UCL Premier Division St Neots Town 1 Wellingborough Town 3 A POOR performance from goalkeeper Ryan Hunt saw league leaders Wellingborough take the points at Rowley Park. But that told barely half the story as Saints manager Steve Young was ordered from th
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A POOR performance from goalkeeper Ryan Hunt saw league leaders Wellingborough take the points at Rowley Park.
But that told barely half the story as Saints manager Steve Young was ordered from the bench and striker Wes Byrne missed a hatful of chances as the home side ran their high-flying visitors close.
Hunt - who had earned his side a point in the previous week's 0-0 draw at Stewart & Lloyds - was at fault for all three goals in this match.
Referee Mark Glading set the tone inside 20 seconds when he booked Saints' Ashley Deverall and five minutes later the visitors took the lead when Tim Wooding floated a free kick home past an out-of-position Hunt.
Manager Young expressed his fury at the decision to award the kick and, after a heated exchange, the Saints boss was despatched to the stand.
Wes Byrne and Richard Beckett both went close to equalising for Saints in the first half but shortly after the break the visitors doubled their advantage.
Another Wooding free kick was not dealt with by Hunt and Adam Hancock was on hand to head the ball home.
Byrne missed a number of chances as Saints battled hard but on 69 minutes another misjudgement from Hunt - this time from a cross - saw Wellingborough bag their third of the game.
Ashley Deverall provided a through ball for Byrne to finally get on the scoresheet on 73 minutes but the visitors saw out the final quarter of an hour to seal the win.
Ben Singleton picked up the man of the match award for Saints.
A fuming Young said: "Refereeing of that standard is not acceptable. To bring play back about 30 seconds after a foul is not within the laws of the game and we will submitting a report to the FA expressing our views.
"It's a big shame as it cost us a goal but I think my goalkeeper and centre forward have to hold their hands up and admit some fault as well.
"Despite the result, we outplayed one of the top teams in the league and we are looking very good at the moment."
Saints hosted Brampton in the Hunts FA Senior Cup last night (Tuesday), travel to Northampton Spencer on Saturday and welcome Biggleswade United for a Hinchingbrooke Cup tie next Tuesday (19).