Sunday, 02 October 2016 10:49
     ST NEOTS TOWN       3        EAST THURROCK UNITED      2        With both sides out of the FA Cup and idle a swiftly arranged friendly match proved a real boost for out of sorts St Neots as they hosted and beat East Thurrock United from the National League South.   It was a match played in a very good spirit with lots of attacking play from both sides and St Neots used the occasion to introduce a handful of new players two of which looked very promising.   Sam Mulready signed from Stamford led the attack with energy and was unlucky not to feature on the score sheet and Frenchman Nassim L’Ghoul looked pacey and inventive but will have to await International clearance before making his league debut. Playing a 4-2-4 formation St Neots looked sharp from the start with Micky Hyem firing narrowly wide and L’Ghoul setting up Declan Rogers whose shot was blocked.   The visitors then went ahead after nine minutes when James Walker assisted by some sloppy defending scored from a narrow angle.   Both Mulready and Rogers had shots blocked as St Neots grew in confidence and they levelled after 34 minutes when Peter Clark’s shot took a deflection after clever approach play by L’Ghoul and Rogers.   Six minutes later St Neots deservedly went in front when a delightful flick by Ryan Hawkins took out two defenders and Rogers confidently rounded visiting keeper Lukas Lidakevicius to send his side to half time in pole position.  Both sides introduced a host of substitutes after the break but it made little difference to the pace and competitive nature of the contest.   Just seven minutes after the restart the scores were levelled for the second time when the visitors were awarded a very contentious penalty kick when substitute Joe Gardner was impeded by Jordan Heywood and another substitute Ben Marlow rapped home from the spot.   Again St Neots showed a good attitude to be unfazed by the setback and only three minutes later substitute Tom Spark went past his marker on the left before curling in a sublime chip that went over the keeper and in off the far post.   Hawkins then shot narrowly over the bar and when the second half settled St Neots looked comfortably the better side creating most of the scoring chances.   Mulready twice deserved goals when he had one shot blocked on the line with the visiting keeper on the ground and then shot narrowly wide after more good work by Hawkins.   The nearest the visitors came to a late equalizer saw Alex Archer save at full stretch from James Agis.   It may only have been a friendly but the result and performance will have boosted St Neots’ confidence.   St Neots:  Archer, Smith, a trialist, Hyem, Ward (T), Ward (C), Hawkins, Clark, Mulready, Rogers, L’Ghoul Second Half Subs:   Heywood, Wood, Parr, Spark, Hobbs + two trialists Goals:  Clark (34 mins), Rogers (40 mins), Spark (55 mins).   Referee: Gary Wilson   John Walker      
Thursday, 22 September 2016 18:25
  Zachary's Family Fundraising day Admission costs : Pay what you want on the Gate   Saturday 15th October 2016. Turnstiles Open:  12:00 pm   Zachary's Family Fundraising Day will be held at St Neots Town FC during the clubs first team match against Cinderford Town FC. The aim of the day is to help Sam and Liam raise as much money  as possible to  help Zachary reach his  £50,000 target  The funds raised would pay for the selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) procedure along with intense aftercare. SDR is a procedure designed for cerebral palsy sufferers. SDR is a neurological procedure that improves function mobility and reduces spasticity.  The club have decided to support  Zachary by making this game a "Pay What You want" on the gate with half the gate money collected being donated to Zachary's fund. The Gregory suite will be open with cake stools, Kids face painting and lots more all designed to help raise as much money as possible. There will also be Matchday entertainment in the form of a £20 crossbar challenge at half time with 10 lucky people able to walk out into the middle of the pitch and probably make a fool of themselves all in a great cause. We are also looking for a Matchday Sponsor with all proceeds from this again being donated to Zachary's Fund. ( \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )    Please come along and support Zachary's Fundraising day and help Sam, Liam and the Football club raise as much money as possible and take in a first team game as well !!    Remember........... It's pay what you want on the turnstiles.  
