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FA Vase 1st Round Proper draw made on Monday

The draw for the first round proper of the FA Vase was made on Monday, with four of our local sides involved.

Stansted (step 5) v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (step 5)

Aylesbury face an away tie at Essex Senior League side Stansted who can be found at:

Hargrave Park
Cambridge Road
Stansted
Essex
CM24 8BX

 

Brackley Town Saints (step 5) v West Bridgford (step 6)

Brackley Town Saints will host East Midlands Counties League side West Bridgford at St James Park.

View West Bridgford season to date HERE: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?divisionseason=510053722&teamID=248897484

White Ensign (step 6) v Buckingham Athletic (step 6)

Buckingham Athletic face an away trip to Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Division One South side White Ensign, who can be found at:

Burroughs Park
Great Wakering
Essex
SS3 0HH

View White Ensign season to date HERE: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?divisionseason=526346528&teamID=87267439

Hadley (step 5) v Milton Keynes Robins (step 6)

MK Robins also face an away trip to former Spartan South Midlands Premier Division and current Essex Senior League side Hadley, who can be found at:

Brickfield Lane
Arkley
Barnet
EN5 3LD

View Hadley season to date HERE: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?divisionseason=404341863&teamID=32860574

 

 

The draw in full:

1 Jarrow v Vauxhall Motors

2 Bottesford Town v West Allotment Celtic

3 Nostell MW v Wythenshawe Town

4 Seaham Red Star v Yorkshire Amateur

5 Thornaby v Billingham Town

6 Shildon v West Didsbury & Chorlton

7 Longridge Town v Crook Town

8 Knaresborough Town v Stockton Town

9 Penistone Church v Bridlington Town

10 Rylands v Bootle

11 Selby Town v Cheadle Town

12 Padiham v Bishop Auckland

13 Abbey Hey v Barnoldswick Town

14 Sunderland Ryhope CW v Ashton Athletic

15 Chadderton v Guisborough Town

16 Winterton Rangers v Consett

17 Maine Road v Glasshoughton Welfare

18 Charnock Richard v Lower Breck

19 Grimsby Borough v Hemsworth MW

20 Leicester Road v Walsall Wood

21 Droitwich Spa v Whitchurch Alport

22 Newark Flowserve v Heather St Johns

23 GNP Sports v Malvern Town

24 Abbey Hulton United or Alsager Town v Lutterworth Town

25 Ollerton Town v Holbeach United

26 Kimberley MW v Sherwood Colliery

27 Lichfield City v Dudley Town

28 Atherstone Town v Sandbach United

29 Brackley Town Saints v West Bridgford

30 Shawbury United v Uttoxeter Town

31 Birstall United Social v Boldmere St Michaels

32 Gresley v Rugby Town

33 Pinchbeck United v Worcester City

34 AFC Mansfield v Hanley Town

35 Haughmond v Loughborough University or Ingles

36 Dunkirk v Hucknall Town

37 Racing Club Warwick v Long Eaton United

38 Clay Cross Town or Gedling MW v Cottesmore Amateurs S&S

39 Barrow Town v Congleton Town

40 Quorn v Rocester

41 New Salamis v Eynesbury Rovers

42 March Town United v Rothwell Corinthians

43 Stansted v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

44 Risborough Rangers v FC Clacton

45 Tring Athletic v Woodbridge Town

46 Broadfields United v Walthamstow

47 Mildenhall Town or Newmarket Town v Crawley Green

48 Norwich United v Peterborough Northern Star

49 AFC Hayes v FC Broxbourne Borough

50 Flackwell Heath v Colney Heath

51 Leighton Town v Hadleigh United

52 White Ensign v Buckingham Athletic

53 Hadley v Milton Keynes Robins

54 Wroxham v Baldock Town

55 Northampton On Chenecks v Kirkley & Pakefield

56 Whitton United v Long Buckby

57 Huntingdon Town v Frenford

58 Biggleswade United v Saffron Walden Town

59 Wellingborough Town v Takeley

60 Oxhey Jets v Hackney Wick

61 Harborough Town or Hillindon Borough v Enfield

62 Coggeshall United v Brantham Athletic

63 Lopes Tavares London v Stanway Rovers

64 Southall v Knaphill or Tunbridge Wells

65 Chatham Town v Beckenham Town

66 Egham Town v Binfield

67 Raynes Park Vale v Horndean

68 Sheppey United v Corinthian

69 Peacehaven & Telscombe v Glebe

70 Welling Town v Erith & Belvedere

71 Westside v Deal Town

72 Bedfont & Feltham v Colliers Wood United

73 Sporting Club Thamesmead v Ascot United

74 Fisher v Molesey or Greenwich Borough

75 Kennington v Crowborough Athletic

76 Punjab United v Newhaven

77 Mile Oak v Redhill

78 Seaford Town v Horley Town

79 Rusthall v Lancing

80 Sutton Common Rovers v Snodland Town

81 Eastbourne Town v Horsham YMCA

82 Christchurch v Brimscombe & Thrupp

83 Bradford Town v Lymington Town

84 Cullompton Rangers v AFC Portchester

85 Newport (IW) v Bridgwater Town

86 Westbury United v Badshot Lea

87 Malmesbury Victoria v Roman Glass St George

88 Torpoint Athletic v Saltash United

89 Tavistock v Shepton Mallet

90 Warminster Town v East Cowes Victoria Athletic

91 Bitton v Tadley Calleva

92 Bournemouth v Sherborne Town or Petersfield Town

93 Longlevens v Cowes Sports

