The visitors to the Premier Plus Stadium on Saturday are Lowestoft Town.  

The Trawlerboys have been playing at Step Three for three seasons now since their relegation from the Football Conference. After two seasons in the Ryman area of the pyramid they transferred to the Southern League Central this season and like us have struggled for consistency. This is to be the third meeting of our two sides this season – both of the others after long midweek treks into East Anglia for us staged at the Amber Dew Events Stadium at Lowestoft. On 2nd October last year both teams chose to field understrength teams for our Southern League Cup tie which resulted in a 3-1 victory for our hosts – Luke Knight our scorer (his final goal in a St Neots shirt), and then three weeks later a rearranged league fixture finished 2-1 to us with Nabil Shariff scoring both goals. Our last league meeting at St Neots was 46 years ago in the Eastern Counties League when we fought out a 0-0 draw, but our Norfolk visitors have been in town once since then for an FA Vase tie on 21st November 2006 when they returned home with a handsome 6-1 victory with Craig Reynolds claiming our consolation goal. This match is vital for both sides for a glance at the league table before last weekend showed that our point on Saturday lifted us above our weekend visitors who were beaten at Alvechurch. Lowestoft may have some reservations about their trip here today because on 8th January 1972 they were scheduled to visit us here at our former home at Shortsands for an ECL fixture, but they never arrived because their team coach was involved in a fatal road accident on the A11 in which the driver of the car was killed and the coach driver and eight of the team and officials required hospital treatment.


John Walker





St Neots Town U18 side are the Champions of the Cambridge Division of the Thurlow Nunn League for a record breaking third time in succession – with a match to spare.   That was the outcome of a very competitive final home league match of the campaign with visiting Royston Town who still had a mathematical chance of the title.   The visitors had lost just once this season – at home to St Neots – and they posed a real threat to the celebrations with a determined performance.   St Neots were without their injured midfield playmaker Adrian O’Hara for the first time this season, so they had to reorganise but the bonus for them was the return of Jacob Joseph following his injury lay-off.


With the stakes obviously high neither side settled quickly although two early openings for St Neots went begging as Joe Rider saw his effort easily saved ad Owen Dunnett headed narrowly over the bar from a corner.   Then in their first significant attack the visitors took the lead as Noah Costin cut in from the right to shoot across the keeper.   St Neots set about repairing the damage and Merkel Cousins headed over the bar, but the match became over competitive as Jack Dickerson was booked for a dangerous late tackle.   Reif Clarke was then cynically brought down three yards inside the penalty area but the free kick given outside the box and as St Neots built the pressure Nehemiah Goodridge saw a header cleared off the line.   Then a minute before the break from a Clarke corner, goal ace Joe Rider headed home for the side to go to the break on level terms.


St Neots looked more comfortable after half time and when Clarke burst through the defence visiting keeper Christopher Gough saved well at the expense of a corner.   On the turn Rider sent a shot just off target but on the hour, St Neots took control with a quality goal built from a neat Rider flick to free Jacob Joseph and his early cross picked out Reif Clarke for a clinical finish.   For a while the home side dominated with Royston managing just one shot from distance by Dickerson that was too high.   After Gough had saved well from a Leon Fulianty free kick the defining moment arrived fourteen minutes from time as Dan Olive produced a stunning 30 yards effort to make it 3-1 with the goal of the season.   Predictably with nothing to lose Royston threw everything forward and claimed a late consolation goal three minutes from time as Daniel Baulk forced the ball home from a Francis Shilton cross but St Neots had done enough to take the points and the title.


St Neots Town U18:  Burberry, Olive, Goodridge, Brown, Dunnett, Fulianty, Cousins, Routs, Rider, Joseph, Clarke


Subs used:   Leagas, Wood and Rowland.                                                                                                 


Cards: Brown (Y – 44 mins), Clarke (Y – 48 mins)


Referee:  Paul Dobbs                                                                


(John Walker)




St Neots Town        2        Biggleswade Town       2


They say lightning does not strike twice but St Neots are living proof that it does, and two goalkeeping errors – one at each end – made this outcome of the contest happen.  For the second consecutive week a goal conceded three minutes into added time robbed the young inexperienced home side of two extra points they had worked so hard to achieve but the single point was enough to lift them out of the relegation zone for the first time in as many months.   Ultimately it was inexperience that cost them dear, but they continue to learn as they build experience at this higher level of football for most of them.   The commitment of the side is beyond question and proud Manager Marc Abbott heaped praise upon his team in his post-match interview.    He had been forced into a team change when playmaker Scott Pollock failed to recover from the injury sustained in the previous match, so he brought in Dan Trendall for his debut and he added pace and imagination in attack.

