Archive for Aylesbury Football Club

SLD1E; Moles on Easter Eg Hunt

Saturday 31st March 2018

Aylesbury v Egham Town

Monday 2nd April 2018

Arlesey Town v Aylesbury

Southern League Division One East

Haywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host Egham Town on Saturday looking for their first points under new manager Kevin Poole, who takes charge of his fourth game since taking over the hot seat at Haywood Way. A tough start to life at The Moles has seen three defeats so far, including the most recent on Tuesday evening where the trip down to Hampshire to face in form Hartley Wintney saw a four goal defeat. However, with new players arriving a change of fortunes are hopefully imminent, however they face a resurgent Egham side who have won three of their last five games. Aylesbury haven’t tasted victory since Boxing Day, and have picked up just two points in 2018, so another tough battle lies ahead.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with manager Kevin Poole, and asked just how tough it’s been since taking over:

It’s been tough no doubt about that, but it was never going to be easy, we knew that. However while we obviously would have liked a win along the way, that wasn’t the main objective in the first couple of weeks. We needed to get Aylesbury players back to the club and so far we have achieved that

And how is that squad shaping up now:

We brought in what we could within the restrictions we are under, a lot of local based players responded well to the calls and made themselves available, at this late stage of the season & with other commitments it’s a credit to them that they did. We have some talented players here, but they need time to gel and reach the levels of fitness needed at this level, unfortunately time is against us on this one. Overall though I am more than happy with what we’ve brought in, our first priority was to stabilise the club

Kevin Poole

How does Kevin feel his side have played so far?

We played well against Marlow and really deserved a draw, but then against Hanwell we really struggled with sickness through the squad and it showed, we just weren’t at the races & that was disappointing as on another day we felt we’d have won that game. Then at Hartley the lads played very well, it was never a 4-0 game and we competed with them up until the hour mark and at times we outplayed them, however their strength in depth & superior fitness told

So anything different for Egham on Saturday?

Egham are a big physical side that can play football, we will need to adapt to that, but if we have the right squad available then we want to push the onus back onto them having to deal with us

Finally, a look ahead to the trip to Arlesey on Monday:

I’ve not seen Arlesey Town play so I don’t really know a lot about them, however the last game against them was played under extremely difficult circumstances, and I am confident that with full availability mixed with a good performance we can beat a lot of teams, not just Arlesey

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

SLD1E; Moles manager looking for sparkling future

Saturday 17th March 2018

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Aylesbury FC

Southern League Division One East

Hayden Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC face the biggest test of their season on Saturday with a trip to high flyers AFC Rushden & Diamonds, in a match that contrasts football clubs at the opposite ends of the non-league spectrum. Much has been written about the plight of Rushden since they reformed back in 2011, starting at the bottom of the pyramid and now sit top of the Southern League Division One East table with promotion seemingly a few weeks away. At the other end is Aylesbury, who this season have faced a wretched time, multiple squad changes, poor form, backroom changes aplenty, but now face life under new manager Kevin Poole. The former Thame Rangers boss was appointed earlier in the week and his first job was taking his new squad to Marlow on Tuesday night, where they only lost to a last-minute goal.

Ahead of the game on Saturday Sports Shots caught up with the new Moles manager:

Firstly, we welcomed Kevin to Aylesbury FC and at the same time Sports Shots, and asked how the first few days in the job had been:

Well first of all thank you very much. Yes, these last few days have been absolutely manic, trying to sort everything out in such a short space of time creates a lot of pressure, but everyone at the club is pitching in and helping out

We enquired how Tuesday nights game at Marlow went:

The game was as we expected really, Marlow are very strong at home and they brought some players in which they are fully entitled to do – however we played some good positive football & probably deserved a draw in all fairness, but in the end the difference in fitness levels told

Kevin Poole

We asked what impressions the squad had made in their first run out under the new boss:

There are some good lads here, but they have had a really tough season. I’ve been especially pleased to see so many young players which bodes well for the future

Any new additions or changes likely?

