St Neots Town FC have decided to use their biggest game since 1966 to highlight the mental health challenges faced by both their fans and the wider community. They have given the match sponsorship to CPSL Mind and will promote their services at the match including STOP Suicide and the forthcoming World Mental Health Day on October 10th.

The match, an Emirates FA Cup third round qualifying tie with Coalville Town, 3pm kick off, is the first time the club have reached this stage of the competition since 1978/79, when they played March Town at the old Shortsands ground.

As well as giving the match sponsorship to CPSL Mind, they have asked local football correspondent and mental health awareness advocate, Stuart Baker, of social media outlet Squeeze Football, to be their match ball sponsor.

On making the decision, the club's Commercial Director, Gary Atyes, commented "This match gives us a much greater level of both public and media awareness, and although we could just see it as a chance to earn much needed commercial revenue, the club has recently changed its focus to become more community led. The new board of directors want to use the added attention the game will receive to help our community, and in particular our growing fan base. We have recently seen some of our most loyal fans struggling with mental health issues and this partnership gives us a practical way we can help, and also broaden the message. We know what fantastic work CPSL Mind do through their office in St Neots plus Stuart has created a fantastic service for local football and has done some great fundraising, so this helps link it all together"

For CPSL Mind, Emily Gray, Director of Development added 

"We are thrilled that St Neots Town FC have decided to use such a big game in the club's history to support our work across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire. It is fantastic that St Neots Town are building closer relationships with local services and the community in response to the mental health struggles they have recognised in their supporters.

The funds generated will enable us to deliver further on our aim to promote positive mental health, reduce stigma and support individuals in our community who are recovering from mental health challenges."

And Stuart Baker of Squeeze Football also commented "Of all the opportunities that Squeeze has provided me with, this is the most special. It is a cause close to my heart and it is an honour to be asked to be part of such an important day for the club.”

 

Fans will be able to access support and information at the game and find out how they can get help if they need it, there will also be a collection for MIND CPSL at the match"

 

UPCOMING CUP MATCHES PREVIEW

It will be a busy week for Matt Clements and his side as they face two crucial Cup matches in a five days spell.   First up on Tuesday it is the long midweek trip to the East Coast to face Lowestoft Town in the Southern League Challenge Cup.   It will be the first meeting of the two sides for 46 years having last met in the Eastern Counties League.   St Neots were in that league for four seasons from 1969/70 until 1972/73 and in that final season both league meetings with Lowestoft finished 0-0!   Ironically that match follows on from last Saturdays 0-0 draw – only the Saints second in more than two seasons.   Since then Lowestoft enjoyed a successful period winning the ECL title in 1977/78 to win promotion to the Football Conference as well as reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Cup four times in the modern era.   This season they are in the same division as St Neots sitting eleventh in the table – just one point ahead of St Neots, having failed to win their last three league matches.  Whilst St Neots were beating Bedford Town in the Preliminary Round of this competition, Lowestoft were enjoying a bye.

Then on Saturday it is the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Cup against Coalville Town with the reward for the winners a mouth-watering £15,000 in Emirates sponsorship, but more importantly a place in the Fourth Round Qualifying of the National competition – just 90 minutes away from the entry in the competition of the Football League sides.   The Coalville visit will see (for the first time) a third consecutive home tie in the same season for St Neots in the FA Cup and our first appearance in the competition at that stage since 1978/79 when March Town United visited Shortsands to end our hopes for that season.    Coalville were due to make their first trip to St Neots in the league in February next year, but this will be a premature visit.   The Ravens as they are known come from Leicestershire and last season were members of the Northern League Premier Division where they finished 20th – well clear of the relegation zone.    In this season’s FA Cup competition, they beat Racing Club Warwick 2-1 at home in their first match before their replay victory over Buxton and their league position is very impressive – second in the table just two points behind leaders Kettering Town.   Away from home in the league this season they have beaten St Ives and Redditch, but they lost at Leiston.

