Thursday, 11 April 2019 09:39
  HUNTINGDONSHIRE SENIOR CUP FINAL St Neots Town       0         Godmanchester Rovers        6 In the end it was a disappointing showpiece Senior Cup Final best described as men against boys. Godmanchester full of confidence and on a high chasing the runners-up spot in the Thurlow Nunn League for the third time, facing a depleted and out-of-sorts St Neots side, who were the trophy holders very low on both experience and confidence.   St Neots faced the loss of two of their most charismatic players – Dan Trendall to injury and Jordan Norville-Williams recalled by parent club Cambridge United – and they never really competed.   Joe Hood was also unavailable and into their places St Neots had no option but to draft in three of their Youth Cup winners Leon Fulianty, Jacob Joseph and Owen Dunnett.   The ‘visiting’ side smelled blood from the off and always were certain winners from as early as the fifth minute when they scored their first goal.   The St Neots defence was ragged and disorganised and the rampant visiting side were gifted several goals by elementary errors not really expected at this level of football.    Records will show that this was the second time in three years that St Neots have lost to Step Five opponents in this final – both times on their own pitch.  Ironically last season St Neots scored six goals themselves in beating Eynesbury Rovers in the final, but this was St Neots biggest Senior Cup defeat for 35 years having been beaten by Eynesbury Rovers 7-2 in 1983/84 season. Godmanchester got the perfect start when after five minutes a clever flick by Charlie Bowen set up Cavan King to hook the ball over St Neots 17 years old goalkeeper Michael McCormack.   They then lost Matty Allan to injury but undeterred they continued to dominate with Charlie Bowen adding a second goal firing through a packed defence after 18 minutes when Jack Chandler’s initial effort had been blocked.   St Neots had little to offer in the way of retaliation or resistance and when Buster Harradine joined the goals spree after 31 minutes when McCormack failed to gather a long clearance from his opposite number, the game was effectively over.   Jacob Joseph mis-kicked in front of goal to waste St Neots’ best chance seven minutes before the break and Godmanchester went straight to the other end where the irrepressible Buster Harradine scored from a narrow angle across the bemused McCormack.   In a defiant flourish just before half time Joe Sutton twice broke down the left to test Niall Conroy in the Rovers goal and Stevan Shaw combined well with Prince Mutswunguma but could not find a telling final shot. In a bid to regain some credibility St Neots sent on two further Youth players after the break but it was Godmanchester substitute Tom Spark who broke to almost further increase the lead, but his shot rebounded from the foot of a post.   The momentum seemed to drop with Godmanchester seemingly happy with their first half efforts but after Joe Rider had headed narrowly wide for St Neots a Harradine corner after 71 minutes created confusion in the box and Austin Diaper added his name to the score sheet.    It was then only left for Buster Harradine almost inevitably to complete his hat trick ten minutes from time whilst St Neots best effort was a Ben Bradley shot that failed to bother Conroy.   Injuries to McCormack held up the flow of play and the game fizzled out with Godmanchester delighted to earn ownership of the County Senior trophy for the first time since 2014.   For the record it was the first time in living memory that St Neots fielded a side, none of whom had played in the Senior Cup until this season. St Neots Town:  McCormack, Shaw, Fulianty, Miles, Hughes, Dunnett, Joseph, Rhiney, Mutswunguma, Bradley, Sutton Subs: Clarke (for Shaw 46 mins), Rider (for Rhiney 46 mins), Trendall and Abbott. Cards:  Bradley (Y – 28 mins), Mutswunguma (Y – 59 mins) Goals: none   Godmanchester Rovers:  Conroy, King (R), Brown,Unwin, Bowen, King (C), Allan, Diaper, Harradine,      Hyem (M), Chandler  Subs:  Spark (for Allan 17 mins), Munro (for Diaper 79 mins), Bull (for Harradine 87 mins), Hyem (C) and Walker. Cards:  Hyem (M) (Y – 45+3 mins), Diaper (Y – 59 mins) Goals:  Harradine 3 (31,38 and 80 mins), King (C), Bowen and Diaper   Referee:  Josh Crofts   Attendance:       259 John Walker    
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:22
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW As the season draws to a close St Neots has two more vitally important matches this week. On Wednesday evening, we face neighbours Godmanchester Rovers in the final of the Huntingdonshire Senior Challenge Cup, here at the Premier Plus Stadium. Having lifted the trophy last season, we start as theoretical favourites with a two steps advantage in our league status. However almost all our team members will making their Senior Cup debut whereas Godmanchester are an experienced outfit having only just missed out on the Thurlow Nunn championship this season. A glance at the records shows that Rovers last lifted the trophy four seasons ago beating Yaxley at Huntingdon and they will regard winning this Cup Final as compensation for one of their best-ever league campaigns. It will be a reunion for their players Micky Hyem and Tom Spark who recently were members of the St Neots Southern League side. Then on Saturday to keep our lingering hopes of Step Three status alive, we travel to Rushall Olympic, where a repeat performance of last Saturday’s victory at Hitchin is required. It will be our first ever league appearance at that venue and earlier this season Rushall visited the Premier Plus Stadium winning a tightly fought match by a goal to nil. Rushall are currently tenth in the league table, unable to make the play-offs this season but it will be a big ask for our youngsters to carve out the victory required. However, if they can muster the determination and commitment displayed last Saturday anything may be possible. John Walker        
