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SSMFL D2C; Sarratt 1-4 Aston Clinton

Sarratt – 1

Aston Clinton – 4

08.12.2018

Aston Clinton eased through their Spartan South Midlands League Division Two Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday at Sarratt, although it took two second half penalties for the visitors to seal their passage into the semi-final where they will face Bovingdon for a place in this season’s final. Two goals in a minute in the first half looked to have put Clinton in a dominant position but they conceded just sixty seconds later to set up an intriguing cup tie in which the hosts had two gilt edged opportunities to level before the break that were wasted; it took a rash tackle after the break to allow Taylor Collins the opportunity to bag his hatrick for the afternoon, and another spot kick wrapped up the scoring late on, as Neil Roberts side confirmed their cup pedigree by reaching the last four of a knockout competition for the second time in four days.

Just two minutes in saw a ball over the home defence for Kevin Mealor to latch onto and his first time effort saw Sarratt keeper Liam Studley have to pounce away to his left to gather with both hands, a long clearance from the away backline then saw Chris Stapleton away down the wing and his cross found Mealor in front of goal but he fired straight into the gloves of Studley. A free kick then saw Aston keeper Liam Smith loft the ball into the box where the home keeper, a defender and Stapleton all went up together to challenge, the ball came off one of them and rolled into the empty net but a raised flag denied the opener, but then on fourteen minutes Collins scored and this time it counted.

A corner floated in was too deep but Mealor retrieved and laid back to his striker partner who rifled home left footed inside the near post, the lead doubled just seconds later when Collins was played down the right channel where he got to the ball ahead of the advancing Studley to slot across the goal face into the far bottom corner. But before the side in blue had time to relax their hosts pulled one back immediately when hesitancy at the back allowed Bexley Andrew to turn and fire low into the bottom corner to give the home side some hope, they almost equalised soon after when a curling effort from Marcus Rivers from close range almost squirmed under the body of Smith but he gathered at the second attempt on his line.

Taylor Collins opens the scoring

Rivers then had another chance when he advanced down the right and beating his marker cut across the penalty area but from close range he powered his drive wildly over the crossbar, a poor corner at the other end saw Sarratt have ample time to clear but Elias Williams stole possession to head into the box and fire low towards the near post but another good save kept the scoreline intact. Another long ball down field then saw Stapleton in space down the right, he flashed his shot across goal and a yard or two wide of the upright, the striker then fed left back Ashley Clark down the wing where his cross flew through the six-yard box and despite numerous bodies trying to connect it rolled harmlessly away to safety. H/T: 2-1

It took almost ten minutes after the break for the first effort of note, Williams picking up a loose ball on the edge of the Sarratt box before crossing the white line to shoot which saw the home custodian having to block with his feet, Collins then released Clark down the wing where his cross was met in front of goal by the outstretched boot of a defender that could have gone anywhere but luckily looped over the top for a corner, followed closely by pull back across the eighteen yard line that Stapleton stepped over with Williams charging in behind but his stinging shot sailed over the top, the closest the home side came was a free kick out wide that was met by the head of John McGeachy but off balance he could only help it out for a goal kick.

The first penalty came on sixty-seven minutes when a long ball up to Mealor saw him brilliantly take the ball down and hold off two markers, he rolled the ball into the path of Clark who attacked the box until coming in from his right Lee Kelley bundled him off the ball giving the referee no option but to blow his whistle and point to the spot, Collins had no hesitation in taking responsibility and slotted home to complete his treble. Another cross into Mealor saw him again hold up well before laying off to Sam Austin who fired over the top, a free kick to the home side laid off to Luke Beaumont saw him try to lob over Smith but he only succeeded in chipping into his waiting gloves, then with twelve minutes left Clinton were awarded another penalty.

