We are currently seeking a company or individual who may be interested in becoming our First Team Shirt Sponsor for the 2019/20 Season.

With the Club due to play at Step Four next season, meaning a probable increase in the  number of games against local clubs and their supporters, this would be an excellent opportunity to advertise your business to an audience who may well benefit from your services, as well as continuous exposure on our website and our social media platforms: Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If this is something you or your company would potentially be interested in, then please contact, in the first instance, any of the Directors below: 

 

 

Barry Cavilla on 07540 919876

Gary Wilson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 07733 304549

Iain Parr at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We look forward to hearing from you................

 

Commercial Manager Opportunity

 

We invite applications to join our exciting team and become part of this great football club as we look to appoint a Commercial Manager

The Commercial Manager role is a commission based position and their primary role will be to increase revenue generated by means of sponsorship and advertising, primarily by the selling of pitchside advertising banners.

If this opportunity excites you and you would like to become part of a successful, Step Four football Club with a thriving Youth Academy which offers realistic progression possibilities to the First Team, interested applicants should apply, in the first instance, to any of the following board members:

Barry Cavilla on 07540 919876

Gary Wilson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 07733 304549

Iain Parr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

We look forward to hearing from you................

Details of our pre season schedule are now available and we can confirm that we have a full programme of matches including a local derby and the visit of two Pro Clubs. Please be aware that the schedule is subject to chance and fixtures may be added or amended in due course.

 

Hunts FA will kick start their 125 Year Celebrations with both Men and Women Invitational Premier Cup Competitions.

The competitions will run as a Champions League style Knock-Out format and the final dates will be announced at a later stage but the competitions promise to be a great display of local football prior to the teams respective seasons starting and a brilliant way to kick off a year of celebrations for Hunts FA.

The Men's Competition will include eight teams in two groups of four:

·         Biggleswade United

·         Cambridge City

·         Eynesbury Rovers

·         Godmanchester Rovers

·         Huntingdon Town

·         St Ives Town

·         St Neots Town

·         Yaxley FC

 

The dates for St Neots Town are as follows:

Saturday 13th July   3:00pm            ST NEOTS TOWN     v     EYNESBURY ROVERS

Tuesday 16th July   7:45pm            ST NEOTS TOWN     v     BIGGLESWADE UNITED

Thursday 18th July   7:45pm                YAXLEY     v     ST NEOTS TOWN

 

Our Pre Season schedule then continues with with the following matches:

Saturday 20th July   3:00pm            ST NEOTS TOWN     v     CAMBRIDGE UNITED

Saturday 27th July   3:00pm            ST NEOTS TOWN     v     BIGGLESWADE TOWN

Tuesday 30th July   7:00pm            ST NEOTS TOWN     v    MK DONS  (To be followed by a veterans match, details to be released in due course)

Friday 2nd August   7:45pm            HAVERHILL ROVERS     v     ST NEOTS TOWN

 

Admission details for all these games will be released in the coming weeks. Please keep checking www.stneotstownfc.co.uk and our social media platforms for all the details

 

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE PLAY OFF (Semi-Final)

ST NEOTS TOWN U18        2     AFC SUDBURY U18       4

This end of season Championship play-off really parades what is best in East Anglian area youth football.   Having seen off the Western Division champions Peterborough Sports, St Neots entertained the Southern champions AFC Sudbury  and in a feisty encounter lost in disappointing style.   Having twice comeback in the second half to cut their deficit to a single goal, St Neots suffered the loss of two players sent off in a single controversial incident that sealed their fate.   In front of a large crowd it was a match of changing fortunes and resulted in a disappointing finale to the season – but it must not be forgotten that the home side had already achieved an unprecedented league and County Cup double for the third successive season.

