Sunday 7th April 2019
Aylesbury Flooring v FC Beaconsfield
Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
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!
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!
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