Wednesday, 17 August 2016 08:11
  St Ives Town 2 St Neots Town 1   16 August 2016       After two successive home wins, it was a disappointing evening when Saints returned to the road with a visit to near neighbours St Ives, as they went down by the odd goal in three.   The first twenty five minutes of the first half was evenly contested and saw few chances created, with neither keeper seriously tested, the hosts only meaningful efforts from Dawkin and Seymour-Shove both missing the target from distance.    St Neots took the lead after 28 minutes.  James Hall controlled the ball well on the right and CLARK fired home after Sutton in the St Ives goal was only able to punch the cross out a short distance.  Clark again tested Sutton a few minutes later from 20 yards but the keeper saved low down to his left.  St Ives pressed for an equaliser as the half progressed but Dawkin and Sinclair were both off target and then O’Malley headed wide when unmarked after being found at the far post by Seymour-Shove following a quick corner.   St Ives started the second half the better and Archer had to be alert after only 3 minutes saving an O’Malley header from a cross by McGowan.  Again there were few clear chances created in the opening exchanges, with St Neots best chance falling to Rogers who was denied by Sutton, whilst McGowan shot over for St Ives when well placed and Archer did well to push Phillips shot wide at the expense of a corner.  St Ives drew level after 72 minutes when SEYMOUR-SHOVE’s driven effort found the net via a deflection following a cross from substitute Carden   St Neots tried to respond and Rogers went close after twice being set up by James Hall, firstly with a shot across the face of goal and then heading over, but it was St Ives who were finishing the stronger and although Archer saved from McGowan with five minutes remaining he was beaten with an angled drive by DAWKIN two minutes later to give St Ives the victory.       St Neots:  Archer, Mason, Jonny Hall, McGeorge, Wood, Parr, Patrick, Clark, James Hall, Brown, Rogers   Subs used: Hyem for Clark (43), Spark for Brown (56)   Subs not used: Butt, Hobbs and Donkin   Cautioned: Mason (48), Jonny Hall, (68)       St Ives:  Sutton, O’Malley, Jarrold, Chaffey, McDevitt, Higgs, Seymour-Shove, McGowan, Phillips, Sinclair, Dawkin   Subs used: Carden for O’Malley (69), De’ath for Seymour-Shove (87)   Subs not used: Clayton, Harradine   Cautioned: Dawkin (35), O’Malley (66)       Attendance:     528   Referee:   S Cheek       Roger Walker  
Sunday, 14 August 2016 13:48
  Southern League Premier Division   ST NEOTS TOWN       3       FROME TOWN      2   For a first game of the season at St Neots this match had everything.  A first minute goal, a last minute goal, a red card and six yellows and early season league leaders Frome knocked from their perch.  As those details suggest it was a feisty encounter and having led with half an hour left St Neots looked to have blown it when they conceded a second equalizer two minutes into added time.  But to the crowds delight they hit back with the latest of winning goals.   Without three key players in Tom Ward (suspended) Ryan Hawkins (injured) and Dubi Ogbonna (unavailable), St Neots made two team changes with Peter Clark returning in midfield and teenager Jordan Brown coming in for his first home start in the Southern League.   Frome had made a great recovery late last season to finish strongly and avoid what had looked like certain relegation and with maximum points from their two first games they had started this season where they had left off in April.  They will feel hard done by to have surrendered that good start but in the final analysis their reduction to ten men early in the second half may have proved pivotal.  However, credit to St Neots who showed exactly what it means to keep going right up to the final whistle.   There was a really explosive start when Declan Rogers put St Neots ahead after just 29 seconds with visiting keeper Corey Harvey looking slow to get down to his 25 yards shot but the visitors roared back and three minutes later Peter Clark tripped Jon Davies who had burst past two defenders.  The St Neots player was booked and had the referee judged the challenge deliberate rather than clumsy the punishment could have been greater.   Frome maintained this early impetus with Darren Jefferies bringing a good save from Alex Archer and Mikey Bryant shooting wide when he had been left unmarked.   The same player then headed over the bar after good work by Jefferies and Davies shot across the face of goal.   The pressure paid off after 29 minutes when the speedy Jefferies was impeded by Dom Mason and the Referee pointed to the penalty spot.   