Knight's tail-end tonic
St Neots Town 3, Northampton Spencer 2 ST NEOTS Town waited late to beat Northampton Spencer at Rowley Park on Saturday, scoring the winning goal for a 3-2 victory in stoppage time. The home side started well, with James Hall flicking in a cross from twi
St Neots Town 3, Northampton Spencer 2
ST NEOTS Town waited late to beat Northampton Spencer at Rowley Park on Saturday, scoring the winning goal for a 3-2 victory in stoppage time.
The home side started well, with James Hall flicking in a cross from twin brother Jon to put then ahead.
Spencer almost equalised when Dan Surridge hit the post, and things looked bad for the Saints when Kevin McElroy saw red for retaliation just before the break.
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Marvin Johnson's men extended their advantage two minutes after the restart, with Jamie Steele heading home to make it 2-0.
The Millers fought back with Joe Power getting one back after just before the hour mark.
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Declan Rogers was denied by the woodwork as the home side sought to wrap up the points, and Kevin Slinn drew the visitors level eight minutes from time with a powerful header.
It looked as if the points would be shared again, but Luke Knight won the game for St Neots in stoppage time, hooking the ball into the net from a difficult angle to win the game 3-2.
St Neots manager Marvin Johnson said: "I was very pleased with the game. Getting a man sent off before half time and having to play a full 45 minutes with a man less but going on to win the game is great. I expected it to be a difficult game but we were 1-0 up at half time and we scored just at the start of the second so at the time I was quite optimistic that we could win.
"Then they started to make the extra man count by going wide and getting crosses into the box and equalised late on. I thought it would be a draw after that but thankfully we kept going and scored late on.
"What can go wrong with this team is lack of concentration. I want to get some players in who are a bit more experienced to boost the squad. We need to wait for these players to develop but in one or two years they should be quite a force to be reckoned with. If you build something for the future then it takes time. We're half way through the season now and I think it would be nice if we could finish better results-wise than we did in the first half, but our performances have been great all season."
The victory boosts St Neots to twelfth in the table, and they next play Deeping Rangers away on Saturday.