Wednesday, 04 April 2018 14:17
Spartan South Midlands League Division One  LANGFORD      1        ST NEOTS RESERVES       2          St Neots Reserves moved out of the relegation zone in the South Midlands League Division One with this midweek victory over Langford.   It was their first league double achieved at this level and the first time they had won in successive matches.   It was a thoroughly deserved victory, the result of a performance of high energy and commitment and came courtesy of two goals in a three minutes second half spell from Sam Piesse who had missed the majority of the season whilst recovering from a broken ankle.   With just eight matches left the focus is now firmly on retaining their place at this level of football. There was little to report in the opening half hour with neither goalkeeper having a significant save to make.   Piesse headed over from an Andrew Sincock cross and Aaron Armstrong shot wide whilst at the other end Luke Smith shot wide when well- placed and a shot from Jack Edwards was cleared after a corner.   The match seemed to increase in intensity in the five minutes before half time.   Smith was played clear and should have done better than fire over the bar, but St Neots had two half-decent chances with home keeper Kieran Fordham producing the save of the match to keep out a narrow-angled shot from Piesse and from the corner Alex Minall fired over the bar.   Then in time added Sincock had his effort cleared off the line by a defender. St Neots’ domination in the opening phase of the second half set the pattern for the rest of the match.   After 55 minutes Sincock rounded his marker to pick out Sam Piesse and his finish was clinical.   Then three minutes later Minall was the provider and Piesse once again beat Fordham from fifteen yards.      The keeper then had to save well to prevent the hard-working Sincock from extending the lead and St Neots continued to control play without creating clear chances.   Langford substitute Harry Orr was closest to giving the home side a foothold back into the match, but George Bugg saved comfortably and as Langford mounted a late effort they gained a consolation goal from Luke Smith in injury time.   Reserves: Bugg, Lapompe, Sells, Mitchell, Ashby, Dunnett, Armstrong, Minall, Piesse, Sincock, Fitzpatrick Subs: Humphrey (for Armstrong 75 mins), Walsh (for Piesse 84 mins), Routs (for Sincock 90+3 mins) Cards: none Goals: Piesse 2 (55 & 58 mins)   John Walker
Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:39
  Match report vs Enfield Borough FC – Away, Monday 2nd January 2017       Squad:- Jeckells, Clement-McNee, Beavis, Mitchell, Ashby, Fitzgerald, Stevens, Swain, Smith, Douglas-Smith, Humphrey   Subs from:- Bambridge, Gillespie, Walsh, Etheridge, Brolia       Firstly the Reserves Players & Management Team would like to wish you all a Happy New Year…       What a game to kick off the New Year with Saints sitting top of the league versus 3rd place Enfield Boro, maybe not the best game to come back from the festive period, especially as Enfield thumped us 5-1 at home on the August bank holiday - but we have developed as a squad since those early games. Also back from the dead (a Christmas miracle) was the old club minibus, thanks to Gaz at LCS ltd ( for bring it back to life!!       With the game kicking off on a cold but almost perfect pitch & day, both teams battled & exchanged possession; Enfield’s pacey approach caused Saints issues and forced a few early errors which luckily didn’t amount to anything, but our possession was turned over too easily early doors. Enfield probed down the right but the youth team partnership of Humphrey & Beavis dealt with any fret. Jake Smith battled well up top against the Enfield defence, but Saints final delivery was lacking and didn’t test the Enfield keeper. 15minutes in & Saints started to get into the game and looked dangerous on set pieces, forcing a number of corners; from one of these corners Tommy Stevens forced a save from Enfield keeper as his goal bound effort was tipped over. In a positive spell of possession in the Enfield half, Swainy fired a trademark 25 yarder just wide of the Enfield goal. But it was Enfield who would feel aggrieved they didn’t go in halftime leading, first the ball broke for the centre forward in the box with only Jeckells to beat, surely he was offside (not given)!! but with the goal gapping Jeckells saved from point blank. This triggered a spell of half chances for Enfield and only last ditch tackles/blocks from the Saints defence denied Enfield from taking the lead. Saints did move the ball around nicely on a couple of occasions, playing through the Enfield players, but again the final ball lacked quality, something to build on for Gearsy & Bish, being the key discussion point at halftime as the half finished 0-0.       