NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Two-goal return for striker in St Neots Town success; penalty save helps to earn St Ives Town a point; skipper completes dramatic Gomanchester Rovers success, but Eynesbury suffer first league defeat
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Nabil Shariff enjoyed a dream return to St Neots Town by leading them to a fine Southern League Premier Division Central victory today.
Striker Shariff, who joined for a second spell earlier this week, struck twice as Saints came from behind to triumph 3-1 at previously unbeaten Banbury United.
Shariff’s first-half brace was followed by a clincher from Dylan Williams in the second period as Matt Clements’ men earned their second league win of the season despite being without a handful of key players, including suspended skipper Luke Knight.
Fellow locals’ St Ives Town continued their solid start to the Southern League Premier Division Central campaign with a goalless draw against Stourbridge at Westwood Road.
On-loan goalkeeper Sam Wilson pulled off a second-half penalty save after the visitors had seen a goal midway through the first period disallowed for a foul.
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Godmanchester Rovers produced a brilliant late turnaround to defeat the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders.
Ollie Drake’s men snatched a 3-2 victory against Stowmarket Town on a dramatic afternoon at the David Wilson Homes Ground which was capped by a last-gasp winner from captain Micky Hyem.
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Rovers fell behind early on before Hyem hit a leveller after a quarter of an hour, but they found themselves trailing again just six minutes later.
And it stayed that way until Charlie Bowen headed an 87th minute leveller before Hyem completed the fightback.
Eynesbury saw their unbeaten United Counties League Premier division start come to an end today.
Rovers were beaten 1-0 at Hall Road by a Daventry Town side extended their own perfect start to the campaign. The only goal arrived nine minutes before the break.