HISTON 0 ST NEOTS TOWN 4
St Neots returned to winning ways to move up to third in the league table with a comfortable midweek victory at Histon. Two goals in each half summed up a contest that St Neots dominated with a late rally from the home side blunted by two excellent saves from visiting keeper James Goff. Injuries to two key players meant enforced changes for the visiting side because Harvey Williams and Nathan George had failed to recover from weekend injuries so into the side came Josh Brown after injury and new signing, tall central defender Mart Apat. It was perfect preparation for the upcoming weekend FA Vase tie at home to Thetford Town.
After an even start Marcus Cole saw Histon’s first serious effort diverted for a corner after six minutes, but St Neots were then into their stride as Jordan Brown went round a defender four minutes later to see his cross deflected into the net by Rob Ruddy to give the visitors the lead. The variation in tactics by St Neots with James Hatch through the middle and Jordan Brown operating wide gave St Neots a balance they had been lacking and then Magloire Myembe shot narrowly wide after neat work by Josh Brown. Histon replied with sporadic attacks with Lewis Mair and Efraim Romanos failing to find a finish in front of goal. Six minutes before the break St Neots cemented their hold on the game when Sam Johnson finished off a neat move that had split the home defence.
Early in the second half an injury to Rav Kalek meant a reorganisation of the visiting defence with Tom Rowley substituting. Histon tried a mass reorganisation with the introduction of three substitutes but St Neots still controlled play with Rowley having a shot blocked and another 71st minute free kick effort by Johnson rebounding from the crossbar with the home keeper beaten. However, the pressure paid off and St Neots effectively sealed the points with a third goal two minutes later when the goalkeeper failed to gather the ball and Jordan Brown cooly slotted home to make it 3-0. Three minutes later an attractive attacking move involving substitute Israel Ajana and Rowley set up Jordan Brown for his second goal. Histon defiantly tried to have the final word but those two late excellent saves by Goff saw St Neots return home with a clean sheet.