Southern League Premier Division

 

ST NEOTS TOWN       3       POOLE TOWN       2

 

Second in the table St Neots entertained long time league leaders Poole Town in a classic ‘six pointer’ and sent them back to Dorset to muse on their first league defeat of the season.  It was a classic contest with both sides fully committed and St Neots best crowd of the season were highly entertained throughout with fortunes swinging first one way then the other.

The visiting defence that had only conceded four goals in twelve league games prior to this meeting were given a thorough testing whilst at the other end St Neots paraded recent signing Paul Bastock in goal and the veteran stopper had a fine debut.

St Neots had two early attempts on goal as Lewis Hilliard’s close range shot was deflected into the side netting and Drew Roberts shot wide. Then in Poole’s first attack after 11 minutes they took a grip on the game. Steve Devlin’s shot was deflected wide and from the corner the visiting central defenders made St Neots pay as Michael Walker headed back across goal and after a defensive deflection Jamie Whisken forced the ball home through a crowded six yards box. 

St Neots apparent lack of width saw them struggle to create openings although Jay Davies arriving late to a Hilliard cross was only inches from a spectacular strike. Debut goalkeeper Paul Bastock did well to keep out a wickedly inswinging corner from Devlin and at the other end Nick Hutchings made a good save from Roberts. As the half drew to a close Nathan Frater had a stinging shot parried by Hutchings and the keeper then saved well from Hilliard.  

Then on the stroke of half time Jay Davies split the visiting defence and Drew Roberts powered a shot into the roof of the net via the underside of the crossbar to level the scores.

St Neots looked much stronger and better organised after the break with Hilliard now operating in midfield and after 63 minutes they forged ahead when a Jay Davies shot was blocked and as it went wide of the goal St Neots defender Ryan Frater produced an acrobatic overhead kick that looked to be on target but ace goal poacher Drew Roberts applied the final touch from close range.

Now with their noses in front St Neots began to look more confident and apart from a lone Poole attack in which Max York produced a critical clearance, the home side were dominating. With nine minutes left Roberts turned provider with an unselfish sublime, first time through ball to release Lewis Hilliard who rode a tackle to make it 3-1. 

St Neots then sent on Matt Nolan for Nathan Frater and within sixty seconds he should have made the game safe when he went clear on goal but delayed his finish and was robbed. Poole were throwing everything forward in a last ditch effort to save their unbeaten record and were rewarded in the 90th minute when substitute Luke Roberts netted following a Devlin corner to make it 3-2.  

In a tense period of seven minutes of added time it was the visitors who were on top and four minutes into that period Steve Devlin produced a bullet effort from 25 yards that Bastock got enough of a touch on to push the ball onto the crossbar and this was a match saver for St Neots who thoroughly deserved their victory.

St Neots: Bastock, York, Bickerstaff, Wilson, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts (D), Hilliard

Subs: Thorne (for Wilson 82), Nolan (for Frater (N) 86), Ford (for Hilliard (90 + 1), Peacock and Ferrari

Cards:  Bickerstaff (Y – 51)

Goals: Roberts (D) 2 (45 and 63 mins), Hilliard (81)

 

Poole:  Hutchings, Tallack, Martin,Walker, Whisken, Pettefer, Burbidge, Devlin, Brooks, Preston, Jermyn

Subs:   Gosney (for Preston 61), Roberts (L) (for Jermyn 64), Lindsay (for Martin 72), Munday and Manley

Cards:  Brooks ( Y – 84)

Goals:  Whisken (11 mins), Roberts (L) (90 mins)

 

Attendance: 619

 

Referee: Shaun Barry (Northampton)

 

 

John Walker

 

We have today completed the transfer of goalkeeper Paul Bastock from Royston Town.

Paul is very well know around non league circles and has a wealth of experience in both football league and non league.

He will go straight into the squad for the home fixture against Poole Town

Our first team manager Gary King stated, We needed another goalkeeper in our squad and experience was the key, Paul won promotion last season with St Albans City and was by far the best goalkeeper in the Southern league.

We welcome Paul to the club.

 

With the new management team in place it was time to get down to business. Matt, Liam and Gary give their thoughts on a good 3 -1 victory over Burnham.

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  Southern League Premier Division

 HITCHIN TOWN  3 - 4  ST NEOTS TOWN       

St Neots moved up to second place in the Southern League Premier Division behind leaders Poole Town with a late victory in a pulsating match at Hitchin to set up a classic showdown with the leaders on Saturday. 

