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SSMFL D2: Grendon’s first half display takes maximum away points

Reported by Alex Gilder

Grendon Rangers put in a competent victory against Pitstone & Ivinghoe coming out 4-2 winners on the day. That being there third win out of three against Pitstone this season.

In the first five minutes Grendon had a chance with a long ball finding the head of Solly Janecki, as he flicked onto Mo Adam, who smashed the crossbar.

A good start from Grendon who looked threatening in the opening exchanges.

Pitstone’s Kieran Dought had a hopeful long effort but could only find the gloves of James Cox as Pitstone tried to wrestle some momentum into their favour.

The opening goal of the game came from a corner delivered in by Mo Adam that went through all the bodies in the box but there was Will Young to tap in from 3 yards out.

Only a few minutes later and Grendon found themselves 2-0 up as some shoddy defending from the Pitstone backline allowed Dan Ciucia to play in Joe Walls, who delightfully dinked over the goalkeeper.

Joe Walls

However credit to Pitstone they didn’t let the 2-0 lead that Grendon possesed faze them because they went up the other end and nearly scored as Keiran Dought fired wide.

The reds continued their mini spell of pressure when Hall found some space but was smarty blocked by Jack Ronson.

Grendon still fortunate to still be 2-0 up this point.

Another hopeful effort by Pitstone but once again found the gloves of Cox.

Adam tricked his way past the Pitstone defender and completely leaves him for dead which allowed him to square to Joe Walls, who grabbed his second of the game. A quality move by the visitors. 3-0.

A spell of dominance by Grendon followed. Andrew Hinds picked up the ball from the resulting Pitstone corner and fired a wonderful pinpoint crossfield ball to Adam, who is in the thick of the action once again, as he fizzed a low ball across the Reds six yard box that found Dan Ciucia at the back post who slotted in to make it 4-0 to the Rangers.

The first half ended with Grendon 4-0 up and being deserved winners of the game so far with spells of complete domination and eye catching football. No doubt that Steve Jackman should be thrilled with his team’s performance.

A scrappy start to the second half with Pitstone having the early exchanges with a shot blazed over the bar by Aiden Donton.

A floated ball was lofted in from the flank with James Cox and Mitch Hamilton challenging in the air but Hamilton came out on top and all he had to do was square to the waiting Alfie Hall who placed in the bottom left corner. 4-1 but a lifeline for the reds.

Hall the Pitstone and Ivinghoe danger man weaved through a couple Grendon challenges and tried his luck as his shot is deflected, wrong footing Cox as it trickled in. 4-2 and Grendon now looked under pressure after their display in the first half. But all credit to Pitstone not being defeated at half time and coming out to play some cracking football.

Now it was the turn of the Grendon danger man Adam to show his talents, dancing past the reds backline but followed by a tame shot. A real shame as the run deserved the end product to go with. A corner in the last 10 minutes of the game was the changing point as Mitch Hamilton whipped in and a smashed shot from the six yard box prompted an unbelievable reflex save by Cox to keep the deficit at two goals. If that went in then it would have been a nervy ending for the yellows.

Late on and Pitstone get desperate to score, Kieran Dought was adjudged to have punched the ball into the back of the net with the goal being disallowed and resulting in a second yellow for the number nine.

With that being the last action of the game Grendon came out 4-2 winners in which was a gripping match and a fantastic spectacle. The second half was ultimately Pistone’s with them having the majority of chances and the ball but Grendon’s first half performance was too hot to handle for the hosts. All in all a game that had everything and did not fail to impress.

 

SSMFL D1: Late drama as 10-man Winslow come from behind to draw

Sean Coles fired a late equaliser as 10-man Winslow United shared an entertaining 3-3 draw at Risborough Rangers to stay third in the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1.

Sean Coles

Risborough started the game in a perfect way as they raced to a two-goal lead after just ten minutes. Marcus Wylie netting a seventh minute opener before former United man Alex Woodfine scored their second from the penalty spot.

Coles grabbed a goal back just before half time on 40 minutes.

Wylie extended Rangers lead in front of the 160 in attendance as he scored his side’s third on 61 minutes.

With 14 minutes remaining, Ryan Freshwater calmly converted a penalty to set up a grandstand finish.

United substitute Ricky Gwilliam then saw red as the visitors were reduced to ten men.

Coles scored a dramatic equaliser, his ninth of the campaign.

ESS CD1: Late Aghadiuno Ducks leveller grabs a point at Kempston

An 88th minute equaliser by Benjamin Aghadiuno gave Aylesbury United a 2-2 draw at Kempston Rovers this afternoon.

Benjamin AghadiunoThe Ducks secured a share of the spoils after Tre Mitford’s effort landed at the feet of Aghadiuno, who made no mistake.