Second half kicked off and Saints gave a better account of themselves battling better in midfield, Smith & Douglas-Smith linking up well. With the game evenly matched and no real opportunity falling to either team, Walsh came on for the Saints switching with Douglas-Smith. Walsh made an immediate impact, his closing down of the Enfield defence almost enabled him to break free, unfortunately the ball ran out of play - but this signalled a positive intent. Another Saints change with Gillespie on for Stevens in midfield. Enfield continued to play down the wings and get to the byline for the pull back, but Saints defence held strong. Walsh again pressed the Enfield defence and caused them to make errors which Aldo was unlucky not to finish and with a collision with the keeper in the area maybe should have gone down rather than trying to stay on his feet (an honest scouser!!). This lifted Saints, Jake Smith broke free down the right and fired wide, when maybe the pull back to Walsh was the better option, now the game could go either way. With 10 minutes left Bambridge came on for Swain. A missed interception from Fitzgerald almost gifted Enfield but good recovery and last ditch defending meant the chance passed. Enfield then had a spell of pressure with a number of corners which Saints stood strong and with the final whistle looming it was Saints who had the last opportunity. A lofted ball from Bambridge, any Saints touch would see the ball goal bound, but the Enfield keeper collected to their relief - Final whistle a 0-0 scoreline.       A point, not a disaster against a very good team, need to push on Saturday and get back to winning ways as we travel to Loughton Manor.     MoM: Shae Humphrey                
Monday, 19 December 2016 10:50
  Match Report - Saturday 17th December’16 Home to Pitstone & Ivinghoe.       Squad:- Jeckells, Clement-McNee, Fitzgerald, Ashby, Buddle, Mitchell, Stevens, Swain, Sincock, Smith, Walsh.   Subs:- Beavis, Bambridge, Gillespie, Brolia, Humphrey       MoM: Tom Mitchell       An opportunity to go top  with a draw or win for the Christmas period, but as stated in the programme notes the target for December was 100% point haul to keep pressure on. With a number of teams with games in hand, we needed to keep putting points on the table. The team, still without joint manager Bish, who while sunning himself (big fine holidaying in football season!!)  found time to propose to his girlfriend, who said YES- congratulations Bish from all at the club!!   Gearsy made minor changes from the squad that played Tring Corinthians with Swain in for Brolia, Walsh in for the unavailable Douglas-Smith and Sincock for Humphrey.     The team started well applying pressure on the Pitstone goal, Mitchell going close with a header over the bar, the Saints keep applying pressure but can't get vital opening goal...... feels like its going to be one of those days!!   Pitstone long ball and Saints defence misjudge ball and Pitstone forward blocks clearance from Jeckells and the ball just goes wide, Saints close to going 1-nil down. Saints need to put one of these chances away and they do just that when Swain delivers a free kick and Tom Mitchell heads past the keeper.... no more than Saints deserve 1-0, Saints continue to press and Sincock goes close to adding a second but shot goes wide. Pitstone have rare attack but shot goes narrowly wide, Saints need to keep focus. Saints are dominating  but need  another goal!!   Swain shoots wide with shot from edge of area and after a number of corners Pitstone break but shot comes to nothing. Pitstone press and the impressive Paolo Aquila skims the bar with a shot from 25 yards, Saints go searching and great ball from Stevens is just too high for Walsh at back stick half time whistle blows with the scoreline 1-0 to Saints.       Second half and Saints continue to dominate the game and an early chance goes begging as Stevens pulls his shot wide. The game was nowgoing through a scrappy period with possession going back & forth, Saints make a sub with Walsh replaced by Humphrey and its Humphrey almost extends Saints lead but fires shot just wide. Saints press on and Tommy Stevens fires in a shot from outside area makes it 2-0. At last Saints get breathing space!!   