Archive for Banbury United Football Club

SLP; Commercial director proud to have made his Mark on his boyhood club

Saturday 20th October 2018

Banbury United v Royston Town

Southern League Premier Division

Banbury Community Plant Hire Stadium

K.O. 3.00pm

Banbury United host Royston Town this Saturday at the Banbury Community Stadium and with no league win in their last four games will be looking to bounce back against the side they took four points off last season. However, Royston currently sit fifth in the Southern League Central Division table two places above their hosts, and have won five of their last six league games whilst the Puritans will be looking for their first league win in five. The eight league places from third down to tenth are separated by just four points, meaning wins at this stage are vital for those with play-off aspirations.

Mark Allitt

This week Sports Shots decided to catch up with a man whose work behind the scenes at Banbury United may go unnoticed to some but is a vital cog in the running of the club. We caught up with the nattiest of dressers on match day Mark Allitt, and welcoming him to Sports Shots first of all, we asked what exactly he is responsible for and how he got involved in the first place:

Well thank you for asking me for this interview! I’m the commercial director of the club and oversee all our sponsorship activity, commercial revenues and internal fund raising. I liaise with all our sponsors on a daily basis and I’m actively involved with the clubs ‘United in the Community’ project. I have also just started to look at the promotion of our ‘Spencer Clubhouse’ and how we can maximise income there.

I became a director back in August 2015 when the club became supporter owned, I’ve been a fan since I was a little boy coming down to see games with my uncle. I was secretary of the supporters club prior to the takeover and worked with Steve Barlow and James Mathie at Supporters Direct to get the process concluded

Is the role hard work, enjoyable or stressful?

I’m just proud to be part of the Banbury United revival, the club has been a sleeping giant since the heyday of the seventies & to see the club starting to develop is really satisfying for me as someone who has been a fan since a young age. We have a long way to go in terms of where we want to be but we’re on an upward trajectory and we are forming a really solid club. The enjoyment comes from seeing all that’s happening and most importantly seeing people happy & enthused about our club, the fans deserve some success as they’ve been through a lot prior to the supporter take over three years ago

How does today’s squad compare to those previously, and which players stand out?

We have some very talented & exciting players here, I’ve obviously seen so many players at Banbury over the years it’s difficult to compare, but the current team is pushing hard to get us close to the top five and to the next level; Banbury United haven’t done that for many years on a consistent basis and that’s the challenge the current squad has. Lee Henderson has shown his class since joining us from a level above, we have invested in the team & brought in Greg Kaziboni, Steve Diggin, Giorgio Rasulo and now John Mills in the attacking area’s so it is exciting times. Some of the current team have been with us since the takeover like Ricky (Johnson), George (Nash) & Jack (Harding), it’s important to form a nucleus of players and build around it

How does Mark feel the summer league reshuffle has worked out?

We just had to roll with the punch really, we had to deal with an awkward situation in the summer having been placed in the Southern section and then moved to the Central section late on. We had planned for the South, so to be moved so late in the day was frustrating, Mike (Ford) had to deal with the squad issues but primarily as a club we just had to get on with things and I wouldn’t say much has changed at all. The travel is less for us and I think it’s helped with our attendances

How far are the club away from promotion to the next level, and would the club be able to cope?

In my opinion the team has the talent to beat anyone on the day and we can certainly challenge the top five positions. This is our third season back at step three in the non-league pyramid, and personally I think Chippenham are a good bench mark for us, they built a solid club at this level and were always in the mix for the play-offs, they got stronger & stronger before making the step up and are currently doing very well in the regional National League level. This club has never played at step two and it would be a truly historic moment for the club and the town.

I think we would cope well because Banbury in the National League would be a big animal in my opinion, Banbury United v Stockport County for example would attract a crowd of well into four figures

Onto Royston this week, does Mark feel the club do better against familiar teams or those they nothing about?

I’m not sure it really matters to be honest, at non-league level team line ups can change so very quickly from match to match, let alone from season to season. Royston are a solid outfit and are carrying on from where they left off last season, I expect another tough game as they all are at this level. Our boys will need to be up for it, but are more than capable of getting the three points

We asked Mark to think back and pick his best eleven players to have played in his time:

Like I said I’ve been a fan since I was a young boy so this would be the team to span my time as a supporters and a director:

1 Keith Baker

2 Ady Fuller

3 Callum White

4 Pete Smith

5 Ian Bowyer

6 Terry Muckelberg

7 Donovan Gethfield

8 Zac McEachran

9 Andy Baird

10 Norman Sylla

11 Tommy Pearson

Finally, we asked if anyone has thought of getting involved at Banbury United FC, are there still opportunities for match day duties or sponsorship?

