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2019/20 season non league steps 1-6 revealed

The non-league divisional structures have been revealed for next season’s step one to six clubs, which affects a number of the clubs covered by Sports Shots.

Step 3:

Banbury United continue in the Southern League Premier Division Central and welcome five new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bromsgrove Sporting, Hednesford Town, Kings Langley, Nuneaton Borough & Peterborough Sports.


Step 4:

Aylesbury United & Thame United continue in the Southern League Division One Central and welcome six new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bedworth United, Biggleswade FC, Daventry Town, Halesowen Town, St Neots Town & Wantage Town.


Step 5 (Hellenic):

Brackley Town Saints continue in the Hellenic Premier Division after narrowly missing out on promotion, they welcome Burnham, Chipping Sodbury Town, Easington Sports & Westfields for the forthcoming campaign.


Step 5 (South Midlands):

Newport Pagnell Town have been transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League over to the Spartan South Midlands where they join former Aylesbury FC under their new set up of Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s after relegation from the Southern League.


Step 6:

Ampthill Town, Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United all remain in Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they welcome five new clubs in London Tigers, New Salamis, Shefford Town & Campton, St Panteleimon & Stotfold.

All clubs have seven days to appeal, steps seven and below are to follow in due course.

BCC F; Aylesbury FC 0-1 Winslow United

Aylesbury – 0
Winslow United – 1


Winslow United gave departing management team Paul Alleyne & Ronnie Joe the perfect send off with a narrow victory over Aylesbury FC to lift the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup on Monday at Stratford Fields, a late Harry Dalton winner came just as most of the healthy crowd on the sidelines thought they were heading towards a penalty shoot-out with the game seemingly destined to end in stalemate. Afterwards both managers agreed the Ploughmen deserved to lift the trophy on the balance of play, for Aylesbury it was their last ever game as next season they change name and drop a level to form a new club that will begin life back at step five, for United the hunt goes on for the managerial replacement that can continue the legacy built over the past two seasons that has seen consecutive third place finishes in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One table, and also the clubs first ever appearance in the FA Cup.

The first chance fell to the Moles when a throw from Sam Odusoga out on their right saw a glancing header from Ty Deacon straight at Winslow custodian Ash Jenkins, a free kick then found Ben Stevens at the back post who forced Jenkins into a brilliant save at the base of his front stick and a follow up from Brian Haule saw a deflection lift the ball up & bounce off the top of the crossbar and over the top. Alfi Touceda then tried his luck from twenty yards after cutting in from the flank but dragged wide, at the other end Matt Cruse got down the wing before laying inside to Dan Parsons who flicked into the middle where Aaron King chipped over the bar, within sixty seconds a lob over the Aylesbury backline saw an appeal for offside turned down leaving Parsons free to run at goal, his low shot had Nick Bennion down superbly to push away single handed.

Last game for Aylesbury FC before name change

A long ball played into the Winslow area was allowed to bounce which gave Bruno Brito the chance to peel off the shoulder of Jack Page and execute an over the head bicycle kick which Jenkins again did well to get down to, from the clearance Ryan Freshwater sent team mate Page away on goal on his own where Bennion simply stood tall and got enough of a block to deflect for a corner, an in swinger from the flank had Aston Goss at the back of the eighteen yard area cushioning down to the incoming Alex Kedzierski who did well to connect but in mid-air could only curl wide, followed closely by a Simon King free kick being chipped through the red backline for brother Aaron to run on to but a little too much pace meant he couldn’t quite get the touch needed, a loose ball in the corner then collected by Parsons who turned Stevens to fizz across the six-yard box where both Bennion & Aaron King competed for a touch but it eluded both to roll harmlessly for a throw. H/T: 0-0

An early Aylesbury second half corner curled in by Brito found Stevens who headed over much to his own disgust, the resulting goal kick was scuffed only as far as Haule who advanced to the penalty arc but then dragged wide, United’s first attack of the half saw an attempted cross from the flank from Aaron King collected low at his near post by Bennion. A clever chip picked out Parsons on the edge of the six-yard area and with the whole target to aim at he pulled his effort the wrong side of the closest upright which he couldn’t quite believe, another run down the touchline by full back Page ended with a great delivery into the box where Parsons headed over with the keeper struggling to get over to cover.

Winslow celebrate goal

Both sides started making substitutions looking for some inspiration and with quarter of an hour left an Aylesbury move broke down in the corner and as they were looking for a free kick that never came, Kedzierski knocked out to Cruse who put the perfect pass around the defence for newly introduced Dalton to race onto and drive towards goal but from close range he stabbed wide. Page then explored space along the eighteen yard line before laying off to Aaron King who tried to stroke into the bottom corner but fired the wrong side of the post, then with eight minutes to go the yellow n blues took the lead when Dalton again played away down the right channel but this time his shot across Bennion found the target as it bounced into the far bottom corner.

There were five additional minutes added at the end in which Aylesbury came mightily close to an equaliser when a clearance fell invitingly for substitute Ken Feyi to hit first time back through a crowded box, Jenkins rooted to the spot could only watch as it hit his left hand post and to his delight out for a goal kick. F/T: 0-1

Attendance: 350

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Winslow manager Paul Alleyne:
And also with Aylesbury boss Paul Bonham:
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BSCC Final: Aylesbury boss previews Charity Cup final with Winslow United

Aylesbury FC manager Paul Bonham has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare for Winslow United in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon at Buckingham Athletic Football Club.

Paul Bonham

The Moles boss told Sports Shots:

We are really looking forward to the cup final on Monday 6th May. Playing Winslow United will be a very tough test and we will have to be at our best to get anything from the fixture.

Paul (Alleyne) has built a fantastic side, which is full of players who, in my opinion, have the ability to play Step 4 football. Players like Aaron King, Alex Kedzierski, Simon King and Daniel Parsons could easily play at the level FC have been competing at this season, so it shows us the level of the opposition. With it being Paul’s last game for the club it will be an emotional fixture for all connected with Winslow, which will only spur them on to try and win the Cup. I have nothing but praise and respect for Paul and the quality of squad he has built over the last couple of years.

The season has taken its toll and we have some serious injury concerns to 4-5 key players who at this moment in time will not be fit enough to play, so it might be a good chance to look at some of the under 18’s who are coming through, and looking to compete for places in the first team next season.

After such a tough season, which ultimately finished with us getting relegated, the morale hit an all time low last Saturday so it will be nice for the squad to play the game without any pressure, enjoy the moment, and hopefully finish the season with some silverware.

Reflecting on the 2018-19 campaign, Bonham spoke honestly.

The season on the whole has been very difficult for everyone involved with the club , from the committee to the playing staff – We have faced a lot of adversity with players leaving and having to rebuild twice during the year and then the decision to take automatic relegation early on in the season, but the players who have stayed with us since that decision was made have really impressed me. Their attitude to roll their sleeves up week in and week out against some very good teams will stay with me for many years to come. We have had some memorable games this season, some positive results against top teams, but the problem was being consistent, and this cost us in the end with regards league position. The goal, regardless of the relegation, was to finish out of the bottom two but as a squad we fell short, and we are all bitterly disappointed.

Bonham wants to focus on the cup final before he thinks about next season.

We are still very focussed on this season, so thoughts from a squad and management point of view we are only fixed on this last game. Once it is finished, I think we will all take some time to reflect, enjoy the summer before we start thinking about the 2019/20 season.

I would like to personally thank Paul Toms, Pete Forssling and Phil Duffy who have all worked tirelessly this year, the committee and all connected behind the scenes who’s work sometimes goes unnoticed, but is always very much appreciated. Lastly a massive thank you to the fans who have supported us home and away – If we win this cup it will be for you guys!

SL D1C; Aylesbury striker hoping to land knock-out punch in relegation scrap

Saturday 13th April 2019
Aylesbury v North Leigh
Southern League Division One East
Heywood Way
K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host North Leigh on Saturday knowing whoever loses will be bottom of the Southern Football League Division One Central table on Saturday night with just three games then left to play, the battle at the bottom now looks to be two from five as to who will finish in the dreaded bottom two relegation places. Both sides have to win, despite the Moles future next season already decided Paul Bonham’s men are desperately trying to avoid those relegation places as a matter of pride, Kidlington, Dunstable Town & Welwyn Garden City are all embroiled in the same dogfight at the bottom of the league, Aylesbury face play-off chasing Sutton Coldfield next week ahead of their local El Quackico derby on Easter Monday and finish with a trip to Welwyn meaning three points this weekend would be a welcome boost ahead of the tough run in. However, after a recent revival of fortunes they have lost their last three games whilst in return North Leigh have lost by the odd goal in seven to their National League South neighbours Oxford City in their Oxon Senior Cup semi-final, drew with Welwyn three apiece and thumped Coleshill Town by four without reply away from home, this game neither side can afford to lose…..

Bruno Brito

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury forward man Bruno Brito to ask when he joined the club, and how it all came about:

I joined Aylesbury in July 2018; Scott Reynolds was my manager at Leighton Town the club where I played half of the previous season. When he moved over to Aylesbury he invited me to come and join him to sign for the club, at the first training session I saw a good project to go forward with quality players and staff, there was everything a player needs to be at his best so for me that made my decision easier. Lots of different things have happened during my time since joining, players and staff have left which has made this season hard especially for those who decided to stay and for those who have joined us midway but that’s out of our control and I’m still enjoying playing for the club

How good a season does he feel he has had so far in terms of fitness & contribution?

Since the first pre-season training session there have been ups and downs for me but I’m always working hard to help this club and my team mates to succeed. I didn’t have many minutes in games with the previous manager but never had an attitude & never questioned his decisions, I didn’t miss any training sessions and always tried to keep myself motivated in that period, I’ve always kept my fitness up with gym workouts on top of training for when I got my chance. With Paul Bonham as the new manager I didn’t feel I had anything to prove to him he was with us from the start, he knows me well & how I work and how I could help the team, I started getting more minutes and this gave me more confidence. Goals started coming more often and that’s what is important for every football player, I’ve stayed at the club because of him, I trust and believe in everything he does is for the best of the team and club

How good a squad does Bruno feel the club has, and which players have impressed?

It’s been a long season to be honest, we’ve had players leaving and new ones coming in at all times, unfortunately this made our team look weak for a period but now I feel we are better and stronger. We believe we can do better match after match and we can compete with any team from our league, I’ll say two of our players who really impressed me this season… Jordan Jenkins (JJ) and Davis Haule, fair play for their quality, team spirit and bravery

What is Bruno’s preferred position in the side?

I leave the tactical part to the manager, a football player has to adapt to the system the person in charge wants you to play, I’m a forward player who likes to score goals so any position close to the goal is good enough for me but if the manager ask me to play anywhere else he knows I’ll give the same effort to help this team

Bottom of SL Div 1 Central table

We asked Bruno what his previous football history has been prior to Heywood Way:

These are the clubs I’ve played for:



Grupo Sportivo de Carcavelos (Portugal)

1 Dezembro (Portugal)



Odivelas Futebol Clube (Portugal)

GMD Trajouce (Portugal)

Associação da Torre (Portugal)

Sport Clube Praiense (Açores)

Atlético Clube de Portugal (Portugal)

Frenaros FC2000 (Cyprus)

Sporting Clube de Macau (China)

Newport Pagnell Town (England)

Aylesbury United (England)

Leighton Town (England)

Aylesbury Fc (England)

The last three games have seen defeat for Aylesbury, what has happened to change the previous good run of results?

In our last three matches we haven’t performed at the best of our abilities and we all know that. We must clear our minds, keep our heads up and play the best football we can to get back to the wins we had a few weeks ago. We can compete and win against any team in our league on our day, I believe we can achieve our goal at the end of the season

At home to fellow strugglers North Leigh this week, how difficult does the front man expect this to be?

It will be a battle on Saturday against North Leigh, both teams need the points for different reasons, we know they have got a good side but let’s see on Saturday. They will face a better Aylesbury than the last couple of weeks, it will be a game where we expect to succeed and get the three points we need, I totally believe in my team mates, we have a better squad & we just have to perform. I wish to see many of Aylesbury FC fans support us in these last few matches; our team and club need to feel you are with us!

Finally, we asked Bruno if he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who & what would he choose?

I definitely need to choose Ben Stevens to go on impractical jokers, I can imagine Ben setting up the punishments for the others… he’s evil! Hahaha

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

SL D1C; Thame United 4-1 Aylesbury FC

THAME UNITED 4 (WEST 10, 48, 64 AND GOSS 44)

Saturday 6/4/19


ASM Stadium, Thame

Attendance- 213

Weather – 10 Celsius, Dry and Sunny

Report and Photos by Carl Catling



Thame United – Hill (gk), Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Ashworth, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Martin

Subs used – Mepham and Evans

Aylesbury FC – Bennion (gk), Jenkins (cpt), Carby, Stevens, Merridan, Feyi, Young, Touleda, Haule, Deacon and Scott

Subs used – Odusoga Amadieu and Brito

Both sides went into this game with some hope of ending the season on a high. The whole season is now dependant in the final four games remaining. Today’s fixture did see a family atmosphere hit eh ASM Stadium with red Kite Radio broadcasting from the game, Thame Youth and Thame sponsors in attendance.

There was a slight delay to kick off due to a moments silence for the passing of old Thame United Chairman Jim Tite. As soon as the game started Thame were pressing all over the field allowing Aylesbury no time on the ball. Thame also showed their determination in their tackles early on notably by Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Sturgess and Ashworth. Thame were awarded a free kick which was taken by Tack which did go over the bar. Then the first goal came in the 10th minute when a mistake at the back meant a cross to West in the box was neatly controlled before going round Bennion for an easy tap in to make it 1-0. Aylesbury did claim for offside but the goal was awarded. The attacking play continued from Thame and a weighted pass by Ashworth found Goss in space on the left wing who came infield to attempt a curled shot which narrowly went high and wide. There was then a period of little chances and both teams turning possession over but Thame remained in control of the game. Aylesbury’s first chance came whereby a cross from the left found Haule in the box who managed to get in front of the defender but could not head the ball into the net, this was a real missed opportunity for Aylesbury. Aylesbury not long after produced a through ball towards goal but Hill anticipated it and closed the forward down making the chipped shot difficult and could not hit the target. Aylesbury continued to attack down their right flank putting Lynn under a spell of real pressure. Thame’s centre backs of Essex and Jewell were battling hard and were winning the battle against Haule and Deacon. In comparison West and Goss were working hard to find space up top and wide in order for play to be in Aylesbury’s half and allow the side to defend higher up the field. Thame’s Tack had a positive first half with multiple touches and multiple tackles to help his side maintain control. Also in the first half Sturgess and Ashworth were working well in tandem to aid the team both in attack and defence. A moment in lack of concentration meant Martin was able to find space 30 yards out and hit a half volley 30 yards out which rattled the bar but the ball was deemed not to have crossed the line much to Aylesbury’s relief. Thame ended the half with their second goal which was much deserved by Goss who as always is clinical inside the box from any distance albeit this one was a tap in from 2 yards out.

HT Score – Thame United 2 – 0 Aylesbury FC

The second half was very much of the same early on with Thame firmly in control of possession and territory. It did not take long for Thame to score again and this time Goss was the provider for West who was able to head the ball firmly pass the goalie to make it 3-0 and surely give the home side the win. This goal was another indication of great link up play between Goss and West throughout the match. There was a delay in the second half when Sturgess require medical treatment for a possible knock to the head which did then have an effect on the pace of play after. In the 64th minute Thame had a free kick given when there was a crunching late tackle on Goss. Goss was able to get up and take the free kick himself and hit the ball towards West who flicked the ball into the net giving him his hat trick on the day. Aylesbury made three changes in the second half in search of goals and did begin to play at a faster tempo late on. Thame were continuing to counteract this by their work rate and winning tackles all over the field. In the last 20 minutes despite the scoreline the game was very much end to end. Aylesbury did find a consolation goal in the 85th minute when a free kick was struck by left footed Brito which smashed the post and went in leaving Hill unable to move to make it 4-1.

FT Score – Thame United 4 – 1 Aylesbury FC

This was a physical game from both sides and a sublime team performance by the home team. This was a huge home win for Thame United who got back to winning ways and climb to 8th in the table. Thame now remain 3 points behind Didcot Town. Aylesbury remain in the relegation zone in 19th place.

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Saturday 13/4/19


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SL D1C; Aylesbury stalwart adamant Moles squad is now ‘Stable

Saturday 16th March 2019
Aylesbury v Dunstable Town
Southern League Division One East
Heywood Way
K.O. 3.00pm

After a free week-end last week, Aylesbury FC host Dunstable Town this Saturday at Heywood Way looking to build on their recent turn around in form that has seen Paul Bonham’s men accumulate three successive wins before a notable draw at play-off chasing Didcot Town two weeks ago, and in Dunstable they face a side that are in a down turn of form which has seen them collect just a single point from their last fifteen available. In that five game run Town haven’t scored a single goal either, and find themselves just a place and five points ahead of their hosts going into this fixture, although an away win could propel the Bedfordshire side a couple of places up that table. With the bottom three places separated by just three points both sides will be keen to pick up valuable points, but with Aylesbury recently successful against both Didcot & Bedford who are in those play-off positions, and a cup final place already secured for the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, confidence will be high in the home dressing room……

Ben Stevens

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Ben Stevens who has recently re-joined the club after hanging up his boots last summer, and we asked how he has ended up back in football:

I have been back at the club now for about two months after nearly ten months out. I suppose it was a combination of the wife saying that I was always grumpy on Saturdays after I’d stopped playing and a few little cheeky chats with Paul Bonham who somehow managed to talk me round. As for settling back in it was like I had never been away, the club is full of very nice people so they make you feel welcome straight away

How does Ben feel his fitness has been since returning, and how have his performances shaped up?

In terms of fitness I would like to be a lot fitter but after nearly ten months of doing nothing I don’t feel too bad, bar a few aches and pains the next day after a game lol. Performance wise I have felt like I have done well in each game I have played in, I’m a battler and a leader and I feel that it’s having a good effect on the squad

How good is this Aylesbury squad and have any players stood out?

The squad seems much stronger now than when I signed two months ago and that’s mostly down to Paul Bonham and his assistant Paul Toms, they have got the team fighting for each other again. There have been a few players that have impressed me, the first being Ryan Young, his energy, pace and the way he runs with the ball at defences is scary. Also Ty Deacon, even though I’ve known Ty for a while he has really impressed me with the level of consistency he has brought to his game, and finally Jordan Jenkins aka JJ just for the sheer fact that for most of the early season he carried the team single handed

What is Ben’s preferred position in the team?

I’ve been a centre half for many years but my favoured position is in centre midfield, that’s where all the action is and where I feel I can contribute more. I’m still all for the standard four-four-two formation as I feel that everyone knows their position & jobs, and I’m not constantly having to tell them where they should be which allows me to focus one hundred percent on my game

A remarkable turn around of late in form for Aylesbury has seen wins over Bedford, Leighton & Cambridge along with a very creditable draw at Didcot, how has this run been?

Your right it has been a remarkable turn around and a well needed and deserved one! The wins against Bedford, Leighton and Cambridge were massive and have brought great confidence and belief to the squad and the club, in all fairness we should have beaten Didcot as well. Both Bedford and Didcot are fighting for playoffs so to take four points from those two games have shown how far we have come as a squad over the last month, let’s just hope we can keep it up

After a week off this week they face Dunstable Town who are in poor form of late, how dangerous would it be to assume an easy three points ahead?

No game is easy in this league as we have shown teams in the last month so this one will be no different. Dunstable Town is another massive game for us and we will treat them in the same way as the last four games, we know a win will bring us closer to them and drag them into a relegation battle which is a little dangerous as it gives them something to fight for but hopefully we can take advantage of our recent form and get the three points

With so few games of the season left, what are Ben’s and the clubs targets for the rest of this season, and into next year?

Both mine and the club’s targets are the same, to picks up as many points as we can to avoid finishing in the bottom two, as for my plans next year I’m not really sure yet as I’ve won both league and cup at the level below so I’m not sure I want to try and do that again. I’ve been coaching a Bedgrove Dynamos youth team this year so I might take that up full time next season, who knows anything can happen in that time. My main focus right now is to keep trying to win football games and keep the club out of the bottom two

Finally we asked Ben if he could choose any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose?

I would probably choose Ty Deacon to go on Who Wants to be a Millionaire as I don’t think they have ever had anyone get the first question wrong, and as Ty is not the sharpest tool in the box it would be a great possibility so would make good viewing!

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

SL D1C; Moles manager reflects over past few weeks and reaching a cup final

Following the non-league reshuffle in the summer of 2018 it’s fair to say that Aylesbury FC haven’t had the easiest of seasons, a change of manager early on with players coming and going, a battle against dropping into the dreaded bottom two places which was confirmed recently as irrelevant as the club had accepted relegation due to ground grading issues, thrown into the mix was a recent poor run of form that saw a twelve game winless run which meant it’s all been a little bit of a tough winter for manager Paul Bonham since he took over the reins.

Paul Bonham

But a spring of light has been cast over Heywood Way in the space of just four days, a league win on Saturday at home over Bedford Town was followed up on Tuesday night with a two goal victory over Leighton Town to secure a place in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final in May. Their opponents that day will be either Buckingham Athletic or Winslow United who are yet to play either of their two-legged semi-final, but as both are two levels below the Moles, Aylesbury will go into the final as favourites to lift some silverware that may make this season a little easier to digest.

This week Sports Shots caught up with manager Paul Bonham to ask how it felt to win at the weekend against Bedford:

We knew Bedford Town would be a really tough challenge so to get all three points against one of the top teams is a fantastic achievement. The squad deserved the victory in the end, we were really organised and defended so well, whilst we created some good chances and should have won the game by a greater margin. The guys had a great week training, so they were well drilled on what was needed & expected against Bedford

And following that up with success on Tuesday to overturn a first leg deficit to progress in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup:

Leighton Town were in great form of late and having already played them once and lost we knew it was going to be another tough test, we changed things slightly with the formation and it worked a treat. In the first half we played with some real intensity which has been missing in past performances and scored two great goals, I was really pleased for Bruno to get both goals, his attitude this year has been first class and deserved to be man of the match. Leighton pushed hard towards the end but once again the defence was well marshalled by Jordan Jenkins and Ben Stevens who dealt with everything that was thrown at them

So how does it feel to be in a cup final after the season Aylesbury have had?

It’s a great feeling, it’s been a really difficult few weeks with the automatic relegation, players leaving etc but this will be a great way to finish the season – it will definitely lift morale and put a smile on people faces. However, it’s now forgotten and we are fully focussed on improving our league position

With the difficulties the club has faced this season, has it been difficult to keep the players and coaching staff motivated?

I have not struggled at all with motivating my staff nor players, we have a fantastic group of lads who are fully focussed on finishing as high as possible in the league. My staff have been great, a special mention to them all, Paul (Toms), Pete (Forssling), both Phil D & C (Duffy & Cave), Mark (Keiser) and Lucy (Hume) have all remained really positive and kept it a good place to be, which I believe now is having the same effect on the playing squad

Does the squad have a focus now or is it a case of just seeing the season out?

We approach every game in the same manner and that is too compete to the best we can and win football matches. We have great belief that we can finish higher than we are currently sat, we are all working too hard to just sit and watch this season just pass us by

We asked Paul if the squad he has now is the one that will see out this season, and are any looking forward to next season as yet?

We are still looking to strengthen this season, with seven players leaving over the last few weeks we needed to increase squad numbers to enable us to compete at this level. I would love to keep this squad together for next season as I’m sure we would be very successful in the SSML but I’m realistic and accept some players want to stay playing step four or even test themselves at a higher level. We won’t be having any discussions with players until the end of the season, the focus is on now and what we can achieve this year

Looking ahead, how does the merger with Bedgrove Dynamos affect the first team managers position?

It very early days with regards to the merger but what has been discussed so far has been really positive and it will only strengthen both teams. I’m hoping to prove myself this season which in turn should strengthen my position as first team manager for next season

Finally we asked with no game this weekend, what is the schedule for the squad?

We will take the opportunity to train on Saturday which will help us work on our preparation for another huge game against Cambridge City. We are carrying a few injuries so the extra couple of days off should help us get these players back in contention for the fixture for next Tuesday, it’s been a tough few days so the rest is well timed. We are in a good place at the moment so I’m confident we won’t lose the momentum we have gained over the last week

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

SL; Aylesbury FC to merge with Bedgrove Dynamos

Aylesbury FC have made the following announcement:

FC and Bedgrove Dynamos to Merge

Following on from recent discussions between Aylesbury FC and Bedgrove Dynamos, we are delighted to make the following announcement.

From the beginning of the 2019/20 season the two clubs will merge and become the Aylesbury Vale Dynamos. This will offer a progression for the youth of Aylesbury to achieve their footballing ambitions. Bedgrove currently offer junior football from the under 3’s age group though to Aylesbury and District Senior Mens football. Aylesbury FC have an Under 18s side playing in the Allied Counties Floodlit league and a senior team which next season will compete in the Spartan Premier Division. The merger offers the twenty six junior sides the opportunity to represent one club at every level up to semi professional standard.

Every one involved in both clubs is delighted, Mike Borrett who will chair the new committee commented that “This is a perfect fit for both clubs”.

More Information will follow in due course

SL D1C; Peter & Paul fly nest to help new club build for next year

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Aylesbury v Cambridge City

Southern League Division One East

Heywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host Cambridge City on Saturday at Heywood Way for their first home game since the news broke that the club are accepting relegation at the end of the current Southern League Division One Central campaign regardless of league position due to the ground grading issues. As it happens the club are in a three-way scrap at the bottom of the league anyway, as the rest of the division has opened up a small gap from Aylesbury, North Leigh & Kidlington although there are still plenty of games left for those above to be dragged into the dreaded basement battle, but one of those two spots has already been decided no matter what with the issue of dressing room size meaning the Moles will kick off next season at step five. The club lost the services of assistant manager Matt Moran this week but were quick to bring in former Ampthill Town manager & coach Paul Toms & Peter Forssling respectively to add to the back room staff fighting to keep the club’s season going.

Paul Bonham

Coming to face Paul Bonham’s are twelfth placed Cambridge City who FC beat in Bonham’s third game in charge back in November, but the hosts are on a poor run of late that has seen just three draws and seven defeats in their last ten games, City however are not pulling up any trees themselves and their record shows just two wins in their last fourteen matches in all competition, can Aylesbury get their first three points of 2019?

This week Sports Shots caught up with manager Paul Bonham to ask if the news of relegation had sunk in yet, and how hard a decision it was to stay on as manager:

I’m not going to lie it did take a few days to come to terms with the club’s decision to take automatic relegation, but I do understand the reasons why it has happened. It wasn’t a hard decision to stay at the club at all once I had digested it all, the club have showed faith in me and I want to repay them

Will Paul be staying on at the end of the season to take the club into the new phase of its history assuming it will be in the Spartan South Midlands League?

I hope so and I want to but It all depends on the committee. It will be an exciting challenge managing in the SSMFL as the league is extremely tough to win, it currently has some very good sides in it all of which would do well at step four

Has the news taken any pressure off the manager with the league position immaterial now?

Not at all, in fact I would say we are under more pressure to perform and win games, I’m determined not to finish this season in the bottom two as it would then be a case of us being relegated anyway. It is our job to motivate and prepare the squad in the right way to make sure we do ourselves justice in the remaining games

How has the news affected the squad in terms of players leaving and coming in?

From the initial decision it has settled down now. We lost four very good players in Jordan Frederick, Carl Tappin, Austin Schofield and Harry Scott and although it was disappointing that they, it was on good terms and I wish them all the best. We have brought in a few players last week to replace them and all are looking very good replacements

Are the management team looking at the squad now with an eye on next season?

As a playing squad we are concentrating on this season and nothing else for now, there are players in the team who I’d love to keep at the club but understand we will need to sell the SSMFL to them. The management staff is different scenario as I’m keen to build as strong backroom staff who are committed for this season but equally ready for next year

We asked Paul if he feels any other clubs can be dragged into the relegation scrap despite a slight gap opening up from the bottom three:

I’m really not sure on what teams will be dragged into the mix, if I’m looking at form and players within the teams, I would confidently say both Kidlington and North Leigh are on an equal with all the teams in the bottom half of this league. It’s such a strong division this year where everyone Is beating everyone

Aylesbury lost Matt Moran this week from the backroom staff, but brought in Paul Toms & Peter Forssling from Ampthill, what do they bring to the club?

It was disappointing to lose Matty last week but I respect his reason for leaving, we’ve worked well throughout our time in charge and it was a shame we couldn’t see the season out. I’ve known Paul for some time now and we’ve always talked throughout the season, bouncing ideas of each other, discussing players etc. I know it was a tough decision for both Paul and Pete to move but I’m really looking forward to them joining AFC and hoping to enjoy success next season

Cambridge City this week who Aylesbury beat earlier in the season, what does the manager remember of that day and what does he expect this time out?

It was a fantastic team performance and we fully deserved the win that day, but we are under no illusions how difficult this game will be on Saturday. Cambridge are still one of the big hitters in the league despite their league position, we will have to be at our very best to get anything from them

Finally with it being such a difficult time for the club, does Paul have any messages for the Aylesbury supporters?

It is a very difficult time for everyone involved at the club, we really do appreciate all the support we get, and I can assure the fans that we will be giving 100% every time we cross that white line. We are still working so hard in training and the focus is to finish out of that bottom two in the league table

Paul Toms

Joining the club from Ampthill Town this week, we asked Paul Toms how much he’s looking forward to his new role:

I’m really looking forward to my first game at Aylesbury, weather permitting!!! I’m an ambitious guy and I’m looking forward to the challenge of a different role as I have already coached at this level and higher, but more importantly look forward to teaming up with Paul and working towards something successful. Hopefully I’ve found a home where I can develop myself more in a different role other than a coach

Does Paul see this new role for the rest of this season for now, or does it go into next season with the relegation confirmed?

As you know there are no guarantees in football, but for me this was one hundred percent the main reason for me leaving a great club like Ampthill. I know it looks like doom and gloom and nothing to play for as relegation is over our heads, but straight away there’s a massive challenge of staying out of the relegation zone then over the summer while everyone goes on holiday, Paul and I will be planning for an assault on the SSMPL, a league I personally know very well

What is Paul’s position at his new club?

My title at Aylesbury Fc is assistant manager. My main priorities will be supporting Paul in every capacity I can from coaching to match days. I’ve not met any players yet as we are due to train tonight, where we will meet and greet

Does he feel he will be casting eyes over the squad with next season in mind, or just getting through until the end of this season?

All I can say is that I’ve not met the players yet and I’m only an assistant to Paul but when I do and see them train and play, I’m sure my opinions on building will hopefully be positive. But personally I only look one game ahead with one eye and plan for the future with the other

Along with Paul came Peter Forssling from Ampthill, whose choice was that?

Pete has been with me for past two years, after Paul approached me to come here I mentioned Pete and he was happy for him to follow with me. Pete is a very good young coach that brings lots of enthusiasm and energy with him with a fair amount of knowledge for a coach so young. And Aylesbury is a great progression for him on his coaching journey

What are the biggest differences Paul is expecting between South Midlands Division One and Southern League?

Obviously the step up in levels does bring lots of changes – attitudes and general professionalism, but that’s standard. Football wise, a more direct & quicker game with players that manage games better, with a tactical understanding and are better technically

What does he expect from Cambridge in his first game at the club?

I’ll be honest I don’t know much about Cambridge if anything, as all my focus up until this week has been on Ampthill and the teams around them

Finally we asked how Paul view’s the situation that Aylesbury find themselves in with regard to being relegated before he joined?

How I see it is on a personal front is I’m going to Aylesbury FC to give everything whether relegation looms or not. The mindset of ‘it doesn’t matter’ certainly doesn’t exist in me and I hope the players there have the same attitude, I’m sure they do. For me I can see massive positives as we know our destination and can already plan to build for next season

Sports Shots would like to thank both Paul’s for their time this week

SL D1C; Moles defender detects a decent squad at Aylesbury as they battle season out

Saturday 19th January 2019

Aylesbury FC v Corby Town

Southern League Division One East

Heywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

The fixture list for Aylesbury FC doesn’t get any easier as they battle to stay out of the bottom two places in the Southern League Division One Central table, this weekend they host third place Corby Town who have only lost once in their last nine games whilst the Haywood Way outfit haven’t tasted a victory in their last eight. Whilst the general consensus of the last two games for the home side has been that they played well and only lost by the odd goal against both Bedford Town and AFC Dunstable, they currently sit one place and one point above those relegation places and they have played more games than anyone else in the division, including the two sides below them who both have two games in hand meaning Aylesbury need points sooner rather than later. Corby beat their hosts back in October by five goals to two despite the Moles taking the lead in that match and sit five points off top of the league Peterborough Sports so will be looking for the win to increase the pressure at the opposite end of the league table that Aylesbury are concerned with, the form table suggests an away win however Aylesbury have already proved this season they can compete with the higher placed sides.

Dan Carr

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury defender Dan Carr to ask when & how he joined the club, and how it’s been so far:

I’ve been here about two months now playing five games, previously I was at Oxford United in the youth team and the manager Paul Bonham watched me a few times and showed interest once he found out I’d been released. What attracted me was the opportunity to play at a decent level week in week out and I was guaranteed to play, so it was a good opportunity to get minutes and to grow as a player. My time here has been very good since joining, the lads have been brilliant and welcomed me in very well, and I’ve been in the team most weeks & played a lot of football so I can’t complain

What was Dan’s career path previous to Aylesbury and how has he adapted to Southern League football?

I was at Wycombe Wanderers in their academy from junior levels under eight’s up until under twelves which was when they folded their academy. I then went to Aldershot & Crawley who also both folded within months, so I played local football for Caversham Trents and played a year above, we won the league there and then once I was in the under fifteens I was signed by Oxford United and spent two years in their academy before being offered a scholarship. I was there from under fifteens to under eighteens but didn’t get offered a professional contract at the end of it, so recently joined Aylesbury. I’d had no Southern League experience before apart from a few games I played at Bracknell Town at the start of this season in friendlies, but I feel I have adapted very well to the standard. I would say it’s a lot more physical than what I’ve been used to playing with academies but I have enjoyed it and feel I have done well

What does Dan think is his best position in the team, and what formation best suits?

My favoured position is at number ten but I have to be honest with myself as I know my best position is at full back, mainly on the right. I feel that four-three-three gets the best out of me as a free flowing team, I can then get forward a lot which is what I really like to do and link up with the players in front of me

How has the season gone so far since joining?

I feel that my time has been good so far, I feel I have coped very well with the change in football and I have been available most of the time. My fitness is always good and I feel I have contributed well but at the same time also feel I could have contributed a bit more on the assists front

We asked Dan which players have impressed him so far at Aylesbury:

All of the players here are decent, I wouldn’t say anyone in particular has stood out to impress me as they are all very good players in their own way, and good at what they do. I knew Ty Deacon before as he was at Wycombe & Oxford, I wouldn’t say he has impressed me in that way as he was always very good, but he has impressed me that he is still very good even at this level. The coaching has also been very good as they are all very qualified coaches and especially Paul who was a coach at Oxford United in the young age groups

Corby this week, a point off the bottom two, are the squad talking about relegation or just facing each game as it comes?

Obviously it’s clear to see that we are in the relegation fight but we are not dwelling on the situation at all, we are just focused on each game at it comes and don’t really worry too much about where we are, we just concentrate on getting three points week in and week out. This game is obviously going to be tough as they are a good team near the top of the table but I feel if we apply ourselves well, and work hard like we did against Dunstable in the second half last week, with a bit more concentration we stand a very good chance

The recent form hasn’t been great, but how were the recent losses to Dunstable and North Leigh?

They were obviously very hard defeats to take, the Dunstable game was especially hard to take, to lose in the last minute after a great second half where we came back from two-nil down, but we let ourselves down with lapses in concentration which cost us dearly in the end. The North Leigh game we simply weren’t at our best at all, we were off it that night everyone included, and when that happens at this level, whoever you are, you will get punished. But we look forward now to the Corby game and hopefully we can get a good result that we deserve

Finally, we asked Dan to pick a team mate who he could work with in any other job just for a day:

That’s a hard one, I would probably say being a detective or something like that along with Harry Scott as we get along well and have a very good link up on the pitch, so I feel we’d be able to work with each other very well, and know what each other are doing without even saying and we would obviously get the job done!

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