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HLP; Saints sins are punished by Freds

Wantage Town – 3

Brackley Town Saints – 2

Brackley Town Saints went down to defeat at high flying Wantage Town on Saturday but made a fight of it after they found themselves three goals down after fifty-two minutes; pulling a goal back lifted some confidence and a late second from skipper Lewis Baldwin then saw the home side start to look nervous but they held out to claim all three points. Three individual errors gifted Wantage their goals, a trip in the box led to a penalty before two surrenders of possession in front of goal gave the Saints a mountain to climb but they can take heart from the effort they put in after Ryan Knight clawed a goal back, and with a little more time maybe would have claimed something from the game, although the experience in the Town side far outweighed the youth in the young Brackley side.

Brackley had the first chance on five minutes when a flick on in midfield set Josh Bowden away on goal, as the home defensive line called for offside the assistant referee point his flag to the floor allowing the Saints leading scorer to advance on Curtis Meare in the Town goal, but taking the shot on early he pulled his effort wide of the target. From the free kick the hosts saw Jim Glover away down their right, he peeled away from his marker and got his shot away which Saints keeper Farrell had to block with his feet. Farrell returning to the side after regular custodian Alastair Worby was called up to Brackley first team action in the FA Trophy semi-final.

Ryan Markham opens scoring

Saints tried again down the right with Matt Johnson who carved out some space, he squared across the box to Bowden who took a touch before firing over the crossbar, and at the other end a cross from Nick Thorne saw Glover go up with a Brackley defender, the ball headed across the penalty area where running in Jon Davoile lifted high over the top. Wantage then won a penalty on seventeen minutes when Jack Dunmall was fed in on the right of the Saints area and he went down under a challenge, giving the referee no option but to point at the spot.

Ryan Markham tucked home into Farrell’s bottom right hand corner to open the scoring, and bring some warmth to the home faithful who were braving the artic conditions and constant snowfall. Thorne then travelled down the Wantage right wing before squaring across the Saints eighteen-yard line to Markham who could only lift over the top.

The home side doubled their two minutes before the interval, conceding possession in their own half to Glover saw him advance into the area and shoot, Farrell made the block with his feet but the ball rolled across to the incoming Town striker Steve Robertson who side footed home his thirty-seventh goal of the season from twelve-yards out. There was still time for Mark Flanagan to cross to Glover who volleyed over the top, and it didn’t look as though it was going to be Glover’s afternoon at this stage. H/T: 2-0

Just seven minutes after the interval the game looked to be over, when Glover finally got his goal after again pressuring a Saints defender to give him the ball deep in the Saints half, the midfielder took the ball on before rounding Farrell and firing home. Three goals down and things looked bleak for the visitor’s, but they didn’t let their heads drop, and continued playing their football.

They were rewarded just before the hour mark when a ball down their left saw Knight away on goal, again the home back line screamed for the offside flag and again it didn’t materialise, Meare advanced but Knight finished with some aplomb, firing into the back of the net. The away side then should have had a second just eight minutes later, a back pass to Meare saw him try to outwit Johnson who was breathing down his neck, but the keeper got it all wrong and miskicked leaving him stranded, but with goal unguarded a rush of blood saw the Saints winger fire over the top.

Weather conditions were testing

Wantage almost hit their guests with a sucker punch moments later when Glover got away down the right and saw his fierce drive pushed away by Farrell for a corner. With six minutes left on the clock, Saints pulled another goal back, a promising attack saw a foul on Bowden right on the edge of the eighteen yard box, just to the right of goal. Baldwin took the free kick and at the near post Meare went down but the ball bounced in front of him, hit his trailing hand and went in.

Whilst the visitor’s sensed they could get back in the game, they were always subject to the counter attack, and with two minutes left a Brackley clearance saw the ball knocked back through the red & white defence to Glover who squared to Robertson, his first time effort pushed over the crossbar by Farrell. From the corner, Town substitute Paul Alder got his head to the ball first forcing Farrell into a point blank save, a follow up shot saw the keeper make another stunning block whilst on the floor.

