Tuesday 6th August 2019
Ardley United v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
The Nolan Oils Ground
(Last season’s) League standings:
Hellenic League Premier Division
Brackley Town Saints 3rd
Ardley United 17th
This game last season:
26th December 2018
Ardley United 3 (Troy Bryan, Dan West, og)
Brackley Town Saints 4 (George Ball, Ollie Goddard, Ryan Knight, Kyle Wynne)
Last four games:
Brackley Town Saints:
W 4-0 home v Lydney Town 22nd April HL
D 0-0 away v Wantage Town 16th April HL
W 2-1 home v Brimscombe & Thrupp 13th April HL
L 0-3 away v Windsor 2nd April HL
W 2-1 home v Bishops Cleeve 3rd August HL
D 2-2 home v Bishops Cleeve 20th April HL
L 1-4 home v Lydney Town 13th April HL
D 0-0 home v Binfield 9th April PPFC
Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with Banbury manager Chris Hurley to ask how much time he managed away from the game over the summer:
Apart from five days away with the family, it has been non-stop football and even on my break away I was still trying to organise pre-season games and players. Since the season finished and I had confirmation I was taking the role, I’ve been talking to the existing players and new targets to make sure I put together a strong group for the coming season
When did pre-season training begin, & how were the first few sessions in terms of numbers and commitment?
We started pre-season on the twenty-sixth of June, the numbers were very high with lots of new players, trialists and youth players all turning out. We had thirty plus players for each session, the commitment has been excellent for the whole of pre-season as I have a really good group with the correct mindset, the hardest part is having to let players go to reduce the numbers and improve the quality
How has it been signing on players, and have any key players been lost?
Fortunately Brackley is a really good club with proper facilities so attracting players has not been a major problem, all of last seasons’ side have re-signed apart from three, one went to Banbury as he wanted a step up, another has gone traveling and the third has work commitments. I had six targets of my own I wanted to go after, three have joined and the other three followed the money to other clubs so all in all I am fairly happy with the squad, I am hopeful another target may still join this week, he is a southern league player so would be a great addition to the group
How have the pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?
The pre-season games have been a little frustrating, I personally did not set the games up so had to go with what I was given, the results have been mixed however the commitment & performances have been really good. I didn’t have the opportunity to play a settled team throughout due to players being away so the results were mixed but on a positive note we played three southern league sides in the last three games and narrowly lost, in two of the games, we were the better side so lots of positives to take into the season. Now that the players are all getting back, I see this group going from strength to strength
Do Saints still have players yet to sign on, or are they squad ready?
I have signed most of the players I wanted however I am always looking for young talent so even though I am fairly happy with the squad, I am always looking for someone that could make the difference, and a player that we at Brackley could develop into the next big prospect
First game of the season this week, how much info do they have on the opponents?
We have our first game this Tuesday away to Ardley, having watched them on Saturday I am confident we can get off to a good start before the FA Cup next Saturday, not having a game on Saturday worked well for me as I managed to watch Ardley and Wantage in one day
At this early stage, what are the targets for the first few games?
I try to plan my games in blocks of five and looking at the games we have my target is to try and get five wins, they are winnable games, so we need to aim high
Finally, we asked if there are any games this season Chris is looking forward to?
I always look forward to the FA Cup and FA Vase, they are good experience for the young players, good opportunity to play teams from different leagues and importantly good opportunity to win some money for the club
Sports Shots would like to thank Chris for his time this week