Archive for Aylesbury United Football Club

SLD1E; United manager hoping his jewels can shine at Rushden

Saturday 14th April 2018

AFC Rushden & Diamonds v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One East

Hayden Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United make the trip to Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday in what most would see as a routine top of the table versus mid table home win. However, the home side have not tasted victory since the 10th of March, with four consecutive draws going into this clash, and two defeats previously. On the other hand, Aylesbury United continue their great form under Ben Williams, 11 wins from their last 17 games with just 5 defeats, so this may not be the worst time to be going to Hayden Road. An ideal opportunity for the manager to see how far his side have come this year.

Ahead of the game, Sports Shots spoke with Ben and asked how his squad will prepare for the trip:

We are really looking forward to Saturday but will prepare the same as any other game. A sharp, crisp training session then try and play our normal game

We asked what problems he hopes his side can cause their hosts:

I hope we bring our usual energetic game, & I hope we give them a better game than the last time we met. I think our style of play is different now, and with a few new players we are looking forward to the test

United have won their last two games, against Hayes & Yeading & Thame United, and Ben looked back on both games:

Those two games have produced excellent wins & performances in different ways. We weren’t free flowing against Thame but still managed to score seven, and in truth it could have been a lot more. Against Hayes & Yeading we played some great football in the first half, followed by a real dogged & disciplined second half, and we thoroughly deserved the win, against a team with far greater financial resources than us, and are going for promotion. The players deserve great credit for both wins

Ben Williams

Is Ben looking forward to the end of the season, or wish it was a little longer?

We are looking forward to the break, as we are very keen to start the new season!

And finally, what does the summer hold for the manager?

We will be trying to get any player recruitment done early, our training schedule & games are already sorted. I’m then looking forward to taking my girls on holiday, we are visiting Orlando and they cannot wait, and neither can I!

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

SLD1E; The Ducks are flying again!

Saturday 24th March 2018

Cambridge City v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One East

Westwood Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Cambridge City on Saturday looking to continue their impressive recent run of form which has seen The Ducks amass twenty-eight points out of a possible forty-two. Nine wins from fourteen has seen the club catapult from the relegation zone to now sit comfortably in fourteenth position and an incredible twenty points clear of second bottom Barton Rovers.

However, a stern test awaits as City are fighting for a play-off place, currently sitting one place outside but just three points away and have won five of their last seven league matches. They hammered United by six goals to one back at the beginning of December, the game that signalled the end of Glyn Creasers reign as manager; Ben Williams took over and the club haven’t looked back since.

This week the club announced they have agreed another season groundshare at Chesham United, so things are looking up for Aylesbury United, and this week Sports Shots caught up with the boss Ben Williams, and asked how the game was on Wednesday at home to Northwood:

The first half against Northwood was very poor, probably the worst from us since I took over. Saying that I was very impressed with a young & well organised Northwood team, but we managed to adjust and up our work rate after the break, and it was great to see Aaron Berry score his first goals for the club since joining, especially as he’s had a very stop start beginning here through injury

After defeat at Dunstable two-weeks ago, United have bounced back with two good wins:

We bounced back from a very poor second half at Dunstable, the first half of that game we matched them, but we fell away after the break. But we must learn from these games, and we got back to basics against Marlow and deserved that win

Ben Williams

So Cambridge away see’s a huge test for the team?

Yes, Saturday away at Cambridge will be very difficult for us as they are chasing promotion as were Dunstable, but we have proved recently that we can compete with all the teams in this league on our day, unfortunately the pitch is very poor at St Ives, so it’ll be interesting to see how our football goes

We asked Ben if the settled squad is helping to achieve the results:

A settled squad & settled formation certainly helps consistency, but more importantly the work rate and desire of those in the squad is a massive factor in our form of late

Finally, we asked Ben his thoughts on playing at Chesham again next season?

