Biggleswade Town 1 St Neots Town 4
St Neots produced their most impressive showing so far in their seventh pre-season run out, as they thrashed Step Three hosts Biggleswade Town on their own pitch with a stunning second half performance. The three decisive goals came in the final twenty minutes of a competitive encounter and Manager Pete Gill will have been delighted with the clinical finishing of his side. Particularly impressive were the attacking midfield pairing of Myles Cowling and Charley Barker who sliced through a fragile looking home defence almost at will, and Nehemiah Richard-Noel who scored twice to take his tally to four in six appearances.
With both sides having Premier Plus Financial Advisers as their sponsors this was dubbed as the Premier Plus Cup Final (no trophy) but there was little doubt that the visitors earned the plaudits. After a bright start with St Neots dictating early play, Richard-Noel forced a good save from home keeper Jake Alley whilst for the home side Joe Neal tested Saints keeper Louis Chadwick. The early pressure paid off after 18 minutes when a mazy, solo run into the home defence ended with the lively Myles Cowling beating Alley with a low shot from distance. Briefly the Waders rallied and seven minutes later Neal skipped around a defender and crossed for David Manu to level the scores. However, the most notable efforts in the remainder of the first half came from the visiting side with Richard-Noel beating the keeper but seeing his effort drift just wide, and Alley then making a brave save at the feet of Joe Rider.
With Lee Watkins on for the limping Joe Sutton, St Neots continued to produce confident flowing football and for a brief period around the hour Biggleswade had their best spell without seriously testing the visiting defence. With twenty minutes left St Neots’ play seemed to move up a gear and they regained the lead as Harvey Steel mesmerised the home defence with a galloping, surging foray from his own 18 yard box down the left to set up Joe Rider for a well-taken goal. Once St Neots were ahead the remainder of the match was pretty much one-way towards the home goal. Within a minute of their second goal the home side were further ahead as Richard-Noel took advantage of slack defending and he joyfully completed the scoring after some excellent approach play by Charley Barker whose effort was blocked, but the St Neots striker was on hand to net.
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