Town pay for missed chances

UCL Premier Division St Neots Town 1 Wellingborough 2 A NIGHTMARE final 10 minutes saw St Neots go down to their first league defeat of the season at Rowley Park. For the third time in eight days St Neots led 1-0 at the break but this time they failed to

UCL Premier Division

St Neots Town 1 Wellingborough 2

A NIGHTMARE final 10 minutes saw St Neots go down to their first league defeat of the season at Rowley Park.

For the third time in eight days St Neots led 1-0 at the break but this time they failed to hold on for a share of the points.

St Neots had two chances in the opening three minutes of the game. Tony Russell, unmarked at the far post, failed to hit the target with a header and then Jon Hoggett brought a fine full-length save from John Hughes.

Jon Mitchell had Wellingborough's only early chance, firing weakly at goal after being put through on the left, whilst Barrington Belgrave won the ball well between two defenders but stabbed his shot wide.

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Roy Bloxham in the St Neots goal had a relatively quiet first half but he did produce one important save from a snap shot from Michael Sneddon after 21 minutes.

Four minutes later St Neots' pressure paid off as a Belgrave shot was headed away without any real length and it fell to Ryan Francis who gave Hughes no chance with a well placed volley for his second goal in three matches.

At half time Martyn Patching replaced Bloxham in the St Neots goal with the latter suffering from a recurrent back injury.

At the other end Patching's goal was fortunate to stay intact when a clever lob from Mitchell beat the keeper but Nathan Buckland got back to acrobatically divert the ball onto a post and away.

With seven minutes left Adam Hancock headed down a cross from the right and Alfie Taylor was quickly in to drive the ball past Patching to level the scores.

By now it was all Wellingborough as St Neots struggled to get out of their own half and two minutes from the end of a generous added time Dan Grainger outwitted two tiring defenders on the byline and crossed low to the near post where Adam Hancock flicked the ball in for the winning goal.

n St Neots host Soham Town Rangers in the FA Vase on Saturday and Stotfold are the visitors in a league match on Tuesday evening.

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