Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division
ST NEOTS TOWN U18 6 PETERBOROUGH NS U18 1
This was second in the table versus third with only a one goal difference separating them at the start of the match so it was a massive boost for St Neots which keeps them on course for a top two finish. It proved to be a personal triumph for leading scorer Karl Safee who contributed FIVE of St Neots’ goals including a five minutes first half hat trick, that took his personal tally to the season to an unbelievable thirty goals of the team total of eighty three scored in just 20 matches in league and cup this season. However Safee would be the first to acknowledge the quality of the all round performance of the side on the night - especially in midfield where Ryan Sharman, David Hartley and Harry Jenkins dominated much of the play. The visitors who had beaten St Neots in the League Cup and drawn with them at home in the league proved a hardworking side but lacked finishing.
The scoring was opened after six minutes when a long cross from Dion Sembie-Ferris pinpointed Safee and he finished with a flourish when visiting keeper Dan George appeared to misjudge the flight of the ball. Two minutes later he doubled the score when Sharman supplied the pass and Safee won the ball in a challenge with the keeper. His hat trick arrived after eleven minutes with Hartley this time the provider. Understandably the visitors looked shell shocked and resorted to playing the long ball as their principle form of attack and they could have been further adrift when a Sharman free kick hit the cross bar with George beaten. The visitors managed just two decent first half attempts on goal through Aaron Warrener who shot just wide and Joe Papworth who brought a comfortable save from Kieran Gibbons. Two minutes before the break Safee crowned a memorable half of football by taking advantage of defensive hesitation to make the score 4-0 and all the goals to his credit.
Peterborough introduced two substitute strikers upon the resumption and they added pace and urgency to the side and the game became more even. Gibbons saved well from a Papworth header and he also gathered a Fraser Sturgess free kick but St Neots were also creating chances with Dion Sembie-Ferris twice close to extending the lead. St Neots 50th league goal of the season was memorable for two differing reasons. It came after 69 minutes from a complete miss kick in front of goal by Sharman but it set up Safee for his fifth goal – his best ever single tally in a St Neots shirt. Two minutes later Peterborough sneaked a close range consolation goal by Hallelujah Basmel but within sixty seconds Dion Sembie-Ferris restored the five goals advantage with a neat finish. Understandably the pace dropped in the last fifteen minutes and St Neots ran out deserved and impressive victors.
St Neots: Gibbons, Moya,Mattin, Massey, Tousaint-Jackson, Jenkins, Sembie-Ferris, Hartley, Safee, Sharman,Diejomadh.
Subs used: Leonce, Barker, Monta, Sambu and Belgrove.