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*** WINSLOW UNITED FC UPDATE ***

Monday has seen a ‘Go Fund Me’ page created to try and help raise money for Winslow United after the damage to the playing surface over the weekend.

Winslow United Pitch Attack

This page can be accessed here for anyone wishing to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/winslow-united-football-club

Club chairman Andy Setterfield was on BBC 3 Counties radio this evening with Ollie Bayliss & Luke Ashmead on their regular Monday night non-league show, you can listen to what Andy had to say by clicking on this link, and then forwarding to 52 minutes into the show: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06p2sbm

Sports Shots would urge anyone who can offer any help to the club whether financial or otherwise to help get the club back up and running again, to do so as soon as possible.

SSMFL D1; Ampthill Town 0-2 Buckingham Town

Ampthill Town – 0

Buckingham Town – 2

10.11.2018

Ampthill Town succumbed to two first half strikes on Saturday as their guests took the points back to Milton Keynes on a wet and chilly afternoon at Ampthill Park, and despite creating numerous chances the hosts simply could not find a way past the vastly experienced Buckingham backline. Despite the club putting on an excellent show for Remembrance weekend, Ants manager Paul Toms admitted afterwards his sides performance was one to forget especially after a good showing midweek at Brimsdown, two goals from Jack Clarkson sealed the win and lifted his side away from the wrong end of the South Midlands League Division One table and to within a couple of points of their opponents.

The home side should have taken the lead in the third minute when a left wing cross from Tom Carter was flicked on in the middle by a red shirt straight into the path of the incoming Aaron Matthews but on the volley he screwed wide from twelve yards out, the away sides first chance fell to Drew Mitten whose low drive ricocheted off various boots before spiralling out for a corner. An Ampthill corner was half cleared out to Mark Smith who floated it back into the box where Carter headed back across keeper Bob White who had to dive to push around his post, the set piece wasn’t dealt with and from the penalty arc Ash Mead absolutely thumped over the crossbar.

A ball knocked over the yellow backline saw Gabrielius Judickas turn his marker before firing towards the bottom corner where it appeared Ampthill keeper Josh Thompson wouldn’t reach but covering across Smith cleared, from the corner the ball reached Alex Marius who over the shoulder fired high over the top. A cross from the Buckingham right then found Clarkson unmarked in the middle but without realising how much time he had he thumped his header high over the top, but on twenty-two minutes he did open the scoring when played down the middle he had the attention of two defenders however he managed to get his shot away that deflected up off the leg of Lee Neufville and looped over Thompson and in.

Minutes silence for Armistice 100

At the other end a rasping drive from Carter soared towards White’s net until Enoch Sare put his head in the way to deflect over, the home side were then nearly made to pay when a long ball upfield looked set to be cleared by Mead but he slipped allowing Judickas to strike first time but way over the bar, before Mitten again tried his luck from eighteen yards but lacking conviction it was a comfortable collection for Thompson. The Robins missed a guilt edged chance when Shane Uings played a good one-two with Judickas who fizzed his cross along the six yard box and running in at the back post Clarkson just couldn’t get on the end to convert.

Six minutes ahead of the interval Buckingham scored their second when Mitten out on the byline crossed into the middle where Clarkson slotted home, their hosts almost immediately responded when Matthews was sent scampering away towards goal and avoiding defender Sam Bearman he managed to get his shot away but White gathered with both hands down to his left. The home side were then denied a last minute goal back thanks to some bodies on the line defending, an initial shot from Brad Clarke was blocked and the ball rolled out to his fellow front man Ash Higgins who, with White committed to the first effort and out of the game, side footed towards the bottom corner but from nowhere Bearman threw himself in front of the shot to block. H/T: 0-2

The opening few minutes after the break saw the home side really struggle to make an impact on their visitors, the frontmen were having to drop deep to get on the ball meaning there was a lack of targets once they were on the front foot. A free kick some twenty-five yards out gave an opportunity for Carter to try and bend one around the wall but his effort was glanced away for a corner, Buckingham threatened again when Mitten crossed from the left and in front of goal Judickas accepted on his chest but to his dismay the power took it into the gloves of Thompson.

Sam Bearman in another goal saving block to deny

Ampthill midfielder Jack Mordecai was then equally disappointed when set away down the left channel after beating the offside trap, as the red shirts claimed he was off he simply rolled the ball towards White who gratefully smothered. The home side then went close when a throw found Clarke inside the area, he slipped a pass through for substitute Manny Obodo to attack the front post where he crossed into the middle and a shot from the incoming Matthews was gathered by White right on his goal line, a poor clearance allowed a cross back into the box where sandwiched between two red shirts Clarke got to the cross to firmly head down only to watch his effort bounce agonisingly wide of the back post.

Clarkson tried to seal his hatrick with a twenty-five yard low drive inside the near post which was inches wide, a minute later Marius tried a similar feat from the opposite side but he pulled his drive way wide of the target. With time running out the hosts suddenly burst into life, Obodo collecting the ball inside the own half he went on a mazy run that saw him evade four tackles and blocks and still he went on, as he neared the penalty area and with options either side he drove wildly past the post, their next attack saw a pass up to Higgins with his back to goal, he held up well but with options either side he tried to thread a pass through a crowded box which saw a block and long clearance and the chance was gone.

A throw then found the chest of Clarke inside the Robins area, he managed to control before turning his marker but then lifted over the crossbar, the final cross of the afternoon saw White lose track of the ball which found its way to Kieran Phillips who stabbed towards the unguarded net, but yet again Bearman was closest to throw himself in front of the shot to block and the danger was cleared. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 65

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 12.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #28

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

 

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning 

We will remember them.

