Saints are two games from Conference football

St Neots Town players celebrate their goal at Frome. Picture by CLAIRE HOWES.

St Neots Town players celebrate their goal at Frome. Picture by CLAIRE HOWES. - Credit: Archant

St Neots Town have clinched a Southern League Premier Division play-off place for the first time in their history.

The Saints drew 1-1 at Frome on the final day of the regular season yesterday to clinch fifth spot in the standings. That means they are now two matches away from playing Conference football next season.

Top scorer Drew Roberts fired them into an early lead in Somerset when converting a Lewis Hilliard cross, but St Neots were pegged back on the hour as they drew for the seventh time in their last 10 games.

Saints’ reward for reaching the play-offs is a semi-final showdown at Poole on Tuesday (April 28, 7.45pm).

The Dorset side missed out on the title when being beaten by Corby in a winner-takes-all top-of-the-table showdown yesterday that attracted a crowd in excess of 2,000 people.

Truro entertain Hungerford in the other semi-final on Tuesday with the play-off final scheduled for May Day Bank Holiday Monday (May 5).

St Ives Town finished ninth in Southern League Division One (Central) following a final day defeat.

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