St Neots U18 side kicked off their season in style by thrashing Divisional newcomers Thetford Town U18 by fourteen goals to one. Six different players featured on the scoresheet for the home side as they recorded their highest ever Thurlow Nunn league victory. Ironically the second half substitutes scored more goals than those who started the match, many of whom were replaced by the substitutes. As they are an age-group side there are bound to be multiple changes season to season but a quick glance at the records shows that only seven of the sixteen players (including substitutes) played for the side last season.
An explosive start saw St Neots take the lead after just twelve seconds as the visitors kicked off and dithered in defence allowing Alfie Carberry to steal the ball and slot past the surprised visiting keeper. Three minutes later the score was doubled as Max Smalley crossed for Carberry to score from close range. Julinho Gomes then joined the party mesmerising the visiting defence to help himself to two goals after 12 and 14 minutes to maintain the pressure. When Smalley limped off injured, he was replaced by Marley Ugarte-Edwards who added a fifth goal ten minutes after he appeared. It could have been even more goals as Carberry was tripped in the area but from his spot kick, he saw the under-siege visiting goalkeeper save his tamely struck penalty kick five minutes before the break.
Gomes completed his hat trick after 52 minutes taking advantage of an unkind rebound off the goalkeepers’ body to make it 6-0 and then St Neots sent on their substitutes to ‘freshen up’ their attack. Substitute Joseph Jackson increased the lead but then visiting striker Herdul Datocampol defiantly snatched a consolation goal for the visitors after 64 minutes. However, that was as good as it got for the Norfolk visitors with Ugarte-Edwards and Charlie Clark adding further goals to make it 9-1. The final eight minutes saw one-way traffic towards the Thetford goal with five further goals added from Clark, Max Kimpton, Jackson, and Ugarte- Edwards (2).
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