Jon Davies sent Archer the wrong way to level the scores – no less than Frome deserved at this stage of the match.  St Neots late first half rally saw Taylor Parr head wide from a Rogers corner and James Hall denied by a good save from Harvey before seeing a second effort blocked.   The second half (like the first) began dramatically with Jordan Brown being mugged by Jordan Walker who rightly received a straight red card.  In the melee that followed Dom Mason was unlucky to booked as he tried to break up the warring factions but the match settled with Frome pulling off a striker to balance up their defence.   Switched from a wide berth in the first half to play along James Hall, Brown looked lively and after 62 minutes he drifted wide to provide the cross from which Peter Clark netted to reinstate St Neots lead.  Lively on the break Frome saw Alex Archer make two important saves blocking Davies effort after he had gone clear of the defence and then denying Jefferies with a smart take.   Taylor Parr cleared another effort from Dan Cleverly off the line but St Neots looked generally in control with A Micky Hyem first touch shot blocked on the line, and Brown testing Harvey.  With 90 minutes played it looked like a home victory but after two minutes’ time added Frome substitute Jake Jackson beat the home keeper with an angled shot.   St Neots roared back and in the dying seconds a Brown shot was blocked and Declan Rogers followed up to claim his second goal of the match and all three points for his team.   St Neots:  Archer, Mason, Jon Hall, McGeorge, Wood, Parr, Patrick, Clark, James Hall, Brown, Rogers   Subs:  Hyem (for James Hall 79 mins), Butt, Hobbs, Ogbonna and Donkin.   Cards:  Clark (Y – 3), Parr (Y – 35), Mason (Y – 55), James Hall (Y – 74)   Goals:  Rogers 2 (29 secs and 90 + 4), Clark (62)       Frome:  Harvey, Miller, Walker, Mapstone, Roberts, Cleverley, Davies, Miller, Bryant, Page, Jefferies   Subs:  Green (for Bryant 58 mins), Jackson (for Page 70 mins), Difford, Moss and Teale.   Cards:  Walker (RED – 55), Miller (Y – 65), Roberts (Y – 70)   Goals:  Davies (29 – pen), Jackson (90 + 2)     Attendance: 251   Referee: Stephen Bates (St Albans)       John Walker          
Wednesday, 10 August 2016 17:53
  Evostik League Southern Premier Division St Neots Town   5  -  2  Kings Lynn Town If ever there has been a match in which St Neots Town have wanted to go out and put right all the wrongs which were witnessed in their previous match, then this was that game. Nights like these have seldom been seen since our days in the Central Division where teams were often put to the sword in almost consummate ease and the Saints fans present inside the stadium could justifiably go home with big grins on their faces and look forward to the rest of the season with renewed hope and optimism. Manager Andy Davies was able to call upon the fit again Jonny Hall and Jordan Patrick, who both made their debut’s for the club and opted to use Tom Wood’s physical strength rather than the craft and guile of Peter Clark in midfield. Also, there was a recall for Alex Archer between the sticks, with Sam Donkin dropping to the bench. Dubi Ogbonna scored one and created three others as he terrorised an almost pedestrian Lynn defence with his trickery and pace throughout the evening and alongside fellow scorers Declan Rogers and hat-trick hero James Hall, they look to be forging a very dangerous understanding which can only mean bad news for opposition defences. The opening quarter of an hour belonged to the visitors, with Alex Archer having to make a couple of smart saves to keep out the Linnets and Declan Rogers could and probably should have done better with a least one of his early opportunities which presented themselves to him. St Neots took the lead in the thirty-third minute when James Hall confidently swept home a spot kick after Ogbonna had been bundled to the ground as he worked his way into the area. Three minutes later it was two – nil as Ogbonna threaded a sweet ball to Rogers and his crossed mas fumbled by Street in the Lynn goal, leaving the alert James Hall to double the lead and his own personal haul on the night. Things were to get even better for the home side after forty-two minutes when a stray pass from Stevenson was intercepted and fed to Declan Rogers and he made no mistake, firing the ball past a helpless street to send the home support a state of delirium. Half Time: St Neots Town 3  - 0 Kings Lynn Town The second half began at a blistering pace and Ogbonna, who was clearly enjoying himself against his old club, was very unlucky not to add a fourth goal