DAVENTRY TOWN         0                 ST NEOTS TOWN         1 

Jordan Brown scored the winning goal for St Neots at Daventry, but the important three points were really secured by goalkeeper James Goff who pulled off three outstanding saves to ensure an important clean sheet, and lift St Neots into third place in the league table. It was St Neots’ eighth clean sheet away from home this season – an important factor in their quest for promotion back to level four in the non-league pyramid. Daventry were testing opposition, but the visitors resolve was clear and it was a fitting performance ahead of the weekend visit of league leaders Wellingborough Town. Manager Cameron Mawer was able to name an unchanged side – a rarity this season.

Former St Ives Town striker Nabil Shariff was an early problem for the visitors firing narrowly over the bar and seeing a second effort rebound from the crossbar in the opening ten minutes. However, St Neots settled and Jordan Brown broke clear to fire over the bar at the other end. Connor Furlong playing against his former side then tested the home keeper but the general pattern of play saw St Neots tending to overhit their forward passes. Ten minutes before the break Goff denied Isaac Redding pushing his fierce finish over the crossbar and sixty seconds later St Neots profited when Jordan Brown (right) stepped inside his marker to beat the home keeper with a low shot to put St Neots in front.The half ended with Redding spurning a good chance of an equaliser when he shot wide from a promising position.

A full length save by Goff from Shariff just after the restart preserved St Neots narrow lead and then when Harvey Rhoades broke up an attack by upending Brown. Both players were booked with Brown sin-binned for his verbal protests. During the period that St Neots were reduced to ten men, Daventry upped their attacking efforts, but Charlie Bowen and Nathan George were solid at the back for the visitors and Courtney Lashley squandered Daventry’s best opening firing wildly over the bar. After 73 minutes Goff produced the save of the match to deny Kye Little at close range as the home side redoubled their efforts and the final ten minutes the match ended with a series of substitutions by both sides that saw little serious threat on either goal.

          

Rank Teams Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Goal difference Points Current form
1 Wellingborough Town 38 29 5 4 92 32 60 92 WWWWW
2 Racing Club Warwick 38 24 8 6 90 44 46 80 DLWWD
3 Aylestone Park 38 25 5 8 103 60 43 80 LWWLW
4 St Neots Town FC 38 22 9 7 74 35 39 75 LLWWW
5 March Town United 38 22 9 7 69 40 29 75 WWDWD
6 Newport Pagnell Town 37 19 5 13 70 53 17 59 WWDLD
7 Yaxley FC 37 16 8 13 76 60 16 56 LLDDW
8 GNG Oadby Sports 38 16 7 15 74 89 -15 55 DWLLW

 

 

 

Tonight’s Saints Supporters’ Man of the Match – kindly sponsored by The Greystone Public House, Sawtry – JAMES GOFF

 

 

 

 

 

St Neots Town:   Goff, Nickels, Culkin, Tavernier, George, Bowen, Brown, Dummett, Thorpe, Hatch, Furlong

Subs:  Ajana (for Furlong 80 mins), Akinbobola (for Thorpe 90 + 3 mins), Muyembe, Reynolds, and Amaeshike.

Cards:  Brown (Y – 54 mins), Tavernier (Y – 74 mins). Culkin (Y – 88 mins)

 

Daventry Town:   Carter, Singh, Rhoades, Lashley, Jackson, Proudlock, Little, Redding, Shariff, Dean, Reeves

Subs:   Fotso (for Reeves 64 mins), Farah (for Dean 89 mins), Monterio (for Little 90 + 3 mins), McGilvaney and Duroe.

Cards:  Rhoades (Y – 54 mins)

Attendance: 114

Referee:  Ali Cera (Leicester)

(John Walker)