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SSMFL,D1: Ath share goalless draw curtain-raiser

Buckingham Athletic shared an opening day goalless draw with Rayners Lane on Saturday.

Buckingham Athletic FC

Neil Griffiths’ side took a point from the encounter on a hot afternoon at Stratford Fields.

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SSMFL D2: MK Gallacticos FC are still looking for away friendlies on Sat 28th Aug, Wed 1st Aug & Sat 4th Aug

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CCLD1; Staff, King & Singh in return for Buckingham Town II’s v Long Marston

Buckingham Town II’s host third place Long Marston on Saturday at Bourton Road, in the reverse of the fixture from back in May that saw Town’s only victory of the season to date.

Sports Shots caught up with Town skipper Steve Beck ahead of the game:

As you can see we have a much-changed side from what we have had out previously this season. Adam King makes his first start of the season now back from Stowe & Northants duties and will be pushing for a place in the first team. Ben & Gurwinder have dropped down from the firsts and will have good opportunities to get some overs under their belts.

After a good performance last week which saw us post our second highest score of the season so far, confidence should be up going into the game against a team we beat earlier in the season.

It has reached a point where we need to string a run of results together to help us move up the league and away from the relegation places. I believe this is possible if we can keep putting teams out with this strength in depth

Gurwinder Singh

Team:

  1. A Odell
  2. A King
  3. S Younghusband
  4. M Thatcher
  5. S Beck
  6. C Cater
  7. G Singh
  8. B Stafford
  9. S Myatt
  10. A Johnson
  11. W Fayyaz

OCA League: Results, scores & performers Saturday 14th July 2018

Division 1

E&W Hendred 214 (A Francis 61, B Jenkins 3-50, D Wiskin 3-53), Wootton & B 167 (M Glover 41, C King 37no, N George 5-28).

Marsh Gibbon 220-7 (R Shipperley 43, J Leonard, A Robinshaw 4-56), Faringdon 183-7 (J Tomes 56, A Johnson 40).

Stonesfield 239-8 (G Redknap 72, D Farrant 63no, J Burns 34, A Khan 5-52), Westcott 237-9 (T Burcham 59, A Khan 38, R Ullah 30, S Litten 3-53).

Wolvercote 179 (T Stewart-Liberty 88, R Pratley 3-51), Witney Swifts 181-5 (C Fisher 53no).

Oxenford 142 (R Gedera 71, M Adil 3-26), Yarnton & Cowley 143-8 (W Azad 39, H Hiscock 5-41).

Division 2

Cairns Fudge 163 (P Hammond 34, R Wastie 3-30, B Lucas 3-40), Stanton Harcourt 167-7 (B Lucas 78no, R Wastie 37, J Clark 3-27).

Chipping Norton 203-7 (C Karwita 56, J McGeown 30no), Hanborough 110 (R Taylor 34, J McGeown 3-17, M Elliott 3-24).

Wantage 129 (D Spencer 78no, S Hanson 5-21, S Wilkes 4-23), Middleton Cheney 133-5 (S Twynham 61, C Merry 44, B Martin 3-43).

Watlington 223 (S Strong 69, R Garimella 45, O Lewis 30), Tetsworth 187 (S Babu 45, R Patel 31, A Patel 30, O Lewis 4-41).

Division 3

Bampton (J Payne 31, J Blackford 3-30, K Ramzan 3-40), Kidlington 166-3 (S Kalyan 65no, C Woods 34).

Chadlington 145-8 (M Lambert 49no, D Kavanagh 3-25), Brill 146-5 (A Wynd 84no, C Atlas 4-42).

Broughton & NN 232-7 (A Parsons 126no, D Paterson 31, J Gooder 4-44), Dorchester 235-3 (C Graney 99, A Redhead 86no).

Marcham 172-9 (S Armstrong 85, J Thompson 4-36, M Kalyan 3-19), Risinghurst 176-4 (M Kalyan 77, L Bandhu 60no).

Kilkenny 276-3 (C May 104no, D Gordon 82, R Craddock 55no), West Ilsley 213-5 (A Barnes 112no, A Bloor 31, D Gordon 3-49).

Division 4

Combe 317-5 (R Nicholson 153, J Lenthall 68, M Westerby 30), Sunningwell 210 (N Lovell 96, P Bramwell 45, M Eeley 5-61, D Gardner 3-57).

Radley w/o Ducklington.