Sudbury looked confident and controlled in the first twenty minutes stroking the ball around playing patient possession football happy to wait for an appropriate opening.   In this opening phase both sides managed one significant shot on target – Merkel Cousins seeing the home sides’ chance deflected wide and Sudbury’s Ben Hammett firing over the bar before setting up Baris Altintop to bring a full length save from Ashley Brewer.   The initial breakthrough came after 26 minutes when Oliver Gravett cut in from the right to see his narrow-angled shot deflected beyond the dive of Brewer.   St Neots won a series of free kicks, but Jacob Joseph sent his high over the bar and Jake Wood saw his effort well saved by Samuel Wright.   At the other end Brewer kept his side in the game with an excellent save to deny Isaac Skubich but after42 minutes he was beaten by a low shot from Liam Bennett after some neat play by Thomas Maycock.   After a joe Rider shot had been blocked St Neots went to the break two goals behind.

They came out very positively after the break and substitute Reif Clarke freed by Joseph saw his net bound effort deflected for a corner, and a Nehemiah Goodridge header was well saved from a Clarke corner.   Their reward came after 56 minutes when another Clarke corner was volleyed in at the far post by Owen Dunnett - his first goal of the season!   Ten minutes later Sudbury reinstated their two-goal advantage when Liam Fulianty pulled down Isaac Skubich earning himself a caution, and the visiting player stroked home from the penalty spot.  However, this seemed to spur the home side and after 77 minutes Reif Clarke cut in from the left to score from a narrow angle to make the score 3-2.   Four minutes later it all went wrong as an Assistant Referee signalled a dubious free kick upsetting the home side and substitute Bradley Brown was dismissed for foul language at the decision and he was followed into an early bath by skipper Leon Fulianty who picked up a second caution for dissent (applauding the decision)   In the final eight minutes Adam Hanson hit the post for the visitors and Fred King rounded off the scoring taking full advantage of the depleted home defence.

 

St Neots:  Brewer, Olive, Wood, Fulianty, Goodridge, Dunnett, Joseph, O’Hara, Rider, Routs, Cousins                                                                                                                                              

Subs used:   Brown, Clarke, Leagas and Rowland.   

 Goals: Dunnett (56 mins),  Cousins (77 mins)                                                                                 

Referee:  Ryan Middleton                                                                                            

(John Walker)

 

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF (Quarter Final)

ST NEOTS TOWN U18        3     PETERBOROUGH SPORTS U18       2

These two sides had lost just one league match between them in the 2018/19 season, so this truly was a meeting of champions.   However, with six divisions of the Cambs Youth League this was only the first step to becoming supreme champions.   The match could hardly have been more dramatic with St Neots coming from 2-1 down with two minutes of normal time remaining to snatch victory with two goals – the second four minutes into added time.   Unbeaten in the league this season Sports had already inflicted on St Neots their only home defeat of the season in the FA Youth Cup way back in September, so this was pay back time.  

Both sides looked to take the initiative in an entertaining start to the match.    Andrew Irvine produced the first shot on target after two minutes testing Ash Brewer who saved well.   At the other end Stewart Barrand had to clear off the goal line with his keeper out of position and then Jacob Joseph burst through to force an important save with his legs by Dylan Veni.  The keeper then had to save at the feet of the same St Neots player after twelve minutes but five minutes later the home side took the lead.   An attack was broken up but the clearance went straight to Sammy Routs whose snap shot from almost 30 yards beat the diving goalkeeper.   Dan Olive shot narrowly over the bar and Reif Clarke was brought down but no penalty given as St Neots enjoyed good possession at the end of the first half.   It was then against the run of play three minutes before the break when a cross from the right was knocked down, falling to Andrew Irvine who levelled the scores with a shot wide of the unsighted home goalkeeper.

After an early second half free kick by Leon Fulianty had been parried by Veni the visiting side grabbed the initiative with a 53rd minute goal to give them the lead.   A corner by Christopher Seery was not cleared and in the resultant penalty area scuffle Andrew Irvine claimed his second goal of the match.   For a spell St Neots seemed to lose impetus and their visitors regrouped in a more defensive fashion and chances at either end were limited.   Substitute Ethan Atkins forced Brewer into an excellent save at the expense of a corner, and as St Neots rallied Routs brought two important saves from Veni.   In the final fifteen minutes all the play was towards the Sports goal as St Neots searched for an equaliser.   Jacob Joseph was inches wide with a powerful shot and a Routs free kick was gathered under pressure.   Then with two minutes left ace goal poached Joe Rider picked up a through ball to turn his marker and level the scores.   It looked like a penalty shoot out to decide but four minutes into added time Dan Olive streaked in from the right to tuck a low shot under the keeper for that dramatic match winner.  

