Needing to put the controversial scenes of last week to bed, Saints made the ridiculous 91 mile journey to Louth. With Louth 3rd from bottom, anything short of a win for Saints would be a significant opportunity missed.
The game began with both teams counter-attacking well. It wasn't long however before Saints upped the ante and started applying some real pressure. The Louth defense couldn't withstand the pressure for long and Saints took the lead with a goal that looked like it had come straight off the training ground. Left back David Humphrey slotted the ball perfectly down the left wing to a precisely timed run by Jamie Cluer who first-time glanced the ball into the path of Darren Coles. Due to Cluer's clinical pass, Coles was left with just the keeper to beat. Coles made no mistake, bludgeoning the ball into the bottom corner.
Whilst no more goals were scored in the first half, Saints completely dominated the possession and territory. So it was no surprise when early in the second half, St. Neots were awarded their second penalty stroke in as many games, thanks to some brilliant individual skill from Garth Mooney. Mooney had beaten most of the Louth defense single-handedly; after leaving the keeper for dead, Mooney shot at the open goal only for it to be stopped by a Louth defender's foot on the line. Coles did the rest, calmly slotting home from the penalty spot.
Coles completed his hat-trick, and essentially ending any Louth hopes of a comeback, with a touch of magic which has people hailing it as goal of the season already. Coles received the ball outside the 'D' with his back facing the goal and two defenders pressing in to make the tackle. Split seconds later, Coles had turned and roasted them both before striking the ball like a tracer bullet into the smallest possible gap between keeper and near post.
Late on, Louth scored a consolation goal but this did nothing to dampen the spirits of a Saints team who appear to be in mighty form having claimed 10 points from their past 4 games. It is crucial that they maintain this form going into their last game of 2015 against Cambridge Uni who bested them in the first game of the season 4-3. Saints will also be hoping Coles can continue his rich vein of form who now has 6 scores from his last 3 games.