin cross when he should have scored.   However Chippenham had seemingly settle to sit on their one goal advantage pulling players back to shield their goal leaving just one player in attack.  St Neots responded by sacrificing full back Louie Meech to bring on Jack Werndly as an additional attacker and introducing Tom Wood also up front.   The pressure appeared to be having an effect when Arthur Lee and Tindle clashed off the ball with Lee booked and the Chippenham player receiving a second yellow card and dismissal.   Griffiths was also booked and St Neots should have raised their game with the visitors clearly rattled.   Junior tried hard to inspire them but their finishing lacked confidence with skipper Gavin Hoyte heading over from a corner and Ryan Auger firing over the bar.   Wood did produce a fine volley well saved by John but St Neots never looked able to break down a stubborn defence and Chippenham were only too happy to hang on for full points.

 

 


 

 

St Neots: Giddens, Meech, Lee, Davies, Sharman, Hoyte, Auger, Konadu, Koranteng, Hilliard, Da Costa.

Subs:  Wood (for Meech 56 mins), Werndly (for Da Costa 56 mins) Nkinga, Loudon and Conroy.

Cards: Davies (red – 33), Lee (Y – 58)

 

Chippenham: John, Kite, Allward, Osman, Tindle, Harris, Griffiths, Harvey, Griffin, Knighton, Guthrie.

Subs:  Blackmore (for Griffiths 62 mins), McLennan (for Guthrie 69 mins), Rudge and Fey.

Cards: Tindle (red – 2 x Y 33 and 58), Harvey (Y – 43), Griffiths (Y – 62)

 

Attendance: 389

 

Referee:  George Sprague (Waterbeach)

 

John Walker