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THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY MAGAZINE £2.00

Southern League Premier Division V

Hereford United Issue 09


08 Happy with a point / Read the match report from a tough away trip to Cirencester Town where we grabbed a 1-1 draw

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Assistant Managers Notes / Springy on our recent results

Origins of Football on TV / An insight from the 1930s to present

Owner Mike Kearns

Club Secretary Gary Wilson

Physio Chris Budd

Chairman Mike Kearns

Fixture Secretary Marian Izzard

Managing Director Lee Kearns

Life President John Walker

Functions and Events Coordinator Louise Spark

Director Iain Parr

Team Officials Richard King (Goalkeeping Coach)

Football Manager Gary King Assistant Manager Liam George

Youth Liaison & Development Mick Hunt

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St Neots Town TV Editor Adam Ridley Club Merchandise Linda Walters

Stews Views / A cracking read by Craig!

Assistant Photographer Paulo Soares Site Manager Irmantas Sabaliauskas Chief Liaison Officer Mike Green Programme Sales Charlie Green

Programme Editor Mark Davies

Matchday Music / Scoreboard Simon Hutchinson

Club Photographer Claire Howes

Pitchcare Working Turf

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200 Club Stuart Walters Design & Marketing Blue Prawn Print XL Press Limited


INSIDE

Issue 09 V Hereford United Southern League Premier Division

Also Inside 06 Action Replay 16 The Chairmans’ Views 20 Read All About It

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22 The Beautiful Game

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26 New feature - Stefan Moore 30 Pull-Out Poster 32 Greenies Greetings

The World’s Greatest Goalkeepers / The top 10 playing in the world today

Old Footie Programme Covers / From 2013 to the current season

36 Away Days 44 MD’s Views 48 Leagues Review 50 Match Report vs Chesham Utd 51 Season 2014/15 Fixtures Matrix 52 The Non-League Paper

24 Todays’ Visitors / A warm welcome to The Bulls Founded 1879 The Cozy Stadium Rowley Park, Kester Way St Neots PE19 6SL Telephone 01480 470012 Email enquiries@stneotstownfc.co.uk Official Website www.stneotstownfc.co.uk Official Forum www.stneotstownfc.co.uk/forum

56 Season 2014/15 Statistics

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58 Premier Division League Table 60 Home & Opposition Squads

Introducing Lorenzo Ferarri / A firm fans favourite with pace to burn Southern Football League Division One champions, 1 time

Huntingdonshire League Champions, 4 times

United Counties League Premier Division champions, 2 times Division One champions, 1 time League Cup winners, 2 times

Huntingdonshire Senior Cup Winners, 37 times

Metropolitan League Champions, 1 time League Cup winners, 1 time Professional Cup winners, 1 time

Hinchingbrooke Cup Winners, 2 times

South Midlands League Champions, 1 time

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ASSISTANT MANAGERS NOTES

MATT SPRING Welcome to what we hope is another exciting afternoon at the stadium and also a very warm welcome to everyone associated with Hereford Football Club. and from then even with a late consolation goal, a draw/win just became too far out of our reach. LESSON LEARNED So overall it was a disappointing night for us all but a lesson learned. After the game we had a debrief but tried to end the night on a positive note and to learn from our mistakes. Now we are all looking forward to getting back to business today with a great team performance and hopefully 3 points. First and foremost I would just like to say on a personal note, a big thank you to Mike and Gary for the fantastic opportunity they have given me to manage and play at such a great club. Also a massive thank you to all the players for making the transition from just playing football to playing & managing/coaching a very smooth one for me. Now to get back to my favourite subject, football!!! GREAT RUN Gary, Liam and I have tried to keep the players grounded and not get too carried away with what has undeniably been a great run for us because as we are all are aware there is a very long way to go yet and now is not the time to rest on our laurels as it’s where we are end of April that really counts.

I think if we hadn’t managed to do this then the first of two upcoming home games against Chesham definitely did, unfortunately as you will know the game didn’t go to plan. It started very slow and we conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes which put us on the back foot and then after conceding a second, we seemed to get a grip of the game for the last 5/10 minutes of the first half and JD gave us a lifeline, with his goal right on half time.

Lastly I’d just like to pay homage to all our fans and say we’ve had some fantastic support this season and without this it most definitely would make things a lot harder, so thank you and I look forward to seeing you all today.

We had a good talk at half time and tried to look at what we could improve on in the second half this included upping the tempo, looking after the ball better and hopefully turning around the defecate. Unfortunately, with trying to push forward looking for a goal, we actually ended up conceding another

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Onwards and Upwards!! Matt


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(from the UCL Premier Division eight years ago) Hunts Senior Cup Round 1 (Saturday 28 October 2006) St Neot Town

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Bourne Town

A Wes Byrne strike in time added on gave Saints another valuable three points as they strive to re-build their season. There was little between the two teams throughout the game although Saints strong finish and passion to win the game tipped the balance. Bourne came to Rowley Park on the back of a comfortable defeat of Potton the previous Saturday and with games in hand on their hosts. With Nicky Hurst still injured, after receiving a bad foot injury the previous Saturday, Richard Becket was a timely signing from fellow UCL outfit Stotfold Utd. Two other players also making their Rowley Park debuts were James Dillnutt from Arlesey Town and John Coley from Langford two very good signings for Steve Young.

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The hosts started brightly and could have gone ahead in the first few minutes through John Coley although his effort just curled wide of the post. It took some time for the visitors to play their way into the game and start to create chances.

Saints pressed hard for the equaliser and forced a number of corners. It was from one of these corners that Mark Franklin curled in an un-stoppable kick that, Lee Flynn, the Bourne keeper, completely miss-judged and the ball flew into the back of the net.

Their reward was a well taken near post strike by Aaron Rideout, converting from a corner, just before the break. Wes Byrne replied for the Saints, after the break, levelling the score on 52 minutes but the celebrations only lasted a few minutes. Another corner was the undoing of the hosts as Keith Gray was allowed a free header, just five minutes later, which he converted with authority to edge the visitors ahead once more.

With the equaliser in hand Steve Young, the Saints manager, asked his players to press on for the winner, his players duly responded and Wes Byrne finished of a good move, from the back post, in time added on to give Saints maximum points.

St Neots: Ryan Hunt, James Dillnutt, Russell Lawes, Scott Grant, Richard Beckett, Rory McKay, (Joe Jordon) Ben Singleton, Ashley Deverall, Wes Byrne, John Coley, Mark Franklin. Subs not used: Tom Moran and Steve Young Goals: Wes Byrne (52 & 92) Mark Franklin (88) MOM: Wes Byrne. PAGE 06 / ST NEOTS TOWN F.C. V HEREFORD UNITED ISSUE 09


LEWIS HILLIARD


CIRENCESTER TOWN 1 ST NEOTS TOWN 1 18:10:2014 / Southern Premier Division / Att 141 / Referee: Matt Rushton (Pewsey)

This was a game that St Neots should have won by could have lost. They were by far the better side and had most of the chances as well as dominating possession for long spells but equally they could have returned home from their first ever visit to Cirencester empty handed. In the final minute of the match with the home side producing a storming finish a cross from the left flank by Aidan Bennett was sliced towards the top corner of the net by St Neots defender Ryan Frater. It looked like a tragic own goal to gift the Gloucestershire side with all three points but Paul Bastock for so long no more than a spectator produced a brilliant full length save pushing the ball over the bar for a corner. Had the ball finished up in the net it would have been a travesty of justice and St Neots would only have had themselves to blame for their profligacy in front of goal but in the event the draw took their unbeaten league run away from home this season to nine matches. However with four draws in their last nine league games they are dropping too many points to cement their position as pacemakers. There were two team changes from the victory over Poole with Ollie Thorne and Matt Nolan coming into the starting line up to replace the injured Bruce Wilson and Nathan Frater. Much of the continuity of the match was affected by a swirling wind – not

mastered by either side. The match could hardly have had a worse start for after three minutes a flighted Matt Spring free kick found the head of Ollie Thorne who put the ball over the bar and play moved swiftly to the other end with the St Neots defence backtracking and a total misunderstanding the last two defenders Ryan Frater and the covering Josh Bickerstaff saw each leave the other to deal with a simple through ball allowing Ed Williams to slip between them and give Cirencester the lead. That meant St Neots were chasing the game and although Matt Nolan volleyed wide and Drew Roberts shot across the face of goal they looked tentative in attack with far too many final passes going astray. Then after 24 minutes they had a stroke of good fortune for with Nolan chasing a through ball wide of the goal he was brought down by home skipper Leigh Henry and a penalty awarded. The defender was booked and Lewis Hilliard calmly despatched the spot kick to level the scores. A midfield altercation involving players from both sides was sensibly calmed down by Referee Matt Rushton without bookings and the nearest St Neots came to getting a first half lead was when home keeper Glyn Garner did well to field a close range

shot by Ollie Thorne. The last kick of the half was a shot by home striker Nat Jarvis – the only time Bastock had been in serious action since retrieving the ball from the net when Cirencester had gone ahead. St Neots got a quick wake up call just 22 seconds into the second half when Aidan Bennett got the ball in the net for the home side but was ruled offside. Roberts shot over the bar and just afterwards sent a free kick the same way and Thorne volleyed over as well. A feature of St Neots’ attacking play were long throws by Max York that caused panic in the home defence but the forwards could not capitalise. Lewis Hilliard was booked for a late challenge and a Gavin Hoyte effort from a Spring corner was cleared off the line by Matt Liddiard. In one attack St Neots saw three shots blocked by defenders whilst at the othe0-r end the home side were becoming more adventurous with Bastock having to save from Jarvis and Bennett. Hilliard then set up Roberts but Garner saved bravely at his feet and in the final five minutes Cirencester threw everything forward and stretched the visiting defence which just survived – thanks to Bastock. John Walker

