SSMFL,D2: Skelton & Clarke fire Mursley to away win

Nathan Skelton and Danny Clarke were on target as Mursley United returned from Amersham Town with maximum points today.

Nathan Skelton – Picture courtesy of Mursley United Football Club

The Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup finalists ran out 2-1 winners.

Danny Clarke – Image courtesy of Mursley United FC

Friendly: Peters defeat the Robins in friendly fixture

With both clubs without a game, New Bradwell St Peter defeated Buckingham Town 4-0 in a friendly game at the Recreation Ground this afternoon.

Billy Lobjoit

Billy Lobjoit grabbed a brace while there were also goals for Tyrone Taylor and Nimmy Ajigbolamu.

Tyrone Taylor

SSMFL,D1: Farrow on target as Winslow suffer home defeat

Nick Farrow was on target for Winslow United in their 1-3 defeat to Brimsdown at Elmfields Gate this afternoon.

Nick Farrow puts Winslow United ahead from the penalty spot against Brimsdown in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 today (Saturday 25th March 2017).

Farrow won his side a penalty after he was tripped just inside the box in the 20th minute. The United skipper picked himself and calmly gave his side the lead as he converted the spot kick.

Brimsdown were level before the break after a long kick up field by the visiting goalkeeper saw the ball travel and turn the Winslow defence around. The Brimsdown player lifted the ball over Owusu Boeteng to equalise.

The visitors took a second half lead before wrapping up all three points with a late goal.


B&B CYC Final: Ath U18s ready for the final

SSMFL,D1: Carter looks forward to the visit of Langford to Stratford Fields

Sports Shots has spoken to Buckingham Athletic manager Mark Carter as his side prepare to entertain Langford in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 tomorrow afternoon (Saturday).

Mark Carter

Carter told Sports Shots this evening;

With the u18’s in the county cup final on Sunday we are unable to use any of them but we have Josh Hooper and Jack Menday back, so that’s good news.

Also Patch Hooper is making a rare appearance after getting injured at the start of the season but we still have no Neil King and Sid Hawkins, missing with illness.

New signings Mason Trowell will start as will Ziahn Watts so we should be in for a interesting afternoon.

B&B CYC, Final: Ath U18 coach Pateman previews Mursley cup final this Sunday

Buckingham Athletic U18s coach Sam Pateman has discussed the big local cup final this weekend.

Pateman, who is coach to manager Steve Farmborough, sees their side travel to Aylesbury Football Club to face a strong Mursley United outfit in the final of the Berks & Bucks County Youth Cup on Sunday morning, 11am start.

Sam Pateman (left) with Steve Farmborough.

Pateman told Sports Shots;

Everyone at Buckingham Athletic are extremely proud of the achievements of the U18’s team so far this season and the County Cup has been a great test thus far, to accompany the stern opposition we face in the Allied Counties U18 Floodlit League each week.

To get to the final of the County Cup is an honour in itself and has seen us match up against some great teams, who have made us earn our place without a doubt. Mursley will be no different and we will not underestimate them and the threats they pose.

As a squad we have an assured belief in each other and have learned a lot from each game we have played; win, lose or draw. We hope to display a high level performance to show the best of respect to the competition and our opponents, leaving no stone unturned in our preparations. With a fully fit squad to choose from and the determination to attempt winning an unprecedented double in our first season at this level, our whole squad is eager to show everyone the standard of football that has earned them so many deserved accolades.

We hope everyone enjoys the experience and that our boys come out with a positive memory at this stage in their progression, as undoubtedly if we manage to win, it would have been hard-fought.

SSMFL,D2: Unite MK skipper looks ahead to visit of Tring Corinthians

Sports Shots has talked to Unite MK skipper Karl Ainsley as his side prepare to welcome Tring Corinthians to the Irish Centre, Manor Fields tomorrow (Saturday).

Karl Ainsley

Ainsley said;

Coming into this weekend we are missing a few players but we have some good players also returning, and look to get back to playing football and back to winning ways after last week’s game.

We have had a tough run of fixtures recently and this is a massive fixture for us Saturday against a good Tring team. It will be an interesting game.

We just want the lads to enjoy themselves and play some good football, with the season finishing soon we want to end it on a high with a few more victories.

SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell boss looks ahead to Clinton trip

Old Bradwell United manager David Keene has spoken to Sports Shots as his side face a tough game this weekend against an Aston Clinton side who have impressed this season.

David Keene

Keene said;

Saturday see’s us travel to Aston Clinton for the first meeting of the season. They have had a good season and are looking for a top three finish.

Despite a week off last Saturday, due to the previous days Cheltenham trip. We are hoping to continue the good form of our last outing against Gallacticos, where we played well in a 4-1 win.

We are aware we face a tough task on Saturday and whilst we continue to have some absences we go with a strong squad.

Our aim is to finish as high up the league as possible, to do that we need to put a run of results together. We have some tough games coming up so a positive result on Saturday is a necessity.

Joel Rodwell Bullock

The squad for Saturday is:

Aidan Rooney
Alex Feaver
Dan Willett
Darryl Smith
Duane Bhasin
Joel Rodwell Bullock
Nick Bardell
Peter Bentley
Pete Maddigan
Peter Maxey
Ross Butler
Steve McFadyen
Tommy Cooke
Will Wright

NB&DFL, PDT, SF: Horwood grab late winner against Deanshanger to reach Premier Division Trophy final

By Darren Stanger

Dixon 27
Parker 85
Ben Green 29

1. Ian McStraw
2. Ben Thickbroom
3. Terry Cronin
4. Adam Armitage
5. Stuart Parker
6. Eddie Archer
7. Andy Brunning
8. Sam Archer
9. Adam Dixon
10. Ryan Tappin
11. Dale Armitage
12. Jake Hilliard
14. Brandon Bowes
15.James Baker
16.Chris McStraw
17. Mark Broom

1. Dave Elder
2. Ross Baldwin
3. Sam Barker
4. Jamie Cooke
5. Dave Walker
6. Ant Sherwood
7. Scott Valentine
8. Scott Moore
9. Ben Green
10.Conor Roberts
11. Sam Sibley
12. Ryan Andrews
14. Matty Walkins
15.Charlie Green
16. Alex Carroll

Second-placed Great Horwood progressed to the North Bucks Premier Division final thanks to a late winner by Stuart Parker against a well-organised and hard working Deanshanger side last weekend.