 

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

Broadfields United are beaten in the league for the first time. Ten goals shared at Cockfosters. Division Two title chasing Berkhamsted Raiders suffer a 0-7 cup upset against MK Gallacticos. Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) marks his international debut with a goal in the Falklands Islands. The 27 games seeing 122 goals (an average of 4.52 per game). Ricardo Price (Park View) and Shaun Stevens (Berkhamsted Development) led the way with a four goal hauls while Robbie Carter (Buckingham Athletic) and Josh Douglas Smith (MK Gallacticos) weighed in with hat-tricks.

 

10 November Stats: 27 games played of which 12 were home wins, 11 were away wins and 4 were draws.

 

0% league records to date: Clean Slate.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 12 Biggleswade FC, Tring Athletic, 10 Arlesey Town, Hadley, Hillingdon Borough, Harefield United, Broadfields United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 7 Leighton Town, Edgware Town, 4 Colney Heath, Wembley, Oxhey Jets, Cockfosters.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 12 Hatfield Town, 11 Stotfold, 10 Risborough Rangers.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.10 (1943 goals from 474 games).

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

(U25 Development Division League): Berkhamsted Development.

Without a Win:

(Premier Division League): Stotfold.

(Division Two League): Clean Slate.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 44 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 50 Enfield Borough.

(Division Two League): 31 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 25 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 41 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 54 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 40 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 24 Stotfold U25.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 12 Tring Athletic.

(Division One League): 9 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 5 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 4 Holmer Green Development U25.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 11 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 14 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 5 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 3 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 153 Tring Athletic v Colney Heath, 142 Stotfold v Arlesey Town and 102 Leighton Town v Edgware Town.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 211 Baldock Town v Arlesey Town, 203 Biggleswade FC v Biggleswade United and 202 Tring Athletic v Berkhamsted (FA Cup).

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 257 Harefield United v Winslow United and 177 Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United and 90 Bovingdon v Sarratt.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 16 Jonathan Lacey (Leverstock Green) 15 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic), Tom Coles (Biggleswade FC), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 14 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 17 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 15 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 14 Harry Dalton (Winslow United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 20 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 13 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 11 Luke Little (Unite MK), Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).

 

Saturday 10th November

PREMIER DIVISION

Tring Athletic returned to the top of the table for the first time since September albeit leaving it late, a 90th goal from Elliott Goward being the difference against visiting Colney Heath in front of the day’s largest crowd of 153. With Biggleswade FC’s game called off due to moisture both Arlesey Town and Hadley moved to within six points of the second placed club. Hadley winning 2-0 at fifth place Potton United while Arlesey Town won 5-2 at bottom club Stotfold. The game of the day had to be at second from bottom Cockfosters where the home side were 5-1 up with twenty minutes to go against Crawley Green but never write off the ‘dirty clarets’ as they scored four times in those remaining minutes to record a 5-5 draw. Biggleswade United are now sixth following their 4-2 success at Harpenden Town. Leverstock Green came out on top against Wembley by the odd goal in three. There was a goal feast at Baldock Town where the home side went down 3-4 to London Colney. Elsewhere Leighton Town and Edgware Town shared the spoils after a goalless draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3 4 Baldock Town v London Colney (James, Barnes, Holland) / (Holding [2], Maxwell [pen], Griffin) Attendance: 49

5 5 Cockfosters v Crawley Green (Beattie [2], Wade [2], Michaelides) / (Watson[2], Mead, Pemberton, Draycott) Attendance: 65

2 4 Harpenden Town v Biggleswade United (Stewart [2]) / (Williams [2], Lewis, unknown) Attendance: 37

0 0 Leighton Town v Edgware Town Attendance: 102

2 1 Leverstock Green v Wembley (Nair, Condon) / (Sabti) Attendance: 33

0 2 Potton United v Hadley (Marriot, Hammond) Attendance: 83

2 5 Stotfold v Arlesey Town (Francis, Decker) / (O’Brien, Fuller, Hatch, Browne, Sinclair) Attendance: 142

1 0 Tring Athletic v Colney Heath (Goward) Attendance: 153

 

DIVISION ONE

Broadfields United failed to overtake morning leaders Harefield United (whose game was a casualty of the weather) when going down to a first league defeat this campaign at home to FC Broxbourne Borough by the odd goal in five, this after being 2-0 up at the break. Winslow United maintained their current good league form by making it nine league games without defeat since losing their opening two league games when defeating third placed Hillingdon Borough thanks to a solitary Harry Dalton strike. Winslow United are now up to fifth following a day on which four of the top five morning leaders all lost. At the bottom Codicote picked up a useful point after their 1-1 draw with Langford while neither of the two sides below them were in action. Both London Lions and Rayners Lane eased their relegation fears with wins, Lions defeating Bedford 4-3 while Rayners Lane ran out 4-0 winners over visiting Risborough Rangers (who stay fourth from bottom). Elsewhere Park View saw off visiting Enfield Borough 5-2 while Buckingham Town returned home from their trip to Ampthill Town with a 2-0 win. Buckingham Athletic also had a good away day as they won 5-0 at Brimsdown in front of a capacity crowd of 5. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

0 2 Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town (Clarkson [2]) Attendance: 65

0 5 Brimsdown v Buckingham Athletic (Carter [3], MacDonald, Olawale) Attendance: 5

