NON-LEAGUE: St Neots back with a bang; St Ives spot-on; Eynesbury excel again; Godmanchester drop despite point and Huntingdon fail to Star
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St Neots Town returned to form with a bang on Tuesday night.
Andy Davies’ men collected a first win in nine games by slamming Kettering 6-0 in the opening round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.
And while the visitors were far from at full strength at the Premier Plus Stadium, it was difficult not be impressed by the hard-working and ruthless Saints.
Captain Tom Ward opened the scoring when flicking in a Ryan Hawkins corner midway through the first half.
Declan Rogers soon smashed in a second goal before new signing Sam Mulready struck on his debut.
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And the goals continued to flow in the second period as Rogers tucked away a penalty, Tom Wood added a fifth effort and Ryan Hawkins completed the scoring with a cracker.
St Ives also made progress in that competition on a long night at ProEdge Westwood Road.
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Ricky Marheineke’s side edged out King’s Lynn 6-5 in a sudden-death penalty shoot-out following a goallless stalemate.
The match was held up for more than 40 minutes during the second half when visiting player Matty Castellan was knocked unconscious in an aerial challenge.
The Lynn man was treated by physios and paramedics before being taken to hospital, where he was still being monitored 48 hours after the game, by ambulance.
Eynesbury Rovers continued their rampant form in the United Counties League Premier Division last night.
They strengthened their grip on second place by blowing away Wellingborough 5-0 to record a seventh successive league victory.
And their latest success also provided a sweet slice of revenge for one of only two league defeats suffered by Mark Ducket’s men so far this term.
Darren Woodend broke the deadlock on his return from injury with the first of four goals in the final 20 minutes of the first half.
Allan Owen added the second and fourth of them while loan ace Jordan Brown scored for the third successive match.
Wellingborough were reduced to nine men in the second half before Eynesbury claimed a late fifth goal courtesy of an own goal.
Godmanchester Rovers picked up a valuable point in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last night - but still dropped to second-bottom in the table.
Adie Cambridge’s men drew 1-1 at second-placed Thetford thanks to a leveller from Calum Gawthrope.
Huntingdon Town remain bottom of the United Counties League Premier Division following a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Peterborough Northern Star on Wednesday night.
Town were unable to complete a double success over the team that their only league victory to date this term arrived against back in August.
Jamie Waterworth struck for the second time in three matches when halving Huntingdon’s arrears just after the half-hour and only a stunning save from visiting goalkeeper Dan George, a former Town player, prevented Addie Staffieri from levelling soon after.
Waterworth also saw a free-kick well saved by George as Town finished the opening period strongly, but their hopes of a positive result were dashed by a third Star goal with 17 minutes to go.