THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       5         HISTON U18       0         

With another hat trick taking his goals tally to 17 in seven matches – 15 of those in the last four – Joe Rider led his side to a five points lead in the league table with a convincing victory over visiting Histon.    It completed a league double over the visitors this month but to their credit they never gave up trying despite the goals tally against them building up.

St Neots got off to a sensational start with their opening goal after just 19 seconds as David Muse harried defender and goalkeeper into a stupid error which left the home player to walk the ball into an empty net.   To their credit this did not seem to faze the visitors who forgot their indiscretion and competed well in the next half hour.   St Neots enjoyed a much great share of possession, but the final ball was never quite right, and the visitors defended comfortably against the league’s leading scorers.   Chances came and went with Tom Leagas and Adrian O’Hara both shooting wide before Jeffrey Alihonou created Histon’s first opening but he could not finish.   From a Bradley Brown cross Joe Rider stretched to head the ball onto the roof of the net and the same player saw another effort deflected for a corner by Joshua Byrne.  Louis Hobbs looked the most dangerous attacking player for the visitors and he too lifted a shot over the keeper and onto the roof of the net.   Then in the final minute of the first half from a sublime cross by Oliver Rowland, Joe Rider opened his account for the evening with a well-placer header to give St Neots a 2-0 half time advantage.

With Brown and Sam Routs orchestrating the St Neots midfield, the home side continued to dominate after the interval.   Routs fired wide and Leon Fulianty up for a free kick flicked the ball against the near post.  Leagas had a shot deflected and the pressure eventually paid off after 63 minutes when brilliant individual skill by Joe Rider saw him take two defenders out of the game before turning and shooting past Harvey Daniels.     Three minutes later a Leagas corner was punched clear by Daniels but only as far as Adrian O’Hara who sent a low shot into the corner of the net for 4-0.   With seven minutes left Histon substitute Joe Cesare had Histon’s best chance for a consolation goal when he went clear of the St Neots’ defence but lost control and almost inevitably Joe Rider was to have the final word as he collected a Kyle Rudland cross and his hat trick at the far post to net from a narrow angle to complete the 5-0 victory, a minute from time.

St Neots:  Brewer, Leagas, Goodridge, O’Hara, Rowland, Fulianty, Muse, Brown (B), Routs, Rider, Wood

Subs used:   Coppolaro, Rudland, Lennon and Frezza.

 

 (John Walker)

 

FA TROPHY – FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING

St Neots Town      1          Matlock Town       0        

 

St Neots maintained their record in the FA Trophy of having only lost once in the First Round Qualifying since joining the Southern League eight seasons ago.   However, this was a hard-fought game between two well-matched sides and St Neots only saw off the challenge of their visitors Matlock Town because of a determined second half performance.   It was suitable revenge for a Second Round Qualifying defeat at Matlock four years ago, and it was achieved despite being short of three first choice players due to injury.   Club skipper Luke Knight and Harry O’Malley had both missed the midweek trip to Lowestoft, and they were joined on the treatment table by defender Taylor Parr.   Into the side came full back Matty Miles into an unfamiliar midfield role alongside Tom Wood – also a defender – but it was another defender Russell Short who earned the plaudits for a faultless display at the heart of the home defence.  

St Neots created the first real opening after three minutes when Tom Wood headed on a Johnny Herd throw and Nabil Shariff was only inches away from reaching the ball in front of a gaping net.   Matlock then settled quickly looking stronger in midfield and Craig King headed across the face of goal from a Nathan Whitehead cross.   Jordan Chappell saw a well-placed shot comfortably saved by Harry Reynolds and Whitehead shot wide when left unmarked on the edge of the penalty area.   At the other end Shariff knocked down a cross to the feet of Russell Short but off-balance he fired over the bar and back came Matlock with King heading wide when well placed.   A defensive error by the visiting side let in Dion Sembie-Ferris but he volleyed over the bar and on the stroke of half time a Shariff shot was deflected over the bar by a retreating defender.

