NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: St Neots Town hoping to hold onto loan ace Tom Meechan after fine return to the club

PUBLISHED: 16:32 10 October 2017

Striker Tom Meechan in action during St Neots Town's 2-2 draw at Frome last Saturday. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES

Striker Tom Meechan in action during St Neots Town's 2-2 draw at Frome last Saturday. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES

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St Neots Town boss Matt Clements is hopeful of tying down loan ace Tom Meechan for another month.

The prolific frontman has fired three goals in four appearances for a Saints side who have collected 10 points out of a possible 12 in the Southern League Premier Division during that time.

Meechan’s initial loan deal from National League South side Hungerford covers three more games – a home clash against lowly Dunstable Town tonight, another Premier Plus date with Weymouth this Saturday and a trip to Chesham on Tuesday – but Clements is confident of keeping hold of the striker a little longer.

Clements said: “We are 99.9 per-cent certain we are going to extend Tom’s loan for another month.

“We’ve got the go-ahead from Hungerford to keep hold of Tom and hopefully we can get it all agreed in the coming days.

“We’re well aware of the logistical issues with Tom being based in South Wales and having a career away from football down there.

“There is also the fact that he probably drives past 30 non-league clubs to get to us, but he is loving being at St Neots and playing regular football again.

“There may well be a situation that crops up where he attracts interest from a club closer to his home, but we’ll be delighted to have him for as long as possible.

“Tom has been absolutely brilliant and him being back has given everyone a lift.

“He’s scored goals but has also brought much more than that to the table. He adds the experience in the final third that we were lacking.

“There are some wily defenders at this level, but Tom knows how to handle them and also bring other players into the game and allow them to excel.”

Saints are without two defenders due to suspension tonight.

Tom Wood serves a one-game ban and recent signing Ronayne Marsh-Brown starts a three-match ban.

Both men were sent off as a much-changed Saints team bowed out of the Southern League Challenge Cup last Tuesday with a 1-0 defeat at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Current captain Luke Knight then misses the game against Weymouth after collecting five cautions. Central defender Taylor Parr is also one booking away from a ban himself.

Saints are unbeaten in four Premier Division games following a 2-2 draw at Frome last Saturday. A Dylan Williams penalty and a Dion Sembie-Ferris leveller earned a point in Somerset.

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