I will be looking to bring a few in yes, the squad is a little bit light at the moment, but I also want to use this period to look at some local players and see if they’re good enough to make the step up to this level of football. Then we will be looking to stabilise things, so we can then put our own stamp & style of play into the team

Finally, any message for the Aylesbury FC supporters:

Yes, we’d just like them to keep their heads up, Dave Morris my assistant & I will do our very best to bring some pride back to the team, and to the club as quickly as is possible, and we appreciate all the support we have been shown so far

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

SLD1E; Aylesbury 1-5 Arlesey Town

Aylesbury – 1

Arlesey Town – 5

Aylesbury FC began life after Davis Haule with a heavy defeat against bottom of the table Arlesey Town, with a young-looking squad was assembled by Ryan Wiffin, Ryan Collings & Aaron Norman who took the reins following the manager’s decision to leave ten days previously. On an evening where most spectators turned up thinking they were going to witness the home side claim their first win since Boxing Day, against the side who were rock bottom with just one single league victory to their credit this season, the away side defied all the odds and in all honesty could have scored a hatful more all but for the heroics of Ash Jenkins in the Aylesbury goal.

Ash Jenkins man of the match

For the opening few minutes the hosts looked the more likely to open the scoring, creating the better chances despite never really threatening Lewis Elsom in the Arlesey goal, but were rocked on their heels when their guests opened the scoring on fourteen minutes and from there Town enjoyed some lengths of possession and opened up the Aylesbury back line time after time. More worryingly the next three fixtures for FC see them host Beaconsfield who are second in the league, before a trip to league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds who boast the top goal scorers and tightest defence in the division, with a game at Marlow sandwiched between the two.

Aylesbury took the game to their visitors early on but lacked any real conviction in the final third and allowed Arlesey to slowly grow in to the game. On four minutes a great ball played into Tony Williams on the left of the Aylesbury box saw him force a good save from Jenkins who had to turn away for a corner. A free kick to the home side saw Garry Jones float the ball in and a glancing header from Davide Pobbe sailed over the Arlesey crossbar.

On thirteen minutes the away side attacked down their right through Dammy Nickels-Benson, he squared across the eighteen-yard line to Billy Lannon whose fierce drive was brilliantly tipped around the post by Jenkins again. However, from the corner the ball was crossed from the left and in front of goal Williams headed home to give Arlesey the lead. From that point they grew in confidence, and Aylesbury started to look nervous every time their opponents got on the ball.

Jenkins kept his side in the game minutes later with another fine save from close range, before a cross from the right from Arti Krasniqi saw him having to back pedal rather hurriedly before claiming with both hands. Aylesbury then had a free kick which saw Ben Stevens flick on to Pobbe, he got a shot away that was blocked by a defender, just as it looked as though he would get a follow up shot in he slipped allowing the ball to roll nicely into the waiting gloves of Elsom.

Not much cheer for the Moles faithful

On twenty-six minutes a wayward cross from the home side saw Joe Walls retrieve the ball and cross to the back post, running in Stevens thought about heading the ball, before switching to consider the acrobatic bicycle kick, but before he could do either the ball had gone for a goal kick leaving him frustrated on the floor. Just ninety seconds later the away side doubled their lead with a classic counter attack, as Aylesbury tried to mount an attack in midfield Rafe Goodman seized on a loose pass, he knocked the ball down the right channel for Lannon to attack with pace, his pinpoint cross found Williams who thumped home off the underside of the crossbar.

With the second goal Arlesey seemed to take the foot off the gas for the remainder of the half, although just before the break a neat pass over the home defence saw Taylor Rhiney beat the offside trap despite some furious claims from those in red, his attempted lob over Jenkins bounced wide much to the relief of the home back line. H/T: 0-2

Aylesbury started the second half with a good move that resulted in Garry Jones firing over the crossbar from the edge of the box, but just before the hour mark they were stunned by a third Town goal. A ball slipped in behind the defensive line saw Williams run on despite the calls of offside and despite a save from Jenkins the ball rolled home, giving the Town man his treble. Before Aylesbury had time to regroup they were four goals down, a free kick awarded out on the right wing saw the ball floated into the box where skipper Joe Steele beat everyone to loop a header over Jenkins and in to spark some wild celebrations amongst the Town squad.

Again Arlesey seemed to relax a little, and were given a warning when a free kick to their hosts saw the ball half cleared to the edge of their area where running in Pobbe fired at goal, the ball brushing the side netting as it went wide. Aylesbury did pull a goal back on sixty-six minutes when Alfi Touceda fed in Harry Scott on the right of the Arlesey area, as Elsom went out to meet the striker he fired low across the keeper into the far bottom corner.