 

John Walker

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town       0        Hitchin Town       0

Perhaps the players on both sides had their minds on next week’s home FA Cup engagements after their respective heroics in the previous round but for the substantial crowd watching from the sidelines in the sunshine it was a disappointing afternoon.   Perhaps to some extent it was predictable – the third consecutive draw between the two sides, and although Hitchin will be the happier with the result they remain rooted in the relegation zone.   It was only St Neots second home goalless draw since March 2016 and will be regarded as two points lost rather than one gained.   The woodwork twice denied St Neots in the second half and Hitchin were hanging on for the final twenty minutes during which time St Neots failed to make their superior possession count.   With almost a full squad to choose from St NeotsManager Matt Clements opted for just the single change in his starting line-up bringing back Ben Worman, who was cup tied for the Romulus match, for Devante Stanley who was on the bench.   There was also a second half club debut for former Ipswich Town player Russell Short who managed to get his name in the Referee’s notebook for a mistimed challenge.

Hitchin began in confident style and for the first twenty minutes they were the better side.    St Neots failed to show any kind of constructive approach giving the ball away and allowing their visitors to dominate play and openings.   From an Isaac Galliford corner Lewis Ferrell was unmarked and he tested Harry Reynolds with a low shot and then Alex Anderson worked his way into a clear shooting position but finished weakly.   In a five-minutes spell midway through the first half Jack Green squandered two glorious chances to put Hitchin ahead, first volleying over the bar after good work by Macsen Fraser and then firing wide from a Matt Spring corner.   Gradually St Neots grappled their way back into the game and Claudio Ofosu switched wings to see his teasing cross palmed away by Michael Johnson and then from a Johnny Herd corner, Nabil Shariff glanced his header wide of the far post.    Six minutes before the break the underworked Johnson did well to save a stinging shot from Shariff and then visiting skipper Josh Bickerstaff (one of three former St Neots players in the visiting side) cleared a Ben Worman chip off the undefended goal line after his keeper had gone ‘walk about’.   The half ended with Ofosu moving inside two defenders to unleash a rising shot that was too high to bother the goalkeeper.

If the first half had seen Hitchin just shade possession that was as good as it got for the visitors.   After the break (possibly with their ears stinging) St Neots set about improving their fate.   It took just fifteen seconds from the restart for Shariff to almost break the deadlock as he chased a ball to the bye line to chip the goalkeeper only to see the ball rebound from the inside of a post to rebound into the grateful keepers’ arms.   That set a marker for the home side who bombarded the visiting goal but could not find a clinical finish.   Taylor Parr headed over from a Matt Miles corner, Dion Sembie-Ferris shot wide when well placed and a second chance for the same player set up by Ben Worman was again sent wastefully wide.   Both sides sent on substitutes with Hitchin stiffening their defense and St Neots trying to add imagination to their attack with leading scorer Dylan Williams and Gary Wharton both introduced.   Sembie-Ferris was prominent hitting the cross bar with a dipping shot before setting up Wharton who brought a save from Johnson.   Sembie-Ferris then had a shot blocked and Tom Wood headed narrowly over from a Johnny Herd corner.   With substitute Trey Charles having a rare late chance for Hitchin blocked by a defender it was left to Wharton to put St Neots’ final chance over the bar in added time.

Claire Howes' Photo Gallery can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/claire_howes/

 

St Neots:  Reynolds, Miles, Herd, O’Malley, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Peters, Shariff, Worman, Ofosu

Subs:  Williams (for Ofosu 60 mins), Short (for O’Malley 63 mins) Wharton (for Peters 72 mins), Stanley and Olaniran

Cards:  Short (Y – 75 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Hitchin:  Johnson, Fraser, Chesmain, Spring, Ferrell, Bickerstaff, Anderson, Galliford, Thake, Belgrove, Green

Subs:  Forde (for Thake 52 mins), Charles (for Green 52 mins), Dowie (for Spring 63 mins) and Mollison

Cards:  none

Goals:  none

Referee:  Robert Evans (Northampton)

Attendance:  376

 

John Walker

Cox’s at the The Lighthouse is run by the award winning Mick Cox. In his previous shop, he has won many awards and has been voted in the top 10 best fish and chip shops in the country.