However they left it late with their winning goal arriving in time added for stoppages after the home side had come back twice from being behind. After their weekend victory over Burnham two of St Neots players had not recovered from injury and so Ollie Thorne was included in defence replacing Ryan Frater alongside Gavin Hoyte and Ben Farrell was recalled in midfield for Jay Davies.  

Hitchin was unbeaten at home prior to this match and they produced a thrilling counter attacking performance that rocked St Neots back on their heels but Gary King’s side showed character and determination especially after losing full back Arthur Lee with a second half serious ankle injury that saw him stretchered from the field for a hospital x-ray.

After two minutes Jamie Greygoose in the St Neots goal got down well to save from a close range effort from Callum Donnelly and within sixty seconds at the other end St Neots were ahead as Drew Roberts won the ball on the right and crossed for Nathan Frater to crash the ball in off the underside of the crossbar. 

It was now game on as Hitchin came back and after 19 minutes a long ball over the defence left St Neots vainly appealing for offside as Brett Donnelly went between the centre backs to level for Hitchin.  

A minute later Hitchin could have been in front but for a great save by Greygoose from Callum Donnelly.

The breakneck pace of the match continued and after 29 minutes from a Matt Spring corner Ollie Thorne beat home keeper Tahj Bell to the ball to head St Neots back in front. This time the advantage lasted just two minutes as Jonny McNamara cut in from the left and his cross was netted at the far post by Matt Lench to level the scores at 2-2.  

Hitchin now looked the stronger and Brett Donnelly squandered a free header and Lench brought an outstanding full length save from Greygoose.

Then five minutes before the break the home side went ahead as former St Neots defender Alasan Ann forced in at the far post from a Callum Donnelly left wing cross following a corner.

The relentless pace did drop slightly after the restart. Both teams adopted a stronger hold in midfield and chances on goal were less. St Neots sent on Ben Ford for Ben Farrell and Matt Nolan for Nathan Frater and were then forced into an early third substitution as Arthur Lee was stretchered off with that ankle injury sustained in an accidental collision.  

That seemed to galvanise St Neots and if Hitchin had marginally looked the better side before the break the balance now changed. Both Lewis Hilliard and Matt York brought excellent saves from Bell whilst in a Hitchin breakaway Greygoose had to leave his line to save at the feet of Lench.  

Then with five minutes remaining St Neots got back into the contest as skipper Gavin Hoyte accurately picked out Hilliard on the right and his early cross found Drew Roberts at the far post and his finish was accurate to level the scores.That might have resulted in an honourable draw for both sides but there was more to come as first St Neots and then Hitchin went on the offensive.  

Two minutes into time added Roberts in full flight was brought down and Matt Spring’s resultant free kick was headed down by Matt Nolan to put St Neots ahead with Lewis Hilliard following the ball into the net.  

That signalled a determined

finish by Hitchin in the remainder of eight minutes added time in which two St Neots players picked up yellow cards – Nolan for alleged deliberate time wasting as St Neots hung on for their first ever victory at Hitchin.

 

St Neots: Greygoose, York, Lee, Wilson, Thorne, Hoyte, Farrell, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Hilliard

Subs: Ford (for Farrell 56 mins), Nolan (for Frater (N) 65 mins), Ferrari (for Lee 71 mins), Peacock and Frater (R).

Cards: York (Y - 90), Nolan (Y – 90 + 6)

Goals: Frater (N) (3 mins), Thorne (29 mins), Roberts (85 mins), Nolan (90 + 2 mins)

 

Hitchin:  Bell, Rolfe, Corran, Ann, Chabata, Barker, McNamara, Donnelly (C), Donnelly (B), Burns, Lench

Subs: Walster, Powell, Osei-Sisibour, Noone and Johnson.

Cards: Donnelly (C) (Y – 78 )

Goals: Donnelly (B) (19 mins), Lench (31 mins), Ann (41 mins)

Attendance: 291

Referee: James Whittaker (Harlow)

John Walker

Matt Spring and Lorenzo Ferrari

It gives us great pleasure to announce that both Matt Spring and Lorenzo Ferrari have signed playing contracts for the club.

Matt has also agreed to accept the position of First Team Assistant Manager, and join Liam George in the same role.

Mike Kearns Our Chairman said, Im very pleased with the appointments of Liam and Matt and after a very stressful week Gary King his back room staff and the players can now concentrate on the football side of the business.