Brackley threw everything into the final moments and won a free kick deep in the Wantage half, the ball was floated into the sea of bodies in front of Meare, as a head went up so did the flag, and from the free kick the final whistle sounded to the relief of the home faithful. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 37

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After the game Sports Shots spoke to Saints coach Ben Lovatt: 

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HLP; Wantage v Brackley Saints preview with Alastair Worby & Lewis Baldwin

Saturday 17th March 2018

Wantage Town v Brackley Town Saints

Hellenic League Premier Division

Alfredian Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints face a trip to Wantage on Saturday as their current run of tough games against higher placed sides continues, ahead of their Supplementary Cup fixture on Monday down at Woodley United. Having played Bracknell Town & Thatcham Town in their last two games the respite from playing top sides does not ease with Wantage currently third in the Hellenic Premier League table. The Saints haven’t won away from home since October, and Alfredian Park is no easy place to go, especially facing a side battling for promotion back to the Southern League.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with goalkeeper Alastair Worby & midfielder Lewis Baldwin, and asked Lewis how difficult the recent run of games has been?

Wantage will be another tough game, as every single one is in this division, you just can’t tell what you’re going to face in each match. It will help that we’ve played Bracknell & Thatcham in our last two outings as we’ve had to play at a high intensity and been made to work much harder than in other less profile games

Alastair agreed about the last two games:

Thatcham & Bracknell are both very good sides, which is reflected in their league positions, both tried to get the ball down on our difficult surface to play football. Having said that, we can as a squad all take a lot of positives out of both those matches and leave with our heads held high, as I believe we frustrated both for large parts of the games

We asked Alastair what Saints can expect from Wantage:

They are yet another good side, they currently sit third in the table! Our previous two encounters against them this season have both been very close, with both sides walking away with a victory each. We come into this game off the back of those two home defeats, but confident that if we play to the same high standards we have set, we can get something from this game

Alastair Worby

Lewis looked back to those two games against Wantage:

They were deserved winners at our place last time out, both their strikers were very good in that game, but on the flip side we deserved the win against them two weeks previously. We didn’t take our chances in the league game when they came along and ultimately it cost us

We questioned Lewis how he rates this season so far for Saints?

It’s been a tough season as we’ve had so many changes throughout the year in terms of coaching staff, squad changes & injuries but all in all I feel we’ve done well. We had a rocky patch before Christmas where there was no consistency in the team at all, and recently it’s been tough as we’ve had so many games postponed like so many other sides, and we haven’t really had a chance to gather any momentum or rhythm. However, out last three games have all been very promising, although we lost the last two they were both close games, it took Bracknell until the last ten minutes to break us down!

Alastair believes the squad is improving:

From the start of the season until now, the squad and coaching staff have both improved massively. With still a very young squad, the jump from boys to men’s football is a huge one, but I believe we have held our own and produced some great performances along the way. The key for us now is to maintain that level, and find some consistency until the end of the season

We asked both players how their own personal season has been, Alastair first:

With this being my first season back playing after three years out of the game, I believe it has been a good one. For me, this season was all about being back on the pitch and enjoying the game again. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to re-sign for Brackley & hopefully I can repay that faith which they’ve shown in me

Lewis Baldwin

And for Lewis:

I believe I’ve done well when I have been playing & hope I’ve brought something to the team. I’ve not played as many games as I would have liked due to injuries & work commitments but that’s life, part of the game at this level

Rounding up, we asked Lewis where he see’s Saints in the final league table:

We’ve set ourselves a target of finishing in the top half and I believe with performances like the last few then there is no reason at all that we cannot achieve that

Alastair has high hopes for his season finale:

As a squad we have set goals & targets to try and achieve in the remaining games we have. Also, to break into the top half of the table would be great for us. On a personal note, a strong end to season with more clean sheets & further exposure in the Brackley Town first team would be ideal. I have been involved in their FA Trophy run this season so to get to Wembley would be an amazing achievement

Sports Shots would like to thank Alastair & Lewis for their time this week

Brackley Town Saints 3-4 Flackwell Heath PPFC

Brackley Town Saints – 3

Flackwell Heath – 4

Brackley Town Saints exited the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup at the third round stage on Wednesday evening at a reasonably warm St James Park. Flackwell were dominant for the opening twenty minutes or so; scoring one and should have had more, but Brackley slowly got back into it and levelled before taking the lead & were the better side after their guests were reduced to ten men. They looked hopeful going into the break that they’d go on and win the tie, but credit to Heath who got themselves back into the game and using their pace scored twice in quick succession to proceed in the competition.

