Saturday, 13 October 2018 21:22
SOUTHERN LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION CENTRAL St Neots Town      0         Kettering Town       3          League leaders Kettering Town left The Premier Plus Stadium flattered by their haul of three points from this match that took them five point clear at the top of the Southern League Premier Central Division, principally courtesy of the award of two penalty kicks. However, the two clinching goals came in the last ten minutes, and St Neots can feel hard done by after shading the first half over their high-flying visitors.   With skipper Luke Knight still on the injured list, Matt Clements was able to name an unchanged starting line-up from the midweek match and the same four substitutes were on the bench.   With the visitors bringing many of their regular followers and it being non-league day there was a bumper crowd of 693 to witness this contest.   This was only St Neots second defeat in nine league and cup matches since 27th August – but six of those have been in cup competition. After the excitement of their midweek FA Cup away triumph there was no sign of fatigue as the home side took the match to their visitors from the first whistle.   Most of the chances created in the first half hour were by the home side but they came up against a stubborn visiting defence.   The Poppies had just one early opening after 12 minutes when Michael Richens ghosted in behind the defence to collect a Rhys Hoeness cross, but he shot across the face of goal.   Meantime St Neots had around half a dozen chances at the other end notably a stunning 30 yards effort by Dylan Williams after 21 minutes that visiting keeper Paul White was relieved to tip over the crossbar.  Johnny Herd and Claudio Ofosu were both too high with the early efforts and Russell Short went close to his first St Neots goal with an acrobatic effort on the turn that was just wide.   Ten minutes before the break in a swift counter-attack Hoeness was only inches from connecting with a cross to the far post by Brett Solkhon and then Lindon Miekle volleyed well wide as the visitors staged a late first half rally.   The half ended with Richens picking up a yellow card for a cynical foul on Dion Sembie-Ferris who was in full flight towards goal. St Neots began the second half well with Nabil Shariff seeing a close-range header well saved but after 57 minutes there was a controversial moment as Hoeness chased a long ball out of defence colliding with goalkeeper Harry Reynolds and with Referee Abi Marriott unsighted she took the controversial penalty decision from an Assistant.   Brett Solkhon gave Harry Reynolds no chance with a perfectly placed spot kick and that led to a booking for the protesting Harry O’Malley and it gave the visitors a questionably deserved lead.   That swiftly led to manager Clements rejigging his attack with Gary Wharton and Devante Stanley introduced for Short and Ofosu.   Psychologically it gave the league leaders a massive confidence boost and for a while St Neots seemed to struggle.    Taylor Parr was booked for a clumsy challenge and Reynolds was almost caught off his line by a lob from his own half by Solkhon.  Then with nine minutes left St Neots conceded a second penalty as Matt Miles scythed down substitute Andrea Borg, and this time there was no doubt about the decision. It was Rhys Hoeness who netted from the spot and as St Neots became ragged there was no late come-back as Marcus Kelly was left unmarked at the far post four minutes from time and he gleefully applied the finishing touch to a third Kettering goal.   St Neots Town:  Reynolds, Miles, Herd, O’Malley, Wood, Parr, Sembie-Ferris, Short, Shariff, Williams, Ofosu Subs:  Wharton (for Short 68 mins), Stanley (for Ofosu 68 mins), Olaniran and Douglas Cards:  Parr (Y – 70 mins), Shariff (Y – 90 mins) Goals:  none   Kettering:  White, Berry, Solkhon, Richens, Miekle, Milnes, Hoeness, Kelly-Evans, Kelly, Towers, Rowe-Turner Subs:  Borg (for Solkhon 72 mins), Hotter (for Richens 88 mins), Toseland (for Kelly 88 mins), Graham and Elson Cards:  Richens (Y – 42 mins) Goals:  Solkhon (57 mins - pen), Hoeness (81 mins – pen), Kelly (86 mins)   Referee:  Abi Marriott (Mildenhall) Attendance:  693   John Walker  
Friday, 12 October 2018 21:49
We can confirm that the following admission charges will apply for our forthcoming Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie at Alfreton Town:   £14 for each adult (aged 21 upwards)£10 for each senior citizen (persons aged 65 and over)£10 for age group 16 to 21£10 for each student upon production of a valid student card at the turnstile on the day of the game£2 for children aged 15 and under, provided that they are accompanied through the turnstile by a paying adult These are AlfretonTown's regular admission charges for National League North matches  
Friday, 12 October 2018 07:49
Benchmark Services are very proud to sponsor todays match vs Kettering Town and look forward to an exciting game between two quality teams. Benchmark Services was founded in 2001 and is a totally independent company based in Cambridge, we are experts in laboratory relocation and delivery of scientific and medical equipment to point of use. Over this time, we have built a reputation as the number one choice for Universities, hospitals and commercial organisations looking to relocate.     If you think we can help with your moving requirements then please contact us on 01480 423810 or     Best of luck to both teams. Clive Laing, Managing Director
Monday, 01 October 2018 18:26
