Jamie Anton has agreed terms and will be with us next season.

David Batch First Team manager said, Jamie has shown great promise pre season and at 20 years old I still feel he will get better.

He has had 10 years at Leicester City and in his first season away last year, had 39 appearances for Corby Town so also has some good experience.

He was on our radar since March last year when we spotted him on one of our scouring visits,  we are  pleased that he has joined us. 

 

I was very encouraged with many of the things  we saw on Saturday. 

To be well in the game at half time, with a professional side fielding all professional players was very pleasing and the first half is all we were concerned about from a team perspective. 

What happened after half time I wasn't going to pay much attention to, other than individual performances from all the traillists of course. When we had to take another off, there was little point in putting someone back on for 20 mins, so we finished with 10 men and Cambridge unsurprisingly racked in 5 goals.

Tonight we will again not risk Sam Harty, Drew Roberts and Jack Wilkinson. All of them will play some part on Saturday. 

Nathan Frater has also returned to training this week after he birth of his second child, so as well as lots of congratulations, he will also get plenty of fitness work to be getting on with! We will see how he does before we decide if Saturday is too early for minutes for him. 

Tom Ward is another week away, so I expect he will make his first appearance away at Dereham. 

 

 

Hot on the heels of our entertaining Pre Season fixture with Stevenage FC on Tuesday, we are pleased to welcome Hendon FC to the Premier Plus Stadium this coming Saturday (18th July), kicking off at 15:00.

Hendon Football Club are a football club based in Hendon in the London Borough of Barnet. The club is currently competing in the Ryman Isthmian Football League Premier Division with Earlsmead Stadium in South Harrow serving as their home ground. Last season saw Manager Gary McCann take his side to the Play off Final with a place in the Conference National South at stake after finishibg second in the league, however a narrow defeat to Margate would ensure another season at Step Three would follow. There could be one familiar face lining up against us as one time Saints player, Andre Da Costa, now plays his football for the Greens and he netted three times in Saturday's 4-1 win over Northwood FC.

Also, please be advised that at this time of writing, we are not sure that the drainage works between Tesco Express and the Football Stadium on Kester Way has been completed so access to the ground may be a little congested. Parking should be available at the Roundhouse School and of course, the overflow Car Park outside the Stadium Complex. The best place to park will once again be at the Railway Station Car Park (Parking costs £2) and then cross the railway tracks via the overbridge. For those parking at the station, the walk to The Premier Plus Stadium takes little more than five minutes and will mean the local residential streets remain congestion free and egress from the local area after the game will be queue free.

 

Turnstiles will open at 1:00pm

 

ALL ADULTS     £5 (NO concessions)

 

CHILDREN 12-18yrs     £3

 

UNDER 12'S     FREE (Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult

 

Both sets of supporters can pay at the turnstiles.

 


Please note - There will be NO matchday programme produced for this game.

Following on from our entertaining Pre Season fixture with Cambridge United on Saturday, we are pleased to welcome Stevenage FC to the Premier Plus Stadium this coming Tuesday (14th July), kicking off at 19:45.

We are expecting manager Teddy Sheringham to be bringing a squad containing First Team and Under 18 players as he did at Wealdstone on Saturday, a game in which Stevenage ended up winning 1-0.

Also, please be advised that at this time of writing, we are not sure that the drainage works between Tesco Express and the Football Stadium on Kester Way has been completed so access to the ground may be a little congested. Parking should be available at the Roundhouse School and of course, the overflow Car Park outside the Stadium Complex. The best place to park will once again be at the Railway Station Car Park (Parking costs £2) and then cross the railway tracks via the overbridge. For those travelling up by train from Stevenage or parking at the station, the walk to The Premier Plus Stadium takes litle more than five minutes and will mean the local residential streets remain congestion free and egress from the local area after the game will be queue free.

Turnstiles will open at 6:30pm

 

ALL ADULTS     £5 (NO concessions)

CHILDREN 12-18yrs     £3

UNDER 12'S     FREE (Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult

Both sets of supporters can pay at the turnstiles.


Please note - There will be NO matchday programme produced for this game.

