Vital success brings the buzz back to St Neots

Joe Woodgate scored and created tries for St Neots. Picture: RACHEL CAMERON

Joe Woodgate scored and created tries for St Neots. Picture: RACHEL CAMERON - Credit: Archant

St Neots delivered the perfect performance to put their Midlands Division Three East (South) season back on track – despite having to play more than a half of a 42-22 success against Stewart & Lloyds with only 14 men.

The Saints defied a numerical disadvantage after losing hooker Ben Arnold to injury just before the break and not having a forward replacement to call on.

It was a second setback of the game after they had earlier seen Ed Hunt depart hurt, but it wasn’t enough to upset a high-class performance against tough opposition from Corby.

Skipper Matt Cartwright said: “Every player in the squad produced an incredible performance against a very good team, in extremely difficult conditions and being a man down for so long.

“We played exciting and attacking rugby to secure a very convincing win and the buzz is definitely back at St Neots.”

Joe Woodgate kicked Saints ahead before following up with a fine individual try. He then turned provider to pick out Luke Warburton with a long pass before the winger raced down the line to touch down in the corner.

The visitors hit back before Saints responded with a double-salvo of their own courtesy of Grant Hobbs to open up a 22-point cushion.

Most Read

Hobbs accepted a Woodgate off-load for his first try and was then the beneficiary of an Adam Porter interception for his second.

But the early departure of Arnold meant Saints faced a tough task against the wind in the second period.

They made light of the situation as Rhod Howcroft charged over to provide further breathing space before Stewart & Lloyd bagged a couple of tries of their own.

Porter was denied when held up over the line, but Saints didn’t have long to wait for another try as Will Smith rounded off a fine team move following the resulting five-metre scrum.

The visitors went over again to secure their bonus point, but it was Saints’ day as Adam Peel emphasised when completing the scoring with a well-deserved try. Woodgate also guided over two conversions.

Saints climbed to third-from-bottom ahead of a trip to Daventry this Saturday.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter