Our new match centre is now taking shape, after months of re programming the match centre part of the website we can now release phase one which is the Southern League Premier Division Teams information guide.

We have showcased each and every team in the Southern League Premier Division.

Details include 

Team Information

Last seasons stats

Club History

Matches, Fixtures for this season and match reports of each match.

Player profiles and Bios (where possible)

Photo gallery (where possible)

Travel Information

A full comprehensive  information file on all of our opponents for this season.

The easiest way of viewing this feature is,

1) Click on front page of the web site, Southern League Premier League table 

2) Just click on the team you wish to view.

(All information is correct at time of publication, some information is missing owing to available data)

 

 

 

 

 

Southern League Premier Division

BIGGLESWADE TOWN   2 - 2   ST NEOTS TOWN      

In the last ten minutes of this derby league match there were scenes bordering on the unbelievable.  

The upshot was that St Neots surrendered two more valuable league points but the fall out from the match will be felt for some time. After 80 minutes with the scores level at 2-2 substitute Dave Deeney limped off with a pulled thigh muscle – twenty minutes after coming on for his first appearance of the season.  

All three permitted substitutes used so St Neots down to TEN men. Five minutes later Josh Bickerstaff was booked for a clumsy challenge and three minutes after that he was involved in an off the ball tangle with Zane Banton – an incident spotted only by a linesman but after a consultation with Referee Josh Smith both were yellow carded meaning a red card for Bickerstaff and St Neots down to NINE men.  

Finally four minutes into time added for stoppages visiting goalkeeper Nathan Abbey gathered a cross and attempted to get his side onto a late attack with a quick clearance. His way was deliberately barred by Andrew Iwediuno preventing the clearance so in frustration Abbey pushed his opponent to the ground and Referee Smith pointed to the penalty spot and sent off Abbey for the challenge leaving St Neots down to EIGHT men.  

Ryan Frater donned the jersey and guessed right to push away the penalty kick from substitute Lee Smith. That seemed like strange justice because it preserved a point for the visitors although having led twice they really should have been home and dry before all the late drama.   

So that was four points lost in successive matches and was bad news with two important Cup matches coming up in the next ten days.  

The two team changes had seen Bruce Wilson in for Arthur Lee and the fit again Nathan Frater up front at the expense of Ben Farrell.

There was an untidy start with neither team very positive in the first quarter of an hour. Martell Powell saw his shot pass the wrong side of a post and then linked up with Wilson whose shot was deflected for a corner.  

However after 19 minutes Andrew Iwediuno misjudged a bounce of the ball and Nathan Frater took full advantage lobbing the stranded Biggleswade keeper to give St Neots the lead. That advantage lasted just two minutes before Lee Allinson sent a perfectly placed snap shot through a packed penalty area to level the scores from a long throw by Max York.  

St Neots began to look the better side but their finishing was too often off target. Drew Roberts volleyed wide twice and Nathan Frater played clear by Roberts shot weakly at the keeper.  

Mason Spence was seeing a lot of the ball on the right flank but hiss crosses were invariably wayward or too long so St Neots better openings were squandered.

After the break it took St Neots just two minutes to regain the lead. Predictably it was Mason Spence who created the opening on the right but this time his cross was accurate and precise as he picked out Drew Roberts whose low shot trickled in with home keeper Ian Brown slow to react.

Three minutes later from a similar opening Spence found Matt Spring on the edge of the area but he ballooned his finish high over the bar. A cross from Roberts then rebounded off the near post and the same player volleyed over the bar.  

At the other end Allinson had a free kick comfortably saved by Abbey but after 69 minutes following a spell of Biggleswade pressure the keeper spilled a shot and Allison was quickly in to level the scores again from close range.   St Neots then had four or five efforts that went high and wide as they dominated possession for a spell and they sent on substitutes with little change in their fortune.  

In a breakaway Spence did well to clear off the line with his keeper beaten and it began to look like a routine draw with both sides unable to find a winner.   Then came that dramatic last ten minutes for which the match will be remembered.

St Neots: Abbey, Spence, Wilson, Bickerstaff, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Powell

Subs: Deeney (for Wilson 60 mins), Farrell (for Powell 65 mins), Nolan (for Frater (N) 77 mins), Ferrari and Greygoose.

