Abbey brothers leave Arlesey Town for St Neots

15:22 13 November 2013

Zema Abbey, Gary King and Nathan Abbey; the new management team at St Neots Town.

Zema Abbey, Gary King and Nathan Abbey; the new management team at St Neots Town.


Arlesey Town are on the lookout for a new management team following the resignation of manager Zema Abbey and his brother Nathan.

The Abbey siblings left the club ahead of Saturday’s league tie with Frome Town to join Calor Southern Premier League rivals St Neots Town, where they will join up with Arlesey’s former director of football Gary King, who left the club in the summer to “take a break” from football.

Zema Abbey and King will be joint managers at Rowley Park while Nathan Abbey has accepted the position of assistant manager.

On Saturday physio Len McMain stepped into the hot seat with by ex-players Derek Brown and Martyn Patching filling in as assistants.

Arlesey and Frome usually play out tight contests and Saturday was no different.

The hosts started the game on the front foot and created chances for Barry Hayles, Jonny McNamara, Martel Powell and Jordan Ivey-Ward.

Despite their early dominance, Arlesey were pegged back against the run of play, Ben Wood scoring Frome’s goal, to give the visitors a 1-0 half-time lead.

Arlesey’s fightback was made all the more difficult six minutes after the break as Matt Smith rode two challenges before driving the ball under Adam Lawrence.

The two-goal cushion did not last long as Ryan Frater, lurking at the back post, headed in a corner to halve the deficit.

The hosts pressed for an equaliser but it wasn’t to be. Arlesey take on Marlow in the FA Trophy on Saturday at the Armadillo Stadium, kick-off 3pm.


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