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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.

BBC3CR Non-League show features Ampthill Town, Aylesbury United & Flooring

This week’s non-league show on BBC 3Counties featured Ampthill manager Paul Blackman, Aylesbury United photographer Mike Snell, and Aylesbury Flooring FA Sunday Cup finalist manager George Tomlin.

Follow this link to tune in:

To listen to Mike Snell slide the play button along to 19 minutes

To listen to Paul Blackman forward to 32 minutes


For Flooring tune in at 43 minutes


The non-league show is on every Monday evening 7.00 – 8.00pm, and is presented by Ollie Bayliss & Luke Ashmead.

SL D1C; Kidlington 2-4 Aylesbury United

Kidlington – 2
Aylesbury United – 4


Aylesbury United staged a remarkable comeback at Kidlington on Saturday to put an end to their run of three games without a win, and the points sealed their place in the Southern League Division One Central for another year or at least their place at step four depending on any league restructuring in the summer, the home side blew a two goal lead to put themselves right back in the relegation dogfight after their recent fine form had lifted them away from the troubled area of the table. Two goals inside the opening half an hour looked to have the Oxfordshire side in the driving seat but their guests were level by the half-time interval with a brace which included a stunning effort from youngster Max Hercules, heads visibly dropped and after the break United always looked the more likely to score again, Hercules adding to his tally on the hour mark to put the visitor’s ahead before a late strike from Sonny French sealed the victory, which leave manager Ben Williams beaming after the final whistle feeling his side fully deserved their success after “dominating the second period and could have scored more”.

United had the first chance of the game when Tre Mitford climbed highest to get his head on a cross and his angled effort back across home keeper Sam Warrell bounced a yard wide of the post, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on eleven minutes when Anaclet Odhiambo got in behind the Ducks backline to square to Chris Jordan, his shot came back off the crossbar but fell nicely for Lewis Coyle who smashed left footed into the top corner. Kidlington midfielder Declan Benjamin did well down the right flank before feeding inside to Odhiambo but his first touch let him down when in a really promising position, the ball bouncing off his foot far enough for Ducks keeper Archie Davis to collect, a throw then found Ben Willoughby but from twenty yards he dragged wide.

The opening stages saw Aylesbury struggle to get into the game after the opener, winning two free kicks in promising positions both were lifted into the box but too close Warrell, then on twenty-three minutes the home side scored again when Benjamin released Odhiambo to drive into the area before smashing into the corner off the hands of Davis, but the flag on the nearside indicated offside to rule it out, but within five minutes they were awarded a penalty when a Jordan cross was perfectly flighted for Odhiambo to attack in front of goal, Davis advanced to try and collect and as the pair collided the striker went over the keepers leg & the referee pointed to the spot much to the visitor’s disgust, despite the protests Coyle drilled into the bottom corner for his second of the afternoon.

Lewis Coyle doubles Kidlington lead

As the half drifted into the last ten minutes a corner to the away side saw skipper Jack Wood hold off his marker and head down, the ball bouncing into the side netting which temporarily lifted the travelling supporters as it looked in, however they were given something to cheer just three minutes later when full back Anthony Ball crossed from out wide and in the box Hercules with his back to goal took it on his chest before swivelling to absolutely smash past Warrell into the back of the net. From the restart Benjamin got down the wing and fired low across the six-yard area looking for a colleague but Davis was alert enough to get down low to block, a defender on hand to clear from where the visitor’s attacked to win a corner, that eventually worked out to Greg Williams where the ball just would not come down quick enough and he hurriedly snatched his shot wide.

Benjamin again threatened when getting in behind the Aylesbury defence and even after losing his balance when he got the ball stuck under his foot he still managed to fire low across the box where sliding in Odhiambo was inches away from connecting, Aaron Berry on the centre spot then side footed over the Green backline for Mitford to give chase but Warrell was off his line in a flash to win the race and thump clear, then in added time United won a penalty of their own when Harry Jones tangled with Jack Bernasconi as they attacked a cross at the front post, Jones went down and again the official pointed to the spot, Berry drilling home to restore parity. H/T: 2-2

Early after the restart Wood sent Hercules scampering down the left channel and his pace got him to the ball first ahead of his marker, his cross looked guaranteed to find the head of Mitford who had committed himself but at the last second the outstretched fingertips of Warrell took it off the strikers head. As the hosts tried to get themselves back in front Aylesbury struggled to clear their lines allowing Coyle to try his luck from the corner of the box but far too high to threaten, their next attack saw a similar routine and the same player this time sliced his effort away from the intended target, then on fifty-eight minutes the Ducks took the lead for the first time in the encounter when a shot from Berry was blocked but rolled out to Hercules who fired home.

