FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

St Neots Town       4        Romulus       3                                                                                        

It was akin to the script for ‘The Great Escape’.   St Neots 3-0 down after 17 minutes against visiting Romulus who ply their trade at Step Five – two below their hosts – but who have a good record with three victories in the competition this season.   At that stage St Neots looked to have let the £9,000 sponsorship prize for victory slip through their fingers with a shoddy defensive start to the match.  They recovered to pull a goal back before the break but left it mighty late to snatch a dramatic winning goal three minutes into added time.   So, they will now feature in the third round qualifying of the FA Cup for the first time in 40 years.   It was a performance of great character considering that six of their squad were unavailable due to a mixture of cup tying, injury and suspension and they lined up with four fresh faces from their previous match with Harry Reynolds, Taylor Parr, Harry O’Malley and Devante Stanley replacing Finley Iron, Dan Olaniran, Jack Worman and Dylan Williams.   For Parr it was a memorable 100th senior start for St Neots but he had to play second fiddle to man-of-the-match Dion Sembie-Ferris whose extravagant shirt shedding winning goal celebrations earned him a caution from the Referee.

The least said about the first seventeen minutes of the match the better from St Neots’ perspective. The visitors took the game straight to them and in the first meaningful attack after two minutes, Dimitri Dunkley crossed to find Mitch Piggon wide on the left and he moved smoothly inside Matt Miles’ despairing challenge to find the back of the net.   It was then a story of poor defending for five minutes later from a teasing Kris Taylor corner Mitch Piggon rose unmarked at the near post to glance the ball into the net.   That was bad but ten minutes after the second goal another Taylor corner – this time to the far post was headed firmly past Harry Reynolds by Luke Richards to install a 3-0 lead for the visitors.   Just before that third goal Reynolds had saved at full stretch from Josh Willis to present Romulus with their corner and during this spell St Neots had managed just one shot on goal at the other end with Claudio Ofosu’s effort sailing harmlessly wide.   Three minutes after the third Romulus goal, St Neots dragged themselves back into the match when Tom Wood headed home a Miles corner and that seemed to regenerate his side.   From that point on St Neots largely dominated possession with Sembie-Ferris unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when nudged off the ball by the visiting keeper, and then the same player struck a post with a rasping shot following another Miles corner.   Harry O’Malley shot wide and Devante Stanley making his senior debut, twice tested Tyrrell Belford – his second effort bringing the save of the match from the visiting keeper.

The second half saw more St Neots domination, but chances went begging.   Wood fired over from a lengthy Johnny Herd throw, Nabil Shariff had a close-range header deflected over the bar, Ofosu squandered a chance firing wide and a Sembie-Ferris effort was smothered.   With twenty minutes left St Neots sent on Dan Olaniran and reorganized with just three at the back but chances were hard to come by with the visiting defense well marshalled by Obaro Edobor and Kris Taylor.  Romulus might have reinstated a three-goal lead after 75 minutes when a 45 yards lob from Taylor Allen almost caught Reynolds off his line, but he recovered to push it away and three minutes later Dion Sembie-Ferris got on the end of a Johnny Herd through ball to reduce the deficit.  With five minutes left skipper Johnny  Herd was again the inspiration as he got on the end of a Miles cross to level at 3-3 and then in that grandstand finish three minutes into injury time Shariff went past two defenders to pick out Dion Sembie-Ferris on the far post and his finish was clinical to sent St Neots into the next round.

 

St Neots Town:  Reynolds, Miles, Herd, O’Malley, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Peters, Shariff, Stanley, Ofosu

Subs:  Douglas (for Peters 62 mins), Olaniran (for Ofosu 70 mins), and Hudson.

Cards:  Sembie-Ferris (Y – 90+3 mins)

Goals:  Sembie-Ferris 2 (78 & 90+3 mins), Wood (20 mins), Herd (85 mins)

Romulus:  Belford, Cross, Rowe, Edobor, Taylor, Willis, Dunkley, Richards, Piggon, Tweed, Hurst

Subs:  Collins (for Dunkley 60 mins), Allen (for Hurst 71 mins), Hague (for Richards 74 mins), Spink, Rolston, Barrow and Palmer.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Piggon 2 (2 & 7 mins), Richards (17 mins)

Referee:  Richard Eley (Derby)

Attendance:       325

 

John Walker

We are very excited to announce this evening, the signing of RUSSELL SHORT.

Russell (29), is an Centre Half / Centre Midfielder who brings with him a wealth of experience and quality and numbers Biggleswade Town, Hendon, Bury Town, Ipswich Town, Histon, Wivenhoe Town as his former clubs.

Please join us in welcoming Russell to the Club and we hope his time with us is enjoyable and successful.