Saints make another substitution and Gillespie comes on  for  the impressive but tiring Swain and its Gillespie who gets in way of cross field ball as Humphrey looks to switch play and ball falls for Pitstone midfielder who break forward on goal, with Jackson out of position and Fitzgerald slipping Pitstone forward fires past Jeckells to make scoreline 2-1.   Saints make their final change  as Gearsy replaces the hardworking Sincock with Brolia and Saints continue to press and Buddle goes close with great run forward but chip just goes over the bar, end to end stuff now and Saints need a third goal to settle and calm the game down!!   A few opportunities go begging, Saints need this goal and its Shae Humphrey who gets head onto cross from left and heads pass Pitstone keeper 3-1 and surely 3 points!!   Pitstone keep pressing and Jeckells holds shot from Pitstone attack, Pitstone press again and almost score as Jackson doesn't deal with Pitstone attacker as he goes past him far too easy, but his shot hits inside of post with Jeckells beaten - Saints clear..... and hold on for 3 points & 3-1 win!!   Well done, Pitstone played part in entertaining game but win puts Saints top for Christmas!!       With a 10 games game unbeaten run and with only minor blip a 2-2 home draw against MK Unite, Saints look like they have put a disappointing September behind them.   Next up: Away game Monday 2nd January vs Enfield Boro, a 6 pointer and opportunity to put right the 5-1 home defeat suffered earlier in the season. Kick off 3pm.          
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 15:15
  Spartan South Midlands League Division Two ST NEOTS RESERVES       7       CLEAN SLATE       2 St Neots Reserves maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a very convincing victory over their Milton Keynes visitors.   The match was a personal milestone for teenage striker Jordan Brown who came away with five goals and two assists from a magnificent personal performance.   It was however, not exclusively a one man show because the victory came as a result of a good all-round team performance against a spirited visiting side who looked well in the match until the final half hour when they visibly ran out of steam.   Clean Slate made the brighter start creating two good early chances when after five minutes a shot by Azeez Ayoola beat the home keeper but rebounded from the bar and a minute later when a well-placed free kick by Kenna Victors brought the best out of Scott Stanford at the expense of a corner.   Jordan Brown then set up Micky Hyem who dragged his shot wide but St Neots were back in the match and after 13 minutes a sweetly created opening saw Ollie Reynolds and Jordan Brown combine to set up Josh Maltby for a sharp finish and the first goal.  Thirty seconds later the visitors levelled as their most impressive player Kenna Victors scored from close range.   St Neots regained the lead after 27 minutes when an accurate Jordan Brown cross set up Micky Hyem who beat the keeper with a smart volley.   Back came the visitors after 36 minutes with their second goal when a David Zinia free kick was not cleared and Eamon Dalia was on hand to net.   However, three minutes before the break Jordan Brown restored St Neots lead with a cross- cum-shot that flew over the keepers’ head. Just past the hour mark Clean Slate seemed to flag and picked up several yellow cards as their frustrations showed through.  Maltby was denied a second goal by the cross bar and on the hour he was brought down in the penalty area and Jordan Brown rapped home the spot kick to make in 4-2.   Six minutes later Brown completed his hat trick with the pick of his goals rounding defender and keeper to tap home and that set the standard for the last twenty minutes with St Neots looking like scoring from every attack.   With five minutes’ left Brown made it 6-2 following up after his first shot was blocked by the keepers’ legs and he rounded it all off three minutes from time with his fifth goal.   Reserves: Stanford, Reynolds, Ashby, Pelling, Partridge, Fitzgerald, Gillespie, Hyem, Jordan Brown, Maltby, Spark Subs: Butt (for Pelling 46), Stevens (for Ashby 68), Swain (for Spark 72), Humphrey and Jack Brown. Cards: Fitzgerald (Y – 68) Goals: Brown 5 (42 mins, 60 mins, 66 mins, 85 mins, 87 mins), Maltby (13 mins), Hyem (27 mins)   Referee: Tom Cartwright (Letchworth)   John Walker   Management MOM: JORDAN BROWN Players' MOM: JORDAN BROWN  
