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BBST; Mursley United 2-3 Winslow United

Mursley United – 2

Winslow United – 3

A hatrick from Harry Dalton saw Winslow United progress in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy at Mursley United on Saturday, in a game that had two penalties, some fantastic goalkeeping saves, rattled woodwork and numerous missed chances from both sides. A late goal for the home side saw them pile on the pressure in the latter stages but Winslow held firm to progress in the competition of which they reached the semi-final last season.

Mursley had their first chance in the fifth minute when from a goal kick the ball was flicked on for Tom Brazier to get in behind his marker and flash the ball across the goal mouth and narrowly wide of the back post, and at the other end Dalton was getting his eye in when he seized upon a loose ball inside the box but could only lift over the top.

A challenge in midfield that appeared illegal was waved play on allowing Dalton to advance on goal, spotting Mursley keeper Dan Willett off his line the Ploughman attempted the lob from twenty yards but steered the wrong side of the post. The visitors went closer just past the quarter hour mark when a corner cleared to the edge of the area saw Simon King thump at goal only for Willet to get fingers to the ball to push onto the crossbar and eventually clear.

Winslow won a free kick some twenty-five yards out which King drove at goal forcing the keeper to use both hands to stun, before a high cross from their left found Dalton in front of goal but he could only head straight into the waiting gloves of Willett. On twenty-five minutes Mursley won a penalty when Brazier get in behind and as he advanced into the area Jason Costello challenged from behind and only succeeded in bringing him down.

Nathan Skelton scores from the spot

Nathan Skelton tucked the penalty away to give the hosts the lead, which appeared to be very short lived as just two minutes later Winslow won a penalty themselves when Matt Cruse was challenged by Conor White and as both players went down the whistle sounded again. Cruse picked himself up and assumed responsibility, but Willett made the save and as the ball bounced back to the Winslow striker, he was surrounded by green shirts who denied any follow up.

The game was levelled on thirty-one minutes when Dalton was allowed too much space to run across field, from the edge of the penalty arc he fired at goal and a deflection off the boot of White saw the ball loop up and over the goalkeeper and bounce into the empty net. The away side lifted by the goal went looking for more, a cross from the right was half cleared but running in Kieron Schmidt went for goal but the home keeper was always behind the rising drive.

Shiblu Miah then got down the left and as the keeper advanced he went to lob over the top but only lifted into the hands of Willett, then three minutes before the break they took the lead for the first time when Dalton dispossessed a defender who was trying to shield the ball back to his keeper, he went around Willett and rolled into the bottom corner. There was still time for Miah to warm the hands of the home custodian with a fierce drive from close range. H/T: 1-2

Early in the second half Peter Macanaspie found himself free with the ball to the right of the Winslow goal, attempting the deft chip over Sam Ashmead in the Winslow gloves he only managed to clear the crossbar. Moments later the away side won a free kick in midfield, taking it quickly Schmidt was sent scampering down the right channel and his fierce shot was well saved by Willett using both hands.

 

Harry Dalton goes close

Winslow scored a third goal on sixty-six minutes, & it was a goal that come from nothing; a harmless looking ball over the home backline seemed to be drifting out to the left of the Mursley goal but Miah chased it down and retrieved, Willett committed to give chase but Miah simply hooked the ball across the goal mouth and running in Dalton headed into the empty net.

The game should have been finished moments later, Miah getting down the wing fizzed the ball across and substitute Dan Parsons with the whole goal to aim at blazed over the top. Mursley attacked when they could get hold of the ball, Jordan McDougall crossed from the left & in the middle Skelton rose highest, just as it seemed it had to go in Ashmead stretched every sinew in his arm and hand to tip the ball onto the crossbar and away to safety, earning some deserved applause.

A corner to the hosts then saw McDougall flash the ball across the six-yard box and despite numerous bodies within range, the ball rolled off to safety. However, with three minutes left they did find a second when Brazier seized on a loose ball and drove at the Winslow defence, evading a couple of tackles he laid off to McDougall who from the angle smashed home despite bodies on the line.

