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BBFA; Sports Shots capture cup final places

Sports Shots are delighted to confirm our partnership this season with The Berks & Bucks FA to cover the photography for as many of their County Cup Finals as we can.

We started last weekend where we covered the Sunday Intermediate Cup Final in which Aylesbury Flooring beat FC Beaconsfield 3-0, and one of our images is already being used as their header on their cup finals page.

To view all the #BBFACountyCups for this season visit the BBFA website here: http://www.berks-bucksfa.com/news/2019/apr/10/county-cup-finals

 

 

Last weeks final action can be viewed here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=42529

BBFA IC; Athletic duo testify that hard work this campaign has brought them Hither

Saturday 13th April 2019
Buckingham Athletic v Long Crendon
Berks & Bucks FA Intermediate Cup Final
Hithercroft
K.O. 3.00pm
Venue: Hithercroft Road, Wallingford OX10 9RB

Buckingham Athletic Development are involved in cup final action on Saturday as they travel to Hithercroft Road, the home of Wallingford Town FC to face Hellenic Football League Division Two East side Long Crendon in what looks a fascinating battle against two sides both having fantastic seasons. The Ath youngsters are top of their league and look odds on to win the league title needing just a further five points to secure the trophy from their remaining five games, they were on for a treble until last weekend when they were knocked out of the Challenge Trophy semi-final on penalties by Leighton Town, so will be eager to secure this cup competition ahead of their remaining league fixtures. But waiting to disappoint are Crendon who are top of their division having won twenty-two of their twenty-four league games this campaign, scoring goals for fun along the way they’ve scored eight and ten in a game twice each, in those league games to date they’ve hit the net one hundred and three times, an intriguing afternoon lies ahead.

Link to Long Crendon season: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?selectednavpage1=All&navPageNumber1=1&teamID=888249345&divisionseason=578764005

Luke Tavener

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ath midfielder Kieran Brady and first of all we asked front man Luke Tavener how long he’s been back at the club and what saw him re-join:

I have been back at the club just over a month now, after speaking to Jake & seeing how well the lads were doing and with the chance to compete for some trophies, it made it an easy decision to come back. It’s been easy to fit back in after playing with or against most of the lads previously as well

Kieran is in his first season at the club:

I have been with Buckingham Athletic Development for nearly a year now, I joined at the start of the season after looking for a new club in the summer. Living quite local to Buckingham I came to pre-season and never looked back, the team ethic and focus on improving ourselves as players and in turn winning matches has been spot on

How good a season does Kieran feel he has had since joining?

I feel I have contributed well to the team; I am the only player in the squad to play in every match this season. I start most matches and have managed to assist in several goals, I have also scored twice this season however getting more goals is a personal target that I would like to bring to my game for the rest of the season and look to improve on for next season

Luke is hoping his goals can cement a regular place:

It’s not been easy to get into the team with how well the lads have been doing this season but I have managed to get a couple of starts and a couple of goals so hopefully I can continue that for the rest of the season

How good does Luke feel the squad is at Buckingham?

Jake (Honor) and Ben (Townsend) have built a really strong squad this season, I can’t imagine there’s any other development teams that have twenty good players training and available every week. I have been really impressed with the whole squad’s commitment and ability since coming back

Kieran Brady

Kieran identifies a spine in the side but appreciates it is a squad game:

The squad is packed with individual talent from front to back, for example on several occasions our goalkeeper James Green has made game changing saves, defender and captain Dan McAndrew has been key in keeping as many clean sheets as we have this year, Ollie Goulding has been an engine in the midfield and almost runs a marathon every match and finally up top Charlie Wright has been scoring the goals to win us games. However above all I think the willingness to work hard from the whole squad is what has put us in a great position in multiple competitions at the tail end of the season

What is Kieran’s preferred position in the side and what formation best suits him?

I have played both on the wing and in attacking midfield this season, I think our four-two-three-one system is great for me as it allows me to have the space to run at defences and create opportunities for other players

Luke plays at the spearhead of the attack:

My favourite position would be as a striker; with the number of players we get forward and into attacking positions I’d say that’s what compliments my game the most

Ath’s last four games saw league success at Stotfold followed by progress in the Challenge Trophy, but the two-legged semi-final saw them exit the competition, how does Luke view that disappointment?

Following up to this weekend the previous games were all positive and deserved wins. Saturday was disappointing for us all but unfortunately we weren’t good enough on the day but we are all looking to put that right this weekend

After that defeat on penalties last week, Kieran admits the focus is now on the league and this cup final:

The first three games you mentioned are a result of the momentum we have built up for ourselves. Having only lost one match this season prior to the league cup semi-final second leg we had a great winning streak that had put us in such a good position come the end of the season. Going out of the league cup was a disappointment to everyone in the team, we have had our sights on the treble all season however it is now important that we focus on the county cup final and the following league games to ensure we take home two trophies at the end of the season

What does Kieran know about their cup final opponents?

We have seen that Long Crendon are fighting for the top spot in their league against Penn & Tyler’s Green FC, a team we beat in the previous rounds on penalties, so we are expecting another tough match. To win the cup would be amazing for everyone at Buckingham Athletic, the competition started with one hundred and twenty-eight places, some teams were given a bye in the first round, so to be one of the two teams left is a fantastic achievement, however if we play as I know we can I’m sure we will be lifting the trophy come Saturday evening

Luke concurs that both teams will be more than capable of winning this competition:

Personally I don’t know much about them but after seeing their results this season it’s clearly going to be a tough game. Both of us go into it in really dominant league positions so it should be a great game and would be a great achievement for the team if we can get our first piece of silverware

What are the targets for the rest of this season for Luke?

Personally I just want to keep continuing to help the team as much as I can, the lads have put in a lot of work over the season and we just need to maintain those levels, if we can I’m confident we’ll come away with some well-deserved silverware

Kieran is already looking ahead to next season:

I would like to make an impact in the business end of the season, weather that’s scoring, assisting or putting in good performances I want to help the team win the County cup and the league. I am looking forward to pre-season with Buckingham Athletic Development next year as I am sure it will be a great opportunity to improve as a squad and have an equally if not better season next year. I would expect a few new faces at the club next year given the success of the team this year so I look forward to coming back next year as an even stronger team

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

I would have to go on the X Factor with Rufus Barker because that lad has got a serious voice on him, as we found out with his initiation song when he joined midway through the season!

