St Neots league campaign gathers pace
St Neots Town 3-0 Daventry United ST NEOTS continued their impressive home form and rose to second in the UCL Premier with a comfortable win over in-form Daventry United. The win was a sign that St Neots new signings are gelling as the team begins to sho
St Neots Town 3-0 Daventry United
ST NEOTS continued their impressive home form and rose to second in the UCL Premier with a comfortable win over in-form Daventry United.
The win was a sign that St Neots' new signings are gelling as the team begins to show the form needed for a promotion push, according to Saints chairman John Delaney.
He said: "I would like to think that we are beginning to hit our stride now - some of the football we played on Saturday was exceptional.
"I thought the winning margin could have been even greater with the number of chances we had.
"With the squad we have got together we have competition in nearly every position, which can only be a good thing for keeping the players on their toes."
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Delaney pointed to the performance of recently-arrived Jon Mitchell as the key to Saturday's win, with the ex-Desborough Town man working the Daventry defence tirelessly.
"He was awesome, and he never let their defenders rest for a second. He gives us a new angle, and complements Liam Harrold, who does his best work in the six-yard box. He will be scoring regularly for us before long.
"But there is more to come from the team, and the manager is always asking more of the players."
Daventry United, on a run of five consecutive league wins, became the third team to leave Rowley Park without a point, as Saints controlled Saturday's game from the start.
Mitchell came closest to a first half goal when he smashed a shot on the underside of the bar from a Steve Lomas through ball.
With the scores locked at the break, the home side needed a bit of good fortune to get ahead, and got it when visiting defender Nicky Ling knocked the ball past his own keeper from Lomas' cross.
Saints exerted further pressure and looked in control of the game, but had to wait until late in the game to sew up victory, when Daventry were reduced to ten men by Danny Finlay's dismissal.
Mitchell scored Saints' second goal after 82 minutes, reacting sharply when Andy Lodge's shot was touched onto a post to slot home expertly.
Inside three minutes substitute Josh Sozzo rounded off the scoring, converting from the spot after a Paul Garrett centre was handled by Ian Waldock.