St Neots Town FC 1:2 Weymouth
St Neots Town FC 1 : 2
Saturday 14 October, 2017 15:00

Southern League Premier Division     

ST NEOTS TOWN        1          WEYMOUTH      2

For the second successive Saturday St Neots found themselves two goals down with an hour played but unlike the previous week they were unable to come back to claim a share of the points.   Weymouth returned to Dorset happy to have taken full points on the road after surviving a torrid last half hour.   After conceding two rather sloppy goals St Neots rolled up their sleeves to deservedly get back into the match and they should have gone on to get at least a share of the points but failed to convert their superior possession into goals.   The match was marred by some over- officious refereeing that saw one player sent off and five others booked in a match devoid of a bad tackle.   With skipper Luke Knight sitting out his one match ban and Ryan Horne injured in midweek, Manager Matt Clements was forced into two team changes and he was able to bring back defender Tom Wood after his one match ban and named Harry O’Malley in midfield for his first league start of the season with the versatile Scott Sinclair moving into an attacking midfield role.   With Royston beating Frome, St Neots dropped one place to thirteenth in the table.

St Neots could not have had a worse start because after five minutes in the first real attack of the game they fell behind as Mark Cooper sped down the left flank to cross and when the ball was not cleared it fell to Brandon Goodship on the edge of the penalty area and he rapped a low shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Mike Emery.   The home side responded well and nine minutes later a long throw from Johnny Herd was nodded down but not cleared and Scott Sinclair shot from a similar distance to the Weymouth goal only to see visiting keeper throw himself full length to paw the ball around a post.   With the better share of possession St Neots should have put the visiting defence under more pressure but their next two significant attempts around the half hour saw a Jack Bradshaw free kick sail over the bar and Tom Meechan beat the back peddling Mark Travers only to see the ball land on the roof of the net.   There was some anxiety as Mike Emery picked up a back pass to concede a free kick twelve yards from goal but the effort was deflected for a corner to the keepers’ relief.   A Dylan Williams free kick was blocked and acting skipper Taylor Parr picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in added first half time and will miss the trip to Farnborough next Saturday.

The second half began with a second defensive error as St Neots two central defenders were caught square as Goodship cleverly slipped the ball between them to lay on a simple finish for Harry Baker who made it 2-0 to the visitors.   This seemed to galvanize St Neots efforts as Herd flashed a shot inches wide and then Dion Sembie-Ferris saw his net-bound effort blocked by a defender.   Then after 64 minutes the best move of the match produced what was to prove only a consolation goal for St Neots.   A silky interchange of passes on the left between Sinclair and Williams ended with a cross to the far post where Johnny Herd arrived to put the ball into the bottom corner of the net.   Now St Neots looked energized and for much of the rest of the second half they dominated play and possession but lacked the finish that could have given then a reward they merited.   Little was seen of the visiting attack as Weymouth pulled players back leaving just one player up front.   Sembie-Ferris skillfully beat his marker to set up Meechan but he blazed over the bar and then Wiltshire wriggled through the packed defence but saw his shot blocked by Jake McCarthy.   With seven minutes left Sembie-Ferris was again the provider as Meechan’s header was palmed for a corner and with two Weymouth players booked in added time for time wasting it was clear that the opportunity to extend St Neots unbeaten run had been wasted.  Wiltshire was sent off for a second yellow card dissent offence four minutes into added time as St Neots’ frustrations showed through.

St Neots:  Emery, Bradshaw, Herd, O’Malley, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Wiltshire, Meechan, Sinclair, Williams (D)

Subs:  Butler, Williams (A), McDevitt, Nurettin and Rudman (none used)

Cards:  Wiltshire RED – (2 x Y 69 & 90+4 mins), Parr (Y – 45+2 mins), Wood (87 mins)


Goal:  Herd (64 mins)


Weymouth:  Travers, Brooks, Cooper, Wells, Buckley, Carmichael, Davis, McCarthy, Baker, Goodship, Tubbs


Subs:  Thompson (for Baker 61), Wakefield (for Tubbs 66), Down (for Buckley 73), Diaz and Prodomo


Cards:   Tubbs (Y – 39 mins), Brooks (Y – 90 mins), Goodship (Y – 90 mins)


Goals:   Goodship (5 mins), Baker (49 mins)

Attendance: 348

Referee:  Alistair Wilson (Boston)



John Walker