St Neots Town are lucky to have such an ambitious and conscientious manager

St Neots manager David Batch.

St Neots manager David Batch. - Credit: James Ager

New St Neots Town owner Lee Kearns has delivered a glowing assessment of manager David Batch despite a difficult season on the pitch.

Batch celebrated a year in the Town hotseat during this week.

He enjoyed a spectacular start to his reign when steering Saints into the Southern League Premier Division play-offs last season where they were eventually denied promotion by a controversial penalty in a final defeat at Truro City.

But the current campaign has been one of frustration with Saints left languishing in 15th place in the standings after a 5-2 derby drubbing at Biggleswade on Boxing Day.

It’s a position they still occupied ahead of the visit of King’s Lynn Town to the Premier Plus Stadium today - the latest game in a season plagued by injuries to key players and a lack of consistency.

Kearns said: “The frustration is that the ability is clearly there, but we have been decimated by injuries and unavailability this season.

“If we can get a full squad back and make the play-offs it would be fantastic, but if it doesn’t happen we will move on.

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“David is under no pressure to do anything other than continue the job he has done in developing our first team.

“David is very, very important for us. He is a progressive coach who is open to ideas.

“He is very driven and ambitious, but also someone who is conscientious.

“Lots of managers don’t have that attitude and I believe we are very lucky to have him on board.

“He did fantastically well after coming in during last season and he has continued to do a good job despite being up against it this season.”

St Neots are eight points off the play-off places.