2 3 Broadfields United v FC Broxbourne Borough (Lawrence [2]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 16

1 1 Langford v Codicote (Watson) / (L’Honore [pen]) Attendance: 50

4 3 London Lions v Bedford (Craig, unknown, unknown, unknown) / (Smith, Marsh, Scott) Attendance: 28

5 2 Park View v Enfield Borough (Price [4], J Williams) / (Tshibangu [2]) Attendance: 25

4 0 Rayners Lane v Risborough Rangers (R Hastings [2], Blagden, Harris) Attendance: 32

1 0 Winslow United v Hillingdon Borough (Dalton) Attendance: 85

 

HERTS SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY Second Round

Wodson Park exited the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy at the weekend when they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out after their home tie with Herts Senior County Premier Division side Belstone had finished 2-2. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2 2 [7-8p] Wodson Park v Belstone (Ellis, Towers) / (Unknown) Attendance: 11

 

DIVISION TWO CUP Quarter Final

MK Gallacticos became the first side through to the semi-finals when they upset the form book in dramatic fashion, handing out a 7-0 drubbing over second placed Berkhamsted Raiders. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

7 0 MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders (Smith [3], Ahmed [2], Mohamed, Mahmoud) Attendance: 10

 

DIVISION TWO

Just the two league games played on Saturday, Pitstone & Ivinghoe bounced back from successive defeats to inflict further misery on bottom club Clean Slate with a 3-1 home win and climb to fourth place in the table. Second from bottom Sarratt caused an upset when they defeated third placed Mursley United by the odd goal in three. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

3 1 Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate (Hall, Leotta, Mellor) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

2 1 Sarratt v Mursley United (Kelley, Sharkey) / (Skelton) Attendance: 30

 

ANAGRAM RECORDS TROPHY Second Round

It was mixed fortunes for the SSML clubs in the Anagram Records Trophy at the weekend. Old Bradwell United thumped visiting Herts Senior County League Premier Division strugglers Evergreen 5-0 to earn themselves a home quarter-final tie with Catholic United in February. While The 61FC (Luton) found their visiting Herts Senior County League Premier Division opponents Chipperfield Corinthians a step too far and were beaten 0-4. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

5 0 Old Bradwell United v Evergreen (Dan Smith, Darryl Smith, Collins, Cribb, Green) Attendance: 38

0 4 The 61FC (Luton) v Chipperfield Corinthians (Unknown) Attendance: 10

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Third Round

Aston Clinton made it three SSML representatives in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy quarter-finals as they swept aside hosts Didcot Town Development 5-1 on Saturday. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1 5 Didcot Town Development v Aston Clinton (MacDonald) / (T Collins, Greco, Mason-Williams, Stapleton, Kittle [pen]) Attendance: 34

 

UNDER 25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Berkhamsted Development remain top of the table following a 5-1 home win over Harpenden Town Development, the win increased their lead in the table to four points. Biggleswade United U23 climbed to fourth place after a 6-2 ‘derby’ success against visiting Stotfold U25, a result that leaves the visitors bottom of the table. The day’s other fixture saw Leighton Town Development win 3-0 at third placed Kempston Rovers Development. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

5 1 Berkhamsted Development v Harpenden Town Development (Stevens [4], Adeyiceka) / (Procter) Attendance: Unknown

6 2 Biggleswade United U23 v Stotfold U25 (Unknown) / (Jean, Lindsay) Attendance: Unknown

0 3 Kempston Rovers Development v Leighton Town Development (Devine [2] [1 pen], Oliver) Attendance: Unknown

 

BERKS & BUCKS INTERMEDIATE CUP Third Round

Buckingham Athletic Development progressed into the fourth round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup with a 2-1 win at Aylesbury & District League Premier Division side Bedgrove Dynamos. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1 2 Bedgrove Dynamos v Buckingham Athletic Development (Unknown [pen]) / (Wright, Willis) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

One for the goalkeeping coaches.

 

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

ACYFL; Buckingham Athletic U18 1-2 Clanfield U18

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 1

Clanfield U18 – 2

Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s were brought back to earth with a bump after Sunday’s demolition of Risborough as they were beaten in their latest league game at Stratford Fields on Thursday evening by a strong Clanfield side who battled back from a third minute opener from their hosts. Equalising just before half time with a freak goal and then taking the lead from the penalty spot moments after the break was enough for the visitors who defended well and could have increased their lead had it not been for some terrific saves from Hayden Coombs, despite the home side huffing & puffing to try and draw level they simply couldn’t find a way past the resilient red back line.

Athletic took the lead in the third minute when Elton Anning got down the left wing before pulling back inside to Kyran O’Dell, he had plenty of time to pick his spot before despatching low beyond the reach of keeper Luke Haley. At the opposite end Jack Bellenger forced Coombs down at his near post to save a low drilled effort to save with both hands, whilst the next Buckingham attack broke down high up the pitch, the visiting backline seemed hesitant to clear allowing Anning to regain possession on the edge of the area but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

A Clanfield free kick on the halfway line was then floated wide out to Lawson Gadle who explored some space infield before curling around the far post, Anning intercepting their next attack and releasing Samy Aouati down the right, he centred where Nathan Bell-Toxtle got to the ball first but he could only sweep up into the waiting gloves of Haley. Just before the half hour mark a superb save from the Clanfield keeper kept the scoreline intact, an eighteen yard curling effort from Anning saw Haley fling out a hand to push away, the ball coming back off the upright with a defender on hand to clear.

