Welcome to three new signings and goodbye and thank you to two departures.

We would like to welcome three new signings this afternoon (Monday 14th October 2019)

Please join us in welcoming ALAN MUSOKE, DANIEL OLUSEMO and MIKEY DAVIS to St Neots Town Football Club.

Alan Musoke (24) is a six foot tall Centre Forward who was at Cambridge United, Stevenage, Oxford United, Hayes and Yeading  and AFC Bournemouth as a youngster and numbers Chertsey Town, Aylesbury FC, Fleet Town and Amersham Town among his former clubs in senior football.

Daniel Olusemo (23) is another six foot plus striker who has signed for us from Royston Town. Daniel numbers Grimsby Town (Youth), Oxford City (Youth), Oxford United (extended trial), Crawley Town U23's, Ware FC and Braintree Town FC among his former clubs.

Mikey Davis (20) is a left sided player who can play both in midfield and defence and joins us from Cambridge City where he has made a number of First Team appearances over the past two seasons. Prior to City, Mikey numbers Grimsby Town, Haverhill Borough and Haverhill Rovers as his former clubs.

Also, at this time, we say goodbye to both Mason Rhiney and Tim N'Kala, who have today been released by the Club so please join us as we say thank you to honest lads for all their efforts and we wish them all the very best luck for their footballing futures.

 

Disappointment as Saints fail to arrest dismal home form after another defeat

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CENTRAL

St Neots Town        0        Barton Rovers       2

 

With almost a full squad to choose from St Neots will be disappointed with a fourth straight home defeat.   But for an inspired performance by home keeper James Philp the reversal would have been heavier.    After the break with his side chasing the game, Barton set up several good counter attacking moves that could have led to further goals, but the keeper was alert and agile and fully deserved his second half clean sheet.   However, there are still defensive concerns for Manager Marc Abbott because with Stevan Shaw back from suspension and injury, he was able to name his first choice back four, but his side have now conceded 17 goals in four home games and this is a major problem that must be arrested.  Barton came into the game on the back of an impressive 4-0 away victory at Hullbridge in the FA Trophy and they were probably the best visiting side of the season, but the bottom line was yet another defeat.   With Coleshill picking up points this week St Neots are beginning to look more isolated just one point above the wrong end of the league table.

Barton made a very impressive start with a series of quick-fire, neat attacking moves to test the home defence.   In their first attack Tony Williams directed a free header over the bar and Jemale McKenzie-Lowe then had a net bound shot blocked by a defender.   St Neots meantime made little progress in attack and after 12minutes they fell behind when a defender appeared to miss a free kick by Jerome Jibodi and behind him Jemale McKenzie-Lowe stabbed the ball past the surprised Philp.   The slick passing visitors continued to dominate the attacking play with Victor Osobu setting up Nathan Tshikuna but Philp saved comfortably.   St Neots did break out just past the half hour for Sam Goode to win a Lee Watkins corner, but his looping header rebounded from the crossbar with visiting keeper Kyle Forster beaten and in the same attack Prince Mutswunguma shot wide when he should at least have tested the keeper.   The second Barton goal six minutes before the break left St Neots chasing the game but it never should have been allowed!   From an Osobu cross Dean Dummett headed past the keeper but had clearly shoved his marker in the back – something not spotted by the match officials.   In the three minutes before half time Prince Mutswunguma had two clear shooting chances for the hosts but he put one wide and aimed the second too close to the keeper.

 

It was again the visitors who made the better start on the resumption.   Philp distinguished himself with a fine early save from Dummett and both Garry Jones and McKenzie-Lowe were off target with their efforts after neat attacking moves.  However, St Neots were now striving to rustle up a recovery and Ben Bradley sent a free kick over the bar and substitute Joe Sutton on for Sam Gomersal made an early impact scything through the defence to be brought down but again the free kick was squandered.    Bradley then set up Sam Bennett, but he lost control as he was about to shoot, and the chance went begging.   At the other end Philp made two excellent saves to deny Williams and McKenzie-Lowe and St Neots tried to benefit from this but from a Sutton free kick Goode volleyed over the bar.   The last few minutes saw Mutswunguma again in attacking action firstly bringing a good save from Forster and then off-balance after beating two defenders, shooting high over the bar.   Another disappointing home defeat but signs of some improvement to build on with the side without a match for the next ten days due to their untimely FA Trophy exit.

