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Brackley Town Saints rely on a Knight to see off Windsor

Brackley Town Saints got back to winning ways on Saturday with a three-two victory over Windsor in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division.

Trailing by a single goal at half-time Saints came out to equalise within four minutes of the restart with a Ryan Knight penalty, and by the hour mark Knight had completed his hatrick to put his side in control.

Ryan Knight levels from the spot

Despite Windsor pulling another goal back with a minute to play, Brackley held on to take a vital three points, their first win in four games in all competition.

With thanks to Ian Lissimore for the goal clip

FAV; Brackley Town Saints 2-3 West Bridgford (aet)

Brackley Town Saints – 2
West Bridgford – 3

(after extra time, 2-2 at 90 mins)

12.10.2019

Brackley Town Saints were knocked out of the FA Vase on Saturday by West Bridgford of the East Midlands Counties League, a shock defeat to the side from a level below & considering a very early lead seemed set to provide the hosts with a comfortable afternoon. Saints were guilty of missing several guilt edged chances, the legs of Bridgford keeper James Fogg saved his side on more than one occasion during a classic example of a non-league cup tie, Ryan Knight put his side ahead and from there they dominated the early stages, but the visitor’s defended for their lives and had the better of the later stages of the first period, after the break they took the lead and looked set to progress until a last minute equaliser took the game into extra time, but still not to be outdone Jack Oldham scored the winner to send his side into delirium.

Saints took the lead in the fourth minute when Knight was fed on the edge of the box from where he advanced a couple of yards before placing into the bottom corner, chances came & went for the hosts as they looked for a second but the longer the half wore on the more Bridgford came into the game, and just before the half hour mark Tim Hopkinson gave the hosts a warning when his dipping shot from eighteen yards crashed off the crossbar and over the top.

It took the visitor’s just six minutes after the interval to draw level, from the right the ball was fed inside to Jordan Wheatley and he was allowed time to turn before flashing his shot across Crowther and inside the far post. The goal lifted the away side and they piled on the pressure which was rewarded with half an hour left when a cross eluded the outstretched arm of the Saints keeper and Ryan Whitehurst was able to collect, avoid a lunge from Crowther and then lift into the roof of the net from the angle.

Olly Goddard scores in final minute

With ten minutes to go a ball aimed for Ryan Knight took a deflection feeding James Hammond inside the box however from twelve yards he lifted over the top, but in the final minute a free kick in their own half saw Crowther go long and as Goddard got to the ball ahead of the Bridgford keeper he managed to flick his header home to take the game into thirty extra minutes.

An early chance in extra time again saw Fogg deny Hammond from close range using his legs to block, closely followed by a hatrick of shots from Brackley that had the Bridgford keeper and defenders throwing themselves in front of the ball to block to deny what looked an inevitable goal, just before the break Wheatley saw a shot from twenty yards bounce off the underside of the bar, down into the six-yard box allowing a red defender to clear.

The eventually winner came four minutes into the second half of extra time, substitute Oldham found space inside the area to smash past Crowther into the far top corner, as much as Saints huffed & puffed they just could not find the equaliser they needed for a replay. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 127

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Saints manager Chris Hurley:

For 2 pages (166 images) of match day photography, please click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHGtT1b

FAV; Brackley Town Saints v West Bridgford preview + Saints defender Ollie Goddard reveals all

Saturday 12th October 2019
Brackley Town Saints v West Bridgford
(step 5 v step 6)
FA Vase 1st Round
St James Park
NN13 7EJ
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Brackley Town Saints 10th

 

East Midlands Counties League Premier Division (19 teams):

West Bridgford 9th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Brackley Town Saints 3rd

 

East Midlands Counties League Premier Division (19 teams):

West Bridgford 13th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last six games:

Brackley Town Saints:

L 2-1 away v Westfields 5th October HL

D 1-1 away v Virginia Water 28th September BSCC (4-1 pens)

W 7-0 home v Holmer Green 25th September HL

L 4-0 away v Bishops Cleeve 21st September HL

L 4-0 away v Desborough Town 18th September HSC

L 1-0 away v Lydney Town 14th September HL

 

West Bridgford:

W 0-1 away v Ingles 5th October EMCL

L 2-0 away v Hucknall Town 28th September EMCL

D 1-1 away v Shirebrook Town 25th September EMCL

W 3-0 home v Dunkirk 21st September EMCL

W 5-0 home v Selston 14th September FA Vase

D 3-3 home v Sherwood Colliery 7th September EMCL

 

Ollie Goddard

Full Name: Oliver Goddard

Age: 27

Nationality: British

Marital status: In a relationship

Preferred shirt number: 5

Most effective position on the pitch: Centre back

Daytime job: Technical & compliance officer

Former clubs: Middleton Cheney, Team Solent, Kettering Town

 

We asked Ollie:

 

How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

My summer was really nice; I spent some time away from football so switched off for the majority but had a few things lined up for the start of the season, so it was always in the back of my mind

Re-signed on for The Saints this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

Yes, I re-signed for the Saints after an unsuccessful trial with the first team at Brackley, it gave me some good feedback and purpose to try help push to get promotion this year. I did have a few other clubs come in for me, but it made sense to re-sign in my current circumstances

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

Personally, it’s been a bit frustrating, as I think in the majority of our games we have been the better side, but have either given it away or just not produced the performance we know we are capable of

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

I expected a positive start to the season with a huge emphasis on winning the league, we still have this in our mind set and the squad, as a whole, are on the same page when it comes to expectations

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My dad has always been my biggest influence; he has always pushed me to excel myself and given me good guidance on the decisions I have made

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

I think there’s a lot of belief within the group that we can achieve this year, the start we have had has focused us to learn, and pushed us into positions we haven’t been in before, we have several key players within the squad but when Lewis Baldwin and James Watts return it will give us that boost we need as both are exceptionally talented players

Home this week to West Bridgford in the FA Vase this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

Nice home tie against a side I don’t really know anything about, they will obviously come to win, so we have to be at it to give ourselves a good chance at progressing

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

The Hammond brothers (James & Matt) are always good for a moan!

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

When we play at home, I do love a coffee before the game when I get to the ground, away from home I don’t really have a routine

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

Most under rated I would say is Lewis Gabbidon; he has come into the squad this season and has shown some real quality performances

Harry Brock

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Worst dress sense is Harry Brock; he has some proper rascal gear. Definitely a Timberland boot kicking about on a night out

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

I rarely look at other results after games, out of the teams within the league I guess Westfield as they are flying at the moment

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

The gaffer Chris, he turns up with his Mrs I-Pod and has some questionable disco tracks on there!

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

Easington on Boxing Day, I think as it’s our local rivals and is always a nice game over the festive period. However, a win on Saturday in the Vase would also be great!

Finally, after you’ve scored on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

Once I have scored on Saturday, I will have a pint of Strongbow dark fruit please!

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

Brackley Town Saints hopes of beating league leaders gone West

Brackley Town Saints were beaten on Saturday at Westfields, a goal either side of the break put the Hereford based side two up, Saints then lost Matt Hammond who had to leave the field on a stretcher but a late Ryan Knight strike gave the Saints hope for the final ten minutes but the league leaders held on to stay four points clear at the summit of the Hellenic Football League Premier Division.

Ryan Knight

Westfields took the lead five minutes before the break through Richard Greaves, the same number of minutes after the interval Aiden Thomas doubled the hosts advantage, injury to Hammond meant the visitor’s had to reshuffle but they were given hope on eighty minutes through Knight but they could not find an equaliser.

Saints are back in FA Vase action next week-end as they host West Bridgford.