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 09:37
  Southern League Premier Division ST NEOTS TOWN      1       KETTERING TOWN      5   St Neots suffered their biggest home defeat for two years at the hands of a slick and determined visiting Kettering side who now boast the best away record in the Division.   Their chief tormentor was Spencer Weir-Daley who scored a superb hat trick of well taken goals in 50 mins either side of half time.   St Neots were without Taylor Parr who was beginning a lengthy spell of suspension and his replacement Tom Wood was under constant pressure at the heart of the home defence.  However, there was one bright spot in defeat – the return to form of Ryan Hawkins who was back to his best on St Neots right flank crowning his performance with the best of the six goals that were scored.   The other St Neots team change saw the return of Rogan McGeorge in midfield with Jordan Patrick on the bench.  St Neots will have a swift opportunity to make amends for their second successive home defeat because Kettering return to the Premier Plus Stadium in three weeks’ time in the first round of this season’s Red Insure Cup competition. The visitors got off to a flyer as they totally dominated the opening 25 minutes mounting wave after wave of attacks on the home defence.   In the third minute Rene Howe only just failed to get on the end of a James Brighton cross in front of an open goal and then visiting skipper Brett Solkhon was left unmarked ten yards from goal but he sent his header well wide to St Neots’ relief from a Don Langdon cross.   However, the respite lasted only fourteen minutes and then St Neots under pressure keeper Alex Archer failed to hold on to a cross from the right leaving Spencer Weir-Daley with a tap-in finish to open the scoring.   The same player had the ball in the net four minutes later but his effort was ruled out by an offside flag and then Howe flashed a shot inches wide of a post with Archer beaten.   There were brief flashes of defiance notably from Ryan Hawkins who was marauding down the right flank and spraying dangerous crosses into the Kettering box but St Neots were playing with just James Hall up front and he was being outnumbered by defenders.   Hall did go close with one effort that drifted wide but eight minutes before half time Kettering sealed their domination of the half when Nathan Hicks took a clever return pass from Weir-Daley to go clear and beat Archer from a narrow angle.   Worse was to follow five minutes later when Weir-Daley added his second goal when the home defence failed to deal with a cross from the right.   St Neots best first half chance fell to Declan Rogers who shot over after unselfish play by James Hall.   It looked like a different St Neots side that emerged after the interval.   They took the game to their visitors with a brand of attacking football not seen in the first 45 minutes.   Paul White had to go full length to push away a shot from Micky Hyem and James Hall headed straight into the keepers’ arms.  Then after 52 minutes Ryan Hawkins went past two defenders before cutting inside to unleash his first St Neots goal since November last year following his lengthy injury absence.  That seemed to inspire his side and Declan Rogers just failed to reach a Hawkins cross in from of goal as Kettering seemed to buckle.  However, any hopes of a dramatic recovery were cruelly crushed after 68 minutes when in a rare breakaway attack Weir-Daley completed his hat trick with the St Neots defence caught short.  St Neots sent on substitute Jordan Patrick and he looked very lively down the left as St Neots strived to chase what was effectively a lost cause and he brought a good save from White before setting up James Hall for a shot that flew wide.   Hawkins then found the head of James Hall who again could not find the target and the match ended disappointingly as Kettering plundered a fifth goal against the run of play, Wilson Carvalho looking well offside tapping in from close range.    St Neots:  Archer, Mason, Jon Hall, McGeorge, Ward, Wood, Hawkins, Clark, James Hall, Hyem, Rogers Subs:  Patrick (for Rogers 71 mins), Spark (for Hyem 81 mins), Smith, Hobbs and Osborne. Cards:  McGeorge (Y – 37) Goals:  Hawkins (52)   Kettering:  White, Bateman, Langdon, Solkhon, Haran, Mulligan, Carvalho, Weir-Daley, Howe, Hicks, Brighton Subs:  Mohamed (for Langdon 49 mins), Canavan (for Weir-Daley 66 mins), (Hornby for Solkhon), Baker and Hill. Cards:  none Goals:  Weir-Daley (3) (14, 42 and 68), Hicks (37) and Carvalho (88)   Attendance: 339 Referee: Wayne Porter (Bourne)   John Walker          
Sunday, 04 September 2016 00:00
