Archive for Buckingham United Football Club

NBDL; United midfielder looking to put end to bad run and start with a Clean Slate

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Clean Slate Reserves v Buckingham United
North Bucks League Intermediate Division
Downs Barn Pavillion
K.O. 3.00

Buckingham United travel across to Clean Slate reserves on Saturday looking for the three points to put pressure on the top three places in the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division but having played more games than all three of those sides they must win their remaining four league games and hope those above slip up. The Lace Hill outfits chances of finishing in those upper echelons of the division have been shattered in the last two weeks, after two successive home defeats to Wing Village & AFC Santander shipping nine goals in the process, but they now face the opportunity to get off that horrible run as they travel to the leagues bottom side who have lost fifteen of their sixteen league games this season, at home they haven’t mustered a single point scoring just eight goals in seven games in return for conceding forty-nine! In their sixteen league games they have leaked one hundred and one goals, including the ten that Buckingham put past them back in October, surely United will be looking to increase that on Saturday?

Craig Rumble

This week Sports Shots caught up with Buckingham midfielder Craig Rumble to ask when he joined the club, how it all came about and how he’s enjoyed it since:

I joined the club a few games into last season after stepping down as Padbury manager the season before, I wanted to push myself again with a competitive team. A few old team mates were at the club and I just got chatting with Deano (O’Connor) and it seemed the right fit, it has been like a breath of fresh air fitting in as they are certainly moving in the right direction and with a great bunch of lads throughout

How good a season does he feel he has had so far?

My season couldn’t have started off better, I was fit, playing really well and most of all we were winning games. Since then it has been a bit hit and miss personally with injuries and selection but I feel whenever and whichever team I have played for I have never failed to give less than one hundred percent and backed it up with some solid performances

How good does Craig feel the squad is at Buckingham?

The squad has always been strong; it is just a shame we have struggled every week to have a consistent squad and it just doesn’t keep the fluidity and progression required to challenge like we certainly should be. I am not one for sounding out individuals, all I will say is when we work hard as a team the results should and will be there. Lewis Parkin is always a massive miss when unavailable, I couldn’t not mention him

What is Craig favoured position & formation in the side?

My favoured position would be holding midfield but I honestly am a team player and happy with the Gaffa’s choice either way. Our best formation with the right personnel for me is three-five-two with me in holding midfield, this proved to work well at the start of the season. The inconsistent squad has hampered us on numerous occasions

Three successive defeats for the side recently, how were the games against Potterspury, Santander & Wing?

It’s just been disappointing and I will sound out to the lads that we are better than this and we put it right as a team, starting this weekend. The Potterspury game wasn’t a bad performance we just lost to the better & more clinical team, Santander for me was one of the worse team performances I have seen, a lack of grit and determination which is always disappointing, I was injured last week but watched and it was anyone’s game. I believe our squad was made up of more reserves through late omissions which shows a lack of commitment to the cause, the guys who stepped up though more than held their own, so thanks for that

Is this week’s game at Clean Slate reserves the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways?

We won’t take the opposition lightly as I am sure we have learned from a few this season that we should have won. It is about putting it right as a team and building for next season with hopefully a strong finish by all

What are the targets for now to the end of the season?

As afore mentioned it is all about finishing on a high and building for next year, with our squad and depth throughout the club we should & will push to win both leagues next year

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

Tough one to think of, maybe Jason (Wilson) and TOWIE, as his all year round tan and pearly whites wouldn’t put him out of place!!

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

B&B Vets Trophy QF: United Vets ease into semi-final of county cup

Buckingham United Veterans are into the last four of the Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup.

Larry Woodward

Larry Woodward’s side have gone through their quarter-final tie after their opponents, Abingdon Vets, conceded this weekend’s tie due to being unable to field team.

United will now face either MK Irish, MK Gallacticos or Holyport in the semi-final, with dates yet to be released.