Joe Kittle converts penalty late on

A ball downfield to Mealor saw him turn his marker and advance towards goal, as he approached the six-yard box the home skipper Ian McIntosh & Studley attempted to block but the striker went down and Clinton had another spot kick, substitute Joe Kittle was handed the ball which he duly despatched to kill of the game. The woodwork then saved the hosts as Mealor again fed Clark down the flank and his cross heading for Stapleton at the back of the box hit McIntosh to wrong foot the keeper, the ball rebounded off the post and bounced across the open goal mouth before eventually being cleared. Mealor was then unlucky as he connected brilliantly with a pass over the top and his first time attempted lob over Studley looked as if it was in until from nowhere the keeper threw himself backwards and got a hand to it to push around his post.

Sarratt were denied a late consolation when Rivers got in behind the Clinton defence and as he shaped up to pull the trigger a brilliant last gasp sliding tackle from centre half Billy Harrison took the ball off his foot, in added time a free kick awarded to the home side right out on their left in the corner was curled into the box and went straight in, confusion then rained as the referee blew his whistle but after consulting his assistant it was ruled out as the free kick had been indirect and no one got a touch before it went over the line. F/T: 1-4

Attendance: 28

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Clinton duo Chris Stapleton & Taylor Collins: 

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SSMFL D2C; Clinton defender Austin hoping his side can Power through to league & cup success

Saturday 8th December 2018

Sarratt v Aston Clinton

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two Cup

King George V Playing Fields

K.O. 1.45pm

Aston Clinton travel to Sarratt on Saturday in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two cup, and are on the back of a six game spell that has seen five wins and a draw in all competition which includes a two-nil win at their hosts in early November. Still fighting strong in three cup competitions is testament to a side that didn’t start the season that well and endured a change of manager after just a few games; making progress midweek in the High Wycombe senior cup that they won last May lay prelude to this latest divisional cup tie in which Clinton lost the final of last year. Can they keep their cup dreams ticking over?

Sam Austin

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Sam Austin to ask how things have started for the squad:

We didn’t have the best of starts, we played some tough opponents early on and we struggled to get any momentum going in terms of results and performances, with lots of new players to settle into the squad. We’ve regularly got fifteen players available now every game, meaning we have great options in matches, and the manager can pick game specific sides, rather than the team picking itself week in week out. Obviously, it was tough losing our previous manager and our captain so early on and also in quick succession, but it has brought us closer together as a team and made us all more motivated to help each other on the pitch to have another successful season. We’ve recently been getting some good results and our team spirit is very positive

How has the season started for Sam?

I had a knee injury fairly early on meaning it was a bit stop start for me, but once I got that sorted it was nice to get a good run of games and get back into the rhythm of playing, building relationships and confidence on the pitch. As a defender I judge my performances on clean sheets and we haven’t had as many as we’d have liked so far, particularly early on in the campaign, this has been particularly disappointing as we conceded the least amount of goals in the league last year. In recent weeks though we have looked much stronger defensively and have been keeping teams out more effectively. Personally I think my performances have been getting better as we’ve progressed and feel as though I am starting to contribute more defensively and vocally. Hopefully I can keep improving and help the team to keep as many clean sheets as possible

What is Sam’s favoured position in the side, and what is the best system for him?

I prefer to play as centre-back, I have played either that position or left back for the last few years but I do prefer being in the middle as it’s the position in which I can best help the team. We’ve played with two centre-backs in a back four, or three centre-backs in a five so far this season, with myself being on the left in both of those formations, I enjoy both but have particularly enjoyed when we play three at the back as it gives you a bit more time on the ball to pick a pass as well as having more passing options. I also feel that is the formation that best suits us as a team, we’ve got brilliant energy on the wings and great technicians in the middle who can control games of football

Which Clinton players have stood out so far?

