St Neots Town FC are looking to recruit a ‘Senior Coach’ to join their Reserves Management Group.

The Coach must be looking to thrive in a club that provide the complete suite of support for a coach to express themselves in the Senior game. The successful candidate will be embedded in the team management group, working at one of the top non-league facilities in the country here at The Premier Plus Stadium.

 The team play in the strong Spartan South Midlands League Division One (step 6), away travel being the A1(M) and M1 corridors, frequent local opposition and midweek fixtures generate a busy schedule. Tuesday night training sessions on our 3G all-weather surface hosts consistent interaction with the playing staff to generate progressive team improvement.

The key coach attributes will be:


Fully committed (Saturdays and Tuesdays)

  • Experienced in senior standard coaching environments
  • Strong personality and vocal in a group setup
  • Recommended minimum Level 1 FA coaching certification, although the club support all levels of coaching development paths
  • Working with the management team on training session structures to develop game management and player endurance programs.


Additionally, we benefit from a strong Academy youth structure, youth development is a key directive of the management team.

Our longer term target is to secure Step 5 football level within the SSML League structure.


For more details call: Mark Oakley - T: 07729 571164 – Saints Management Team





After the wintery weekend it will be all eyes on Redditch this week prior to St Neots’ visit there on Saturday.   Redditch were one of the first clubs in the Southern League Premier Division to install a plastic pitch after suffering a string of postponements due to the frailty of their grass facility.   Then last Saturday along came the snow and with several inches of the white stuff even the new 21st Century surfaces (ironically dubbed ‘all weather surfaces’) become unplayable so the Redditch scheduled fixture with Gosport Borough was ruled out.   However, before the St Neots visit the interest will be on Tuesday evening when Banbury United are due to visit Redditch in a rearranged league fixture.


St Neots record against Redditch is an improving picture.  Last season was the only season in five that the Saints recorded a league double over Redditch, winning 1-0 at home and 4-1 away but before then in eight meetings St Neots had only two draws and six defeats to their credit so some continuing improvement would be welcome.   Redditch currently sit three points and three places below Matt Clements’ side but a midweek victory over Banbury would change that.  The middle ground in the league table is very congested with eight teams covered by a five points difference at all least seven points adrift of the play off positions and with some of those clubs facing each other in the run-up to Christmas changes in fortunes are guaranteed.


On the player front St Neots will be without iconic central defender Taylor Parr who starts his three-match ban for his red card against Kings Lynn and they have had two long term injured absentees in Dylan Williams and Scott Sinclair, but Scott who has missed the last seven matches, hopes to be fit for selection by the weekend, whilst Dylan is unlikely to be available until the New Year.




John Walker


Press release from Peterborough United ( - Tuesday 12th Decenber 2 

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with St Neots Town Football Club.  Following the clubs excellent informal partnership over the last few years and several discussions, St Neots Town will now become one of the home venues for under 23 home fixtures for the 2018/2019 season, with the partnership also seeing Peterborough United Academy coaches coaching on the St Neots Town Elite Football Scholarship.

Iain Parr, Director of Football at St Neots Town FC said: “I am excited to announce our partnership with Peterborough Utd Football Club to help develop and educate 16-19 year old footballers within a full time football and education programme.  This is an excellent opportunity for both clubs to help talented footballers achieve their goals on the football pitch whilst gaining valuable life skills and qualifications.”

Academy Manager Nick Sheppard said: “We are delighted to be working closely with St Neots Town FC from the 2018/2019 season.  We know the people really well at St Neots and hope that our link will be mutually beneficial to both clubs.  The Elite Football Scholarship is one of the best set ups outside of the EFL Academies and so with our coaches working on the programme it will enable us to have the best opportunities to find any players who are late developers.”