Harry Scott scored Aylesbury goal

This lifted the beleaguered hosts who found a little more belief going forward, a cross from Scott found Pobbe in the middle but under heavy pressure he could do no more than stick out a boot and lift the ball high over the crossbar. However, with fifteen minutes left Arlesey killed off any Aylesbury sprit with their fifth of the evening, a cross from their right saw an initial shot come back off the post, a second Town player attempted to shoot but completely missed but behind him Krasniqi made no mistake blasting past Jenkins.

The remainder of the game was played out at a much slower pace, both sides realising the game was done. A Jones corner was met by the boot of Touceda but he could only lift high over the top, whilst at the other end a through ball for Town substitute Keanu Williams to chase down saw a good recovery and a last ditch tackle from Jordan Jenkins to divert for a corner. In the dying moments, another through ball split the home defence again, this time substitute Sam Tamakloe faced a one on one with Jenkins with the keeper making one final great save, one of the many that earned him the Aylesbury FC man of the match award at the end of the game. F/T: 1-5

Attendance: 57

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ESS,D1: Haule resigns as manager of Aylesbury FC

Aylesbury FC manager Davis Haule has resigned as manager of the EvoStik South, Division 1 East outfit this evening.

Haule announced his decision on Facebook this evening.

More to follow …

Davis Haule

SL; Aylesbury FC 0-2 Chalfont St Peter

Aylesbury – 0

Chalfont St Peter – 2

Aylesbury FC’s wretched home form continued on Saturday when Chalfont St Peter took all three points, continuing the Moles run of no home league win since October. A game of very few chances saw the away side take two of theirs, whilst the hosts either didn’t hit their target, or when they did they found the Chalfont keeper in defiant mood. With league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds due at Haywood Way on Tuesday evening, this wasn’t the preparation the Moles were looking for.

The opening twenty minutes was a cagey affair, neither side able to put a ball in to their front men to test the opposing defences, and the only chance fell to Chalfont on eight minutes when Maxwell Holland got away down their left and sent in a deep cross to the back post where George Beattie was at full stretch but couldn’t get any power on his header and Ashley Jenkins in the Aylesbury goal gathered with both hands.

A twenty-first minute free kick to the home side then saw Garry Jones aim for the head of Jordan Jenkins however it was deflected wide for a corner; the resulting corner was half cleared back out to Jones who drove at goal before firing into the side netting.

Garry Jones found side netting

As the half wore on the visitors looked the more likely to open the scoring, a cross from their left found Beattie again in the box with his back to goal, he chested the ball down but could only steer wide. A free kick to Chalfont was then squared to Jack Mullan who hit the ball first time but was always spinning away from goal.

The pressure paid off with six minutes of the half left, following a throw on the left touchline the Aylesbury defence tried to clear their lines and a tackle that saw a half-hearted appeal for a foul was ignored and the ball knocked on for Beattie to shoot from the eighteen-yard line, and the ball sailed over Jenkins head and in.

The home side tried to respond straight away winning a free kick twenty yards from Carl Dennison in the Chalfont goal, but Harry Scott blazed high over the crossbar. Beattie had another chance before the break, from the edge of the area as he was being wrested to the ground he got his shot across the Aylesbury goal face and wide, however the referee pulled the game back for the free kick much to the derision of the home faithful. To their relief the free kick was thumped into Jenkins gloves by Victor Osobu. H/T: 0-1

The visitors piled on the pressure from the start of the second half, and for a few minutes Aylesbury struggled to get the ball off their guests and were camped in their own half. Just ninety-seconds in Beattie received the ball twenty-yards out right in the middle of the goal and his attempted curl into the bottom corner was narrowly wide of Jenkins right hand post.

Aylesbury had a golden chance when Scott got down the Moles left, his cross was punched clear by Dennison but only as far as the eighteen yard line where Garry Jones was waiting but he drove first time over the top, and his reaction clearly showed he felt he should have done better. Then on fifty-six minutes an Aylesbury free kick was headed home by Ben Stevens however a raised flag from the assistant on the far side ruled the equaliser out.

Dennison then ensured his sides lead was kept intact when some good movement saw Brain Haule played in despite the Chalfont defence claiming offside, with no flag the striker got his shot away from eight-yards and the keeper made a superb two-handed save and a defender was on hand to thump clear.

Mahlondo Martin scores second goal

St Peter then put the game to bed with nineteen minutes remaining, a free kick into the Aylesbury box seemed to have been cleared however the ball was slipped between the defence for Mahlondo Martin to chase down and as Jenkins advanced, the front man slotted across the keeper into the bottom corner.

