A day of mixed emotions – Bourne Deeping secure the league title with a comfortable victory whilst St. Neots stay fixed in the bottom three.
Unfortunately for St. Neots, they couldn’t maintain their defensive work going into the second half. An early second goal for Deeping caused Saints’ heads to drop and soon it became a rout for the away side. St. Neots defending became a shambles as Deeping began to toy with them like a pack of wolves with its weakened prey. Soon the score line reflected a more true representation of the game’s play as Deeping lead 5-0.
However, all was not over for St. Neots. With a gathering home crowd, Saints looked to go out with a bang in their last home game of the season. The David Humphrey and Brett Nunn dream team were put back in action with the former supplying the latter an exquisite through ball, tearing the Bourne Deeping defence to shreds. Nunn took it under control and, despite playing through a recently sustained injury to his foot, coolly beat his marker and drew the foul inside the ‘D’. St. Neots had their first short corner of the match. And they made it count. Injector Nathan Read and stopper Lawrence Groom played their parts perfectly as the ball was served up on a silver platter for David Humphrey to strike. Humphrey made contact with colossal force, and no sooner than he had done so, the ball had thudded into the backboard with an almighty crack.
Although this was never going to be the start of an unfathomable comeback, it did provide St. Neots with an upbeat end to an otherwise sub-standard performance. It is the first time that St. Neots have scored from their first penalty corner in a match this season. It would be an understatement to suggest that Saints’ penalty corners this season have been poor and something to be addressed over the summer ready for next year.