St Neots Town U18 6:0 Godmanchester Rovers U18
St Neots Town U18 6 : 0
Godmanchester Rovers U18
Monday 19 September, 2016 19:45


Thurlow Nunn Cambridge Division


ST NEOTS TOWN U18       6        GODMANCHESTER U18      0


As a result of an outstanding first half display St Neots crushed visiting Godmanchester to record a six days’ league double having won in the first meeting less than a week earlier.  That first 45 minutes featured a hat trick in just seven minutes by Ben Southwood and almost a second treble by Jack Eldridge.   Beaten in all of their five league games this season the visitors could do little to stem that goal rush but after the break they did defend with more purpose despite creating little themselves and would have had a consolation goal but for the concentration and agility of St Neots custodian Evan Jeckells.   St Neots remained top of the table with back to back matches with second placed Cambridge City to come next month.


In just two minutes of the start St Neots were ahead when Ben Southwood sent a perfectly weighted pass inside the final defender to present Jack Eldridge with a simple finish and a minute later Southwood almost doubled the lead with an opportunistic effort that went over the crossbar.   The visitors almost hit back on the break but Evan Jeckells saved well from a rising shot by Lewis Traynier.  The respite was brief for after eleven minutes a long cross from the right by Andre Williams found Eldridge unmarked at the far post and he doubled his sides’ tally as well as his own.   After 21 minutes Eldridge was denied a quick fire hat trick when he had the ball in the net again only to be ruled offside but the match was then effectively won as Ben Southwood claimed those three goals.   His first a minute after the disallowed effort was set up by Erhan Nurettin and he was presented his second five minutes later when a miscued clearance by visiting keeper Thomas Banks fell at his feet in front of a gaping net.  His hat trick goal was the best of the three with Owen Bevan the provider.


After the break St Neots had all five substitutes on view and as the tempo dropped the visitors looked more confident at the back.  Andre Williams produced an electric burst of speed to outpace his marker to claim goal number six and apart from two efforts by Shae Humphrey and substitute Jamie Gooderham well saved by Banks St Neots seemed happy just to sit on their lead.   James Osborne was closest to claiming the visitors’ consolation but Jeckells largely a spectator produced an acrobatic save to push away his well struck volley.


St Neots:  Jeckells, Chambers,Riley, Humphrey, Rudman, Clarke, Eldridge, Nurettin, Southwood, Bevan, Williams


Subs used:  Donkin, Clinton,Dixon, Gooderham and Collins


Cards:  none


Goals:  Southwood (3), Eldridge (2), Williams


John Walker


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