St Neots Town manager Iain Parr relaxed now that the Saints are safe

THE WINNER: St Neots Town's Jack Werndly scores to make it 3-2 at Barwell. Picture: Andy Wilson.

THE WINNER: St Neots Town's Jack Werndly scores to make it 3-2 at Barwell. Picture: Andy Wilson. - Credit: Archant

ST Neots had to make an arduous 300-mile round trip to Bashley on Tuesday but as far as manager Iain Parr was concerned it was a relaxing one because St Neots Town will be a Southern League Premier Division club again next season.

GOING IN: Ryan Auger strikes for the Saints at Burwell. Picture: Andy Wilson.

GOING IN: Ryan Auger strikes for the Saints at Burwell. Picture: Andy Wilson. - Credit: Archant

The Saints beat play-off contenders Barwell away from home on Saturday to secure their safety and now Parr will use the remamining games to take a look at a few things.

IT'S IN: Ryan Auger wheels away after scoring for the Saints. Picture: Andy Wilson.

IT'S IN: Ryan Auger wheels away after scoring for the Saints. Picture: Andy Wilson. - Credit: Archant

So, despite the journey, the 2-2 draw in Hampshire will be considered something to learn from, rather than something to regret.

OUCH: Adrian Sear gets a knock in the nose for his troubles. Picture: Andy Wilson.

OUCH: Adrian Sear gets a knock in the nose for his troubles. Picture: Andy Wilson. - Credit: Archant

Talking about the Barwell game, just before he boarded the coach for Bashley, Parr said: “It was a fine performance and a good win. It secured our place in the division and that gives us the chance to look at players.”

The win came after four successive defeats and Parr tinkered a little with the former St Ives Town goalkeeper Niall Conroy making his debut for the club in place of Jack Giddens who was on the bench. He played again in Bashley.

Ryan Auger, who has been playing in defence, was switched to midfield, and young midfielder Ryan Sharman played alongside the captain Gavin Hoyte at centre back.

Up front, Ed Adjei partnered Jack Werndly, who seems to be finding his feet after struggling to hold down a first-team place all season.

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Auguer scored twice in the first half to give the Saints a 2-0 lead with Werndly making it 3-0 early in the second half.

But the wheels almost came off at points during the second period and Richard Lavery and Jack Edwards scored Barwell’s goals for a nervy ending.

Reece Loudon and Tom Wood scored their first goals for the club in Hampshire.

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