League table HERE: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/Index.do?divisionseason=148683821&league=646734134

HL P; Westfields v Brackley Town Saints match preview + Saints wide man Charlie Kille reveals all

Saturday 5th October
Westfields v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
Allpay Park
HR4 9NA
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Brackley Town Saints 9th

Westfields 1st

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Brackley Town Saints 3rd

 

Midland League Premier Division (20 teams)

Westfields 4th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last six games:

Brackley Town Saints:

D 1-1 away v Virginia Water 28th September BSCC (lost on pens)

W 7-0 home v Holmer Green 25th September HL

L 4-0 away v Bishops Cleeve 21st September HL

L 4-0 away v Desborough Town 18th September HSC

L 1-0 away v Lydney Town 14th September HL

L 2-0 away v Didcot Town Development 10th September BLFC

 

Westfields:

D 4-4 home v Malvern Town 28th September BSCC (won on pens)

W 6-0 home v Brimscombe & Thrupp 24th September HL

W 2-3 away v Binfield 21st September HL

W 3-1 home v Lydney Town 10th September BLFC

W 5-1 home v Ardley United 7th September HL

W 1-6 away v Royal Wootton Bassett Town 3rd September HL

 

Charlie Kille

Full Name: Charlie Kille

Age: 20

Nationality: English

Marital status: Single

Preferred shirt number: 7

Most effective position on the pitch: Unknown

Daytime job: Television storage and logistics

Former clubs: N/A

 

We asked Charlie:

 

How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

My summer was one I will never forget. I went on a four week travelling holiday around Europe with my family. Being away made me miss football more than anything, I couldn’t wait to get back and playing with the lads

Re-signed on for Saints this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

The main influence for me to stay at Brackley was the lads. I’ve known most of them for years, and I have some friends for life in this team. We also have the best facilities in the league, there’s nothing better than playing every home game on our pitch, and it’s only going to get better! There is a club which a friend of mine plays for that asked if I wanted to go over there, but it’s a fair distance away for me

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

The start of the season for me has been slightly frustrating. From being told I’m not a left winger, to then playing in the middle of the pitch where the competition is the hardest without a doubt, it isn’t easy but for now I’m starting games which is most important. It will take me a few games to get use to the position as it’s a completely different role to what I’ve known for a long time but it’s a challenge I’m going to give 100% in

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

The targets for myself have changed since the start of the season because my change in position. But little targets for me to set in games are to be confident on the ball and never stop moving for the duration of the game. Also to reach a minimum of ten goals and ten assists in the season. For the team, this season is crucial that we get a good cup run, the FA Vase awaits us and we all dream of playing at Wembley. Who says we can’t do that?

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My biggest influence is without a doubt my dad, he’s my role model and an inspiration. Only now do I look back and see that all the times he’s been angry or disappointed with me is because he knows what I’m capable of. He loves this club, and with everything going on he always put Brackley Town Saints first. I can only dream of being the person he is, and what he has done for other people

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

The belief that we can achieve something this year is high. After a great season last year, and the majority of the players staying this season means we have no reason to not go and reach our targets. Our skipper Olly is a huge part of our team this season, no team will work without good experienced players, & in Olly and Brocky we have that

Away at Westfields this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

For me personally I don’t know anything about this team but from what the league says they will be a tough team to play against. We expect them to have talented players as they have a good budget. If we turn up on Saturday anything can happen

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

It’s a close one between the Hammond brothers I think, but I’m going to have to go with James. He’s always got something to say

James Hammond

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

Home games I usually just try chill out as much as I can. Preparing well is key for me. Away games I will jump in the car with some of the lads and just chat, have a laugh and stick on the 12:30 kick-off

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

This season for me it’s got to be Sam Hartley. He’s solid at the back, and very good at playing a pass. He will give everything at training and games, he loves a challenge and is always the loudest voice on the pitch. Future captain material

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Hate to say it but Brocky. The man wears Hollister on a night out! He will never learn

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

Portsmouth every time! I was a season ticket holder there back in the Prem days. I have been brought up to support Portsmouth or I’d get kicked out the house, I didn’t have an option. Best team and city in the world!

