Directions to St Neots

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With no coach running this week fans will have to find their own way to Cambridgeshire.

From the A1 take the A428 signposted Cambridge and continue on the A428. You will see a Tesco on your left hand side, at the first roundabout keep on the A428 to the next roundabout and take the first exit on to B1428 Follow to the second roundabout and turn right into Dramsell Rise. Continue right to the top of that road and enter Kester Way. The ground is then in front of you.

Lye Town 1 Town Youth 1

Town Youth returned to action on Wednesday evening  and maintained their record of scoring in every game this season with a hard earned draw away at Lye.

It was a depleted Town line-up with nine regulars missing due to injuries and school cup commitments  but they were well worth their point against a more experienced and streetwise Lye side with 15 year old Callum O’Leary putting  in a Man of the Match performance in central midfield on his debut at this level.

Town edged the first half with O’Leary,  Ramar Bell,  Ben Whitmarsh and Kier Mallen all going  close to scoring, but half time was reached with the game still goal-less.

Mallen fired Town ahead in the second half after another debutant Talbot had set up the chance, but Lye equalised from a corner 15 minutes from time.

The draw keeps Town in third spot in the table, and their next fixture is against old rivals Stourbridge at the DCS  next Thursday (April 6th).

Hayes & Yeading United

With Hayes and Yeading still groundsharing at Beaconsfield SYCOB it has been announced that Town’s away game against them has been moved from Saturday April 8th to Friday April 7th with as 7.45 pm kick off.

It will be Town’s second  visit to Beaconsfield’s Holloways Park  this season having played there  back in August when Slough Town were also using it for their home matches..

Toggie’s Table Talk

No. There will be no Shakespearean quotes :indeed, no writing in full-blooded language of yore (sorry, old !).Respect however to my learned friend and Town FC columnist Joe, who probably has more jobs than George Osborne but substantially less paid ones !

I know that I am probably not alone in my euphoria after Town’s magnificent win, and performance, on Saturday. It leaves us in 16th position with 48 points from 41 games. Last season, from 46 games, we finished 19th with 50 points (4 points clear of the relegation zone). So an improved position is definitely “on the cards”

I have previously asked “will Town avoid the drop” although I secretly thought we were safe at least two or three weeks back. To be 12 points above the relegation “probables” is pleasing and is surely enough. Let’s  be perfectly honest here ; it would take a miraculous sudden change of form in the 5-6 games left during April for the current “suspects” to alter matters, even if Town did fail  to pick up many more points.

So now I turn to looking upwards in the league table. We have now overtaken Redditch and have St. Ives and Dunstable in our sights, being just two points adrift of them, but with a better goal difference. So the possibility is there for Town to grab 14th slot if we can maintain our momentum and do marginally better than they do. Current form suggests that we should stay above Dorchester and St. Neots and perhaps keep above Redditch to cement 16th place.

However, could we finish an amazing 14th ? This would be bittersweet as Carl will be disappointed in the games thrown and unsatisfactory number of draws we have had to take !  Only Weymouth and Kings Lynn have drawn more games than us and they are safely in mid-table. St. Ives have tricky matches to face, Redditch have four home games, Dunstable have possibly the easier run-in ….. but Town have perhaps the better remaining fixtures. In any event however, we do seem capable of a better finishing position than our first season in the SLP. This will have to be seen as success for Carl and the lads, given the budget available at DCS. No-one expected a top ten finish, more like lower half consolidation or relegation avoidance.

At the top of the table I fully expect the “blues” at Chippenham to take the crown because of their better consistency than Leamington. The fifth play-off place will be mightily close between Merthyr and Banbury, which I think the Welshmen may just nick it, as Banbury have to travel to Leamington on Easter Monday.

Whichever way it all turns out for Town, it would be nice to think that, as part of being a member of the STISA fund-raising and volunteering brigade, members will have also considered giving match-day support – both away and home – for the rest of the season, and years to come. The lads deserve it and do appreciate our support.

Up the Town !

First STISA lottery winner announced

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Paul Munro with his winners cheque

STISA member Paul Munro became the first winner of the STISA monthly lottery and was presented with a cheque for £100 at half time in yesterday’s clash with local rivals Banbury.

The money raised from the lottery enables STISA to consider purchasing or replacing equipment which otherwise STFC may not be able to finance and offers a very attractive monthly cash draw prize for a minimum of just £5 per month for one entry.

Joining is very simple and only requires you to set up a monthly Standing Order from your bank account to the STISA Bank Account.

An application form, and T&C’s are available through these links

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Town 2 Banbury United 0

A resolute Town performance saw them dent Banbury’s play off hopes at a sunny Knights Lane on Saturday.

Will Grocott  fired Carl Adams’ side ahead after only six minutes with Mike Taylor adding a second four minutes before half  time, and keeper Niall Cooper made sure of the points when he kept out Ricky Johnson’s penalty with eight minutes to go.

A full report is now available under the First Team Match Reports Section.

 

 

Andy Kemp becomes a Diamond

Andy Kemp’s playing registration has been transferred across to Northern Premier League Division One South play off chasers AFC Rushden and Diamonds. It’s understood that the popular keeper who won several player of the season awards whilst with Town has been signed as cover as the promotion chasers enter the busy final weeks of the season. In a bid to avoid an injury crisis the Northamptonshire club have also registered the experienced Darren Purse and former Town target Edi Appleton.

Experienced defender joins Town ranks

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Vastly experienced defender Wayne Thomas has joined Kidderminster Harriers team mates George Forsyth and James Hancocks on loan at the DCS stadium. The 37 year old has experience at the highest levels of the game and manager Carl Adams sees him as  the perfect role model for his talented young squad.

Career Statistics

1995–2000 Torquay United 123 (5)
2000–2005 Stoke City 189 (7)
2005–2007 Burnley 50 (1)
2007–2010 Southampton 45 (0)
2010–2011 Doncaster Rovers 21 (0)
2011–2012 Atromitos 22 (0)
2012–2013 Veria 4 (0)
2013 Luton Town 2 (0)
2013 Rochdale (loan) 2 (0)
2013–2014 Tamworth 22 (1)
2014–2016 Worcester City 49 (2)
2016– Kidderminster Harriers 3 (0)
2016 Altrincham (loan) 2 (0