The first serious effort on goal after 6 minutes saw Sean Lucien’s effort blocked but St Neots took the lead two minutes later.   A long clearance by James Philip sailed over the heads of defenders and former St Neots custodian Sam Donkin opted to wait for the ball to reach his area but Gary Wharton pounced to steer the ball past him and into the open net – his third goal in consecutive matches.   The visitors had a further shock after 11minutes when David Longe-King misdirected a header back to his keeper but luckily for him the ball passed the wrong side of a post.   However, St Neots’ lead was short-lived for after 15 minutes a Matt Ball corner was headed back by Jordan Gent and Joe White headed past the keeper.   Prince Mutswunguma tried a lengthy effort that just cleared the crossbar and then Philip did well to push away a searing cross from Lucien that looked to be creeping in at the far post.   Ten minutes before the break St Neots regained the lead as Dan Trendall switched play from left to right and Mason Rhiney’s cross was stabbed in at close range by Prince Mutswunguma.   It was the first time St Neots had scored twice in a league match since 8th December.   Five minutes before the break Philip saved well again and then White headed in from an offside position as the visitors sought parity.

The second half saw the visitors adopt a more attacking formation with former St Neots player Claudio Ofosu on to test St Neots down the flanks.   Lucien seemed to be getting all the better chances for the visiting side, but he sent a free kick high over the bar and was well off target with two more efforts.   St Neots seemed to have lost the rhythm that had seem them competitive in the first 45 minutes and their back line had to defend well as their opponents began to dominate possession.  They looked particularly threatening from set pieces with their tall defenders supplementing their attack.   Another striker was added to the visiting attack, but Ball squandered a good chance with a centrally positioned free kick that he dragged well wide.   St Neots did threaten on the break with Trendall a constant threat, but they lacked the finishing touch to carve out what could have been a clinching goal.    With five minutes left Philip again rescued his side with a point blank save to deny White and Ofosu earned a booking for simulation diving dramatically in the penalty area.    The Referee signalled four added minutes and in the third of those the visitors stole a goal and a point.   It came from one of many corners after the excellent Philp had mishandled a shot dropping the ball over the bye line – this one delivered by Lucien and when St Neots failed to clear there were two shots blocked before Jordan Gent drove home from close range.   It was a cruel ending, but it still took St Neots to a third consecutive match without defeat, following the defection of almost their whole team.




St Neots Town:  Philp, Hood, Norville-Williams, Miles, Hughes, Shaw, Mutswunguma, Rhiney, Wharton, Sutton, Trendall

Subs:  Clarke (for Prince 62 mins), Beckley (for Sutton 77 mins), Rider (for Wharton 88 mins), Hudson and Fulianty.

Cards:  Hood (Y – 74 mins), Shaw (Y – 74 mins)

Goals:  Wharton (8 mins), Mutswunguma (35 mins)


Biggleswade Town:  Donkin, Bradshaw, Perry, Forbes, Gent, Longe-King, Lucien, Brooks, White, Ball, Nwaboukei

Subs:  Ofosu (for Brooks 62 mins), Donnelly (for Forbes 73 mins), Allinson (for Bradshaw 82 mins) and Walster.

Cards:  Gent (Y – 38 mins), Ofosu (Y – 81 mins), Perry (90 mins)

Goals:  White (15 mins), Gent (90 + 3 mins)


Referee:  Alex Rayment (Dunstable)

Attendance:  284


John Walker

The Board of Directors have agreed to allow FREE ADMISSION to anyone under the age of 18 to Evostik League South Premier Division Central matches between now and the end of the season, raising the limit from under 16.