St Neots Town

Cirencester Town

Bastock, York, Bickerstaff, Thorne, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Nolan, Roberts, Hilliard. Subs: Ford (for Davies 63), Ferrari (for Nolan 75), Cracknell, Adjei and Greygoose. Cards: Hilliard (Y – 68) Goals: Hilliard pen (24 mins)

Garner, Jones, Prictor, Prichett, Liddiard, Henry, Reid, Mortimer-Jones, Jarvis, Bennett, Williams. Subs: Hooper (for Reid 74), Dale (for Jarvis 81), Wells, Dunton and Anson. Cards: Henry ( Y – 24), Mortimer-Jones (Y – 68) Goals: Williams (3 mins)

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OLLIE POWERS IN


‘DILLS’ IS BACK SOON!


Mascot feature

The Saints Matchday Mascot Experience! • Free entry for mascot and parents • Use of our hospitality room • Signed match day programme by your favourite player, which you will also appear in • Meet your favourite player and have your photo taken • Tour of the stadium • Have a kick about on the main pitch • Lead the Saints on to the pitch • Free portion of chips and drink for the mascot

To apply to be a Matchday Mascot contact Louise Spark on misslouises@yahoo.co.uk

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p o T

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We have had greatest players but a goalkeeper is never listed as a great player, proberbly the most important player in the team. We take a look at the worlds best goalkeepers playing today.

04. IKER CASILLAS (SPAIN & REAL MADRID) ‘Saint Iker,’ as he is known at Real Madrid, was dropped for much of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons but remains a club legend, having come through the youth system. Casillas has often had the misfortune of having an inadequate defense in front of him as Real have focused on assembling a fearsome attack, only to neglect the backline. But this simply meant he was able to showcase his skills to an even greater extent, bailing out his defense time and time again, putting his body on the line and making spectacular saves when the opposition looked odds-on to score. One of a kind.

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IN THE WORLD TODAY 03. GIANLUIGI BUFFON (ITALY & JUVENTUS) A World Cup winner in 2006, Buffon is considered by many observers as the best goalkeeper of the last decade alongside Casillas. The Juventus custodian has few weaknesses and remains the most expensive goalkeeper in the world following his 2001 move from Parma to Juve. Now well into his 30s, injuries may be taking their toll on Buffon, but he remains an important presence for club and country.

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THE CHAIRMANS’ VIEWS

HIGHS AND LOWS Good afternoon and welcome to the Officials, Players and Supporters of Hereford United for today’s fixture. Hereford United playing at Rowley Park in a league fixture, would you ever believe that would ever happen? I still remember that famous FA Cup victory against Newcastle United all those years ago, a victory that certainly put Hereford United on the footballing map. They say football is a funny old game, well maybe it is to some but to others it’s very big part of life. Even at our level football determines if you are going to have a happy sporting weekend or not. Is it really that serious well yes it is according to the great Bill Shankley the famous Liverpool manger, he was once asked did he think football was a matter of life and death, after a couple of seconds he replied no I don’t think so, its much more important than that. In some ways he might be right, well over those 90 minutes on a Saturday afternoon yes he is right.

Being a Chelsea supporter I have seen the very highs and believe me some serious lows following the Blues. I remember it got so bad over a number of years that if Chelsea lost on a Saturday I refused to buy the next day Sunday newspapers. Why didn’t you buy them I was asked, my reply was, well I went through that torture yesterday and the last thing I want to do is read about it on a Sunday. I saved a fortune over the years, now we have the internet and 24 hour football news so I cannot hide away from it but of course I don’t need to now as the best team in the country are playing some wonderful exciting football at the moment. Our last few matches really brings it home on the highs and slight lows of football, after our superb victory against Poole Town we have had a

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couple of indifferent results against Cirencester and of course Chesham. Disappointed you may be but please don’t be upset it’s very early days and we really don’t want to give you all those highs as we do need some lows to keep our feet firmly on the floor. No I like the highs and more of them please, sod the lows let someone else have those. Right on to todays match and if you see me sneaking out at half time its not because I’m happy or upset with our first half performance it is because I have a previous engagement in London later on. And please I want to have a very enjoyable night in London and only a good performance can help me do that. How sad am I. ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL Mike


The Origins

of football on TV

We go back to the 1930s to the very first televised football match in the UK, and take us through to the present day. Some interesting reading in this fascinating series of articles.

3pm “Blackout” In the 1960s, controversial Burnley F.C. Chairman Bob Lord successfully convinced fellow Football League Chairmen that televised matches on a Saturday afternoon would have a negative effect on the attendances of other football league games that were not being televised and as a result reduce their financial income. As a result The FA, Premier League and Football League do not want English matches to be televised live between 2:45pm and 5:15pm on a Saturday within the United Kingdom. Until recently, the FA Cup Final was an exception and had been broadcast on 3pm on a Saturday in May; however, in 2012, the FA Cup Final was moved to 5pm. In February 2011, Advocate General Kokott of the European Court of

Justice opined that the “closed periods” did not encourage match attendance at other league games. It is, in fact, doubtful whether closed periods are capable of encouraging attendance at matches and participation in matches. Both activities have a completely different quality to the following of a live transmission on television. It has not been adequately shown to the Court that the closed periods actually encourage attendance at and participation in matches. Indeed, there is evidence to refute this claim: for example, in an investigation of the closed periods under competition law the Commission found that only 10 of 22 associations had actually adopted a closed period. No closed periods were adopted in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, or in Northern Ireland, that is to say, within the sphere of influence of English football. Advocate General Kokott of the European Court of Justice To avoid this blackout, the last day of the Premier League, when all ten games must kick-off simultaneously, is always played on a Sunday. Championship (second tier) last day fixtures used to be always on

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a Sunday at 12.30pm but are now always on a Saturday at 12.30pm. Live radio broadcasts are permitted, both nationally and locally; these may be simulcast on the internet, depending on the broadcaster. Viewers outside the UK can still watch these games live on foreign broadcasters, thus creating somewhat of a grey market within the UK with viewers able to subscribe to or watch streams of foreign channels. The Premier League and Sky maintain that, while grey market viewing of games is not illegal on the part of the viewer, it is illegal for anyone (such as a public house) to make such services openly available. This has in the past lead to heavy fines for public houses in the United Kingdom which have shown 3pm games in their establishments. More recently, the legality of such fines has been disputed, and a number of Crown Court cases have been reported in which publicans successfully challenged the Premier League’s position. In recent years, Sky Sports has shown 3pm games on tape delay on their Football First show, either in full or as extended highlights.


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READ ALL ABOUT IT We take a look at what other non-league clubs are doing that’s making the news this week. WALKER LEAVES MAGPIES FOR LEAGUE RIVALS

Dorchester Town have confirmed that Steve Walker has left the Avenue Stadium to join Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division rivals Frome Town. A strong, resolute defender who proved his worth in the Magpies` reserves prior to making his first team debut the season before last. He had a a loan spell with Sydenhams Football League (Wessex) side Hamworthy United towards the end of last season, and stepped into the breach on a number of occasions after that. Magpies` manager Graham Kemp explained: “We’ve got an excess of centre-halves and Steve wasn’t going to get as many games as he would have liked. Frome made an approach, we let them speak to him, they’ve done the deal and we wish him all the best.”

Division side Hampton & Richmond Borough. Jeffreys is in his third season at Hampton after joining from Ashford Town (Middx), having previously been at Millwall as a young professional.

Midfielder Lee Smith has left the club to re-join Vanarama Conference North side Lowestoft Town. He is currently club captain at the Beveree. The Rebels also welcome Aleks Gogic (pictured) on a month`s loan from Sky Bet Championship side Reading.Gogic is a 6`4” keeper who has represented the United States at youth level. He is highly thought of at Reading and originally came through the ranks at New York Red Bulls.

TWO FOR FROME

ONE IN - ONE OUT FOR WADERS

SLOUGH BORROW TWO Slough Town`s joint-manager Neil Baker announced two new signings to boost their injury hit squad. Centre-back Billy Jeffreys joins on loan from Ryman League Premier

from Bedford Town, having spent the previous two seasons with the Eagles. Beech, who can play in either midfield or in the centre of defence, was an ever-present in the City squad that finished third in the table last year. However, this season his form has dipped and was recently involved in an altercation with City striker Andrew Phillips at Banbury United.