There are always avenues for people to get involved at this club. We have a fantastic loyal army of volunteers at BUFC, but we are always needing more help, especially as the club continues to grow. Steve Barlow is the best person to contact regarding volunteers but my number is 07503 162632 or email me at commercial@banburyunitedfc.co.uk

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

2018/19 FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Draw

The FA Trophy first qualifying round draw was made on Monday with mixed fortunes for both our sides left in the competition.

 

Banbury United (step 3) face a trip to Swindon Supermarine (step 3) who play in the Southern League south league (parallel to the central league that Banbury are in).

To follow the Swindon season click here: https://swindonsupermarinefc.com/results-fixtures

 

If Thame United (step 4) can overcome Larkhall in their replay on Tuesday, they then host Bristol Manor Farm (step 4) who play in the Southern League southern west division (parallel to southern east league that Thame are in).

To follow the Bristol season click here: http://bristolmanorfarm.com/fixtures-results/

 

The draw in full:

THE BUILDBASE FA TROPHY  FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING  SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER 2018 WINNERS RECEIVE £3,250

1 Workington v Scarborough Athletic

2 Marine v Lancaster City

3 Warrington Town v Prescot Cables

4 Pickering Town v Droylsden or Tadcaster Albion

5 Frickley Athletic v Ramsbottom United

6 Whitby Town v Witton Albion

7 Farsley Celtic  v Brighouse Town

8 Ossett United v Clitheroe

9 South Shields v North Ferriby United

10 Hyde United v Bamber Bridge

11 Cleethorpes Town v Marske United or Atherton Collieries

12 Stalybridge Celtic v Nantwich Town

13 Gainsborough Trinity v Tamworth

14 Buxton v King’s Lynn Town

15 Kettering Town v Stourbridge

16 AFC Rushden & Diamonds v St Ives Town

17 Belper Town or Stamford v Leek Town or Loughborough Dynamo

18 Cambridge City v Basford United

19 Carlton Town v Bedworth United

20 Newcastle Town v Chasetown

21 Mickleover Sports v Redditch United

22 St Neots Town v Matlock Town

23 Kidsgrove Athletic v Yaxley

24 Stafford Rangers v Rushall Olympic

25 Soham Town Rangers v Hednesford Town or AFC Mansfield

26 Grantham Town v Halesowen Town

27 Alvechurch v Stratford Town

28 Barwell  v Coalville Town

29 Chipstead v Berkhamsted

30 Sittingbourne v Wingate & Finchley

31 Brentwood Town v Whitstable Town

32 Hythe Town v Bishop’s Stortford

33 Molesey v Walton Casuals

34 Kingstonian v Bedford Town

35 Margate v Potters Bar Town

36 Horsham v Corinthian Casuals

37 Burgess Hill Town v Worthing

38 Dorking Wanderers v Sevenoaks Town

39 Biggleswade Town v Harrow Borough

40 Hitchin Town v Hayes & Yeading United

41 Maldon & Tiptree v Royston Town

42 Haringey Borough v Chesham United

43 Ashford Town (Middx) or Westfield v Lewes

44 Lowestoft Town v Enfield Town

45 AFC Hornchurch  v Phoenix Sports or Ramsgate

46 Kempston Rovers v Beaconsfield Town

47 Folkestone Invicta  v Leatherhead

48 Merstham v East Grinstead Town

49 Tonbridge Angels v Whyteleafe

50 Hendon v Staines Town

51 VCD Athletic v Leiston

52 Mildenhall Town v Greenwich Borough

53 Metropolitan Police v Carshalton Athletic

54 Canvey Island v Brightlingsea Regent

55 Bracknell Town v Bognor Regis Town

56 Whitehawk v Harlow Town

57 Aveley v Dunstable Town

58 Kings Langley v Needham Market

59 Herne Bay v Witham Town

60 Yate Town v Dorchester Town

61 Gosport Borough v AFC Totton or North Leigh

62 Cinderford Town v Street

63 Larkhall Athletic or Thame United v Bristol Manor Farm

64 Farnborough v Merthyr Town

65 Fleet Town v Salisbury

66 Taunton Town v Weymouth

67 Thatcham Town v Melksham Town

68 Poole Town v Frome Town

69 Hartley Wintney v Tiverton Town

70 Didcot Town v Mangotsfield United

71 Basingstoke Town v Wimborne Town

72 Swindon Supermarine v Banbury United

FAC 2QR; Banbury United 0-2 Bath City

Banbury United – 2

Bath City – 0

Banbury United saw their FA Cup campaign come to an end on Saturday as National League South side Bath City scored a brace of belters before half time to seal the game, and frustrate their hosts who found it difficult to create chances against a well drilled defensive unit. A game of few chances played in constant rain rarely sparkled for the home faithful, Ross Stearn scoring both of the City goals which were venomous strikes that gave United keeper Jack Harding no chance what so ever, and the visiting custodian Ryan Clarke had very little to do over the ninety minutes.

