Dan Sutton hit a late winner to earn St Neots Men’s 1sts a slice of derby glory and leave local rivals St Ives 2nds in East League relegation bother.
Sutton atoned for missing a glaring opportunity earlier in the second half when deflecting in a Garth Mooney shot to settle the Division Three North-West clash.
Former St Ives man Mooney had earlier put St Neots ahead, but the visitors levelled when Nathan Jones’ mis-hit penalty strike crept in.
Sutton had the final say though and St Neots saw out the final few minutes doggedly after hitting the front a second time.
St Neots 2nds continued their march to the Division Five North-West title with a 6-1 drubbing of Cambridge South 4ths.
St Neots 3rds boast the bragging rights after thumping the 5ths 10-2 in an in-house Division Six North-West (South) derby. The 4ths went down 5-0 at City of Peterborough 8ths at the same level.
St Ives 1sts continued their great escape from the clutches of Division Two North relegation.
The revitalised side followed up three successive victories with a hard-earned 2-2 draw against Cambridge Nomads – and only a harsh umpiring decision prevented another victory.
Rory Mooney fired St Ives ahead only for them to fall behind after conceding twice from penalty corners in the second half.
But Jamie Sewell popped up with a vital leveller before Cameron Seton struck again only to see the celebrations cut short by the official, who claimed the ball had hit an Ives foot in the D and disallowed the goal.
There will be no such dramatic escape for St Ives 3rds with their relegation from Division Four North-West already confirmed.
But they did manage to collect their second point of season last Saturday when goals from Miles Jones, Will Jones and Ian Basser earned a 3-3 draw at City of Peterborough 7ths.
Harry Jones found the net as the 4ths went down 3-1 to Cambridge City 6ths in Division Five North-West while the 5ths received a walkover win against City of Peterborough 9ths in Division Six North-West South.
Table-topping St Ives Ladies 1sts left it late to extend their unbeaten run in Division Two North-West of the East Women’s League to 16 games.
Goals in the final 10 minutes from from Claire Wibberley-Young and Sally King earned a 2-0 success over City of Peterborough 2nds.
The Ives side sit six points clear at the top of the standings with six matches remaining.
Mel Wood’s goal couldn’t prevent a costly 2-1 defeat for the 2nds. The reverse against Cambridge South effectively ended their hopes of promotion.
But the 3rds are still in hunt for a rise in class. Laura Beadles, Hollie Willett and Hannah Gee struck in a 3-1 success against Cambridge South 2nds to keep them second in Division Four North-West (South).