Mick and his team serve amazing fish which is sustainably sourced and all of his products are of the highest quality, they cater for vegetarians and serve many gluten free products.

They can cater for big functions, quiz nights etc

Telephone  01480  216599   for further details etc

 

 Opening times are as follows:

Monday                  4.30 - 9.00pm

Tuesday                 4.30 - 9.00pm

Wednesday            Noon – 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm

Thursday                Noon - 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm

Friday                     Noon – 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm

Saturday                Noon – 9.00pm

 

Cox’s at the Lighthouse can be found approximately 50 yards from The Premier Plus Stadium, next to Tesco Express.

Why not pop in there on the way home from the match, you won’t be disappointed....

 

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

Before returning to our FA Cup adventure on 6th October (Saturday week) we have a league engagement on Saturday when our near neighbours Hitchin Town are to be our visitors.   Our two sides have something in common this season – a less than successful league start to the season.   Last season after 46 league games our two sides were locked together in mid-table anonymity – Hitchin in 11th place and our lads just one below, separated by just two points.    Our goal difference was neutral – 79 goals scored and 79 conceded whilst Hitchin had scored 12 less than us but conceded 13 less giving them a goal difference of +1.   Over the period of six seasons at Step Three out two sides have met fourteen times – twelve in the league and two in the league cup and our visitors have the edge on us winning seven of those meetings with a further four drawn.    At present we are 15th in the league table with eight points from seven matches whist Hitchin are three points and five places below us.   However, it is early days and recent interest and priority for both sides has been centred on the FA Cup competition.   Whilst we were featuring last Saturday in that nail-biting odd goal in seven victory over Romulus, Hitchin were being held at home in a dour contest by lower graded Didcot.    The replay of that tie was on Tuesday evening in Oxfordshire and resulted in another very close encounter – the visitors running out victorious in a sudden-death penalty shoot out after a second consecutive draw.   So, with both out sides looking to regenerate their season with a lucrative FA Cup run (both clubs having picked up £15,000 so far in sponsorship prizes) it will be valuable league points that are on offer at the Premier Plus Stadium on Saturday.

John Walker

 

 

 

FA CUP SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

St Neots Town       4        Romulus       3                                                                                        

It was akin to the script for ‘The Great Escape’.   St Neots 3-0 down after 17 minutes against visiting Romulus who ply their trade at Step Five – two below their hosts – but who have a good record with three victories in the competition this season.   At that stage St Neots looked to have let the £9,000 sponsorship prize for victory slip through their fingers with a shoddy defensive start to the match.  They recovered to pull a goal back before the break but left it mighty late to snatch a dramatic winning goal three minutes into added time.   So, they will now feature in the third round qualifying of the FA Cup for the first time in 40 years.   It was a performance of great character considering that six of their squad were unavailable due to a mixture of cup tying, injury and suspension and they lined up with four fresh faces from their previous match with Harry Reynolds, Taylor Parr, Harry O’Malley and Devante Stanley replacing Finley Iron, Dan Olaniran, Jack Worman and Dylan Williams.   For Parr it was a memorable 100th senior start for St Neots but he had to play second fiddle to man-of-the-match Dion Sembie-Ferris whose extravagant shirt shedding winning goal celebrations earned him a caution from the Referee.

