Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:18
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW Back in front of their home fans for the first time for five weeks, St Neots will be hoping for an enthusiastic welcome and a more successful outcome on the pitch.   They welcome to the Premier Plus Stadium – for the first time in a league match – the players, officials and supporters of Bishop’s Stortford FC who were relegated from the Football Conference (South) at the end of last season after twelve years at Step Two.   In the first league meeting at Stortford in December, Matt Clements’ lads ran out winners by the odd goal in three with David Bridges’ early goal being cancelled out before the break, and then Nabil Shariff clinched all three points with his second half strike.   Since that last match at home on 17th February, St Neots have played four times on opposition soil as well as losing a scheduled home match with Banbury to the weather.   They return home with something to prove after four consecutive league defeats – the first time this has occurred under the supervision of Matt Clements, and if the season is not to peter out in a disappointing run they must regroup and rediscover some confidence – both individually and as a team.   Goal scoring seems to be the key, for the side have hit the back of the net just three time in their last six matches – three of which have ended in 1-0 defeats.   After a stuttering start in the Southern League, Stortford have come good since Christmas and they arrive here on the back of five wins in their last six league matches.   Their only reversal came away at Kettering, but they have recorded impressive victories over Frome and Redditch and a recent draw with promotion chasing Slough Town.       John Walker
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 14:11
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW One regular member of St Neots’ team will be looking forward to their long trip to Wales this weekend.   Johnny Herd, if fit, will be celebrating his 50th appearance for the team and only two other members of the current squad (Taylor Parr – 82 & Tom Wood – 75) have more appearances to their name.    Merthyr play on a 4G pitch but that has not solved all their problems for they have lost two Saturday afternoon matches this season – one to snow and the other to frost and ice.   The Martyrs have had a testing time this season with a major financial incident which saw the Manager and several players quit as well as the walk out of several Club directors.   However, although their ambitious plans for promotion back to Step Two were scuppered by their problems, they have recovered well and are currently in seventeenth place in the table already assured of their Step Three status next season.   They are currently the best form side in the league having won their last three matches against St Ives and Dunstable (at home) and Dorchester (away) last Saturday.   St Neots record at Penydarryn Park is not impressive for having drawn 1-1 two years age they were beaten 3-0 last season.   Earlier this season when Merthyr visited the Premier Plus Stadium on 9th September they were beaten 5-2 with Lewis Irwin and Luke Knight both scoring twice and Dion Sembie Ferris adding a fifth.   Following his sides below par performance last week at Basingstoke Matt Clements will be looking for a positive response from his side because the aim this season is still a top half finish in the table and that has to be achieved through results.   Kyron Wiltshire returns to the squad after suspension, but they are still doubts over Lewis Irwin, Scott Sinclair and Jack Bradshaw (all out with injuries last week) and Harry O’Malley recuperating from surgery.     John Walker
Thursday, 08 March 2018 17:43
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW On Saturday St Neots travel to Basingstoke for their next engagement in the Southern League.   With just one defeat in their last six league games Basingstoke are on a bit of a charge up the league table and their creditable midweek draw away at Slough left them just a point behind St Neots in twelfth place in the table – with one match in hand.   Basingstoke joined the Southern League Premier Division upon relegation from the former Conference Southern Division at the end of the 2015/16 season after twelve seasons at Step Two.   Their ambition of a swift return to that level appears floundered last season as they finished twelfth – 23 points shy of the play-off place they had targeted.   It will take an outstanding set of results in the run-in for them to achieve an outside chance of a return to Step Two this season.   However, they have a club structure behind them that will serve them well when they do return to Step Two.   In fact, our two clubs have something in common because we share superbly organised youth facilities.   Both Clubs run Academies with Basingstoke boasting 59 full time Academy players on their books and they have education and community schemes aplenty regardless of the fact that they are still trying to preserve the continued use of their present Camrose Stadium facilities.  Last season saw St Neots’ only trip to Basingstoke and that resulted in a narrow 1-0 defeat although we gained some revenge in the return game at the Premier Plus Stadium when goals from Shane Hill and Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson gave us a 2-1 victory.   Subject to any lingering fitness doubts surrounding Scott Sinclair and Harry O’Malley, St Neots could have a near full squad to choose from apart from Kyran Wiltshire, who sits out once again this week due to last weekend’s postponement, to complete his two game suspension. John Walker