The heavy rain welcomed the players back after the break making ball control more difficult but St Neots were quickly into their stride and after 49 minutes a Sembie-Ferris cross found Gary Wharton eight yards from goal, but his shot rebounded to safety off the outside of a goalpost.  The visitors tried to vary their attack by sending on two attacking players but the St Neots back line was well able to deal with anything thrown at them.   Just past the hour visiting keeper Ross Durrant did well to block a close range shot from Shariff but the striker had to wait only three minutes to make up for that disappointment as Tom Wood won the ball and sent it over the retreating Matlock defence and Shariff went clear before cleverly chipping the ball over the advancing keeper for what proved to be the winning goal.   St Neots sent on Claudio Ofosu for Gary Wharton and the substitute was immediately involved twice having shots either blocked or well-saved.   Nathan Whitehead went close for the visitors having his effort deflected over the bar and Matlock’s recently acquired striker Luke Hinsley fired into the side-netting.   As the second half progressed St Neots looked the more comfortable team in possession and a full length save by Durrant prevented Ofosu from extending the lead.   In the final five minutes Matlock redoubled their efforts and Reynolds saved well from a Harry Vince free kick and on the break Shariff twice went close.   The nearest to an equaliser for the visitors came late in the game when defender Bradley Beatson saw his volley clip the crossbar and bounce to safety.

 

St Neots Town:  Reynolds, Stanley, Herd, Wood, Short, Olaniran, Sembie-Ferris, Miles, Shariff, Williams, Wharton

Subs:  Ofosu (for Wharton 65 mins), Mutswumguma and Fulianty.

Cards:  Stanley (Y – 86 mins)

Goals:  Shariff (64 mins)

 

Matlock Town:  Durrant, Lemon, Green, Whitehead (N), Beatson, Hall, Chappell, Taylor, Westcarr, Vince, King

Subs:  Hinsley (for Westcarr 57 mins), Jackson (for Chappell 57 mins), Whitehead (B) (for Lemon 77 mins, Knowles and Pierrepoint.

Cards:  Whitehead (N) (Y – 58 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Referee:  Callum Walchester (Lowestoft)

Attendance:  249

 

John Walker

 

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SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

Lowestoft Town       1         St Neots Town      2        

A priceless double from Nabil Shariff gave St Neots their first away league victory since 15th September to lift them three points and three places in the league table – above neighbours St Ives Town for the first time this season.   It was game in which Norwich Referee Ryan Head lost late control booking five players in the last eight minutes as he seemed determined to punish every tackle.   For St Neots it was a deserved but hard-earned victory and sets them up for their next National competition match on Saturday in the FA Trophy when Matlock Town will be the visitors to the Premier Plus Stadium.   It also earned the visitors swift revenge for a League Cup defeat at the hands of the same opponents just three weeks earlier, after another very long midweek trip.   Without a goal in their last three matches in league and cup, Manager Matt Clements decided it was time to make changes – both in personnel and tactics – and he rested Matt Miles and Claudio Ofosu as well as being without injured midfielder Harry O’Malley.   Into their places he brought Devante Stanley for only his second league start, Gary Wharton and Lee Watkins a Cambridge United loanee for his debut.  He also varied his formation with Russell Short moving to the heart of the defence and moving Tom Wood as the covering midfield player.   That proved to be a master stroke as his side dominated the important opening half hour.

There was a slow start with the visitors dictating the pattern of play without really opening- up the home defence well marshalled by former Saints player Adam Tann.   An early lengthy throw after six minutes by skipper Johnny Herd was not cleared and a snap shot by Dylan Williams hit a goalpost deflecting for a goal kick.   However, St Neots did utilise their early possession and five minutes later a long cross to the far post from Gary Wharton was forced in at the far post by Nabil Shariff to give his side a deserved lead.   As the half progressed lengthy efforts by Tom Wood and Wharton were too high after promising build-ups and then another lengthy Herd throw was headed on by Taylor Parr to Wood whose effort was just the wrong side of a post.   A midfield off the ball flare up saw Parr and James Blanchfield booked after 36 minutes and the game became scrappy although a Dion Sembie-Ferris effort was blocked after good work on the right by Devante Stanley just before the half time.   It was in added time before the break when Lowestoft tested the visiting goal for the first time but after a flowing move involving Ben Fowkes and Robert Eagle, Conor McKendry fired over the bar when he should have done better.

