Olney Town v Huntingdon Town preview with Robert Tapp

Saturday 16th December 2017

Olney Town v Huntingdon Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 3.00pm

Olney Town look for revenge on Huntingdon Town on Saturday and will be looking to kick on after last week-ends win at Rushden & Higham, a win that put a halt to their five game losing streak in all competitions. A frustrating time of late for Neil Griffith’s side that has seen his squad depleted through injury and suspension, was finally ended with the shock win at high flying Rushden, and now look to leap frog their visitors in the league table with three points again this week. Two huge games follow this for Olney so they will be looking to get some momentum going before they face Potton and Buckingham Town over Christmas.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Robert Tapp, reflecting on their recent defeat in the reverse fixture against this week’s guests:

I really don’t know how we lost that day at Huntingdon, we had a full squad and we battered them for the whole game but just never took our chances. We could have been five up at half time, but as the way it goes in football we went in a goal down following a quick break and a well taken penalty by their forward. The second half was the same, we scored early to level and piled the pressure on but just couldn’t score again. Then a long ball and some sloppy defending from us saw us concede again, they battled hard and saw the game out to win

Robert Tapp

Robert looked back at the recent poor run that Town have been on:

We haven’t been very good to be honest, we were riddled with injuries and suspensions so Neil has been scraping a side together to be fair, but we now have a few players back so hopefully we are now back on the road to winning ways. We’ve needed to defend better as a team and that’s what will see us through the recent rough patch, we’ve made it far too easy for teams to score against us which is why we’ve been working on our shape recently. It doesn’t help when you have a constantly changing back four

He is looking to get back to the form he showed last season:

I would say my season has been ok so far, I’ve had a few good performances but nowhere near the level I was at last season. It can only improve from my own personal point of view

We looked ahead with Robert and asked what was more important this week-end, the win or the performance:

At this particular time I’d have to say the win is more important, after the win last week if we can get another three points then it will boost our confidence ahead of the Christmas fixtures. With our best eleven we can beat anyone in this division, we haven’t been on it of late but I’m sure it will come good

And finally looking into 2018:

We need to keep our squad fit, and firing on all cylinders going into the New Year. If we can do that then we will be back winning games and back where we should be in this league. We have a few new additions as well which will strengthen us so we need to build on this and carry it on into next year

Sports Shots would like to thank Robert for his time out with us this week.

CS&TFL,D1: Raunds Town 2 Buckingham Town 1

The Robins travelled to fourth placed Raunds Town on Saturday and were edged out in a tight but entertaining match. Buckingham were excellent in the first half and could well have gone in at the break with a comfortable lead as first Chris Wreh and then Murdy Maki had chances in the opening seven minutes but found the home keeper in good form to keep their efforts out. Orlando Joao was in great form too and he fashioned three super crosses that just needed tapping home but no finish was applied. Thrussell in the Buckingham goal was rarely troubled as Towns defence handled everything that was thrown at it and with Judickas and Blair probing from midfield it was Buckingham that were asking all the questions.

The breakthrough came on 27 minutes as the home defence scrambled away another Robins attack the ball fell to Chris Wreh who placed a precise shot high into the net from just inside the penalty area. Buckingham richly deserved the lead after totally dominating the opening half hour but Raunds are a good experienced side who themselves have their sights firmly set on promotion and another goal would have been handy before the break knowing that they would have much more of a say in the second half.

As expected it was a different Raunds that came out for the second half and they took the game to the Robins from the off. The equaliser arrived seven minutes after the restart after a quick break and accurate cross was thumped home at the far post. Buckingham were finding it hard to recapture their first half form and struggled for a spell so it was no surprise when Raunds took the lead although it has to be said it came in fortuitous circumstances. At Towns defence took the sting out of another Raunds raid a backpass to Thrussell was charged down by a home forward as the Buckingham keeper cleared and although the ball could have gone anywhere it fell nicely to the striker who rolled it into an empty net. Going behind focussed the mind of the Buckingham lads and they again began to carve out opportunities with Wreh, Judickas and Osei-Addo all having efforts either saved or blocked while at the other end Thrussell  made three great saves as Raunds exploited the space that was available as Buckingham pushed for the leveller. In the end time ran out for Town and they will feel unlucky as they were certainly worthy of a point, maybe even all three but it is Raunds who leapfrogged them into second spot in the table.