94 Romsey Town v Plymouth Parkway

95 Bishop’s Cleeve v Brockenhurst

96 Helston Athletic v Falmouth Town

97 Camelford v Buckland Athletic

98 Bovey Tracey v Abingdon United

99 Downton v Thornbury Town

100 Shrivenham or Clanfield 85 v Fairford Town

101 Exmouth Town v Portland United

102 Newton Abbot Spurs v Westfields

 

MATCH DATES

All ties must be played on Saturday 12 October 2019, kick-off 3.00pm with replays on or before Thursday 17 October 2019, kick-off 7.45pm.

Catch up on all this weekends FA Vase & BBFA Senior Trophy results

A busy week-end of cup football across our region saw success for most of our local sides, with goals galore.

 

Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st Round:

 

Pitstone & Ivinghoe 2-4 Unite MK

Unite MK made it through with an away win at Pitstone with goals from Nick Farrow, Jamie Parker, Cole Rawson & Dan Silver.

Mursley United 4-0 Hanslope

United beat NBDL opposition to make it safely through to the next round, with two goals from Tom Brazier, one each for Nathan Hawkins & Dan Simpson.

MK Gallacticos 1-2 Aston Clinton 2

Clinton made it three wins on the bounce as they progressed thanks to goals from Lamar Mason-Williams & Teddie Paul.

Buckingham United 10-1 Clean Slate

United got their first win under Sean Devine as they progressed with a thumping of Milton Keynes side Clean Slate, match report taken from BUFC FB page:

Sean Devine got his first competitive win as United boss at the third time of asking following a convincing victory against North Bucks and District League side Clean Slate.

A great victory which was made all the sweeter by our very own Under 18 graduate Nico Dickman-Pena scoring five and breaking a club record.

Simon King opened the scoring with a 35 yard dipping half volley before getting his second just before half time to make it 3-0 at the break.

Other goalscorers in the second half were, Sonny Devine, George Dentice and Anthony Mawema.

 

FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round:

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 3-1 Rugby Borough

Two goals from Keith Mupfururirwa & a late strike from Abu Khan saw Dynamos progress, full report & images available here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=46826

Buckingham Athletic 6-0 Hillingdon FC

Report available here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=46792

Buckingham Athletic

Crawley Green 4-0 Winslow United

Winslow crashed out of the Vase with defeat at Premier Division Crawley, goals from Sam Holmes, Billy Lobjoit & a brace from Phil Draycott saw the Bedfordshire side through.

MK Robins 4-1 Fleet Spurs

Report available here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=46798

 

FAV 2QR; Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 3-1 Rugby Borough

Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s – 3
Rugby Borough – 1

Keith Mupfururirwa in the thick of the action

14.09.2019

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos progressed through to the first round proper of the FA Vase with victory on Saturday over Rugby Borough at Haywood Way, dominating the early exchanges the hosts took a fifth minute lead and missed a host of chances to extend their advantage, but Rugby dug in and hit the woodwork twice before levelling thirteen minutes before the break. Any hopes on building on their success were soon dashed as Aylesbury regained their lead before the interval, the second half saw the visitors trying to break down a resolute yellow & blue backline without much real success, late substitutions then sealed the game for Paul Bonham’s men as Ryan Tappin tormented down the left and his cross in added time saw Abu Khan eventually kill the tie off, Dynamo’s await Mondays draw to see who they now face in the first round to be played over the weekend of October the twelfth.

The home side took the lead when a free kick inside their own half saw keeper James Weatherill knock a long downfield pass to Harry Scott out on the right wing, he got behind his marker to cross where Keith Mupfururirwa saw an initial shot blocked but the rebound fell kindly for him to knock home. Aylesbury saw plenty of possession in the opening stages but were given a warning on twenty-four minutes when a Sam Beasley header from a corner bounced down off the crossbar and away to safety, and just seconds after Tommy Rawlings angled a low drive across Weatherill only to watch as the ball thumped back off the base of the post and away. Despite the warnings parity was restored just past the half hour mark as Rugby stole possession in their hosts half and fed Rawlings who had time to compose himself before firing into the top corner despite the fingertips of the keeper. Aylesbury restored their lead just five minutes later when their guests surrendered possession in their own half and a long range effort from Alfi Touceda crashed back of the crossbar but Mupfururirwa was on hand to sweep home.

