Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:11
Max York, Nathan Peacock and Ollie Thorne sign for the saints. We are pleased to announce the signings of Max York, Nathan Peacock and Ollie Thorne Max is a young defender of whom caught our attention a couple of years back when he was playing for Histon, he went on to make a name for himself having 2 great seasons with Biggleswade Town, a 6ft plus defender Max will be a great addition to our defence. Nathan is a forward with an outstanding scoring record over the last couple of seasons, we tried to secure his signature last season but unfortunately he had already committed to another club. Not to miss out again we have persisted in our interest in Nathan and finally he has signed for the club. Nathan is the cousin of our former player Dan Jacob. Ollie who is well know to the Saints supporters joins us on an initial months loan from Hemel Hempstead, for those new to the club Ollie is a very tough centre midfield or centre half player. All three players will be available for selection for our visit to Arlesey Town next saturday. We welcome them to the club and wish them every success with the Saints.  
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 09:19
    Player profile video ready to view. It has taken us over 4 months to perfect this new feature, Videos taken, sound added, background taken out, new background added and a new loading system Vimeo to allow us to show in full HD. Yes plenty of hard work to get this the way we wanted to present it. Having looked at many football websites is this a first for us, of course Sky show this type of video every week so we wanted to incorporate the same onto our web site. We have more players to add to this section in the coming weeks. To view just click on the player profile page choose from the list and view, to repeat the video just click at the bottom of the video. Hope you all enjoy,     
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:22
FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND REPLAY   DEREHAM TOWN   1 - 1 (aet)   ST NEOTS TOWN       (Dereham won 4-2 on pens)   It was St Neots’ first ever penalty shoot out in an FA Cup tie and it all ended in tears as Dereham goalkeeper Andrew Wilton produced two outstanding saves to deny Drew Roberts and Lewis Hilliard goals from the visitors’ first two well taken spot kicks.   However St Neots can have few complaints because on the night they were overall the second best side in a match that failed to produce significant goalmouth action at either end.  Matt Spring and Martell Powell both converted their spot kicks but with Michael Clunan, Luke Tuttle, Toby Hilliard and Ryan Hawkins all beating Nathan Abbey from the spot St Neots brief FA Cup run was all over for another year.   With Saturday’s goal scorer Nathan Frater injured St Neots made three changes bringing in Matt Nolan, Matt Spring and Bruce Wilson leaving Ben Farrell and Martell Powell on the substitutes’ bench in an attempt to improve on their finishing but the attempt failed. In the first half neither keeper had a save to make as the efforts from both sides flew high and wide of the target. Dereham was once again a compact and well organised unit and two hours play on top of the ninety minutes at the Cozy Stadium never looked like producing goals to excite the watching crowd by either team.  Both Matt Spring and Matt Nolan header over the bar with relatively simple chances in the opening ten minutes and Drew Roberts sent a snap shot wide of the far post. At the other end Dereham’s Saturday scorer Sam Borrer hit a shot straight at Nathan Abbey but St Neots did look vulnerable at set pieces scrambling a Luke Tuttle free kick away after a goalmouth melee.   As the first half progressed both sides began to look frustrated by their lack of success with Roberts chipping over the bar, Hilliard shooting wide and Arthur Lee also firing wildly over the bar whilst Nathan Abbey looked for long times a spectator. St Neots enjoyed the better possession but did not look comfortable when Dereham mounted a swift counter attack and the first half ended scoreless with little to suggest that either side had a plan B.  An early second half free kick in a good position was ballooned well wide by occasional set piece taker Ryan Frater but then St Neots had to survive three successive dangerous corners that they struggled to clear.  From a Luke Tuttle free kick Michael Clunan headed tamely over the bar but the goal that the game badly needed arrived after 62 minutes when a long cross from the right by Mason Spencer was glanced into the net by the head of Matt Nolan. That should have settled St Neots but there was little sign of this as Nathan Abbey making his final appearance prior to a three match suspension had to produce two excellent saves to deny Sam Borrer and Toby Hilliard.   Substitute Ryan Hawkins boosted the Dereham attack chipping onto the roof of the net and St Neots were hanging on to their slim lead until one minute from the end of normal time when an ill judged and unnecessary nudge in the back of Toby Hilliard by Arthur Lee conceded a silly penalty converted by Michael Clunan to send the match into extra time.  