Basingstoke Town       1        St Neots Town      0

St Neots produced their worst performance on the road since losing in the League Cup at Rushden & Diamonds in October.   Basingstoke have been on a good run of late with only one defeat in their previous six League outings but their performance on the day hardly merited all three points with the visiting side lacking in method, application and belief.   A picture of the possession in the match is displayed in the corner count where St Neots had twelve and Basingstoke two, but of course it is goals that count and apart from a couple of smart saves by home keeper Colm McAdden, St Neots seldom looked like scoring.   The side is being hampered by a lack of competition for places because again from within the usual senior squad St Neots had three players injured, one ill, and Kyron Wiltshire serving the final match of his suspension.   No doubt Manager Matt Clements would dearly have liked to have introduced change in the second half to boost the confidence of his side but with only two inexperienced substitutes on the bench there was little room to maneuver.    So, his side dropped two places to thirteenth in the table and must now work hard to achieve their stated aim of a place in the top half of the final league table with the next test being a long trip to Wales to play Merthyr. 

After a slow start which saw only one early shot by Sam Smart comfortably saved by Finlay Iron, St Neots almost took the lead in the tenth minute – an effort that was to be their best of the match!   Dion Sembie-Ferris was brought down in full flight on the right and from Johnny Herd’s measured free kick to the far post David Bridges headed back into the centre and Taylor Parr’s acrobatic volley brought the save of the match from Colm McAdden as he fingertipped the ball over the bat at full stretch.   A thirty yards effort by skipper Luke Knight was well saved by the keeper and Nabil Shariff worked his way along the bye line to see his narrow-angled shot comfortably saved.   With Luke Knight and Bridges dominating the midfield play the St Neots wide attacking players were seeing a lot of the ball but the final crosses and passes were inaccurate and easily cut out by the home defence.   Tom Wood joined the attack on the overlap and saw his crisp low shot pushed for a corner whilst at the other end Finlay Iron was almost a spectator and he watched a second Smart shot sail harmlessly wide after some loose marking.   Then as half time approached in the 43rd minute Basingstoke scored with their first credible attempt ion goal.  Sam Argent drifted wide right and went past one defender and when his harmless looking cross was not cleared the ball fell to Sam Smart who clipped a low shot through a forest of legs with the unfortunate Iron looking unsighted.

St Neots must have been told at half time ‘you have done everything but score – now go out and put the ball in the net’.  That proved to be wishful thinking because they appeared to have lost the momentum they had shown in the first 45 minutes.   A Knight shot was blocked after good work by Shariff, but the home side were looking much better on the break and the lively Sam Argent had two good efforts – one saved by the keeper and the other passing narrowly wide of the far post.   Slick play by Shariff just past the hour and a clever back heeled flick set up Stefan Broccoli but he skied his shot over the bar but in the next attack Broccoli collected a Johnny Herd pass to bring a good save from McAdden.   In the last 25 minutes St Neots visibly flagged, and Basingstoke started to enjoy an equal share of possession and attacking play.   Smart should have added his name to the score sheet for a second time when Callum Bunting unselfishly set him up with only Iron to beat but he shot hopelessly wide giving St Neots a chance to capitalize.   However, they produced nothing to threaten the home goal as they ran out of ideas and became frustrated with their own efforts.   Basingstoke skillfully slowed the pattern of play by introducing their three permitted substitutes and it always looked that one goal would be enough to take all three points.


St Neots:  Iron, Wood, Herd, Knight, McDevitt, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Bridges, Shariff, Williams (D), Broccoli

Subs:  Buddle and Butler (neither used)

Cards:  Bridges (Y – 53 mins)


Basingstoke:  McAdden, Wohlfiel, Bennett, Collier, Demuria, Hollamby, McKnight, Atkinson, Bunting, Argent, Smart

Subs:  Kennedy (for Smart 71 mins), Davis (for McKnight 79 mins), Knight (for Bunting 84 mins)

Cards:  Collier (Y – 67 mins), Bennett (82 mins)

Goals:  Smart (43 mins)

Referee:  Ian Parsons (Salisbury)