Abu Khan seals the game late on

The second period never really matched the highs of the first, Rugby had much more of the play but never really tested Weatherill or the home defence, with fifteen minutes remaining a long ball into the Vale box saw centre half Jayvon Case-Jarrett slice his clearance and as it appeared to be looping over Weatherill it spiralled away from the post in a heart-stopping moment for the home faithful. The introduction of Ryan Tappin to the left wing rejuvenated the home side and after a couple of close misses he chase down what looked a lost cause in added time to keep the ball alive, his cross saw a couple of blocked shots that eventually fell to teenager Abu Khan just inside the area and he drilled into the bottom corner to seal the tie. Before the game could restart Rugby keeper Bobby Biddle was shown a straight red card for which was later confirmed as a spitting incident. F/T: 3-1

Attendance: 71

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury manager Paul Bonham:

For 3 pages (204 images) of match day photography please click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGY3J7c

Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s manager Paul Bonham reflects on FA Vase success over Rugby Borough

Russell & Butler

Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s manager Paul Bonham looks back on Saturday’s win over Rugby Borough to progress in FA Vase, and on season in general:

FAV; Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Rugby Borough preview + AVDFC midfielder Carl Tappin reveals all

Saturday 14th September 2019
Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s (step 5) v Rugby Borough (step 7)
FA Vase Second Round Qualifying
Haywood Way
HP19 9WZ
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division (21 teams)

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 5th

 

Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division (16 teams)

Rugby Borough 3rd

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury FC 19th (r)

 

Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division (16 teams)

Rugby Borough 1st (c)

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last five games:

Aylesbury FC:

L 1-3 home v Biggleswade United 7th September SSMFL

W 3-1 home v Leverstock Green 3rd September FA Vase rep

D 1-1 away v Leverstock Green 31st August FA Vase

L 4-5 home v North Leigh 24th August FA Cup

L 0-1 home v Codicote 20th August SSMFL LCT

Rugby Borough:

W 2-0 home v Kibworth Town 9th September BH League Cup

W 5-1 home v Thurnby Rangers 7th September LSLP

W 2-1 home v British Airways 31st August FA Vase

W 5-1 home v Desford 19th August LSLP

W 3-2 home v County Hall 17th August LSLP

 

Carl Tappin

Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with Dynamo’s midfielder Carl Tappin to ask if he got much time away from football over the summer to relax:

Honestly after last season I was relieved to have some time away from it. I play a lot of Futsal away from football so I used that as my way of staying in shape

Re-joined Aylesbury this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

I wanted to join a club where I knew I’d be utilised in the right way, previously I’ve ended up playing roles or positions I’m not suited to and me being selfish didn’t want that to happen again. A few clubs did approach me but I was pretty set on Aylesbury after my conversation with the gaffer

How do you feel pre-season & the early league games have gone for you personally so far?

I feel like when I’ve played in midfield I’ve played pretty well, not my best but by no means my worst either, consistent is probably the best word to use. The most recent league game I played left back (and in the past couple cup games before that) and I found this a lot more challenging. I’ve got a lot more to give and thankfully many more games to do so

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

I personally have set myself a five goal target as I know I need to improve this area of my game a lot. I think as a squad we should aim to compete in the top six of the division, I think that’s fair for the squad considering the age of the personnel

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

A coach when I was younger called Edwin Stein. He coached me for about three years and developed the basics of my game hugely, and that’s where I developed the most in my youth and I guess where I draw my footballing beliefs and opinions from

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

We all know we have talent, ability and the belief we can do well, it’s just being consistent that’s important. I think the key players will be our forward players, scoring goals is where we seemed to have struggled most recently so our front men will be key

Home to Rugby this week, do you know anything about them?

I personally never look into who a team are or where they are, I turn up with the mentality of they’re just another side I’m looking to beat

Joe Fitzgerald

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

I would say either Joe Fitzgerald, he loves a good old moan, or maybe Harry Scott, he could smile once or twice bless him

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

I usually wake up and watch Soccer AM, sort my football bag out, collect my brother and Alfie Gaspar and make my way to the game in the luxury of my Corsa

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

There are two players who are under rated for me. One is Alfie Touceda who for me has been our best player this season but often doesn’t get the praise he deserves. The other is actually my brother Ryan, he hasn’t been very fortunate in terms of minutes played and I know for a fact that when he gets his opportunity he will deliver

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

I would say probably Bruno Brito, always dresses a bit strange 👀

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

Manchester United and recently every single time it’s been pure disappointment

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

Wethers (James Weatherill) for a fact, he loves some of the older rubbish that none of us know and it’s dreadful!

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

I always want to win every match however for me I would love to go on a vase run like I have done previously!!!

Finally, after you’ve scored a hatrick today, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

A pint of dark fruits would go down an absolute treat!

