ST NEOTS TOWN Paulton Rovers ISSUE 24: THE OFFICIAL MATCHDAY MAGAZINE £1.50 The Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division
WELCOME The scene is set for some dramatic games to come between now and the end of the season Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to the Premier Plus Stadium, home of St Neots Town Football Club and the Mick George Academy, for today’s Evostik League Southern Premier Division match. Today, we extend a warm welcome to the players, officials and of course, the travelling supporters of Paulton Rovers Football Club and we all hope you enjoy a pleasant, if brief, stay with us here in Cambridgeshire. In my opinion, today really is a must win game for us as the pack of clubs below us teetering on the edge of the drop zone have made ground in recent weeks and if we are to pull ourselves clear, we really need to pick up three points today. Tuesday evening saw our visitors come from a goal down to defeat Frome Town, who, incidentally, we still have to face both home and away and Histon went down to a two goal defeat at Chesham United so the scene is set for some dramatic games to come between now and the end of the season. Our last outing saw us return home from Dorset empty handed as Dorchester Town beat us by virtue of a solitary strike in the second half in a game where we had no fewer than four players making their
debuts for us so please join me in welcoming goalkeeper Alex Archer, midfielders Dan Schiavi and Harley Mazeo-Kelly, striker Jordan Brown ( on loan from Cambridge United) and Under 18 defender Jordan Heywood into the fold and here’s to hoping their stays with us will be successful ones. Our next game after today is next Saturday, when we
entertain Slough Town here at the PPS so let’s get behind the lads today and hopefully get ourselves three precious points and start a mini run of results which should secure Premier Division football for us next season. Onwards and Upwards Mike Green
PAULTON ROVERS Founded: 1881 Nickname: The Robins Chairman: David Bissex Website: www.pitcheroo.com/clubs/paultonrovers
A very special welcome for our next Southern League Premier Division engagement with Paulton Rovers our visitors this afternoon. Currently bottom but one in the table Paulton probably need to aim for around a further twenty points to ensure safety from their remaining 13 matches – eight of which are away from home. In a division that has produced unpredictable results throughout the season anything is possible as evidenced by our poor run of results in the November/January period recently. This is Paulton’s second visit to St Neots and their first produced a closely fought 1-1 draw in which both sides scored a penalty goal. The return match in Somerset also finished in a draw that failed to produce goals but it was described as a point gained by St Neots rather than two lost after we had to play for more than an hour with ten men after Nathan Frater picked up a first half red card. Early in the season at the Athletic Ground we managed to break the sequence of drawn matches when Tom Meechan (2), Ryan Hawkins (2) and Josh Beech were on the score sheet in our 5-2 victory. Sadly none of those marksmen will feature in our lineup this afternoon. Like St Neots our visitors have had a change of management during the current season following the resignation of Richard Fey and Nathan Rudge before Christmas.
Club History Paulton Rovers were formed in 1881 joining the Western League in 1900. After playing at several venues in the village, Rovers moved to Winterfield Road in 1950’s. Their best ever Western
League finish was runners up in 2003/4 securing promotion to the Southern League. They won the Somerset Senior Cup on twelve occasions, and the Somerset Senior League seven times, the last being in 1974, when they were re-admitted to the Western League after an absence of fourteen years. Their best attendance of 2,070 (a deemed maximum capacity) was on 7 November 2009 reaching the FA Cup 1st Round for the first time in Paulton Rovers history. The match against now Premier League side Norwich City was televised live on ITV1 to over 30 countries. Prior to then a crowd believed to be at least 2,000, saw them take on Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup 5th qualifying round in 1906. Back to 1967 an old RAF hut served as the club house with a licenced bar. Soon plans were drawn up to obtain a mortgage to fund the building of bigger premises, which included a skittle alley. To achieve this the pitch was turned round 90 degrees to its present position and the Club House was built roughly where one of the penalty areas was before. A new changing room block was built behind the old covered enclosure near the half way line in 1972, and the Club was further extended. In recent years the premises and stadium have been improved immensely, with the addition of a stand, and covered terracing, training facilities also included an all-weather floodlit court used by Paulton Rovers FC netball teams, and there are two mini soccer pitches for the young teams in the village.
