Roundup 22nd and 23rd October

Roundup 22nd and 23rd October

By Gareth Thomas
26 October 2016
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Results, scorers and league positions summary for last week, plus a look at next weekends fixtures.


With a few teams struggling due to half term holidays, it's good to see that we managed four wins, two draws and only three losses last weekend. Most of our teams remain in the top half of their table with quite a few in touching distance of the promotion places.

The men’s firsts will be looking to get back to winning ways at the weekend and the ladies firsts and seconds will be challenged by their respective league leaders. Good luck to all teams!

Anyone wishing to submit a short report of their teams performance should sent it to Gareth Thomas (garethomas@msn.com) by Sunday evening.

Men's 1sts lost 0-4 away at City of Peterborough 4ths

Dropped to 4th in Division 4 NW.
Playing 8th placed Spalding 2s next week.

Men's 2nds drew 1-1 home to Wellingborough 1sts

Late equaliser from Pete Taine. 9th in the league
Playing at 12th placed Wisbech Town 3rd next week.

Men's 3rds won 2-1 away at Ely City 2nds

It looked like the men's 3rds were going to rue missing some early chances in the first half. Ely went ahead with an unfortunate opener when a ball played in from outside the D bounced back off the post and into the path of the Ely forward for a tap in. Despite huge amounts of pressure in the second half, St. Neots weren't able to break down the Ely defence until the last five minutes when Paul Lawman scored twice to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Up to 2nd in the league.
Playing 7th placed Bourne Deeping 4ths next week.

Men's 4ths won 7-0 away at St Ives 5ths

Goalscorers - Phil Gillett 2, Danny Rowland-Cox 2, Sean Sanderson 2 and Willem Zwetsloot
Maintains top spot in Division 6NW(S)
Playing a friendly v Cambridge Nomads next weekend.

Men's 5th lost 0-5 home to St Ives 4ths

The reverse of the above fixture! 7th in the table.
Playing at Cambridge Nomads 3rds - 3rd in the league.

Ladies 1sts drew 0-0 home against Cambridge Nomads 1sts

Saints Ladies 1s turned in a strong performance against a highly resolute Cambridge Nomads side. Despite dominating the match for long periods they weren’t able to find a way past the visitors `keeper who was in top form. Player of the match went to Kelly Bingham for continually driving Saints forward with an energetic display - but finally Saints had to settle for just a point from an exciting match, but ultimately a rare goal-less encounter.
Currently 6th in the league
Playing at league leaders Long Sutton 1sts next week

Ladies 2nds won 2-0 against Chiltern 2nds at home

Goals from Emma Rowe and Kate Clark moved Saints 2s clear into second in 5 Counties league division 3. They go to league leaders Bedford 4ths next Saturday with only a 2 point gap to make up. The Saints team have the best defence in the division only conceding 2 goals so far this year.

Ladies 3rd lost 1-6 home against Haverhill 2nds

Goal from Jay Dickinson.
6th in Division 4 NW(S)
Playing 12th placed Newmarket 3rds next week

Ladies 4ths won 4-1 away at Royston 4ths

Saints started well on the unusual surface of 3G astroturf. It took a bit of getting used to the bounce and pace of the ball on this surface. The team managed to dominate the first half with several attempts on goal but unfortunately no conversions. The saints defence was barely troubled this half. In the second half, captain Fiona Humphrey changed position to centre attack and managed to break the stranglehold and score an early second half goal into the bottom left corner. This gave the team confidence and they swiftly put away another by Kira Herbert. She followed up with an amazing deflection in the far corner before Niamh Gaynor completed the tally with a goal of her own. The hosts managed to put on enough pressure to score a consolation goal in the last few minutes. Saints continue their winning streak and lead the table by some margin.
They host 7th placed Welwyn next week

Men's Over 40s Vets lost 1-4 at home to Pelicans Over 40s Vets

Having entered two national trophy competitions at Over 40s and Over 50s level with almost the same squad, Saint always knew that this would be the tougher of their two cup ties. So it proved as a skilful and well drilled Pelicans team from Kings Lynn started the game with an intensity that Saints had to work hard to keep up with. The early pressure eventually told for Pelicans who went two nil up after about twenty minutes. Saint Neots then grew into the game a bit more and scored a breakaway goals towards the end of the first half through Tim Bates. A goal just before half time made the score 3-1 at the break and, despite a better second half performance, Saints conceded a further goal to lose 4-1.

Having lost on penalty strokes away to Broxbourne in the Over 50s competition the previous week Saints now enter both teams into the Shield Competitions.

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