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

FAV R1Q; Leverstock Green v Aylesbury Dynamos preview + boss Paul Bonham reflects on season start

Saturday 31st August 2019
Leverstock Green v Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s
FA Vase First Round Qualifier
Pancake Lane
HP2 4NQ
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury FC 19th (r)

 

Spartan South Midlands Premier Division (20 teams)

Leverstock Green 17th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last four games:

Aylesbury FC:

L 4-5 home v North Leigh 24th August FA Cup Preliminary

L 0-1 home v Codicote 20th August SSMFL League Challenge Trophy

W 1-0 home v Wembley 17th August SSMFL

W 1-0 home v Royal Wootton Bassett Town 13th August FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Replay

 

Leverstock Green:

L 1-2 home v Eynesbury Rovers 24th April SSMFL

D 0-0 home v New Bradwell St Peter 20th August SSMFL League Challenge Trophy (lost 2-4 on pens)

W 3-1 home v Potton United 17th August SSMFL

L 3-1 away v Ardley United 13th August FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Replay

 

Paul Bonham

Ahead of their FA Vase away trip to Leverstock Green, Sports Shots caught up with Dynamo’s manager Paul Bonham to ask how the season has started since we last spoke:

We’ve been pleased with the start of the season considering it’s a complete re-build, the players have gelled really well and have brought into what we are asking them to do. We all understand that its still very early days and we still need to improve in all departments to make sure we continue to be competitive. We have learnt that when you don’t approach the games in the correct manner you won’t win football games, which was the case in the disappointing loss in the league trophy

Which of your games so far have pleased you the most and why?

The games that have stood out so far have to be the replay in the FA Cup and the home fixture against Wembley. In both games we were under a lot of pressure and had to show real grit and determination to beat two very good sides

How would you describe your start in comparison to what you were expecting from your squad?

It was difficult to set targets for the squad, but I will continue to set the main target in the league as being thirty-five points to avoid relegation, anything above that will be a bonus

How have things been in and around the club since you started the season?

The committee and all the volunteers have been nothing short of amazing, the amount of work they have done and continue to do is breath taking, the club is a good place to be around at the moment. With their ambition and drive, it’s exciting to be involved

Did you imagine being third after the opening few games or are you surpassing expectations?

The squad has surprised me with its fantastic work ethic, & the coaching staff are working so hard to make sure its an environment these players enjoy being in. If we continue to work in this manner and keep up the standards set then the expectations might increase to mid-table 😊

Harry Scott has recently returned

Have you had any problems of players leaving, or have you managed to add any since we last spoke?

We have added two or three players to the squad recently and all of them have fitted in well, the squad has had to be quite big as we have been hit recently with injuries which has affected us quite badly

Which players have impressed you so far and how?

It would be unfair to highlight one or two players as I have been fairly happy with the squad as a whole, the pleasing thing is I know this team will only get better once we get more established

You’ve had three games in the FA Cup this season already, focus now turns to the Vase, is this competition something you think you can go a long way in?

Every club dreams of a good run in the FA Cup and FA Vase, it’s a good distraction from the league but it’s a chance for the club to gain important revenue, decent gates and of course gain momentum in winning games. Having been around Scott Reynolds and Phil Duffy last season, we spoke in depth about how great Leighton Town’s Vase run was a couple of seasons ago, it creates memories and that’s so important for this football club. Saturday’s game versus North Leigh was disappointing to lose as we felt we more than matched a very good step four side who beat us (Aylesbury FC) convincingly last year, twice

What are you expecting from Leverstock on Saturday?

Leverstock Green are a another very good side, they have recruited well in the summer and we expect a very tough test as they equally want a run in the Vase

Have you had any previous experience in the Vase, and any good memories?

Personally, I’ve not been involved in the FA Vase so have not created any memories, hopefully this year’s competition will create positive memories

Any squad / team news ahead of the game?

Currently its early days but we are missing six or seven key players for the fixture – Dan Wilson, Jacob Troughton-Smith, Bruno Brito and Lewis Merridan are all on holiday, whilst we have injury concerns over Alex Woodfine & Lewis Stratford who are likely not to feature. The squad will be stretched but its positive that we can still name a strong sixteen

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

#FAV R1Q; Crawley Green v Ampthill Town preview + manager Paul Blackman’s thoughts on season so far

Saturday 31st August 2019
Crawley Green v Ampthill Town
FA Vase First Round Qualifier
The Brache
LU1 3HJ
K.O. 3.00pm

(Last season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Ampthill Town 10th

 

South Midlands League Premier Division (20 teams)

Crawley Green 10th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last four games:

Ampthill Town:

W 5-1 home v Hillingdon Borough 24th August SSMFL

W 0-2 away v Unite MK 21st August SSMFL Challenge Trophy

W 1-2 away v London Lions 17th August SSMFL

D 2-2 home v Broxbourne Borough 10th August SSMFL

 

Crawley Green:

W 5-2 home v Broadfields United 24th August SSMFL

W 0-2 away v Biggleswade United 20th August SSMFL Challenge Trophy

L 2-5 home v Takeley 10th August FA Cup

L 2-0 away v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 6th August SSMFL

 

Paul Blackman

Ahead of their FA Vase away trip to Crawley Green, Sports Shots caught up with Town manager Paul Blackman to ask how the season has started since we last spoke:

We’ve had a positive start results wise remaining unbeaten in our first five games, with four wins and a draw, plus a win in the Challenge Cup first round away at Unite MK of Division Two. We have struggled in the majority of games to get going in the first half of matches, something we are working hard to rectify

Which of your games so far have pleased you the most and why?