NBDL; United defender admits visit to league champions will be no stroll in the Park

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Potterspury v Buckingham United
North Bucks League Interdivisional Knockout Trophy
Meadow View
K.O. 2.30pm

Buckingham United travel to the reigning North Bucks & District Football League champions on Saturday to face Potterspury in the second round of the interdivisional knockout trophy for the right to face Great Horwood in the quarter-finals. The Northamptonshire hosts are in the division above their guests and will be red hot favourites to progress in the competition, they’ve only lost once in their last ten games in all competition and come off the back of handing out a six goal drubbing to Newport Pagnell Athletic last weekend, and currently sit in second place in the Premier Division table some eighteen points off league leaders Duston Dynamo’s albeit with five games in hand. United at present sit third in the intermediate division but have played more games than any of the other top four, they’ve have won four and lost four of their last eight in all competition, but come into this game on the back of two straight victories and have had a two week break with no game last weekend, but this will be the toughest test of their season to date without fail!

Daniel Parkin

This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Dan Parkin to ask how long he’s been at the club and how it all came about:

I have been at the club a year and a half now, Lewis Parkin, Josh Sullivan, Aaron Jones and Tom O’Connell were all playing at Buckingham before me and told me to join the club, they are all good mates so it was a no brainier to play football with them. I have settled in well, the Buckingham lot are a great bunch of lads and have welcomed me in

How good a season does he feel he’s had so far?

I feel like I have had a good season so far, my performances and fitness have been good

How good does Dan feel this squad is and have any players stood out?

I think we have a very strong squad this season. The player that has impressed me is Aaron Jones, he is the heart of our midfield, what he does on the pitch wins us games & just wins everything in the middle

How does he feel United have adapted to life in their new division this season?

We have adopted well in the intermediate division, we should have played better in some games but considering it’s our first season in the league we are not doing too badly

We asked Dan what his preferred position in the side is and what formation he feels works best?

My favourite position in the team is at centre-back, but can play anywhere in the defence. Any formation suits me but I prefer to play in a four-three-three, I feel like the team play better in this formation

Buckingham have only played five league games in 2019 so far, does this affect the squad in terms of routine and momentum?

It’s very frustrating because obviously we would all like to play every Saturday, thankfully Deano (Dean O’Connor, manager) has got us some friendless so we haven’t missed out too much, I don’t feel like it’s affected us much on results side of things

A heavy defeat at Santander has been followed up by two successive wins, how does Dan look back over these games?

Santander was a very poor game from Buckingham’s side of it, we didn’t play as a team or work together, since that game we have all come together and started to play good football, like we know we can!

Short distance trip to Potterspury this week for the toughest game of the season to date, what are they expecting?

Potterspury are a very good side, I don’t know anyone there and have never played their first team before but it will be a tough game for us, everyone at Buckingham United knows it’s going be a tough game, so we are going to have to work hard and play our game, but we are looking forward to the challenge

Finally, we asked Dan to nominate anyone of his team mates that’d like to see on any TV programme and explain why?

I would choose Josh Sullivan to go on Undateables as he never seems to get himself into a relationship

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

B&B Vets Cup 2nd rd: United Vets progress into the quarter finals

Buckingham United Veterans are into the last eight of the Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup.

Match action: Buckingham United Veterans v AFC Sherington Veterans

Larry Woodward’s side reached the quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over AFC Sherington at Lace Hill on Sunday morning.

Richie Barnes fired in from close range after a pulled back to give United Veterans the lead.

That advantage was soon doubled as Neil Walker’s brilliant 40-yard shot lobbed the visiting goalkeeper.

In the second half Gavin Hansell wrapped up the scoring with a curling shot from the left flank.

United Veterans: James Cox, Jamie Law, Tony Gibbard, Matthew Thatcher, Neil Walker, Adam Williams, Paul Hull, Marc Bassinder, Richie Barnes, Gavin Hansell, Adam Cooper.

Subs: Rob Henry, Trevor Bateman, Grant Munday, Neil Harding.