The Semi-Final championship match will be at The Premier Plus Stadium, early in May.

 

St Neots Town Youth Team:  Brewer, Olive, Leagas, Fulianty, Goodridge, Dunnett, Joseph, Brown, Rider, Routs, Clarke

Subs used:   O’Hara, Wood, and Rowland.                                                                                                

Goals: Routs (17 mins),  Rider (88 mins), Olive (90+4 mins)

Referee:  Andrew Wilson                                                                                           

(John Walker)

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town       1        Halesowen Town       1

Perhaps appropriately this ‘relegation party’ ended all square at 1-1 with these two sides now preparing for life at Step Four next season.   It was only St Neots Town’s second relegation in their proud 140 years of history so now for Manager Marc Abbott the work begins with his talented young squad for the new season due to start in just over three months.   With relegation for both sides confirmed prior to the match there may have been little to play for but this final match for  both was nonetheless competitive despite the gusting wind making conditions very difficult.  The visiting side, managed by former West Bromwich Albion player Lee Hughes, also featured some of their younger players and a share of the points was a fair outcome.   Marc Abbott had his skipper Matt Miles injured so changes were required so he left Jacob Joseph and Prince Mutswunguma on the bench bringing in Joe Rider, Joe Sutton and Aaron Hudson – the latter for his first start after a couple of substitute appearances.

St Neots made a bright start and were ahead after just four minutes.  Joe Rider received the ball with his back to goal and turned neatly to feed it through the defence for Dan Trendall to run on and net.   Seven minutes later the lead should have been doubled when Joe Sutton found himself clear of the defence in front of goal but shot across the face.   Halesowen were enjoying a fair share of possession but created little although Isai Marselia saw a fierce shot well blocked by Ryan Hughes.   Mason Rhiney saw his effort blocked at the other end and as St Neots continued to dominate the usually reliable Dan Trendall failed to capitalise on more good work by Joe Rider as he sent his free shot from ten yards high over the bar.   St Neots was almost made to pay for that miss five minutes before the break when Aaron Birch headed down a Kartel O’Neill-Martin free kick, but Samir Nabi blazed his shot high over the bar.   The match had been well controlled by Referee Wayne Chalmers but he unaccountably yellow-carded Aaron Hudson for kicking the ball away after awarding a free kick.

Both sides opted for a half time change with Jacob Joseph replacing Joe Sutton and Samuel Dallow coming on for Aaron Gilpin for the visitors.   On a break Hudson shot well wide after James Philp had saved well, but after 53 minutes the scores were levelled.   A defensive lapse in concentration by St Neots saw Marselia play Nabi clear on the right and when his effort rebounded off a post, Joe Hood rushing back to cover only succeeded in putting the ball into his own net after the ball lucklessly rebounded onto his knee.   At the other end, Trendall crossed from the left and Jacob Joseph was only inches away from the ball in front of a gaping net but the most significant moment of the second half was when Halesowen player/manager Lee Hughes opted to bring himself on to replace Marselia.   From that point onwards the visitors grew in confidence and put the home defence under constant pressure.   Hughes was in immediate action bringing the save of the match up to that point from James Philip with Nabi volleying the loose ball over the bar and the same visiting player squandered a further chance again shooting off target.   St Neots substitute Reif Clarke had a well-placed header deflected wide from a Trendall cross and Hughes could twice have scored for Halesowen.   However, St Neots finished strongly, and it took two outstanding saves from Platt to deny late efforts by St Neots substitutes Prince Mutswunguma and Clarke.    Honours even then but the two sides could meet again next season at Step Four.

