NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Dan is the man as St Neots Town enjoy away success

Dan Trendall hit both goals as St Neots Town won at Hitchin. Picture: MARK RIDER

Dan Trendall hit both goals as St Neots Town won at Hitchin. Picture: MARK RIDER - Credit: Archant

St Neots Town produced an impressive away display to maintain their slim hopes of Southern League Premier Division Central survival yesterday.

A double-strike from recent signing Dan Trendall earned a 2-0 victory at Hitchin Town.

Trendall opened his Saints account eight minutes before half-time at Top Field and then struck again six minutes into the second period.

He broke the deadlock when pouncing after a Joe Sutton shot was spilled before being unselfishly picked out by fellow recent recruit Ben Bradley to double the lead.

The victory came complete with a clean sheet for rookie goalkeeper Michael McCormack, who was handed a first-team debut with regular number one James Philp unavailable.

Teenager McCormack, who has made a handful of appearances for the club’s reserve side, made smart saves in both halves.

Saints are now five points from safety with four games to go.

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Ricky Marheineke’s side remain 13th.

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Goals from Jordan Brown and Steve Gentle earned a 2-0 victory against Sleaford Town at Hall Road.

Gentle also saw another effort ruled out for offside before hitting a late clincher after Brown’s 20th-minute breakthrough.

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