Match photograph link:

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B&B Veterans Cup 2nd Rd: United boss previews the next stage of the new journey for Vets side

Buckingham United Veterans manager Larry Woodward has spoken to Sports Shots as his side host AFC Sherington Veterans in the Berks & Bucks Veterans Cup on Sunday morning.

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

The county cup tie starts at 10.30am with a quarter-final place awaiting the winners.

The new venture at Lace Hill saw Woodward pleasantly surprised by the amount of interest he has received.

It was even better than we first imagined. After the initial launch we received interest from places as far away as the Aylesbury, Leighton Buzzard and Bedford areas. After our first game in the Berks and Bucks Vets Cup last month a steady trickle of enquiries started again.

Although it is still early days since the side launched, squad numbers are very good.

The plan was to enter the Milton Keynes Vets League in August but we took the opportunity to have a dry run this season by entering the Berks and Bucks Vets County Cup. We managed to win 4-0 away at Hazlemere Sports after just one training session, just four days before the game. Very few players knew each other so it was a pleasing start. We also played Bletchley Park and lost 4-2 in a build-up game for Sunday. We’ve used 27 players in those two games.

The next part of the journey is set to continue this weekend.

We have a difficult tie against an established side in AFC Sherington Vets. They sit top of the Milton Keynes Vets League Division Three and are unbeaten so far. It’ll be difficult pruning the squad down for the game but a place in the quarter-final awaits and I’m sure we can be competitive on the day.

With a league season on the horizon to plan for, Woodward is still keen to hear from potential new players.

We still have next season very much in mind and would still like to hear from anyone wanting to get involved in playing some decent competitive football before hanging those old boots up. Just get in touch with the club or come and introduce yourselves at the game.

In closing, Woodward kindly added.

I would also like to add that everyone at Buckingham United Football Club would like to thank Sports Shots for their ever improving coverage of local grassroots football. A truly impressive success story.

Kick-off at Lace Hill is 10.30am on Sunday morning with any spectators welcome to pop along.

NBDL; United midfielder hoping his side can keep up with the Jones’ in cup competition

Saturday 9th February 2019

Buckingham United v Brackley United

North Bucks League Inter Divisional Knockout Trophy

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 1.30pm

Buckingham United are back in cup action this weekend as they host Brackley United at Lace Hill looking to bounce back from two successive disappointing defeats in recent weeks against Mursley and AFC Santander, and coming up against a side from two divisions below is maybe what the squad need as they reignite their campaign, however Brackley currently sit top of the North Bucks & District Football League Division Two table, and have only lost once in their last nine outings in all competition. The interdivisional trophy knockout gives both sides the glimmer of silverware this season although the likelihood of meeting premier division reigning champions Potterspury in the next round may be a slightly different proposition all together, but after three defeats in their last four United will take this opportunity to get things back on track. Brackley are also still in their divisional cup campaign and will fancy their chances arriving on the back of their great run, and the opportunity of a cup scalp raises the game of all clubs at all levels

Aaron Jones

This week Sports Shots caught up with Buckingham midfielder Aaron Jones to find out when & how he joined the club:

This is my third year at the club, I came down here originally with two of my friends Josh Sullivan and Lewis Parkin. Because it was a new club at the time, I wanted to achieve things & win trophies with the club. I’ve settled in very quickly and well since the first season, and have built up a great bond with the club

How good a season does he feel he’s had so far?

I feel like I’ve had an average season so far, I personally think there is more that I can bring to the team as a player. I’ve played in every game this season & my overall fitness has improved since the start as I was carrying an injury from last season, hopefully this helps me with my performances for the rest of the season

How good is the squad at United this term and have any players stood out?

I feel like we have a very strong squad for this division that should be able to challenge for the title, but it’s been a mixed season so far, as I feel like we need to work more as a team and not individuals. If I had to pick one member from the team that has made a difference when playing then I would pick Lewis Parkin although he has not attended many games this season. But when he is able to play, he changes the game with his movement and goal scoring threat

What is Aaron’s favoured position in the team and what formation best suits?

