Things look bad for Saints after another defeat
Men s East Hockey Premier B St Neots 2 Colchester 3 RELEGATION is looking an increasing probability for St Neots after another poor result at home to Colchester. Saints started in workmanlike fashion against their mid-table visitors and took the lead whe
Men's East Hockey Premier B
St Neots 2 Colchester 3
RELEGATION is looking an increasing probability for St Neots after another poor result at home to Colchester.
Saints started in workmanlike fashion against their mid-table visitors and took the lead when Tim Brewer smashed home from a well-worked short corner.
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Their visitors from Essex hit back hard through a combination of good finishing and slack defending to take a 3-1 lead into the interval.
St Neots upped their work rate and commitment in the second period and were rewarded when Allan Knox netted following a long corner.
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Saints continued to pressure their visitors as they searched for the equaliser but frantic defending from the visitors kept the score in their favour.
Knox did have a golden opportunity to level the scores five minutes from the end of the game but once again Saints were left empty-handed.
St Neots remain two points adrift at the bottom of the league and are 10 points behind third-from-bottom Norwich City.
By contrast, St Neots II are enjoying a successful season in Division 4NW, but lost out in a thrilling contest against third-placed Alford at the weekend.
St Neots took the game to their visitors, who themselves looked dangerous on the break and took the lead before Saints equalised through Eddie Ireland to make it 1-1 at the interval.
In an all-action second period, Alford took the lead then stretched it to 3-1 before Danny Rowlands pulled a goal back for St Neots.
Alford snatched another to make it 4-2 but Rowlands grabbed another to reduce the deficit once again.
Alford made it 5-3 as St Neots were exposed once more but Sean Sanderson set up a grandstand finale with a neat flick. Several chances went begging for the home side as they looked to claim a point and Alford went home 5-4 victors.
St Neots II remain second in the table after the defeat, five points behind leaders Boston but just one point ahead of Alford.
Elsewhere, St Neots III drew a blank on their long journey north to Alford II as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat which dented their promotion push in Division 5NW - the team lie fifth in the table.