Steventon 229-9 (P Armstrong 54, M Sortur 50, R Knight 3-56), Hook Norton 205 (D White 85, P Armstrong 3-34, S Thompson 3-36).

Uffington 127-9 (D Painter 43, S Winskill 3-17), Shrivenham 131-4 (M Key 3-43).

Division 5

Kennington 203 (I Pullen 55no, J Spencer-Matthews 52, P Beckley 4-92, A Bateman 3-33), E&W Hendred 2nd 206-7 (I Clewley 52, A Cooke 47, L Richards 30, D Robson 3-77).

Kidlington 2nd 183 (A Oliver 76, J Launchbury 33, N Sadler 4-62, R Glenny 3-60), Wolvercote 2nd 184-3 (T Manzoor 62, C Potter 60, D Jones 38no).

Oxenford 2nd 165 (C Rainer 41, R Rowley 37, B Rendell 5-39, M Hall 3-47), Freeland 166-7 (M Buckingham 74, D Simpson 35, A Ali 4-37).

Swinbrook 96 (N Pothercary 34, H Zaman 7-16), Tetsworth 2nd 99-3 (R Stapleton 51).

Division 6

Dorchester 2nd 153-8, Letcombe 110.

Chalgrove 123 (R Armstrong 39, N Little 33, R Kumar 4-18, J Cole 3-22), Risinghurst 2nd 127-3 (R Naik 70).

Chesterton 188 (J Appleton 55, W Coles 4-49, D Quinn 3-23), Wolvercote 3rd 170 (G Appleton 4-43, V Manwalkar 3-47).

Chesterton w/o Wootton & BH 2nd.

Division 7 North

Chipping Norton 2nd 307-7 (E Phipps 105, N Wallington 75, A Dark 36, U Dogar 3-58), Kidlington 3rd 76 (J Owen 5-26).

Hook Norton 2nd 150 (O Raisbeck 52, J Davis 39, M Oldfield 4-30), Deddington 2nd 154-9 (C Buckingham 48no, O Roberts 39, J Davis 3-12, J Weaver 3-42).

Stonesfield 2nd 156 (B Hayes 58, J Souch 3-13, A Walker 3-28, J Woodward 3-43), Stanton Harcourt 2nd 160-5 (J Souch 50no, A Walker 38no, R Graham 35, D Taylor 3-69).

Westcott 2nd 213-8 (P Bateman 96, M Herriott 36, A Bakhtiar 4-48, S Rathee 3-65), Oxenford 3rd 140 (E Durbin 52, L Jeacock 4-10).

Division 7 South

Kennington 2nd 101 (G Liddiard 4-14, S Cornish 3-20), Faringdon 2nd 107-1 (S Smith 57no, S McDowall 38no).

Watlington 2nd 161 (M Taylor 37, J Saunders 34, M Davies 4-29), Harwell International 162-5 (A Hussain 42).

Steventon 2nd 110 (S Hawkes 32, C Wood 4-9), Kilkenny 2nd 111-0 (J Trinder 66no, I Jenkins 30no).

Sunningwell 2nd w/o Marcham 2nd.

CL; Buckingham Town II’s battle all to no a-Vale

Buckingham Town II’s – 123-8 off 48 overs (6 points)

Abingdon Vale – 198 all out off 51.1 overs (18 points)

Buckingham Town II’s drew with Abingdon Vale on Saturday with both sides were in good positions during the afternoon to win the game but both sides struggled to remove each other’s tail end; Town reduced their visitors from 84-3 to 100-5, but Vale reached 198 before finally being bowled out, in return the hosts slumped from 24-3 to 63-7 but again the tail end dug in, and Matthew Thatcher hit a superb 41 & merged a good partnership with James Gear that saw the pair remain unbeaten and seeing out their allotted overs to tie the game.

Abingdon won the toss and elected to bat, William Barker & Amith Premkumar started well until Jason Ell bowled & caught the former with the score on 27 in the fifth over, with Premkumar run out shortly after. Vale then added a further 46 runs before Simon Myatt making his first start of the season took the third wicket with the score on 84. Myatt struck again and a James Gear LBW reduced Vale to 100-5 and Town looked in control, but in came Paul Butcher who steadied the ship and made 55 before being caught behind by Alex O’Dell off Myatt, Wasim Fayyaz took three wickets but Abingdon tail ender Paul White ended 22 not out as his side reached 198 before their final wicket fell. Myatt & Fayyaz both ended with 3 wickets apiece.