The least said about the first seventeen minutes of the match the better from St Neots’ perspective. The visitors took the game straight to them and in the first meaningful attack after two minutes, Dimitri Dunkley crossed to find Mitch Piggon wide on the left and he moved smoothly inside Matt Miles’ despairing challenge to find the back of the net.   It was then a story of poor defending for five minutes later from a teasing Kris Taylor corner Mitch Piggon rose unmarked at the near post to glance the ball into the net.   That was bad but ten minutes after the second goal another Taylor corner – this time to the far post was headed firmly past Harry Reynolds by Luke Richards to install a 3-0 lead for the visitors.   Just before that third goal Reynolds had saved at full stretch from Josh Willis to present Romulus with their corner and during this spell St Neots had managed just one shot on goal at the other end with Claudio Ofosu’s effort sailing harmlessly wide.   Three minutes after the third Romulus goal, St Neots dragged themselves back into the match when Tom Wood headed home a Miles corner and that seemed to regenerate his side.   From that point on St Neots largely dominated possession with Sembie-Ferris unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when nudged off the ball by the visiting keeper, and then the same player struck a post with a rasping shot following another Miles corner.   Harry O’Malley shot wide and Devante Stanley making his senior debut, twice tested Tyrrell Belford – his second effort bringing the save of the match from the visiting keeper.

The second half saw more St Neots domination, but chances went begging.   Wood fired over from a lengthy Johnny Herd throw, Nabil Shariff had a close-range header deflected over the bar, Ofosu squandered a chance firing wide and a Sembie-Ferris effort was smothered.   With twenty minutes left St Neots sent on Dan Olaniran and reorganized with just three at the back but chances were hard to come by with the visiting defense well marshalled by Obaro Edobor and Kris Taylor.  Romulus might have reinstated a three-goal lead after 75 minutes when a 45 yards lob from Taylor Allen almost caught Reynolds off his line, but he recovered to push it away and three minutes later Dion Sembie-Ferris got on the end of a Johnny Herd through ball to reduce the deficit.  With five minutes left skipper Johnny  Herd was again the inspiration as he got on the end of a Miles cross to level at 3-3 and then in that grandstand finish three minutes into injury time Shariff went past two defenders to pick out Dion Sembie-Ferris on the far post and his finish was clinical to sent St Neots into the next round.

 

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

Subs:  Douglas (for Peters 62 mins), Olaniran (for Ofosu 70 mins), and Hudson.

Cards:  Sembie-Ferris (Y – 90+3 mins)

Goals:  Sembie-Ferris 2 (78 & 90+3 mins), Wood (20 mins), Herd (85 mins)

Romulus:  Belford, Cross, Rowe, Edobor, Taylor, Willis, Dunkley, Richards, Piggon, Tweed, Hurst

Subs:  Collins (for Dunkley 60 mins), Allen (for Hurst 71 mins), Hague (for Richards 74 mins), Spink, Rolston, Barrow and Palmer.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Piggon 2 (2 & 7 mins), Richards (17 mins)

Referee:  Richard Eley (Derby)

Attendance:       325

 

John Walker

We are very excited to announce this evening, the signing of RUSSELL SHORT.

Russell (29), is an Centre Half / Centre Midfielder who brings with him a wealth of experience and quality and numbers Biggleswade Town, Hendon, Bury Town, Ipswich Town, Histon, Wivenhoe Town as his former clubs.

Please join us in welcoming Russell to the Club and we hope his time with us is enjoyable and successful.

OCTOBER HALF TERM SPORTS CAMP at St Neots Town FC

As half term approaches, we are pleased to announce that we will be once again running our popular Half Term Sports Camp at The Premier Plus Stadium.

The Camps will run from Monday 22nd - Friday 26th October from 9am - 4pm daily and are suited for both boys and girls aged 5 - 11 years old.

The cost per child is just £15 per day or £10 for siblings

To download a printable application form, please follow the link below:

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

 

Simply Return this to the football club at the address shown to reserve your child(ren's) place.

 

FA YOUTH CUP FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       1         PETERBOROUGH SPORTS U18       4

St Neots U18 side have a very fragile record in the FA Youth Cup as their fifth first match defeat in the competition in the last six seasons indicates.   On this occasion they were well beaten by an impressive Peterborough Sports side who have started the season unbeaten in four league and cup fixtures, and in the last round inflicted a 6-0 defeat on Biggleswade Town.  In Ryan Pratt the visitors had the man of the match as he contributed a very impressive personal hat trick.   St Neots Manager Alex Minall was very disappointed with his sides’ performance pointing out that when they conceded a second goal half way through the second half they appeared to let their heads drop and failed to compete in the latter stages of the game allowing their visitors to pick up two more goals.