  FA Cup First Qualifying Round ST NEOTS TOWN   1   STAMFORD AFC   1     (Replay - Tuesday 6th September)   Almost predictably this was St Neots’ fourth consecutive FA Cup draw meaning that on Tuesday they face their fourth replay in three years in the competition.   Although the home side scored first after having the better of the first half a draw was a fair result as the visitors came back strongly in the final half hour.   Both sides created enough chances to snatch victory at the first attempt but the woodwork came to Stamford’s first half rescue and a spectacular second half goal line clearance earned St Neots their second bite of the cherry.  St Neots managed by Assistant Manager Lee Clarke with Andy Davies on holiday opted for two team changes with James Hall returning for Jordan Brown and Tom Spark brought in for his debut at this level leaving Micky Hyem on the bench.   It was the first meeting of the two sides for 17 years with Stamford now plying their trade in the Southern section of the Northern Premier league.   They had defeated UCL outfit Sleaford Town in the previous round whilst this was St Neots first game in the competition.   There was a fairly quiet start to the match with little to note until the eleventh minute when Tom Spark making an early impact burst past two defenders to beat visiting keeper Peter Denton but his shot rebounded off a goalpost.   Sam Mulready had the visitors’ first effort but Alex Archer saved comfortably and then Peter Clark saw his snap shot deflected wide by a defender.  A feature of the match was St Neots preponderance to give the ball away with some very careless passing but Stamford seemed unable to capitalize.   After 21 minutes the lively Jevani Brown appeared very fortunate only to pick up a yellow card after a deliberate shove on St Neots skipper Tom Ward and it was his pace that looked likely to be the biggest test for the St Neots defence.   He found the side netting with one shot before testing Archer with a second but St Neots were shading possession with Rogers firing inches wide and James Hall bringing an excellent save from Denton.   The second half began end to end with Archer having to leave his line smartly to gather the ball at the feet of Brown but after 52 minutes St Neots took the lead.   The ball was swept wide to the industrious Tom Spark and he cut inside to force Denton into parrying his shot and Declan Rogers was quickly in to rap home.   Clark then shot over the bar after more good work by Spark and Stamford responded by reshaping their attack sending on two attacking players.   After 66 minutes Jevani Brown burst into the area to be tripped by Miles Smith who was yellow carded as he conceded the penalty kick.   Brown picked himself up to send Archer the wrong was with his spot kick and the scores were levelled.  St Neots sent on Ryan Hawkins for Jordan Patrick but he still looks some way from fitness.   The Stamford subs both made an impact with Adam Sandy firing over the bar and John King setting up Brown whose shot was saved.   With a quarter of an hour remaining St Neots introduced Jamie Osborne and Micky Hyem but the visitors were beginning to look the slicker side always dangerous on the break.   The last five minutes saw St Neots hanging on as from a Jake Duffy corner Paul Malone had a strong header acrobatically cleared off the line by Declan Rogers and Duffy then fired high over the bar after good work by Jordan Smith.  In added time each side created a late chance – James Hall shooting across the face of goal at one end and Duffy seeing his late effort deflected for a corner.   The replay is at Stamford on Tuesday.   St Neots: Archer, Smith (M), Jon Hall, McGeorge, Ward, Parr, Patrick, Clark, James Hall, Rogers, Spark   Subs: Hawkins (for Patrick 69 mins), Hyem (for McGeorge 77 mins), Osborne (for Spark 77 mins), Mason, Nurettin, Wood and Jeckells.   Cards:  Parr (Y – 45), Smith (M) (Y – 66)   Goals:  Rogers (52)       Stamford: Denton, Gordon, Luto, Malone, Miller, Hill, Duffy, Bell, Smith (J), Brown, Mulready   Subs: King (for Bell 62mins), Sandy (for Mulready 62 mins), Brown-Hill (for Brown 88 mins), Batchelor, Hartley and McMillan.   Cards: Brown (Y – 21), Smith (J) (Y – 79)   Goals:  Brown – pen (66)   Attendance: 351   Referee: Robert Evans (Northampton)       John Walker          
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 18:18