Attendance:  284



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One regular member of St Neots’ team will be looking forward to their long trip to Wales this weekend.   Johnny Herd, if fit, will be celebrating his 50th appearance for the team and only two other members of the current squad (Taylor Parr – 82 & Tom Wood – 75) have more appearances to their name.    Merthyr play on a 4G pitch but that has not solved all their problems for they have lost two Saturday afternoon matches this season – one to snow and the other to frost and ice.   The Martyrs have had a testing time this season with a major financial incident which saw the Manager and several players quit as well as the walk out of several Club directors.   However, although their ambitious plans for promotion back to Step Two were scuppered by their problems, they have recovered well and are currently in seventeenth place in the table already assured of their Step Three status next season.   They are currently the best form side in the league having won their last three matches against St Ives and Dunstable (at home) and Dorchester (away) last Saturday.   St Neots record at Penydarryn Park is not impressive for having drawn 1-1 two years age they were beaten 3-0 last season.   Earlier this season when Merthyr visited the Premier Plus Stadium on 9th September they were beaten 5-2 with Lewis Irwin and Luke Knight both scoring twice and Dion Sembie Ferris adding a fifth.   Following his sides below par performance last week at Basingstoke Matt Clements will be looking for a positive response from his side because the aim this season is still a top half finish in the table and that has to be achieved through results.   Kyron Wiltshire returns to the squad after suspension, but they are still doubts over Lewis Irwin, Scott Sinclair and Jack Bradshaw (all out with injuries last week) and Harry O’Malley recuperating from surgery.



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On Saturday St Neots travel to Basingstoke for their next engagement in the Southern League.   With just one defeat in their last six league games Basingstoke are on a bit of a charge up the league table and their creditable midweek draw away at Slough left them just a point behind St Neots in twelfth place in the table – with one match in hand.  

Basingstoke joined the Southern League Premier Division upon relegation from the former Conference Southern Division at the end of the 2015/16 season after twelve seasons at Step Two.   Their ambition of a swift return to that level appears floundered last season as they finished twelfth – 23 points shy of the play-off place they had targeted.   It will take an outstanding set of results in the run-in for them to achieve an outside chance of a return to Step Two this season.   However, they have a club structure behind them that will serve them well when they do return to Step Two.   In fact, our two clubs have something in common because we share superbly organised youth facilities.   Both Clubs run Academies with Basingstoke boasting 59 full time Academy players on their books and they have education and community schemes aplenty regardless of the fact that they are still trying to preserve the continued use of their present Camrose Stadium facilities.  Last season saw St Neots’ only trip to Basingstoke and that resulted in a narrow 1-0 defeat although we gained some revenge in the return game at the Premier Plus Stadium when goals from Shane Hill and Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson gave us a 2-1 victory.


Subject to any lingering fitness doubts surrounding Scott Sinclair and Harry O’Malley, St Neots could have a near full squad to choose from apart from Kyran Wiltshire, who sits out once again this week due to last weekend’s postponement, to complete his two game suspension.

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ST NEOTS TOWN U18       8       ELY CITY U18      1

For the second time this season St Neots powered eight goals past Ely to extend their league at the top of the Cambridge Division of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League.   Scoring four times in each half they made their task look easy despite conceding the first goal of the match!   The wintery weather had disappeared leaving the pitch in almost perfect condition and but for some inspired goalkeeping by Ely keeper George Marsh, St Neots could easily have racked up double figures.

St Neots outclassed their visitors in the opening ten minutes dominating possession with Andre Williams firing wide and then forcing a good save from visiting keeper George Marsh.  Joe Brooks then rattled the Ely crossbar from 30 yards and Sam Routs played Kieran Waites clear, but Marsh blocked bravely at his feet.   Then against the run of play and in their first attack Ely took the lead as Josh Bateman capitalised on some sloppy defending to put his side in front after 12 minutes.  It took St Neots just 30 seconds to respond as from, the restart Aaron Hiscock found Andre Williams who levelled the sores.   St Neots then returned to dominating proceedings as Hiscock shot over the bar, George Holman headed wide and Louie Diver cleared a Waites effort off the line.  After 26 minutes St Neots were in front as the overworked Marsh saved at full length from Waites, but Aaron Hiscock followed in to score from close range.   A tap-in rare goal from skipper Alfie Donkin made it 3-1 after 34 minutes and Andre Williams claimed huis second goal of the match three minutes before the break, outpacing two defenders.

