Home is where the hurt is for St Neots Town this season

Lee Clarke of St Neots Town. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES

Lee Clarke of St Neots Town. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES - Credit: Archant

Senior player Lee Clarke insists St Neots Town must improve their home form to stand a chance of entering the Southern League Premier Division promotion race.

Saints have picked up less than half of the 33 points available to them at the Premier Plus Stadium so far this season, losing four of their 11 home league fixtures.

They were held to a 1-1 draw by lowly Histon last Tuesday before going down to a solitary goal against Kettering last Saturday.

But Saints, who remain in the bottom half of the table and eight points off the play-off pace, now have another chance to impress in front of their own fans when entertaining Weymouth this Saturday.

Midfield man Clarke admitted: “It’s hard to pinpoint the problem at home.

“Perhaps the way we play - looking to counter-attack with pace - is easier to execute away when opponents will have more of the ball.

“Our injury problems have been well publicised and certainly haven’t helped us this season.

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“But there is no denying we haven’t been performing well enough at home and that has been reflected in the results.

“We only lost one league game in the second half of last season after the manager came in on January 1 and we are well aware of the fact we will need a similar sort of run this season.

“Picking up points at home will be crucial and Saturday is a good time to start as we would also be taking points off a Weymouth side chasing a play-off spot themselves.”

Saints have suffered another spate of injuries with defenders Tom Ward and Shane Blackett both missing recent games.

Striker Drew Roberts has also been out with a thigh strain but they will be boosted by the return of Ryan Hawkins following a one-match ban.