Winslow had two late counter attacks with their hosts pushing on for an equaliser, and Willett made some good saves and as much as the hosts pushed they couldn’t find a leveller, and it was Winslow who progress to the next round. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 87

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Mursley manager Anthony Lands: 
And also Winslow boss Paul Alleyne: 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmnhXSYb

BBST; Billy in a Harri to keep winning run going for Winslow United

Saturday 8th September 2018

Mursley United v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Winslow United recommence their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy hunt this week-end with the very short trip to Mursley United, as they look to better their semi-final place of last season. Winslow were beaten that afternoon on penalties to eventual winners Saxton Rovers and will be looking for another good run in the competition, which is open primarily to clubs from steps six and seven.

Billy Harrison

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Billy Harrison to ask how much he’s looking forward to the game:

Yes we are really looking forward to it, can’t get enough games in at the minute after winning our last three games in a row

Considering how far Winslow got in the Senior Trophy last season, is it just as important this time around?

Of course, you want to do well in all the competitions you play in, but this is one we are looking to go a long way in again

What does Billy expect from Mursley on Saturday?

We expect them to be very much up for the game and they will definitely not make it easy for us. Typical Mursley sides I’ve faced in the past have always been very hard working, and having started the season relatively well I’d imagine they would fancy their chances this weekend just like anyone else, anything can happen in cup football

We asked how Winslow will mentally prepare to play a team from a lower division?

The same way you should prepare for every game! You can’t take any game lightly or turn up with the wrong attitude at this level

Just how good a game was it at Rushden & Higham last week in the FA Vase?

That was probably one of the strangest games I’ve ever played in. To have been 4-1 up and completely in control to then ten minutes later be level at 4-4 was crazy. But very pleasing that we managed to get back hold of the game and take the win

How have the changes to the squad this season have affected the balance?

Naturally there is always going to be a bit of a transition period when there are some big changes to the squad, coming in and going out. But we’ve settled in now after a few wins and we have started to get back to playing properly again but there is still much more to come

How has the season been for Billy Harrison?

I’d like to think I’ve started relatively well but I know there is a lot to improve on in my game and that will be sure to happen under the guidance of the management & players around me

Finally, how has it been playing for Winslow United?

It’s been great so far, lots of support locally which is good to see and the lads all get on well. It can be demanding, in terms of playing & getting results but that’s only natural for players & supporters who want success

Sports Shots would like to thank Billy for his time this week.

BBST; Ex ploughman looking forward to War with United

Saturday 8th September 2018

Mursley United v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Mursley United host near neighbours Winslow United on Saturday in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, looking to record a cup upset over their higher placed guests and improve on their first round exit from last year. Whilst Mursley have started their season with a WLWLWL sequence in their opening six games, they bowed out of the league challenge trophy midweek after the long trip down to Park View, and currently sit fourth in what is already proving to be a fiercely competitive division two table this season.

James Wardell

This week Sports Shots caught up with Mursley’s James Wardell to ask how much his side are looking forward to reacquainting themselves with Winslow again:

I think it’s a fixture the club will always look forward to as it’s a local derby. With Winslow doing well in the league above in recent seasons, it’s a fixture that unfortunately does not happen as often as it has in previous years. However, when it does it’s always an entertaining and competitive fixture for a lot of people in the local area

How important is the B&B cup for Mursley this year?

The management team have made it very clear that our focus this season is to build on our success from last season in the league, and a decent run in the cups would be an added bonus. With that being said, a positive result against a team who people would consider to have what it takes to go far in this competition could open up a pathway for us to do well and it may increase in priority for us

How will Mursley prepare for the game against higher level opponents?

The same way we would prepare for most games. We learned from last week against Grendon that we need to stick to our game plan and try not to get drawn in to playing a direct game. We played against several higher level opposition in our pre-season campaign, the likes of Buckingham Athletic, Ampthill Town & Aylesbury FC, and got more success when we had the ball and were patient with it

Does James have any friends or ex-colleagues in the Winslow squad?

Not too many to be honest, only Freshy who I’ve seen on their team sheet in recent fixtures, it’s been about four or five seasons since I’ve played over at Winslow. They have had a few changes of manager, combined with the way players tend to move around in local football has meant that the majority of the squad I played with there are now playing elsewhere. I’m sure there will be one or two faces that I’ll have played against over the years and look forward to going up against them again

So how has the season been for Mursley so far?

Although very early still, I feel we’ve started strongly, we have had some really good performances in all but one of our fixtures and we’ve got points on the board. We’ve kept the majority of our squad from last season and that has enabled us to kick on this year. We’ve already shown that this squad has some good character after coming from behind to beat Gallacticos, and the way we responded to the Bank Holiday Monday defeat at Grendon by beating Totternhoe the way we did was very pleasing

How does James feel his own personal season has started?

