Archive for Aylesbury Football Club

SLD1E; New manager begins ascent on Moles mountain to climb

Saturday 20th October 2018

Aylesbury v Peterborough Sports

Southern League Division One East

Heywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC saw a managerial change this week as Scott Reynolds stepped down with Paul Bonham taking charge for the interim, and a baptism of fire awaits as his squad host third placed Peterborough Sports at Heywood Way on Saturday. Whilst the Moles look for the first win in eight, Sports are flying high with four wins and two draws in their opening six league games, although they have not won in their last four games in all competition & haven’t tasted league success since the first of September, however this will be a stern test for Aylesbury as they line up for the first time under the new manager.

Paul Bonham

This week Sports Shots caught up with Paul to ask how the last week has been:

It’s been a crazy week so far, getting over the disappointment of going out of the FA Trophy last weekend to then hear the sad news that Scott had stepped down. We’ve had a positive chat with the committee and a great training session on Tuesday night, we are now focusing on getting ready for a very tough fixture against Peterborough Sports

And is this a long term appointment for the new boss?

At this moment in time we have been appointed to settle the ship after the weekend, going forward any decisions will be made by the committee

For anyone who doesn’t know Paul Bonham, what is his footballing history?

So I’ve been involved with coaching & managing for the last four years now, three of those have been at Aylesbury FC. I started with the under eighteens development side & then assisted former managers Davis Haule & Danny Gordon in the first team set up, in between this I spent half a season with Tring Athletic which was a great experience. Last season I was coaching at the Oxford United academy for whom I am still doing a few sessions this year as well as being involved here. On the coaching side I am near completion of my UEFA B qualification

We asked Paul how good a job has Scott done in his time at the club:

Scott in my opinion did a very good job here, considering he started with three or four players from last year’s squad, it’s been a total rebuild which has been really challenging

So will there be any immediate changes to the squad?

Matt Moran & I have been working really hard to communicate with the players and we are really pleased that currently the squad has stuck together. With regard to bringing in new faces we have been speaking to some clubs regarding availability of certain players but nothing has been confirmed as yet. I’m really pleased that Phil Duffy, Lucy Hume & Phil Cave have also decided to stick around, all of these have been fantastic this season

So will there be any changes to training or playing methods?

Currently we will be keeping the same schedules from Scott’s reign, playing style and training methods will change but it has to be a slow process otherwise it might have a negative effect on the team and possibly results if we change things overnight

And what about Saturday’s opponents?

Very tough game for us this weekend but our best performances have come against the top sides this season. We have done our research on them & have a good idea on how they will approach the game so the management team & I have the job to make sure the team is fully prepared for the weekends match

Finally, we asked Paul how difficult he thinks it will be to get his side up the league table:

We are under no illusion that it will be a difficult task to climb up the league table as this has to be the most competitive league the club have been involved in for the last three years, but this squad is ready for the challenge ahead & I’m confident we can start picking up some points, it is very close and just one win could catapult us up the table by five or six places

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

Scott Reynolds leaves Aylesbury FC

Aylesbury FC have this morning announced the departure of manager Scott Reynolds with the following statement:

It is with regret that the club is announcing that for personal reasons & with immediate effect Scott Reynolds has stepped down as First Team Manager.

Scott Reynolds

Scott joined the club in the summer with the objective of completely reorganising the playing structure and also to help rejuvinate things off the field, which with the help of his excellent back room staff, he has achieved and whilst on the pitch we have had a difficult start, Scott had the backing of everyone on the committee, as we endeavour to stabilise the club for the future.

Paul Bonham will step up to First Team Manager, Matt Moran remains as Assistant Manager as does both Phil Cave as Goalkeeping Coach and Phil Duffy who will continue as Kit Manager with Antonio Mendes and Lucy Hume also continuing in their positions. An announcement on a new Coach to strengthen the team will be announced in the next couple of days.

Once again we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Scott for everything he has done this season in stabilising and helping to re build the foundations of Aylesbury Football Club.

