St. Neots made hard work of their victory on Saturday despite being dominant throughout the game. Saints put heavy pressure early on the Bourne Deeping defence, however it was Deeping who drew first blood. Despite the (what has become a customary) early setback, Saints rallied and player-coach Jamie Cluer scored the equaliser. Adam Maltby made a penetrating run into the Deeping circle before squaring to Cluer who swept the ball into the top corner. The momentum had swung back in Saints' favour and on the stroke of half time they took the lead with Cluer being involved again, this time assisting Darren Coles who rifled the ball past the flailing goalkeeper.
Saints continued to pile on the pressure in the second half but couldn't manage to capitalise from the several short corners won. The best they could muster was a broken Darren Coles stick flying head-height towards the goal. As is often the way when a team doesn't take their chances, the other usually does. And Deeping did just that, leveling with just 10 minutes left on the clock. It didn't help that Saints were a man down due to Phil Johns being sin binned for an off the ball deliberate foul.
The game wound down and it looked inevitable to be a draw. However, thanks to a blinding run by Cluer, Saints had another short corner and had entered into the last chance saloon. The ball was injected and Saints deviated for the first time from their 'straight strike' routine. Coles slipped right to Garth Mooney who slapped the ball like a rocket towards the back post but agonisingly wide. Fortunately, David Humphrey had sprinted to meet the ball before sweepin home to score the winner just two minutes from time. Saints were delighted, whilst Deeping were left heartbroken.
Saints made hard work of a game they should have had wrapped up early in the second half. However it does make for a complete role reversal as it is usually Saints who concede late in a match. Jamie Cluer was awarded Man of the Match for his involvement in all three goals and general play. Hopefully Saints will be able to continue this form next week as they host Wisbech Town.