Our away victory versus a good London Lions team was very pleasing, we again struggled in the first half going a goal down early on & also missing a penalty, but it was our GK Ross Tompkins who kept us in the game with a string of fine saves and we were fortunate to go in at half-time only one-nil down. Second half we changed formation and made an enforced substitution and our overall performance dramatically improved, captain Louie Dillon broke through the centre of the midfield and fired an unstoppable shot form twenty-five yards to level the scores and we went on to dominate possession, creating chance after chance and we got our reward when we were awarded a late penalty which defender Michael Moss tucked away to win the game. I was really pleased because in a lot of ways the game mirrored last season’s fixture in which we lost three-two, but I could see signs that our squad looked stronger, not only in ability but mentally as well, both good signs to push on with

How would you describe your start in comparison to what you were expecting from your squad?

Our start couldn’t have been much better, just points dropped against Broxbourne Borough in a one all draw at home in a game we really should’ve won. Performances have generally been good but there is always room for improvement, and the lads are working hard with the coaches to improve different aspects of their game. Last season we lacked consistency results wise, we still haven’t clicked yet but are showing its coming, positive results building momentum which builds the teams confidence

How have things been in and around the club since you started the season?

Great, there are quite a few lads who have played for Ampthill Town before who have returned for this season, lads like Charlie Cullen, Danny Butler and Harry Murray along with the experienced Ross Tompkins and Ed Skinner. This is a great club where the players actively get involved in looking after their club, many helping in pre-season painting the dug-outs, stands and working on the surrounding areas along with Gaz and Phil and the back-room staff

Did you imagine being second after the opening few games or are you surpassing expectations?

No not really, we have had players away on holiday in August so the squad has been stretched at times, we have carried a larger squad for the beginning of the season along with promoting three or four players from our development squad, So yes for me we are surpassing expectations at the moment but in saying that I am seeing signs of improvement week on week. I believe as a squad our fitness is good mainly due to us coming back to pre-season in early June and I think we are reaping the benefits now. We are getting into the winning habit which is a very important thing if we are to have a successful season

Jamie Cerminara

Have you had any problems of players leaving, or have you managed to add any since we last spoke?

No problems with players leaving, we have added further to our squad with the addition of Jake O’Neil formerly of Bedford FC, a right-back/centre-midfielder who adds further competition for places plus Conrad Zylko who returns to Ampthill after completing his University studies in the North East

Which players have impressed you so far and how?

For me GK Ross Tompkins has started the season really well, excellent in the dressing room as well as on the pitch. He instils confidence into the back-four and is probably our most vocal player on the pitch. Last season’s top goal scorer Jamie Cerminara has also started really well scoring regularly, he has the ability and confidence to take his shots early with remarkable accuracy which often catches the opposition GK out. Our midfield is also looking strong with captain Louie Dillon, Charlie Cullen and Harry Murray all making an impact already this season

Four of your first six games have been away, six of your next seven are also away, how has this run of away games been for you?

Rather a strange start with so many away games but I’m quite happy, it’s the midweek games that can cause a problem with player availability

Away to Crawley Green this week, have you had any previous experience in the Vase, and any good memories?

No, I’ve never managed in the Vase before, but I am really looking forward to taking my Ampthill Town team to play higher league opposition in Crawley Green. There are a few faces in the Crawley team that have played for Ampthill and a few in our team that have played for them. We know they are a very good Premier side that will be all out to defeat us, but we are quietly confident in our own ability that we can hold our own and perhaps even cause an upset

Any squad / team news ahead of the game?

Big news from the Ampthill Town camp is that GK Ross Tompkins is unavailable for the game so last season’s GK Mitchell Howe comes in. Former Crawley Green player Brandon Carney is out injured and misses the game due to a damaged collarbone, but on a positive note midfielder Michael Fullerton and Defender Ed Skinner return and are in the Ampthill squad

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

Buildbase FA Vase: First & Second Qualifying Round draws announced

First Round Qualifying – Saturday 31st August

AFC Hayes v Dunstable Town
Amersham Town v Thame Rangers
Bedford v Burton Park Wanderers
Chalvey Sports v Wembley
Chinnor v Broadfields United
Colney Heath v London Lions
Crawley Green v Ampthill Town
Eynesbury Rovers v Harpenden Town
FC Broxbourne Borough v Barkingside
Flackwell Heath v Arlesey Town
Hadleigh United v Stotfold
Hillingdon v Rayners Lane
Hillingdon Borough v Kensington & Ealing Borough
Holland v Baldock Town
Holyport v Unite MK
Ipswich Wanderers v Enfield Borough
Irchester United v North Greenford United
Leighton Town v Bugbrooke St Michaels
Leverstock Green v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
London Colney v Brimsdown
New Salamis v Codicote
NW London v Harefield United
Park View v West Essex
Potton United v Frenford
St Panteleimon v Long Buckby
Winslow United v Rushden & Higham United
Wodson Park v Sawbridgeworth Town

