SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Success for impressive St Ives Town, but defeat for new-look St Neots Town

Debutant Dan Schiavi in action for St Neots Town during their defeat at Dorchester. Picture: CLAIRE

Debutant Dan Schiavi in action for St Neots Town during their defeat at Dorchester. Picture: CLAIRE HOWES - Credit: Archant

Manager Ricky Marheineke hailed a complete St Ives Town performance as they put their promotion challenge back on track.

Saints breezed to a 3-0 victory against Petersfield at ProEdge Westwood Road courtesy of an early Ben Seymour-Shove opener and a classy second-half double from Andrew Phillips.

It ensured they continue to occupy the final Southern League Division One (Central) play-off spot and delighted their boss.

Marheineke said: “We were well aware of the fact we hadn’t posed enough of a threat going forward and we addressed that.

“It was a good all-round performance that fully deserved the three points.

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“My goalkeeper Tim Trebes made two outstanding saves after coming in for some criticism lately, the back four defended very well and we controlled the game in midfield, and the front boys did their part.

“‘Drew’ hit a couple of fantastic goals and we are now starting to see the best of him.”

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New-look St Neots Town find themselves only two places above the Southern League Premier Division relegation zone after a third successive defeat.

The Saints, who featured four debutants in their starting XI, were beaten by a solitary goal at Dorchester yesterday.

One of the new arrivals, goalkeeper Alex Archer, was beaten after 64 minutes. Cambridge United youngster Jordan Brown and Dan Schiavi, who has been playing in America, were other recruits while Under 18 defender Jordan Heywood also received a call-up.

Saints are nine points clear of the drop-zone.

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