NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Defeats for St Neots Town and St Ives Town; draws for Eynesbury Rovers and Huntingdon Town

Goalmouth action from St Ives Town's defeat at Alvechurch in the Southern League Premier Division Ce

Goalmouth action from St Ives Town's defeat at Alvechurch in the Southern League Premier Division Central. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON - Credit: Archant

There was little for local clubs to celebrate yesterday on ‘Non League Day’.

FA Cup stars St Neots Town were brushed aside by table-toppers Kettering Town in a Southern League Premier Division Central clash.

All of the leaders’ goals arrived in the second half of a match played in front of a crowd of almost 700 at the Premier Plus Stadium.

Their breakthrough arrived courtesy of a controversial penalty just before the hour with Saints goalkeeper Harry Reynolds adjuged to have brought down visiting striker Rhys Hoeness by an assistant referee.

Another spot-kick, this time a stonewall decision after a foul by Matt Miles, doubled Kettering’s advantage with nine minutes to go and they added a clincher soon afterwards.

A stoppage-time consolation from Mark Coulson was not enough to prevent St Ives Town being beaten at the same level.

Ricky Marheineke’s side went down 2-1 at Alvechurch after conceding midway through the first half and just after the hour.

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Eynesbury Rovers were stung by a late equaliser in a disappointing United Counties League Premier Division deadlock.

Mark Ducket’s high-flyers were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Boston Town at Hall Road after hitting the front through Danny Draper. Rovers won the reverse fixture 5-0 earlier in the season.

Struggling Huntingdon Town were far happier with their 1-1 draw at Bourne Town in Division One of the United Counties League as boss Jimmy Brattan collected a first point since his recent return to the club.

Ben Keating’s first-half free-kick gave Town an advantage that was cancelled out early on the second period, but they were twice denied a winner late on after hosts Bourne were reduced to 10 men.

Glenn Spearink struck a post before debutant substitute Lee Defraine’s goalbound header was kept out by a last-ditch defensive block.

Godmanchester Rovers are in action today as they go to West Essex in the first round of the FA Vase.