As Matt Clements' team building nears completion, please join us in welcoming HARRY O'MALLEY, STEVAN SHAW and PRINCE MUTSWUNGUMA to the fold.

Midfielder HARRY is of course no stranger to The Saints, having made a number of appearances last season at both right back and centre midfield, before his season was unfortunately cut short due to illness.

Defender STEVAN joins us following his release from Cambridge United, as does winger PRINCE after both youngsters impressed during pre season.

Please join us in wishing all three lads all the best for the forthcoming season which we hope will be both enjoyable and successful for all the players and supporters alike

Just to confirm the stories on social media over the past couple of days that we have completed the signings of DANIEL OLANIRAN and goalkeeper FIN IRON


Daniel joins us from Hitchin Town after helping the Canaries to secure the BIG FREE BET Southern League Knockout Cup last season and Fin rejoins us on an initial One Month Loan  from Cambridge United.

Please join us in welcoming both lads to the Club and we hope your time with us will be enjoyable and successful.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

MILDENHALL TOWN        1         ST NEOTS TOWN  1        

It was honours even in St Neots’ final pre-season friendly with their Isthmian League Division One colleagues at Mildenhall.   However, on the balance of play and share of possession St Neots could have won handsomely and the focus in training in the final week before the start of the new season will now be on the conversion of chances.   The two significant team changes saw the return of Cambridge United teenage loanee goalkeeper Finlay Iron who made fifteen Southern League appearances for St Neots last season, and the debut inclusion of former Hitchin central defender Danny Olinaran.   Defensively St Neots looked sound as they restricted the home side to no more than three clear openings.

St Neots created half a dozen chances in the first half hour only once seriously testing the home goalkeeper.   Claudio Ofosu’s electric pace set up Tom Spark but his effort drifted wide and then the tricky Dylan Williams found Lewis Irwin unmarked, but he shot over.   Williams then had a net-bound shot blocked and the home keeper then had to save bravely at the feet of Irwin after more good work by Williams.  In the final quarter of the first half Mildenhall did come more into the game and Finlay Iron saved well at the feet of Tom Debenham before watching a shot from the unmarked Emmanuel Osui fly harmlessly wide.   The first half ended with another shot from Irwin blocked on the line by a defender.

It was more of the same after the break with St Neots kicking down the slope.   Iron saved a lengthy effort from James Seymour, but St Neots were still creating the better chances as Olinaran headed over from a Johnny Herd corner and Spark headed wide after good work by Matt Miles.   The introduction just past the hour of substitute Devante Stanley added to St Neots’ attacking options and he made an early mark with a shot that tested the home keeper.   The lively Williams saw another shot well saved and then Osui was left unmarked in front of goal, but Iron left his line to smother the shot.   With nine minutes left poor marking at a Jake Caulker corner saw Tom Debenham head Mildenhall into a lead against the run of play but within sixty seconds St Neots levelled as Harry O’Malley picked out Devante Stanley on the right and when his first effort was parried he followed up to level the scores.   Both sides then had to settle for parity.

 

Claire Howes' Photo Gallery can be found here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/claire_howes/

 

St Neots Town: Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Olinaran, Parr, Ofuso, O’Malley, Irwin, Williams, Spark.

Subs: Wood, Keeble, Sinclair, Stanley.

 

John Walker

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

ST NEOTS TOWN        2         SOHAM TOWN RANGERS         2

St Neots flattered to deceive in their final home pre-season friendly with Soham Town Rangers who play at Step Four in the Isthmian League (North).   Having dominated the first 45 minutes Manager Matt Clements opted to make five half time substitutions which seemed to totally upset the balance and confidence of his team.    Of course, with less than two weeks before the start of the season it is important to give all his squad some time on the pitch before he finally decides on its make-up and the trialists did not make his choice easy with some solid performances.   Soham are a solid and methodical outfit with few changes from last season and they featured two former St Neots players in Ryan Auger and Sam Mulready.

Defences dominated the opening exchanges with St Neots looking comfortable restricting their visitors to just two serious first half attempts on goal.    Harry O’Malley sent a shot over the bar after good work by James Peters and Lewis Irwin and at the other end home keeper Harry Reynolds acrobatically tipped over a snap shot by Joe Corden.   Claudio Ofosu had a shot deflected and Dylan Williams fired over the bar and then Tom Wood headed narrowly wide from a Johnny Herd free kick.   The pressure was building on the Soham defence and visiting keeper Josh Pope went full length to parry a Williams free kick.   Then after 32 minutes Claudio Ofosu wriggled past his marker to send in a low right footed shot that was helped into the net by a defender.   Four minutes later Dion Sembie-Ferris was hauled down by Auger and from the resultant penalty kick the reliable Dylan Williams easily beat the keeper to double the lead.   St Neots could have had a third first half goal but an Ofosu shot rebounded from the cross bar three minutes before the break.