The game then petered out with both sides knowing the game was done and dusted, a late chance for Ty Deacon saw the ball knocked up to him inside the area, he turned his marker before firing wide from six-yards out. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 79

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury coach Ryan Wiffin & defender Garry Jones: 

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Aylesbury FC; Danny Martone memorial match

Danny Martone

Ex-founder of Belgrave FC, the fore runner of Aylesbury FC, Jim Sullivan is calling on any English ex Aylesbury FC players to get in touch and help in a memorial match that he is organising to mark the passing of former Moles chairman & local legend Danny Martone.

Jim has put out the following advert:

Calling all English ex Aylesbury FC, Belgrave FC, Aylesbury Vale FC or Hayward United FC Players.

Myself and Tony Masella are organising a memorial match to mark the passing of Mr Aylesbury FC, Danny Martone.

May 6th @ at Aylesbury FC.

ENGLAND v ITALY.

If you’re interested and available please let me know, hopefully we will be organising entertainment for the evening and a great day to remember a great bloke

Anyone interested should contact Jim on jimsullivanuk@hotmail.com

 

SLDiv1E; Aylesbury FC v Chalfont St Peter preview with Ty Deacon & Ash Jenkins

Saturday 13th January 2018

Aylesbury v Chalfont St Peter

Southern League Division One East

Haywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host Chalfont St Peter on Saturday at Haywood Way in the first of two crucial and extremely difficult home games in three days. Saturday’s visitors currently sit in tenth place in the Southern League Division One East table, and have only lost two of their ten league games away from home this term, although they still seek their first win of 2018 after a draw & a defeat so far.

A rocky start to the season for Aylesbury has turned around of late, with four wins out of their last six seeing the Moles steadily climb the table, and now sit a far more comfortable nine points off the bottom two places. Whilst things are not yet safe, and with league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds next up on Tuesday evening, another three points on Saturday would make even better reading.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury striker Ty Deacon and first asked goalkeeper Ashley Jenkins what the team know about Chalfont:

We know they will be difficult to break down as they are a very hard-working side who don’t concede many goals. We were hugely disappointed in our performance when we played at their place, so we will be looking to put that right on Saturday

Ty agreed:

We know they will be extremely tough to break down, they’ve had a fairly good season so far and we will need to bring everything with us to beat them

Ty Deacon

We asked Ty how the mood in the squad was, and what’s changed in recent weeks to bring the upturn in results:

Our squad morale is high with recent results & performances and I feel we should have the quality to go out and get all three points. Nothing has really changed here, we knew we had the quality within the squad, we just needed that kick to get us going and started playing the game we were asked by the gaffer, now the players are more confident and that’s showing in our results

Ash picked out one particular performance that’s got their season going:

The squad is more consistent now than it was a few months ago, and we’ve really gelled & picked up valuable points. The away game at Cambridge City was huge for us, an incredible team performance from every single player involved that day

We then asked Ash just how competitive the league is:

It seems anyone can take points off anyone this season, Marlow had a great result drawing 0-0 with AFC Rushden & Diamonds last week, and as I mentioned earlier we brought all three points home from Cambridge. I think Rushden will win this division, but Dunstable & Beaconsfield are breathing right down their necks

With Ty in double figures for the season, how many goals does he feel he can end with?

I’m happy to be in double figures and near enough the half way stage, I set myself a target of 20-25 for the season and it’s looking possible, I just need to keep working hard and hopefully I can achieve my target come the end of the season

Ash Jenkins

Ash is also looking to keep working hard:

I had to bide my time to get back in the side, but since then we’ve been on a fairly good run and worked our way up the league table and strive to continue doing so. I’ve been working hard in training and Norm (Aaron Norman) gives me great feedback on match days on where I can improve & where I’m doing well

Finally, we asked both players where they believe Aylesbury FC can finish the season, Ash is positive:

We certainly feel we can finish in the top half of the table. We’ve passed the half way point of the season and if we can keep the consistency in our performances like we showed at Northwood in November for example, then there is no reason we cannot achieve that

Ty has another target in mind:

With everything we’ve been through we need to try & finish as high as we can and who knows by the end of the season maybe we could end up mid-table, or even higher. But finishing above ‘The Ducks’ is a must!

Sports Shots would like to thank both players for their time this week.