It’s great that we’ll be playing at Chesham again next season. It’s a proper old school non-league stadium, and the big playing area suits our style of play. Craig Ringsell does a fantastic job on the pitch which is also a huge bonus for us

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

SLD1E; Ducks looking to OD on success

Saturday 10th March 2018

AFC Dunstable v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One East

Creasey Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to high flying AFC Dunstable on Saturday to face their toughest test of 2018 to date, as their hosts currently sit fourth in the Southern League Division One East table. However, their hosts have had a varied run of results since the turn of the year, with their results sequence reading: WDWLWLDW. With the Ducks having won their last three games confidence will be high and will be hoping to continue their recent fine form, which has seen seven wins from their last eleven outings.

Ahead of the game manager Ben Williams spoke to Sports Shots:

It’s been a long time since our last game, and just like everyone else we’ve struggled to get any training in what with the weather and available facilities. But we can’t let this interrupt our momentum, it will be a tough game against Dunstable who are going for promotion, as are a lot of our opponents in our run in to the end of the season, so we need to make sure we keep up our recent work rate and good football. Apart from the three with broken toes, I’m expecting everyone else to be fit, there is an outside chance that Aaron Berry will be back, but we will see how he gets through training on Thursday night

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

SLD1E; Ducks down Egham in flying display

Aylesbury United – 4

Egham Town – 0

Aylesbury United convincingly beat Egham on Saturday by scoring four, but more importantly by keeping a clean sheet at home for the first time since mid-October. The revival under Ben Williams since he took the reins has yielded six of their ten league wins this season, and safely moved the club right away from the relegation worries from earlier in the season. It took the game twenty minutes to get going in all fairness, Egham were keenly contesting the game and a few early chances were thwarted by raised flags, but once the hosts scored the opening goal of the game, there was only ever going to be one outcome.

Before the game, chairman Graham Read presented Sonny French with an award for reaching one hundred league games for the home side, and for the opening fifteen minutes or so this was all the home faithful had to cheer, as both midfields cancelled each other out. A couple of balls knocked up to the Egham front line were halted by the assistant referee, whilst at the opposite end Town keeper Matthew Nolan was quick to gather anything in his area.

It took until the twentieth minute for the first shot at goal, when a throw out on the Aylesbury left saw French feed Jake Bewley who had made a run in behind a defender and was away on goal, reaching the six-yard box his shot was wildly over the crossbar. Three minutes later the hosts did open the scoring when a shot from Horacio Hirst came back off the post, but quickest to react Jeanmal Prosper running in tapped into the empty net.

Jeanmal Prosper (2) celebrates opening goal

Straight from the kick off the away side had a sniff when a shot from Dylan Randall forced United keeper Jack Hopwood into making a save, before Hirst was again involved a minute later when getting down the right channel, he fed in Harry Jones who went for goal and it took Nolan two attempts to gather the fierce drive. On twenty-seven minutes the hosts doubled their lead when an Ollie Hogg corner was met at the front of the box by Prosper, his header flashed across the six-yard box and stealing in at the back post skipper Jack Wood stroked home.

Just past the half hour mark saw an Egham attack break down high up the pitch, the ball was knocked long for Jones to chase down and bear down on goal, reaching the penalty area his low drive was brilliantly saved and turned away by Nolan. However, the clearance was poor by the visiting defence, and within a second Hirst was in again, this time forcing Nolan to block with his feet from close range.

On the stroke of half-time came the goal of the game. Callum Mapley fed Greg Williams on the corner of the Egham eighteen yard box, he advanced in field a couple of yard before curling a superb effort around Nolan and inside the back post, before celebrating in front of the home supporters with a tribute to his recently born son. H/T: 3-0

Greg Williams goal gave keeper no chance

Aylesbury were forced into a substitution at half-time when Hirst couldn’t continue and Aaron Couch was introduced to the fray, and he was soon in the action just three minutes in forcing a save from Nolan, albeit with a deflection off a defender. Moments later Seaton sent a great cross field pass out to Jones on the corner of the Town box, he twisted and turned before driving narrowly wide of Nolan’s left hand post.

Bewley then did well getting down the left and he fizzed the ball across the six-yard box, with a number of bodies in the box the ball somehow travelled all the way through, and with Couch at the back stick Town defender Joel Jacobs did well to get his boot in first and divert for a corner. Jones then sent a cross in from the right and inside the box Prosper went for the spectacular over the head bicycle kick which flew wide.