O’Dell & Alistair Martin opened for Town after the break as the scorching hot sunshine bore down, and by the ninth over the home side were 24-3 with O’Dell, Sam Younghusband & Martin all out. Captain Steve Beck came in to partner Thatcher and the pair looked solid until Beck was caught quite brilliantly single handed by William Barker diving away to his right. Vishal Valambhia lasted two balls before falling LBW, and just nine runs later Town were 62-6 when Sam Chapman was bowled by Arthur Chapman. Ell fell LBW in the next over and Myatt made 7 before being caught and then things looked bleak, 78-8 and a further sixteen overs to face with two wickets left.

Matthew Thatcher hit 41 not out

But Thatcher still stood in the middle, and his partnership with Gear saw the remaining overs out, Gear finishing 23 not out and their partnership worth 45 runs. Joe Butcher finished with 4 wickets for 41 runs off 16 overs the highlight for Abingdon.

Match scorecard: http://www.cherwellcricketleague.com/scorecard.php?Match_ID=6045

League table: http://www.cherwellcricketleague.com/leaguetable.php?Division_ID=1

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Buckinghamshire non-league grounds to visit

Two of Sports Shots friends have collaborated to report on 5 grounds in Buckinghamshire that shouldn’t be missed, for any ground hoppers out there that are yet to experience the scene in our local area.

New Bradwell St Peter FC stand

Football in Bracknell & FootballMK have come up with this brilliant article, click on the link: https://www.footballinbracknell.co.uk/features/away-days/34075/football-in-buckinghamshire/

The grounds covered are:

Stratford Fields, Buckingham

Ostlers Lane, Stony Stratford

The Recreation Ground, New Bradwell

Station Road, Mursley

Manor Fields, Fenney Stratford

FFCL; Horwood look to continue Dom-inant form

Great Horwood entertain New City (Milton Keynes) on Saturday looking to make it three wins on the spin, and with it climb out of the bottom two places in the Four Counties Cricket League Division One table. After last weeks thumping win over Elstow, Horwood now face bottom of the table New City, who themselves will be looking to escape the lower echelons of the league table.

Sports Shots caught up with Horwood skipper Stuart Parker this week:

This week we are again at home as we entertain bottom of the table New City in what is a must win game for us. The win would see us jump out of the bottom two as we look to continue the last two weeks good form. However, the squad is a little depleted this weekend with Glyn Davies & Dale Armitage both unavailable from the side last week, and with Adam Armitage, Billy Harper & Josh Nix still unavailable it leaves our bowling attack a little thin.

We have though managed to sign Dominic Pritchard from Buckingham Town this week which is a good signing for us and he comes straight into the side along with Kev Smith who will take the wicket keeping duties

Dom Pritchard

Team:

S Parker

B Bridgman

K Cronshaw

S Krajnyk

O Prendergast

H Morrison

D Pritchard

S Ridgway

K Smith

R Taylor

S Willett

The match starts at 1.30pm

Cherwell League: Results from Saturday 16th June 2018

Division 1

Gt Brickhill 321 (J Pattni 79, D Aris 74, M Nelson 50, A John 48, T Costley 4-36), Oxford Downs 321 (G Sandbach 144, T Costley 51, A Rafiq 42, G Davson 5-78, A Jhala 3-14).

Banbury 2nd 158 (R Simpson 36, J Lambden 32, A Lane 3-22, A Bee 3-48), Long Marston 162-2 (J Beesley 69no, A Hammond 34).

Challow & Childrey 146 (J Penrose 72, J Gear 3-27, C Price 3-53), Buckingham Tn 2nd 119 (S Brunning 31, H Atkinson 4-39, C Jones 3-34).

Tiddington 200-9 (B Smith 57, M Johnston 44, W Cooper 43, A Ali 3-25, M Fayyaz 3-48), Twyford 193-9 (S Alam 45, M Fayyaz 33no, T Weymes 5-39, R Lutton 3-59).

Cumnor 116 (J Jenkinson 5-27), Abingdon Vale 116 (M Mannering 4-44, A Davis 3-20).

Division 2

Wolverton Tn 245 (A Malik 87, C King 55, A Barras 5-78, C Leaney 3-73), Aston Rowant 2nd 188-9 (T Morgan 58, T Cooper 54, O Shaw 36, A Malik 3-32).