OCTOBER HALF TERM SPORTS CAMP at St Neots Town FC

As half term approaches, we are pleased to announce that we will be once again running our popular Half Term Sports Camp at The Premier Plus Stadium.

The Camps will run from Monday 22nd - Friday 26th October from 9am - 4pm daily and are suited for both boys and girls aged 5 - 11 years old.

The cost per child is just £15 per day or £10 for siblings

To download a printable application form, please follow the link below:

http://www.stneotstownfc.co.uk/the-club/downloadcentre.html

 

Simply Return this to the football club at the address shown to reserve your child(ren's) place.

 

FA YOUTH CUP FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       1         PETERBOROUGH SPORTS U18       4

St Neots U18 side have a very fragile record in the FA Youth Cup as their fifth first match defeat in the competition in the last six seasons indicates.   On this occasion they were well beaten by an impressive Peterborough Sports side who have started the season unbeaten in four league and cup fixtures, and in the last round inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Biggleswade Town.  In Ryan Pratt the visitors had the man of the match as he contributed a very impressive personal hat trick.   St Neots Manager Alex Minall was very disappointed with his sides’ performance pointing out that when they conceded a second goal half way through the second half they appeared to let their heads drop and failed to compete in the latter stages of the game allowing their visitors to pick up two more goals.

Sports began impressively dominating the first twenty minutes and taking the lead with their first significant attack after five minutes.   St Neots conceded a free kick twenty yards from goal and when Louie Venni’s free kick was not cleared Ryan Pratt was on hand to open his account.  The same player then outpaced his marker to bring a good save from home keeper Joe Burberry and then Harvey Humble was too easily dispossessed but Alfie Ferguson shot wide.   St Neots rallied after a poor start and Jacob Joseph tested keeper Dylan Veni and Leon Fulianty sent a free kick narrowly wide.   Then against the run of play after 25 minutes, St Neots levelled with the pick of the five goals as Joe Rider chased down an Adrian O’Hara cross to score a fine individual goal from a narrow angle.   Towards half time the lively Sam Routs had a shot well saved and Veni had to dive bravely ant the feet of Joseph to smother his shot.

The visitors started strongly after the break with Pratt going clear wide right, but Burberry left his line to deflect his shot for a corner.   Four minutes later the home keeper was in action again being well placed to save a point-blank close range shot from Nasir Nabi.  David Muse was injured and had to be replaced by substitute Bradley Brown and then after 62 minutes the visiting Manager made a bold move sending on all three allowed substitutes to freshen his side.   The ploy worked perfectly as seven minutes later two of his substitutes combined to outwit the home defence as Oliver Foster set up Ayman Trabelsi to restore his sides’ lead.   St Neots visibly lost their impetus and were pushed back defending deep and seeming unable to get the ball out of their half.   Nabi went close with an acrobatic overhead kick, but the pressure continued to build, and it was no surprise when eleven minutes from time Ryan Pratt showed pace and confidence to leave his marker in his wake and give Burberry no chance with a well-placed rising shot.   It was then almost all defending for St Neots as the visitors pressed and they were further rewarded thirty seconds into added time when Ryan Pratt completed his hat trick.

 

 

St Neots:  Burberry, Goodridge, Roberts, O’Hara, Humble, Fulianty, Joseph, Wood, Rider, Routs, Muse                                                                                                                                       

Subs used:   Brown (B) (for Muse 56 mins), Rowland (for Goodridge 72mins), Rudland (for Wood 80 mins, Gathergood and Brewer.

Referee: Robert Goldstone                                                                

(John Walker)               

ST NEOTS TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB – 50/50 MONTHLY CLUB

THE 50/50 CLUB IS BEING INTRODUCED TO ASSIST IN THE RAISING OF FUNDS FOR THE CLUB AND TO GIVE SUPPORTERS OF THE CLUB THE CHANCE TO WIN SOME CASH

The 50/50 Club is simplicity in itself to join and every participant gets the chance to win in the monthly draw. Members must be over 18 years to join and pay by standing order (Cheques are accepted for annual payment – no cash will be collected). All you need to do is decide HOW MANY NUMBERS YOU WANT, complete your details and the standing order form below and hand it back to a club official to get you entered. You will receive an email confirming your monthly numbers. The winning numbers will be posted on our website www.stneotsfc.co.uk also on social media sites. The rules are simple: The entry tickets are £10 per month if paying by standing order (£120 per year by Cheque). 50% of each Months subscriptions will be put into a prize pot and 100% of that pot will be given as prize money in the following way. 1st Prize = 50% of prize pot 2nd Prize = 30% of prize pot 3rd Prize = 20% of prize pot Obviously, the more members the bigger the prizes and more money to the club to help us to continue to improve our services to you.

