Friday, 07 September 2018 19:05
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW This weekend sees us on our long trip to the FA Cup Final at Wembley next May!! Yes, it is the First Round Qualifying of the FA Cup and for the fifth time in seven seasons since we have been at Step Three and have entered the competition at this stage, we have been favoured with a home tie.   Twice in those home ties we have won and twice drawn but on both of the replays away from home we were beaten.  Our last home defeat in the FA Cup here at the Premier Plus Stadium was four years ago in the Second Round Qualifying when we had drawn at Canvey Island but lost the replay.    Our visitors this Saturday are to be Bishops Stortford who are now playing in the Bostik (Isthmian League) having been moved sideways from the Southern League Premier Division in the latest FA reorganization. Stortford were here earlier this year (24th March) for a Southern League Premier Division match which was their only other visit for a competitive fixture.   That match finished 2-2 with our visitors taking the lead a minute before the break.   Nabil Shariff and Dylan Williams then scored to put us ahead at 2-1 but with four minutes left the visitors snatches a late equaliser to take a point home back down the M11.   The incentive to do well in this competition is unashamedly financial – maybe this will be the year we make up for all those disappointments.  The last time we tasted real success was our trip to the First Round Proper in 1966/67 so maybe we are overdue a good run.   Bishops Stortford on the other hand were the first ever club to lift both the FA Amateur Cup and the FA Trophy so their cup pedigree is assured.   Four years ago (2013/14) Stortford reached the First Round Proper losing to Northampton Town after four earlier victories in the competition. Both of our sides would dearly love a good National Cup run this season in the hope that it would boost a rather flagging start to the season.   Both our sides have played six league fixtures and only won one each - both having identical records - five points from six matches.     John Walker
Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:41
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW Two more matches in quick succession for St Neots including a venue for a league match for the first time. On Saturday we travel to Halesowen in the West Midlands – a venue we visited five years ago on the 19th October 2013 for a first Qualifying Round tie in the FA Trophy.   That match resulted in a 3-1 victory for them with Jake Woolley, Dave Deeney and Ed Adjei on the scoresheet.   Halesowen like St Neots have had an indifferent start to the season, winning one and drawing one of their first four matches.   They have been members of the Evo Stik Northern Premier League finishing 19th last season five points clear of the relegation zone.   They join the Southern League Central Premier Division this season along with four other sides from that division.  (Stourbridge, Barwell, Coalville and Rushall Olympic).  They have a proud record in Cup competition having won the FA Vase twice in 1985 and 1986 and being runners-up in 1983, and in the FA Cup they have reached the first round Proper on no fewer than nine occasions.   Next Tuesday it is back to the Premier Plus Stadium for the first round of the Southern League Cup.   The visitors are to be Bedford Town from Step Four and the match is a repeat of the first round on the 2011/12 season – played at Bedford.   That was St Neots first season at Step Four in the Southern League and at that stage Bedford were then a Step Three club.   The Eagles won that encounter after we had taken the lead through Stefan Moore, but two late second half goals clinched it for Bedford after they had drawn level in the first half.   We then played Bedford in the league for two seasons in 2012/13 and 2013/14 prior to their relegation from the Premier Division.   The record of those matches reads one victory and one draw but two defeats for our lads, so we have some catching up to do.   Bedford had made a blistering start to the season with two victories in two outings with eight goals scored and none conceded but they did concede one goal in their 4-1 home FA Cup victory over Dereham Town and they lost their third league match away at Cambridge City.   John Walker        
Thursday, 23 August 2018 18:46
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW Following their two home fixtures St Neots have a very entertaining but challenging Bank Holiday weekend ahead of them.   On Saturday a trip to Norfolk to face old adversaries Kings Lynn Town and on Monday a very attractive home fixture with AFC Rushden and Diamonds the visitors. Lynn began the season as one of the title favourites having narrowly missed out on promotion last season – beaten by Slough in the play-off final.   After a disappointing start to the season beaten at home by Biggleswade on the opening day, and away at Kettering in midweek, they travelled to Tamworth, just relegated from Step Two, and they got their season on track with a narrow 1-0 victory.   St Neots Southern League record at The Walks is excellent win a win and two draws in three visits- however at home they have lost two out of three.   Last season Lynn featured two former Saints in their line up – Tom Ward and Ryan Hawkins.   The former moved on in the close season, but Ryan is likely to be looking to put one over on his former teammates at the weekend.   Lynn have a bye in the Southern League Cup whilst our lads welcome Bedford Town to the Premier Plus Stadium on September 4th.  The return match with Lynn is scheduled for Easter Saturday (20th April) – our last but one home fixture of the season. AFC Rushden & Diamonds promoted from Step Four at the end of last season and they began the season in style with an impressive 5-2 home victory over Redditch with former Saint Ben Farrell on the scoresheet.   Ben played for St Neots in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons making 33 appearances plus five as substitute and scoring two notable goals – one at Arlesey in a 1-1 draw and the winner at Weymouth in a 2-1 victory.   Since the opening day Diamonds have twice been defeated – 1-0 away at Biggleswade and 2-1 away at Stourbridge.  The original Rushden & Diamonds were expelled from the Conference National on 11 June 2011; their unstable financial position meant they could not guarantee to complete all their fixtures in the 2011/12 season, and resulted in their dissolution.  Their way back to this level has been measured and organized and without a home began with as a groundshare at the ‘Dog and Duck’ – home of Wellingborough Town FC.  Now back in their spiritual home at Hayden Road in Rushden they have upgraded the facilities and regrown their loyal fan base – some of whom used to support our lads when they had no active team of their own.   John Walker        