Second half play followed a similar pattern with St Neots dominating, and on the hour from a Williams cross Aaron Hiscock scored his second goal before substitute Joseph Rider came on to have a significant impact on the match.   Within seconds of his appearance after 61 minutes he saw a snap shot rebound from a post and then he dominated St Neots attacking play recording an impressive hat trick in an eight minutes spell.   His first after 81 minutes came from yet another Williams assist and his second a minute later a follow up after the brave Marsh had parried at full stretch.   His hat trick arrived a minute from time as he ghosted past two defenders to complete his sides’ third eight goals haul in a league match this season.


St Neots:  Bugg, Goodridge, Brooks, Donkin, Southeran, Fulianty, Williams, Holman, Waites, Routs, Hiscock                                                                                                                                     

Subs used:   Baker,Rider, Ford and Leagas.

Referee: Paul Doyle


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We are pleased to announce that we will once again be holding Multi - Sports Holiday Clubs at St Neots Town FC and Hemingford Grey Primary School during the Easter Holidays.

The Clubs will be held on the following dates:



Clubs are open to boys and girls aged 5 years - 11 years

Prices as follows: £15 per day (£10 Siblings)

To download a printable booking form, click HERE and select either HEMINGFORD or ST NEOTS

or alternatively, to fill out our online booking form, click on the link below:


We look forward to seeing you all.......


Barry Cavilla - St Neots Town FC Chairman

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Barry Cavilla to the Board of Directors and to the position of Chairman on St Neots Town Football Club. Below is a joint statement from Barry and the Board of Directors.

"I feel Honoured and privileged to be part of the St Neots Football Family and to work alongside the Community Chairman, directors and all the football staff, volunteers and supporters  who have made St Neots the success it is today .

I hope with the support of the Board, Matt and his ever improving team and importantly the Saints supporters we can continue the excellent work in developing and sustaining a good competitive level of Football throughout the club and offer an excellent improving community facility and continue to be a leading light in local football , offering a friendly welcome, for all to come and enjoy"

Barry Cavilla - Chairman, St Neots Town Football Club


"Please join us in welcoming Barry to the Board of Directors and to his new position of Chairman of St Neots Town FC. We feel this is an exciting appointment as Barry is a well-respected individual both socially and also in local footballing circles, having been successfully involved with not just ourselves in the past but also other local clubs. We, as a board of directors, look forward to working with Barry and our Community Chairman, Kevin Hull and we hope to keep moving the Club onwards and upwards.

At the same time, we would like to place on record our sincere thanks and gratitude to out-going Chairman, Lee Kearns, for all his hard work in getting the Club to its current position"


The Board of Directors, St Neots Town Football Club


Please join us in welcoming Barry aboard and to hopefully, exciting and successful times ahead.


Back on home soil on Saturday, St Neots Town welcome Banbury United to the Premier Plus Stadium.   After being very early season leaders of the table Banbury have spent most of the season just outside the play-off places and are currently eighth, five points and three places ahead of our lads at the time these notes were penned.   At the end of the 2014/15 season Banbury finished 21st in the table and was relegated to the South and West Division but roared back to win promotion back to the Premier Division at their first attempt.   In our nine meetings with Banbury we have won four times and drawn twice but all four of those victories came in our first five meetings, so some recent improvement would be desirable.   Earlier in the season we travelled to Banbury returning with a creditable draw thanks to a Dylan Williams goal in the second half, having trailed at half time.   Banbury are a fan-owned club and have been playing at Step Three since the year 2000.   Recently their best showing at this level was last season when they finished sixth – just one place but five points below the play-offs.

Banbury have reached the first round Proper of the FA Cup three times in their history but this season they bowed out at the third round qualifying stage to Northern Premier League side Shildon.   In the FA Trophy they defeated Tiverton (whom they had also knocked out of the FA Cup) but lost to Farnborough in the Second Qualifying Round and in the BFB League Cup they were early casualties losing to lower graded Didcot Town in the first round.  Only beaten once in their last six League outings, Banbury’s form is improving with two wins and three draws plus that defeat at the hands of league leaders Hereford.   However, victory at Slough and a draw away at Kings Lynn were excellent results.