The first opportunity to become involved in the programme will be on the first recruitment day, for which the details are below or on the flyer to the right (click to enlarge):

Date: Friday 22nd December 2017

Time: 10am – 12:30pm

Venue: St Neots Town FC, Premier Plus Stadium, Kester Way, St Neots. Cambridgeshire PE19 6SL

For more information or to register, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Southern League Premier Division    


ST NEOTS TOWN        5      MERTHYR TOWN       2         


In the end St Neots cruised to a predictable victory against a youthful visiting Merthyr side – but not until they had withstood a couple of nasty shocks.   The visitors led twice in the first half and the main after-match post mortem in the St Neots dressing room will have been more about shoddy first half defending rather than the very useful three points gained.   The home side was more than usefully assisted by a foolish sending off after just 28 minutes when Gavin Williams collected a second yellow card for dramatic simulation after he had lost control of the ball.   Condemned to play for the final hour of the match a man short the Welsh visitors did well to restrict the defeat to a reasonable proportion, but St Neots Manager Matt Clements will be disappointed that his side did not push home their numerical and territorial advantage with more goals in the second half.   Home keeper Mike Emery was almost unemployed for the whole of that second period with the visitors operating a damage limitation exercise and the match rather petered out once St Neots had scored their fifth goal.  The starting line-up was unchanged from that which had started the match the previous Saturday with Tom Wood, Harry O’Malley and Ryan Horne all starting on the bench after midweek appearances as other players returned from injury.


St Neots looked comfortable enough in the early exchanges with Nabil Shariff volleying over the bar from a Johnny Herd cross but he did then get the ball in the net, set up by Lewis Irwin only to be denied by an offside flag.  After 10 minutes the home supporters were silenced as Merthyr took the lead.  An attack down the right won them a corner and Ian Traylor’s inswinging corner was met deftly at the near post by the head of Kerry Morgan whose flick bamboozled the St Neots defence.  Three minutes later it was parity as a delightful through ball from David Bridges released Lewis Irwin who low shot across goal beat Cameron Clarke.   St Neots had learned nothing from their early setback and after 24 minutes some more sloppy defending saw defender Matt Harris given too much space at the back post from a Gavin Williams free kick and his header looped over Mike Emery to put the visitors ahead for a second time.   Williams was then dismissed and as Merthyr tried to reorganize they conceded a second goal as Johnny Herd crossed deep to the far post when Dion Sembie-Ferris netted from close range.   Then within sixty seconds St Neots went ahead as a Sembie-Ferris cross was only cleared as far as Luke Knight and he lashed the ball home to give St Neots a 3-2 advantage.  The remainder of the first half saw no more goals but Kyron Wiltshire shot wide of an open goal with the visiting keeper stranded twenty yards upfield and there were further misses with off-target shooting from Jack Bradshaw, Herd and Knight.


It was an eight minutes spell shortly after the restart that settled a predictable outcome to the match.   After Sembie-Ferris had ballooned a shot over the bar, he made amends by setting up Luke Knight who scored his sides’ fourth goal with a low shot from the edge of the area.  Before Merthyr had recovered from that shock St Neots struck again as Irwin collected his second goal of the match from a measured Knight cross.   The flood gates could have opened then, but Clarke dived bravely at the feet of Nabil Shariff after he had danced past his marker and Sembie-Ferris fired disappointingly wide after good work by Bridges.   In an attempt to maintain the momentum St Neots introduced all three permitted substitutes but Merthyr were now entrenched as a defensive unit soaking up the pressure and Horne fired over when he should have scored, and Clarke denied Bridges with a parried save to a blockbusting shot.   Late on Shariff had an acrobatic overhead attempt cleared off the line by Adam Davies but the three points lifted St Neots back to ninth in the table.

Claire Howes' Photo Gallery can be found here: Claire Howes Photo Gallery

SNTtv video highlights can be found here:


St Neots:  Emery, Bradshaw, Herd, Knight, McDevitt, Parr, Wiltshire, Bridges, Irwin, Shariff, Sembie-Ferris,  

Subs:  Horne (for Wiltshire 63 mins), O’Malley (for Bradshaw 68 mins), Wood (for Knight 77 mins), Butler and Marsh-Brown

Cards:  none

Goals:  Irwin (2) (13 & 57 mins), Knight (2) (31 & 49 mins), Sembie-Ferris (30 mins)


Merthyr:  Clarke, Davies, Hanford, Jarvis, Harris, Martin, Dima, Reddy, Williams, Morgan, Traylo

Subs:  Jones (for Jarvis 77 mins)

