Safety within touching distance after 10-man St Neots Town triumph; Tough night for St Ives Town; Welcome win for Eynesbury Rovers

PUBLISHED: 09:39 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:39 22 March 2017

James Tricks

James Tricks

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St Neots Town took a huge step towards securing Southern League Premier Division safety by overcoming the odds last night.

New St Neots Town manager Matt Clements. New St Neots Town manager Matt Clements.

The Saints triumphed 2-1 at King’s Lynn to claim a first away success for more than four months.

Free-scoring frontman Jevani Brown bagged both goals at The Walks to take his tremendous tally for the club to 16 in just 15 appearances.

But what made this welcome triumph on their travels all the more impressive was that St Neots played 75 minutes of the contest with just 10 men after striker James Tricks was dismissed for an elbowing offence.

They already led at the time thanks to Brown’s seventh-minute opener and the same man struck again with 15 minutes to go.

Lynn did halve their arrears late on through Jacek Zielonka, but Saints held firm to snap an eight-game losing streak on the road.

Unsurprisingly, their efforts earned plenty of praise from manager Matt Clements, who said: “As far as discipline, work-rate and tactical awareness go, I don’t think I’ve seen a better performance in my 20-plus years in football.

“Despite playing the vast majority of the game with 10 men, we could easily have scored four-or-five goals, while we were excellent to a man defensively.

“Proud doesn’t even come close to describing my thoughts on the team and it is obviously a huge result for us in terms of trying to keep ourselves in this division”.

Saints are now eight points clear of the drop-zone ahead of their Friday trip to third-bottom Hayes & Yeading.

It was a miserable night for St Ives Town as they crashed to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Hitchin in the Premier Division. All of the goals arrived in the opening half at ProEdge Westwood Road.

Eynesbury boosted their hopes of holding onto a top-six finish in the United Counties League Premier Division with victory last night.

Rovers claimed a first success in six league games when beating a Wisbech Town side, who arrived in a five-match winning streak, 3-2 at Hall Road.

Tom Coles handed the locals the perfect start inside the opening minute, and Hayden Bream doubled the advantage midway through the first half.

Wisbech halved their arrears before the break, but Jordan Brown struck for Rovers just after the hour. The visitors hit back almost immediately, but Eynesbury held on for three much-needed points.

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