Now is a great opportunity to come along and cheer on fellow youngsters Joe Rider, Jacob Joseph and Leon Fulianty who are currently enjoying game time in the First Team Squad, starting with Saturday's visit of Biggleswade Town.

Please note, only children Under 12 years need to be accompanied by a paying adult. 

Proof of age may be requested at the turnstiles



ST NEOTS TOWN U18        5     HAVERHILL ROVERS U18       0

This match was dubbed as the title showdown with the only two clubs still in the running meeting at St Neots.   In the end it was a fairly comfortable victory for the home side as suggested by the score line, and they now need just three points from their two final games to win a third consecutive Cambridge Division title.   They could therefore clinch the title next Monday when Royston are the final visiting team this season.   However those facts assume that to deny St Neots the title, Haverhill would ned to win their final six matches in the span of the next six weeks and on this showing that looks doubtful.   Two goals late in the first half set St Neots on their way but Haverhill had looked dangerous on the break cancelling out St Neots’ advantage of possession.   As the visitors tired after the break St Neots rammed home their superiority.

Playing an attacking 3-4-3 formation St Neots began full of confidence and in the opening three minutes carved out as many goal attempts.   Haverhill replied with Jake Mingay bringing an important save from home keeper Joe Burberry and after visiting keeper Thomas Hogg had saved well from Sam Routs and Markel Cousins, the game settled with St Neots dominating.   After 31 minutes after a great run by Cousins, Reif Clarke netted but was ruled offside but St Neots persevered and after 36 minutes the impressive Markel Cousins jinked past defenders to open the scoring.   Five minutes later more slick footwork saw Reif Clark leave his marker standing as he cut in to add a second goal.    The best Haverhill could offer was a Cohen Micklewright free kick comfortably saved.

Micklewright volleyed wide immediately upon the restart but St Neots then added a significant third goal after 56 minutes as the irrepressible Cousins beat three players before scoring from a narrow angle for his second goal.   Clarke then saw an acrobatic header rebound from the cross bar after great work by Routs and then after 68 minutes a Routs free kick was spilled by the keeper and Clarke knocked in the rebound to make it 4-0.   The fifth goal came from ace marksman Joe Rider – his 28th of theseason eight minutes from time and the only blot on the victory was an 85th minute fracas following a bad tackle and, in that incident, visiting defender Tafun Yagir was sent off and three players were booked.   However St Neots had the last word when substitute Bradley Brown beat the keeper but saw his shot rebound from the foot of a post.

St Neots:  Burberry, Olive, Leagas, Fulianty, Goodridge, Dunnett, Clarke, O’Hara, Rider, Routs, Cousins                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:   Brown, Wood, Muse and Rowland.                                                                                                 

Cards: Fulianty (Y – 85 mins), Brown (Y – 85 mins)                                                             

Referee:  Emma Hunt


(John Walker)



Redditch United        1         St Neots Town        1

A point away at Redditch is on paper an acceptable return as the St Neots youngsters find their feet in their new surroundings but with the equalising goal coming three minutes into added time from a host side with just EIGHT players on the pitch, it felt like a defeat on the way home. The match was marked and eventually dominated and spoiled by an over-zealous Referee who finished up with a tally of nine yellow cards and three reds. To the casual reader of these facts it sounds like it was a physical bad-tempered affair but that is nowhere near the truth. The majority of the cautions were for dissent – either verbal of frustratedly kicking the ball away when a free kick was awarded – several times in error – although two of Redditch’s dismissals were straight red cards for cynical and dangerous fouls.   In the final analysis St Neots were guilty of being caught out by their own inexperience because their tactics were not good as they failed to take full advantage of their growing numerical advantage and should not have been caught lacking defensive concentration in that added time.  Overall the performance was encouraging as they held their opponents at bay after stealing an early lead, and they received a massive boost when rookie goalkeeper James Philp saved a first half penalty kick in only his second appearance for the club. However, it will go down as two points lost when a victory would have lifted them out of the relegation zone.   There was just one team change with Mason Rhiney preferred to Harry Beckley in midfield.

