St. Neots put in an excellent team performance to come away with a 3-2 win against third place Ely City. This was an incredible achievement considering the men in blue only had the bare 11 players available to them. Daniel Sutton put Saints ahead after 10 minutes; his initial strike wonderfully saved but Sutton mopped up the rebound and finished clinically. Ely then equalised within 5 minutes of St. Neots taking the lead due to some sloppy defending.
St. Neots regained the lead once more from an excellent penetrating run from Garth Mooney, culminating in an exquisite through ball to Joe Derby, who deflected the ball into the goal past the outstretched keeper. Saints had the chance to go 3-1 up when a penalty stroke was awarded. Unfortunately for St. Neots, with both regular stroke takers out of action, responsibility was placed on Iain Moor who couldn't find the back of the net.
Early into the second half, Saints extended their lead as a result of one of the best passages of play St. Neots have seen all season. Phenomenal interlinking play from Brett Nunn, Garth Mooney, Adam Maltby, Daniel Sutton and Joe Derby tore apart the Ely defence and Derby dived to sweep home his second goal of the day.
Ely pushed St. Neots to the very end after scoring a goal back with 10 minutes left to play. No one would've been surprised had Ely equalised and matched the result from the previous encounter between the two sides (where Ely drew level in the dying moments).Fortunately, St. Neots held firm to ensure a thoroughly enjoyed victory.
Joe Derby was awarded Man of the Match for his two goals and overall excellent linking play with the rest of the side. Special mention should go to Rob Morris who played his last game in goal for St. Neots hockey club