St Neots: Philp, Kerins, Smith, Boxer, Shaw, Goode, Gomarsall, Watkins, Bennett, Bradley, Mutswunguma

 

Subs:  Sutton (for Gomersall 71 mins), N’Kala (for Bradley 71 mins), Connor, Noble and Rhiney.

Cards:  none

Goals:  none

 

Barton:  Forster, Jibodu, Jones, Dummett, Sonuga, McKenzie-Lowe, Osobu, Gibson, Thomas, Tshikuna, Williams

Subs:  Olaniran (for Thomas 80 mins), Weekes (for Osobu 84 mins), Griffith (for Jibodu 90 mins), Gittins and Lukulay,

Cards:  Thomas (Y – 8 mins), Jones (Y – 63 mins), Gibson (Y – 73 mins)

Goals:  Jemale McKenzie-Lowe (12 mins), Dean Dummett (39 mins)

 

Referee:  Jeffrey Aldous (Bedford)

Attendance:       229

 

John Walker

 

OCTOBER HALF TERM SPORTS CAMPS

We are pleased to announce that we will be running a 2 day Multi Sports Camp at St Neots Town FC during the October Half Term

Camps will run on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd October from 09:00 - 16:00

Cost is just £15 per Child (open to children aged 5 - 11 years of age)

Online Bookings can be made by completing the booking form below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd-_4_XC5gUHWc-fCMoRrUj4J6RwrAUKGZV-SNU7UDW2ykH7g/viewform   

Saints exit League Cup but can take heart from encouraging performnce

Southern League Challenge Cup

Yaxley   2      St Neots Town   1

St Neots bowed out of the Southern League Cup against near neighbours Yaxley, but can feel themselves extremely unfortunate as they lost to a final minute winner in an entertaining end to end cup tie.  The one consolation was that the Saints performance was encouraging and provides great optimism that they can soon improve their league position.

The game got off to a lively start, with the hosts hitting the woodwork after just four minutes, Waumsley denied after meeting a cross by Duncliffe, before Nolan struck a fierce shot over the bar from 18 yards after an initial effort by Sanders had been blocked.  Saints responded with Watkins testing keeper Butcher from outside the box after his free kick had hit the wall, and then Butcher bravely saved at the feet of Nkala who had been put clear by Bennett after he dispossessed Waumsley.  Saints continued to press for the opening goal with Bennett and Mutswunguma combining to set Bradley clear on the left but his driven cross across the face of goal eluded everyone.  Yaxley created a number of chances themselves, Gothard heading over from a corner and then Cotton forcing a save from Philp with a shot from distance.  As the half drew to a close Saints pressed again and after Butcher had saved an effort from Wilson-Rhiney, BRADLEY opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, scoring from close range after being left unmarked from a Wilson-Rhiney corner.

It was a disappointing start to the second half, when Yaxley got back on level terms within one minute of the restart, SANDERS finding the net from the edge of the area, and Yaxley continued to press with Sanders missing two great chances to put the hosts ahead with headed efforts going wide from a cross, and then a corner, from Butterworth and Waulmsley forcing a full length save from Philp.  After a slow start to the second half Saints started to bring themselves back in to contention with Boxer failing to test keeper Butcher after meeting a corner from substitute Connor when well placed, Nkala creating a chance for Bennett whose shot was saved and then Goode heading wide from yet another corner from Connor.

In the final minute of normal time Sanders headed wide from a Cotton cross, but in time added on with the game opening up Sanders had an effort cleared off the line by Saints centre back Goode before BUTTERWORTH found the winning goal in the final minute of added time, and yet again Sanders was involved as he created the chance after Butterworth had hit the bar with his initial effort.

 

Yaxley:  Butcher, Duncliffe, Gothard, Butterworth, Watson, Bettles, Waumsley T, Hook, Sanders, Cotton, Nolan

Subs: Williams (for Hook 77), Edge (for Waumsley 81), Chilvers (for Bettles 81), Waumsley S, Furnell

Cautions: Hook (41)

Saints:   Philp, Kerins, Smith, Wilson-Rhiney, Boxer, Goode, Nkala, Watkins, Bennett, Bradley, Mutswunguma

Subs Connor (for Bradley 46), Sutton, Walker, Olive, Abbott

Cautions: Watkins (54)

Referee:        A Nelson

 