when he saw his powerful header flicked over the crossbar in acrobatic style by Street. The fourth goal of the efvening did arrive in the sixty-third minute and it was to bew the home side who were to extend their lead. It was that man Ogbonna in the thick of the action again and this time he burst into the right hand side of the box and as he got to the dead ball line, he produced an exquisite turn which beat the defender all ends up and he pulled the striker to the ground, earning the saints their second penalty kick of the night. Up stepped James Hall who confidently sent Street the wrong way with his spot kick and claimed his first hat-trick for the Club in only his second competitive start. The visitors did manage to get a foothold in the game as Toby Hilliard struck to give the Linnets a glimmer of hope however Dubi Ogbonna was about to snuff out any ideas of a comeback when he got on the end of a sublime cross from the left by Hall to side foot into the net and cap a fine individual performance on the night for a player who was quoted as “not yet being fully fit” by manager Davies. At this point in the proceedings, rather fittingly Ogbonna was withrdawn and replaced by Jordan Brown, with the night sky full of  applause and supporters chanting his name as he left the field. Toby Hilliard was to reduce the arrears a little more when he scored his and Lynn’s second of the evening however it was to be St Neots Town’s night with a performance which had well and truly exorcised the horror show at Slough only four days earlier and indeed set the benchmark for future performances, beginning with the visit of early pace setters Frome Town this coming Saturday. St Neots: Archer, Mason, Hall, McGeorge, Ward, Parr, Patrick, Wood, Hall, Ogbonna (Brown 81), Rogers. Subs not used: Butt, Hobbs, Clark, Donkin.
 Goals: Hall (33, 36 and 63), Rogers (42) and Ogbonna (75). Cards: Ogbonna (yellow 77).   Lynn: Street, L Fryatt, Yong, Gaughran, Quigley, Zielonka, M Clunan, Stevenson, Mettam, Sands (Edge 81), Hilliard (A Clunan 81). Subs not used: Mills, McLeish, Pearson.
 Goals: Hilliard (69 and 80).
 Cards: M Clunan (28) and L Fryatt (48)   Referee: Carl Pearce.   Attendance: 327.   In John Walker's absence - Mike Green  
Sunday, 07 August 2016 15:10
Evostik League Southern Premier Division   Slough Town  2 – 0  St Neots Town   St Neots Town’s Holloway Park Hoodoo continued on the opening day of the 2016/17 season as they finished on the wrong end of a two – nil scoreline and ended the game with only ten men after skipper Tom Ward was given a straight red card after an off the ball incident in the 43rd minute.   On the ground where The Saints have never returned home with more than a point when facing Slough, Joint Manager Andy Davies was forced to shuffle his starting eleven prior to the match with the trio of Jonny Hall, Jordan Patrick and Ryan Hawkins all reporting in as injured, so in came Tom Wood, Claudio Ofosu and Dubi Ogbonna with a chance to claim a regular starting berth and there was a surprise in goal too as Sam Donkin kept the yellow jersey, forcing the recently returning from holiday Alex Archer to be content with a place on the bench.   The game, in searing temperatures, started fairly evenly with both teams probing early on however Slough only had to wait until the 14th minute to edge in front when Donkin did very well to tip over a piledriver and from the resultant corner it was Callum Mooney who crashed home the opening goal. This really spurred on the home side and they pressed forward looking for the second goal and Saints’ only real effort on goal of any real note from this point up until the break was a rasping, low drive from Rogan McGeorge, who had earlier picked up the first caution of the day, which sadly flew just wide of the goal.   The Saints were struggling to get a foothold in the game, dispite plenty of movement from the ever eager James Hall and things were about to go from bad to worse as Tom Ward was, in the referee’s opinion, deemed to have committed an act of violent conduct. At this point, the out of sorts Ofosu was sacrificed and withdrawn, allowing Tom Wood to slide across into the centre of defence with the imperious Tyler Parr and substitute Charlie Butt filling the left back position.   Half Time: Slough Town 1 – 0 St Neots Town   The second half continued as the first had ended with Slough looking the more likely to score and their supporters had only eight minutes to wait until Warren Harris side footed the ball into the top corner of the net. This prompted the st Neots bench into a change in personnel as the ineffective Ogbonna was replaced by the lively Jordan Brown and minutes later, the tiring McGeorge giving way to Dan Hobbs.   