 Cards: Abbey (RED – 90+4 mins), Bickerstaff (RED – 2 x Y – 85 & 88 mins), Wilson (Y – 3 mins), Davies (Y – 38 mins)

Goals: Frater N (19 mins) Roberts (48 mins)

Catch up with the management after a good week of football collecting seven points. Six of them on the road including Truro.


Video Link: Paulton Action & Reaction

Thurlow Nunn Youth West Division

 

BIGGLESWADE TOWN      1       ST NEOTS TOWN U18      3         

 

St Neots recorded their first league victory of the season at the expense of newcomers Biggleswade Town.   All the St Neots goals came in an 18 minutes first half spell but thereafter they did well to fight a rearguard action to maintain their victory.   The St Neots hero was goalkeeper Dan Huff who made half a dozen important saves with Biggleswade forwards also guilty of some glaring misses.   Manager Steve Pickering will be particularly pleased with his defence that held out well especially in the second half but the new team is coming together quite nicely with their important FA Youth Cup match now just three weeks away.

 

In the opening ten minutes Dan Huff produced two outstanding saves to keep his goal intact.   In the first real action of the match after three minutes Lee Northfield set up George Bailey for a snap shot but Huff narrowed the angled and saved confidently and then he produced an acrobatic back bending save to push a net bound shot from Northfield over the crossbar.   At the other end Ebey Marango was leading the St Neots line with pace and imagination and he brought two saves from home keeper Mitch Waters before beating his man to set up Chris Lewis for St Neots’ first goal after 12 minutes.  He was also responsible for the second goal six minutes later when his pace allowed him to leave a defender in his wake before crossing over the last defender to pick out Blake Rivers whose crisp shot gave the keeper no chance.   The third goal had a touch of good fortune as Rivers and Jordan Stewart combined neatly on the left before Stewart’s looping cross was misjudged by the keeper as the ball went through his outstretched hands and in at the far post.   It could have been even more of a first half whitewash because the lively Marango once again outwitted the home defence but this time Waters dived bravely at his feet to win the ball.   Towards the end of the half the home side had two good chances to reduce the arrears but Huff saved well from Oliver Fortune and substitute Stewart Jones wriggled clear but fired over the bar.

 

It took Biggleswade just three minutes into the second half to give themselves a chance of a comeback as Lee Northfield forced the ball home from close range after the St Neots defence had failed to deal with a corner.   Marango broke away to bring a good save from Waters but now Biggleswade were in the ascendancy.   They began to dominate possession and although St Neots looked threatening on the break much of the play was inside the St Neots half of the field.   Dan Mattin produced a great last ditch tackle to rob Fortune but the home side was wasteful putting several free kicks high and wide of the goal.   They were not helped by almost countless substitutions utilising the roll on/roll off method and their play lacked rhythm and belief.   A 71st minute outstanding save by Huff from a fierce volley by home skipper Liam Beech characterised the St Neots determination to hold on to their advantage and they were unlucky not to increase their lead when Chris Lewis won a race to the ball but sent his shot just the wrong side of a post.   Huff rounded off his evening with a brave save at the feet of substitute Jovan Mavers and Biggleswade were left without reward despite a fairly solid performance.

 

 

 

St Neots: Huff, Loader, Stewart, Ball, Mattin, Jefferson, Rivers, Benham, Marango. Stephens-Abbey, Lewis

 

Subs used:  Davis, Galbraith, Nkaza.

 

Cards:  Ball (Y – 31), Benham (Y – 76)

 

Goals (St Neots):  Lewis (12 mins), Rivers (18 mins), Stewart (30 mins)

 

 

 

John Walker

Southern League Premier Division

 

ST NEOTS TOWN  1    PAULTON ROVERS  1

 

This was two points lost by St Neots against a workmanlike visiting Paulton side and was a tale of two penalties – the second a straight forward decision but the first less so.  

Paulton worked hard but paid the price for their robust approach with four bookings taking full advantage of St Neots’ timidity in front of goal and were clearly happy with their point sitting back to soak up St Neots’ late pressure. The one enforced team change for St Neots was the inclusion of Ben Farrell in midfield for the injured Nathan Frater with Jay Davis pushed up front in support of Drew Roberts.  