St Neots Town:  Philp, Hood, Fulianty, Bradley, Hughes, Shaw, Sutton, Rhiney, Trendall, Rider, Hudson

Subs: Joseph (for Sutton 7 mins), Mutswunguma (for Rider 61 mins), Clarke (for Hudson 79 mins), McCormack and Abbott.

Cards:  Hudson (Y – 44 mins)

Goals: Trendall (4 mins)

 

Halesowen Town:  Platt, Ekongo, Kelly, Lawton, Morris, Mendez-Jones, Gilpin, Birch, Marselia, O-Neill- Martin, Nabi.

Subs:  Dallow (for Gilpin 46 mins), Hughes (for Marselia 76 mins), Charlton and Nickolds.

Cards:none

Goals:  Hood OG (53 mins)

 

Referee:  Wayne Chalmers (Northampton)  

Attendance:       132

John Walker

We are very pleased to announce that SEAN GREYGOOSE and MATT JOSEPH will be working alongside Marc Abbott for the forthcoming 2019/20 season.

Manager Marc Abbott has wasted no time in building his new management team for next season at Step 4 by securing the services of two very highly regarded coaches.

SEAN GREYGOOSE will become Marc's ASSISTANT MANAGER. Having previously been assistant at Mildenhall and Haverhill Rovers and currently Assistant at Cambridge United Women, Sean will bring some more experience to the dugout.

MATT JOSEPH, ex Arsenal youth, Cambridge United and Leyton Orient full back and currently employed by the Football Association, will become the new First Team Coach, bringing a wealth of knowledge which will be invaluable to our younger players.

Please join us in welcoming both to St Neots Town FC and we hope your time with us will be enjoyable and successful.

Further news will be released over the coming weeks......

 

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

Saturday offers our supporters not only our final league game of the season but also the final game (at least for the time being) in the Southern League Premier Central Division.    It is fitting perhaps that the visitors are Halesowen Town who are accompanying us in relegation but making their first ever visit to the town   However, this is to be the third meeting of our two sides.   Earlier this season we travelled to Halesowen for our first league meeting and returned with a point and honours even from a 1-1 draw.   Claudio Ofosu was our scorer with one of only three goals he scored for us this season before seeking pastures new.   We had previously featured at the Halesowen ground five and a half seasons ago when we visited for a first round FA Trophy tie which we won 3-1 with goals from Dave Deeney, Jake Woolley and Ed Adjei but the real hero of that tie was goalkeeper Niall Conroy (who played against us for Godmanchester in our recent Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Final) who kept the home forwards at bay.   Along with Bedworth United we are the trio of teams facing relegation to Step Four next season, so this is by way of being a ‘relegation party’.   It is worth noting that our club records show that this will have been only be our second relegation in around 100 years of competitive football – the other being 37 years ago when we were relegated from the UCL Premier Division to Division One.  So, for both of today’s teams the only way is up and competition begins again in just over three months and of course we wish Halesowen the best of fortune in next season’s campaign.  

 

John Walker

 

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Ives Town       0        St Neots Town       0 

This was only St Neots third clean sheet in the fifteen games since the mass defection of players, but it afforded them the point they needed to ensure finishing above the two sides below them.   It also gave them the satisfaction of not conceding a league double to their neighbours St Ives Town who needed to win if they were to achieve their best-ever finish in the Premier Division.   In front of a shirt-sleeved Bank Holiday crowd St Neots defended well in a match that had an end-of-season feel to it, and the host side really failed to take advantage of their visitors’ inexperience.   St Neots made just the one change in the side beaten at home 48 hours earlier bringing back specialist defender Leon Fulianty and preferring Prince Mutswunguma to Joe Sutton in attack.   St Ives with several injured players missing looked unbalanced and the nearest they came to beating visiting keeper James Philip was one shot that rebounded from the woodwork.   The result may have boosted St Neots’ confidence ahead of their final match of the season against Halesowen next Saturday with the only incentive for either side being to treat the occasion as a relegation party.

