ST NEOTS U18 4 MARCH TOWN U18 1
With only three of last season’s players in his starting line-up Manager Simon Trigg must have been delighted that his reshaped side began their new league campaign with three points. Opponents March Town looked a much better side than that which finished seventh last season and the home side had to rely on two late goals from substitute Harleigh Camfield to confirm the final convincing scoreline.
The visitors created the first opening of the match after just four minutes when Harrison Graham was robbed by Jesse Cowley forcing Alex Bent into early action. However, St Neots took the lead after 14 minutes when Caleb Wright went past his marker to cross for Will Jolley to net with a well-placed finish. March then enjoyed a good spell of possession but lacked a significant finish and then Nigel Coleman fired wide after neat work by Jolley. Graham then made a fine run from his own half to set up Jolley but visiting keeper Matthew Oakey responded with a full length save. Eight minutes before the break some hesitant home defending let in Samuel Pond who levelled the scores with a sharp finish. The half ended with Jolley beating his man but shooting wide.
The second half was just six minutes old when the lively Caleb Wright picked up a lengthy clearance from Bent and held off a challenge to restore St Neots lead. The game became very competitive with two players from each side finding their names in the Referee’ notebook and the visiting keeper then did well to save another net bound effort from Wright. St Neots then almost extended their lead when lively substitute Harleigh Camfield saw an angled shot deflect from the far post with the visiting keeper beaten. In a break against the run of play Bailey Christian went clear of the St Neots defence but put his shot high over the bar and then St Neots were reduced to ten men when Lucca Ugarte-Edwards was sent off for a remark directed at the Referee. As the visiting side tired in the 90th minute Harleigh Camfield put the result beyond doubt after a slick move split the visiting defence and the same St Neots played added a fourth goal six minutes into added time.