With Frater, Matt Nolan, Lewis Hilliard and Chris Dillon all on the injured list St Neots are beginning to look very short of attacking options.    However that should not be seen as an excuse for dropping points in home matches because they had more than enough second half possession to have made their first half lead count.

Paulton created two early openings with Nick McCootie shooting wide and Dean Evans also off target after good work by Stuart Tovey.   St Neots replied with a Mason Spence cross turned over his own cross bar by a defender but the home side were finding it difficult to make any real attacking headway against a stubborn Paulton defence that gave them very little time of the ball.  

Scott Brice headed wide from an Ollie Knowles free kick as the visitors continued to prosper on breakaway attacks and McCootie strode past two defenders but dragged his shot inches wide of the far post. Drew Roberts looked threatening for St Neots but was clearly lacking support and just as a first half stalemate seemed likely St Neots won a dubious penalty. Spence threaded a clever pass inside the defence and Ben Ford chased it to the goal line but with his back to goal he was clumsily bundled over by visiting goalkeeper Kyle Phillips to offer St Neots an unexpected life line. The keeper was booked and Drew Roberts calmly slotted home his second spot kick in successive matches to put St Neots in front.

St Neots half time deliberations resulted in a change of personnel with Lorenzo Ferrari on up front in support of Drew Roberts in place of Ben Ford with Jay Davis back in midfield. This gave St Neots an immediate advantage and more possession although they did get an important let off when Matt Spring headed off the line from Brice from a Jordan Walker corner with Nathan Abbey beaten.  

At the other end there was another goal line clearance when Brice got back to clear after Ferrari had lobbed Phillips and St Neots now looked in control. Phillips saved from both Spence and Roberts and Paulton earned two quick bookings as they tried desperate measures to hold up their hosts. Ferrari looked lively but did not deliver at the vital time and then ten minutes from time against the run of play the visitors levelled.   In a quick break McCootie was clearly brought down just inside the area by Ben Farrell and McCootie dragged himself to his feet to fire home the penalty.  

St Neots redoubled their efforts in the last ten minutes but Ferraris had a net bound shot deflected by a defender and the same St Neots player collected another shot by Powell blocked and he sent an opportunist effort just over the bar.   Overall a draw was a fair result from a less than impressive St Neots performance.

St Neots: Abbey, Spence, Lee, Bickerstaff, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Roberts, Farrell, Ford

Subs: Ferrari (for Ford 6 mins), Powell (for Spence 88 mins), Wilson (for Farrell 88 mins), Ivey-Ward and Greygoose.

Cards: Bickerstaff (Y – 75), Farrell (Y – 82)

Goals: Roberts pen (37 mins)

 

Paulton:  Phillips, Tovey, Walker, Knowles, Brice, Evans, Baggs, Lacey, Bryant, Gibbons, McCootie

Subs: Batten (for Walker 68 mins), Jeffries (for Boggs 77 mins) and Hinder.

Cards: Phillips (Y – 38), Knowles (Y – 40), Walker (Y – 61), Evans (Y – 63)

Goals:  McCootie pen (80 mins)

Attendance: 298

Referee: Matthew Buonassisi (London)

John Walker

Chris Budd Our first team physiotherapist will be opening a new branch of his Sports rehabilitation business at Rowley park.

Chris has just finished working full time for Peterborough United as a Sports Rehabilitation Intern. A degree in Sports Rehabilitation gives a comprehensive understanding of biomechanics and injuries, this expertise allows Chris to be able to assess, treat and rehabilitate sports persons to a high standard. Chris can also provide massage, strengthening and conditioning training and training programmes. Chris has experience working at several professional sports clubs including three pro football clubs (QPR, Reading and Peterborough) a professional rugby club (London Welsh) as well as working within a private practice. Chris has also been with the Norwegian Cricket team as head physio at the recent ICC Europe 20/20 tournament in June.

