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SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

 Barwell        6          St Neots Town     1                

 

St Neots slumped to their biggest ever away Southern League defeat in atrocious conditions in their rearranged match at Barwell.   A measure of the state of the pitch was that Wolverhampton Referee Greg Rolleson and the two skippers stood in a centre circle puddle for the pre-match toss up and the incessant rain never really stopped throughout the ninety minutes.   However the staunchest St Neots supporter (and a few made the trip) would be hard-pressed to find a genuine excuse for this very poor performance.   Too many key players were well below their best, from skipper Luke Knight whose normal midfield general’s role was never apparent to teenage goalkeeper Finlay Iron whose gifted the home side at least three of their goals.   St Neots normal neat short passing game was just not possible on this semi-waterlogged surface and they were either unwilling or unable to adopt to a long ball game.  Barwell, smarting from their weekend drubbing in the FA Trophy were focussed and determined to get back to league action and to compound St Neots misery Taylor Parr, celebrating his birthday, chipped in with an own goal!   There were two team changes with fit again Davante Stanley replacing Matt Miles at full back, and Lee Watkins in midfield for the unavailable Tom Wood.

Barwell laid the foundation of this victory with goals in the third minutes of each half. The first, in the first attacking move of the match, saw former Kettering defender Henry Eze rise above the St Neots defence to head in a Liam Canavan free kick, and they almost added a second when an angled shot by Elliot Percival beat Finlay Iron but drifted beyond the far post.   St Neots felt aggrieved after 16 minutes when Nabil Shariff was hauled down in the area, but St Neots penalty appeals were ignored.   However, St Neots overcame the disappointment of conceding the early goal and competed well with Dylan Williams curling a shot beyond both goalkeeper and far post after 26 minutes, and Taylor Parr heading a Johnny Herd corner wide of target.   A Luke Knight free kick was dropped by home keeper Liam Castle, but he managed to retrieve it at the feet of opponents whilst at the other end Iron saved from Eliot Putman and Canavan.  Jordan Norville-Williams was St Neots biggest threat for the home side and he twice carved his way through the home defence only to win corner kicks.   Just a single goal down, St Neots must have gone to the half time break looking to get back into the game.

However within three minutes they had a mountain to climb as a searching midfield cross from Jahvan Davidson-Miller picked out the unmarked Nial Julien on the right and his cross to the near post was powered in by Massiah McDonald under the diving body of Iron.   Five minutes later St Neots Manager Matt Clements reacted swiftly pulling off both full backs to go to three at the back and adopt a more aggressive approach but his plan fell flat when two minutes after the change,  

Massiah McDonald took full advantage of defensive hesitancy to add a third goal for the home side.   That seemed to snuff out St Neots confidence and for a spell the side was under constant pressure.   Penned back in defence they conceded a fourth goal after 67 minutes when Canavan set up Jamie Towers who arrived at the far post to net past a hesitant goalkeeper.   The pressure seemed to ease with Barwell sending on substitutes but with fifteen minutes remaining Davidson-Miller went past Knight and substitute Matt Miles to cross deep into the penalty area and with Iron deciding to stay on his line Taylor Parr could do nothing under pressure but head the ball into his own net.   Another self-imposed problem came when Knight was easily dispossessed and tackling back Andrea Borg was booked for a late challenge.   Worse was to follow for twelve minutes from time a free kick by Putman found its was to the unmarked substitute Rob Morgan whose tame-looking free kick straight at Iron was mishandled and it rolled almost apologetically over the line to give Barwell their sixth goal.  St Neots did have the last word in the 90th minute when substitute Gary Wharton was in the right place to rap home after excellent play by Norville-Williams.

St Neots:  Iron, Stanley, Herd, Knight, Short, Parr, Borg, Watkins, Shariff, Williams, Norville-Williams

Subs:  Miles (for Stanley 57 mins), Wharton (for Herd 57 mins), Gomes (for Williams 85 mins)

Cards:  Watkins (Y – 13 mins), Short (Y – 39 mins), Borg (Y – 77 mins)

Goals:  Wharton (90 mins)

 

Barwell:  Castle, Percival, Putman, Eze, Gascoigne, Canavan, Julien, Towers, McDonald, Hickey, Davidson-Miller

Subs:  Morgan (for Canavan 68 mins), Rowe (for Towers 70 mins), Albertus (for Hickey 77 mins), Desrosiers and Cross.