The home side had an early chance after half time when Blanchfield went past three defenders to shoot wide, but St Neots were quickly back in the groove as Wharton set himself up on the right, but his shot was deflected across the face of goal with Nabil Shariff only inches away from a second goal after 49 minutes.   However, he only had to wait a further seven minutes when he did double his personal tally, perfectly placed to head home a cross by Sembie-Ferris who had beaten his marker.   Visiting goalkeeper Harry Reynolds was booked for timewasting after 64 minutes but responded with a great save to deny Blanchfield.   An injury to Parr forced St Neots into an early second half substitution as Matt Miles was introduced and Claudio Ofosu was also sent on in place of Wharton.   Shariff was denied a hat trick by a smart near post save by home keeper Elvis Putnins and he then shot well over the bar.   There were just ten minutes left when Stanley was harshly judged to have brought down Kieran Higgs on the edge of the penalty area and from McKendry’s free kick substitute Cion Wren pulled a goal back for the home side.   That signalled a Lowestoft late assault on the St Neots goal with that cluster of late bookings but apart from the defence deflecting two shots from Eagle and Tann, St Neots held out for a deserved victory.

St Neots Town:  Reynolds, Stanley, Herd, Wood, Short, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Watkins, Shariff, Williams, Wharton

Subs:  Miles (for Parr 70 mins), Ofosu (for Wharton 72 mins) and Fulianty.

Cards:  Parr (Y – 36 mins), Reynolds (Y – 64 mins), Williams (Y – 82 mins), Short (Y – 90+1 mins), Ofosu (Y – 45+5 mins)

Goals:  Shariff 2 (11 & 56 mins)

 

Lowestoft:  Putnins, Castellan, Pinheiro, Pollock, Jarvis, Tann, Fowkes, Blanchfield, Higgs, Eagle, McKendry

Subs:  Wren (for Pinheiro 58 mins), Schaar (for Fowkes 78 mins)

Cards:  Pollock (Y – 22 mins), Blanchfield (Y – 36 mins), Higgs (Y – 90+1 mins), Eagle (90+4 mins)

Goals:  Wren (80 mins)

 

Referee:  Ryan Head (Norwich)

Attendance:  238

 

John Walker

 

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

Following the high intensity atmosphere of the FA Cup it is quickly back to reality on Tuesday for Matt Clements and his team.   For the second time in three weeks they face the long midweek trip to the East coast to play Lowestoft Town – this time in the rearranged league match.   On 2nd October they played at Lowestoft for the first time in 47 years in the first round of the Southern League CSS Cup returning home having lost 3-1 with skipper Luke Knight having scored their consolation goal.   One of the main concerns on Clements’ mind apart from his teams’ position in the relegation area of the Southern League Central Division is the recent league goalscoring record.   In ten completed league outings to date the side has scored just six goals and in seven of those matches (home and away) they have failed to score.   In fact, it is now 35 days and 301 minutes since Dylan Williams goal at Banbury on 15th September – a record that must be rectified as a matter of urgency.   Lowestoft went into last Saturday’s league match at home to Barwell, which finished 0-0, now two points ahead of St Neots, having played one match more, so this can be seen as a ‘must win’ fixture for the visiting St Neots side.

 

John Walker

FA CUP – FOURTH ROUND QUALIFYING

Alfreton Town       4         St Neots Town      0        

 

St Neots’ FA Cup adventure for this season is over as they were soundly beaten by higher graded Alfreton Town.   Despite having the vocal backing of around 300 travelling fans they found this latest challenge a step too far.   However, they returned home with their heads held high after holding their National League hosts to a goalless second half to recoup some pride, but unfortunately, they had trailed 4-0 after a disastrous opening 27 minutes.  In that opening period, they looked defensively naïve conceding two converted penalty kicks (and that made it four in the last 64 minutes playing time!) and they never looked like producing the late comeback which had been a trademark of this seasons’ competition.   Alfreton were a bigger and stronger team and they used their physical attributes to good effect muscling out much of their visitors close passing football and their long ball swift moving attacking knocked St Neots out of their stride from the first whistle.   St Neots were still without injured club skipper Luke Knight but were otherwise at full strength with Matt Miles making a swift recovery from his midweek injury.  