Cards:   Williams (RED – 2 x Y – 16 & 28 mins)

Goals:   Morgan (10 mins), Harris (24 mins)


Attendance: 237

Referee:  Peter Howard (Paddington)


John Walker


Southern League Premier Division    

ST NEOTS TOWN        0     KINGS LYNN TOWN       5         

The outcome of this match was effectively determined two minutes before half time when St Neots defender Taylor Parr was sent off for a rash challenge on Cameron Norman.   At that point of the match trailing by a single goal St Neots were still competing well with the league leaders but the second half was a different story.   General opinion was that the challenge deserved only a caution but Bedfordshire Referee Tim Donnellan who booked four other players in the match seemed in no doubt.   The experienced Norfolk side utilized their extra player to maximum effectiveness playing ‘keep ball’ as St Neots chased around often in vain and then Lynn struck with four second half goals against a home side that became more ragged as the half wore on.   For Parr it was his first sending-off of the season, but he will now miss the Christmas matches and for St Neots it was their biggest defeat of the season and their heaviest since Boxing Day last year.   Injuries sustained at Bishops Stortford in the previous match saw Tom Wood come in for Liam McDevitt and Harry O’Malley for Kyron Wiltshire with Ryan Horne returned to the line-up for the unavailable David Bridges.   In attack there were home debuts for Lewis Irwin and Nabil Shariff, but they received little service as Lynn extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points.

The start was end to end but the visitors made their initial break through after just ten minutes when the St Neots defence failed to cut out a cross from the right and Simon Lappin drilled home a low shot past Mike Emery who may have been unsighted.   St Neots went straight up the other end and Dion Sembie-Ferris had a stinging shot well saved by Alex Street as they adopted a 4-3-3 line up.   After 18 minutes a smart interchange of passes between Michael Gash and Lappin set up Craig Parker but he volleyed wide and two minutes later Gash brought a fine save from Emery as he acrobatically tipped the ball over the bar.   Lynn were now looking confident and Gash contrived to volley over the bar from around three yards, and then there was a glimmer of a chance for the home side as Irwin burst through, but he lost control and the ball ran away for a goal kick.   The dismissal was to become a defining moment in the match and St Neots went to the break trying to sort out how to contain their visitors with just ten men.

Lynn stamped their authority within four minutes of the restart as a delightful move breached the St Neots defence with Lappin and Ryan Jarvis cutting past three defenders for Craig Parker to apply the finishing touch for their second goal.  St Neots tried to vary their tactics with Stefan Broccoli replacing Irwin and then Sembie-Ferris warmed the keepers’ hands when he had to retrieve the ball after spilling the first shot.  A six minutes spell midway through the second half saw St Neots destroyed as Lynn added three further goals.   The first after 69 minutes was bizarre when Johnny Herd was clearly fouled but after an injury delay the official gave the free kick the wrong way and the visitors capitalized as Gash netted from two yards following Norman’s free kick.   St Neots still refused to buckle as Street had to save a blockbuster shot from Luke Knight but after 75 minutes a Lappin corner was not defended as former St Neots defender Tom Ward rose high to head his sides’ fourth goal and just sixty seconds later a cross from another former Saint, Ryan Hawkins was forced in by Leon Mettam who became Lynn’s fifth goal scorer on the night.   A procession of further substitutions by both sides acted to suppress meaningful attacking by either side although Shariff was unlucky to see his effort fly across the face of goal after winning his way to the bye line.   So St Neots impressive unbeaten league run came to an unseemly end in front of their own supporters.


St Neots:  Emery, Bradshaw, Herd, Knight, Wood, Parr, O’Malley, Horne, Irwin, Shariff, Sembie-Ferris,  

Subs:  Broccoli (for Irwin 56 mins), Butler (for Horne 76 mins), Marsh-Brown (for Sembie-Ferris 76 mins), McDevitt and Wiltshire

Cards:  Parr (RED – 43), O’Malley (Y – 16), Horne (Y – 64) Emery (Y – 77)

Goals:  none


Kings Lynn:  Street, Norman, Fryatt, Gaughan, Ward, Jarvis, Lappin, Parker, Gash, Mettam, Hawkins