Flackwell passed the ball well and looked to utilise their front line pace and on four minutes Charlie Samuel tried his luck from distance but screwed wide. As Brackley tried to force their guests further down the pitch they were susceptible to a break away and Francis Amartey did just that and cut in from the left, his attempted shot across the face of goal had Brackley keeper Alistair Worby diving away to his left to smoother.

Worby then had to make a good save from an Elliott Carey effort from outside the box, but the visitors did then take the lead on thirteen minutes when Samuel was sent away down the right despite the home sides call for offside the flag stayed down, and the Flackwell striker deftly lifted the ball over the advancing Worby and into the empty net.

Flackwell take the lead

Heath should have doubled their lead just moments later when a cross from their right was met in the middle by Dean Allen but from twelve yards he headed wide of Worby’s right hand post. After twenty minutes of Flackwell pressure the home side got themselves back in the game, winning a free kick on the corner of the box skipper Lewis Baldwin lifted his shot way over the top, but it gave the home side some belief.

Just three minutes later the scores were level when a Flackwell attack broke down in midfield and the ball sent upfield for Tom Kalugin & Chris Jordan to chase down, the latter tucking into the bottom corner from eighteen yards out. The goal got the Brackley tails up, and as they asserted some pressure James Watts thumped a drive against a defender that looped over for a corner.

Samuel thumped a free kick over the top for Flackwell, then on thirty-six minutes the home side took the lead when a ball straight through the heart of the Heath defence gave Matt Johnson a clear sight of goal, as he drove at goal he skipped a tackle from behind that was waved play on, he went on to round David Lyons in the visitor’s goal and stroke home. The referee then called over the offending defender Adam Dickens who had tried to bring Johnson down, showed him a second yellow which meant his side were down to ten men.

Worby then made three fantastic saves to keep his sides lead intact, the second as he retreated back to his goal line seemed impossible with the power of the shot, but the chances were repelled and Brackley continued to press which saw the Heath back line under some sever pressure as the half ended.

Dan Middleton chased down what looked a lost cause in the corner, a Flackwell defender seemed to be simply shepherding the ball out of play but Middleton forced him into the error, won the ball and turned to fire over the crossbar from an acute angle. Kalugin was then given freedom to probe from midfield and as his shot seemed destined for the top corner Lyons threw himself to his right to palm around his post. H/T: 2-1

Brackley began the second half patiently passing the ball across midfield trying to unlock the Flackwell defence, Kalugin was eventually fed in between the centre halves and forced a good save from Lyons from close range.

But before the hosts could relax and enjoy their numerical advantage, their guests hit back on fifty-one minutes when a ball knocked up to Samuel saw the big striker twist and turn on the edge of the area and creating a bit of space he smashed past Worby to level the game. Within ninety seconds of levelling Heath were behind again when a long range shot hit Kalugin some four yards out and the ball sat nicely under his feet for him to poke home and restore his sides lead.

Kalugin pokes home

Again Brackley applied some spells of pressure but were finding it hard to break their opponents down, a powerful drive from Sam Bridges saw a defender bravely put his head in front of the ball to divert over for a corner.

Then on sixty-three minutes some lapses in concentration allowed a loose ball deep in the Town half to fall at the feet of Charlie Malin who had plenty of time and space to compose before smashing a shot off Worby and in, to level once again.

Two minutes later Flackwell took the lead when again Brackley allowed them too much time and didn’t close down quick enough, a cross from the right found Amartey alone in the middle and he had time to take a touch before driving into the bottom corner.

The home side now looked shell shocked and took time to regroup although Watts did shoot from outside the area but only into the waiting arms of Lyons. But it was the away side that looked more likely to score again, Amartey found space down the left to tee up Carey whose fierce drive came back off the post and was eventually cleared.

As much as Brackley huffed and puffed they couldn’t find a way past a resolute Flackwell defence who were determined not to lose the points, and in added time Worby came up to try and help his side at a corner, as the ball was cleared long Worby gave chase and an offside decision saw a free kick awarded, as the Town keeper went to retrieve the ball Malin kicked the ball away earning him his second yellow card of the night.

