GODMANCHESTER ROVERS U18        2                                                 

St Neots retained their outside hopes of honours this season when they mounted a stunning second half comeback to beat a determined Godmanchester side and preserve their unbeaten home record. After conceding two goals in the five minutes before the break they introduced substitute Caleb Wright in the second half, and he responded with his second hat trick of the season to clinch the points and send his side six points clear at the head of the table. However, second placed Deeping still have four matches in hand.

The first half was fiercely contested with both sides committed to attacking football. If St Neots shaded possession the visitors looked more dangerous on the break.   An early effort by Rocco Smith for the home side was only just too high whilst Oliver Chubb went close at the other end.    The final 15 minutes of the first half saw the best of the action.   From a corner St Neots skipper Adam Baker brought a fingertip save from the visiting keeper but at the other end in a counter-attack Alex Bent had to be at his best to keep out an effort from Robert Cristica. The same visiting player was also close with a free kick just over the bar. Then in the five minutes before the break the visitors really gave themselves a great start. After 40 minutes a superb free kick from 26 yards by Cristica opened the scoring and three minutes later very poor defending let in Oliver Chubb for a second goal.

Half time changes saw St Neots send on substitute Caleb Wright and he was to improve their fortunes. After Bent had made an important early save to deny the visitors a third goal, Wright pulled one back for the home side just past the hour with a smart finish.   The visitors defended well as St Neots upped the pressure but after 79 minutes a header by Wright from a corner levelled the scores to put St Neots well on top. However, it was a minute into added time when Wright completed his hat trick to earn full points for his side.


St Neots:  Bent, Hughes-Graham, Olive, Khoo, Jolley (J), Baker (A), Tonks, Webster, Camfield, Pendrick, Smith.

Subs:  Baker (L), Collins, Ugarte-Edwards, Wright.

Cards:   Camfield (Y – 84 mins). Jolly (Y – 84 mins), Webster (Y – 86 mins)

Referee:  Jacob Nunn

John Walker