HOCKEY: Two points dropped by main St Neots men but the leading ladies enjoy more success

Phil Round on the ball uring St Neots 1sts' draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Pictu

Phil Round on the ball uring St Neots 1sts' draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

St Neots 1sts had to settle for a share of the East Men’s League spoils last Saturday – after allowing a two-goal lead to slip away.

Rhys Edwards scored one of the goals for St Neots 1sts in their draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East

Rhys Edwards scored one of the goals for St Neots 1sts in their draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

The local side were pegged back by Lincolnshire visitors Leadenham 1sts as their Division Three North-West clash at Longsands Academy ended in a 2-2 deadlock.

It was definitely a case of two points being dropped rather than one gained on a day when Saints made a rip-roaring start.

Adam Horlock fired them ahead after just 30 seconds before Rhys Edwards doubled the advantage moments later when hammering in a shot following a short corner.

But Saints were then masters of their own downfall at both ends of the pitch as a defensive error gifted Leadenham a reply before the break.

Action from St Neots 1sts' draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

Action from St Neots 1sts' draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant


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Saints created and spurned a number of excellent opportunities to stretch their lead again in the second period before a mix-up at the back allowed the visitors to level.

St Neots 2nds continued a fine run of form in Division Five North-West with a 2-1 success against Cambridge City 6ths which was earned by goals from Danny Stevenson and Chris Butterworth.

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The 3rds were 1-0 winners at City of Peterborough 7ths in Division Six North-West (South) but the 4ths remain bottom of that section following a 4-1 reverse at the hands of Ely City 3rds.

St Neots Ladies 1sts continued their East Women's League resurgence last Saturday.

St Neots 1sts' player Mark Witherow is surrounded during their draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East

St Neots 1sts' player Mark Witherow is surrounded during their draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

They claimed a second successive Division One North victory with 4-2 verdict at Wisbech Town 1sts.

Saints quickly got to grips with a treacherous Astroturf surface as a Caz Osborn thunderbolt and a Kirsty McKenzie strike put them in the driving seat.

Their lead was halved early in the second half but Sue Glover sealed the points, when bagging a brace for the second weekend running, before Wisbech hit a late consolation.

The 2nds extended their lead at the top of Division Three North-West as Kira Herbert's double secured a 2-1 win against Horncastle 1sts.

Dan Tonkin on the charge for St Neots 1sts against Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture:

Dan Tonkin on the charge for St Neots 1sts against Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

The 3rds were thumped 6-1 at Ely City 2nds in Division Four North-West (South) with their consolation goal being provided by Pippa La Cras.

But the 4ths enjoyed an emphatic derby triumph when breezing to a 10-0 win at Huntingdon 2nds in Division Five North-West (South).

Natasha Pope delivered a five-star scoring performance with Callie Wicks (2), Jay Dickinson (2) and Olivia Corner also netting.

Owen Edwards in action in St Neots 1sts' draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture:

Owen Edwards in action in St Neots 1sts' draw with Leadenham 1sts in the East Men's League. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

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