Match Report as published on the Peterborough United Website.

Marcus Maddison scored two and made the other two as the Posh development side eased to a fairly comfortable win at St. Neots.

The Peterborough United Development team recorded an emphatic 4-2 victory at St. Neots on Tuesday evening with Marcus Maddison in fine form, creating two and scoring two to enhance his chances of a recall to the first team starting line-up.
Goalkeeper Dion Henry made the first save of the evening, beating away a downward header from Dean Cracknell before Christian Burgess planted a header wide at the other end after a decent delivery from Marcus Maddison.
Maddison volleyed wide on his right-foot from 20-yards on eight minutes after a good link-up with David Norris. The home side had the ball in the back of the net on 12 minutes through Ferrari but the effort was chalked off for offside.
The deadlock was broken on 18 minutes and it was a simple header for Kyle VASSELL who nodded home following a fine cross from Maddison on the left.
Oztumer fired wide from 25-yards moments later after finding a pocket of space in between the midfield and the strikers.
Maddison was denied by the legs of Greygoose and from the resulting corner, Burgess stabbed over after the goalkeeper flapped at Maddison's delivery from the set-piece.
It was 2-0 to Posh on 25 minutes and it was a fine individual effort from MADDISON who chopped inside the full back and unleashed a fierce drive into the bottom corner past the despairing dive of Greygoose.
Just after the half-hour, the home side reduced the arrears as Adebayo-Rowling was penalised for a push in the box and Lewis HILLIARD coolly dispatched the penalty.
Nathan Frater fired wide of the target from 20-yards on 42 minutes after linking well with Ferrari. A nasty clash of heads saw Burgess spend time on the deck on 51 minutes, but after lengthy treatment he was back on his feet.
Jonny Edwards replaced Vassell on 69 minutes as Posh made their first change of the evening. Edwards made an instant impact as he was shoved to the ground inside the box and MADDISON stepped up to slam home the penalty for his second of the night.
Posh made it 4-1 on 76 minutes as this time, Maddison claimed his second assist of the night as his glorious pass picked out ANDERSON and his deflected shot found the back of the net.
Posh then made a double change with Burgess and Oztumer replaced by Jack Friend and Liam Marshall. Maddison fired a free-kick into the side-netting on 84 minutes after Anderson was felled.
On 87 minutes, St. Neots grabbed a second as a corner kick was missed by Henry and Ryan FRATER nodded home from close-range.

St. Neots: Greygoose, Tann, Wilkinson, (Bickerstaff) Cracknell,(Mitchel-King) R. Frater, Ward, Hilliard, (Marango) Wilson, N. Frater, (Viera) Ferrari, Longden. Unused Subs: None

Posh: Henry, Adebayo-Rowling, Luto, Santos, Burgess (sub Marshall 78min), Beautyman, H. Anderson, Norris, Vassell (sub Edwards 69min), Oztumer (sub Friend 78min), Maddison. Unused subs: Mclean, Maslen-Jones.

Attendance: 371
 
Written by Phil Adlam, Press Oficer, PUFC
 
http://www.theposh.com/news/article/marcus-maddison-2357024.aspx
 

 

Manager David Batch talks to us and gives his in-depth thoughts on Saturday’s derby against Cambridge City, which saw Saints move into the play off zone;

'There is no denying the fact that we were extremely poor on Saturday away at Cambridge City'. 

'The players have shown magnificent ethic and application since Jan 1st in every game, sometimes against all odds with barely 11 players available. On Saturday we probably only reached a level of 3 out of 10 in a game that was horrible to watch, play in and manage. 

That said - I won't be dwelling on it too much as a performance as "we were due one", as they say. I am sure that this performance will be forgotten long before the importance of the point gained is. 

We've certainly seen progression over the last few weeks and weirdly; Saturday was also an example of that. Certainly not in terms of the quality of what was on offer, but that we could play so badly and still keep a clean sheet and gain a point in a local derby. You wouldn't normally get away with a performance like that in that sort of game. 

Interestingly, I note that most of the match reports from our league on Saturday referenced terrible matches and windy conditions as well. The difference being that most of the top 10 went on to lose and used that as an excuse whereas we didn't, so we have to be positive about that. 

In every game we have a host of stats compiled of which help us to reflect and 'see' the game through facts, not emotional rose-tinted glasses. On Saturday we actually came out slightly on top in every one of the key indicators a team needs to win games - but only marginally - hence the tightness of the game.

In recent weeks, those stats have seen us outscore opponents two and sometimes three to one, and as a result we have managed to win points AND play well. 

The players have rarely failed to deliver thus far, and I know the fans will keep behind them and appreciate that their team will not play well all the time and support them no matter what. 