Cards:  Canavan (Y – 57 mins), Towers (Y – 63 mins), Hickey (Y – 69 mins)

Goals:  McDonald 2 (48 & 59 mins), Eze (3 mins), Towers (67 mins), Parr OG (75 mins), Morgan (78 mins)

 

Referee:  Greg Rolleson (Wolverhampton)

Attendance:  63

 

 

John Walker

 

UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW

Having had a second free Saturday this season last weekend, St Neots now look forward to their pre-Christmas arrangements.   On Tuesday they have the first of their rearranged league matches with a trip to Leicestershire to play Barwell.   The two sides met last month at the Premier Plus Stadium in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy when a single second half goal by the visitors ended St Neots ambition in National competition this season.   The original date for this match was two weeks after that defeat bur of course Barwell were involved in the following round of the Trophy and last weekend they were again in that competition away at Spennymoor Town of the National League North.   The last league meeting of the two sides was on 13th April 2013 when St Neots won 3-2 at Barwell with Ryan Auger (2) and Jack Werndley scoring the visitors’ goals.   After that Barwell were transferred sideways to the Northern League pyramid.

On Saturday it is our popular Christmas Jumper Day (with prizes) and we entertain the in-form Stratford Town – one of only three other clubs from our league along with Barwell to feature in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.   Stratford had the stiffest test of the Southern League Central quartet, drawn away at National League side AFC Fylde who are some 54 places above them in the football pyramid.   St Neots travelled to Stratford on the opening day of the season narrowly beaten by a second half goal to nil.   Previous meeting of the two sides at the Premier Plus Stadium have seen three successive scoring draws prior to this season.

 

John Walker

 

 

 

 

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town     3       Redditch United       1         

St Neots clambered out of the relegation zone with their first home league victory since 14th August thanks to a double strike from Nabil Shariff and a smart header from Dylan Williams.   In difficult windy conditions both sides struggled to produce their best football, but in the end, justice was done because of St Neots grit and determination, the Saints moved up to 18th position.      

Less than two months ago Redditch were bottom but one in the league table, with two wins and eight defeats in their first ten matches, but they have turned things around in spectacular style with just one league defeat in their last six league outings and they had climbed five places to 16th and were no doubt looking to maintain that improvement in this match. However, St Neots know that it is no use playing well and losing and there were signs that the recently signed players are bedding in.   The latest addition to the squad is Jordan Norville-Williams, on loan from Cambridge United and he was making his second debut for the club have played eight games last season in a brief stay.   There were recalls for Taylor Parr and Russell Short who had completed their one-match bans and making way for this trio were Gary Wharton and Lee Watkins (both on the bench) and Dan Olaniran.

Conditions were far from ideal with the swirling wind on a wet surface making control difficult and neither side seemed to hit a rhythm in the early stages. St Neots received an early shock when, in their first notable attack, Redditch took the lead as Shaquille Leachman-Whittingham drifted down the left to cross to the far post where Richard Batchelor arrived late and unmarked to slide the ball past Finley Iron.   St Neots set about repairing the damage and a long thrown from Johnny Herd was flicked on by Taylor Parr and the ball ran across the area to deflect off the far post after a quarter of an hour. However, after 32 minutes the host side levelled, when a solo effort by Nabil Shariff saw his low shot across Daniel Crane find the corner of the net. Luke Knight shot over the bar and before the break, St Neots seemed to be getting on top with little seen of the Redditch attack, however, just before the break St Neots, were lucky to stay on terms when Matt Miles upended Mitchell Piggon on the edge of the area, but Robbie Burn’s free kick was pushed for a corner by Finley Iron.   Miles then limped off injured to be replaced by Devante Stanley who had missed the previous two matches through injury.

