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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

SL D1C; Moles facing uphill battle

Aylesbury FC last night released a statement confirming they will be relegated at the end of this season due to ground grading issues.

Following the latest committee meeting of Aylesbury FC the club would like to make the following announcement.

The football club were contacted earlier this season regarding ground grading requirements for next season. One of the main stipulations was regarding the changing areas, specifically the total floor area in each of the three changing rooms, whilst the home and away changing rooms are very close to the minimums needed the officials room would be considerably undersized. After consultations with a local building contractor and his surveyor we were advised that a major reconstruction would be needed to achieve the minimum requirements.

This project would need to be completed by March 31st, if not we would need to have planning/ finance/ and a guarantee from the contractor that these works would be carried out by an agreed date. We were informed that failure to achieve the ground grading would result in relegation.The club began the process of putting together a plan regarding the funding and management of the project to achieve the ground grading, but unfortunately very soon realised that the deadline was simply not achievable.

Earlier this week we were contacted by the league to discuss this situation and were assured that there would be no exceptions, the FA have made this very clear to them. The decision was taken to make this announcement as relegation is now unavoidable despite all of the hard work undertaken by the management, players and all the staff at the football club.

Although all the people involved with the club are obviously devastated by this situation we are even more committed now to ensuring the future of Aylesbury FC, taking a step backwards to once again move forward. Twenty years ago the club were playing local football and went on to spend a sustained period at Southern League level – and will do so again!

SL D1C; Aylesbury United 2-0 Aylesbury FC

Aylesbury United – 2

Aylesbury FC – 0


The eagerly awaited ‘El Quackico’ on New Years Day saw the home side take the bragging rights with two quick fire goals early in the second half, after a lacklustre first period that created very little in terms of goal scoring opportunities, Aylesbury keeper Nick Bennion with a solitary save to make before the break. The breakthrough came on fifty-one minutes and the visitors then had a chance to level moments later which was spurned and that was to prove costly when Tre Mitford sealed the win driving low across goal into the far bottom corner. The win see’s the gap increase to eight points between the two clubs, United now look towards mid-table safety whilst their rivals still hover around the dreaded relegation spots, but after the game both managers were adamant the season still has a very long way to go.

Aylesbury had the first chance just three minutes into the contest when Ty Deacon got down the flank and pulled back to Ryan Young who lifted high over United keeper Archie Davis’ crossbar, the first shot of note for the home side saw a free kick from Jake Bewley just outside the eighteen yard box tipped over by Bennion. Mitford saw a run down the right wing create enough space for him to arrow a cross into Ben Seaton whose shot was brilliantly charged down by Carl Tappin sliding in, the corner swung in from Bewley saw Bennion claim in the air underneath his own bar despite under pressure from Ducks skipper Jack Wood.

Nick Bennion had to tip over early on

FC defender Craig Carby sent Deacon scurrying away down the left channel where he advanced into the area and as he shaped up to shoot Wood covered some distance to slide in and divert for a corner, at the opposite end a long ball down field found Mitford who managed to twist and turn but with the outside of his boot he spun the ball away from goal. Dan Carr and Harry Scott then combined well down the Aylesbury right resulting in a vicious drive over the bar, but as much as they tried neither side really tested either keeper; an FC free kick was flicked on by a green shirt & at the far post Luke Cray headed back into the mix but again a United head got to it and the danger cleared, whilst a half cleared Ducks corner found Mitford who lifted high over the top. H/T: 0-0

Any predictions the game was heading for stalemate on the first forty-five minutes showing were undone just six minutes after the restart when Horatio Hirst did well in midfield to set up Ollie Hogg who from just outside the penalty arc drilled low into the bottom corner. The scores should have been level just two minutes after the goal when a ball simply knocked into the home side’s half saw the green backline caught short & Young outpaced United full back Anthony Ball to face up to a one on one with Davis only to fire past the advancing keeper but wide of the post.

The next Moles attack broke down high up the pitch and very quickly the ball was moved to the opposite end where Seaton crossed over to Mitford who from the right of the box fired into the side netting. That was just a sight setter, as just less than sixty seconds later Mitford received the ball out on the right of midfield and escaping the attentions of Carby drove forward into the box to fire across Bennion into the far bottom corner to double his side’s advantage. The visitor’s as much as they tried to get a foot back in the game were then always subject to the counter attack, one such saw Hirst collect in midfield and drive into the heart of the Moles defensive area before firing wide.