Improvements to the Stadium have been made over the past few seasons to originally facilitate Southern League standards. There are two stands, covering on three sides and a further pitch used by feeder teams. The social club is now the premier venue for many social occasions within the rapidly expanding local community. In July 2005 Andy Jones stepped up from Reserve Manager to First Team Manager. The 2006/7 was the most successful in the club’s history finishing runners up in the British Gas Business League South & West Division One. “Joner’s” team narrowly missed out on the play offs in the 2007/8 campaign on final game of the season. Paulton also made their first ever appearance in the Somerset Premier Cup Final and held, Bath City going into extra time when the floodlights failed. The replay saw them go down 3-0. The 2010/11 looked as though a push for promotion was on the cards, but results since Christmas were disappointing. Andy Jones decided to step down in February 2011. This season Mark Harrington has taken over as manager and is assisted by the vastly experienced, Paul Milsom. Last season Paulton had a storming finish to the season to come through to finish fourth in the table to secure a play-off place. Away from home in both play off matches they defeated Tiverton Town 3-1 in the semifinal coming back from being a goal behind and then travelled to Wales in the play-off final to defeat Merthyr Town by two second half goals to nil in front of a crowd of 2201.
A brief round up of the recent results from the teams that matter Premier Division Saturday 27th February Leaders Poole Town found themselves two down at half time and conceded a third within two minutes of the restart to slip to a 3-0 reverse at Cirencester Town leaving second placed Chippenham Town to move level on points when, having taken a twelfth minute lead, they conceded an equaliser eight minutes later before securing a 2-1 home win against Stratford Town with a winner soon after the half hour mark while third in the table Redditch United went behind two minutes after the break but, having drawn level nine minutes later, moved into a two goal lead when they struck twice in the final ten minutes and, though conceding a goal in time added on, they secured a 3-2 home win over fourth placed Hitchin Town. Kings Lynn Town took a first half lead at Leamington but the home side earned a 1-1 draw when they struck back just before the hour mark but Dunstable Town, who scored in the opening minute and doubled their lead with a ninth minute penalty, won 2-1 at home against Merthyr Town, who also scored from the spot with twenty minutes to go, while Hungerford Town scored twice in the first half to record a 2-0 home win over Cambridge City and Dorchester Town also secured three points when
they struck in the sixty-fourth minute to win 1-0 at home against St Neots Town whereas Weymouth, behind after twenty minutes, scored nine minutes before the break to draw 1-1 at Biggleswade Town. Histon, a goal ahead at the interval but pegged back just before the hour, struck twice in the final thirteen minutes to wrap up a 3-1 home win over Kettering Town while Slough Town found themselves two down after just fourteen minutes at second from bottom Paulton Rovers but fought back to lead just after the hour mark only for the hosts to secure a 3-3 draw with a minute remaining but Chesham United played out a 0-0 draw at bottom of the table Bideford and, in the battle of the bottom four, third last Bedworth United scored after just eight minutes and doubled their lead a minute into the second half but had to settle for a 2-2 home draw when fourth last Frome Town struck twice in five minutes just before the hour.
Division One Central Saturday 27th February Leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds lost 1-0 for the second game running when hosts Potters Bar Town scored ten minutes before the break leaving Kings Langley to draw level on points when, after sharing four first half goals but going behind twenty minutes after the break, they secured a 3-3 home draw with Hanwell
Town in the final minute but third placed Egham Town, after being held one each at half time, snatched a 2-1 win at bottom of the table North Greenford United when they struck in time added on while fourth in the table Royston Town secured a 2-1 victory at Fleet Town and St Ives Town, ahead after eight minutes, scored twice in the second half to record a 3-0 home win against Petersfield Town. Northwood went behind after three minutes but scored twice before the break to secure a 2-1 win at Bedford Town while Chalfont St Peter, trailing by the odd goal in three at the interval, scored in the opening minute of the second half but went down 3-2 when hosts Arlesey Town struck with twenty minutes to go and Aylesbury, trailing after six minutes and again when they conceded a penalty on the stroke of half time, equalised midway through the second half and completed a 3-2 success at Uxbridge in the second minute of time added on but Beaconsfield SYCOB lost 2-0 at home when second from bottom Leighton Town scored twice in the opening half. Godalming Town were held to a 0-0 draw at Barton Rovers whereas Ware won 2-1 at home against third from bottom Aylesbury United with all the goals coming after the break.