Sonny French watches as his goal seals the win

The goal scorer threatened again soon after when a loose ball on the left seemed lost but again his pace got him to it ahead of the keeper but he could only lift over the top, moments later Kidlington full back Josh Tooke was put under severe pressure by Berry as he tried to play out of defence forcing him to play his pass straight out to Hercules, he went for glory sensing his hatrick but he curled over the crossbar. A long punt downfield for French to chase after saw him get enough of a sight of goal to shoot diagonally straight at the keeper, however this was just a prelude of things to come later, the next United attack saw French played inside the area but with Mitford waiting in the middle his cross was brilliantly blocked by Warrell and diverted out for a corner.

With eight minutes left the victory was sealed when a throw out on their right saw French released into the penalty area, despite the attempts of defender Marvin Martin and his keeper to block his run he got enough on it to lift over both, albeit having to take a flailing hand to the jaw in the process, but that soon forgotten as the ball bounced off in to the empty net. From the kick off home substitute Ryan Brooks did well down the channel before firing wide of the far post, a corner soon after also found Brooks in space where he drilled low towards goal but Davis on his line got down well to save, the last chance for United again saw Mitford played into a one on one with Warrell but again the custodian was out of his box in a flash to clear. F/T: 2-4

Attendance: 83

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

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Aylesbury United manager Ben Williams speaks after win at Kidlington

Sports Shots spoke with Aylesbury United manager Ben Williams after his side staged a remarkable come back on Saturday at Kidlington, two goals down and seemingly heading to defeat they managed to pull level by half time, and go on to score two more after the break. He also talks about next season and gives a mention to Aylesbury Flooring and their semi-final on Sunday in the FA Sunday Cup:

SL D1C; Aylesbury United youngster keen to follow the Leader

Saturday 30th March 2019
Kidlington v Aylesbury United
Southern League Division One Central
Yarnton Road
K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Southern League Division One Central in form side Kidlington on Saturday who having spent months in the bottom two places have recently picked up thirteen out of a possible eighteen points which has propelled them up that league table, and in the process has transformed the look at the bottom of the division. Whilst North Leigh sit bottom and still eight points from safety, Aylesbury FC now occupy the other relegation position despite their recent run of good form, but from them up to four places above them is separated by just six points, Dunstable Town have now been dragged into that dreaded scrap to avoid relegation and it looks as though the season for those bottom five or six positions could go down to the wire. Whilst their hosts this weekend have only lost once in their last six outings, The Ducks are on a run of just one win and two draws in their last seven league fixtures, and barring an end of season collapse or one hundred percent record will be aiming to finish as high in their mid-table status as they can, but a win this week would be great for confidence as their next three games sees them face the top three sides in the division, meaning they have a huge shout in the end of season promotion & relegation battles.

Tre Mitford

This week Sports Shots caught up with United stalwart Greg Williams and first of all we asked striker Tre Mitford how long he’s been at the club & how it’s been since joining:

I first joined on loan from Staines Town in late 2016 for a short spell and then returned back there for the rest of the season. I joined here again in November this season and also for nine games last year before going to Beaconsfield Town. I joined initially because I needed some games and the connection was through Ryan Kinanne, we went to university together. I have enjoyed myself at Aylesbury, there are a good group of people around the club and they have always been welcoming, and a small set of fans that go to every game, home and away that love to sing, which is great

Greg is now an all-time legend at the club with over four hundred appearances for The Ducks:

I have been at the club now for twelve years over two spells. I was signed by ex-ducks manager at the time Cliff Hercules when he signed me from Thame United, I was a junior Ducks player and watched them at Buckingham Road and wanted to play for them & to play on the great pitch in front of the large fan base that they had at the time. My time at the club has at sometimes been a roller-coaster but in general it has been a really enjoyable and great place to play football. I have some great memories

How does Greg feel his season has been in terms of fitness and contribution?