A challenging start, I had a good enough pre-season and worked on some individual fitness sessions to get ready for the season ahead. I then missed the first two weeks of the season as I was away, but that’s one of those things. August is the kind of month where players & management, especially those with families and kids have commitments during the holidays. Thankfully, we’ve had a good run of games over the past two weeks so what has helped not just me but all of us to sharpen up

Mursley went out of the LCT midweek, how was the match?

The usual cliché – a game of two halves. First half we controlled the ball but were not effective, and poor with our decision making, as to when to play through or which pass to put in. Second half we dominated possession, were more patient with the ball and naturally this opened them up. We were unlucky not to grab the equaliser we thoroughly deserved. They had two shots on goal and both went in but we dust ourselves down and go again as there were loads of positives to take from it

Finally, we asked James what teams he expects to be challenging at the top end of the table this season:

I didn’t play in the fixture but from what I have heard Bovingdon seem to be the team to beat looking at the table. You have Pitstone who are always a competitive team that seem to have strengthened and are also unbeaten so I would expect them to be tough. Then you have Aston Clinton, Totternhoe & Old Bradwell. Apart from the top two, everyone has shown that they are beatable, meaning that this season should have a good cluster of teams fighting it out for league honours

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

BBST; Grendon assistant manager hoping to detect improvement against PI

Saturday 8th September 2018

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy

Pitstone Pavilion

K.O. 3.00pm

Grendon Rangers return to cup action on Saturday as they travel to second placed & previously unbeaten Pitstone & Ivinghoe. After recording their first win on bank holiday Monday over Mursley, Rangers have suffered two heavy defeats against league leaders Bovingdon followed at Amersham on Tuesday in the league challenge trophy, and to make matters even harder they face Pitstone three times in their next four matches. There have been a minimum of four goals in every game they’ve featured in, have conceded three in every game they’ve played, whilst Pitstone have scored twenty goals in five games to date, so a nil-nil is not looking favourable!

Alan Ostler

This week Sports Shots caught up with assistant manager Alan Ostler to ask just how Grendon can get something out of this game:

They need to believe in themselves and in each other, trust the system and trust each other, and more importantly communicate with each other. This is something we have been trying to get into the lads since pre-season

What do Grendon know about their hosts going into the game?

Not a lot really apart from what we can see from their results. Some of the lads know them from last season so we’ll have some information that will help

With Pitstone having score freely whilst Rangers have conceded nineteen goals in four games, how can the visitors stop the flow of goals?

Concentration and communication again is key, not just amongst our defensive players but with the midfield aswell. If they can stick to this then everything else falls into place

We asked Alan how it’s been in general since the manager has been away:

It’s been tough to say the least but this is a part of football, and a part I want to be involved in so I have to take the rough with the smooth. The hardest part is player availability, I know it’s hard for everyone to be free for training and matches but everyone has to work and sometimes work & family life comes first. I’m still learning and Steven is a great teacher and is someone I am enjoying working with here at Grendon

Having faced top of the table Bovingdon recently, what impressions did they make?

Let’s just say they are top of the league for a reason! As newcomers to the league we didn’t know much about them other than looking at their results and seeing they can score goals. By half time we were only two-one down and felt confident in our first half performance that we knew what we needed to do in the second period. Unfortunately after they scored their third then fourth our heads dropped and the rest is history. They will be top or thereabouts come the end of the season, a good team and very well organised

How did Grendon shape up against higher level opponents Amersham this week?

Again first half we kept them down to a single goal lead which was a very soft goal to concede, we knew where we had to improve & started the second half well, and in good spirits. But again it was a mad few minutes where we conceded and heads started to drop, they were a decent side, well organised and we wish them well in the rest of their season, but it is worth noting that we were hampered with key players missing with work and other commitments which left us with only twelve players, including myself although I was the unused sub ha ha!! The lads we took showed many times some great spirit and determination but the better team won

We asked Alan how he sees the season panning out:

It’s only been three league games, two of them defeats, plus the cup game that we also lost so we are not panicking, it’s a long season ahead. We have a fantastic set of players and once this early part is out of the way and we get a regular set turning up who are understanding each other more then I’m positive we will start getting more points on the board. There is a long way to go and we are improving

Finally, we asked what the target is in the three games against Pitstone in the next few weeks:

It’s definitely unusual to play each other this many times in such a short space of time but that can’t be helped and at least it gives us a chance to get to know them ready for the next time we meet! As far as targets are concerned we obviously want to win the games not just for the points and cup progress, but for our own confidence. They’re going to be tough games but we have the players to cope

Sports Shots would like to thank Alan for his time this week.