Josh Beech has joined Biggleswade Town from Southern Premier Division rivals Cambridge City. Beech was a summer 2013 signing for City

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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Frome Town have announced the signing of two new players in Cameron Brown and Lamar Powell (pictured). Winger Brown joins from Winterbourne United in the Toolstation Western League, while former Bristol Rovers youngster Powell, who has also had spells at Bath City, Weston-superMare and Weymouth, joins as a free agent. Both trained with their new team-mates before putting pen-to-paper.


BUDGET CUT AT DAVENTRY

There is an EGM at Communications Park, home of Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club Daventry Town on October 30th. This follows the news that chairman Iain Humphrey had slashed the wage budget by two thirds. Nothing like players supporting the club they play for “NOT”. A mass exodus of players seems inevitable, and already Kyle Cartwright and Ollie Wilkinson have left for league rivals Bedworth United and Bedford Town respectively, striker Luke Keen is unwilling to travel from West Bromwich to pick up minimal wages, while goalkeeper Richard Morris (pictured) looks like heading for Rugby Town. Foster and his assistant Neil Champelovier have also lost player-coach Jamie Gould, who has been released, and several other players have expressed their desire to join other clubs. EAGLES RETURN FOR WILKINSON Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club Bedford Town have welcomed back Ollie Wilkinson. Wilkinson is a right-sided defensive

player who has completed his transfer from league rivals Daventry Town. As well as Daventry and Bedford, he has also played for Cogenhoe United, Corby Town, Rothwell Town and Long Buckby, whom he was with for three seasons before leaving to play for the Eagles for the first time. Wilkinson last played for the Eagles in 2013 before moving to Daventry that summer.

or striker, has had a couple of spells with Brackley Town in the Conference North as well as stops at Oxford City, Leamington, Corby Town, ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties Leaguers Cogenhoe United and the Poppies. But it was his spells with Brackley, for whom he made over 250 appearances, scoring over 75 goals, and helping the club rise through the leagues into the Conference, that he is best remembered. ADAMS TURNS DOWN ANTIGUA CHANCE

SANDY SIGNS FOR POPPIES

Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central club Kettering Town have re-signed attacking midfielder Elliott Sandy. Sandy signed for Southern Premier Division new boys Dunstable Town in the close season. Sandy, who can play as a midfielder

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Ilkeston FC`s hot property Che Adams has turned down the chance to launch his international career with Antigua Barbuda in the CFU Caribbean Cup Championship. The 18-year-old midfielder was invited to join the squad in Trinidad for this month’s matches against St Lucia, Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago. But Adams, whose father is Antiguan, is already on the radar of England `C` and has decided that at this stage, he would prefer to keep his options open. Robins boss Kevin Wilson said: “It’s a tough decision for a young boy to make and clearly Che is flattered that Antigua Barbuda want him to play for them. Ilkeston visit St Neots Town next Saturday in The FA Trophy. WWW.STNEOTSTOWNFC.CO.UK / PAGE 21


THE BEAUTIFUL GAME IF IT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR PELE Some football fans really take things to the extreme don’t they? I don’t mean whilst in the stands or stood near the touchline venting their frustration on match days, even away from the ground days before or after a match takes place. I’m referring to the ‘super-fan’ who lives and breathes their club day-in, day-out. I’m not just talking about that person who only ever wears the club shirt or some other form of leisurewear as though they are the only clothes they possess. We all like to show our allegiance by sporting the colours but some folk just live in their club clobber. What more could a fan do to exhibit their love for the club? Well, some fans name their children after their favoured club or even favourite player. Sadly for me, my wife was having none of it when I suggested that out first-born should be named Pele after the legendary Brazilian. If the baby naming option is offlimits, fans can always show their support by getting the club logo tattooed on their flesh, that seems to be the fashionable thing to do in recent times. Alternatively, they could perhaps apply to have their name changed to reflect their commitment to their club. That’s what a Spurs fan did recently when he changed his name by deed poll to give him a permanent link to his beloved club. Spurs fan Gary Lane has now changed his name to….yes, you’ve guessed it…he’s now known as ‘Gary ‘White Hart’ Lane’ as a tribute [and also some great banter] to his beloved Spurs after 40 years of supporting the club. That’s great for

the time being isn’t it? It’s all very well, but what if, like so many other football grounds around the country, White Hart Lane is renamed for commercial reasons? What will Gary White Hart Lane do then? Surely, it would be better to change your name to the actual name of the club, that’s less likely to change at any point in the future is it? Integrating your name with the name of your club seems a more reasonable thing to do. That’s unless you’re my Russian immigrant friend Uri Bell, and a supporter of Preston, and you’re looking to change your name by deed poll to Preston North ‘Uri Bell’ End. Probably not the best idea! Players do it all the time though don’t they? Look at all those South American players with abbreviated names on the back of their shirts. It’s understandable though, some of their names just wouldn’t fit on the back of their shirts. Take the aforementioned Pele for example. ‘Edson Arantes do Nascimento’ would have been a tight squeeze on the reverse of his jersey, and a right mouthful for commentators too, so it makes perfect sense that Pele just used his nickname. A nickname that incidentally means absolutely nothing in any language! He was first called Pele at school by a boy. It was intended as an insult to him which resulted in the two boys fighting. The kid did him a favour really – after all, his name is now known worldwide. There are other players who probably should have changed their names or used nicknames instead, rather

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than stick to their actual monikers. Here’s just a few of those unfortunate [but actually real] football players of past and present: Anil Koc [poor fella], Danny Shittu, Christian Fuchs, Segar Bastard [probably a really nice guy], Wayne Wanklyn, Alphonse Areola, Andre Muff, Bernt Haas, Waldo Ponce, Peter Shirtliff, Brian Pinas, Milan Fukal [got the ball and did……], Johan de Kock, Rafael Scheidt, Argelico Fucks, Fabian Assman, Rod Fanni, Hans-Jorg Butt, and not forgetting Ralf Minge. Some sports grounds should also consider a name change, even if it adds no commercial value at all. Young Boys FC of Berne in Switzerland play in the Wankdorf Stadium. A club in Denmark play at the Middelfart stadium and the Nashville Predators Hockey club play at the ‘Gaylord Entertainment Centre’ but the most in need of a name change has got to be the home of FC Indiana in the USA – the Kuntz Stadium. We should count ourselves fortunate that we don’t have an embarrassing ground name or any of the players named above in our squad. The only embarrassment felt after today’s game should be that of the opposition as they leave the pitch disappointed following our magnificent victory. ‘The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning’ – Pele [AKA Edson Arantes do Nascimento]


TODAY’S VISITORS

HEREFORD UNITED

Still battling with the courts after major financial problems off the pitch Hereford are gradually settling to life at step three. A very special welcome to Hereford United our visitors this afternoon who are making their first ever visit to the town for a hastily rearranged Southern League Premier Division engagement. Today sees the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup and there are just two Southern League Premier Division representatives that have survived to feature today hoping that a victory could pitch them in the next round with a club from the Football League. One of those two are of course Weymouth where our lads were due to be playing this afternoon – the other their near neighbours Dorchester Town and we wish then both the best of luck as they bid not only for glory but for the £12,500 sponsorship to be picked up by today; winners. Fortunately Hereford have agreed to bring forward their visit to the Cozy Stadium from January 3rd so

that we are not both inactive this afternoon. According to the latest information I have the club were due back in court this week in an attempt to stave off a winding up order following their demotion in May from the Football Conference. All of us at St Neots wish the club well in their hopes for survival. When our lads visited Edgar Street in August on the opening day of the season we witnessed a sizeable demonstration by several hundred disaffected Bull’s supporters calling for the disbandment of the Club. To date they have been unsuccessful. Back to the football where goals from Nathan Frater and Matt Nolan saw our lads return with all three points but a measure of Hereford’s steady improvement is that last week they travelled to Poole to earn a point in a draw so today is shaping up to be an interesting contest. One player who

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will remember our trip to Hereford for the wrong reason is Chris Dillon. Making his debut for St Neots he lasted just 49 minutes before being forced off with an injury sustained in the first half and he has been unable to return to action since – a lay off so far of 77 days.

