St Neots Town U18 3:1 Godmanchester Rovers U18
Match
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St Neots Town U18 3 : 1
Godmanchester Rovers U18
Monday 23 April, 2018 19:45

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       3      GODMANCHESTER ROVERS U18      1

This could prove to be the most significant result of the campaign for St Neots as they produced a very gritty performance to inflict on Godmanchester only their third league defeat of the season.   However, the result was not as clear cut as the score line suggests because for long periods the visitors shaded play but could not match their approach play with clear scoring chances.   With Cambridge City surprisingly defeated at home by Saffron Walden on the night, it leaves Godmanchester as the only side that can overhaul St Neots for the league title provided each win their final matches.  However, Godmanchester still have to play Cambridge City twice as well as Royston who are second in the table and Walden who are on a good run.

In the first fifteen minutes St Neots produced their best football of the season battering the visiting defence and scoring twice and that tally could easily have been doubled.   However, Godmanchester are not serious title challengers without good reason and they battled back and for long periods at the end of each half they were well on top.   St Neots domination began after just six minutes when Aaron Hiscock jinked along the bye line to cross and when his effort was not cleared the ball fell to leading scorer Kieran Waites who lashed in his sixteenth goal of the season.   Visiting keeper Shay Griffiths then saved well from George Holman and Hiscock shot over the bar after clever work by Andre Williams.   Defender Archie Southeran joined the attack to head over from a corner and a Leon Fulianty shot was cleared off the line by Ben Casey.  The pressure told after 13 minutes when Joe Brooks crossed for George Holman to head the second goal.   Godmanchester gradually recovered from the onslaught and two lengthy free kicks from William Greatorex were comfortably saved but St Neots had lost their rhythm and after32 minutes a defensive error allowed Daniel Turnbull to lob advancing keeper George Bugg to put the visitors back in the game.

After the break there was a period of even play with Michael Speed firing over when well placed for the visitors, and St Neots having a Waites shot well saved by Griffiths.   An outstanding save by Bugg from Turnbull preserved St Neots narrow lead and as the second half went on it became clear that a fourth goal would be significant for either side.   It arrived seven minutes from time against the run of platy when St Neots skipper Alfie Donkin reacted first when a shot by Hiscock was blocked by a defender.  It was Donkin’s fourth, but most important goal of the season and St Neots held out through seven minutes added time to claim victory.

St Neots:  Bugg, Leagas, Brooks, Donkin, Southeran, Fulianty, Williams, Holman, Waites, Routs, Hiscock                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:   Irvine, Rider and Ford

Referee: Piotr Juszczyk                                                                                                

(John Walker)