 

Second Round Qualifying – Saturday 14th September

AFC Hayes or Dunstable Town v London Tigers
Bedford or Burton Park Wanderers v Bedfont & Feltham or Lutterworth Athletic
Buckingham Athletic v Hillingdon or Rayners Lane
Burnham or Harborough Town v Hillingdon Borough or Kensington & Ealing Borough
Chalvey Sports or Wembley v Risborough Rangers or Easington Sports
Chinnor or Broadfields United v Hanworth Villa or Marston Shelton Rovers
Colney Heath or London Lions v Benfleet or Haverhill Rovers
Crawley Green or Ampthill Town v Winslow United or Rushden & Higham United
Cricklewood Wanderers v St Panteleimon or Long Buckby
Edgware Town v Eynesbury Rovers or Harpenden Town
FC Broxbourne Borough or Barkingside v Wivenhoe Town or Clapton Community
Hadleigh United or Stotfold v Halstead Town or Haverhill Borough
Hoddesdon Town or Stanway Rovers v Wodson Park or Sawbridgeworth Town
Holmer Green or Raunds Town v Flackwell Heath or Arlesey Town
Ilford or Enfield 1893 v Ipswich Wanderers or Enfield Borough
Irchester United or North Greenford United v Oxhey Jets
Langford v Hackney Wick or May & Baker Eastbrook Community
Leverstock Green or Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Rugby Borough or British Airways
London Colney or Brimsdown v Holland or Baldock Town
Long Crendon or Langley v Leighton Town or Bugbrooke St Michaels
Lutterworth Town or Pirshanger Dynamo v Amersham Town or Thame Rangers
Milton Keynes Robins FC v Cove or Fleet Spurs
New Salamis or Codicote v Tower Hamlets
NW London or Harefield United v Rothwell Corinthians or Desborough Town
Park View or West Essex v Brantham Athletic
Potton United or Frenford v Hashtag United or Leyton Athletic
Wellingborough Town or Wellingborough Whitworth v Holyport or Unite MK

 

 

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE SEASON 2019-2020 PRIZE FUND PAYMENTS
Winning-Losing club amounts:

First Round Qualifying £550 £175

Second Round Qualifying £725 £250

First Round Proper £825 £275

Second Round Proper £900 £300

Third Round Proper £1125 £375

Fourth Round Proper £1875 £625

Fifth Round Proper £2250 £750

Sixth Round Proper £4125 £1375

Semi Final £5500 £1750

Final £30000 £20000

 

THE BUILDBASE FA VASE ROUND DATES SEASON 2019-2020

First Round Qualifying Saturday 31 August 2019

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 14 September 2019

First Round Proper Saturday 12 October 2019

Second Round Proper Saturday 2 November 2019

Third Round Proper Saturday 30 November 2019

Fourth Round Proper Saturday 11 January 2020

Fifth Round Proper Saturday 8 February 2020

Sixth Round Proper Saturday 29 February 2020

Semi Final 1 Saturday 21 March 2020

Semi Final 2 Saturday 28 March 2020

Final Sunday 17 May 2020

FAV 4R; Canterbury City 3-2 Newport Pagnell Town

Canterbury City – 3

Newport Pagnell Town – 2

06.01.2019

Newport Pagnell Town’s FA Vase run was brought to an end on Sunday by Canterbury City in a game where the Milton Keynes side failed to get going until they were two goals down, pulling one back with twenty minutes to go finally kicked them into life and they piled on the pressure looking for an equaliser, they conceded again with seven minutes remaining but a brilliant solo effort moments later from substitute Jake Stronge then set up a thrilling final five minutes where The Swan’s battered the City defence but they held strong to seal the win and progress into the fifth round. Played at Faversham this cup run for the hosts could prove crucial in their fight to remain in existence, as twelve years without their own ground since they re-formed could be resolved later this year as they await planning consent, a healthy crowd turned up on Sunday afternoon to enforce their claim for needing their own home, for Town they now have a league campaign to focus on and have half of their league games left to try and push on up the United Counties League Premier Division table.

A third minute free kick to the away side just inside their own half saw the ball sent long into the City box where Dom Lawless chested towards Josh Winters but from the angle he smashed over the top, at the other end Mobolaji Dawodu connected with a cross from the right but he could only chip into the waiting arms of Pagnell keeper Mark Osborn. Harry Stratton then floated in another set piece where a mass of bodies challenging saw Damon Herbert climb highest and his looping header had home custodian Jack Delo turning over from underneath his crossbar, but from that point the home side had a good spell of possession and won a number of corners in quick succession which saw the visitors under some heavy pressure.