The visitors got the perfect start when after just three minutes Scott Pollock sent a though ball in the heart of the home defence and GARY WHARTON, with his back to goal, sidestepped a challenge and hit a low shot past Adam Whitehouse for his second goal in successive matches. Two minutes later he won a header from a Pollock free kick which passed the wrong side of a post. Redditch thought they should have had a penalty after 20 minutes when Philp was exposed, and he rushed from his line to collide with Jack Storer but the Referee waved play on. With two player booked early in the first half the home side looked frustrated and created few openings but from a Robbie Bunn corner Richard Batchelor should have got his free header on target. On the break, St Neots were looking good with Joe Sutton only inches wide after good work by Mason Rhiney and a lengthy Pollock shot well saved by Whitehouse. Five minutes before the break Redditch pressed and won a penalty kick following a handball offence by a defender. Leading home marksman, Danico Johnson, hit a fierce effort to Philp’s right, but the keeper guessed correctly and parried the effort. Then approaching the break Pollock was cynically brought down by Batchelor to earn the first red card of the afternoon so Redditch went to the break a man down.

Unfortunately the injury sustained by the inspirational Pollock in that incident meant he was unable to continue after the break, so Harry Beckley came on as his replacement. Redditch also made two early second half substitutions and one of them Michael Nelson quickly tested Philp and the keeper also saved well from Shaquille Leachman-Whittingham. Although Redditch were clearly intent on an attacking approach and were able to dominate possession despite being that man short, they created few direct openings as the match became a midfield contest with the Referee taking the attention as he flashed his cards. After 72minutes Michael McGrath got on the end of a Robbie Bunn corner and pushed the ball over the line with a hand. Already booked, he picked up a second yellow card and an early bath. At that stage St Neots, should have tried to push home their advantage but they concentrated on containing the home side. The final five minutes plus four added were manic with three more yellow cards and a straight red card for Jamie Ashmore. However, in the third added minute, Bunn was left unmarked to fire in a low shot to earn an unlikely point for the home side.                                       


Redditch United:  Whitehouse, Ashmore, Bowen, McGrath, Parsons, Evans, Leachman-Whittingham, Bunn, Johnson, Storer, Batchalor

Subs:  Nelson (for Storer 46 mins), Howards (for Evans 53 mins), Franklin (for Howards 73 mins), Stoddart and Wright.

Cards:  Batchalor (RED – 44 mins), McGrath (RED – 72 mins), Ashmore (RED – 87 mins), Evans (Y – 28 mins), Parsons (Y – 35 mins), Bowen (Y – 85 mins)

Goals:  Bunn (90 + 3 mins)


St Neots Town:  Philip, Hood, Norville-Williams, Miles, Hughes, Shaw, Pollock, Rhiney, Wharton, Sutton, Mutswunguma

Subs:  Beckley (for Pollock 46 mins), Rider (for Sutton 76 mins), Fulianty (for Wharton 83 mins)

Cards:  Pollock (Y – 39 mins), Sutton (Y – 47 mins), Hood (Y – 63 mins), Mutswunguma (Y – 66 mins),

Fulianty (Y – 85 mins), Beckley (Y – 90 + 4)

Goals:  Wharton (3 mins)


Referee:  Gareth Davis (Loughborough)

Attendance:  221


John Walker


On Saturday Mark Abbott takes his side to Redditch to play on their 3G pitch, and part from Westwood Road, St Ives, the Trico Stadium in Redditch is St Neots’ most visited ground since their promotion to the Southern League eight years ago. Saturday will be the seventh visit to Redditch – six in the league and one in the league cup. Prior to last Saturday’s home victory over Needham Market, Redditch had gone five league matches without a victory and St Neots’ last visit had seen them return from Worcestershire with a point from a 2-2 draw with Tom Wood and Stefan Broccoli the scorers – the only goal scored for St Neots by the latter. St Neots had led 2-0 with both scorers having been drafted into the side that day but Redditch scored twice in the last eight minutes of the game and despite the home side recovery Redditch sacked their Manager immediately after the match. Our lads will travel with the confidence boost of their victory over Barwell last weekend, but Redditch are an experienced side containing players with Football League experience and it is never an easy place to go.

On Tuesday evening this week Redditch travelled to Banbury for one of only two midweek matches scheduled for this week and scored an added time equaliser to draw 1-1 at Banbury. This leaves them in seventeenth place in the table six points ahead of our lads.