St Ives started well when in the third minute in the first attacking move a long Mark Coulson throw was flicked on and Ollie Snaith attempted an ambitious volley that flew just wide of a post.    After just seven minutes St Neots suffered a severe blow as skipper Matt Miles was injured and forced to leave the field with striker Joe Rider replacing him and Ben Bradley moving back into midfield in a reshuffle.   Robbie Parker then won the ball and picked out Morgan Penfold who beat his marker to curl a shot wide and although the hosts were enjoying superior possession, they created little.   Jacob Joseph claimed St Neots first significant attempt on goal for the visitors after 28 minutes but home keeper Martin Conway saved comfortably and two minutes later St Neots suffered another setback as Bradley sustained a nasty cut above his left eye forcing his side to play four minutes one man short as he received off the pitch treatment.   St Ives then received a potential opening when a long ball forward by Coulson seemed to slow up between Ryan Hughes and James Philip and an eagle-eyed Assistant Referee indicated that the custodian had gathered the ball inches outside his area.  Parker played a short free kick into the path of Andrew Osei-Bonsu and his finish beat the visiting keeper but rebounded from the crossbar to safety.   Just before the break the same St Ives player was denied again when his free header flew wide when he was set up by former Saint Tom Wood.

St Ives made an enforced change after the break with the lively Penfold limping and George Bailey was his replacement.    Wood then shot well wide as the home side upped their attacking efforts, but this seemed to leave gaps in defence and Joe Rider tried an opportunistic chip that was deflected over the bar.   Substitute Bailey then tested Philip and then St Ives conceded a free kick on the edge of the area that came to nothing.  St Neots seemed to grow in confidence as the match drifted into the final quarter of an hour and Bradley dispossessed an opponent and looking up picked out the dangerous Dan Trendall who had tirelessly fought a one-man battle with the home defence.   He broke past the square lying defence and as the keeper narrowed his angle, he chipped the ball goal-wards, only for Owen Wallis to recover to acrobatically scoop the ball off the line, but only as far as Rider whose follow-up effort was gratefully grabbed by the recovering goalkeeper.   In the final five minutes St Neots created two potential match winning openings – both balls out of defence to find Trendall on the right.  On both occasions he was cynically upended by defenders earning first Owen Wallis and then Munashe Sundire yellow cards.    The final action was another Wood shot wide of target and St Neots had deserved their share of the spoils in what will be the final local Saints league clash for at least one season.

St Neots:  Philip, Hood, Fulianty, Miles, Hughes, Shaw, Joseph, Rhiney, Trendall, Bradley, Mutswunguma

Subs: Rider (for Miles 7 mins), Sutton (for Mutswunguma 61 mins), Hudson (for Joseph 79 mins) and Clarke.

Cards:  Philip (Y – 39 mins), Bradley (Y – 44 mins), Sutton (Y – 66 mins)

Goals: none

St Ives:  Conway, Sundire, Coulson, Wood, Wallis, Wilson, Penfold, Parker, Osei-Bonsu, Snaith, Seymour-Shove

Subs:  Bailey (for Penfold 46 mins), Newman (for Seymour-Shove 76 mins), Baker (for Snaith 86 mins), Ward and Griffiths.

Cards:Snaith (Y – 64 mins), Wallis (Y – 85 mins), Sundire (Y – 88 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Referee:  Alex Rayment (Dunstable)  

Attendance:       351

 

John Walker

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town       0        Kings Lynn Town       5 

This result confirmed St Neots relegation to Step Four next season after seven seasons in the top flight of the Southern League, and furthered King Lynn’s aim of a home semi-final tie in the play-offs.   The visitors were as dominant as the final score suggested and Saints Boss Marc Abbott was quick to heap praise on the winners saying “they are easily the best side we have played since I took over as Manager.   This was a tough lesson for my young side who were unable to cope with the experience and quality of the opposition.   Lynn were exceptional today and judged on this performance, they look likely to progress further through the play offs.  