SSMFL: Newsletter No. 17

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWSLETTER NO 17

SAT 9th DECEMBER
The first really really really freezing conditions of the season with only 14 SSMFL fixtures, along with a couple of County Cups, completed. Well done to all those who did manage to get their game on – almost certainly it’s the groundsmen who deserve all the plaudits.

PREMIER DIVISION
Only three Premier Division matches managed to beat the freezing conditions but there was still plenty of action and talking points. Our mad Scot Bill Hamilton witnessed a good old fashioned end-to-end tussle. Hadley and Biggleswade United shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw, with the highlights caught on three separate video cameras at the highly impressive Hadley Sports Ground in Arkley. United now have a substantial following on Facebook and Twitter and followers from all over the country can even watch live streaming of their home games while the coaching staff and players are often to be seen being interviewed at the end of away fixtures like this one. It all happens because the club has given opportunities to students from UCFB Wembley, the only university in the world offering degrees in the football industry. They’ve provided the club with young talent keen to make a name for themselves by maintaining the club’s social media channels on match days and putting together financial projections for the tightly-run budget. Highly innovative and most impressive. Kerkstun Macpherson shot Hadley ahead after 18 minutes and for a long spell the home side looked to be taking control of the match before they were hit by two goals in the space of three minutes by the visitors, the first from Abraham Eze followed by a fine solo effort from Nick Elliot. The second half was a tightly fought affair. Hadley drew level when goalkeeper Rees Voller was sent off for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. Dan Boughton took over in goal but was unable to save the resultant penalty by Zane Gangadeen. A game to warm the cockles of the spectators’ hearts on a bitterly cold afternoon. Not that Biggleswade United are the only innovators. At Hadley, they’ve come up with a great idea to make a few bob at half time. Forget scratch cards or raffle tickets. Instead we have the throw the tennis ball competition in which spectators pay £1 a time to hurl a ball on to the pitch from the terraces. The one that lands nearest the centre spot walks off with half the takings. In this case, a young man with a particularly powerful arm, Steve Wheldon, was only 4 centimetres off the spot. Maybe, they should book him on the first plane to Australia! The idea came from a trip two Hadley fans, Tom and Chris, made to the Faroe Islands. Attending a top league tame there, they were treated to this exciting half time enterprise whilst sucking their Jaffas. So if you’re looking for a rather different type of challenge, maybe a trip to Hadley is on the cards! Hoddesdon Town missed out on the chance to move within a point of third place after they lost 1-0 at Edgware Town. Tommy Walsh scored the only goal of the game, converting from a 15th minute free kick. In the days other game, Holmer Green left it late before securing a 1-1 draw at Colney Heath. Spencer Clarke-Mardell reacted quickest from a 52nd minute corner to put the hosts ahead but with just two minutes to play, James Britnell headed home a Gary Lines corner to earn Green a point.

