Mixed fortunes for St Neots as boss warns rivals his team are yet to click

St Neots Town striker Drew Roberts celebrates a goal against Dorchester Town on December 6.

St Neots Town striker Drew Roberts celebrates a goal against Dorchester Town on December 6. - Credit: Archant

St Neots Town boss Gary King has warned their Southern League Premier Division rivals that his team have not even clicked yet.

They secured a welcome league win when seeing off Dorchester Town 6-5 at the Cozy Stadium on Saturday.

Ben Mackey climbed off the bench to hit the winner - his first goal since making a shock return to the club last month.

St Neots went down 3-0 to Slough Town last night (Tuesday) when a victory could have lifted them into second spot in the standings. They face a long trip to Wiltshire on Saturday to take on Chippenham Town.

King said: “Our injury problems so far this season have been well documented, but we’re now at a point where we are close to clicking.

“We are not sat eighth or ninth in the league with lots of ground to make up. We are already in a good position within touching distance of the top spots and I firmly believe we can move into an even better one during the rest of the season.”

Latest recruit David Hutton needed only a matter of minutes to announce his arrival as a St Neots player.

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The wideman, drafted in from Premier Division rivals Dunstable Town, laid on the opening goal for Drew Roberts just three minutes into his debut outing against Dorchester.

Top-scorer Roberts went on to hit a hat-trick and also created two other goals.

Lewis Hilliard and Chris Dillon were the other St Neots player to score in a frantic clash in which they lost the lead four times in the first half before falling behind in the second period only to rescue the situation late on.

King added: “A lack of width has been a criticism from many people so far this season, but we have waited for the right player to become available and David will only add to the fantastic attacking options we now have at the club.”

King described St Neots’ exit from the FA Trophy during last week as ‘painful’.

They were beaten 1-0 by lower-level AFC Sudbury in a third qualifying round replay to miss out on a plum tie against Conference side Braintree Town in the first round proper.

King admitted: “We were beaten by an absolutely unbelievable goal. The lad will never score one like that again, but it was a tie we should have won.”