Cropredy 269-7 (E Somerton 123no, J Walters 40, R Murrey 3-52), Sandford St Martin 107 (M Ethan-Chapman 34, J Coleman 3-9, E Somerton 3-23, A Worby 3-29).

Oxford 2nd 191-8 (A Samiullah 42, W Woodward 3-20), Bledlow Village 192-5 (H Bartlett 105no).

Didcot 261-7 (A Spears 56no, E Mathews 52, A Webb 49, A Francis 3-61), Leighton Buzzard Tn 107 (A Spears 5-47).

Horspath 2nd 200-5 (W Robertson 49, W Hawtin 37no, M Skelton 34), Westbury 202-3 (T Gurney 79, W Gurney 54, T Wilson 41no).

Division 3

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 187 (P Mukherjee 59, C Day 30, L Smith 5-42, E Dunn 3-63), Minster Lovell 139 (E Dunn 57, A Ahmed 3-26, R Rabani 3-36).

Cublington 210-7 (J Allie 58, O Venables 58, M Sparke 37no, D Clark 3-63), Bicester & North Oxford 180 (C Doak 73, A Stapleford-Jones 35, O Venables 7-55).

Stokenchurch 233 (C Sears 50, J Sears 43, P Maddock 36, C North 36, A Latif 31, J Hart 5-41, J Wimbush 3-62), Horley 152 (J Hart 50, P Maddock 3-15).

Gt Brickhill 2nd 280-7 (G Macdonald 133, A Muptaeen 4-77), Gt & Little Tew 2nd 172-5 (S Barnes 42, A Mutagen 41, H Woodward 30).

Banbury 3rd 182-9 (B Cross 39, J Mitchelmore 31, M Simpson 30, S Roberts 4-42, A Lake 3-35), Oxford Downs 2nd 185-3 (D Woods 62no, W Bartlett 41, P Chahal 33).

Division 4

Tiddington 2nd 179-7 (M Smith 87), Shipton-under-Wychwood 2nd 130-7 (D Jarvis 39, J Elliott 3-37).

Witney Mills 234-6, Thame Tn 2nd 233-9.

Long Marston 2nd 208-9 (P Marsh 42, M Henderson 33no, C Pickford 3-46, D Hartley 3-47), Abingdon Vale 2nd 169-5 (M Darley 54no, C Pickford 41, P Barry 3-42).

Brackley 246-5 (J Rowland 75, M Lowe 42no, E Carpenter 42, J Kellar 35), Charlbury 62 (J Markham 3-7).

East Oxford 142 (F Khan 33no, R Brown 3-18), Bletchley Tn 132 (M Shepherd 34, C Walia 5-41).

Division 5

Leighton Buzzard Tn 2nd 210 (R Krynauw 69, M Burfoot 67, L Crofts 4-65, S Herbert 3-53), Cumnor 2nd 179 (S Herbert 32, A Smith 3-27).

Chearsley 79 (A Ward 6-27), Didcot 2nd 83-1 (K Beesley 35no, I Demain 34no).

Kingston Bagpuize 155 (A Verdin 62, S Bullen 50, J White 5-35, L Lewis 4-44), Aston Rowant 3rd 159-6 (M Luxford 77no).

Horspath 3rd 276-5 (A Roberts 114, N Coltman 34, C Wharton 32), Cropredy 2nd 85 (C Wise 30, C Homes 5-54, E Oakley 5-27).

Dinton 2nd 231 (B Jeyanathan 51, S Ghazanfar 38, T Husain 33, J Dumbarton 4-77, N Price 3-50), Kimble 232-3 (J Foster 110no, P Dumbarton 41, J McRae 33).

Division 6

Eynsham 148-9 (A Macreadie 50no), Oxford 3rd 149-4 (M Sheehan 71no, A Morgan 34, S Hollingshead 3-32).

Horley 2nd 223-9 (D Quinney 65, P Moon 41, M Shafaqat 4-58, G Wilkinson 3-52), Twyford 2nd 222 (M Aslam 61, T Jackson 59, H Wilkinson 58, R Hart 5-60).

Banbury 4th 118 (G Pearson 3-1, B Proctor 3-20), Sandford St Martin 2nd 121-2 (D Hoebrugge 49no).

Bledlow Ridge 239-9 (S Bird 58), Buckingham Tn 3rd 200 (V Valambhia 65, R Freshwater 53, M Dakin 4-43, H Ahmed 4-69).

