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Aylesbury United pull up trees at Sevenoaks to progress

Aylesbury United progressed in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night with a superb win at Sevenoaks Town in their Preliminary Round Replay.

Ben Seaton

Despite going a goal down early on via the penalty spot United equalised through a great strike from David Manu, and were two goals clear by the break thanks to Ben Seaton & then Anthony Ball.

Sevenoaks pulled a goal back in the second period to set up a tense finish however a late second for Manu see’s The Ducks travel to Haywards Heath Town in the next round.

Berks & Bucks Senior Cup draw throws up tasty fixture to get your Jaws around

The first round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup was drawn on Tuesday, and just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water……….

Aylesbury United v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos

Draw in full:

Fixtures to be played by w/e 17th November

FAT; Aylesbury United v Sevenoaks Town preview + Ducks keeper Jack Hopwood reveals all

Saturday 12th October 2019
Aylesbury United v Sevenoaks Town
(step 4 v step 4)
FA Trophy Preliminary Round
The Meadow
K.O. 3.00pm


(This season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 4th


Isthmian League South East Division (20 teams)

Sevenoaks Town 2nd


(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 15th


Isthmian League South East Division (19 teams)

Sevenoaks Town 10th


This game last season:



Last six games:

Aylesbury United:

W 3-0 home v Kidlington 5th October SL

L 0-1 home v Chesham United 1st October SLC

W 6-0 home v Dunstable Town 25th September Fr

D 0-0 away v Bedford Town 17th September SL

W 2-0 home v Coleshill Town 14th September SL

L 0-3 home v Walthamstow 8th September FA Cup


Sevenoaks Town:

W 0-1 away v Cray Valley PM 8th October VT

L 3-1 away v Hastings United 5th October IL

W 0-3 away v Phoenix Sports 28th September VT

W 3-1 home v Faversham Town 21st September IL

W 0-1 away v Hythe Town 17th September IL

W 2-3 away v Burgess Hill Town 14th September IL


Jack Hopwood

Full Name: Jack Aaron Hopwood

Age: 23 

Nationality: British

Preferred shirt number: 1 

Most effective position on the pitch: Goalkeeper

Daytime job: Sports tutor

Former clubs: Thame United, Chesham United and Tring Athletic. 


We asked Jack:


How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

The break was a bit different for me this year due to me missing large parts of last season through injury. I trained pretty much every day throughout the summer, everyone misses football but probably none more so than me, so I was eager to get pre-season started

Re-signed on for The Ducks this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

I was always going to stay at Aylesbury United, there was no question about that. Ben has shown a lot of faith in me from the moment I signed here, the boys are a great bunch and we’ve got the best set of supporters in the league so what more could you ask for?

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

I’m always extra critical when it comes to my own performances but with seven or eight clean sheets in the league I can’t complain, so long may it continue!

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

I always set high individual targets each season I’ve played, and this year is no different, our early season defensive record speaks for itself really and that’s not just down to me, we defend as a team and everyone plays a part in that. As a group, if we keep up the form and desire we’ve shown so far this season, we won’t be far off come May

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My biggest influence in football has to be my old man. From kicking the ball around at the park near enough every evening growing up, to managing my Sunday side from U6’s – U18’s, even now he still comes and watches near enough every game I play. It could never be anyone else

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

All you have to do is look at how well we’ve started the season to see that everyone believes in what we are trying to do. The most impressive thing that stands us apart from a lot of teams at our level I believe is we are a tight knit group and everyone will work their nuts off for the cause, so as long as we maintain that we’ll not be far off as we have a lot of quality in the squad from back to front

Home this week to Sevenoaks in the FA Trophy this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

I don’t much about them if I’m being honest, but it will be another tough game that we’ll have to be at it from the first moment to the last to try and progress into the next round

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

I would be lying if I didn’t say myself. I think it would be fair to say that all the lads would probably give the same answer to this question as well

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

I’m up nice and early on Saturday mornings because of the coaching myself, Harry Jones, Jacob Hutchinson and Connor Hearn do with Mini Ducks. Apart from that I’m not really one for routines until I get to the ground

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

I would have to say Lewis Osbourne, some of the footwork he shows at times is absurd

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

That’s a tough one. I would have to say Luke Robertson our physio. I am good mates with Luke, and he won’t mind me saying that some of the stuff he wears is definitely ‘out there’!

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

It has to be Liverpool, I’ve supported them all my life and am a massive fan as everyone already knows, then after that I look for Tring Athletic as I spent three fantastic years there. I will always look out for their results and it’s great to see them flying high this season and long may that continue

Anthony Ball

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

That would have to be Anthony Ball, just from his choices on the matchday playlist I can tell his taste is not my cup of tea

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

It would have to be Thame United away. I live in Thame myself and I feel like I have unfinished business at Thame from when I was just starting out playing men’s football

Finally, after you’ve saved a hatrick of penalties on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

Well we’ve already given away three penalties in one game this season, so I hope that doesn’t happen again!