The second half followed a different pattern with St Neots well on top, dictating play from midfield where Tom Wood and Luke Knight were dominant.   Dylan Williams had an early effort blocked by Andrew Parsons and the match became feisty with three players booked in a five minutes spell.   St Neots’ pressure than paid off after 59 minutes when a long throw by Herd was flicked on at the near post and last season’s leading scorer Dylan Williams netted his fourth goal of the campaign with a neat header. Once in front, St Neots looked comfortable and they could have extended their lead as Knight had a shot blocked and Shariff brought a fine full length save from Crane. Norville-Williams also went close after good work by Tom Wood, seeing his shot deflected the wrong side of a goalpost. The result was made safe seven minutes from time when Nabil Shariff completed his third double haul of league goals this season finishing off searching free kick by Herd. In those last seven minutes plus added time, Redditch threw caution to the wind and went all out to try to salvage something from the match. There were waves of attacks towards the St Neots end, but Iron was never seriously stretched whilst at the other end, on the break, Shariff had two chances to complete a hat trick, but his first effort brought the save of the match from Crane, and his second was blocked by a defender.

To view Claire Howes' photo gallery of today's win, click here: flickr.com/photos/claire_howes/

 

St Neots Town:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Short, Parr, Borg, Wood, Shariff, Williams, Norville-Williams

Subs:  Stanley (for Miles 45+1 mins), Watkins (for Norville-Williams 79 mins), Wharton (for Borg (90+2 mins) and Gomes.

Cards:  Miles (Y – 42 mins), Knight (Y – 59 mins), Borg (Y – 83 mins), Short (Y – 87 mins)

Goals:  Shariff 2 (32 & 83 mins), Williams (59 mins)

 

Redditch:  Francis, Sinclair, Mills, Franklin, Parsons, Evans, Leachman-Whittingham, Bunn, Piggon, Reynolds, Batchelor

Subs:  Howards (for Reynolds 62 mins), Loveridge (for Bunn 62 mins), Nelson (for Leachman-Whittingham 74 mins, Tye and Butterfield.

Cards:  Sinclair (Y – 34 mins), Leachman-Whittingham (Y – 57 mins)

Goals:  Batchelor (7 mins)

 

Referee:  Stephen Bates (St Albans)

Attendance:  179

 

John Walker

 

 

It is with great excitement that we can announce a new additional to our ever expanding Sport Scholarship programme.  

In Partnership with Eaton Socon Cricket Club from Sept 2019 St Neots Learning and Sports Academy will open its sport scholarship programme to post 16 year old Students who wish to access Cricket as part of their 6th form enrichment. 

 

Iain Parr Director of St Neots Learning and Sports Academy said:

"Rob Ashwell and myself have been in discussions for quite some time now on how we can offer, in partnership with Eaton Socon Cricket Club, a Cricket Scholarship programme that can be accessed by all the talented Cricketers who play within St Neots and indeed the surrounding area.  This is a fantastic opportunity for post 16 girls and boys to get the very best educational at Longsands 6th form while at the same time access a Cricket scholarship programme,  a specific gym programme and game time under the watchful eye of our Cricketing Partners.  Cricket is now on the Longsands 6th form time table for Sept 2019!! "

 

 

Robert Ashwell Chairman ESCC added:

"Eaton Socon Cricket Club is very proud to be looking to run a Cricket scholarship in partnership with St Neots Learning and Sports Academy from  September 2019.

We believe it could be the first post 16 cricket scholarship within the UK .

The partnership will include using the facilities at both clubs and the programme will be cricket focused with fitness and gym work part of the course .

The scholarship will be run by ECB qualified coaches and with the potential to have training sessions at first class county .

On top of this we are looking at potential overseas cricket tours for the scholars and even taking in overseas scholars in the future"

 

ESCC - 

Cambs & Hunts Premier League Cricket 

Great facilities with new £35,000 nets in 2017 

Central location 

One of the best local junior cricket club set ups 

ECB qualified coaches 

Qualified county coaches for age group cricket 

 

 

Rob will be available on the Friday 21st December at St Neots Town FC, in the Gregory Suite

from 10.30am 

 

 

Open Training Day announced for potential scholars (September 2019 Intake)

Friday 21st December 2018 - 10.30am at the GESS 3G Arena

 

Follow the link below to fill in the scholarship form but please also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your participation on the 21st December

