NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Success for St Neots Town; point for St Ives Town; Brockett blitz earns Goddy glory; Eynesbury and Huntingdon beaten
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Matt Clements hailed the finest performance of his St Neots Town reign as they gave their Southern League Premier Division survival prospects another big boost yesterday.
Man-of-the-moment Jevani Brown hit the only goal as Saints saw off Redditch at the Premier Plus Stadium to ease six points clear of the relegation zone.
Brown, who played for Championship club Birmingham City’s Under 23 side on trial in midweek, struck with a classy effort with eight minutes to go.
“We were all things I want my team to be,” said boss Clements. “We were organised, disciplined and hard-working, with a sprinkle of magic to get the goal we needed.
“It was a complete team performance and I’m proud of every player who was involved in it. We got exactly what we deserved from the game . . . three points.”
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While a late goal earned victory for St Neots, a similar strike cost fellow Huntingdonshire side St Ives Town maximum points.
Ricky Marheineke’s side had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Kettering Town after conceding to Aaron O’Connor with six minutes remaining.
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St Ives had hit the front nine minutes into the second half when Ben Seymour-Shove found the far corner of the net with a fine strike.
Jordan Brockett hit form with a bang to inspire Godmanchester Rovers to a high-scoring victory in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
Brockett helped himself to five of the goals in a 7-1 drubbing of bottom side Swaffham Town at the David Wilson Homes Ground.
Joe Furness and Reece King also found the net as Rovers handed debuts to the returning Jonny Hall and Ross Munro.
There was no joy for the two local teams in the United Counties League Premier Division.
Eynesbury were beaten 3-0 at second-placed Deeping Rangers – a result that all but ends Rovers’ hopes of snatching the runners-up spot themselves.
Bottom side Huntingdon’s inevitable relegation – unless the Football Association decide against dropping them a level, as they did last summer – is almost close to being mathematically assured.
Bob Warby’s battlers were beaten 7-2 at Kirby Muxloe yesterday and now find themselves 17 points from safety with only six games to go.