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SSMFL D2; Old Bradwell United 3-0 Grendon Rangers

Old Bradwell United – 3

Grendon Rangers – 0


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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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Grendon manager Steven Jackman: 

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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


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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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Mursley manager for the day Jamie Lands: 

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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.

SSMFL D2: Hack & Butler give Old Bradwell United away success

A goal in each half gave Old Bradwell United a 2-0 win at Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 new boys Sarratt on Saturday.

Ross Butler

Jacob Hack netted in the 36th minute before Ross Butler sealed the points for David Keene’s side on 71 minutes.

Jacob Hack


2018/19 SSMFL Cup Competitions revealed

At Saturday’s South Midlands AGM the draws were made for the various cup competitions across the leagues:



As drawn Saturday 23rd June by

Mike Taylor and John Childley

(Members of the SSML Cup Finals Committee)

Dates of ties to be announced at later date




  1. Colney Heath v Broadfields United
  2. Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders
  3. MK Gallacticos v Stotfold *
  4. Harefield United v Edgware Town
  5. Park View v Mursley United
  6. Aston Clinton v Potton United *
  7. Wodson Park v Langford
  8. Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers
  9. Winslow United v Brimsdown
  10. Wembley v Enfield Borough
  11. Tring Corinthians v Biggleswade United *
  12. Oxhey Jets v Baldock Town
  13. Unite MK FC v Leverstock Green
  14. FC Broxbourne Borough v Hadley
  15. London Lions v Harpenden Town
  16. Hillingdon Borough v Codicote
  17. Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane
  18. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate *
  19. Old Bradwell United v Bedford *
  20. Hatfield Town v Leighton Town
  21. Tring Athletic v London Colney
  22. Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton)
  23. Totternhoe v Cockfosters *

Byes: Ampthill Town, Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Bovingdon,

Buckingham Athletic, London Tigers, New Bradwell St Peter,

North Greenford United and Sarratt.

Ties will be played midweek unless stated with a * in which case will be played on a Saturday


  1. Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK FC or Leverstock Green
  2. Wembley or Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town
  3. Risborough Rangers or Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic or London Colney
  4. Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Clean Slate v Oxhey Jets or Baldock Town
  5. Park View or Mursley United v Aston Clinton or Potton United
  6. Harefield United or Edgware Town v Winslow United or Brimsdown
  7. Wodson Park or Langford v MK Gallacticos or Stotfold
  8. Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter
  9. Hatfield Town or Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough or Codicote
  10. Crawley Green or The 61FC (Luton) v Amersham Town or Grendon Rangers
  11. Ampthill Town v London Tigers
  12. Old Bradwell United or Bedford v Colney Heath or Broadfields United
  13. Totternhoe or Cockfosters v Sarratt
  14. Tring Corinthians or Biggleswade United v FC Broxbourne Borough or Hadley
  15. Buckingham Town or Berkhamsted Raiders v North Greenford United
  16. Bovingdon v London Lions or Harpenden Town


  1. Winner Game 16 v Winner Game 14
  2. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 13
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 15
  5. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 9
  6. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  7. Winner Game 11 v Winner Game 12
  8. Winner Game 10 v Winner Game 4


  1. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 4
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8


  1. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
  2. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1


  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1



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  1. Arlesey Town v Hadley
  2. Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town
  3. Baldock Town v Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green v Potton United


  1. Biggleswade United v Wembley
  2. London Tigers v Arlesey Town or Hadley
  3. Leighton Town v Baldock Town or Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green or Potton United v Biggleswade FC or Edgware Town
  5. London Colney v Leverstock Green
  6. Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town
  7. Tring Athletic v Stotfold
  8. Cockfosters v North Greenford United


  1. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 2
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6
  4. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1


  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4


  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2




  1. Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
  2. Buckingham Town v Park View
  3. Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough
  4. Codicote v Rayners Lane


  1. Enfield Borough or FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town
  2. Broadfields United v Bedford
  3. Langford v Brimsdown
  4. Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic
  5. London Lions v Codicote or Rayners Lane
  6. Hillingdon Borough or Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town or Park View
  7. Winslow United v Harefield United
  8. Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers


  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 6
  2. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 3
  4. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2


  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3


Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1




  1. New Bradwell St Peter v Bovingdon
  2. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers
  3. Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United
  4. Unite MK FC v MK Gallacticos
  5. Clean Slate v The 61FC (Luton)
  6. Mursley United v Aston Clinton
  7. Tring Corinthians v Sarratt

Bye: Berkhamsted Raiders


  1. Unite MK FC or MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders
  2. Clean Slate or The 61FC (Luton) v Totternhoe or Old Bradwell United
  3. Tring Corinthians or Sarratt v Mursley United or Aston Clinton
  4. New Bradwell St Peter or Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Grendon Rangers


  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3
  2. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2


Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1




Holmer Green Development v Biggleswade United Development

Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development

AFC Dunstable Development v Winslow United Development


Biggleswade United Development v Holmer Green Development

Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Winslow United Development v AFC Dunstable Development


  1. Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development
  2. Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
  3. Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development
  4. Stotfold Development v AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development


  1. Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development
  2. Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development
  3. Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development v Berkhamsted Development
  4. AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development v Stotfold Development


  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

 SEMI FINAL Second Leg

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3


Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell edge past Unite MK in league local derby

Old Bradwell United edged past Unite MK 3-2 in a Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 local derby at Manor Fields on Saturday afternoon.

