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        
Tuesday, 03 April 2018 18:32
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW Following a completely washed-out Easter programme – the first time since joining the Southern League – St Neots face a titanic five days over the coming weekend when they have to face three League games.   For Manager Matt Clements and his squad, it will be the ultimate test of fitness and availability with a derby match and more than 250 miles on the road. It all kicks off on Thursday evening when St Ives arrive for a second attempt at fitting in the return league match.   In January the two sides shared two goals in a 1-1 draw at Westwood Road – that match also re-dated after a call-off on New Years’ Day – with St Neots trailing at half time and down to ten men with Johnny Herd dismissed for two cautions, but a late goal from Nabil Shariff earned a share of the spoils.   A glance at the records shows that the last time we defeated St Ives in a league match was here on 25th April 2011 although we have only met in league combat home and away three times since then.   That victory made St Neots Club history for it clinched the United Counties League championship and propelled us into Step Four and the Southern League for the first time in our history.  Then on Saturday there is a trip to Kings Langley who are in their second season at Step Three and have yet to make a significant impact.   Currently twenty-first in the table they might well be facing relegation at the end of the season but for the fact that the reorganisation of Step Three next season means one and not four teams to face the drop.   Last season they finished twentieth just goal difference ahead of Cambridge City who were demoted.   At home this season they have won four times in 19 starts beating Bishop’s Stortford, Dunstable, and Stratford plus Royston who were their highest placed scalp.  They played twice over the Easter weekend beating Farnborough away 4-0 before losing at home to Hitchin on Easter Monday. Then on Monday the testing rearranged trip to Dorchester.   Despite having four consecutive home victories over the Magpies, trips to Dorset have been far less productive with two defeats and a draw in three visits.   The former Conference members have not fared well in the Southern League since their relegation, finishing 17th, 13th and 18th, and they are currently 20th in the table with just 42 points, but their home record is good with ten straight wins from 20 matches.   At the weekend, like St Neots,  they lost their Monday match at home to Tiverton. John Walker
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:58
UPCOMING MATCHES PREVIEW St Neots face a busy 72 hours period over Easter with two league games as they seek to return to winning ways.   It all kicks off on Saturday afternoon with their longest remaining away game of the season (350 miles round trip) to Dorchester.   Despite having four consecutive home victories over the Magpies, trips to Dorset have been far less productive with two defeats and a draw in three visits.   The former Conference members have not fared well in the Southern League since their relegation, finishing 17th, 13th and 18th, and they are currently 20th in the table with just 42 points, but their home record is good with ten straight wins from 20 matches. Then on Monday it is derby time again with the visit of neighbours, St Ives.   They have been comforted by the knowledge that there will be only one relegation from the Premier Division this season because of the structural reorganisation of senior football next season.  At present after a wretched season St Ives would have been fifteen points from survival at Step Three but for the changes.   However, with a heavy programme of rearranged fixtures still to complete in less than four weeks they mathematically only require six points to ensure their survival at this level next season (and that is assuming that bottom club Gosport win all their remaining matches – unlikely as they have only won twice all season!).   In their first season at Step Three last year St Ives finished fifteenth – four places above our lads but this time around player movement and pitch problems have disrupted their attempts to find consistency in their results and away from home this season they have won just five times in twenty trips.   In January the two sides shared two goals in a 1-1 draw at Westwood Road.   The match on Monday kicks off at the usual time of 3.00 pm     John Walker
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
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