CLUB HISTORY Hereford United Football Club was founded in 1924 with the merger of two local clubs St Martins and RAOC (Rotherwas), with the intention of sustaining a higher class of football in the city of Hereford. Hereford joined the Birmingham Combination but lost its first match 2–3 to Atherstone United. The club’s second ever match was an FA Cup Preliminary Round tie against future rivals Kidderminster Harriers which they lost 2–7. Hereford progressed


Year founded: 1924 Nickname: The Bulls Chairman: Andy Lonsdale

Website: www.herefordunited.co.uk Stadium: The Meadow (5300 Capacity)

Previous Meeting: Hereford 0-2 St Neots (14/15)

to the Birmingham & District League in 1928 where the club spent 11 seasons, with a best position of 4th. By the late 1930s the number of clubs in the league had decreased and Hereford successfully applied to join the Southern League – but played only a few games in this league before the outbreak of the Second World War. At the same time the club became a limited company. In 1966 Hereford signed John Charles, the former Leeds United, Juventus and Welsh international, boosting the support of the club. He became manager a year later and set about building a team to challenge at the top of the Southern League and gain election to the Football League. With the club becoming one of the best-supported non-league clubs in the country Charles used his standing within the game to canvass votes from member clubs

for election to the Football League. The 1971–72 season saw the club finish second in the Southern League and gain national prominence due to its exploits in the FA Cup. Charles had departed the club in October 1971 and his successor Colin Addison inherited a side that defeated top-flight Newcastle United in the FA Cup. In the Fourth Round they played West Ham United where they were defeated in a replay at Upton Park. The Cup run played a part in the club’s successful election to the Fourth Division, replacing Barrow. The club rose rapidly to the Second Division after finishing runners-up in their first season in the Fourth Division and winning the Third Division title in 1976. Dixie McNeil was the leading goalscorer in the top four divisions of English football in the same season, but Hereford would only spend one season in the

second tier before dropping back into the Fourth Division. After this period of success the club spent 19 years in the bottom division. In the 1996–97 season after a terrible run of form the Hereford were ultimately relegated after a relegation-decider at Edgar Street with Brighton & Hove Albion. In 2005–06 Hereford were promoted after defeating Halifax Town in the play-off final. The club returned to the Football League with a vastly improved financial situation. 2008–09 saw the club play in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1978. They rarely placed outside the relegation zone and were relegated. Hereford was further relegated to the Conference from League Two at the end of the 2011–12 season.

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THE BEST PLAYER I HAVE SEEN IN NON LEAGUE FOOTBALL

STEFAN MOORE A new feature where supporters can write about anything they like about football. Our Chairman Mike Kearns starts the series off. Looking back at my relatively short involvement in non-league football and the players that I have seen play there can only be one that stands out for me, maybe because I am a little bias and maybe that he is a fantastic footballer. Of course that player is Stefan Moore. My first meeting with Steff was at the club a couple of days after I had spoken to Barry Hayles down in south London about signing for the club. I heard that Steff had become available but was on contract and that the club he was playing for would be playing hardball over the transfer fee, That’s even before I had spoken to him. STRONG COMPARISONS From the moment I met Steff I had this feel about him and what he could do for my club. We were introduced by the other clubs agent and I showed him around the place for half an hour selling him my dream

for St Neots Town thinking never in a million years would he want to take such a step down the pyramid to play for a club at step 5. After all Stefan Moore was only 27 years old and just 8 years earlier he was being compared to a certain Wayne Rooney after Steffs Aston Villa side had just beaten Wayne Rooney’s side Everton in the FA Youth cup final. I can honestly say that Steff was and still is one of the nicest blokes I have ever had the pleasure of calling a friend. From that first meeting and after we had agreed his personal terms Steff committed to the club. I was amazed that it took us about 5 minutes flat for him to agree to join us, I sold him the vision and he brought into it. I explained to him that he would get some awful bad publicity about dropping down the leagues to join us and he said “Don’t worry about that it wont be long before we are up there with them.

So the deal was done there and then, well not quite I had to sort out the transfer fee with his clubs Owner who happened to live in LA on the West Coast of America. Well what a complete twat he was, I’m in LA sitting by my pool and just about to go out for lunch with some celebrity I have never heard of. Well I said very nice for you hope you enjoy yourself, to say we got off on the wrong foot was an understatement. To cut a long story short, Steff told me the bloke was a complete twat and up his own backside and if I could not come to an agreement with him then Steff would sign a pre-release contract with St Neots at Christmas and commit to playing for us the next season. I knew then just the type of person and footballer I was getting by showing that commitment to me. Thankfully it did not need that and after a lot of bull crap from the other clubs owner I came to an agreement with Mr. Big Head and paid a transfer fee of £10,000 for Stefan Moore who signed a two and a half year contract with the Club. What a piece of business that turned out to be, in Steffs very first game for us in the FA vase and after only 3 minutes into the game he played a one two with Shane Tolley and hammered in

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his first goal for the club, he scored another three in that game. We were up and running Stefan Moore had arrived. HISTORY The rest as they say is history and some very enjoyable moments Steff gave us in his time at the club. I remember us being at Daventry Town on a very cold evening, Slough Town had I think lost the night before and it was our chance to win and go top of the league. It was a goalless draw at half time and as the players came off the field I said to Steff, if ever I needed you is now Steff we must win this game is there any chance you can bloody go out there and win it for us, not too much to ask I said to him. Well those who were there that night will remember just into the second half Steff hit one with his left foot from about 35 yards out and it screamed into the top of the net. The Bloody sod came over to me and said “will that be ok for you Mr. Chairman?�. Too right it was we won and went top of the league and stayed there for the rest of the season.

SPECULATION There has been plenty of speculation about the reasons Steff left the club and its not right for me to go into full details about that except that he did have some very serious personal issues that did affect his performances and that the traveling because of those issues was just too much for him. Stefan still had 6 months of his contract left and I reluctantly released him and told him I would waiver any transfer fee. If the circumstances were different and Steff was lets say happy and in the right frame of mind then I can assure you all he would still be here. When I signed Stefan Moore he told me that he would be with the club as long as I was with the club, now that is some commitment from a wonderful footballer and a very good friend. I still speak to Stefan now and then and often say to him we would love him back at the club, unfortunately because of his personal life and business commitments he wanted to play more locally. Stef is still playing for Leamington right on his doorstep. Stefen Moore the best player by a country mile to play in my time of being involved in Non League Football. Thanks Steff, while writing this I have many glorious football moments flashing through my mind. Wow were we lucky. Mike

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DREAM START Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Rowley Park – the Cozy Stadium, for today’s Evostik League Southern Premier Division match. Today we extend a very warm welcome to the players, officials and of course the supporters of Hereford United Football Club and we hope you enjoy your brief stay with us up here in Cambridgeshire today.

Today’s visit of Hereford gives me the opportunity to catch up with their Manager, Jon Taylor, who to many Saints fans of old, will of course remember when he was in charge of the First Team in the early years of the last decade. Jon left us to take charge at Arlesey Town but whenever we have met since at games, we always have a natter. I’d like to wish Jon all the best for whatever lies ahead for him personally and Hereford as a Club as their plight is very well documented in the media and it would be disasterous to see a former Football League club finally roll over and die. News closer to home now and two First Team games in the last week with both ending with disappointing results. Firstly came the 1-1 draw down in Gloucestershire last Saturday as we headed to Cirencester Town. Once again, we

gave our opponents a dream start in the opening couple of minutes meaning we were always playing catch up and created a whole host of chances which, for a variety of reasons, were not converted until Lewis Hilliard scored his second goal of the season from the penalty spot after Matty Nolan was brought down in the box. The rest of the game was an end to end affair and the hosts could have easily snatched all three points at the death but for heroics from Paul Bastock which managed to tip away a last minute mis-slice from Ryan Frater as the ball appeared to be flying into the top corner of his own net. Tuesday saw Chesham arrive at the Cozy amid high winds and rain and they blew away our long unbeaten run with a 3-2 success with the final scoreline, if I am totally honest, was a wee bit flattering towards ourselves. If ever there was a night when we collectively seemed to have an off night, this was that time. Didn’t help losing Frates with a suspected broken nose after 16 minutes meaning a re-shuffle but hey ho, the league isn’t won or lost on a fixture in late October and I’m sure we will still be up there come May. Playing poorly as we did, we still managed to score twice through Jay Davies and Max Yorke so when we are firing on all cylinders, we will be ok. Sunday I took in the County Under 18 match versus Shropshire, played here at the Cozy

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and it was a pulsating affair with Hunts eventually winning the match 4-3. Saints players Dan Huff, Dan Mattin, Dan Hobbs, Reuben White, Ebey Marango and Blake Rivers were in the matchday squad and Hobbs and scorer of the eventual winner Ebey Marango were amongst the goals. Well done to our lads on their inclusion and to the whole squad on the result, their second successive victory. Last Thursday, our Under 18s beat Ramsey Town 12-1 here at the Cozy in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League. A cracking result to follow up their Hunts County Cup win over St Ives Town the previous Sunday, ending in a 10-1 win. The lads are at home next Thursday against...... St Ives Town. Come down for what will be

an entertaining derby for sure and remember, entry is FREE. Ok then, lets get behind the lads today and if you can’t make the Redditch trip on Monday, be sure to be here next Saturday as we entertain Ilkeston Town in the FA Trophy. PUMP UP THE VOLUME GREENY


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AWAY DAYS

THE VALLEY STADIUM We visit the Valley Stadium the home of Redditch United on Monday 27th October 2014 for our second return fixture of the season. three goals to one. For some reason as last season we have to visit The Valley Stadium on a midweek Monday night fixture. Having started off like a runaway horse Redditich have now seemed pull in the reins and at the time of writing are a very creditable 9th position of the Southern League Premier Division.

