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SL P; Banbury player coach proving Bigg hit with Puritan youngsters

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Banbury United v Biggleswade Town
Southern League Premier Division
Banbury Community Plant Hire Stadium
K.O. 3.00pm

Banbury United host Biggleswade Town on Saturday looking to shake off their recent run of just one win and two draws in their last eight league outings, now sitting in fifteenth position in the Southern Football League Premier Division Central table with the four point deduction they received now showing as immaterial as they trail the side above them by five. Reaching the final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup this week has given the squad a taste of victory, and of their seven league games left to play four are at home giving the Puritans every chance of getting back into the top half of the table, the play-offs now seemingly gone as they can only catch fifth place Rushden mathematically but another four points for the Northamptonshire side would end that possibility, which means Mike Fords men are playing for pride and to finish as well as they possibly can to start next season on the front foot. Biggleswade on the other hand are still fighting for a place in the play-offs, victory Saturday could elevate them above Rushden depending on other results and they come to the Community Hire stadium off the back of a very impressive victory over top of the table & champions elect Kettering Town last Saturday, can Banbury improve on the goalless draw at their guests back in October?

Eddie Odhiambo

This week Sports Shots caught up with Banbury utility player Eddie Odhiambo to ask how long he’s been at the club and how it all came about:

This is my second spell at Banbury, I re-joined in a player coach capacity having been in the same role elsewhere last season. I joined as a progression for my coaching as the main factor, the manager here bases a lot of expectancy on his staff and securing the right people around him so it was encouraging to be asked to get on board. I was really impressed by Mike’s (Ford) attitude in my first spell and he envisages his team to have an ethos similar to mine. Working hard has always been my approach to football, and is where his standards are set. It has been a season so far of mixed fortunes on the pitch. Our contrasting home and away form probably encapsulates that best

How does Eddie view his season so far in terms of contribution?

Personally, the discussion I had with the manager was that I would be supporting players especially in the positions I cover, I would be expected to be ready to play at the required level on request. I have played out wide, in central midfield and either full back so my fitness levels have needed to be good. I started this season with a lengthy suspension so it felt like a three month pre-season!

How good does Eddie think this squad is at United, and which players have impressed the most?

The squad has many players other teams would, and have coveted, this level usually finds squads made of young players & stalwarts. Young players like Amer Awadh & Harry Whitehead are a pleasure to work with, I bore them with stories of how they would never have kept up with me when I was their age! Giorgio Rasulo, has impressed me to no end because of his attitude to improve his performances, the regulars like Ricky Johnson are ever present because influence on the team and leadership qualities. Jack Harding & George Nash have maintained a level of consistency since my last stay here

Of the youngsters at the club, who does Eddie view as having a long career in the game?

I’ve already mentioned Amer, Harry and Gio. I could also mention both Charlie’s – Wise and Hawtin in the same breath as having attitudes to improve as players. Matty Taylor has the temperament to succeed and has looked the full time player he is. Ryan Macdonald continues to develop and is great to have a local lad in the first team

Since the win over Needham at the start of the month, two defeats since to Kettering & Tamworth, how were those matches?

The points tally would indicate very disappointing, the manner of goals conceded would also reflect disappointment also, as its well below the level we have displayed, especially at home

Biggleswade Town this week who Banbury shared a goalless draw with earlier in the campaign, what does Eddie recall of that fixture?

I recall this as the game I rolled back the years and gave Greg (Kaziboni) a tutorial in how to play out wide..!! It was a stalemate in the fact that two evenly matched sides couldn’t find a way to win. However, we were resilient and difficult to play against

What are the targets for the remainder of this season?

Targets need to be adaptable, so through my suspension I wanted to be fit to play and make an impact as a coach. From the bench coaching, I wanted to be able to deliver clear, relevant contributions, to affect the game. Today I want to make whoever’s position I have difficult for them to get back in the team

Finally we asked Eddie if he could choose any team mates to go on any TV programme who he would choose:

Jamie Heapy & I’m a celebrity. So he’s as far from my house as possible instead of creeping in my garden like he’s known to do..!!

