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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.

SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell manager previews weekend league clash

Old Bradwell manager David Keene has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of this weekend’s game.


David Keene


I think its fair to say no one is that keen on a trip to Tottenham at any time of the year just 2 days before Christmas to face an unbeaten Park View less so. This will be our 3rd meeting in under 2 months the previous 2 we couldn’t work out how we had lost both. Park View are a good team and have some very good players, they have in my opinion the standout striker in the league in Francis Williams as well and at their place on the Astro Turf (no chance of the weather saving us a trip down there) we know we are in for a tough game.

Our last game was the return league fixture against Park View which we ended up losing 2-1. On both previous games we have spent long periods in their half dominating possession but missing chances and ultimately being caught out on the break on both occasions. Since that game 2 postponements due to the weather have not been ideal.

In general our availability for the game is good. Shaun Ennis and Nick Bardell have gone to Australia to watch the Ashes (good decision at 3-0 down). Tommy Cooke is still finding his way back from injury and we hope he will get some minutes with the reserves on Saturday. Aside from that we have a full quota available and we aim as with all games to go there and try and get something from the game.

Our form is not great, having said that aside from 2 poor performances in the recent 7 or 8 games, we have played well as we showed last time out against Park View.  We need to build the consistency back up and make ourselves hard to beat. That will be the aim on Saturday.

BSCC,1R: Buckingham Athletic 2-0 Old Bradwell United

Buckingham Athletic – 2

Old Bradwell United – 0

Buckingham Athletic secured their place in the semi-finals of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup with this win over near neighbours Old Bradwell United, with both sides missing a host of chances on a heavy and extremely slippery pitch made even worse when the heavens opened in the second half. The young Athletic side however made the most of the conditions and would have won the game by a bigger margin if not for Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn who made some excellent saves to keep his side in the game at crucial moments.

Buckingham were on the attack early through Ben Acquaye who saw his close range shot brilliantly tipped away by Jahn diving away to his left, and moments later another chance fell to the same player who didn’t connect at all when faced with goal from six yards and the ball simply rolled back to the Bradwell keeper.

Bradwells first chance came on eleven minutes when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box but Charlie Wells curled his effort straight into Athletic keeper Nick Bennion’s waiting gloves. Aaron Pike then broke from defence and his initial shot was parried by Jahn and the defenders follow up shot saw Jahn dive away to his right to turn away for a corner.

On thirty-five minutes Sam Olewale drove at the Old Bradwell defence and got as far as the six-yard box before flashing a shot wide, but with four minutes of the half left the home side finally broke the deadlock. Great work from Olewale some twenty-five yards from goal allowed him to break free and square to the unmarked Acquaye some twelve-yards out who curled into the top corner.

Acquaye opens scoring

A free kick to the hosts in the final minute of the half saw a glancing header from skipper Dan Staley flash across the goal face but wide for a goal kick, and there was still time for Olawale to be slipped in behind the Bradwell defence, as a defender slid in from behind he cleverly cut back to create the space for a shot only to see Jahn make another superb save pushing the ball away using both hands. H/T: 1-0

Olawale was soon trying the Bradwell defence again after the break, a cross from the right saw him collect on the edge of the area and turn his marker before firing straight at Jahn, and at the opposite end Ross Butler tried to curl one into the top corner but Bennion was behind it all the way.

An Athletic corner was punched clear but waiting on the edge of the box Jack Menday collected the loose ball and drove forward before unleashing a fierce drive that Jahn had to push up into the air before collecting at the second attempt.

Olawale attacked down the left and was brought to an abrupt halt, as his team mates urged for a foul and a free kick Acquaye carried on from where his team mate was stopped, going for goal keeper Jahn again thwarted the home side their second goal.

Jahn made several good saves

With eighteen minutes remaining the killer second goal did arrive when a free kick was awarded on the edge of the area, Rory Busby made no mistake powerfully despatching into the bottom corner. With the game now done, Buckingham saw out the remainder with little threat of being dragged back from their two goal lead, and could have extended the scoreline when Olawale had a shot saved by Jahn and the follow up from Acquaye saw the Bradwell keeper again turn away for a corner.