With ten minutes left The Ducks sealed a resounding win with their fourth, French fed in striker Ben Seaton whose first shot was saved by Nolan, but Seaton was well placed to collect the rebound and tap into the empty net. There was still time for young substitute Jamie Keen to combine well with Couch, and the latter fired a drive inches over the crossbar. F/T: 4-0

Attendance: 124

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After the game, Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury boss Ben Williams: 

For full match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmb5W38s

 

SLD1E; Ducks looking to crack Eg-ham

Saturday 17th February 2018

Aylesbury United v Egham Town

Southern League Division One East

The Meadow

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United host Egham Town on Saturday looking to continue their impressive resurgence under manager Ben Williams, although are looking for their first home win since the first week-end in January. Two previous defeats were rectified last week with the single goal victory at Fleet Town when a Sonny French goal on the stroke of half time gave them all three points, and The Ducks will be looking to claim another three points against a side that haven’t tasted victory since two days before Christmas.

Egham have taken just one point from their last possible twenty-one, where Aylesbury having gained sixteen points from their last possible twenty-seven; a Ducks victory this week-end will see them leap-frog their opponents and put themselves within touching distance of some mid table security. A vital game for United!

This week Sports Shots looked ahead to the game with defender & Captain Jack Wood, and recent goal scoring midfielder Sonny French, asking Jack what Aylesbury should expect from their guests on Saturday:

Egham are always a difficult side to play against, they usually have fast & tricky players going forward, but they evidently leak goals so if we can attack them from the off and get in their faces, I’m confident we can do well

United skipper Jack Wood

We asked Sonny what the squad have done this week to prepare for the game:

Our preparation has been good, we’ve all been hitting the gym and in training this week we’ve been working on finishing as we missed a hatful of chances last Saturday, especially Aaron Couch!

Sonny looked at the importance of beating Egham on Saturday:

Yes they are above us at the moment, but we are capable of beating teams above us and it will be good to take three points off them and put the pressure on

We asked Jack what has changed at the club to bring the recent good run of results:

When a new manager takes the role he brings different ideas, and different players into the team, & the new players that have come into our squad have definitely added something different to make a huge difference

Sonny agreed:

Ben has set us targets each week, and has bought in some good signings to help us strengthen our defence, making us harder to beat which has really helped

Sonny looked at the players that have come in recently:

Our squad has definitely improved, Jeanmal & Calum at the back have made us a lot stronger in defence and the new strikers have given us more of an attacking threat, so our squad is now looking very strong and I’m optimistic about the rest of this season

Jack also commended the new arrivals:

The new faces have fitted in very well, in our training sessions it has been very competitive which has helped them to fit right in. We have a very good team spirit at The Ducks, so it’s been easy for them to settle in

How far does Jack think his side can climb the table?

It’s a tough question to answer as our league is very unpredictable, on their day any team is capable of beating anyone. I’m confident we can climb a few more places yet and finish somewhere around mid-table

Sonny French

Sonny rounded off looking at his recent run of goals:

I have been on a good run of form of late, Ben allows me to go out on Friday’s to calm my nerves so I can just play with freedom which helps me to get into the box and score goals!

Jack signed off with some self-critique:

It’s been a very up and down season for me, I’ve not played as well as I know I can or want to. I am my own worst critic and set myself high standards, but I’m hoping the end of the season is a promising one

Sports Shots would like to thank Jack & Sonny for their time this week.

SLD1E; Ben Williams previews Ducks fleeting visit to Hampshire

Saturday 10th February 2018

Fleet Town v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One East

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United take the trip down to Fleet on Saturday knowing victory will put eight points between them and their hosts, who currently sit just a place below them in the league table. Fleet haven’t tasted victory in their last twelve games in all competitions, and the sides played out a one all draw back in September.