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

Aylesbury United prove they are not kid-ding about this season

Aylesbury United cruised to victory on Saturday over Kidlington at The Meadow, scoring three in the first half was enough to see the Ducks take all three points which lifts them up to fourth place in the Southern Football League Division One Central table. Ben William’s men have conceded just one goal this season in their eight league games, and that was back in August!

Anthony Ball

United were three up in twenty-four first half minutes, Sonny French opened in the second minute, Anthony Ball opened his account for the club on the quarter hour mark and once David Manu added a third the scoring for the afternoon was done & dusted. There was time in the second half for Ty Deacon to make his first start of the season for Aylesbury.

League table HERE:

SLCC; Aylesbury United 0-1 Chesham United

The away host side won this hosts v tennants Southern League Challenge Cup First Round tie on Tuesday evening, as a first half strike from Dernell Wynter saw Chesham United beat Aylesbury United by a single goal without reply.

Aylesbury fielded a strong side against their landlords in the wet & windy conditions at The Meadow, however a thirty-second minute goal was enough to see the higher level side progress.

SL D1C; Aylesbury United v Coleshill Town match preview + Ducks defender Jordan Jenkins reveals all

Saturday 14th September 2019
Aylesbury United v Coleshill Town
Southern League Division One Central
The Meadow
K.O. 3.00pm


(This season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 4th

Coleshill Town 15th


(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 15th

Coleshill Town 9th


This game last season:

9th February 2019

Aylesbury United 3 (Harry Jones, Harry Tucker, Tre Mitford)

Coleshill Town 4 (Joe Halsall, Joe Smith, Jordan Nadat, Amavir Sandu)


Last five games:

Aylesbury United:

L 0-3 home v Walthamstow 8th September FA Cup

D 0-0 home v Berkhamsted 4th September SL

W 1-4 away v Daventry Town 31st August SL

D 0-0 home v Didcot Town 26th August SL

W 1-3 away v Brimscombe & Thrupp 24th August FA Cup

Coleshill Town:

L 2-0 away v Biggleswade 31st August SL

W 4-1 home v Daventry Town 26th August SL

L 0-3 home v Whitchurch Alport 24th August FA Cup

L 3-1 away v Corby Town 21st August SL

D 2-2 home v Barton Rovers 17th August SL


Jordan Jenkins

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Ducks defender Jordan Jenkins to ask how his summer was, and if he got much time to relax away from football:

I really enjoy having a couple of months off after a long season and it gave me a chance to recover from an injury I picked up towards the end of last season. Once July comes around though, you start missing it and look forward to getting back in the swing of things

Joined United this summer which must have been a tough decision to make, what influenced his choice and were there any other clubs that wanted him?

I had quite a bit of interest from various clubs but ultimately wanted to try and stay playing at step four. Knowing a fair few of the lads already always helps and it’s been a very easy dressing room to fit in to, I left Haywood Way on good terms so it’s also been pleasing to see Paul and his team start the season well

How does he feel pre-season & the early league games have gone personally so far?

Having missed the first few weeks of pre-season with work commitments, I steadily got fitter from the first PSF whilst getting to know players and how Ben wants the team to operate. As a centre half, four clean sheets out of five in the league is a great return so I’m very pleased with how things have started

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for Jordan, and the squad as a whole?

Personally, I tend to judge myself on the goals against column and keeping it as low as possible although it would be nice to grab a few goals along the way. Having been lingering towards the lower end of this division for a few years now, it’s been refreshing to have a great start so we’ll be hoping to continue that way and stay in the top half

Who has been his biggest influence in football?

I’d probably have to say my mum. My dad managed my brother’s team growing up, so she was normally the one taking me to games and supporting from the sidelines. Mind you, she’s also my harshest critic!

How much belief is there in the squad that they can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

With the start we’ve had, I think we have every right to be aiming for a top half finish to improve on last season’s standing, one thing that has stood out for me is that there are no real egos in the group and it’s a collective squad effort. It’s well known the club can’t compete with the budgets in this league so it’s nice to have a squad who aren’t primarily concerned with their ‘expenses’ envelope on a Saturday

Home to Coleshill this week, do United know anything about them this season?

They were in and around the playoffs for a lot of last season, something I’m sure they’ll want to achieve again this time around. Both games against them last year were tough encounters which you come to expect against the midlands teams

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Probably Ducks legend and kitman Ron Schmidt, he certainly puts the world to rights

What is his typical pre-match routine before he gets to the ground?

