NON-LEAGUE: Clash of styles in store at St Neots; St Ives hit the road; Godmanchester and Eynesbury launch league challenges
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St Neots Town joint boss Andy Davies has urged his players to erase the memory of a miserable start to the season.
Skipper Tom Ward was controversially sent off during a 2-0 defeat at Slough on the opening day of the Southern League Premier Division campaign.
Saints are out to open their points account in their first home game of 2016/17 when entertaining King’s Lynn Town at the Premier Plus Stadium tonight (7.45pm).
And Davies is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his new-look squad.
He said: “A defeat and a red card certainly wasn’t the start to the season we wanted, but we now have to move on and improve on the performance we produced at Slough.
“It is going to be a clash of styles tonight because King’s Lynn will be very strong and very direct.
“We have set our stall out to play good, exciting football on the front foot and we need to impose ourselves on the game.
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Full-back Jonny Hall and wideman Ryan Hawkins face fitness tests after missing the defeat at Slough while Jordan Patrick has already been passed fit to feature tonight.
St Ives Town enjoyed a considerably better opening day to their first-ever Southern League Premier Division season.
Ricky Marheineke’s side delivered a performance worthy of victory when having to settle for a 1-1 draw against Stratford Town at ProEdge Westwood Road last Saturday.
Now, with a first point already on the board, they go in search of a first win at this level when travelling to Chesham tonight, 7.45pm.
Marheineke said: “The players can be very proud of what they produced against Stratford and the challenge now is to perform at that level consistently.
“If we do that at Chesham, we’ll have a chance of winning the game.”
Godmanchester Rovers hit the road for Saffron Walden in their opening Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division test, 7.45pm.
A new era, under the management of Adie Cambridge, began with a fine FA Cup triumph against Great Yarmouth last Saturday and they’ll go into their league curtain-raiser full of confidence.
“It was wonderful to start the season with a win after such a tougher summer,” said Cambridge.
“We’ve got a new group of players who have really clicked together and are working very hard for the club.”
Saffron Walden started their Premier Division season 10 days ago with a 1-1 draw against waffham and then beat Mildenhall in the FA Cup at the weekend.
Eynesbury Rovers are another local team aiming to build on an FA Cup success tonight.
Mark Ducket’s side launch their United Counties League Premier Division challenge with a trip to Wellingborough Town, 7.45pm.
Summer signing Joe Jordan is in line for a first start at left-back after Elliot Bentley departed for a scholarship place in America.