  FA Cup First Qualifying Round Replay STAMFORD AFC   4   ST NEOTS TOWN   1          For the second time in three years St Neots disappointingly bowed out of the competition at the first hurdle in this midweek replay.  They were outclassed by their hosts who play one level below them at Step Four in the First Division South of the Northern Premier League, in a first half performance that also reduced Andy Davies’ side to playing only for pride in the second 45 minutes.   More worryingly they lost defender Taylor Parr who picked up a straight red card in first half injury time and added two further bookings to a catalogue of indiscipline that will greatly affect the teams’ performance as the suspensions kick in.   After earning this replay with a gritty first half performance three days earlier St Neots never looked like being able to progress despite having Ryan Hawkins back in the side for only his second start this term, with Jordan Patrick left on the bench.   To their credit the ten men did lift their game after the interval and pulled one goal back early in the second half but it was always going to be too little too late.   The match began with St Neots looking out of sorts and forced on to the back foot by a very confident looking Stamford side that included former Saints goalkeeper Paul Bastock after injury.   However, he was forced into only one save of note to make in the ninety minutes.  After ten minutes Jevani Brown latched onto a Delroy Gordon free kick to bring a point blank save from Alex Archer but the respite was brief for six minutes later Stamford were ahead.  Ollie Luto drifted wide right to send a perfectly weighted cross over the square lying St Neots defence and Brown found the net with ease.   Sam Mulready was then left unmarked at the far post but failed to take advantage as Archer saved comfortably.   After 27 minutes the lead was doubled when Tom Spark was dispossessed in midfield and with the defence in disarray Sam Mulready netted from close range.   With James Hall playing up front for the visitors largely on his own St Neots were not creating chances and Stanford grew in confidence and added a further goal for 3-0 four minutes before the break following a corner when Jordan Smith returned the ball to the penalty area and Tom Batchelor rose above the defence to head home.  Any hopes of a credible St Neots response were cancelled out in time added at the end of the first half when Taylor Parr picked up that straight red card for a high challenge.   St Neots had to plug the defensive gap so upon the restart they sacrificed Tom Spark to send on Tom Wood.   It took some time to adjust their game but did try to get an additional player forward to support James Hall and this in essence meant less attacking opportunity for Stamford but left the visitors more vulnerable in defence.   A Jake Duffy free kick in a threatening position was blocked and after 53 minutes a brief glimmer of hope for St Neots as Peter Clark latched on to a Jonny Hall cross to fire home from 25 yards.  However, eight minutes later Stamford reinstated their three goals advantage as St Neots were caught short at the back and Luto’s lengthy throw in was not defended and Jordan Smith netted at the far post from close range.  St Neots defiantly replaced full back Miles Smith with Jordan Brown to add an attacking threat but Stamford responded by pulling back an additional defender happy to sit on their unassailable lead.   A Ryan Hawkins free kick was comfortably saved and with a quarter of an hour remaining a Declan Rogers snap shot rebounded from a post with Bastock beaten.  However, the keeper did have to be at his best to save a narrow angled shot by James Hall at his near post.   The match ended with Stamford happy to soak up St Neots late vain attempts to salvage something from the match and go on to visit Gresley Rovers in the second qualifying round.       St Neots: Archer, Smith (M), Jon Hall, McGeorge, Ward, Parr, Hawkins, Clark, James Hall, Rogers, Spark   Subs: Wood (for Spark 46 mins), Jordan Brown (for Smith 68 mins), Osborne, Mason, Hyem, Patrick and Jeckells.   Cards:  Parr (RED – 45 +3), James Hall (Y – 24), Ward (Y – 83)   Goals:  Clark (53)       Stamford: Bastock, Gordon, Luto, Batchelor, Miller, Hill, Duffy, Brown, Smith (J), Mulready, King   Subs: King (for Bell 62mins), Sandy (for Mulready 62 mins), Brown-Hill (for Brown 88 mins), Batchelor, Hartley and McMillan.   Cards: none   Goals:  Brown – (16), Mulready (27), Batchelor (41), Smith (J) (61)   Attendance: 273   Referee: Robbie Dadley (Bedworth)       John Walker          
Sunday, 11 September 2016 17:33
  Southern League Premier Division ST NEOTS TOWN   0   CAMBRIDGE CITY      3   St Neots central defender Taylor Parr picked up his second red card in successive matches – a decision so harsh that even visiting officials agreed it should have been yellow at the worst.   He was penalized for what looked like a straightforward clumsy block on an attacking forward but it was felt he did not deny his opponent of a scoring opportunity hence the confusion and anger at the decision.  It led to St Neots falling to their first home defeat of the season and it was the third time in eight league matches that they have had to play the whole of the second half with ten men.   Parr could now be out for up to six matches which means he will not be able to play until the middle pf October.   