The introduction of new legs gave the Saints renewed hope and they had their best spell of the game culminating in a fizzing drive from Pete Clark arrowing just wide and James Hall testing the keeper with a far post header after Charlie Butt had delivered the accurate cross from the left.   Sadly, it wasn’t to be our day and we were deservedly beaten but despite the final score, there were notable displays from goalkeeper Donkin, centre-half Parr and young Mason at right back and if nothing else, a valuable lesson learned by the players that at this level, anything less than one hundred percent commitment and effort will be punished by opposition as you can’t afford to be carrying passengers, something I’m sure will be hammered home by the management before Tuesday’s visit of Kings Lynn Town.   Saints: Donkin, Mason, Wood, McGeorge (Hobbs), Ward, Parr, Ofosu (Butt), Clark, Hall, Ogbonna, Rogers Subs Not Used: Archer Goals: None Cards: McGeorge (Yellow), Ward (Red)   In John Walker's absence - Mike Green  
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 20:52
    ST NEOTS TOWN       1        SOHAM TOWN RANGERS      2      Former St Neots starlets Jordan Gent and Ryan Sharman returned to the Premier Plus Stadium to help their team deliver a late blow with an 85th minute goal to defeat St Neots in their final pre-season friendly.   Up until that point it was all going well with the home side dominating the closing stages of the second half.   St Neots fielded a fairly strong line up with just Alex Archer and Tom Ward rested and Jonny Hall injured.  Gent and Sharman who both graduated through the St Neots youth programme played a part in St Neots’ first two seasons in the Southern league but having been put out to Soham on loan they opted to stay and Gent is now Soham skipper and mainstay.  After a very even start to the match with both defenses well on top St Neots made two good chances to take the lead.   After 20 minutes a delightful flick by Dubi Ogbonna freed up James Hall and he rounded the keeper but his shot was blocked on the line by Ash White and then the two combined again as Hall crossed from the left and Ogbonna’s glancing header beat the keeper but rebounded from the crossbar.   Soham too were making more attacking progress and a fierce Sharman shot was pushed over the bar by home keeper Sam Donkin.   From the corner Gent headed narrowly wide and then Donkin had to save at the feet of Darren Foxley.   A Declan Rogers shot was deflected for a corner and Rogan McGeorge got the ball in the net for St Neots but was ruled offside.  Three minutes after the break Jordan Patrick was introduced as a substitute for Ogbonna moving Rogers up to partner Hall in attack and within sixty seconds the switch saw a Ryan Hawkins shot fumbled by keeper George Lawton and Declan Rogers pounced to claim his first goal since the opening pre-season match.   From another Rogers effort Lewis McDonald almost turned the ball past his own keeper but after 66 minutes’ full back Billy Harris levelled the scored with a deflected shot that gave Donkin no chance.   The winning goal arrived against the run of play as skipper Taylor Parr conceded a careless free kick twenty yards from goal and substitute Will Gardner curled the perfectly placed free kick just inside the angle of bar and post to win the match for Soham.   It was a disappointing result but a very useful final workout prior to the first league match away at Slough.   St Neots:  Donkin, Mason, Butt, McGeorge, Parr, Wood, Hawkins, Clark, Hall James, Ogbonna, Rogers   Subs:  Patrick (for Ogbonna 48 mins), Brown (for Hall 80 mins), Hobbs (for Rogers 80 mins), Muya (for Mason 80 mins), Jeckells (for Donkin 80 mins).   Goals:  Rogers (49 mins)   Referee: Junior Jones-Eyre (Peterborough)   John Walker          
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:53
      ST NEOTS TOWN       5        HAVERHILL ROVERS      1        The much reshaped and very youthful St Neots continued their pre-season preparation with what was ultimately a confident and efficient performance but with three of their five goals coming in the last ten minutes as their visitors visibly tired the niggling concern must be their lack of finishing – especially in the first half when they totally dominated possession.   There were just three survivors from the final league match last season in the starting line-up headed by new skipper Tom Ward.   Peter Clark was in midfield along with Remy Gordon and there was a much awaited return after seven months out through injury from Ryan Hawkins.   