 

https://goo.gl/forms/Z8TvrOlQZgGPlWjZ2

SOUTHERN LEAGUE CENTRAL PREMIER DIVISION

St Neots Town     1        Stourbridge       2          

After a tepid first half performance and a half-time deficit, comeback kings Stourbridge moved closer to league leaders Kettering with two second half goals in a four minutes spell.   St Neots seemed to be coping well before the break without their two suspended central defenders Taylor Parr and Russell Short, but after half time the strong visiting side moved fully into gear to show just why they are in the top two places in the table.   Based on previous performances this was a much-improved overall showing by St Neots and Manager Matt Clements will have been pleased the way that the versatile Tom Wood and occasionally selected Dan Olaniran coped with the potent Stourbridge attack that is the best in the league.   Clements also introduced loan player Andrea Borg from Peterborough United and he had a quiet debut.   Once again back in goal Finlay Iron made several good saves whilst at the other end St Neots carved out a host of half chances but once again, they were let down by their finishing.

After a quiet start with much of the play in midfield it was St Neots who made the important break through after 14 minutes.   Gary Wharton drifted from left to right to pick up a pass and his cross was knocked down by Stuart Pierpoint, but only to the edge of the area where Dylan Williams picked up the ball to score with a low crisp shot beyond the dive of visiting keeper James Wren.   Nabil Shariff then shot wide after neat play by Lee Watkins but Stourbridge created openings on the break and just before the half hour Finlay Iron at to dive bravely amongst flying boots to smother the ball after Luke Benbow had directed a Robbie Thompson-Brown free kick across goal.   St Neots should have extended their lead before the break as Williams sent an ambitious effort high over the bar, Andrea Borg saw his effort blocked and Gary Wharton should have done better than shoot wide after neat play by Johnny Herd.   However the visitors always looked sharp in attack when they did break forward and the lively Benbow forced an important save from Iron in time added at the end of the first 45 minutes.

It looked a different Stourbridge side that emerged after the break.  They looked full of the confidence they seemed to have lacked in the first half and the St Neots side were pushed back on the defensive.   Iron became the busiest man on the field saving efforts by Benbow and Callum Powell, but St Neots did show some counter-attacking tendencies with Williams firing wildly over the bar after visiting keeper James Wren had saved well from Nabil Shariff, and Gary Wharton being only inches from a Watkins cross in front of a gaping goal.   However, it was the visiting side who were beginning to boss the game and after 58 minutes following a quickly taken free kick Luke Benbow levelled the scores with a smart finish.   Then just four minutes later St Neots conceded a second goal from a set piece.   A Thompson-Brown free kick found the head of Pierpoint drawing a fingertip save over the bar by Iron but from the result corner Paul McCone rose above the defence to put his side ahead.   Iron then produced a full-length save from Powell to keep St Neots hopes alive, and St Neots thought they had created an equaliser following a Herd corner, as Dan Olaniran curled in a shot that beat the keeper but clipped the crossbar.   St Neots then sent on two substitutes to freshen up their attack, but the experienced Stourbridge defence funnelled back to stifle their best efforts and the home side looked unable to seriously threaten the visitors’ goal.

  

St Neots:  Iron, Miles, Herd, Knight, Wood, Olaniran, Borg, Watkins, Shariff, Williams, Wharton

Subs:  Douglas (for Wharton 74 mins), Ofosu (for Borg 74 mins), Gomes and Fulianty.

Cards:  Knight (Y – 59 mins)

Goals:  Williams (14 mins)

 

Stourbridge:  Wren, Hayden, Aris, McCone, Pierpoint, Forde, Powell, Birch, Benbow, Thompson-Brown, Mills.

Subs:  Broadhurst (for Birch 57 mins), Anderson (for Powell 74 mins), Steele, Tonks and Maher

Cards:  Mills (Y – 34 mins), Pierpoint (Y – 66 mins), Forde (Y – 81 mins)

Goals:  Benbow (58 mins), McCone (62 mins)

 

Referee:  Shaun Barry (Northampton)

Attendance:  188

 

John Walker

 

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH LEAGUE CAMBRIDGE DIVISION

ST NEOTS TOWN U18       1         ELY CITY U18      0         

Ely had inflicted on St Neots their only league defeat so far this season on the opening day, so this return match was of great significance to both sides.    With much at stake the match was somewhat disappointing with the sides cancelling each other out for much of the time, and the finishing by both was well below par with the goalkeepers rarely called upon.   However visiting custodian Toby Powell did produce one late second half save to keep the outcome in doubt right up to the final whistle, but from St Neots point of view this was a match where the result was more important than the performance.