Both teams clearly affected by fatigue in the added 30 minutes never really looked like settling the match although Nathan Abbey made two important saves from Hilliard and Tuttle but Dereham was clearly the better side looking more composed.   St Neots best chance of an unlikelt late winner came from a speedy Lorenzo Ferrari burst through the defence but Wilton got down well to save the effort by the St Neots substitute.   Then it was on to the dreaded penalty shoot out………. St Neots: Abbey (N), Spence, Lee, Spring, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Hilliard, Nolan, Roberts, Wilson Subs: Ferrari (for Wilson 69 mins), Farrell (for Davies 74 mins), Powell (for Nolan 85 mins) Ford, Bickerstaff, Abbey (Z) and Greygoose. Cards: Lee (Y – 72), Nolan (Y – 78) Goals: Nolan (52 mins) Dereham:  Wilton, Willis, Blake-Tracey, Hockley, Howard, Eastoe-Smith, Borrer, Clunan, Tuttle, Hilliard, Bussens Subs: Hawkins (for Bussens 69 mins), Bailey (for Hockley 69 mins), Kay, Mason and Powley Cards: Hilliard (Y – 98), Clunan (Y – 117), Tuttle (Y – 119) Goals:  Clunan (89 mins) Attendance: 267 Referee: Mark Potkins (Woodbridge) John Walker
Monday, 15 September 2014 19:18
Nathan and Zema give their verdict on the 4 nil victory over Histon and the one all draw in the FA Cup against Dereham.   Video Link: SNTTV - League & FA Cup Reaction
Saturday, 13 September 2014 18:55
FA CUP FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND   ST NEOTS TOWN   1 - 1   DEREHAM TOWN         This will not be remembered as one of St Neots better performances but to their credit they fought back in the second half after a first 45 minutes in which they struggled to get their act together.   So the reward is to be a midweek replay in Norfolk where they will hope to make all 90 minutes count. Too many first half passes were half hearted and unable to get their usual rhythm going the side struggled to create chances. The one team change from the impressive midweek victory over Histon saw inclusion of Nathan Frater for Matt Nolan clearly designed to add pace in attack but without a greater service from the flanks or midfield the idea never came to fruition.   Dereham were a hard working well organised unit that defended in numbers when they were not in possession of the ball and St Neots lacked that significant penetration from which their openings had borne fruit in the Histon match. Dereham made a swift and effective start to the match with Ryan Hawkins breaking through in the first minute to fire across the face of goal. St Neots were put out of their early stride by a rather physical approach from the visitors that rendered five free kicks in St Neots favour in the first ten minutes.   There were also early yellow cards for Michael Clunan (Dereham) and Arthur Lee (St Neots) as the Referee sought to impose his authority.  Then after 12 minutes from a right sided Clunan free kick to the near post the St Neots defence was caught out as Sam Borrer emerged from a pack of players to be first to the ball and slide it wide of Nathan Abbey.   As St Neots tried to hit back both Martell Powell and Lewis Hilliard shot wide of the target and from a Lee free kick Hilliard sent a downward header wide of visiting keeper Andrew Wilton but he did well to parry the ball. Scott Roberts wasted Dereham’s best chance to extend their lead lobbing over the bar and then just as St Neots seemed to be gaining in confidence an injury to Referee Lee Marshallsay forced a nine minutes delay whilst a replacement was sought and this saw them lose impetus again although Nathan Frater volleyed just over the bar and Gavin Hoyte had a header from a Jay Davies cross well saved by Wilton  St Neots needed a good start after the break and they got it!   In less than a minute Lewis Hilliard’s shot beat Wilton but rebounded from a post whilst Jay Davies had a shot cleared off the line by Matt Howard and the same St Neots player volleyed wide after neat play by Drew Roberts.   The visitors quickly adopted a change of tactics leaving just one player up front and flooding midfield in an attempt to stem the flow of St Neots attacks. However after 53 minutes St Neots were level when Martell Powell accurately pulled his cross back to pick out the unmarked Nathan Frater and his well placed shot ripped in to the roof of the net.   Now St Neots were in the ascendancy with Davies sending a free kick narrowly over the bar and Roberts repeating the feat two minutes later.   There was then an untidy spell of play with two further players from each side booked by the replacement Referee and St Neots then sent on Lorenzo Ferrari whose first run at the Dereham defence took him clear but he could not finish. Roberts shot high over the bar and Ferrari shot wide after an impressive run inside his marker and St Neots really should have made their superior possession and chance creation pay. The added time saw two more excellent St Neots chances with substitute Matt Nolan just a whisker away from a Spence cross and Davies firing wide after good work by Roberts.   With more precise finishing St Neots should finish off the job on Tuesday evening.   St Neots: Abbey, Spence, Lee, Farrell, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Powell, Frater (N), Roberts, Hilliard Subs: Ferrari (for Powell 63 mins), Nolan (for Frater (N) 73 mins), Wilson , Ford, Spring, Bickerstaff and Greygoose. Cards: Lee (Y – 11), Davies (Y – 65), Spence (Y – 67) Goals: Frater (N) (53 mins) Dereham:  Wilton, Willis, Blake-Tracey, Hockley, Howard, Borrer, Roberts, Clunan, Tuttle, Bussens, Hawkins Subs: Hilliard (for Hawkins 66 mins), Kay (for Tuttle 90+2 mins) Cards: Clunan (Y – 10), Willis (Y – 60), Roberts (Y – 66) Goals:  Borrrer (12 mins) Attendance: 312 Referee: Lee Marshallsay (Boreham Wood) John Walker
