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                  
Monday, 29 January 2018 11:11
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW St Neots will be pleased to be back on home soil this weekend after two testing away games but the privilege comes at a price!    They host Chesham United who currently have the best record of all 24 teams in the division with five consecutive league victories and a draw prior to that, although their midweek match at home to St Ives had not been completed when this preview was written.   Chesham had a stuttering start to the season and in mid-October they were 17th in the table but a steady improvement in results has seen they rise to eighth after last weekend – six points ahead of the Saints with the St Ives match in hand.   Their record against St Neots is very impressive – particularly at home where St Neots have never won.   Two draws including the most recent in October last year have been the best results for St Neots in six visits, whilst at home Matt Clements’ side have won twice and lost three times.   They did however win impressively last time Chesham visited the Premier Plus Stadium with Jevani Brown recording one of his two St Neots hat tricks, and James Tricks claiming their fourth goal in a 4-1 victory.  However, a glance at the team sheet from less than a year ago reveals that only three of the current squad (Johnny Herd, Taylor Parr and Tom Wood) featured in that match showing that it is very Much Matt Clements squad that have delivered the sides’ improved form this season.   The latest addition to the squad, goalkeeper Jake Jessup made a very solid start at Dunstable despite conceding two goals that he had little chance of saving so the focus will be on installing more defensive security in from of him in the last third of the season.     John Walker
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 18:46
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW A narrow midweek defeat away at Royston restored some of the confidence in the St Neots side that had been glaringly missing during last weekend’s home reversal.  Manager Matt Clements had promised a shake up of his squad and he made four changes and that second half improvement on Tuesday almost earned a share of the points.  However, after the match news filtered through that Dunstable Town, the Saints opponents on Saturday had pulled off one of the shocks of the season by defeating high flying Weymouth by the odd goal in three.   It was only the Duns third victory in thirty league matches this season and it is no doubt that they will go into this weekend’s visit from St Neots looking to maintain this improved form.   They will take comfort from the fact that they have won their last two home clashes with the Saints and they will be looking to climb further away from bottom markers Gosport Town who lost again in midweek.   With just one relegation this season it is already shaping up to be a battle of the bottom two despite the fact that there is a third of the season left.   St Neots are likely to welcome back charismatic skipper Luke Knight after serving his two-match suspension because he will add experience and steel into midfield, whilst there may not be too many more changes for St Neots’ trip down the A6.   Clements was philosophical about the recent heavy home defeat.   "We have analysed where we went wrong and although that was one of the worst performances by a St Neots side since I took over" he said, "It is time to move on and rediscover what we do best".   John Walker          
Sunday, 21 January 2018 13:55
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW No doubt the post-mortem is well under way and I imagine a quick return to football after Saturday’s debacle at the Premier Plus Stadium is what would be best for St Neots.  However, whether the fixture computer has been kind to St Neots is an imponderable.  On Tuesday Matt Clements takes his bruised team to Royston who are one of the two surprise packages this season in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.  Promoted from the Division One Central at the end of last season as impressive Champions, Royston have taken their promotion by storm and are currently eighth in the table, just four points off a play-off place with matches in hand over most of the sides above them.   Prior to their home defeat by Chesham on Saturday, Royston had recorded five straight league victories scoring eighteen goals and conceding just one.  So, this will be a chance for St Neots either to redeem themselves or face an early 2018 slump in form.   Statistically they have not won a match since 23rd December drawing two and losing two of their completed four matches in the past month.   The only significant squad change is that Johnny Herd, absent due to a one match suspension last Saturday, is available for selection although team skipper Luke Knight still has to miss one additional match prior to his return.   Clements could ring the changes with his three utilised substitutes on Saturday, Lewis Irwin, Tom Wood and Stefan Broccoli all pushing for a return to the starting line-up.  However, fortunately one poor performance does not alter the pattern of the season and the side are undoubtedly capable of returning to its former form any time soon.   After the trip to Royston there is another away day on Saturday when the sides travels to Dunstable Town. John Walker          
Monday, 15 January 2018 11:31
  UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW   After a free weekend with scheduled opponents Hereford involved in the FA Trophy, St Neots return to action next Saturday with a visit from Frome Town.   Last Saturday the Robins entertained league leaders Kings Lynn in a tight contest that finished goalless.  St Neots and Frome are only two of six sides who are competing in the Premier Division of the Southern League for the sixth successive season – the others being Weymouth, Chesham, Hitchin and Redditch so our sides are well known to each other.   The Robins’ record at the Premier Plus Stadium shows one victory and a draw in five visits but a feature of our meetings has been goals.   There have been 43 goals in the eleven matches completed home and away by our two sides – just one short of four per match so if that trend is maintained we should be in for an entertaining afternoon.  Our most memorable meeting was at Frome four years ago when our lads lost by the odd goal in nine despite a hat trick from Shane Tolley.  Our lads come into today with only two matches completed in 2018 – our home and away drawn matches with Stratford and St Ives.   Contrast that with Hereford – our original opponents last Saturday who were involved in the FA Trophy.   Today their visit to Dorchester will be their SIXTH match in 2018!   However, back to Frome who last season secured their best-ever finish at Step Three – eighth, and no doubt they are out top emulate that performance this season.   Time will tell………….For the visit of Frome our lads will be without Luke Knight and Johnny Herd both of whom are service suspensions, so it is a chance for the fringe members of the squad to show their abilities.  
