Must-win match as St Neots Saints aim to step up their survival fight

St Neots Saints Rugby Club celebrate at the conclusion of their perfect season.

St Neots Saints Rugby Club celebrate at the conclusion of their perfect season. - Credit: Archant

Chairman Colin Arber is confident St Neots Saints can win their battle for survival.

The bottom-of-the-table Saints have four matches remaining in which to escape the clutches of Midlands Division Three East (South) relegation.

The vital run-in begins this Saturday when they travel to third-bottom Corby side Stewart & Lloyds – and it is a game Arber has identified as a must-win.

Only the team finishing bottom will be relegated following the drop-out of Old Newtonians earlier in the season, and St Neots currently trail Huntingdonshire rivals St Ives by four points.

Arber said: “The first priority is winning against Stewart & Lloyds. “Doing that and picking up a bonus point could pull us off the bottom of the table.

“All our efforts are focused on this Saturday and starting the mini-season that remains with a victory.

“Winning there would give us momentum and a good chance of staying up. We have to be confident.”

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Saints powered to Division Four East (South) title glory with a 100 per cent record last season, but they have found life considerably tougher at this level.

Arber added: “It has been one of those difficult seasons in which we have had a number of injuries to our key players.

“We expected to struggle following promotion, but not as much as we have done.

“We have been a bit hard done by as we had two good results against the team who withdrew from the league.

“Going back down certainly isn’t what we want for the development of the club.

“If it does happen, we will have to start all over again next season.”

Saints also have home clashes against Daventry and Long Buckby to come, along with an away trip to Dunstablians.