The wholesale reshaping of the St Neots side with several senior players withdrawn saw the second half begin with the home side on the back foot.   Soham seemed to sense their opportunity to capitalise and after 56 minutes a looping cross by Carden found Sam Mulready unmarked and he headed past Reynolds.   Then two minutes later another opportunistic cross found the St Neots defence in a tangle and Jon Kaye bundled the ball in from six yards to level the scores.    The match lost some of its impetus following a rash challenge by Prince Mutswunguma that earned him a rare pre-season booking and in the last fifteen minutes there was only one serious effort on goal with Reynolds pushing a well-struck Auger free kick for a corner.   St Neots wrap up their pre-season programme with a visit next Saturday to Mildenhall Town who compete in the same division as Soham.

 

sntTV video footage of the goals can be found here: https://t.co/YyewrEE2ME

 

St Neots Town: Reynolds, Sinclair, Herd, O’Malley, Wood, Keeble, Sembie-Ferris, Peters, Irwin, Williams, Ofosu.

Subs: Miles, Shaw, Knight, Spark, Stanley and Mutswunguma.

John Walker

As a thank you to the #BIGFOUR, who all brought their First Team squads to the Premier Plus Stadium this Pre Season, namely CAMBRIDGE UNITED, MK DONS, PETERBOROUGH UNITED and STEVENAGE FC, Season Ticket holders of these clubs will be able to watch The Saints in Evostik Southern League Premier Division Central action for just £5 this coming 2018/19 season

On production of their Season Ticket at the turnstiles, supporters will be able to watch The Saints at a discounted rate in League action at the Premier Plus Stadium. ( National and local Cup competitions not included).

We look forward to welcoming you all and giving you your football fix should your team be away or you simply can't make the game at your favoured Club. 

 

St Neots Town FC Academy and St Neots Town Youth FC.....

Are excited to announce that from August 2018 the coming together of a working partnership that will see both clubs supporting local youth football for both Boys and Girls

 

Jez Billingham - Chairman St Neots Town Youth FC

"Together we can provide access to the game for local children regardless of ability. A safe environment in which to train and play. With our long-term goal for our members to enjoy being part of a team and as a result continue playing to the best of their ability and at a level of which they are comfortable with. The Chairman, Committee and Coaches of St Neots Town Youth look forward to the new opportunities and challenges head."

 

Iain Parr - Director of Football, St Neots Town FC

"We have been working with St Neots Town Youth FC for a number of years so it probably doesn't come as much of a suprise that we have finally put into place a very clear joint  blueprint for Development and Grassroots football that will encompass the whole spectrum of ages and abilities.  This is just as important to the Academy as our development partnership with Peterborough Utd as it gives us a real opportunity to work alongside what we consider to be the best youth club set up for miles around.  St Neots Town FC is now the home of St Neots Town Youth FC and we look forward to working with Jez, Karen, Richard and the rest of the team"

Business Partnership

Eaton Socon FC

St Neots Town FC and St Neots Learning and Sports Academy are very excited to announce that we are now working in partnership with Eaton Socon Football Club.

Louise Spark, St Neots Town FC Director:  

"The aim is for the two football clubs to work closely together on projects that are mutually beneficial,  this will range from joint fundraising activities,  Community Support programmes as well football development.  Both clubs offer something different but the underlying club ethos as well as the core portfolio are the same and this makes it very exciting for both clubs.  St Neots Town FC would like to go on record and thank Nev, the committee and First Team Manager Mark Garwood for giving us the opportunity to work with what we consider to be the very best local football club"  

 

Nev Cooper, Eaton Socon FC Chairman:

 "We've always had a great relationship with St Neots Town FC especially Iain, Lee and Louise so it's great to be working with these guys on a number of projects and initiatives...exciting times ahead"

Please join us in welcoming Eaton Socon FC into the St Neots Town FC football family

#WeAreSaints

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

HAVERHILL ROVERS        0          ST NEOTS  2        

An almost full-strength squad travelled to Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Haverhill Rovers to play their first away pre-season friendly on a 3G pitch.   They ultimately ran out deservedly comfortable victors by two goals to nil but were thwarted in the first half by some outstanding goalkeeping by home custodian Jamie Philp.

There was a slow start with some attractive football not producing the desired end-product although Johnnie Herd just shared the crossbar with a 25th minute free kick.   The home side made little headway with Saints keeper Harry Reynolds a spectator for long periods, but the match came to life on the half hour when Philp produced two outstanding saves.   Recent signing Lewis Irwin was involved in both moves, firstly seeing a clever downward header clawed away for a corner by the home keeper and then he was played clear by man-of-the match Dylan Williams, but the keeper narrowed his angle to push away at full stretch.   Dion Sembie-Ferris brought a third notable save from Philp and skipper Luke Knight got the ball in the net from a narrow angle following a corner but was ruled offside.