Berks & Bucks FA – County Cup restructure

Berks & Bucks FA –
Following a series of consultations with our member clubs, we have started the process of a change to the structure of the County Cup Competitions.

There will be a change to the Youth County Cups with a pilot of a restructure of the cups with the Under 12 and Under 13 age groups having a choice of entering a Saturday competition or a Sunday competition. For 2017/18 season there will be an Under 12 Saturday Cup, Under 12 Sunday Cup, Under 13 Saturday Cup and Under 13 Sunday Cup. This is to give those teams who play their league fixtures on a Saturday the option of playing in a Saturday Cup avoiding having to play 2 games across a weekend.

Also, as a pilot for the 2017-2018 season the Football Operations Committee have elected to merge the previous Senior Cup and Senior trophy for all those clubs in the Football League and National League down to Step 5, and moving all other teams up a competition.

This means that those who were competing in the Saturday Intermediate Cup will now play in the Senior Trophy those who were in the Saturday Junior Cup will compete in the Saturday Intermediate Cup and the Saturday Junior Cup will now be open for more teams in the lower divisions of the Grass Roots leagues and reserve teams of those that did previously play in the Saturday Junior Cup.

This is aimed at creating more opportunities for more clubs to compete and succeed in a County Cup. The cost of entering the County Cups will also be standard so will be £10 for every team in every County Cup.

The exact make-up of the cups is subject to change once rules are ratified, and after League Sanctioning opens on May 31st and the league structures are confirmed, but as a guide when affiliating, clubs can enter the teams into the below cups from what league clubs think their teams will be competing in for the 2017-18 season:

Cup Competition  Leagues
Senior Cup Premier League
EFL Championship, League 1 & League 2
National League, National League North & South
Southern League Premier & Divisions 1
Combined Counties Premier
Hellenic League Premier
Spartan South Midlands Premier
United Counties Premier
Wessex League Premier
Senior Trophy Reserve Teams from Senior Cup
Combined Counties Division 1
Hellenic League First Divisions
Spartan South Midlands Division 1 & 2
United Counties Division 1
Wessex League Division 1
Premier Division Thames Valley Premier League
Selected teams as recommended by following leagues:
Aylesbury & District Premier
East Berks Premier
North Berks Division 1
North Bucks & District Premier
Oxford Senior League Premier
Thames Valley Premier League Division 1
Wycombe & District Senior
Saturday Intermediate Cup Reserve Teams from Saturday Intermediate Cup
Teams not competing in Senior Trophy from:
Aylesbury & District Premier
East Berks Premier
North Berks Division 1
North Bucks & District Premier
Oxford Senior League Premier
Thames Valley Premier League Division 1
Wycombe & District Senior
Also:
Combined Counties Division 2
Hellenic League Division 2
Aylesbury & District Division 1
East Berks Division 1
North Berks Division 2
North Bucks Intermediate
Oxford Senior league Div 1
Thames Valley Premier Div 2
Wycombe & District Premier
Saturday Junior Cup Reserve/’A’ teams from Saturday Intermediate Cup
Also teams not in:
Aylesbury & District Top 2 Divisions
East Berks Div Top 2 Divisions
North Berks Div Top 2 Divisions
North Bucks Div Top 2 Divisions
Thames Valley Premier Top 3 Divisions
Wycombe & District Top Division

Read more at http://www.berks-bucksfa.com/news/2017/may/bbfa-county-cups-restructure#79JKMUqZstvzmy4z.99

BREAKING … Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy draw

Check out the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy draw for 2016-17.

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B&B Snr Trophy, QF: Newport head to Windsor looking for semi-final place reward

Newport Pagnell Town head to Windsor with a semi-final place the reward for the winners at Stag Meadow this evening.

For interest purposes, the last time the two teams met – CLICK HERE

The other ties, which are also being played this evening, are:

Flackwell Heath v Thatcham Town

Ascot United v Binfield

Holmer Green v Milton United