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  
Monday, 25 July 2016 14:07
      23rd July 2016, 3pm KO   Sun Sports 6 - 3 St Neots Town Reserves   On paper this looked to be the toughest test the newly formed St. Neots Town Reserves had faced this preseason, and so it proved. After a bright start the saints found themselves 2-0 down in 10 minutes. Some slick play by Sun Sports combined with a number of players finding their feet in new positions proved enough to give the opposition the lead. The Saints looked in for a long day, however when Aldo Walsh dispossessed the centre back and calmly slotted the ball into the corner it gave the team a visible boost. St. Neots grew in confidence with Jake Smith causing problems down the right, and Josh Maltby looking a threat from deep. A third goal for Sun Postals came against the run of play when a cross was deflected into his own net by a back tracking defender. This was only a blip, as St. Neots striker scored his second goal in two games as Jamie Osbourne put away a rebound after Josh Maltby’s shot had struck the post. Saints were finishing the half the stronger with a number of free kicks around the box, before a late breakaway goal left the score 4-2 at half time.   The second half faded somewhat as both teams made changes and the extreme heat began to affect the players. Two further goals by Sun Sports gave them a comfortable lead, however Saint’s managed a couple of half chances through Jake Smith, and finally got a third consolation through the dangerous looking Aldo Walsh.   Joint Manager Alex “Bish” Bishop said after the match, "Whilst the result and scoreline aren’t comfortable reading, there were a lot of positives. Sun Sports are two leagues above us and will be competing at the right end of the table, we competed well with them for long periods of the game. It gives me a good idea of the capabilities of our squad, and we’re definitely moving in the right direction."   Final Score: Sun Sports 6 - 3 St Neots Town Reserves   Squad: Stanford, Bambridge, Fitzgerald, Pelling, Brolia, Maltby, Kartal, Walsh, Smith, Gawthrope, Osborne, Gooderham, Gosnell, Hung      
Friday, 22 July 2016 08:05
    ST NEOTS TOWN RESERVES       2        TEAM BURY      3        Against more experienced opponents who play at a higher standard than themselves St Neots Reserves produced a determined and plucky performance and only just failed to overturn a half time 3-0 deficit.  Team Bury (the Reserve side of Southern League Bury Town) certainly gave the newly formed Saints their sternest pre-season test yet but in the final stages had to cling on to their narrow advantage ass the home side roared back into the match.   The visitors’ victory came courtesy of three goals in an eight minutes first half spell but the second half was a totally different story.   Overall (and not at full strength due to holidays) St Neots look capable of doing well in their new Spartan South Midland League surroundings if they can perform consistently because they never looked outclassed by their Thurlow Nunn League visitors. The opening phase of the match was very even with St Neots creating the better chances but neither goalkeeper was seriously tested in the opening 25 minutes.   Then slightly against the run of play Bury went ahead as their most impressive player Joe Yaxley went past the final defender on the left to cross for Jody Scouffer to head home off the underside of the St Neots cross bar.  This signaled a spell of untidy play by the home side and three minutes later home keeper Scott Stanford dropped a fierce drive by Yaxley leaving Matt Skevington with a simple tap in finish.   After 33 minutes it became even worse when Mick Ingram directed the perfectly placed free kick over the keeper and under the bar at the far post. A three goals deficit in a pre-season friendly might well have made the outcome secure but St Neots are made of sterner stuff and they set about reducing the arrears and just six minutes after the restart Jamie Osborne chipped a shot skillfully over the keeper to make it 3-1.   Stanford atoned for his earlier error with the save of the match from Scouffer and substitute Jake Smith headed narrowly over the bar as St Neots continued to press.   Nine minutes from time Billy Kartal produced the goal of the match as he swiveled outside the area to curl a left foot shot over the keeper to reduce the arrears to a single goal.   In time added a cross just failed to find the head of Jack Brown in front of an empty net and Bury returned home with a narrow victory. St Neots Reserves:  Stanford, Brolia, Partridge, Fitzgerald, Bambridge, Walsh, Osborne, Brown, Reynolds, Swain, Gillespie Subs:  Maltby, Bevan, Smith, Kartal, Taylor and Pelling Goals:  Osborne (51 mins), Kartal (81 mins)   Referee: Gary Wilson (St Neots)   John Walker          
Friday, 15 July 2016 14:40
  Second friendly for the newly reformed St Neots Town Reserves and first on the St Neots Home pitch...... this was the first game with the core of the new recruits, so a good opportunity for Gearsy & Bish to see how the lads developing as a group. Shefford & Campton would offer a sterner test that the first friendly last saturday and from the kick off they started the stronger, with a high percentage of the opening five minutes being played in the St Neots Reserve half, without really troubling the Saints defence or goal. As both teams settled, the game became more balanced and it was St Neots that created the first real chance when Aldo Walsh danced his way through several players down the right wing and into the area to lift the ball over the advancing keeper, only for the ball to be cleared off the line. Both teams then moved the ball well with out troubling either goal and the next good opportunity fell to Shefford & Campton when a deflected pass bypassed the Saints defence and the Shefford forward went one on one with Scott Stanford the St Neots keeper. Scott stood strong and saved well from a well struck shot, he then blocked the follow up and the St Neots defence cleared the danger. A number of other chances came and went, and the half-finished, nil-nil.   