Overall the new clutch of players impressed with Taylor Parr calm and confident at the back, Rogan McGeorge dominant in midfield and James Hall showing pace and presence up front to put his side in an imposing two goals early lead.     The match could have been out of sight by half time such was the confident dominance of the home side.   Their passing and possession was precise and all Haverhill could do was to filter back to their own half and defend in numbers.   After just two minutes Hall calmly opened the scoring after a three man move and 17 minutes later he doubled the tally heading home a precise Hawkins cross.   By then Declan Rogers had twice been unlucky not to add to the score and both he and Peter Clark were close to adding further goals.  Haverhill’s only worthwhile first half effort was when Sam Donkin saved well from Danny Hill after a rare misplaced pass.   Haverhill shook home complacency just eleven seconds after the restart when Danny Hill arrived late in the penalty area to volley home a right wing cross.   St Neots seemed to lose some of their swagger and rhythm having conceded the goal but Hall was twice denied his hat trick with good saves from visiting keeper Charlie Turner.   St Neots seldom looked like conceding further goals and the introduction of substitutes freshened up their attacking ideas with three of the replacements adding their names to the scoresheet.   Tom Wood converted a deep Hawkins cross eight minutes from time and the best goal of the night was from Dan Hobbs three minutes later with an almost first touch shot into the roof of the net.   Dubi Ogbonna rounded off the scoring a minute into added time getting the final touch on a net bound shot from Jordan Brown.   St Neots:  Donkin, Mason, Butt, McGeorge, Ward, Parr, Hawkins, Clark, Hall James, Rogers, Gordon   Subs:  Ogbonna (for Gordon 63), Wood (for Clark 65), Hobbs (for Rogers 82), Brown (for Hall 85) and Archer.   Goals:  Hall 2 (2 & 19 mins), Wood (82 mins), Hobbs (85 mins), Ogbonna (90+1 mins)       Referee: Ben Weldon (St Neots)       John Walker          
Sunday, 10 July 2016 15:56
With resident Match Report writer John Walker unavailable, here's what the local press had to say about our entertaining 2-1 defeat to League Two outfit Cambridge United.  Everything you need to know about Cambridge United's first pre-season friendly at St Neots Town. (Written by Aaron Mason - Cambridge News)   WHAT HAPPENED? Tom Ward nudged the ball into his own net to give United the lead after seven minutes, but only as an unfortunate result of the visitors' new signing Piero Mingoia drilling a powerful strike from the right side of the box. Conor Newton made it 2-0 in the 61st minute when his long ball forward from halfway went straight through and ended up in the net. But former United academy striker Jordan Brown reduced the arrears nine minutes from the end by slotting home from a corner. TEAMS St Neots (starting line-up): Archer, Mason, Butt, McGeorge, Ward, Parr, Hawkins, Clark, D Ogbonna, Rogers, Gordon. Substitutes: T Ogbonna, Wood, Coulson, Donkin, Ofosu, Spark, Brown, Kaye. United (first half): Norris, Taylor, Darling, Dunne, Mavila, Legge, Mingoia, Keane, Maris, Williamson, Dunk. United (second half): Gregory, Coulson, Adams, Hall-Johnson, Roberts, Newton, Elito, Berry, Williams, King, Deacon. THE REACTION St Neots joint-manager Andy Davies: "I was happy with that. All we wanted to work on today was our shape without the ball because we knew Cambridge United would have the lion's share being a professional club with some really high quality players. "It was about getting our shape right, making it hard to play through us and they were more restricted in the second half and resorted to going long a few times." BIGGER PICTURE United now head off to Holland for a week-long training camp near Eindhoven and will look to build on their opening display against St Neots when they meet German sides KFC Uerdingen on Wednesday and SG Wattenscheid next Saturday. For St Neots, this was a far cry from their first friendly last Tuesday when they thrashed ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League side Whittlesey 11-2 at the Premier Plus Stadium. But the Evo-Stik League Southern outfit will be buoyed by the way they showed up against United going into their next pre-season outing at home to Vanarama National League South side Chelmsford this Tuesday. MAN OF THE MATCH For United, it would have to be one of their first-half performers and while it is a tough call, Piero Mingoia highlighted exactly why he should bring plenty of excitement this season. As for St Neots, former Histon captain Rogan McGeorge stood up very well in midfield, especially in the second half