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SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell start league campaign with away win

Old Bradwell United have won their opening Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 fixture 3-1 at Bovingdon.

Ross Butler

In the fourth minute Old Bradwell took the lead when Bhasin’s corner was floated in and Butler rans in to score virtually on the line.

On 39 minutes it was two-nil to the visitors as Dyer stepped in to send Butler up and he scored from Valentine’s free kick.

Good hold up play by Wells and a lovely weighted through ball found Cribb, who took the ball around the goalkeeper and slotted home on 79 minutes.

Bovingdon scored a late consolation.

SSMFL Division Two fixtures released for August & September

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIV 2

The Spartan South Midlands Football League have released the first two months of fixtures for Division Two teams, although at this stage these games are subject to change.

AUGUST FIXTURES

 

Saturday 3rd August – Kick Off 3.00pm

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos

 

Saturday 10th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v Old Bradwell United

Sarratt v New Bradwell St Peter

Totternhoe v Codicote

Tring Corinthians v MK Gallacticos

 

Saturday 17th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

DIVISION TWO

Sarratt v Berkhamsted Raiders

Tring Corinthians v Aston Clinton

Unite MK v Old Bradwell United

 

Tuesday 20th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Codicote

Colney Heath v Sarratt

Edgware Town v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Leverstock Green v New Bradwell St Peter

 

Wednesday 21st August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

New Salamis v Berkhamsted Raiders

Unite MK v Ampthill Town

 

Saturday 24th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Mursley United v Park View

Tring Corinthians v Old Bradwell United

 

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v New Bradwell St Peter

Bovingdon v Berkhamsted Raiders

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Sarratt

The 61FC (Luton) v Codicote

Totternhoe v MK Gallacticos

 

Saturday 31st August – Kick Off 3.00pm

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE First Round Qualifying

Holyport v Unite MK

New Salamis v Codicote

 

DIVISION TWO

Mursley United v Totternhoe

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v New Bradwell St Peter

Sarratt v The 61FC (Luton)

Tring Corinthians v Berkhamsted Raiders

 

SEPTEMBER FIXTURES

(Note: Subject to change once County Cup draws are known)

 

Saturday 7th September – Kick Off 3.00pm

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

MK Gallacticos v Langford

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Codicote v Aston Clinton

Old Bradwell United v The 61FC (Luton)

Sarratt v Buckingham United

Tring Corinthians v Grendon Rangers

Unite MK v New Bradwell St Peter

 

Tuesday 10th September – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Harefield United v Buckingham United

 

Saturday 14th September – Kick Off 3.00pm

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Second Round Qualifying

New Salamis or Codicote v Tower Hamlets

Wellingborough Town or Wellingborough Whitworth v Holyport or Unite MK

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade United v Tring Athletic

 

DIVISION TWO

Buckingham United v Codicote (Subject to FA Vase)

Grendon Rangers v Sarratt

MK Gallacticos v Old Bradwell United

Mursley United v Berkhamsted Raiders

New Bradwell St Peter v Tring Corinthians

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Unite MK (Subject to FA Vase)

The 61FC (Luton) v Aston Clinton

Totternhoe v Bovingdon

 

Saturday 21st September – Kick Off 3.00pm

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Aston Clinton v Bovingdon

 

DIVISION TWO

Berkhamsted Raiders v Grendon Rangers

Codicote v Unite MK

Sarratt v Totternhoe

Tring Corinthians v Buckingham United

BBFA ST; Marlow United 0-0 Old Bradwell United (4-5 pens)

Marlow United – 0
Old Bradwell United – 0

(Old Bradwell win 5-4 on pens)

27.04.2019

For their second successive cup final this season Old Bradwell United fought out a goalless draw to take the game to penalties & ultimately triumph in dramatic style to take the silverware back to Milton Keynes, this time against Marlow United who were left to wonder just what it takes to win this competition as they were handed silver medals for the third consecutive season. Strong winds did little to help on the pitch as the two sides slugged it out to a stalemate, going straight to penalties both sides scored their first attempts however it was Bradwell who were first to have one saved, their opponents then suffered the same fate but the black & white cheers were silenced as their third spot kick was blocked by the keeper once more, from there no one missed and skipper Alex Sethi stepped up to win the cup for the team in blue but could only blaze over the top and sudden death prevailed, the first two scored saw Jakk Pursey then put David Keene’s men ahead leaving it to Liam Jahn to save from James Hardie to spark wild celebrations from their players and supporters alike.