Acting boss Lee Clarke made three team changes from the midweek FA Cup defeat preferring Mickie Hyem to Rogan McGeorge in midfield and Dom Mason to Miles Smith in defence with Jordan Patrick returning up front in place of Tom Spark.   Morning rain which continued throughout the match made the surface slippery and it was the visitors who adapted better to the conditions to go on to record only their second league victory this season. Visitors Cambridge City were good value for their fifth win in six visits to St Neots and they laid the foundation for their victory with two goals in the opening eight minutes.   Tunde Adewunmi scored after two minutes with the first effort of the match after Cemal Ramadan had headed on a Dean Mason cross.   Making his debut for Cambridge Mason then added the second goal with a smart finish six minutes later and St Neots had little to offer in reply on the difficult surface.   It could have been even worse for the home side for after 12 minutes Ramadan should have added the third when left unmarked but his low shot rebounded off a post to be cleared.   St Neots were sluggish when they had possession and much of their passing lacked quality often giving the ball away before they had time to develop an attack.  In fact, it was 17 minutes before they had a shot and then the out-of-sorts Ryan Hawkins dragged his shot wide after clever play by James Hall.   The home side then improved and began to shade possession and a swirling free kick by Declan Rogers was punched clear by Enol Ordonez and the keeper then had to smother at the feet of Hawkins after more good work by James Hall.   St Neots seemed to be growing in confidence as half time approached but the controversial sending off left Lee Clarke with some half time reorganisation to consider.   Unlike previous occasions when the side had had to go into the second half with ten men he decided not to bring on a defender but instead opted to defend with three at the back and Cambridge clearly happy to rest on their two goals advantage decided not to go out to challenge this decision.   However, they almost extended their lead eleven minutes after the break when Paul Cooper got the ball in the net from a Jon Kaye cross but he was ruled offside.   St Neots replaced Mickie Hyem with Rogan McGeorge and took the game to their visitors with a James Hall header comfortably saved and a Declan Rogers shot blocked.  The game lost most of its rhythm with a procession of substitutes by either side the result of which was Cambridge looking dangerous on the break.   St Neots with Jordan Brown and Tom Spark on looked to be the most likely side to score but with ten minutes’ remaining Cambridge substitute Charlie Wolfe looking yards offside was allowed to run on unchallenged to a through ball and beat Alex Archer with a low finish.   St Neots were even denied a late consolation goal when Ordonez denied Tom Spark with the save of the match at the expense of a corner.   St Neots:  Archer, Dom Mason, Jon Hall, Hyem, Ward, Parr, Hawkins, Clark, James Hall, Rogers, Patrick Subs:  McGeorge (for Hyem 59 mins), Brown (for Hawkins 64 mins), Spark (for Patrick 72 mins), Smith and Wood. Cards:  Parr (RED – 45), Patrick (Y – 49), McGeorge (Y – 81) Goals:  none Cambridge:  Ordonez, Cooper, Day, Norman, Williams, Femiola, Dean Mason, Kaye, Adewunmi, Ramadan, Okay Subs:  Lopes (for Ramadan 68 mins), Wolfe (for Adewunmi 72 mins), (Loker for Dean Mason), Serrano and Richardson. Cards:  Okay (Y – 44) Goals:  Adewunmi (2), Dean Mason (8), Wolfe (80)   Attendance: 343  Referee: Paul Forrester (Luton)   John Walker  
Thursday, 01 September 2016 16:00
We are very excited to announce that Blue Prawn (Mark Davies) has agreed to continue his support of St Neots Town FC and as such has sponsored one of the stands behind the goal at the Premier Plus Stadium.     The Michael Davies Stand Mark Davies: MD at BluePrawn " As many of you know my Dad loves watching the Saints and everyone at the club has made him feel so welcome since his first match. It’s always been about family more than business since going to watch the games, not just the benefits it has on spending quality time with my family watching great local football but also the overriding family feel of the club and those that make it what it is. So naming the stand after my Dad seemed the perfect thing to do, something that's visual that he can see and to show how proud of him his eldest son is." Lee Kearns: " Mark has been working with the club for 5 years and in that time we have made great strides in how the club is presented. I look forward to continuing to develop our Club Website and also look into ways we can expand on what we can offer our Supports and our many Sponsors"          
Tuesday, 23 August 2016 14:18
