Because of our rearranged FA Cup fixture against Tilbury FC our home league fixture against Dunstable Town has now been postponed and will be arranged for a future date.

 

 

Due to a collective administrative oversight we have been in dialogue with the FA regarding our FA cup game against Tilbury on Saturday 12th September.

Under advisement by the clubs solicitors we were unable to issue any further information regarding these discussions other than to make clear that the replay to be held on Tuesday 15th had been postponed.

The discussions have now reached a conclusion and as such we have had discussions with Tilbury to re-arrange the game that was played on the 12th September.

Our Player Andrew Wilton was indeed registered with the Southern League, his parent club did give conformation for the player to play for us in the FA Cup, and we confirmed the player’s registration within the time frame set out for the competition.

The Southern League confirmed all of this back to us.

 We were of the understanding that we copied all of this information which was sent via e-mail to the FA but were advised on the Sunday night after the fixture by the FA that they had not received the information.

Having reviewed this we then found out our error in which we indeed failed to copy in the FA with all of the correspondence.

We will now re-play the game at Tilbury on Tuesday 22nd September 7.45pm KO

We’d like to put on record a big thank you to all involved both at the club, Kevin Batch, Tilbury FC, the FA at Wembley and especially to our supporters for their continued support and understanding over the last week.

The full statement by the FA is as below.

The FA Cup Committee considered submissions made by St Neots Town FC in relation to a charge for the breach of FA Cup Rule 15(h) for playing an ineligible player in the First Round Qualifying against Tilbury FC on Saturday 12 September 2015.

Whilst it was acknowledged that the competition rules had been breached, the Committee were satisfied with the explanation and evidence provided within the submissions from St Neots Town and decided, by exercising its discretionary power in accordance with FA Cup Rule 16(c), not to remove St Neots Town FC from the competition and ordered the tie to be replayed to a conclusion at Tilbury FC on Tuesday 22 September 2015.

Furthermore, it was decided that gate receipts from the tie ordered to be replayed shall be retained by Tilbury FC with St Neots Town FC also responsible for their own travel costs.

 

 

 

 

FA Cup First Round Qualifying

TILBURY  1 - 1  ST NEOTS TOWN               

This was St Neots’ poorest team performance of the season so far and yet they were in no real danger of going out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle.  

Tilbury from the lower level in the Ryman League threatened the St Neots goal very seldom but they got away with a replay because of a single shot that took an awkward bounce in front of St Neots debut goalkeeper Andrew Wilton to find the back of the net.  

The other team change for the visitors saw the inclusion of Gui Mailancol for his full debut in the place of Isaac Galliford who was on the bench.  For the faithful fans that followed St Neots to the Essex coast it was a contest short on entertainment and rhythm and it is unlikely that the side can be quite as inept in the midweek home replay.  

There was little atmosphere in the sparsely populated ground and the main drama only arrived a minute before the end of normal time when the home side had a player dismissed with a straight red card for a crude challenge from behind on Ryan Hawkins who had been St Neots best player.  

Defensively St Neots were fairly sound with Tom Ward once again solid and dependable but they never came to terms with the swirling wind and bumpy pitch.

Losing the toss St Neots found themselves playing against the wind and up the slope and were slow to settle although Tom Meechan broke clear of the defence only to be halted by the award of a free kick against his side for an off the ball offence. 

Neil Richmond had Tilbury’s first attempt on goal – a shot that flew nearer to the corner flag than the goal.  

Meechan then only just failed to reach a Ryan Frater cross in front of a gaping net after 11 minutes and the visitors looked comfortable with Hawkins tormenting the defence and being brought down in full flight by Jimmy Cook who received a caution.  Mailancol was struggling to make his presence felt wide left but he did have one shot into the side netting after 31 minutes. 

 Less than sixty seconds later in their next attack St Neots took the lead.   Again it was the tricky Hawkins who created the opening marauding down the left touchline to find Nathan Frater with a precise pass.  

He had his back to goal but laid the ball in the path of Connor Hall and he scored his third goal of the season with a well-placed low finish. It was no more than St Neots’ first half play had deserved and they might have had a second goal just before the break but Mailancol shot wide after good work by Mitchel-King and Meechan.