With several team changes the St Neots side looked fresher after the break and should have gone ahead after 61 minutes when playmaker Williams sent Sembie-Ferris clear, but he fired over the bar.   Defender Taylor Parr had two headed efforts from corners well saved and as the second period progressed St Neots looked more and more in control.   The breakthrough came on 73 minutes when Haverhill conceded a free kick 25 yards from goal and a low trademark free kick from Dylan Williams beat the diving keeper to give St Neots the lead.   The result was confirmed in the final minute of the match when substitute Prince Mutswunguma netted with a smart finish.  

Next up are Ryman League Soham Town Rangers at the Premier Plus Stadium on Saturday (ko 3.00 pm)

 

St Neots Town: Reynolds, Miles, Herd, Knight, Keeble, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Peters, Irwin, Williams, Ofosu.

Subs: Wood, Shaw, O’Malley, Mutswunguma.

 

John Walker

Wildcats Sessions will continue during the Schools Break, and we will be offering a summer discount if you pay for all 6 weeks in advance at the Friday 27th July session.

While sessions will continue to be causal and you are free to turn up and join in, we are offering the opportunity attend the 6 week summer block for only £10.00 if paid upfront - this represents a £8 saving if you attend all 6 sessions (almost half price) but also makes financial sense if you can only make 4!

 

Activities will continue on the brand new Artificial Grass Pitch at St Neots Town FC, PE19 6SL with sessions taking place as normal 5:00 - 6:00 PM every Friday.

 

The Wildcats project is an integral part of The FA’s objective to double girls’ football participation by 2020 and has been established in a joint partnership between The FA and SSE, supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsor of the SSE Women’s FA Cup

The St Neots Town FC SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club will take place:

At: St Neots Town Football Club, Kester Way, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6SL

When: Every Friday, 5:00 – 6:00PM

Contact: Tim Sergeant, Operations Manager - 07866 453511 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cost: £3 per session, with additional deals available from time to time.

 

To register your daughter for our sessions please follow the link below to our 2 minute online booking form:

https://goo.gl/forms/34UuL78vAl49z3TG2

Once this is complete you will be contacted confirming your place!

“Girls of all abilities are welcome”

Our aim will be that this opportunity will be open to a diverse range of girls, from those just starting out to others who may play in a team – by holding our sessions on a Friday we hope not to interfere with any club training sessions and won’t be looking as this as an alternative for those involved in grassroots football already.

Sessions will be based around the needs of young players and will focus on FUN, FRIENDS and FOOTBALL!

Our hope is that by providing accessible football, we are able to help girls be keen to play in the future in an environment suited to them.

“Girls & Women’s Football is key to ensuring we are able to provide for all looking to play in St Neots, our outstanding facilities and infrastructure give us an excellent base to do that” – Tim Sergeant (Operations Manager)

Please share with anyone you believe may also be interested using the following link:

https://goo.gl/forms/34UuL78vAl49z3TG2

Or for more information please contact Tim via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Stewart, SSE’s Director of Human Resources, said: “We’re delighted to support The FA in setting up these centres, helping to deliver high quality coaching sessions across the country to the next generation of female footballers.”

“At SSE we are extremely proud to be a fundamental part of supporting the grassroots game. This is a key reason for our sponsorship of the SSE Women’s FA Cup, not only are we focussed on achieving greater awareness of the sport at an elite level, equally as important we are creating more opportunities and relentlessly encouraging more girls to get involved in football.”

Mark Frost County Secretary, said: ‘’Huntingdonshire FA are very proud to be a part of supporting the SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club programme. Our Clubs are creating more opportunities for girls to get involved in football and a great way of having fun and keeping fit with friends.”

The Club are excited to announce that at training this morning, LEWIS IRWIN has signed for the club.

No stranger to Saints fans after a very successful youth loan spell here last season from Northampton Town, LEWIS has returned to the Premier Plus Stadium to sign on for the Saints after his summer release from the Cobblers. Whilst here last season,  LEWIS made 12 full appearances and 3 substitute appearances, scoring 7 times in the process, a great return for the eighteen year old, before a hamstring injury cut short his stay.

Manager Matt Clements added "We are delighted to bring Lewis back here, he is a fantastic talent and also a great character. He will add power, pace and quality to our already talented attacking options we have available here"


Please join us in welcoming Lewis back to the Club and we wish him every success in his time with us in what we hope will be a fruitful and enjoyable period in his career. 

     

 

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