Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:15
  UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW   On Saturday Barwell make only their third visit to the Town – the first one being six years ago this month and the second in a FA Trophy Second Round Qualifying Round engagement last November.   That resulted in a victory for the visitors by a goal to nil scored in the second half after being reduced to ten men after only 28 minutes.   We then visited Barwell for a rearranged midweek league match just before Christmas leading to another victory for our visitors by six goals to one – Gary Wharton getting our consolation goal.   It was a match played in atrocious conditions on a near waterlogged pitch and after an even first half Barwell ran riot with five second half goals.     When we were promoted to the Premier Division of the Southern League in 2012, we joined Barwell in that Division.   They had finished ninth the previous season – their first season in that Division and when they visited St Neots, they were fifth with matches in hand of all the clubs ahead of them.  The result was a 2-2 draw with our lads taking a first half lead before conceding two goals and having to come back from behind to grab a point.   The return match that season was memorable – a 3-2 victory for us after leading 3-0 at one stage – with the result confirming our survival at Step Three and robbing Barwell of the chance of a play-off place.   Barwell were then transferred across the pyramid to the Northern Premier League.    Both of our teams were defeated in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy last season – our lads at home to Stourbridge and Barwell at home by lower graded Mildenhall Town.   Last week Barwell were beaten at home 1-0 by a Hitchin side now beginning to climb away from the relegation zone.   That left the Canaries in sixteenth place – eight points ahead of our lads.   If effort and commitment are to be key factors in this match then Marc Abbott’s youngsters must be in with a real chance. John Walker   Ahead of our next game against BARWELL FC, Betvictor Football have given us odds of 7/5 to win, 12/5 the draw and 31/20 for the away win. Click here to sign up.  PLEASE GAMBLE RESPONSIBLY. Club officials and players are not permitted to bet on any football matches.  
Thursday, 14 February 2019 12:02
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW It does not get any easier for St Neots as new Manager Marc Abbott settles in to his new challenge.   There was no real comparison between the performance and the result at Tamworth last weekend.   The youngsters worked their socks off against a side not far above them in the table prior to kick off but in the end, it was a clear case of an average Step Three side playing against an excellent Youth team.   No one could criticise the effort and commitment of the visiting side but in the final analysis they were outplayed by a better side.   The lack of experience is again likely to feature this Saturday when the team embark on their second furthest away league trip of the season to Stourbridge.   Stourbridge were in the Southern League Premier Division in 2011/12 and 2012/13 before transferring to the Northern Premier League still at Step Three.   In the five years in that league they were beaten in the plays offs once and twice just finished outside the play-off zone so have been consistently successful.   They host St Neots, sitting in second place in the table just five points adrift of leaders Kettering Town, having led the way for two months around the Christmas/New Year period but three consecutive defeats saw them slip.   St Neots have twice played at Stourbridge winning on their first visit by a goal to nil courtesy of a Lewis Hilliard strike but losing on the second occasion by the odd goal in three.   Last weekend Stourbridge recorded a 2-0 home victory over play-off chasing Biggleswade Town.   With three players injured last weekend missing out on the trip to Tamworth, their recovery could mean an injection of experience from within the existing squad and the new Manager might well be bringing in fresh blood before the weekend.   John Walker        
Thursday, 07 February 2019 19:01
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW Last weekend was hugely significant and disappointing for the Club overshadowed by the news that serious consideration was being given to voluntary resignation from Step Three of the Football Pyramid.   FA regulations direct that in these circumstances a relegation of at least two steps is mandatory meaning that the UCL Premier Division is the best the club can hope for in the 2019/20 season if the proposed change is followed through.   The match scheduled for Saturday at home to Coalville then fell foul of the weather and then both Lowestoft and Halesowen picked up unexpected victories to dump the club back in the relegation zone for the first time since Christmas.   That was preceded by an announcement that Manager Matt Clements would vacate his role at the end of the season and then the departure of Assistant Manager Jack Cassidy and the two most senior players on the books.   Team skipper Luke Knight (141 includes 17 as sub) and defender Taylor Parr (125 includes 2 as sub) had amassed 247 first team starts between them – experience that will be impossible to fill in the sides’ remaining 14 league matches and the Hunts Senior Cup Final this season.   These departures were followed a few hours later by senior team regulars Johnny Herd, Russell Short, Tom Wood and James Hall.  On Tuesday a very inexperienced side made up of the remainder of the squad plus the Youth team battled bravely against play-off seeking Biggleswade Town only to lose to a single late goal.   The spirit and effort of the side was truly amazing and now life must go on under newly appointed Manager Marc Abbott who is to work in conjunction with Matt Clements before the latter ‘moves upstairs’ to his new role at the end of the season.   So on Saturday the side make their first ever visit to Tamworth who were relegated from the Conference (now National League) at the end of last season.   Tamworth currently in 17th place in the table just three points ahead of St Neots are on their third Manager of the season, former St Neots Manager Dennis Greene having had a short spell at their helm.   In the first meeting of the two sides at the Premier Plus Stadium a goalless draw resulted and with both teams now in urgent need of points it will be a vital meeting.   John Walker          
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:45
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Sunday, 20 January 2019 12:54