Adam Dixon

Deanshanger nearly opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Ben Green hit the post from close range following Conor Roberts dangerous corner into the box. Green also had a further opportunity to score when he found himself clear on goal but his shot was fired straight at Great Horwood goalkeeper Ian McStraw.

However Great Horwood gradually regained their league momentum and started to play some good passing football. Andy Brunning’s clever pass found Ryan Tappin but his low shot was saved by the feet of Deanshanger goalkeeper Dave Elder.

Deanshanger were hard to break down with a well organised and experienced defence and restricted Horwood to a few long-range efforts which did not trouble the Deanshanger goalkeeper and went over the crossbar.

In the 27th minute Horwood took the lead when Elder failed to hold Sam Archer’s corner into the area and the ball fell neatly to Adam Dixon who volleyed the ball sweetly into the net.

However Deanshanger hit back immediately and equalised with a well-worked goal. Dave Walker’s dangerous long free kick into the area found the head of Sam Sibley, whose clever flick found Green who finished superbly to put Deanshanger back into the game.

Deanshanger had a goal disallowed just before half-time when Sibley was offside when he struck the ball past McStraw following a dangerous run from Green.

Horwood started the second half in a more positive attitude and Dixon nearly regained Horwood the lead when his well-hit volley went just over the bar following Ryan Tappin’s dangerous cross into the box.

Horwood were having most of the possession and were made to work hard but were finding the Deanshanger defence hard to break down. Jamie Cooke and Dave Barker were dominant in the air and put in some good important challenges.

Deanshanger were a dangerous side coming forward but the Great Horwood defence was just as well organised as Deanshanger’s with Adam Armitage and Stuart Parker putting in some great challenges and reduce Deanshanger to a few long range efforts in the second half. Ben Thickbroom and Terry Cronin also had a solid game at the back and also caused some problems for Deanshanger coming forward.

Horwood had a goal disallowed for offside following Thickbroom’s dangerous cross into the box.

Substitute Brandon Bowes added some pace for Horwood and created a superb opportunity when his pin-point cross found Sam Archer whose shot went wide of the post.

However Archer soon made amends when his brilliant pass found Stuart Parker, who slotted the ball home into the bottom corner.

Stuart Parker (yellow shirt)

Deanshanger had to thank Walker with a superb last ditch challenge on Bowes when he was clear on the Deanshanger goal.

In the dying minutes Deanshanger nearly got a late equaliser when Ross Baldwin’s long range free-kick beat everybody and hit the post and then McStraw pulled off a fine fingertip save when he tipped over Scott Moore’s powerful header following Scott Valentine’s corner.

Despite the late pressure from Deanshanger, it was Horwood who hung on to reach the final of the Premier Division trophy.

SSMFL,D2: Skelton talks to Sports Shots as Mursley reach Division 2 Cup final

Mursley United striker Nathan Skelton has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of his side’s weekend trip to Amersham Town after they reached the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 Cup final last weekend.

Nathan Skelton – Picture courtesy of Mursley United Football Club

The United frontman, who netted a brace in the semi-final victory to take his tally to the twenty-mark for the season in 20 games, has enjoyed an excellent season.

Skelton said;

We had a tough pre-season which has definitely benefited me in front of goal. Last season was a bit stop-start due to injuries and I never really got going. Credit has to go to our fitness coach Darren Hughes for all the sessions he has planned over the course of the season.

United’s season has been an interesting one according to Skelton.

The league season has been a bit of a mixed bag having beaten teams like St. Neots Town Reserves both home and away and then losing to teams that we would be expecting to beat at the foot of the table. I think we have just been lacking that little bit of consistency. Overall the squad hasn’t really changed a great deal from last season and we have added some quality going forward with Tom Brazier from Hale Leys and some ‘South Mids’ experience in Jamie “Jammers” Green.

Nathan Skelton (left) takes on Jason Riddell.

Skelton spoke positively of their successful cup campaign which has seen them reach a final against 61FC, which will be played at Tring Athletic Football Club on Wednesday 19th April, 7.45pm start.

I have really enjoyed playing in the division 2 cup this season and we have had some cracking results.

In the quarter-final Jason Lane’s sublime last minute strike to knock out Old Bradwell is definitely my highlight.

The semi-final on Saturday should have been over in the first half but we were wasteful with our opportunities in front of goal.

Danny Clarke scored a brilliant goal from 18 yards that arrowed into the top corner on three minutes.

Credit to Clean Slate as they pulled a goal back straight away and made it difficult for us.

The second half I managed to get a couple of quick-fire goals which all but sealed the win.

There’s a real buzz around the club as this is a great chance to put the first proper bit of silverware in the trophy cabinet at Station Road.

In closing, Skelton paid tribute to his manager, who is due to leave the role at the end of the season.

A special mention needs to go to the Gaffer Simon Jay, as this is his last season in management and he will be moving into the director of football role at Mursley. It’s not always easy to manage a team at this level, especially having a job that takes him all over the world. It would be great to see his management reign go out on a high on the 19th April in the cup final.