Strangely St Neots failed to settle after the break and a lone effort by Mailancol was deflected for a corner as Tilbury began to look more assured. After 52 minutes full back Conor Mead joined the attack to send a speculative cross into the penalty area and Neil Richmond swivelled neatly to hit a well struck volley on the turn and the ball bounced beyond the arms of Wilton as he dived to his right.  

Three minutes later St Neots almost regained the lead in a smart counter attack as Hawkins played Tom Meechan clear and he skilfully rounded advancing goalkeeper Clarke Bogard only to see Mead scurry back to clear the ball off the line.  

St Neots were then temporarily struggling as Frater sustained an injury and after failing to recover following treatment he was replaced by Brett Longden. 

The visitors also reshaped their attack with Isaac Galliford on for Mailancol but the changes had little effect on a rather ponderous second half performance.  

Bogard did well to save at the feet of Meechan but there was little to suggest that either side would manage to obtain a place in the next round from this match.   The rather unsavoury end to the match that brought the sending off seemed to sum up an unsatisfactory contest in which neither keeper had a serious save to make and both sides will look improve in the replay.

St Neots: Wilton, Tann, Wilkinson, Hall, Ward, Anton, Frater, Mitchel-King, Meechan, Hawkins, Mailancol

Subs: Longden (for Frater 55), Galliford (for Mailancol 61), Osei-Addo, Vieira and Sutton.

Cards:  Hall (Y – 52)

Goals:  Hall (32 mins)

Tilbury: Bogard, Mead, Cook, Smith (D), Pooley, Game, Babalola, Carlile, Aiken, Richmond, Smith (K)

Subs:  Edmunds (for Babalola 81), Webb, Awokoya, Duarte and Nightingill

Cards:  Smith (D) (RED – 89), Cook (Y – 29), Game (Y – 38)

Goals:  Richmond (52 mins)

Attendance: 110

Referee: Will Finnie (Luton)

John Walker

 

FA Youth Cup

ST NEOTS TOWN U18   5 - 1    BUGBROOKE U18             

St Neots UI18 side selected from the Club’s scholarship squad recorded St Neots’ best ever victory in the FA Youth Cup with a resounding 5-1 victory over their Northamptonshire visitors Bugbrooke.  

The hero was Dan Lewis who recorded an impressive personal hat trick but this was no one man performance with all the side contributing to a balanced and powerful showing.  

They were solid at the back, inventive and hard working in midfield and up front Lewis and his co-striker Claudio Ofusu tore the visiting defence apart with their pace and finishing.  

They now move on to face further Northamptonshire opponents with a trip to Desborough in two weeks’ time.  

The visitors made the better start with St Neots looking tentative and nervous in the opening fifteen minutes. For Bugbrooke Bradley Evans shot wide and home keeper Evan Jeckells did well to push away a stinging shot from Kieran Starmer.   Evans then shot wide but as St Neots settled the exciting Claudio Ofusu sent a speculative shot just beyond the far post.  

Dan Lewis then went past advancing goalkeeper Harry Littlemore but the narrow angle saw his shot hit the side netting after 19 minutes but six minutes later his persistence was rewarded when he opened the scoring with a delightful chip over the goalkeeper after good work by Ofusu.  

Jeckells saved well from Jack Creaney on the half hour but he was powerless four minutes later when Kieran Starmer levelled the scores with a fierce close range volley. However in the five minutes before the break St Neots took a decisive step towards their victory with two further goals.  

After 40 minutes an inswinging corner by Owen Bevan was sliced past his own goalkeeper by Creaney and four minutes later Ofusu cleverly controlled a long ball into the penalty area to set up Lewis for his second goal.

Bugbrooke made a positive start after the break but were pegged further back in St Neots first second half attack after 49 minutes as a lengthy clearance by goalkeeper Evan Jeckells bounced over the last defender and Ofusu used his pace to beat Littlemore to the ball to make it 4-1. 

 After 65 minutes Dan Lewis’ hat trick goal from a narrow angle after good play by Bevan gave the visitors a mountain to climb and they never looked capable of retrieving a four goal deficit.  

They sent on all three permitted substitutes with little improvement and were guilty of some fairly physical tackling that earned them three yellow cards.   

The nearest they got to reducing the arrears was a shot from distance by substitute Connor Steele comfortably gather by Jeckells whilst at the other end Liam Hutchings brought the save of the match from Littlemore at the expense of a corner 10 minutes from time.