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

Chris’ tunes are shocking. He puts them on in the changing rooms before we all get there (when he’s not late) and it’s not good at all. It’s like some sort of Polish disco tunes

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

It’s close between Ardley at home or Easington at home. They are both big rivals of ours and when we win there is no better feeling. The games are always feisty, but on our pitch they won’t be able handle us

Finally, after you’ve scored a hatrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

I’ll have a pint of San Miguel please

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

HL P; Brimscombe & Thrupp v Brackley Town Saints preview + manager Chris Hurley on season so far

Saturday 7th September 2019
Brimscombe & Thrupp v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
The Meadow
GL5 2SH
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Brackley Town Saints 3rd

Brimscombe & Thrupp 2nd

 

This game last season:

8th September 2018

Brimscombe & Thrupp 2 (John Evans, Ed Major)

Brackley Town Saints 3 (Ryan Knight x 2, Dean March)

 

Last four games:

Brackley Town Saints:

L 0-2 home v Longlevens AFC 31st August HL

W 0-1 away v Easington Sports 26th August HL

W 4-2 home v Old Bradwell United Development 21st August HLBSCC

L 1-2 home v Wantage Town 14th August FAC rep

Brimscombe & Thrupp:

L 0-1 home v Bishops Cleeve 3rd September HL

D 3-3 home v Westfields 31st August HL

D 3-3 away v Tuffley Rovers 26th August HL

L 1-3 home v Aylesbury United 24th August FAC

 

Chris Hurley

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Banbury manager Chris Hurley to ask how he feels the season has started for his squad?

In terms of results, I would say mixed and frustrating, in terms of performance, I would say really good. We have played really well in the league and the cup in all but our first game against Ardley in my opinion, we have been the better side & if we could convert the hat full of chances we create each game we would have two wins in the league and through to the second round of the FA Cup

Which of your games so far have pleased you the most and why?

Strangely enough Saturdays game at home to Longlevens, even though we lost the performance and commitment was excellent, we were dominant for eighty minutes & played some really good high tempo football, two mistakes cost us in the end, however the all-round performance was good

How would you describe your start in comparison to what you were expecting from your squad?

My standards are high so I will always expect us to be good, however with so many players injured or away, I haven’t been able to put out a settled side so expected the start to be tough and the results mixed, now things are starting to settle down, I expect us to go on a run

How have things been in and around the club since you started the season?

Things have been busy but good, the club house burning down has not been good for us however the new build has proved a good alternative until the club house is rebuilt. Brackley is a good club with some really good people so everyone wants to help, everyone seems to realise that the football comes first so we all push for the same thing

Have you had any problems of players leaving, or have you managed to add any since we last spoke?

In terms of players leaving, it was expected with the Saints not getting promotion and one or two wanting to play at a higher level, I have been managing for a number of years and have some good contacts so wasn’t really worried about players going because it was my intention to replace one or two plus look to promote two or three from the Under 18’s, in fact of the five players that left three have already returned, the two that didn’t have gone travelling, I have also added three new players that will add more quality to the group and also included the best of the Under 18’s to the group so in terms of numbers we are good

James Watts is back in training

Which players have impressed you so far and how?

There have been a number of players that have started well, Lewis Middleton from the 18’s has stepped up well and has already put in some good performances also Matt Crowther, I brought him in to replace Ali Worby and he has started really well, definitely a keeper for the future

How have you found the quality of the teams in the Hellenic so far?

That’s a difficult question to answer so early as a lot of teams have made changes from last season, be it manager or players, however I expect us to be strong this season and be difficult to beat

So many cup games already and more to come, is this a nice distraction from the league or a hindrance to putting a run together?

Personally I see it as a great opportunity to get things right if things need to be adjusted from a league game, a good opportunity to play players that are not getting a lot of football, to give them minutes or coming back from injury, and a good opportunity to play the youth players to see how they are progressing, players would always rather be playing games than training

Tough trip to Brimscombe this week, have you had much info on them so far?

Brimscombe will be a tough away fixture, fortunately I have watched them this season and they have good pace and character so we will have to be on point this weekend to get the result we want

Finally, any squad / team news ahead of the game?

