Friendly St Neots Town 4 Luton Town 2 MORE than 500 fans turned out to watch St Neots humble their troubled league visitors at Rowley Park last night (Thursday). St Neots boss Marvin Johnson watched his side come from two goals down to triumph against the
St Neots Town 4 Luton Town 2
MORE than 500 fans turned out to watch St Neots humble their troubled league visitors at Rowley Park last night (Thursday).
St Neots boss Marvin Johnson watched his side come from two goals down to triumph against the club where he remains a legend.
The visitors were the better side for the first 25 minutes but as the match progressed St Neots got more and more confident and they dominated much of the second half and could have won by a more convincing margin.
Saints, featuring a number of triallists and teenagers in their side, turned in a promising performance that bodes well for the new United Counties League season.
Steve Dogbe shone at the back for the home side, but it was Luton who got off to the best start when Scott Sinclair pounced on an error by young Jon Hall.
St Neots struggled in the early stages to forge an attacking momentum, with Peter Okechukwu playing a lone role up front, but the visiting goalkeeper did make one brave save at his feet when hew broke clear.
St Neots' best early effort came when Luigi Rocco cut in from the right to fire narrowly over the bar - but after 23 minutes the visitors doubled their lead.
The goal came from defensive hesitation and Aidan Quinn pounced to claim his second goal.
This seemed to spur St Neots on and 10 minutes later they were awarded a free-kick some 30 yards from goal and Declan Rodgers claimed the first ever St Neots goal at the new Rowley Park with a shot that caught Aaron Fletcher napping at his near post.
That was the impetus the home side needed and two minutes after the restart Okechukwu chased a Barry Albone through ball and beat the substitute goalkeeper to the ball to take advantage of a rebound to walk the ball into the empty net and level the scores.
Eleven minutes later a poor clearance by goalkeeper James Gilbert presented the ball to Rodgers and he confidently made ground before scoring with a well-placed shot.
From that point on there was only going to be one winner as St Neots dominated play from midfield, creating further scoring chances.
Substitute Kevin McElroy left the goalkeeper rooted to the spot as his shot rebounded from a post and he then headed a James Hall cross over the bar when he should have scored.
With five minutes left James Hall was brought down as he sprinted on goal and although Gilbert parried the spot-kick, home substitute Dean Sturnolio followed up to complete the victory with St Neots' fourth goal.