Following the 0-0 draw to Spalding United, Bedworth United head to Cambridgeshire to take on relegation strugglers St Neots Town FC. The Saints come into the game with The Greenbacks with dented confidence, as they were dismantled in their previous fixture with Boldmere St Michaels, losing 5-1. This is a huge game for both sides as Bedworth are lurking on the edge of the relegation playoffs, where St Neots sit in in one of the relegation places in 18th.
Founded in 1879 and known as “The Saints”, St Neots Town play their home matches at Premier Plus Ltd stadium. The club have played in a number of local leagues, starting off in the Biggleswade & District League before moving first to the South Midlands League in 1927, then the United Counties League in 1936 and finally the Southern Football League in 2011. The club has enjoyed success since promotion in 2011, clinching the Division One Central League title at the first attempt, before adding the Southern Football League Cup to their honours list in 2014.
St Neots sit in 18th place and trail behind The Greenbacks by 6 points, making this game a must win for The Saints. Both teams are in poor from, however St Neots have a slightly better record over the last 6 games as they have picked up 5 points compared to a disappointing 2 for Bedworth.
Considering St Neots’ league standings, The Saints’ home form isn’t terrible. They have picked up 6 wins and 3 draws from their 16 home games this season, so if St Neots are hoping for a great escape, they will be looking to their home games to help them climb out danger. Whereas Bedworth’s away form has been poor this season, only picking up 2 wins away from home this season, so The Greenbacks would be hoping to turn that form around with a win this weekend.
Despite St Neots poor league form this season, a man for The Greenbacks to keep an eye on is Trey Charles. The forward/winger has notched 15 goals for The Saints this season and is the 6th top goalscorer in the whole division.
The Greenbacks, although will be pleased with their defensive display against Spalding last weekend, need to start turning chances into goals. The Greenbacks have scored just 27 goals this season from 32 games, only already relegated Yaxley have less goals. There have been more promising signs of late from Stuart Storer’s side but only 1 goal in their last 5 league outings is something for the manager to be concerned with.
Once again, Bedworth United will play this weekend’s game against a recently changed opposing management team. Peter Gill resigned from his position as first team manager on Monday 20th March following their 5-1 defeat away to Boldmere St Michaels. Gill was appointed at the start of 2021/2022 season.
Sean Greygoose and Marc Abbott will oversee the remaining fixtures this season as The Saints look to secure their step 4 status.
The Greenbacks most recent meeting with St Neots was a dramatic 2-1 victory at The Oval back in November. The 185 in attendance that day saw the Bedworth fight back from a goal down to win it at the death.
Joe Rider put St Neots ahead after just 3 minutes, but the game was to swing in Bedworth’s favour as Mamadou Jobe was sent off. The Greenbacks finally capitalised on their man advantage when full back Ryan Moore equalised in the 88th minute. The action at The Oval wasn’t finished there as Eliot Parrott scored the winner in extra time to send 10 men St Neots back to Cambridgeshire with
St Neots’ Famous Face
In this section, we look back over the years of our upcoming opponents former players who might be familiar to fans who know their football. The player may have just played one game or a hundred, this section will briefly look at the career of a former oppositions career. The next player to feature on this section is…
Lomas, a midfielder, first made his name with Manchester City after joining them in 1991. He soon broke into the first team but will often be remembered at the club for his misfortune of scoring an own goal on the last day of the 1995–96 season, which meant that City could only manage a 2–2 draw at home to Liverpool and were relegated from the Premier League on goal difference.
Steve Lomas then moved to West Ham United in 1997 for a fee of £2.5 million. He made his West Ham debut on 9 April 1997 in a 0–0 draw with Middlesbrough; his first goal coming on 3 December 1997 in a 4–1 defeat of Crystal Palace. He made 227 competitive appearances, scoring 13 goals, became club captain and was a member of the West Ham team which won the Intertoto Cup in 1999.After being released, Lomas would go on to play for QPR and Gillingham.
Lomas was appointed player-manager of St Neots Town in March 2009 and was in charge until July 2010. Lomas resigned from St Neots in July 2010 to pursue his ambition to manage at a league club. The Northern Irishman would go on to have a successful tenure in the Scottish Premiership where he guided St Johnstone, also known as ‘The Saints’, to back to back Europa League place finishes. He later went on to manage West Ham rivals Millwall, but was only in charge for 24 games.
Over his career, Lomas made 361 league appearances scoring 20 goals. He also collected 45 caps for Northern Ireland, whilst scoring 3 goals along the way to picking up his international caps.
How to follow
Kick off is at 3pm at Premier Plus Ltd stadium on Saturday 25th March. Ticket prices are below:
Rowley Way, Kester Way, Cambridge Road, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE196SN.
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