Archive for Brackley Town Saints Football Club

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.