A second successive win makes plenty of ‘ap-Peel’ for St Neots Saints

Adam Peel grabbed two tries for St Neots Saints. Picture: RACHEL CAMERON.

Adam Peel grabbed two tries for St Neots Saints. Picture: RACHEL CAMERON. - Credit: Archant

St Neots continued their resurgence with a second successive victory last Saturday.

The Saints climbed further away from the Midlands Division Three East (South) danger-zone with a 27-10 triumph at Daventry.

The bonus-point success arrived thanks to a well-drilled team performance in Northamptonshire which featured four tries.

Saints fell behind to a try following a drive from a line-out, but Adam Peel touched down twice to trigger a turnaround and provide a seven-point advantage at the interval.

That was soon increased early in the second half thanks to a penalty from Joe Woodgate, who also guided over a couple of conversions, but the hosts hit back with their second try which, like the first, arrived courtesy of a catch and drive routine.

But Saints responded well as Ben Arnold accepted a Grant Hobbs pass to score under the posts before skipper Matt Cartwright was held up over the line after a drive from the pack.

They refused to be denied another try though and it arrived when replacement flanker Jordan Rook cut through the Daventry defence to seal a pleasing success.

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Saints head coach John Blenkharn said: “It was vital we continued our return to form after a big win the previous weekend.

“Every player involved worked tirelessly to ensure we came away with an outstanding bonus-point win.

“We managed the game with composure throughout. We were ruthless in defence and attack while also retaining a sense of bold ambition which was the hallmark of our success last year.

“We are now focused on our final league game before Christmas and are expectant of another strong performance.”

That fixture is at home to Dunstablians this Saturday (2.15pm).

The St Neots Cardinalds second XV beat their Daventry equivalents 46-17 last Saturday. Dan Court crossed for four tries.