Sports Shots would like to thank Eddie for his time this week

NBDL; United midfielder looking to put end to bad run and start with a Clean Slate

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Clean Slate Reserves v Buckingham United
North Bucks League Intermediate Division
Downs Barn Pavillion
K.O. 3.00

Buckingham United travel across to Clean Slate reserves on Saturday looking for the three points to put pressure on the top three places in the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division but having played more games than all three of those sides they must win their remaining four league games and hope those above slip up. The Lace Hill outfits chances of finishing in those upper echelons of the division have been shattered in the last two weeks, after two successive home defeats to Wing Village & AFC Santander shipping nine goals in the process, but they now face the opportunity to get off that horrible run as they travel to the leagues bottom side who have lost fifteen of their sixteen league games this season, at home they haven’t mustered a single point scoring just eight goals in seven games in return for conceding forty-nine! In their sixteen league games they have leaked one hundred and one goals, including the ten that Buckingham put past them back in October, surely United will be looking to increase that on Saturday?

Craig Rumble

This week Sports Shots caught up with Buckingham midfielder Craig Rumble to ask when he joined the club, how it all came about and how he’s enjoyed it since:

I joined the club a few games into last season after stepping down as Padbury manager the season before, I wanted to push myself again with a competitive team. A few old team mates were at the club and I just got chatting with Deano (O’Connor) and it seemed the right fit, it has been like a breath of fresh air fitting in as they are certainly moving in the right direction and with a great bunch of lads throughout

How good a season does he feel he has had so far?

My season couldn’t have started off better, I was fit, playing really well and most of all we were winning games. Since then it has been a bit hit and miss personally with injuries and selection but I feel whenever and whichever team I have played for I have never failed to give less than one hundred percent and backed it up with some solid performances

How good does Craig feel the squad is at Buckingham?

The squad has always been strong; it is just a shame we have struggled every week to have a consistent squad and it just doesn’t keep the fluidity and progression required to challenge like we certainly should be. I am not one for sounding out individuals, all I will say is when we work hard as a team the results should and will be there. Lewis Parkin is always a massive miss when unavailable, I couldn’t not mention him

What is Craig favoured position & formation in the side?

My favoured position would be holding midfield but I honestly am a team player and happy with the Gaffa’s choice either way. Our best formation with the right personnel for me is three-five-two with me in holding midfield, this proved to work well at the start of the season. The inconsistent squad has hampered us on numerous occasions

Three successive defeats for the side recently, how were the games against Potterspury, Santander & Wing?

It’s just been disappointing and I will sound out to the lads that we are better than this and we put it right as a team, starting this weekend. The Potterspury game wasn’t a bad performance we just lost to the better & more clinical team, Santander for me was one of the worse team performances I have seen, a lack of grit and determination which is always disappointing, I was injured last week but watched and it was anyone’s game. I believe our squad was made up of more reserves through late omissions which shows a lack of commitment to the cause, the guys who stepped up though more than held their own, so thanks for that

Is this week’s game at Clean Slate reserves the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways?

We won’t take the opposition lightly as I am sure we have learned from a few this season that we should have won. It is about putting it right as a team and building for next season with hopefully a strong finish by all

What are the targets for now to the end of the season?

As afore mentioned it is all about finishing on a high and building for next year, with our squad and depth throughout the club we should & will push to win both leagues next year

Finally, we asked Craig if he could nominate any team mate to go on any TV programme who and what would he choose?

Tough one to think of, maybe Jason (Wilson) and TOWIE, as his all year round tan and pearly whites wouldn’t put him out of place!!