Subs:  McQuaid (for Hawkins 76 mins), Siddons (for Gash 76 mins), McLeish (for Norman 82 mins)

Cards:   Lappin (Y – 73 mins)

Goals:   Lappin (10 mins), Parker (49 mins), Gash (69 mins), Ward (75 mins), Mettam (76 mins)


Attendance: 282

Referee:  Tim Donnellan (Leighton Buzzard)


John Walker





It is to be a busy week at the Premier Plus Stadium with two important home matches for Matt Clements’ team.  On Tuesday they take an unbeaten League run of nine matches into a meeting with league leads Kings Lynn Town.   Lynn have been beaten just three times in their twenty-one completed league matches – at home by Chesham and twice on the road at Weymouth and Royston.   After being wound up the newly formed Kings Lynn Town are now looking poised to win back a place at Step Two of the National League system.   Our first competitive meetings with the Linnets were in the 2010/11 season when we met four times – twice in the Premier Division of the United Counties League, once in the League Cup and once in the FA Vase.   Those encounters resulted in two wins apiece as our lads went on to win the League championship by the narrowest of margins to attain promotion to Step Four for the first time in the club’s history.   That margin after a full season was just two points with the third placed side fifteen points adrift!   Lynn went on to win the title and promotion to Step Four the following season.


On Saturday the visitors are to be Merthyr Town – another club that has had to reform in the twenty first century.   Last month there was a crisis at Merthyr when several Board Members and senior players quit the Club meaning that the first team had to be reformed around the development squad.   The immediate result was a 13-1 thrashing in their first match but since then they have drawn one and narrowly lost a second.   The desire to overcome the latest setback is being addressed and the club is gradually recovering but the aim this season looks like being the retention of their present status.   One factor to be addressed today by our lads is that in four meetings with our Welsh friends they have drawn one and won the other three




John Walker



Southern League Premier Division    


BISHOP’S STORTFORD        1        ST NEOTS TOWN        2         


Nabil Shariff the striker brought in to replace the departed Tom Meechan delivered the goods in dramatic debut style with a second half winning goal at Bishops Stortford to extend St Neots unbeaten League run to nine matches on their first competitive visit to Stortford for 45 years.   Back in 1972 they had lost 3-0 in an East Anglian Cup tie but since then the footballing paths of the two sides had not crossed.   Shariff transferred in from Northern Premier League side Alfreton Town was twinned up from with Northampton Town Academy youngster Lewis Irwin in place of Meechan and the injured Dylan Williams, and the two newcomers blended successfully with the other starting line up changes seeing Liam McDevitt return for Ronayne Marsh-Brown and Harry O’Malley and Ryan Horne start on the bench.   It was an entertaining contest with St Neots having the better of the first half but happy to hang on to their narrow advantage in the closing stages as the home side pressed for a late equalizer.   St Neots moved up to ninth in the table but host League leaders Kings Lynn in their next match.

The new look St Neots were quickly into action with Lewis Irwin setting up Dion Sembie-Ferris whose shot was deflected and then Kyron Wiltshire back from suspension brought a good save from Tyler McCarthy with a low snap shot after neat play by Nabil Shariff.  With the home side slow to settle they found themselves behind after just seven minutes when a reverse Sembie-Ferris cross found David Bridges on the edge of the penalty area and his low shot through a packed defence beat McCarthy to afford him a second league goal in consecutive matches.  It could have been 2-0 shortly afterwards when from a Jack Bradshaw corner, a shot by Liam McDevitt was diverted over his own cross bar by Jordan Westcott with his keeper stranded.   However, with Dipo Akinyemi leading fight back, Stortford began to get into the game as he saw a narrow-angled shot deflected across the face of goal and then Westcott made a midfield interception to set up Jason Williams but having made space for himself he shot wide.  After 28 minutes Wiltshire, clearly short of match fitness, limped off with an Achilles pull to be replaced by Ryan Horne.   Three minutes later Stortford levelled with a cleverly created goal as Akinyemi beat his marker to find Jordan Westcott just outside the penalty area and he scored with a well-placed shot.  Both the St Neots new men went close towards the end of the first half with Shariff firing narrowly over the bar after the Referee had played a good advantage with Sembie-Ferris clearly fouled and then Irwin saw a rising shot following a Bradshaw corner blocked by a defender.