The opening ten minutes or so saw both defences coping with anything thrown at them and neither keeper really warmed up, Ben Green found space down the Bradwell left but as he went to supply he slipped and dragged wide of the target whilst at the other end Jordan Gumbs put a decent ball into the six-yard area where a slight deflection took it into the path of Liam Bushay who drove past the post from close range. Scott Valentine slipped a pass inside the blue backline for Peter Maxey to flash across goal, a slight deflection along the way won a corner from which Dan Smith headed over, a corner to their opponents curled in by Joshua Fox found Ollie Flint at the front of the six-yard box and his glancing header flew wide of the far upright.

Own goal disallowed for offside

A free kick taken quickly saw Toby Cribb inside the area hit first time but again a defender on hand to block for a corner, Gumbs ventured forward from defensive duties but from twenty-five yards drove straight at Jahn before a free kick to his side saw the wind take over and the Bradwell custodian had to push away using both hands, their next move saw a cross from their right take both keeper and defence out of the game and running in Bushay had the whole goal to aim at but seemed to get caught in two minds and ended up chipping up into waiting gloves, there was still time for Flint to curl a free kick around the wall but straight at the shot stopper. H/T: 0-0

An early Marlow corner found Hurst at the back post whose header was blocked on the line with a follow up somehow diverted over the bar, Gumbs got down the flank to the byline before pulling back inside to Bushay who drove over the top, and a fifty-fifth minute free kick into the Bradwell box saw Smith divert past his own keeper but a raised flag saved his blushes. Green attempted to bend inside the top corner from eighteen yards however a slight touch earnt him a corner, Felix Prudden then powered his way into the penalty area to see an initial shot blocked, he followed that up by flashing across goal and wide and with ten minutes left Green from distance forced Marlow shot stopper Matthew Cannings to his right to gather, the final chance fell to Hurst whose over the shoulder attempt had Jahn using both hands to push away. F/T: 0-0

Both keepers prepare for penalty shoot-out

Penalties:

  • OBUFC – Jamie Cox scores 1-0
  • MUFC – Chris Hurst scores 1-1
  • OBUFC – Tommy Cooke saved 1-1
  • MUFC – Ollie Flint saved 1-1
  • OBUFC – Dale Collins saved 1-1
  • MUFC – Qwam Thomas scores 1-2
  • OBUFC – Ross Butler scores 2-2
  • MUFC – Adam Harman scores 2-3
  • OBUFC – Peter Maxey scores 3-3
  • MUFC – Alex Sethi misses 3-3

Sudden death:

  • OBUFC – Dan Smith scores 4-3
  • MUFC – James Namyslak scores 4-4
  • OBUFC – Jakk Pursey scores 5-4
  • MUFC – James Hardie saved 5-4

Attendance: 280

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SSMFL D2C; Old Bradwell United 0-0 Aston Clinton (3-2 pens)

Old Bradwell United – 0
Aston Clinton – 0
(Old Bradwell United win 3-2 on penalties)

10.04.2019

Old Bradwell United had to play eighty minutes of this Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two cup final with ten men to take the game into a penalty shoot-out where they held their nerve as Aston Clinton missed three of their five spot kicks which ultimately took the silverware back to Milton Keynes. A dour first half saw little goal mouth action, the second forty-five did create scoring opportunities but neither keeper seriously tested, a good crowd of almost two hundred then congregated at the clubhouse end to witness both sides score their first & third penalty each, whilst both missed their second each Bradwell didn’t miss again and over the crossbar efforts from Vinny Greco & finally Taylor Collins saw the men in black & white go on to lift the cup and celebrate in the bitterly cold Leighton Buzzard temperatures.

