Saturday, 27 October 2018 10:05
 Welcome and thank you to today's match Sponsor - Premier Plus Ltd We are a Financial Services Company with a dedicated team of Independent Financial Advisers. We enjoy long term relationships with our clients and look to ensure their financial requirements are catered for throughout the phases of their lives. We maintain this by developing close personal relationships, while also applying our knowledge and professionalism to every aspect of finance, however small. Premier Plus was established in April 1997 and operates from our head office in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Our Adviser numbers have grown over the years and we now have more than 175 years combined experience in Financial Advice. From 1997 to 2000 Premier Plus was an agent for one of the UK's largest insurance companies, but in 2000 we decided the best way forward to serve our clients was to become Independent Advisers. Our approach is working, as we currently look after the interests of more than 4,000 people – most of whom have been referred to us by existing, satisfied clients. Our strength lies in these relationships.     For all you Financial advice, please contact PREMIER PLUS via the below information:    Fenice Court, Phoenix Park, Eaton Socon,  St Neots   Cambridgeshire,  PE19 8EP     01480 477774  http://www.premierplus.co.uk  
Sunday, 21 October 2018 14:18
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW Following the high intensity atmosphere of the FA Cup it is quickly back to reality on Tuesday for Matt Clements and his team.   For the second time in three weeks they face the long midweek trip to the East coast to play Lowestoft Town – this time in the rearranged league match.   On 2nd October they played at Lowestoft for the first time in 47 years in the first round of the Southern League CSS Cup returning home having lost 3-1 with skipper Luke Knight having scored their consolation goal.   One of the main concerns on Clements’ mind apart from his teams’ position in the relegation area of the Southern League Central Division is the recent league goalscoring record.   In ten completed league outings to date the side has scored just six goals and in seven of those matches (home and away) they have failed to score.   In fact, it is now 35 days and 301 minutes since Dylan Williams goal at Banbury on 15th September – a record that must be rectified as a matter of urgency.   Lowestoft went into last Saturday’s league match at home to Barwell, which finished 0-0, now two points ahead of St Neots, having played one match more, so this can be seen as a ‘must win’ fixture for the visiting St Neots side.   John Walker
Friday, 19 October 2018 13:59
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW We are fast approaching the biggest game since 1966 in the 139 years proud history of St Neots Town Football Club.   Tomorrow the Saints band wagon comprising at least four coaches and any number of cars will be travelling up the M1 to Alfreton to compete in the fourth Round Qualifying of the FA Cup where the winning side will pick up a sponsorship reward of a mouth-watering £25,000.  The previous comparable fixture 52 years ago was when St Neots, playing in the United Counties League, enjoyed home advantage over visitors Wisbech Town who were then members of the Southern League.    The result was a memorable 2-0 victory at their former home at ‘Shortsands’ – a ground into which the Committee had imported temporary stands to accommodate a crowd of more than 900 – and that earned the historic trip to Walsall where they were beaten by the same score as the previous round. Alfreton Town play in the National League North (formerly the Conference North) and are currently twelfth in that division with five wins and a draw from their twelve completed league matches.   They compete alongside former Football League sides York City (who beat St Ives in the last round), Chester City, Stockport County, Darlington and Bradford Park Avenue.   They entered the FA Cup competition this season at the second Round Qualifying, beating Sutton Coldfield Town of the Southern League Division Central (Step Four) 3-0 at home in a replay following a 2-2 draw in Birmingham, and then they defeated Mickleover Sports from the Northern Premier League (Step Three) away from home 2-1 two weeks ago.   Alfreton have been at Conference level since 2003/04 and the following season they reached the FA Cup First Round Proper for only the second time in 30 years losing to Macclesfield Town in a replay.    Last season Alfreton finished 17th out of 22 teams in the National League North whilst in the FA Cup they defeated Rushden & Diamonds in a replay before losing away at Stourbridge. John Walker        
Saturday, 13 October 2018 21:22
SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL St Neots Town      0         Kettering Town       3          League leaders Kettering Town left The Premier Plus Stadium flattered by their haul of three points from this match that took them five point clear at the top of the Southern League Premier Central Division, principally courtesy of the award of two penalty kicks. However, the two clinching goals came in the last ten minutes, and St Neots can feel hard done by after shading the first half over their high-flying visitors.   With skipper Luke Knight still on the injured list, Matt Clements was able to name an unchanged starting line-up from the midweek match and the same four substitutes were on the bench.   With the visitors bringing many of their regular followers and it being non-league day there was a bumper crowd of 693 to witness this contest.   This was only St Neots second defeat in nine league and cup matches since 27th August – but six of those have been in cup competition. After the excitement of their midweek FA Cup away triumph there was no sign of fatigue as the home side took the match to their visitors from the first whistle.   Most of the chances created in the first half hour were by the home side but they came up against a stubborn visiting defence.   The Poppies had just one early opening after 12 minutes when Michael Richens ghosted in behind the defence to collect a Rhys Hoeness cross, but he shot across the face of goal.   