Saints boss satisfied with progress despite Biggleswade defeat

Rogan McGeorge

Rogan McGeorge - Credit: Archant

St Neots boss Andy Davies said his side failed to make their chances count as they were beaten 2-0 by Biggleswade on Monday.

Peter Clark in action for St Neots.

Peter Clark in action for St Neots. - Credit: Archant

Saints fashioned a number of good opportunities in the first half but couldn’t make the all-important breakthrough, with the hosts making them pay with two second-half goals, scored by and Connor Hall and Ineh Effiong.

Davies said it was his charges who enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes but added that Biggleswade “got what they deserved” from a much-improved second-half effort.

He said: “It was not the result that we expected or that we hoped for to be honest. Biggleswade are always a solid mid-table side in this league and it was no fluke that they beat us.

“We dominated the first half, we hit the cross bar and had a shot off the line but we really should have got ourselves in front while we were on top. We were off the pace in the second half and Biggleswade got what they deserved.”

It was skipper Tom Ward who headed against the bar for Neots early on, while Jordan Patrick also went close with a shot. Taylor Parr had a header cleared off the line midway through the half, but the visitors failed to break the deadlock.

The home side went ahead less than 10 minutes into the second half when Hall volleyed home from the edge of the box.

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And the result was put beyond doubt in the 68th minute when Effiong out-paced the Neots defence to fire past Alex Archer.

Despite the defeat, boss Davies said he remains happy with how his team is progressing this season.

He said: “My objective was to get to 50 points as quickly as possible and we are happy with how are doing at the moment.”

There was better news for Neots at the weekend, however, as they staged a late fight back to take a point in a six-goal thriller against Chippenham Town.

James Hall and Declan Rogers put the hosts two goals to the good, before Chippenham hit back with three unanswered strikes, including what looked like the winner in the 85th minute.

But Saints rallied and, in the final minute of the match, Taylor Parr popped up to even the score once more.

St Neots return to action on Saturday in the FA Cup as they host Stamford. Kick off is 3pm.