I feel I have only had an average season this year, last year was good for me personally but although I have been available and a regular this year, I feel I have not achieved the standards I set myself to date. But you have seasons like that and although I have scored more goals this year I certainly hope I can remain giving one hundred percent to the team for the remainder of the season and win as many games as we can. My fitness is exactly where I need it, I feel strong and fit and am already planning for playing next season

Tre is also looking for more in the remaining games:

Overall I would say good, I feel I have contributed with goals and some good performances but I also feel I have not scored anywhere near as many as I should have and that I need to be more consistent in terms of my hold up play and looking after the ball. My fitness is good but I have been working full time and travelling a lot more for work this season, more than previous years. So I have struggled to work on areas of my fitness throughout the week sometimes, but I am match fit and available for every match

How good does the front man feel this Aylesbury squad is, and which players have impressed?

Yeah the team is strong this year, the majority of us are still quite young and have a lot to learn but there is some talent in the squad. Consistency as a team has been our biggest issue and I think a lot of that comes down to experience. Max (Hercules), (Anthony) Bally and Harry (Jones) have impressed me this season, if they keep progressing and learning they will all become very good players. (Jack) Woody and Sonny (French) have always stood out for me as players as well

Greg Williams

Greg also singles out one of the younger players:

This season’s squad I feel is better than last year’s but we have let ourselves down at times, the gaffer has added some good talented young players and apart from me it is a fairly young squad. One thing I feel we do miss is a bit of experience and a few more voices, something you tend to lose with younger more inexperienced players but their growth in the game will only enhance that side of their play. All our younger players has been impressive but I have to say Harry Jones has improved and impressed me the most, seeing him develop over the last couple of seasons and improve in his ability to hold the ball up and drive past players is good to see and with that quick development I would see him playing at a higher level. He has a great attitude so I would imagine he could have a long career in the game

Greg mentioned his roller-coaster tenure at the club, how vital does he think it is to keep the club afloat?

To keep Aylesbury United FC running is so, so vital. You’ve only got to see how much it means to the fans when you see how many of them travel away with us and although we don’t play locally we still are getting better crowds than some teams that are based at their own grounds. I know that the board/committee are always working hard behind the scenes keeping the club running, we all strive to be back in the town and I think if you have that ambition to do that these guys will eventually make this possible

What is Tre’s preferred position in the side?

Striker, I don’t mind playing on my own when the number ten is near me to help out, but I think I prefer playing with two up top with this team. I think me and Aaron (Berry) play well together when we are able occupy the defence together with support from the midfield

The last three games have seen defeats to Bedford & North Leigh with a draw at AFC Dunstable in between, how were these games from Tre’s point of view?

The North Leigh game was one of our worst games since I’ve been here, on a difficult pitch. The AFC Dunstable game was a good result in tough conditions, I think we were the better team on the day but can’t complain at the result. As for Bedford we played well at times and should have scored more but we were the second best team on the day

Greg see’s those games as testimony to their season as a whole:

The last three games have summed up our season, completely awful against North Leigh under difficult weather conditions, versus AFC Dunstable we played really well, possibly should of won and against Bedford played well in bits but conceded freaky or unlucky goals

Onto Kidlington this week, United beat them earlier in the season, what does Greg remember of that game, and what does he expect this time?

The Kidlington game was probably just at the right time for us in respect that their old manager, Ady Fuller who I know from playing at Banbury with, left and they brought in the gaffer that was with them the previous season. He had literally changed a huge majority of Ady’s squad and brought back some of the old guard, I know a few of these players and they are decent footballers at this level so we knew it was not going to be easy. However recently they are on a good run so it’s not going to be easy and especially being away, their pitch is very challenging

Tre is sure of a dog fight this Saturday:

I don’t remember the game too well but I know we will have the beating of them if we play our game and defend well as a team. They have everything to play for so it will be a battle I am sure

What has been the front man’s route in football to end up in Aylesbury?

