Pre-season friendly

EATON SOCON   1      ST NEOTS TOWN   4         

St Neots Town got their first victory in their pre-season programme just across the river at Eaton Socon. Conditions were extremely difficult with a strong cross wind and neither side really mastered the conditions, although St Neots had the better of the exchanges throughout. Manager Cameron Mawer pronounced himself pleased with the improvement but added “there is still work to be done”.

Looking the better balanced side from the start, St Neots went close after just three minutes when Magloire Muyembe dragged his finish just beyond the far post but eight minutes later the visitors took the lead with the best move of the first half as James Hatch crossed from the left to pick out the impressive Harvey Williams who glided past his marker to set up Sam Johnson for a simple finish. Seven minutes later it was 2-0 when Williams was impeded in the penalty area and from the spot Josh Brown increased the lead. After 31 minutes a penalty converted at the other end by Naish Sagwete pulled the home side back in contention after a push by the defender at a set piece.

The second half was an end-to-end affair for around half an hour with both sides utilising several substitutes and play was fairly even, but after 81 minutes the breakthrough arrived as from a corner James Hatch (left) rose to head past the goalkeeper to increase St Neots’ lead. The icing on the cake for the visitors came four minutes from time when substitute Tom Rowley netted from close range to complete the scoring.

St Neots Town: Goff, Reynolds, Barnett, Hook, Brown, George, Johnson, Muyembe, Smith. Hatch, Williams.

Subs: Rowley, Bomblo, Lynn, Dunnett, Shortland, Ajana.