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 14:31
Southern League Premier Division   ST NEOTS TOWN       4        HISTON       0   Rejuvenated St Neots produced their best home performance at home this season as they swept aside a rather flimsy challenge by Histon.   The visitors making their first ever trip to Rowley Park following their relegation from the Conference North at the end of last season have struggled to find their feet in their new surroundings and have failed to win in nine matches this season.  However from St Neots perspective three more points, a clean sheet and a much improved all round performance was boosted further still by the return from injury of Lewis Hilliard who had missed the previous six matches.   Arthur Lee also retuned to the side after being unavailable for the Biggleswade trip and Matt Nolan replaced Nathan Frater in attack.   Two more goals for Drew Roberts took his tally in the last four matches to six and there was a goal for Ryan Frater – his first since last November.   St Neots made a solid start as Hilliard marked his return by picking up a loose ball to make for goal only to have his close range shot blocked by the feet of visiting goalkeeper Enol Ordonez.  Drew Roberts was then brought down in the area after 11 minutes but no infringement spotted by the Referee but the striker made up for his disappointment a minute later when he smashed home a Hilliard cross off the underside of the bar to put St Neots in front.   Four minutes later it was 2-0 as Arthur Lee’s corner was headed down to Martell Powell whose shot was blocked but Ryan Frater picked up the rebound to force the ball in at the near post.   Two minutes later Lee had a shot deflected for a corner as St Neots threatened to run riot.   Midway through the first half Histon had two good chances to reduce the arrears but a shot from Evan Key was beaten away by Nathan Abbey and then Nick Freeman set up Mateusz Katimski whoso acrobatic volley flew wide of a post.   Then the pressure moved back to the other end of the pitch where Martell Powell saw a narrow angled effort come back off a goalpost and Lewis Hilliard saw two efforts go close – the first a free kick well saved by Ordanez and the second a more comfortable save after neat work by Jay Davies.   The nearest Histon came to a reply came after 39 minutes when Kuzimski rounded Ben Farrell to cross for Nick Freeman to see his shot rebound from a post.   Three minutes before the break the best move of the first half produced St Neots third goal as Mason Spence won the ball and pulled it back from the bye line to pick out Drew Roberts whose low finish was perfectly placed beyond the reach of the keeper.   The second half was less intense and produced fewer openings.   A Lee free kick was pushed away at full stretch and the visiting keeper twice denied Roberts his hat trick.   Histon forced Abbey into a double save in the same attack from Sanders and McGeorge but apart from a head injury to Ryan Frater St Neots had few anxious moments with Jay Davis and Ben Farrell dominant in midfield.   With all three substitutes introduced Histon refused to let their heads drop but after 71 minutes a simple third goal by Jay Davies played clear by Roberts sealed their fate.   As the tempo dropped substitute Salim Relizani squandered Histon’s late chance whilst St Neots substitute Lorenzo Ferrari almost added a fifth St Neots goal in time added. St Neots: Abbey, Spence, Lee, Farrell, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Powell, Nolan, Roberts, Hilliard Subs: Bickerstaff (for Lee 73 mins), Ferrari (for Hilliard 78 mins), Wilson (for Davies 85 mins), Frater (N) and Greygoose. Cards: Lee (Y – 70) Goals: Roberts 2 (12 & 42 mins) Frater (R) (16 mins), Davies (71 mins)   Histon:  Ordonez, Burgess, White, Wall, Reynolds, McGeorge, Randall, Key, Kuzimski, Freeman, Sanders Subs: O’Malley (for McGeorge 66 mins), Peacock (for Kuzimski 66 mins) Relizani (for Randall), McDonald and Waters. Cards: Burgess (Y – 86), Key (Y – 90) Goals:  none   Attendance: 401   Referee: John Steel (Ely)   John Walker  
Monday, 08 September 2014 14:19
Our website has had over half a million (518,000 to be precise) visitors over the last 12 weeks that is an astonishing 6,000 visitors each and every day. Looking at the stats and GMT time of visitors viewing, we see that many are viewing the St Neots Town FC Website from all over the globe. What a fantastic achievement for a non league football team. We have only been into the new season for 4 weeks, so it looks like the figures will rise during the season. A new release "Match Centre" can soon be viewed and theres more to come. It takes time for perfection but we are well on the way to having the very best football web site you will ever see. Proud to be blowing our own trumpet, you bet we are.      