Of course the home fixture earlier in the season saw a very good young Reddith side come out 3-0 winners at Rowley Park, a very well deserved victory by the Reds. Redditch under the management of Liam Mcdonald had a great season in 2013/14 finishing in 10th position of the Southern League Premier Division. The club also reached the semi final of the Southern League Cup, losing at home to the saints by

Besides beating the Saints their biggest win thus so far this season was an incredible away victory at slough Town just a couple of weeks ago by an amazing score line of 1-7. The clubs stats so far is as follows: P13 W6 D2 L5 F21 A16 PTS 20 DIRECTIONS TO THE GROUND BY ROAD Exit junction 2 off M42. 1st exit onto A441 for 2 miles. At roundabout 1st exit onto Birmingham Road (A441) for 1.2 miles. At roundabout 3rd exit

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onto Middlehouse Lane (B4184) for 0.3 miles. At traffic lights (next to fire station) turn left into Birmingham Road 0.2miles. At garage on corner (on right) turn right into Clive Road for 0.3 miles. At roundabout take 1st exit onto Hewell Road for 0.2 miles. At T junction turn right onto Windsor Street for 0.1 miles. Continue over traffic lights into Bromsgrove Road. Ground on right at brow of hill. THE VALLEY STADIUM Bromsgrove Road, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4RN Adults = £10 Concessions = £6 (Over 60 and Students on production of a valid Student Card) Children under 16 = £2 Capacity: 5000 Wheelchair Access: Yes


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INTRODUCING

LORENZO FERRARI Lorenzo is an exciting player who has pace to burn. At home either on the left wing or playing down the middle, a real talent and one for the future as he gains more experience. Left footed Lorenzo joined the Saints from near neighbours Bedford Town during the 2013/14 season. A tricky winger, who can also play down the middle,began his career at Northwood during the 2010/11

season and moved the following season to Cockfosters, where he stayed for 2 years. He began the 2013/14 season at Calor League Divisin One Central side North Greenford United and his displays earned him a move to Premier Division Bedford Town. It was his performance against the Saints for the Eagles which prompted the management to move for Lorenzo and he signed for us in December 2013. In October 2014 Lorenzo signed a playing contract with the club.

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LORENZO UNDER CLOSE ATTENTION


MD’S VIEWS PARENTS,GRANDPARENTS AND FOOTBALL MANAGERS I’m trying to stay positive at the moment The first team is doing great, our function bookings are way up on last year, the scholarship programme is moving along nicely and so I have decided to talk about something off radar, I am going to reminisce about me as a footballer. Why? Well my lad is now 7 years old and so I am experiencing the “parent syndrome”. So I thought I’d give you a little insight into my footballer past. No laughing, no giggling to oneself and no shoulders rocking up and down. Yes I played football and still do. I was a nasty little shite when I played, a central defender (we were all short in those days) or midfielder. Representing North Herts, Herts County Rep side and the Luton FC academy side (yes I was there for 2 years before being released) as well as being the only ever 3rd year student to play for the school first eleven (upper 6th form) are all memories of a footballing past. I had a reputation for trying to kick everything that moved and on most occasions the reputation was justified. Playing without glasses and with no contact lenses available I generally targeted people by the colour of the shirt they were wearing. No bugger was too big for me with a particular panache for kicking those

that thought they were bullying hard nuts. An example of this is a Cup final I played in for Pin Green against Ripon Rangers, which, strangely enough, there is the possibility of me getting hold of a video of this game. Their centre forward was a big quick lad who scored goals for fun but also a nasty piece of work. Colin, my manager at the time and who I believe is still managing in the Royston Crow League, asked me to let him know I was around in the first five minutes so I did. Although the spectator he landed on when he finally hit the ground was unimpressed I thought it was a splendid way of making my point however to my disappointment he got up and smiled at me. He stopped smiling ten minutes later when I did it for the third time. My speciality was shin pad removing with my particular favourite being the removal of the said shin pad but not from out of the top of the sock. I found the perfect technique meant using both feet with studs up, slicing the sock open with the first impact shin pad removing tackle (or FISPRT) and then removing the shin pad with my trailing leg (The SISPRT) A work of art as far as I was concerned although those that witnessed this precise shin splitter

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first hand would often disagree, if I remember rightly my old man nearly got punched on several occasion. Shouting from the side line as a parent was not as frowned upon as it is now so you can imagine the amount of verbal I used to get, all great fun for a skinny, blind little tyke with long hair and bowed legs. I often thought about why I got away with it and never got thumped. Jamie (brother who could actually play football) once told me if my ability had matched my aggression I’d have been some footballer. But he often lied about such things to stop me kicking him when we played footie down the tunnels (It’s a Jackmans estate thing!). Needless to say I’m still playing with a bunch of lads on a Friday evening however my aggression has waned somewhat and has been replaced with a desire to be able to walk in the morning. Vinnie Jones, you would have been a puppy compared to me, but if you know Vinnie please don’t mention it. Ah happy days!!!! Anyway back to the present and let’s hope we have a great game today. LEE


STEWS VIEWS

JEWELS OF THE NON LEAGUE Carrying on from my last column, here is a list of what I think are the best players ever to have started out playing for clubs in the non-league. There are many jewels out there, and some have been picked out. For many scouts in the Football League, the Non-League is seen as a ‘hunting ground’ where heroes are made, but also failures happen. But here are some of the jewels from the Non-League.

8: Les Ferdinand (Southall FC)

7: Stuart ‘Psycho’ Pearce (Wealdstone FC)

The one the only and as if there was ever an advert for starting your career at the lower reaches of the game, ‘Sir’ Les is surely that man. He started out with Southall and then Hayes before moving to QPR for a £15,000 fee. Ferdinand is held in high regard at Loftus Road as one of their most famous footballing sons and some Hoops fans may argue that since his departure to Newcastle in 1995, he’s never been properly replaced.
Les scored on his England debut, nearly fired the Magpies to the Premier League title, was presented with the PFA player of the season award by Pele and still managed 14 goals in the Premiership for Leicester City at the age of 37. A true legend of the English game and one of nonleague’s finest exports.

Pearce first signed as a professional in 1983 when he was bought from non-league side Wealdstone by top flight outfit, Coventry City. He played for Coventry for two seasons and built a reputation as an uncompromising defender who could also offer an attacking threat going forward. In 1985 he was signed by Brian Clough as a make weight in a deal that saw Ian Butterworth also leave Coventry for Forest.

6: Vincent ‘Vinne’ Jones (Wealdstone FC)

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Jones started his football career in 1984 at Alliance Premier League side Wealdstone, typical of

Non-League football he was not only a part time footballer but he was also a hod carrier. He was quickly spotted, even to such an extent that not only England were but he moved onto second-level Swedish club IFK Holmsund in 1986 and helped them win the league.
Where after he went onto play for Wimbledon, and a club suiting his style of play being Leeds United, then moved onto Sheffield United, then Chelsea, then back to Wimbledon and lastly he moved onto Huddlesfield as a player/coach.

5. Stan Collymore (Stafford Rangers) One of the English game’s more mercurial figures, Collymore started out at Conference side Stafford Rangers after being rejected by Woverhampton Wanderers and Walsall. His non-league goalscoring exploits earned him a move to Crystal Palace, but it was at Southend United where he first


came to attention, scoring 18 goals to keep them in the First Division. Frank Clark moved to take Collymore to Nottingham Forrest for £2.2m in 1993 and helped them to third in the league – and European qualification – in 2005. Despite moving to Liverpool, and later Aston Villa, Leicester City and Bradford City and winning three England caps, Collymore’s destructive personality frequently got the better of him and he will be always placed in the ‘what might have been’ category. Nonetheless, he remains one of the most talented players to have come out of non-league.

4. Kevin Phillips (Baldock Town) Phillips is that classic example of the player who built up his career from the non-league game after being rejected by a league club, in this case Southampton, who thought he was too small to be a striker. Phillips ended up stocking shelves at Tescos and turning out for Baldock Town as a right-back, loosing his place to our Chairmans son Jamie Kearns, before moving back up front. Glenn Roeder clearly saw something in the diminutive frontman and paid £10k to take him to Watford, before then-Sunderland manager Peter Reid snapped up Phillips after Ipswich dithered over a transfer fee. The striker took the Premiership by storm in his first season in the top flight netting 30 goals and taking both the Premiership and European golden boots. Had he wanted to, there’s no doubt Phillips could have been back in the Premiership with West Brom.

3. Kerry Dixon (Dunstable Town)

Forget Lampard, Drogba, and Terry – Kerry Dixon is the chealsea legend with 193 goals to his name, making him the club’s second-highest ever goal-scorer behind Bobby Tambling. Rejected by Spurs as an apprentice. Dixon was desperate for first time action at any level so Dixon went to Chesham and then Dunstable Town (where he was recently comanager). Reading took a chance on the youngster before Chelsea paid £150,000 for his services – some of the best money Ken Bates ever paid during his time at the club. Dixon helped the Blues to the Second Division title in 1984 before finishing joint top First Division scorer with Gary Lineker a season later. He scored four goals in eight England appearances and went to the 1986 World Cup which was in Mexico.

