Wednesday, 01 November 2017 20:12
    Spartan South Midlands League Division One    ST NEOTS RESERVES       5       HILLINGDON BOROUGH       0   After a catastrophic run of ten consecutive league and cup defeats, St Neots Reserves produced easily their best performance of the season as they thrashed visiting Hillingdon Borough to record their first home victory of the season and climb clear of the relegation zone.   Boosted by the inclusion of four of the players from the first team substitutes bench the previous Saturday they dominated throughout and would have scored more goals but for the defiant brilliance of visiting keeper Michael Anguzu who produced several outstanding saves. The match was only three minutes old when Andre Williams got the home side off to a solid start when he cleverly lobbed the visiting keeper when he picked up an early through ball.   Sixty seconds later the same player could have doubled his sides’ advantage but for a full length save by Anguzu who was to become the busiest player on view.   After 16 minutes the score was doubled when Ryan Horne returning from a five matches injury absence finished smartly after good play by Erhan Nurettin.   Having had a Bradley Harrison effort ruled out by an offside flag St Neots then made it 3-0 after 24 minutes when following a Nurettin free kick, skipper Tom Mitchell headed down for Zac Rudman to force home from close range.   The only response from the visitors was a snap shot by Kevin Novidet that rebounded from a goalpost with Kyle Fredericks following up to shoot high over the bar.   Just before the break the lively Novidet broke clear only to be denied by a brave save from George Bugg. There was more of the same after half time.   Anguzu produced a good save to deny David Bridges and Williams volleyed narrowly over the bar after good work by Bridges but after 57 minutes the pressure brought a fourth goal as Johnny Herd joined the attack to get on the end of a Brad Harrison cross to score the best goal of the match.   Four minutes later St Neots substituted the limping Horne with Jake Smith and he responded by adding his name to the scoresheet with his first touch from another Nurettin free kick.   Now only Anguzu stood between St Neots and a bigger thrashing for his side.   He saved brilliantly from Harrison and Kyron Wiltshire but in the final twenty minutes Hillingdon came more into the game and Bugg had to produce confident saves to twice deny Novidet who was proving a handful for the St Neots defence.   However, they stood firm to record the sides’ first home clean sheet of the season and boost the confidence of the side with the valuable three points’ haul. Reserves: Bugg, Rudman, Herd, Nurettin, Mitchell, Butler, Horne, Bridges, Harrison, Williams (A), Wiltshire Subs: Smith (for Horne 60 mins), Amadi (for Nurettin 71 mins), Waites (for Harrison 83 mins), Fitzpatrick and Goodridge. Cards: none Goals: Williams (A) (3 mins), Horne (16 mins), Rudman (24 mins), (Herd 57 mins), Smith (61 mins)   Referee: Peter Parkins (Letchworth)   John Walker  
Sunday, 03 September 2017 11:35
      Spartan South Midlands League Division One       ST NEOTS RESERVES       0       AMPTHILL TOWN       5       St Neots Reserves were outclassed by a well organised and speedy visiting Ampthill Town side in their second home outing this season.   On this showing, their promotion to Step Six is going to be a real test for their inexperienced squad but from a club perspective having a side at this level is important.   Their task is made more difficult by the lack of form displayed by the senior side so far.   For players to step up three levels is always a big ask but confidence seems to be lacking in both squads at present.   However, the opportunity for the younger members of the squad to gain experience at this level will prove useful.       Ampthill were quickly up and running with a goal in their first attack as Louie Dillon was too quick for the home defence as he set up Sam Holmes for a simple tap-in finish.   It could have been much worse two minutes later when Bartlomiej Danowski sprinted from his line as Danny Butler broke clear but his challenge was clumsy and resulted in the award of a penalty kick taken by Brad Clack.  The keeper made amends by guessing right to save the under hit kick.   St Neots almost levelled after 10 minutes when Kevin Ashby rose high above the defence for an Alexander Minall corner but his firm header was just too high.   Sam Holmes then had a shot blocked for the visitors but his corner on 18 minutes set up Jamie Cerminara for a header which easily beat the home keeper.   A minute later St Neots thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Ayrron Armstrong was flattened by the visiting keeper but the officials were unimpressed.   Tom Mitchell lobbed narrowly over the bar but ten minutes before the break the third Ampthill goal gave the young home side a mountain to climb.  It came from a free kick by Jake O’Neill and was met with another towering header at the far post by Jamie Cerminara.   St Neots almost pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time but Bradley Harrison’s effort was just wide after good work by Erhan Nurettin.       There was strong hint of handball by Butler when he set up Sam Holmes for Ampthill’s fourth goal after 52 minutes but the officials saw nothing amiss and then Danowski produced two good saves to keep the score line at a reasonable level but the visitors’ continued to outplay their hosts and after 66 minutes Brad Clack was left unmarked at the far post to convert a cross from Holmes to make it 5-0.   