Two players for me so far, Luke Russell and Adam Beckett. Luke is Mr. Consistent; he always works hard and puts in solid performances weeks after week regardless of the position he is playing, I have played alongside him a lot in defence so I get to see all the great work he does on and off the ball, he’s been an important player for us for the entirety of my time here. Becks has started brilliantly after re-joining midway through last season, he is strong & composed on the ball and is always willing to receive it. He has a great range of passing which has helped relieve the pressure off of us at the back when we have been under pressure, he’s also a huge threat from set pieces

We asked Sam to define the best game performance so far, and also the worst:

As a team, I would have to say our best performance was the two-one win at home to Bovingdon, as it’s the only game they have lost in the league so far. We took the lead twice in that game and defended well as a team to the death to protect the three points. Our worst performance by a mile was the nil-three home defeat to Totternhoe in our very first game, we were comfortably out worked and out performed and it was a big wake up call for all of us. For me personally I feel my best performance was in the two-nil win at Risborough, not only did we manage to keep a clean sheet, but it was one of my better games with the ball, managing to find my team mates and recycle the ball well

With five wins and a draw in their last six, how far can Aston now push on in the league and cup?

After the disappointing start we had it’s been hugely satisfying to get some good momentum going and to get some decent results whilst performing well too. There is still room for improvement though, despite improving in recent weeks we still need to be more clinical and ruthless in both boxes. If we manage to get that sorted then we are confident we are still in with a chance of winning the league, this division can be hard to predict and there have been some unusual results already this year, but if we can keep this momentum going then we will be right up there. Regarding cup competitions, we always seem to do well against teams above us so hopefully we can recreate last seasons efforts and get our hands on a trophy

Clinton beat this week’s opponents just a few weeks ago, how was the game and what did the team learn that day?

We beat them fairly comfortably last time we met them, although we could have made life easier for ourselves. They like to play out from the back which we counteracted well, creating some good chances and playing high up the pitch inside their half. Hopefully we can get another win and move into the next round

Finally, we asked Sam to predict the finalists of this years Division Two cup final with the winners of this game to meet Bovingdon in the semi, whilst Old Bradwell play MK Gallacticos in the other:

Any team in a semi-final of a cup are going to be a threat, we played Old Bradwell the other week and they are very organised and a tough team to play against. Gallacticos can be very tricky and are a huge threat on the attack, whilst Bovingdon are at the top of the league for a reason, so either one of those are in with a chance. Hopefully, it will be either Old Bradwell or Gallacticos playing us in the final!

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

BBFA ST; Aston striker on a Staple diet of goals, goals, and goals

Saturday 10th November 2018

Didcot Town Development v Aston Clinton

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 3rd Round

Loop Meadow Stadium

K.O. 2.00pm

Aston Clinton travel to Hellenic League Division One East side Didcot Town Development on Saturday in Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy action, and whilst facing a side from a higher level Clinton know they are more than a match for anyone on their day following last seasons successes. Didcot will be a tough place to go despite their lowly league position, they’ve won their last four matches which were all cup fixtures, however Clinton have only lost once in their previous seven games in all competition and knocked out a step six side in the previous round when they beat Risborough Rangers from their own South Midlands league.

Chris Stapleton

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with recent new signing Chris Stapleton who joined from Buckingham Athletic just a few weeks ago, and asked how he’d settled into his new club:

Aston Clinton is where I played all my youth football and I’m familiar with the club as a whole, which has enabled me to settle in really quickly. The lads have been great and its nice to see some familiar faces

Was the move an easy choice & how did it all come about?

Leaving Buckingham was such a hard decision for me and not one I took lightly. After one of my best seasons last year being top goal scorer & receiving players player, I was looking to continue into the new season. After a good start to the campaign I went on a family holiday but when I came back, I struggled to get back into the team, I had many conversations with the manager and he was aware I was unhappy, but he also had three other strikers to keep happy which isn’t easy I know. I just needed to get back playing again, scoring goals and enjoying my football, I knew I would get this at Clinton so dropping down a division wasn’t the hardest part of the decision for me

Chris has been scoring since joining, how has he found the standard of football?

I’ve started well and getting a few goals always helps with the confidence, to be honest the standard of football is very similar. All the teams in this league are strong and they all have their own qualities

The club sit mid table and are still in a couple of cup competitions, how well can the club do this term?