 

Lorenzo Ferrari has now signed a playing contract for the club, our first team manager Gary King said, Lorenzo is a very exciting player, and without doubt will be a huge asset to the club, we are very pleased that he has committed his future to the club.

 

 

Southern League Premier Division

 

ST NEOTS TOWN       3       BURNHAM       1

 

With St Neots midweek Managerial change, this was dubbed the start of a new era – and what a start.   Just 29 seconds into the match Drew Roberts lashed home a volley from the edge of the centre circle to give his side the lead after Nathan Frater had collected the ball but gone to ground. In his first match as sole Manager Gary King made three team changes including Max York for his debut at full back and recalling Matt Spring and Arthur Lee.

He must have been delighted to see his side stretch their unbeaten league run to eight matches with the next match away at Hitchin Town on Monday evening and then at home to so far undefeated league leaders Poole Town next Saturday, however he would be the first to admit that the side are still not recording a good ratio of goals scored to chances created because this result could have been sewn up prior to the half time whistle. Burnham were stubborn opponents but they created few chances and their late consolation goal was testament to their determination not to give up even when three goals adrift. Drew Roberts’ personal contribution of a hat trick in this match made him only the fourth St Neots player to record this feat at Step Three in 98 league matches at this level.

 Some of the spectators had not got to their seats before Roberts scored the first of his goals. Four minutes later Lewis Hilliard was agonisingly close to doubling the lead with a shot that beat the keeper and was only inches above the angle of post and crossbar and this start set the tone for much of the first half. Burnham’s first two visits to the St Neots half in the opening quarter of an hour saw Nicke Kabamba fire across the face of goal and Josh Webb test Jamie Greygoose with an inswinging corner which the keeper did well to push away. Roberts then headed wide from a Hilliard cross, Hilliard shot just wide himself and then visiting keeper Alex Lynch produced a good save to deny Nathan Frater. In fact most of the action was in and around the Burnham penalty area as Pat Sappleton diverted a Roberts shot wide and Jay Davies sent a close range narrow angled shot into the side netting.

A second goal always looked imminent and it arrived after 35 minutes when a Bruce Wilson corner flicked off the head of a defender and at the far post Roberts rose to head past Lynch. It should have been 3-0 a minute before half time when the hard working Matt Spring picked up a loose clearance to send an unstoppable shot over the helpless keeper to rebound off the crossbar.

 Burnham looked a more positive force after half time and from a Tom O’Regan corner Pay Sappleton sent a lob on to the roof of the net. At the other end following another set piece, the Burnham defence failed to clear and Gavin Hoyte sent a low snap shot wide when perhaps he should have scored. O’Regan then moved inside his marker to produce the visitors’ best shot of the match that curled away from Greygoose to pass the wrong side of a post and then after 66 minutes Roberts weaved his way into the penalty area to be upended by Brad Hewitt and a penalty was awarded after. Roberts picked himself up to complete his hat trick and take his goals tally for the season to eleven in just nine starts and three substitute appearances.

St Neots then sent on three substitutes and lost some of their rhythm and never really tested the visiting keeper in the final twenty five minutes with Greygoose pulling off one notable save to deny a close range effort by Craig Carby. He was however denied a clean sheet when Josh Webb claimed Burnham’s consolation goal a minute into added time.

 

St Neots: Greygoose, York, Lee, Wilson, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Hilliard

Subs: Nolan (for Frater (N) 67 mins), Thorne (for Davies 73 mins), Peacock (for Roberts 76 mins), Bickerstaff and Ferrari.

Cards: Frater (R) (Y - 77)

Goals: Roberts 3 (29 secs, 35 mins & 66 mins pen)

 

Burnham:  Lynch, Webb (J), Carby, Hewitt, Sappleton, Ajanlekoko, Webb (N), Poulton, Kabamba, Couch, O’Regan

Subs: Baddeley (for Sappleton 62 mins), Bates (for Ajanlekoko 62 mins), Walker (for O’Regan 73 mins), Lockhart-Adams and McDonnell.

Cards: Webb (N) (Y – 43 ), Bates (Y – 87)

Goals: Webb (J) (90 + 1 mins)

 

Attendance: 282

 

Referee: Rob Smith (Letchworth)

 

 

John Walker

Southern League Premier Division

ARLESEY TOWN  1 - 3  ST NEOTS TOWN       

St Neots moved up to third in the table with a less than convincing victory over struggling Arlesey thanks to a strong performance in the final quarter of an hour of this match that had been brought forward from midweek.   