Sunday, 31 December 2017 09:36
  UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW   The two sides who clash at the Premier Plus Stadium this Saturday will both hope for an improvement in their 2018 fortunes – but for different reasons.   Stratford Town are the next visitors to face St Neots in the Evo-Stik Southern League and their New Year began on 1st January with a narrow home defeat by neighbours Banbury United.   Coming on top of their other two holiday matches which saw then draw away with high flying Slough Town after picking up all three points away at Redditch this was a disappointment. St Neots hopes of a flying start to the New Year were dashed last Monday when their neighbours pitch at Westwood Road was declared waterlogged so the visit to St Ives will have to be rescheduled.    So, Matt Clements’ side sat out the Bank Holiday whilst Banbury and Royston Town picked up victories that relegated St Neots two places in the table to tenth.   Now his side must set out to improve on the point they gained at Stratford in an early season 1-1 draw which featured a debut goal for Dion Sembie-Ferris.   Dion has added seven further goals this season (two of them in FA Trophy matches) and stands as the second highest scorer this season behind the mercurial Dylan Williams.   The points on Saturday are more important because with a free Saturday to follow the Stratford match because of Hereford United’s involvement in the FA Trophy, St Neots are likely to fall further behind in the mid-table battle that current sees seven clubs separated by just five points. Stratford hold a rather unique record against St Neots which I am sure our lads will be keen to cancel out at the weekend.    In five league meetings Stratford are undefeated against St Neots with two home victories and three drawn matches.   At the time these notes were penned Stratford were thirteenth in the table – two points and three places below our lads.   John Walker
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 08:58
It is with regret this morning that we announce RYAN HORNE has decided to leave the Club. Wanting regular football, something he has found difficult to obtain in what is now a very competitive squad, he has decided to seek this elsewhere, namely AFC Sudbury. The scorer of three goals this season in September - this culminated in him winning Supporters Player of the Month after a string of excellent dsiplays. Please join us in wishing Ryan the best of luck for the future and thanking him for his efforts in the Blue shirt.  
Friday, 15 December 2017 17:02
Just in time for Christmas - Our fantastic new style scarves have arrived. Our new style scarves - as modelled by our lovely bar manager Claire - are now available to buy at a cost of   £12.50 They can be purchased from behind the Bar and will be available at tomorrow's Reserve fixture versus Rayners Lane (3pm kick off) and Next Saturday's First Team fixture versus Kings Langley (3pm) which is also CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY
Monday, 11 December 2017 20:38
  UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW   After the wintery weekend it will be all eyes on Redditch this week prior to St Neots’ visit there on Saturday.   Redditch were one of the first clubs in the Southern League Premier Division to install a plastic pitch after suffering a string of postponements due to the frailty of their grass facility.   Then last Saturday along came the snow and with several inches of the white stuff even the new 21st Century surfaces (ironically dubbed ‘all weather surfaces’) become unplayable so the Redditch scheduled fixture with Gosport Borough was ruled out.   However, before the St Neots visit the interest will be on Tuesday evening when Banbury United are due to visit Redditch in a rearranged league fixture.   St Neots record against Redditch is an improving picture.  Last season was the only season in five that the Saints recorded a league double over Redditch, winning 1-0 at home and 4-1 away but before then in eight meetings St Neots had only two draws and six defeats to their credit so some continuing improvement would be welcome.   Redditch currently sit three points and three places below Matt Clements’ side but a midweek victory over Banbury would change that.  The middle ground in the league table is very congested with eight teams covered by a five points difference at all least seven points adrift of the play off positions and with some of those clubs facing each other in the run-up to Christmas changes in fortunes are guaranteed.   On the player front St Neots will be without iconic central defender Taylor Parr who starts his three-match ban for his red card against Kings Lynn and they have had two long term injured absentees in Dylan Williams and Scott Sinclair, but Scott who has missed the last seven matches, hopes to be fit for selection by the weekend, whilst Dylan is unlikely to be available until the New Year.       John Walker  
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