In an effort to prepare his troops for the long season ahead, manager MATT CLEMENTS recently took the lads paintballing, a great way to promote teamwork and encourage togetherness and build team spirit.

Matt and the boys were looked after superbly by our friends at Commando Elite Paintball and Airsoft and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them and we look forward to the next session after what was a fun filled , enjoyable day out.

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SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town     0        Rushall Olympic      1

Statistics are often a good guide in football and in four a half hours this season St Neots have scored just two goals – one of those by a defender from a set piece.   St Neots have goal scorers in their squad but at present their method of creating chances is just not working effectively and their finishing lacks accuracy, and it is an issue that needs immediate attention.  Rushall so far unbeaten this term with two drawn matches prior to the visit to the Premier Plus Stadium, probably just about deserved their win because having accepted a gift goal they showed how to defend their goal and make their slender advantage count.   It was the familiar story of St Neots starting well and having the better of the first 45 minutes but once they had conceded a very sloppy goal they seemed to lack the desire and know-how to retaliate.   For the first time ever in eight Southern League seasons, St Neots fielded a starting unchanged line-up for the third consecutive time at the start of a season but the Manager’s faith in his players probably turned out to be unjustified and changes will surely follow.

The end to end start promised goals from one or both sides with Dion Sembie-Ferris hoping to celebrate his 50th senior start for St Neots in a memorable way shooting wide after 12 minutes after good work by James Peters, and at the other end Gurjit Singh cut in to force a corner from a Finlay Iron save.   St Neots then had a let off when Ashley Sammons breached a square lying defense to set up Justin Richards who volleyed tamely over the bar when clear.   What proved to be St Neots’ best chance of the game came after 22 minutes when skipper Luke Knight played Sembie-Ferris clear but visiting keeper Joseph Slinn stuck out a leg to divert the shot wide.   Richards then volleyed over the bar, but St Neots were creating the bulk of the openings as Lewis Irwin chipped over the bar after good work by Dylan Williams and Taylor Parr headed a Johnny Herd corner narrowly over the bar.   From a long Knight throw the visiting defense were caught flat-footed, but Dan Olaniran headed over the bar and at the end of the first half full back Matty Miles was twice involved, firstly producing a saving tackle when Daniel Waldron was played clear, but then diving in to miss a tackle presenting Richards with a golden chance that the visiting striker scuffed wide when he should have scored.

Rushall made a positive start after half time and Singh should have scored when he went inside two defenders but shot wide after 50 minutes.   Three minutes later their determination was rewarded when a second mistimed tackle by Miles released Daniel Waldron on the right and he moved inside to send a powerful shot across Finlay Iron for what proved to be the winning goal.   That should have acted as a wake-up call to St Neots, but their reaction was feeble, and the match became scrappy.   Defense was the order of the day for the visitors who funneled their players back behind the ball sacrificing possession, but St Neots never looked capable of capitalizing.   Claudio Ofosu, a potential home match winner received little or no service although he did have one effort blocked by a defender.   A series of substitutions by both sides with St Neots switching to just three at the back failed to produce any significant improvement for a home side now beginning to look bereft of ideas and inspiration.   For St Neots James Peters tried hard to get his side going without any success and now his side faces two of the pre-season title favorites over the Bank Holiday weekend – Kings Lynn and AFC Rushden and Diamonds.

St Neots:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Olaniran, Parr, Ofosu, Peters, Irwin, Sembie-Ferris, Williams

Subs:  Douglas (for Williams 59 mins), Wood (for Miles 81 mins), O’Malley (for Olaniran 84 mins) and Keeble

Cards:  Knight (Y – 3 mins), Irwin (Y – 58 mins).

Goals:  none

Bedworth:  Slinn, Smikle, Hull, Pendley, Waldron, Hawker, Richards, Sammons, Singh, Lyttle, Maye

Subs:  Chouchane (for Waldron 59 mins), Delaney (for Singh 70 mins), Archer (for Sammons 87 mins), Adelekan and Whittall.

Cards:  none

Goals:  Waldron (53 mins)

 

Referee:  Callum Walchester (Lowestoft)

Attendance:  200

 

John Walker

The Goldstraw Stand

St Neots Town Football Club are excited to announce a new Business Partnership that will see the Main Stand renamed the Goldstraw Stand. The stand seats 250, including the executive and directors seating, plus the Press and media area and will carry the Goldstraw Goldsmiths brand for the 2018/19 season.