St Neots began the second half as they had the first with a flurry of chances.   Johnny Herd joined the attack to shoot across the face of goal and then up for a corner Taylor Parr saw a shot blocked by a defender.   From another searching Bradshaw corner Irwin outjumped the defence but his header was just the wrong side of the bar.   The threatening Akinyemi, who once played for St Neots, then brought an important save from Mike Emery but then St Neots decided on a further change with Harry O’Malley introduced in midfield in place of Bridges.  What proved to be the winning goal came after 65 minutes when a long ball out of defence by Johnny Herd fed the well-timed run of Nabil Shariff through a square lying defence and his pace was enough to sidestep the onrushing McCarthy leaving him an unguarded net to breach.  Seven minutes later another top class save from Emery was key in this victory as he went full length to push away a Williams shot for a corner.   Dean Ager shot wide as the home side increased their pressure on the visiting defence and with ten minutes remaining St Neots decided to protect their narrow advantage sending on Tom Wood for Sembie-Ferris and adopting a 4-4-2 formation.   The home side promptly sent on two additional attacking players and the final minutes saw Stortford with the advantage but defensively St Neots looked sound with Taylor Parr and McDevitt confident and sound.

Claire Howes' Match Gallery can be found here:


St Neots Town:  Emery, Bradshaw, Herd, Knight, McDevitt, Parr, Wiltshire, Bridges, Irwin, Shariff, Sembie-Ferris,  

Subs:  Horne (for Wiltshire 28 mins), O’Malley (for Bridges 62 mins), Wood (for Sembie-Ferris 80 mins), Butler and Marsh-Brown

Cards:  none

Goals:  Bridges (7 mins), Shariff (65 mins)


Bishop’s Stortford:  McCarthy, Casey, Foxley, Simpson, Ekpiteta, Rogers, Ager, Westcott, Williams, Moncur, Akinyemi

Subs:  Thomas (for Simpson 73 mins), Taylor (for Ager 85 mins), Mason (for Moncur (85 mins)

Cards:   none

Goals:   Westcott (31 mins)


Attendance: 307

Referee:  Jonathan Burridge (Godmanchester)


John Walker




Saturday sees us face new opposition for the first time as St Neots travel to Bishops Stortford who are in their first season in the Southern League following their relegation from the National League South at the end of last season.   They have had an indifferent start and are currently 19th in the table with two wins from nine home matches this season.   There are still searching for the right balance in their side with several comings and goings in their squad recently and they have had a difficult time in recent seasons playing for a spell in the National League North with a lengthy travelling commitment.   They made little impact in the National competitions this season with early exits from both the FA Cup and FA Trophy.They were also beaten in the first round 4-2 at Hitchin in the League Cup.

This game should see the return of Kyran Wiltshire and Tom Wood to the squad and the inclusion, for the first time, Nabil Shariff and Lewis Irwin.


John Walker



Southern League Premier Division    

ST NEOTS TOWN        2          BASINGSTOKE TOWN       1

This was the last match of Tom Meechan’s two months loan from Hungerford Town and he will have mixed memories of his final appearance at the Premier Plus Stadium.   He was denied a very obvious penalty in the first half when he was flattened by Basingstoke defender Shane Hollamby but then with nine minutes left and the scores tied at 1-1 he was brought down again in the penalty area and picked himself up to see his under hit penalty kick comfortably saved by Colm McAdden.   Then five minutes into time added he again burst into the area to be upended for a third time and this time he left the penalty kick to Johnny Herd whose successful effort obtained all three points for his side.   Meechan was the first to congratulate his team mate!    So, St Neots extended their unbeaten league run to seven games despite the absence of five players either injured, suspended or ill and they climbed to tenth place in the league table – their highest position since 29th August 2016.   The midweek training ground injury to leading scorer Dylan Williams meant a recall to the side for David Bridges whilst Ronayne Marsh-Brown came into the side for his third league appearance in place of the also injured Liam McDevitt.  Visitors Basingstoke contributed to their own downfall by finishing with nine players on the pitch after picking up two second half red cards.


