NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: St Neots Town chief wants more of the same; St Ives chase first win; Huntingdon aim to follow up; Rovers sides seek points
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Boss Andy Davies has placed an order for more of the same from his St Neots Town entertainers.
The new-look Saints were in terrific form when blowing away King’s Lynn last Tuesday night to claim a first victory of the Southern League Premier Division season.
And Davies is anxious for them to follow up that thrilling 5-2 success with another fine exhibition of attacking football today when Frome Town visit the Premier Plus Stadium, 3pm.
Davies said: “We were bottom of the table after the first game of the season, when we lost to Slough.
“Obviously it means nothing this early in the season, but I still didn’t like seeing us there.
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“The win against King’s Lynn lifted us up into the top half and that’s where we want to be.
“We also want to be delivering that sort of performance week in, week out by playing attractive and attacking football to entertain our fans.
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“The standard of the display against Lynn came as no surprise to me. I know exactly what this group of players is capable of doing.
“And it is still very early days. There is plenty more to come.”
St Neots are without skipper Tom Ward as he begins a three-match suspension following his dismissal at Slough last Saturday. Wideman Ryan Hawkins remains sidelined by an ankle problem.
St Ives’ chase for a first-ever Southern League Premier Division victory takes them to fellow newly promoted side Cinderford today.
The Gloucestershire outfit initially tried to decline a rise to this level after winning the Division One (South & West) title last term.
But they were eventually forced to take up their place at Step 3 following the intervention of the Football Association – and they have started with a flurry of goals.
They beat Dorchester 4-0 in midweek after leading 3-0 at Hitchin on the opening day of the season only to concede four times in the final 16 minutes to lose that match.
Saints, on the other hand, started their debut Premier Division with a 1-1 draw against Stratford last Saturday, but then failed to muster a single shot on target when beaten 2-0 at Chesham on Tuesday.
Huntingdon Town will aim to continue their winning start to the United Counties League Premier Division season today.
Bob Warby’s side host Kirby Muxloe at Jubilee Park, 3pm, and they’ll take to the pitch on a high.
Town won 2-1 at Peterborough side Northern Star in their league curtain-raiser on Wednesday night – a magnificent response to a 12-0 annihilation by Yaxley in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup last Saturday.
Eynesbury Rovers are seeking their first points when going to Boston Town (3pm) in the same division while Godmanchester Rovers will attempt to open their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division account when hosting Brantham Athletic at the David Wilson Homes Ground (3pm).
Rovers have been rocked by another depature ahead of that fixture. Player-coach Matt Haniver has joined the management team at higher-level Sudbury.
But boss Adie Cambridge has moved quickly to appoint John Halbitting as his assistant manager. Halbitting holds the UEFA B licence and coaches in the MK Dons junior set-up.