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ART, QF: British Airways set to land as Old Bradwell return to Abbey Road

Old Bradwell United manager David Keene has spoken as his side look ahead to returning to their own ground for their Anagram Records Trophy, quarter-final on Saturday afternoon.

David Keene

Keene told Sports Shots this lunchtime;

Saturday (Weather permitting) sees us play our first true Home game of the season, as we are back at Abbey Road for the first time this season in an Anagram Trophy Quarter Final tie against British Airways.

Whilst it’s nice to be back at Abbey Road we have started to find a little form and the last 3 results have been excellent. After the 3-0 defeat to Totternhoe, in what was a closer game than the score suggested, we have beat Amersham, Mursley and most recently New Bradwell.

Whilst all wins are pleasing the win last Saturday against Mursley was excellent in that they have beaten us twice this season so was pleasing to get the win. Tuesday night’s game against New Bradwell was a very good team performance against a very good team.

That win had everything, New Bradwell were in control for the first 25 minutes and we had to dig in a little, we then got a foothold in the game and scored a very good goal. The second half we dominated for long spells and should have probably added to the 1-0 scoreline but was pleasing to get the win and the clean sheet. The work rate of the players was exceptional and is their benchmark for the remainder of this season. Also it was nice that selection decisions the management took paid off, which isn’t always the case. In addition the number of supporters who made the short journey were excellent.

Today’s game puts us up against a team we haven’t played before and don’t know a great deal about. British Airways are well placed in the Middlesex County league and have been in great form in this competition. Seeing off SSMFL Division 1 team Hatfield in the last round with ease.

I’m sure Saturday will be a very tough game as you would expect in a quarter-final of any competition but we are hopeful to continue our recent collective and individual good form. Hoping the return to Abbey Road will also work in our favour.

Squad for Saturday’s game (from): Alex Feaver, Colm Rooney, Dan Willett, Duane Bhasin, Joel Rodwell Bullock, Kieran Perkins, Niall Williams, Nick Bardell, Pete Bentley, Pete Maddigan, Peter Maxey, Ross Butler, Shaun Ennis, Tommy Cooke, Zac Ferris.

SSMFL,D2: Cooke goal seals Bradwell derby win for Old

Tommy Cooke’s goal gave Old Bradwell United victory at New Bradwell St Peter in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 on Tuesday evening.

Tommy Cooke – Old Bradwell United

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SSMFL,D2: Cooke treble helps Old Bradwell to derby day win

Tommy Cooke netted a treble as Old Bradwell United defeated Mursley United 6-2 in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 today.

Tommy Cooke – Old Bradwell United

Cooke put David Keene’s side ahead after good work from Perkins and Alex Feaver before Perkins shot was saved but Joel Rodwell Bullock made it two with a great strike.

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Mursley went in at the break a goal behind as they pulled one back.

Old Bradwell extended their lead in the second period as Cooke netted his second before Feaver converted after being played in by Perkins.

Cooke then netted his third, the home side’s fifth, before he was fouled and Feaver converted from the spot; his 24th goal in 25 games.

Mursley scored a late consolation strike.

SSMFL,D2: Feaver penalty gives Old Bradwell victory

Alex Feaver converted a penalty to give Old Bradwell United victory over Amersham Town in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 this afternoon.

Old Bradwell United with their new strip sponsored by Utilita Energy

Feaver’s 22nd goal of the season came after the referee adjudged a foul on Joel Rodwell Bullock.

SSMFL,D2: Keene talks Old Bradwell as his side head to Totternhoe

Old Bradwell United head to face a Totterhoe side managed by former Buckingham town manager Chris Robson tomorrow (Saturday).

Robson was impressed after watching United defeat high-flying St Neots town reserves on Saturday.

David Keene

Previewing tomorrow’s game, the Old Bradwell United manager said;

The tough games keep coming after last week’s hard fought but deserved win against a good St. Neots side we travel to take on 3rd placed Totternhoe. Last week was pleasing, our reaction to going a goal down was excellent and despite conceding 2 poor goals I felt we edged the game on chances created and there were some good goals scored in the game.