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CAMBRIDGE CITY U 18        0        ST NEOTS TOWN U18        1  


St Neots took another huge stride towards the league title with a narrow and rather nervy victory over second in the table Cambridge City.   The result almost certainly extinguishes the home side’s lingering chances of taking the title and now there are just three games remaining for St Neots.   The next and critical test comes on Monday at the Premier Plus Stadium when third placed Haverhill are the visitors and a victory for St Neots could snuff out the chances of the Suffolk side.   Now eleven points ahead at the top of the table St Neots are undefeated in the league since their opening game back in August and seemingly moving towards a third consecutive league title.

St Neots looked well in control from the start.   After the home side had won an early corner headed wide by Alfie Lawrence the game settled with St Neots dominating possession and creating goalscoring openings.   From a Sam Routs corner Joe Rider had a header cleared off the line and then home keeper Brad Green saved well from an effort by Dan Olive.   Leon Fulianty joined the attack but shot well wide and the main St Neots threat was coming down the right flank through Reif Clarke who was brought down three times earning Jamie Baxter the first caution of the match.   What proved to be the winning goal came in the 34th minute when a delightful through ball by Sam Routs released Jacob Joseph and he took his time to beat the home keeper.   Towards half time Harry Farrow missed a half chance for the home side in a rare attack and then St Neots should have increased their lead when Adrian O’Hara shot wide when well-placed after good work by Brad Brown.


St Neots seemed to adopt a more defensive approach after the break.   However they still created chances with Rider heading wide from a Fulianty free kick and Routs set up Clarke with a defence splitting pass but Green saved at his feet.   A solo effort by Rider saw him leave three players in his wake but his effort passed the wrong side of a post and the introduction of three home substitutes seemed to spur Huntingdon.   A free kick by Aaron Hiscock tested visiting keeper Joe Burberry and then an injury to Brad Brown forced a St Neots substitution and a change of tactics.   St Neots now were clearly happy to defend their narrow lead and despite Huntingdon enjoying the greater share of possession they never really tested the visiting goalkeeper.    In a hectic last few minutes and seven minutes added time the only real chance for Huntingdon came when two substitutes combined and an Owen Mullee cross was headed wide by Ricardo Green.




St Neots:  Burberry, Olive, Leagas, O’Hara, Dunnett, Fulianty, Joseph, Brown (B), Rider, Routs, Clarke                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:   Goodridge, Wood and Rowland.                                                                                                 

Card: Goodridge (Y – 90+5mins)

Referee:  Laurie Parnham



 (John Walker)



St Neots Town        1         Barwell        0

St Neots Town recorded their first home win since 8th January and only their second in the last seven league outings, but more significantly their first win since the defection of eight senior players.   All this after they were rocked in the week by the news that regular goalkeeper Finley Iron had been recalled by his parent club Cambridge United after making 39 appearance for the side.   New Manager Marc Abbott moved quickly to sign Haverhill based Birmingham University student James Philip for a ‘baptism of fire’ as they hosted Barwell whom had won 6-1 in the first meeting of the two sides in December.   If there was a prize for sheer determination and commitment in addition to the three points, that would have been in the bag as well, after they had despatched their Leicestershire visitors.   They had to survive a torrid first half hour and ride their luck as the visitors were denied three times by the woodwork, but few could deny they deserved their reward with some heroic defending.   In addition to the replacement goalkeeper the Manager made two team changes leaving Mason Rhiney and Joe Rider on the bench in order to bring in Joe Sutton for his full debut as well as recalling Prince Mutswunguma.