It’s still early days yet, the table is very tight but if we can get on a winning run, we could be right up there by time the Christmas period comes around, and then we could push on for the rest of the season. It’s good to be involved in any cup competitions and I’d like to see us go all the way, with the quality we have in the team there is no reason we can’t

We asked Chris how good he thinks the squad is at Aston, and if they could play at a higher level:

All the lads are playing well at the moment and there is a real togetherness about us, I personally have played with and against several of the squad at higher levels which is why I know just what we could be capable of. We have depth in the squad with real quality all over the pitch

Does Chris ever think that a South Midlands Division Two side could ever reach the Berks & Bucks final?

Football is a funny game, with the luck of the draw you just never know. There’s a first time for everything so fingers crossed, we just need to take each game as it comes and make sure we stay focused to give ourselves any chance of progressing

How will the squad be preparing for the game on Saturday?

I personally don’t know much about them, I’m not too sure if any of the other lads do either but we have to approach this game like any other. I’m sure they will be a decent side so we just need to prepare ourselves, work hard and look to come away with the win

Finally, how important is the Berks & Bucks cup for Chris?

I’ve played in this cup many times for a few different teams, it’s one of my favourite competitions and it would be great to win it with Aston. Hopefully this will be our year!

Thank you to Sports Shots for all your support and coverage, you all do a great job!

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

BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06mdx3y

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

BBFA ST; Aston striker has former team in Range for cup shock

Saturday 6th October 2018

Risborough Rangers v Aston Clinton

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 2nd Round

Windsors

K.O. 3.00pm

Aston Clinton travel the short distance to Risborough Rangers on Saturday in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, to face the side that are although a division above in terms of standings, have not actually won a game inside ninety minutes since the eighteenth of August. Rangers had to beat Division Two Amersham Town in the first round of this competition on penalties, which should give Clinton plenty of confidence even though their season hasn’t seen the smoothest of starts including a management change.

Vinny Greco

Ahead of the fixture, Sports Shots caught up with front man Vinny Greco to ask how he feels his side have started the season:

It’s obvious that we haven’t had a great start but we are finding a bit of form now, we hope to carry it forward and go on a run of wins. We want to win every game so anytime that we drop points we feel we should have done better!

And what about his own personal form?

I don’t think I’ve been as good as I can or could be. I have come up with a few goals and a few assists already but I always want to do better

After much upheaval over the past few months, how does Vinny think the team were affected then and now?

I feel like it did affect us a lot, we lost our manager and a captain but there is a real togetherness about us at the minute and I feel we are stronger than ever, and I am confident that the rest of the season will be good for us

Since the defeat at high-flyers Bovingdon four weeks ago Clinton have had two good wins since, how were those games?

Unfortunately I missed the away game at Bovingdon but was back for the Gallacticos and Mursley matches where we played really well and kept some good possession of the ball, we played in a positive way in both games and had plenty of chances to make both of them even more convincing than they were

What players have impressed Vinny so far this term?

For me Alex Little has been the stand out player this season, he can play full back, centre half or centre midfield and easily gives you a seven out of ten performance every time, each game I feel he gets better & better

Up against higher level opposition this week, how do Clinton approach the game?

They are a team I used to play for and know pretty well as do a few of our players. We have to go into the game not focused on them or what division they are in, we can beat them with our own style of play and we are confident in how we play and that we can get the result we want

Are there any ex-team mates at Risborough that the striker would like to get one over?

I have a few former team mates that I played with there as well as a few lads that I’ve played with at other clubs who are there, some good lads that I’m really looking forward to playing against. I’ve never won the Saturday county cup however I have won the Sunday version and that was a great experience! It’s going to be tough but I feel we are good enough to have a great run

Finally, what differences does Vinny expect to face from their higher level opponents on Saturday?