Kyron Lightfoot scores opener

There was some momentary respite on twenty-eight minutes when Adam Moussi fed the ball up to Tom Liversedge inside the Canterbury box, with back to goal and a defender on his shoulder he managed to control and swivel to flash across the box and wide of the back post, within a minute their next attack broke down high up the pitch and seconds later they were behind. Driving forward after regaining possession, a foul in the centre circle was waved play on by the referee allowing the home side to proceed up to the Town box, Dean Grant saw his shot charged down but the ball rolled out to Kyron Lightfoot whose first time effort was heading wide until the merest of touches from a Newport head diverted its flight inside Osborn’s far post.

The onslaught to the Pagnell goal became more intense as the half wore on, anything the visitors slung at their hosts was repelled with some ease by the strong City back line, and just four minutes before the interval the score line was doubled from a simple routine, a free kick out on the left was curled into the box and timing his run perfectly in between the defence Dawodu headed home from six yards out. Newport’s half was summed up in the final minute when they won a corner and it failed to clear the first man who was able to launch downfield away from any danger. H/T: 2-0

Five minutes into the second half saw Lawless try his luck with his back to goal getting on the end of a cross but his overhead kick just looped up into the air allowing Delo to stand his ground and wait for it to fall into his hands, whilst a throw to the hosts found Adam Woollcott to the left but his shot way over the top. Canterbury then had a golden chance when a challenge in the middle of the pitch saw Town centre back Ollie Wilkinson flattened however play was waved on and Grant needed no second invitation to bear down on Osborn’s goal, inside the box his first shot came back off the keeper & straight back to him, he hit it again instinctively but could only steer wide.

Harry Stratton scores from free kick

Newport won a free kick some twenty yards out where Lawless took responsibility and curled around the wall but Delo was behind it all the way, then with twenty-five minutes left Town boss Darren Lynch introduced Stronge to the action and within six minutes they were back in the tie, a free kick awarded just outside the eighteen yard box saw Stratton step up, as the defensive wall jumped, Michael Lyon on the end of the line ducked and the ball flew over him and into the far bottom corner. This transformed Newport and they were lifted into action, Lawless from the flank squared into the box where Stratton got under it to lift over the top, and any chance they got the ball was inside the Canterbury box but again the defence repelled anything thrown at them. Then with eight minutes to go a Town attack broke down and they were hit on the counter, James Turner attacked the right channel and as he neared the penalty area a challenge from behind floored him & the referee awarded a free kick.

Woollcott stepped up and arrowed brilliantly past Osborn into the top corner for what the home support thought was enough to seal the game, however just ninety seconds later Stronge collected some twenty-five yards from goal and set on a diagonal run into the box, evading two or three challenges he tucked past Delo to set up a grandstand finish. The final five minutes saw the away side sling everything they had at their opponents, Stronge down the right fizzed a ball across the box which saw numerous bodies from both sides fling themselves trying to connect without success, from the other side of the pitch it was crossed back in where Delo then flung himself desperately trying to catch and eventually the danger cleared, as much as they tried the final whistle brought ultimate disappointment for the Swans. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 259

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FAV; Swans duo determined to leave Canterbury with their Tails up

Sunday 6th January 2019

Canterbury City v Newport Pagnell Town

FA Vase 4th Round

Salters Lane

K.O. 2.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town travel to Faversham on Sunday to face fellow step five side Canterbury City for a place in the final sixteen of this season’s FA Vase and come up against a side that haven’t lost a game since they progressed in the previous round against Southall, an undefeated December saw them win four in a row beginning with that third round victory and draw their two league games since Christmas. City currently sit bang in middle position of the Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division table, having won nine and drawing three of their nineteen league games to date, and whilst Newport have progressed this far in the competition, their league form hasn’t been what they were hoping since the season began. Two wins and a draw around the Christmas period see’s Darren Lynch’s men travel to Kent with some momentum behind them, and the lure of that fifth round place should lift both squads in to a pulsating cup tie.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with defender Ollie Wilkinson and front man Harry Stratton and asked the former how long he’d been at the club and how he ended up there:

This is my third season at Newport, I knew Smeaths (Stuart Smeathers), Faze (Fazel Koriya) and Lingy (Greg Ling) from playing with them at Long Buckby where we won the UCL and also at Bedford. I played with Lynchy (Darren Lynch) at Corby as well as knowing a few of the others from playing against them so when I got a phone call about coming over it was all fairly straight forward. It was also a good changing room to get into, I knew we’d be competitive from the off

This is Harry’s second spell at the club:

I joined the club last season before having a short spell away and returning at the beginning of this season, both times I had no problem settling in as the bunch of lads here are great

Harry Stratton

How does Harry feel his season has been so far?