There was barely time for Brackley to try and make the most of playing against nine men but did win a free kick right on the eighteen yard line in front of Lyons goal. As Baldwin’s’ attempt crashed up off the wall the referee blew the whistle to end a thoroughly entertaining clash. F/T: 3-4

Attendance: 47

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Saints manager Gordon Kille: 

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Brackley Town Saints 8-0 Burnham

Brackley Town Saints – 8

Burnham – 0

Brackley Town Saints manager Gordon Kille mentioned in his programme notes that their win at Burnham back in August had been his sides biggest in their Hellenic history, and was a result of the work his coaching team had put in with the players on the training ground in the lead up to the game. After beating the Buckinghamshire side by eight goals without reply for the second time in three months, Saints will surely be on this training schedule for the rest of the season, although in all fairness it did take two red cards for the visitors to allow Brackley to make the most of the open space and score seven goals in the final twenty-one minutes. As the players left the pitch at the end, a derogatory comment saw Burnham collect a third red card on a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the Buckinghamshire side.

James Watts was the first to see sight of goal early in the game, surging forward from deep he tried his luck from outside the box but spun his shot wide of goal, but then Brackley did take the lead on seven minutes when Josh Bowden was released down the right and he had time to pick out Khris Oti at the far post who thumped his header home.

Bowden sets Oti for opener

Burnham tried to respond when Michael Mukasa burst forward however Saints keeper Alistair Worby was quick off his line and his clearance rebounded back of the Burnham man and out for a goal kick. Bowden was then fed in over the Burnham defensive line and whilst their appeals for a flag were ignored, the striker thumped the ball first time over the bar.

Saints had a half-hearted penalty appeal waved away when a long range effort from Charlie Kille saw Burnham keeper Mo Sampat block the shot but only parry it back into play, running in to pick up the loose ball Chris Jordan went over the leg of Mukasa but the referee waved play on.

From the goal kick Burnham broke and a good drive from Calvin Morgan saw Worby have to dive away to his left to turn away for a corner, and before the break Brackley winger Ryan Knight curled an effort narrowly around the back post from the corner of the box. H/T: 1-0

Saints were indebted to their keeper ten minutes into the second half when Burnham substitute Sodike Thompson was played in through the middle despite the entire home back line calling for offside, from six yards out his shot was brilliantly saved by the feet of Worby.

The game then changed on sixty-two minutes when the visitors were reduced to ten men. A loose ball in midfield saw Saints substitute Sam Bridges and Mukasa both challenge but the reaction of the Town players suggested it was a rather heavy tackle. The referee blew for the free kick, and took a moment to assess before brandishing a straight red card to the Burnham man.

As the sides regrouped Worby was called upon again to make a good save from Thompson, but then with twenty-two minutes left the home side won a penalty when Jordan was released away on goal and as Sampat raced out to dive at his feet, a flailing hand saw the Saint floored and the official wasted no time pointing to the spot.

Baldwin tucks home penalty

Skipper Lewis Baldwin tucked home the spot kick to double his sides lead and put them in the driving seat. Three minutes later it was three when a hotly disputed corner was awarded to the home side, Joe Ward got his head to the cross which Sampat blocked, the Burnham defence failed to clear and a shot from Alex Stott was then blocked on the line again by the Burnham keeper but as he lay in his goal Ward followed up to fire home.

With fifteen minutes left the Town tails were now up, and they attacked at will with Burnham struggling to contain their hosts, and with fifteen minutes left Knight got in on the action. Stott was fed in down the right wing and he had the freedom to fire his cross over the Knight on the corner of the six yard box and he thumped home.

Bridges then cut in from the left after leaving his marker for dead and fired at goal from eighteen yards which Sampat did well to get down and save, before Bowden was fed in behind the visiting defence but a brilliant last ditch tackle from full back Jack Poole took the ball off Bowden’s’ foot before he could shoot and Sampat threw himself onto the ball.

Brackley did make it five on eighty minutes when an initial shot from Bowden was tipped away by Sampat but with no defender anywhere near the Saints striker, he was allowed to chase after the ball and from the acutest of angles smashed at goal again and with the aid of a deflection off a recovering Burnham player the ball went in.

Two minutes later the away side were down to nine men, when Poole was dismissed for a high foot deep in the Brackley half. Burnham were now done and were chasing shadows, and conceded another within ninety seconds, a simple long ball down the right wing was crossed to Bowden in the middle who with no one near him had time to control before rifling home.

