The spirited Saints prove their point
Men s East Premier B St Neots 3 Bourne 3 A MUCH-IMPROVED display from St Neots earned them a point in their fight to avoid relegation. Saints have been on the end of some heavy defeats of late but goals from leading scorer Simba Chigwada, Darren Coles and
Men's East Premier B
St Neots 3 Bourne 3
A MUCH-IMPROVED display from St Neots earned them a point in their fight to avoid relegation.
Saints have been on the end of some heavy defeats of late but goals from leading scorer Simba Chigwada, Darren Coles and Allan Knox cheered manager Phil Gillett.
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St Neots took the lead on three occasions, only to surrender it each time, including once in the final minute.
Although shipping three goals, the defence was far tighter and Ian Moor and Wayne Tunnah put in some sterling work to give Saints hope in the games to come.
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St Neots II lost their top-of-the-table clash with Boston 6-1, with only a goal from Phil Sargeant to show for their efforts. Despite the loss the Saints remain top and four points clear.
A 4-1 half-time lead was no more than St Neots III deserved against Boston II. The goals had come from David Humphrey, Mel Emery, Kev Sequenza and Steve Moore.
The second half proved a little more difficult as the Lincolnshire side tried to recoup their losses.
They managed one goal but the Saints defence, marshalled by Dave Bailey, were able to soak up the attacks to secure the points.
St Ives secured a 13th successive league win against a March side rooted to the bottom of the league.
The St Ives side dominated for long periods, scoring three times in each half.
It was Alex Drummond who opened the home side's account via a deflected shot, and with penalty corners coming thick and fast it was Paul Swannell who doubled, then tripled, the lead with sweet strikes.
Good work from Mark Clinton and Andy Land kept March in check early in the second half and allowed St Ives to retain their three goal advantage.
After the initial surge by the visitors Joe Brennan and Derrick Pope both scored with excellent low shots, and a well-worked team goal was finished by Drummond who was then denied his hat-trick by the crossbar.
With the final whistle looming St Ives closed out the game to take all three points and another clean sheet.
St Ives II made the long journey to Alford in Lincolnshire in what was to prove a fruitless experience going down 2-1.
Simon Bollom grabbed an equaliser for the Saints before the break but the hosts netted twice in the second period to take the points.
St Ives III took the honours against Spalding II with a 2-1 win.