13-09-2012 19:45
TNC Preliminary Round

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Cup Round One


ST NEOTS TOWN      5      WISBECH TOWN     1         


St Neots breezed into the second round of the Thurlow Nunn League cup with an almost complete display of attacking football that could be sub-titled the Kaine Felix show.   The exciting youngster already a member of Iain Parr’s first team squad scored four goals with a mixture of scintillating speed and precision finishing to destroy Wisbech almost single handed but he would be the first to acknowledge that this was an all round team effort that earned the victory.   Wisbech had very little to offer in answer to St Neots now familiar brand of slick passing football and had they not visibly eased up in the second half the margin of victory would have been much greater.


In the very first minute St Neots influential skipper Ryan Sharman saw a shot rebound from a post with the visiting keeper beaten and after two further efforts by Karl Saffee st Neots too the lead after 20 minutes as Felix ran the length of the Wisbech half outpacing several defenders to score with a low shot.    Ashley Farouqui joined the attack to see his angled effort rebound from the crossbar but after 27 minutes the lead was doubled as Harry Jenkins powered home a header from a Jake Leonce corner.   Two minutes later it was 3-0 as Felix linked with Sharman to score with an accurate left foot shot and the game was effectively won in the first half hour with St Neots keeper Josh Banthorpe merely a spectator.


Just five minutes after the restart Felix completed a memorable half hour hat trick with Leonce again involved in a mesmerising build up and this triggered a series of rolling substitutions with St Neots involving their full squad.   Wisbech did manage to bring Banthorpe into action as a firmly struck fee kick by Lee Abbott was comfortably saved but even though Wisbech were beginning to enjoy a greater share of play their finishing was poor.   Midway through the second half their best attacker Jack Friend outpaced his marker of the left to pull a goal back with a crisp finish but that was as good as it got for the visitors.   It was appropriate that Kaine Felix should have the last word with the best goal of the match – a 30 yards stunning effort that left the visiting keeper helpless.   The team now look forward next week to this season’s debut in the nationals FA Youth Cup away at Thrapston.



St Neots: Banthorpe, Massey, Muya, Jenkins, Farouqui, Belgrove, Felix, Hartley, Saffee, Sharman, Leonce.


Subs used:  Diejomadh (Rooky), Tamakloe, & Flynn

            (not used) Gibbons

Cards:  Farouqui (Y – 56)


John Walker