Home side celebrate opener

Clanfield were having plenty of the play but frustration started to show when Jaden Mole received the ball some twenty-five yards out and with little other options ahead of him he blazed high into the dark skies behind the goal, but moments later he crossed from the right only to see Coombs again dive down low to save, with both hands on the ball Bellenger kicked the ball into the goal but the referee was quick to spot the infringement. Mole was now sensing some progress, another ball played up to him thirty yards out saw him drive forward before firing wide of Coombs’ right hand post, ahead of a good run down their left from full back Luke Archer but again he fired wide.

The turning point came with four minutes of the half remaining, Mole out on the right almost on the byline seemed happy to cross into the box and the initial reaction of the Athletic keeper suggested the ball had gone out of play, but as it looped over his head it bounced at the back post and somehow into the empty net. H/T: 1-1

Four minutes after the restart Clanfield scored what turned out to be their winner, Ben Weller progressed into the Buckingham box where a clumsy challenge saw the captain go down, the referee waited to see if any advantage would be gained before pointing to the spot, Mole doubling his tally for the evening from twelve yards. Athletic substitute Cassius Brookes almost made an immediate impact after coming on, after robbing possession in midfield he drove at goal and after slipping the ball through a defenders legs the roll took it just a little too far ahead, allowing Haley to race out from goal and beat him to it to make the clearance.

Jaden Mole scores from spot

A free kick to the away side out on the wing was met by the head of centre half Ross McKenzie in front of goal but his glancing header flashed across the goal face and wide, and they should have scored again when their hosts conceded possession in midfield and an inch perfect pass fed Bellenger clean through on goal, Coombs made a great block turning past his post for a corner. Minutes later the keeper denied the same striker again with another fantastic one handed save, the shot from the edge of the penalty arc saw Coombs fling himself to push away from the target.

A cross from the visitors right made its way to Mole who, with back to goal, managed to turn and volley over his shoulder all in one move but he got under the ball to lift high over the top, the technique deserved more; ahead of his team mate Gino Castanga curling from the corner of the eighteen yard area straight into the keepers gloves, and in the dying moments another Clanfield substitute Luke Barton was sent down the middle in on goal but he hurriedly just toe poked straight to Coombs. F/T: 2-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic manager Dan Turney: 

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SSMFLD1; Ants duo working hard to brings success to Town

Saturday 10th November 2018

Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

Ampthill Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Free entry to all current and former servicemen & women #Armistice100

Ampthill Town host Buckingham Town on Saturday in Sports Shots first visit to Ampthill Park this season, and they will be looking to bounce back after their first defeat in five on Wednesday night down at Brimsdown. Having won their last two games at home, Town will be looking for three points that could bounce them up from eleventh place in the Spartan South Midlands Division One table as high as fifth place potentially.

Ampthill have seen many changes in personnel this season which has frustrated manager Paul Toms since his arrival in the summer, but his side are still in three cup competitions and a run of results would lift them high up the table going into the winter period, but Buckingham Town themselves need the points to ensure they are not dragged into a scrap at the wrong end of the table. Entry is free to any current or former servicemen & women in honour of remembrance weekend.

This week Sports Shots caught up with striker Brad Clarke and recent captain Glenn Cooksley ahead of the game to ask both how they ended up at Ampthill Town, their style of play and how the season has been so far, Brad replied:

I’ve been here for three seasons now and I live locally so after university I just wanted to play football and Ampthill were my closest team. I like playing in the number ten role as I like being able to turn and run at people, but the season has been inconsistent for me, I’ve had a few knocks which has limited my game time and performances

Glenn has also been there a while now:

Three years ago the then manager called me and I came over, I either play as a right wing back or a holding midfield role. I’m aggressive in a positive way, but this season I have been below my regular standard and I’m yet to reach match fitness as I started late into the season

How has the season been so far under the new manager, and what are Glenn’s targets for the remainder?

It’s been good, a positive atmosphere around the place, I like the manager as he has a long term plan for the club. I’m personally hoping for a top six finish so we can get into next season’s FA Cup

Brad is looking at silverware:

It’s been good so far, we’ve tried various formations, positions and players but we’ve got a settled team now and hopefully we can push on and finish as high as possible in the league, also hopefully we can win one of the cups we are still involved in

How has the striker found the standard of the league this year, and what is a realistic target for Ampthill?

The standard has been quite good, the top three teams have impressed me as they seem to be pulling away from the rest of the pack. If we can string some results together then the top six is a realistic aim

Glenn has one team above the rest:

It’s an up and down league with some very good teams but also some very average teams. Broadfields have been the best team I have played against so far this season

Glenn Cooksley

We asked Glenn how the cup competitions have been panning out for Ampthill:

They have been positive and shown that we can beat teams in the league above whilst also not getting caught out by lower opposition. I personally think we can go on from here and win some silverware

Brad also thinks his side can go a long way in these competitions:

The cup games have been enjoyable, it’s good to keep winning & progressing in each of the cups. If we play well there is no reason why we can’t go on and win at least one of them

Hosting new to South Midlands Buckingham Town on Saturday, what does Brad expect from the game?