My favourite position is centre midfield as most of the game normally gets played through the middle so I’m involved a lot. I think the formation we should play is a four-five-one as this allows us to attack in numbers as well as defend in a good shape so we are hard to break down

Two recent defeats to Mursley & Santander haven’t been the ideal start to the year, how were these games?

We have not played well in all three games this year, we deserved to lose the last two games we played. I feel like we need to forget how poorly we’ve played since the turn of the year, we need to focus on playing football in the way we would like to for the rest of the season, and try to get the results out of the games we have left this season

Up against lower level Brackley this week, what is he expecting?

I do not know much about Brackley United but they seem to be having a good season as they are top of the league in their division. We have to go into this game and not underestimate them just because they are two divisions below, anything can happen in ninety minutes

Is this cup important or is the league the main concentration for the club?

I feel like this is a trophy we can win as long as we work as a team and put in the performances we need. The league is important to us aswell even though we have lost a few games this season, we will still battle to be as close as we can to the top of the league

Finally, we asked Aaron to pick any team member and any television programme he could go on and explain why?

I would pick Daniel Parkin to be in Love Island as he thinks he is a bit of a lady’s man!

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

NBDL; Mursley United Development 3-1 Buckingham United

Mursley United Development – 3

Buckingham United – 1

12.01.2019

Mursley United development upset the odds on Saturday by beating second place Buckingham United, a win the home side thoroughly deserved on the balance of play although two of the three goals were gifts after some horrendous defensive errors. A first half devoid of clear cut chances had many believing the second would be settled by the odd goal if any, but a great corner routine twenty minutes into the second period saw Conor White head the opener before two moments that the visitors will want to forget gave the hosts two goals in five minutes to leave Dean O’Connor’s men stunned, a late consolation was scant reward for the side that were hoping to increase the pressure at the top of the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division. Mursley hadn’t played a competitive fixture for four weeks but looked a lot sharper than their guests who had scored seven last week at Potterspury, but Mitch Toyer’s men became only the second team to win a league fixture over Buckingham this season, top of the league Marsh Gibbon have done the double already over them and now have two games in hand on the Lace Hill outfit with a three point lead.

The first ten minutes saw both sides embroiled in a midfield battle and anything the hosts tried was comfortably dealt with by the visitors defence or keeper Harry White, whilst Buckingham struggled to get anything going and anything played forward was too far from their intended targets and rolled to safety, it took until the eleventh minute for a shot in anger when a clearance from the away side fell to Sam Cartwright but his first time shot was high over the top. The guests slowly got there game together and a cross from Mitch Young found Ryan Guinnane on the eighteen yard line, a slight deflection off a Mursley defender saw the blues claiming handball but Guinnane didn’t wait for the decision from the official as he slipped a pass through for the incoming Tom O’Connell who flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far upright.

Harry White denies Ben Johnson

A free kick to the away team out on the right hand touchline saw Will Wright curl into the box and elude everyone and for a split second it had home keeper Nick Bevans scurrying across his six yard area but he only had to watch it sail over his crossbar, at the opposite end Dan Finnis tried his luck from twenty yards but a huge deflection off a defender allowed the away keeper plenty of time to gather. The visitors were lucky to escape when a clearance at the back was charged down with the loose ball falling nicely for Jay Chawla to strike first time, he got his timing all wrong and screwed wide & moments later Luke Williamson capitalised on some hesitancy again in the blue defence, blocking a clearance he fed in Ben Johnson to the left of goal, Harry White dived at his feet and just as it looked like he would have a free shot at the empty goal White managed to stick out a hand whilst still on the floor and push the ball to safety, in the final minute Williamson saw himself played in on goal but he fired into the side netting from the angle. H/T: 0-0

Buckingham started the second period a lot brighter than the first and an early chance saw Guinnane in behind but Bevans was out in a flash and blocked, the ricochet back off the striker was heavy though allowing a defender to clear, whilst at the other end Finnis cut in from the flank and lost his marker where from the acutest of angles his attempt to square saw White dive away to his right to gather with both hands. Guinnane threatened again down the left and after playing a great one-two bore down on goal but fired past the back post, on the hour mark the same striker saw a low drive from the eighteen yard line brilliantly saved by Bevans turning out for a corner, that set piece was cleared long downfield to set Johnson in on goal, turning inside two defenders to create some space he then pulled his shot wide by some distance.