Saturday, 20 August 2016 20:10
      Spartan South Midlands League Division Two   ST NEOTS RESERVES       6       GRENDON RANGERS       0   After just two weeks of their first season in Division Two of the South Midlands League St Neots Reserves sit proudly on top of the league table after their latest victory over Grendon Rangers.   After a slow start they were clinical in much of their finishing and the final score line reflects the one-way nature of the contest.   Playing against the wind in the first half St Neots struggled to find a rhythm after Anthony Brolia’s early effort had been pushed over the bar by the visiting goalkeeper.  However, their opponents threatened little apart from a Nathan Perna shot punched clear by Scott Stanford.  Then after half an hour the match came to life as St Neots hit three goals in a seven minutes’ spell before the break.   The first after 32 minutes was a solo effort by Ollie Reynolds who cut inside his marker to fire a shot beyond the desperate dive of Jason Flowers.   Five minutes later Josh Maltby left his marker for dead but saw his shot parried but only as far as Nathan Gillespie who had a simple tap-in finish.   Flowers then made a fine full length save to deny the lively Maltby but the St Neots striker was not to be denied and in the next attack he rapped home from the edge of the penalty area.   Just before the break St Neots lost Anthony Brolia injury in a late challenge and he was replaced by Shae Humphrey. It took just 27 seconds after the break for St Neots to increase their lead as Ollie Reynolds scored his second goal of the match ghosting down the right flank to beat the keeper with a shot that crept in just inside the far post.   Maltby then had a shot deflected with the keeper beaten but from the resultant corner it was 5-0 as Humphrey’s deep cross found Kev Ashby unmarked at the far post and his low volley caught the keeper unsighted.   Grendon’s best chance of a consolation goal came after 65 minutes when St Neots conceded a free kick on the edge of their penalty area but the shot from Joe Wallis sailed harmlessly over the bar.   Six minutes later substitute Shae Humphrey completed the rout with a fine finish from twelve yards.   Another substitute Jake Smith was only denied a seventh goal by the woodwork.   Reserves: Stanford, Reynolds, Ashby, Piette, Partridge, Fitzgerald, Pelling, Brolia, Maltby, Taylor, Gillespie  Subs: Humphrey (for Brolia 45), Smith (for Taylor (61), Swain (for Pelling 84), Walsh and Stevens. Cards: none Goals: Reynolds 2 (32 and 46 mins), Gillespie (37 mins), Maltby (39 mins), Ashby (53 mins), Humphrey (71 mins)   Referee: Chris Cartwright (Letchworth)   John Walker  
Friday, 19 August 2016 20:25
  Tuesday 16th August 2016 St Neots Town Reserves vs New Bradwell St Peter Final Score 3-1 After the disappointment of dropping 2 points on Saturday, Gearsy & Bish were looking for a reaction from the boys making several changes against promotion favourites New Bradwell St Peters who had finished 9th in Division one the previous season, only to be relegated due to facilities not meeting requirements.  The team started brightly and took the game to New Bradwell moving the ball around well, as the teams transferred possession both looking to probe killer ball without success. It was St Neots Town who created 1st chance with Jamie Osborne racing clear only to see his powerful shot fly over the bar and out the ground. St Neots continued to press and 'skipper' Luke Partridge will be kicking himself on how he didn't put St Neots 1 up as he had time and space when found from a free kick, only to head straight into keepers arms. Half chances came and went and at half time the score remained 0-0, although St Neots Town reserves will feel they deserved to be leading after being the better team. Second half kicked off and it was New Bradwell who started the better and forced St Neots back, the St Neots defence absorbed the pressure & re-established themselves back in the game. On 60 minutes St Neots started to ring the changes with Ant Brolia and Josh Maltby coming on for Shae Humpreys and Luke Taylor, both players from St Neots Town scholarship programme. It was around the 68th minute after pressure in the New Bradwell area Ollie Reynolds was fouled and a penalty was awarded, Ant Brolia stepped up and smashed the ball past the New Bradwell keeper 1-0 and well deserved. St Neots Town Reserves continued to pile on the pressure on the New Bradwell goal and 71 minutes Jamie Osborne pounced on to a loose ball and