Meantime St Neots had around half a dozen chances at the other end notably a stunning 30 yards effort by Dylan Williams after 21 minutes that visiting keeper Paul White was relieved to tip over the crossbar.  Johnny Herd and Claudio Ofosu were both too high with the early efforts and Russell Short went close to his first St Neots goal with an acrobatic effort on the turn that was just wide.   Ten minutes before the break in a swift counter-attack Hoeness was only inches from connecting with a cross to the far post by Brett Solkhon and then Lindon Miekle volleyed well wide as the visitors staged a late first half rally.   The half ended with Richens picking up a yellow card for a cynical foul on Dion Sembie-Ferris who was in full flight towards goal. St Neots began the second half well with Nabil Shariff seeing a close-range header well saved but after 57 minutes there was a controversial moment as Hoeness chased a long ball out of defence colliding with goalkeeper Harry Reynolds and with Referee Abi Marriott unsighted she took the controversial penalty decision from an Assistant.   Brett Solkhon gave Harry Reynolds no chance with a perfectly placed spot kick and that led to a booking for the protesting Harry O’Malley and it gave the visitors a questionably deserved lead.   That swiftly led to manager Clements rejigging his attack with Gary Wharton and Devante Stanley introduced for Short and Ofosu.   Psychologically it gave the league leaders a massive confidence boost and for a while St Neots seemed to struggle.    Taylor Parr was booked for a clumsy challenge and Reynolds was almost caught off his line by a lob from his own half by Solkhon.  Then with nine minutes left St Neots conceded a second penalty as Matt Miles scythed down substitute Andrea Borg, and this time there was no doubt about the decision. It was Rhys Hoeness who netted from the spot and as St Neots became ragged there was no late come-back as Marcus Kelly was left unmarked at the far post four minutes from time and he gleefully applied the finishing touch to a third Kettering goal.   St Neots Town:  Reynolds, Miles, Herd, O’Malley, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Short, Shariff, Williams, Ofosu Subs:  Wharton (for Short 68 mins), Stanley (for Ofosu 68 mins), Olaniran and Douglas Cards:  Parr (Y – 70 mins), Shariff (Y – 90 mins) Goals:  none   Kettering:  White, Berry, Solkhon, Richens, Miekle, Milnes, Hoeness, Kelly-Evans, Kelly, Towers, Rowe-Turner Subs:  Borg (for Solkhon 72 mins), Hotter (for Richens 88 mins), Toseland (for Kelly 88 mins), Graham and Elson Cards:  Richens (Y – 42 mins) Goals:  Solkhon (57 mins - pen), Hoeness (81 mins – pen), Kelly (86 mins)   Referee:  Abi Marriott (Mildenhall) Attendance:  693   John Walker  
Friday, 12 October 2018 21:49
We can confirm that the following admission charges will apply for our forthcoming Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie at Alfreton Town:   £14 for each adult (aged 21 upwards)£10 for each senior citizen (persons aged 65 and over)£10 for age group 16 to 21£10 for each student upon production of a valid student card at the turnstile on the day of the game£2 for children aged 15 and under, provided that they are accompanied through the turnstile by a paying adult These are AlfretonTown's regular admission charges for National League North matches  
Friday, 12 October 2018 07:49
Benchmark Services are very proud to sponsor todays match vs Kettering Town and look forward to an exciting game between two quality teams. Benchmark Services was founded in 2001 and is a totally independent company based in Cambridge, we are experts in laboratory relocation and delivery of scientific and medical equipment to point of use. Over this time, we have built a reputation as the number one choice for Universities, hospitals and commercial organisations looking to relocate.     If you think we can help with your moving requirements then please contact us on 01480 423810 or www.benchmark-services.co.uk     Best of luck to both teams. Clive Laing, Managing Director
Monday, 01 October 2018 18:26
St Neots Town FC have decided to use their biggest game since 1966 to highlight the mental health challenges faced by both their fans and the wider community. They have given the match sponsorship to CPSL Mind and will promote their services at the match including STOP Suicide and the forthcoming World Mental Health Day on October 10th. The match, an Emirates FA Cup third round qualifying tie with Coalville Town, 3pm kick off, is the first time the club have reached this stage of the competition since 1978/79, when they played March Town at the old Shortsands ground. As well as giving the match sponsorship to CPSL Mind, they have asked local football correspondent and mental health awareness advocate, Stuart Baker, of social media outlet Squeeze Football, to be their match ball sponsor. On making the decision, the club's Commercial Director, Gary Atyes, commented "This match gives us a much greater level of both public and media awareness, and although we could just see it as a chance to earn much needed commercial revenue, the club has recently changed its focus to become more community led. The new board of directors want to use the added attention the game will receive to help our community, and in particular our growing fan base. We have recently seen some of our most loyal fans struggling with mental health issues and this partnership gives us a practical way we can help, and also broaden the message. We know what fantastic work CPSL Mind do through their office in St Neots plus Stuart has created a fantastic service for local football and has done some great fundraising, so this helps link it all together" For CPSL Mind, Emily Gray, Director of Development added  "We are thrilled that St Neots Town FC have decided to use such a big game in the club's history to support our work across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire. It is fantastic that St Neots Town are building closer relationships with local services and the community in response to the mental health struggles they have recognised in their supporters. The funds generated will enable us to deliver further on our aim to promote positive mental health, reduce stigma and support individuals in our community who are recovering from mental health challenges." And Stuart Baker of Squeeze Football also commented "Of all the opportunities that Squeeze has provided me with, this is the most special. It is a cause close to my heart and it is an honour to be asked to be part of such an important day for the club.”   Fans will be able to access support and information at the game and find out how they can get help if they need it, there will also be a collection for MIND CPSL at the match"  