2.Charlie Austin (Poole Town FC) One of the more recent jewels found from the Non-League, which gives a football scout a lot of confidence they are still out there. He started at a club called Poole, my nearby town. He just turned up with no previous footballing history, as if out of no where and said I can help you out a lot basicly and that they should sign him on. In the time he was there he scored 48 out of 42 appearances. Immediately catching the eye of many clubs, but Swindon took him on and he scored 31 in 54 appearances. Then he moved onto Burnley where his previous club Poole Town got a sum of, and at

Burnley where he still is up to date, but in his first season at the club he scored 37 in 73 appearances.

1. Alan Pardew (Whyteleafe FC) If the Newcastle boss seems so keen on non-league players, it’s probably down in part to his own origins. Pardew started out as a glazier while kicking around non-league pitches with Whyteleafe and nearly quit football altogether when he went to work on a building site in the Middle East for six months. On returning to England, he combined his career in glazing with spells at Corinthian Casuals, Dulwich Hamlet and Yeovil Town before Crystal Palace paid £4,000 for him in 1987. Pardew was 25. Two years later he was the driving force behind Palace’s promotion to the First Division and in 1990 he scored the winner in the 4-3 FA Cup semi-final victory that set up the memorable final against Manchester United, which Palace eventually lost on the replay. A highly regarded spell at Charlton – where he was the club’s top scorer in 1993 – was followed by a spell at Barnet, where he became player-coach, the first step on his managerial career. There are probably some very good players that I have missed off this list, but the above players go to show that if your good enough, it doesn’t matter where your playing now, real talent often rises to the very top of the game, regardless of their humble beginnings.

Yours Aye Craig

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Scorelines.. Premier Division Despite both sides creating many chances, leaders Poole Town played out a 0-0 home draw with Hereford United and second placed St Neots Town, behind in the third minute, scored from the spot before the break to draw 1-1 at Cirencester Town but Dunstable Town, trailing two down at the interval, dropped to fifth when they went down 3-1 at home to Weymouth, a victory which took the visitors into fourth, while Corby Town moved up to third when, after leading by two at half time, they completed a 3=0 home win over Burnham with a goal two minutes after the break. Hungerford Town, ahead at the break, had to settle for a 1-1 home draw when Frome Town scored five minutes into the second half but Truro City, two goals behind at the end of normal time, drew level with two goals in the opening two minutes of time added on but Biggleswade Town struck two minutes later to wrap up a remarkable 3-2 home win home while Redditch United conceded a fifth minute penalty but went into the break with a share of four goals before striking five times in the second half to complete a comprehensive 7-2 home win against Bideford, the host’s second seven goal haul in successive games.

Hitchin Town, ahead from a sixteenth minute penalty, conceded two goals after the break to lose 2-1 at Dorchester Town while Slough Town, two down after seventeen minutes, scored twice after the break to take a point from a 3-3 draw at Cambridge City but Chesham United, having taken the lead in the tenth minute, went behind with eleven minutes remaining but took a point from a 2-2 home draw with Paulton Rovers with the aid of an own goal two minutes later while Chippenham Town, two up at the interval, scored just after the hour to complete a 3-0 home win over second from bottom and Arlesey Town scored twice in the first half to set up a 2-1 home victory over Histon to leave the visitors rooted in last place.

FA Trophy Preliminary Round A goal nine minutes from time gave Sholing a 1-0 victory at Bashley but Bedford Town, four goals ahead five minutes into the second half, had to hang on for a 4-3 home win after Chipstead scored three times in the final twenty minutes while Mangotsfield United, a goal up at the break, completed a comfortable 3-0 success at Clevedon Town and Didcot Town scored twice in the

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opening fifteen minutes to set up a 3-1 home success against Marlow. Egham Town, a goal ahead at half time, conceded an equaliser soon after the hour mark before eventually going through 2-1 at home against Bridgwater Town who finished with nine men and Kettering Town, two up at the break, defeated visiting Lincoln United 2-1 while Shortwood United, who were level at the break after having been two up, scored twice in the second half to win 4-2 at Larkhall Athletic whereas Northwood scored twice just before half time on the way to a 3-1 home victory over Waltham Abbey. Stratford Town scored in the final minute to go through 1-0 at St Ives Town while Fleet Town, who went behind to a penalty nine minutes after the break, fought back and secured a 2-1 win at Swindon Supermarine with a goal in the last minute and Tiverton Town scored twice in the second half to dispose of visiting Wantage Town 2-0. A goal in each half gave Aylesbury a 2-1 success at Tooting & Mitcham United while Wimborne Town recovered from going behind after seven minutes to win 3-2 at home against Godalming Town with a goal five minutes from time and North Leigh set up a 2-1 victory at Yate Town with two goals in the opening sixteen minutes.


MAX SCORES AGAINST CHESHAM


ST NEOTS TOWN 2 CHESHAM UNITED 3 14:10:2014 / Southern League Premier Division / Att 233 / Referee: John Steel (Ely) St Neots suffered only their second league defeat in sixteen completed matches this season at the hands of Chesham who last year finished as runners up in the league. For the first time this season St Neots named the same starting line up that had featured three days earlier at Cirencester but that formation was not to last very long. After just eleven minutes central defender Ryan Frater suffered a facial injury in an accidental clash and despite lengthy treatment he was unable to continue. Whilst playing with ten men St Neots conceded their first goal of the evening and from that point on they looked defensively unsure with Chesham’s last two goals coming through decidedly poor cover at the back. Even without this setback St Neots looked second best for long periods and the most disappointed player will be Drew Roberts – leading scorer for Chesham last season – who had a very quiet match against his former colleagues and was substituted in the second half. Ollie Thorne was given the task of filling in at the back but he looked unsure at times and his distribution was poor. With Poole winning on the evening more valuable ground was lost on the long time league leaders. The first attack of the game by the visitors almost produced a spectacular opening as Simon Thomas and Toby Little combined to set up Dave Pearce but his rising drive passed just the wrong

side of a post. The injury was the next significant action and it took St Neots five minutes to decide to send on Dean Cracknell for his first league appearance since 22nd March after his lengthy injury break. It took St Neots some time to settle with two efforts from Matt Nolan and an Ollie Thorne header the only times that Shane Gore in the visiting goal was seriously tested. Then after 32 minutes former St Neots striker Simon Thomas did extremely well to control the ball tight to the left goal line and cross for Ryan Blake to shoot home at the near post without a challenge from a defender. Gore did produce the save of the match to deny a Matt Spring free kick and Drew Roberts volleyed disappointingly over the bar when unmarked at the far post. The last couple of minutes in the first half produced close efforts at both ends with Lewis Hilliard having a net bound shot blocked and Dave Pearce rattling the St Neots crossbar. Then four minutes into time added for the Frater injury St Neots were handed a lifeline when a miss hit lob by Jay Davies looped over the head of Gore to make it 2-1 at half time. Roberts and Spring had early second half efforts for St Neots but both were off target and it quickly became apparent that Chesham was more

interested in protecting their slim lead than adding to it. They packed defence and midfield leaving just a single attacker and began to waste time. Eventually after 65 minutes the Referee lost patience and booked Gore for deliberate time wasting but the keeper then saved smartly from Max York. Then totally against the run of play after 77 minutes Chesham effectively clinched the points as Thomas flicked on a long clearance and Ryan Blake sprinted between the two statuesque central defenders to make it 3-1 and claim his fifth goal in two games against St Neots this season. This latest setback saw St Neots produce some determined attacking play in the last quarter of an hour but their efforts proved too little too late. They did claim a late consolation goal in the 89th minute when another Matt Spring free kick was touched in at the far post by Max York to claim his first ever goal for St Neots. The Referee added on six minutes at the end of the game but the Chesham tactics of clearing the ball as far away from their goal as possible without any genuine attacking intention proved effective enough to see them hang on for all three points which on the full ninety minutes plus play they deserved.

St Neots Town

Chesham United

Bastock, York, Bickerstaff, Thorne, Frater (R), Hoyte, Davies, Spring, Nolan, Roberts, Hilliard. Subs: Cracknell (for Frater (R) 16), Ford (for Hilliard 68), Frater (N) (for Roberts 81) Adjei and Ferrari. Cards: none. Goals: Davies (45 + 4 mins), York (90 + 2).

Gore, Fletcher, Braithwaite, Malone, Fenton, Towner, Pearce, Smith, Blake, Thomas, Little. Subs: Wood, Bell, Rowe, Yeboah and Beasant. Cards: Thomas (Y – 42), Gore (Y – 65), Braithwaite (Y – 89) Goals: Blake 2 (32 and 77 mins), Pearce (16 mins).