Monday, 08 September 2014 12:25
Our new match centre is now taking shape, after months of re programming the match centre part of the website we can now release phase one which is the Southern League Premier Division Teams information guide. We have showcased each and every team in the Southern League Premier Division. Details include  Team Information Last seasons stats Club History Matches, Fixtures for this season and match reports of each match. Player profiles and Bios (where possible) Photo gallery (where possible) Travel Information A full comprehensive  information file on all of our opponents for this season. The easiest way of viewing this feature is, 1) Click on front page of the web site, Southern League Premier League table  2) Just click on the team you wish to view. (All information is correct at time of publication, some information is missing owing to available data)          
Saturday, 06 September 2014 19:40
Southern League Premier Division BIGGLESWADE TOWN   2 - 2   ST NEOTS TOWN       In the last ten minutes of this derby league match there were scenes bordering on the unbelievable.   The upshot was that St Neots surrendered two more valuable league points but the fall out from the match will be felt for some time. After 80 minutes with the scores level at 2-2 substitute Dave Deeney limped off with a pulled thigh muscle – twenty minutes after coming on for his first appearance of the season.   All three permitted substitutes used so St Neots down to TEN men. Five minutes later Josh Bickerstaff was booked for a clumsy challenge and three minutes after that he was involved in an off the ball tangle with Zane Banton – an incident spotted only by a linesman but after a consultation with Referee Josh Smith both were yellow carded meaning a red card for Bickerstaff and St Neots down to NINE men.   Finally four minutes into time added for stoppages visiting goalkeeper Nathan Abbey gathered a cross and attempted to get his side onto a late attack with a quick clearance. His way was deliberately barred by Andrew Iwediuno preventing the clearance so in frustration Abbey pushed his opponent to the ground and Referee Smith pointed to the penalty spot and sent off Abbey for the challenge leaving St Neots down to EIGHT men.   Ryan Frater donned the jersey and guessed right to push away the penalty kick from substitute Lee Smith. That seemed like strange justice because it preserved a point for the visitors although having led twice they really should have been home and dry before all the late drama.    So that was four points lost in successive matches and was bad news with two important Cup matches coming up in the next ten days.   The two team changes had seen Bruce Wilson in for Arthur Lee and the fit again Nathan Frater up front at the expense of Ben Farrell. There was an untidy start with neither team very positive in the first quarter of an hour. Martell Powell saw his shot pass the wrong side of a post and then linked up with Wilson whose shot was deflected for a corner.   However after 19 minutes Andrew Iwediuno misjudged a bounce of the ball and Nathan Frater took full advantage lobbing the stranded Biggleswade keeper to give St Neots the lead. That advantage lasted just two minutes before Lee Allinson sent a perfectly placed snap shot through a packed penalty area to level the scores from a long throw by Max York.   St Neots began to look the better side but their finishing was too often off target. Drew Roberts volleyed wide twice and Nathan Frater played clear by Roberts shot weakly at the keeper.   Mason Spence was seeing a lot of the ball on the right flank but hiss crosses were invariably wayward or too long so St Neots better openings were squandered. After the break it took St Neots just two minutes to regain the lead. Predictably it was Mason Spence who created the opening on the right but this time his cross was accurate and precise as he picked out Drew Roberts whose low shot trickled in with home keeper Ian Brown slow to react. Three minutes later from a similar opening Spence found Matt Spring on the edge of the area but he ballooned his finish high over the bar. A cross from Roberts then rebounded off the near post and the same player volleyed over the bar.   At the other end Allinson had a free kick comfortably saved by Abbey but after 69 minutes following a spell of Biggleswade pressure the keeper spilled a shot and Allison was quickly in to level the scores again from close range.   St Neots then had four or five efforts that went high and wide as they dominated possession for a spell and they sent on substitutes with little change in their fortune.   In a breakaway Spence did well to clear off the line with his keeper beaten and it began to look like a routine draw with both sides unable to find a winner.   Then came that dramatic last ten minutes for which the match will be remembered. St Neots: Abbey, Spence, Wilson, Bickerstaff, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Frater (N), Roberts, Powell Subs: Deeney (for Wilson 60 mins), Farrell (for Powell 65 mins), Nolan (for Frater (N) 77 mins), Ferrari and Greygoose.  Cards: Abbey (RED – 90+4 mins), Bickerstaff (RED – 2 x Y – 85 & 88 mins), Wilson (Y – 3 mins), Davies (Y – 38 mins) Goals: Frater N (19 mins) Roberts (48 mins)
Friday, 05 September 2014 19:25
Catch up with the management after a good week of football collecting seven points. Six of them on the road including Truro. Video Link: Paulton Action & Reaction