Stearn was a constant threat during the afternoon until he was substituted to a rapturous farewell by the numerous black and white adorned supporters towards the end of the game, and an early attack saw he and Anthony Straker combine well down the left before the former fizzed the ball across goal but Harding was first to meet it to gather the danger. Ryan Brunt then tried his luck from the edge of the area but ballooned his shot way over the top, and a corner moments later from their left was met by the head of Robbie Cundy but he headed straight at the United keeper.

It took the hosts fifteen minutes to create anything for Ricky Johnson to attack, a cross from the right met his head at the back post but under severe pressure he could only steer wide, and Greg Kaziboni with Ravi Shamsi then threatened as a good run from the former saw him feed Shamsi on the corner of the Bath area, a clever flick saw him escape his marker but just as it seemed he was in on goal a covering defender got across to block and eventually clear. Despite Banbury looking fairly comfortable dealing with their visitor’s the first goal arrived on the half hour mark.

Stearn doubles City lead

A fierce shot from Adam Mann forced Harding away to his left to parry two handed but the ball landed perfectly for Stearn to run in and rifle into the roof of the net from close range. The goal raised the confidence in the away side and they strove forwards looking for more, a free kick was slung in from out on their left and sliding in at the back post Frankie Artus was inches away from doubling his sides lead, but just three minutes before the break Bath did secure their second. A corner was headed clear but lurking on the edge of the arc Stearn came across to meet the ball perfectly to smash a dipping drive past Harding and into the back of the net. H/T: 0-2

Jordy Ngathe was introduced to the game at half-time for Banbury and he enjoyed a lot of the ball down the flank but the City defence were quite happy to deal with anything their opponents threw at them whilst hitting on the counter attack when they could. The United substitute got down the right early in the second period and found Jack Self on the edge of the penalty box but he could only lift over the top, and another cross from the same player saw a mass of bodies clambering to get a touch at the back post but the ball just rolled agonisingly away for a goal kick.

Shamsi then got down the left and from almost on the byline he flashed the ball across the goal face where the ball seemed to fly parallel with the crossbar as it sailed away to safety with no one up to get the killer touch, and with it the home side seemed to sense from there the game was done. As Bath reasserted themselves, Harding was forced into a superb double save on sixty-nine minutes when Stearn attacked down the left and his low drive saw the keeper push away with both hands, a follow up then saw him have to fling himself back the other way to block and a defender was luckily on hand to thump away.

Jordy Ngathe made a difference after coming on

A vicious drive from distance from Mann had Harding beaten all ends up but as the ball flew past him it hit the goal support as it bounced wide, another stinging volley then saw Charlie Wise in front of his goal somehow manage to flick away for a corner which must have resulted in a headache afterwards, Mann then tried again from twenty-five yards but way over the top. A United attack was broken down deep in the Bath half and despite the calls for a foul from the home support Sean Rigg collected the ball and headed for goal, he ran the length of the field before diagonally shooting across Harding and about two feet wide of the back post.

Rigg then tried from distance but cleared the stand, and with seven minutes left the misery for the Puritans was compounded when a tackle on the edge of the Area saw Lee Henderson collect a second yellow card of the afternoon and sent for an early shower. There was time for Brunt to drag an effort across goal and wide, but the final whistle saw those from the West Country singing in the rain!

Attendance: 654

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Banbury boss Mike Ford: 

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

SLP; United keeper & striker hoping to clean up this season, starting with Bath

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Banbury United v Bath City

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round

Banbury Community Plant Hire Stadium

K.O. 3.00pm

Banbury United return to FA Cup action this weekend as they host Bath City of the National League South in the second qualifying round, in what will be a really tough test against the side that sit in fifth place in the level above with six wins and four defeats in their opening ten games of the season. United brought Weymouth back to the Community Hire Stadium in the previous round to progress and will be looking for the giant killing tag and the chance to go further in the competition with some bigger clubs not too far away at this stage.

