Delighted manager Matt Clements insists the finest result of his St Neots Town reign came as no surprise.

Clements’ men pulled three points clear of the Southern League Premier Division drop-zone last night by slamming play-off hopefuls Chesham 4-1 at the Premier Plus Stadium.

And it is a game which will live long in the memory for Jevani Brown – a player recruited days before Clements settled into the Saints hotseat.

The former Stamford frontman hit a hat-trick to inspire a second home success in the space of four days, to follow a weekend win against Basingstoke.

Clements said: “I knew we had a big performance coming and the lads certainly proved it last night.

“It’s the result of the hard work they have been putting in lately. There is a buzz within the group and tough competition for places.

“I still feel there is more to come and the crucial thing now is not allowing our standards to drop.

“It’s great to be back out of the relegation zone, but it would be very foolish to look too far ahead.

“This a building process and we’re doing that game by game. There is a long way to go yet.”

The game against Chesham burst into life with three goals in the space of just five minutes around the half-hour mark.

Brown broke the deadlock by coolly converting a penalty which he had earned when seeing a burst into the box ended by Chesham goalkeeper Ashleigh Jones, who escaped with a caution.

The visitors quickly responded as former Saints man Drew Roberts took great delight in levelling against his old club.

Once again, parity proved to be short-lived as Brown guided a classy, curling shot past Jones after cutting inside from the right.

Captain Micky Hyem fluffed excellent chances to extend Saints’ lead either side of the interval, but they had to wait until the closing 20 minutes to seal the points.

Brown completed a fine hat-trick when stepping away from three tackles before finishing well and substitute James Tricks climbed off the bench to claim his first Saints goal after being picked out by a cross from fellow replacement Tom Knowles.

It was only the second time all season that Saints have managed back-to-back wins – the previous occasion was all the way back in August.

And, with a trip to rock-bottom Cinderford ahead this Saturday, they could be set for their best run of the campaign.