Barry Cavilla- St Neots Town FC Chairman commented“We are delighted to welcome Paul Goldstraw and another prestigious St Neots brand to our growing family of partners. His commitment supports our vision for the club, growing both our business partner and supporter base. As a community club with an ambitious manager and exciting young team we need businesses like Paul’s to help us achieve our aims. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial business partnership with Goldstraw Goldsmiths”  

 

Paul Goldstraw (Proprietor) of Goldstraw  Goldsmiths saidGoldstraw Goldsmiths are proud to be associated with St Neots Town FC.
Thanks to the people of St Neots, Goldstraw Goldsmiths has grown and flourished, and this is a small way for us to share our success and hopefully help The Saints fulfil their potential in the 2018-2019 season".

Why not give them a visit by clicking herehttps://www.goldstraw.co.uk/

Business Partner announcement

GESS Arena

St Neots Town FC are excited to announce that GESS have agreed to continue to support St Neots Town FC by re-negotiating and renewing their sponsorship of the clubs brand new 3G astro.  The GESS Arena is now a state of the art, first class facility that not just benefits the club but also its youth partners and is also widely used by Primary Schools, walking Football and many more as part of the clubs Gift of use Community Support Programme.

 

Barry Cavilla - St Neots Town FC Chairman commented “We are delighted that Gess Scaffolding Services have commited to be partners to the newly refurbished Arena for a further three years. Their commitment supports a new era for the club with a new board of directors, an ambitious young manager and team playing in a newly restructured League, with a commitment to become a sustainable, successful, community football club. “

Martin Hicks, Managing Director of Gess Scaffolding Services stated We are extremely proud to be Partners with St Neots Town FC for another 3 years at such an exciting time for the Club. We are based in St Neots and the majority of our staff live here, so it’s great to be involved with the Arena which provides such a first class facility for both the Club and the surrounding community!”

New 3G Astro at St Neots Town FC

As most are aware we have now completed the new 3G installation at St Neots Town FC however suffice to say that most are not aware of the huge amount of effort and cooperation that has gone on behind the scenes to ensure that the club can continue to provide a first class facility for all footballers  both young and old to enjoy.

The club would firstly like to thank Mick George who gifted 50k via their Grantscape scheme towards the replacement of the carpet without which the project would never have got off the ground let alone have been completed.  This is not an isolated contribution from  Mick George who work with and support  a vast amount of local sports and community initiatives.

Thank you from everyone associated with St Neots Town FC.

The club would also like to thank Huntingdon District Council and in particular Martin Grey who's support over the last 12 months has been fantastic. Once again without Martin and Hunts DC the project to replace the 3G Astro would never have come to fruition.

These two partners have, together with the club and the money raised, ensured that football and the clubs gift of use initiative will continue to grow and expand at Rowley Park.

We would also like to announce that the club and Huntingdon District Council made a decision to gift the old Astro to several good causes.

 

Thus far

Godmanchester Primary School (2040 sq M)

Round House (reserved)

Crosshall Primary School (Reserved)

Peterborough Football and Sports Development Foundation (96 sq M)

Eynesbury Rovers (2040 sq M)

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town     2        Bedworth United      1

Taylor Parr was the St Neots matchwinner when he scored from a Luke Knight corner eight minutes into the second half of a balanced contest.   It was only his fifth goal for St Neots on his ninety-third appearance, but it had an unusual air of deja-vu because on 29th October 2016 he scored the winning goal in a 3-2 FA Trophy victory at Bedworth.   The welcome three points was no less than St Neots deserved because they dominated possession at times and created more chances than their visitors.   However, Manager Matt Clements will probably view his side as work in progress because apart from not converting chances their defence lost a number of aerial battles – an area in which they excelled last season.   Nevertheless, it was an improved performance from the opening day, but they had teenage goalkeeper Finlay Iron to thank for some excellent timely saves.    Next it is a first ever league meeting with Rushall Olympic at the Premier Plus Stadium on Saturday.

The match began at breakneck pace with Lewis Irwin getting behind the visiting defense to see a narrow-angled shot comfortably saved but Bedworth produced an early assault on the St Neots goal in which Finlay Iron produced two close range instinctive saves from close range shots with his defense in disarray after just four minutes.   St Neots then took the lead after just eight minutes when Claudio Ofosu picked up the ball wide on the left and cut in beating his marker to unleash a low right foot shot into the far corner of the goal – his first ever league goal for St Neots.  At the other end Iron had to be alert to turn a rising Luke Rowe free kick over his cross bar and as play continued end-to-end a long throw by Johnny Herd was headed goalward by Taylor Parr but Thomas Sharpe cleared off the line with his keeper stranded.  Another searching run by Ofosu set up Irwin, but his volley was just too high.   St Neots seemed to be arriving at half time with a deserved advantage but with two minutes to go, Dan Olaniran appeared to be shepherding Ryan Baldwin away from goal when the Bedworth player went to ground under a slight looking challenge and the Referee awarded a penalty kick converted by visiting skipper Alexander Troke so the sides went to the interval on terms.