I grew up in Kent and played for Dover Athletic and Margate. I started playing men’s football at seventeen with Deal Town before moving to London, since then I’ve played for Redhill, Burnham, Staines Town, Leatherhead, Hayes & Yeading, Beaconsfield and Aylesbury

This time last year Greg told Sports Shots he would be carrying on for another season, are we hearing the same again?

The story for Greg Williams is to have another season next year! This possibly will be my last due to now being blessed with a beautiful little boy, who knows but at present it is my plan to be available next season and hopefully for the Ducks

Of all the leagues and divisions that Greg has played in with Aylesbury, where does this year compare in terms of competitiveness & travel?

Playing in my first spell with the Ducks at step two against the likes of Aldershot, Canvey Island and Bromley etc, the level of football was very good – it had to be as the next step up was the Conference. I have been surprised this season as there has been no easy game, and some very well drilled and technically good teams, but I must admit the travelling is ridiculous for step four and hopefully the FA will look at this over the close season and restructure sensibly

How has Tre viewed this division?

This league interesting as there are a lot of teams I had never heard of and some long journeys. The top three teams seem to have a large fan base and are good teams and should expect to be where they are in the league. We can compete in every game though, with more consistency I think we are good enough to be in the top third of the league

What targets did Tre set himself for this season, and has he had to readjust them as it’s worn on?

Personally I set myself a target of twenty goals in twenty-five plus games, I have fourteen or fifteen goals now and six games left to hit that target, so hopefully I will. As for the team I wanted to push for play offs but we are a little short of where I wanted us to be, with some tough teams still to play

We asked Greg if he could pick one team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose:

I would pick our skipper Jack Wood to go on Mastermind and have his chosen specialised subject as Tottenham Hotspur FC. Why, cos he hates Spurs so it would be interested hearing his answers

Tre picks his keeper to go looking for love:

I have absolutely no idea, maybe I’d have to choose Archie (Davis) to go on Love Island

Finally we asked Greg to pick his all-time one to eleven of Aylesbury United team mates:

1GK, Chris Day

2 Jack Wood

3 Zak Reynolds

4 Matt Haywood

5 Leon Barnett

6 Dean Cracknell

7 Scott Bridges

8 Greg Williams

9 Craig Maskell

10 Dwight Marshall

11 Roni Joe

Sports Shots would like to thank both Greg & Tre for their time this week

SL D1C; United midfielder reveals chance to join his childhood club was one he could not Duck

Saturday 9th March 2019
North Leigh v Aylesbury United
Southern League Division One Central
Eynsham Park
K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to bottom side North Leigh on Saturday looking to put pressure on the top half of the Southern Football League Division One Central table, three points this weekend could potentially lift them to within five points of the play-off places depending on other results obviously! A roller coaster of a season for Ben Williams side now sees them comfortably away from the wrong end of the table, and with nine league games left to play they are looking up to see just how high they can finish in the table, however last weeks win over Dunstable Town brought to an end a four game run without success so if there is a right time to go on a winning run it would be now. Their hosts this week currently sit bottom of that league table and six points from safety, and have only won two of their last eighteen league games although they did beat The Ducks back in November at The Meadow by four goals to one, if United can reap revenge then the top half of this division beckons.

Harry Jones

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury winger Harry Jones to ask when he joined the club and how it all came about:

I’ve been with Aylesbury for two seasons now, I got into the club through Ben Williams when he asked me to come down for a few training sessions & a few pre-season matches, from there Glyn Creaser who was manager at the time asked me to sign. Aylesbury United has always been a club I would have liked to have played for, as a kid I’d watch them so being able to play for them is great. There’s a great set of lads at the club so settling in was easier than I thought it would be

How good a season does Harry feel he has had so far?

So far I feel as if I’m contributing a lot more to the team than I was last season, I can see an improvement in the way I’m playing and in my fitness

How good does Harry feel the squad is now?

The squad this season in my opinion is stronger than last year, we’ve had players come and go but the team we have now is very strong

What does Harry see as his best position in the side?

My favoured position in the team is playing as a winger on either side, playing higher and wider in my opinion gets the best out of me as it gives me more freedom in the final third

A win, a draw and a defeat in the last three outings, how were these games?