 

Chris is currently Head Physio with St Neots Town FC

All sessions are carried out at The Rowley Park Stadium

 

 Standard 45min Session £35

 

Standard 45min sports massage £30

Standard 1hr body massage £40

 Special rates for St Neots Town Youth and Saints FC players upon request 

Please contact Chris 07985 611936

 

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Southern League Premier Division

 

CORBY TOWN   1    ST NEOTS TOWN  3

 

Handed his first start for St Neots following his summer move from Chesham, striker Drew Roberts took just three minutes to claim his first goal for the club and that proved to be an invaluable buffer as St Neots struggled in an unimpressive first half performance. 

However better was to follow after the break as St Neots returned from Corby with all three points and the impressive record of having knocked three sides off the top of the table in their last five matches. This certainly was a game of two contrasting halves as Corby failed to take advantage of at times first half domination before being made to pay for it by a rejuvenated second half performance by the visitors. 

With several key players still sidelined by early season injury this was a St Neots performance of great character and determination against an unbeaten Corby side protecting a 100% home record prior to this match.

 In their first attack St Neots took the lead with a slickest of moves to produce a goal.   Ben Ford swept a long pass over the defence to the left flank where Arthur Lee went confidently past his marker to pick out Drew Roberts and his crisp finish gave home keeper Paul Walker no chance. 

For almost twenty minutes that was as good as it got for the visitors who were seriously hampered by an early challenge that left Nathan Frater limping heavily and he was forced off after 25 minutes with Lorenzo Ferrari substituting. Meantime Corby had an excellent spell as they took full, advantage to draw level after twelve minutes when Cleveland Taylor showed some clever footwork to release Greg Mills who netted from a narrow angle.

The Corby pressure continued as Paul Malone glanced as header narrowly wide from a Lewis Jackson corner and then he saw a second set piece header blocked on the line. Roberts was looking a lively front line leader and he was denied a second goal when Walker dived bravely at his feet to block and then St Neots had a let off when a pile driving shot from Jackson went off Nathan Abbey but flew over the bar. However the keeper did produce one excellent save to deny Mills after good work by Taylor. 

Ironically after looking second best in the first 45 minutes St Neots should have gone to half time in front when after 43 minutes Ben Ford played Ferrari clear of the home offside trap but clear on goal he delayed his shot and Walker got down to deflect the ball for a corner.

 After one early second effort for Corby by Wilson Carvalho that only just cleared the crossbar St Neots took over and settled into a neat attacking rhythm. Ferrari playing an unaccustomed role as a striker should have done better with a near post header from a Spring cross that he glanced wide and Roberts showed good speed to create a chance which was blocked on the line by Edi Appleton. 

With Jay Davies and Martel Powell on for St Neots in a reorganised midfield they were beginning to dominate both the play and chance creation and the lively Davies brought a full length save from Walker after unselfish play by Roberts. Corby’s only real chance came from a 25 yards free kick sent over the bar by Mills and then seven minutes from time Lorenzo Ferrari picked up the ball some 20 yards in his own half and set off on a blistering run going past two defenders before shooting low past Walker to put St Neots ahead. 

His extravagant celebrations with travelling supporters earned him a booking. Corby threw everything forward in a bid to salvage a point but was caught short in defence and Jay Davies wriggled into the penalty area to be brought down from behind by Paul Malone. 

Drew Roberts confidently despatched the resultant penalty kick to give the visitors a hard earned three points to move nearer the top of the congested League table.

 

St Neots: Abbey, Spence, Lee, Bickerstaff, Frater (R), Hoyte, Ford, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Farrell.

Subs: Ferrari (for Frater (N) 25 mins), Davies (for Ford 51 mins), Powell (for Bickerstaff 71 mins), Wilson and Greygoose.

Cards: Farrell (Y – 81), Ferrari (Y – 83)

Goals: Roberts 2 (3 and 90+1 mins), Ferrari (83 mins)

 

Corby:  Walker, Thomas, Jackson, Malone, Appleton, Daramola, Mills, Milnes, Carvalho, Byrne, Taylor

Subs: Weir-Daley (for Byrne 66 mins), Wright (for Daramola 86 mins), Kennedy, May and Clarke.