St Neots almost regained the lead just three minutes after the restart when Ofosu sent Dion Sembie-Ferris clear of the visiting defence, but goalkeeper Daniel Crane narrowed his angle and dived full length to save.   Sharpe then cleared off the line from a long Johnny Herd throw that had beaten everyone in a packed area, but St Neots early second half pressure paid off after 53 minutes when a curling Knight corner was blasted home by Taylor Parr.   Irwin then headed wide from a Herd corner but Bedworth redoubled their efforts to create chances of their own.   Troke got behind the St Neots defense but headed a Rowe cross over the bar and then Daniel Dubidat wasted his sides best second half opening by shooting wide after clever play by Baldwin.   A St Neots chance then went begging as Sembie-Ferris shot wide after unselfish play by Irwin.   Both sides introduced late substitutes in a bid to increase the pace and Devante Stanley looked lively for St Neots using his pace to carve out an opening but shooting just beyond the far post.   Bedworth’s final chance of a share of the points came in added time when a long cross found the head of Barry Fitzharris but he put his effort wide and the points were gained by St Neots to open their 2018/19 account.

 

 

St Neots:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Olaniran, Parr, Ofosu, Peters, Irwin, Sembie-Ferris, Williams

Subs:  Stanley (for Sembie-Ferris 76 mins), O’Malley (for Williams 86 mins), Wood, Keeble and Matswumguma.

Cards:  Irwin (Y – 56 mins).

Goals:  Ofosu (8 mins), Parr (53 mins)

 

Bedworth:  Crane, Whitmore, Rowe, Fitzharris, Gordon, Sharpe, Baldwin, Parrott, Dubidat, Troke, Jeys

Subs:  Christie (for Jeys), Blackmore (for Fitzharris), Brehon, Brighton and Rowley.

Cards:  Troke (Y – 7 mins), Albrighton (Y – 50 mins – unused sub!!)

Goals:  Troke – pen (43 mins)

Referee:  Andy Humphries (Daventry)

Attendance:  192

 

John Walker

 

New Reserve Team Sponsors

PSTG Solutions,  D&B Scaffolding (Northern) Ltd, Turf Group and Domino have all committed to sponsoring and supporting St Neots Town FC Reserves for the 2018-2019 season.

Mark Gearing - Reserve Team Manager

"We are really looking forward to the support that our Sponsors offer the Reserve team for this coming season.  It goes without saying that such generosity is very humbling for myself and all involved with St Neots Town FC.  After a very difficult season last year we now go into this new challenge in a very positive frame of mind and look forward to helping the transition between youth and adult football so that we can ensure a clear and educated pathway through to first team football.  Thank you once again for your support"

 

 

The Club can confirm today that Coach DAVID BRIDGES has joined Skybet League 2 outfit Lincoln City.

DAVID leaves the Saints to take up the position of Head of Coaching at the Imps in what he quite rightly described as "an opportunity I had to take"

Joining us last season as a coach, DAVID decided to pull on the boots and ended the 2017/18 season with 19 starts - 6 substitute appearances and scoring 5 goals and was instrumental in helping his team secure the Hunts FA Senior Cup - scoring two goals as we swept aside Eynesbury Rovers in the showcase final.

Please join us in thanking DAVID for his time with us as both coach and player and we wish him all the very best of luck in his new position

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

By coincidence St Neots’ first two home league fixtures this season are against sides they have faced in National competition.   The reorganisation of Steps Three and Four of the National League system have thrown together clubs that have climbed the pyramid and are now competing in the FA Trophy rather than in the lower competition.    First up on Tuesday evening is a visit by Bedworth Town.   We first played Bedworth in our first season at Step Four in the Southern League Central Division and they were one of only three teams to beat us at the Premier Plus Stadium that season.   We were both promoted and the following season we got our revenge.   Bedworth were then relegated but returned to the Premier Division and made a return trip here in 2015/16 when the points were shared.    Our FA Trophy meeting in the same season resulted in a 2-0 victory for St Neots with goals from Matt Mitchell-King and Shane Blackett.   A historical note is that Claudio Ofosu made his full senior debut for St Neots in that Trophy match three years ago.

