We are pleased to announce the signing of striker Lewis Wilson.

Lewis joins the Saints from Evostik First Division South side AFC Rushden And Diamonds. Saints fans may remember Lewis' previous spell at the Club under the Abbey Brothers and Gary King where we saw glimpses of what he had to offer during what was a frustrating period for him with little opportunity given on the pitch. 

Wilson joined Rushden & Diamonds after a successful trial in 2009, after he had been spotted playing for Newport Pagnell Town. He started a two-year scholarship and was a regular in the youth team, scoring 16 goals in his first year. In his second year, Wilson featured twice for the first team in the Northamptonshire Senior Cup against Daventry United and Brackley Town. He also joined Newport Pagnell and Northampton Spencer on work-experience. In the summer of 2011, Wilson was released and rejoined UCL Premier side Newport Pagnell Town. He made his debut in August 2011, in a 3–0 defeat to Boston Town. In January 2012, Wilson joined Football League Two side Northampton Town on a contract until the end of the season, after impressing on a one-week trial. He made his debut for the Cobblers on 17 April 2012 in a 3–1 defeat to Crawley Town, coming on as a substitute for Jake Robinson. His first goal and start came in a 1–1 draw with Gillingham. On 30 April, Wilson signed a one-year professional contract. In November 2012, he joined Kettering Town on loan until 2 January 2013. Since then, he has also numbered Oxford City and Arlesey Town as well as ourselves and AFCR&D as previous clubs.

Please join us in welcoming Lewis (pictured right in action for AFCR&D) back to the Club and wish him al the very best of luck in what will be a much happier stay for him.

 

FA Wildcats Sessions for Girls Aged 5 - 11

 

Less than a month to go – BOOK NOW!

As part of St Neots Town Football Club's drive to support the local community, we are running a FA Wildcats Centre to support Girls getting into football.

The national FA programme will see 200 SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Clubs opening throughout England this spring, each run in conjunction with the local County FA and their key partners. The move will provide girls aged from 5 to 11 with regular opportunities to play football and take part in organised sessions in a fun, engaging and safe environment over a minimum 16 week period.

The project is an integral part of The FA’s objective to double girls’ football participation by 2020 and has been established in a joint partnership between The FA and SSE, supporters of girls’ football participation and sponsor of the SSE Women’s FA Cup

 

The SSE St Neots Town Wildcats Girls’ Football Club will take place:

At: St Neots Town Football Club, Kester Way, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6SL

When: Weekly sessions on Fridays starting 21st April 2017, 5:00 – 6:00PM

Contact: Tim Sergeant – Female Football Development Manager

07866 453511 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cost: £3 per session, additional deals available in time. 

 

To register your daughter for our sessions please follow the link below to our 2 minute online booking form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeIo72vpATfWrejEnAKnLk4RBkzgm4ehc9D6lTgW1ULcp6uPw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Once this is complete you will be contacted confirming your place!

 

To download the SSE St Neots Town Wildcats Girls’ Football Club  Terms & Conditions / Commitment Statement, please follow the link below:

SSE St Neots Town Wildcats Girls’ Football Club  Terms & Conditions / Commitment Statement

 

“Girls of all abilities are welcome”

Following the success of the England Women's Team and This Girl Can programme inspiring girls nationally we have appointed a new Female Football Development Manager at the Club to push Girls Football - Tim has joined the team having previously worked for the FA and within the Elite Girls Talent Pathway, we hope this will be particularly useful on top of his knowledge from the men’s game.

Our aim will be that this opportunity will be open to a diverse range of girls, from those just starting out to others who may play in a team – by holding our sessions on a Friday we hope not to interfere with any club training sessions and won’t be looking as this as an alternative for those involved in grassroots football already.

Sessions will be based around the needs of young players and will focus on FUN, FRIENDS and FOOTBALL!

Our hope is that by providing accessible football, we are able to help girls be keen to play in the future in an environment suited to them.