St Neots introduced substitutes and went more on the offensive and had a good last twenty minutes producing openings for substitute Callan Irvine and Harrison and they were cruelly denied a consolation goal they deserved when a defender got back to clear off the line from Tom Mitchell.           Reserves: Danowski, Bambridge, Southeran, Minall, Mitchell, Ashby, Armstrong, Nurettin, Harrison, Nkala, Humphrey       Subs: Walsh (for Nkala 64 mins), Irvine (for Minall 64 mins), Piette (for Armstrong 81 mins) and Waites.   .   Cards: Humphrey (Y – 41), Minall (Y – 64)       Goals: none       Referee: Bradley Hallibone (Biggleswade)   Attendance: 72 John Walker  
Saturday, 12 August 2017 09:58
Team: St Neots Town FC Reserves Spartan South Midlands League Division One Fixture: London Lions Away Date: Wednesday 9th Aug’2017 Wednesday 9th August 2017, was a significant day in St Neots Town FC history as our Reserve Team made their debut in the Spartan South Midlands Division One (step 6). A night to remember for the management and players on many counts, a challenging league standard, extreme conditions, a moment of individual class and heroics in defence resulting in a 1-0 victory against league favourites London Lions.   During the day there were doubts over the pitch conditions but due to London Lions excellent facilities they were able to host the league opener although the wet conditions were borderline postponement standards.   On pre-season reflection, Gearsy and Bish would be the first to admit that preparation could have been better all round, but in the final two weeks everything dropped into place giving the management team good confidence in the squad quality and depth for this season’s opener. With four squad players unavailable due to holiday/work commitments, the team should have healthy competition for places over the open months.   Debutant starting places went to Lapompe, Sells, Minell, Parratt and Brooks in a new look Reserve Team. Parratt showing his senior level experience, making an immediate impact with good movement and hassling the Lions defence, it didn’t take long before he showed his seasoned quality. Nathan Larrier’s through ball put Parratt away down the right wing approaching the corner of the box. The home keeper’s decision to come out to shut the angle proved to be the wrong move, as Parratt coolly chipped him from 25 yards, even the home fans clapping the unpredictable moment of class. The Lions took our opener as a wakeup call, turning up the pressure and dictating much of the remainder of the half. Saints defence standing strong and organised frustrated the hosts and when they did manage to open up Saints, keeper Alex Vitue was equal to the test. Saints did create a number of chances, Parratt could have doubled the lead when he raced through one on one but shot into the keepers arms. Another great chance came when good work down the Lions right enabled Parratt to cross for fellow debutant Sam Brooks, who could have scored although the pitch conditions did not help the youngsters first touch and finish. The first half finished 1-0, Lion’s taking the ‘Lions share’ of possession and chances, Vitue solid between the sticks and Saints taking their opportunity. Clearly the Lions had a dressing down at halftime and started the half dictating the play. Saints defensive unit of Vitue, Lapompe, Sells, Ashby and Mitchell were commanding and needed to be on top of their game to secure the clean sheet. At times, Vitue needing to pull out top draw saves to keep the Lions at bay. As the game drew to a close, Lions defence looked exposed and a number of positive breaks forced Lions back to give the Saints’ defence time to catch breath. However, in the 91st minute Saints almost threw their hard work away. Lion’s Keeper drove a huge punt into our right back position and their left winger drove in on goal to be brought down by Lapompe. The offense looked outside the box but referee deemed it inside the area and a penalty was given. Saint’s heads did not drop as Vitue’s game so far had been outstanding, could he cap off a heroic performance?  The Lion’s striker hit a great penalty but it was Vitue’s day, he got down and across fast to block and push the ball to safety. The remaining minutes dragged on and Saints dug in holding out for the referee’s final whistle. It came on 96 minutes, finishing a great landmark day for the team and club, recording our first game and win at Step 6. London Lions were without out doubt the better team, but a workman like defensive performance, Alex Vitue’s brilliance in goal, along with Dean Parratt’s moment of class means all three points went home with the Saints.   Man of the Match: Alex Vitue   Saints Squad: Vitue, Lapompe, Sells, Minall, Ashby, Mitchell, Larrier, Sincock, Parratt, Brooks, Humphrey, Reece-Brown, Andre, Walsh, Beavis, Cooke   Attendance: 45   Next Game:       12th August - Hatfield Town Away - 3:00pm KO   Venue:                 Gosling Athletics Stadium - Stanborough Rd, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6XE
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 (http://lewiscontractservices.co.uk/contact) 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  
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