It took Alfreton just five minutes to assert their superiority as a curled corner from the left by Curtis Bateson managed to find its way through a packed six yards box without anyone getting a touch.   St Neots found it difficult to get out of their own half as the hosts continued to press but a second goal after 17 minutes really set the tone for that wretched first half.  Richard Peniket twisted and turned his way into the penalty area but was impeded and the Referee right in this thick of the action pointed dramatically to the penalty spot to award a kick which James Clifton stoked inside the left-hand post.   Worse followed four minutes later as Peniket robbed a dithering visiting player to set up Curtis Bateson for his second goal of the match.   St Neots brief rally saw a Johnny Herd free kick force David Shiels to head over his own cross bar, but this was little reward and after 27 minutes it was game over as a clumsy challenge by Dion Sembie-Ferris earned the St Neots player a booking and Alfreton a second penalty, this time blasted down the centre of the goal by James Clifton.   Frustration was beginning to show as first the names of Harry O’Malley and then Matt Miles joined Sembie-Ferris in the Referee’s notebook as the first half progressed.   St Neots did show some defiance but Nabil Shariff heading for goal was cynically brought down by Josh Gowling who became the fourth player to be booked in that first half with furious St Neots’ players claiming that as he was the final defender the card should have been red in colour.   The final action of the half saw home keeper Sam Ramsbottom collect a Herd free kick off the head of Taylor Parr.

St Neots’ Manager Matt Clements sent on Gary Wharton after the break for Claudio Ofosu and this slight tactical change saw St Neots competing much better.   Home substitute Declan Bacon did see a header rebound from the cross bar, but it was the visitors who were now creating openings.  An injury to Harry O’Malley after 52 minutes forced another St Neots change with Dan Olaniran introduced into a three-man defence and shortly afterwards there was another positive move with substitute Devante Stanley added to the attack.   A Dylan Williams free kick brought the save of the match from Ramsbottom, and Shariff fired narrowly over the bar.   Tom Wood also brought a save at full stretch from the home keeper and then in a rather scrappy end to the match with Alfreton pushed back in defence, the Referee booked two further St Neots players whilst ignoring similar offences by home players.   The St Neots faithful kept singing but went home disappointed.

St Neots Town:  Reynolds, Miles, Herd, O’Malley, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Short, Shariff, Williams, Ofosu

Subs:  Wharton (for Ofosu 46 mins), Olaniran (for O’Malley 52 mins), Stanley (for Miles 61 mins), Douglas and Fulianty

Cards:  Sembie-Ferris (Y – 27 mins), O’Malley (Y – 30 mins), Miles (Y – 35 mins), Wharton (Y – 85 mins), Stanley (Y – 89 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Alfreton: Ramsbottom, Clifton, Wilde, Hird, Gowling, Shiels, Bateson, Hotte, Clarke, Peniket, Johnson

Subs:  Bacon (for Gowling 46 mins), Riley (for Shiels 46 mins), Clackstone (for Clifton 90 + 1 mins), Nicholson, Chettle, Sinnott and Platt.

Cards:  Gowling (Y – 44 mins)

Goals:  Bateson 2 (5 & 21 mins), Clifton 2 – both pens – 17 & 27 mins)

 

Referee:  Michael Barlow (Bolton)

Attendance:  645

 

John Walker

 

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

We are fast approaching the biggest game since 1966 in the 139 years proud history of St Neots Town Football Club.   Tomorrow the Saints band wagon comprising at least four coaches and any number of cars will be travelling up the M1 to Alfreton to compete in the fourth Round Qualifying of the FA Cup where the winning side will pick up a sponsorship reward of a mouth-watering £25,000.  The previous comparable fixture 52 years ago was when St Neots, playing in the United Counties League, enjoyed home advantage over visitors Wisbech Town who were then members of the Southern League.    The result was a memorable 2-0 victory at their former home at ‘Shortsands’ – a ground into which the Committee had imported temporary stands to accommodate a crowd of more than 900 – and that earned the historic trip to Walsall where they were beaten by the same score as the previous round.

Alfreton Town play in the National League North (formerly the Conference North) and are currently twelfth in that division with five wins and a draw from their twelve completed league matches.   They compete alongside former Football League sides York City (who beat St Ives in the last round), Chester City, Stockport County, Darlington and Bradford Park Avenue.   They entered the FA Cup competition this season at the second Round Qualifying, beating Sutton Coldfield Town of the Southern League Division Central (Step Four) 3-0 at home in a replay following a 2-2 draw in Birmingham, and then they defeated Mickleover Sports from the Northern Premier League (Step Three) away from home 2-1 two weeks ago.   Alfreton have been at Conference level since 2003/04 and the following season they reached the FA Cup First Round Proper for only the second time in 30 years losing to Macclesfield Town in a replay.    Last season Alfreton finished 17th out of 22 teams in the National League North whilst in the FA Cup they defeated Rushden & Diamonds in a replay before losing away at Stourbridge.