Luke has selected the ideal movie role for someone:

It’s not a tv programme or show, but with him being five foot nothing and bright orange with his tanning addiction, I think Louie Walters would be a perfect Oompa Loompa

Sports Shots would like to thank both Kieran & Luke for their time this week

SL D1C; Aylesbury striker hoping to land knock-out punch in relegation scrap

Saturday 13th April 2019
Aylesbury v North Leigh
Southern League Division One East
Heywood Way
K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host North Leigh on Saturday knowing whoever loses will be bottom of the Southern Football League Division One Central table on Saturday night with just three games then left to play, the battle at the bottom now looks to be two from five as to who will finish in the dreaded bottom two relegation places. Both sides have to win, despite the Moles future next season already decided Paul Bonham’s men are desperately trying to avoid those relegation places as a matter of pride, Kidlington, Dunstable Town & Welwyn Garden City are all embroiled in the same dogfight at the bottom of the league, Aylesbury face play-off chasing Sutton Coldfield next week ahead of their local El Quackico derby on Easter Monday and finish with a trip to Welwyn meaning three points this weekend would be a welcome boost ahead of the tough run in. However, after a recent revival of fortunes they have lost their last three games whilst in return North Leigh have lost by the odd goal in seven to their National League South neighbours Oxford City in their Oxon Senior Cup semi-final, drew with Welwyn three apiece and thumped Coleshill Town by four without reply away from home, this game neither side can afford to lose…..

Bruno Brito

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury forward man Bruno Brito to ask when he joined the club, and how it all came about:

I joined Aylesbury in July 2018; Scott Reynolds was my manager at Leighton Town the club where I played half of the previous season. When he moved over to Aylesbury he invited me to come and join him to sign for the club, at the first training session I saw a good project to go forward with quality players and staff, there was everything a player needs to be at his best so for me that made my decision easier. Lots of different things have happened during my time since joining, players and staff have left which has made this season hard especially for those who decided to stay and for those who have joined us midway but that’s out of our control and I’m still enjoying playing for the club

How good a season does he feel he has had so far in terms of fitness & contribution?

Since the first pre-season training session there have been ups and downs for me but I’m always working hard to help this club and my team mates to succeed. I didn’t have many minutes in games with the previous manager but never had an attitude & never questioned his decisions, I didn’t miss any training sessions and always tried to keep myself motivated in that period, I’ve always kept my fitness up with gym workouts on top of training for when I got my chance. With Paul Bonham as the new manager I didn’t feel I had anything to prove to him he was with us from the start, he knows me well & how I work and how I could help the team, I started getting more minutes and this gave me more confidence. Goals started coming more often and that’s what is important for every football player, I’ve stayed at the club because of him, I trust and believe in everything he does is for the best of the team and club

How good a squad does Bruno feel the club has, and which players have impressed?

It’s been a long season to be honest, we’ve had players leaving and new ones coming in at all times, unfortunately this made our team look weak for a period but now I feel we are better and stronger. We believe we can do better match after match and we can compete with any team from our league, I’ll say two of our players who really impressed me this season… Jordan Jenkins (JJ) and Davis Haule, fair play for their quality, team spirit and bravery

What is Bruno’s preferred position in the side?

I leave the tactical part to the manager, a football player has to adapt to the system the person in charge wants you to play, I’m a forward player who likes to score goals so any position close to the goal is good enough for me but if the manager ask me to play anywhere else he knows I’ll give the same effort to help this team

Bottom of SL Div 1 Central table

We asked Bruno what his previous football history has been prior to Heywood Way:

These are the clubs I’ve played for:

 

U18:

Grupo Sportivo de Carcavelos (Portugal)

1 Dezembro (Portugal)

 

Senior:

Odivelas Futebol Clube (Portugal)

GMD Trajouce (Portugal)

Associação da Torre (Portugal)

Sport Clube Praiense (Açores)

Atlético Clube de Portugal (Portugal)

Frenaros FC2000 (Cyprus)

Sporting Clube de Macau (China)

Newport Pagnell Town (England)

Aylesbury United (England)

Leighton Town (England)

Aylesbury Fc (England)

The last three games have seen defeat for Aylesbury, what has happened to change the previous good run of results?

In our last three matches we haven’t performed at the best of our abilities and we all know that. We must clear our minds, keep our heads up and play the best football we can to get back to the wins we had a few weeks ago. We can compete and win against any team in our league on our day, I believe we can achieve our goal at the end of the season

At home to fellow strugglers North Leigh this week, how difficult does the front man expect this to be?

It will be a battle on Saturday against North Leigh, both teams need the points for different reasons, we know they have got a good side but let’s see on Saturday. They will face a better Aylesbury than the last couple of weeks, it will be a game where we expect to succeed and get the three points we need, I totally believe in my team mates, we have a better squad & we just have to perform. I wish to see many of Aylesbury FC fans support us in these last few matches; our team and club need to feel you are with us!

Finally, we asked Bruno if he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who & what would he choose?

I definitely need to choose Ben Stevens to go on impractical jokers, I can imagine Ben setting up the punishments for the others… he’s evil! Hahaha

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

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 11.04.2019 – South Midlands League update #66

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 9th APRIL / WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL

 

Old Bradwell United lift the Division Two Cup. Codicote give themselves hope of avoiding the drop and Biggleswade FC leave it late to move back to the top of the Premier Division.

 

9/10 April Stats: 8 games played of which 5 were home wins, 2 were away wins and 1 draw.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 209 Biggleswade FC v Tring Athletic, 180 Old Bradwell United v Aston Clinton and 103 Winslow United v Risborough Rangers.

