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The Evostik League Southern Premier Division

Tuesday 14th February 2017

Rowley Park Stadium, St Neots

Attendance 148

Match Report By Simon Newbury

St Neots Town
Chesham United
Man Of The Match
Drew Roberts
Alex Archer 1 Ashlee Jones Chesham’s play-off hopes were dealt another blow with their fourth consecutive away defeat and the biggest league defeat of the season. This was a very open game in which Chesham had plenty of possession, but always looked vulnerable in defence against a St Neots side who climbed out of the relegation zone with this win.

Darren Purse returned to the side after four weeks out, replacing Toby Little with Benji Crilley switching to right back and Brett Longden starting on the left. The only other change saw Drew Roberts return in place of David Hutton. Both sides looked dangerous in the early stages with St Neots’ Jevani Brown finding space on the left and firing in a shot that Ashlee Jones touched behind, then a Dave Pearce free kick into the home area came off Jacob Partridge and just eluded Curtis Ujah. On 16 minutes a neat build-up saw Drew Roberts in space to fire in a shot that hit the far post and bounced into the hands of home keeper Alex Archer. Shortly afterwards a short back-pass by Tom Wood nearly let in Ryan Blake but Archer just got to the ball first, then Matt Taylor’s solo run took him into the home penalty area but his final effort was blocked. However the home team came back with Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson shooting high and wide from a good position. In the 27th minute Jevani Brown seized on a mix-up in the Chesham defence and was brought down by Ashlee Jones just inside the area. Jones was booked and Brown despatched the resulting penalty. However the lead was to last only two minutes, as Dave Pearce robbed Jacob Partridge and set up Drew Roberts for a shot low into the net from just inside the area. In the next minute Dave Pearce crossed to the far post where Sam Youngs headed back across but the ball was hurriedly cleared. However St Neots promptly broke away and Jevani Brown’s shot from 25 yards hit the post, but unlike Drew Roberts’ effort at the other end the ball bounced across goal and into the opposite corner of the net. As chances came and went at both ends a Dave Pearce cross just eluded Ryan Blake and Sam Youngs, then Michael Hyem broke clear but took too heavy a touch and Ashlee Jones was able to drop on the ball.

Early in the second half a home attack ended with Luke Brown crossing to Michael Hyem who shot well over, then at the other end Dave Pearce’s lay-off led to Drew Roberts firing in another shot which beat Archer but clipped the outside of a post. Chesham went on to enjoy their best spell of the match, and Dave Pearce crossed to Ryan Blake whose header clipped the top of the bar. As Chesham pushed forward the home team nearly took advantage when Michael Hyem’s cross came to Jonny Herd who blazed over the bar. Midway through the half Dave Pearce’s corner was headed on by Darren Purse and Sam Youngs hooked the ball just wide. However in the next minute Jevani Brown ran at the centre of the Chesham defence and shot past Ashlee Jones to make the score 3-1. Chesham never looked like retrieving the situation and the St Neots sealed the points with a late fourth goal, when Tom Knowles mishit the ball across goal but succeeded in setting up James Tricks who side-footed the ball past Jones from ten yards.
Jacob Partridge 2 Brett Longden
Jonny Herd 3 Benji Crilley
Shane Hill 4 Darren Purse
Tom Wood 5 Curtis Ujah
Taylor Parr 6 Adam Martin
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson 7 Matt Taylor
Fernando Bell-Toxtle 8 Sam Youngs
Luke Brown 9 Ryan Blake
Michael Hyem 10 Drew Roberts
Jevani Brown 11 Dave Pearce
James Tricks 12 Barry Hayles
Harry Norman 14 David Hutton
Nassim L'Ghoul 15 Stephan Hamilton-Forbes
Tom Knowles 16 Toby Little
Lee Clarke 17 Shaun Reece
Used Substitutes
Tricks For L Brown 57   Hutton For Martin 57
Knowles For J Brown 81   Little For Crilley 66
L'Ghoul For Hyem 86   Hayles For Longden 80
J Borwn 28 Pen, 32, 71   Roberts 30
Tricks 85    
J Brown 40   Jones 27
Fortnam-Tomlinson 55