 

ANYONE CAN JOIN – FRIENDS, FAMILY AND WORK COLLEAGUES

 

To download and print off an application form / rules and regulations, click the link below and return to Gary Wilson at the Club or fill in electronically and return via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

http://www.stneotstownfc.co.uk/the-club/downloadcentre.html

Alternatively, application forms are available from behind the bar at the Club or by asking any Club Official.

 

Remember, You've got to be in it to win it

 

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL

Banbury United       1          St Neots Town       3       

St Neots recorded their first away league victory of the season against both the odds and expectations returning from Banbury with three points.   It was only their second victory in six visits to Banbury and the home side were on a seven-match unbeaten run stretching back more than a month.   In addition, St Neots were forced into five team changes from their previous outing with skipper Luke Knight suspended, Harry O’Malley ill, Gary Wharton injured and Taylor Parr unavailable plus Manager Matt Clements reinstated Finley Iron in goal after he was cup tied for the Stortford match.   Into the side came man of the match Nabil Shariff after his brief spell at Stratford, James Peters after injury, Ben Worman (also cup-tied by his parent club) and Dan Olaniran after five matches on the substitutes bench.  A goal down after 17 minutes the reshaped visiting side had to dig deep to compete in the opening half hour but Shariff’s double strike before the break breathed confidence into the side.   He was not the only player to impress with Iron making several significant saves, Worman impressive in midfield and acting skipper Johnny Herd outstanding in both defence and attack.

Banbury looked the better side in the opening twenty minutes with their two speedy wide players putting the St Neots defense under significant pressure.   From a first minute Ravi Shamsi corner Iron had to produce a smart save to deny Lee Henderson and then both Shamsi and Rasulo fired over the bar when well placed.   Greg Kaziboni shredded the St Neots defense to set up Rasulo who shot narrowly wide, and St Neots only real opening during this spell when Claudio Ofosu sped past two players to set up Dion Sembie-Ferris whose off-balance volley passed over the bar.  The home pressure paid off after 17 minutes when a long clearance from goalkeeper James Goff was touched on by Jack Self and Tom Wood seemed to misjudge the flight of the ball and Ravi Shamsi ran through to beat the retreating Iron.   Ofosu was proving a threat to the home defense and he cut in to fire over the bar before testing Goff with a rising effort.  He then provided the important equalizing goal as he picked out Sembie-Ferris with a delightful crossfield pass and he cleverly set up Nabil Shariff for a close-range finish after half an hour.  Seven minutes later Ben Worman‘s chip over the defense saw Nabil Shariff dart between two defenders and beat the approaching keeper with a low finish.   Iron made the save of the first half to deny Kaziboni and a minute before the break St Neots could have gone further ahead but the unmarked Wood headed over from a Williams corner.

St Neots carried on after half time where they had left off and after 59 minutes a searching run and cross by Shariff was only cleared as far as Dylan Williams who produced a delightful well-placed shot into the corner of the net.   That provoked a determined Banbury response and Iron had to go full length to push away a shot by Ricky Johnson.   Injuries to Williams and Sembie-Ferris meant two St Neots substitutions midway through the second half but the rearranged St Neots attack still looked threatening on the break.   Banbury too, threw on substitutes and adopted a more attacking approach but their only success was a Shamsi free kick well handled by Iron.   With ten minutes left St Neots sent on Jack Keeble for the tiring Ofosu and shortly afterwards a long clearance found Shariff wide right and he advanced to test Goff who prevented his hat trick with a fine save.   A late punch clear by Iron from another Shamsi effort was the home sides’ last chance and St Neots ran out comfortable and deserved winners.

 

Claire Howes' photo gallery can be found here : Match Photos

 

St Neots:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Peters, Wood, Olaniran, Sembie-Ferris, Worman, Shariff, Williams, Ofosu

Subs:  Stanley (for Williams 61 mins), Douglas (for Sembie-Ferris 75 mins), Keeble (for Ofosu 72 mins).

Cards:  none

Goals:  Shariff 2 (30 & 37 mins), Williams (59 mins)

Banbury:  Goff, Hawtin, Ngathe, Rasulo, Wise, Henderson, Finch, Self, Johnson, Shamsi, Kaziboni

Subs:  Martin (for Ngathe 64 mins), Awadh (for Kaziboni 74 mins), Bell, Diggin and Odhiambo.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Shamsi (17 mins)

 

Referee:  Robbie Dadley (Bedworth)

Attendance:  490

 

John Walker

 

We are this morning pleased to announce that NABIL SHARIFF has re-signed for The Saints.

Nabil rejoins the club, having transferred from Stratford Town and the striker will join his team-mates for training tonight and be in contention for a place in the squad for Saturday's visit to Banbury United.