 

PREMIER DIVISION

The Premier Division title race took another turn as Biggleswade FC regained the top spot following a 1-0 home success against fellow title hopefuls Tring Athletic, the game being settled by a late winner and now sees Biggleswade regain their destiny with the added bonus of having two games in hand. London Tigers picked up three valuable points in their quest to avoid relegation with a 3-0 win over visiting London Colney. For Stotfold the battle to avoid the drop continues as they were beaten 0-2 at home by Baldock Town. Elsewhere North Greenford United FC blasted visiting Biggleswade United with a two goal first half salvo before adding a third just after the hour mark, the visitors managed to claw one back in the final ten minutes. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-0 Biggleswade FC v Tring Athletic (Inskip) Attendance: 209

3-0 London Tigers v London Colney (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-1 North Greenford United v Biggleswade United (Molyneux [2], Pither) / (Hankins) Attendance: 56

0-3 Stotfold v Baldock Town (Barnes, Forsythe, Barker) Attendance: 80

 

DIVISION ONE

Codicote came out on top by the odd goal in five in their relegation ‘six-pointer’ against visiting Brimsdown, the winner coming from the penalty spot. Winslow United maintained their push to finish third with a solitary goal win over visiting Risborough Rangers in front of a crowd of 103. Elsewhere London Lions recorded a 3-0 win at Wodson Park. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-2 Codicote v Brimsdown (Banks [2] [1 pen], Iwediuno) / (Akinsanya, Saywood) Attendance: 41

1-0 Winslow United v Risborough Rangers (Freshwater [pen]) Attendance: 103

0-3 Wodson Park v London Lions (Kyte [2], Lipman) Attendance: 20

Div. 2 Cup Winners 2018/19

DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL

Old Bradwell United overcame the sending off of Darryl Smith early in the game to claim their first Division Two Cup success with victory in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw with Aston Clinton at Bell Close. The game was broadcast live on internet radio by Motty’s Mic (Christofer Walker), this followed the coverage 24 hours earlier of the big Premier Division title clash. Full result listed below.

0-0 [3-2 pens] Old Bradwell United v Aston Clinton (@ Leighton Town FC) Attendance: 180

 

AND FINALLY

The lengths and depths the lovers of the Beautiful game will go to.

A football fan overjoyed at a player signing for his team has got his name tattooed on his bottom after making a promise on Twitter. Scott Reay tweeted he would get an Alan Judge tattoo if the midfielder signed a permanent contract with Ipswich Town. He said he was “true to my word” and “had to get it done” when “Judgey” penned the deal with the Tractor Boys. Mr Reay, 32, from Newcastle, said: “He’s such a good player, I thought there would be no chance he’d stay.” The sales assistant had the name Judgey and the Ipswich Town crest tattooed on his backside. He said it “was just a bit of banter at first” but “blew up” as soon as Ipswich Town retweeted his post. Mr Reay said he “didn’t really know why” he supported Ipswich except for liking tractors when he was younger.

BBFA SICF; Aylesbury Flooring 3-0 FC Beaconsfield

Aylesbury Flooring – 3
FC Beaconsfield – 0

07.04.2019

Aylesbury Flooring retained the Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup they won twelve months ago with this convincing three goal victory over FC Beaconsfield on Sunday, amid the mist and grey skies that draped over The Meadow George Tomlins men put on a sparkling performance that their opponents had no answer to, taking the lead just past the quarter hour mark through Taylor Collins they looked the more likely to score again but were held at bay until the break, but a devastating spell that saw two goals in four minutes at the start of the second period put the game to bed. Beaconsfield did get the ball in the net twice but both were ruled out, they had keeper Jacob Kucwaj to thank as he made a number of vital blocks to keep the scoreline respectable, whilst his counterpart Liam Smith at the opposite end was comfortable with most of what was thrown at him.

It took almost quarter of an hour for the first effort of note, a twenty yard free kick thumped over the top by Flooring skipper Alex Kedzierski, closely followed by a great move that involved Ty Deacon, Lynton Goss & Dan Parsons ending with their captain again blasting towards the goal but a defender throwing his body in the way to block, the deadlock was finally broken on eighteen minutes when an attack that broke down saw Parsons retrieve inside the area and drive towards the byline, his exquisite chip to the back post took the Beaconsfield custodian out of the game allowing Taylor Collins to head into the empty net.

As much as their opponents then tried to get back into the game, they could not find a way past Smith in the Aylesbury gloves, a free kick cannoned off the wall for a corner, floated in it was comfortably collected by the Aston Clinton shot stopper, another set piece curled in by Aaron Couch was then taken off the heads of everyone attacking it by the fingertips of the keeper, a throw on their left then released Tom Peddle to cut in towards goal but superb defending by Jordan Jenkins saw a sliding tackle to take the ball off his foot and out for a corner, Smith came out to punch away as it swung in, Anton Bradley hooked into the unguarded net but the referee blew for an infringement.

Alex Kedzierski doubles Aylesbury lead

Flooring won a free kick just inside the Beaconsfield half which Mitchell Collins delivered in towards the back post where it was inches away from connecting with the late run of Jenkins, Goss went even closer when he beat Ramel King to the ball on the penalty spot but the touch took him to the right of goal, Kucwaj went out to challenge at the strikers feet where Goss despatched towards the empty net but King had gone behind to cover and cleared off the line. Taylor Collins found space down the wing to line up the next cross for Deacon to launch himself at inside the six-yard box but his volley crashed back off Jarelle Baptiste to safety.

The final action of the half saw Kedzierski win possession in midfield before laying off to Parsons who drove at the blue backline into the box, holding the ball up well he then returned to his Winslow United team mate whose dipping drive took the slightest touch off the head of Bradley to take it away from the far top corner, the resulting corner was glanced across the gaol face and wide of the back post by Jenkins. H/T: 1-0

Just six minutes after the interval Flooring doubled their lead when Parsons collected on the edge of the penalty arc and tucked a clever pass through two defenders for Kedzierski to advance onto and hit with the outside of his right boot to fire inside the neat post just out of the reach of Kucwaj. Just four minutes after the second came the third when a handball inside the area was spotted by the man in the middle, Taylor Collins spot kick saved by the keeper however he was first to the rebound to fire home, with the game seemingly over both sides then made a plethora of substitutions in order to get everyone some game time.

Flooring celebrate with supporters after final whistle

An Aylesbury corner was flicked onto Parsons who fired over the top, at the opposite end Couch tried his luck from the corner of the eighteen yard area trying to bend inside the far top corner but it just wouldn’t come down quick enough, Parsons then did well down the flank skipping a tackle on the way to get into the box where Kucwaj blocked with his feet from close range, the front man was able to climb highest to meet the corner which the keeper seemed to have in his grasp low down to his left however the ball squirmed out of his hands, hit the post then came back into play to eventually be cleared away.