I don’t actually know much about them other than by looking at their league results, but I’m sure they’ll be a good team who are capable of scoring goals, so we’ll need a positive performance to get the result against them

Glenn can also only go by the table:

All I can comment on is the fact that they are around us in the league table and that doesn’t lie. I’d assume it will be a close game

We then asked Glenn which of his team mates have impressed so far this term, and who he thinks could player at a higher level:

Brad Clarke has always been sharp with great feet & could easily go on to play higher level football, plus our keeper Josh Thompson in the past month has saved us points with some great saves

Brad echoed the sentiment on the Ants keeper:

Various players have performed well since the start of the season, Josh has been consistent and has often kept us in games with his saves. Also, new additions to the squad Dan Blackman & Ash Higgins have played well throughout the season

Brad Clarke

How has Brad found the travelling in the league so far?

It is difficult, especially after working all day and then having to rush home to then drive into places like North London. However, once you’re at the game ready to play, you forget about the travelling. Other teams in this league have to do the same journeys to us so over a season it all balances out

Glenn would like games to be arranged differently:

I think the fixtures could be arranged better, local midweek games with the long travel games being held on Saturday’s

Rounding up we asked Glenn how Wednesday’s defeat at Brimsdown was, and how his side get back on track:

Honestly, I didn’t think we deserved to lose, we had a lot of the ball and many chances but it just wasn’t our night in front of goal. We need to bounce back on Saturday, I always fancy our chances when we are at home

Brad see’s the defeat as just a hiccup:

Hopefully Wednesday was just a blip, we played well for large periods of the game but we just couldn’t score, we deserved something from the game. A positive performance on Saturday will get us back on track and then hopefully we can start stringing some results together again

Sports Shots would like to thank both Glenn & Brad for their time this week

SL; United striker hoping for fruitful visit to Dunstable this weekend

Saturday 10th November 2018

Dunstable Town v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One Central

Creasey Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Dunstable Town on Saturday looking for more points to add to their recent run, which has seen three wins from their last five games in the Southern League Division One Central. However, with two cup exits thrown in, the statistics read a more worrying one win in five and a trip to a side relegated from the Premier Division last season is never the easiest of places to go when you need a ‘pick me up’ win. United & Town both sit in a bunch of four teams in the league table all on twelve points, and a win could potentially push the winners up to eight and another win outside the play-offs, showing this table is congested both top and bottom as it starts to level out.

Aaron Berry

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ducks striker Aaron Berry and asked how he feels the season has been so far for himself as well as his team mates:

I think the season has been a bit of a mix of good and bad, I think personally I need to bring more to the team by creating or scoring more goals, also we need to put games to bed & take our chances, on our day we can beat anyone as we showed last year

How frustrating has it been this season after the great end to last year?

The ending to last season was such a great run of form and we played some really good football, it’s been very frustrating with how this season has been so far but with the hard work behind the scenes from Ben and his team I am confident we will get back to how we finished last season

How difficult has this league been after the summer reshuffle?

It’s been difficult in respect of not knowing the teams & how they play, but at the end of the day football is about being the better team on the day no matter who your opponents are. Bromsgrove have been the stand out team but with the budget & following they have you have to expect that, I think the summer reshuffle was good for us personally as it’s a new challenge, and like I said we can’t expect to know what the other teams are like when we haven’t come up against them before

A few new faces in the United squad this year, has anyone impressed?

The new faces have been positive and all have made impacts in their own way. Max (Hercules) is the player who has impressed me the most so far, he’s a good, skilful & pacy winger to have in the team and he will really have an impact as the season continues, whether it be creating or scoring goals himself

We asked Aaron where he sees his side finishing & also who he thinks will finish as the top five clubs in the division come next April:

The league table is still very close so it’s hard to say where anyone will finish, we have said from the start that we want to really push this year and be in & around the play-offs if we can. There is no reason why we can’t aim for that, we just need to be more consistent and grind results out. Bromsgrove & Corby will be up there but other than that I really couldn’t put any team in the top five as I think it is still anyone’s

What are United expecting at Dunstable this week?

We know that no team in this league will be an easy opponent and we will have to be on it from the start, especially following our last two results. We need to get back to our old selves, we just need to focus on what we are going to do rather than what they can do, as like I have said before on our day we can beat anyone

We asked what he needs to achieve between now and the end of the season to make it a successful campaign:

I said from the start of the season that I want at least twenty goals for myself, having only scored seven so far I need to work harder in and around the box and on taking chances, if I can do whatever I need to do to help the team achieve a good position in the league then I’ll be happy

Finally, how does Aaron travel to away games, and does he have any superstitions?

I normally drive to away games alone as I don’t live near the rest of the boys but it gives me time to get my head on the game on the way there. To be honest I don’t have any pre match superstitions, and I can’t say I’ve noticed that any of the other boys do either

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

BBFA ST; Aston striker on a Staple diet of goals, goals, and goals

Saturday 10th November 2018

Didcot Town Development v Aston Clinton

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 3rd Round

Loop Meadow Stadium

K.O. 2.00pm

Aston Clinton travel to Hellenic League Division One East side Didcot Town Development on Saturday in Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy action, and whilst facing a side from a higher level Clinton know they are more than a match for anyone on their day following last seasons successes. Didcot will be a tough place to go despite their lowly league position, they’ve won their last four matches which were all cup fixtures, however Clinton have only lost once in their previous seven games in all competition and knocked out a step six side in the previous round when they beat Risborough Rangers from their own South Midlands league.

Chris Stapleton

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with recent new signing Chris Stapleton who joined from Buckingham Athletic just a few weeks ago, and asked how he’d settled into his new club:

Aston Clinton is where I played all my youth football and I’m familiar with the club as a whole, which has enabled me to settle in really quickly. The lads have been great and its nice to see some familiar faces

Was the move an easy choice & how did it all come about?