Aylesbury 4-3 Molesey

Aylesbury United – 4

Molesey – 3

Aylesbury FC supporters went through the full range of emotions on Saturday in this FA Trophy battle of the Moles, comfortable at half time with a two-goal cushion but then pegged back by two goal in as many minutes early in the second period, then relief again as the two-goal cushion was restored but a late Molesey third then saw the remaining minutes played out with the ball in the Aylesbury penalty area and a succession of blocks and challenges that had their nerves on edge until the final whistle eventually confirmed their passage into the next round.

Within the first minute Shayne Almond warmed visiting keeper Liam Allan hands with an early drive that saw the shot stopper having to use two hands to push the ball over his crossbar. Jeanmal Prosper then threaded a perfect pass through the visiting defence for Shayne Almond to latch onto and fire narrowly wide.

Almond was constant threat

Aylesbury took the lead on fourteen minutes through Ty Deacon, a diagonal ball across the Molesey penalty area found Deacon at the back post who slotted home despite the appeals of the away side for offside. Brian Haule then went close curling over the top from the edge of the area, and as Aylesbury played the better passing moves they went close again when a three man move resulted in Almond firing over.

Allan then kept the scoreline down when another good move saw Prosper cut down the Aylesbury left and drill the ball across the area, a defender in an attempt to block stopped the ball but lost his balance, Almond pounced on the loose ball feeding in Deacon who saw his shot brilliantly saved by Allan.

They did then double their lead on twenty-nine minutes, Brian Haule worked hard with the ball sandwiched between two defenders; he managed to hold them off and flick the ball through to Deacon who got down the right and from the tightest of angles crossed the ball only for it to loop over the keeper and inside the back post.

Almond got down the left wing again and squared across the area to Deacon who laid off to Prosper who drove straight into the keepers’ gloves. Everything Molesey tried simply wasn’t working, either the final ball wasn’t good enough or Aylesbury defenders got blocks in to deny their visitor’s any chance of getting a goal back. Josh Andrew tried his luck from twenty yards only for a defender to throw himself at the ball to divert for a corner being one such instance.

Six minutes before the break some good movement from Molesey presented Manny Quarshie with an opportunity on the left hand side of the box but he smashed the ball over the fence & into next week, and this was closely followed by Antonio Simeone who drove wide from twenty yards out. H/T: 2-0

Molesey came out for the second period and took the game to their hosts, Simeone arrowing an effort inches over the bar from the corner of the area, and Shayne Almond had the first chance for Aylesbury curling a shot just past the back post.

On fifty-eight minutes Molesey were given a lifeline when a trip on the edge of the box saw them awarded a penalty. Simeone stepped up and gave Aylesbury keeper Ashley Jenkins no chance from the spot. Within a minute the tie was level when substitute Ashby Charles crossed from the wing, and with no immediate danger a defender blocked the ball but then slipped, and on hand to steal the ball was Olu Akinsanya who thumped into the top corner.

Just as Molesey got themselves back in the game, Aylesbury fought back and we ahead again within five minutes, from a corner the ball fell to Jordan Jenkins at the far post and from close range he smashed home.

Jenkins gives Aylesbury lead

Three minutes later and Aylesbury had their two-goal lead restored when Almond fired home despite the close attention of several blue shirts, when fed in around the six yard line he made no mistake firing inside the near post.

With fifteen minutes left to play Molesey almost grabbed a third when a cross was met at full stretch by Quarshie who headed a couple of yards over the crossbar. As the game seemed to be petering out to a close, Molesey grabbed a lifeline with a minute left, a simple ball up into the Aylesbury box saw Ashby Charles acrobatically jump at the ball and hook over his own shoulder, and over Jenkins head and in.

As the clock ticked into the final minute, the referee indicated a further five minutes would be played, which led to the expected Molesey onslaught, they threw everything at Aylesbury, high balls were slung in, bodies thrown at any sight of a loose ball, but credit to the home side who withstood five minutes of pressure to secure the win. F/T: 4-3

Attendance: 77

After the game Sports Shots spoke to coach Ryan Wiffin: 

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Aylesbury FC v Molesey FA Trophy preview

Non-League Day 2017

Saturday 7th October 2017

Aylesbury v Molesey

FA Trophy Preliminary Round

Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC (Step 4) begin their FA Trophy campaign on Saturday when they host Molesey (Step 4) of the Bostik (Isthmian) Southern Division. The Surrey based side currently sit thirteenth in their league table having won four of their opening eleven league matches and drawing one. After collecting a reasonable four points from the opening two league games, they then fell at the first hurdle of the FA Cup which was the first of a four game losing run.