John Walker

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL

Royston Town       5         St Neots Town      0        

 

This match was not part of the preparation for the historic FA Cup match at Alfreton at the weekend that Manager Matt Clements would have wanted.   In fact, it was a match the squad could have well done without and it finished with their biggest ever away defeat in the Southern League and the sides’ biggest away defeat since September 2006.   Of course, there were contributory factors – the result prompted by an early own goal followed by a freak injury for Matt Miles that saw him stretchered off in the first half with concussion, and then having Dan Olaniran sent off, but the Manager would not wish to dress this up other that a shoddy performance by his side.  Royston, third in the league table, are enjoying their best ever season at Step Three, and they took full advantage of their visitors’ shortcomings, but looking for excuses will not mask one of St Neots’ easily forgettable evenings.   As he did at Lowestoft two weeks earlier the Manager rested four of his senior squad to give playing time to his fringe players bringing in Gary Wharton, Devante Stanley, Dan Olaniran and Ben Worman for Johnny Herd, Russell Short, Dion Sembie-Ferris and Claudio Ofosu who were all on the bench.

The opening phase of the match was very high tempo with the home side employing long ball tactics that kept the three-man St Neots defence at full stretch.   Surprisingly there were no real openings in front of goal for either side until the 18th minute when home keeper Joe Welch had to go full length to save a snap shot by Nabil Shariff and Royston replied a minute later with the first goal when a cross from Vance Bola was defected across goal and attempting to clear Tom Wood could only divert the ball into his own net.   Watched by the Manager of Alfreton St Neots then had a rough patch as Harry Reynolds had to save well from an Adam Murray shot on the turn and he then saw a Sam Corcoran shot safely over the bar.  St Neots did break out for Ben Worman to have a shot blocked at the other end but after 33 minutes the defence left Vance Bola unmarked on the right and he collected a defensive clearance to advance on goal to beat Reynolds with a low shot with the outside of his boot into the corner of the net to double the lead.   There was then a lengthy delay as the unfortunate Matt Miles collected a fierce clearance full in the face and after receiving on-pitch treatment he was stretchered off to be replaced by Claudio Ofosu.

After the break Ofosu gave away possession in his own half freeing up Rohdell Gordon but with the goal at his mercy he fired over the bar after 48 minutes, but the respite for St Neots was brief for five minutes later Harry O’Malley pulled back Josh Castiglione in the penalty area and Rohdell Gordon confidently tucked away the penalty kick to extend the lead to 3-0.  St Neots protests saw Dan Olaniran booked and this heralded a spell of Royston dominance with Bola volleying over the bar when well placed and substitute Chris Assombolonga making an immediate impact as he forced Reynolds to save bravely at his feet.   St Neots were reduced to speculative shooting from distance with Worman and Shariff both seeing Welch save comfortably and Royston dominated the final quarter with St Neots being reduced to ten men when Dan Olaniran picked up a second yellow card as he upended Bola with a late challenge conceding a second penalty kick (St Neots fourth concession in two matches) which was despatched by Rohdell Gordon to make the score 4-0.   Reynolds then saved well to deny Murray and a late but fruitless burst by St Neots saw a Devante Stanley shot blocked and Nabil Shariff brought down to ignored penalty appeals.   To run salt in St Neots’ wounds, home substitute David Mooney rounded things off with a fifth Royston goal in added time.

St Neots:  Reynolds, Miles, Stanley, Olaniran, Wood, Parr, O’Malley, Worman, Shariff, Williams, Wharton

Subs:  Ofosu (for Miles 40 mins), Sembie-Ferris (for Wharton 66 mins), Short and Herd

Cards:  Olaniran (RED – 2 x Y – 63 & 82 mins), O’Malley (Y – 76 mins),

Goals:  none

 

Royston:  Welch, Scott-Morris, Norville-Williams, Mentis, Martin, Brathwaite, Castiglione, Corcoran, Murray, Bola, Gordon

Subs:  Thomas (for Corcoran 54 mins), Mooney (for Brathwaite 60 mins), Assombolonga (for Castiglione), Potton and Aolmenu

Cards:  Scott-Morris (Y – 35 mins)

Goals:  Gordon (2) - pens (53 & 82 mins), Wood (o.g) (19 mins), Bola (33 mins), Mooney (45+3 mins)

 