Sports Shots caught up with Ducks manager Ben Williams ahead of the game:

We go into the game with everyone fit at the moment, all except Jeanmal Prosper who will need a late fitness test. We’ve lost our last two through not being ruthless enough in the penalty boxes at each end of the pitch. Every game in this league is tough, and the odd goal generally settles our games, and we need to start scoring first in our matches coming up

Ben Williams Aylesbury United manager

Having not been long appointed permanent manager, Ben reflected on the changes so far:

Yes, it’s been really hectic, juggling a young family is always difficult, and add to that an imminent house move it’s all go. My wife has banned phone use between the hours of 5.30-7.30pm which is fair enough. I have set the squad the challenge of finishing fourteenth in the league table, we are looking up and not down!

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

Midweek football catch up; Aston Clinton, Leighton Town & Aylesbury United

With the weather wiping out most of last week-ends and this mid-weeks football action, we’ve had a little look into three of our clubs websites and social media pages to see what’s been happening this week.

Aston Clinton FC

Aston were posting images of the new 3G surface recently installed, and announced:

The Club’s new small tractor has arrived and already is being put to good use with the weekly maintenance of the newly opened 3G Surface.

The tractor was purchased out of club funds and will also be used to help the maintenance of the main pitch.

The 3G facility at Aston Park can be hired out at very reasonable rates

To find out more click here: http://www.astonclintonfc.co.uk/

 

Leighton Town FC

Leighton left it late on Saturday to seal a 2-1 win down at Edgware, and were on the winning trail again on Tuesday evening defeating Cockfosters FC by the same scoreline. James Hatch bagged a brace to seal Town’s seventh consecutive win and are firmly in the promotion race sitting in third place of the South Midlands Premier. Just six points separate the top four now, with Leighton still to play top placed Berkhamsted at home, and second place Welwyn Garden City both home & away, and with the FA Vase run still ongoing, Scott Reynolds squad are certainly flying high going into February.

South Midlands Premier table here: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/Index.do?divisionseason=720645845&league=522238936

 

Aylesbury United FC

A week on since handing the full time managers job to Ben Williams, and Aylesbury United are flying in the Southern League Division One East. A win at Ashford Town in Middlesex on Tuesday evening made it four matches unbeaten for the Ducks, and four wins out of their last six.

A match report from Ashford is available here: http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/match/2018-01-23/ashford-town-(mx)/away/

Match photography courtesy of the brilliant Mike Snell is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aylesburyunited/sets/72157692585651875

And Ben Williams spoke to the Aylesbury United website here: http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/news/?e=3755

 

 

SL; Marlow 0-1 Aylesbury United

Marlow – 0

Aylesbury United – 1

Aylesbury followed up their excellent win at Barton Rovers at the week-end with a single goal victory at Marlow on Tuesday evening in icy cold conditions. A first goal for youngster Ben Seaton early in the second half was enough to take the points, and the Ducks back four easily soaked up any pressure Marlow put on them to ensure their first back to back wins since September. More pleasing for interim manager Ben Williams was the display his side put on, looking potent in attack and defending well as a team, they could easily have won by a greater margin, and have now taken nine points from their last twelve. This recent form was enough for the committee at Aylesbury to hand the managers job to Williams on a full-time basis after the game.

Ben Williams given managers job after the game

Marlow threatened in the first couple of minutes when Kelvin Bossman got down their right, he squared to Kameron English who saw his shot blocked by United keeper Jack Sillitoe but collecting the loose ball he then pulled back for Junaid Bell who fired straight into the waiting gloves of Sillitoe.

At the other end Horatio Hurst burst down the right flank and fizzed the ball across the six-yard box, but no one was up close enough to get anything on the ball and it sailed away to safety. Harry Jones then cut down the right wing, he got as far as the penalty area before squaring but a raised flag halted the attack before anyone could convert.

Sillitoe then kept the scoreline intact when Curtis Chapple broke from midfield for the hosts, he stumbled after a challenge on the eighteen-yard line but recovered to chase down the loose ball and fire at goal, Sillitoe on the edge of his six-yard box stood tall and blocked, & the rebound was the headed back to the keeper by a defender before any further danger materialised.

Connor Furlong was lively on the Aylesbury left and an attacking run saw him jink past two challenges before driving low at goal, but his effort was comfortable for Grant to fall to his right to smoother. Marlow were beginning to use Jordace Holder-Spooner to effect with Bossman & English, and a combination of all three then saw the ball squared to Chapple in space on the edge of the box, he flashed his shot across Sillitoe and wide of the back post.