against the club where he was once on scholarship forms. A 10-goal difference, but the performance is just as pleasing as St Neots Town are pipped by League Two side (Written by Mark Plummer - Hunts Post) St Neots Town won their opening pre-season friendly 11-2, but losing their second one 1-2 was arguably even more impressive. There was a rather large gulf in terms of quality of opposition, as well as scorelines, between a Tuesday night loosener against the Step 6 minnows of Whittlesey Athletic and a much more serious workout versus the League Two professionals of Cambridge United today. The home date against the U’s is becoming something of a traditional summer fixture. The previous two clashes had ended in 8-0 and 7-2 drubbings for St Neots, but the latest meeting was considerably closer. Saints were behind early on when skipper Tom Ward inadvertently steered a Piero Mingola shot into his own net when attempting to clear, and the deficit was doubled just after the hour when Conor Newton thumped in a long-range effort. But Saints, who made a raft of substitutions during the second half, had a goal of their own to celebrate in the closing stages. And it will no doubt have been a sweet moment for youngster Jordan Brown as he fired home against a Cambridge side who released him last season after he had completed a scholarship. The St Neots starting line-up featured Ryan Hawkins as he made his first appearance in seven months after recovering from ankle ligament damage. Saints continue their preparations for the new Southern League Premier Division season when hosting National League South side Chelmsford City on Tuesday night.   Photographs courtesy of Helen Drake - Hunts Post          
Sunday, 10 April 2016 13:12
    Southern League Premier Division   MERTHYR TOWN   1    ST NEOTS TOWN   1                  St Neots contrived to turn adversity into success as they returned from Wales with a vital point that ensures them of their Premier Division status next season. That is of course providing the most unlikely occurrence that Bideford manage to win their remaining four matches with a goal difference of plus 35 and that St Neots lose their two final matches.   The adversity came immediately before kick for with five minutes to go two key St Neots players, Drew Roberts and Brett Longden had not arrived at the ground having been held up for around two hours by an accident that had closed the M4. However, they made it onto the pitch without a warm up and within 20 minutes Longden celebrating his 50th start for St Neots by being the architect of the vital equalizing goal.  Manager Andy Davies shuffled his squad handing Jordan Brown his third start and bringing in Dan Schiavi with Danny Burns and Josh Dawkin left on the bench. The result gave St Neots their FIFTH consecutive draw – a record not equaled since their return to senior football in 1995. Parading the Red Insure Cup that they had won in midweek, Merthyr attracted a large crowd and they began well with a ninth minute attack that saw visiting skipper Adam Tann produce a last ditch clearance from an inswinging free kick by Jon Brown. The danger was not cleared and the ball ran loose to Ashley Evans whose shot through a crowd of players was blocked by a reflex save by Alex Archer. However, Merthyr were now dominating and four minutes later Kayne McLaggon cut out a thinly disguised midfield pass and advanced on goal with pace performing a clever step over to outwit a defender and send a low shot beyond the reach of Archer.   Rhys Baggridge then headed over from a corner but after 20 minutes St Neots levelled as a looping cross from Brett Longden caused panic in the home defence with defender and goalkeeper uncertain who should clear and James Bloom tuned the ball into his own net for only St Neots second league own goal in their favour this season. Archer then produced an outstanding full length save to deny the lively McLaggon and the same played chipped over the bar from a corner whilst St Neots best attacks seemed to be halted by the offside flag.   On the stroke of half time home substitute Ian Traylor on for the limping Corey Jenkins stabbed the ball wide when scoring looked easier. If Merthyr had the better of the first 45 minutes the second half was a totally different story.  St Neots with Lee Clarke prompting intelligently from midfield, began to create chances and Peter Clark was only just wide of goal from a Longden free kick.  Drew Roberts had a net bound shot blocked by Jarrad Wright and Jordan Brown sent a shot narrowly over the bar.  