Pre Season Friendly

Rowley Park – July 7th 2015

St Neots Town  0 – 0  Stanway Rovers

Whilst the entire First Team squad were being put through their paces on the 3G training pitch by coach John Beck, manager David Batch took the opportunity to cast his eye over a squad of trialists, all eager to impress and earn a place in his squad for the forthcoming season, as they entertained one of last season’s FA Vase semi finalists, Stanway Rovers, in front of a healthy looking Tuesday night crowd.

Although the game ended in a goal-less draw, this certainly wasn’t due to lack of effort from both sets of players who got valuable minutes under their belts.

Goalkeeper Harry Reynolds had an outstanding evening between the sticks, making three fine saves during the course of the ninety minutes, the highlight being a point blank save in the 61st minute as the visitors looked likely to score from a corner kick. French strikers Bebey Berchand and Matene Togola both squandered chances to put the Saints ahead once they had worked themselves into good scoring opportunities in the first half and Saints’ best chance in the second half came when substitute Andrew Ifosu’s near post flick from a corner agonisingly hit the side netting.

All in all, a very good run out giving David the ideal chance to see all these lads in a match situation against a well organised Stanway side, who we wish well for the upcoming season.

David Batch First team Manager give his reflection on the game.

"I found it an incredibly difficult game to watch, as understandably a team of trialists took to the pitch with no team organisation".

"However, the purpose of the exercise was to look at all those on show and give some younger players a chance. It was great to see 4 or 5 of our sixteen and seventeen year olds on the pitch too - and the experience will maybe give them and others a boost that they will get chances at our club". 

"There were three or four players whom we will give a further opportunity to, as well as a couple who have done enough in training and yesterday to discuss terms with". 

Mission accomplished so we can now get onto the business of shaping a team. 

St Neots Starting line Up:

Harry Reynolds: Ben Jones, Ben Burton, Jamie Anton, Lewis Strafford: Mody Diakite, Dan Hobbs, Peter Clark, Ebey Marango: Bebey Berchand, Matene Togola

 

FA Charge dismissed

A Football Association disciplinary panel today dropped "ALL THREE" charges of improper conduct against Manager David Batch, brought by referee Adam Penwell, after the controversial play off final defeat at Truro. 

The panel dismissed all three charges before David or any witnesses had to give evidence. 

'It is yet another reason why it is important to have games filmed, as this evidence proved invaluable.

Another example of a great job by Adam at SNTV'. 

 

This Tuesday 7th July sees our first home pre season fixture against Stanway Rovers.

Kick off will be at 7-45pm.

Admission 

Because of the number of trialists that have been training with us for the past two weeks we have decided thats tonights Admission will be "FREE"

Trialists get chance v Stanway

St Neots play a complete squad of 16 trialists  in the first friendly v Stanway tonight. 

Players recently released from professional clubs, some with first team experience are joined by three French players who are also former professional players and a Southern League winner last year. 

'Most of these players have been with us at each session so far and I have been very impressed with the standard they've shown'. 

'It will be interesting to see them in a game situation and if they demonstrate as much promise in that setting' said Manager David Batch. 

See you all there.

COYS

A balmy evening saw the second supporters meeting take place at Rowley Park on Wednesday 1st July.

A well attended evening, chaired by Club Managing Director Lee Kearns, gave those present the opportunity to hear updates on suggestions offered by supporters at the inaugural meeting in June and put any fresh ideas forward which they considered helpful with the following items

Increase the local awareness of our existence and enhance our profile within the local community

Increase Match-day revenue streams       Increase sponsorship and advertising opportunities within the Club.

Any other suggestions or requests which may benefit supporters and the Club as a whole.

 

As a result of the two meetings so far, the following actions have been carried out by both Supporters and Club Officials

·        Fixture posters have begun to be distributed around various businesses, retail outlets and eateries within the town.

·        Various businesses have been approached regarding the possibility of perimeter advertising and with some already agreeing and having banners sited, we are hopeful that the take up will be good and only the tip of the iceberg for future potential investments via either advertising or sponsorship packages.

 

 

The feasability of stocking Sharp’s Doombar was discussed by both parties and this investigation will continue. It was questioned that in the interim, could we sell the bottled version?  Again, this is going to be looked into as the Club are aware that this beverage has become a large number of supporters’ favourite Match-Day tipple and we of course want everyone to enjoy their experience of visiting Rowley Park as much as possible.

It was agreed at the first meeting that the most effective way to increase Match-day revenues was to ‘Bring-a-Mate-Double-The-Gate’ and everyone present agreed to make a conscious effort to do just that.

Those present who were awaiting their Season Tickets were duly issued them and the table was advised that Season Ticket sales were on a par with last season’s take up.