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04-Apr

06-Apr

Biggleswade Town

4 -- 1

31-Jan

2 -- 1

06-Apr

03-Jan

22-Nov

4 -- 0

2 -- 0

13-Dec

1 -- 0

4 -- 2

2 -- 3

17-Jan

14-Mar

26-Dec

3 -- 0

25-Apr

07-Feb

21-Mar

3 -- 0

08-Nov

0 -- 2

Arlesey Town

Bideford

28-Feb

Banbury United

Banbury United

Arlesey Town

Bideford

26-Dec

28-Mar

4 -- 1

7 -- 2

21-Mar

06-Apr

28-Feb

3 -- 2

15-Nov

14-Feb

24-Jan

03-Jan

3 -- 3

29-Nov

6 -- 2

25-Apr

4 -- 2

18-Apr

5 -- 1

06-Dec

2 -- 3

10-Jan

Biggleswade Town

07-Mar

17-Jan

1 -- 1

18-Apr

1 -- 0

14-Feb

28-Mar

14-Mar

3 -- 0

2 -- 1

1 -- 2

1 -- 0

08-Nov

11-Oct

29-Nov

03-Jan

07-Feb

1 -- 1

24-Jan

11-Apr

18-Nov

01-Jan

Burnham

31-Jan

3 -- 1

03-Jan

06-Dec

08-Nov

3 -- 0

26-Dec

18-Apr

18-Nov

2 -- 5

1 -- 2

4 -- 2

1 -- 0

07-Mar

25-Apr

14-Mar

06-Apr

17-Jan

1 -- 0

07-Feb

29-Nov

21-Feb

Cambridge City 25-Oct

18-Nov

07-Mar

2 -- 4

28-Mar

15-Nov

2 -- 0

06-Apr

26-Dec

2-0

2 -- 1

25-Apr

29-Nov

24-Jan

14-Feb

11-Apr

28-Oct

1 -- 2

21-Feb

13-Dec

2 -- 0

0 -- 2

Chesham United 0 -- 3

2 -- 3

0 -- 3

25-Oct

13-Dec

07-Mar

11-Apr

24-Jan

21-Feb

14-Mar

14-Feb

04-Apr

0 -- 0

08-Nov

2 -- 2

22-Nov

1 -- 0

01-Jan

30-Sep

17-Jan

20-Dec

18-Nov

Chippenham Town 18-Nov

18-Apr

tba

2 -- 1

29-Nov

26-Dec

10-Jan

tba

1 -- 3

07-Feb

06-Apr

5 -- 1

0 -- 1

14-Feb

1 -- 1

28-Mar

06-Dec

15-Nov

0 -- 2

20-Dec

07-Mar

25-Oct

Cirencester Town 1 -- 4

07-Mar

18-Nov

tba

2 -- 1

2 -- 1

13-Dec

0 -- 0

11-Apr

01-Jan

14-Mar

08-Nov

07-Feb

25-Oct

17-Jan

31-Jan

1 -- 3

20-Dec

04-Apr

21-Oct

0 -- 5

22-Nov

Corby Town 10-Jan

26-Dec

07-Feb

21-Mar

25-Apr

31-Jan

3 -- 0

03-Jan

06-Apr

1 -- 2

06-Dec

1 -- 2

22-Nov

0 -- 0

0 -- 2

0 -- 1

2 -- 2

0 -- 3

28-Feb

04-Apr

15-Nov

28-Oct

Dorchester Town 24-Jan

06-Dec

20-Dec

15-Nov

01-Jan

18-Apr

31-Jan

07-Mar

11-Oct

25-Oct

19-Nov

14-Feb

28-Mar

6 -- 1

28-Oct

10-Jan

04-Apr

1 -- 5

4 -- 1

21-Feb

2 -- 1

1 -- 0

Dunstable Town 28-Mar

06-Apr

06-Dec

10-Jan

15-Nov

2 -- 2

0 -- 0

17-Nov

1 -- 2

18-Apr

tba

1 -- 2

2 -- 2

1 -- 1

31-Jan

29-Nov

20-Dec

25-Oct

26-Dec

1 -- 2

21-Feb

24-Jan

Frome Town 30-Sep

20-Dec

18-Apr

2 -- 0

7 -- 0

21-Feb

1 -- 1

29-Nov

1 -- 2

28-Mar

28-Feb

21-Mar

11-Apr

15-Nov

01-Jan

3 -- 0

31-Jan

28-Oct

25-Oct

4 -- 0

10-Jan

2 -- 2

Hereford United 06-Dec

25-Oct

2 -- 0

26-Dec

0 -- 0

1 -- 2

21-Mar

25-Apr

0 -- 0

22-Nov

13-Dec

3 -- 0

21-Feb

06-Apr

2 -- 1

15-Nov

28-Feb

10-Jan

31-Jan

3 -- 3

28-Oct

1 -- 1

Histon 20-Dec

4 -- 0

1 -- 1

22-Nov

2 -- 0

04-Apr

1 -- 0

07-Feb

17-Jan

03-Jan

28-Oct

28-Feb

01-Jan

06-Dec

08-Nov

2 -- 1

6 -- 0

21-Mar

1 -- 1

14-Mar

18-Apr

2 -- 1

Hitchin Town 3 -- 0

21-Feb

22-Nov

31-Jan

11-Apr

28-Oct

2 -- 1

tba

20-Dec

04-Apr

21-Mar

2 -- 1

2 -- 0

10-Jan

28-Feb

0 -- 1

01-Jan

13-Dec

15-Nov

25-Oct

0 -- 3

0 -- 2

Hungerford Town 2 -- 1

14-Mar

01-Jan

03-Nov

1 -- 0

20-Dec

14-Feb

25-Oct

0 -- 2

07-Mar

07-Feb

1 -- 0

17-Jan

18-Apr

0 -- 1

06-Dec

08-Nov

2 -- 2

22-Nov

1 -- 0

24-Jan

04-Apr

Paulton Rovers 2 -- 0

1 -- 1

08-Nov

07-Feb

1 -- 0

25-Apr

1 -- 0

29-Nov

24-Jan

08-Oct

17-Jan

13-Dec

4 -- 1

03-Jan

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

14-Mar

28-Feb

1 -- 0

01-Jan

28-Mar

11-Apr

Poole Town 21-Feb

3 -- 2

24-Jan

0 -- 1

25-Oct

0 -- 0

06-Dec

14-Feb

07-Mar

26-Dec

14-Mar

06-Apr

20-Dec

28-Oct

04-Apr

18-Apr

22-Nov

1 -- 3

10-Jan

18-Nov

0 -- 1

31-Jan

Redditch United 29-Nov

0 -- 3

1 -- 7

17-Jan

1 -- 0

21-Feb

4 -- 0

28-Mar

1 -- 2

08-Nov

2 -- 1

14-Mar

19-Nov

24-Jan

1 -- 2

0 -- 1

03-Jan

11-Apr

13-Dec

07-Mar

01-Jan

25-Apr

Slough Town 1 -- 2

29-Nov

28-Feb

2 -- 1

2 -- 2

06-Apr

28-Mar

10-Jan

2 -- 2

13-Dec

11-Apr

25-Apr

1 -- 2

21-Mar

21-Feb

26-Dec

3 -- 3

0 -- 2

28-Oct

31-Jan

25-Oct

1 -- 0

St Neots Town 2 -- 3

04-Apr

27-Oct

28-Feb

10-Jan

15-Nov

3 -- 4

24-Jan

0 -- 2

25-Apr

01-Jan

11-Apr

1 -- 3

1 -- 1

13-Dec

3 -- 3

21-Mar

14-Feb

2 -- 2

22-Nov

1 -- 1

1 -- 3

08-Nov

14-Mar

04-Apr

3 -- 0

1 -- 2

28-Oct

17-Jan

25-Apr

11-Apr

07-Feb

22-Nov

1 -- 2

1 -- 0

28-Feb

21-Mar

03-Jan

1 -- 1

2 -- 2

3 -- 2

1 -- 3

14-Feb

13-Dec

Truro City


IF internationals aren’t your thing, you had even more reason to moan last week as England were forced to demean themselves by facing San Marino. Why should England’s superstars have to lower themselves to play a team of construction men, office clerks and bankers? That seems to have been the widespread response from not only fans but also some respected national media outlets over the past seven days.

On Saturday night we then had the Republic of Ireland beating Gibraltar (above) 7-0 and the same criticisms that were launched at San Marino were thrown on the direction of the Rock.Bear in mind that these two countries are the smallest to hold UEFA membership in terms of population and what do you really expect from them? But the overriding feeling for me was that we’ve all lost touch with the game. The last time I checked FIFA’s motto was “For the Game. For the World” and not “For the Game. For the World… but only if we think you’re good enough”. International football, or any international sporting event, is about people representing their nations and being proud to do so – something which has been continually questioned of the England side for

quite some time. It’s meant to be about identity, passion and being able to wear the colours of your nation. Quality, or lack thereof, has nothing to do with that at all. Gibraltar have called on Non-League players such as Bristol Rovers’ Jake Gosling, Adam Priestley of Farsley, ex-Wrexham and current Bala Town centreback David Artell, as well as Reece Styche (pictured) of Kidderminster Harriers, in recent times. Of course, as a new member, they’ve struggled with back-to-back 7-0 defeats in their EURO 2016 qualifying campaign so far. They were only accepted into UEFA in May 2013 after a ludicrously long battle. Gib had fought for 20 years to be allowed to represent themselves on the national stage but were constantly denied for no good reason other than Spain’s stubbornness and we all know Mr Blatter doesn’t like rocking the boat. Of course nobody likes to lose but I imagine people on the Rock are just delighted that they are now considered as ‘equals’. That is until the elitist British media look down on them with sheer shameless contempt. Hearing the likes of Andy

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Townsend denounce your national team isn’t exactly what you want, and it just highlights the ignorance in certain parts of our media. Maybe if some educated themselves a bit more on the fight endured by a lot of these ‘hopeless and terrible’ countries just to play, they’d show a bit more respect. Calls have been made once again for the smaller nations to go through qualifying just to get to the qualifying stage – because that wouldn’t be a logistical nightmare or alienate them at all, would it? In an era like this when football is becoming increasingly about money and less about the love of the game, I find myself drawn to countries like Gibraltar and San Marino and ones who would love to play the best one day, such as the Isle of Man, Greenland and Monaco. Yes, the likes of Gibraltar and San Marino might never be troubling the giants of England, Germany and Spain. But for the smaller nations it’s all about representing themselves with pride and passion – something the big boys could do well to look at.