I don’t tend to do much on Saturday mornings to be honest, a bit of pasta for lunch whilst catching the first half of the early kick-off

In the current squad, who is the most under rated player in Jordan’s opinion?

Lewis Osborne, having never played with or against him before this season, I haven’t seen many with better footwork than him

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

I’ll have to say Luke Robertson the physio having worn some luminous pineapple print socks whilst taking us through the warm up against Berkhamsted last week. Absolutely horrendous!

When he leaves the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result he looks for elsewhere, and why?

I’m a long suffering Leeds fan so they’re first. Otherwise I’m looking out for mates at Aston Clinton and Winslow as well as the other results in our league

Ben Seaton

Who is the last person he would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on match day, and why?

Ben Seaton! Myself, Ollie Hogg and Seats have a bit of a car share going on this season and he got very emotional during a few songs on the way back from Wantage a couple of weeks back. All a bit embarrassing and not sure I could endure that again

What’s the one game this season he most wants to win and why?

After last Sunday’s disappointment, probably the FA trophy final when the Ducks march to Wembley!

And finally, after Jordan scores a hatrick today, what can supporters buy him in the bar afterwards?

I’m ‘out out’ tonight so a few beers whilst watching the pigs fly overhead

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

SL D1C; Aylesbury United v Corby Town preview + manager Ben Williams’ thoughts on pre-season

Saturday 17th August 2019
Aylesbury United v Corby Town
Southern League Division One Central
The Meadow
K.O. 3.00pm

The Meadow

(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 15th

Corby Town 3rd


This game last season:

6th April 2019

Aylesbury United 1 (Harry Jones)

Corby Town 2 (Elliot Sandy, Steve Diggin)


Last four games:

Aylesbury United:

D 2-2 home v Barton Rovers 27th April SL

L 3-1 away v Aylesbury FC 22nd April SL

L 0-3 home v Bromsgrove Sporting 20th April SL

L 3-1 away v Peterborough Sports 13th April SL

Corby Town:

L 4-3 away v Bromsgrove Sporting 6th May SL Play-Off Final

W 5-3 home v Bedford Town 1st May SL Play-Off Semi-Final

W 1-2 away v Kidlington 27th April SL

W 3-2 home v Yaxley 22nd April SL


Ben Williams

Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with the Ducks manager Ben Williams to ask if he managed much time away from the game over the summer:

We did a lot of recruitment early on, so I had a good break from it over the summer, plenty of golf and a very nice family holiday. You never fully switch off from it but I gave it a good go

When did United commence pre-season training and how were the first couple of sessions in terms of numbers & commitment?

We started back at the beginning of July and have had a steady sixteen to twenty-two at each session so commitment has been great, obviously in terms of matches it’s hard to ever put out your strongest team due to holidays etc but it’s nothing we don’t know and can’t deal with

How has it been signing on players, and have they lost many that have depleted plans?

We have lost four or five from the end of season team due to either stepping up a standard or being offered more “expenses” elsewhere, it’s something that always happens, and we wish them well at their new clubs. We planned a little freshen up of the squad and I’m really happy with our new signings, I feel they will bring real competition for places to the team

How have pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?

Our pre-season has been quite disappointing in terms of results, but we have played really well in patches but just conceded soft goals, something we are looking to improve on ASAP

Do United still have players yet to sign on, or are they squad ready?

We are always looking for new players & would ideally like to add another striker to the squad, but we’ll have to look at the resources to see what or if we can. Other than that, I think we are ready to go but things can change quite quickly depending on results

First game of the season this Saturday, has Ben got much info on the opponents?

We are looking forward to hosting Corby on Saturday, they are obviously a big club with aspirations to get promoted, after just missing out last season in the play-off final. We will give it our all, when we have eleven players all on top of their game then we are a match for anyone in our league, we just strive like all for more consistency

At this early stage, what are the targets for the first few games?

In the first month we are looking to get some points on the table as quick as possible and also get through the FA Cup game, we are under no illusions though and each game will be a battle, it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to and I hope the players are also

Finally, are there any games this season they are in particular looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to visiting some of the new grounds and then obviously the local derbies v Berko and Thame

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

Emirates FA Cup: Two early Preliminary draws announced

The Emirates FA Cup’s 2019-20 campaign gets underway on Saturday 10 August when the extra preliminary round kicks-off across the country.

With a total number of 736 clubs entered into the FA Cup this season, 368 of them are preparing to start their Cup campaign at its earliest stage with 184 ties scheduled.

Those winners will progress into the preliminary round, where they will be joined by 136 clubs who enter the competition at this stage on Saturday 24 August, with a further 160 ties scheduled.