“Girls & Women’s Football is key to ensuring we are able to provide for all looking to play in St Neots, our outstanding facilities and infrastructure give us an excellent base to do that but now it is time to turn some great ideas into a reality at St Neots Town FC” – Tim Sergeant (Female Football Development Manager)

Please share with anyone you believe may also be interested using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/r9Us7RmQXfEkgsuw2

 

Or for more information please contact Tim via email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Stewart, SSE’s Director of Human Resources, said: “We’re delighted to support The FA in setting up these centres, helping to deliver high quality coaching sessions across the country to the next generation of female footballers.”

“At SSE we are extremely proud to be a fundamental part of supporting the grassroots game. This is a key reason for our sponsorship of the SSE Women’s FA Cup, not only are we focussed on achieving greater awareness of the sport at an elite level, equally as important we are creating more opportunities and relentlessly encouraging more girls to get involved in football.”

 

Mark Frost, County Secretary, said: ‘’Huntingdonshire FA are very proud to be a part of supporting the SSE Wildcats Girls’ Football Club programme. Our Clubs are creating more opportunities for girls to get involved in football and a great way of having fun and keeping fit with friends.”

 

 

Southern League Premier Division  

KINGS LYNN TOWN       1       ST NEOTS TOWN        2         

 

A magnificent backs-to-the wall performance by ten man St Neots against their old foes at Kings Lynn earned them a priceless victory that could well propel them towards Premier Division survival.  Now eight points above the relegation zone with just six matches left their future is very much in their own hands.  It was a contest stained by early controversy as visiting striker James Tricks was issued with a straight red card after just fifteen minutes for the illegal use of an elbow on Ryan Fryatt.   Just two minutes earlier the same pair had clashed with Tricks going down as a result of a similar offence that saw the Lynn man go unpunished.   St Neots then had to play out the final 75 minutes plus added time with just ten men and they rose superbly to the challenge to record their best away league performance of the season.   Central to their victory was two more goals – now sixteen for the season in fifteen starts – for the irrepressible Jevani Brown, but he would be the first to admit credit for the entire team in the extraordinary circumstances.   Following the teams’ disappointing weekend performance at Cirencester, Manager Matt Clements made two team changes bringing in Harry Norman at full back and Shane Hill in midfield and leaving Jacob Partridge and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson on the bench.   Kings Lynn came into the match after three successive league victories but they found the St Neots defence in commanding form and seldom seriously tested St Neots keeper Alex Archer.

 

St Neots got the perfect start when they took the lead after just seven minutes.  Shane Hill lobbed a forward pass over the retreating Lynn defence and home keeper Alex Street found himself a yard outside his penalty area and was forced to try to head away the bouncing ball.   His mistimed attempt saw the ball skim off his head to present Jevani Brown with a simple finish.   That was followed by the dismissal and Manager Clements quickly reshaped his side into a 4-4-1 defensive formation leaving the hardworking Brown to take on the entire Lynn defence.   For a time, Lynn dominated possession and set up a wave of attacks that fortunately for the visitors bore little threat.   The home side were then hit when former St Neots skipper Tom Ward limped off with a pulled muscle so they too were forced to reorganize.   Towards the end of the first half St Neots set up several threatening attacks that should have seen them score more goals.   Brown went past three defenders to set up Hill but a bad bounce of the ball saw him fire wide and then Lee Clarke won the ball well to find Brown wide on the left but his attempted chip seemed to stop on the goal line and was retrieved by the keeper.

 

Gradually frustration seemed to hit the home side after the break as they failed to penetrate the St Neots defence.  Kegan Everington had their best early second half chance but he saw his shot charged down by Tom Wood.   St Neots sent on Fernando Bell-Toxtle for Declan Rogers and he added a pacey dimension to the St Neots counter attacking that saw the side dangerous with Lynn becoming more committed to attacking.   After 74 minutes Jacek Zielonka dwelt on the ball and was robbed by Micky Hyem who made for goal sidestepping the advancing goalkeeper before setting up Jevani Brown for a tap-in finish and two minutes later it could have been game over when Bell-Toxtle broke free of the defence only to be illegally blocked by the advancing Street.   Both players required treatment after which the keeper looked very fortunate only to be shown a yellow card.  With nine minutes left Michael Clunan forced Alex Archer into a finger-tip save – the only time he was seriously extended – as Lynn poured forward and two minutes later they were rewarded when from a Clunan cross Jacek Zielonka drove home a low shot for what was to be Lynn’s consolation goal.  The triumphant visiting side celebrated with their fans at the final whistle what might prove to be a very significant victory.