United celebrate opener

A free kick awarded to the away side was taken quickly to release Scott down their right where he skipped a challenge and from the eighteen yard line he fired low across goal and the ball flew a yard wide of Davis’ post, hesitancy in the opposite defence then saw Hogg rob possession out on the touchline and head for goal, from the edge of the area and an acute angle he curled around Bennion but also around the back stick. With less than ten minutes left an FC corner into the six-yard box saw a host of bodies fling themselves trying to get anything on it, and whilst a shout of handball went up the loose ball fell to Deacon who fired into the ground but got his angle all wrong and pulled his effort wide.

The next Aylesbury corner was cleared out to the corner of the box where former Duck Bruno Brito who had come on as a substitute for Aylesbury fired over the shoulder but across the box and wide of the target, in the final minute a back pass from midfield towards Bennion saw Greg Williams chase it down and almost catch the keeper out, getting a touch the ball rolled loose but the keeper chased it out to the touchline before clearing, the retreating Williams given a huge round of applause by his supporters on his return down field. F/T: 2-0

Attendance: 232

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with United boss Ben Williams: 
And also with FC boss Paul Bonham: 

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SL; Holy Quack-a-Moley – It’s El Quackico

Tuesday 1st January 2019

Aylesbury United v Aylesbury FC

Southern League Division One Central

The Meadow

K.O. 3.00pm

The Meadow

New Year’s Day see’s the first of the seasons ‘El Quackico’ encounters at The Meadow as the Ducks welcome the Moles to Chesham, and a chance for either the hosts to pull further away from their guests in the Southern League Division One Central League table, or for the Haywood Way side to close the gap on their hosts to just two points. United drew on Saturday at Kempston Rovers to end a three game losing streak, whilst FC also drew at home to Coleshill Town which leaves them three games without a win, and with both sides having completed half of their league fixtures for the campaign they will both be looking to start 2019 with the win to at least have the bragging rights over their deadly rivals, until Easter at least when the return fixture awaits!

Last season both sides enjoyed a win apiece at the cost of their enemy’s hospitality, if Ben William’s team claim all three points it could push them into the top half of the table, whilst Paul Bonham’s squad would relish the victory as it could open a nice gap between themselves and the dreaded bottom two places. All to play for in more ways than one, can the Ducks blind the Moles, or will the Moles pluck the Ducks?

This week Sports Shots caught up with United keeper Archie Davis and Aylesbury FC defender Craig Carby, and we asked the shot stopper how he ended up joining the club:

I came in about a year ago when Ben (Williams) was looking for cover in goal when his then keeper got injured and I came in as back up to Jack (Hopwood), I then signed on again this year after a positive pre-season. The squad here are a great bunch of lads and they made settling in very easy

Craig has taken his move even more seriously:

I joined Aylesbury due to my long term friendship with the previous management team of Davis and Brian Haule who called me last summer, and after seeing the squad they’d assembled I decided to sign up. I’ve settled in really well, and the players & coaches have been great helping me to settle in. I feel really at home here, so much so that I’ve recently moved to the area!

Craig Carby

How does Craig think his own season has been so far as well as his teams?

My season has been a little stop start so far, it didn’t help getting injured in the very first game of the season after working so hard to get fit during pre-season, and then with the management and player situation it’s been difficult to get properly settled in due to the amount of changes that have taken place so far during the campaign. However, the squad is finally starting to settle down and we’ve been able to name some strong squads the last few weeks which hopefully result in improved performances from the team. I believe I’ve done ok this season so far but there is still definitely room for improvement

Archie has enjoyed stepping up some levels since joining:

It’s been a big challenge this season as it’s my first full season at this level, it’s been a big step up from playing step six and seven football from last year, but it’s been enjoyable and I feel I’ve contributed well in the games I’ve played in, but would like to make more of a contribution on a more regular basis

Archie Davis

How has Archie found the supporters at United this season?

They have been great this year, travelling in numbers to home & away matches, and making themselves heard. I tend not to listen to what’s being said on the side lines during a game because I like to concentrate on the game and nothing else, but I always read their thoughts of the game on Twitter after the game

Craig admits he does hear the crowd during play:

The supporters here have always been good to me even if results haven’t always been great, they’ve always supported the team and will continue to do so. You occasionally hear mumbles from the crowd but I try to block it out and anyway it’s never been too bad, just frustration really which is just what us players feel sometimes too

FC have two draws and a defeat in their last three outings, how has Craig found this run?

Much like our season so far to be honest, in our last five games we’ve struggled to build upon our encouraging performances. There have been a few reasons for this, but with the squad settling down now I am confident that our performances will start to get more consistent now, on a personal level again I feel I’ve done ok recently, but I’m more focused on the team performing well and if I can help contribute to that then I’ll be very happy

United haven’t won in four but did get that late draw on Saturday, how has Archie viewed that run?