This week Sports Shots caught up with goalkeeper Jack Harding and striker Amer Awadh ahead of the game, and asked both how good the spirit is within the camp after such a good start, firstly Jack:

We’ve had a really good start considering it’s a new league for us, and most of the teams we’ve played we haven’t really known much about. The lads have settled in really well, all the boys get on well so the atmosphere is great, that definitely shows on the pitch and in our results

Amer agreed:

Yeah it’s been a very good start to the season and all the new lads have settled in really well, and that includes myself too. There’s a really good bond in the squad, unfortunately we lost our unbeaten start last weekend but we bounced back on Tuesday to get another three points

We asked Amer of all the new faces that have come in, who have impressed the most?

Personally I think Greg (Kaziboni) and Hendo (Lee Henderson), Greg because he is so powerful, fast and can use both feet, he’s a defenders nightmare. With Hendo it’s a bit different, he’s given us a lot of stability at the back with his experience, and he reads the game really well

Jack picked out exactly the same players:

Greg has obviously scored a couple of great goals and is very exciting to watch! But as a keeper I’d have to say Hendo, he’s come in and been a rock at the back for us. He has struck up a good partnership with Wisey (Charlie Wise), but to be fair all the new lads that have come in have improved our squad

Jack Harding

Jack hadn’t played until this week with new keeper James Goff coming in and keeping the number 1 shirt, how does Jack think he’s done?

Goffy has done really well for us, he’s been great to train with and is a top lad. It hasn’t been frustrating having to watch him at all, I’ve learnt from him whilst he’s been with us just by watching him and training with him. He’s a great keeper and still only young, the only frustration for me has been not being fit enough to play and help the team

How does Amer feel he has settled into the squad?

I’ve settled in to the squad really well, I have a good bond with all of the players and when it comes to the games I’ve been really enjoying my football recently. The level of football has been challenging but I think I’ve coped really well with it

And has he set himself any targets for the year ahead?

My targets are exactly the same as the teams, get as far as we can in the FA Cup and also get promotion for the club. I really think this could be the year for us; I’d also love to get more goals this season too!

Jack started his first game this week at Bedworth, how was it?

It’s only been seven or eight games but it felt like months. I’m so happy to be back playing and be playing pain free, it’s been a long time. The game wasn’t that great to be honest, we were not at our best but we won three-one so that’s all that matters. It was a game that maybe last year we would have drawn two-two but late on we scored and they didn’t!

We asked Jack how the squad treat the FA Cup when it rolls around.

It is just another game but we’d all love a good FA Cup run! We are confident in our ability and we will try and win the game as we always do, we know it will be a tough game against Bath so we have to be at our best

Amer sees it as a chance to shine:

Yes of course we treat every game the same but obviously the match on Saturday will be a great one to show what we’re really about, and to show everyone how good we are

Amer Awadh

United currently occupy fourth place in the league, we asked Amer how competitive he thinks it will be:

I think it’s too early to say as we haven’t played enough teams so see what we are really up against this season, but I’m expecting it to be a challenging & competitive league

Jack agrees:

It’s a very competitive league, the teams we’ve played so far have been physical and very well organised, it’s too early in the season to rule anyone out. The top ten look very strong

After their first league defeat of the season last week, what did Jack make of the defeat?

I wasn’t there, but from what the lads have said it was just a bad day at the office. We created some chances that we didn’t take and we didn’t make it hard enough for them to score

Amer has similar reflections:

I’d say it was just a bad day at the office, we still created enough chances to at least earn a draw. I wouldn’t say they were better than us but more a case of we made some costly mistakes which led to their goals

Rounding up we asked Amer how each level of football he has experienced so far has differed:

Out of all the club I’ve played for, this is probably the most physical and organised side I’ve played for. I’ve played abroad which was probably my hardest challenge mainly due to the weather and having to cope with a different language. I also played for Oxford City for a while, mostly for the reserve side but making a few appearances for the first team, but I didn’t play enough to say that’s the best level I’ve played at

And has Jack any fond memories of the FA Cup?

I haven’t been involved in a great cup run at senior level yet, but made it to the first round with the Under 18’s for Banbury. We played Dagenham & Redbridge at home on a Tuesday night under the lights, where we lost two-one but we gave it a really good go!

Sports Shots would like to thank both Amer and Jack for their time this week

FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Draw

The draw for the second qualifying round of this seasons FA Cup has taken place today, and see’s Banbury United face a very difficult home tie with National League South side Bath City if they overcome their replay with Weymouth on Tuesday evening, whilst if Aylesbury United win their replay at Marlow they then face a trip to either Kempston Rovers or Chalfont St Peter who also have a replay to decide who goes through.