Roger Walker

John Walker looks ahead to another busy week

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

There is no rest for St Neots as the season rolls on.   Following their FA Trophy defeat at Carlton last Saturday they travel to Yaxley on Tuesday for their first-round engagement in the Southern League Challenge Cup.   St Neots reached this stage of the competition with an away victory in their delayed Preliminary Round tie at Kempston Rovers, whilst Yaxley enjoyed the luxury of a bye to enter the competition at this stage.   This will be St Neots’ second trip to Yaxley this season because they were there almost two months ago in their pre-season Huntingdonshire Premier Cup group match which finished in a 2-2 draw.   The resultant penalty shoot-out saw victory for the home side with both teams fielding largely experimental sides.   In fact, seven of the St Neots starting line-up in that match have not yet featured in a Southern League match.   Last season St Neots won their Preliminary Round tie beating Bedford Town in a home penalty shot out before going to Lowestoft Town in the First Round and losing 3-1 and it is now three seasons since they featured in Round Two of the competition when they were beaten away at Aylesbury.

Then on Saturday, it is back to the league programme and a visit from Barton Rovers.   The two sides last met in the 2011/12 season when St Neots enjoyed their debut season at Step Four after winning promotion from the UCL.    That match saw goals from Stefan Moore (2), Ben Mackey (2) and Dan Jacob lead St Neots to a 5-3 victory and that completed a league double for the side had won 1-0 at Barton earlier in the season with Lewis Webb the St Neots marksman.   Barton are currently ninth in the league table – seven points behind league leaders AFC Dunstable with their only away league victory coming at Kempston and last Saturday they progressed in the FA Trophy at Hullbridge Sports with an impressive 4-2 away victory.

 

John Walker

 

 

 

Three set piece goals send Saints tumbling from FA Trophy despite spirited second half rally

BuildBase FA Trophy – Extra Preliminary Round

Carlton Town       3          St Neots Town        1           

With just three minutes of normal time left and St Neots pushing hard for an equalizer that their second half performance had deserved with the potential reward of a replay, the outcome of this match was decided.   The home side broke away for a rare late attack and with St Neots caught short at the back, substitute Mason Rhiney tripped Mommoke Akaunu in the area and home skipper Tom Maddison despatched the spot kick to put St Neots late hopes beyond reach.   At half time trailing by a single goal to nil, St Neots looked lucky to be still in contention because they had been lacklustre and short of ideas in that first 45 minutes.   However, they responded well, and had they shown the newly discovered second half industry and commitment before the break the outcome of the match could have been very different.  

Carlton Town are currently leading the BetVictor Northern League (South East Division) with only a single league defeat so far in nine fixtures but they made surprisingly little progress against a visiting side that did not produce a single shot on goal in the first twenty-five minutes.   The visitors made two team changes preferring Panny Boxer to Joe Walker in defence and reinstating Tim N’Kala in midfield for Sam Gomersal who was unavailable, along with the injured Jacob Joseph and Jacob Noble and the suspended Stevan Shaw.   The one positive in defeat was the return to action as a substitute of former team skipper Ben Bradley whose lengthy rehabilitation from injury had seen him last in action on 27th April, and his half hour on the pitch suggested that he will push for a permanent place in the starting line-up.

In attacking terms, it was all Carlton in the opening 25 minutes.   At times St Neots struggled to get the ball out of their own half as Aaron Opoku shot straight at James Philp when clear, and the lively Oliver Clark had two shots blocked.   From a Niall Davie cross, Opoku headed tamely over the bar and then Tyler Blake brought a good save from Philp.   St Neots first shot arrived after 26 minutes from Price Mutswunguma but sadly it was too high, but St Neots were beginning to look competitive but lacked significant finish.   Seven minutes before the break, from a set piece Davie free kick Oliver Clark rose unchallenged at the far post to head firmly into the net to open the scoring and although St Neots tried to respond they made little progress.