My belief in the players hasn't altered, which is that if we play well teams will have to be very, very good to beat us. What I have also now learned, is that if we play poorly against some teams we are still capable of getting points - which is a good trait to have. 

Finally, what support from our fans! That was the best yet and as we get to the business end of the season they are really showing their class and positivity toward the team, something you just don't see at other grounds'. 

Thanks

Batchy.

 

Southern League Premier Division

CAMBRIDGE CITY   0 - 0   ST NEOTS TOWN                  

Football can sometimes be a very strange game.  

After what had almost certainly been their worst team performance under Manager David Batch, St Neots came off the field to discover that their clean sheet and point gained had pushed them into the play off places for the first time since 20th December when they were docked the six points they had gained from their two victories over Hereford.   

Hungerford were the odd team out on the day, Redditch and Cirencester had both been beaten and so St Neots go into their final six league matches knowing that six victories guarantees a place in the play-offs for promotion into the Football Conference.  

Mind you with three draws in their last four matches that looks to be a tall order even though their unbeaten run has been stretched to eleven games.This was the match that looked on paper to be the difficult one – and so it proved – for Cambridge had won each of the last four meetings of the two sides and they were on a five match unbeaten run of their own.  

St Neots were able to name a completely unchanged line up from their previous match – and even had the same five substitutes on their bench. The match was a scrappy affair and most of the drama came in time added on for an injury to home defender Adam Murray who had received almost five minutes on the pitch attention to a head injury.  

In the eight or so minutes added Cambridge had three gilt edged chances to steal all three points whilst Referee James Whittaker seemed to lose control as he handed out a red card and three yellows.

Long throws by both sides were to be a feature of the match and the first attempt on goal after five minutes was a Tom Ward back header from a Matt Mitchel-King throw gathered comfortably by Zac Barrett.   Barrett then did well to gather a low shot from Drew Roberts following a free kick and then at the other end after 12 minutes Chris Bacon beat Adam Tann to a loose ball but stabbed it wide of the goal.   Four minutes later the Cambridge goal had a massive let off when a misdirected back pass went over Barrett’s head but Lee Chaffey somehow got back to clear off the line.  Despite their being half chances at either end the contest was untidy with the ball in the air for too long as the sides forgot their patience.   Lewis Hilliard had a shot blocked and a Matt Spring free kick was well saved by Barrett whose general confidence in dominating his penalty area was a factor behind St Neots inability to create clear chances.   So the two sides went to the break standing all square seemingly needing some fresh ideas.

St Neots reaction was to introduce two substitutes for the start of the second half with Lorenzo Ferrari coming on up front to partner Roberts with Nathan Frater withdrawn to play wide in place of Brett Longden. Also on came Ryan Frater with Matt Mitchel King moved into midfield to replace the substituted Matt Spring.  

For a spell St Neots began to dominate roared on by an excellent backing from their travelling support with Roberts and Hilliard testing Barrett who was by far the busier keeper. A Josh Dawkin header from a rare Cambridge corner brought a punched save from Paul Bastock and as the game moved into its last ten minutes St Neots seemed to lose their rhythm and confidence allowing Cambridge to make a late push for victory.  Right on time Ryan Frater produced a brilliant intercepting tackle to rob Danny Kelly as he bore down on goal and then substitute Andrew Phillips was played clear through the St Neots defence but shot wide.  

Tom Ward earlier harshly booked was then sent off for allegedly bringing down Kelly just outside the box although the ball was running through to the keeper and then that flurry of yellow cards saw Mitchel-King and Roberts booked for disputing the sending off and from the final action a well placed Kelly free kick was tipped over the bar to allow Bastock to keep his sixth clean sheet in his last eight games for St Neots.

St Neots: Bastock, Tann, Wilkinson, Clarke, Mitchel-King, Ward, Hilliard, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Longden

Subs: Ferrari (for Longden 46), Frater (R) (for Spring 46), Harty (for Frater (N) 83), Bickerstaff and Wilson

Cards:  Ward (RED – 45 + 3 and Y – 75), Wilkinson (Y – 59), Roberts (Y – 45 + 3), Mitchel-King (Y – 45 + 4)

Goals:  none

Cambridge: Barrett, Murray, Day, Gardiner, Chaffey, Harradine, Lewis, Reynolds, Kelly, Bacon, Dawkin

 

Subs:  Lowe (for Harradine 59), Phillips (for Bacon 76), Okenhabirhie, Collins and Kaye

Cards:  Reynolds (Y – 56), Dawkin (Y – 45 + 5)

Goals:  none

Attendance: 431

Referee: James Whittaker (Harlow)

John Walker

St Neots Town V Peterborough United

We have arranged a friendly match against Peterborough United for this Tuesday 24th March at Rowley Park.