A Beaconsfield attack down their right saw an initial effort from Peddle come back off Smith’s boot but fall nicely for Elliott Pattinson to poke home however a raised flag on the far side denied any celebration, Goss was again denied by the feet of Kucwaj when he drove across the byline to get a shot in from six yards, the biggest cheer of the afternoon was left for the introduction of Liam Marshall for Aylesbury & within a minute he received a pass on the edge of the box with his back to goal, turning on a sixpence he flashed the ball inches wide of the furthest upright, the final action saw Ash Clarke square to Goss but he drilled past the wrong side of the keepers right hand post. F/T: 3-0

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Flooring manager George Tomlin:

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SSMFL D2; Mursley United 4-2 Grendon Rangers

Mursley United – 4
Grendon Rangers – 2

06.04.2019

Mursley United took the three points off local rivals Grendon Rangers on Saturday despite being reduced to ten men before half time when Jamie Green was booked twice for fouls on the same player, with the scores at the time level United took the game to their guests despite the imbalance & gained the lead ahead of the break, Tom Brazier then grabbed his second and his sides third late on, Rangers pulled a late goal back to give them hope however once their goalkeeper James Cox was dismissed for his second yellow of the afternoon for an alleged handball outside his area, a late clincher settled the game once and for all. For Grendon it brought an end to their recent fine run of form, this defeat their first in seven as their season came to an end, they now await both Mursley & MK Gallacticos to complete their final fixtures to learn their final Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two position.

The hosts took the lead in the fourth minute when a clearance came just perfect to Luke Williamson for him to hit first time on the volley and his left footed drive dipped over the reach of Cox into the far corner, in the tenth minute a promising attack for the visitor’s saw Mohammed Adam fly down the touchline until a challenge from Green brought him down earning him a yellow card in the process, the free kick headed back out to Adam whose thumping effort was charged down before being cleared to safety. Nathan Skelton was next to try his luck after collecting a pass in midfield and driving at goal, a great tussle with his marker ended with the striker lifting over the crossbar, at the opposite end a corner curled in got the faintest of glances off the head of Adam to sail wide.

Tom Marshall fires Grendon level in first half

Brazier got his boot warmed up with a drive from the edge of the penalty arc which Cox had to use both hands to push away, Grendon went close when Dan Ciuica curled inches wide from the angle, and a diagonal pass into the box from Brazier saw Austin Dickson threaten until some great defending from skipper Jason Riddell saw a last gasp flick out for a corner. With ten minutes of the half remaining the visitor’s equalised when a free kick deep in their own half was sent downfield by Cox, little danger appeared as home shot stopper Dan Willett came out to collect however the ball escaped his grip allowing Tom Marshall to nip in and tuck into the empty net, then just six minutes later it all looked rosy for the away side when a second foul on Adam by Green saw him receive his second caution of the contest and sent for an early shower.

Despite the numerical advantage it was the home side who looked the more dangerous when Skelton again got in behind the amber backline until Rangers stalwart Stuart Leonard came sliding in to take the ball off his feet, Brazier had a run into the box from out wide until he ran straight into Leonard who simply stood strong to gain possession & clear, then against the odds the hosts regained their lead when a free kick lifted into the area was flicked away by Ricky Brown but only as far as Brazier, as Cox had committed himself to the cross the midfielder simply fired into the unguarded net. H/T: 2-1

Brazier almost started the second period as he ended the first as he drove at the heart of the Grendon defence before firing high over the top, Skelton explored some space down the right but could only shoot straight at Cox and his next effort saw him with back to goal & Leonard for company but he managed to shirk off the defenders attention ahead of turning & thumping wide. Mursley extended their lead even further on seventy-four minutes when a ball between the away backline had that defence calling for offside which wasn’t given and Brazier skipped through to evade the oncoming Cox to slot home, the protests to the referee earning Leonard a booking on his final game for his club before hanging up his boots.

Tom Brazier scores to increase Mursley lead to 3-1

The away side huffed & puffed looking for a way back into the game, Joe Walls floated in a free kick that Andrew Hind managed to beat everyone to but he could only head over the top, a cross from the left for the home side then saw substitute Jack Bradford blaze high over the bar, then with six minutes to go Grendon did pull another goal back when a free kick into the area was deflected to Marshall on the edge of the six-yard box, he turned to fire inside the far post and again many protests for offside were waved away by the officials to set up a possible grand stand finish.

That optimism was somewhat squashed less than two minutes later when a long lump downfield by the home side saw Cox advance and the ball flicked up, the assistant on that far side called the referee over and after a quick consultation the Grendon custodian was shown a second yellow and subsequent red, Leonard donned the gloves as his replacement. Nathan Hawkins took the free kick that spiralled off the wall for a corner, but in the final minute the game was put to bed finally when a cross found Ryan Lee who from fifteen yards fired past the reach of Leonard albeit with a slight deflection off a defender. F/T: 4-2

Attendance: 44

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Mursley manager Jamie Lands:
And also Grendon boss Steven Jackman:

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 08.04.2019 – South Midlands League update #65

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

 

On the biggest weekend for the University calendar honours belong to the Light Blues although those of you who follow Arlesey Town were no doubt once again edging your bets. The rain stayed away despite it being the opening weekend of the cricket season and in the land of Spartan South Midlands football we had ………….

 

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Berkhamsted Raiders hit Clean Slate for eight to record their biggest SSML win. Hatfield Town concede their 100th league goal of the campaign but on the brighter side they picked up three points from the game. Five points separate the top four of the Premier Division in a race that could well go down to the wire. Oh and Harefield United are still unbeaten in the league. Saturday’s 24 games seeing 87 goals (an average of 3.62 per game). Cedric Ibarra and Thomas Shaw (both Berkhamsted Raiders) topping the day’s scoring charts with hat-tricks.

 

6 April Stats: 24 games played of which 11 were home wins, 8 were away wins and 5 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 32 Harefield United 27 Broadfields United 24 Tring Athletic, Hadley.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 13 Edgware Town 11 Leighton Town 10 Colney Heath, Oxhey Jets, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 27 Hatfield Town 23 Amersham Town, Brimsdown, Cockfosters 22 Codicote.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.92 (3908 goals from 996 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

 

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 92 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 110 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 84 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 40 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 86 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 100 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 91 The 61FC (Luton) and Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 43 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 32 Hadley and Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 30 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 15 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 34 London Tigers.