 

 

 

St Neots:  Archer, Norman, Herd, Clarke, Wood, Parr, Rogers, Hill, Tricks, Hyem, Brown

 

Subs:   Bell-Toxtle (for Rogers 63 mins), Butler (for Clarke 87 mins), Fortnam-Tomlinson, Partridge and Knowles.

 

Cards:  Tricks (RED - 15), Brown (Y – 80)

 

Goals:  Jevani Brown 2 (7 & 74 mins)

 

 

 

Kings Lynn:  Street, Fryatt, Yong, Gaughran, Ward (T), Everington, Clunan, Zielonka, Hilliard, McQuaid, Warburton

 

Subs:  McWilliams (for Fryatt 15 mins), Ward (C) (for Ward (T) 31 mins), Edge (for Gaughran 45 mins), Lennon and Pearson

 

Cards:  Street (Y – 76)

 

Goal: Zielonka (83 mins)

 

 

Attendance: 429

 

Referee: Nigel Smith (Bourne)

 

 

 

John Walker

 

 

Southern League Premier Division  

CIRENCESTER TOWN       2        ST NEOTS TOWN        1         

 

St Neots squandered an excellent opportunity to cement their survival at Step Three next season as they served up a below par performance at Cirencester.   Starting the day seven points behind the Saints, the home side knew this was a six-pointer they could ill-afford to lose and in the final analysis they were the better side on the day and deserved their reward.   St Neots never got to grips either with the blustery conditions or the long ball tactics of their opponents and they tried unsuccessfully to beat them at their own game.   Ironically all the sides below St Neots in the table (except Cirencester) were beaten on the day so that was both good news and bad at 5.00pm.   Manager Matt Clements was confused by his sides’ performance particularly in the second half.   ‘We had talked about our shortcomings at half time’ he said ‘and our players were told to slow the pace and play more from midfield to get behind their defenders but they just went out and repeated their first half shortcomings.’   Cirencester without a win in their last six games were there to be beaten but St Neots were nowhere near as effective as they had been in their previous match when they had drawn with Slough Town.   There were two changes in the starting line-up with Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson and Declan Rogers restored to the line up in the place of Tom Knowles and Fernando Bell-Toxtle both of whom were on the bench.

 

From the start both asides looked incapable of harnessing the weather conditions to their style of play.   There was a total lack of purpose and control in the first quarter of an hour but then the home side created an excellent chance from a Ben Brown free kick that played Kerry Morgan behind the St Neots defence but Alex Archer stuck out a leg at his near post to divert the ball for a corner.   After 23 minutes in their first real attack St Neots went ahead when Lee Clarke broke up an attack and lofted the ball goalwards.   It was not cleared and from just outside the area Jevani Brown maintained his rich run of goal scoring form with a well-placed shot from just outside the penalty area.   The lead lasted just four minutes and then from a deep cross by Dan Demkiv, Alan Griffin slipped his marker to head past Archer.   Archer then did well to turn a snap shot from James Mortimer-Jones over his cross bar with Cirencester looking well in control.   Ten minutes before the break the home deservedly took the lead when from a Morgan corner Elliott Dunton blasted home through a packed penalty area.   The half ended with an early substitution as Tom Knowles replaced the limping Fortnum-Tomlinson.

