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SSMFL,D2: Unite MK seek new 1st team manager

Unite MK adult team currently plays at Manor Fields, Fenny Stratford in the APBS Spartan South Midlands League Division 2 and have entered the FA Vase for season 18/19.

The Club are looking to fill the vacancy of Team Manager.

First Team Manager

Reporting to the Management Committee, the successful candidate will be a figure of respect, passing on their knowledge about the game, should be well organised, motivational, a good listener and timekeeper. The candidate should have ideally have obtained FA coaching badges and have previous experience with the APBS Spartan South Midlands League either in a managerial or player role.

The objectives of the role are:
To arrange and manage the team’s training regime, football tactics, disciplines and timings.
To work pre-season with the Club Secretary to arrange friendly fixtures and to ensure all players are registered by getting all the appropriate information from each player.
To advise the Club Secretary the chosen team on match days so that the relevant forms can be completed before matches, to maintain the Clubs high standards with both Officials and visiting Clubs.
To represent the team at management committee meetings.
Applications should be sent to the Club Secretary, Christine Greenwood, by email to crgreenwood90@hotmail.com by 19 April 2018.

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: INTERVIEW Unite Mk’s secretary Christine Greenwood – a gem in Milton Keynes football

Although Unite MK are without a game this weekend, we spoke to their club secretary Christine Greenwood, a gem of football in Milton Keynes.

Christine Greenwood

Christine is a driving force behind Unite MK and has been for some time.

I have been involved with the club stretching for over 50 years firstly with my Dad, Bob Swann, in the 60s/70s. He was match secretary when he died at an away game in 1986, then since 2004 when my two eldest sons and myself resurrected Wolverton Town FC, starting off in the MK Sunday League with players from Bradwell Common and Wolverton, mostly friends of my three sons. We played at The Park for one season before it was sold for redevelopment, then the Wolverton Council helped us get into The Radcliffe School where we played until 2011, joining the North Bucks League in 2005 in addition to the Sunday side and both teams rose through the divisions.

In Sports Shots times Unite MK has faced some very difficult times.

In 2011 we secured the lease on the old Rugby Club in Greenleys and joined the South Midlands League in 2012. Unfortunately this did not work out and the Football Club split with the social side in 2014 and it went downhill from there. In January 2016 we were told to vacate the ground and had to secure three new locations to see the season out. This was probably the most stressful season so far as I was running four teams practically by myself. I seriously considered giving it all up and had several offers to move clubs. When I was asked to help run a new team out of Manor Fields with new committee members coming in I felt that was the right decision and haven’t regretted it. I am still involved with the Wolverton Town Veterans team who split from the main club in 2016.

With people like Christine Greenwood and the group of volunteers working hard behind the scenes their determination has seen them not just survive but improve.

We began Unite MK in June 2016, the name chosen as it showed that the players come from all over Milton Keynes with the logo representing a compass. After all how can you be called Wolverton Town and play in Fenny Stratford! The team, and they are a TEAM not individuals, play for each other and this has resulted in the steady rise of the team in the league. The team is in a good position at the moment with games in hand. Division 2 is always competitive and we have had some good battles this season, especially in the cup games where we have not been overshadowed by higher teams.

So what is the future for Unite MK? Christine is keen that the club keeps improving.

Short-term we are aiming for promotion to Division 1 and being in a position to enter the FA Vase next season. Long term we are looking for a steady, slow rise through the divisions to get to the next levels. As always we are still looking for volunteers to help run the club, especially on match days, plus running a club is not cheap, sponsorship is always hard to find and we thank our current sponsors for their help this season. Any help with sponsorship will always be welcomed.

 

 

SSMFL,D2: SEVEN! Unite MK display produces big win

Unite MK produced an excellent display as they hit seven goals in the win over 61FC on Saturday.

The Manor Fields-based club made it nine wins in ten Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 games with their 7-2 victory.

Josh Ambrose opened the scoring in the 29th minute before Luke Little made it two just seven minutes later.

Luke Little

The second half saw Jamie Parker (52) score before Karl Ainsley (86) netted the fifth, sandwiched between two own goals.

Karl Ainsley

Little wrapped up the scoring with goal number seven, his 22nd goal in 21 outings this season.