(Division One League): 36 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 16 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 15 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 196 Biggleswade United v Arlesey Town, 130 Risborough Rangers v Park View and 104 Baldock Town v Hadley.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase), 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase) and 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 27 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC) 26 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 24 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 34 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 29 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 27 Adam Bolle (London Lions) and Sean Peters (Broadfields United & Hillingdon Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 31 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 30 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 24 Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).

 

Saturday 6th April

 

PREMIER DIVISION

On a day that saw Tiger Roll taking the plaudits at Aintree the leading four in the race for the SSML Premier Division title all overcame the hurdles put in front of them. Leaders Tring Athletic raced to a 3-0 win at home against North Greenford United FC, second placed Hadley overcame their trip to Baldock Town with a 2-0 success while Biggleswade FC were running out 3-0 winners at home to London Colney. Biggleswade United in fourth drew the day’s biggest attendance as 196 saw them entertain local rivals Arlesey Town, United galloped into a 4-0 interval lead and then seeing off a spirited fight back by Arlesey to eventually win 5-3. At the other end of the table there was mixed fortunes for the leading contenders fighting against the drop, Stotfold climbed off the bottom and above their rivals with a 2-0 win at Harpenden Town, London Tigers picked up a big point with a goalless draw at home to Leighton Town while Cockfosters fell at home against Oxhey Jets and now occupy the bottom place. Goals were in short supply as Colney Heath returned home from their trip to Wembley with a 0-0 draw and it was a similar scoreline at Leverstock Green as draw specialists Edgware Town recorded draw number 13. The day’s other action saw Crawley Green defeating visitors Potton United by three goals to one. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

0-2 Baldock Town v Hadley (Milton, Wright [pen]) Attendance: 104

3-0 Biggleswade FC v London Colney (Leavers [2], Coles) Attendance: 103

5-3 Biggleswade United v Arlesey Town (Parkinson [2], Brinkman, Holmes, Hankins) / (Hatch, Darvall, Gooch) Attendance: 196

1-3 Cockfosters v Oxhey Jets (Summers) / (Kerley [2], Giordmaina) Attendance: 62

3-1 Crawley Green v Potton United (Calvano, Draycott, Ajigbolamu) / (Burnside) Attendance: 32

0-2 Harpenden Town v Stotfold (Cyrus, Ryan) Attendance: 43

0-0 Leverstock Green v Edgware Town Attendance: 46

0-0 London Tigers v Leighton Town Attendance: Unknown

3-0 Tring Athletic v North Greenford United FC (Riddick, O’Connor, Turner [pen]) Attendance: 65

0-0 Wembley v Colney Heath Attendance: 28

 

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United, having won the title in midweek without kicking a ball, took their season’s unbeaten league run to 34 games with a 3-1 success against visiting Ampthill Town. Winslow United maintained their push for third place with a 2-2 draw at Bedford. Risborough Rangers attracted the Division’s biggest gate of the day as 130 witnessed their 2-2 draw with Park View. Relegated Hatfield Town won for the fourth time this campaign with a 2-1 success over high flying London Lions. Brimsdown boosted their relegation fears with a 3-1 home success over Wodson Park while for both Amersham Town and Codicote defeats against Langford and Buckingham Athletic respectively leave both clubs still in the mix. In the day’s other games FC Broxbourne Borough won 3-2 at Milton Keynes Robins while Rayners Lane overcame visiting Hillingdon Borough by the odd goal in three. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-4 Amersham Town v Langford (Squires-Adams) / (Worbey [2], Edwards, Yamfam) Attendance: 16

2-2 Bedford v Winslow United (Butler, Kelly) / (Dalton, Woodfine) Attendance: 40

3-1 Brimsdown v Wodson Park (Akinsanya [2], Seghiri) / (Stevenson) Attendance: 25

2-1 Buckingham Athletic v Codicote (Carter [2]) / (Skinner) Attendance: 51

3-1 Harefield United v Ampthill Town (Opponent Own Goal, Jordan, Shaw) / (Carter) Attendance: 90

2-1 Hatfield Town v London Lions (Adriano [2]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 36

2-3 Milton Keynes Robins FC v FC Broxbourne Borough (Muya [2]) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

2-1 Rayners Lane v Hillingdon Borough (Wilson [2]) / (Unknown) Attendance: 44

2-2 Risborough Rangers v Park View (Cullen, Urquhart) / (Appiah, Price) Attendance: 130

 

DIVISION TWO

Old Bradwell United warmed up for their forthcoming Division Two Cup Final by claiming ‘local derby’ bragging rights as they swept aside their hosts New Bradwell St Peter FC 5-0. Berkhamsted Raiders thumped bottom club Clean Slate 8-2 to maintain their runners-up hopes. The day’s other fixture saw Mursley United recording a 4-2 win over visiting Grendon Rangers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-8 Clean Slate v Berkhamsted Raiders (Unknown) / (Ibarra [3], Shaw [3], King, Carberry) Attendance: 10

4-2 Mursley United v Grendon Rangers (Brazier [2], Lee, Williamson) / (Unknown) Attendance: 44

0-5 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Old Bradwell United (Darryl Smith [2], Green, Collins [pen], Cooke) Attendance: 62

Mursley v Grendon 06.04.2019

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Semi Final Second Leg

Leighton Town Development overturned a two goal deficit from the first leg against Buckingham Athletic Development to force a penalty shoot-out in which they held their nerve to win 6-5 and book their first Reserve/Development Division Challenge Trophy Final. The Final against Stotfold U25 will take place on Thursday 18th April at Ampthill Town FC. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Leighton Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Opposition Own Goal, Walton) Attendance: Unknown

(Aggregate 3-3, Leighton Town Development win 6-5 on penalties)

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Harpenden Town Development made sure they would not be the winners of the wooden spoon with a 2-1 win at Holmer Green Development Under 25. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-2 Holmer Green Development Under 25 v Harpenden Town Development (Unknown) / (Champkins-Drein, David) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

You are never too old to play the game.

