Gillet’s delight at win
Cambridge Nomads 2 St Neots 3 A QUALITY-filled clash saw Saints triumph in a match between two teams with genuine promotion ambitions. With Nomads having put 11 past Spalding the previous week, Saints initial game plan was to keep a clean sheet for as lo
Cambridge Nomads 2
St Neots 3
A QUALITY-filled clash saw Saints triumph in a match between two teams with genuine promotion ambitions.
With Nomads having put 11 past Spalding the previous week, Saints' initial game plan was to keep a clean sheet for as long as possible. This quickly went out the window when Richard Lloyd drifted in unmarked after only 64 seconds to open the scoring from close range.
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Saints manager Phil Gillet will have been pleased by the response shown by his team from the early setback, and they quickly settled into their stride causing problems for the Nomads defence with some excellent flowing passing moves.
Allan Knox's penalty corner was saved by the home goalkeeper but the rebound fell nicely to Simon James, who slammed the ball home to equalise on the quarter hour.
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From the restart, Saints immediately intercepted the ball and Darren Coles fed a perfect through ball for Pete Jarvis, who took one touch to control the ball and the second to slam the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.
Nomads pulled back a goal through a smart finish, but Saints retook the lead after a flowing move down the right led to Coles feeding Simba Chigwada, who slipped the ball past the home goalkeeper.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men following a poor tackle on Chigwada, but laid siege to the visiting goal as time ticked away as Saints stood firm.
The victory lifts Saints to fourth in the table, level on points with their hosts. Saints host second-placed Witham at Ernulf School on Saturday - midday start.