The visitors started very positively and took the lead when Aaron Bhasin’s cross-cum-shot went in after quarter of an hour.

Unite MK came back into the game and dominated the rest of the first half but were unable to equalise.

In the second period Unite MK finally levelled on 58 minutes after Luke Little took advantage of hesitation in the home defence to score.

Luke Little

Twelve minutes from time Ben Green got himself in front of the keeper from Maxey’s ball and rolled into an empty net as the visitors retook the lead.

David Keene’s side made it three as a throw in went to Bentley, who produced a great touch, and Darryl Smith smashed the ball home.

Little pulled a goal back late on but it was Old Bradwell who held on and secured the victory.

Old Bradwell Development defeated leaders City Colts 3-0 yesterday.

After a goalless first half, Billy Batten put Old Bradwell United Development ahead before Lewis Baker made it two. Toby Cribb wrapped up the scoring with a third.

SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell end Unite MK’s outstanding run with league victory

Old Bradwell United ended Unite MK’s outstanding run of eight straight league wins with victory at Abbey Road on Saturday.
In his 200th game in charge of Old Bradwell David Keene saw his side record a 5-2 victory.

David Keene

Unite MK could have taken an early lead, but Little clean through was foiled by Jahn saving to his left. Despite it being quite end-to-end, clear chances were proving difficult, although the momentum of the game changed within two minutes.
In the 25th minute, Ben Green found himself with the ball on the corner of the Unite MK area. There didn’t look to be much danger for Unite MK, but Green showing great skill proceeded to ghost past 3 players and smash the ball into the top right of goal.
Then almost immediately after, a ball over the top wasn’t dealt with by Essilfie. The visiting left back was then robbed by Butler who was then fouled. The Referee deeming he was pulled back by Essilfie, who was subsequently sent off for denying a goal scoring opportunity.
With Unite having to re-organise Old Bradwell netted again through Green again, who found himself out left, cut in taking on 2 players. His cross created a scramble and the ball fell to Green who toe punted it in to the goal.
To Unite MK’s credit they fought back and started to cause Old Bradwell some problems. They moved the ball forward quickly using the pace of Tomsik and Little to good effect.
A Unite MK corner from the right was not cleared and it fell to Jakub Tomsik who dispatched a fine half volley past Jahn in goal.

Half Time 2-1

Old Bradwell enjoy a good spell of pressure in the opening of the second half  but it was Unite MK who then nearly scored, with Brahm through on goal his shot was saved by Jahn coming out of his goal well.

It was 69th minute before the game was secured. Again another scramble in the Unite area looked like it would come to nothing, until the ball fell to Tommy Cooke who calmly finished in to the bottom right corner.

Tommy Cooke – Old Bradwell United

A four-minute spell 10 minutes later finished any hope of Unite MK coming back.

First a free-kick from Maxey out wide, was met by Dan Smith who got in front of the keeper to head in then in the 82nd minute, Green completed a well-deserved hat-trick; A quick break resulted in Feaver shooting, with the ball looking to go in it was brilliantly cleared by the defender with a diving header. Fortunately for the home side it fell to Green who finished from close range to score his 12th of the season.

Luke Little

There was still time for Unite to score again though with the referee awarding a penalty, which Little dispatched.

Full Time 5-2

Old Bradwell United: Liam Jahn, Peter Maxey, Scott Parker, Peter Bentley (Alex Feaver), Aaron Bhasin (Barry Rooney), Aidan Rooney, Carl Bryce, Joel Rodwell-Bullock, Ross Butler (Tommy Cooke), Ben Green, Daniel Smith.
Unite MK: Aaron Halai, Ridge Essilfie, Saajan Sehajpal, Craig Daubney, Paul Blackwell, Myles Braham (Anthony Kwarteng), Gianni Ricci, Jamie Parker (Josh Ambrose), Jakub Tomsik (Cole Rawson), Karl Ainsley, Luke Little.



SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell manager talks of tough clash with Unite MK

David Keene has spoken of the tough game his Old Bradwell United side face when they play host to Unite MK in a Milton Keynes derby league clash on Saturday.

David Keene

The Old Bradwell manager told Sports Shots:

A much-needed win last week against Pitstone got us back to winning ways. On what was a difficult pitch we created the early chances and went two up mid way through the first half with goals from Ben Green and Ross Butler. We were pegged back early in the second half but scored our third through Aaron Bhasin to seal a much-needed win. The result was pleasing particularly with 7 or 8 players away or unavailable.

It was well deserved and we had been unlucky in the previous 2 games against Park View, including the last game when we led three times before losing out late in the game.

We have another tough game this week (weather permitting) against a much-improved Unite MK side who are having a good season. We still have some players away at the Ashes in Australia and some other unavailability but we should have a strong squad available to choose from. Pete Bentley and Tommy Cooke will come back into the squad.

Tommy Cooke – Old Bradwell United

After this week we have two weeks before our next game so we are hopeful that we will have a full quota of players to choose from going forward, player availability has been the biggest issue in the first half of the season and we need to get that addressed in the second half of the season.