For me this season I’ve felt good, I was only out for a week with a small knock but other than that I’ve been available, performance wise I’ve managed to get a few goals and assists however I believe there’s still much more to come

Ollie looked back at the team’s fortunes:

This season has been a really strange one so far, I feel like we’ve not been playing badly at all but things haven’t gone our way in games and we’ve been punished. We’ve had our fair share of injuries as well which never helps, let’s just hope we’ve got them all out of the way now

Ollie Wilkinson

How good a squad does Ollie feel the club have this season & which players have impressed?

I feel like we’ve got a really good squad and everyone is just about coming back to full fitness so hopefully we’ll see our results picking up. There are plenty of lads that have been around for a few years and everyone knows the quality that they have but we’ve got a few younger lads coming through this year that are impressing. The two Jakes (Stronge & Watkinson) are very lively and have taken to the challenge & physicality in the first team well this year, and I’m sure they’ll be giving defenders headaches for years to come!

Harry believes the squad are now starting to show signs of putting a run together:

It’s no secret that we haven’t had the greatest of starts to the season for whatever reasons, however with the quality we have in the squad I feel we should be right up there, if I’m honest I think everyone will agree that none of us have been at our best this season. However, over the last month or so everyone has stepped up their game and have been different class, we are now starting to look like the Newport of last season

Where does Harry feel his best position is in the side & formation for the side?

I feel my best position is either out wide or behind the striker. I love to get on the ball to try and create opportunities for my team mates, as well as score a few goals myself. Systems and formations I really don’t mind, that’s up to the gaffer to decide, whatever instructions he gives me I try my best to execute on the pitch

Ollie is more defensive minded:

I don’t mind where I’m playing as long as I’m contributing positively to the side, I can play at centre back or right back but I think Lynchy & Gouldy likes to keep me at right back so they get at least forty-five minutes rest from me!

We asked Ollie how the three games over Christmas were:

The first half against Northampton ON’s and the Eynesbury game were exactly what we’ve been trying to get to all season, we looked dangerous going forward whilst solid at the back, there was a good intensity about us. The second half against ON’s we lacked any real intensity or quality on the ball but managed to dig in and stay organised to defend well and see the game out to the end. The Rothwell game definitely wasn’t a good spectacle for this league, with very little football being played on an awful pitch where it looked like Christmas had caught up with a few, myself very much included!

Harry thought they deserved all the points:

I feel in the last three games we should have really taken all nine points based upon our performances. We’ve been a lot better offensively and defensively producing probably our best performance of the season against Eynesbury

On to Canterbury this week in the FA Vase, what is Harry expecting?

If I’m perfectly honest and no disrespect to our opponents but I don’t know very much about them at all, I’m preparing the same way I do for any other game, to go out there and do my best to win the game, however regardless of how much I know about them it’s going to be a tough game, they wouldn’t be in this position otherwise

Ollie is similarly in the dark on their opponents:

I don’t know anything really about Canterbury other than that is it miles away! We’re training on Thursday so we might get fed a few bits then but I don’t think it will make too much difference to how we approach the game itself. It will be strange having to do it all on a Sunday but as long as we get ourselves at it and with the intensity we know we’ll need, there’s not much more we can do and the result will take care of itself. They’re obviously a decent side to have got this far in the competition, so we’ll have to be wary of them but also know what quality we have

Does Ollie find it hard to concentrate on league matters when this cup run is still ongoing?

I don’t think you can approach any game differently really because they’re all games of football and you never want to lose! Once the game starts anyway, any other game is gone completely from your mind and you just take each part of the current game you’re in as it comes. It’s no good telling yourself that you’re going to play differently in a game because as soon as the adrenaline kicks in it just won’t happen

Harry agrees it is simply one game at a time:

Concentrating on the league with the Vase in sight is not a problem whatsoever for me, I just take each game as it comes, and if I’m honest I haven’t even thought about this competition until after the last game we played

Rounding up we asked Harry how important it is to win on Sunday, will the season be over if Newport lose?

Of course it’s very important for us to progress in this cup, however that would be the same regardless of our league position, no matter what the result on Sunday we will always do our very best to climb up the league table to get as close to the top as possible. I won’t feel as though the season is over, I hate losing and will try to win every game no matter where we are

Ollie looks back at teams from last year to find encouragement:

Obviously we are all really disappointed with our current league position and its something that we all desperately want to improve on this year. The season is never over at Christmas, just look at what Wisbech & Yaxley managed to do after poor starts last season! I don’t think that will happen again any time soon but we’re only halfway through the season now, so even if we do lose on Sunday no one will be sacking off the rest of the campaign and just playing through to get to May. There are too many winners in our dressing room to allow that to happen, that being said we’d all love to win and progress further in the Vase. There are quite a few of us left from the run we had two years ago and we had a few great Saturday’s that year so it would be brilliant to replicate that again. You can’t play football forever, and the memories you make last the longer you can carry on playing. We’ll give it our best and hopefully that will be enough to keep us in the hat come Monday morning. Happy New Year!

Sports Shots would like to thank both Ollie and Harry for their time this week