Referee:  Alex Rayment (Houghton Regis)

Attendance:  243

 

John Walker

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL

St Neots Town      0         Kettering Town       3       

 

League leaders Kettering Town left The Premier Plus Stadium flattered by their haul of three points from this match that took them five point clear at the top of the Southern League Premier Central Division, principally courtesy of the award of two penalty kicks. However, the two clinching goals came in the last ten minutes, and St Neots can feel hard done by after shading the first half over their high-flying visitors.   With skipper Luke Knight still on the injured list, Matt Clements was able to name an unchanged starting line-up from the midweek match and the same four substitutes were on the bench.   With the visitors bringing many of their regular followers and it being non-league day there was a bumper crowd of 693 to witness this contest.   This was only St Neots second defeat in nine league and cup matches since 27th August – but six of those have been in cup competition.

After the excitement of their midweek FA Cup away triumph there was no sign of fatigue as the home side took the match to their visitors from the first whistle.   Most of the chances created in the first half hour were by the home side but they came up against a stubborn visiting defence.   The Poppies had just one early opening after 12 minutes when Michael Richens ghosted in behind the defence to collect a Rhys Hoeness cross, but he shot across the face of goal.   Meantime St Neots had around half a dozen chances at the other end notably a stunning 30 yards effort by Dylan Williams after 21 minutes that visiting keeper Paul White was relieved to tip over the crossbar.  Johnny Herd and Claudio Ofosu were both too high with the early efforts and Russell Short went close to his first St Neots goal with an acrobatic effort on the turn that was just wide.   Ten minutes before the break in a swift counter-attack Hoeness was only inches from connecting with a cross to the far post by Brett Solkhon and then Lindon Miekle volleyed well wide as the visitors staged a late first half rally.   The half ended with Richens picking up a yellow card for a cynical foul on Dion Sembie-Ferris who was in full flight towards goal.

St Neots began the second half well with Nabil Shariff seeing a close-range header well saved but after 57 minutes there was a controversial moment as Hoeness chased a long ball out of defence colliding with goalkeeper Harry Reynolds and with Referee Abi Marriott unsighted she took the controversial penalty decision from an Assistant.   Brett Solkhon gave Harry Reynolds no chance with a perfectly placed spot kick and that led to a booking for the protesting Harry O’Malley and it gave the visitors a questionably deserved lead.   That swiftly led to manager Clements rejigging his attack with Gary Wharton and Devante Stanley introduced for Short and Ofosu.   Psychologically it gave the league leaders a massive confidence boost and for a while St Neots seemed to struggle.    Taylor Parr was booked for a clumsy challenge and Reynolds was almost caught off his line by a lob from his own half by Solkhon.  Then with nine minutes left St Neots conceded a second penalty as Matt Miles scythed down substitute Andrea Borg, and this time there was no doubt about the decision.

It was Rhys Hoeness who netted from the spot and as St Neots became ragged there was no late come-back as Marcus Kelly was left unmarked at the far post four minutes from time and he gleefully applied the finishing touch to a third Kettering goal.

 

St Neots Town:  Reynolds, Miles, Herd, O’Malley, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Short, Shariff, Williams, Ofosu

Subs:  Wharton (for Short 68 mins), Stanley (for Ofosu 68 mins), Olaniran and Douglas

Cards:  Parr (Y – 70 mins), Shariff (Y – 90 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Kettering:  White, Berry, Solkhon, Richens, Miekle, Milnes, Hoeness, Kelly-Evans, Kelly, Towers, Rowe-Turner

Subs:  Borg (for Solkhon 72 mins), Hotter (for Richens 88 mins), Toseland (for Kelly 88 mins), Graham and Elson

Cards:  Richens (Y – 42 mins)

Goals:  Solkhon (57 mins - pen), Hoeness (81 mins – pen), Kelly (86 mins)

 

Referee:  Abi Marriott (Mildenhall)

Attendance:  693

 

John Walker

 

We can confirm that the following admission charges will apply for our forthcoming Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie at Alfreton Town:

 

£14 for each adult (aged 21 upwards)
£10 for each senior citizen (persons aged 65 and over)
£10 for age group 16 to 21
£10 for each student upon production of a valid student card at the turnstile on the day of the game
£2 for children aged 15 and under, provided that they are accompanied through the turnstile by a paying adult

These are AlfretonTown's regular admission charges for National League North matches

 

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