Saints: Jeckells, Hutchings, Heywood, Clarke, Harris, Rudman, Humphrey, Nurettin, Lewis (D), Ofusu, Bevan

Subs: Goodall (for Lewis 69 mins), Rayner (for Bevan 83 mins), Southwood (for Ofusu 85 mins), Gooderham and Theodoulou.

Bookings: none

Goals (St Neots):  Lewis 3 (25, 44 & 65 mins), Ofusu (49 mins), OG (40 mins)

John Walker

 

St Neots Town are pleased to announce the registration of Andy Wilton from Ryman League club Dereham Town.

The goalkeeper has signed initially on a one month loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer.

He is not cup tied and will go straight into the squad for the match at Tilbury tomorrow.

‘Andy is someone that has been on our radar for a while and as soon we understood he was keen to sign because of the reports that his former team mate Ryan Hawkins was giving him about the club, we discussed with Dereham the options available to all parties.

Dereham have been professional as always and have sanctioned a loan deal with a view to a permanent move.

‘If he does as well as Hawkins has, then we will be delighted’.

Said manager David Batch.

At the same time the loan deal for Luke Trotman form Luton Town has expired with the youngster returning to his parent club, but Saints have extended the term for Isaac Galliford who remains for another month.

Josh Beech is cup tied so can play no part in the match tomorrow.

 

  

Post match reaction with David Batch featuring Connor Hall, plus a chance to see the goals again. David also gives his thoughts on the Saints trip to Weymouth.

Video: Biggleswade

 

Saints sign Beech

Josh Beech has signed non contract terms for Saints before joining up with the first team squad for the away match at Chippenham last Saturday. 

Beech is an experienced midfielder who has played for numerous clubs in the Southern League, most recently at neighbours Biggleswade last year. 

'Our arrangement is designed to allow both parties to see if something more permanent will suit. We don't have a plethora of options in midfield like we do in other positions so it's a chance for him and us to see if this is an opportunity to be taken' said David Batch.  

 

Firstly, I would have taken a point before the game, but I believe the referee has had a big bearing on the outcome of the game today. 

We should have had a penalty with their defender sent off after handling a goal bound effort on the line after just two minutes.

The officials have been good this season so far, but I felt the referee was the weakest we have had in 8 games, with his nervousness and inconsistency causing issues.

Other referees would have even given ANOTHER penalty to us in the second half, as Ryan Hawkins was bearing down on goal, but to miss the first was inexcusable. 

That said, they scored from their first entry into our final third in a first half we dominated - although it has to be said - we did have a hill on our side during that period. 

We didn't expect them to allow us to dominate the second half like we did the first, especially playing up the face of the hill.

For twenty minutes they were on top of us, and when Nathan Frater missed a guilt edged chance from no more than two yards hitting the post just after the second penalty appeal was refused - it would have been easy to think it wasn't going to be our day. 

But with almost a carbon copy move just minutes later, Nathan atoned for that miss with a header and a goal his play deserved.

From then I thought we would go and win it as they were on the back foot but they defended well, especially at set plays, where we should have turned dominance into goals. 

Adam Tann, Nathan Frater, Ryan Hawkins and Guy Mallincol did particularly well I thought and it will be good for confidence that Nathan got off the mark today. 

On Saturday we go to Tilbury in the FA Cup and there is no doubt we will have to be competitive, as well as play with our heads, to progress to the next round. 

It's quite a short journey, for the second of a four match run on the road and we will have to ensure we are on the offensive from the start. 

Batchy

 

 

Southern League Premier Division

CHIPPENHAM TOWN   1 - 1   ST NEOTS TOWN               

St Neots travelled to play league leaders Chippenham in the hope of a victory that would keep them in the mix with the early season pacemakers. 

In the event they had to settle for a point after conceding an early goal but they can feel hard done by being denied two fairly obvious penalties and a shot that rebounded from the woodwork.

The Wiltshire side are a much better unit than last season and although a fourth draw in eight matches may be disappointing this was probably a point won rather than two surrendered.  

There was just one change in the starting line up with Adam Tann preferred to Brett Longden who was on the bench at right back.

