Greene Shoots: It’s been a great January

In his column this week, the St Neots Town manager Dennis Greene talks about the gap opening up at the top of the Southern League Division One Central table.

IF we beat Bedworth United on February 7, then we will be able say this division has become a two-horse race!

We have had an excellent run over the last two months. Since we lost that game away at Bedfont Town at the end of November we have won eight League games out of nine and drawn the other one.

I said in December that January would be an important month and that if we could pick up maximum points we would be right back in the race – but things have gone even better than I expected.

In January, so far, we have won all of our Southern League Division One Central games – against Barton Rovers, Woodford United, Uxbridge and Beaconsfield, and we have scored 13 goals and conceded just four. We were supposed to play Bedworth earlier this month, but that game was called off because of a waterlogged pitch, so we now have them at the start of next month. If we beat Bedworth – depending on other results between now and then – we could be 11 points ahead of the chasing pack.

That’s when I would happily say it has become a two-horse race ... Just us and Slough Town.

I was always expecting Slough to be one of the teams in the race when we looked at the division at the start of the season – with Bedworth and Biggleswade Town. But Beaconsfield have been a bit of a surprise. Daventry Town were another team who I thought would be involved, but they are mid-table.

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After two tough away games, we are now at home for the next two Saturdays. Aylesbury are our opponents on Saturday while Daventry will be at The Hunts Post Community Stadium the following week.

I am hoping we will have some big crowds for those two games, before our Tuesday night trip to Bedworth. We broke through the 500-fan mark for the game against Woodford. We can do that again I hope.

I’m not expecting to bring in any new faces – I believe 100 per cent that we have the best three strikers in the division at the club now.

Stefan Moore, Shane Tolley and Ben Mackey have been performing brilliantly for me since Ben was added to the squad. He has scored six in six from four starts and two sub appearances, which is excellent, and Tolley has responded well to being asked to sit on the bench. He has been great when I have bought him on. You need three good strikers because you never know what’s around the corner. This is a team game and everyone has to do their bit. And everyone is doing exactly that. See you Saturday...