ST NEOTS TOWN  U18   1       DEEPING RANGERS  U18   0                               

Previously unbeaten this season, Deeping Rangers U18 came to grief at St Neots as the home team produced one of their best performances of the season. The scoreline should have been more convincing for the home side squandered some excellent chances but they were defensively superb against a visiting side that were averaging five and a half goals per game prior to their visit to the Premier Plus Stadium. As a result, the gap art the top of the table was reduced to just one point although the Lincolnshire side still have a game in hand.

St Neots dominated the first half with a display of confident attacking football and the visitors never managed a single shot on goal. However, chances for the home side came and went with visiting keeper Danny Foulger kept busy saving from Harleigh Camfield and Will Jolly in the first quarter of an hour.  Other chances went begging with the visitors just happy to hold on. A free kick from Christopher Khoo was just too high before Camfield was again denied at the near post after he had gone clear. The two St Neots front men were rampant but just before the break Will Jolly contrived to shoot wide from ten yards with only the keeper to beat.

St Neots then atoned for their profligacy less than a minute after the restart when from a corner Referee Simon Ward spotted a push on a St Neots player and from the penalty spot Will Jolly slotted home to put the home side in front. This setback seemed to spur the visitors and from a free kick by Isaac Bassendine the home keeper was forced into his first serious action of the match. The same visiting player then made space for himself but fired high over the bar but by now the visitors were back in the game. Up for a corner, Joel Jolly fired narrowly wide and then home keeper Alex Bent needed two attempts to save a stinging shot from Liam Burrows. Khoo outpaced the defence but shot into the side netting but the visitors then mounted a spirited last five minutes looking for an equaliser but substitutes Keane Miller and Callum Pratt both squandered late chances as the home side hung on for all three points.

St Neots Town:  Bent, Tonks, Barbi, Olive, Jolley (J), Baker (A), Khoo, Webster, Camfield, Jolley (W), Brewster

Subs:  Morris, Baker (L), Coleman, Collins, Hughes-Graham.

Cards:  Camfield (Y – 61 mins).

Referee:  Simon Ward

John Walker