In terms of squad news, we have injuries to Lewis Baldwin, George Ball, Jordan Godfrey, Dean March, James Watts and Sam Sherratt however I am hoping Dean March will pull through for this weekend and have James Watts back in training. We have also completed the signing of former West Brom youth player Lester Davies, we thought we had lost him to Banbury however after hard work he has joined Brackley

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

HL P; Ardley United v Brackley Town Saints preview + manager Chris Hurley’s thoughts on pre-season

Tuesday 6th August 2019
Ardley United v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
The Nolan Oils Ground
OX27 7PA
K.O. 7.30pm

 

(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

Ardley United:

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

 

Chris Hurley

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

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

THE EMIRATES FA CUP  SEASON 2019-2020 PRIZE FUND PAYMENTS 

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

THE EMIRATES FA CUP  ROUND DATES SEASON 2019-2020

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

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Fifth Round Proper Wednesday 4 March 2020

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Final Saturday 23 May 2020

 

 

 

Brackley Town Saints appoint Chris Hurley as new manager, we have his first thoughts on the job

Brackley Town Saints have appointed vastly experienced Chris Hurley as their new manager to take over the reins from Gordon Kille who stepped down at the end of last season. Chris was part of Gordon’s coaching staff last season therefore needs no introduction to the squad or the club, having played & coached at numerous levels he brings a huge database of knowledge to the young team as they look to put the disappointment of missing out on promotion last term by just three points.

Chris Hurley

The club announced on twitter:

Brackley Town Saints are pleased to announce that Chris Hurley has been appointed manager of for the coming season. Chris will be assisted by Gary Courtney who was number two to Gordon Kille last season, we would like to wish both of them good luck for 2019/20

This week Sports Shots caught up with the new gaffer to ask his thoughts on getting the job:

It’s a great club going in the right direction so it’s a good opportunity to get back into management, create some success and develop players for the future of the club

Being part of the coaching team this season obviously helps; did Gordon mention the job to Chris when he decided to step down?

I have known Gords (Gordon) for a couple of years and we have kept in touch, when he heard I wasn’t happy at Didcot, he asked me to come and join him as my years of experience would help him and the young players. He mentioned that he could be stepping down and asked if I would be interested which I was, it helped joining the club when I did as it gave me an opportunity to get to know the club, how the club works and get to know the players, Gordon and Gary have been a great help

Gordon Kille stepped down as manager in April

So what is Chris’s football career to date?

Wow where do I start, I played professionally for three clubs as a youth up to twenty-five and played local football to now. I took my FA level one & two then UEFA B licence, & have managed and coached at Hellenic, Suburban, Isthmian, Ryman and Southern League levels. I have also been director of football at Witney Town and head of youth development at Oxford City looking after under eighteen’s, sixteen’s, and fifteen’s, as a manager I have won a number of cups and helped lead Oxford City to the Senior Cup final at the Kassam. I have been a manager/coach for near on eighteen years with some really good success in building & developing teams, and would really love to bring some success now to Brackley Town Saints

What is the immediate plan for the new gaffer for the summer?

My immediate plan is to secure as many of last season’s squad, as there are some really good players at Brackley, introduce some new faces to freshen up the group then liaise with our youth set up so see what younger players I can introduce as they are the future of the club, this is the busiest time for a manager, the actual football season is the fun part

What experience does Chris have of the Hellenic League, and what made him choose Brackley?

I have managed in the Hellenic League at Abingdon Town where we won the league Cup in the second season, Witney Town, Wantage Town, Bicester Town where I had to rebuild the club from basically no teams to five teams, and managed to get Bicester promoted in my first attempt, so going for the Brackley job was a no brainer, I had offers from three other clubs however Brackley was my first choice

What are the targets for next season?

Based on last season’s efforts where we came so close to promotion, the goal this year is to win the league and I will make sure the whole group knows the targets before we start the season

In terms of the squad, how many players can be retained from last season, and what new players can Chris bring in?

We have lost three, two were poached by Banbury and the third is going travelling, the rest of the group have already agreed to stay which gives me a good base to start with, in terms of bringing new players in I will bring in two or three to freshen up the group and give some competition for places, then push the youth management to give me the best from their set up to introduce them to men’s football

Are there plans to change things or just carry on from where Gordon left off?

It’s a little bit of both, my management style is different to Gordons so I will do things differently in terms of how we train, how we play and a few other things, however I will also take some of the things that Gordon did with the players that worked

Finally, does Chris have any messages for the supporters of Brackley?

My message to the people of Brackley Town Saints & its supporters is it’s an exciting time for the Saints, we will do things properly, appreciate your support, play good attacking football and push for honours. It will be a good time to support the Saints and the club

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

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.