The first half was one to forget, an early Ash Clarke attack down the Aston left had Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn down low to his near post to smoother whilst at the opposite end Scott Valentine delivered a free kick into the Clinton penalty area but their custodian Liam Smith rose above everyone to gather with both hands. Then just ten minutes in the referee spotted an incident to which he blew his whistle, spoke briefly to striker Darryl Smith before flashing the red card at the United man to leave most of the crowd scratching their heads as to what had happened, later confirmed as by the official as being for spitting at Taylor Collins.

For the rest of the half the imbalance simply saw Old Bradwell defend anything the men in blue slung at them, a couple of long range efforts went over or wide, whilst a couple of brief attacks at the opposite end saw Valentine whip a cross into the six-yard box where Smith had to stun with his boot before pouncing to collect, and a Jakk Pursey curler from the corner of the eighteen-yard area bounce the wrong side of the far upright the highlights. H/T: 0-0

Clinton manager Neil Roberts gave his side ten minutes at the start of the second period until changing things up, defender Alex Little was sacrificed to make way for striker Chris Stapleton and within a couple of moments he made a clever run along the blindside of the Bradwell defence to get his head to a free kick, Jahn having to dive to push away for a corner, another set piece awarded to the men in blue saw Adam Beckett size things up acting as a decoy before Taylor Collins curled inches over the crossbar.

Billy Harrison ventured forward to slip a ball through the United backline for Lamar Mason-Williams to chase after but his first time effort wide of the target, a punt downfield for Ben Green to latch onto then saw some brilliant defending by Aston full back Luke Russel who had to slide in and time his interception to perfection inside the area to bring the threat to an end, their next move saw the Bradwell frontman get away from his marker but from the edge of the six-yard box poke into the side netting.

Another Green cross from the wing curled away to safety with no black & white shirts far enough forward to connect, Pursey showed some promise a minute later but curled over the top from eighteen yards, the long kick from Smith saw a flick on in midfield to Stapleton on the edge of the box, with back to goal he tried the acrobatic over the head spectacular but it was straight at Jahn. In added time Pursey drove straight at Smith from distance, the final action saw United substitute Toby Cribb chase down a loose ball on the flank before cutting inside and curling a drive over Smith’s crossbar. F/T: 0-0

Penalties:

Aston Clinton: Chris Stapleton scores 1-0

Old Bradwell: Jamie Cox scores 1-1

Aston Clinton: Joe Kittle saved 1-1

Old Bradwell: Jakk Pursey saved 1-1

Aston Clinton: Adam Beckett scores 2-1

Old Bradwell: Dale Collins scores 2-2

Aston Clinton: Vinny Greco misses 2-2

Old Bradwell: Zach Ferris scores 2-3

Aston Clinton: Taylor Collins misses 2-3

 

Attendance: 180

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

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

TUESDAY 9th APRIL / WEDNESDAY 10th APRIL

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PREMIER DIVISION

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

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

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

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

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

 

DIVISION ONE

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

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

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

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

Div. 2 Cup Winners 2018/19

DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL

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

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

 

AND FINALLY

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

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

SSMFL D2; Old Bradwell United 3-0 Grendon Rangers

Old Bradwell United – 3

Grendon Rangers – 0

05.01.2019

Grendon Rangers held Old Bradwell United at bay for forty-five minutes at Abbey Road on Saturday but just three minutes after the break their resistance broke and from there the hosts took control to run out comfortable winners. United did in fact get the ball in the back of the Rangers net in the first half but it was disallowed, they dominated the game and the treble after the half-time oranges were no more than they deserved, Rangers manager Steven Jackman admitting afterwards his injury ravaged side were always going to be up against it against their high flying opponents, their win lifting them up to joint third place in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two table. The away side were so short of players that Jackman drafted in two sixteen year olds for the fixture, one had to start the game whilst the other came on late in the game and both received glowing commendations from their manager after the game.