DIVISION ONE
In a mid table fixture that beat the weather, Bedford entertained Baldock Town at McMullen Park and in a close game Town just edged out Bedford by 2-1. Baldock dominated the first half but poor finishing meant that Bedford were very much in the game, although they rarely troubled Jack Farmer in the Baldock goal. But the wayward finishing of Baldock had to end and it did on 32 minutes when Dean Gilbert scored following a corner kick. Just before half time, Bedford defender Benat Pena needlessly fouled Harrison Holland for a penalty. Holland picked himself up to put away the penalty past keeper Jack Mudge on 43 minutes. Half time came with Bedford relieved that they were only two goals down. The second half was a different affair as Bedford stormed back and scored in the first minute of the half catching Baldock cold when Cameron Hyde chipped the ball over Farmer and into the net on 46 minutes. Bedford could and perhaps should have equalised when substitute Tyrone Kelly shot against Farmers legs when he had the whole goal to aim at. It was now end to end stuff and home keeper Mudge did well to save from Callum Donnelly. Bedford had another great chance on 75 minutes but Farmer saved from Jack Downes. Baldock continued to press the home goal but also continued their poor finishing thus keeping Bedford in the game until the final whistle. Just two more chances, one at either end, before the close. Firstly Mason Smith shot narrowly wide for Bedford and in the dying minutes Mudge produced a great save to deny Holland. It was a good game to watch, the second half in particular, which warmed the hearts of the watching crowd on a bitterly cold day. Bedford were disappointed not to have drawn the match and in the end, Baldock were relieved that they held on and escaped with the three points. Mike Taylor was back at the Boro’ to enjoy a really chilly afternoon at Enfield Borough, who awaited the visitors from St Neots. The pitch was in fine condition and very well looked after by the dedicated ground staff. Perhaps inspiration for the visitors, who’s play and endeavour in the first half matched that of the home club, it certainly made St Neots lowly position seem misplaced. Honours even at half time, but it would seem that the half time tea had greater effect on the Boro’ than their opponents. Two crosses into the visitors 6-yard box and St Neots found themselves to goals down early in the second half. Try as they may, St Neots failed to make inroads, as the Enfield Borough defenders remained resolute. Enfield did manage a third goal late on, which arguably was a little bit tough on the visitors. The game well controlled by the referee, who only had to issue one caution and that was late on (but quite justified). Pleasing to report that not one audible expletive from either club….well done. Elsewhere, Brimsdown beat Harefield 3 2…. Hatfield had a close win 3 2 over bottom side Hillingdon Borough,,….and London Lions beat struggling / inconsistent Rayners Lane 3 nil…

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY – QUARTER FINAL
The only side to beat the wintry conditions in this competition was Langford who beat Caldecote 6 1, so hopefully that result will do their confidence some good. Referee Chris Turner writes – Another week and another fine example of great sportsmanship, this time in particular by Langford who continued playing in such a sporting manner respecting their opponents and the match officials throughout the 90 minutes despite the score line, and I cannot commend them highly enough. My two colleagues should also both be commended for a magnificent example of assistant refereeing which greatly contributed to the respect shown by both clubs enabling me to fully enjoy this match confident in the knowledge that both clubs and officials were here to play positive skilful football in a sporting spirit. Please would you be kind enough to communicate to all the clubs, that I look forward to each match this season in the hope that All of the clubs in the league at which I referee reflect the improvement that I have seen over the past two seasons on the league as it can only encourage more referees to join the league and more importantly with the skill, sportsmanship and less foul language now clearly on display , will hopefully increase spectator attendance and funds for the clubs.

DIVISION TWO CUP – 2nd ROUND
In front of 15 frozen spectators, Aston Clinton moved into the next Round with a 2-0 home win over The 61 FC. Goalscorers for the home side were Alex Little and Harry Brown

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS
A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required.