St Neots Town FC have decided to use their biggest game since 1966 to highlight the mental health challenges faced by both their fans and the wider community. They have given the match sponsorship to CPSL Mind and will promote their services at the match including STOP Suicide and the forthcoming World Mental Health Day on October 10th. The match, an Emirates FA Cup third round qualifying tie with Coalville Town, 3pm kick off, is the first time the club have reached this stage of the competition since 1978/79, when they played March Town at the old Shortsands ground. As well as giving the match sponsorship to CPSL Mind, they have asked local football correspondent and mental health awareness advocate, Stuart Baker, of social media outlet Squeeze Football, to be their match ball sponsor. On making the decision, the club's Commercial Director, Gary Atyes, commented "This match gives us a much greater level of both public and media awareness, and although we could just see it as a chance to earn much needed commercial revenue, the club has recently changed its focus to become more community led. The new board of directors want to use the added attention the game will receive to help our community, and in particular our growing fan base. We have recently seen some of our most loyal fans struggling with mental health issues and this partnership gives us a practical way we can help, and also broaden the message. We know what fantastic work CPSL Mind do through their office in St Neots plus Stuart has created a fantastic service for local football and has done some great fundraising, so this helps link it all together" For CPSL Mind, Emily Gray, Director of Development added  "We are thrilled that St Neots Town FC have decided to use such a big game in the club's history to support our work across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire. It is fantastic that St Neots Town are building closer relationships with local services and the community in response to the mental health struggles they have recognised in their supporters. The funds generated will enable us to deliver further on our aim to promote positive mental health, reduce stigma and support individuals in our community who are recovering from mental health challenges." And Stuart Baker of Squeeze Football also commented "Of all the opportunities that Squeeze has provided me with, this is the most special. It is a cause close to my heart and it is an honour to be asked to be part of such an important day for the club.”   Fans will be able to access support and information at the game and find out how they can get help if they need it, there will also be a collection for MIND CPSL at the match"  
Sunday, 30 September 2018 10:38
UPCOMING CUP MATCHES PREVIEW It will be a busy week for Matt Clements and his side as they face two crucial Cup matches in a five days spell.   First up on Tuesday it is the long midweek trip to the East Coast to face Lowestoft Town in the Southern League Challenge Cup.   It will be the first meeting of the two sides for 46 years having last met in the Eastern Counties League.   St Neots were in that league for four seasons from 1969/70 until 1972/73 and in that final season both league meetings with Lowestoft finished 0-0!   Ironically that match follows on from last Saturdays 0-0 draw – only the Saints second in more than two seasons.   Since then Lowestoft enjoyed a successful period winning the ECL title in 1977/78 to win promotion to the Football Conference as well as reaching the First Round Proper of the FA Cup four times in the modern era.   This season they are in the same division as St Neots sitting eleventh in the table – just one point ahead of St Neots, having failed to win their last three league matches.  Whilst St Neots were beating Bedford Town in the Preliminary Round of this competition, Lowestoft were enjoying a bye. Then on Saturday it is the Third Round Qualifying of the FA Cup against Coalville Town with the reward for the winners a mouth-watering £15,000 in Emirates sponsorship, but more importantly a place in the Fourth Round Qualifying of the National competition – just 90 minutes away from the entry in the competition of the Football League sides.   The Coalville visit will see (for the first time) a third consecutive home tie in the same season for St Neots in the FA Cup and our first appearance in the competition at that stage since 1978/79 when March Town United visited Shortsands to end our hopes for that season.    Coalville were due to make their first trip to St Neots in the league in February next year, but this will be a premature visit.   The Ravens as they are known come from Leicestershire and last season were members of the Northern League Premier Division where they finished 20th – well clear of the relegation zone.    In this season’s FA Cup competition, they beat Racing Club Warwick 2-1 at home in their first match before their replay victory over Buxton and their league position is very impressive – second in the table just two points behind leaders Kettering Town.   Away from home in the league this season they have beaten St Ives and Redditch, but they lost at Leiston.   John Walker        
Thursday, 27 September 2018 11:08
Cox’s at the The Lighthouse is run by the award winning Mick Cox. In his previous shop, he has won many awards and has been voted in the top 10 best fish and chip shops in the country. Mick and his team serve amazing fish which is sustainably sourced and all of his products are of the highest quality, they cater for vegetarians and serve many gluten free products. They can cater for big functions, quiz nights etc Telephone  01480  216599   for further details etc    Opening times are as follows: Monday                  4.30 - 9.00pm Tuesday                 4.30 - 9.00pm Wednesday            Noon – 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm Thursday                Noon - 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm Friday                     Noon – 2.00pm and 4.30 – 9.00pm Saturday                Noon – 9.00pm   Cox’s at the Lighthouse can be found approximately 50 yards from The Premier Plus Stadium, next to Tesco Express. Why not pop in there on the way home from the match, you won’t be disappointed....  
