St Neots 4 - (3)Wellingborough Mens 1st XI (3)


Wellingborough Men's 1st XI, proudly sponsored by Prop-Search.com, ended up fighting bravely to snatch a draw from a game that they probably should have won.

Wellingborough Men's 1st XI, proudly sponsored by Prop-Search.com, ended up fighting bravely to snatch a draw from a game that they probably should have won.

In the first 15 minutes, Wellingborough played some exceptional hockey with a secure and solid passing game orchestrated by the senior players. Dave Langley was a rock in the middle of the pitch while Ian Knight kept the forwards in order. This inspired all of the team to produce some fine moves culminating in a goal swept in by Matthew Bicknall. New arrival Steven Keal-Frayne made some fine darting runs down the right wing and more decisive finishing would have seen ‘Boro out of sight by half time. However, St Neots struck back wfrom a short corner with keeper John Bishop initially blocking with a diving save only for the rebound to fall straight at the opposition’s striker. ‘Boro responded well to this set back and retook the lead with some fine stick trickery from Bradley Ferris inside the D.


In the second half, ‘borough tired – not surprisingly as they had no substitutes. Eventually St Neots outnumbered the ‘Boro defence leaving Paul Smith (a model of solidity and unorthodox technique at left back) and John Bishop with little chance of preventing the equaliser. St Neots then had the momentum and soon took the lead with a good strike in from a somewhat dubious short corner.


At this point, ‘Boro might have given up but instead got stuck in and scored a deserved equaliser through a short corner via the power of a Dave Langley strike. With many of the team running on empty and more than a few injury niggles, it was up to the likes of Andrew Wade, Andy O’Rourke and Jose Dos Santos to tirelessly see ‘Borough home for a draw which, in the end, was a fair result.

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