John Walker


Slough Town       2        St Neots Town      1

Two goals either end of the first half proved sufficient to give Slough all three points as they avenged an early season defeat at the Premier Plus Stadium.   The game had barely got under way when after 25 seconds in the first attack of the match Slough were in front – the quickest goal ever scored against St Neots in a Southern League fixture.   That might have dampened the hopes of any side but for much of the remaining 89 minutes St Neots looked undaunted and might well have returned home with a share of the points.   However, their reshaped side lacked bite in front of goal and despite a solid overall performance they can have no complaints about the result.   The day began badly with the news that striker Lewis Irwin had failed to shake off an injury sustained in the midweek trip to Hereford, so Stefan Broccoli was restored in a reshaped attack.   In midfield Kyron Wiltshire was serving the first of his two-match suspension with David Bridges replacing him but another late problem surfaced with Jack Bradshaw breaking down in the warm-up, so Liam McDevitt came in at the heart of the defence with the versatile Tom Wood moving to full back.   With only two substitutes (one of them less than fully fit) it was just as well that there were no further injury scares.

That lightning quick goal resulted from some very shoddy early defending.   James Dobson waltzed past Johnny Herd to produce the perfect cross and Perry Coles, recently acquired from Farnborough and making his home debut, managed to get free from the two central defenders to give Finlay Iron no chance with a crisp finish.   St Neots responded with a Herd free kick comfortably saved by home keeper Jack Turner and apart from a 12th minute let off when Chris Flood was left unmarked to crash a volley against a goalpost, St Neots came back well to compete with some confidence.   They still tended to play with their back line too narrow giving wide men Dobson and Warren Harris too much space, but Slough failed to make their attacking possession count and Iron was seldom tested.   After 40 minutes a Herd corner went over the head of Turner to finish up in the net, but the Referee had spotted a push on the keeper and a free kick was awarded.   Then in the last three minutes of the half there was non-stop action.   A glancing header by Mark Nisbet from a Matt Lench corner was headed off the line by the hardworking Luke Knight but from a Guy Hollis long throw, Dobson headed on to the far post and Perry Coles claimed his second goal of the match.   In added time at the end of the first half St Neots produced the perfect response when from another Herd corner Nabil Shariff rose to head over the keeper to keep the visitors in the game.

Within two minutes of the restart the Referee missed a clear handball by a home defender following a corner and as St Neots vainly appealed, the home side broke forward with Dobson going clear of the defence but with only the keeper to beat he saw his shot rebound from a post.   The pace of the game then seemed to drop and for a spell much of the play was in midfield with neither side seeming able to carve out a real opening.   Dobson did well to get past his marker to cross to set up Flood for a free header that he put straight into the arms of Iron, but St Neots were beginning to look the more confident and Shariff unselfishly set up Dion Sembie-Ferris whose net bound effort was blocked by a defender.   A spate of late bookings broke up the rhythm of the game, but three minutes from time after a sweet move started by Knight deep in the St Neots half, Shariff should have done better but sent his shot high over the bar.   However, with Hitchin beaten at Basingstoke, St Neots remain eleventh in the table.

St Neots Town:  Iron, Wood, Herd, Knight, McDevitt, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Bridges, Shariff, Williams (D), Broccoli

Subs:  Buddle and Bradshaw (neither used)

Cards:  Bridges (Y – 66 mins), Williams (Y – 69 mins), McDevitt (Y – 82 mins)

GoalsShariff (45 + 1 min)


Slough:  Turner, Fraser, Wells, Hollis, Nisbet, Togwell, Dobson, Lench, Coles, Flood, Harris

Subs:  Williams (J) (for Coles 71 mins), Dunn (for Flood 88 mins)

Cards:  Flood (Y – 64 mins), Dobson (79 mins), Fraser (Y – 84 mins)

Goals:  Coles 2 (25 secs & 44 mins)

Referee:  James Simpson (Paddington)

Attendance:  615



John Walker


For the fifth consecutive time in as many weeks, St Neots face a tough Saturday afternoon test against a side higher than themselves in the league table.   Following home matches with Chesham and Tiverton and away trips to Weymouth and Hereford, they are on the road to Slough where they are to play at the refurbished Arbour Park Stadium which boasts a 3G artificial pitch.   Slough moved to their new ground a little over a year ago after a lengthy ground share arrangement at Beaconsfield where St Neots have played the Rebels on each of their three away Premier Division meetings.   That was not been a happy hunting ground because they have failed to record an away victory over Slough although two of the three trips ended in drawn matches.   In fact, when St Neots defeated Slough 3-1 at the Premier Plus Stadium in September it was their only victory over their visitors in seven meetings since the Rebels joined St Neots on promotion in the Premier Division.   Slough’s league progress was held up this season by their impressive run in the FA Cup where they reached the Second Round Proper before being beaten by Rochdale.   As a result, they have fallen behind in their league programme and currently have up to seven games in hand of the five sides ahead of them in the league table and they are only a single point shy of the play-off places.   In the Premier Plus Stadium meeting two goals from Tom Meechan and another from Dion Sembie-Ferris were the catalyst for what was St Neots second home victory of the season.   There will have to be at least one team change on Saturday because Kyron Wiltshire begins his two-match ban having picked up eleven cautions this season, but Liam McDevitt returns to the squad after his suspension.



