RUGBY: Promotion success for St Neots despite defeat - now they want a second title in four years

PUBLISHED: 13:42 13 March 2018

Captain Ross Hubbard in action during St Neots victory against Aylestone St James earlier this season. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Captain Ross Hubbard in action during St Neots victory against Aylestone St James earlier this season. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY


St Neots clinched promotion from Midlands Division Four East (South) last Saturday - despite suffering only a second defeat of the season.

The Saints slipped to a 23-17 loss at the hands of Bedford Swifts at The Common, but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from securing a rise in class.

But simply being promoted is not enough to satisfy the St Neots camp. They are determined to go up as champions for the second time in four seasons.

Captain Ross Hubbard said: “It was bitter-sweet on Saturday to be promoted on a day when we lost.

“We came away disappointed about the result even though we know we are going up. We really want to end the season on a big high as champions and that is now our focus.

“After being relegated last season, we stepped back in the summer and looked at what had gone wrong. We wanted to develop a new culture at the club and that has really been the focus.

“Promotion has come as a result of the players buying into that and the improved training regime we’ve put in place.

“We did a lot of work on fitness last summer and that allowed us to make a fast start, while new players made a really positive impact.

“Being promoted is the first step of bigger plans for the club and the next challenge will be to establish ourselves in the league above.”

St Neots fell behind to a converted try last Saturday, but Dan Court touched down to slash the deficit.

A successful penalty left the visitors 10-5 up at the break, but Saints briefly hit the front in the second half when Dan Hill’s try was converted by Lewis Hall.

They were soon trailing again to a penalty before a converted try eased Swifts eight points clear. A Matt Davies try kept Saints in contention but another Swifts penalty put the contest out of their reach.

St Neots’ advantage at the summit has been slashed to four points by Bourne - the only other team to beat them this season.

They host the Lincolnshire side in a crucial top-of-the-table clash at The Common on Saturday, March 24.

Saints then go to mid-table side Brackley for their penultimate fixture on April 7 before closing the campaign at home to third-placed Deepings on April 21.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 10:24

An investigation has started into the cause of a blaze which caused major damage to a block of retirement flats in Huntingdon on Friday.

Fri, 23:58

Firefighters have been called to tackle a blaze at what is thought to be a retirement complex in Huntingdon tonight (Friday).

Fri, 15:43

Rivers and wildlife could be left without sufficient water unless action is taken to reduce water use and wastage, according to an Environment Agency report.

Fri, 14:25

A St Ives business is doing its bit for the environment by signing up to a scheme that promotes free water refills.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Hunts Post weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy