A 10-goal difference, but the performance is just as pleasing as St Neots Town are pipped by League Two side

Ryan Hawkins made his comeback from serious injury for St Neots in their friendly defeat against Cam

Ryan Hawkins made his comeback from serious injury for St Neots in their friendly defeat against Cambridge United. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

St Neots Town won their opening pre-season friendly 11-2, but losing their second one 1-2 was arguably even more impressive.

Declan Rogers of St Neots Town in action against Cambridge United. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Declan Rogers of St Neots Town in action against Cambridge United. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

There was a rather large gulf in terms of quality of opposition, as well as scorelines, between a Tuesday night loosener against the Step 6 minnows of Whittlesey Athletic and a much more serious workout versus the League Two professionals of Cambridge United today.

The home date against the U’s is becoming something of a traditional summer fixture. The previous two clashes had ended in 8-0 and 7-2 drubbings for St Neots, but the latest meeting was considerably closer.

Saints were behind early on when skipper Tom Ward inadvertently steered a Piero Mingola shot into his own net when attempting to clear, and the deficit was doubled just after the hour when Conor Newton thumped in a long-range effort.

But Saints, who made a raft of substitutions during the second half, had a goal of their own to celebrate in the closing stages.

Summer signing Charlie Butt in action for St Neots Town. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

Summer signing Charlie Butt in action for St Neots Town. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant


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And it will no doubt have been a sweet moment for youngster Jordan Brown as he fired home against a Cambridge side who released him last season after he had completed a scholarship.

The St Neots starting line-up featured Ryan Hawkins as he made his first appearance in seven months after recovering from ankle ligament damage.

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