hammered the ball into roof of the net 2-0. St Neots were really on top now and moved the ball well and continued to play in New Bradwell half and it didn't take long before the pressure took its toll on New Bradwell as they conceded another penalty, again Ant Brolia stepped up and smashed his 2nd and St Neots Town Reserves 3rd, to put the game out of reach. However as the game drifted deep into stoppage time, a miss communication enabled a loose ball to fall in path of New Bradwell forward who raced on and bumble ball over the goal line to make it 3-1 at the final whistle. Good performance from the lads and reaction to Saturday's disappointment, this Saturday we take on Grendon Rangers at home kick off 3pm & free admission.   Squad: Stanford, Fitzgerald, Partridge, Ashby, Bambridge, Gillespie, Humphrey , Reynolds, Brown, Osbourne, Taylor Subs: Pelling, Piette, Maltby, Brolia, Walsh   Man of the match: Jamie Osborne  
Sunday, 14 August 2016 17:44
          Saturday 13th August 2016   The 61FC vs St Neots Town Reserves   Final Score 1-1       Squad: Stanford, Fitzgerald, Partridge, Ashby, Bambridge, Gillespie, Brolia , Reynolds, Walsh, Osbourne, Maltby   Subs: Pelling, Piette ,Taylor, Gregory, Humphrey,       First away trip of the season playing at Luton's The 61FC, warm afternoon on a pitch where the manager trip over twice just walking over to the dug-out, today's game was going to be a reality check for some of St Neots Reserves players on how this league is going to be. From the kick off both teams traded possession and both teams defences was on top and chances kept to a minimum , it was 61fc who made the breakthrough 20 minutes in when the ball got slipped in behind the St Neots Town defence and 61FC winger Mash raced towards the touch line and pulled the ball back across the goal for an easy tap in for Tom Vanderburgh 1-0. From the sidelines St Neots Town reserves management team demanded a reaction, It was St Neots Town Reserves midfielder Laurie Bambridge who won the ball just inside 61fc half and played a lovely 20 yard ball over the 61fc defence which Jamie Osborne pulled the ball down with a lovely touch and fire the ball just wide, after this the game fell back to how it started with teams trading possession & defences winning the battles. It was on 40 minutes St Neots Town Reserves won a corner and good delivery from Ant Brolia & flick on from Rob Fitzgerald enabled Kevin Ashby to smash in 1-1. 61fc responded and almost scored again- Ashby landing awkwardly from challenging a header with forward, the 61fc midfield picked up the ball and moved forward going past 3x midfielders before playing the ball out wide, Rob Fitzgerald unfortunate to not intercept the pass as the ball bobbled over his foot & into the path of the on rushing winger who flashed the ball across the St Neots goal for the forward to tap in, but somehow he missed!! Half time.       Second half and St Neots Town Reserves started the better and most of the game was being played in the 61fc half, the best chance came from another fine Ant Brolia free kick to back post which was met firmly by the head of Josh Maltby but he couldn't keep it down & it sailed over the bar. St Neots Town then started to ring the changes bring on Luke Taylor & Phil Pelling on for Aldo Walsh & Ant Brolia, breaking down the 61fc defence was becoming frustrating and when the ball did get fed to Jamie Osborne in good positions the forward was caught off side.  Shae Humpreys  then came on for Laurie Bambridge and St Neots continue to play most of the game in the 61fc half without troubling the 61fc goalkeeper who I can't recall having to make a save!! 61fc did have the odd breakout attack and the 61fc forward had a curling effort smash against the post with St Neots town goalkeeper Scott Stanford grounded. St Neots Town reserves started to win a number of freekicks around the 61fc area only for the  reliable Phil Pelling left foot to let him down, as these opportunities were wasted. With 10 mins remaining the 61fc centre back came wildly out with studs up on St Neots Town forward Luke Taylor and rightly so got his marching orders, however St Neots Town Reserves couldn't take advantage and game finished 1-1.        Next up is New Bradwell at home Tuesday, please come down and support free admission.       MoM: Kevin Ashby     
Monday, 08 August 2016 14:14