Sports Shots would like to thank Craig for his time this week

SSMFL D1; Ampthill winger determined to help team climb the Hill of Division One table

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Middlesex Stadium
K.O. 3.00pm

Ampthill Town travel down to Hillingdon on Saturday hoping to emulate the victory they enjoyed over the hosts in the return fixture back in November, whilst looking to avoid a repeat of the five goal hammering they took at the Middlesex Stadium in September in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One cup. Since Paul Blackman took over the managers position at the Bedfordshire club they have had a real mixed bag of results, but have managed to reach the final of the North Beds Charity Cup & with eight league games left to play will be looking to follow up last weekends win at Ampthill Park over Brimsdown as they try and break into the top half the table, in Borough they face a side in a sticky patch which has seen one draw and six defeats in their last seven, they have conceded a whopping thirty-five goals in that run and the draw was goalless! Victory for Town wouldn’t lift them any higher in the league table but would put them in a great position to finish the season strong and try and get in those top ten places.

Lawrence Burton

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ampthill winger Lawrence Burton to ask when he joined the club, how it came about & how it’s been settling in:

I joined the club during the Christmas period as I wasn’t getting any first team football at my previous club, I think this is what attracted me to Ampthill, the fact that I would be getting that experience that I needed at this stage. Everyone has made me feel welcome here, I believe that I’ve settled in well and I’m really enjoying it here

How does Lawrence rate his fitness & contribution so far?

I feel that this season I have performed okay, but I still think that I have more to contribute and offer to the team in terms of goals and assists as well as performances, this season I have been in good fitness so I have to keep this up

How good a squad is there at Ampthill, and have any players impressed?

I believe our squad is strong enough to compete at the top end of the table as well as to win trophies, but luck has not been on our side in games where I think we deserved more, we’ve started to play really good football here and I’m enjoying it. I’ve been impressed with all the guys here, especially Brad Clarke as he can create chances and the ability to create something out of nothing

What is Lawrence’s preferred position & formation in the side?

My preferred position is right wing or even left wing, with the majority of this season playing on the right in a three-five-two. But if I’m on the pitch I’ll play anywhere and give one hundred percent to help the team win

March has seen defeat at home to Codicote and at London Lions, followed by victory last week at home over Brimsdown, how were these games?

In the Codicote game we should have done better as it wasn’t our best performance, but in the London Lions game we definitely deserved more out of the game as we played really well with many chances to win the game, especially with a goal line clearance and a penalty save. Then in the Brimsdown win, we played some of the best football since I have been here so we hope to take this momentum forward and have a strong end to the season

Onto this week against Hillingdon, with their recent form is this another three points for Ampthill?

I think that if I’ve learnt anything in this league, it’s that anyone can beat anyone. In this division there is no such thing as an “easy game”, so the best thing we can do is prepare for the game with the right attitude and give our absolute best to win

What does Lawrence see as a target for himself and the team for the rest of this campaign?

I think the teams goal for the rest of the season is to finish as high up in the table as possible and I believe that we can definitely achieve this as well as to win the final that we are in. For me personally I would like to get on the scoresheet more often as well as providing more assists

Finally we asked if he could choose any team mate to go on any TV programme who & what he would choose:

I would probably say Will Coote on any comedian show because he’s probably one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met

Sports Shots would like to thank Lawrence for his time this week

B&B Vets Trophy QF: United Vets ease into semi-final of county cup

Buckingham United Veterans are into the last four of the Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup.

Larry Woodward

Larry Woodward’s side have gone through their quarter-final tie after their opponents, Abingdon Vets, conceded this weekend’s tie due to being unable to field team.

United will now face either MK Irish, MK Gallacticos or Holyport in the semi-final, with dates yet to be released.

SSMFL, D1: 3rd-placed Winslow head to Langford

Winslow United will travel to Langford Town in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Winslow United celebrate going ahead against Hatfield Town. Saturday 16th March 2019.

United currently need sixteen points from their final eight games to secure their third place at the end of the season.

Check out their goals from last Saturday’s victory over Hatfield Town.

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SSMFL D1: Ath up to fourth + Trip to Broxbourne

Buckingham Athletic are up to fourth in the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1 table.

Rob MacDonald

On Tuesday evening goals from Rob McDonald in the fifth minute and Robbie Carter on the half hour-mark saw the Athletic collect three points in a 2-1 success over Langford Town. The visitors goal coming from a deflected free-kick seventeen minutes from time.