 

Pre-Season Friendly

The Premier Plus Stadium

ST NEOTS TOWN      2       CAMBRIDGE UNITED     7

 

Cambridge United brought their entire playing squad to the Premier Plus Stadium for this pre-season friendly as they gear up for their second season back in the Football League. On a beautiful summers’ afternoon the shirt sleeved crowd was treated to a feast of football and ultimately a flood of goals but the final score line fails to reflect the competitive nature of the match with five Cambridge goals coming in the last twelve minutes of the match as the home side finished the game with only ten players and not one First Team player present on the pitch.

St Neots faced two different teams as United made ten half time substitutions and finished the match with no player on the pitch who had started and in the end the home side were run off their legs as the numerical advantage and the fresher players took full advantage.  

St Neots fielded eight new signings in their starting line-up and were equal to anything that Cambridge threw at them in the first 45 minutes.   However with all their substitutes used St Neots, as previously mentioned, completed the match with ten men after an injury fifteen minutes from time.

Despite the final scoreline which certainly didnt reflect the ninety minutes as a whole, St Neots Manager David Batch will regard this as a very useful work out.

There was a competitive start to the match with neither defence giving much away.   The first significant opening came after 16 minutes when the lively Cambridge striker Jordan Slew chased a long clearance by Leon Legge before moving inside to find the side netting.  He was then denied by good defending from Connor Hall and St Neots first two efforts came from Brett Longden who volleyed wide and Remy Gordon who accelerated through the visiting defence to fire narrowly over the bar.

Four minutes before the break Cambridge took the lead when as low right footed drive by Jordan Stew beat goalkeeper Danny Gay who may have been unsighted.   However, in injury time at the end of the half, St Neots levelled as Tom Meechan set up Remi Gordon whose low finish beat the keeper.

A minute after the restart St Neots were in front after some sloppy Cambridge defensive work was punished by substitute Luis Vieira, who netted from close range.   Ten minutes later a towering header from a corner by Liam Hughes levelled for the visitors and the match became scrappy as several substitutions appeared to ruin St Neots rhythm.  

Andrew Ofusu brought two good saves from Cambridge keeper Chris Dunn but the heat was beginning to tell and having used all eight substitutes St Neots were reduced to ten men for the last fifteen minutes following an injury.   After 78 minutes trialist Tom Craddock put Cambridge back in front and four minutes later Harrison Dunk made it 4-2 from close after a slick move. Ex Luton and Portsmouth striker Craddock then added three further goals in the final five minutes as St Neots’ challenge wilted in what had been a good run out for all involved and Manager Batch and his players can look forward to Tuesday evening's visit of Stevenage FC.

 

St Neots:  Gay, Anton, Burton, Thorne, Hall, Tann, Hawkins, Longden, Clarke, Meechan, Gordon.

 

Second half substitutes:  Ofusu, Vieira, Clark, Hobbs, Bebe, Strafford, Farrell and Reynolds (gk)

 

(att 702)

 

 

 

Rowley Park The Premier Plus Stadium

We are excited to announce that we have come to an agreement with Premier Plus Independent Financial Advisers to become our new stadium sponsor for the foreseeable future. 

 

Lee Kearns Managing Director St Neots Town FC

"I feel that this is a fantastic opportunity to work with a very proactive, prominent local company.  Having worked with Premier Plus Independent Financial Advisers over the last year on a number of projects I felt the time was right to approach Gary Wilson (our Club Secretary who works for Premier Plus Independent Financial Advisers) and Kevin Hull (Premier Plus Independent Financial Advisers MD) to discuss taking the partnership to a new level. 

While we all agree it’s important to support Premier Plus as our new Stadium Sponsor it was also made clear to us, by both Gary and Kevin, that they are keen to put something back into our Youth Development and our Community Support Programmes.

As a result of this conversation a donation by Premier Plus will be made to our Youth Development and Community support programmes for all business that is written as a result of our partnership with Premier Plus Independent Financial Advisers.

