We build up to St Neots Town’s big Bank Holiday Monday date with promotion destiny by speaking at length to chairman Mike Kearns in a two-part interview which continues tomorrow (Sunday) . . .
St Neots Town have come a hell of a long way since February, 2010.
That’s when ambitious chairman Mike Kearns completed a takeover of a club then treading water in the United Counties League Premier Division.
Back-to-back promotions and a couple of seasons of consolidation later and the Saints are now within 90 minutes of playing Conference football.
They travel to Truro City on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm) for the Southern League Premier Division Play-Off Final with the prize of a rise into the second tier of non-league awaiting the winners.
And businessman Kearns, who has driven and bankrolled the club’s rapid ascent, is adamant the club can take another step up in its stride.
“Everyone is excited about Monday,” said Kearns. “But we go into the final as underdogs, just as we did the semi-final at Poole on Tuesday.
“We did what we needed to do to get the result down there and hopefully we can do the same again.
“I’ve been on record as saying it will take a very good team to stop us in the play-offs and nothing has changed my opinion.
“The fact we are potentially 90 minutes away from Conference football shows how far we have come as a club.
“We’ve spent a couple of years consolidating at this level and the plan was always to have a real go at promotion this season.
“I feel we are ready to go up. We have the infrastructure, we have the stadium and we have the support.
“We can take the next step and it will be great to get promoted, but I won’t be upset if it doesn’t happen.
“Of course we will all be disappointed, but anything we achieve this season will serve us well for the future.”
St Neots will tackle the marathon 330-mile trek to Truro by road after exploring air and rail travel options.
They are due to depart from the Cozy Stadium at 2pm tomorrow (Sunday) with an overnight stay in St Austell ahead of their date with destiny.
“We looked into going down by plane, but we couldn’t get a flight back,” continued Kearns.
“It was the same story with trains. We could get down to Truro, but we wouldn’t be able to get back.
“We’ve got no choice other than to go by coach, but we will make it as comfortable as we possibly can for the players.
“We’ve also got a nice hotel fixed up in St Austell for them to spend the night and prepare on Monday morning.”
Kearns expects approximately 100 supporters to head to the South-West to cheer on the Saints in the biggest game in the club’s history.