This weekend, Neil Griffiths takes his side to FC Broxbourne Borough, who are in sixth place.

Buckingham Senior Charity Cup: Semi-final, second leg date set for big local derby

The second leg of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final between Winslow United and Buckingham Athletic has been set for Tuesday 16th April 2019, kick-off 7.45pm.

The first leg saw the Athletic run out 2-1 winners against their near neighbours and local rivals, United.

The game at Elmfields Gate should be a thriller with all gate profits going to charity.

MATCH ACTION: Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United. Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final, 1st leg

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 21.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #60

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE
 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

 

TUESDAY 19th MARCH / WEDNESDAY 20th MARCH

19/20 March Stats: 6 games played of which 2 were home wins and 4 were away wins.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 198 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC, 186 London Lions v Belstone and 76 London Colney v Berkhamsted.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Leverstock Green have now gone 10 matches without a home win (D2 L8), the latest a 0-5 defeat at the hands of Colney Heath. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-5 Leverstock Green v Colney Heath (Blunden [3] [1 pen], Woods, Sears-Black) Attendance: 73

 

HERTS CHARITY SHIELD Quarter Final

London Colney went out of the Herts Charity Shield when they were beaten at home by a solitary goal by former SSML members Berkhamsted. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

0-1 London Colney v Berkhamsted (Farrelly) Attendance: 76

 

NORTH BEDS CHARITY CUP Semi Final

Biggleswade FC reached their first ever cup final when they overcame neighbours Biggleswade United 3-0 at Second Meadow in the North Beds Charity Cup. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-3 Biggleswade United v Biggleswade FC (Eze, Cookman, Northfield) Attendance: 198

 

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United moved another step closer to winning the Division One title with a solid 5-1 success at relegation threatened Brimsdown. Buckingham Athletic moved into the top four with a 2-1 home success over Langford. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

Stratford Fields

2-1 Buckingham Athletic v Langford (McDonald, Carter) / (Unknown) Attendance: 53

1-5 Brimsdown v Harefield United (Unknown) / (Shaw, Mangan, Farhall, Jordan, Willis) Attendance: 45

 

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY FINAL

London Lions contested their third successive Herts Senior Centenary Final on Tuesday and for one player it was certainly a memorable night, Adam Bolle found the net four times in 26 minutes as he put his side well in control by the hour mark against Herts County League opponents Belstone. Lions eventually roaring to a 5-1 victory and lifting the trophy for the second time in three years. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

5-1 London Lions v Belstone (Bolle [4] [1 pen], Levenfische) / (Turner [pen]) Attendance: 186

(@ Hemel Hempstead Town FC)

 

AND FINALLY

Don’t forget Deadline Day. SSML clubs have until 5.00pm on Sunday 31st March to complete signings and transfers for the current season.

SSMFL D2; Mursley United 1-3 Bovingdon

Mursley United – 1
Bovingdon – 3

League leaders Bovingdon visited Mursley United on Saturday and secured a 3-1 victory over the hosts.

Nathan Skelton

With regular keeper Dan Willett injured, Jordan Fernandez donned the goalkeeping gloves as Jamie Lands’ side looked to prove a tough test for the leaders.

However, despite the high wind, the visitors went ahead early when Deadman’s strike from distance took a deflection, wrong-footing Fernandez and ended up in the net.

The home side’s best effort was through Tom Brazier who couldn’t keep his effort down from ten yards and blazed over the bar.

The visitors’ second goal came late in the first half when Thorogood was on the end of a cross to tuck the ball home.

With the wind at their backs, Mursley had more possession in the second half and gave themselves a chance when Nathan Skelton’s effort from twenty yards rocketed into the net to record his twenty ninth goal of the season.

The visitors secured the points late on when James Wardell brought down Dodds in the area and, although Fernandez saved Standen’s spot kick, the latter followed up to net the rebound.

Report supplied by Justin Daley