Conor White (5) opens the scoring

On sixty-four minutes Mursley finally took the lead when a Finnis corner was swung in and at the back post Conor White headed down and one bounce took the ball up into the roof of the net, from there the game began to open up as the visitor’s tried to get back into the game space opened up for the hosts to explore. A loose pass some twenty yards from goal saw Ash Urquhart try his luck but easily clear the goal frame, then with twelve minutes remaining it all went horribly wrong for the away side when Harry White took too long on the ball and Williamson was on him in a flash, charging down the keepers attempted clearance both players then tussled for possession but the midfielder got his boot to it first to lift into the back of the net.

Heads visibly dropped from that point and just five minutes later it was three when again hesitancy to clear cost dearly, deep in their own half the blue backline dithered too long and a pass was blocked then knocked out right to substitute Oscar Friell who advanced into the box before deftly chipping over the advancing White into the empty net. Buckingham scored with four minutes left, good work out on the flank from O’Connell saw him pull back to Aaron Jones whose fierce drive was too hot for Bevans to handle as it lifted into the top corner, but it was all too little too late. F/T: 3-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Mursley manager Mitch Toyer: 
And also with Buckingham midfielder Will Wright: 

For match photography please click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmu5cnMu

NBDL; Buckingham defender confident there is plenty of football yet to explore

Saturday 12th January 2019

Mursley United Development v Buckingham United

North Bucks League Intermediate Division

The Playing Field

K.O. 2.00pm

Buckingham United travel to Mursley United development on Saturday looking to carry on where they left off last week at Potterspury reserves where they won by seven goals to three, and put more pressure on Marsh Gibbon who sit one place and three points above United at the top of the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division. The win last week was the first time Buckingham had played since the first of December, and still they remain in second place in the league although Wing Village are the danger team presently as they sit just four points behind with three games in hand, but with still half the season to go there will be lots of twists and turns before the campaign concludes. They face a Mursley side who sit bang on middle in the league after half of their league matches in their first season together, they haven’t played since mid-December themselves, a month which saw the lose twice but also beat Marsh Gibbon on penalties in the inter divisional knockout after a goalless draw, so are more than capable of competing with the top sides in the division.

Tom O’Connell

This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Tom O’Connell to ask how long he’s been at the club and how he’s found it since joining:

I joined the club midway through the 16/17 season when a few of my mates & I played Sunday league and seven-a-side with some of the lads that were at the club already. It’s always been well organised and had a very good atmosphere, especially in the pub after the games!

What position best suits Tom?

My position this season has been either right or left wing back, but in recent games I’ve filled in as centre-back. I’d say on performances the more defensive roles suit me best but I do enjoy the odd jaunt up the pitch

How does he feel his season has been so far?

I’ve expected a lot more from myself, where I’ve struggled to get back to fitness following an injury last January, keeping me out until April / May time. I keep Saturday’s free for football so my availability is always there, I was unfortunate to pick up a ban which meant I had to miss the big game against Marsh Gibbon

How good is the United squad this season and have any players stood out?

We’ve got a very strong squad and have just been unfortunate with some of our results, but we know we need to finish our season strong. It’s difficult to say which individuals have impressed as we have players all over the pitch who work hard for the team, we’ve got the most goals in the league and currently have the most clean sheets too

With only the win at Potterspury since the beginning of December, we asked Tom to reflect on that game and if the time off affects players?

The first half we created a lot of chances but were a bit slow to react, a change in formation after the break from a four man defence to a three-five-two changed the game completely. We came out and dominated by playing the football we know we can, scoring in quick succession. Of course time off can affect the squad, we just need to keep playing our football in the second half of the season

Away to Mursley development this weekend, what is Tom expecting?