The game took a while to get going and it was eight minutes old before the first shot of note, a free kick to the home side was lofted up into the box and cleared but on the edge of the penalty arc Scott Valentine tried his luck but only got under the ball and lifted it high over James Cox in the Grendon goal. Their next move saw Ben Green fed behind the Rangers defensive line and his shot was tipped away by Cox who flung himself to his left to save despite a raised flag, Green then cut in from the left wing to evade a defender but could only drag his shot wide.

Stuart Leonard tries to clear danger

A Bradwell free kick curled into the back post saw a mass of bodies go up and as Stuart Leonard tried to clear, the ball cannoned off home defender Dan Smith allowing him to get a snap shot away but only up into the waiting gloves of Cox. The first chance for the visitor’s fell to centre half Mark O’Dell when a loose ball invited him to shoot from twenty yards but he could only drag wide, at the opposite end a knock over the top saw Ross Butler through on goal and his early effort saw a brilliant block by Cox using his feet and eventually cleared by a covering defender.

A sliced clearance then almost set United up for the opener, with players pushed up Jacob Hack was in behind but his attempted lob cleared the bar, then with eight minutes of the half left a free kick swung in saw a plethora of heads go up and as the ball nestled in the back of the net the assistant referee raised his flag for offside. The half ended with Grendon enjoying some possession, a free kick some twenty-five yards out saw Joe Walls drive over Liam Jahn in the home goal frame before a driving run from midfield by Will Young saw him aim for the bottom corner only for an out stretched boot to divert for a corner. H/T: 0-0

Before anyone had settled for the second half the hosts took the lead, good work down the left from Green saw the ball end up at the feet of Valentine just inside the box and his low drive took a deflection off a Grendon player to divert past Cox into the bottom corner, from here there was only one outcome. United sensed more goals and piled on the pressure, a cross from Aaron Bhasin out on the wing was met right in front of goal by Green but his glancing header didn’t have enough contact and bounced across the six-yard box and wide of the far post.

Ben Green scores United third

Another golden chance was spurned when Butler worked hard in the corner to pull back to Valentine who squared to Green in front of goal but he lifted over the top, a free kick floated in was attacked by another swarm of bodies but getting there first Jakk Pursey headed wide, the scoreline was finally doubled on sixty-six minutes when a set piece curled into the goal mouth eluded a number of players in front of goal and waiting his chance Dan Smith converted from close range.

It was three just four minutes later, a Bradwell attacked resulted in the ball going out and despite the protests from the home side the referee pointed for a goal kick, Cox sent long downfield but it was headed back and in behind Green was away from his marker to advance into the box and slot home. Grendon won a corner that Walls curled in and from underneath his own crossbar Jahn had to palm over to safety, at the other end a vicious drive from Darryl Smith from eighteen yards saw Cox having to leap in the air to push over, the corner cleared out to Pursey who thrashed over the bar, the last chance fell to Walls who tried to lob the keeper from twenty yards or so, but Jahn pedalled quickly enough to gather at full stretch. F/T: 3-0

Attendance: 35

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Old Bradwell edge past Grendon

Report by Alex Gilder.

 

Old Bradwell maintained their unbeaten record as they beat a spirited Grendon Rangers side 1-0, as they are proving to be the team to beat in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two.

 

Bradwell had the early chances and started the better team as Toby Craig found himself through on goal but was halted by a good recovering challenge by Charlie West. Grendon were trying to get a foothold in the game, as Luke Tavener dinked a cheeky ball over the Bradwell backline but Joe Walls could not capitalise as the keeper made a routine save. However the visitors had been the dominant team in the first fifteen minutes looking dangerous and creating chances.

 

Charlie West was running down the line like a steam train, but his touch got the better of him as he flew into a challenge with Bradwell full back Aaron Bhasin, for which the Bradwell faithful were demanding a red card. Only a yellow was shown, and from the resulting free kick David Keene’s side nearly made the opportunity count as Toby Craig, the Bradwell danger man, crossed in the ball, which found the head of Danny Rooney, but could only find the gloves of James Cox.