Ben Williams side took the lead on 10 minutes as Harry Jones grabbed the ball on the right hand side and feed Horacio Hirst, who’s shot on the turn found the bottom corner.

The Ducks lead at the break but it was the home side who fought back as former MK Dons striker Izale McLeod levelled on 67 minutes.

In the 82nd minute scorer turned provider as McLeod set up Shane Bush, who put the Walnuts in front.

Aghadiuno then grabbed the leveller and there was still time for Mitford to head Bewley’s corner inches over in the 95th minute.

 

ESS CD1: Tappin header earns Aylesbury point against Coleshill

Carl Tappin’s first half header earned Aylesbury a 1-1 draw with Coleshill Town at Haywood Way this afternoon.

Carl Tappin

Tappin put the Moles in front in the 32nd minute. Brian Haule found Dan Carr in the channel and his pinpoint cross saw Tappin head home across the visiting goalkeeper from close range.

Joseph Smith smashed in the equaliser on 67 minutes.

SSMFL D1: Griffiths upbeat ahead of Buckingham derby at Stratford Fields

Neil Griffiths is in an upbeat mood as his Buckingham Athletic side host Buckingham Town in the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1 this weekend.

Neil Griffiths

The Athletic manager will see his fifth-placed side go head-to-head with the Robins again after knocking them out of the county cup back on 6th October.

Griffiths told Sports Shots:

We go into Saturday’s game in a really strong position.

The confidence is high after  our win against Winslow and this was supported by a tough away win at Bedford the week before.

However one-off games are never a concern for me, we get to impressive levels in big games but it’s making sure we follow it up with another two or three wins after.

Buckingham Town is the next in that run, so it’s important to we don’t go flat after last week’s game.

Stratford Fields has been a good place for us, something that we want to continue. We had great numbers at training on Thursday 27th and that’s a testament to the type of footballer we have here. They take it seriously and are doing everything possible to be successful.

It was a very close encounter last time, Terry (Shrieves) has done a fantastic job from nothing in the summer and has brought players in gradually over the season.

So Saturday will once again not just be tough but I expect to be a harder game than the first time around.

Squad-wise we are beginning to get players back at just the right time.

Jack and Robbie Carter are now back after lengthy lay offs, that with the addition of Josh Muschett has given the squad a boost. Dan Staley has completed three games for the development after missing the first half of the season. He will be like a new signing once fully fit.

We also have our very successful development side which has seen Stu Ironmonger come up on a more permanent basis. The development have been, and will continue to be, a huge support for the club.

I’d like to finish by wishing Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all at Sports Shots. It gives local football such an incredible platform.

SSMFL D1: Athletic come from behind to secure derby day victory

Buckingham Athletic secured all three points with a 3-1 local derby win over Winslow United at Elmfields gate this afternoon.

Neil Griffiths

Alex Kedzierski’s brilliant 21st minute volley put United ahead, a lead they took into the break.

As the two teams started the second half, it was an action-packed opening fifteen minutes that transpired.

Within sixty seconds of the kick-off, Blessing Zulu netted the equaliser before Robbie Carter had put the visitors ahead within a minute.

Kedzierski picked up a second yellow on 50 minutes before Daniel Parsons received a straight red just nine minutes later as the home side were reduced to nine men.

Zulu added his second, his side’s third, on 78 minutes, before Simon King collected a second booking within five minutes.

 

ESS D1C: Christmas comes early at Thame!

Thame United V Welwyn Garden City
Saturday 15/12/2018
15:00 kick off
@ASM Stadium, Thame
3 Celsius, wind and rain

By Carl Catling

Those that braved the weather were treated to a crazy game of football. If there ever was a case of football being a game of two halves then this was it. Thame were without their safe hands in goal, Craig Hill, who was out with a back injury.

After a defeat last weekend Thame returned to winning ways. So much so perhaps have earned the name of ‘comeback kings’.

Welwyn dominated possession and the midfield in the first half.

WGC’s number 10 put in a superb finish from the wing on 15 minutes.

Then 3 minutes later a floated ball which was not dealt with be Thame’s defence and was headed in by WGC’s number 9.

HT score 0-2

The rain intensified and made playing conditions difficult for both teams. Neither side made any changes at half time.

Thame upped the tempo and out WGC on the back foot in search of a goal.

Dan West

Last season’s golden boat winner Dan West of Thame United bagged a second half hat trick on 60, 65 and 72 minutes.

Lynton Goss, who had not much joy in the first half, put in a sublime finish into the bottom corner to get Thame’s third goal on 67 minutes.

Lynton Goss

The win continues Thame’s good run of form and keeps them in the playoff hunt in 5th place.

SSMFL D1: AK firing on all fronts for success; Winslow league & cup + Floor on fire!

Alex Kedzierski has spoken with Sports Shots as he fires on all fronts with Winslow United and Aylesbury Flooring.