  SSML Div 2 - St Neots Town Reserves v Loughton Manor - 6th August 2016, 3pm KO     On a glorious day, the season finally began at home against tough opposition in an experienced Loughton Manor side. Saints started brightly keeping the ball well and looked to capitalise on early pressure. Andrew Sincock and Jamie Osborne both went close in the early passages, but found the goalkeeper equal to their efforts. Ollie Reynolds was causing problems down the right, but the final ball was eluding his team mates. After 15 minutes a free kick from Junior Muya was met well by Nathan Gillespie, beating the keeper, but agonisingly finding the crossbar. Ant Brolia then had two long range efforts go close, the first was a whisker high and the second produced an outstanding diving save from the goalkeeper. Saints kept up the pressure, with only a couple for chances created by Loughton. One went narrowly passed the post, and the other was stopped by a full stretched Scott Stanford, who managed to get a finger on a shot he had no right to save. The last 10 minutes became a bit more end to end, with the defence holding firm until Loughton nicked the opener against the run of play. In a half the Saints dominated, they had every right to feel aggrieved going in 1-0 down at half time.   Halftime: 0-1   The half time team talk by Alex Bishop and Paul Dodson clearly did the trick as the Saints came flying out the blocks in the second half. It only took 5 minutes before the Saints were level through Laurie Bambridge. The first goal of the season could well be the goal of the season. 30 yards out, with no passing options Laurie decided to take things into his own hands and unleashed a thunderbolt over the keeper and into the top corner. With this the Saints were buoyed and kept the pressure on. Chance after chance came with Ollie Reynolds coming the closest firing just past the post. A slight knock to Junior Muya meant he was replaced by Reece Bevis, who stepped into the game without missing a beat. Bish then sent on Josh Maltby for Jamie Osborne to freshen things up in attack. Josh immediately had an effort from range go just over. Loughton started to drop deeper, trying to protect the away draw from a rampant Saints side. Phil Pelling entered the fray for a tiring Ant Bolia and was immediately involved in the winner. His ball into the box found its way to fellow substitute Josh Maltby, who’s tight control enabled him to turn and fire home into the bottom corner. Loughton then pushed to find an equaliser, but were no match for the duo of Luke Partridge and Rob Fitzgerald who stood firm. Scott Stanford saved well late on by staying big, and Saints almost got a third when Aldo Walsh looked like he was going through on goal. The final whistle went and there were cheers all round, as this new team registered 3 points at the first time of asking.   After the match, Joint Manager Alex Bishop was asked for his thoughts, ‘Couldn’t have asked for more today, the 3 points were all that mattered. I think there is a lot more to come from this team, but to get the win is fantastic. Loughton are a very good team, they will cause a lot of teams problems this season and I’m sure the return fixture will be a cracker. We can’t rest back now though, we need to take this as a baseline and push on from here. It’s a long season, but I’m proud of the way the boys reacted today in being one down. We look forward to our first away fixture next Saturday which will bring us a new range of challenges.’   Final Score: 2 - 1     Squad: Scott Stanford, Junior Muya, Luke Partridge, Rob Fitzgerald, Laurie Bambridge, Nathan Gillespie, Ant Brolia, Aldo Walsh, Ollie Reynolds, Andrew Sincock, Jamie Osborne, Phil Pelling, Reece Bevis, Josh Maltby, Ryan Gregory, Luke Taylor     Player’s MoM: Laurie Bambridge   Manager’s MoM: Laurie Bambridge  
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 21:02
  Pre-season match - 30th July 2016 - Ely City Reserves VS Saints Reserves       Final friendly of the season and St Neots now look ready and prepared to host their first Spartan South Midlands league game this coming Saturday.       A switch in opponent due to West Wratting player availability, and Ant Brolia’s connections, saw Saints travelled to Ely City for their final pre-season match, good pitch, nice hospitality.       A very youthful starting eleven, setup with a 3-5-2 formation, saw first team hopefuls Jordan Brown and Claudio Osofu paired as the strike partnership. Early pressure for Saints saw close range efforts blocked by the home defence. Saints were in control for the majority of the half with good linking, build up play working openings through the channels, but quality of the final ball failed to present goals. Ely’s outlet ball was into the corners, their pace up front allowed them to open the play, but solid recovery defending limited their good work to only wide positions. Score line frustration was clear for the Saints, as attacking play continued to promise without clear chances.   