Huntingdonshire Premier Cup Round 2 (9/March 2006) St Neots
This was only the second meeting of these two sides and like their first match it was very closely contested with a single goal difference deciding the outcome. With three senior players still injured St Neots Manager Steve Kuhne opted to rest two more – himself and Scott Grant - and so it was time for the fringe players to prove themselves. Already through to the Hunts Senior Cup Final St Neots aim is a County Cup double and this victory earned them a home semi-final with Huntingdon Town so they will consider it a night’s work well done. On a very wet pitch the sides had to first adapt to the conditions and after one early shot wide of target by Gary Walker the visitors began to confidently dominate proceedings. Leroy Odd outpaced the defence to shoot across the face of goal and Steve Young produced a smart save to deny Robbie O’Dell and with Biggleswade employing a three-man attack there was no shortage of goalmouth action. After 14 minutes the visitors forged ahead when Robbie O’Dell picked the ball up well inside his own half and accelerated forward to find
Jack Weeden with a perfectly judged through ball and his pace took him clear to fire low past Young. St Neots had to make an early substitution with Jason Darvall making his first appearance since January coming on to replace James Hatch suffering a recurrence of his weekend injury. The visitors continued to look the batter side but after 32 minutes they conceded a free kick 25 yards from goal and Matt Endersby produced a peach of a shot to leave visiting keeper Darren Ayre grasping at air as he was beaten at his near post. That equaliser seemed to level up the contest and after 37 minutes debut striker Ben Smith had a fine header from a Mark Franklin corner cleared off the line but the effort would not have counted because the referee had spotted an infringement. Both sides were more cautious after half time with the focus now on a midfield battle where Jon Hoggett and Andre Maltay looked really strong it began to look that St Neots had regained their confidence. Steve Young had to save from Martin Russell and Robbie O’Dell but the visitors’ efforts were now more long range and midway through
the half St Neots withdrew Smith and introduced Steve Kuhne to the attack. Within two minutes they had taken the lead as Maltay made a strong unchallenged run from midfield before feeding Darvall wide on the right. His cross was early and with defenders caught out of position Gary Walker forced the ball home from close range to claim his sixth goal in five consecutive matches. Much of the remainder of the second half saw Biggleswade pushing forward in search of an equaliser but the St Neots defence superbly marshalled by Gary Watts now had the measure of the visiting attack and Young was seldom tested. They shook off the fatigue of their fourth match in nine days and held out fairly comfortably to earn their semi-final berth.
St Neots: Young, Clark, Endersby, Watts, Hurst, Hoggett, Hatch (Darvall 22 mins), Maltay, Smith (Kuhne 67 mins), Walker, Franklin Subs Not Used: Grant. Goals: Davies (Endersby (32 mins), Walker (69 mins). Report: John Walker
ST NEOTS TOWN 1 REDDITCH UNITED 3 Southern League Premier Division / 20.02.2016 / Attendance: 226 / Referee: Nick Cooper (Thetford) For the second time in successive games St Neots scored first against promotion chasing visitors but after 90 minutes Redditch had proved themselves the better side and worthy of all three points. The victory carried the Worcestershire side closer to the top of the table – now within three points of leaders Poole and looking capable of a genuine challenge for the automatic promotion place. St Neots maintained their improvement since the departure of Manager David Batch but created too little seriously to test the visiting defence. They are missing the finishing of Tom Meechan now departed for Football League football at Newport County and their luck in front of goal continues to desert them with Drew Roberts seeing a header rebound from the crossbar. Matt Smyth was back in defence in a reshuffled team with recent signing Charlie Coulson starting on the bench and fit again goalkeeper Ben Jackson coming in to replace Andy Wilton. Three of the sides below St Neots picked up points on the day so a return to winning ways must now be the priority for Andy Davies’ charges. St Neots began the brighter and might have had a goal as early as the second minute when Dipo Akinyemi cleverly nicked the ball past his marker to advance on goal but his narrow angled finish was kept out of the net one handed by the retreating goalkeeper. Drew Roberts then drove a shot wide whilst at the other end Redditch were adopting
a shoot on sight approach with Ashley Sammons twice shooting over the bar from distance and George Carline seeing his effort pass the wrong side of a post. Tom Ward then did well to clear off the line from Carline following an Osborne corner and after 22 minutes St Neots were in front. Matt Smyth broke up a Redditch attack and the ball found its way to Josh Dawkin whose cross was headed in by Adam Tann for his first league goal of the campaign. Five minutes later visiting keeper Jose Viega had to leave his line smartly to save at the feet of Akinyemi after a neat three-man approach but Redditch were gradually beginning to get on top and after 29 minutes a shot across the face of goal by Jamie Osborne just eluded Jackson’s dive and deflected in off the inside of the far post. Four minutes later Redditch were ahead as Jackson made a fine save, getting down to parry a James Mutton header from a Sammons corner but the ball fell kindly for Jordan Cullinane and he drove it into the net through a forest of legs in the six yards’ box leaving Jackson unsighted. St Neots tried hard to reply but Dawkin had a shot blocked after good work by Peter Clark and the half ended with Shearer wasting a golden chance for the visitors firing over the bar when left unmarked from a Luke Shearer cross.