The draw in full:

THE EMIRATES FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2018 WINNERS RECEIVE £9,000

1 Chester v City of Liverpool

2 Ashton United v Trafford

3 Radcliffe v Curzon Ashton

4 Farsley Celtic v Southport

5 Mossley v Kidsgrove Athletic

6 Staveley MW v Guiseley

7 South Shields v Stockport County

8 Knaresborough Town v Newcastle Benfield or Workington

9 Cleethorpes Town v Bamber Bridge

10 York City v Ashton Athletic or Morpeth Town

11 Marine or Scarborough Athletic v Frickley Athletic

12 Dunston UTS v Irlam

13 FC United of Manchester v Colne

14 Nantwich Town v Blyth Spartans

15 Darlington v Bradford (Park Avenue)

16 Chorley v Parkgate or Leek Town

17 Witton Albion v Spennymoor Town

18 Altrincham v Whitley Bay

19 Consett v Warrington Town

20 Sutton Coldfield Town or Rushall Olympic v Alfreton Town

21 Boston United v Peterborough Sports

22 Saffron Walden Town or St Ives Town v Grantham Town

23 Kidderminster Harriers v Atherstone Town

24 Stourbridge v Leamington

25 Rugby Town v Hednesford Town

26 St Neots Town v Romulus

27 Nuneaton Borough v Brackley Town

28 Alvechurch v Corby Town

29 Kettering Town v AFC Mansfield

30 Anstey Nomads v Mickleover Sports

31 Halesowen Town v Chasetown or Gainsborough Trinity

32 King’s Lynn Town or Histon v Stafford Rangers

33 AFC Telford United v Bedford Town

34 Buxton v Coalville Town

35 Hampton & Richmond Borough v Burgess Hill Town

36 Northwood or Kings Langley v Farnborough or Lewes

37 Wealdstone v Great Wakering Rovers

38 Welling United v Chesham United

39 Hendon or Harlow Town v Phoenix Sports or Lancing

40 Woking v Tooting & Mitcham United

41 Hanwell Town v Lowestoft Town

42 Egham Town v Brightlingsea Regent

43 Chelmsford City v Worthing

44 Concord Rangers v Margate

45 Leverstock Green or Hadley v Dorking Wanderers

46 Haringey Borough v Erith Town

47 Cheshunt or Leiston v Hastings United

48 Coggeshall Town or Berkhamsted v Beckenham Town or Walton Casuals

49 St Albans City v Corinthian Casuals or Whyteleafe

50 Bowers & Pitsea v Hemel Hempstead Town

51 Billericay Town v Burnham

52 Chalfont St Peter or Kempston Rovers v Aylesbury United or Marlow

53 Hitchin Town v Didcot Town

54 Bognor Regis Town v AFC Sudbury

55 Haverhill Rovers or Long Melford v Leatherhead

56 East Thurrock United v Whitehawk

57 Brantham Athletic v Eastbourne Borough

58 Oxford City v Merstham or Cray Valley (PM)

59 Gosport Borough v Ramsgate or Sevenoaks Town

60 AFC Hornchurch v East Grinstead Town

61 AFC Uckfield Town v Dartford

62 Hayes & Yeading United v Moneyfields

63 FC Romania v Beaconsfield Town

64 Corinthian or Horsham v Heybridge Swifts

65 Dulwich Hamlet v Tonbridge Angels

66 Metropolitan Police v Needham Market

67 Merthyr Town v Frome Town or Winchester City

68 Lymington Town or Lydney Town v Torquay United

69 Chippenham Town v Swindon Supermarine

70 Bristol Manor Farm v Paulton Rovers or Basingstoke Town

71 Gloucester City v Plymouth Parkway or Street

72 Weston Super Mare v Salisbury or Yate Town

73 Tiverton Town v Wimborne Town or Dorchester Town

74 Hereford v Truro City

75 Poole Town v Cinderford Town

76 Taunton Town v Bitton

77 Weymouth or Banbury United v Bath City

78 Hungerford Town v Wantage Town

79 Binfield v Cirencester Town

80 Slough Town v Sholing or Hamworthy United

MATCH DATES All ties must be played on Saturday 22 September 2018, kick-off 3.00pm with replays on or before Thursday 27 September, kick-off 7.45pm.

SLP; Jack is very Self confident that Banbury are United in search for success

Saturday 1st September 2018

Hitchin Town v Banbury United

Southern League Premier Division

Fishponds Road

K.O. 3.00pm

Eighth place Banbury United travel to third bottom Hitchin Town on Saturday looking to continue their unbeaten start to their Southern Football League Premier Division Central campaign. United have two wins and two draws from their opening four games, whilst Town have one win, one draw and three defeats in five games to date, so Banbury will be looking to keep their morale high as they going into two cup matches in the next week.

Jack Self

This week Sports Shots caught up with Puritan midfielder Jack Self to ask just how good a start to the season it’s been:

It’s been important to get some early points on the board and I think as a group we’re actually a little disappointed we are not in double figures already. This league is very much unknown territory so to be unbeaten in the first four games gives us a platform from which we as a group can push on from

Are there any differences in the types of teams Banbury are playing yet?

The teams that we’ve played have offered very similar styles of play to each other over the first few games. Compared to last year, the opponents have played with a more direct style of play but for many in the squad it’s nothing new to face and we hold no fear

So how have all the new faces in the squad settled in so far?

I think they’ve settled in well, we’ve got some good quality players with plenty of higher level games under their belts and that experience will help the younger lads in the squad for definite

So how have the squad prepared for Saturday’s game?

We’ve had a few days to digest Monday’s performance and get it out of our system before planning for Hitchin in training, against a side we’ve had our ups and downs against in the past few seasons. They’ll want to get us back for our double over them last year, however we will be well equipped and going there with a plan to get the three points

We asked Jack what his own personal targets are for this season:

I always want to improve, I scored seven goals last year and received an award from the gaffer in recognition of my performances, so I’ll be aiming to emulate that with double figures and hopefully another award come the end of the season

How well does Jack see Banbury doing this season in their new division?

This part of the season is about accumulating as many points as possible, these points are just as valuable as those we gain later on in the season, but the fixture list can ultimately change almost instantly and all of a sudden your next three games are against sides who could be building some real momentum, so we will aim to win every game and will be realistic throughout, but there is no reason why we can’t finish in the upper echelons of the table

How does Jack travel to away games?

We are very fortunate at Banbury United to have great people working, volunteering and devoting their time & efforts into the club. Those great people provide us with a coach to every away game, so all the lads share plenty of laughs & time together travelling the roads

Finally, we asked Jack if there were any games in particular he was looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to the FA Cup game at Weymouth next week, it’s a special competition and it would be great to go deeper into the qualification stages and maybe even reach the first round proper!

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

FA CUP 1st qualifying round draw made

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

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

Aylesbury United host Marlow

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

Weymouth v Banbury

 

The draw in full:

