Sat 15
Mens 1st - East Division 3NW
Ely City 2
J Harris (20'), D Sutton (30'), (40'), (44'), D Coles (37'), (48'), (70'), O Edwards (52')
Hat-Trick Heroes Ensure Saints Smash Ely

Hat-Trick Heroes Ensure Saints Smash Ely

By David Humphrey
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Daniel Sutton and Darren Coles both finished with 3 goals to their name in Saturday's 8-0 annihilation of Ely City.

With the return of Coach Cluer to the fray, Saints were keen to continue winning ways against bottom of the league Ely City. Cluer immediately pointed out in the pre-match team talk that Ely had already conceded 48 goals whilst only scoring 9 (and unsurprisingly had 0 points to their name this season).

Saints started the game with good tempo and soon started to dominate possession. Whilst this would normally be a good thing in sport - it led to Saints playing with arrogance and forcing opportunities that simply weren't there and the City defenders mopping up the loose passes.

Despite this, Saints created pressure and eventually won themselves a penalty corner; despite having an abysmal record from penalty corners (not scoring one in the past 6 weeks), Saints finally managed to convert. James Harris the unlikely man to break the curse, slotting it home after the original shot was blocked by the out-rushing defender. Daniel Sutton made it 2-0 just before half time with some flowing interlinking hockey with Chris Butterworth; Saints appeared well on top.

Nonetheless, Cluer made it clear that the performance by St. Neots was well below par and to sort themselves out or face some personal time with the bench. St. Neots immediately responded in the second half as Darren Coles scored his first of a spectacular hat-trick; a colossal strike into the bottom corner leaving everyone around him stunned as to what had happened.

It wasn't long before Sutton scored 2 in quick succession, to complete his superb hat-trick, and put Saints well out of reach of any sort of comeback. Captain Owen Edwards even got in on the act as a decent move between Iain Moor and David Humphrey led to Edwards with the ball completely unmarked in the middle of the circle. Even Edwards, despite his reputation, couldn't miss out there.

The full time whistle went, but the game wasn't over as Saints had won themselves another penalty corner. In fitting style, Coles finished off a lucrative day with a perfect drag-flick into the bottom corner. Coles 3, Saints 8, and Ely 0.

Overall a fantastic result for St. Neots who will be pleased they scored from a penalty corner not once but twice, and to have found the net a total of 8 times. Furthermore it seems that the Saints' forwards have well returned to form in perfect time ahead of a long trip to Louth who currently sit directly below St. Neots on goal difference.

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Sat 15, Nov 2014



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Division 3NW
Darren Coles

Player of the match

Darren Coles