Leaving Buckingham was such a hard decision for me and not one I took lightly. After one of my best seasons last year being top goal scorer & receiving players player, I was looking to continue into the new season. After a good start to the campaign I went on a family holiday but when I came back, I struggled to get back into the team, I had many conversations with the manager and he was aware I was unhappy, but he also had three other strikers to keep happy which isn’t easy I know. I just needed to get back playing again, scoring goals and enjoying my football, I knew I would get this at Clinton so dropping down a division wasn’t the hardest part of the decision for me

Chris has been scoring since joining, how has he found the standard of football?

I’ve started well and getting a few goals always helps with the confidence, to be honest the standard of football is very similar. All the teams in this league are strong and they all have their own qualities

The club sit mid table and are still in a couple of cup competitions, how well can the club do this term?

It’s still early days yet, the table is very tight but if we can get on a winning run, we could be right up there by time the Christmas period comes around, and then we could push on for the rest of the season. It’s good to be involved in any cup competitions and I’d like to see us go all the way, with the quality we have in the team there is no reason we can’t

We asked Chris how good he thinks the squad is at Aston, and if they could play at a higher level:

All the lads are playing well at the moment and there is a real togetherness about us, I personally have played with and against several of the squad at higher levels which is why I know just what we could be capable of. We have depth in the squad with real quality all over the pitch

Does Chris ever think that a South Midlands Division Two side could ever reach the Berks & Bucks final?

Football is a funny game, with the luck of the draw you just never know. There’s a first time for everything so fingers crossed, we just need to take each game as it comes and make sure we stay focused to give ourselves any chance of progressing

How will the squad be preparing for the game on Saturday?

I personally don’t know much about them, I’m not too sure if any of the other lads do either but we have to approach this game like any other. I’m sure they will be a decent side so we just need to prepare ourselves, work hard and look to come away with the win

Finally, how important is the Berks & Bucks cup for Chris?

I’ve played in this cup many times for a few different teams, it’s one of my favourite competitions and it would be great to win it with Aston. Hopefully this will be our year!

Thank you to Sports Shots for all your support and coverage, you all do a great job!

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

BSSC; Saints defender wants cup run to Supplement league success

Saturday 10th November 2018

Cirencester Town Development v Brackley Town Saints

Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup

The Corinium Stadium

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints turn their attention this week to Supplementary Cup action as they travel to Hellenic League Division One West side Cirencester Town Development on Saturday to play their first round fixture. Brackley still sit top of the Hellenic Premier despite defeat last weekend at Fairford Town, a midweek win at Desborough in the Hillier Cup put the loss behind them and this fixture will see the Saints favourites to grab their second cup win within three days, especially as their hosts have shipped sixteen goals in their last three games. In fact, the goals for and against for the development side make interesting reading for the month of October, as they read F18 A19 and all in just five games!

Harry Brock

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with defender Harry Brock to ask if he’d imagined just how good a start to the season his new side would have when he joined this summer:

From day one the management & players believed this was going to be a good year for us, we had a very strong pre-season which did wonders for our confidence and built a strong foundation for the season start. The main factor for this success is our work rate, we have some really special players but all of us appreciate the importance of earning the right to play

How good a squad does Harry believe it is, and are they good enough to maintain their position?

Without being too biased, we have the strongest squad in the Hellenic this year, we’ve played seventeen games so far and we are deservedly top of the table. Anything less than winning the title would be really disappointing now

We asked Harry how he’s settled in and how he thinks the season has been so far:

Settling in to the team was never an issue, they’re a great bunch of lads who made it very easy for me to find my feet, our season so far has been brilliant but there is still plenty of room for improvement. We had a disappointing result at Fairford last week which was difficult to take, they worked hard for their win & deserved the three points but the result was an important learning curve for us, it’s made us aware that travelling away from home in the next couple of months will be difficult, we’re getting to that time in the year where pitches deteriorate & don’t suit our style of play. We are all aware that for us to have any success in the coming months, we must work hard first and then the quality we have will always come through

Which players have impressed so far this season?

I wouldn’t want to single out any individuals, especially with the whole squad performing so well. I will say that our midfield three of James Watts, James Hammond & Lewis Baldwin have been pivotal to our strong start, and I’m yet to come across anyone who has been able to contain them

Who does Harry see as being their biggest competitors at the top of the table:

I believe our main competition for the title this year will be Wantage, we won’t be playing them until the New Year but they have played five or so less games than us in the league and can go top if they win all of those games in hand. It could be difficult for them in the next few weeks though, being so far behind everyone elsewhere in the league could result in them having to play three times a week to catch up. From being in that situation myself a few years ago with Ardley United, playing catch up & cramming games in to an already packed schedule could work in our favour

How are the squad preparing for the game this week at Cirencester?

We are looking forward to the game, they’re a well run club with great facilities but it’s an opportunity to move forward in a cup competition. The gaffer is always very quick to squash any complacency from the lads, we’re expected to win and I do believe we will win, but we cannot take anything for granted. We had a good result at Desborough midweek and we need to build on the momentum for our important clash in Reading next week

Are cup games a happy distraction from league duties?

We’re very happy with our start in the league and hope our form can continue; that being said everyone loves a cup run! Regardless of what competition you are in, getting to a final is great for the club and everyone involved

Finally, we asked Harry is he has any favourite cup memories over his career?

I was lucky enough to be involved in a great squad at Ardley for several years at the start of my career, my best cup moment has to be when we beat Kidlington back in 2014 in the Oxford Senior Cup Final, a four-nil victory against local rivals. I’m also an Oxford United fan to being able to go behind the scenes at The Kassam was extra special.