The Berkhamsted game was frustrating, we played the better football and had more possession but we were caught on the counter-attack multiple times and just switched off. The Cambridge game we could and should have had more goals, just on the day it wasn’t going our way, we also should have had a penalty in the last minute that wasn’t given. The Dunstable game is an just an example of the kind of football we want to play week in, week out, It’s probably one of our best performances of the season so far

United lost to North Leigh earlier in the season, how does Harry remember that game and what do the team need to do this time out?

Our last game against North Leigh was disappointing obviously considering they’re bottom of the league, I think we just under-estimated them on the day. For us to walk away with three points this time we need to just get our heads down and focus on winning the game and not on where they are in the league

With just nine games of the campaign left what targets do the squad & Harry have?

For our last few games the targets we’ve been set are simply to win and get as many points for the team as we can. For me I didn’t really set any targets other than to improve from last season but from now to the end of season I would like to score a couple more goals and get few more assists

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

I’d probably pick Archie Davis to go on Total Wipeout just because it would be funny to see him attempt it

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

SL; United midfielder admits squad is so good that no one Hoggs the limelight

Saturday 16th February 2019

Berkhamsted v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One Central


K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United face the very short trip to near neighbours Berkhamsted on Saturday looking to bounce back from last weekend’s home defeat to Colesville Town by the odd goal in seven, and to avenge the defeat they suffered back in December at The Meadow in the reverse fixture. In that game the Ducks went ahead early but were trailing at the break, an early second half leveller then saw the game evenly poised until two goals in the final fourteen minutes took the points back to Hertfordshire but United have lost just twice in their last eight league games whilst their hosts have just the single win in their last eight, of which the last four have been drawn and now just seven points separate sixth placed Berkhamsted and twelfth placed Aylesbury in the Southern Football League Division One Central Division table, the win could potentially lift Ben William’s squad up a further three places and into the heady heights of top half of that league table!

Ollie Hogg

This week Sports Shots caught up with United midfielder Ollie Hogg to find out when he joined the club and how his time has been there:

I came to Aylesbury about three years ago. I joined after a season with Tring Athletic and wanted to try & challenge myself a bit more. I have settled in well since I have been here and now feel like one of the more senior players even though I am only twenty-two

How does Ollie feel his season has been so far?

I don’t feel like I have had the best season so far, with the restructure of the leagues we now have less games so I feel like I’m not playing as much football as I have in previous seasons. I have been available most weeks as I love playing

How strong does Ollie feel the squad is this year & have any players stood out?

Our squad this season is probably one of the strongest I have played in since I have been here. Unfortunately the results haven’t always shown that but we do have a very strong squad even though it is very young, we have some excellent players all over the pitch so it is tough to single any one player

What is Ollie’s preferred position in the team, and in what formation does he feel is best for him?

I love playing in the middle, I feel that is where I am strongest but I am happy to play wherever the team needs me. I feel the four-three-three gets the best out of me as it gives a little bit more rotation in the middle to get further up the pitch but also pick the ball up deep

We asked Ollie just how difficult this new division has been this season:

It was a tough start to the season playing some very strong sides that we knew very little about, it’s a very competitive league & everyone can beat everyone. It probably is the toughest league I’ve played in so far purely due to the fact we didn’t know a lot about the teams we are facing

Prior to this midweeks cup game, the previous three United games have been settled by the odd goal in seven, five & three respectively, how were these fixtures?

They were all very tough games for different reasons. I think our biggest problem is our consistency from game to game, we know on our day we can beat anyone but the margins between winning and losing this season are so fine and the odd mistake really can cost you

Away at Berkhamsted on Saturday, played them already this season, what are Ollie’s memories and thoughts on the game ahead?

We have played them twice this season once in the cup and once in the league. Both were very tough games, especially the home game where the weather was awful and I felt we had a couple of big decisions go against us, especially for their third goal where I thought it was a clear handball. We just need to play our own game and move the ball as well as we can to get a result

Finally we asked Ollie to nominate any team mate he’d like to see on a television programme:

I would have to go on Takeshi’s castle with Ben Seaton just because I’d love to see him get whacked about

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