DIVISION TWO

Before their game with Pitstone & Ivinghoe, Park View were presented with the APBS sponsored Team of the Month by Board member Norman Ingram. On a less than welcoming day, when only idiots go out in the cold to watch a game, played safe, and went to a 3g ( or 4 g ) pitch to watch a game between Park View against Pitstone & Ivinghoe. I don’t normally like pitches with a running track circling the pitch but had a very good view from the impressive main stand, and the view from the elevated opposite side wasn’t bad either. As there were nine goals in the game I don’t intend to itemise them all, but would make a special mention to FRANCIS WILLIAMS who notched 4 of his team’s 6 goals, plus Pitstone’s number 8 – sorry never got the line-ups, and nothing on full time at the time of composing this report – but he gave a masterful performance in midfield, as well as scoring the best goal of the game – a dipping 35 yarder. This was a game that graced Division Two ( and probably higher ) as both sides were intent on attacking, and no blame should be levied against either defence. Some of the goals would’ve been drooled over by the Match of the Day pundits, such was the quality of the goals. The scoring went as follows….Francis Williams, but wearing number 5 scored after 6 and 9 minutes, and initial thoughts were game over. However Pitstone had other ideas, and No 8 volleyed home after 10 minutes to reduce the deficit, and it was all square when No 7 shot home after 19 minutes from a cut back. In the 45 minute Williams put his side back in front. Back came Pitstone with a well worked goal to equalize after 61 minutes when the 9 slotted home. However 2 minutes later Williams notched his fourth of the game. In the closing stages KOFI APPIAH netted with fine strikes after 77 and 85 minutes. In short you can understand why Park View are top as they are so potent up front, but Pitstone certainly gave them a good game, and its hard to believe why they are so low in the table. Both teams played the game in a very sporting manner.
There was another idiot out and about in the Berkhamsted area where the Editor watched Berkhamsted Raiders claim their 4th victory of the season as they beat visiting Mursley Utd 3-1. This was another very watchable and enjoyable game, despite the brass monkeys weather, with end to end football to keep the large band of groundhoppers happy. Both sides had numerous chances to score – no exaggeration to say that it could easily have been 12-11 at the end!. Berko took the lead midway through the first half after Joel Danso converted a penalty but Adam Bone showed good strength to hold off a defender and slot home to bring the scores level in the 39th minute. The best strike of the day came in the second half, unfortunately it was from the boot of a Mursley man past his own keeper to put the home side back in front. Mursley’s hopes of a comeback were dealt a body blow when Ellis Spence received a red card for verbals towards the referee. Mursley continued to throw men forward as they pressed for the equaliser, and Drew McFarland took advantage of one such gap to burst through the middle to put the match beyond the visitors. Apart from the red card incident , the match was played in a good spirit by both sides, and well refereed by Newton Gordon. The only other match to beat the weather in this Division saw Loughton Manor return from Tring Town with a 4-1 victory, thanks to two goals from George Sofroni and one apiece from Jamie Palmer and James Davey.

LATEST TRANSFERS
Original Club        New Club
Dean Roper- Berkhamsted Raiders- Amersham
David Etheridge- Colney Heath- Codicote
Rowan Bullivant- Winslow- Buckingham Athletic
Stephen O’Hara- London Colney- Hadley
Jack Blair- Harpenden- Berkhamsted
Sami Mahrouche- WGC- Hatfield
Sean Fryer- Colney Heath- Hadley
Brandon Carney- WGC- AFC Dunstable
Chris Blunden- Berkhamsted- Oxhey Jets
Jordan Goode-Keeley- Harefield- Broadfields
Laurence Rispoli- AFC Southgate- Cockfosters
Nathaniel Higgins- Tring Corinthians- Leighton Town
Bradley Kirkwood- Leighton Town- Winslow United
Simon Dent- Hertford Town- Wodson Park

NOVEMBER APBS TEAM OF THE MONTH
Premier Division: Harpenden Town
Division One: Broadfields Utd
DivisionTwo: Amersham Town

Congratulations to all 3 winners.

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
A reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Non compliance with this Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.
Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Dave Henman ,Mike Taylor, Wild Bill Hamilton & Chris Turner for their reports. It’s very good to see some of our match officials putting pen to paper and submitting reports, particularly when it’s clear they are reporting on an enjoyable game.

All news, views items of interest, tittle tattle etc are welcome, particularly from our refereeing fraternity.
Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
BillScholes-bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

Mursley go down to Raiders

“Mursley United travelled to Berkhamsted Raiders on Saturday and were defeated 3-1.

With a number of players unavailable, manager Anthony Lands was able to field a bare eleven who fought hard, but struggled against an opposition who were more used to playing on the 3G surface. Chances were limited for both sides, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring as Ellis Spence was upended in the penalty area and Adam Bone dispatched the penalty with five minutes remaining before half time. However, the hosts were on level terms before the break when Danso escaped the attentions of the Mursley defence and slotted home past the onrushing Adam Moore, deputising in goal for the absent Sam Jay.