Totternhoe, for me, represent a far tougher challenge. A little like us last season they have added to their squad well and are rightly up near the top of the Division. We were fortunate to beat them on the first day of the season in what was a decent game of football. After that defeat they won 7 or 8 straight games to put them in the right area of the table, and they haven’t looked back from there.

Saturday’s squad see’s us only having to make 1 change only from last week’s squad with Nick Bardell dropping down to the reserves (childcare issues) and Pete Maddigan coming into the squad after a very lengthy absence.

After Saturday we then travel to Thame on Tuesday so the tough games keep on coming.

Saturday’s squad in full: Alex Feaver, Dan Smith, Dan Willett, Duane Bhasin, Joel Rodwell Bullock, Kieran Perkins, Niall Williams, Pete Maddigan, Peter Bentley, Ross Butler, Shaun Ennis, Steve Gibbons, Tommy Cooke, Zac Ferris

Old Bradwell United with their new strip sponsored by Utilita Energy

Looking at his side’s mid-season viewpoint, United manager Keene said;

Trying to think of a word that describes our season so far; The more positive person in me would settle for inconsistent but the realist will settle for just plain old rubbish.

Whilst we started the season with 5 wins we were never hitting the heights of last season in terms of performance. With the loss of Steve McFadyen (Moved to London), Toby Cribb (moved to Canary islands) and Peter Maddigan (moved up North) that was the loss of three very key players from last season.

On top of that the players who remained, a number maybe felt they were perhaps a little better than what they were and attitudes needed to be reset. For some this has taken much longer than others. In addition we have seen more injuries (long-term ones) than in previous seasons which hasn’t helped. That being said all clubs have this to deal with.

The biggest issue has been consistency of team selection this has not only made it hard for us as first team but also for the reserves who we have had to disrupt considerably. Something we didn’t need to do much last season.

I would also add that I think the standard in Division 2 amongst the top 10 teams is as strong as its been for a number of years which is only to be applauded.

Whilst there have been some good performances we have never been able to put together a decent run of wins, like last season, and lost games we shouldn’t have.

As I mentioned at the start rubbish as a one word summary is pretty accurate but more than 3 years ago this club would have jumped at a chance of a season like this so we have to put things in a little bit of perspective.

I feel it takes, in general, 3 years to build a team at this level, depending on where you start, our 3 year-cycle was up last season and its now up to myself and the management team to go again with the players who wants to be here beyond this season and bringing others in.

In an ideal world we would have added the players we added this year to the same squad as last year, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case.

One other aspect that does have a factor is playing our home games at Stony. I know the Players, Management and Supporters don’t like it and whilst we are grateful for the lifeline that Stony provided us, Stony is not our home ground and the Football club and Social Club committees need to do more to make sure we return to our normal home ground for the start of next season.

We have some games in hand in the league but we need to show a bit more desire and consistency in our performance, and player availability, to get us going back up the table.

With 7 games in 22 days in February we need players to be somewhere near their top levels as we head into this period.

SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell defeat second-placed St Neots

Old Bradwell United produced an excellent result as they beat second-placed St Neots town reserves 3-2 at Ostlers Lane yesterday.

All of the goals in this Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 encounter came in the second half with the visitors taking the lead.

In the 67th minute Alex Feaver netted an equaliser for David Keene’s side following a goalmouth scramble; his 20th of the season.

United then scored twice in three minutes to take a major foothold in the game.

Joel Rodwell Bullock

Joel Rodwell-Bullock scored a brilliant thunderbolt free-kick on 75 minutes before Ross Butler put Tommy Cooke through and the striker calmly lobbed the visiting goalkeeper.

St Neots pulled a goal back but it was not enough.

Tommy Cooke – Old Bradwell United

SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell boss Keene for some game time

Old Bradwell United manager David Keene has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare for a tough Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 encounter on Saturday.

David Keene

Keene said;

As with the vast majority of the league we go into Saturday’s game after 2 postponements and very much in need of a game.