An Israeli footballer has entered the record books after becoming the world’s oldest player to take part in a professional game at the age of 73. Isaak Hayik set the record by playing as a goalkeeper for Israeli team Ironi Or Yehuda on Friday afternoon. Despite his advanced years, Hayik said he was “ready for another game” after playing for the full 90 minutes. Ironi Or Yehuda play in Liga Bet South A, in the fourth tier of the Israeli league.

Although his team were beaten 5-1 by Maccabi Ramat Gan, Iraqi-born Hayik is said to have made a series of impressive saves during the game.

 

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.

 

UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Current leaders 76

Biggleswade FC (91), Tring Athletic (88), Hadley (85) or Biggleswade United (83)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 76

Biggleswade FC (91), Tring Athletic (88), Hadley (85) or Biggleswade United (83)

Relegation: Current safety 39

Cockfosters (33), Stotfold (38), London Tigers (39), Leverstock Green (42), North Greenford United FC (43), London Colney (48)

 

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Harefield United.

Runners Up: Broadfields United.

Relegation: Current safety 39

Hatfield Town plus one of following Codicote (38), Amersham Town (39), Brimsdown (43), Milton Keynes Robins FC (50) or Wodson Park (52)

 

DIVISION TWO

Champions: Current leaders 62

Bovingdon (71) or Old Bradwell United (64)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 50

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64), Berkhamsted Raiders (56) or Aston Clinton (52)

Re-election: Clean Slate.

Note

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.

SL D1C; Thame United 4-1 Aylesbury FC

THAME UNITED 4 (WEST 10, 48, 64 AND GOSS 44)
AYLESBURY FC 1 (BRITO 85)

Saturday 6/4/19

15:00

ASM Stadium, Thame

Attendance- 213

Weather – 10 Celsius, Dry and Sunny

Report and Photos by Carl Catling

 

*** STARTING LINE UPS ***

Thame United – Hill (gk), Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Ashworth, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Martin

Subs used – Mepham and Evans

Aylesbury FC – Bennion (gk), Jenkins (cpt), Carby, Stevens, Merridan, Feyi, Young, Touleda, Haule, Deacon and Scott

Subs used – Odusoga Amadieu and Brito

Both sides went into this game with some hope of ending the season on a high. The whole season is now dependant in the final four games remaining. Today’s fixture did see a family atmosphere hit eh ASM Stadium with red Kite Radio broadcasting from the game, Thame Youth and Thame sponsors in attendance.

There was a slight delay to kick off due to a moments silence for the passing of old Thame United Chairman Jim Tite. As soon as the game started Thame were pressing all over the field allowing Aylesbury no time on the ball. Thame also showed their determination in their tackles early on notably by Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Sturgess and Ashworth. Thame were awarded a free kick which was taken by Tack which did go over the bar. Then the first goal came in the 10th minute when a mistake at the back meant a cross to West in the box was neatly controlled before going round Bennion for an easy tap in to make it 1-0. Aylesbury did claim for offside but the goal was awarded. The attacking play continued from Thame and a weighted pass by Ashworth found Goss in space on the left wing who came infield to attempt a curled shot which narrowly went high and wide. There was then a period of little chances and both teams turning possession over but Thame remained in control of the game. Aylesbury’s first chance came whereby a cross from the left found Haule in the box who managed to get in front of the defender but could not head the ball into the net, this was a real missed opportunity for Aylesbury. Aylesbury not long after produced a through ball towards goal but Hill anticipated it and closed the forward down making the chipped shot difficult and could not hit the target. Aylesbury continued to attack down their right flank putting Lynn under a spell of real pressure. Thame’s centre backs of Essex and Jewell were battling hard and were winning the battle against Haule and Deacon. In comparison West and Goss were working hard to find space up top and wide in order for play to be in Aylesbury’s half and allow the side to defend higher up the field. Thame’s Tack had a positive first half with multiple touches and multiple tackles to help his side maintain control. Also in the first half Sturgess and Ashworth were working well in tandem to aid the team both in attack and defence. A moment in lack of concentration meant Martin was able to find space 30 yards out and hit a half volley 30 yards out which rattled the bar but the ball was deemed not to have crossed the line much to Aylesbury’s relief. Thame ended the half with their second goal which was much deserved by Goss who as always is clinical inside the box from any distance albeit this one was a tap in from 2 yards out.

HT Score – Thame United 2 – 0 Aylesbury FC

The second half was very much of the same early on with Thame firmly in control of possession and territory. It did not take long for Thame to score again and this time Goss was the provider for West who was able to head the ball firmly pass the goalie to make it 3-0 and surely give the home side the win. This goal was another indication of great link up play between Goss and West throughout the match. There was a delay in the second half when Sturgess require medical treatment for a possible knock to the head which did then have an effect on the pace of play after. In the 64th minute Thame had a free kick given when there was a crunching late tackle on Goss. Goss was able to get up and take the free kick himself and hit the ball towards West who flicked the ball into the net giving him his hat trick on the day. Aylesbury made three changes in the second half in search of goals and did begin to play at a faster tempo late on. Thame were continuing to counteract this by their work rate and winning tackles all over the field. In the last 20 minutes despite the scoreline the game was very much end to end. Aylesbury did find a consolation goal in the 85th minute when a free kick was struck by left footed Brito which smashed the post and went in leaving Hill unable to move to make it 4-1.

FT Score – Thame United 4 – 1 Aylesbury FC

This was a physical game from both sides and a sublime team performance by the home team. This was a huge home win for Thame United who got back to winning ways and climb to 8th in the table. Thame now remain 3 points behind Didcot Town. Aylesbury remain in the relegation zone in 19th place.

*** MAN OF THE MATCH – Sponsored by Figaro’s Barber in Thame ***

This was decided by ASM Auto RecyclingDirector Paul McDonagh. Paul decided to pick hat trick hero Thame United’s #10 Dan West who was a constant threat in attack and proved to be dangerous inside the box.