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

1 Radcliffe v Stalybridge Celtic

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

3 Lancaster City v Trafford

4 South Shields v Garforth Town

5 Warrington Town v Burscough

6 Runcorn Town v Irlam

7 Whitley Bay v Whitby Town

8 Marine v Scarborough Athletic

9 Colne v Hyde United

10 Newcastle Benfield v Workington

11 Dunston UTS v North Ferriby United

12 Knaresborough Town v Kendal Town or Selby Town

13 Atherton Collieries v Kidsgrove Athletic or Ramsbottom United

14 Albion Sports or Guisborough Town v Farsley Celtic

15 Congleton Town v Consett

16 Witton Albion v Bottesford Town

17 Clitheroe or Sunderland RCA v Ossett United or Mossley

18 Ashton Athletic v Morpeth Town

19 Maltby Main v Frickley Athletic

20 Parkgate v Litherland Remyca or Leek Town

21 Bamber Bridge v Tadcaster Albion

22 Basford United v Staveley MW

23 Highgate United v Stourbridge

24 Loughborough University v Walsall Wood or Cleethorpes Town

25 AFC Mansfield v Stourport Swifts

26 Romulus v Belper Town

27 Nantwich Town v Worksop Town

28 Sutton Coldfield Town v Rushall Olympic

29 Quorn v Atherstone Town

30 Coalville Town v Racing Club Warwick

31 Hednesford Town v Tamworth

32 Grimsby Borough v Stafford Rangers

33 Matlock Town v Halesowen Town

34 Barwell v Buxton

35 Daventry Town v Grantham Town

36 Mickleover Sports v Haughmond or Market Drayton Town

37 Anstey Nomads v Oadby Town

38 Wednesfield or Chasetown v Gainsborough Trinity

39 Redditch United v Rugby Town

40 Stratford Town v Alvechurch

41 Leverstock Green v Brackley Town Saints or Hadley

42 St Neots Town v Bishop’s Stortford

43 Burnham v Bury Town

44 Cambridge City v Brightlingsea Regent

45 Aylesbury United v Marlow

46 Heybridge Swifts v Newmarket Town

47 Hanwell Town v Potters Bar Town

48 Brantham Athletic v Spalding United

49 Corby Town or Dunstable Town v Hertford Town

50 AFC Sudbury v Royston Town

51 Ware v Lowestoft Town

52 Hendon v Harlow Town

53 Brentwood Town v Haringey Borough or Sporting Bengal United

54 Haverhill Rovers v Long Melford

55 AFC Hornchurch v Harrow Borough

56 AFC Dunstable v Woodbridge Town or Swindon Supermarine

57 FC Romania v Biggleswade or Soham Town Rangers

58 Chesham United v Biggleswade Town

59 Chalfont St Peter v Kempston Rovers

60 Great Wakering Rovers v Northampton Sileby Rangers or Wisbech Town

61 Romford v Kettering Town

62 King’s Lynn Town v Histon or Eynesbury Rovers

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

64 Northwood v Kings Langley

65 Coggeshall Town or Witham Town v Berkhamsted

66 Saffron Walden Town v St Ives Town

67 Walthamstow v Beaconsfield Town

68 Wingate & Finchley v Didcot Town or Aylesbury

69 Cheshunt v Leiston

70 Hitchin Town v Godmanchester Rovers

71 Bowers & Pitsea v Takeley

72 Basildon United v Stamford or Peterborough Sports

73 Barton Rovers v Needham Market

74 Enfield Town v Bedford Town

75 Ramsgate v Sevenoaks Town

76 Hastings United v Kingstonian

77 Metropolitan Police v Cray Wanderers or Rusthall

78 Faversham Town v Worthing

79 Farnborough v Molesey or Lewes

80 AFC Uckfield Town v AFC Croydon Athletic or Hanworth Villa

81 Fleet Town v East Grinstead Town

82 Phoenix Sports v Lancing

83 Merstham v Cray Valley (PM)

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

85 Hythe Town v Tonbridge Angels

86 Egham Town v Staines Town

87 Corinthian Casuals v Whyteleafe or Saltdean United

88 Margate v Horndean

89 Moneyfields v Thamesmead Town

90 Whitstable Town v Bognor Regis Town

91 Horsham YMCA v Tooting & Mitcham United

92 Corinthian v Horsham

93 Pagham v Whitehawk

94 Leatherhead v Herne Bay

95 Beckenham Town or Epsom & Ewell v Walton Casuals

96 Burgess Hill Town v Folkestone Invicta

97 Dorking Wanderers v Hartley Wintney

98 Sittingbourne v Gosport Borough

99 Weymouth v Banbury United

100 Melksham Town v Merthyr Town

101 Bitton v Westbury United

102 AFC Stoneham v Cirencester Town

103 Salisbury v Yate Town

104 Bodmin Town or Cadbury Heath v Cinderford Town

105 Binfield v Buckland Athletic

106 Frome Town v Winchester City

107 Wimborne Town v Dorchester Town

108 Shaftesbury v Poole Town

109 Sholing v Hamworthy United

110 Plymouth Parkway v Street

111 Taunton Town v Thatcham Town or Bemerton Heath Harlequins

112 Paulton Rovers v Basingstoke Town

113 Bridport v Tiverton Town

114 Bishop’s Cleeve v Slimbridge or Wantage Town

115 Chipping Sodbury Town v Bideford or Bristol Manor Farm

116 Lymington Town v Royal Wootton Bassett Town or Lydney Town

MATCH DATES

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

SLP; Rushall Olympic v Banbury United match preview with summer signing Steve Diggin

Saturday 11th August 2018

Rushall Olympic v Banbury United

Southern League Premier Division Central

Dales Lane

K.O. 3.00pm

Banbury open their season in their new division this Saturday with a fifty-nine mile trip to Rushall Olympic, just to the north-east of Walsall, at a club who find themselves in a similar position to their guests in that they were transferred divisions during the summer as a result of the FA restructuring of the non-league pyramid.

Whilst Banbury were side shifted divisions in the same league from the Southern League Premier Division South to Central, Olympic have moved leagues from the Northern League Premier Division to join the Southern League. At least a fair start for both sides as neither will know much about the other!

A good pre-season campaign for Banbury will see the squad in good spirits going into the game, just the one defeat listed in their seven fixtures but a much changed squad will don the gold n red kit this week-end, including summer signing Steve Diggin who joined from local rivals Banbury United.

Diggin finished his career at Brackley in May by scoring a penalty in the FA Trophy Final penalty shoot-out win over Bromley at Wembley, and this week Sports Shots caught up with the front man to ask how life has been since joining the Puritans:

It’s been good so far, I’ve really enjoyed it and we’ve obviously been working hard but that’s been enjoyable so I feel I’ve managed to settle in quite well

We asked if the Wembley experience back in May will help him with playing at Banbury:

Yes that was basically the perfect way to leave Brackley really, an unreal experience that I will never ever forget but it’s a new season now and I will be 100% concentrating on doing well for Banbury United

We asked how pre-season has been around the club:

Our pre-season has been really good, while we work hard we have a laugh at the same time, but there seems to be a good feeling around the place

Are the squad ready for the new campaign?