Unite MK: 29 Matthew Bines, 33 Paul Blackwell, 2 Gianni Ricci, 4 Saajan Sehajpal, 31 Josh Ambrose, 10 Karl Ainsley, 23 Myles Braham, 17 Craig Daubney, 27 Anthony Kwarteng, 8 Luke Little, 21 Jamie Parker.

Subs:
20 Toussaint McGill-Hall

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: Ainsley praises Unite MK as they go for ninth straight league win in local derby

Karl Ainsley has praised the in-form Unite MK as they head into a local derby at Old Bradwell United on Saturday afternoon.

Karl Ainsley

After suffering defeats in three of their opening four games, Mark Robinson’s side have produced an exception unbeaten run. Since their last defeat back on 16th August Unite MK has won eight games on the bounce to go seventh with games in hand on the teams above the.

Ainsley spoke to Sports Shots about all things Unite MK this week.

What do you feel has been the key factors in this fantastic run in the league run?

I feel like the key factors are down to the players and the management team.

The players this season have really stepped their games up and they are really pushing each other to their limits in training and on the field. We have got a few new players in and they have made a real impact on the team!

The end of the day we all just want to play football and enjoy ourselves and that is showing in our results.

With the management team, Mark has really given the lads confidence on the pitch,

Currently seventh, what is the main aims for the rest of the season?

Seventh is ok for now, our aim is to keep going and getting the right results!

We ended last season on 45 points and finishing 12th, which wasn’t a great season with everything that went on, but we look back on that and we all want improvements and that’s happening! So, it’s heading in the right way!

You’ve been at the club a while, the improvements are happening, what is the mood like?

Yes I have been here a while, and I’m looking to stay for a little longer as the club has the facilities and the team to go further!

With the players we have they are clearly making their mark on this league and others, ss a few other clubs have shown interested in 90% of the team, but that’s down to the players showing their ability on the pitch!

The mood is ok now as we had a tough start to the season but found our feet quickly after losing a few games, so we can only look forward!

The last thing from me, I just want to thank all involved with Unite MK. It’s been tough but with the support of our committee, our sponsors and the players, they have made this season what it is so far! So credit goes to them.

SSMFL,D2: A Little Luke at Unite MK’s goalscoring sensation ahead of Old Bradwell derby

Unite MK’s Luke Little has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to welcome Old Bradwell United in a Spartan South Midlands League, division 2 local derby tomorrow (Saturday).

Luke Little

The Unite MK man has been finding the net with outstanding regularity and currently has a goal-a-game from his 18 appearances.

Little told Sports Shots;

Our season is going well so far, we’ve had a decent couple of cup runs and been unlucky not to progress against teams from one or two divisions above. We are currently sixth, but only seven points behind Totternhoe in 2nd with 3 games in hand, so it will be nice to keep the pressure on and push Park View as much as possible. I’m on 18 goals in 18 games so pretty happy with that ratio.

Little’s scoring feats is down to a combination of contentment and a change in his work life.

There is no particular reason, just got a good bunch of lads around me, really enjoying my football this year and hopefully that’s showing on the pitch. I used to work Saturday mornings, but I’ve recently got a new job that’s Monday to Friday, so I keep saying to the lads now I’ve got extra energy from not grafting away all morning at work before football!

Going forward’s Little explained the mood in the Unite MK camp going into the second half of the season.

The gaffer’s just said he wants us to continue how we are, just keep getting points on the board and pushing towards the right end of the table. We aren’t getting carried away, we just want to keep the pressure on the teams above us and see what happens!

On a personal level I just want to keep scoring goals and helping the team push on, the gaffer has set me a target, in terms of goals, by the end of the season so I’m just plugging away to get close to that.

In closing, Little said.

I just want to add a thank you for asking me to do this, I really enjoy reading through your tweets and it keeps me and the boys updated with everything that’s going on football-wise.

Unite MK 1-2 Leighton Town

Unite MK – 1

Leighton Town – 2

Leighton Town super sub James Hatch came off the bench and made an immediate impact on this game, making his presence felt inside the Unite goal mouth on more than one occasion followed by an assist for the first goal, scoring the second and also picking up a yellow card all in the space of a few minutes. Unite did fight back and level however it was Hatch’s late winner that sent the visitors into the semi-final of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup to face the winners of Buckingham Athletic v Old Bradwell United.