Floodlights and a stand, apart from that I feel that we can match them all over the pitch! We aren’t worried about them, we just have to play our game and I’m sure we’ll be fine

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

SSMFL D2C; Five star Skelts hoping cup win over Clinton is on the cards

Saturday 29th September 2018

Mursley United v Aston Clinton

Spartan South Midlands Division Two Cup 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Mursley United host Aston Clinton on Saturday in a break from recent league action, as they take to the field in the Division Two Cup first round. Whilst Mursley have won their least three league games on the bounce, these were interrupted by two cup defeats in the Berks & Bucks Cup & League Challenge Trophy by Winslow United & Park View respectively, so with Aston still adjusting to life under a new manager Mursley will see this as a perfect chance to progress in the cup competition they won just over a season ago.

This week Sports Shots caught up with in-form striker Nathan Skelton to ask how he and his sides start to the current season have been:

On a personal level the season has got off to a decent start and I am enjoying being back at Mursley. We are obviously disappointed to have lost to Bovingdon & Grendon which were two teams we should have taken maximum points from had we played to our maximum capacity. We now want to kick on and try to cement our place near the top of the table which is our main target

Nathan Skelton scores in B&B Cup v Winslow Utd

How difficult is this division this year with new boys Bovingdon already top, teams expected to flourish struggling and so many early cup fixtures?

The league is a strange one this year with only fifteen teams, August to September is traditionally a time where players are unavailable due to weddings & holidays so we won’t really get a true reflection on where teams are at until Christmas

How difficult does Nathan think the league is when some teams have played three games whilst others are already on nine?

To be fair we are only really focussing on our performances and how we can improve, the fact that other teams may have played more or less games really doesn’t worry us

A big win for Mursley last week beating Clean Slate by eight goals to one, Nathan getting five of them, how was it?

As a team we all played well on Saturday and I was lucky enough to grab a few goals and contribute to the result. I think it’s the first time I have hit five goals in a competitive game since youth football so that was pleasing. Special mention to Jamie Green who also chipped in with a couple of well taken but rare goals, and also Tom Brazier rounding up the scoring with the last goal. Although it’s always nice to score plenty of goals we are now just focusing on our next game and we are not getting carried away

We asked Nathan who he thinks will occupy the top three places in the table come next May?

Bovingdon will be up there no doubt and I feel with the players we have we can challenge the top spots. Pitstone & Ivinghoe will be another clash that we will be looking forward to as they will be up their challenging come the end of the season. The managers have set out clear expectations of where we should be finishing and we are all working towards that goal

Nathan Skelton

Which players have contributed to the good start to the season, and which new players have impressed?

Danny Simpson & I have created a decent goal scoring partnership and I feel we complement each other well going forward. We have signed Michael Joseph & Dan Willett who will add some experience at the back and in goal, but all in all we are pleased with everyone’s contributions

Mursley introduced a development side this year, how does Nathan feel the club is progressing now and over the next few years?

We are extremely lucky to have some superb players currently playing in the development team and they will be knocking on the door for first team places this season, we all train together week in week out and I have seen the quality first hand. The main reason that drew me back to Mursley United was the fact that the club is run properly and by some top people, the club wants to progress and with Anthony & Jamie at the helm we can hopefully get promoted out of this league

Finally, we asked if this was a good time to be playing Aston Clinton with their unsteady start to the season:

Being a cup game anything can happen, and we expect Aston to be a tough test but hopefully we can progress into the next round. I have some fond memories in this competition after winning it back under Simon Jay’s managerial spell at the club so we want to do well.

I’d also like to say a massive thanks to Sports Shots for all the continued coverage of Mursley United and local football

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

SSMFLD2; Kittle hoping for astronomical turn around ahead of Gallacticos game

Saturday 15th September 2018

Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two

Aston Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aston Clinton host MK Gallacticos on Saturday in Spartan South Midlands Division Two action and look to kick start their way back into form after three successive defeats in league and cup. After the resignation of Jordan King last week, Neil Roberts took control of first team affairs and after defeat at league leaders Bovingdon last week now face Gallacticos who sit a place and three points below Clinton in the league table.

Joe Kittle

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aston regular Joe Kittle to ask how it’s been at the club since King left:

It was a bit of a shock to most of the players to be honest but we’ve picked ourselves up and it’s given us the motivation we needed to push forwards after not having the best of starts this season. Its time to work hard now!