Sunday, 30 September 2018 10:38
UPCOMING CUP MATCHES PREVIEW It will be a busy week for Matt Clements and his side as they face two crucial Cup matches in a five days spell.   First up on Tuesday it is the long midweek trip to the East Coast to face Lowestoft Town in the Southern League Challenge Cup.   It will be the first meeting of the two sides for 46 years having last met in the Eastern Counties League.   St Neots were in that league for four seasons from 1969/70 until 1972/73 and in that final season both league meetings with Lowestoft finished 0-0!   Ironically that match follows on from last Saturdays 0-0 draw – only the Saints second in more than two seasons.   Since then Lowestoft enjoyed a successful period winning the ECL title in 1977/78 to win promotion to the Football Conference as well as reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Cup four times in the modern era.   This season they are in the same division as St Neots sitting eleventh in the table – just one point ahead of St Neots, having failed to win their last three league matches.  Whilst St Neots were beating Bedford Town in the Preliminary Round of this competition, Lowestoft were enjoying a bye. Then on Saturday it is the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Cup against Coalville Town with the reward for the winners a mouth-watering £15,000 in Emirates sponsorship, but more importantly a place in the Fourth Round Qualifying of the National competition – just 90 minutes away from the entry in the competition of the Football League sides.   The Coalville visit will see (for the first time) a third consecutive home tie in the same season for St Neots in the FA Cup and our first appearance in the competition at that stage since 1978/79 when March Town United visited Shortsands to end our hopes for that season.    Coalville were due to make their first trip to St Neots in the league in February next year, but this will be a premature visit.   The Ravens as they are known come from Leicestershire and last season were members of the Northern League Premier Division where they finished 20th – well clear of the relegation zone.    In this season’s FA Cup competition, they beat Racing Club Warwick 2-1 at home in their first match before their replay victory over Buxton and their league position is very impressive – second in the table just two points behind leaders Kettering Town.   Away from home in the league this season they have beaten St Ives and Redditch, but they lost at Leiston.   John Walker        
Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:08
Cox’s at the The Lighthouse is run by the award winning Mick Cox. In his previous shop, he has won many awards and has been voted in the top 10 best fish and chip shops in the country. Mick and his team serve amazing fish which is sustainably sourced and all of his products are of the highest quality, they cater for vegetarians and serve many gluten free products. They can cater for big functions, quiz nights etc Telephone  01480  216599   for further details etc    Opening times are as follows: Monday                  4.30 - 9.00pm Tuesday                 4.30 - 9.00pm Wednesday            Noon – 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm Thursday                Noon - 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm Friday                     Noon – 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm Saturday                Noon – 9.00pm   Cox’s at the Lighthouse can be found approximately 50 yards from The Premier Plus Stadium, next to Tesco Express. Why not pop in there on the way home from the match, you won’t be disappointed....  
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 08:46
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW Before returning to our FA Cup adventure on 6th October (Saturday week) we have a league engagement on Saturday when our near neighbours Hitchin Town are to be our visitors.   Our two sides have something in common this season – a less than successful league start to the season.   Last season after 46 league games our two sides were locked together in mid-table anonymity – Hitchin in 11th place and our lads just one below, separated by just two points.    Our goal difference was neutral – 79 goals scored and 79 conceded whilst Hitchin had scored 12 less than us but conceded 13 less giving them a goal difference of +1.   Over the period of six seasons at Step Three out two sides have met fourteen times – twelve in the league and two in the league cup and our visitors have the edge on us winning seven of those meetings with a further four drawn.    At present we are 15th in the league table with eight points from seven matches whist Hitchin are three points and five places below us.   However, it is early days and recent interest and priority for both sides has been centred on the FA Cup competition.   Whilst we were featuring last Saturday in that nail-biting odd goal in seven victory over Romulus, Hitchin were being held at home in a dour contest by lower graded Didcot.    The replay of that tie was on Tuesday evening in Oxfordshire and resulted in another very close encounter – the visitors running out victorious in a sudden-death penalty shoot out after a second consecutive draw.   So, with both out sides looking to regenerate their season with a lucrative FA Cup run (both clubs having picked up £15,000 so far in sponsorship prizes) it will be valuable league points that are on offer at the Premier Plus Stadium on Saturday. John Walker      
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