 

Straight after the Cox save, Craig made a nuisance of himself as he created a chance for himself but he could only blaze it over the bar. He was proving hard to handle for the Rangers backline as  he had another chance, but this time Grendon dealt with it. The yellows went up the other end, as Walls whipped a wicked ball into Dean Garrard but he could not stretch enough to get on the end of the cross. Grendon needed to capitalise on these chances as they were proving to be few a far between.

 

Bradwell made it 1-0 on the stroke of half time, as a ball in by Dan Smith was finished by Danny Rooney. Grendon failed to clear their lines as the visitors go in the happier at the break with the momentum now well and truly with them. HT 1-0.

 

Steven Jackman’s men started the second half brightly as a mix up between the Milton Keynes sides defender and goalkeeper allowed Dean Garrard through on goal, but he was denied by a spectacular last ditched challenge by the recovering Bradwell defender. Should have been 1-1 and an opportunity for Grendon to get back in the game.

 

Luke Tavener found himself with space on the flank as he floated a ball in, but Jason Riddell could not equal the score. Grendon came out the better team with them having a real go. Jackman must have given a cracking team talk. The black and whites of Bradwell wrestled some momentum back as Danny Rooney turned and shot in the box but it rocketed wide amid penalty shouts by the Bradwell faithful for handball.

 

David Keene’s team were now having the better of the chances as Jacob Wren delivered the ball which fell to the feet of Dale Collins who could only drag his shot wide of the goal. Bradwell were now well and truly on top again as Collins had another chance to make it 2-0 to Old Bradwell but was matched by the save of James Cox.

 

Substitute Mohammed Adam made an instant impact coming off the bench as he fizzed a cross into a dangerous area but was defended well by Bradwell back line, as they tried to hang on to their slim one goal lead. A couple minutes later, Ben Green made a bursting run beating Charlie West in the process and putting in a wicked cross to Toby Craig who blazed over the bar. A real chance to put the game to bed for the visitors.

 

In the final stages of the game the Bradwell number fourteen weaved through the yellows backline but could only manage to find the feet of Cox. In the last minute Grendon went for the equaliser as the corner was delivered but Adam could only head wide. The full time whistle sounds as Bradwell edge past their opponents with a 1-0 win.

 

 

 

SSMFL D2; Mursley United 0-4 Old Bradwell United

Mursley United – 0

Old Bradwell United – 4

17.11.2018

Mursley United were convincingly beaten by Old Bradwell United on Saturday, a fortuitous opener saw the visitors lead at the break but then three goals in twelve minutes early after the restart saw the points head back to Milton Keynes. Bradwell stretched their winning run to twelve games, and surely must be contenders come the end of the season on this showing, which Mursley assistant manager Jamie Lands admitted afterwards had been a tough afternoon for his players up against a very good side with quality & experience all over the pitch, and had the away side taken their chances in the first half the scoreline could have been a whole lot worse, but the hosts now have a week off to regroup and welcome some faces back into the squad as they await news of their next round of matches in the Spartan South Midlands League.

Old Bradwell won a free kick in the first minute twenty yards out which Scott Valentine smashed over the crossbar, and from there they dominated the early stages with Ben Green in particular enjoying attacking the left wing, his first foray into the danger area saw him run his marker ragged before fizzing a cross right along the six yard box but no one was anywhere near getting on the end of it. The hosts saw an early corner flicked on at the near post with a back heel but keeper Liam Jahn was alert enough to gather at the second attempt, their next attack almost cost dearly when it broke down and the visitors moved the ball very quickly up to Darryl Smith but from thirty yards he fired straight at home custodian Dan Willett.

Old Bradwell opener

Valentine crossed from the left which saw Smith head wide although a flag may have intervened had it gone in, a pass across midfield then saw Peter Maxey release a dipping drive that flew just a couple of feet over the bar. On fourteen minutes the Milton Keynes side took the lead, a free kick some twenty five yards out saw Valentine curl the ball into the box where it eluded everyone including the outstretched arm of Willett and tucked inside the far top corner. Green then curled a low effort straight at the Mursley keeper after cutting in from the flank, and moments later the same player saw a determined run across the eighteen yard line result with a shot that Willett had to save with his feet with a defender on hand to clear.