Monday, 01 April 2019 15:07
  Cambridge United WFC and Development squad move to The Premier Plus Stadium and the GESS 3G Arena.   St Neots Town FC Board: “We are very excited to announce that  Cambridge United WFC and Cambridge United WFC Development squad will call The Premier Plus Stadium and The GESS 3G Arena home from the 2019-2020 season going forwards. We'd like to go on record and thank Cambridge United WFC for giving us the opportunity to work closely with them. Having explored a number of potential avenues to bring girls and women's football to the home of St Neots Town Football Club, this partnership constitutes a fantastic opportunity for both parties and undoubtedly opens up a clear pathway for our expanding Mixed Academy and Girls Scholarship programme." Cambridge United WFC Committee:  "All of us at Cambridge United Women’s FC are absolutely delighted with this new partnership with St Neots Town FC. This opportunity will not only provide us with a central hub for both squads, but also gives us access to a football stadium with some of the best facilities in the County. Both St Neots Town FC  and ourselves strongly believe this partnership will serve to form strong links with their already fantastic girls set up, providing a clear pathway into the Women’s team. This partnership can only bring good things in terms of development, inclusiveness and growth of the women’s game. We look forward to the exciting new season  ahead "   Cambridge United WFC currently play in the FA Womens’ National League Division One with games taking place on a Sunday afternoon and recently won the Cambridgeshire Football Association Invitation Cup, beating Cambridge City Ladies in the final at the Abbey Stadium in front of a crowd in excess of 500. Our very own Sports Therapist, Kayleigh-Anne Burt is the U’s Club captain and ex Scholar, Mollie Coupar, is a regular in the First Team line up and yesterday scored a stunning hat-trick in the 4-2 win at Luton Town Ladies. Please join us in welcoming the ladies to their new home for next season.  
Wednesday, 27 March 2019 10:40
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW - BANBURY UNITED The midweek defeat by Coalville dealt a severe blow to St Neots’ hopes of a reprieve from relegation at the end of the season.   Now with just six matches left their task is to pick up six more points than Lowestoft Town in the end-of-season run in.  However, with one of those six opponents being third in the table Kings Lynn and two others away at high-flying Rushall Olympic and neighbours St Ives their task is looking increasingly more difficult.    The two matches that might offer a better chance of picking up points are their final match of the season when Halesowen visit, currently three points beneath them in the relegation zone and this coming Saturday when Banbury United are visitors to the Premier Plus Stadium.   Banbury are currently nine points but only three places ahead of Mark Abbott’s side and have only won once in their last nine league matches – at home to Needham Market.   They were rocked by a recent four points deduction after playing an illegible player in two league matches and in the first meeting of the two sides in September, St Neots ran our 3-1 winners with goals from Nabil Shariff (2) and Dylan Williams.   Banbury have been notable for their inconsistency in recent seasons for they were relegated from the Premier Division at the end of the 2014/15 season yet bounced back the following year from Step Four to finish just one place away from an end of season play-off for promotion to Step Two.   A glance at the records shows that Banbury have only once won at St Neots in five visits and last season St Neots won 3-0 with goals from Nabil Shariff, Dylan Williams and Jordan Norville-Williams.   John Walker
Thursday, 21 March 2019 15:47
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW Next up for St Neots is a busy period with two matches in four days.   With only eight matches left every point available is vital if relegation at the end of the season is to be avoided.   Three of those eight opponents are still very much in the promotion/play off chase and the next two are two of that eight.   First up on Saturday Marc and his side must visit league leaders and firm promotion favourites Kettering Town.   Currently eight points ahead at the top of the table the Poppies have been in the top two all season although they do lack the consistency they would like, with two surprising defeats in their last three matches at home at home to Coalville and away at Biggleswade.   Prior to the Coalville defeat they had reeled off seven consecutive victories and were looking impregnable.   In four visits to Burton Latimer where the Poppies play, St Neots’ have not recorded a victory although two of the meetings have ended in draws.    Earlier this season at the Premier Plus Stadium Kettering recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory and the only St Neots’ victory in nine meetings came at home in the sides’ first Southern League meeting in 2013 when goals from Lewis Hilliard, Adrian Sear, Ryan Auger and Kyle Asante gave the home side a 4-3 win. Next Tuesday another of the promotion hopefuls – Coalville Town – visit St Neots for a rearranged match – the original date cancelled out by a waterlogged pitch.   