This goal galvanised the home side and they went ahead around the hour mark when Jordan MacDougall’s attempt to clear imminent danger, skewed off his left foot and into the top of the net past Moore. It looked like Danny Clarke had levelled the score ten minutes later, but he was adjudged to have pushed his marker as he bore down on goal and with fifteen minutes remaining, Spence was dismissed for dissent. The ten men of Mursley strove for an equaliser, but in the dying moments and, with players committed forward, substitute Macfarlane broke away and steered the ball past Moore to secure the three points”

Newport Pagnell Town 2-2 Deeping Rangers 2 UCL

Newport Pagnell Town – 2

Deeping Rangers – 2

Newport Pagnell remain in pole position in the UCL Premier Division title race after this draw on Saturday against close rivals Deeping Rangers, but could have been so much better had they converted their chances in the first forty-five minutes. Credit to Deeping who equalised just before the break and took the lead seconds after the restart, then piled on plenty of pressure in the second half but came up against a resolute Town back line that refused to be beaten again, and results in other games meant the draw kept the gap at the top intact. This may well be a crucial point come the end of the season!

An eighth minute Harry Stratton cross from the right saw a glancing header from Jordan Spruce which flew wide of Richard Stainsby in the Rangers goal, and moments later a long distance drive from Deeping skipper David Burton-Jones was always rising as it sailed over the top.

Another ring wing cross from Stratton then saw Tom Liversedge fighting to get to the ball, as he got laces to the ball it was enough to take the flight away from Spruce who was waiting in the middle and he could only stab wide as he tried to reposition himself under pressure.

Harry Stratton a constant threat

Newport continued to pose the bigger threat, and as another cross was headed clear by the Rangers defence, Josh Winters was waiting on the eighteen yard line but off the ground he chested the ball up and snatched at his shot which only helped it over the top.

On twenty-four minutes Town striker Fazel Koriya and Rangers full back Daniel Flack tussled for a loose ball inside the Deeping area, the Newport man did well to wrap his leg around the defender and get a shot away but only lifted the ball over the top, before Spruce tried a long range effort that never really had enough power to trouble Stainsby.

Then eleven minutes before the break the home side took the lead when a flick on saw Koriya in between the Deeping defence, Jonathan Clay & Flack gave chase but the pacey forward was too quick and as he approached the box he noted Stainsby off his line and superbly lifted over the stranded keeper and into the unguarded net.

Rangers almost threatened immediately when a clever pass from Burton-Jones set away Scott Mooney but Newport keeper Mark Osbourne was quick off his line to avert any danger. But a minute before the interval the away side drew level when a Newport move broke down in midfield, the ball knocked up to Mooney who looked no threat at all drifting slightly right of goal, but he flashed his shot past Osbourne and in. H/T: 1-1

Newport were caught cold from the whistle when just twenty one seconds into the second half Deeping took the lead, Henry Dunn was fed inside the box by Scott Coupland and he made no mistake smashing past Osbourne.

Liversedge upended for penalty

That lead lasted just five minutes, a cross from the Town right saw Stainsby and Spruce compete for the ball on the six-yard line but both miss, the ball squeezed through a mass of bodies to Liversedge who controlled before crashing the ball back off the goal frame, a hasty clearance only saw the ball knocked back into Liversedge with back to goal who was floored by a challenge from Flack and the referee pointed to the spot.

Koriya sent Stainsby the wrong way from the spot kick and again the game was level. Both sides had chances to win the game from that point in a much fairer contested remainder, both trying to win the game but also defending well enough not to lose.

A Deeping cross from their right saw centre-half Luke Hunnings climb highest to thump a header over Osbourne’s crossbar. The closest the game came to a winner was nine minutes from time when a free kick to the visitor’s way out on their left saw the cross sent in by Daniel Schiavi and almost deceive everyone including Osbourne who had to back pedal and tip over his crossbar.

With neither side really wanting the draw, both defences stood strong and saw the game out and a point apiece didn’t make any difference to the league table as Wisbech & Holbeach drew their respective games whilst Leicester Nirvana was called off meaning Newport ended the day retaining their eight point lead at the top. F/T: 2-2

Attendance: 116

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Newport manager Darren Lynch: 

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SSMFL,D2 Cup, 2R: Aston Clinton into the quarter-finals of Division 2 Cup

Aston Clinton are into the quarter-finals of Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 Cup.

Aston should of took the lead early in the first but Vinny Greco penalty was saved by the 61 keeper.

Aston Clinton

Aston left it late but go into the Division 2 Cup quarter finals thanks to a Alex Little header from a corner on the 83rd minute.