Kick off at 7-45pm

New Peterborough United first team manager Dave Robertson will be bringing a full squad of players for this fixture.

Admission will be £5-00p (All categories) Children under 16 years will be admitted FREE.

 

Thurlow Nunn Youth West Division

 ST NEOTS TOWN U18  1 -  3 PETERBOROUGH NS U18       

Title favourites Peterborough Northern Star paraded their unbeaten record this season at St Neots and returned home with all three points after a less than convincing victory.   

Continuing their policy of squad building St Neots named seven players who are still at U16 level and these youngsters are quickly amassing experience which is bound to benefit the side next season.  

They were then severely hampered after losing two of their most experienced players – Daniel Loasby injured in an accidental collision with his own goalkeeper in the first half and inspirational skipper Mitchell Taylor who did not reappear after the break nursing a calf injury. However the side acquitted itself well against more experienced opponents and look to be guaranteed a finish in the top four of a competitive division.

Early shots from both sides were wide of target in an evenly contested first ten minutes and then St Neots took the lead scoring only the fourth goal against the side with the best defensive record in all five Divisions of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League.  

It came after the speedy Ebey Marango was cynically brought down from behind as he headed for goal but the perpetrator surprising got away without a booking.   However from the direct free kick around 30 yards from goal Dan Hobbs curled in a free kick that beat visiting goalkeeper Ben Carter at his near post.  

Hobbs then shot wide after great work by Taylor whilst at the other end Sean Roberts saw his free kick deflected wide.  Substitute Claudio Ofosu given an early run out set up Hobbs whose effort flew across the face of goal whilst the visitors’ best effort saw Matt Ilsley clear on goal but Dan Huff saved bravely at his feet.  

Ten minutes before the break the visitors levelled with an unfortunate goal when St Neots keeper Dan Huff off his line to gather a Harry Williams free kick looked to be impeded and finished up punching the ball into his own net.   However he made up for that with a fine save to deny Lewis Darani but in time added at the end of the half the visitors claimed a good second goal as Matt Ilsley was allowed to rise above the defence to firmly head home a Williams free kick.

 St Neots reorganisation in the second half meant less experience on the pitch but they battled well with Owen Coleman setting up Ofosu whose shot was deflected narrowly wide.   Huff saved well from James Hill-Seekings and substitute Reuben Rae then shot wide after a good move. 

 The defining moment came after 67 minutes when the Referee spotted some shirt pulling at a corner and awarded Peterborough a penalty kick despatched by Hill-Seekings.  

At 3-1 down against the well organised visiting defence there was no way back for St Neots but to their credit they created the best two late chances – Ofosu seeing his effort sail over the bar and the unlucky Chris Lewis seeing his shot cleared off the line by a defender.

St Neots: Huff, Loasby, Stewart, Taylor, Heywood, Rudman, Coleman, Whittle, Marango, Hobbs, Chris Lewis

Subs used:  Luff, Ofosu, Charlie Lewis, Mattin and Daniel Lewis.

Cards:  Charlie Lewis (Y – 47)

Goal (St Neots):  Hobbs (11 mins)

John Walker

A fixture that certainly had a real buzz about it, but as often happens in football a draw would have been accepted from the start as it was key for both sides not to lose the match. For all of the pressure that was created in the second half the Saints will feel that we could, and perhaps should have won the match.

 

Video: Post match reaction with Steve  

Southern League Premier Division

ST NEOTS TOWN   1 - 1   HUNGERFORD TOWN

Both Managers declared themselves happy with their teams’ performance in a contest that finished all square but was at times uninspiring.  ‘A good point each for two good teams’ declared visiting Manager Bobby Wilkinson whilst home boss David Batch said ‘I am happy with a point but I though my team’s performance deserved all three’. 

 

Both teams separated only by goal difference on the fringe of the play offs clearly did not want to lose ground on each other and St Neots must now go on to make their game in hand  over Hungerford count. The outstanding feature of the game was the corner tally for St Neots had sixteen and their opponents just two and this clearly mirrored the fact that St Neots shaded possession without being able to make it count.   

St Neots made just one change in their starting line up bringing in goal scorer Nathan Frater up from with Lee Clark moving back into midfield and Ryan Frater giving way.   The two sides had shared the points in a goalless meeting at Hungerford a month earlier so this was expected to be a tightly fought contest and so it proved with both defences largely in control.

The opening skirmishes saw both sides threaten without creating clear openings although an off balance Nathan Frater was disappointed when clear on goal he volleyed high over the bar.  