His opposite number, Ian Culverhouse, was thoughtful, adding “Yes, we played well today and were very happy with the result that gives us a chance of the runners-up spot”. He also said, “but great credit is due to Marc Abbott and Matt Clements (St Neots Managers) for keeping the club going after their trauma of the past two months”.   

Injury means that full back Jordan Norville-Williams’ season is over so there was just one St Neots team change with Jacob Joseph coming in for Leon Fulianty with Prince Mutswunguma moving back into defence.  Lynn always looked comfortable and in control and their slick short passing tactics ensuring that they enjoyed more than two thirds of the possession throughout the match.

The visitors got off to the perfect start with a goal in the first real attack of the match after five minutes.   St Neots conceded a free kick wide on the right and Frazer Blake-Tracy’s direct shot seemed to be covered by St Neots custodian James Philp, but ace marksman Adam Marriot got the touch that left the keeper stranded.   Marriott then almost doubled his tally, but Philip anticipated well to block his effort.   Dan Trendall beat the visitors’ offside trap, but Ryan Fryatt got back to clear and then visiting keeper Alexander Street under pressure did well to clutch a Joe Hood cross.   However much of the play was in the direction of the St Neots goal and after 20 minutes Adam Marriott doubled his personal tally after being left unmarked at the far post.   The impressive Jordan Richards then rattled the crossbar and Marriott proving a real thorn in the St Neots defence might have completed a 25 minutes hat trick but for a fine block by Ryan Hughes with the goal looking invitingly open.   St Neots tried hard to make an impression on a resolute visiting defence with skipper Matt Miles and Mason Rhiney prompting from midfield,but the measure of the visiting side was that they always seemed to have extra players on the pitch.

Two goals in a three minutes’ spell early in the second half put paid to St Neots’ hopes of any reward from the match.   After 53 minutes a slick move from midfield saw Richards find Michael Gash unmarked at the far post.   His angle was narrow, but his fiercely hit shot ricocheted off the unfortune Ryan Hughes for an own goal.   Lynn maintained their pressure and from a Michael Clunan corner, Rory McAuley rose high above the defence to power a header into the roof of the net.   Both sides then opted to utilise their allowed number of substitutes – Lynn no doubt happy that the points were assured and St Neots trying to vary their approach against an impenetrable defence.   The  result was a period of non-productive play but in the final fifteen minutes the game became more open.   A fierce effort by Aaron Jones was well parried but the reshaped St Neots attack was beginning to grow in confidence and the hard-working Dan Trendall shot narrowly wide and substitute Joe Rider  had an opening after good work by Matt Miles and Prince Mutswunguma, but his finish was weak.   Two late bookings for the home side seemed to sap their confidence and two minutes into added time visiting substitute William Mellors-Blair raced clear to beat the keeper with a shot that rebounded in off the far post.  Ironically even if St Neots had won this match, they could not have caught Lowestoft Town who impressively defeated play-off hopefuls Stratford Town 3-2.

 

St Neots Town:  Philip, Hood, Mutswunguma, Miles, Hughes, Shaw, Joseph, Rhiney, Trendall, Bradley, Sutton

Subs:  Hudson (for Joseph 67 mins), Rider (for Bradley 67 mins), Dunnett (for Shaw 67 mins) and McCormack.

Cards:  Hood (Y – 71 mins), Sutton (Y – 84 mins), Mutswunguma (Y – 89 mins)

Scorers:  none

Kings Lynn Town:  Street, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Jarvis, Fryatt, McAuley, Clunan, Richards, Gash, Marriott, Parker

Subs:  Mellors-Blair (for Gash 62 mins), Hawkins (for Marriott 67 mins), Barrows (for Jarvis 71 mins), Henderson and Robinson.

Cards: Street (Y – 19 mins), Blake-Tracy (Y – 21 mins)

Scorers:  Adam Marriott (2) (5 & 20 mins), Hughes OG (53 mins), McAuley (56 mins), Mellors-Blair

(90 + 2 mins)

Referee:  Alastair Wilson (Boston)

Attendance:  320

John Walker

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