Second half, and both teams refreshed their playing eleven with the players from the bench. The half started as the first finished, with the sides trading half chances, and it was Shefford who made the breakthrough when a free kick from the left hand side was not dealt with and the Shefford forward finished smartly past the outstretched Stanford, one-nil Shefford.  Both teams continued to contest the game and the better chances fell to the Shefford strikers but Stanford was in good form and kept the scoreline to one-nil. As the contest drifted into the last fifteen minutes, St Neots finally made the breakthrough when Ollie Reynolds bursting run and fine finished from 20 yards levelled the game. It was St Neots who grew more into the game and pushing for the winner. A fine save from the out stretched Shefford keeper denied Jack 'Sunshine' Brown a great goal with the ball struck from 25 yards out, tipping the ball around the post. A few half chances from both teams followed but the scoreline stayed one-one at the final whistle.   On reflection both teams would have come away with positives to take into the new season, we wish Shefford & Campton good luck in their league campaign - next up for St Neots Town Reserves is:      Team Bury at home - Thursday 21st July - kick off 7.45pm.    MoM: Scott Stanford   Saints Squad: Stanford – Fitzgerald – Ashby – Partridge – Brown – Walsh – Bambridge – Gillespie – Gawthope – Cooke – Swain – Smith – Kartal – Brolia – Reynolds – Maltby     Referee: Gary Wilson     Meet the Players:     https://www.facebook.com/StNeotsTownFC/posts/1038849169495734  
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 14:05
Match report Saturday 9th July vs Sandy Albion. St Neots Town Reserves 4 - 3 Sandy Albion On a warm, overcast, Saturday with a 12 noon kick off on the 3G pitch, the reformed St Neots Town Reserves began with their first pre-season game. As with most early preseason games, the squad was depleted by a good number of players availability from the well attended pre-season training sessions due to work, holidays etc... However this gave the new management team of Mark Gearing 'Gearsy' & Alex Bishop 'Bish' the opportunity to look at a good number of St Neots Town's U18's. The team started well and looked in control of the game without really penetrating the Sandy Albion goal and the St Neots defence was in control of any attack from Sandy Albion, this limited St Neots keeper Scott Stanford’s involvement but when called upon dealt with any issues. It was in the last 15 mins of the 1st half  that St. Neots Reserves made the break through when the popular Steve Cooke finished well from distance, 1- nil and well deserved after 'Cookie' had smashed a ball moments earlier against the post from a free kick. As they say you are most vulnerable just after you've scored and it was moments after the St Neots goal, sandy had a corner, the team switched off and the Sandy midfield finished well passed the outstretched Stanford. 1-1 Halftime. 2nd half.... St Neots reserves made a few changes with Stanford departing to play cricket!!! And Calum Gawthorpe coming off with injury, this gave opportunity to two further u18's to impress. Sandy Albion came out the better team and started to create a good number of chances and went close on a number of times, it took a while for the team to get a foot hold and it was on a through ball from Cookie that bypassed the Sandy defence and Aldo Walsh raced on and slotted smartly passed the Sandy Albion keeper. 2-1. This seemed to lift St Neots and Cookie went close again hitting the post, then the crossbar, as chances increased. Just as we seemed in control, Sandy got themselves back into the game when their wide man drifted in unmarked and finished well 2-2. As the game tempo slowed, opportunities came for both teams and it was that man again Cookie who popped up with another goal after a good run from Brandon Hung. However the lead was short lived as Sandy Albion equalised again with a carbon copy of there 2nd goal!   As the game closed, it was St Neots who took control when u18 Luke Taylor struck from 18 yards to beat the Sandy keeper to make it 4-3, this time the team kept control and could of added to the score line after Cookie had once again hit the cross bar and Aldo had blasted over when it was easier to score. On reflection the scoreline could have been 11-6 to St Neots Town Reserves, but Gearsy & Bish will take the positives from their 1st run out........ More to come from St Neots Town Reserves who play there 2nd friendly on the main pitch this coming Thursday 14th July kick off 7.45pm vs Shefford & Campton.
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 14:43
  We are pleased to announce that we have entered a Reserve Team into the Spartan South Midlands League for the 2016-2017 season. We welcome Mark Gearing and Alex Bishop to the football club as joint Reserve team managers. Iain Parr-Director of Football - "it's always a difficult  to make the decision as to whether we enter an U21's team or a reserve side, however we feel the young lads that are coming through the scholarship programme would benefit hugely from playing with first team lads coming back from injury as well as a core of older experienced footballers who can help nurture and develop this young talent. I'd like to go on record and thank Mark Oakley and the new management team for giving us this opportunity to work with them" Mark and Alex join us from Bedford FC where they were in charge of the first team for the past season and as such, have valuable knowledge about the SSML. Details of pre season friendlies etc will be released in due course. Please join us in welcoming Mark and Alex to the Club and we hope you both have a successful and enjoyable stay at the Premier Plus Stadium.           
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