The first 45 minutes were rather forgettable despite each side scoring a goal.  Play was often scrappy with a lack of real control from either side although St Neots had two early chances when Dion Sembie-Ferris cut in to see his low shot blocked and then Jack Bradshaw linked with Sembie-Ferris to sent in a low cross that neither Meechan nor Bridges could reach.  At the other end from a George Bennett free kick, Mike Emery made an important save to touch over a header from Shane Hollamby after 21 minutes but three minutes later the visitors took the lead with a fortunate goal.   It came from a flighted Tim Wohlfiel free kick that was not cleared and the ball fell to an attacker who drove the ball at Jack Bradshaw from a couple of yards and to St Neots dismay the Referee awarded penalty kick for an alleged involuntary handball.  Sam Argent slotted home the penalty kick but St Neots were behind for less than two minutes.   A long throw by Johnny Herd was returned to him wide on the right and his cross to the far post saw David Bridges climb above the goalkeeper to head home his first Southern League goal for St Neots.   Meechan should then have been awarded a penalty when he was flattened by Hollamby but the Referee waved play on much to St Neots disbelief.   Just before half time Harry O’Malley headed narrowly over the bar from a Bradshaw corner.


The second half was a feisty affair with Bridges heading wide before St Neots lost Bradshaw to injury with Jonny Butler replacing him.   Ryan Horne saw an effort deflected over the bar and sent a volley well wide as St Neots began to dominate but after 67 minutes he was also injured and limped off to be replaced by St Neots’ latest signing Stefan Broccoli, once on the books of Newcastle United.  He had an immediate impact on the left flank setting up Sembie-Ferris for a shot well saved by McAdden.   A 77th incident saw substitute Ben Wright – only on the field for five minutes – kick Luke Knight who was on the ground for which he was sent off with the St Neots skipper booked for retaliation.   Meechan then missed the penalty he had been awarded and with five minutes remaining the visitors could have snatched a winning goal with a breakaway attack, but Emery produced a quality save to deny Argent who had been left unmarked.   Two minutes from the end of normal time Bennett picked up a second yellow card to join his colleague in an early bath, and it looked as though Basingstoke would hang on for a share of the points.   However, five minutes into added time Meechan burst into the area and finished up on the ground from a desperate tackle and cool as a cucumber Johnny Herd tucked away the third penalty kick of the contest to settle the outcome.

Footnote:  St Neots scheduled Tuesday evening League match at Royston is postponed because the Hertfordshire side will be involved in an FA Trophy replay.

St Neots Town:  Emery, Bradshaw, Herd, Knight, Marsh-Brown, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Bridges, Meechan, O’Malley, Horne

Subs:  Butler (for Bradshaw 54 mins), Broccoli (for Horne 67 mins) and McDevitt

Cards:  Marsh-Brown (Y – 49), Knight (Y – 77)


Goals:  Bridges (26 mins), Herd – pen (90 + 5 mins)


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


Subs:  Wright (for Bunting 72 mins), Johnson-Schuster (for Hollamby 82 mins) and Goater


Cards:   Wright (RED – 77 mins), Bennett (RED – 2 x Y – 74 mins & 88 mins)


Goals:   Argent (24 mins)

Attendance: 233

Referee:  Tom Danahar (Camden, London)



John Walker

St Neots Town Football Club are this afternoon excited to announce the signing of Striker Nabil Shariff.

Nabil (25), who lives in Milton Keynes,  joins us from National league North side Alfreton Town, whom he joined recently from AFC Rushden and Diamonds. Bringing to the Saints a wealth of experience and an eye for goal, he numbers the now defunct Rushden and Diamonds, Banbury United, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Hemel Hempstead, Kettering Town, Corby Town, Stamford, AFC Rushden and Diamonds and most recently Alfreton Town among his former employers. Since making his debut in April 2016 for AFC Rushden and Diamonds, Nabil had played 73 games for the club, including 57 league games, scoring 40 goals. This season he had scored 14 goals in 18 appearances.

All being well, Nabil will be available for Tuesday night's trip to Royston Town.

Please join us in welcoming Nabil to the Saints and we hope your time with us is successful and enjoyable.

Welcome Aboard.....

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