Barwell began full of intent and confidence producing five shots on goal in the opening six minutes.  Two of those brought significant saves from the new keeper as he denied Jacob Whitmore with his legs before pushing a fierce shot from Nigel Julien around a post for a corner.   The one-way traffic continued but with less intensity as Daniel Durkin volleyed high over the bar and Elliott Percival’s effort was also too high after he had stolen in unmarked at the far post.   St Neots replied with a shot from Prince Mutswunguma that was comfortably saved and in another attack Joe Sutton’s delightful flick played in Gary Wharton, but he delayed his shot and was robbed.   After 23 minutes Jamie Towers could hardly believe his luck when his close range shot rebounded from a goalpost and then Durkin showed great skill to draw Philip from his line to chip over him towards goal, but Ryan Hughes got back to clear off the line.   Sutton looked lively for St Neots and visiting keeper Liam Castle needed two attempts to keep out his rising shot and then in the five minutes before the break Barwell created two chances that should have seen them take a lead into the break.   First Whitmore beat his marker to find the head of Dominic Brown-Hill, but his free header was wastefully too high and then Towers was left unmarked at the far post but saw his looping header bounce off the top of the crossbar to safety.

Upon the restart St Neots looked more confident and were only denied a goal after 49 minutes when Castle produced a superb full length save to deny Scott Pollock after the St Neots player had ridden three tackles.   A close-range Durkin header from a Percival cross rebounded from a post – the third time the woodwork had intervened, and by now St Neots stalwarts were beginning to think that this could be their day.   Their belief was further cemented when less than a minute after coming on as a substitute on the hour, a first-time delightful flick over the defence by Jacob Joseph freed Gary Wharton and his non-stop effort was rewarded as he claimed what was to be the winning goal.  However Barwell were not surrendering with a fight and they threw on attacking substitutes in a bid to retrieve their situation.   An Eliot Putman free kick was well saved by Philip, and substitute Jai Rowe shot wide when he should have at least tested the keeper.   St Neots one anxious moment came sixteen minutes from time when Philip mishandled an Alex Tomkinson cross and had Stevan Shaw to thank as the defender cleared off the line.    St Neots now had to concede possession and concentrate on defence but despite their pressure Barwell managed only one further significant shot by substitute Rowe that passed the wrong side of a post.   St Neots deservedly celebrated at the final whistle, and the confidence boost will have been almost as important as the victory.


St Neots Town:  Philip, Hood, Norville-Williams, Miles, Hughes, Shaw, Beckley, Pollock, Wharton, Sutton, Mutswunguma

Subs:  Joseph (for Beckley 60 mins), Rider (for Wharton 81 mins), Rhiney (for Mutswunguma 87 mins) and Fulianty.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Wharton (61 mins)


Barwell:  Castle, Percival, Putman, Eze, Gascoigne, Julien, Whitmore, Brown-Hill, Durkin, Towers, Tomkinson

Subs:  Rowe (for Brown-Hill 66 mins), Nisevic (for Tomkinson 75 mins), Raven (for Whitmore 75 mins), Hickey and Desrosier.

Cards:  Towers (Y – 71 mins)

Goals:  none


Referee:  Jeffrey Aldous (Bedford)

Attendance:  171


John Walker




On Saturday Barwell make only their third visit to the Town – the first one being six years ago this month and the second in a FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying Round engagement last November.   That resulted in a victory for the visitors by a goal to nil scored in the second half after being reduced to ten men after only 28 minutes.   We then visited Barwell for a rearranged midweek league match just before Christmas leading to another victory for our visitors by six goals to one – Gary Wharton getting our consolation goal.   It was a match played in atrocious conditions on a near waterlogged pitch and after an even first half Barwell ran riot with five second half goals.     When we were promoted to the Premier Division of the Southern League in 2012, we joined Barwell in that Division.   They had finished ninth the previous season – their first season in that Division and when they visited St Neots, they were fifth with matches in hand of all the clubs ahead of them.  The result was a 2-2 draw with our lads taking a first half lead before conceding two goals and having to come back from behind to grab a point.   The return match that season was memorable – a 3-2 victory for us after leading 3-0 at one stage – with the result confirming our survival at Step Three and robbing Barwell of the chance of a play-off place.   Barwell were then transferred across the pyramid to the Northern Premier League.    Both of our teams were defeated in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy last season – our lads at home to Stourbridge and Barwell at home by lower graded Mildenhall Town.   Last week Barwell were beaten at home 1-0 by a Hitchin side now beginning to climb away from the relegation zone.   That left the Canaries in sixteenth place – eight points ahead of our lads.   If effort and commitment are to be key factors in this match then Marc Abbott’s youngsters must be in with a real chance.

John Walker


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