Paul Bonham

BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06mdx3y

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

SLD1; Aylesbury FC 0-1 Kidlington

Aylesbury – 0

Kidlington – 1

Aylesbury were beaten at home on Saturday in a turgid affair at Heywood Way that was settled by a ninth minute goal from Ben Willoughby to bring an end to their two game unbeaten run. Chances for either side were scarce during a ninety minutes played under warm autumn sunshine, Aylesbury rarely troubling the visiting defence in the first half but came out looking much better after the break, but a well organised Kidlington backline comfortably dealt with anything thrown at them to record their first points of the season. The bottom of the Southern League Division One Central table sits congested with just six points separating over half the table, proving how competitive this division is since the summer reshuffle.

An early attack for the away side saw Liam Talboys drive into the Aylesbury box but with Temi Oladejo shadowing he could only fire straight at Moles keeper Nick Bennion, but the break through did come on nine minutes when Willoughby latched onto a pass through the Moles defence to slot home. Two minutes after the goal Talboys found some space on the eighteen yard line but not realising the time he had, he lifted high over the crossbar.

The home side struggled to create any chances as they were well marshalled by the sea of green shirts every time they tried to push forward, their first effort of note coming on thirty-two minutes when Aaron King worked hard to create an opening on the edge of the area, evading a challenge his shot was blocked but the rebound fell to Lewis Strafford who lashed high over the top.

Lewis Strafford came closest in first half for Moles

As the half came towards an end, Kidlington should have had a second when Brad Singh got away down their left and slipped a ball inside the area to Willoughby but from twelve yards he fired wide, and with a minute left the hosts got their first shot on target when King got down the left wing, he pulled the ball back across midfield to Strafford whose shot from twenty-five yards had keeper Sam Warrell falling away to his left to push away. H/T: 0-1

The home side seemed a little more purposeful after the break, and ten minutes in Ryan Ware was fed in behind the away backline but took his shot on early and from quite a distance fired way wide of the target, whilst at the opposite end Jamie Calvin got away down the right and headed for goal, Carl Tappin faced him head on and forced him wide of goal where he desperately stuck out a boot to roll the ball across the goal face but with no team mates up with him it rolled away to safety.

A long Bennion goal kick was allowed to bounce in the Kidlington box which had a defender in all sorts of trouble, with King all over him a sliced clearance allowed the Moles striker a look at goal but the ball would not come down quick enough and he could only help the ball over the top. The visitor’s then missed the best chance of the half when a ball from their right found Willoughby inside the six-yard box in front of goal and somehow he flicked the ball over the top.

Joshua Williams had chance late on saved

A second goal was scored on seventy-two minutes after a free kick into the Moles box was headed back across goal where Calvin stabbed home but a raised flag halted the celebrations, Talboys then tried his luck again from twenty-five yards forcing Bennion to push away from inside his right hand post. Tappin then won control on the half-way line and splayed the ball into the corner for Oladejo to attack the full back, his cross found King who chested down and laid off to Tappin who had continued his run but again the ball bounced awkwardly and the shot lifted high over the bar.

As the game wore down Aylesbury desperately tried to feed some service to their front line, and pushed centre half Derek Feyi forward to add some muscle to the attack, with time running out he received the ball twenty yards out but his shot got the merest of deflections that saw it roll harmlessly back to Warrell, and the final attack saw Josh Williams cut in from the left and his low drive was pushed away by the away keeper for a corner. F/T: 0-1

Attendance: 82

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Aylesbury manager Scott Reynolds: 

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SLD1E; Easy three points, you must be Kid-ding claim Moles team mates

Saturday 29th September 2018

Aylesbury v Kidlington

Southern League Division One East

Heywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host Kidlington on Saturday and will be looking to build upon their impressive draw last week against league leaders Bromsgrove Sporting & stretch their unbeaten league run to three games. Kidlington arrive at Heywood Lane looking for their first points of their season, having suffered six straight league defeats and have a goal difference of minus twenty-nine, having only scored once in their opening sequence so Aylesbury will feel this is a game they have to win to add points to their tally, push away from the lower echelons of the league table and add some vital confidence going into October.

 

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with goalkeeper Nick Bennion & midfielder Carl Tappin and asked the double penalty save hero from last week-end how tough a start to the season it’s been in comparison to other years at other clubs:

It has been a tough start I agree but the club and the management have been working hard recruiting players, and that was always going to be a hard thing to do when the team was being built from scratch, but as people can see it’s taken us a little time to gel but our results are picking up and when we are at full strength we can beat anyone. To be honest I’ve found it hard as last year I was at Southall and we only lost three games all season, but I’ve adjusted and I’m enjoying playing for Aylesbury, there is so much quality in our squad with skilful players and people that will put their bodies on the line, that’s what you need in a team for it to work well

Carl has been at this stage before:

I’ve been a player who has played at many different clubs already despite my age, and often joined sides when they are re-building or starting again, so for me this is familiar territory. I understand it takes time for everyone to get used to each other and it’s evident now that it is starting to all come together

Carl Tappin

What players have shone for Aylesbury so far & how much quality is there in the squad in Carl’s opinion?

The squad is strong from back to front with good depth in most positions, many players have played levels above and this has been evident in spells. The stand out players for me have been Luke Cray & Josh Williams, Luke and his leadership is very important especially the way he ensures everyone in front of him is organised and doing the right thing. Josh has been brilliant and has torn so many players apart already and is a real threat going forward

Nick also mentioned Josh:

The players that have stood out for me have been Lewis Strafford just because of his energy and commitment in a game, Jordan Jenkins also as he just reminds me of a young John Terry, he never loses the ball in the air and is a die hard for the club in the fact that he just throws himself at everything, & finally young Josh for what he can do on the ball, he is amazing and still so young, he will go far in the game

Nick Bennion

We asked both players about each other, Nick recalls their time at a previous club:

I played with Carl at Ardley United a couple of seasons ago, he is what every team needs especially if you are playing a side that has a play maker you need to mark out of the game, he is that kind of player that’s like a fly that won’t go away, but he can also play and his quality is always needed

Carl also recalled their time together at Ardley:

He is a great keeper and you can always rely on him to make some game changing saves which earn vital points. I saw this happen at Ardley where we both played previously, and then again last Saturday. Him being vocal is also helpful and has been a big part of recent improvements in our defensive displays

We asked Carl if he’s been surprised at the quality in the league, and for the differences in the various levels he’s played at:

Honestly I don’t see a huge difference in the quality from many of the leagues I have played in, every now & then there may be a better individual, but team for team & pound for pound the difference in quality isn’t massive, we are yet to lose by more than two goals in any game which I think proves that. One huge difference is the travel, Southern League Premier was a lot of moving about the country where as in this league it’s never more than an hour or so really which isn’t too bad. I also notice that teams are better organised, the ability in players often isn’t dramatically different but teams are often very organised and have a way of playing that they stick to as the leagues get higher

Nick doesn’t see much difference either:

The league is & always will be competitive, there are some great clubs at this standard with large budgets, and they can play very good football. The difference between the levels is not a great deal to be honest, the higher you play the more time you get on the ball, also fitness is another difference but playing at this level is all about doing the easy things, defend & score, as the pitches we play on are not always going to be suitable for playing on the floor, unlike the higher levels where grounds are looked after every day and have the money to do that

Bennion at Buckingham Athletic

We asked Nick for his thoughts on last week’s dramatic goalless draw with the league leaders where he saved two penalties in the final five minutes to earn his side that point:

It was a very good result to hold the league favourites to a draw, we played some great football and should have scored a couple but that’s how football goes, at the end of the day we worked as a team, defended as a team and got the result that I think was fair. Bromsgrove were a good outfit, you could see that from the way they play, but I thought they were definitely better going forward than defending. It’s not every week you can save two penalties in the final five minutes but I’m very happy that I managed to because as a team we deserved something from the game, especially when the first wasn’t even a penalty but that’s football and refereeing decisions for you

Carl paid tribute to his keeper for saving the day:

You could tell they were a good side with some good players, however what helped us was the fact that we all stepped up our games. Perhaps in terms of individual quality they were better, but in terms of work rate & desire there wasn’t much in it at all. You can tell they have quality however our consistent efforts to close them down and shut them off paid off. The last five minutes were stressful and had it not been for Nick would have been devastating also, we worked so hard for that result that I’m glad we got something to show for it

Tappin at Leighton Town

So how does Carl expect it to be against Kidlington who are bottom?