Alex Kedzierski

The highly-talented midfielder spoke of his season, thus far, firstly of last weekend’s disappointing defeat at Harefield United for the Elmfields gate-based outfit.

Saturday was disappointing. The score line didn’t reflect the game. We were in control, had plenty of chances to finish the game off which we didn’t and it cost us. It’s the same every week we create so many chances and take them. This week we just couldn’t score. They scored off a mistake and it got there spirits up we was always on the back foot from there and need to make sure we bounce back and learn from it. As the best teams who win leagues can win 1-0 and see a game out. We need to be better as this league is ours to lose.

But morale in camp is good especially after the last week we’ve had. Was disappointing to drop the points but we’ll be straight back at it this week to put it right. We’ve been flying. So Saturday we have to get back to it. We’ve beaten them twice already, comfortably, so I don’t see why Saturday will be any different. We just need to take our chances and get back to winning ways.

We take every game as it comes. We know teams are more worried about playing us than we are about them. We still have a quarter-final to play so, hopefully, we can go all the way in that also.

Last Sunday, Aylesbury Flooring, Kedzierski’s Sunday side, recorded a 7-0 win at Leighton Madrid in the FA Sunday Cup.

FASC; Leighton Madrid 0-7 Aylesbury Flooring FC

Reflecting on last week, Kedzierski explained.

Sunday with Aylesbury Flooring was a massive win for us.

It’s such a good buzz. We’ve got a good team and don’t see why we’d can’t go all the way. We don’t know much about the other team but we are not worried. We know we’re good enough to beat anyone. We’re confident. It’s a good experience also to get a coach up and travel away.

We’re all looking forward to it very much.

The game at Jacks in Wolverhampton will take place on Sunday 20th January, 1pm.

ESS CD1: Blaik reveals loan signing and players return for Thame’s Welwyn encounter

Thame United assistant manager Stuart Blaik has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to host Welwyn Garden City at the ASM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Stuart Blaik

Blaik was disappointed with his side’s defeat at Dunstable last weekend.

We did not reach the levels we reached in previous weeks, which we have to forget and move on quickly from.

We had two or three good chances early on but, fair play to them, they deserved to take the points.

This weekend, Adam Fisher brings his Welwyn side to Oxfordshire.

Blaik revealed some team news ahead of the game.

We have Andy Gledhill and Jamie Essex return, but Tom Carter has completed his loan spell from Oxford City and goes back with our thanks and best wishes.

Our goalkeeper Craig Hill misses this weekend’s game with an injury so we are very grateful to Mark Jones at Oxford City, who has done us a huge favour in loaning us Steven Caro. We appreciate Mark’s support.

 

 

 

Buckingham United launch Vets team as Woodward takes the reins

Buckingham United has launched a Veterans team and moved swiftly to appoint Larry Woodward as manager.

Buckingham United Vets launch! L to R: Adam Bray, Larry Woodward, Matthew Hawkes, Geoff Sharpe.

United, launched in 2011, has grown in that time with a Veterans outfit the latest addition at Lace Hill.

Secretary Adam Bray told Sports Shots;

The idea of a new veterans team for next season is one which we had been considering as a committee since September. We then by coincidence spotted a Tweet by Larry Woodward who was in search for a club also looking out for a vets team. We got together with Larry which went very well and we are delighted he has accepted our invitation to be the club’s first Vets team manager.

The Vets team will add another dynamic to the club and bring in older faces to what is a very young club in terms of personel, our committee average age is only 28. The growth over the last few years has been exceptional, we are close to reaching our capacity in terms of number of teams at our home ground of Lace Hill, but this will allow us to concentrate on all our existing teams moving forward.

The new man at the helm told Sports Shots how impressed he was with United and the plans going forwards.

Woodward explained;

Matthew, Adam and myself were all of the opinion that there could be a demand for a Vet’s side in the Buckingham area. We put some early feelers out and, to be honest, we were taken aback with the initial response. Vet’s football is growing fast and we’re all eager to jump on the bandwagon.

On a personal level I’m honoured to be joining a club like Buckingham United. When I met Matthew and Adam for the first time it was impossible not to be impressed. Their hardworking attitude and enthusiasm is impressive and it’s no coincidence that the club has grown so quickly. Things have moved quite quickly since the decision to press ahead was made. We’ve let as many people as possible know to give them a chance to express an interest.

Off the field the club has been preparing in various ways, as you’d expect.

The plan is to enter the Milton Keynes Vet’s League next season. Games will be played on Sunday mornings. We are also looking to enter the County Cup in January 2019 although we need to get our skates on for that.

Although interest has been high, we’d love to hear from any players over 35. Naturally we would like to be as competitive as we can. Players can be as committed as much or little as they want. Anyone wanting to know anything just get in touch with the club or myself.