Young Harry Brown then finished the game off with a superb lob from just outside the 18 yard box following good pass from Dylan Walker.

B&B Intermediate Cup, 4R: Wiltshire buoyant as Winslow Development reach county quarter-finals

Winslow United Development are into the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.

Mark Wiltshire

Mark Wiltshire, joint player/manager of the Elmfields gate-based club, spoke to Sports Shots straight after the victory.

We started the game really well today, we created four clear chances that we could not convert. Charlie Wright hit the bar also, then Olney hit the bar themselves in the first half and could well of taken the lead.

The conditions worsened after the break and pitch started to freeze over.

We let a goal in around ten minutes into the second half then 25 minutes before the end we moved my joint manager Faz (Nick Farrow) up to left wing and he had an instant impact. First setting up the equaliser then he went on to score again with fantastic work from Ethan Whitmore and Dale Butler, who was outstanding second half. Harry Dalton finishing twice for us.

Harry Dalton

We then had a man sent off, which was a very strange decision, but this made us stronger and we went on to score again through Dale (Butler).

It was a great result and we are really, really pleased. Both myself and Faz (Nick Farrow) wanted to go into the Christmas break still in this cup competition, which we have achieved.

Also thanks to Sports Shots for all the coverage, it means a lot.

SSMFL: Results from Saturday 9th December 2017 + tables

Picture by Dale James

Saturday 9th December
PREMIER DIVISION
P-P Cockfosters v Leverstock Green
1-1 Colney Heath v Holmer Green
P-P Crawley Green v Leighton Town
1-0 Edgware Town v Hoddesdon Town
2-2 Hadley v Biggleswade United
P-P Harpenden Town v London Tigers
London Colney v Berkhamsted NO RESULT TEXT RECEIVED
P-P Oxhey Jets v Welwyn Garden City
P-P Stotfold v St Margaretsbury

DIVISION ONE
1-2 Bedford v Baldock Town
3-2 Brimsdown v Harefield United
P-P Buckingham Athletic v Broadfields United
3-0 Enfield Borough v St Neots Town Reserves
3-2 Hatfield Town v Hillingdon Borough
3-0 London Lions v Rayners Lane
P-P Risborough Rangers v Codicote
P-P Winslow United v FC Broxbourne Borough
P-P Wodson Park v Southall

BEDS SENIOR TROPHY Quarter Finals
P-P Cranfield United v Ampthill Town
6-1 Langford v Caldecote
P-P Totternhoe v Shefford Town & Campton

DIVISION TWO CUP Second Round
2-0 Aston Clinton v The 61FC (Luton)

DIVISION TWO
3-1 Berkhamsted Raiders v Mursley United
P-P Grendon Rangers v Clean Slate
6-3 Park View v Pitstone & Ivinghoe
P-P Tring Corinthians v AFC Southgate
1-4 Tring Town AFC v Loughton Manor
P-P Unite MK FC v Old Bradwell United

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
P-P Ampthill Town Development v Risborough Rangers Development
2-1 Berkhamsted Development v Colney Heath Development
P-P Biggleswade United Development v Hertford Town Development
0-4 Hillingdon Borough Development v AFC Dunstable Development
P-P Hoddesdon Town Development v Harpenden Town Development
P-P Holmer Green Development v Buckingham Athletic Development
P-P Leighton Town Development v Cockfosters Development

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP Fourth Round
1-3 Olney Town Reserves v Winslow United Development

HERTS INTERMEDIATE CUP Second Round
P-P Stevenage Borough Community v St Margaretsbury Development
Welwyn Garden City Development v Hampstead Heath Lions NO RESULT TEXT RECEIVED

SSMFL,D1: Return of the King! – Winslow Utd’s Aaron King interview ahead of FC Broxbourne Borough visit

Winslow United welcome FC Broxbourne Borough to The Gate Saturday in their first home league game since a 5-1 win over Hatfield Town on Saturday 4th November.

Although Boro have struggled away from home which has seen them pick up only 1 point from 7 games, Winslow will know they will have a battle on their hands and will have to be at their optimum best if they are to take the vital 3 points from this game.

