St Neots Town FC 0:1 Rushall Olympic
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St Neots Town FC 0 : 1
Rushall Olympic
Saturday 18 August, 2018 15:00

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town     0        Rushall Olympic      1

Statistics are often a good guide in football and in four a half hours this season St Neots have scored just two goals – one of those by a defender from a set piece.   St Neots have goal scorers in their squad but at present their method of creating chances is just not working effectively and their finishing lacks accuracy, and it is an issue that needs immediate attention.  Rushall so far unbeaten this term with two drawn matches prior to the visit to the Premier Plus Stadium, probably just about deserved their win because having accepted a gift goal they showed how to defend their goal and make their slender advantage count.   It was the familiar story of St Neots starting well and having the better of the first 45 minutes but once they had conceded a very sloppy goal they seemed to lack the desire and know-how to retaliate.   For the first time ever in eight Southern League seasons, St Neots fielded a starting unchanged line-up for the third consecutive time at the start of a season but the Manager’s faith in his players probably turned out to be unjustified and changes will surely follow.

The end to end start promised goals from one or both sides with Dion Sembie-Ferris hoping to celebrate his 50th senior start for St Neots in a memorable way shooting wide after 12 minutes after good work by James Peters, and at the other end Gurjit Singh cut in to force a corner from a Finlay Iron save.   St Neots then had a let off when Ashley Sammons breached a square lying defense to set up Justin Richards who volleyed tamely over the bar when clear.   What proved to be St Neots’ best chance of the game came after 22 minutes when skipper Luke Knight played Sembie-Ferris clear but visiting keeper Joseph Slinn stuck out a leg to divert the shot wide.   Richards then volleyed over the bar, but St Neots were creating the bulk of the openings as Lewis Irwin chipped over the bar after good work by Dylan Williams and Taylor Parr headed a Johnny Herd corner narrowly over the bar.   From a long Knight throw the visiting defense were caught flat-footed, but Dan Olaniran headed over the bar and at the end of the first half full back Matty Miles was twice involved, firstly producing a saving tackle when Daniel Waldron was played clear, but then diving in to miss a tackle presenting Richards with a golden chance that the visiting striker scuffed wide when he should have scored.

Rushall made a positive start after half time and Singh should have scored when he went inside two defenders but shot wide after 50 minutes.   Three minutes later their determination was rewarded when a second mistimed tackle by Miles released Daniel Waldron on the right and he moved inside to send a powerful shot across Finlay Iron for what proved to be the winning goal.   That should have acted as a wake-up call to St Neots, but their reaction was feeble, and the match became scrappy.   Defense was the order of the day for the visitors who funneled their players back behind the ball sacrificing possession, but St Neots never looked capable of capitalizing.   Claudio Ofosu, a potential home match winner received little or no service although he did have one effort blocked by a defender.   A series of substitutions by both sides with St Neots switching to just three at the back failed to produce any significant improvement for a home side now beginning to look bereft of ideas and inspiration.   For St Neots James Peters tried hard to get his side going without any success and now his side faces two of the pre-season title favorites over the Bank Holiday weekend – Kings Lynn and AFC Rushden and Diamonds.

 

 

 

St Neots:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Olaniran, Parr, Ofosu, Peters, Irwin, Sembie-Ferris, Williams

Subs:  Douglas (for Williams 59 mins), Wood (for Miles 81 mins), O’Malley (for Olaniran 84 mins) and Keeble

Cards:  Knight (Y – 3 mins), Irwin (Y – 58 mins).

Goals:  none

 

Bedworth:  Slinn, Smikle, Hull, Pendley, Waldron, Hawker, Richards, Sammons, Singh, Lyttle, Maye

Subs:  Chouchane (for Waldron 59 mins), Delaney (for Singh 70 mins), Archer (for Sammons 87 mins), Adelekan and Whittall.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Waldron (53 mins)

Referee:  Callum Walchester (Lowestoft)

Attendance:  200

 

John Walker

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