As a side now we aren’t worried about how many points anyone has, we just have to focus on ourselves and what we need to do. We know if we work as hard as we can do and apply the tactics that we’ve been instructed to do, we can inflict damage upon anyone. We had chances against Bromsgrove which was a massive positive and we should take this into this next game, if we start to under estimate teams then we will come unstuck

Nick agrees with working hard:

Yes we face Kidlington but it’s just another game for us, they may be bottom but all teams in this league can be unpredictable and you never know what can happen on the day, so we’ve just got to go into the game like we did last Saturday against Bromsgrove, we’ve just got to work hard together and pull a result out

Rounding up we asked Nick where Aylesbury FC need to finish in the league this season to be classed as a successful season:

Well as any team would want to be top half of the table, and I think if we work hard together we can achieve that, even if it is our first season together as a whole squad. To achieve this we will need to stick together and die hard for the club and the supporters

Carl agrees:

I think with the quality we have we should be aiming for somewhere near the middle of the table. I could be unrealistic and say higher however I know due to the way the league is and the way football works this is unlikely to happen. We have far too much quality to be near the bottom of the table so a mid-table finish would be something I’d class as a good place to finish, considering the complete re-build that Scott and his team have conducted

Sports Shots would like to thank Nick & Carl for their time this week

FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round Draw

The second qualifying round draw was made on Friday for the FA Youth Cup, and both our local sides have away trips.

Buckingham Athletic U18’s face another away trip when they travel down to Hertfordshire to face Welwyn Garden City, whilst Aylesbury FC U18’s travel down to Berkshire to face Reading City.

The draw in full:

1 North Shields v Seaham Red Star

2 Hartlepool United v Hebburn Town

3 South Shields v Gateshead

4 Litherland Remyca v Irlam

5 City of Liverpool v Curzon Ashton or Hyde United

6 St Helens Town v Chorley

7 Chester v Wrexham

8 Salford City v Bootle

9 Daisy Hill v Altrincham

10 Barrow v AFC Fylde

11 Harrogate Town v Guiseley

12 Garforth Town v FC Halifax Town

13 Ossett United or Frickley Athletic v Harworth Colliery

14 Tadcaster Albion v Nostell MW or Stocksbridge Park Steels

15 Long Eaton United v Basford United

16 West Bridgford v Aylestone Park

17 Matlock Town v Mickleover Sports

18 Grantham Town v Bottesford Town or Lutterworth Athletic

19 Sheffield v Chesterfield

20 Coleshill Town v Romulus or Kidderminster Harriers

21 Nuneaton Borough v Halesowen Town

22 Stratford Town v Sutton Coldfield Town

23 AFC Telford United v Stourbridge

24 Hereford or Tipton Town v Malvern Town

25 Rushall Olympic v Rugby Borough

26 Anstey Nomads v Solihull Moors

27 Brackley Town v Cogenhoe United

28 AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Kettering Town

29 Rugby Town v Wellingborough Town

30 Mildenhall Town v Wroxham

31 AFC Sudbury v Leiston

32 King’s Lynn Town v Cambridge City

33 Walsham Le Willows v Newmarket Town

34 Sawbridgeworth Town v Peterborough Sports

35 Bury Town v Dereham Town

36 Saffron Walden Town v Great Wakering Rovers

37 Leyton Orient v Romford

38 Brentwood Town v Grays Athletic

39 Dagenham & Redbridge v Aveley

40 Bishop’s Stortford v Braintree Town

41 Hullbridge Sports v Tilbury or AFC Hornchurch

42 Hendon v Kings Langley

43 Harefield United v Hemel Hempstead Town

44 Welwyn Garden City v Buckingham Athletic

45 Wingate & Finchley v Hayes & Yeading United

46 Tring Athletic v Flackwell Heath

47 Colney Heath v Leverstock Green

48 Barnet v Boreham Wood

49 Folkestone Invicta v Cray Wanderers

50 Maidstone United v Phoenix Sports

51 Corinthian v Dartford

52 Dover Athletic v Lewes

53 Metropolitan Police v Bromley

54 Dulwich Hamlet v Tonbridge Angels

55 Dorking Wanderers v Carshalton Athletic or Eastbourne Borough

56 Bognor Regis Town v Guildford City

57 Croydon v Camberley Town

58 Raynes Park Vale v Arundel

59 Kingstonian v Whitehawk

60 Ashford United v Hampton & Richmond Borough

61 South Park v Worthing

62 Sutton United v Whyteleafe

63 Ascot Untied v Hungerford Town

64 Kidlington v Andover Town

65 Reading City v Aylesbury

66 Malmesbury Victoria v Didcot Town

67 Oxford City v Maidenhead United

68 Totton & Eling v AFC Totton

69 Havant & Waterlooville v Moneyfields

70 AFC Stoneham v Brockenhurst

71 Almondsbury v Team Solent

72 Eastleigh v Aldershot Town

73 Torquay United v Slimbridge

74 Portishead Town v Yate Town

75 Clevedon Town v Bridgwater Town

76 Cirencester Town v Odd Down

 

MATCH DATES

All ties must be played in week commencing Monday 1 October 2018, kick-off 7.00pm, unless mutually agreed otherwise.

Matches in The FA Youth Cup Competition take priority over all other matches with the only exception being home first team commitments.

SL D1C; Moles defender believes squad is heading in right Derek-tion

Saturday 15th September 2018

Dunstable Town v Aylesbury FC

Southern League Division One Central

Creasey Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury travel the short distance over to Creasey Park on Saturday where they face Dunstable Town with both sides looking for three crucial points to lift them away from the lower echelons of the Southern League Division One Central table. Aylesbury still seek their first win of the season, but Town sit just three points and four places above their guests in what is already looking a fiercely competitive league after the summer reshuffle of the non-league pyramid, shown by the top five clubs in the division having lost just one game between them in a collective twenty-one games.

Derek Feyi

This week Sports Shots caught up with Moles defender Derek Feyi to ask how life has been since he re-joined earlier in the season:

I’ve enjoyed it, its so different to last season and the mood around the club is optimistic. Add that to the fact that the management are hungry to do well and are working hard to implement all their idea’s

Having been at Aylesbury last term, was it an easy decision to go back?

Yes it was quite easy, for me it’s all about playing football at the moment so when the opportunity came I was more than happy to commit. Also with the type of fans here, the support has been great

After the league reshuffle in the summer, how difficult a division is it?

The level of competition has definitely increased with the likes of teams from in and around the midlands. I don’t think it’s a bad thing and rather improves the quality of step four football. It will make escaping from the division even more impressive!

How far away does Derek feel the first win is for the club?

I believe it’s very close, in football sometimes luck goes against you & that has been the case for us in the last few weeks, but the quality is there in the group so I believe our first three points will come sooner rather than later

We asked how tough the trip to Dunstable will be:

No game in this league will be easy, we’ll be going there focused and confident in our jobs, especially knowing that three points at this stage of the season can move you up three of four positions in the league table

Does Derek follow any pre match superstitions?

Not really any superstitions, I just usually like to spend a couple of minutes to myself before the kick-off and pray

Have any sides impressed the defender yet?

I’ll be honest and say I haven’t really been concerned with other teams as it is still so early days in the campaign

Finally, where does Derek believe Aylesbury can finish in the division?

April is a long way off yet, ask me again after December and I’ll have an answer for you then. But for now we have a strong squad that is building & taking each game as it comes.

I’d like to thank Sports Shots for this opportunity & keep up the great work!

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

FA CUP 1st qualifying round draw made

The first qualifying round of the FA Cup has been drawn today, and those sides covered by Sports Shots who are still in the competition have been given the following draws:

Brackley Town Saints have a tough away replay at Hadley (0-0 in first game on Monday) and should they progress they then travel to Leverstock Green

Aylesbury United host Marlow

Aylesbury FC host Didcot next Tuesday in their replay (1-1 in first game on Saturday) and should they progress they then travel to Wingate & Finchley

Weymouth v Banbury

 

The draw in full:

THE EMIRATES FA CUP FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2018 WINNERS RECEIVE £6,000