*** NEXT GAME ***

Thame United v Berkhamstead FC

Saturday 13/4/19

15:00

ASM Stadium, Thame

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BJCC; Towcester Town 4-2 Potterspury

Towcester Town – 4
Potterspury – 2

04.04.2019

Towcester Town secured their place in this season’s Buckingham Junior Charity Cup final with a first half showing that Potterspury had no answer to, and once keeper Sam Kelly was sent off it was always going to be an uphill struggle for his side to get themselves back into the tie, the resulting penalty put them three down and it was four before the break, Richard Parker helping himself to a forty minute hatrick which could have been double at least by the end of the game. Despite the poor weather conditions at the start of the game, a few hearty souls braved the conditions to witness this local derby between the sides from the North Bucks & District League Premier Division, Pury now go into Tuesday’s Fred Tew Final for losing semi-finalists where they meet Steeple Claydon, whilst Town meet Deanshanger Athletic on Thursday evening for the gold & silver play-off, both games again at Stony Stratford.

An early long throw into the box from Towcester was allowed to bounce which saw Parker able to get a header that Potterspury custodian Kelly had to fling himself at to push away for a corner, another searching cross then met the head of Jack Shaw but he could only help it on its way wide of the far upright, Parker then tucked a pass inside to his skipper Macaulay Copping who inside the penalty arc had to twist and turn before seeing his curling effort brush the keepers fingertips on its way past the post. At this stage Joe Major’s men were finding it hard to contain their opponents; a brief respite saw Dave Cole drag a shot wide from eighteen yards out, but on thirteen minutes the inevitable opener came but it was an error in defence that saw Town break the deadlock, a free kick back to Kelly who laid off to a defender who in turn played straight into the path of Parker who from twenty-five yards simply accelerated into the box to slot home.

Macaulay Copping puts Towcester in command from spot

Parker doubled his tally five minutes later when he collected a pass twenty yards out in the middle of the pitch from where he fired into the bottom right hand corner, moments later a corner curled in saw the front man crash a header back off the post with a defender on hand to clear, but then on twenty-four minutes the game seemed over for Pury when Sam Kelly was sent off. Shaw was released away on goal and as the keeper came out to challenge he went down, the referee allowed play to continue as a shot was cleared inside the six-yard box but then blew his whistle and pointed to the spot, before brandishing the straight red to Kelly. Despite the protests Adam Kelly donned the gloves but was powerless to stop Copping firing into the top corner, Lee White was then sacrificed as Sam Pittam was brought on to play in between the sticks whilst Adam Kelly returned to his forward position.

A free kick to Pury was cleared out by the blue defence as far as Joe Manning but his fierce drive was rising all the way as it sailed over Loz Benham’s crossbar, and another set piece angled in towards the far post was met on the volley by Dean Lyden that flashed across the goal face and a yard or two wide. Town completed their scoring five minutes before the interval through a simple routine, a goal kick from Pittam went straight to Shaw in midfield who hit it first time straight back through the middle of the black & white defence for Parker to smash into the bottom corner to complete his hatrick. H/T: 4-0

Ollie Whittome scores late second for Potterspury

Towcester started the second half as they finished the first when a ball across the Pury backline was chased down by Parker and he dinked inside to Shaw to hit first time but over the top, at the opposite end Jamie Hall was played in on goal where Benham denied with his legs inside his six-yard box, the same striker then released away upfield again where he was shadowed all the way by Oliver Peters who timed his sliding challenge perfectly to rob possession just as it seemed he would shoot from close range. A free kick to Potterspury right on the far left of the penalty box saw Kelly fire over the top, but then just on the hour mark he was sent chasing into the area where he rounded the keeper but the challenge brought him down and a second penalty of the evening awarded, despite the calls for cards again nothing was given and Kelly pulled a goal back from the spot.

Another poor clearance found Copping unmarked where he was allowed the freedom to take a touch before attempting to curl inside the back post but only found the waiting gloves of Pittam, at the other end substitute Stevie Dean flashed a low drive diagonally across the box and wide of the far upright, with twelve minutes left the deficit was reduced further when a knock down the middle for Ollie Whittome to chase after saw him slot home from inside the arc. A Town free kick saw Copping fizz into the box where two opposite sets of boots sent the ball over the bar, the officials deciding a goal kick would suffice, the last chance then saw the Towcester captain find their hatrick man on the eighteen yard line with back to the target, his flick up and overhead kick comfortable for Pittam to catch. F/T: 4-2

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BBFA; Flooring duo hoping to light their Beacons for success starting this Sunday

Sunday 7th April 2019
Aylesbury Flooring v FC Beaconsfield
Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
The Meadow
K.O. 11.00am

The Meadow, Chesham United FC

Venue: The Meadow, Chesham, HP5 1NE

Aylesbury Flooring continue on their hunt for silverware this Sunday as they look to retain the trophy they won twelve months ago when they take on FC Beaconsfield at The Meadow, home of Chesham United. After last weekend’s events in the FA Sunday Cup semi-final at Gainsborough Trinity where George Tomlin’s men beat Southwick by two goals to nil, Flooring have the opportunity to bag their first trophy of this campaign as they eagerly look to retain the crown they collected last April when they beat FC Benton’s, the first of numerous finals and/or semi-finals the club are through to again this year, and still have the opportunity to wrap the league title up as well! In their way this time is Beaconsfield who currently top the High Wycombe Sunday Football Combination Division One table, with eleven out of twelve wins in their season to date, and cannot be caught although last weekend they did suffer a heavy defeat in their league challenge cup semi-final after a very early sending off.

For more information on Beaconsfield this season use this link: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?selectednavpage1=All&navPageNumber1=3&teamID=872056631&divisionseason=110452920

This week Sports Shots caught up with goal keeper Liam Smith but first we asked midfielder Dave Brown how long he’s been involved at Flooring, and how he ended up joining?

I actually played in Flooring’s first ever game but then couldn’t commit to playing both Saturdays and Sundays at the time, it was only a few years later when George took charge that I properly signed on. Three years and countless trophies later it was definitely worth signing on and joining the Flooring revolution!

Dave Brown

Liam hasn’t been involved quite as long:

I’ve been playing Sunday football for five or six years now, I’ve been playing in the Luton Sunday league for the past five seasons! I have only joined Aylesbury Flooring this season and what a season to be involved with the greatest team in Sunday football!

How has Liam enjoyed his time with the club?

Aylesbury Flooring has got to be one of best experience in my football career so far, every round of the Sunday FA Cup has been an experience I’ll never forget with a great group of lads!