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 08:46
UPCOMING MATCH PREVIEW Before returning to our FA Cup adventure on 6th October (Saturday week) we have a league engagement on Saturday when our near neighbours Hitchin Town are to be our visitors.   Our two sides have something in common this season – a less than successful league start to the season.   Last season after 46 league games our two sides were locked together in mid-table anonymity – Hitchin in 11th place and our lads just one below, separated by just two points.    Our goal difference was neutral – 79 goals scored and 79 conceded whilst Hitchin had scored 12 less than us but conceded 13 less giving them a goal difference of +1.   Over the period of six seasons at Step Three out two sides have met fourteen times – twelve in the league and two in the league cup and our visitors have the edge on us winning seven of those meetings with a further four drawn.    At present we are 15th in the league table with eight points from seven matches whist Hitchin are three points and five places below us.   However, it is early days and recent interest and priority for both sides has been centred on the FA Cup competition.   Whilst we were featuring last Saturday in that nail-biting odd goal in seven victory over Romulus, Hitchin were being held at home in a dour contest by lower graded Didcot.    The replay of that tie was on Tuesday evening in Oxfordshire and resulted in another very close encounter – the visitors running out victorious in a sudden-death penalty shoot out after a second consecutive draw.   So, with both out sides looking to regenerate their season with a lucrative FA Cup run (both clubs having picked up £15,000 so far in sponsorship prizes) it will be valuable league points that are on offer at the Premier Plus Stadium on Saturday. John Walker      
Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:01
We are very excited to announce this evening, the signing of RUSSELL SHORT. Russell (29), is an Centre Half / Centre Midfielder who brings with him a wealth of experience and quality and numbers Biggleswade Town, Hendon, Bury Town, Ipswich Town, Histon, Wivenhoe Town as his former clubs. Please join us in welcoming Russell to the Club and we hope his time with us is enjoyable and successful.
Sunday, 16 September 2018 12:58
ST NEOTS TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB – 50/50 MONTHLY CLUB THE 50/50 CLUB IS BEING INTRODUCED TO ASSIST IN THE RAISING OF FUNDS FOR THE CLUB AND TO GIVE SUPPORTERS OF THE CLUB THE CHANCE TO WIN SOME CASH The 50/50 Club is simplicity in itself to join and every participant gets the chance to win in the monthly draw. Members must be over 18 years to join and pay by standing order (Cheques are accepted for annual payment – no cash will be collected). All you need to do is decide HOW MANY NUMBERS YOU WANT, complete your details and the standing order form below and hand it back to a club official to get you entered. You will receive an email confirming your monthly numbers. The winning numbers will be posted on our website also on social media sites. The rules are simple: The entry tickets are £10 per month if paying by standing order (£120 per year by Cheque). 50% of each Months subscriptions will be put into a prize pot and 100% of that pot will be given as prize money in the following way. 1st Prize = 50% of prize pot 2nd Prize = 30% of prize pot 3rd Prize = 20% of prize pot Obviously, the more members the bigger the prizes and more money to the club to help us to continue to improve our services to you.   ANYONE CAN JOIN – FRIENDS, FAMILY AND WORK COLLEAGUES   To download and print off an application form / rules and regulations, click the link below and return to Gary Wilson at the Club or fill in electronically and return via email to \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Alternatively, application forms are available from behind the bar at the Club or by asking any Club Official.   Remember, You've got to be in it to win it    
Wednesday, 12 September 2018 09:33
The Club is very excited to announce that Grant Ager, Paul Dodson, Mick McCreanor and Steve Kester have agreed to represent St Neots Town FC in an official capacity as Club Ambassadors.   The responsibility of an ambassador is to act as a representative of the Club, to uphold the clubs values and beliefs, to liaise with the Community  and support Community driven initiatives, to support and  attend (where possible) social functions and  to promote and liaise with the St Neots Town Community vets as well as much else.   Barry Cavilla - St Neots Town FC Chairman said "It's really important that we remain focused on driving the club forward to ensure a strong and stable business model. These ambassadors are very much part of the clubs fabric, as such they are very much part of our future and will undoubtedly represent the club with passion, pride and honesty just as they did when they slipped on the playing shirt in the not too distant past. Welcome aboard Grant, Paul, Mick and Steve and thank you from all at the club for your ongoing commitment to St Neots Town FC"
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