St Neots were the visitors to The OVAL and raced into an early lead when on 3 minutes a long ball seemed to get lost in the air by the Greenbacks defence and when it fell to Joe Rider inside the box he rifled it past Sam Lomax to give the visitors the lead and something to hang on to. The game then became a stop start affair with the referee being the busiest man on the pitch booking 5 players in the first 45 minutes. St Neots were looking to hang on to what they had got and at every opportunity got players behind the ball to prevent The Greenbacks any clear cut scoring chances.
The second half saw St Neots looking to run the clock down at every opportunity with time ticking down it looked like St Neots delaying tactics would see them take all 3 points home. The game turned when after a clash Mamadou Jobe on 78 minutes swung an elbow at Elliot Parrott which saw him receive his second yellow the last 10 minutes became a lot harder for the visitors but it looked as if they had done enough to repel the home sides but with 2 minutes of normal time to play Brett Lloyd swung a ball into the box and Ryan Moore headed home to equal the scores it looked like the points were to be shared, but St Neots delaying tactics backfired on them when the referee indicated 5 extra to be played. In the forth of those minutes Ryan Moore won a header against a St Neots player who went down holding his head with all of the St Neots bench and supporters asking the referee to stop play for a head injury The Greenbacks played on and won a corner. Reviewing the incident after the game on the VEO camera it turned out to be a good decision by the referee as there was no contact with the St Neots players head and again they were looking to run down the clock. The corner was swung in and Elliot Parrott rose highest to head the home side into the lead for the first time in the game. It turned out to be the perfect time to score the deciding goal as there was just about enough time to restart the game before the final whistle went and all 3 points were secure and staying at The OVAL.
|5th November 2022
|Northern Premier League - Midlands 22-23