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Opposition in CAPS denotes home fixture. Player name in BOLD CAPS denotes goal scorer.

Date

ATT

COMP

R

Pos

2

3

4

Sat 09 Aug

Opposition Hereford United

568

SLP

2-0

7

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Ford

F

Tue 12 Aug

Chesham United

331

SLP

3-3

5

Abbey

Spence

LEE

Spring

F

Sat 16 Aug

WEYMOUTH

312

SLP

2-0

2

Abbey

Powell

LEE

Bickerstaff

F

Tue 19 Aug

REDDITCH UNITED

310

SLP

0-3

9

Abbey

Powell

Lee

Bickerstaff

Sat 23 Aug

Truro City

503

SLP

3-2

8

Abbey

Spence

LEE

Bickerstaff

Mon 25 Aug

Corby Town

518

SLP

3-1

6

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Bickerstaff

Sat 30 Aug

PAULTON ROVERS

298

SLP

1-1

7

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Bickerstaff

Sat 06 Sep

Biggleswade Town

301

SLP

2-2

6

Abbey

Spence

Wilson

Bickerstaff

Tue 09 Sep

HISTON

401

SLP

4-0

4

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Farrell

Sat 13 Sep

DEREHAM TOWN

312

FAC

1-1

-

Abbey

Spence

Lee

Spring

Sat 20 Sep

Banbury United

281

SLP

1-1

5

Greygoose

Spence

Lee

Farrell

Tue 30 Sep

Arlesey Town

217

SLP

3-1

2

Greygoose

Spence

Bickerstaff

Hilliard

Sat 04 Oct

BURNHAM

282

SLP

3-1

3

Greygoose

York

Lee

Wilson

Mon 06 Oct

Hitchin Town

291

SLP

4-3

2

Greygoose

York

Lee

Wilson

Sat 11 Oct

POOLE TOWN

619

SLP

3-2

2

Bastock

York

Bickerstaff

Wilson

Sat 18 Oct

Cirencester Town

141

SLP

1-1

2

Bastock

York

Bickerstaff

Thorne

Tue 21 Oct

CHESHAM UNITED

233

SLP

2-3

2

Bastock

YORK

Bickerstaff

Thorne

Sat 25 Oct

Hereford United

SLP SLP

Mon 27 Oct

Redditch United

Sat 01 Nov

ILKESTON TOWN

FAT

Sat 08 Nov

Truro City

SLP

Sat 15 Nov

Hungerford Town

SLP

Tue 18 Nov

CAMBRIDGE CITY

SLP

Sat 22 Nov

Bideford

SLP

Sat 29 Nov

SLOUGH TOWN

SLP

Sat 06 Dec

DORCHESTER TOWN

SLP

Sat 13 Dec

Chippenham Town

SLP

Sat 20 Dec

FROME TOWN

SLP

Fri 26 Dec

CORBY TOWN

SLP

Thu 01 Jan

Dunstable Town

SLP

Sat 03 Jan

HEREFORD UNITED

SLP

Sat 10 Jan

Paulton Rovers

SLP

Sat 17 Jan

BIGGLESWADE TOWN

SLP

Sat 24 Jan

Histon

SLP

Sat 31 Jan

BANBURY UNITED

SLP

Sat 07 Feb

ARLESEY TOWN

SLP

Sat 14 Feb

Burnham

SLP

Sat 21 Feb

HITCHIN TOWN

SLP

Sat 28 Feb

Poole Town

SLP

Sat 07 Mar

CIRENCESTER TOWN

SLP

Sat 14 Mar

HUNGERFORD TOWN

SLP

Sat 21 Mar

Cambridge City

SLP

Sat 28 Mar

BIDEFORD

SLP

Sat 04 Apr

Slough Town

SLP

Mon 06 Apr

DUNSTABLE TOWN

SLP

Sat 11 Apr

Dorchester Town

SLP

Sat 18 Apr

CHIPPENHAM TOWN

SLP

Sat 25 Apr

Frome Town

SLP

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F

T


Player name in these colours denotes substitute

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

14

Frater (R)

Hoyte

Spring

Davies

Dillon

Hilliard

Powell

NOLAN

FRATER (N)

15

Frater (R)

Hoyte

DAVIES

Ford

Nolan

Hilliard

Powell

FRATER (N)

Frater (R)

Hoyte

DAVIES

Spring

Nolan

Ford

Frater (N)

Spence

Hilliard

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Nolan

Frater (N)

Ford

Roberts

Ferrari

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

FRATER (N) 2

Ford

Powell

Roberts

Ferrari

Farrell

Frater

Hoyte

Ford

Spring

Frater (N)

ROBERTS 2

Farrell

FERRARI

Davies

Powell

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

ROBERTS

Farrell

Ford

Ferrari

Wilson

Powell

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

FRATER N

ROBERTS

Powell

Deeney

Nolan

Farrell

FRATER

Hoyte

DAVIES

Powell

Nolan

ROBERTS 2

Hilliard

Wilson

Ferrari

Bickerstaff

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Wilson

NOLAN

Roberts

Hilliard

Ferrari

Farrell

Powell

Frater

Hoyte

DAVIES

Wilson

Nolan

Roberts

Hilliard

Ferrari

Ford

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

THORNE

FRATER N

ROBERTS

Wilson

Ferrari

Spring

Nolan

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Frater N

ROBERTS 3

Hilliard

Thorne

Nolan

Peacock

THORNE

Hoyte

Farrell

Spring

FRATER N

ROBERTS

Hilliard

Ford

NOLAN

Ferrari

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Frater N

ROBERTS 2

HILLIARD

Ford

Nolan

Thorne

Frater

Hoyte

Davies

Spring

Nolan

Roberts

HILLIARD

Ferrari

Ford

Frater

Hoyte

DAVIES

Spring

Nolan

Roberts

Hilliard

Cracknell

Ford

Ferrari

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P

W

D

L

GF

GA

+/-

Pts

1

Poole Town

15

12

2

1

29

7

+22

38

2

St Neots Town

16

9

5

2

37

24

+13

32

3

Corby Town

15

9

3

3

26

17

+9

30

4

Weymouth

13

9

2

2

27

17

+10

29

5

Dunstable Town

15

8

4

3

32

21

+11

28

6

Redditch United

15

8

2

5

30

19

+11

26

7

Truro City

17

8

2

7

29

28

+1

26

8

Hungerford Town

16

7

4

5

20

12

+8

25

9

Hitchin Town

14

7

2

5

23

17

+6

23

10

Slough Town

16

6

5

5

27

29

-2

23

11

Cirencester Town

15

5

7

3

31

17

+14

22

12

Chesham United

14

6

4

4

25

16

+9

22

13

Cambridge City

16

5

5

6

25

23

+2

20

14

Chippenham Town

14

6

2

6

21

19

+2

20

15

Biggleswade Town

14

5

4

5

17

18

-1

19

16

Dorchester Town

15

5

2

8

20

25

-5

17

17

Hereford United

17

4

5

8

18

28

-10

17

18

Arlesey Town

15

4

3

8

15

29

-14

15

19

Paulton Rovers

15

3

5

7

17

22

-5

14

20

Bideford

15

4

2

9

30

44

-14

14

21

Burnham

15

3

2

10

22

35

-13

11

22

Frome Town

13

3

2

8

16

33

-17

11

23

Banbury United

16

3

1

12

14

38

-24

10

24

Histon

14

2

3

9

13

26

-13

9

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Goalkeepers

Goalkeeper

Paul Bastock

Williams

Jamie Greygoose

Defenders

Defenders

O’Reilly

Josh Bickerstaff

Onyeike

Ryan Frater

Kone

Gavin Hoyte (C)

Hawker

Jordan Ivey-Ward

Gascoigne

Arthur Lee

Midfielders

Max York

Yafai

Midfielders

Roberts

Ollie Thorne

O’Neill

Dean Cracknell

Gordon

Jay Davies

Sullivan

Matt Spring

Wickham

Ben Farrell

Forwards

Lorenzo Ferrari

Vetier

Ben Ford

Akinde

Lewis Hilliard

Diop

Edd Adjei

Opoku

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