Thank you for the opportunity to have a chat

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

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 08.11.2018 – South Midlands League update #27

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 6th NOVEMBER/WEDNESDAY 7th NOVEMBER

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

As the dying embers of Bonfire Night disappeared the midweek action served up some hotly contested games. Alas there was just the one cup upset although several clubs came close to claiming scalps of higher league opposition. In the league there were plenty of goals to be witnessed by the hardy fans who braved the elements.

 

6/7 November Stats: 14 games played of which 8 were home wins, 2 were away wins, 3 were draws and one game abandoned.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 130 Barnet v Wembley, 79 Hitchin Town v Tring Athletic and 77 Potton United v Deeping Rangers.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

The midweek Premier Division action brought about one home win, one away win and one draw. Leverstock Green defeated Harpenden Town 3-1 at Pancake Lane, the hosts racing into a three goal lead before the visitors pulled one back shortly before the interval. Ironically both the other games saw clubs leading 3-0 at one stage, Biggleswade United had to endure a nervy finish as hosts Baldock Town scored twice in the closing minutes but failed to find an equalizer much to the relief of United’s club secretary Tracey James. At North Greenford United FC the home side found themselves 3-0 up at the break before Crawley Green hit back with three goals in the last fifteen minutes and could have easily won but for a missed penalty in the final minute. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

 3-1 Leverstock Green v Harpenden Town (Campbell [2], Goode) / (McClelland) Attendance: 29

3-3 North Greenford United FC v Crawley Green (Turner, Gill, Hind) / (Lobjoit, Mead, Watson) Attendance: 48

2-3 Baldock Town v Biggleswade United (Bull [2]) / (Logan, Gauge, Parkinson) Attendance: 49

 

PREMIER DIVISION

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London Colney set up a home semi-final tie against either Baldock Town or Biggleswade United with a 3-1 home success over Oxhey Jets. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-1 London Colney v Oxhey Jets (Loren [2] [1 pen], Mace) / (Jones) Attendance: 35

 

BUCKINGHAM SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round

Premier Division Leighton Town were made to work hard against Division Two Unite MK in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup. Trailing to a second minute Myles Braham strike the hosts levelled five minutes from time before booking their semi-final spot in the ensuing penalty shoot-out. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-1 [4-2 pens] Leighton Town v Unite MK (Unknown) / (Braham) Attendance: 75

 

HERTS SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round

Hemel Hempstead Town edged out Colney Heath by the odd goal in three to book a Second Round place and with it a 24 hour wait to discover their next opponents. It was a youthful Hitchin Town side who secured a home date with Hemel Hempstead Town as they too won 2-1, their home tie against Tring Athletic saw the Canaries making nine changes to the side that lost at Tamworth on Saturday (probably having one eye on their minor cup match on Sunday) whilst visitors Tring Athletic made four changes prior to their big league clash with Colney Heath this coming Saturday. Tring led through a Jack Read goal at the break before the hosts hit back with two goals in five minutes after the interval, the game was watched by a meagre crowd of 79 and no doubt the Canaries will be looking for an increased attendance on Sunday. (As a frequent visitor to Top Field in my misspent youth I would like to wish the Canaries all the best on Sunday). Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

2-1 Hemel Hempstead Town v Colney Heath (Muyembe, Mendy) / (Shepherd) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Hitchin Town v Tring Athletic (Charles, Belgrove) / (Read) Attendance: 79

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP First Round

Potton United secured a quarter-final place with a hard fought win against Future Lions United Counties League side Deeping Rangers, Potton edging the tie by the odd goal in five. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-2 Potton United v Deeping Rangers (Murrell [2], Danobrega) / (Mooney, Lockie) Attendance: 77

 

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP Second Round

Vanarama National League side Barnet proved too strong for Wembley despite having been reduced to ten men shortly before the interval. Having gone in goalless at the break Wembley were left dazed by their hosts as they ran in four goals in a nine minute spell. Wembley substitute Jermane Heron pulled a goal back in the 89th minute with a great dipping strike. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

4-1 Barnet v Wembley (Sparkes [2], Coulthirst, Barham) / (Heron) Attendance: 130

 

DIVISION ONE

Broadfields United joined their landlords Harefield United at the top of the table (Hares have a better goal difference) with a 2-0 success at London Lions, both goals coming from the penalty spot. Codicote and Rayners Lane shared six goals in an action packed game, highlights can be found here at https://twitter.com/thecoldend/status/1059941824226304005?s=09. Brimsdown recorded a solitary goal over Ampthill Town and ending the visitors unbeaten away league record while the other midweek Division One game between Bedford and FC Broxbourne Borough was abandoned due to a serious injury to a FC Broxbourne Borough player, let’s hope for a speedy recovery. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

A-A Bedford v FC Broxbourne Borough

3-3 Codicote v Rayners Lane (Skinner [2], Massey) / (Unknown, Tate, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 52

1-0 Brimsdown v Ampthill Town (Unknown) Attendance: 30

0-2 London Lions v Broadfields United (Henley [2] [both pens]) Attendance: 31

 

DIVISION ONE CUP Quarter Final

Buckingham Athletic turned the form book upside down as they demolished second placed Hillingdon Borough 7-0 to book a semi-final spot. The result was Athletic’s biggest win since putting seven past Wodson Park back in August 2017. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

7-0 Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon Borough (Zulu [2], Soetan [2], Menday, Bines, Olawale) Attendance: 40

 

AND FINALLY

Was it the worst penalty decision ever?

