St Neots let Vase slip at Newmarket
FA Vase Second Qualifying Round: Newmarket Town 2-1 St Neots Town || THE FA Vase will no longer prove a distraction for St Neots after they bowed out to the Jockey Boys of Newmarket. If ever there was a game of two halves, this was it, with Saints restri
FA Vase Second Qualifying Round: Newmarket Town 2-1 St Neots Town ||
THE FA Vase will no longer prove a distraction for St Neots after they bowed out to the Jockey Boys of Newmarket.
If ever there was a game of two halves, this was it, with Saints restricting the home side to just one shot in the opening 45 minutes.
The visitors had so much possession that one-goal advantage at half-time was a disappointment. In the early exchanges, Saints had several chances before Liam Harrold got his head to a Michael Hyem cross and planted a header into the net.
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The team's failure to finish more chances came back to haunt them as the match wore on.
Saints fans who had made the trip must have wondered what had been added to the half-time tea as the second-half Saints performance was as different as chalk to cheese from that of the first.
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Newmarket introduced striker Jonathan Olive after the break and from that point the Jockeys ran like a well-oiled machine.
Saints goalkeeper Luke McShane had more to do in the first five minutes of the second half than he had in the entire first period, and the pressure eventually told on 70 minutes when Olive scored.
Saints rang the changes but saw good efforts saved by home custodian Lee Hulyer before Olive netted again from an acute angle on 80 minutes.
St Neots responded and Danny Marlow had the ball in the Newmarket net, only to hear the whistle blown for an infringement.
Jon Docker had a shot deflected over the bar and a second blocked as St Neots desperately searched for an equalizer that never came.