We host St. Neots Town Reserves on Saturday , at Stony Stratford, in what will be the start of a very tough run of games.

Our last game was the derby against New Bradwell which we lost 4-3, if I’m being honest that game summed up our season so far and whilst for the many spectators there it must have been a cracking game it was one we ended up with plenty of frustration.

Strangely the game will have to be replayed due to New Bradwell playing 4 substitutes on the day, something which in a game like is easy to lose track of. I’m sure the re-arranged game on the 21st February will be a cracker as well.

Back to Saturday’s game and we were well beaten in the reverse fixture against St. Neots, our defensive issues were again in evidence on that night.

This will be the 25th game of our season and in every game we have had a different back four, bar none. That’s unacceptable and means that we are always going to struggle. Whist some of these has been down to injury and suspension, the majority have been down to player unavailability which in general is unacceptable and has made it very difficult for us.

Whilst we are still missing Peter Maxey (holiday) and Jamie Risebrow (injury) we do welcome some players back into the fold on Saturday which will also help us. We have also added Kieran Perkins to the squad as well.

Old Bradwell United with their new strip sponsored by Utilita Energy

Full squad is: Dan Willett, Zac Ferris, Duane Bhasin, Dan Smith, Shaun Ennis, Will Wright, Steve Gibbons, Niall Williams, Tommy Cooke, Joel Rodwell Bullock, Nick Bardell, Alex Feaver, Kieran Perkins, Peter Bentley, Ross Butler.

SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell go down to high-flying Thame Rangers

Old Bradwell United suffered a 3-6 home defeat to Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 title favourites Thame Rangers at the weekend.

Tommy Cooke – Old Bradwell United

The hosts never recovered from their visitors’ strong opening period as they went in four goals down at the break.

David Keene’s side did win the second half 3-2; Alex Feaver and a Tommy Cooke brace on target.

The result saw Thame go top after St Neots lost 0-2 at Loughton Manor.

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SSMFL,D2: Old Bradwell boss previews tough Thame fixture

Old Bradwell United manager David Keene has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to host Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 title favourites Thame Rangers tomorrow.

David Keene

Rangers are second but have lost just one game this campaign and have five games in hand on leaders St Neots Town reserves, being just one point behind.

United come into the game after defeat in the Bradwell derby having had a number of issues this season with availability.

Keene said:

After being on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline against New Bradwell on Monday in what was an excellent game and advert for football at this level. We move on to play the best side in the division on Saturday in Thame Rangers.

We go into this game with the same old issues of having to make multiple changes to the squad due to illness and unavailability. Into the squad for Saturdays game come Mario Gabor, Duane Bhasin and Shane Lothian.

Whilst this will be a very tough game we have proven that we can compete with every team in this league but our tendency to make basic mistakes is something that needs to be eradicated in order for us to get anything from the game.

Full Squad for Saturday is: Dan Willett, Scott Parker, Danny Cain, Duane Bhasin, Dan Smith, Will Wright, Peter Maxey, Joel Rodwell Bullock, Alex Feaver, Ross Butler, Charlie Wells, Tommy Cooke, Mario Gabor, Shane Lothian.

SSMFL,D2: Lobjoit treble fire Peters to dramatic derby win!

Billy Lobjoit’s treble helped New Bradwell St Peter to a dramatic 4-3 local derby day victory over Old Bradwell United in front of a bumper Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 crowd yesterday.

Billy Lobjoit

Lobjoit netted a 23rd minute equaliser after Sam O’Neill had put the visitors ahead.

O’Neill then turned provider as Tommy Cooke’s left-footed effort helped put David Keene’s side back in the front.

Old Bradwell increased their lead when O’Neill, on a dual registration from Newport Pagnell Town, went through to calmly finish past Daniel Green.

Peters emerged for the second half needing an early boost and they got it courtesy of Stacey Field’s 53rd minute close-range goal.

Peters levelled in the 71st minute when a pacey break saw Lobjoit finish with his second of the game.

It was Lobjoit who capped a fine display as his exquisite free kick gave the home side victory nine minutes from the end.