Monday, 13 August 2018 09:40
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW By coincidence St Neots’ first two home league fixtures this season are against sides they have faced in National competition.   The reorganisation of Steps Three and Four of the National League system have thrown together clubs that have climbed the pyramid and are now competing in the FA Trophy rather than in the lower competition.    First up on Tuesday evening is a visit by Bedworth Town.   We first played Bedworth in our first season at Step Four in the Southern League Central Division and they were one of only three teams to beat us at the Premier Plus Stadium that season.   We were both promoted and the following season we got our revenge.   Bedworth were then relegated but returned to the Premier Division and made a return trip here in 2015/16 when the points were shared.    Our FA Trophy meeting in the same season resulted in a 2-0 victory for St Neots with goals from Matt Mitchell-King and Shane Blackett.   A historical note is that Claudio Ofosu made his full senior debut for St Neots in that Trophy match three years ago. On Saturday we welcome Rushall Olympic for our first ever league meeting and their first visit to St Neots.   We did play at Rushall in the FA Vase in the 2001/02 season in the fourth round of that competition – a run in that competition only to be equalled by St Neots on one further occasion before transferring to the FA Trophy.    Rushall is a village located in Walsall – another place with great cup memories for St Neots Town (first round proper 1966/67) and they feature in the Southern League for the first time this season after a period in the Northern Premier League pyramid.   Rushall, like St Neots, were part of the Step Three shake up for this season with our visitors making that lateral move from the Northern Premier League pyramid to our new joint home for the current season.   Their best league performance was in 2012/13 when they finished sixth in the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League just missing out on the play-offs.   They have reached the fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup on three occasions – the most recent in 2013/14 and they have won the Staffordshire Senior Cup on three occasions.   John Walker        
Monday, 25 June 2018 19:44
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Sunday, 13 May 2018 13:07
  ST NEOTS TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB  -  AWARDS EVENING The traditional end-of-season Awards Evening was held at St Neots Town last Saturday.   The evening began with a casino and cocktails in the Walker Sports Bar and this was followed by a dinner and disco attended by more than 100 players, officials, supporters and guests.   President John Walker described the season as ‘one of the most successful in the 129 years’ history of the Club’ coming just one week after the very successful celebrations of the Academy and Scholarship that had showcased a host of awards for both League and County successes.   Less than 24 hours earlier the U18 side had lifted the Hunts County Youth Cup to make it a senior County double following the Senior team’s 6-1 victory over town neighbours Eynesbury Rovers in the Hunts Senior Cup.   It was only the third time that this double had been recorded – and the U18 side could go on to make it a League and County Cup double.   However, the main focus was on the Senior squad that had achieved their second highest number of points in the Southern League era finishing in the top half of a very competitive table that had featured twelve teams that had been former members of Step Two in non-league.   He paid tribute to Manager Matt Clements, now the longest serving Manager of the club since its elevation to the Southern League, and his management team and the players who had achieved the success.   He previewed the upcoming 2018/19 season when St Neots would be competing in the newly created Southern League Central Premier Division that would mean a significant reduction in travelling following their six seasons in the Southern League, saying that the new season with six weeks pre-season preparation was now only seven weeks away!   The Reserve team playing at the highest level in the Club’s history had suffered a torrid season but that the experience gained by a youthful side would hold them in good stead in the next season.   He then introduced recently appointed Club Chairman Barry Cavilla whose playing record at the Club stretched from 1976 to 1988 with 236 appearances for the club during that period.   Barry thanked all the volunteers who were the lifeblood of the Club and predicted even better things going forward. There was then the usual clutch of Awards presented by the Chairman, Barry Cavilla: Those Awards were as follows: U18 side Players’ Player of the Year:                Leon Fulianty Managers Player of the Year:             Archie Southeran Leading goal scorer:                           Kieran Waites   Reserve side Players’ Player of the Year:                Tom Mitchell Managers Player of the Year:            Kevin Ashby Leading goal scorer                            Joe Rider   Senior team Supporters Player of the Year:           Luke Knight Players’ Player of the Year:                Luke Knight Managers Player of the Year:             Luke Knight Leading goal scorer:                           Dylan Williams   The coveted Clubman of the Year Trophy was awarded to Andy Clay.   The recently introduced policy of honouring the Club’s Unsung Heroes, a group of unpaid but highly committed persons without which the club could not function, were also made.   These included Dianne Sales, Clare Meeks, Marian Izzard, Emily Dodson, Mike Green, Gary Wilson, Richard Pyke, Louise Sales, Paul Dodson, Dan Dodson, Gary Jackson, Kayleigh-Ann Burt and Mick Hunt. John Walker   Club President    