Sunday, 25 February 2018 13:34
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW Back on home soil on Saturday, St Neots Town welcome Banbury United to the Premier Plus Stadium.   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 eighth, five points and three 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. Banbury have reached the first round Proper of the FA Cup three times in their history but this season they bowed out at the third round qualifying stage to Northern Premier League side Shildon.   In the FA Trophy they defeated Tiverton (whom they had also knocked out of the FA Cup) but lost to Farnborough in the Second Qualifying Round and in the BFB League Cup they were early casualties losing to lower graded Didcot Town in the first round.  Only beaten once in their last six League outings, Banbury’s form is improving with two wins and three draws plus that defeat at the hands of league leaders Hereford.   However, victory at Slough and a draw away at Kings Lynn were excellent results.     John Walker
Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:32
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW For the fifth consecutive time in as many weeks, St Neots face a tough Saturday afternoon test against a side higher than themselves in the league table.   Following home matches with Chesham and Tiverton and away trips to Weymouth and Hereford, they are on the road to Slough where they are to play at the refurbished Arbour Park Stadium which boasts a 3G artificial pitch.   Slough moved to their new ground a little over a year ago after a lengthy ground share arrangement at Beaconsfield where St Neots have played the Rebels on each of their three away Premier Division meetings.   That was not been a happy hunting ground because they have failed to record an away victory over Slough although two of the three trips ended in drawn matches.   In fact, when St Neots defeated Slough 3-1 at the Premier Plus Stadium in September it was their only victory over their visitors in seven meetings since the Rebels joined St Neots on promotion in the Premier Division.   Slough’s league progress was held up this season by their impressive run in the FA Cup where they reached the Second Round Proper before being beaten by Rochdale.   As a result, they have fallen behind in their league programme and currently have up to seven games in hand of the five sides ahead of them in the league table and they are only a single point shy of the play-off places.   In the Premier Plus Stadium meeting two goals from Tom Meechan and another from Dion Sembie-Ferris were the catalyst for what was St Neots second home victory of the season.   There will have to be at least one team change on Saturday because Kyron Wiltshire begins his two-match ban having picked up eleven cautions this season, but Liam McDevitt returns to the squad after his suspension.     John Walker
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 15:09
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Saturday, 17 February 2018 19:52
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW The danger in the Southern League fixture list being published for the whole season in July, is that a postponed Saturday match due to weather or precedence for FA Cup or FA Trophy matches is likely to send an unfortunate team to a far-flung extremity in midweek.   Such is the case for St Neots on Tuesday when they must visit high flying Hereford who are most peoples fancy for the championship and automatic promotion come the end of the season.   So, Matt Clements and his players must set out mid-afternoon on Tuesday for their 290 miles round trip to Edgar Street. St Neots’ only other trip to the then newly promoted Hereford was on the first Saturday in the 2014/15 season when they encountered a huge local fans demonstration outside the ground against the takeover of that famous old Club.   With as many fans outside as in the stadium the match was played in a strange atmosphere, but St Neots prevailed with a 2-0 victory thanks goals from Matt Nolan and Nathan Frater.   Two months later the return match, rearranged at the Premier Plus Stadium because both sides out of the FA Cup had a free Saturday, ended in a 1-0 home victory with Drew Roberts the marksman.   Six weeks later Hereford folded and withdrew from the Southern League, and St Neots lost six valuable league points.   This season Hereford came to St Neots on August Bank Holiday Saturday winning 3-1 in front of St Neots best home crowd of the season, Scott Sinclair claiming St Neots’ consolation goal.   Hereford were, prior to last Saturday’s matches, second in the table one point behind leaders Kings Lynn with three matches in hand so dependent on the weekend results a victory for the Bulls could take them to the top of the table for the first time this season.   John Walker
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:00
