GODMANCHESTER ROVERS U18       1         ST NEOTS TOWN U18      2      

Alfie Carberry was reinstated in the St Neots team for his first league match since day one of the season and he claimed both second half goals to give his side all three points in this important match. It was the first meeting of these two sides and the league leaders were given a thorough testing but came through with flying colours. Godmanchester will consider themselves unlucky not to at least have shared the spoils after an impressive first half performance but credit St Neots with sheer determination and second half come-back to cling on to their top spot in the league table. The crunch match comes next Monday when Deeping U18 side are the visitors to the Premier Plus Stadium for what could be a title decider.

From the start the home side applied pressure as Will Jolly went clear of the defence but shot wide and an effort from Junior Augusto from distance was well saved. At the other end Archie Holmes cleared off the line from Julinho Gomes and Marley Ugarte-Edwards forced an important save from home keeper George Driver. St Neots new signing, Lil Fransisco, twice showed his attacking desire, testing Driver before firing over the bar whilst Michael Drinkwater and Will Jolly were off target for the home side. The breakthrough came a minute before the break when the St Neots defence was breached, and Junior Augusto gave Rovers a half time lead.

St Neots came out strongly after the break and Driver had to save well from a Kacper Kobus header but after 53 minutes the visitors levelled the scored as Gomes drifted past his marker to set up Alfie Carberry for St Neots’ equaliser.   The visitors then enjoyed their best spell of the match and seven minutes later they took the lead as the lively Ugarte-Edwards forced a fingertip save from Driver, but he failed to hold onto the ball and Alfie Carberry was quickly in to claim his second goal. Frankie Webster then had to clear off the line from another St Neots attack with his keeper beaten and although the home side worked hard, they found the visiting defence in commanding form. Their second half domination saw St Neots safely home to extend their lead at the top of the table.

St Neots:    Anthony, Hargreaves, Thomas, Clark, Fransisco, Camfield, Kobus, Nshangalume, Carberry, Ugarte-Edwards, Gomes

Subs used:   Kimpton, Jackson, Timberlake, and Perry.

Cards:  none

Referee:  Oliver Haycock

(John Walker)