St Neots Town suffer defeat to AFC Totton but sign big sponsorship deal

TWO goals from AFC Totton’s Dave Allen brought St Neots Town’s five-game winning streak to an end on Saturday when they were beaten 3-1 at Rowley Park.

The Saints, including new signing Gavin Hoyte – the former Arsenal and England under-20s defender – started well and were 1-0 up within seven minutes when Lewis Hilliard fed Stefan Moore to find the net.

But Allen’s 12-minute second-half double turned the game on its head in the Hampshire side’s favour, and three minutes from time Jonathan Davies scored a third to put the points out of reach.

It was by far Totton’s best result of the season – and St Neots coach Steve Kuhne said the Saints got suckered in by the visitors’ style of play.

“Our game is about getting the ball down and passing and playing – and the game seemed to get really stretched,” he said.

“They obviously played a typical Southern Premier away game – get the ball into channels, play it long, miss out the midfield – and we got suckered in to playing a very similar style.

“We’ve had some fantastic performances this season and we were on a great run and we only needed to up our game from the first half by five or 10 per cent and we would have probably killed them off.”

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Before the visit to second-placed Hemel Hempstead Town last night (Tuesday), the result left the Saints in eighth, though there was better news off the pitch with the announcement of the club’s biggest sponsorship deal ever.

After signing a ‘six-figure’ contract with media firm Blueprawn, Saints owner and chairman Mike Kearns said: “We are delighted to have Blueprawn, and especially Mark Davies their managing director, as our main club sponsor for the next two years.

“This is a major investment into our club by Blueprawn. The re-branding of the club has been nothing short of perfection. Every detail has been of the highest quality and indeed on par with any Premiership club, and I do not mean Southern League Premier.”

Davies told the club’s website: “To see the Blueprawn name on the shirts is great, to see my father wearing the shirt with the new badge gives me more satisfaction than winning any subsequent business could ever do.”

On Saturday it’s a return to FA Cup action with the Saints hosting Boreham Wood at Rowley Park. St Neots: Michael Duggan, Jon-Paul Duncliffe, Arthur Lee, Ollie Thorne (Ed Adjei), Jordan Gent (Callum Stewart), Gavin Hoyte, Lewis Hilliard, Jay Davies, Stefan Moore, Ben Mackey, Dan Jacob.