The four game run has been challenging as three out of the four games were against sides that are competing at the top and around the play-offs, so it was always going to be difficult, but the games against Peterborough & Thame could have gone either way with the key moments going against us. The draw at the weekend showed a lot of character as we were two-one down going into the final ten minutes, and we were unlucky not to score with the last kick to win three-two. Personally the run for me has been positive coming back into the team and I feel like I’ve contributed to the games, just not getting the results we desire

So onto the first Derby of the season, how is Archie looking forward to it?

I’ve never played in or been involved in this derby but it is one I am very excited about as there is a lot of personal pride and local pride for the fans at stake, so it’s a must win game not just for the three points but for local pride also. It will be my first New Year’s Day game and I’m looking forward to it, it should be a good crowd and a game that both teams want to win

It is also Craig’s first ever derby:

Strangely enough this will be my first ever ‘El Quackico’ having been suspended for one and missing another through injury so I’m really looking forward to playing in this one. I’m expecting it to be fiercely contested and a close game, I’m not really nervous but am excited that I’ll get to experience this game and hopefully get the result that our club deserves. I’m used to playing on New Year’s Day now having done so throughout my non-league career so it’s not an issue for me, but can imagine it being so for some of our younger lads

Does Craig view victory as important as avoiding defeat?

The points are vitally important to us considering our current league position, and closing the gap on our local rivals is also important so defeat isn’t really something we’re thinking about, we’ll be doing our best to make sure that doesn’t happen. Every point now is important, none more so than against our rivals

We asked Archie how important the win or disappointing a defeat would be?

The three points is crucial for us coming off a good draw in the circumstances, which will mean nothing if we don’t win on Tuesday, so it’s a must win game for us to get back heading in the right direction and towards where we want to be

Are there any players in the FC Archie is wary of ahead of the fixture?

I don’t know many of their players but like all games this season it’s going to be a challenging game, knowing what is at stake and being the local derby that it is

How many of the United squad is Craig aware of?

I know a few of their squad as some of them were here last season, Kierran Lataille and the recently signed Anthony Ball & Ash Jenkins, brother of our skipper Jordan. I’ve also played with their striker Aaron Berry at Beaconsfield, but I’m not at all concerned about any of them as I believe that if we perform to our abilities then we’ll get the result

Rounding up, we asked Craig what the most important from the game will be for his side:

The derby is all about bragging rights, not only for our supporters but us as players too, so we’ll all be giving one hundred and ten percent to make sure it’s us that has them, and hopefully use it as a springboard for our season too. An Aylesbury FC win will be the perfect way to start the New Year

And does Archie have any friends at Aylesbury he’d like to beat?

I used to go to Sports College with Harry Scott so it’d be good to get the win against him, but the three points is the priority and that’s all we’ll be concentrating on

Sports Shots would like to thank both Craig & Archie for their time this week

ESS CD1: Tappin header earns Aylesbury point against Coleshill

Carl Tappin’s first half header earned Aylesbury a 1-1 draw with Coleshill Town at Haywood Way this afternoon.

Carl Tappin

Tappin put the Moles in front in the 32nd minute. Brian Haule found Dan Carr in the channel and his pinpoint cross saw Tappin head home across the visiting goalkeeper from close range.

Joseph Smith smashed in the equaliser on 67 minutes.

SLD1E; Aylesbury FC manager prepared for his side to battle North up league table

Saturday 22nd December 2018

North Leigh v Aylesbury

Southern League Division One East

Eynsham Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC travel to bottom side North Leigh on Saturday looking for three points that would propel them away from those dreaded two positions in the Southern League Division One Central table, and more importantly put nine points between themselves and their hosts who are on the back of a four game losing run. The Moles started the month of December well, taking four from six available points with a good win and a draw at Yaxley & Barton Rovers respectively, but were undone last time out by Didcot Town who beat them at Heywood Way eleven days ago, a free weekend followed meaning the rest should see Aylesbury fired up and ready to take the game to their hosts this week, in a game they cannot afford to lose with just three points separating them from second bottom Kempston Rovers.

Paul Bonham

A win will be vital ahead of a home tie against Coleshill next week who are pushing for the play-off positions, a tough game again for the side who then travel to their nearest & dearest rivals for ‘El Quackico’, that game on New Year’s Day could well define in which direction both the Aylesbury sides go into 2019. A word of warning however, North Leigh last won a last league game back in November, at Aylesbury United, by scoring four goals that day and have scored twice in each of their last three defeats, so the Moles defence be warned!