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW St Neots now face another critical weekend as they travel to Needham Market for their next Southern League engagement and the host side will be eagerly looking to complete a convincing league double.   Back in November the Suffolk side visited St Neots and returned back down the A14 with a 4-0 victory to their credit – their best away win of the season.   Last Saturday Needham began their away match at Stratford in a play off position but with places in that top half of the table changing with each sequence of fixtures they now find themselves after a 3-1 reversal in a cluster of sides just outside the play off zone.   This is to be St Neots third trip to Needham –the previous ones being in the FA Vase competition in 2003 and 2008.   The 2003 visit was a First Round match in the competition in a season that saw one of the best runs in that competition for St Neots.  Needham were our second of our victims of that campaign having defeated local rivals Somersham Town in a Preliminary Round.   From the Needham victory (our goal scorers Steve Kuhne (2) and Ronnie Fortune) we went on to defeat Beaconsfield SYCOB on penalty kicks in a replay, and Thamesmead Town at home before losing in the fourth round to Keynsham at Bristol.   However four years later Needham went two rounds further than us before losing in the semi-final of the FA Vase to their fellow Eastern Counties League colleagues Kirkham and Wesham.   We met again in the FA Vase in 2008 at Needham Market where we were beaten 4-3.   Since then Needham lifted the ECL championship in 2009/10 to earn promotion to Step Four where they contested the play-offs in three successive seasons before winning their place at Step Three.   That was in the Isthmian pyramid, but the latest reorganisation has placed then in the Southern League Central.   John Walker        
Sunday, 13 January 2019 12:48
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW St Neots now face a critical week with two matches that could well shape the rest of the season.   On Tuesday it is the semi-final of the Huntingdonshire Senior Cup – a trophy that the club lifted last season with a thumping 6-1 victory over town rivals Eynesbury Rovers who had been the holders the previous season.   Their opponents who have home advantage will be Yaxley – this season celebrating their first ever season at Step Four of the pyramid in the Southern League Division One Central.   They have made a good start presently sitting half way up the table with much the same squad as won their promotion from the UCL.   The last time our two clubs met was in the Senior Cup three seasons ago – a quarter final tie won by our lads 6-1 with Tom Meechan, Adam Tann, Luis Vieira, Claudio Ofosu, Tom Ward and Isaac Galliford our goal scorers.   Unsurprisingly we have no survivors from that team in our squad today.   Yaxley last lifted the Senior Cup in 2007/08 beating St Ives in a penalty shoot out but have been beaten finalist twice since then. On Saturday Alvechurch visit the Premier Plus Stadium for a return league fixture – the two sides having played in Worcestershire in November when the home side won by the odd goal in five.   That was an entertaining match with St Neots coming from behind to 1-1 thanks to a rare Tom Wood goal, before Gary Wharton scored just before the break to make it 2-1.   However, Alvechurch levelled in the second minute after the break and went on to score a winning goal.   The Worcestershire club are having an outstanding first season at Step three currently one of five clubs on 39 points vying for the fifth play off position in the table and last week they recoded their fifth home league victory of the season with a 1-0 win over struggling Halesowen Town.   John Walker        
Sunday, 06 January 2019 11:53
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW   So now it is swiftly on to a rarity in Southern League terms – a back to back meeting home and away with the same team.   The team involved is Leiston and Tuesday will be the first meeting of the two sides since the 11th September 2010 when we travelled to Leiston for a First Round Qualifying FA Cup match that was won by our hosts by three goals to two.   It was an incident packed encounter with Leiston reduced to ten men before the break.   St Neots led twice but the ten men came back to score a late winning goal to proceed in the competition.    Leiston have been part of the Bostik Isthmian League since winning their way up to Step Four via the championship of the Eastern Counties League in the 2010/11 season – one year before we joined the Southern League.   Like us their impetus was maintained to achieve Step Three status just twelve months after their elevation.   At the time these notes were penned, Leiston were eleventh in the table having won nine of their twenty-three completed matches and drawn seven more.   Their away record shows victories at St Ives, Royston and Kettering (the first defeat of the season for the league leaders) so they do appear to travel well this season.   Last season they finished fifth in the Isthmian Premier Division to feature in the play-offs where they lost by a goal to nil to league runners-up Dulwich Hamlet.   In the past twenty years their trophy cabinet has been full, as in quick succession they lifted the Eastern Counties League championship, the Ryman League Division One North title and the East Anglian Cup so success has been a regular feature of their history.    Now in company with two other East Anglian sides who have transferred from the Isthmian Premier League across the pyramid they find themselves travelling westwards for their league programme as opposed to south.       John Walker                  
Sunday, 30 December 2018 15:05
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW After their hectic finale to 2018 and three home matches to kick off 2019 which featured no fewer than six matches in 19 days (not to mention the Christmas and New Year festivities), we return to something approaching normality as the rest of January challenges Matt Clements’ squad with just two games per week – including a local Cup tie in the middle of the month.   Despite the fact that the side kicks off in 2019 far closer to the wrong end of the table than he would wish, Clements is very upbeat about the immediate future saying ‘they say you don’t often get the rub of the green when you are struggling and that’s something we have found.  However I am sure that my players are doing their very best to get us out of the position we are in and hopefully it is time for our luck to change’.   So with three successive home ties to come in the first eight days of 2019 expectations are high. It starts with a derby tie as high-flying St Ives visit the Premier Plus Stadium on New Years day followed by another local clash on Saturday 5th when Royston Town are the visitors.   To complete the treble Suffolk side Leiston arrive in town on Tuesday 8th for a rearranged fixture.   The St Ives visit is only the third league meeting at home at Step Three since St Ives elevation to this level, and so far, each side has one victory to their credit.   Two years ago St Neots experienced complete capitulation as the visitors won 4-0 but last year it finished 3-1 to St Neots with Nabil Shariff, David Bridges and Jordan Norville-Williams the home marksmen.   The two of the former have departed for pastures new but Jordan is now back on loan in the squad. This is to be only Royston’s second Southern League visit to the Premier Plus Stadium since their promotion to this level and the other was last season when St Neots won 3-1 and Leiston will be making their first league visit to the town.   However they did win the first league meeting of the two sides this season back in October.   John Walker
Friday, 21 December 2018 17:39
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Monday, 17 December 2018 12:12
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        
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