Minster Lovell 2nd 200 (A Horne 49, J Mayers 47, F Robson 5-57), Challow & Childrey 2nd 201-7 (H Whitehead 54, F Robson 41, B Spencer 4-40).

Division 7

Westbury 2nd 251-4 (R Tredwell 92, A Lees 65), Horspath 4th 161-6 (L Heritage 53no, J Perkins 32, C Tredwell 3-57).

Bledlow Village 2nd w/o Gt & Little Tew 3rd.

East Oxford 2nd 118 (S Evans 6-32, D Allen 3-48), Didcot 3rd 77 (K Hafeez 4-11).

Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 2nd 149 (N Smith 38, L Keyes 33, K Dave 4-42), Bicester & North Oxford 2nd 150-2 (M Collins 55no, O Ward 39no).

Aston Rowant 4th 194 (Senior 63, De Abeu 4-52), Wolverton Tn 2nd 141.

Division 8

Charlbury 2nd 214-9 (T Harris 45, C Sinton 40, A Singh 3-61), Abingdon Vale 3rd 140 (R Berry 39, M Hawthorne 36, E Norton 4-41, M Doran 3-33).

Long Marston 3rd 78 (R Timmis 5-34, D Barnes 3-22), Brackley 2nd 79-6 (D Barnes 49no, S McLeman 5-15).

Oxford Downs 3rd 286-9 (J Florey 81, H Gillam 61, A Owen 31, M Mohanan 30no, J Gotzheim 3-34), Cublington 2nd 157 (S Godfrey 48, J Florey 3-22, A Bellinie 3-27).

Shipton-under-Wychwood 3rd 151-6 (A Cooper 51, T Connely 40, N Sudan 3-37), Witney Mills 2nd 94 (S Holford 41, A Wolf 3-37).

Challow & Childrey 3rd 156 (B Cox 82, M Dipple 4-16), Buckingham Tn 4th 138 (A Johnson 33, M Dipple 30, M Gregory 5-49).

Division 9

Bledlow Ridge 2nd 211-6 (J Sahota 41, J Goodband 32, E Morris 31), Bletchley Tn 2nd 212-5 (K Hollis 71no, R Miah 30).

Tiddington 3rd 214-8 (N Dales 123), Kingston Bagpuize 2nd 173 (J Edwards 75, C Evans 4-55).

Kimble 2nd 302-4 (A Ahmed 102no, T Skeggs 75, A Singh 54), Cumnor 3rd 217-6 (R Peach 109).

Thame Town 3rd 235-0 (A Jinman 140no, J Phippen 50no), Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts 3rd 101 (M Hussain 65, L Ludlam 3-5, J Phippen 3-5, V Desai 3-17).

Stokenchurch 2nd w/o Oxford.

Division 10

Shipton-under-Wychwood 4th 123 (J Tucker 4-16), Bicester & North Oxford 3rd 124-2 (M Ilbery 61, S Conway 43).

Dinton 3rd 123-9 (P Baker 49, A Mason 36-4), Aston Rowant 5th 81 (V Vidalia 19-3).

Didcot 4th 185 (C Strange 59, J Taboada 45, M Fellowes 3-28, T Barnes 3-42), Thame Tn 4th 115 (S Ali 7-35).

Abingdon Vale 4th w/o Eynsham 2nd.

Westbury 3rd 150 (P McComb 54, P Spearman 4-35), Minster Lovell 3rd 58 (L Brody 3-19).

Chearsley 2nd 59 (R Plumbe 6-20), Cropredy 3rd 60-0 (A Beecroft 38no).

Great Horwood beaten by New Bradwell

Great Horwood lost by four wickets on Saturday to New Bradwell, which leaves them second bottom in the Four Counties Cricket League Division One table and still seeking their first win this season.

Horwood won the toss and elected to bat, and were bowled out for 135 off 38.4 overs, Sam Willett top scored with 31, closely followed by an unbeaten 27 from Oliver Prendergast. Chris Wade weighed in with bowling figures of 4 wickets for 34 runs off 8 overs for Bradwell.

Olly Prendergast

Bradwell in return reached their target with the loss of six wickets, Kieran Lampard top scored with 52, while Prendergast finished with 3 wickets for 38 runs of 6 overs.

The match scorecard can be viewed here: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/results/3368460

The table can be viewed here: http://4ccl.play-cricket.com/website/websites/view_division?id=78263

Horwood face a trip to Milton Keynes next Saturday.