I personally do not know what to expect, we will go in confident but we cannot write off the opposition, they haven’t conceded too many this season, but we need to continue with our winning momentum

How high can Buckingham finish in the league, and what targets have been set for the remainder?

Obviously we’d like to finish top but with Marsh Gibbon beating us in both encounters we’re reliant on a few other teams to see them drop some points. They’ve still got Bletchley to play twice and a game against Wing, who are also strong contenders for the league. For the rest of this season I just need to keep going, playing wherever the team needs me. It’s going to be a difficult January running off the Christmas belly!

Finally, we asked Tom if he could swap places for a day with someone from the club, and anyone in the world, who would it be?

From the club I’d say Harry White, purely based on playing in goal and to see if I could do any better for the three goals conceded at Wing! As for anyone in the world, I wouldn’t choose any individual in particular but an explorer of some descript, there is still a lot out there in the world which hasn’t been discovered

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

Buckingham United launch Vets team as Woodward takes the reins

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

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

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

Secretary Adam Bray told Sports Shots;

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

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

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

Woodward explained;

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

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

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

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

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

NBDL; United front man convinced he will be Guin-ing from ear to ear come the end of the season

Saturday 8th December 2018

Buckingham United v Brackley United

Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout Competition

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 1.30pm

Buckingham United are back in cup action this weekend as they attempt to bounce back after last week’s exit from the North Bucks & District League intermediate division cup, as they host Brackley United in the interdivisional trophy. Defeat at Lace Hill to Wing last Saturday by the odd goal in five means emphasis shifts to this competition, which will prove a sterner test overall for last year’s division one cup winners, a tough test this week as they welcome unknown Brackley from the second division of the NBDL; a team who are currently third in that division, following just three defeats in their fifteen league games to date. Two divisions may separate these sides, but cup games are great levellers especially on wet sodden pitches!

Ryan Guinnane

This week Sports Shots caught up with front man Ryan Guinnane to ask how he feels his season has been up until now:

I feel great so far, my fitness is good & I’m feeling fresh and ready to play! I’ve put in a few good performances and contributed to a few goals which is always a nice feeling

What is Ryan’s best position and system in his opinion?

I think my preferred formation is 4-3-3 as our team love to attack, and I like to play through the middle of that attack

How have United coped since gaining promotion last year?

We’ve coped really well to be fair, we haven’t come up against a team and been out played by a long shot, of course we haven’t won all of our games but have definitely been the better team in those we have lost, other than a charity game against Potterspury first team who have been the only team to beat us convincingly this season. No matter how well you play, there is always room for improvement

What does Ryan make of the current squad, and are they good enough to go up?

With the players that left, the players that have replaced them have made us stronger all round and recent new signing Jason Wilson will be a great asset to us and will help us to pick up some more points throughout the season. I don’t like to pick out individuals because I feel everybody has stepped up, it also helps with the lads having a lot of respect for one another and for our captain Paul Nevin and vice-captain Ricky McAdam. We would all love to give the premier division a go!

We asked Ryan which other teams have impressed so far this season in terms of title challengers:

I think it will be a tight one, with Bletchley Park, Wing and of course Marsh Gibbon all being very good sides, we need a few results to go our way so we can hopefully pip them to it

Defeat at home last week to Wing, how was the game?

Overall we can take a lot from the defeat to them last week, both teams played some good football and I’m pretty sure it would have been a good one to watch, we created more than enough chances to have won the game but the Wing stubborn defence stayed strong to hold on for the win

What is the aim for United this season?

Like I said earlier, as long as some results go our way and we keep picking up points I’m sure we can get promotion, it would be great if we could win the title but promotion is the main aim

Finally, we asked Ryan to look ahead to this week’s game:

We haven’t played this Brackley side this term as they are a second division side, but we never take any game for granted so as long as we’re up for it then we are always going to be hard to beat!

C’mon you bulldogs

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