Card: Taylor (Y – 40)

Goals: Mills (12 mins)

 Attendance: 518

 Referee: David Avent (Northampton)

 

 John Walker

Southern League Premier Division

 

TRURO CITY      2          ST NEOTS TOWN       3

 

St Neots arrived in Cornwall on the day that hosts Truro City was celebrating their 125th anniversary but the visitors proved to be party poopers as they returned home from their lengthy 660 miles round trip with all three points.    It was the perfect response from the team after their pallid home midweek defeat by Redditch particularly as they had to regroup after surrendering a two goals lead early in the second half.    The one enforced team change due to the injury suffered in the Redditch game by Matt Nolan saw the return to the side of defender Mason Spence with Drew Roberts still on the bench awaiting his first start for his new club.   It was St Neots second trip to Truro and by coincidence they repeated their feat the first time around by scoring the fifth goal in a tightly fought match.

 

The start of the match saw some untidy play by both sides with the only early effort on goal being a speculative lob by Arthur Lee comfortably collected by home keeper Kyle Moore.   Then after a quarter of an hour St Neots went ahead with the credit for the goal due to Martel Powell playing a revised role just behind the front two.  He chased out to the right and beat two defenders on the right bye line in very limited space before picking out Nathan Frater at the near post and his shot across the keeper found the far corner of the net.   Spence then had a teasing cross acrobatically pushed over the bar but Truro came back with two good efforts.   Ben Watson saw a shot well saved by Nathan Abbey and then defender Rob Farkins up for a corner was carelessly left unmarked at the far post but to St Neots’ relief he headed tamely over the bar.   After 34 minutes Nathan Frater should had doubled the lead but after using his pace to round Arran Pugh he fired over the bar with only the keeper to beat.   Two more Truro chances went begging as Cody Cooke saw his effort palmed away by Abbey and then Les Afful beat two defenders to set up Shane White but his shot was too high.

 

There was an explosive start to the second half as Nathan Frater took full advantage of a total mix up between defender and goalkeeper to roll the ball into the empty net to double St Neots advantage but this slip encouraged a Truro revival as they had their best spell of the match.    In a blistering nine minutes spell they scored twice to level the match and at that stage looked favourites to go on to win.   Their first goal from Craig Duff came from a poorly defended corner and then Dan Green set up Cody Cooke for a smart finish to level the scores with Abbey appearing unsighted through a crowded penalty area.   St Neots responded quickly and just five minutes after surrendering their lead St Neots won a free kick when Nathan Frater was bundled over on the edge of the area and Arthur Lee produced a sublime curling free kick around the defensive wall and beyond the despairing reach of Kyle Moore to go in front again.   With substitutes Drew Roberts and Ben Farrell on for the limping Nathan Frater and Powell St Neots now began to look more composed and there was a spell of midfield play with chances few.   However in the final five minutes both sides created chances that could have changed the outcome of the match.   Pressing forward in numbers with home favourite Barry Hayles on as a substitute Truro were awarded a free kick just outside the area but Duff sent his free kick wide of the far post and at the other end Lee set up Roberts for what looked certain to be the stikers’ first St Neots goal but Kyle Moore redeemed himself for earlier errors with the save of the match.   Then the long trip home but happy to be back to winning ways.

 


 

 

 

St Neots: Abbey, Spence, Lee, Bickerstaff, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Frater (N), Ford, Powell

Subs: Farrell (for Powell 54 mins), Roberts (for Frater (N) 66 mins), Ferrari (for Davies 83 mins), Ivey-Ward and Greygoose.

Cards: Abbey (Y – 55), Ford (Y – 68)

Goals: Frater (N) 2 (15 and 46 mins), Lee (66 mins)

 

Truro:  Moore, White, Long, Ash, Farkins, Pugh, Green, Afful, Watson, Cooke, Duff

Subs: James (for White 56 mins), Vassall (for Afful 65 mins), Hayles (for Watson 74 mins), Tully and Searle.

Card: Green (Y – 54)

Goals: Duff (52 mins), Cooke (61 mins)

 

Attendance: 503

 

Referee: Mark Russell (Portishead)

 

John Walker

With the Saints season well underway, 2 wins a draw and a defeat it was time to get the thoughts of the management.
Look out for Jay Davies cracking finish against Weymouth.

