NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE – MIDLANDS DIVISION
St Neots Town 2 Sporting Khalsa 4
A fourth goal for the visiting side four minutes into added time gave a false impression of this contest after St Neots had fought back from two goals down and missed a second half penalty kick. With a patched-up side, they had fought back after the break to get a foothold in the contest after being outplayed for long spells in the first half, but a late goal deep into added time gave the visitors an impressive victory by a two goals margin that was more complimentary than they deserved. However, it should also be noted that goalkeeper Jamie Greygoose gave a fine performance in the St Neots goal and that the visitors’ finishing was very wayward or the victory might have been even greater. St Neots’ injury list had lengthened again forcing Manager Pete Gill into further changes that stretched his squad to the limit. Toib Adeyemi, Dan Barton and Declan Nche joined Charlie Lewis, Theo Sackey-Mensah and Brandon Njoku on the injured list and Harvey Beckett had departed after just seven impressive performances this season leaving Jaydyn Lott as his replacement work experience loan from Cambridge United.
Jamie Greygoose was in early action saving a close-range effort from Josh McKenzie and then forced to go full length to push away a well-placed effort from James McGrady for a corner. From that cross he was again in action tipping an effort from Liam Armstrong for another corner. When St Neots did break out Andre Hasanally saw his effort blocked but the pressure on the St Neots goal was relentless as new boy Jaydyn Lott did well to block another effort by Armstrong. Then after 24 minutes a cross from Sean Williams was not cleared and Armstrong clipped a shot through a crowded defence to open the scoring. Looking well offside Miracle Okafor went clear of the defence but Greygoose spread himself to block with his legs and on the stroke of half time the visitors extended their lead as Okafor set up by Josh McKenzie added their second goal. St Neots defiantly kept going in time added and SALEEM AKANBI turned in the area to pull a goal back to give his side second half hope.
St Neots began well after the break and Hasanally had a shot well saved by Samuel Arnold before after 64 minutes, visiting defender Tesfa Robinson handled in the area, but the usually reliable Trey Charles saw his spot kick pushed away by the goalkeeper. After the visiting custodian had saved well from Akanbi, the visitors reinstated their two goals advantage when Miracle Okafor was played clear of the defence and this time, he made no mistake with just the keeper to beat. However, five minutes later TREY CHARLES atoned for his penalty miss when he linked up with a great run by Aaron Smith to reduce the deficit to a single goal. St Neots then redoubled their efforts in search of a late equaliser but deep into added time substitute Kieran Whittaker converted after a shot by Lewis Archer had been blocked by a defender. It was hard on a St Neots side that had fought back after a pallid first half display.
Today’s Saints Supporters’ Man of the Match was awarded to Sal Akanbi
St Neots Town: Greygoose, Tarpey, Smith, Anderson, Lott, Stallard, Osei, Charles, Mason, Hasanally, Akanbi.
Subs: Adeyemi (for Stallard 81 mins), Stainsby (for Anderson 89 mins), Clark and Smith.
Cards: Hasanally ( Y ) 90+5 mins
Goals: Akanbi(45+3 mins), Charles (78 mins)