St Neots Town FC 4:1 Chesham United
Match
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St Neots Town FC 4 : 1
Chesham United
Tuesday 14 February, 2017 19:45

Southern League Premier Division  

ST NEOTS TOWN       4        CHESHAM UNITED       1

St Neots recorded their second home league victory in four days – only the second time they have won two in a row this season – the last time in August last year.  The match also featured only the second hat trick by a St Neots player this season – the previous by James Hall also in August.   This time their treble marksman was Jevani Brown taking his tally to six in eight matches.   It was a well -deserved victory on the back of a slick all round performance and it recorded a revenge result the side having been beaten at Chesham in the first meeting of the two sides just ten days earlier.  Now three points above the relegation trapdoor St Neots must build on this surge of form to climb further away from a fear of the drop.   The starting line-up featured six players brought in by Manager Matt Clements giving an all-round shape and commitment that had been missing prior to Christmas.  For this fixture, there was just one change in the line-up with Jonny Herd preferred at full back after injury, with Harry Norman dropping to the bench.

There was a cautious start to the match after Luke Brown and Jevani Brown saw early efforts go begging.   Chesham’s first threat came courtesy of former Saints favorite Drew Roberts who beat Alex Archer with an angled shot that bounced off the inside of a post into the grateful arms of the keeper.   After Tom Wood had been spared embarrassment with a short back pass that Archer remedied with an important block the game sprang to life with three goals in just five minutes.   First blood to St Neots as Jevani Brown burst into the penalty area after 27 minutes to be hauled down by visiting keeper Ashleigh Jones earning the stopper a yellow card and a conceded penalty kick confidently dispatched by Brown.  Sixty seconds later a lack of concentration cost St Neots as Dave Pearce was left in acres of space on the left and he took full advantage squaring to the unmarked Drew Roberts who was delighted to score against his former team mates.   Three minutes later St Neots were back in front as Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson found Jevani Brown wide right and he cut in before curling a delightful shot around Jones and inside the far post.   On the stroke of half time Micky Hyem should have increased the lead when unmarked in the middle.  He cleverly rounded the final defender but over ran the ball and the chance was lost.

The same St Neots player could have made amends for that miss just two minutes after the restart but he blazed over the bar after a neat three-man build-up.  Roberts posed the only real threat to the St Neots defence that was superbly marshalled by Taylor Parr.  Chesham made a couple of substitutions but failed to improve their overall game as St Neots began to dominate.   The one chance on the break for the visitors fell to Sam Youngs but he hooked the ball over the bar from ten yards.   The significant breakthrough came after 71 minutes when Jevani Brown cut through the retreating visiting defence evading two or three lunging tackles before clinically placing the ball beyond the reach of the keeper to complete a memorable hat-trick.   That seemed to break Chesham’s resistance who last act of defiance was to send on veteran striker Barry Hayles but he made little impact on a home defence clearly in no mood to demean the fine work of the hat trick hero.  The home side then had an emphatic final word as two of their substitutes combined to fashion a fourth goal five minutes from time.   A ball out of defence found Cambridge United loanee Tom Knowles on the left and he attacked the visitors with pace before crossing for James Tricks to net at the far post – his first goal for St Neots.   A well-deserved three points for St Neots and suitable reward for their hard work and determination.

 

 

 

St Neots:  Archer, Partridge (J), Herd, Hill, Wood, Parr, Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bell-Toxtle, Brown (L), Hyem, Brown (J)

Subs:   Tricks (for Brown (L) 56 mins), Knowles (for Brown (J) 79 mins), L/Ghoul (for Partridge (85 mins), Norman and Clarke (L).

Cards:  Brown (J) (Y – 39), Fortnam-Tomlinson (Y – 55)

 

Goals:  Brown (J) 3 (27 mins, 32 mins & 71 mins), Tricks (85 mins)

 

Chesham:  Jones, Longden, Crilley, Purse, Ujah, Martin, Taylor, Youngs, Blake, Roberts, Pearce

 

Subs:  Hutton (for Martin 56 mins), Little (for Crilley 65 mins), Hayles (for Longden 89 mins), Reece and Hamilton-Forbes.

 

Cards:  Jones (Y – 27)

 

Goal: Roberts (28 mins)

Attendance: 148

Referee: Robert Evans (Northampton)

 

 

John Walker