With only three rearranged league matches on the day because of FA Cup commitments it was the ideal chance for St Neots to improve their league standing but after a very poor first half that gifted opportunity was looking likely to be squandered.  

However back on loan from Hemel Hempstead making his first appearance for St Neots since January 2013, midfield dynamo Ollie Thorne was the inspiration behind the victory scoring the first of those three comeback goals and looking the best visiting player in that rather torrid first 45 minutes.  

He was one of three changes from the Banbury league match seven days earlier as the Managers still seek to establish their preferred staring eleven.  

It was a match of four goals yet neither keeper was seriously tested in the 90 minutes and St Neots must learn to convert superior possession into goals if their season is to achieve its full potential.

The visitors received an early wake up call when Arlesey scored in their first and only first half chances after ten minutes. St Neots failed to cut out a move down the left flank allowing Jamil Shariffu space to cross to the near post where Mark Gallagher squeezed between two defenders to flick the ball past Greygoose.  

That wake up call was not heeded because although St Neots saw plenty of the ball their final pass was often misguided and apart from a far post header by Thorne to a deep Roberts free kick that was scraped off the line by Jimmy Haran there was little to excite.  

The visitors seemed easily knocked out of their stride by a rather physical approach by Arlesey and Drew Roberts’ two first half chances saw him shoot across the face of goal after good work by Mason Spence and then see a rather tame free kick easily gathered by home keeper Nick Thompson.  

In time added on at the end of the first half Bruce Wilson did well to leave his marker in his wake to cross to Thorne but his powerful header just cleared the crossbar.

Two early second half substitutions by the home side seemed to buck their attacking ideas but St Neots also looked far more direct in their approach and from a good cross by Thorne, Nathan Frater saw a net bound effort deflected wide by a back peddling defender.  

Arlesey substitute Elliot Bailey headed wide from a Shariffu free kick but on the hour St Neots clearly stated their intent by sending on two attacking substitutes.Thorne volleyed over the bar after clever work by Matt Spring, one of those substitutes, and St Neots began looking menacing down the left flank with Lorenzo Ferrari using his pace to good effect. 

Matt Nolan was also utilised and now St Neots had three strikers on the field and this led to a positive final 15 minutes.  

After 75 minutes a long throw from Jay Davies set up Ollie Thorne for a crisp finish that was assisted by a slight deflection and St Neots were at last level. Two minutes later a defensive error let in Nathan Frater for his eighth goal of the campaign and a 2-1 lead and after that there was no looking back.  

A third goal two minutes from time sealed the victory as Drew Roberts got on the end of a Ferrari cross after the substitute had left two defenders behind with his searing pace and St Neots had turned disappointment in the first half into three valuable league points.

St Neots: Greygoose, Spence, Bickerstaff, Hilliard, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Thorne, Frater (N), Roberts, Wilson

Subs: Ferrari (for Wilson 61 mins), Spring (for Hilliard 61 mins), Nolan (for Spence 72 mins), Powell and Lee.

Cards: none

Goals: Thorne (75 mins), Frater (N) (77 mins), Roberts (88 mins)

Arlesey:  Thompson, Gough, Willett, Bailey (S), Maltay, Haran, Boot, Taylor, Gallagher, Tavernier, Shariffu

Subs: Engliaf (for Boot 46 mins), Bailey (E) (for Gallagher 61 mins), Carr (for Sharaffu 66 mins) Sage and McGovern.

Cards: Bailey (S) (Y – 33 )

Goals: McGovern (10 mins)

Attendance: 214

Referee: Geoffrey Russell (Northampton)

John Walker

Liam George joins the club as Assistant Manager

The club would like to announce Liam George as the first of our new assistant first team managers.

Liam is an ex professional footballer who during his career has played 102 times for Luton Town and also a host of professional clubs.

Liam moved to the USA where he played for Atlanta Silverbacks in the national soccer league.

Representing his country the Republic of Ireland at all youth levels reaching the UEFA Under 18 Championship final against Germany.

Liam’s football career ending with injury where he moved into Physiotherapy where he gained a degree at the University of Salford.

Liam now runs his own very successful private physiotherapy practice based in Luton.

A great addition to the management backroom staff we welcome Liam to the club.

 

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