Probably.

On Wednesday night, Raheem Sterling became – to our knowledge – the first footballer to be fouled by his own toe. Through on goal with his side 1-0 up in their Champions League tie against Shakhtar Donetsk, Sterling pulled back his left foot to shoot, but instead of sweetly connecting with the ball he jabbed the end of his boot into the turf and collapsed to the floor. Shakhtar’s Mykola Matviyenko was barely in the same postcode as Sterling, but referee Viktor Kassai was convinced the defender clipped the England man and pointed to the spot. Neither the linesman nor the official behind the goal had seen anything to save their colleague’s blushes. Sterling, who undoubtedly was not diving and just fell over, looked sheepish. Gabriel Jesus looked directly at goal and tucked away the penalty on his way to a hat-trick in a thumping 6-0 win. “I went to chip the ball and don’t know what happened. I didn’t feel contact. I scuffed the ball. Apologies to the ref,” Sterling told BT Sport after. Former Manchester City midfielder Steve McManaman called it a “comical mistake” on BT Sport.

BBCC; Buckingham Athletic U18 10-1 Risborough Rangers U18

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 10

Risborough Rangers U18 – 1

04.11.2018

Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s breezed through their Berks & Bucks County Cup second round fixture with Risborough Rangers on Sunday, seven up by halftime the hosts tormented their guests with some free flowing football that saw two different hattrick scorers by half-time, in a performance that left the coaching staff all smiles ahead of another tough league fixture this week against Clanfield. Two goals within the opening ten minutes knocked the stuffing out of the young Rangers side which didn’t improve until after the halftime interval; they did restrict their opponents in the second half and scored a very late consolation to warm the hands of the parents on the side lines who had travelled with their team.

It took just four minutes for Buckingham to break the deadlock, Samy Aouati got down the right before crossing into the box where coming in at the back post Ethan White headed home. The goal calmed the Athletic side down allowing them to begin enjoying passing the ball around, the next move broke down high up the pitch but Kyran O’Dell seized to fire over the top, before Aouati again attacked the wing ahead of pulling the ball back across the area to White who forced Risborough keeper Thomas Roca to block for a corner.

The lead was doubled on ten minutes when an attack was halted inside the Borough box but with the ball loose no defender made any real effort to clear and O’Dell pounced to smash home. The Buckingham skipper then tried twice to get in on the act, lifting over the crossbar both times from twenty yards then from inside the box respectively, but the third duly arrived on eighteen minutes as Nathan Bell-Toxtle raced down the right to centre to the unmarked White who in front of goal simply could not miss.

Ethan White opens scoring

Within ninety seconds the home side won a penalty when Bell-Toxtle was felled heading towards the byline by a clumsy challenge, O’Dell scored his second of the morning from the spot. The scorer then almost turned provider crossing from the wing to find defender Luke McEvaddy in front of goal but the bounce was unkind and at full stretch he could only lift over the top, the visitors then had a rare foray upfield resulting in Bradley Casley shooting from distance & forcing Athletic keeper Conor Ross down at his near post to make the save.

On thirty-one minutes it was five with the first hattrick of the game falling to O’Dell, Aouati down the right again losing his man before pulling back across the box to his colleague who fired into the far corner, within seven minutes it was six when Aouati himself got in on the act drifting past a defender and cutting into the area to side foot inside the near post. O’Dell then curled over from the corner of the eighteen yard area, but just four minutes before the break White completed his hattrick when he chipped over Roca after a great one-two with Bell-Toxtle. H/T: 7-0

Three minutes into the second half Buckingham added their eighth of the game, a free kick right on the corner of the box was floated in by captain Jacob Williamson and met at the back post by McEvaddy who tucked home. The home side continued to press, a ball played up to Alagie Swarray Deen saw him drop his shoulder to leave his marker behind, driving into the box he fired wide of the far post, closely followed by O’Dell feeding Swarray Deen inside the box but Roca bravely dived at his feet to smoother.

McEvaddy (off pitch) scores from Williamson (8) free kick

The ninth goal arrived on the hour mark when Swarray Deen had acres of space and plenty of time down the right to pick out the inch perfect cross into O’Dell who thumped his header home, the next chance saw a corner from Williamson swung in & O’Dell was inches away with a glancing header. Risborough almost shot themselves in the foot when trying to play out from the back, a pass that was never powerful enough to reach it’s intended target was pounced on by Swarray Deen but from close range he could only clip over the crossbar.

Williamson was unlucky when his effort from the edge of the area that seemed destined for the top corner saw a slight deflection take it away for a corner, whilst at the opposite end a rare poor Athletic clearance allowed Oliver Cay to shoot from eighteen yards but he could only drive straight at Ross. Another glorious then went begging for the hosts when Bell-Toxtle crossed from the flank which eluded Swarray Deen but found White whose shot was blocked on the line, instead of clearing a defender allowed White to regain possession & lay off to Williamson whose shot from twelve yards was well saved with both hands by the Rangers keeper.

With five minutes left Buckingham reached double figures when Swarray Deen collected the ball outside the penalty area where a couple of strides forward saw him thump home despite Roca getting his hands to it, Risborough then grabbed a late consolation when a right wing cross was too high for the blue shirts defending their box, on the turn Marcus Waterhouse connected first time to turn home past the Athletic keeper. F/T: 10-1

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Athletic manager Dan Turney: 

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