The prize fund for this term’s competition has also been released, with both winning and losing clubs at the earliest stage receiving payment as those who progress from the extra preliminary round pick up £2250 and the losing teams get £750.

And that theme of losing clubs receiving prize money continues until the competition reaches the first round proper in November.

There are 50 new entries to this season’s competition from the 2018-19 campaign, of which 23 of them will be FA Cup debutants.

Extra Preliminary Round – Saturday 10th August

AFC Hayes v Wembley
Biggleswade United v Swaffham Town
Bridon Ropes v Broadfields United
Burnham v Tring Athletic
Crawley Green v Takeley
Dunstable Town v Chipping Sodbury Town
Eynesbury Rovers v Wellingborough Town
Harefield United v Lydney Town
Haverhill Rovers v Colney Heath
Leighton Town v Thornbury Town
Leverstock Green v Ardley United
London Colney v Hadleigh United
London Tigers v Thame Rangers
Newmarket Town v Arlesey Town
Newport Pagnell Town v Cheltenham Saracens
Oxhey Jets v Flackwell Heath
Potton United v Ely City
Royal Wotton Bassett Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos
Saffron Walden Town v Baldock Town
Slimbridge v Edgware Town
Stotfold v Harpenden Town
Tuffley Rovers v North Greenford United
Winslow United v Roman Glass St George


Preliminary Round – Saturday 24th August

Abingdon United or Brimscombe & Thrupp v Aylesbury United
AFC Hayes or Wembley v Berkhamsted
Bridon Ropes or Broadfields United v Chichester City or Erith Town
Cirencester Town v Tuffley Rovers or North Greenford United
Crawley Green or Takeley v Woodford Town or White Ensign
Didcot Town v Winslow United or Roman Glass St George
Dunstable Town or Chipping Sodbury Town v Clanfield 85 or Shortwood United
Evesham United v Harefield United or Lydney Town
Highworth Town v Leverstock Green or Ardley United
London Colney or Hadleigh United v Sawbridgeworth Town or Halstead Town
March Town United or Norwich United v Eynesbury Rovers or Wellingborough Town
Newmarket Town or Arlesey Town v Walsham Le Willows or Peterborough Northern Star
Newport Pagnell Town or Cheltenham Saracens v Oxhey Jets or Flackwell Heath
Royal Wotton Bassett Town or Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v North Leigh
Saffron Walden Town or Baldock Town v Maldon & Tiptree
Slimbridge or Edgware Town v Burnham or Tring Athletic
Soham Town Rangers v Biggleswade United or Swaffham Town
Southend Manor or Long Melford v Haverhill Rovers or Colney Heath
Stotfold or Harpenden Town v Canvey Island
Thame United v Leighton Town or Thornbury Town
Wantage Town or Brackley Town Saints v London Tigers or Thame Rangers
Wisbech Town v Potton United or Ely City


Extra Preliminary Round winners (184)      £2,250 Extra Preliminary Round losers (184) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160)               £2,890 Preliminary Round losers (160) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116)        £4,500 First Round Qualifying losers (116) £1,500

Second Round Qualifying winners (80)     £6,750 Second Round Qualifying losers (80) £2,250

Third Round Qualifying winners (40)         £11,250 Third Round Qualifying losers (40) £3,750

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32)       £18,750 Fourth Round Qualifying losers (32) £6,250

First Round Proper winners (40)                £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20)           £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32)               £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16)             £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000


Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 10 August 2019

Preliminary Round Saturday 24 August 2019

First Round Qualifying Saturday 7 September 2019

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 21 September 2019

Third Round Qualifying Saturday 5 October 2019

Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 19 October 2019

First Round Proper Saturday 9 November 2019

Second Round Proper  Saturday 30 November 2019

Third Round Proper Saturday 4 January 2020

Fourth Round Proper Saturday 25 January 2020

Fifth Round Proper Wednesday 4 March 2020

Quarter Final Saturday 21 March 2020

Semi Final  Saturday 18 April 2020 & Sunday 19 April 2020

Final Saturday 23 May 2020




2019/2020 Southern League Fixtures released

The 2019/2020 Southern League fixtures were released on Friday morning, all subject to change at this stage.


Banbury United:

Banbury begin on Saturday 10th August away at Redditch United, then just three days later host Nuneaton Borough at the Spencer Stadium.

For the full list of Banbury fixtures use this link:


Aylesbury United:

Aylesbury begin on Saturday 17th August by hosting Corby Town, followed three days later by a trip over to newly promoted Wantage Town.

For the full list of Aylesbury fixtures, use this link:


Thame United:

Thame begin on Saturday 17th August away at Bedford Town, then on the following Tuesday evening they host North Leigh at the ASM Stadium.

For the full list of Thame fixtures use this link:


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.