1 Radcliffe v Stalybridge Celtic

2 Droylsden or Squires Gate v City of Liverpool or Glossop North End

3 Lancaster City v Trafford

4 South Shields v Garforth Town

5 Warrington Town v Burscough

6 Runcorn Town v Irlam

7 Whitley Bay v Whitby Town

8 Marine v Scarborough Athletic

9 Colne v Hyde United

10 Newcastle Benfield v Workington

11 Dunston UTS v North Ferriby United

12 Knaresborough Town v Kendal Town or Selby Town

13 Atherton Collieries v Kidsgrove Athletic or Ramsbottom United

14 Albion Sports or Guisborough Town v Farsley Celtic

15 Congleton Town v Consett

16 Witton Albion v Bottesford Town

17 Clitheroe or Sunderland RCA v Ossett United or Mossley

18 Ashton Athletic v Morpeth Town

19 Maltby Main v Frickley Athletic

20 Parkgate v Litherland Remyca or Leek Town

21 Bamber Bridge v Tadcaster Albion

22 Basford United v Staveley MW

23 Highgate United v Stourbridge

24 Loughborough University v Walsall Wood or Cleethorpes Town

25 AFC Mansfield v Stourport Swifts

26 Romulus v Belper Town

27 Nantwich Town v Worksop Town

28 Sutton Coldfield Town v Rushall Olympic

29 Quorn v Atherstone Town

30 Coalville Town v Racing Club Warwick

31 Hednesford Town v Tamworth

32 Grimsby Borough v Stafford Rangers

33 Matlock Town v Halesowen Town

34 Barwell v Buxton

35 Daventry Town v Grantham Town

36 Mickleover Sports v Haughmond or Market Drayton Town

37 Anstey Nomads v Oadby Town

38 Wednesfield or Chasetown v Gainsborough Trinity

39 Redditch United v Rugby Town

40 Stratford Town v Alvechurch

41 Leverstock Green v Brackley Town Saints or Hadley

42 St Neots Town v Bishop’s Stortford

43 Burnham v Bury Town

44 Cambridge City v Brightlingsea Regent

45 Aylesbury United v Marlow

46 Heybridge Swifts v Newmarket Town

47 Hanwell Town v Potters Bar Town

48 Brantham Athletic v Spalding United

49 Corby Town or Dunstable Town v Hertford Town

50 AFC Sudbury v Royston Town

51 Ware v Lowestoft Town

52 Hendon v Harlow Town

53 Brentwood Town v Haringey Borough or Sporting Bengal United

54 Haverhill Rovers v Long Melford

55 AFC Hornchurch v Harrow Borough

56 AFC Dunstable v Woodbridge Town or Swindon Supermarine

57 FC Romania v Biggleswade or Soham Town Rangers

58 Chesham United v Biggleswade Town

59 Chalfont St Peter v Kempston Rovers

60 Great Wakering Rovers v Northampton Sileby Rangers or Wisbech Town

61 Romford v Kettering Town

62 King’s Lynn Town v Histon or Eynesbury Rovers

63 Hayes & Yeading United v Deeping Rangers or AFC Rushden & Diamonds

64 Northwood v Kings Langley

65 Coggeshall Town or Witham Town v Berkhamsted

66 Saffron Walden Town v St Ives Town

67 Walthamstow v Beaconsfield Town

68 Wingate & Finchley v Didcot Town or Aylesbury

69 Cheshunt v Leiston

70 Hitchin Town v Godmanchester Rovers

71 Bowers & Pitsea v Takeley

72 Basildon United v Stamford or Peterborough Sports

73 Barton Rovers v Needham Market

74 Enfield Town v Bedford Town

75 Ramsgate v Sevenoaks Town

76 Hastings United v Kingstonian

77 Metropolitan Police v Cray Wanderers or Rusthall

78 Faversham Town v Worthing

79 Farnborough v Molesey or Lewes

80 AFC Uckfield Town v AFC Croydon Athletic or Hanworth Villa

81 Fleet Town v East Grinstead Town

82 Phoenix Sports v Lancing

83 Merstham v Cray Valley (PM)

84 Raynes Park Vale v Loxwood or Erith Town or Spelthorne Sports

85 Hythe Town v Tonbridge Angels

86 Egham Town v Staines Town

87 Corinthian Casuals v Whyteleafe or Saltdean United

88 Margate v Horndean

89 Moneyfields v Thamesmead Town

90 Whitstable Town v Bognor Regis Town

91 Horsham YMCA v Tooting & Mitcham United

92 Corinthian v Horsham

93 Pagham v Whitehawk

94 Leatherhead v Herne Bay

95 Beckenham Town or Epsom & Ewell v Walton Casuals

96 Burgess Hill Town v Folkestone Invicta

97 Dorking Wanderers v Hartley Wintney

98 Sittingbourne v Gosport Borough

99 Weymouth v Banbury United

100 Melksham Town v Merthyr Town

101 Bitton v Westbury United

102 AFC Stoneham v Cirencester Town

103 Salisbury v Yate Town

104 Bodmin Town or Cadbury Heath v Cinderford Town

105 Binfield v Buckland Athletic

106 Frome Town v Winchester City

107 Wimborne Town v Dorchester Town

108 Shaftesbury v Poole Town

109 Sholing v Hamworthy United

110 Plymouth Parkway v Street