Yes the start of another long season but we are ready, like I said earlier we’ve all worked really hard and it all leads up to this Saturday, so we’re definitely up for it and hoping to get off to a winning start

Are there any season targets for the striker?

Hmm, as a striker our targets are obviously goals so I’ll hopefully be going for at least 20 goals this season, and as a team we are hoping for at least the play-offs

And finally, what do the squad know about Rushall?

To be honest at the minute not too much, but we still have a training session before the game to work on stuff and I’m sure we’ve had them watched. I’m sure we’ll be given some info ahead of the game.

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

Southern League fixtures announced

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

Banbury United:

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

Sat 11th Aug Rushall Olympic v Banbury 3pm

Tue 14th Aug: Banbury v Halesowen Town 7.45pm

Sat 18th Aug: Banbury v Leiston 3pm

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

Aylesbury FC:

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

Sat 18th Aug: Coleshill Town v Aylesbury 3pm

Tue 21st Aug: Aylesbury v AFC Dunstable 7.45pm

Mon 27th Aug: Berkhamsted v Aylesbury 3pm

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

Aylesbury United:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

SL; Banbury Utd appeal rejected & Carnell moves on

Back in June when the FA released their allocations for the restructured non-league pyramid, Banbury United were placed in the Southern League South division, but then on 8th June it was announced due to Shaw Lane folding and the leagues having to restructure again, Banbury had been laterally moved to the South League central division.

The club immediately announced it’s plan to appeal the decision, and that appeal was heard on Monday where it was confirmed that United would indeed be playing in the Central division for the forthcoming season.

The club released the following statement:

The Board of Directors is disappointed by the outcome of yesterday’s (Monday 2nd July) FA appeal hearing relating to the lateral movement of the club’s league allocation for 2018-19 on 8th June.

Our appeal was not motivated by being placed in the Southern League Premier Central Division, but the timing of the decision.

The FA Appeal Panel judged that the original decision of the FA Leagues Management Committee (LMC) was reasonable.

We had argued, as did the other affected clubs, Hednesford and Fleet, that the decision was not reasonable given the late notification of the change. This has seriously impacted our planning for the 2018-19 season and meant that that we were not being treated equably compared to other unaffected teams. We gave detailed information relating to this.

We argued that the impact of the demise of Shaw Lane could have been managed in other ways, including within the Northern Premier Division and its feeder leagues. The confirmation of league line ups comes far later than the relevant league AGMs, something which the FA strive to achieve.

We also showed that there was a lack of clarity relating to the regulations which govern the lateral movement of clubs and that the FA LMC had not actually applied one of the regulations. In terms of governance it is difficult to understand how decisions can be made when the relevant regulations are not actually followed.

The matter is now closed. The club is fully focused on planning to compete in the Southern League Premier Division Central Division for the 2018-19 season

Within hours of the announcement the club then revealed that defender Luke Carnell is to leave the club due to the travelling involved with their placement in the central division.

As a result of yesterday’s FA ruling in respect of our league allocation for 2018-19, Luke Carnell has advised Mike Ford he is leaving the club.

Luke joined Banbury in October 2016 and made 87 appearances and scored 17 goals in his time at the club. He won the Supporters’ Players of the Season, the Players’ Player and the Puritans Radio Player awards last season.

However, living in Didcot, he has decided, for family and work reasons, the travel commitment for matches is too great in the Central Division.

Commenting on the news manager Mike Ford said “I am very disappointed to lose Luke who has been excellent for the club since joining us a couple of months into our first season back at Premier Division level. His commitment has been outstanding and wherever he plays next season, they will be getting a great addition to their team. I fully understand Luke’s reasons for leaving and can only wish him all the best in the future.”

Luke commenting on his decision said “Following yesterday’s failed appeal, having already agreed terms with Mike over the summer to remain a Banbury player, presuming we were in the Southern Premier South, I’ve had to make the hardest decision to leave a club I’ve loved playing for and had a fantastic time at. With the extra travelling from Didcot and the fact my wife and I are expecting our first child in October, I just felt I couldn’t commit to play at Banbury. I’d like to thank everyone at Banbury United from Mike and his staff, the players, all the board members and the fans for all the support they’ve given me and the team during my time at the club. It was everything I was promised when I agreed to sign and more. I’d like to wish you all the best for the season and hope the club goes on to get that desired and deserved promotion.”

We thank Luke for his contributions and commitment during his time with the club and wish him every success in the future.

Luke Carnell

To see the clubs Banbury now face this season follow this link: http://www.evostikleaguesouthern.co.uk/club-info?division_id=42535