Neil is a local Aston boy and has taken over with the help of Rob Goldney, two lads that have a great understanding of the game and that have played a high standard themselves. Two great lads that you can have a laugh with but at the same time get our heads down with and be serious when needed

Had the resignation from the previous manager been anticipated?

I wouldn’t say it was massively expected but we could tell something wasn’t quite right this season, there wasn’t the same motivation and love as there had been in previous years, and I guess it was only a matter of time once everyone was feeling the same

So what can we expect under the new manager?

Neil is a well known face for the lads and everyone involved with the club, having played for Aston himself for years on and off. I think our main priority at the moment is to stick together as a team, work hard and get ourselves back to winning ways and show everyone we deserve to be up there this season

We asked what happens in terms of the squad from here?

I strongly believe the lads will stick together this season, I think with what’s happened it has only brought us all closer and more determined to go out there and get the results we want, and to show Kingy what he’s missing!

So how has Joe’s own season been so far?

So far it hasn’t been as strong as I would have liked, having a couple of games out due to injury and obviously us as a team starting slowly this year, it’s affecting everyone’s morale within the squad but it’s only upwards from here!

What does Joe think has changed from last year?

As I’ve said it’s not been the start we were hoping for, we’ve had a few difficult opponents early on which hasn’t been the easiest for us. We’ve lost a few players but also gained a few so it’s about gelling well as a team now and focusing on the players and the support we have to keep us pushing forward, and winning our next few games

Clinton have lost three on the bounce, how do they stop the rot?

With a losing streak I think it’s important that we don’t let it affect us in our upcoming games, a lot has changed in the last couple of weeks so we need to stay focused as a team and play with a bit more bite and use the motivation it’s given us, that includes training too where we need to show our new gaffer the respect he deserves

Finally, what teams have impressed Joe so far?

We’ve had a couple of good competitive games so far, Pitstone being one of them and they were lucky enough to take the win after an eightieth minute screamer into the top corner! Potton were also another good side who play in the South Midlands Premier Division, the games against 61 FC are usually good games but unfortunately I missed this one through injury

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

*** BREAKING NEWS *** Aston Clinton FC boss Jordan King steps down

Jordan King

Aston Clinton manager Jordan King has stepped down from his role with immediate effect, and spoke exclusively to Sports Shots:

I felt as if I needed a break from football, from next month I would have seven years without a break. I was burnt out from it and I couldn’t get myself motivated for the long season ahead, and if I can’t motivate myself then I certainly am not ready to inspire a group of players.

I informed the club of my decision on Thursday evening, and I have so many people to thank that I could be here forever. Firstly the players; the commitment to myself and the club has been brilliant. Everything that was asked of them they did & did absolutely 100%. The messages I have received from them have been really nice as well and it makes the work put in over the last couple of years worthwhile.

The people who have helped me on the managerial side of things, Smithy in my first season, Ken Hazell for the last two years up to Bryan McGowan, Neil Roberts & Mike Dedman this season. And finally all the helpers behind the scenes that do all the work that people don’t get to see, Vanessa, Cod, Sam Howard, Dave Mac, John Roberts, Ian Mid & Peter Wyatt. Plus people like Matt Day & Alec Bells mum in previous years, I do apologise if I’ve left anyone out!!!

King leads team out for Div. 2 cup final

When asked what highlights he had since joining the club, Jordan was very proud to boast of so many successes:

Taking over a side that had finished second bottom, struggling to be able to get a side together, to now getting two very good young sides out every Saturday both playing step seven football is a huge achievement.

We have tasted success with back to back promotion positions in the league in both 2016/17 and 2017/18, SSMFL Division Two Cup finalists in 17/18, High Wycombe Senior Cup winners 17/18, we had the best defensive record in the SSMFL in 17/18, and we beat five higher level sides in Harpenden Town, Flackwell Heath, Penn & Tylers Green, FC Thame Rangers & Holmer Green last season

Wycombe Senior cup winners 2018

So what now?

