St Neots claim final-day win
UCL Premier Division Cogenhoe United 0 St Neots 2 ST NEOTS Town had to wait until the final game of the season, but they finally claimed the win that their improved form recently has deserved. Saints were missing a number of players to injury, and Mel Ha
UCL Premier Division
Cogenhoe United 0 St Neots 2
ST NEOTS Town had to wait until the final game of the season, but they finally claimed the win that their improved form recently has deserved.
Saints were missing a number of players to injury, and Mel Hancock, taking charge of the team in the absence of boss Steve Lomas, had to improvise with his team selection. "It was a bit of a mix and match team on Saturday - we put a lot of teams out last week, with the reserves and the under-18s, so with the injuries we had we were forced to play a lot of players out of position," he said.
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"We've been improving week on week, and working hard with the players. We felt we'd been playing well so it was very pleasing to get the win."
Saints' patched-up team got off to the best possible start by scoring after just four minutes against an uninspired Cogenhoe team with little to play for. Lee Bassett scored his third goal in three matches when he shot home left-footed from the edge of the penalty area.
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Cogenhoe quickly regrouped and began to apply pressure, but their finishing let them down as Neil Champelovier shot weakly at Saints keeper Lee Crockett before Dan Holman put a free header wide. Saints also had chances to extend their lead as Bassett again went close, and Matt Kenneford had one shot saved and sent another just wide of the post.
Kenneford continued to exert his influence on the game, shooting repeatedly from range, as Saints stepped up their chase for a second. The goal finally came after 70 minutes when James Hall sent a cross into the box which was fumbled by the goalkeeper, leaving Shane Fox to score. Saints then began to turn the screw in search of a third, with Luke Knight hitting the bar, and Kenneford again denied the goal his performance merited.