Halftime 0-0.       An immediate change in attitude from ‘frustration’ to ‘positive’ presented Saints first goal on 48 minutes. Corner drills practiced at training returned its reward, with Ant Brolia’s delivery directed goal bound by Ollie Reynolds, Saints clearly happy with their set piece preparations. Half time team discussions had predicted what was to follow. Ely’s determination was fuelled by the previous nil-nil score line, which once broken, opened the gate. Saints lifted their tempo and tight passing saw Jordan Brown finish convincingly to the keepers right, 0-2. Straight from the restart Saints pressing play forced a defensive error, with Brown stealing possession from the Ely centre half to round the keeper and make it three in 10 minutes. The half continued to host good approach football but only half chances as a result. In the closing minutes the Saints defence was undone on a City throw and Ely’s miss hit finish caught the defenders out as the ball slowly rolled into the corner of the net.   Fulltime 1-3.   Good luck to Ely City this season and a big thanks for their generous, last minute hospitality.        MoM: Dan Hobbs   Squad: Jeckells, Fitzgerald, Gillespie, Gregory, Bambridge, Brolia, Hobbs, Reynolds, Walsh, Brown, Osofu, Humphrey, Taylor, Hung   Management Team: Oakley, P Dodson, Green, Lambert, D Dodson, Swain       Next Game: Saturday 6th August vs Loughton Manor, SSML Game - 3:00pm KO.  
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 14:35
  Pre-season match - 25th July 2016 Saints Reserves v Great Paxton FC Fifth friendly of the season and St Neots squad continued to build for the season kick off on Saturday 6th August vs Loughton Manor. Whether it was tired legs from Saturday's fixture or Paxton United being up for the local matchup, it was Paxton who started the better and were direct. This initially put the St Neots Town Reserves defence on the back foot, without troubling Stanford in the Town goal. Slowly St Neots started to get a foothold in the game but it was Paxton who had the best chance of the half with a scramble in the Saints box which was finally hacked away. Midway through the half the best chance fell to Luke Swain, one on one with the Paxton keeper, the stylish Swain somehow placed the ball wide. St Neots started to pull together a number of good patterns of play, but the final ball didn't present goal chances. To Paxton's credit, the direct play and energy was still a fret, and a deflection fell kindly to the Paxton attack and they broke free onto the lone figure of Stanford in goal, Stanford stood strong and the Paxton attack shot wide. Halftime 0-0. Second half and St Neots changed the tired looking Aldo Walsh for Jack 'sunshine' Brown, to St Neots credit they started the better and whether it was Paxton who had tired or St Neots being lifted, the game begin to swing in the home teams favour. Laurie Bambridge was pulling the strings and linking play well in midfield, and Saints started working the ball taking control. Paxton only fretting when playing direct and St Neots making minor errors that gave them a number of half chances. Again, Stanford forcing every Paxton attack to be either pulled wide or within the keeper's range.  St Neots looked in control & Rob Fitzgerald taking over the arm band from Luke Partridge started to control things from the back, breaking down Paxton attacks on the halfway line and dictating play in Paxton's half. It was the re-introduction of Aldo Walsh in the forward line that finally saw the break through after good play by Jamie Osborne to feed an inch perfect ball to Aldo, who placed the ball into the back of the net. Further chances were created and Aldo came closest to doubling the lead when his free kick clipped the top of the bar. Full time 1-0. We wish all the best to Paxton United who gave us a good contest and with that performance will have a good season. Next up, Braintree Town U21 on Thursday 28th. MoM: Laurie Bambridge Squad: Stanford, Fitzgerald, Partridge, Gillespie, Bambridge, Swain, Humphrey, Reynolds, Walsh, Osborne, Smith, Pelling, Brolia, Brown, Gregory, Beavis, Sincock Referee: Gary Wilson  
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