Bradwell had a late half chance when a cross from their left saw a couple of defenders and substitute Alex Feaver scampering after the ball but at full stretch he simply lifted the ball wide. The final action saw Butler put through for the away side and from eighteen yards he blazed high over the top. F/T: 2-0

Attendance: 37

After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic coach Kit Bamber: 


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SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell boss Keene for his side to bounce back

Old Bradwell United boss David Keene is looking to his side to bounce back after being edged out of two cup competitions this Saturday.

David Keene

Keene told Sports Shots;

After seven consecutive cup games we are back in League action away at Berkhamstead Raiders on Saturday. The last few weeks have been a bit of slog with injuries and unavailability and this will continue a little on Saturday.

Again we were narrowly beaten on Saturday by Newport Pagnell reserves in the Berks and Bucks Cup and then lost 2-0 to Buckingham Athletic in the Buckingham Charity Cup.

Saturday was disappointing but we need to get back into some form and some players know they need to give more than they are currently. There are some players playing excellent football with an attitude to match at the minute, there are others who need to strive to be at their levels. There is no expectation that everyone plays brilliantly every game but the minimum requirement from us is 100% effort.

Berkhamstead are an unknown for us being new to the league and I’m sure will give us a very difficult game. We need to arrest the run of recent cup defeats and start to pay catch up in the league as we are 5 or 6 games behind a lot of the teams. From Tuesday’s squad Peter Maxey & Pete Bentley come back in for Saturday, we will drop a couple down to the reserves to get some much needed minutes.

B&B Senior Trophy, 3R: Old Bradwell suffered derby defeat to Swans

Old Bradwell United had a penalty saved as Newport Pagnell Town reserves progressed into the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy with a 2-1 victory yesterday.

After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead through Scott Mulkern before Barry Rooney headed in Aaron Bhasin’s corner to put David Keene’s side back on level terms.

Mulkern then grabbed his second for the Swans to put his side back in front.

There was late drama as the home side were awarded a penalty which saw Jonny Thick produce a fine save from Rooney and it was David Ashcroft’s side who progressed into the last eight.

Old Bradwell United: Liam Jahn, Zac Ferris, Shaun Ennis, Dan Smith, Aaron Bhasin, Peter Maxey, Carl Bryce, Billy Batten, Ross Butler, Ben Green, Barry Rooney.

Subs: Tyler Garlick, Scott Parker , Peter Bentley.

Newport Pagnell Town reserves: Jonny Thick, Connor Forman, Scott Mulkern, Ben Snusher (c), Juma Omar, Courtney Brooks, Jamie Burrows, Liam Smyth, Matt Cullis, Taigan Brooks, Dan Smith

Subs: Trey Kwayie, Kyran Gadsden, Mambo Kouadio, Luke Burrows, Reece Akano

B&B Snr Trophy 3R: Old Bradwell boss looks forward to Swans visiting their own ground

David Keene has spoken to Sports Shots as his Old Bradwell United side enjoy their return to their own ground after criteria issues meant that have had to use Stony Stratford Town’s facilities.

David Keene

Keene told Sports Shots;
Whilst last weeks result was not what we wanted, the players performed much closer to their levels of this season and ran Brimsdown very close, falling to a single goal 10 minutes from time.
To be back playing at home was also a massive plus for us and with our new facilities it was good to be back around the place.
There was also a good crowd down to watch us which hasn’t been the case for our home games during our enforced absence.
Saturday saw us again make light of some key absences and could and should have taken the tie to penalties at the very least.
We are still not ruthless enough in front of goal, this has been the story of our season. The back 5 have been excellent all season and have been the reason we went 10 games unbeaten until a fortnight ago. Last season we had to chop and change the back 4 every game (the first 26 games of last season was a different back 4 each time).  This season we have seen Shaun (Ennis) and Smudge (Dan Smith) be almost ever presents in the centre of defence and Zac (Ferris) and Scott (Parker) as our regular full backs. At this stage last season I had used 14 people in our back 4, this season I have been able to only use 7 and have been able to play the same back 4 in 10 games. Liam (Jahn) has come into goal and done very well as expected for someone who has played at a higher level.
Saturday sees us with another home cup game as we welcome Newport Pagnell Town Reserves in the Berks and Bucks cup. This should be a good game with the visitors, like their first team, going well at the top of the UCL Reserve Division and with ourselves also playing well and hoping to have some players back available it should be a cracking game, hopefully with another decent crowd down to watch.
We follow Saturday’s game with another cup tie on Tuesday night away at Buckingham Athletic in the Buckingham Charity cup, before finally returning to league action after a six-week break on Saturday 25th at Berkhamstead.
I am still hopeful of adding one or two faces to the squad in the next couple of weeks to provide some cover in key positions, as well as bringing additional quality to the squad, but I am happy with our squad in general and the approach of the players has been first class this season.
Squad for Saturday’s game (from): Liam Jahn, Zac Ferris, Scott Parker, Shaun Ennis, Dan Smith, Peter Maxey, Carl Bryce, Tyler Garlick, Ross Butler, Ben Green, Barry Rooney, Aaron Bhasin, Peter Bentley, Tommy Cooke, Billy Batten.