Winslow go into the game on the back of a very disappointing 3-3 draw with Wodson Park on Tuesday night. A game which saw Winslow in total control at 2-0 up until an off the ball incident which saw Sam Ashmead receive his marching order and Winslow ultimately drop an important 2 points along with it.

An Interview with….

We sat down with Winslow United’s returning Striker Aaron King to talk about his return to the squad since October.

Aaron King – Winslow United

What are your thoughts going into your first game since the 6-0 win over Codicote in October?

Yeah I’m really looking forward to it! I can’t wait to be back involved with the boys and get back winning and scoring goals again!!

How do you feel the team have done since you have been out?

The boys having been doing well to be fair! The games I’ve been to watch they have been playing quality football but not always getting the results, they deserved.

What are your short term aims as you come back into the match day squad?

Just to get some minutes under my belt and gain some fitness then pick up where I left off scoring goals!

You had built a very strong understanding with Peck (Sean Coles), which saw you both score and assist many of each other’s goals, is this something you’re excited about building up again?

Yeah we link up well on the pitch so looking forward to get back playing with Peck! Maybe he can set me up for some goals! Seeing as I’ve assisted most of his!

Last Time Out:

Winslow United drew 3-3 with Wodson Park, Sean Coles followed up his hat-trick against St Neots with another brace to take his tally to an astonishing 28 in 22 games and the other was an OG.

FC Broxbourne Borough defeated Rayners Lane 2-1 the goals came from Christopher Wells and Nathan Wilson.

Current Form:

Winslow United WWLWWX

FC Broxbourne Borough LWWLLW

Top Scorers:

Sean Coles is the top goal scorer for Winslow with 28 goals from 22 games and is also currently the top league goal scorer in the division.

Christopher Wells is the top goal scorer for FC Broxbourne Borough with 13 goals from 21 games.

Squad:

Goalkeeper: Sam Ashmead

Defenders: Ryan Freshwater, Tom Brindley, Jack Bowers, Mitch Collins

Midfielders: Simon King ©, Alex Kedzierski, Grant Karwacinski, Matt Cruse, Sean Coles, Niall Williams

Forwards: Daniel Delderfield, Daniel Parsons, Aaron King

Notable fixtures:

We have picked out the 4 stand out games from this weekend’s set of Division One Fixtures:

Wodson Park V Southall
Enfield Borough V St Neots Town Reserves
Bedford V Baldock Town
London Lions V Rayners Lane

SSMFL,D2: A Little Luke at Unite MK’s goalscoring sensation ahead of Old Bradwell derby

Unite MK’s Luke Little has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to welcome Old Bradwell United in a Spartan South Midlands League, division 2 local derby tomorrow (Saturday).

Luke Little

The Unite MK man has been finding the net with outstanding regularity and currently has a goal-a-game from his 18 appearances.

Little told Sports Shots;

Our season is going well so far, we’ve had a decent couple of cup runs and been unlucky not to progress against teams from one or two divisions above. We are currently sixth, but only seven points behind Totternhoe in 2nd with 3 games in hand, so it will be nice to keep the pressure on and push Park View as much as possible. I’m on 18 goals in 18 games so pretty happy with that ratio.

Little’s scoring feats is down to a combination of contentment and a change in his work life.

There is no particular reason, just got a good bunch of lads around me, really enjoying my football this year and hopefully that’s showing on the pitch. I used to work Saturday mornings, but I’ve recently got a new job that’s Monday to Friday, so I keep saying to the lads now I’ve got extra energy from not grafting away all morning at work before football!

Going forward’s Little explained the mood in the Unite MK camp going into the second half of the season.

The gaffer’s just said he wants us to continue how we are, just keep getting points on the board and pushing towards the right end of the table. We aren’t getting carried away, we just want to keep the pressure on the teams above us and see what happens!

On a personal level I just want to keep scoring goals and helping the team push on, the gaffer has set me a target, in terms of goals, by the end of the season so I’m just plugging away to get close to that.

In closing, Little said.

I just want to add a thank you for asking me to do this, I really enjoy reading through your tweets and it keeps me and the boys updated with everything that’s going on football-wise.