111 Taunton Town v Thatcham Town or Bemerton Heath Harlequins

112 Paulton Rovers v Basingstoke Town

113 Bridport v Tiverton Town

114 Bishop’s Cleeve v Slimbridge or Wantage Town

115 Chipping Sodbury Town v Bideford or Bristol Manor Farm

116 Lymington Town v Royal Wootton Bassett Town or Lydney Town

MATCH DATES

All ties must be played on Saturday 8 September 2018, kick-off 3.00pm with replays on or before Thursday 13 September, kick-off 7.45pm.

SLD1E; Aylesbury FC pre-season + opener (v Coleshill Town) review with manager Scott Reynolds

Saturday 18th August 2018

Coleshill Town v Aylesbury

Southern League Division One East

Pack Meadow

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC start their 2018/19 campaign on Saturday with the seventy-six mile trip to Coleshill Town, one of the many new teams The Moles will face this season after the non-league restructuring this summer. A much publicised ‘club in crisis’ towards the end of last season has seen many changes in the past few weeks, on & off the pitch, but now under new stewardship and management the club are hoping they can finally find some consistency & regularity to see the club through to better times.

This week Sports Shots caught up with new manager Scott Reynolds to see how life has been since accepting the job:

Hectic to say the least!! I took the job two days before my two week holiday in Florida and since then I have not had a day off, or five minutes to myself. I was well aware of the task ahead when accepting the job, but nobody could have predicted how the last few weeks would have gone. It would have taken a manager with a huge budget and a whole team to come in to solve the issues overnight, which for me is just not the case. We have only three players remaining at the football club from the sixty odd used at Aylesbury FC last season. That said, despite some up and down results in preseason, we are very pleased with the squad going into Saturday and will continue to work hard to add the right types of quality and personnel to the squad as the season takes shape. The door is always revolving in non-league football that’s for sure, added to that I am brutally honest, but I don’t burn my bridges with players too early, so who knows what may happen in the next few weeks and months!

So how have the pre-season fixtures been for the new look squad:

Up and down to be fair, we’ve played ten, including an in house training game, and won 4 but lost 6. Way too many games and way too many weeks of training and preparation in my opinion. The attitude and commitment, to my methods and ideas, from the majority has been superb, and despite some of what I am looking for being clearly the opposite to what players have experienced here in the past, we have now managed to identify a squad that we are happy to start the season with. Our best performance in pre-season was the 3-0 win against Oxford United U23. We matched them tactically, beat them physically and took our chances that night. Since then the team has changed, trialists have come and go, we picked up loads of injuries, had to put up with holidays, players coming and players going and only in the last ten days do we feel settled and united again. If we can perform to the levels we reached against Oxford Utd week in week out we will do well, of that I am certain!

Scott Reynolds

So where does Scott feel he is at in terms of his squad:

We are happy, for me it’s all about attitude and for now I am prepared to allow ability to come secondary. I want players who are prepared to work their nuts off in training and in games, you can have a bad game with the ball, but you cannot have a bad game without it!! For those who know me, I deal in facts. I want players who have achieved previously or played at this level or higher on a regular basis. I don’t need players who think the game owes them something, when in fact they have achieved very little to date. I have learnt a lot as a manager of the past year or two. Get the basics right, be honest and approachable and work hard. I expect the players to give me the same and would never ask for anything I, or my staff, are not prepared to give them back in return

So what is a realistic ambition for Scott this season?