  Robbie Okeefe has contacted the club this afternoon and has asked that due to a family commitment he will be unable to fulfill his role as Joint first team manager of St Neots Town FC for the foreseeable future and as such Andy Davies will take sole responsibility of first team matters.  Lee Clarke will assume the role of First Team Assistant Manager  with Jason Dale, who joined the club a few weeks back, will become the first team coach.   Iain Parr - Director of Football   "We have been in contact with Robbie constantly over the last few weeks and were made aware quite early that Robbie had his hands full with a family issue. We have offered our full support and will continue to leave the door open for Robbie. We will continue to work with him in his capacity as Stevenage FC Academy Manager"  
Sunday, 21 August 2016 13:41
  Weymouth   0         St Neots Town   2 20 August 2016   St Neots bounced back from their midweek reversal at St Ives to return from their long trip to Weymouth with all three points – only their second victory in four visits to the Bob Lucas stadium.   New signing Miles Smith was thrown into the side at right back for his debut with Dom Mason moving forward to midfield in place of Jordan Brown who was on the bench.   Also getting his first taste of Southern League football was recent addition to the squad Janie Osborne who started on the bench.   Weymouth one of the pre-season favourites had made a poor start with just two wins from their four completed league matches and were backed by a noisy crowd of more than 500. The local media described St Neots as ‘a highly capable outfit’ – praise indeed for Andy Davies’ fledgling side and the evenly fought first half saw the home side go close on 19 minutes when Chris Shepherd picked out Sam Jordan whose shot was well smothered by Alex Archer.   Moments later James Hall swivelled to hit a cracking low drive that was deflected behind for a corner.   Just before the half hour mark St Neots took the lead after a period of pressure as Jordan Patrick’s lofted drive went over home keeper Jason Matthews but rebounded from the bar to deflect in off the keeper’s back for an own goal.   Weymouth seemed stunned by this setback and St Neots fully deserved their slender half time advantage. The second half was fairly evenly contested but after 69 minutes the visitors struck what was to prove the decisive blow when Jordan Patrick deservedly registered his first goal for the club to double his sides’ lead.   Declan Rogers created the opportunity with a pin-point pass and although Patrick’s initial effort was parried by Matthews the St Neots player followed in to head the ball over the line.   Weymouth threw on an additional striker in a bid to salvage something from the match but the St Neots back line held firm to deservedly add three further points to their tally and move up to eighth place in the table.   Manager Andy Davies was delighted saying “We knew we had to step things up on the road and I’m very pleased with our first away win.  It was great to see Jordan get off the mark for the club and he took both goals very well.  A clean sheet was a massive bonus as we were keen to tighten up defensively.” St Neots:  Archer, Smith, Jonny Hall, McGeorge, Wood, Parr, Mason, Clark, James Hall, Rogers, Patrick Sub used:Spark for Mason, Osborne for Patrick Subs not used: Brown, Butt, and Hobbs Cautioned: Rogers, Wood and Osborne Attendance:     512 Referee:  Robert Crockle (Bristol)            John Walker  
Saturday, 20 August 2016 19:52
  STAMFORD ARE OUR FA CUP VISITORS   We welcome Stamford (the Daniels) as our FA Cup visitors on Saturday September 3rd in the First Qualifying Round of the competition. Stamford play at Step Four in the Northern Premier League South Division following their relegation at the end of last season.   They defeated Sleaford Town of the UCL Premier Division (3-0 away from home) in the Preliminary Qualifying Round. Our two clubs have only met once in FA Cup competition.  That was in the Preliminary Qualifying Round in 1967/68 at Stamford where our lads won 4-0.   However, since then out two clubs met twice in the FA Vase in 1995/96 when we won and again the following season – that match going to a replay at Stamford which we lost by the odd goal in seven after a 0-0 home draw. We also met twice in the Hinchingbrooke Cup in the nineties – once home and once away with Stamford winning on both occasions. In the UCL since our reformation we played Stamford in three successive seasons from 1995/96 prior to their promotion to the Southern League, winning once, drawing once and losing the other four encounters. The last match between our two sides was on 9th November 1999 at Stamford when the Daniels beat us 3-0 in round one of the Hinchingbrooke Cup competition.   John Walker – 20 August 2016 President  
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