Short term I am going to rest and enjoy the break, but I will be back at some point. Football is the game I love and I’m not ready to walk away just yet. Who knows what might happen!

I would also like to thank everyone at Sports Shots for their coverage over the past few seasons

Sports Shots would like to thank Jordan not only for today, but for all his time since being at the club with all interviews & previews supplied during his tenure at the club

SSMFLD2; Kings men looking to put winning run together again

Saturday 25th August 2018

The 61 FC (Luton) v Aston Clinton

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two

Kingsway Ground

K.O. 3.00pm

Liam Smith

After a two week break Aston Clinton travel down to Luton on Saturday to face old adversaries 61 FC and will be looking to build upon their win at Tring Corinthians a fortnight ago and push themselves back towards the top of the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two table. A disappointing start to the Clinton season saw them beaten by three goals without reply on the opening day at home by Totternhoe but after bouncing back at Tring Jordan King’s men will be looking to put a dent in The 61 FC unbeaten start to their season.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Clinton keeper Liam Smith and asked how the opening two games had been, and to look ahead to the next couple of games:

It wasn’t the best start for us up against a very strong Totternhoe side, especially with a few key players missing, but we lost to the better team on the day no doubt. It was the same again in the second game where we came up against a much improved Tring side who gave us another tough game where we had to come from behind to win, so a very mixed start to our campaign.

Saturday, we face another tough away game in Luton which is never easy! With training this week on Tuesday & Thursday evening we are looking to really kick start our season with not only the game Saturday but also on Tuesday when we host Pitstone & Ivinghoe, these are games for us to really set our mark for the season ahead!

How does Liam view the squad this season?

Obviously losing Lewis Workman to Marlow was a big loss to us as he has been a key player for the last three seasons. But the manager has been busy and brought in some top signings this summer so we are looking to push on now

So what does Liam think can top the successful season Aston Clinton had last term?

Last season was a good season for us with some long awaited silverware, this year we simply have to challenge for every cup we are in and hope to retain the Wycombe Senior Trophy. We want to win this league as well but that is going to be tough as it seems to get stronger & stronger every year

And finally, who does Liam see as being contenders for the Division Two title come the end of the season?

It’s always a strong league, and with new teams this season like Bovingdon & New Bradwell St Peter it’s no easier, then there are teams like Pitstone & Mursley who are always there or thereabouts

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

SSMFLD2; Aston Clinton v Totternhoe preview

With the football World Cup long forgotten from this summer, the new football season begins this week-end.

Aston Clinton begin their Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two campaign this week-end as they host Totternhoe at Aston Park on Saturday.

A successful season last year saw Clinton finish runners-up to Park View and also pick up a trophy by winning the Wycombe Senior Cup, and also reach the final of the Division Two cup final but suffer a narrow defeat to Park View.

Jordan King

Can the club push on and finish one better this season? Sports Shots this week caught up with manager Jordan King to find out how things have been going this summer:

It’s been a positive pre-season, we have managed to keep a lot of last seasons squad together and we’ve had some real quality come in.

We have lost some players to sides at a higher level who can offer money, but we feel as if we have done some good business. But our results this season will determine that.

Of course, we will be ready as we can be. We will control the controllables as best as we can and let the rest take care of itself. Unfortunately we do have some big players away for the first game, with 5 players either on holiday/injured/weddings etc. But the squad that we put out are more than capable of taking care with the job in hand. This Saturday is a big opportunity for players to lay down their marker and to keep the shirt!

It arguably couldn’t be a tougher game to start with, Totternhoe have been competing for the title in the last two seasons. Plus they won the Beds county cup and I fully expect them to have another strong season. In both games last season they were tight affairs, with Totternhoe beating us 2-1 at our place and we beat them 2-0 away. I’m sure Chris Robson will have them well drilled.

We have five missing unfortunately, but we have the depth and quality in the squad to deal with this.

Finally I would like to thank Sports Shots for the fantastic coverage last season, especially in the two cup finals we had. Thankfully we won one of them!

#uptheaston

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