St Neots Town FC 1 : 7 Cambridge United
Match
PSF 2018/19
St Neots Town FC 1 : 7
Cambridge United
Saturday 07 July, 2018 15:00

Pre-Season Friendly

St Neots Town   1  Cambridge United   7

And so it all begins…..

 

In searing heat and bright sunshine at the Premier Plus Stadium, both St Neots Town and Cambridge United began their pre season schedules in impressive manner. Depite the unflattering final scoreline, Saints manager Matt Clements can be both pleased with and excited about his sides performance, particularly in the first half, after giving their full time, football league opponents a real battle, before the combination of extreme heat and expected fatigue took it’s toll in the second period when the lads eventually run out of steam and the match petered out in the final stages into a rather one sided affair.

United started brightly and an early high take from trialling keeper Harry Reynolds prevented Barry Corr from opening his account for the new season. At the other end, Claudio Ofosu, on his debut, broke down the right and whipped a lovely ball in, which Greg Taylor missed. Dylan Williams was lurking in the centre but just couldn’t get a decent connection on it and the chance was gone. The deadlock was broken after 13 minutes as Paul Lewis fired home for the visitors after a quickly taken free kick. The lead was nearly doubles after 19 minutes as Lambe’s shot was scrambled off the line by a Saints defender. It was almost a dream homecoming for Jevani Brown after 24 minutes as he was put through one on one however the offside flag was raised and his chance to score on his return to the club was snuffed out. After 27 minutes, Mitov, in the United  goal almost made a complete mess of his normally assured footwork and the lively Dion Sembie – Ferris stole possession away from the stopper but could only put the ball agonisingly wide. The lead was finally doubled in the 41st minute after good work from Lewis and Brown teed up Barry Corr for a simple finish past Reynolds. The Saints weren’t ready to roll over and in the 45th minute, deservedly got themselves back into the game when an exquisite ball from Sembie-Ferris split the home defence and set debutant JAMES PETERS away into the area and he lashed the ball past Mitov to half the arrears just before the half time whistle was blown.

United chose to field a completely different squad for the second half while the Saints made four changes to their initial line up, including triallist keeper Dan Swan taking over between the sticks. Cambridge extended their lead in the 58th minute with a smart finish from Liam O’Neill and two minutes later St Neots were awarded a spot kick after Luke Knight was adjudged to have been dragged down in the box but the normally deadly DYLAN WILLIAMS stepped up to take the resultant penalty but, ironically, it was saved by young keeper Finlay Iron, who, made a string of fine performances for the Saints whilst here on loan last season. Iron then moved the ball quickly upfield and the U’s finished smartly via the boot of Ade Azeez after a great dink to the far post by Amoo.

More changes were made by Clements and now the fresh legs of their opponents and changes in personnel and shape began to have a bearing of proceedings. Goal number five came after 66 minutes when Amoo chipped the ball up to Ade Azeez, who layed the ball off Brad Halliday who fired home into the corner of the net. A superb block from substitute Stevan Shaw denied Ibehre at the far post on 77 minutes and it was two late goals for the visitors that put the icing on the cake with George Maris scoring in the 90th and 92nd before Football League official Neil Hair brought an end to proceedings.

In summary, the score line is relevant as it’s all about minutes under the belt for the players and Matt Clements and his management team can be very pleased with their charges’ first outing of pre season . Next up is a visit from Cambridge United’s fellow League two side MK Dons – kick off 7.45pm on Monday evening (9th July)

 

St Neots Town: Reynolds, Miles, Herd, Knight© Keeble, Parr, O’Malley, Peters, Sembie-Ferris, Williams, Ofosu

Substitutes used: Swan (GK), Shaw, Sinclair, Filianty, Mutswumbuma, Hudson, Alban

Goals: Peters (45)

Cambridge United (First Half): Mitov, Carroll, Taylor, Corr, Deegan©, Lambe, Davies, Darling, Brown, Lewis, Osadebe

Cambridge United (Second Half): Iron, Halliday, Taft, John, Amoo, O’Neill, Dunk, Iberhe, Azeez, Maris, Norville-Williams

Unused Substitutes: Watkins, Knowles Foy

Goals: Lewis (13), Corr (41), O’Neill (58), Azeez (62), Halliday (66), Maris (90)(92)