Non-league football: Another injury blow for St Neots Town; St Ives Town can’t beat 10 men; Godmanchester Rovers deliver scoring spurt
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St Neots Town saw their wait for a win continue today.
The Saints went down to a 2-1 defeat at Stratford in the Southern League Premier Division – a sixth loss in their last seven games and a 12th match in all without victory.
A late penalty, conceded by goalkeeper, sealed their fate with five minutes to go.
St Neots were dealt another major blow in a season plagued by injuries when Ryan Hawkins, who has been on trial with League One club Peterborough, was stretched off with suspected ankle ligament damage early on.
They fell behind after a quarter-of-an-hour before top-scorer Tom Meechan levelled, but they couldn’t respond to the late penalty.
St Ives Town were held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Godalming in Southern League Division One (Central).
Danny Watson fired Saints ahead in the opening half in Surrey and the hosts then had a player sent off.
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But Saints, who handed latest signing Declan Rogers as a debut as a substitute, were pegged back in the second half from the penalty spot.
Godmanchester Rovers delivered a second-half surge to power to a 4-1 success at FC Clacton in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
Rovers saw an early Jonny Hall opener cancelled out midway through the second half and then suffered another blow when recent recruit John Yambasu’s strike was controversially ruled out.
But they took command as captain Taylor Parr restored the advantage before James Hall bagged a brace.
Huntingdon suffered a 13th successive defeat in the United Counties League Premier Division.
The bottom side’s misery continued with a 4-0 loss at Desborough although two second-half penalty saves from recently recruited goalkeeper Lee Brooks prevented further damage.
In-form Eynesbury’s trip to Rothwell Corinthians in the same division was postponed.