 

St Neots needed that different approach upon the restart but it never materialized.  No sooner than Cirencester had kicked off they had created another good opening with Demkiv getting behind the St Neots defence to test Archer from a narrow angle but once again the keepers’ feet saved the day.   The hard-working Griffin was testing the St Neots defence with his physical presence and arial power but he glanced a good chance wide after impressive work by Mortimer-Jones.   St Neots introduced substitute Shane Hill after injury for Clarke to try to vary their approach but Cirencester continued to dominate the attacking play and Archer had to parry a close-range effort by Aidan Bennett.   St Neots best spell came late in the game but was too little too late.   A James Tricks shot was pushed for a corner by home keeper Glyn Garner and the keeper saved well from Jevani Brown.   They kept going deep into injury time when Brown had a shot blocked and Declan Rogers saw his effort deflected for a corner.   Sadly, it was a performance whilst not lacking in effort seemed to contain very little guile or invention and Manager Clements must instill a greater urgency in the remaining seven league matches.

 

 

 

St Neots:  Archer, Partridge, Herd, Clarke, Wood, Parr, Fortnam-Tomlinson, Rogers, Tricks, Hyem, Brown (Jevani)

 

Subs:   Knowles (for Fortnam-Tomlinson 42 mins), Hill (for Clarke 59 mins), Bell-Toxtle (for Tricks 87 mins), Butler and Norman.

 

Cards:  Tricks (Y – 51)

 

Goal:  Jevani Brown (23 mins)

 

 

 

Cirencester:  Garner, Brown (Ben), Dunton, Mortimer-Jones, Coupe, Lidiard, Demkiv, Connolly, Griffin (Alan), Bennett, Morgan

 

Subs:  Spalding (for Demkiv 68 mins), Diaz-Benitez (for Morgan 82 mins), Thompson, Elliott and Griffin (Charlie)

 

Cards:  Mortimer-Jones (Y – 38)

 

Goal: Griffin (27 mins), Dunton (35 mins)

 

 

Attendance: 91

 

Referee: Simon Shaw (Bristol)

 

 

 

John Walker

 

 

Open to all post 16 year old boys and girls  

 

Awards:  Btec Level 2 , Btec Level 3 Extended National Diploma, A Levels English and Maths GCSE Re-sits available

 

For more academic information, please email Mike Bond at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

 

 

Educational Studies: Based on site at St Neots Town FC in our new Classroom Unit. A levels may be part delivered in the Longsands 6th form block. All delivered by SNLP Teachers (Longsands and Ernulf Academy)  

 

Football Development Opportunities: UEFA A Licence Coaches, UEFA B Licence Coaches, First Team, Reserve Team, U18's and College League Teams. Full football development Programme.  The best shop window for your talents  

 

Primary Schools Sports Support Programme: As part of our life skills enhancement programme you will also be offered the opportunity to participate in our Primary Schools Sports Support Programme

 

For more information please contact Iain Parr  

 

Overview: Our elite Football/Sports Scholarship Programme offers a clear and structured development pathway through to League Football opportunities with the chance to develop as a coach,  gain coaching qualification and participate in our Primary School Sports support programme.  Our educational Package is full and extensive and is delivered by Qualified experienced Teaching staff from SNLP.  

 

To register your interest, please fill out the Application Form below

APPLICATION FORM

 

Contact Details: Call Iain Parr on 07970 851511 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

  

 

St Neots Town Football Club proudly present.....

BOOGIE WONDERLAND

A night of dancing to the best of the 60s, 70s and 80s tunes in the Gregory Suite.

Fancy Dress is optional

Tickets cost only £5.00 and are available from the Club ( 01480 470012 ), Louise ( 07753222683 ) or Claire ( 07841431591 )

THIS EVENT IS TICKET ONLY AND OVER 18 ONLY

 

Southern League Premier Division  

ST NEOTS TOWN       1         SLOUGH TOWN      1      

 