Just before the half hour mark, Marlow put some serious pressure on the Ducks back line but could not find a way through, the ball eventually laid off to Jay Welch in the penalty arc and he thumped a vicious drive over the crossbar. At the other end a brilliant ball over the home defence from Seaton saw Greg Williams creep in behind and take the ball on his chest before turning and shooting, forcing Grant to turn away for a corner.

Another run down the wing from Furlong saw a late corner won for the Ducks, Jake Bewley found Jack Wood inside the area however the ball stuck underneath the United captain’s feet and although he got a shot away it never troubled Grant as it went wide. H/T: 0-0

United were forced into a half-time substitution bringing on Sonny French when Furlong was unable to continue through injury, & Marlow were the first on the attack when Holder-Spooner found space to explore down their left, but his shot was comfortable for Sillitoe to gather.

Ben Seaton scored winner

United took the lead on fifty-six minutes through Seaton, somewhat fortuitously, when a ball into the Marlow box was half cleared to the edge of their area, Ollie Hogg attempted to shoot but only screwed his effort across the box which fell kindly for Seaton to slot home from eight yards out.

Hirst then had a chance when fed inside the area only for Grant to block at point blank range, Hirst retrieved the ball and laid back to Hogg who thumped over the crossbar. Straight up the opposite end the home side fed the ball up to English who with back to goal, controlled on his chest before acrobatically turning and striking on the volley, however he could only drive his effort wide.

English again had a chance to equalise on seventy-two minutes when he received the ball twelve yards out, with a suspicion of handball in the build up play was allowed to continue, and the striker turned but blazed over the top.

An Aylesbury corner then saw Callum Mapley given space at the back post to take a touch before fizzing a shot wide of Grant’s near post. Despite Marlow increasing their pressure towards the end in search of an equaliser, the Ducks defence refused to be beaten with some crucial tackles & headers, and the final whistle sounded to leave United eighteenth in the Southern League East table, and more importantly sixteen points off the relegation place. F/T: 0-1

Attendance: 106

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After the match Sports Shots spoke with Aylesbury United manager Ben Williams: 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9uLBr3

 

Aylesbury United 0-2 AFC Rushden & Diamonds

Aylesbury United – 0

AFC Rushden & Diamonds – 2

Wednesday evening saw the clash between two football clubs who were once lower league footballing greats, but have endured similar painful pathways in recent years, both fighting hard to get back to some former glories. Similar paths, similar stories but different directions.

Once considered the biggest non-league club in the area, and famously hosting the England national team in a friendly, Aylesbury United are currently homeless and rent a room from Chesham United, sit in the bottom three of the Southern League First Division, and earlier this week parted with manager Glyn Creaser after two wins in their last sixteen games. Dark days for the Ducks.

At the opposite end of the table are AFC Rushden & Diamonds who just twenty-five years ago merged two small Northamptonshire clubs to go on and fulfil the non-league dream of becoming a football league club (climbing as high as Division Three – in old money). The money ran out, the club sank at double the speed it rose, and eventually folded. A group of supporters refused to let the club die; they’ve since also rented from various landlords and today top the division amid their rise from the flames. Sunnier days are ahead!

United installed Ben Williams as caretaker manager with Michael Hogg as his assistant on Monday after Creaser left the club, and within 48-hours of their appointments they had to pick their squad for the visit of the table topping Diamonds. In the end the visitors left with all three points, but were frustrated for long periods of the game struggling to break down a resolute United defence who were forced to reshuffle twice after red cards were issued, and it took a very late second goal to secure the points.

It was a cagey start from both sides, neither really settling down but on nine minutes the host’s got pacey winger Connor Furlong away down the left but just as he got away from Joel Gyasi, across came Blaize Punter to block for a corner. Moments later Furlong again attacked down the left at pace, whilst the initial defender pushed him back out wide he managed to turn and get to the byline but his cross was comfortable for Ben Heath in the Diamonds goal.