On Saturday we welcome Rushall Olympic for our first ever league meeting and their first visit to St Neots.   We did play at Rushall in the FA Vase in the 2001/02 season in the fourth round of that competition – a run in that competition only to be equalled by St Neots on one further occasion before transferring to the FA Trophy.    Rushall is a village located in Walsall – another place with great cup memories for St Neots Town (first round proper 1966/67) and they feature in the Southern League for the first time this season after a period in the Northern Premier League pyramid.   Rushall, like St Neots, were part of the Step Three shake up for this season with our visitors making that lateral move from the Northern Premier League pyramid to our new joint home for the current season.   Their best league performance was in 2012/13 when they finished sixth in the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League just missing out on the play-offs.   They have reached the fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup on three occasions – the most recent in 2013/14 and they have won the Staffordshire Senior Cup on three occasions.

 

John Walker

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Stratford Town       1         St Neots Town     0       

St Neots debut in the reformed Southern League Central Premier Division began in an all-too-familiar way with a defeat by their bogey side Stratford Town.   In seven league matches with their Warwickshire hosts St Neots have drawn four times but now been beaten in the other three.   Added to that St Neots opening day record in the Premier Division continues to look sad with just one victory and one draw in seven starts.   An injury two minutes after half time to the iconic Dylan Williams was the catalyst for St Neots defeat for after his enforced departure they seemed to lose their focus and rhythm and but for some smart saves by goalkeeper Finlay Iron they could have lost by a greater margin.   The three new faces in the side all performed well but the returning Claudio Ofosu is still searching for his best form.   Manager Matt Clements was justifiably unhappy with his sides’ disappointing performance because the side seemed to lack quality and desire against a reshaped home side that always looked well up for their challenge.   It now remains to see how the side will react in their opening home game of the season with Bedworth the visitors.

The match got off to a bright start with both sides showing a welcome attacking approach.   Edwin Ahenkorah one of Stratford’s few survivors from last season saw his early shot deflected wide and then at the other end Williams saw his shot blocked by home skipper James Fry.   Ofosu did get in one telling cross to find the head of Lewis Irwin but off-balance his effort was too high.   The lively Callum Powell who gave the St Neots defense a constant testing, then shot wide after beating two players but St Neots had their chances with Daniel Olaniran volleying over the bar following an uncleared corner.   St Neots best chance of the match came just past the half hour mark when a long throw by Johnny Herd found the head of Olaniran, but his header rebounded from the cross bar with another newcomer James Peters firing wide of a post with the follow-up.   Relishing his new role in the centre of the attack Dion Sembie-Ferris was brought down from behind by Jamie McAteer earning the defender the only yellow card of the match and the action continued with Wilson Carvalho getting behind the St Neots defence to force Iron into a smart save.   The half ended with home full back Kieran Westwood joining the attack only to see his shot deflected for a corner.

That unfortunate injury to Williams just two minutes after the restart was the result of a very bad tackle not spotted by the Referee and it resulted in a compulsory substitution which brought on recent signing Devante Stanley for his club debut.   However, St Neots were looking ragged and with three minutes of the substitution they conceded what turned out to be the match winning goal.   Former Saint Lewis Wilson dribbled his way to the bye line and when his cross-cum shot was turned away by Iron the ball fell to Will Grocott who sent a low shot into the corner of the net.   St Neots briefly rallied with Stanley seeing his low shot deflected for a corner but now Stratford were growing in confidence as Carvelho won his way to the bye line forcing Iron into a save at his feet, and then Powell wasted a great opportunity shooting wide with only the keeper to beat.   The same home player shot over the bar and then belatedly, perhaps, St Neots utilized their two remaining substitutes in a bid to retrieve something from the game.   With three at the back St Neots tried to push forwards and from their best opening Ofosu saw his shot saved after good work by substitute Harry O’Malley.   Deep into injury time Iron did well to save from Fry leaving St Neots to ponder on what had gone wrong.

Claire Howes' photo gallery can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/claire_howes/

 

St Neots:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Olaniran, Parr, Ofosu, Peters, Irwin, Sembie-Ferris, Williams

Subs:  Stanley (for Williams 48), O’Malley (for Herd 80), Wood (for Olaniran 80) and Keeble.

Cards:  none

Goals:  none

Stratford:  Vaughan, Cox, Westwood, Fry, Maslen-Jones, McAteer, Powell, Grocott, Ahenkorah, Carvalho, Wilson

Subs:  Isaac (for Wilson 66), Luckie (for Ahenkorah 80), Dias (for Powell 89)

Cards:  McAteer (Y – 34 mins)

Goals:  Grocott (50 mins)

 

Referee:  Ollie Williams (Kidderminster)

Attendance:  292

 

John Walker

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