All the drama and tension in this match came in the final three minutes plus a generous addition of added time.   Playing against third in the table Slough Town who were bidding to cement their play-off place, St Neots showed the true grit and determination that Manager Matt Clements has instilled to persevere to earn an 87th minute penalty kick coolly dispatched by the in-form Jevani Brown, his “lucky” thirteenth goal in as many starts for the Club.   That sparked controversy with a Slough player booked for his protests and the visiting Manager’s protests so voluble that he was shown a straight red card.  After a second half dominated by the Saints it seemed that playing out the last few minutes to earn that valuable point was a formality but that was far from the truth.   Slough reacted positively pushing everyone forward in a bid to find a winning goal and in the fifth minute of added time Lee Clarke clipped the heels of a player in the penalty area and Referee Anthony Pope pointed dramatically to the other penalty spot.   As Saints supporters held their breath Slough substitute James Dobson sent his spot kick high over the bar and the point was safe.   The unchanged home team line up thoroughly deserved their point and could have even improved on that had their finishing matched their second half domination but with Cambridge City losing and Hayes and Yeading only picking up a point St Neots stay six points clear of the relegation zone.

 

The game had got off to a lively start with St Neots back four doing well to contain some pacey attacking notably with the visiting full backs adding width to the visitors’ attack.  An early shot by Chris Flood was deflected over the bar but on the break St Neots saw a Micky Hyem shot deflected wide and Jevani Brown’s first effort flashed across the face of goal.   A fierce shot by Gavin James was deflected into the air and spiraled down to strike a goalpost before being cleared but after 18 minutes the visitors were ahead when with the ball bobbling around in the penalty area Simon Dunn totally mis-hit a low shot that trickled inside the far post for Slough to go in front.  At the other end Jonny Herd beat two defenders to shoot narrowly over the bar and his long throws were causing concern to the visiting defence and from one of those James Tricks was upended but penalty appeals waved away.   Just before the break Slough had a period of pressure winning a free kick from Manny Williams that was saved at the second attempt by Archer.

 

If Slough had finished well before the break they then had to defend well upon the restart as a determined St Neots came back impressively restricting their visitors to break away attacks.  In one of those Chris Flood outjumped Archer to win a Webb cross but his header was wide of its target.   Tom Knowles was looking lively down either flank and he went around two defenders but fired over the bar and he then set up James Tricks whose shot was blocked by a defender.   Slough tried to slow the pace sending on all three permitted substitutes and despite St Neots domination the visitors still looked threatening on the break and from a narrow angle Flood brought an important save from Archer who pushed his fierce drive over the bar.   As the half progressed St Neots’ momentum was building and Tricks bamboozled the visiting defence to send a low cross in front of goal with Brown just unable to get that vital touch.   Substitute Declan Rogers looked a useful addition to the St Neots attack and it was he who was hauled down by Guy Hollis earning that dramatic penalty goal for Brown.   If St Neots seemed relieved by their equalizer they still had to suffer that lengthy spell of added time but they finished with that point and that was their just desert.

 

 

 

St Neots:  Archer, Partridge, Herd, Clarke, Wood, Parr, Knowles, Bell-Toxtle, Tricks, Hyem, Brown (J)

Subs:   Rogers (for Bell-Toxtle 57 mins), Fortnam-Tomlinson (for Knowles 69 mins), Brown (L), Butler and Norman.

Cards:  Knowles (Y – 40), Partridge (Y – 43), Wood (Y – 90+4)

Goal:  Jevani Brown – pen – (87 mins)

 

Slough:  Walker-Harris, Fraser, Stonehouse,Hollis, Smart, Togwell, Williams, Dunn, James, Flood, Webb

Subs:  Dobson (for Williams 52 mins), Bunting (for James 67 mins), Harris (for Webb 74 mins), Nisbet and Putman.

Cards:  Smart (Y – 87) plus Manager Jon Underwood (RED – 87)

Goal: Dunn (19 mins)

 

Attendance: 210

Referee: Anthony Pope (Braintree)

 

John Walker

 

 

Southern League Premier Division  

ST NEOTS TOWN       1         REDDITCH UNITED       0      

 

St Neots second clean sheet in a league match this season (the previous one in August) contributed to a priceless three points from their match with visiting Redditch.   The other major contributory factor was a man-of-the-match performance by defender Taylor Parr returning from a two-match suspension as he produced a master class in defending – especially in the air.   Almost inevitably the solitary match winner came from in form Jevani Brown who took his tally to twelve goals in as many matches.   Now six points clear of the drop zone St Neots future seems to be in their own hands and if they can build on their recent record of four wins in six outings their survival is beginning to look possible.   Parr’s return meant that Jonny Butler was consigned to warming the subs bench and the other team change saw Tom Knowles given his first start in place of Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson.   Redditch came to the Premier Plus Stadium with a perfect record of four wins in four visits so this result should act as a significant confidence builder for Matt Clements’ side.

