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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

Full match details – CLICK HERE

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.

FULL match details – CLICK HERE

Non-League Day 2017

This Saturday see’s the annual celebration of non-league day, started seven years ago to promote non-league football during the ‘international break’ and to encourage people to “support their local team”.

 

Supporters up and down the country face a week-end of discontent with no top flight matches due to the international break, but are encouraged instead of sitting at home or going shopping to go out and discover just what their local non-league football scene offers.

Many clubs offer special deals in order to encourage more support this week-end, in the hope a few will come along and enjoy what they see and return again later in the season. Clubs often use the week-end to try and raise money for charity.

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.

Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/map.html

 

Sports Shots urges everyone to get out this week-end and discover the teams that are local to you! You never know, you may find a new passion, and when entry costs anything from £4 you’ll have enough to take the kids, other half and some places even admit your pet dog if you ask nicely. (Twitter page ‘non-league dogs’ love these pictures if you do!)

 

To find out more information about the campaign click here: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/index.html

 

SSMFL,D2: Unite MK get a mixed start to the season

Unite MK have had a mixed start their Spartan South Midlands league, Division 2 campaign.

Luke Little

Luke Little (33) and Myles Braham (45) fired Unite MK to an away 2-1 victory at Loughton Manor after James Davey had scored in the opening minute for the hosts.

James Davey

Loughton Manor Match details – LINK

Unite MK went down 1-5 at a strong Totternhoe side last night.

Levente Keleman on target for Mark Robinson’s side.

Totternhoe – Match details LINK

SSMFL,D2: Unite MK name management line-up for 2017-18 season

Unite MK are proud to announce our management line up for season 2017-18:
Manager – Mark Robinson
Assistant Manager – Karl Ainsley
Coach – Bob Hewer
Assistant Coach – Steve Winchester
Physio – Marc Kaiser

 

Mark Robinson – Unite MK manager

 

SSMFL,D2: Dickens double helps Unite MK to three points

Ben Dickens struck a double while Levente Keleman was also on target as Unite Mk defeated Clean Slate 3-0 at Manor Fields yesterday.

Ben Dickens – Photograph courtesy of Unite MK

Full match details – CLICK HERE

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SSMFL,D2: Robinson takes the Unite MK hotseat

Unite MK has named Mark Robinson as their new manager.

Mark Robinson – Unite MK manager

In a Club Statement, Robinson has been appointed to replace the outgoing Paul Fisher, who stood down.

Statement:

Unite MK FC would like to announce that Mark Robinson will be the manager as from end of the season, many at the club have worked with, or know Mark very well and the committee decided unanimously that he was the right man for the job.
UniteMK would like to thank all those that contacted the club regarding the position.

SSMFL,D2: Fisher stands down as boss of Unite MK (Club statement)

UNITE MK FC – Club statement

It is with regret that Unite MK have to advise that Paul Fisher has left his position as manager with immediate effect.

Paul has work commitments that meant he couldn’t commit to managing the side as much as he would have liked.

Everyone at the club wishes Paul well for the future, He’s been well respected, well liked and a great servant for the club(s) since he joined.