Monday, 30 April 2018 17:22
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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 22:17
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW St Neots round off their league season on Saturday with a match more important to their visitors than to themselves with Gosport Borough visiting town.    With the title and the play-off clubs now decided, the drama in the Southern League Premier Division this week centred on the one relegation place to be decided.   Last Saturday Gosport fired the first shot with a totally unexpected 7-0 demolition of struggling Frome Town whilst Dunstable grabbed a point in a 0-0 draw with St Ives Town.   That left the bottom two sides each with fourteen points and an identical goal difference of -107.   However, Dunstable had a game in hand away at Biggleswade which they won 2-0 with the showdown between the two sides at Dunstable on Thursday (after this preview was written) absolutely key.   So, the complicated position is as follows.   If Dunstable gained a point or more on Thursday, Gosport are relegated but if Gosport won at Dunstable, then todays match at St Neots and Dunstable’s trip to Frome will decide the outcome, possibly with goal difference the deciding factor.    You could not wish for a more dramatic late finale to a season over nine months and 46 matches.   One final note.   St Neots skipper Luke Knight is due to lead out his side against Gosport on Saturday to record his 102nd senior appearance for the club stretching back to 9th August 2008 when he made his debut at home to Newport Pagnell.  St Neots won 3-1 – could this be an omen?   John Walker
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 13:56
  UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW After last weekend’s programme of matches in the Southern League Premier Division, our hosts on Saturday, Kings Lynn Town still required five points from their remaining two matches to ensure a home tie in the first round of the play-off matches come the end of the season.   That was because they dropped two points last Saturday in a tight away draw with Slough who are also now assured of a play-off finish.   Apart from our trip to The Walks on Saturday, Lynn round off their campaign with a trip on Saturday week to Chesham who are destined to finish just outside the play-off positions – and they cannot guarantee victory there!    On Tuesday evening Hereford clinched the title with victory at Biggleswade whilst Slough and Kettering kept up the pressure on Lynn with victories at Hitchin and Gosport. Now just eight years old the reformed Kings Lynn Town are eager to return to Step Two, but they had to start at Step Five in the United Counties League Premier Division in 2010/11 where despite amassing 103 points they finished runners-up to our lads before winning promotion to the Northern Premier League the following year and then transferring to the Southern League.   We have played at The Walks in league competition three times, winning 4-2 in the UCL in 2010/11 before drawing 1-1 in the Southern League two seasons ago and winning 2-1 last season thanks to two goals from Jevani Brown.   Earlier this season at the Premier Plus Stadium we were overrun by the Linnets who beat us 5-0. Our midweek performance at home to Banbury will have boosted confidence and with four wins in our last five league outings we can travel to The Walks confident of giving a good account of ourselves but with four wins and two draws in their last six games the Linnets will also be looking to complete their first of two important steps to the runners-up prize.   John Walker        
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:05
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW After last weekend’s hectic programme normality resumes with the more familiar Saturday/Tuesday pattern of matches.   The Saturday afternoon visitors are Redditch United who by their own standards and expectations have had a second consecutive disappointing season.   Three seasons ago they only just missed out on the play-offs finishing sixth, just a point behind our lads despite having topped the table at Christmas.   The following season having been deducted three points for an ineligible player they finished runners-up to Poole but were beaten in the semi-final play off by Leamington and last season they fell to finish seventeenth.   At present (prior to the midweek matches) they were fourteenth in the table three points behind our lads, after last weekend losing narrowly at home to promotion chasing Weymouth.   Last season for the first time Redditch lost at St Neots after four consecutive victories at the Premier Plus Stadium. Next Tuesday Banbury United are the final midweek visitors of the season.   After being very early season leaders of the table Banbury have spent most of the season just outside the play-off places and are currently ninth, eight points and five places ahead of our lads at the time these notes were penned.   At the end of the 2014/15 season Banbury finished 21st in the table and was relegated to the South and West Division but roared back to win promotion back to the Premier Division at their first attempt.   In our nine meetings with Banbury we have won four times and drawn twice but all four of those victories came in our first five meetings, so some recent improvement would be desirable.   Earlier in the season we travelled to Banbury returning with a creditable draw thanks to a Dylan Williams goal in the second half, having trailed at half time.   Banbury are a fan-owned club and have been playing at Step Three since the year 2000.   Recently their best showing at this level was last season when they finished sixth – just one place but five points below the play-offs.   John Walker        
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