The first half is best described as competitive but unproductive.   Most of the efforts on goal were either blocked or off target with the respective defences well in control.   Referee Philip Stanton kept well on top of some rather feisty tackling and the blank half time scoresheet was a reflection of two well-matched sides.   Sam Routs at one end and Benjamin Harnwell at the other had the best early chances, both put wide of target and it was full back Tom Leagas who came closest to breaking the deadlock when he flicked wide at the near post after determined work by Joe Rider.   Towards the end of the first half St Neots had a good spell of superior possession but created little with Rider seeing a shot blocked and both he and Markel Cousins shooting wide when well placed.

 

The second half began in similar vein with Adrian O’Hara firing high over the bar and the lively Routs shooting wide after good work by Bradley Brown.   The solitary goal came after 62 minutes when Cousins mesmerised the defence but saw his effort blocked, and when the ball ran loose ace marksman Joe Rider pounced to claim his nineteenth goal of the season.  That seemed to set the visitors’ back on their heels and they were limited to rare breakaway attacks with home skipper Leon Fulianty totally in control for St Neots.   A free kick by Fulianty required a double save from Powell and Ely then sent on substitutes to try to pep up their attack.   However, Joe Burberry in the St Neots goal did not have a serious save to make whilst at the other end Rider brought the one significant save from Powell and the keeper then did well to block with his feet to deny the same St Neots player.   Ely never gave up but lacked ideas and seldom looked like salvaging anything from the match.

 

 

St Neots:  Burberry, Leagas, Goodridge, O’Hara, Rowland, Fulianty, Cousins, Brown (B), Rider, Routs, Ferry

Sub used:   Rudland.

Referee:  Philip Stanton

 

 (John Walker)

Development Partnership Announcement

St Neots Town FC and it's educational sister St Neots Learning and Sports Academy are delighted to announce

that with immediate effect we will partnering up with The Football Education Academy to Identify recruit and

develop post 16 year old footballers

 

Iain Parr Director of Football:

"St Neots Town FC has without doubt the very best Post 16 Football Scholarship programme in the area. We

offer Elite football, in partnership with Peterborough Utd, College Football, Teaching and Coaching, Personal

Training qualifications and from 2019 we are expanding our sports options to include Cricket, Golf and Tennis.

Our Educational Partners Longsands Academy have invested a huge amount of time and energy putting into

place a programme of education that affords our scholars access to a full and comprehensive timetable that

includes A level and Btec's. With a number of Students already recruited from Bedford we began to look at how

we could expand our catchment area still further, we believe that by Partnering and working with Jack Cassidy

and The Football Education Programme we will achieve this objective. St Neots Town FC and The Football

Educational Programme will work together to recruit the very best post 16 year old footballs and offer a variety

of scholarship options , educational pathways and training locations. We'd like to thank Jack Cassidy for giving

us this opportunity and we look forward to a bright and productive partnership"

 

Jack Cassidy Founder and Owner of The Football Educational Programme:

"I am delighted to be able to strengthen The Football Education Academy further by partnering with an

ambitious football club who has shown a great commitment to youth development over recent years. The

facilities and infrastructure both on and off the pitch allows for a longstanding relationship to benefit students

both in the Bedfordshire and Huntingdonshire area. The Football Club shares our values and commitment to

helping young players and students both on and off the pitch to enable them to become the best they can very

be. We are excited and look forward to developing this partnership further over the coming years”

 

December Trial and Open Evening Information

 

Bedford Open Evening

Venue: Lakeview Village Hall, Wixams, 164 Brooklands Avenue, Bedford, MK42 6BE

Date : Wednesday 19th December

Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm

 

Open Trials

Venue: GESS 3G Arena St Neots Town FC, Rowley Park, Kester Way,St Neots, PE19 6SL

Date: Friday 21st December

Time: 10.30am arrival, KO 11am

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