Please join us in welcomng Nabs back to the fold and we look forward to seeing plenty more goals scored in what we hope will be an enjoyable time with us

The Club is very excited to announce that Grant Ager, Paul Dodson, Mick McCreanor and Steve Kester have agreed to represent St Neots Town FC in an official capacity as Club Ambassadors.

 

The responsibility of an ambassador is to act as a representative of the Club, to uphold the clubs values and beliefs, to liaise with the Community  and support Community driven initiatives, to support and  attend (where possible) social functions and  to promote and liaise with the St Neots Town Community vets as well as much else.

 

Barry Cavilla - St Neots Town FC Chairman said

"It's really important that we remain focused on driving the club forward to ensure a strong and stable business model. These ambassadors are very much part of the clubs fabric, as such they are very much part of our future and will undoubtedly represent the club with passion, pride and honesty just as they did when they slipped on the playing shirt in the not too distant past. Welcome aboard Grant, Paul, Mick and Steve and thank you from all at the club for your ongoing commitment to St Neots Town FC"

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

This Saturday sees us travel to Banbury United for our next Southern League fixture.

The restructure of non-league football meant that the 2004-05 season was anticipated as keenly as any in the history of the club and Banbury United were equal to the challenge of Premier Division football – but only just. Winless after five games, they rose to ninth by the end of October but then struggled and by February had sunk to within one place of the relegation zone and spent two months there before a late improvement saw them to safety with a game to spare.   Five wins in the first eight games of the 2011-2 season took United to second place but as players left the cash-strapped club, tempted by better offers, an alarming slump followed. Winning only six of their next 31 matches, United fell into the relegation places on Easter Monday. Two wins in the last three games saw them to safety.   In 2013/14 Banbury finished 16th in the table nine points above the relegation zone.  Relegated the following season Banbury bounced straight back to the Premier Division via the play-offs.  Since then Banbury finished one place shy of the play-offs in 2016/17 and last season they were ninth.  This season they have started well and are fifth in the table – still unbeaten – with a match in hand of the four clubs ahead of them.

Our record at Banbury is not good with just one victory and two draws in five visits.   The one victory came five seasons ago when Jay Davies scored the only goal of the game but last season we battled well to a 1-1 draw with Dylan Williams producing a second half equalizer after we had trailed at the break.   At home it is a different story with four victories in five matches.  Good news for Saints fans is that it is expected that former striker Nabil Shariff is expected to be in the starting line-up following his return from his short spell with Stratford Town

John Walker

 

 

 

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       2         SAFFRON WALDEN U18       1

St Neots skipper Leon Fulianty inspired his side to a narrow hard-fought victory over a visiting Saffron Walden side that pushed them all the way.   This was Walden’s first match of the season having finished last season in joint third place after a disappointing start to their season.   In a tense second half either side could have snatched victory after going to the break level, but the visitors’ finishing was wasteful whilst the winning St Neots goal was one to savour.

St Neots got off to the perfect start after seven minutes when Jacob Joseph scored a great individual goal.   Receiving the ball in a packed penalty area he cleverly back heeled it to create space and beat visiting keeper Josh Bates with an angled shot.   Walden hit back with Zac Hassan tormenting the home defence as he almost levelled the scores going past two defenders to see his shot well blocked by Joe Burberry.   The keeper was then in action again falling on the ball at the feet of Daniel Joannou after his defence had been breached.   St Neots were creating their own openings with Adrian O’Hara shooting wide and Sam Routs seeing his effort deflected for a corner.  Ethan Williams shot wide after a slick Walden attack but after 39 minutes Burberry missed his attempted clearance and the ball fell at the feet of Alex Cannon for a simple equalizer.  The first half ended in a flurry of activity with Hassan firing narrowly over the bar and St Neots getting the ball in the opposition net but seeing the effort ruled out.

Joe Rider should have restored St Neots lead five minutes after the restart when played clear by Routs, but he saw his effort pushed away at full stretch and then Joseph shot over after good work by O’Hara.   However, the match became scrappy with neither side able to create chances and a stalemate threatened.   With fifteen minutes left Wealden created an excellent opening when a pacey four-man move split the home defence to set up Hassan by Burberry produced a full length save and within a minute the winning goal arrived at the other end.  Leon Fulianty won the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and sped past two opponents to exchange passers with Joseph.   Reaching the bye line, he picked out Joe Rider for a simple tap-in match winner.   Walden set up a late charge in a bid to save a point but Burberry saved well from Ethan Williams and the unmarked Joe Cunning put a free header wide from a late corner.

 

St Neots Town:  Burberry, Leagas, Roberts, Rowland, Goodridge, Fulianty, Joseph, O’Hara, Rider, Routs, Wood

Subs used:   Cathergood, Humble, Rudland, and Brown (B).

Referee: Gary Pond                                                                                               

(John Walker)

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