As in the first half St Neots restarted brightly with Akinyemi setting up Clark whose shot was too high. However, Redditch were soon back in control skillfully slowing play down to frustrate the home side but still creating goal scoring chances with Thompson having one shot deflected for a corner and a second well saved by Jackson. Using his pace, substitute Jazz Luckie, on for the limping Shearer, then created an opening but Jackson left his line to drive him wide of goal. After 65 minutes St Neots decided on a change in tactics and Drew Roberts was pushed up to lead the attack in place of Akinyemi with Charlie Coulson on in midfield and Peter Clark pushed more forward just behind Roberts. Clark fed Dawkin on a run forward but his shot was blocked and Roberts was denied as his effort rebounded from the woodwork. Redditch always looked dangerous at set pieces and from an Osborne corner Coulson cleared off the line and the visitors sent on two fresh pairs of legs up front to test the St Neots defence. These tactics brought the clinching goal seven minutes from time when two of the substitutes combined with Molyneux crossing from the left for Luckie to tap in at the far post for 3-1 to kill off St Neots’ hopes of a share of the points.
St Neots Town Jackson, Anton, Longden, Tann, Ward, Smyth, Casey, Clark (P), Roberts, Akinyemi, Dawkin Subs: Coulson (for Akinyemi 65), Hobbs, Ofosu, Heywood and Jeckells. Cards: Longden (Y – 31) Goals: Tann (22 mins)
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CHAIRMANS’ VIEWS Welcome to Paulton Officials, players and staff It’s difficult to write programme notes without it sounding like we are harking on about the same old subjects. Trouble is the football club is all about the same old subjects all viewed from different perspectives by different people. The underlying fact remains, we all want the same thing, a successful first
disruption. We constantly talk about stability within the football club so to change again would, in my humble opinion, have been slightly daft. George Casey has joined us until the end of the season which is great news for us and great news for George. We are also in the final stages
We have made a number of new signings over the last few weeks that have hopefully strengthen the overall look of the squad taking into consideration those that have left, it’s not the easiest time of year to recruit but I’d like to think that the lads that have come into the squad will give TOM MEECHAN a good account of themselves and ask the right question in regards to still being with us for pre-season.
team that plays good football and wins more games than they lose. Next season is next season. Asking Andy to take care of the first team until the end of the season seems to me to be the common sense thing to do, what with so much else going on behind the scenes we felt the last thing we needed was more
our Stevenage FC development partnership already in place we offer a very clear pathway through to League football. This should be an asset as far as recruitment is concerned and if we talk to potential players and this is not looked upon as more important than an extra £30 down the road then I take the view that we don’t really want them anyway. Money for playing football at this level should be viewed as additional income only and not as a prerequisite for applying for a mortgage. We need to be balanced in the way the money available is spent and with this in mind both myself and Iain will be taking a very active role in the players payroll next season.