The need for additional Stewarding to compliment our existing staff under the leadership of Head Steward Richard Pyke was requested. Various individuals present offered their services and it was agreed that a news item for this be put up on the website and our social media channels.

Before the meeting drew to a close, the Supporters were invited by Lee to take a walk out onto the pitch as there was much talk as to how the work had gone in the summer to repair the playing surface. For many of those present, it was to be the first time they had trod the hallowed turf and the majority were amazed as to the quality of the grass and that the investment and remedial works had indeed been a roaring success in returning the pitch to the ‘carpet’ like surface we have previously enjoyed.

 

There is a real feel of togetherness as the ‘All for one, one for all’ ethos is being displayed perfectly by both parties and proving that things can be achieved when everyone is in tune with one another.

If you are interested in helping the Club move forward, then why not come along and put your questions / suggestions forward at the next meeting which will be held next month, the date of which will be confirmed in the near future.

 

The following Matchday Admission prices have been announced by the Club for the 2015/16 season.

These prices are for Evostik League Southern Premier Division and Red Insure Cup matches only. For local and national FA Competitions, prices may vary. 

 

ADULT     £10

CONCESSION*     £7

CHILDREN UNDER 16 YRS**     FREE 


* Concessions are those of 60 years and over and Students with a NUS card. Proof of ID will be required upon purchase / entry at all games. Failure to produce relevant proof of identity WILL result in full admission price being charged.

** All Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult to gain entry.

 

 

We are currently looking for additional safety stewards to work alongside our existing staff on matchdays for the coming season and beyond.

This position is a Voluntary one, however, admission to games would obviously not be charged when stewarding

All duties and expectations of this responsible position will be explained prior to any commencement of work.

If you are a supporter who fancies helping out (and it doesn't have to be every single match as a rota can be arranged should we have enough interest), then please drop Lee Kearns an email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively, give the club a call on 01480 470012.

 

 

Another quality signing for the club as 22 year old Remy Gordon signs on the dotted line for the next two years.

A wide midfield player, Remy scored 24 goals for his previous club,Wroxham, last season and was also voted into the Ryman North team of the season.

First Team manager David Batch said "This particular transfer has taken its time as we agreed personal terms with the player some weeks ago. Unfortunately the transfer was subject to a compensation payment to Wroxham and long negotiations between both clubs' Chairman eventually came to an agreement".

We have secured the services of a very talented,exciting young player.

 

 

 

 

 

Having recorded 2,000,000 visitors in the year to 4th June 2015, averaging approx 5,617 visitors each and every day.

We have now recorded just over 300,000 visitors in the last 23 days that is a staggering

13,000 visitors each day for the month of June.

We know we have been busy but this is just unreal.

We must have something to interest all of those visitors.

Thank you all, more great news is on its way early next week.

 

Our Under 18s will be playing in a newly created division of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League this coming season after the formation of the Cambridge Division after a number of new clubs have joined the league

At the Thurlow Nunn League AGM on June 20th the Youth League Constitution was agreed for Season 2015/16  and the divisions will line up as follows (new entrants in bold):-

CENTRAL DIVISION
Brantham Athletic
Coplestonians
Felixstowe & Walton United
Framlingham Town
Ipswich Wanderers
Leiston
Needham Market
Stowmarket Town
Walsham Le Willows
Woodbridge Town

EAST DIVISION
Beccles Town
Bungay Town
Diss Town
Gorleston
Great Yarmouth Town
Harford Tornadoes
Kirkley & Pakefield
Norwich United
Wroxham

NORTH DIVISION
Aylsham
Canaries CSF
Dereham Town
Easton & Otley College
Fakenham Town
Horsford
North Walsham
Sheringham
Swaffham Town

CAMBRIDGE DIVISION
Biggleswade Town
Biggleswade United
Ely City
Godmanchester Rovers
Histon
Mildenhall Town
Newmarket Town
Royston Town
Saffron Walden Town
Soham Town Rangers
St Neots Town

SOUTH DIVISION
AFC Sudbury
Brightlingsea Regent
Cornard United
FC Clacton
Hadleigh United
Halstead Town
Haverhill Rovers
Long Melford
Sporting 87
Witham Town

WEST DIVISION
Chatteris Town
Downham Town
Holbeach United
Huntingdon Town
King’s Lynn Town
March Town United
Peterborough Northern Star
St Ives Town
Wisbech St Mary

Another of our young stars Luis Vieira has been given a contract with the club.

Luis made his debut last January and has been in the first team squad ever since his season got even better with his very first senior goal in our last home match of the season against Chippenham.

A moment to remember.

David Batch said, We have given Luis a contract because quite frankly he is worth it, for such a young player nothing fazed him and he will without doubt get better.

Well, done Luis another young gun from our academy that is making his mark.