Buckingham Senior Charity Cup 2017/18

The home side started the better of the two and went close just two minutes into the match, a corner swung in from their left was headed inches over by Ridge Essilfie. Another corner to the hosts was then cleared long by Matt Hall and Tom Bryant was on it in a flash, outpacing a defender he headed for goal before shooting from the edge of the box however Unite keeper Aaron Halai made a good block with his feet, following up was debutant Josh Crawley who was about to fire into the unguarded net but a last ditch block from a defender saw the ball cleared to safety.

Just past the quarter hour mark a cross from the Town left saw Crawley outjump his marker and his looping header had Halai scrambling backwards and pushing the ball onto his own crossbar before gathering at the second attempt. A free kick then to the visitors right on the corner flag saw the ball fizzed across the goal face and at the near post Crawley stuck out a boot but could only deflect wide.

Unite had a let off when a left wing cross was met in the middle by Aaron McKee but his first touch was too heavy allowing Halai to collect before any real danger materialised, before a good shooting opportunity arose on the corner of the box for Jakk Pursey but the ball bobbled as he struck which lifted it high over the top. Unite then had their best chance of the half to break the deadlock when Jakub Tomsik got away down their right and centred but right in front of goal Luke Little headed over. H/T: 0-0

An early second half corner to Leighton saw goalkeeper Halai collide with a defender and get tangled up with Matt Hall trying to clear, the ball landed to Alex Condon whose initial shot was blocked, he chased back to collect the ball before turning and angling a drive narrowly over the crossbar. Straight up the opposite end Craig Daubney tried his luck from distance but could only drive wide of Brad Kirkwood in the Town goal.

Tomsik then cut in from the left and had a shot blocked by Kirkwood, and at the other end a great cross from Tom Silford invited Bryant to head at goal however he just couldn’t climb high enough to make contact. McKee slipped a great ball through the Unite defence for Crawley to run on to but he screwed his effort wide, and just as it seemed this game would need penalties on came Hatch to turn the game.

James Hatch made the difference

With eighteen minutes left, and within sixty seconds of coming on Hatch flicked a header on along the eighteen yard line, Crawley squared to Silford who slipped the ball past the advancing Halai to give Leighton the lead. Moments later a cross from Pursey found Hatch in the middle, he turned to fire over his shoulder but straight into Halais’ waiting gloves, and from there Unite mounted the attack that saw them equalise. A free kick floated into the Town box saw a couple of deflections and a block before the loose ball fell to Tomsik some ten yards out and he absolutely smashed the ball home to level the tie.

Unite sensed a winner and a good run from Tomsik saw him drive across the Leighton box before unleashing a dipping shot that grazed the net as it went over. Then with five minutes left came the decider, a long goal kick from Kirkwood was allowed to bounce & the Unite defence didn’t seem in any danger, however Hatch chased the ball down and got in ahead of the defender as Halai came out, Hatch took the shot on which the keeper blocked but the ball rebounded off Hatch as he fell to the floor and with the net unguarded the ball rolled home. F/T: 1-2

Attendance: 42

After the game Sports Shots caught up with Leighton manager Scott Reynolds: 

 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9eqUR5

SSMFL,D2: Unite MK record seventh successive league win with 5-star display

Unite MK recorded their seventh successive Spartan South Midlands League, division 2 win on Saturday.

Manor Fields witnessed Unite MK’s five-star display as they defeated Clean Slate.

Luke Little’s eight minute opener, his sixteenth of the campaign,  for the home side was cancelled out as Clean Slate took the teams in level at the break.

Craig Daubney

The second half saw Mark Robinson’s side ease away from their visitors as Ridge Essilfie (68), Craig Daubney (73), Saajan Sehajpal (77) and substitute Jakub Tomsik (84) scored the goals that sees Unite MK fifth in the table.

Saajan Sehajpal

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SSMFL, D2 KOC, QF: Unite MK progress into semi-finals with away success

Unite MK progressed into the semi-final of the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup with a 3-1 away win at AFC Southgate on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Myles Braham (47) gave Unite MK the lead just after the break.

Jakub Tomsik

Jakub Tomsik (64) increased Unite MK’s advantage before Luke Little made it three just fifteen minutes from time.

Luke Little

Despite a late consolation by the home side, it was Unite MK who held firm to set up a last four tie with the division’s league leaders, Park View, at Manor Fields.

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