of agreeing the structure for a Stevenage FC Advanced Regional Centre being put in place at the club, this will undoubtedly help us recruit for our own Academy and Scholarship programme and thus constantly attract the very best young talent. Recruitment across all age groups right up to the first team is key and with
Talking about pre-season we already have a couple of games penciled in and will be releasing opponents and dates at the back end of April. Right enough of me drifting through the same old subjects let’s get on with the game Lee
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DORCHESTER TOWN 1 ST NEOTS TOWN 0 Southern League Premier Division / 27.02.2016 / Attendance: 360 / Referee: Alexander Fisher (Portsmouth)
The dividing line between success and failure is very narrow and in football it is often one goal. That was the case when St Neots returned from their long trip to Dorset without any reward because a point from this match with no fewer than four players making their debut for the side would have been considered successful. Three of the loan players from Stevenage were unavailable for this trip and Brett Longden was serving the first of his two match suspension so into the side were drafted Alex Archer a goalkeeper signed from Witham Town, Dan Schiavi who has just returned from playing in the USA, Jordan Brown a locally based youngster on work experience from Cambridge United and Jordan Heywood a product of the Club’s U18 side. All performed well on their first outing in club colors with goalkeeper Archer making several outstanding saves. However, the Dorset hosts desperate to win their place back in the National League in their second season at this level stole all three points with the only goal of the match to move to within four points of the promotion play-off zone leaving St Neots 19th in the table – their lowest position this season but still nine points clear of the relegation places. Archer was soon in action for his new club diving bravely at the feet of the onrushing Toby Holmes after just two minutes. Meantime St Neots
began tentatively struggling to find any real rhythm and after 18 minutes the keeper once again had to race from his line to pick the ball off the feet of Ben Watson played clear by home player/ manager Mark Jermyn. Jordan Brown showed some nice touches on the right for St Neots and Dan Schiavi was busy in midfield but with the visitors operating with Drew Roberts playing a lone role up front the home defence was rarely threatened. At the other end lengthy throws from Chris Dillon were constantly testing the St Neots back four and after 32 minutes Dorchester could have been in front when Franklyn Clarke robbed the hesitant Jordan Heywood to set up Toby Holmes but Archer again came to the rescue with two close range stops as the ball bounced around in the St Neots penalty area. As half time approached St Neots grew in confidence and created a couple of chances with Peter Clark firing into the side netting after neat work by skipper Adam Tann making his 50th appearance for the club and then Josh Dawkin forcing home keeper Shane Murphy into his first real save of the match. Ninety seconds after the restart the visitors were awarded a free kick just ten yards from goal when Murphy handled a back pass but Drew Roberts’ effort was charged down by the entire home side. However, the
visitors were showing more belief in themselves and Roberts’ shot just wide from a Tann pass and a Dawkin effort beat both the home keeper and the far post. At the other end Luke Holmes went clear but the perfectly placed Archer deflected the shot with his legs and from the resultant corner by Clarke, Nathan Walker won the ball in the air but directed his effort over the bar. The game had now opened up and after 63 minutes a superb attacking move by the home side split the St Neots defence with the ball moved swiftly from Sayers via Watson whose cross presented Brad Tarbuck with the simplest tap in finish at the far post. St Neots responded sending on Charlie Coulson for the tiring Brown and later Dipo Akinyemi for Schiavi to adopt a more attacking formation. They created a couple of good chances but Roberts off balance shot over the bar and Dawkin fired narrowly wide. With ten minutes left Dorchester had settled to protect their slender margin employing time wasting tactics and that almost cost them dear when following good work by Peter Clark the ball broke for Drew Roberts but his finish was too high. With all the sides below St Neots picking up points on the day the focus must now be on collecting sufficient points to protect their Step Three status.
St Neots Town Archer, Casey, Heywood, Tann, Ward, Anton, Brown, Schiavi, Clark (P), Roberts, Dawkin Subs: Coulson (for Brown 65), Akinyemi (for Schiavi 78), Hobbs (for Dawkin 84), Mazeo-Kelly and Jeckells. Cards: Dawkin (Y – 79)
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of professional coaching and football-related activities, including a weekly match day. Banbury United Chairman Ronnie Johnson said: “As a community focused club, we are delighted to play our part in providing facilities and opportunities for young people in the local area to gain the skills and vocational qualifications they need for future careers in the expanding sports industry. We look forward to seeing the first students making use of our facilities from September, in what should be the start of a beneficial partnership between the club and college.” The courses start this September. Find out more about the Football Level 2 Diploma and Football Level 3 Extended Diploma at www.banburybicester.ac.uk. NON-LEAGUE FINALS DAY Tickets on-sale for NonLeague Finals Day Tickets to the first ever NonLeague Finals Day at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 22 May are on sale now - with child tickets available from just £1. The Wembley showpiece will host both The FA Vase and FA Trophy, with tickets priced at £25 for adults, £10 for concessions and just £1 for children under-16s. There is also a group rate, perfect for schools and clubs, of £12.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for children. Tickets are available from TheFA.com/tickets or call 0844 826 2010. The day
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