St Neots Town suffered a double-blow last night.

Not only were the Saints held to a 2-2 draw by Southern League Premier Division strugglers Bedworth United at the Premier Plus Stadium, they also had top-scorer Tom Meechan dismissed.

It means the 19-goal marksman will now miss three upcoming matches as David Batch's men bid to drag themselves out of the bottom half of the standings.

They were twice behind last night in a wind-ravaged clash against opponents they had already beaten twice this season.

All four goals arrived in the first half with Meechan converting a penalty and Ryan Horne slamming in a shot. Ryan Hawkins was the architect of both goals having been upended to earn the spot-kick and delivering for Horne to strike.

Their hopes of victory were dented when Meechan was shown a red card for catching a visiting defender with a high boot with 17 minutes remaining.

And only a terrific save from Saints goalkeeper Andy Wilton late on ensured they emerged with a point.

Saints go to table-toppers Poole this Saturday.

Huntingdon Town are in action tonight as they entertain lower-level Wisbech St Mary in the first round of the Hinchingbrooke Cup.

But it is unlikely to be an easy game for a Town side bottom of the United Counties League Premier Division as they entertain a team who top the Cambs League Kershaw Premier Division.