Straight up the other end Diamonds won a free kick some twenty yards out, skipper Liam Dolman thumped his effort wide, before Luke Fairlamb repeated the exercise from a similar distance, curling wide of Jake Sillitoe in the Ducks goal. Both sides at this stage looked even matched despite the league positions.

Jack Sillitoe see’s red

On twenty-three minutes the home side were dealt a crushing blow when Ben Farrell attempted to lob Sillitoe after pouncing on a loose ball, as the keeper rushed out to deal with the threat the ball bounced away off his extended frame and the referee saw fit to brandish a red card for handball outside the box.

Midfielder Greg Williams donned the number one shirt as Aylesbury reshuffled their pack, and his first threat came from the resulting free kick which Fairlamb could only cannon off the wall and away for a corner. However he was soon beaten when on twenty-nine minutes Tom Lorraine received the ball inches outside the United box and flashed a shot across Williams’ goal face and inside the far post.

The expected pressure from the visitors with the extra man didn’t really materialise and the half drew to a close without many chances, Tre Mitford stabbed at a ball left by the Rushden defence which drew a smart save from Heath, and at the opposite end Williams made a good save from a Fairlamb shot from the eighteen yard line. H/T: 0-1

A couple of early long range efforts from Farrell for Rushden at the start of the second half never really troubled Williams,  the first sailing wide before Sam Brown robbed possession from the Ducks midfield to set up his colleague but again he drove wide.

Aylesbury almost saw a chance fall to Furlong when a great pass from Ollie Hogg set him away but he was closely attended by two defenders who between them managed to get a deflection that took the ball back to Heath without too much of a problem.

Greg Williams proved hard to beat

A Diamonds corner was headed over by Lorraine, before he worked some space on the edge of the box to turn and shoot but straight at Williams. Aylesbury skipper Jack Wood was penalised on sixty-three minutes for a foul and shown a yellow card, and just six minutes later that was doubled up to a red when a tackle from behind felled Lorraine as he drove towards goal, and Aylesbury were down to nine men.

Despite the unbalanced figures, Rushden found it difficult to get past Williams in the United goal, he stood up to everything they threw at him. From the free kick he threw himself to his left to turn the Gyasi effort away for a corner. By this stage the hosts were defending wave after wave of Rushden attacks, and a free kick swung in by Fairlamb saw Lorraine and Brown get in behind the backline but couldn’t connect to turn the ball home.

With eleven minutes left a shot from inside the Aylesbury penalty area from Ryan Robbins saw Williams save, following up Farrell saw his shot blocked again by Williams. Gyasi was next to be denied by the stand in keeper, cutting in from their right his shot was brilliantly tipped around the post.

Joe Curtis was next to try, thumping a half clearance from the Ducks over the bar, before substitute Darryl Smith was set in behind the home defence but again Williams raced out and blocked with his feet. A long range effort from Farrell then saw Williams again make a fine save, and by now the Diamonds fans behind the goal were encouraging him every time their team had an effort at goal.

A glancing header saw Williams acrobatically tip the ball over his own crossbar from right underneath it, but there was nothing he could do two minutes into added time when Lorraine received the ball on the edge of the area and slotted home to ensure the points travelled back to Northamptonshire. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 141

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury caretaker manager Ben Williams: 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskpBprGc

 

Non-League Day 2017

This Saturday see’s the annual celebration of non-league day, started seven years ago to promote non-league football during the ‘international break’ and to encourage people to “support their local team”.

 

Supporters up and down the country face a week-end of discontent with no top flight matches due to the international break, but are encouraged instead of sitting at home or going shopping to go out and discover just what their local non-league football scene offers.

Many clubs offer special deals in order to encourage more support this week-end, in the hope a few will come along and enjoy what they see and return again later in the season. Clubs often use the week-end to try and raise money for charity.

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.

Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/map.html

 

Sports Shots urges everyone to get out this week-end and discover the teams that are local to you! You never know, you may find a new passion, and when entry costs anything from £4 you’ll have enough to take the kids, other half and some places even admit your pet dog if you ask nicely. (Twitter page ‘non-league dogs’ love these pictures if you do!)

 

To find out more information about the campaign click here: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/index.html