The second half saw a different pattern to the play right from the first whistle.   St Neots adopted a more attacking approach and in the first minute skipper Lee Watkins shot narrowly wide.   However, it was self-destruct time for St Neots just three minutes later when with a repeat of his first half goal Oliver Clark produced another towering header – this time from a Davie corner – and St Neots found themselves chasing the game two goals in arrears.   To their credit they responded well with some deft changes to their line up that saw Ben Bradley and Mason Rhiney on for Sam Bennett and Alfie Connor.   They were almost gifted a goal when the hugely under-employed home goalkeeper Jack Steggles fluffed a clearance, but he was relieved when the ball ricocheted off Prince Mutswunguma onto the right hand post and off for a goal kick.   Prince had a shot blocked and Joe Sutton shot wide as St Neots applied pressure on the home defence, but Carlton still looked threatening on the break with Philp doing well to save from Opoku with his legs as he spread himself.   Then, after 71 minutes it was game on as from a Lee Watkins corner, our first in the game, central defender SAM GOODE (pictured right) claimed his third goal of the season scrambling the ball in from close range.   Watkins shot wide and then provided the corner for Panny Boxer to head narrowly over the crossbar and to show St Neots’ dominance the home side were openly wasting time to preserve their lead.   It was therefore against the run of play when three minutes from time Carlton broke swiftly from defence for substitute Akaunu to tumble in the area from a mistimed Mason Rhiney challenge and the successful Maddison spot kick earned his side their place in the next round.

St Neots Town:  Philp, Kerins, Smith, Connor, Goode, Boxer, N’Kala, Watkins, Mutswunguma, Bennett, Sutton

Subs:  Bradley (for Bennett 56 mins), Rhiney (for Connor 56 mins), Walker, Abbott and Crosby.

Cards:  Kerins (Y – 40 mins), Watkins (Y – 74 mins)

Goals:  Goode (71 mins)

 

Carlton Town:  Steggles, Brown, Fletcher, Ball, Moore, Maddison, Elliot, Clark, Opoku, Blake, Davie

Subs:  Thomas (for Blake 66 mins), Akaunu (for Opoku 71 mins), Johal (for Davie 89mins), Robinson and Smithson.

Cards:  Maddison (Y – 65 mins)

Goals:  Clark 2  (38 & 49 mins), Maddison – pen (87 mins)

 

Referee:  Dan Woolley (Lincoln)

Attendance:       92

 

John Walker

A preview of thew week ahead with John Walker

UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW

This week afforded St Neots’ Manager Marc Abbott and his coaching staff a breathing space as the first free midweek of the season.   He and his off-the-field team will be taking a close look at the team’s defensive organisation after conceding five goals in each of its first three home league matches this season.   It is ironic than in the early stages of the season the main concern seemed to be around goal scoring but now it is the other end of the field that is coming under scrutiny.   So, a week of planning is in view prior to the visit to Carlton Town in the preliminary round of the FA Trophy.   Carlton are based in Nottingham and have had a very impressive start to the season with six wins in their first seven league games although they did draw at home last Saturday with Sheffield FC.   However, they still top the South East Division of the Northern Premier League so will be extremely challenging opponents for St Neots next Saturday.   St Neots record in the Trophy is not very impressive reaching no further than the second qualifying round in the past four seasons.   In fact, the only time they got to the third qualifying round was in 2014/15 when they reached that round but lost in a replay at Sudbury.   Their full record in 15 seasons in the competition since 1969 is that they have never reached the competition proper having struggled in time in the qualifying rounds.

Up to now and the end of September, St Neots will have completed fifteen competitive matches this season (including the Premier Cup group matches) with only six of those in their league programme. However, a win at Carlton could prolong the number of Cup matches and earn them a sponsorship award.

John Walker

 

 

Sloppy goals cost Saints dear as they outplay league leaders yet still lose

SOUTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE CENTRAL

 

St Neots Town        2           AFC Dunstable       5

For the third time this season St Neots let in five goals in a home league match – and that was after taking the lead in 40 seconds of the start and dominating the second half!   Once again it was a tale of shoddy first half defending that left them chasing the game after the break at 4-1 behind, and although the improvement in the second half was significant, the deficit conceded in the first 45 minutes proved pivotal.   AFC Dunstable came to town as league leaders with only one defeat in their six completed matches and it will be little comfort to St Neots to know that they were able to compete on level terms when they were not conceding sloppy goals.   They must now take away the positives from the performance and improve their defending.   To rub salt into the wounds the first two Dunstable goals came from former St Neots players and two more were set up by another former Saint.   Prior to the match St Neots had the promising news that two of their senior players had recovered from injury to return to the side with Sam Goode and Jake Kerins returning for Panny Boxer and Jake Noble both of whom were on the bench.   St Neots now look forward to their first free midweek of the season so their will have a little time to prepare for the FA Trophy debut this season, next week away in Nottinghamshire.