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury manager Paul Bonham to ask if he is still enjoying the management role and all it brings:

Although it has been very challenging, I am loving life at Aylesbury FC, the committee have been fantastic in helping me to settle in and we have a clear expectation of what is expected for this season, which is a big help.  We are in a very tough division and its clear to all that there are no easy fixtures in this league, with all the teams around us bringing in new quality players we know that we need to perform week in and week out to get points on the table

Is the manager happy with his squad right now?

The squad is taking shape and is beginning to settle down, we have brought in a few players of late which have definitely strengthened the squad, and competition for places has certainly increased which I only see as a positive. We have had some very good individual performances but for me enjoyment is seeing the whole team click as one

Of the three games played in December, The Moles have a win, a draw and a defeat, is this a good return so far?

I set the squad a target of nine points from four games, so I am slightly disappointed that we can’t achieve this but we are in a position to secure seven from twelve, which I feel would be a very good return going into a very busy period of the season

Away at bottom side North Leigh this week, is this must win or must not lose?

We set the team up to win every fixture we play, so against North Leigh will be no different, there is added pressure as the game is against a side in the bottom two places and therefore seen as a six pointer, but we will make sure we are fully prepared and ready to go

We asked Paul we information he has on his hosts:

North Leigh have continued to add to the squad and have added some real quality, the Grant brothers are obvious dangers and the lad Seacole is a threat. We have had them watched a couple of times lately which gives us up-to-date information and I know Craig Dore will have his side fired up and ready for this game, I’m expecting a great game of football

With Kempston dropping into the bottom two places recently, how many sides does Paul think are scrapping it out against relegation?

I think it shows just how close this division is, Didcot recently won four games and are now just off the play-off positions. Kempston are a very good side who will not be in that position for very long. We are looking for that bit of consistency in results and I’m still confident that we can push up to mid-table safety

This is the last game before Christmas, before Aylesbury face Coleshill before El Quackico, how are they looking forward to these games?

We have a very difficult fixture schedule but we can’t wait to play these games, Coleshill are doing very well and have some talented players so we expect a tough game, and Aylesbury United under the leadership of Ben Williams will be an exciting test for us. On a personal note I love games over the Christmas period, I loved playing in them and even more so now being involved as a manager. I think it’s a great time for the supporters so I’m hoping we have some good numbers through the gates to cheer the boys on

Finally, we asked Paul for his Christmas message to the club and its supporters:

I want to wish all involved at Aylesbury FC a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! All your help is greatly appreciated by the team and we aim to repay you all with some great performances and more importantly points on the board!!!!!

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

Latest BBC3CR non-league show features local news

This week’s BBC 3 Counties non-league show featured both the Moles & the Ducks in their final programme before Christmas, and an incredibly brave & moving interview with parent of the Bedgrove Dynamo’s fourteen year old who tragically lost his life playing football recently.

To listen to Luca Campanaro’s father tune in to 3m:45s on the timeline.

Aylesbury FC kitman Phil Duffy with his daughter Charlotte were live in the studio discussing their roles with both the Heywood Way club and the Luton Town Ladies, which can be heard sixteen and a half minutes into the audio.

And Aylesbury United stalwart Gregg Williams can be heard talking about playing football over the Christmas period from 48 minutes in.

To listen in follow this link:

Bedgrove Dynamos tragic loss

Bedgrove Dynamos FC reported earlier this week on the tragic loss of Luca Campanaro aged 14 whilst playing for the club on Sunday

We are deeply saddened to have to announce that a young player from the club sadly passed away this afternoon after being involved in a collision during a youth match on Sunday 9th December.

Our thoughts are with Luca’s family and loved ones at this distressing time. We also offer our heartfelt condolences to his team mates and all associated with the club as we now try to come to terms with the tragic loss of our friend and team mate.

It goes without saying that everyone at the club is devastated by this news and we ask that the privacy of his family, the players and club members is respected at this incredible difficult time.

The following day a crowd funding page was set up and having already reached their target, all donations from now on will go to London air ambulance service they are a charity funded by donations only and they tried to save Luca’s life.

This page can be accessed here:

The club have confirmed today that this week-ends games will be going ahead in tribute:

Following on from yesterday’s sad announcement, we would like to thank everyone for their support and wishes. We feel very blessed to be part of such an amazing community and, we know that Luca’s family are taking comfort from so many lovely messages of support.

With the family’s approval we will be honouring our weekend fixtures with a minutes applause to celebrate the life of this fantastic young man.

Once again the club would like to thank everyone for their kind messages. We are truly overwhelmed.

Sports Shots sends their thoughts to all concerned and urge anyone who can donate to do so at this terribly sad time.