St Neots Town FC 0 : 4 Peterborough United
Match
PSF 2018/19
St Neots Town FC 0 : 4
Peterborough United
Saturday 14 July, 2018 15:00

Saturday saw St Neots Town entertain League One outfit Peterborough United in the latest of their pre season matches and gave another very good account of themselves with the full time Posh side having to wait until the second half to break the deadlock.

On a sultry day at the Premier Plus Stadium, Steve Evans brought his full squad along, opting to give every available player minutes, they played a different eleven in each half and  he witnessed his side dominate for long periods in the first half but thanks to goalkeeper Dan Swan, the first half XI were left frustrated with new signing from Nottingham Forest, Scottish international Jason Cummings, twice being denied by the young shot-stopper.

Cummings saw a close-range effort well saved by Swan who also kept out Siriki Dembele’s fierce effort from distance. Jason Naismith saw a powerful header go over the top after a patient Posh move while Mark O’Hara also went close after racing onto a clever pass from the lively Dembele.

Midway through the first half, central defender Ryan Tafazolli came the closest to breaking the deadlock, his powerful left-footed effort cracked against the underside of the crossbar with Swan rooted to the spot.

At the other end, goalkeeper Aaron Chapman only had routine stops to make, keeping out skipper Luke Knight and waving a Dylan Williams effort wide of the target. The hosts made a switch at the break with Harry O’Malley replacing Knight.

The deadlock was broken three minutes after the re-start, Louis Reed playing a delightful ball over the top to Matt Stevens and his shot was well saved by Dan Swan, but the ball took a deflection off TAYLOR PARR and found its way into the back of the net.

The lead was doubled on 58 minutes as Morgan Penfold stabbed the ball past the advancing Swan and then rolled the ball into an empty net. It was 3-0 two minutes later as Matt Stevens continued his fine goalscoring pre-season by finishing from close-range after a good ball into the box by local boy Sam Cartwright.

It was nearly 4-0 on 63 minutes as Joe Ward was denied by Swan from a tight angle and then Stevens saw an acrobatic overhead kick cleared off the line by Johnny Herd before Lloyd was pulled up for a dive in the box by the referee.

Matt Stevens, who was a thorn in the side of the Saints during his loan spell with Kettering Town last season,  had the ball in the net again on 72 minutes following a fine Daniel cross but the offside flag was raised on the near side. He did, however, get his second goal of the game on 76 minutes and that was to be the end of the scoring in what had become a very hot, humid afternoon. Morgan  Penfold almost added to their tally when he sent a curling effort over the bar after a good cut back from Ward on 84 minutes after  Danny Lloyd had beaten his man down the left side.

In Summary, A decent First Half performance against strong opposition, where chances for the home side were always going to be at a premium. These games have served great purpose in getting minutes into the players’ legs and getting them to work hard when not in possession of the ball, something the Saints spent long periods, particularly in the second half, doing today.

Next game up for the Saints is a visit from League Two side Stevenage FC on Tuesday evening, kick off 7.45pm here at the Premier Plus Stadium.

St Neots Town:  Swan, Miles, Herd, Knight©, Keeble, Parr, Sinclair, Peters, Sembie-Ferris, Williams, Ofofsu

Substitutes Used: O’Malley, Fulianty, Alban, Mutswambuma, Shaw

Posh 1st half: Chapman, Naismith, Denton, Yorwerth, Tafazolli, Woodyard, Cooper, O’Hara, Godden, Cummings, Dembele.

Posh 2nd half: O’Malley, Cartwright, Baldwin, Bennett, Daniel, Ward, Reed, Trialist, Lloyd, Penfold, Stevens.

Subs not used: Marriott, Freestone.

Officials:  Josh Smith, Josh Crofts and  Jon Burrage

Attendance: 471

 

Mike Green