Return of the Saints of old
Electric display from Dennis Greene’s side downs Corby
St Neots Town 3
Corby Town 1
“They couldn’t live with us.”
That was the bottom line from manager Dennis Greene after his side’s magnificent friendly victory over Blue Square Bet North side Corby at The Hunts Post Community Stadium on Monday night.
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Fans were treated to the return of the Saints of old as they continue to gear up for the start of the season.
Goals from Stefan Moore, Kieran Davies and a 30-yard screamer from Shane Tolley – that would otherwise be a contender for goal of the season – secured their impressive win.
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“Our first half performance was exceptional and they couldn’t live with us,” said Greene.
“We’re going to get better and better as pre-season progresses, as the players get fitter.
“If we play anything like we did first half – week in week out – teams are going to find it difficult to contain us.
“The important thing is that we’re playing well and things are starting to take shape now.”
St Neots took the lead 20 minutes in and it was the result of some exquisite passing.
Skipper Lewis Webb’s through ball found Stefan Moore who, after rounding the goalkeeper, kept his cool to plant the ball past goalkeeper Lee Windrum.
Having completely dominated the match, a lapse in concentration allowed Corby to draw level on 49 minutes.
Will Fordham had done well to tackle and stop Jordan Spruce getting a clear run in on goal but, in the melee, keeper Michael Duggan fumbled the ball and presented Sam Ives with a simple opportunity to equalise.
St Neots then restored their advantage on 77 minutes through Davies, but goal of the night belonged to Tolley on 90 minutes – thrashing home a right-footed shot from 30 yards, following a well-worked corner, into the top corner.
Peterborough United youth team defender Peter Grant completed 90 minutes, after arriving on loan from London Road on Monday – and his performance was praised by Greene.
“He’s come here to get some first team experience and can play at either centre-half or left-back.
“The most important thing is that he fits into our team and the way we play.
“And on first glance, his passing and delivery in particular were excellent, so everything you want from a player in those positions – he had.”
Saints: Duggan, Harradine (tst), Grant, Webb (C), Fordham, Gent, Hilliard, MacKenzie, Moore, Tolley, Jacob.
Subs used: Henerbery, Greene, Cobb, Grieve (tst), Davies.
ON Saturday, St Neots host Championship outfit Peterborough United – with the game kicking off at the earlier time of 1pm.
Supporters will be able to purchase a 28-page programme at the game, which has been designed in collaboration with Blue Prawn Design.
Before that, St Neots are due back in action against Cambridge United tomorrow (Wednesday).
Then on Monday night, they host Dagenham & Redbridge – both kick-off at 7.45pm.