 

The first half was edgy and although St Neots looked well in control with dominant possession they seldom seriously tested the visiting keeper.   In the first twenty minutes James Tricks scuffed a good opening wide after neat work by skipper Micky Hyem, Tom Knowles cut in from the right to see his effort deflected and Taylor Parr tested the keeper with a lengthy free kick that threatened to creep in under the crossbar.   The best first half move came from a quickly taken free kick by Hyem that freed Jevani Brown on the left and his angled low shot was pushed for a corner by Bradley Catlow.  The first Redditch attempt on goal came on the half hour when Jhai Dhillon overlapped but sent his shot into the side netting.   Knowles shot high over the bar after neat work by Lee Clarke and the first half ended with two bookings for visiting players as they tried every measure to hold up St Neots’ attacking intentions.

 

The second half began as a more open contest.   Charles Morris looked very fortunate to only see yellow when he pulled back Jevani Brown in full flight towards goal but Redditch were looking more positive and Alex Archer had to dive bravely at the feet of Dhillon to smother his close-range shot.   Redditch substitute Dior Angus almost snatched a goal against the run of play with an opportunist snap shot that rattled Archer’s crossbar and St Neots clearly signaled their intent to improve their finishing sending on two attacking substitutes with just over half an hour remaining.   After 63 minutes Jevani Brown was again brought down in full flight earning his opponent another yellow card and from the well struck free kick Bradley Catlow had to go full length to his left to push away Declan Rogers’ low effort.   Substitute Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson was using his pace to good effect and he went around his marker to shoot into the side netting before the keeper fielded a lengthy effort from Hyem.   Still looking for that elusive winning goal St Neots sent on Luke Brown for the tiring James Tricks and at this point the visitors were defending in numbers clearly happy with a point.   All that changed eight minutes from time when the winning goal arrived as Jevani Brown produced a superb swinging shot from 25 yards that nestled in the net after bisecting post and bar.   Of course, Redditch sought to claw something back and they won three late corners but the St Neots defence held firm and the home side then twice broke away and could have scored another goal but Luke Brown’s shot rebounded from Catlow’s legs as he dived the wrong way and Fortnum-Tomlinson again rounded his marker but saw his shot land on the roof of the net.

 

 

 

St Neots:  Archer, Partridge, Herd, Clarke, Wood, Parr, Knowles, Bell-Toxtle, Tricks, Hyem, Brown (Jevani)

 

Subs:   Fortnam-Tomlinson (for Bell-Toxtle 59 mins), Rogers (for Knowles 59 mins), Brown (Luke) (for Tricks 84 mins), Butler and Norman.

 

Cards:  Tricks (Y – 56)

 

Goal:  Jevani Brown (82 mins)

 

 

 

Redditch:  Catlow, Cullinane-Liburd, Dhillon, Fernandes-Mendes, Brown (Jordan), Courtney, Periera-Da-Viega, Benjamin, Keen, Bailey-Nicholls, Morris

 

Subs:  Angus (forPeriera-Da-Viega 46 mins), Mitchell (for Bailey-Nicholls 71 mins), Loveridge (for Morris 75 mins), Campbell and Hussain.

 

Cards:  Fernandes-Mendes (Y – 40), Periera-Da-Viega (Y – 45), Morris (Y – 53), Cullinane-Liburd (Y – 63)

 

Goal: none

 

Attendance: 228

 

Referee: Gareth Viccars (Milton Keynes)

 

 

 

John Walker

 

We are running another of our successful Half Term Football Clubs here at the Premier Plus Stadium this coming Easter.

