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John Walker looks ahead to a busy start to 2019

Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:05

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

After their hectic finale to 2018 and three home matches to kick off 2019 which featured no fewer than six matches in 19 days (not to mention the Christmas and New Year festivities), we return to something approaching normality as the rest of January challenges Matt Clements’ squad with just two games per week – including a local Cup tie in the middle of the month.   Despite the fact that the side kicks off in 2019 far closer to the wrong end of the table than he would wish, Clements is very upbeat about the immediate future saying ‘they say you don’t often get the rub of the green when you are struggling and that’s something we have found.  However I am sure that my players are doing their very best to get us out of the position we are in and hopefully it is time for our luck to change’.   So with three successive home ties to come in the first eight days of 2019 expectations are high.

It starts with a derby tie as high-flying St Ives visit the Premier Plus Stadium on New Years day followed by another local clash on Saturday 5th when Royston Town are the visitors.   To complete the treble Suffolk side Leiston arrive in town on Tuesday 8th for a rearranged fixture.   The St Ives visit is only the third league meeting at home at Step Three since St Ives elevation to this level, and so far, each side has one victory to their credit.   Two years ago St Neots experienced complete capitulation as the visitors won 4-0 but last year it finished 3-1 to St Neots with Nabil Shariff, David Bridges and Jordan Norville-Williams the home marksmen.   The two of the former have departed for pastures new but Jordan is now back on loan in the squad.

This is to be only Royston’s second Southern League visit to the Premier Plus Stadium since their promotion to this level and the other was last season when St Neots won 3-1 and Leiston will be making their first league visit to the town.   However they did win the first league meeting of the two sides this season back in October.

 

John Walker

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