Old Bradwell then missed a glorious chance to double their lead when a cross from the right found Green in the middle of the box but somehow he managed to just help the ball out for a goal kick without threatening the net at all, Smith was next to set his sights when played in over the top, shoulder to shoulder with a defender he won the battle but fired wide of the post with the whole target to aim at. On the half hour mark the hosts wasted a great chance when Jamie Sylvester burst forward from midfield into the Bradwell half with Nathan Skelton in space to his right he opted to shoot but dragged his effort across goal and wide, centre half Jacob Hack at the other end fired straight at Willett from twelve yards. H/T: 0-1

The home side won an early corner after the restart that caused panic in front of goal ending with Austin Dickson getting a shot away that was blocked inside the six yard box and somehow cleared to safety, play switched straight up the other end where a clearance from the Mursley defence fell to Valentine who blazed over the crossbar. With just six minutes of the half played a penalty gave Old Bradwell the chance to double their lead, Toby Cribb was clean through when a tackle from behind saw him felled and the referee point to the spot despite the protests of the Green backline. Smith despatched the spot kick which signalled a dominant ten minute spell for the visitors.

Darryl Smith scores from spot

Zach Ferris crossed from the right to find the head of Cribb but a lack of power took the ball into the waiting gloves of Willett, but on fifty-six minutes it was three when Green received a pass on the left of the box and despite a nudge he managed to scoop the ball around the keeper and into the far corner. Eight minutes later Smith grabbed his second when gaining possession just left of goal he turned his marker one way then the other before rifling home. With the game done & dusted Mursley made a triple substitution to liven things up, but Old Bradwell managed to see the game out without too much trouble.

Valentine almost got on the scoresheet late on, Willett did well to block with his feet from close range as the midfielder had space to explore, the loose ball was played back in to Smith for a glorious chance to cap his afternoon with a hatrick but he pulled his shot wide of the post. There was still time for Green to have one last break down the left and into the box before unselfishly squaring into both Smith and substitute Ross Butler in the middle but it had just too much on it as it rolled away for a goal kick. F/T: 0-4

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SSMFL D2; Mursley duo confident of league success this season

Saturday 17th November 2018

Mursley United v Old Bradwell United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Playing Field

K.O. 2.00pm

Mursley United FC

Mursley United host Old Bradwell on Saturday in a game which sees the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two third placed side welcome eleven consecutive wins under their belts Old Bradwell who oddly sit ninth in the table having only played five league games to date. Their wins are obviously mostly from cup competitions which sees them still in every competition they entered at the start of the season, and if they win their games in hand on those above would comfortably sit top of the pile, so a tough test for Mursley as they look to put some pressure on Bovingdon & Berkhamsted Raiders who are the only two teams above them going into this week-ends round of fixtures.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Mursley keeper Dan Willett, and firstly midfielder Tom Brazier to ask him when he joined the club and how he feels the squad is this year:

I joined at the start of this season and this is my second spell at the club, having played for them a couple of seasons ago. I am enjoying my time at the club and I believe we have a great squad this year capable of challenging at the top end of the league

Dan also joined this summer:

I only joined Mursley this season from New Bradwell St Peter, formerly Loughton Manor. Jamie (Green) messaged me to see if I fancied moving over, things weren’t quite right at my previous club and there seemed to be a good squad here and it’s always a nice pitch to play on. I seem to have settled in well here and have been very well looked after by the committee and management, I feel we have a good tight nit squad now and with a couple of additions we could be right up there

Dan Willett

Which players have impressed the keeper so far?

Nathan Skelton has been superb for us this season, scoring twenty goals already which is definitely what you need if you’re going to be up there. Michael (Joseph) at centre back is the calmest man I have ever played football with, and also the best centre back I’ve ever played with

Tom agreed on the striker nomination:

Stand outs so far this season have been Nathan Hawkins, Jamie Green & Nathan Skelton. Nathan has been very solid defensively for us at either centre half or right back, Jamie breaks up the play and gets the ball forward very well for us, whilst Skelly has already scored a brilliant amount of goals for us to win games this season. But everyone in the squad has contributed well, leaving us in quite a strong league position

What is Tom’s position in the team and who are his role models?