Before all the later arriving spectators were in their seats, St Neots had taken the lead inside the first 40 seconds.   A loose defensive clearance reached Sam Bennett on the left and his early probing cross was forced home from close range by Prince Mutswunguma – his fifth goal of the current campaign.   However, the visitors took less than three minutes to respond as from their second corner of the match defender Ryan Frater (five goals in 79 appearance for St Neots) rose above the defence to head past James Philp and level the scores.   St Neots seemed to be unaffected by this setback as Sam Goode headed narrowly wide from a St Neots corner and then Mutswunguma brought a good low save from visiting keeper Dan Green.   Green then pushed two efforts over the bar from Bennett and Sam Gomersall but gradually the visitors were getting on top and for the final half hour of the first half they were in control.   After 26 minutes they forged into the lead as Nathan Frater joined his brother on the scoresheet cutting in from the right to curl a shot beyond the despairing dive of Philp.   Then in the five minutes before half time the St Neots defence endured a nightmare spell in which they conceded two further goals to effectively put the match beyond recovery.   After 40 minutes the usually reliable Philp spilled a cross from former Saint Martell Powell presenting striker Bernard Christie with a simple tap in finish and four minutes later Referee Daniel Todd wrongly awarded the visitors a free kick when Sam Goode clearly won a tackle on Christie, and from the cross by Powell Luke Abraham got in front of his marker to head past Philp to make it 4-1.

To their immense credit St Neots seemed to put the score line behind them after half time and they set about repairing the damage.   Mutswunguma shot wide after good work by Joe Sutton and after 52 minutes Sam Bennett gave them faint hope of a recovery when he collected a short pass from Mutswunguma to move inside and curl a shot into the roof of the net.   Philp kept their hopes alive with a smart save to deny Nathan Frater, but St Neots was making the running as first Gomersall and then Sutton tested the visiting keeper.   However, despite superior possession St Neots lacked inspiration in of goal despite the introduction of substitutes and adopting a more attacking approach.   A Sam Goode header from an Alfie Connor free kick was the closest they came to reduce the arrears but Green once again saved well.   Lee Watkins then spurned a golden chance by shooting wide of goal and the final blow came two minutes into added time.   St Neots were caught short pushing too far forward and Bernard Christie collected a long defensive clearance to skilfully lob Philp who was to far out of his goal and complete the 5-2 final score line.

St Neots Town:  Philp, Kerins, Smith, Connor, Goode, Walker, Gomersal, Watkins, Mutswunguma, Bennett, Sutton

Subs:  N’Kala (for Mutswunguma 68 mins), Boxer (for Gomersall 71 mins), Noble and Rhiney.

Cards:  Watkins (Y – 19 mins), Gomersall (Y – 64 mins)

Goals:  Prince Mutswunguma (1 min), Sam Bennett (52 mins)

 

Dunstable:  Green, Baird, Ajayi, Frater (R), Abraham, McNulty, Powell, Tavernier, Christie, Frater (N), Crawley

Subs:  Elliott (for McNulty 56 mins), Rhiney (for Crawley 58 mins), Carney (for Powell 82 mins), Fryer and Hall

Cards:  Tavernier (Y – 45+2 mins)

Goals:  Bernard Christie 2 (40 mins & 90+2 mins), Ryan Frater (3 mins), Nathan Frater (26 mins) & Luke Abraham (44 mins)

 

Referee:  Daniel Todd (Milton Keynes)

Attendance:       148

 

John Walker

Saints progress in League Cup thanks to a late winner from an unlikely source

SOUTHERN LEAGUE LEAGUE CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND

Kempston Rovers       0            St Neots Town        1         

A dramatic injury time winning goal saw St Neots through to the next round of the League Cup in their delayed tie at Kempston.   Against expectation an understrength St Neots side progressed despite having to play with three of their usual back four injured.   By complete coincidence the late winner came from Aaron Smith – the only survivor of that back four.   It was a much-changed St Neots side that took the field but the adaptability of players to perform in other than normal roles has got to be a bonus for Manager Marc Abbott.   With Stevan Shaw and Mason Rhiney already on the injury list they were joined by experienced defenders Sam Goode and Jake Kerins and reshuffling his side with Panny Boxer at full back, the Manager brought in Jake Noble and Sam Gomersall as well as replacing Tim N’Kala with Prince Mutswunguma.   The two sides had met at Kempston three weeks earlier in a league match that had resulted in St Neots only three points haul so far this season.