To be competitive and proud every time we wear the shirt. We are under no illusions, there are teams with better players than us, bigger budgets than us and the task ahead is no easy one. That said I want work rate, passion, hard work and commitment. We need to be known as a difficult team to play against, hard to beat and a group that works hard for every point we earn. If someone could offer me a mid-table finish now, I would take it. However, we will set small and realistic targets each week / month and see where the season takes us

Jordan Jenkins has stayed at the club

So two really tough games to start the season with, what do Aylesbury expect?

I do my homework, I have had Coleshill watched and know that this game will be tough. Added to the quality of the opposition they are also at home, with the advantage of a 3G plastic pitch – not my preference, give me grass and mud any day. We then host AFC Dunstable who finished 4th last season on Tuesday night, and they will want to improve that finish this time around. Tough start as you say, but there are no freebie points at this level and every game will be difficult. I just want teams to be able to think the same about us when they look at their fixture lists

And finally, what games is Scott looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to managing in the FA Cup again, and on the back of a great FA Vase run last year, I look forward to a crack at the FA Trophy, however easy to say I am excited for all of them. We’re looking forward to getting some home games under our belt and proving to the people of Aylesbury and the supporters, or doubters, of me and the club that we are going to be much improved on previous seasons. I will let our results do the talking, and all though it may take time for our team to gel and for us to find our feet at this level, this is a marathon not a sprint.

Obviously, all our fans want us to beat and finish above Aylesbury Utd. They are on the back of a very successful end to last year and have an incredibly settled side. I am good friends with Ben Williams and look forward to that game. However, there are now a number of more local games and we have a lot of football to play prior, so one game at a time and let’s give it our best each week.

On behalf of my management staff, I must also put on record our thanks to Tony Masella, Steve McDonald, Mike Farquharson, Christine Martone, Rosanna Martone and all the club’s volunteers behind the scenes. The support and atmosphere behind the scenes has been incredibly refreshing for me personally. These people deserve to enjoy football again, and that is something we intend to sort out immediately with a fresh start and a new season on the horizon.

Come on you Moles !!

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

Southern League fixtures announced

The Southern Football League announced the 2018/19 fixtures on Thursday, and for our three local clubs the wait is finally over as they discover their fixture list in their reshuffled leagues.

Banbury United:

Banbury start their season in a new division with a trip to Walsall to face Rushall Olympic who themselves were playing Northern League football until the FA restructuring, before their first home match brings Halesowen Town to the Community Stadium, another side playing Northern Premier football last season.

Sat 11th Aug Rushall Olympic v Banbury 3pm

Tue 14th Aug: Banbury v Halesowen Town 7.45pm

Sat 18th Aug: Banbury v Leiston 3pm

To view Banbury United fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link: http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/match-info/fixtures/521363/2018-08

Aylesbury FC:

Aylesbury face a tricky start with a trip into the unknown as they travel to Warwickshire to face Coleshill Town who finished runners-up in the Midland League last season to earn promotion to the Southern League, before a home game against last years beaten play-off semi-finalists AFC Dunstable.

Sat 18th Aug: Coleshill Town v Aylesbury 3pm

Tue 21st Aug: Aylesbury v AFC Dunstable 7.45pm

Mon 27th Aug: Berkhamsted v Aylesbury 3pm

To view Aylesbury FC fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link: http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/match-info/fixtures/521407/2018-08

Aylesbury United:

United open at home to Bedfordshire side Kempston Rovers who did the double over the Ducks last season, before a trip to Didcot Town who have been transferred over from the Southern League Division One West Division, and finished sixth last season.

Sat 18th Aug: Aylesbury United v Kempston Rovers 3pm

Tue 21st Aug: Didcot Town v Aylesbury United 7.45pm

Mon 27th Aug: Aylesbury United v Thame United 3pm

To view Aylesbury United fixtures for 2018/19 month by month use this link: http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/match-info/fixtures/521408/2018-08

 

Saturday 25th August is FA Cup week-end, to revisit the fixtures follow this link: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=35901