 I'd like to thank Kevin and in particular Gary Wilson our club secretary for their foresight"

 

Kevin Hull, Managing Director Premier Plus

“Being a proud, long established local company we are excited to have the opportunity to work alongside St Neots Town Football Club in these exciting times for them. 

The running of the football club and the club management pride themselves on their professionalism, doing things correctly on and off the pitch and this mirrors the Premier Plus philosophy.   We are aware of the work St Neots Town Football club are doing within the community in promoting Youth Development and are pleased to help to contribute towards this. 

We are also pleased to be able to support Gary in his involvement with the club and hope that this is the start of a long, fruitful and exciting relationship for both parties”.  

 

Next up at Rowley Park sees the visit of SkyBet League Division Two side Cambridge United this coming Saturday, July 11th, kicking off at 3:00pm.

U's manager Richard Money is expected to once again bring his full First Team squad for the friendly match which will also be St Neots Town's first run out in preparation for the upcoming season and Saints' supporters first opportunity to see David Batch's new signings in action.

With the weather forecast looking good for Saturday, a sizeable crowd could be on the cards so supporters are advised to arrive at the ground in good time to avoid queuing and congestion at the turnstiles.

Also, please be advised that there is currently ongoing drainage works between Tesco Express and the Football Stadium on Kester Way so access to the ground may be a little congested. For supporters travelling to the game by car, the best place to park will be at the Railway Station Car Park (Parking costs £2) and then cross the railway tracks via the overbridge. The walk from the Station to Rowley Park takes litle more than five minutes and will mean the local residential streets remain congestion free and egress from the local area after the game will be queue free.

Turnstiles will open at 1:00pm

 

ALL ADULTS     £5 (NO concessions)

CHILDREN 12-18yrs     £3

UNDER 12'S     FREE (Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult

Both sets of supporters can pay at the turnstiles.


Please note - There will be NO matchday programme produced for this game.

 

 

From The Dugout

We talk to manager David Batch on his post season player recruitment.

David has nearly concluded his player recruitment for the new season and is looking forward to shaping the players into the squad that he believes can do very well this season.

David said, The type of player that I think supporters want to see, are ones with talent who lay their body on the line for the club.

And with the retained players from last season coupled with the new signings we have made i believe we have just that.

I don't want players here that have signed because we've offered a better financial package than another club - it is the basis of disaster and at some point desire will be missing and the team will be let down on the pitch", Batch continued. 

"The Chairman has said he wanted to get away from the Dutch auction merry go round of players moving each season for an extra few quid and I agree entirely with that sentiment. You can't build success on those foundations". 

"With the talent and athleticism we brought in early, we have been under no pressure to pay any player more than we felt they were worth to us - so I find it easy to walk away from those sort of deals.

Our player recruitment is nearly complete but do not be surprised if we bring in a couple more players and also give a couple of the very good young players their chance.

 

 

 

Defender Ryan Frater has informed the club he is moving on, just 4 weeks after agreeing  reduced non-contract terms with the club. 

Ryan did well for us last season and is a good lad, but has decided that additional income is his priority as he seeks to move house, and for that reason alone it is the right decision for him. We wish him all the best at his new club.

"We have plenty of quality players in that position, who are also capable of operating in other areas of the pitch, so there was no need for me to try and compete with the offer he has had." said Manager David Batch. 

Ryan is the third player, (two of which were with the club last year), who have wanted to play for Saints, but have been unable to agree financial deals. 

Thanks you Ryan for all you have done for the club.

 

 

 

At long last, Cornwall's finest has arrived at Rowley Park......

We are pleased to announce that popular ale, Sharps Doombar, will now be stocked in the Club's bars. After much interest from supporters (and our Chairman), we have agreed to begin selling this beverage in 500ml bottles and will be available at this coming Saturday's friendly with Skybet League Two side, Cambridge United.

Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to sell Doombar on Tap due to logistics of having seperate pumps and pipework installed however I'm sure you'll agree, the bottled version is just as refreshing.

Having seen supporters drink the hotel bar dry of the stuff whilst down at Truro, it was noted that this drink has really become a firm favourite amongst our beer drinking fraternity and the decision to begin selling Doombar was made.