St Neots Town’s flagship summer friendly produced a flurry of goals on Saturday.
Saints were beaten 7-2 by Cambridge United at the newly-named Premier Plus Stadium in front of more than 700 fans.
They did briefly lead thanks to goals either side of the interval. Summer signing Remy Gordon levelled in stoppage time at the end of the opening period before Luis Vieira struck seconds after his interval arrival.
And David Batch’s side held their League Two visitors until conceding five unanswered goals in the closing stages after going down to 10 men.
Saints didn’t suffer the heaviest defeat of the day though – that dubious honour went to Huntingdon Town.
Ian Edge’s side were beaten 6-0 by lower-level Peterborough Sports at Jubilee Park and had to make a number of late call-ups to be able to field a full team.
This loss came hot on the heels of a 3-0 midweek defeat at the hands of the Histon Under 21 side.
Town’s player shortage also led to their reserve team game against the Sports second string being postponed.
Summer signing Steve Gentle made a goalscoring debut for St Ives as they triumphed in their first summer outing.
Gentle struck the winner as the locals won 2-1 at Dereham. Striker Stuart Eason grabbed their other goal with a trademark header.
Two former St Ives players combined to peg back Godmanchester Rovers in another local friendly.
Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw by Peterborough Northern Star at Bearscroft Lane with the visitors’ second-half equaliser coming from Luke Smith. He powered in a header from a corner taken by Hayden Bream.
Godmanchester had hit the front in freak fashion on the half-hour when former Huntingdon goalkeeper Dan George spilled a corner and was then struck by a goal-line clearance from Bream as the ball ricocheted into the net.