 

At the other end Stefan Brown did the same for the visitors but it was Hungerford who took the lead after 20 minutes.  A fairly innocuous attack saw James Clark pinned tight to the bye line but he somehow squeezed the ball into the six yard box where Brown seemingly surrounded by defenders bundled it into the net. 

 A direct inswinging Drew Roberts corner looked to be creeping in under the bar but visiting keeper Paul Strudley acrobatically turned it away for another corner and then Lewis Hilliard saw a net bound shot blocked by a defender. 

From one of St Neots many corners Lee Clarke won the ball well but glanced his header wide of the far post and there was little seen of the home attack but St Neots went to the break within managing a single shot on target.

However the improvement in their fortunes after the break was swift and positive.   Drew Roberts shot straight at Strudley from a narrow angle after delightful approach play by Adam Tann and Lee Clarke, Lewis Hilliard volleyed wide.  

 

Then after 51 minutes the scores were levelled as Roberts sent over St Neots’ tenth corner of the match and the recalled Nathan Frater rose to head home.  

This signalled a spell of St Neots domination but the visiting defence looked solid and Strudley saved well from Matt Spring and Clarke. On the hour a Clarke header rebounded from a post and St Neots leading scorer Drew Roberts squandered his sides’ best chance of all three points when he shot over the bar after skilfully making space for himself.  

With Bruce Wilson on for Brett Longden St Neots looked to be going for a second goal and all three points but the visitors boast the second best defensive record in the Premier Division and they seemed easily able to snuff out St Neots better attacking moves.  

With six minutes left another teasing Roberts corner was tipped over the bar by Strudley and at the final whistle both sides seemed happy to preserve their goal and settle for a point apiece for the second time this season.

St Neots: Bastock, Tann, Wilkinson, Clarke, Mitchel-King, Ward, Hilliard, Spring, Frater (N),  Roberts, Longden

 

Subs: Wilson (B) (for Longden 68), Ferrari (for Frater (N) 80), Frater (R), Bickerstaff and Harty.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Frater (N) (51 mins)

Hungerford: Strudley, Horgan, John, Boardman, Day, Rees, Clark, Rusby, Goodger, Brown Stow

 

Subs:  Mpi (for Stow 75), Pilling, Osei-Tutu, Wilson (S) and Chappe

Cards:  Horgan (Y – 59)

Goals:  Brown (20 mins)

Attendance: 366

 

Referee: Jonathan Burridge (Papworth, Cambs)

 

John Walker

Hard work and desire was the key to keeping the Saints strong finish to the season on track. It was meant to be a close affair, which it was in many respects. Congratulations to Tom Ward on scoring his first goal for the Saints and then bagging another late on in the game.


Video: Cirencester Goals & Reaction  

 

 

If you are interested in your child(ren) taking part in the 3 day Easter Half Term Football Course at Rowley Park (for Children aged 4-14), you can download the booking form from the link below:

http://www.stneotstownfc.co.uk/the-club/downloadcentre.html

       St Neots Town Football Club

Easter Half Term 3 Day Football Course

                Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th & Friday 10th

10.30am-3pm    £15 per day or £40 per child when booking for all 3 days

Venue: St Neots Town FC, 3G Arena, Rowley Park, Kester Way, St Neots

     What to expect on the course   

 

Our aim is to provide an enjoyable football development environment that will help improve your child’s football skills including Dribbling, passing, shooting and much more. All children will be encourages to learn at their own pace, without pressure so as to ensure that we can maximize their enjoyment and development.  

    AM- Football Skills including specialist goal keeper coaching,

 

    Lunch ( please bring your own packed lunch)

 

    PM- 5 aside World Cup Tournament

 

Please bring    Shin pads Football kit including astro footwear or trainersFood & Drink

This is an outside course so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately hats, gloves etc

 

All coaches have a DBS certificate (CRB), First aider Certificate and Safeguarding Children Certificate and are at least ‘’FA Level 2 - UEFA A’’ license holders.

 

 

Attention all Goal Keepers !!!St Neots Town 1st Team GK Coach, Darren Plowman, will be holding a specialist Goal Keeper coaching day on Thursday 9th April.

 

“The GK day will be a mixture of technical work and fun GK games, being coached by myself and Alex Archer. The main emphasis will be on shot stopping, everybody’s favorite topic and we’ll be breaking it down into the smaller technical points. We will also work on the basics of handling and footwork, the main fundamentals of goalkeeping as well as distribution, the ever more important role of a goalkeeper who is no longer “ apart from the team but a part of the team “

 

Regards

Daz Plowman

St Neots Town Football Club, Head of Goalkeeping