Since they stopped that rot on the ninth of September with a single goal victory at Ashford United, Molesey have seen their results mirrored with a win followed by two defeats twice, and after they won Tuesday at Grinstead, Aylesbury will be hoping they can continue their guest’s cycle with a defeat.

For anyone wanting to see how the visitor’s results have gone this season so far click here: http://www.moleseyfootballclub.com/teams/47215/fixtures-results

Aylesbury themselves are looking for a good run in the Trophy, having had a difficult start to the season after an opening day draw at Hayes they then lost at home to Cambridge before tasting victory in the FA Cup at home to Cirencester, but that was then followed by a six-game losing streak including defeat in the FA Cup at home to Leiston.

However, the form was turned around with two home league wins in a week, and although defeat at Chesham this week saw their league cup campaign over, the game was used as a chance for manager Davis Haule to rotate his squad ahead of the impending Trophy fixture. The moles faithful will be hoping that the two wins last week can kick start their season and prove to be an ideal start to a length FA Trophy run.

Fancy attending the game?

Click here for directions: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/contact/

 

Sports Shots have this week spoken to three Aylesbury FC players ahead of the game.

When reflecting on whether the match would be a welcome distraction from league matters for a week, club captain Ben Stevens explained:

It’s definitely a game to enjoy but at the moment I’d say the league is more important for us, especially as we’d like to try and build some form off the back of our recent two league wins

Ben Stevens

Central defender Jordan Jenkins is looking forward to the game, especially after last week’s results:

I think the two league wins have given us a bit of momentum and a well-timed boost, those six-points have lifted us up the table and we go into this cup fixture with some of the weight lifted off our shoulders. The FA Trophy is a big competition for clubs at our level, and it can offer the chance to play against some bigger clubs the further you go, also the prize money is a big lure but our manager demands the same application in every game we play

Striker Shayne Almond believes his side can progress:

We definitely have a chance to progress on Saturday, we won’t know too much about our opposition but why not? I fully believe if we turn up and play to our full potential we can win the game

Jordan went on to describe how the Aylesbury squad has settled down since August:

Pre-season saw a large amount of players at the club, but since then the management have fine-tuned the squad and it’s no coincidence that the results have steadily improved with a more settled bunch. Davis has brought together a good mix of experience and youth, including Shayne who has been outstanding since he came in, he gives us that extra bite in attack we were lacking before

Shayne has enjoyed it since signing on:

I’ve settled very well, I came into the club quite late, they’d already played 5 or 6 games before I got here but they are a good bunch of lads that have made me feel very welcome

Shayne Almond

Ben Stevens admitted there is a lack of knowledge of their opponents:

Being honest we don’t know too much about Molesey other than what we’ve googled, but from what we’ve read we can see they’ll be a decent side and it should be a very entertaining game for everyone coming along

Shayne Almond joined the club recently after a prolific season last year for Thame Rangers:

I have two goals so far, and now my own personal target is to reach twenty league goals this season, anything more will be an added bonus for me. I fully expect us to climb that league table now and hopefully we can nick a play-off place at the end of the season

Ben discussed the team preparation for the game:

We prepare for every game in exactly the same way, the manager sets us all up in the same way whether it’s a league game or cup game, and we go out to win either three points or to get in the next round

Jordan also revealed his pre-match routine:

I have a pre match meal of pasta and a banana at 1pm, I have the same seat in the dressing room and make sure I am never late for a game. Nothing out of the ordinary really, just part of my pre-match preparation

Jordan Jenkins

Finally Ben looked back at the FA Trophy in his time at Aylesbury FC:

My favourite memory has to be when we went to Tooting & Mitcham United, it was a hard fought battle and we came away with a 2-1 win. Both sets of fans were magnificent that day, and I also picked up the MoM award!

Jordan recalled a game playing for Leighton Town:

I’ve played in the competition a few times, and the stand out game for me was when I travelled to Carshalton with Leighton, they had a brand new 3G pitch and we played them off the park winning 2-0. Last year here the Trophy run didn’t last long, I’m hoping we fare better this season!

Sports Shots would like to thank Ben, Jordan & Shayne for their time this week.

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