RUGBY: Late try earns St Neots Ladies success, but all male sides out of action
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St Neots Ladies collected a first 2020 success on the pitch last Sunday.
Beth Robinson went over for a late try to earn a 24-19 verdict against Royston in Women's National Championship Division Two South-East (North).
Saints looked to be in control following a brace of Kirsty Wilson tries and an Emily Miller score which enabled them to open up a 19-5 advantage by the break.
But the visitors, who were so depleted that the match had to be played in a 13-a-side format, weren't about to surrender.
They ate into their arrears with a converted try early in the second half and another breakaway score arrived to level with 12 minutes to go.
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But Saints' scrum held up under pressure to lay the foundations for a final charge in which Robinson scampered away to earn a welcome win for a side whose only other 2020 win had come courtesy of a walkover.
The victory leaves Saints' sixth in the standings ahead of a home clash against the team immediately above them, Riseborough, this Sunday.
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The wet weather took it's toll on the men's rugby scene against last Saturday.
St Ives saw a third successive fixture postponed as a Midlands Division Two East (South) clash against Vipers fell victim to a waterlogged Somersham Road pitch.
It was a similar story over at The Racecourse where Huntingdon's home clash against Northampton BBOB in Midlands Division Three East (South) was also called off.
It was a lack of manpower, rather than the elements, that kept rock-bottom St Neots out of action at the latter level.
They were unable to raise a team to face title-chasing Stamford at The Common due to several players attending the funeral of former title-winning player Andy Taylor the previous day. The away side received a walkover.
Two of the local sides are scheduled to be in action this Saturday.
St Ives resume their survival fight at Northampton Casuals while St Neots host Stockwood Park.