 

Video: 21 08 14 SNTTV Action & Reaction

 

ST NEOTS TOWN   0  REDDITCH UNITED  3

 

Shoddy, is the kindest word to describe the St Neots performance in their first home midweek match of the season in front of a very healthy crowd of 310 hoping to see the side extend its unbeaten record.

 

Redditch returned home with a final score line in victory that flattered their performance but it served to underline the carelessness of the St Neots showing.    Each of the three goals was gifted to their opponents as St Neots totally lost their shape and confidence and the final whistle was greeted with some relief as the punishment ceased.

It is difficult to assess why the performance was so inept given that the starting line up was the same that had dominated in their previous showing on the ground just three days earlier.   

Even the second half substitute debut appearance by new striker Drew Roberts who had missed the opening three games because of a carry over suspension from last season failed to inspire his team and now the Management team will have to rebuild the confidence of the side that will be very bruised after this evening to forget.

 

It all started so well with Matt Spring and Ben Ford orchestrating play in midfield leaving the visiting side with only the occasional breakaway attack. In the opening two minutes Callum Flanagan was happy to break up an attack by heading over his own crossbar and then the same player cleared off the line from Matt Nolan from the corner.

A slick fifth minute move saw Nathan Frater head a Spring corner back into the six yards box for Arthur Lee to see his shot cleared off the line by Daniel Scarr and then Gavin Hoyte head onto the roof of the net with visiting keeper Sam Hornby scrambling across his goal. In the first real Redditch attack Ashley Sammons shot across the face of goal and after 25 minutes of play largely in the Redditch half the visitors took a surprise lead.

Gavin Hoyte uncharacteristically totally misjudged a back pass sending the ball well wide of goalkeeper and goal and from the surprise corner Jamie Molyneux picked up Ashley Sammons with a short pass and his fierce near post shot caught Nathan Abbey by surprise and although he got his hands to the ball it went through them into the net. St Neots did not seem too upset by this setback and both Nathan Frater and Arthur Lee brought good saves from Hornby but St Neots were not making their superior possession count in terms of creating meaningful openings.

In the five minutes before the break Leavi Oshungbure should have doubled the lead volleying wide when played clear and Nathan Abbey then produced a fine reaction save to deny the same player.

 

If that Redditch burst had rung any alarm bells it did not show as St Neots continued to be profligate with their better openings after the break. Jay Davies shot wide, Nathan Frater headed tamely into the goalkeeper’s arms and Matt Nolan missed his finish in front of goal.

Then after an hour Molyneux was clumsily tripped by Davies to concede a penalty and Ashley Sammons sent Abbey the wrong way to double the Redditch lead. St Neots sent on Roberts and Lorenzo Ferrari but even with three strikers on the pitch they failed to seriously test the visiting defence.

The final blow came after 68 minutes when substitute Liam Spink was allowed acres of space on the right and he went clear to force a fine reaction block from Abbey but the ball went up in the air and Molyneux was on hand without serious challenge to force the ball into the net from close range.

Now St Neots were reduced to just be preserving their pride but that was bruised as they picked up three second half bookings fuelled by frustration and Redditch became the first Southern League side to record three successive league victories at the Cozy Stadium.

 

St Neots: Abbey, Powell, Lee, Bickerstaff, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Nolan, Frater (N), Ford

 

Subs: Roberts (for Powell 59 mins), Ferrari (for Frater (N) 74 mins), Spence, Ivey-Ward and Greygoose.

Cards: Frater (N) (Y – 59), Roberts (Y – 70), Davies (Y – 74)

Goals: none

 

Redditch:  Hornby, Jones, Flanagan, Oshungbure, Scarr, Mutton, Loveridge, Sammons, Molyneux, Hylton, Carline

Subs: Spink (for Oshungbure 66 mins), Maye (for Sammons 76 mins), Ahenkorah (for Molyneux 82 mins), Reed and Caines.

Cards: Sammons (Y – 11)

Goals: Sammons (2)(25 mins and 60 mins (pen)), Molyneux (68 mins)

 Attendance: 310

 

 Referee: Richard Hart (St Ives)

 

 John Walker