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW The next side to feature at the Premier Plus Stadium this Saturday will be first time in the league visitors’ Tiverton Town.   The Devon outfit were promoted from the South and West Division at the end of last season through the end of season play-offs defeating neighbours Taunton Town and favourites Salisbury to earn a second spell at this level of football and have taken the Premier Division by storm.   As high as third place in the table early in December they have faded slightly with four defeats in their last six outings but are still ninth in the table just two points shy of the play off places.   However, this is two places, but six points ahead of Matt Clements’ side – and they have two matches in hand.   It will be Tiverton’s second visit to the town because four years ago they arrived for a midweek second leg of the Red Insure League Cup Final.   The first leg in Devon two weeks earlier had seen a competitive 0-0 draw and St Neots eased to a 1-0 cumulative victory thanks to a 43rd minute Lewis Hilliard goal.   Tiverton, like St Neots, are currently competing at the highest level of football in their history and when the two sides met at Ladymead earlier this season the result was a 2-1 victory for St Neots with a rare Ryan Horne double securing the points from a 410 miles round trip.   In the week following this match St Neots have two very tough away trips to Hereford and Slough both of who are fancied to feature amongst the honours at the end of the season.   St Neots know they will be without skipper Luke Knight dismissed at Weymouth and Scott Sinclair may also struggle to be fit in time for selection following his hamstring injury.   John Walker
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 16:19
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW Following their excellent victory over in-form Chesham United last Saturday, St Neots took their winning run to three matches when they defeated neighbours St Ives in the semi-final of the Huntingdonshire Senior Cup on Tuesday.   Now they look forward to a long trip to in-form Weymouth who are third in the table six points behind leaders Kings Lynn following the midweek results. Last Saturday Weymouth beat Merthyr in South Wales and had climbed the second in the league table – their highest perch this season taking their points tally in eight days to nine from three matches.   Former Football Conference members the Terras are a fiercely ambitious club but have failed to mount a serious challenge for Step Two status since their relegation to the Southern League ten years ago.  In that period, they have twice looked potential promotion challengers but two seventh place finishes were their best seasons.   Unbeaten in their last twelve league matches they will know that a continuation of this consistency at this stage of the season is key to finishing in the top five and winning a play-off place – and of course now trailing the league leaders by just six points they will be eying that coveted automatic promotion place as Champions.   Beaten just three times at home this season – the last defeat at Slough in mid-December – Weymouth are looking strong and will be a real test for Matt Clements’ side.   However, confidence should be high for the trip to Dorset although Scott Sinclair injured at St Ives will be unlikely to be fit for selection. St Neots have had limited success at Weymouth having drawn once and won twice in five visits including last season’s 2-0 victory thanks to a goal from Jordan Patrick and an own goal.   John Walker          
Saturday, 03 February 2018 20:57
  UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW   The Tuesday evening scheduled Huntingdonshire Senior Cup semi-final at Westwood Road is entirely dependant on the weather between now and then.   Saturday’s Central Division match between Cambridge City and Barton Rovers was postponed early on Saturday morning and prospects of the Tuesday match are already looking grim.   The only match to be played since Christmas at Westwood Road was the rearranged New Years’ Day fixture with St Neots on 9th January that ended in a 1-1 draw after St Neots had suffered the first half dismissal of Johnny Herd.   A glance at the records shows that St Neots last Senior Cup victory over St Ives was four years ago in the Cup Final at the Premier Plus Stadium when goals from Shane Tolley and Lewis Hilliard in front of a noisy crowd of 563 won the day.   Two years ago (also at home) St Neots were beaten in the semi-final by the odd goal in three and after that match Manager David Batch resigned his post.    St Ives are beginning to build up a backlog of league matches (three in hand of St Neots at present) and to have to fit in a Cup match might prove tricky because of their groundshare with Cambridge City who also have games to be rearranged.   The other semi-final will  be between holders Eynesbury Rovers and Yaxley who last won the trophy in 2008.   Qualification for the Senior Cup was reduced in 2012/13 to sides playing at Step Six of the National league system and above which means that in addition to the quartet of teams due to compete in the semi-finals, only Huntingdon Town and Godmanchester Rovers competed in the competition this season.   Having won the Senior Cup a record number of times St Neots would love to win it this season for Manager Matt Clements.       John Walker                  
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