Five minutes from time the home side scored their seventh, Stott was fed through the middle of the Burnham back line to run on and fire into the top corner, and three minutes later Stott doubled his tally when a good passing move from left to right saw him loose on the right of the Burnham box from where he fired across Sampat and in. At the sound of the final whistle something was said which led the referee to call back Burnham defender Charlie Fox to show him a second yellow card and subsequent red. F/T: 8-0

Attendance: 54

After the match Sports Shots spoke to Saints manager Gordon Kille: 

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Brackley Town Saints v Burnham preview

Saturday 18th November 2017

Brackley Town Saints v Burnham

St James Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Hellenic Premier Division (step 5)

 

Ahead of Saturday’s game Sports Shots caught up with Brackley’s Ryan Knight to discuss their good start to the season:

The season is going very well so far for us, we’ve had some convincing wins against Binfield and Highmoor and been slightly unlucky against the league leaders Highworth losing by just the single goal. We did have a slowish start with some frustrating games in which we feel we should have come away with more from but conceded a few late goals mixed with some bad luck that prevented us from doing so. However, we seemed to have gelled well now as a team, and the overall performances are improving week by week and our results seem to reflect this

Ryan was at Saints last season, before moving to Ardley United for a spell, but returned to his former club towards the end of last season:

I feel my own performances this season have been good, having moved back from Ardley last year and am playing my more comfortable attacking role on the left side with some freedom. I think my match fitness is now to a high standard which I believe is helping me, and I just want to chip in with some goals now as I am getting into the right areas and want to contribute more to the team

Ryan Knight at Ardley

Brackley appointed a new management team for the 2017/18 season, which has reaped rewards so far for Ryan and the team:

Gordon & Ben have allowed us to see a different perspective on the way we play and the way we set up against certain sides. I feel the way we play as a team is still the same; fast attacking football which entertains and that’s something we want to maintain

The Hellenic Premier Division is hugely competitive year on year, and this season is proving to be no different:

The stand out club so far has to be Highworth Town, having lost only one game all season so far, I can’t choose anyone else at the moment. They have been at the top end of this division for the last few years and maybe this is their year. I do feel that they got away lightly against us though, as they were hanging on pretty much all second half last week, but we couldn’t find the net and they eventually took the three points

Ryan Knight v Brackley Saints 2016-17

Brackley currently sit ninth in the table and despite a team effort week after week, Ryan did mention two players that have stood out:

Two players who have stood out for me this year have got to be Lewis Baldwin and Josh Bowden. Lewis for his consistency & attitude on the pitch; leading as captain he is the backbone of this team. And Josh for the way he has started the season scoring so many goals, it’s a relief to know that when a chance comes along he will take it. The physical aspect of his game also helps us against teams that try to bully us, hopefully he can carry on his current form

Sports Shots would like to thank Ryan for taking the time to speak to us, supporting our website and in turn aid our charity fundraising efforts for Macmillan cancer Support and Vasculitis UK.

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

 

Announcement: Sports Shots portfolio increasing

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that we have agreed to cover some new clubs from around our area with immediate effect.

With the new season looming, we are adding the following clubs to our list:

Aylesbury FC – Evo-Stick Southern League Division One East, managed by Davis Haule, finished last season in 19th position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/news/

Aylesbury United – Evo-Stick Southern League Division One East, managed by Glyn Creaser, finished last season in 13th position. http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/

Banbury United – Evo-Stick Southern League Premier Division, managed by Mike Ford, finished last season in 6th position. http://www.banburyunitedfc.co.uk/

Brackley Town Saints – Hellenic League Premier Division, managed by Gordon Kille, finished last season in thirteenth position. http://www.00svrh.brackleytownfc.com/category/saints/saints-news/

Leighton Town – South Midlands Premier Division, managed by Scott Reynolds, finished last season in sixteenth position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/leightontown

Newport Pagnell Town – United Counties League Premier Division, managed by Darren Lynch, finished last season in tenth position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/newportpagnelltown

Olney Town – United Counties League Division One, managed by Neil Griffiths, finished last season in fourth position. http://www.olneytownfc.com/

We look forward to working closely with these, and all our existing clubs over the coming months.