St Neots made a very positive start and looked to be cruelly denied a penalty in the very first minute when following an Isaac Galliford corner the ball bobbled around in the six yards box before a St Neots shot was clearly handled on a goal line but the Referee waved play on. 

Ryan Hawkins then sent in a teasing cross from the right and with Tom Meechan waiting to pounce home keeper Kent Kauppinnen dived forward to claim the ball.   However the bright start was quickly eradicated when Chippenham took the lead in their first attack after nine minutes. 

Again the goal came from a corner swung in by Michael Pook and when the defence failed to clear James Guthrie dug out the ball from under his feet to score from close range.  

All the early openings at both ends came from set pieces as an in swinging Hawkins free kick was half volleyed by an off balance Tom Ward wide of target with the keeper stranded.  

Chris Allen then had a real chance to extend the lead as he showed fine pace to go past the last defender before shooting badly wide.  

After twenty minutes Nathan Frater got involved in a verbal exchange with the Referee after one of his colleagues was clearly fouled with the award of a free kick and he was booked for dissent and then Kaupinnen made a fine save at his near post from a narrow angled effort by Meechan.  

Guthrie was also yellow carded for a cynical tackle bringing down Hawkins from behind as he sped towards goal and the half ended with Matt Jones sending a free kick over the bar from a prominent position.

With Frater and Hawking switching roles up from St Neots looked dangerous on the break at the start of the second half and Frater shot wide when he should had levelled the scores after neat work by Meechan.  

Chippenham then produced a good spell of attacking play that rendered several chances. A Greg Tindle header from a Pook corner was deflected wide of goal, Luke Ballinger fired the resultant corner over the bar and Guthrie steered a free kick wide.   St Neots needed to pep up their game and so on the hour Guy Mailancol was introduced replacing Isaac Galliford.  

He was quickly in action returning a Hawkins corner to the far post where the unmarked Frater saw his header rebound from the woodwork. 

Now St Neots began to press but home keeper Kauppinen dominated his penalty area collecting crosses and dealing with shots from Hawkins and Mat Mitchel-King.  Danny Gay made a fine save with his legs to deny Ashan Holgate and then after 72 minutes Hawkins was wrestled to the ground but no penalty was given.  

The perpetrator of the tackle Greg Tindle injured his back and was stretched off after a six minutes delay. 

St Neots then had much the better of the last ten minutes and were rewarded seven minutes from time when Frater headed home a Mailancol cross with the home side clearly looking to waste time.  

The draw was well deserved but St Neots must start to convert those draws into three points still trailing the league leaders by four points.

St Neots: Gay, Tann, Wilkinson, Hall, Ward, Anton, Frater, Mitchel-King, Meechan, Hawkins, Galliford

Subs: Mailancol (for Galliford 60), Longden (for Meechan 90), Trotman, Beech and Sutton.

Cards:  Frater (Y – 19)

Goals: Frater (83 mins)

Chippenham: Kauppinen, Ballinger, Jones, Pook, Tindle, Preece, Ferguson, Smith, Holgate, Allen, Guthrie

Subs:  McCormack (for Tindle 72), Taylor (for Jones 72), Campbell (for Ferguson 86), Bevan and Phillips.

Cards:  Guthrie (Y – 31)

Goals:  Guthrie (9 mins)

Attendance: 382

Referee: Jonathan Hollier (Basingstoke)

John Walker

From The Dug out by David Batch

I think our last two performances have been a little bit more consistent and showed more solidity than the previous five matches.

Whilst in those first five matches we showed glimpses of very, very good - we were also very inconsistent in our performance levels. 

Over a season a team will peak and trough so I don't for one minute think we have 'turned a corner', as success is about continual improvement through hard work. The last two performances simply give us something to build on. 

We have some top talent on the verge of getting fit  which I hope will give us an additional boost in the near future. Lee Clarke, Drew Roberts and Remy Gordon would be assets to most teams at our level and they will shortly be assets again to us. 

In the meantime our fit players will continue to earn as many points as they can during this very difficult start to the season. Already we have played three of the teams who will be right up there, as well as getting the longest away trip of the season out of the way, two matches against promoted sides and a local derby. 

This start doesn't get any easier as we go to top of the table Chippenham on Saturday, who are always tough opponents.

Our players will have to be at the top of their team game and I am sure will be working as hard and smart as they have in the last two matches. 

Batchy