The introduction of substitute Josh Dawkin for Schiavi after 63 minutes saw St Neots consolidate although Merthyr looked dangerous on the break with McLaggon just failing to reach a cross in front of an empty net and Reffell bursting through to force the save of the match from Archer after 73 minutes before Traylor picked up the rebound to fire wide. St Neots though were holding their own and Remy Gordon beat his marker to pull the ball back into the path of Roberts who fierce shot was blocked with fifteen minutes remaining. St Neots then sent on two more substitutes clearly looking for a late winner but the only late chance fell to the home side when substitute Chris Hugh chased a long through ball but Archer was quickly off his line to smother at his feet.   A well contested match ended in rather disappointing style when Referee Stephen Oakley who had controlled it well decided in added time to flash three yellow cards for offences that were not significant.    St Neots:  Archer, Casey, Longden, Clarke (L), Ward, Tann, Brown (Jordan), Clark (P), Schiavi, Roberts, Gordon Subs:  Dawkin (for Schiavi 63), Ofosu (for Brown 81), Coulson (for Clarke (L), Burns and Jeckells. Cards:  Longden (Y – 90+1), Gordon (Y – 90+3) Goals:  Bloom o.g. (20 mins) Merthyr:  Garner, Tancock, Bloom, Evans, Wright, Baggridge, Prosser, Brown (Jon), McLaggon, Reffell, Jenkins Subs:  Traylor (for Jenkins 34), Hugh (for Bloom 57), Bowen (for Prosser 57), Chappell and Clarke (C). Goals:  Bloom o.g. (20 mins) Cards:  Traylor (Y – 90+1)   Goals:  McLaggon (13 mins)   Attendance: 551   Referee: Stephen Oakley (Cheltenham)       John Walker          
Saturday, 02 April 2016 19:26
  Southern League Premier Division   ST NEOTS TOWN    1      CAMBRIDGE CITY    1         Beaten only once in their last seven games a fourth consecutive draw afforded St Neots another important point towards retaining their Premier Division status next season.   Elsewhere Histon was beaten at Bedworth and Paulton drew at home with Dorchester so one more win by St Neots from their last three matches looks to be sufficient to ensure survival. A match that was competitive throughout saw both sides spurn chances in the final ten minutes to snatch all three points but a draw was a fair result.   St Neots have never beaten Cambridge at the Premier Plus Stadium in five attempts and this was their first draw other than the Red Insure Cup tie earlier this season when Cambridge went through on a penalty shoot-out. St Neots made just one team change with fit again Josh Dawkin coming back from injury to face his former Club with Dan Schiavi relegated to the bench. St Neots looked full of confidence from the start. In their first attack Dawkin lifted a cross into the visitors’ penalty area and arriving late Drew Roberts shot narrowly wide but Cambridge hit back with an Adam Murray header from a Kaan Fehmi free kick forcing an important save from Alex Archer. However, St Neots were enjoying the best of the exchanges and after 14 minutes they forged ahead as Lee Clarke crossed from the left and the ball deflected off a defender to Drew Roberts who claimed his third goal in four matches with a perfectly placed volley. It was no less than they deserved and just sixty seconds later with visiting keeper Zac Barrett off his line Dawkin was unfortunate to see his net bound shot blocked. From a Fehmi cross James Hall brought a good save from Archer but St Neots continued to prosper and Peter Clark fired narrowly over the bar after good work by Roberts and Remy Gordon.  Clarke then tested Barrett but the visitors should have capitalized from a St Neots defensive slip eight minutes before the break. Tom Ward under hit a back pass which freed up Buster Harradine and he cleverly rounded the advancing Archer but lost control and could only fire into the side netting. The half ended with Hall shooting wildly over the bar as Cambridge tried to level the scores. After Barrett had saved well from a narrow-angled finish by Gordon it was the visiting side that started the second half better. Ieuan Lewis shot across the face of goal when he had support square of him and then Brett Longden had to clear off the line from Hall. In an attempt to up the pressure still further Cambridge sent on their two remaining substitutes with more than half an hour to play and now St Neots had to defend with skipper Adam Tann in good form in front of the back four. The match became very competitive with both sides looking to take advantage of a break from defence but on the hour it was Cambridge who benefitted from their more positive approach as Lee Clarke was judged to have fouled Danny Kelly just inside the penalty area and from the resultant penalty award James Hall made no mistake with the perfectly placed kick to level the