Please download the flyer pictured right by clicking below:

Easter Holiday Football Club 2017

Southern League Premier Division  

LEAMINGTON      2        ST NEOTS TOWN      0       

Now unbeaten in seven matches, second in the table Leamington are staging a determined bid to reignite their season hoping to win the coveted one automatic promotion place back to the National League.   On the day, their greater experience and determination condemned visiting St Neots to defeat but the visitors’ overall performance was not too bad.   The first half was evenly shared with St Neots coming back from a slow start to test the home defence before the break.   However once Leamington had gone ahead with a well created and finished goal early in the second half they settled to dominate the later stages.  The other significant factor was that the home side had a carefully thought out plan to snuff out St Neots danger man Jevani Brown who was double marked for much of the game.   When the two sides had met at St Neots in October the visitors had won by a single goal but interestingly the St Neots line-up that day featured only Alex Archer and Michael Hyem in the starting eleven for this return fixture.   With Taylor Parr serving the final match of his suspension, Manager Matt Clements named an unchanged side.

Winning the toss St Neots elected to play with wind advantage but in the early stages that seemed to count against them with many of their attacks breaking down with the ball too far ahead of their strikers.   Leamington did had early chances with Ahmed Obeng setting up Callum Gittings whose shot was blocked by Jonny Butler and then leading home scorer Courtney Baker-Richardson shot wildly off target.   The home side then had to make an early substitution when Joe Magunda was injured and Obeng then squandered a golden opportunity shooting wide after being played clear of the defence.   St Neots began to compete better with Jevani Brown running at the home defence but they lacked finishing until 41st minute when from a Brown free kick, Lee Clarke won the ball in the air only to see his effort deflected just wide by a defender on the goal line.  From the corner the ball again fell to Clarke but he shot over the bar.

Although just after the restart Jonny Butler headed narrowly wide from a Brown corner, the St Neots bad habit of leaking an early second half goal once again materialized.   After 51 minutes Leamington built a very slick attack that shredded the St Neots defence.   Quick exchanged passes by Obeng and Gittings saw the latter pick out an overlap by Connor Gudger and his accurate pull back set up Jack Edwards for a free header at the far post and the opening goal.   Five minutes later Alex Archer pulled off a point blank save from Gittings but St Neots then thought on the hour that they should have had a penalty kick when Brown was heavily brought down by a combination of two defenders but the Referee waved play on.  Gittings then saw a shot clip the outside of a post but St Neots were competing well and James Tricks was clearly held back by Gudger earning St Neots a free kick on the edge of the area but the free kick was wasted.  Then after 64 minutes Leamington opted for a second substitution sending on Richard Gregory for Obeng and within twenty seconds of his introduction he had scored his sides’ significant second goal with his first touch.   St Neots almost clawed their way back into the game five minutes later when Brown’s snap shot clipped the cross bar but Leamington clearly felt that protecting their two goals cushion was the priority.   St Neots sent on Luke Brown for Lee Clarke playing two up front but this only lasted a few minutes before Tricks had to limp off injured.   St Neots had the last word when substitute Tom Knowles forced a full length save from home keeper Tony Breeden.

St Neots:  Archer, Partridge, Herd, Clarke, Wood, Butler, Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bell-Toxtle, Tricks, Hyem, Brown (J)

Subs:   Knowles (for Fortnam-Tomlinson 59 mins), Brown (L) (for Clarke 72 mins), Rogers (for Tricks 78 mins), Norman and Dean.

Cards:  Fortnam-Tomlinson (Y – 28), Hyem (Y – 45), Butler (Y – 81)

 

Goals:  none

 

Leamington:  Breeden, Taundry, Gudger, Pond, Hood, Magunda, Baker-Richardson, Goddard, Obeng, Edwards, Gittings

 

Subs:  Mace (for Magunda 24 mins), Gregory (for Obeng 64 minutes), Powell (for Goddard 78 mins), Thompson-Brown and George.

 

Cards:  Pond (Y – 81)

 

Goals: Edwards (51 mins), Gregory (64 mins)

Attendance: 582

Referee: Robin Cox (Banbury)

 

 

John Walker

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