B&B Senior Trophy, 2R: Old Bradwell penalty shootout win sets up local derby tie

Old Bradwell United are into the 3rd round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy after defeating Loughton Manor on penalties on Saturday.

Tommy Cooke – Old Bradwell United

Liam Murphy put Loughton ahead before Tommy Cooke equalised for United.

Old Bradwell eventually progressed into the next round 4-2 on penalties to set up a home tie with Newport Pagenll Town reserves in round three.

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Mursley United 3-2 Old Bradwell United

Mursley United – 3

Old Bradwell United – 2

Mursley United beat Old Bradwell United on a glorious sunny Tuesday evening to climb up to second in the South Midlands Division Two table. Despite going behind early on they weathered the Bradwell storm and equalised before the break; a better start to the second period saw them take the lead and despite their visitors pinning them back found a winner fourteen minutes from time to leap frog their guests and after four games are one of only three times still unbeaten in the league.

Alex Feaver put Bradwell ahead in the second minute, a deep cross from the right was knocked back across goal by Aaron Bhasin and in the middle Feaver couldn’t miss from close range. The home side had their first effort on eight minutes when Adam Bone thumped a free kick straight into Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn’s gloves.

Opposite keeper Sam Jay then had to save bravely at the feet of Ross Butler as he sprung the Mursley offside trap, but there was nothing he could when Feaver tried his luck from twenty yards on fifteen minutes, but to his luck the ball crashed back off the crossbar and was eventually cleared.

Mursley then equalised on twenty-seven minutes, a ball down the right wing allowed Lewis Delahaye to get away from his marker, knock the ball past the advancing Jahn and slot into the empty net.

Delahaye scored twice

A free kick to the home side then saw a knock back across goal and Bone stuck out a boot and almost divert the ball home past the wrong footed Jahn, but the ball rolled agonisingly wide.

Feaver fired over from twenty-five yards, a Mursley free kick was then headed straight at Jahn by Ellis Spence, and in the final minute of the half a Bradwell counter attack saw Butler set free down their right before he crossed to Ben Green who off balance screwed his effort wide. H/T: 1-1

First chance of the second half saw Bhasin connect well with a cross field pass but he could only steer wide, before a Mursley corner was headed over by Spence. The home side enjoyed some lengths of possession and whilst several half chances were blocked in the box, Bone left footed high over the bar.

Just before the hour mark Delahaye scored his, and his sides second of the game, showing some strength inside the Bradwell area he went shoulder to shoulder with a marker but created enough space to fire into the bottom corner.

Another Mursley corner was then headed wide by Spence despite having two defenders in close attendance, before a slip in the home back line allowed Feaver in behind and his attempted lob over Jay saw the keeper back pedal before having to throw himself at the ball to fingertip around his post for a corner.

Old Bradwell got themselves level on seventy two minutes, a ball into the box saw defender and keeper both miss the cross and waiting in front of the empty net Green fired home.

Ben Green levels

Just as the visitors thought they’d got themselves back in the game, four minutes later they fell behind again, from far out on the right wing Oz Cribb floated a diagonal ball over to the back post where Santino Ciliberti got a shot away that eluded Jahn as he came out and somehow the ball rolled in.

Delahaye looking for his treble dribbled past three defenders before blazing over, and moments before the end Feaver looked to be in behind the Mursley defence but a superb recovery from Adam Moore saw him get in a vital block and the danger was gone. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 34

After the game Mursley player / assistant manager Ellis Spence spoke to Sports Shots: 


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