Dave also has many great memories from his time at the club:

I have loved every minute of it, there’s nothing better than playing football with your mates and having a laugh whilst doing it. We’ve managed to put together a team that’s made Aylesbury football history, the FA Cup journey this year has been the stand out memory throughout my time by far. I must also mention the B&B Cup final win last year and the Magpies Nine victory the year before, beating Magpies FC in extra time with nine men and the celebrations that went with both of those cup wins

What does Dave see as the biggest differences between Saturday & Sunday football?

Saturday football is definitely taken a lot more seriously and is a more competitive league, but having said that, in the Sunday cups you can come up against some top teams. Sunday football is about getting the balance of having a good side, but also being able to play with your mates and go down the pub after, which is definitely something which Flooring have been able to do

Liam agrees that Saturday’s are far more serious:

Saturday football I would say is a bit more serious as in we meet earlier and the lads don’t turn up still half drunk; Sunday football is a bit more laid back meeting half hour before we start, that’s if the lads do turn up from the night before!

Liam Smith

How does Liam see the support that the team get?

The Aylesbury Flooring following is fantastic; I would say they are a big part of being where we are now, and they are as important as the players, manager and coaching staff! It’s like a big family at Aylesbury Flooring, we are all in this together, the fans have been fantastic!

Dave agrees that the support does help the team:

The support we’ve had this year has been amazing and has played a massive part in our cup run, particularly spurring us on in the big comebacks we’ve had in the last few rounds. When you hear all the boys singing on the sidelines it does give you an extra ten percent. There’s no other Sunday team that gets support like it, and no matter how far the game is they’ll make the trip. I don’t think any of them drink either…..

We asked Dave how it compares playing under George on a Sunday to Neil Roberts on a Saturday:

Both love their football and know how to get team spirit spot on, and both love a session after the game, both can be a bit too organised at times though! Wingers is a top manager to play under as he’s got about fifty years’ experience in local football, so knows how to win and to get the best out of players, and he’s been good to have around on Sundays particularly in our big games. George has the respect of all the boys and has led us to glory for the last few years so that says it all, he’s even put in a few solid shifts at centre-back throughout the season. I’m looking forward to seeing the state he gets in when we bring the FA Cup home

Liam appreciates what both managers bring to his game:

Playing under George Tomlin and Neil Roberts is very similar as both are great managers and have good relationships with the players, on and off the field, which I think is a big plus, both know their football very well want to push you to the best of your ability! Having Neil involved with Flooring has also helped me settle in and be myself as I’ve known Neil for a long time! I must also say Neil has scored an FA Cup hat trick so it’s good to have his experience in and around the squad!

Does Liam ever see himself playing outfield one day?

That’s now five cup finals with Aston and Aylesbury Flooring to look forward too now and I’m confident in the boys that we can go and win them all, maybe if I lost five stone I would back myself to be a deadly striker!

Where does his team mate prefer to play?

I have played most of the season either in one of the two centre midfield spots or in the number ten role, I’m happy playing in either, but playing in front of a midfield two gives me a bit more freedom and licence to get forward. A lot of the boys could do a job in most positions though and have had to slot in a few positions throughout the season, so it’s good to have that versatility

How would Dave describe last weekends performance against Southwick in the FA Sunday Cup semi-final, and how did he rate the opposition?

What a day! I think overall it was a comfortable win and a very good team performance, we kept our shape well and didn’t really give them any chance to create anything, and used the pitch well playing some nice football. Southwick were a physical side and left a fair few late tackles in which they later had two red cards to show for, but we kept our heads and just kept trying to play football. Not a good weekend for Sunderland all round last week! I’d definitely say AFC Jacks were the best team we’ve come up against on route to the final , they’re one of the best teams I’ve played against in Saturday or Sunday football. Coming back from two-nil down to beat them in extra time gave us the belief that we can go on and beat anyone, which we showed again in the quarters when coming back from three-one down

Liam also pays homage to AFC Jacks:

You can’t really describe last Sunday, it’s probably up there with one of the best days I’ve had in my life! Southwick to be fair weren’t a bad team but we’ve definitely played better in the previous rounds! AFC Jacks still being probably one off the best teams I’ve ever played against who we beat in the last sixteen

It’s been a busy few weeks for the squad, is Liam still confident they can win these finals they are in?

Yeah it’s been a very busy few weeks for the Flooring boys! Our target from the start has been to win everything we enter and now we are here I’m sure that’s what we are going to do! You don’t get anything for coming second best!

Dave nominates the one prize all the boys want to win:

With it being our last season I think everyone definitely wants to win as much as we can. We’re already in three Cup finals and I think we have another two trophies that we can win, so would be nice to take the lot. I think everyone would tell you that the FA Cup is the one we all want, so I think that and retaining the B&B probably come out on top as the priority

On to the Berks & Bucks Cup this weekend, what does Dave remember of it last year, and how does it compare to the FA Sunday Cup feeling?

Last year it was the one we were all desperate to win, and the celebrations after were unreal. It was a great day to be a part of, particularly after losing to a last minute goal in the final the year before. The FA Cup journey has kind of taken over the buzz this year but the B&B is still a trophy we are desperate to win and retain, and I’m sure we’ll have big support there again this weekend. Cup finals are one of the main reasons we slog out the winter months of the season, so come Sunday everyone will be fully focused on securing another trophy and enjoying another big day. I scored the opening goal last year so will be hoping to get on the score sheet again this Sunday!

Liam wasn’t there last year but is still as eager to retain the trophy:

The B&B is always a special one for everyone, it’s the biggest thing in local football & one of those you want to win! With Aylesbury Flooring winning it last season everyone will be there to retain our cup, and I’m sure we have got the class in the squad to do so!

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

It would have to be Aston Clinton assistant manager and Aylesbury Flooring legend Rob Goldney! I would love to see him on Come Dine with Me as the boy loves a salad with extra salad! And finally I would like to say a big thank you to the chairman Ian Middleton and grandad Pete for making this all possible and off course the fans you are legends! Floor on!

Dave picks his Aston Clinton team mates:

I think it would have to be the Collins brothers to go head to head on Countdown. They’re an unbelievably intelligent pair so it’d be interesting to see who would come out on top!

Sports Shots would like to thank both Dave & Liam for their time this week