John Walker


Hereford      1        St Neots Town      0

St Neots returned from their challenging and lengthy midweek trip to Hereford unbowed despite a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of the league leaders.   In front of a massive crowd of 2402 they produced a very creditable performance against the best side in the Division and were unlucky not to get a share of the spoils after matching Hereford in almost every department.   Hereford boast the best defensive record in the league and are the second highest scorers, but they were taken all the way by St Neots who gave a brave determined showing and were close to becoming only the third side to win at Edgar Street this season.   A fifth successive victory for the hosts has given them a four-point lead at the top with two matches in hand over the chasing pack, with St Neots remaining in eleventh place, eight points shy of the play-off places.   Skipper Luke Knight returned to the side after suspension in place of David Bridges who was unavailable, and Dion Sembie Ferris was preferred to Stefan Broccoli who was on the substitutes bench.

Hereford began very impressively forcing their visitors on the back foot from the first whistle.   In only their first attack Jack Bradshaw had to clear off the line from a corner and then Finlay Iron produced a good low save to deny Pablo Heysham.   St Neots did not let their opponents have it all their own way for after 15 minutes Kyron Wiltshire worked his way past two defenders to be brought down just out the area, but Bradshaw’s driven free kick was blocked by the defensive wall.  Four minutes later St Neots had a let off when a Rob Purdie corner was won in the air by Jimmy Oates, but his effort was deflected as a defender stuck out a leg.   Hesham was then wide with a header from another corner but St Neots always looked dangerous on the break and Lewis Irwin had a low shot deflected wide by Ryan Green.   A 28th minute four by Taylor Parr earned him a booking and Hereford a free kick in a dangerous area but Jamie Bird’s effort was wide of the post and there was plenty of goalmouth action in the final five minutes of the first half as from a Nabil Shariff cross, Irwin saw his shot cleared off the line by Dara O’Shea and then at the other end Iron produced a stunning double save to deny Bird and Heysham.

Hereford’s determined start to the second half brought them success.   After Purdie had headed a corner onto the roof of the net they scored the only goal of the game after 55 minutes.   Again, it came from one of the plethora of set-piece free kicks as another Purdie corner saw Dara O’Shea rise above the defence to power a header into the roof of the net despite the unlucky Iron getting his fingers to the ball.   That setback seemed to spur the visitors and in quick succession home custodian Martin Horsell saved well from Shariff and then the same St Neots player headed narrowly wide from a Bradshaw corner.    Iron then denied Heysham with an impressive save and then shepherded a Bird free kick around the far post.   In a bid to vary his options Matt Clements sent on Stefan Broccoli for the tiring Sembie-Ferris and he almost put Irwin clear of the defence, but a covering defender got back to rob him.  With around ten minutes left Iron produced the save if the match diving full length to push away a shot from Mike Symons.

Matt Clements declared himself ‘extremely proud’ of the work ethic and overall display of his side against ‘the best side we have played this season’.

Video Interview with Matt after the game can be found here:


St Neots Town:  Iron, Bradshaw, Herd, Knight, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Wiltshire, Irwin, Shariff, Williams

Subs:  Broccoli (for Sembie-Ferris 73 mins), Buddle and Rudman.

Cards:  Parr (Y – 28 mins), Wiltshire (Y – 31 mins), Sembie-Ferris (Y – 47 mins), Knight (Y – 51 mins)



Hereford:  Horsell, Oates, Pring, Richards, Green, O’Shea, Reffell, Bird, Haysham, Purdie, Symons

Subs:  Murphy (for Bird 71 mins), Bowen, Mills, Dearman and Puddy.

Cards:  Bird (Y – 67 mins), Reffell (Y – 76 mins)

Goals:  O’Shea (55 mins)

Referee:  Mark Howes (Solihull)

Attendance:  2402



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