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Looking ahead to our trip to Kettering and the visit of Coalville (and our match odds with Betvictor)

Thursday, 21 March 2019 15:47

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

Next up for St Neots is a busy period with two matches in four days.   With only eight matches left every point available is vital if relegation at the end of the season is to be avoided.   Three of those eight opponents are still very much in the promotion/play off chase and the next two are two of that eight.   First up on Saturday Marc and his side must visit league leaders and firm promotion favourites Kettering Town.   Currently eight points ahead at the top of the table the Poppies have been in the top two all season although they do lack the consistency they would like, with two surprising defeats in their last three matches at home at home to Coalville and away at Biggleswade.   Prior to the Coalville defeat they had reeled off seven consecutive victories and were looking impregnable.   In four visits to Burton Latimer where the Poppies play, St Neots’ have not recorded a victory although two of the meetings have ended in draws.    Earlier this season at the Premier Plus Stadium Kettering recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory and the only St Neots’ victory in nine meetings came at home in the sides’ first Southern League meeting in 2013 when goals from Lewis Hilliard, Adrian Sear, Ryan Auger and Kyle Asante gave the home side a 4-3 win.

Next Tuesday another of the promotion hopefuls – Coalville Town – visit St Neots for a rearranged match – the original date cancelled out by a waterlogged pitch.   After last weekend Coalville were eighth in the table three points shy of a play-off place but with three matches in hand.   In the league meeting at Coalville in November a Dion Sembie-Ferris goal saw St Neots leading for almost half an hour before conceding a late goal and a share of the points.   That match was regrettably marred in time added on at the end of the ninety minutes, when the Referee, Jamie O’Connor from Bolsover, totally lost control following a rather innocuous foul.   He ended up issuing four yellow cards in that unsavoury ending – one a second yellow which became a red, and another when he brandished the red card again only to rescind it after being corrected by an Assistant Referee.   It was a great shame because it had been a very good contest between two well-matched sides and on the balance of play a draw was a fair outcome.     

On Tuesday this week there was a very significant result as Lowestoft defeated Halesowen 5-1 in a rearranged league match.   That result lifted the Norfolk side five points ahead of St Neots, who because of an inferior goal difference need two victories to overhaul them.

So if you fancy having a flutter on us on our next match, BetVictor have given us 13/2 football odds to win at Kettering Town on Saturday or 4/1 for the draw.

Please Gamble responsibly.

Club officials and players are not permitted to bet on any football matches.

 

 

John Walker

 

 

 

 

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