My preferred position is probably left wing, this suits me well being left footed but I am also comfortable on the right wing or upfront. Famous footballers I look up to are Lionel Messi or Eden Hazard, who are good on the ball and create something out of nothing, I am looking to create and score goals in a similar style to this type of player

Dan looks a little closer to home for his inspiration:

I have always played in goal since I was six years old, I did give up when I was about fifteen until I joined Old Bradwell when I was nineteen. I suppose my dad really is my mentor, he was the one who got me in to football when I was young, and he doesn’t miss many of my games

We asked the shot stopper how high he feels the club can finish and who their main rivals would be:

I think we could be right up there at the end of the season, we probably need another goal scorer and a central midfielder to sure things up, but we certainly have decent enough squad now to challenge for the top. Old Bradwell will be right up there this season and they are a real force, Bovingdon have started really well but their discipline could be a problem for them, then the usual sides like Aston Clinton will be a challenger

Tom Brazier

Tom echoed those comments:

Ideally I would like to finish in the top three this season and I believe that is realistic with the level of player and management we have at this club. Our main rivals will be Bovingdon who have started well, Old Bradwell & Aston Clinton who I would not be surprised to see climb the table

A surprise defeat at Sarratt last week saw a first league defeat in five, how did Tom view the game?

It was very frustrating to lose as we felt that was a winnable game, and a great opportunity to keep our momentum going. The game was played in poor conditions due to heavy rain which I feel affected the game, we started poorly which saw us two goals down and this lost us the match, it was a shame not to get something after a much improved second half

Dan blamed the pitch and also a decision going against the defence:

We lost last week on a pitch that can only be described as a lake, there were puddles all over the pitch where we just couldn’t pass the ball like we normally would. We were also done by the officials not giving a clear offside for their first goal, which frustrated us and we switched off which led to their quick fire second

Out of all cup competitions now, does the keeper see this as a good thing?

We are out of all of them now which is disappointing, we would have liked to have progressed in a couple of them, but it could be a blessing to us, leaving us to just concentrate on our main goal and get promoted at the end of the season

Tom agrees:

It’s slightly disappointing to not have a cup run but the league is our main focus so hopefully we can make the most of being able to concentrate on the league

Old Bradwell are the form team of the division, how does Tom view the game ahead?

I am expecting a very tough game on Saturday in what should be a close game. I don’t know too much about them but we need to focus on playing well & hopefully this will be enough for the three points. We have been working hard in training and have been in good form excluding the Sarratt game

Being a former player Dan knows what they are all about”

Old Bradwell have started really well this year and it was only a matter of time really before they started to click. Playing there for four years I know almost all the players & what they are capable of, they have quality all over the pitch and we are all aware that they will be dangerous going forward

Rounding up, we asked Dan what he thinks has been his and his sides best game of the season so far:

I think my, and the team’s best game this year was the one against Winslow United in the cup, we played well and took the game to them to the last few minutes, it took a great save from their keeper to keep the score at three-two. Putting eight past Clean Slate always looks great as well.

I would like to thank Paul Warnecki for the gloves for the season so far, and the continued support that Sports Shots gives to the local non-league clubs around the area

Tom picked a different memory:

I would say our best game was the five-one win over Unite MK where we looked very good going forward. Personally, this was also a good game for me, getting a goal and a few assists!

Sports Shots would like to thank both Dan & Tom for their time this week

ART 2R: Old Bradwell five-start cup win

Old Bradwell United are into the 3rd round of the Anagram Trophy with a convincing 5-0 win over Evergreen this afternoon.

Darryl Smith

The home side went ahead when Bhasin’s corner saw Darryl Smith’s header saved, before Dan Smith put the ball in the net.

Darryl Smith glanced in Pursey’s free kick to make it two before Collins took David Keene’s side in three goals ahead at the break.

Another Pursey free-kick saw Cribb net with his first touch for goal number four.

Ben Green

Ben Green netted his eighth of the season from close range to wrap up the scoring.