Sports began impressively dominating the first twenty minutes and taking the lead with their first significant attack after five minutes.   St Neots conceded a free kick twenty yards from goal and when Louie Venni’s free kick was not cleared Ryan Pratt was on hand to open his account.  The same player then outpaced his marker to bring a good save from home keeper Joe Burberry and then Harvey Humble was too easily dispossessed but Alfie Ferguson shot wide.   St Neots rallied after a poor start and Jacob Joseph tested keeper Dylan Veni and Leon Fulianty sent a free kick narrowly wide.   Then against the run of play after 25 minutes, St Neots levelled with the pick of the five goals as Joe Rider chased down an Adrian O’Hara cross to score a fine individual goal from a narrow angle.   Towards half time the lively Sam Routs had a shot well saved and Veni had to dive bravely ant the feet of Joseph to smother his shot.

The visitors started strongly after the break with Pratt going clear wide right, but Burberry left his line to deflect his shot for a corner.   Four minutes later the home keeper was in action again being well placed to save a point-blank close range shot from Nasir Nabi.  David Muse was injured and had to be replaced by substitute Bradley Brown and then after 62 minutes the visiting Manager made a bold move sending on all three allowed substitutes to freshen his side.   The ploy worked perfectly as seven minutes later two of his substitutes combined to outwit the home defence as Oliver Foster set up Ayman Trabelsi to restore his sides’ lead.   St Neots visibly lost their impetus and were pushed back defending deep and seeming unable to get the ball out of their half.   Nabi went close with an acrobatic overhead kick, but the pressure continued to build, and it was no surprise when eleven minutes from time Ryan Pratt showed pace and confidence to leave his marker in his wake and give Burberry no chance with a well-placed rising shot.   It was then almost all defending for St Neots as the visitors pressed and they were further rewarded thirty seconds into added time when Ryan Pratt completed his hat trick.

 

 

St Neots:  Burberry, Goodridge, Roberts, O’Hara, Humble, Fulianty, Joseph, Wood, Rider, Routs, Muse                                                                                                                                       

Subs used:   Brown (B) (for Muse 56 mins), Rowland (for Goodridge 72mins), Rudland (for Wood 80 mins, Gathergood and Brewer.

Referee: Robert Goldstone                                                                

(John Walker)               

ST NEOTS TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB – 50/50 MONTHLY CLUB

THE 50/50 CLUB IS BEING INTRODUCED TO ASSIST IN THE RAISING OF FUNDS FOR THE CLUB AND TO GIVE SUPPORTERS OF THE CLUB THE CHANCE TO WIN SOME CASH

The 50/50 Club is simplicity in itself to join and every participant gets the chance to win in the monthly draw. Members must be over 18 years to join and pay by standing order (Cheques are accepted for annual payment – no cash will be collected). All you need to do is decide HOW MANY NUMBERS YOU WANT, complete your details and the standing order form below and hand it back to a club official to get you entered. You will receive an email confirming your monthly numbers. The winning numbers will be posted on our website www.stneotsfc.co.uk also on social media sites. The rules are simple: The entry tickets are £10 per month if paying by standing order (£120 per year by Cheque). 50% of each Months subscriptions will be put into a prize pot and 100% of that pot will be given as prize money in the following way. 1st Prize = 50% of prize pot 2nd Prize = 30% of prize pot 3rd Prize = 20% of prize pot Obviously, the more members the bigger the prizes and more money to the club to help us to continue to improve our services to you.

 

ANYONE CAN JOIN – FRIENDS, FAMILY AND WORK COLLEAGUES

 

To download and print off an application form / rules and regulations, click the link below and return to Gary Wilson at the Club or fill in electronically and return via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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

Alternatively, application forms are available from behind the bar at the Club or by asking any Club Official.

 

Remember, You've got to be in it to win it

 

 

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