scores. Four minutes later Neots had a good shout for a penalty of their own as Peter Clark was hauled back but the Referee judged the offence outside the area and booked Harry Norman but the free kick was wasted. Cambridge substitute Charlie Woolf was played clear but Archer stuck out a hand to deflect his shot and then from a Longden throw Lee Clarke had the ball in the net but was ruled fractionally offside. The last ten minutes saw further chances at either end. Zac Barrett saved brilliantly from a Roberts close range effort and Lee Clarke missed a golden opportunity for St Neots firing the rebound over the bar whilst for the visitors’ Joel Norris was denied by a full length one handed save by Archer.Then, in added time Hall was set up by a slick visitors’ attack but he shot high over the bar and the points were shared.   St Neots:  Archer, Casey, Longden, Tann, Ward, Burns, Dawkin, Clark (P), Clarke (L), Roberts, Gordon Subs:  Brown (J) (for Dawkin 65), Schiavi (for Gordon 87), Coulson, Mazeo-Kelly and Jeckells Cards:  none Goals:  Roberts (14 mins)   Cambridge:  Barrett, Kelly, Day, Murray, Lewis, Kaye, Brown (C), Harradine, Hall, Fehmi, Norman Subs:  Standen (for Harradine 46), Woolf (for Brown 58), Norris (for Fehmi 58) and Cooper. Cards:  Norman (Y – 64) Goals:  Hall - pen (60 mins)   Attendance: 351 Referee: Alistair Wilson (Boston)   John Walker          
Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:23
  Evostik League Southern Premier Division   King’s Lynn Town 1 St Neots Town 1   St Neots secured their third consecutive draw on Wednesday in this hastily re-arranged game that had fallen foul of the weather just 48 hours earlier.   King’s Lynn had the better of the opening exchanges with the first chance of game coming as early as the second minute but Mulready finished poorly after being played clear by an excellent cross field ball by Bridges and his effort went tamely wide. A one-two down the right between Hilliard and Stevenson almost created another chance for Mulready but the cross just eluded him and then Archer had to be on his toes to save efforts from first Bridges and then a direct free kick from Stevenson. It was probably no surprise that the hosts took the lead after fifteen minutes as Hilliard touched home from close range after Ryan Fryatt had won the aerial battle following a Stevenson free kick. Saints tried to respond but were restricted to two long range efforts in the first half an hour from Roberts and Gordon both of which failed to rest the home keeper.   King’s Lynn almost doubled their lead after thirty two minutes when Hilliard connected with a volley which hit the post with Archer well beaten but he recovered to collect the follow up from Bridges.   Saints started the second half better than the first and an early chance for Gordon following a Schiavi cross fell just wide whilst at the other end King’s Lynn were restricted to a Sands free kick that cleared the cross bar until a good chance was created for Bridges on the hour mark by Ryan Fryatt but he shot over when well placed.   Saints equalised after 65 minutes when Drew Roberts beat home keeper Alex Street direct from a 20 yard free kick.  It could have been even better five minutes later as Casey combined with substitute Kelly but his cross was ballooned over the bar by Roberts when it appeared easier to score and then Substitute Brown was denied a minute later by the woodwork as Saints continued to press forward.   As the game entered the last ten minutes Saints looked defensively secure with King’s Lynn struggling to find the rhythm they had shown in the first half, summed up by a weak effort 20 yard shot from Sands which went wide when he would have been far better playing in the unmarked Zielonka and the first booking of the game picked up by Bridges for showing dissent after an offside decision. Although Archer was called in to action twice more, saving at the feet of Castellan and palming away a fierce Stevenson strike, Saints left The Walks with a well deserved point that had looked unlikely at the break.   St Neots: Archer, Casey, Longden, Tann, Ward, Burns, Schiavi, Clarke (L), Clark (P), Roberts, Gordon  Subs Brown (for Clark (P) 61), Kelly (for Schiavi 64), Ofusu (for Roberts 89) Hobbs and Jeckells   Bookings: None   King’s Lynn: Street, Fryatt (R), Yong, Gaughran, Castellan, Fryatt (L), Hilliard, Stevenson, Mulready, Sands, Bridges  Subs Zielonka (for Mulready 68), Hurst (for Hilliard 77), Friend, McQuaid, Miller   Bookings Bridges (82)   Attendance 354                                                                           (Roger Walker)  
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