After last weekend Coalville were eighth in the table three points shy of a play-off place but with three matches in hand.   In the league meeting at Coalville in November a Dion Sembie-Ferris goal saw St Neots leading for almost half an hour before conceding a late goal and a share of the points.   That match was regrettably marred in time added on at the end of the ninety minutes, when the Referee, Jamie O’Connor from Bolsover, totally lost control following a rather innocuous foul.   He ended up issuing four yellow cards in that unsavoury ending – one a second yellow which became a red, and another when he brandished the red card again only to rescind it after being corrected by an Assistant Referee.   It was a great shame because it had been a very good contest between two well-matched sides and on the balance of play a draw was a fair outcome.      On Tuesday this week there was a very significant result as Lowestoft defeated Halesowen 5-1 in a rearranged league match.   That result lifted the Norfolk side five points ahead of St Neots, who because of an inferior goal difference need two victories to overhaul them. So if you fancy having a flutter on us on our next match, BetVictor have given us 13/2 football odds to win at Kettering Town on Saturday or 4/1 for the draw. Please Gamble responsibly. Club officials and players are not permitted to bet on any football matches.     John Walker        
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:42
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW The visitors to the Premier Plus Stadium on Saturday are Lowestoft Town.   The Trawlerboys have been playing at Step Three for three seasons now since their relegation from the Football Conference. After two seasons in the Ryman area of the pyramid they transferred to the Southern League Central this season and like us have struggled for consistency. This is to be the third meeting of our two sides this season – both of the others after long midweek treks into East Anglia for us staged at the Amber Dew Events Stadium at Lowestoft. On 2nd October last year both teams chose to field understrength teams for our Southern League Cup tie which resulted in a 3-1 victory for our hosts – Luke Knight our scorer (his final goal in a St Neots shirt), and then three weeks later a rearranged league fixture finished 2-1 to us with Nabil Shariff scoring both goals. Our last league meeting at St Neots was 46 years ago in the Eastern Counties League when we fought out a 0-0 draw, but our Norfolk visitors have been in town once since then for an FA Vase tie on 21st November 2006 when they returned home with a handsome 6-1 victory with Craig Reynolds claiming our consolation goal. This match is vital for both sides for a glance at the league table before last weekend showed that our point on Saturday lifted us above our weekend visitors who were beaten at Alvechurch. Lowestoft may have some reservations about their trip here today because on 8th January 1972 they were scheduled to visit us here at our former home at Shortsands for an ECL fixture, but they never arrived because their team coach was involved in a fatal road accident on the A11 in which the driver of the car was killed and the coach driver and eight of the team and officials required hospital treatment.   John Walker    
Thursday, 07 March 2019 15:31
The Board of Directors have agreed to allow FREE ADMISSION to anyone under the age of 18 to Evostik League South Premier Division Central matches between now and the end of the season, raising the limit from under 16. Now is a great opportunity to come along and cheer on fellow youngsters Joe Rider, Jacob Joseph and Leon Fulianty who are currently enjoying game time in the First Team Squad, starting with Saturday's visit of Biggleswade Town. Please note, only children Under 12 years need to be accompanied by a paying adult.  Proof of age may be requested at the turnstiles
Thursday, 28 February 2019 11:58
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW On Saturday Mark Abbott takes his side to Redditch to play on their 3G pitch, and part from Westwood Road, St Ives, the Trico Stadium in Redditch is St Neots’ most visited ground since their promotion to the Southern League eight years ago. Saturday will be the seventh visit to Redditch – six in the league and one in the league cup. Prior to last Saturday’s home victory over Needham Market, Redditch had gone five league matches without a victory and St Neots’ last visit had seen them return from Worcestershire with a point from a 2-2 draw with Tom Wood and Stefan Broccoli the scorers – the only goal scored for St Neots by the latter. St Neots had led 2-0 with both scorers having been drafted into the side that day but Redditch scored twice in the last eight minutes of the game and despite the home side recovery Redditch sacked their Manager immediately after the match. Our lads will travel with the confidence boost of their victory over Barwell last weekend, but Redditch are an experienced side containing players with Football League experience and it is never an easy place to go. On Tuesday evening this week Redditch travelled to Banbury for one of only two midweek matches scheduled for this week and scored an added time equaliser to draw 1-1 at Banbury. This leaves them in seventeenth place in the table six points ahead of our lads.   So if you fancy having a flutter on us on our next match, BetVictor have given us 11/4 football odds to win away against Redditch United. Please Gamble responsibly. Club officials and players are not permitted to bet on any football matches.   John Walker        
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        
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