SLP; Wise words before Banbury can think about Sandy beaches

Saturday 21st April 2018

Banbury United v Merthyr Town

Southern League Premier Division

Banbury Community Plant Hire Stadium

K.O. 3.00pm

Banbury United entertain Merthyr Town on Saturday in their final home game of the current season, and will be looking to finish their home campaign with a win after a midweek defeat at St Neots. Whilst The Puritans could still finish sixth & one place outside the play-offs, they would still be a long way off those above, as the competitive nature of this league still see’s fifth place Slough with the potential to finish on ninety-nine points yet finish in the last play-off place, and the top four could all finish on over one hundred points each. Two of those definitely will not go up, meaning a fantastic season in terms of points tally will ultimately result in disappointment. Can United send the home faithful home happy for the summer?

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Elliot Sandy & Charlie Wise, and asked Charlie what he remembered about the game at their place earlier in the season, where his side triumphed on the night?

I remember a long long trip on a Tuesday night, unfortunately I was injured that night and didn’t play. Merthyr were a young side who played well and if it wasn’t for Leams smart finish it could have been a very different result. Their form is very good of late so Saturday will be a massive test

Elliot agreed:

When we travelled over there they were going through a few troubles and had a young side out, we enjoyed a good win but they have sorted themselves out since, and are much improved so we are expecting a much tougher battle this time round

Elliot Sandy

We asked Charlie what happened in the defeat at St Neots on Tuesday:

The game was difficult to say the least, I think we made it more difficult than it needed to be but full credit to St Neots, they had a game plan and executed it with good quality & consistency. I think everybody could see the minutes we had all played in the previous nine or ten days, but we’ve had a few days rest now so will expect to be back at 100% on Saturday

Elliot looked back at the run his side had been on:

We’d been on such a great run until that disappointing game on Tuesday, but that was our fifth game in ten days!! There isn’t a secret behind it, we have a very good team who on our day can match anybody in this league as results have shown, our lack of consistency at times this season is what has cost us dearly

How does Elliot think Banbury have competed against the top sides this season?

I think it has been a solid season from Banbury, in all levels of football money talks so it’s no surprise to see the top five big hitters securing the top five positions. But as I touched on before, in our recent games against them we have matched all of them and with such a young squad I would hope the younger lads learn from this season to push on next season

Where does Charlie think Banbury need to improve to push on next season?

The top five this season have dominated, you can tell that by the points tally & the gap between them and the rest of us. At Banbury we believe that we can be a club inside that top five, and we haven’t been a million miles away this year but it’s just been about our consistency. Consistency from individuals that’s lead to consistency from the team, this is something that can only get better with time so next season we look to improve and push on. You only have to look at the amount of draws we have had to realise how close we are to challenging the clubs at the top

Charlie Wise

How does Charlie feel his own season has been?

For me personally it’s been great, I started the season at Wantage Town in the Hellenic Premier and was playing, in late August early September I made the decision I wanted to be at Banbury no matter what. I was very lucky that the gaffer gave me the opportunity to get fit & prove to the staff, the squad and the supporters that I could be good enough to play at this level. If someone had said to me back in October, when I wasn’t getting anywhere near the squad and training on my own to work on my fitness, that I would get twenty odd appearances most of which have been from the start, I wouldn’t have believed them, so now I am enjoying playing, and feel extremely lucky to be playing at this level and doing so with Banbury United makes it even better!

And has Elliot enjoyed his season?

For me it’s been a season of two halves. I started the season well at Stamford but needed surgery on a minor problem which set me back a couple of months, then I joined Banbury and feel I have gone from strength to strength gaining fitness, scoring goals and helping the team more as I got fitter & back to nearer my best. I’m happy with my goal return here, and am feeling positive looking towards next season

Finally, what does the summer hold for Charlie?

The summer holds a holiday or two but I am also putting together a fitness plan for the off season. Anton Sambrook has been helping me all season staying behind after training, helping with diets and has made a massive difference, so thankfully he has said he will help put together a summer plan so that when pre-season comes along, I will have the best possible chance of getting a starting place in the team when the first league game arrives

And Elliot has a message to the Banbury faithful:

I’d like to say to all the United fans thank you for all your support home & away this season, you have been brilliant! Now rest up, enjoy the World Cup, and I will hopefully see you next season for a big promotion push!

Sports Shots would like to thank Charlie & Elliot for their time this week.