There was a very bright start to the match with both sides playing positive attacking football.   St Neots created three openings in the first five minutes with the reinstated Prince Mutswunguma going clear of the defence  but seeing two early goal bound shots both blocked – first by keeper Carl Knox and then by defender Jordan Wright.   Three minutes later Joe Sutton sprinted past three home players only to see Wright block again.   Kempston replied swiftly winning two corners in succession both pushed away by under pressure visiting goalkeeper James Philp.   The game then settled with the home side having the edge for a period.   Back in defence Mutswunguma gave the ball away and Wright had a low effort well saved by Philp and a free kick in a good position twenty yards from goal was skied over the bar by Finlay Brennan.    The match was developing into a very tight contest with neither side able to break through despite some promising openings and in his unfamiliar full back role Penny Boxer advanced to set up Sam Bennett whose effort was narrowly over the bar.   Sam Gomersal making only his second league start was looking lively in attack and he shot just wide after clever work by Mutswunguma and then he lifted a cross onto the roof of the net with home keeper Knox out of position.   As half time arrived the final effort was also from Gomersal after good unselfish work by Sutton but once again Knox saved well.

The second half saw St Neots in control as they grew in confidence.   Gomersal saw an early effort blocked by a defender and Mutswunguma was again tormenting the home defence to set up Sutton whose first effort was blocked by the legs of Knox and his follow-up from a narrow angle flew across the face of goal.   Kempston looked dangerous on the break and from a corner by Brennan a towering header from Robbie Goodman brought the save of the match from Philp.   Sutton was then brought down on the edge of the box, but Alfie Connor’s free kick was off target and wasted.   Jake Noble was booked for a midfield foul after the Referee had played an excellent advantage for the home side that came to nothing but the St Neots player had to leave the field with an injury shortly afterwards with Jacob Joseph replacing him and Gomersal reverting to the vacant defensive position.   Mutswunguma then saw a shot deflected over the bar and in the final twenty minutes St Neots enjoyed the bulk of the attacking play but failed to break down the stubborn home defence.   As the ninety minutes drew to a close both sides sent on substitutes in preparation for the seemingly inevitable penalty shoot-out but two minutes into added time a St Neots attack on the right broke down and the ball ran loose to Aaron Smith whose first ever senior goal earned his side passage through to the next round and a visit to Yaxley.

St Neots:  Philp, Boxer, Smith, Connor, Noble, Walker, Gomersal, Watkins, Mutswunguma, Bennett, Sutton

Subs:  Joseph (for Noble 67 mins), N’Kala (for Mutswunguma 83 mins), Quigley (for Bennett 90+3 mins), Olive and Bartlett.

Cards:  Noble (Y – 63 mins)

Goals:  Smith (90+2 mins)

 

Kempston:  Knox, Goodman, Brennan, Wright, Powell, Sage, Boland, McGrath, Stratton, Dahie, Massaro

Subs:  Hunt (for McGrath 46 mins), Beldon (For Dahie 90+3 mins), Shortt, Andrews and Hudson.

Cards:  Powell (Y – 48 mins), Massaro (Y – 72 mins)

Goals:  none

 

Referee:  Sean Barry (Northampton)

Attendance:       89

 

John Walker

Looking ahead to Kempston in the Cup and then a home meeting with AFC Dunstable

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

Tomorrow (Tuesday) sees St Neots back in action in the delayed League Cup Preliminary Round at Kempston Rovers.   With the rearrangement delayed by the FA Cup replay the two contestants already know that victory would afford them a First-Round tie in two weeks’ time (October 1st) at Yaxley.   The first meeting between the two for nine years, took place at Kempston in the League on Bank Holiday Monday and resulted in St Neots’ only league victory so far this season so a repeat performance would be the perfect outcome.   St Neots record in the League Cup is somewhat patchy but in their nine seasons in the Southern League they have only appeared in the Preliminary Round twice – the other time being last season when they beat Bedford Town at home in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Then on Saturday the team are back at the Premier Plus Stadium for only their second league match in their last six starts with a first ever visit from AFC Dunstable.   The visitors ground share with Dunstable Town and have made a stunning start to the season with four victories in their first five matches.    Their one defeat came against unbeaten Corby Town (at Corby) at the end of last month.   The two teams have never met but Dunstable do have former St Neots players Ryan and Nathan Frater, Martell Powell and Drew Roberts on their books.

 

John Walker

 

 

 

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