Saturday 3rd August 2019
Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
Last season’s league standings:
South Midlands League Division Two
Aston Clinton 4th
MK Gallacticos 8th
This game last season:
15th September 2018
Aston Clinton 4 (Adam Beckett x 2 Lamar Mason-Williams x 2)
MK Gallacticos 1 (Demarlo Smith)
Last four games:
W 1-0 v Holmer Green (Wycombe Senior Cup Final at Marlow FC) 7th May
L 0-2 home v Old Bradwell United 4th May SSMFL
D 5-5 away v Mursley United 20th April SSMFL
W 7-0 away v Clean Slate 13th April SSMFL
L 1-4 home v Old Bradwell United 13th April SSMFL
L 1-4 home v Bovingdon 30th March SSMFL
D 1-1 home v Aston Clinton 23rd March SSMFL
D 1-1 away v Old Bradwell United 16th March SSMFL
Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with Clinton manager Neil Roberts to ask how relaxing his summer has been:
In terms of relaxing away from the game yes, but on other fronts it’s been a hectic few months with work and moving to a new house etc, but all settled now and looking forward to the season ahead!!!
When did Aston commence their pre-season campaign, and how were the numbers in attendance early on?
Our pre-season started in late June, so we’ve had six weeks of hard graft as well as four or five positive friendlies. Numbers have never been an issue, we as a club run two teams at the same level, one in the South Midlands and one in the Hellenic so numbers wise we’ve always had twenty-two going up to thirty there each week for each session, so on that front it’s been good!
How has the summer been for signing players on for the club?
Signing players on hasn’t been a problem, the problems been other teams trying to tap our players up once they have signed on!!! But we’ve managed to keep a good close-knit group together which has been very positive & adding a few as well to replace those that have left!
How have the friendly games been in the lead up to the season?
Pre-season friendlies have been positive in the way we want to play, we’re like every other club in that it’s going to take three or four competitive games to properly get going but we’re ready for the challenge ahead
Is the squad now complete or are there any more to come?
No, our squad now is pretty settled, once holidays are finished etc we’ll have a core of seventeen or eighteen to choose from
Onto the game this weekend, has Neil looked much into the opposition?
I tend not to look at pre-season results from other clubs as holidays and people coming and going from various clubs means you never know what you’re up against, the league will settle out over six to seven games and we’ll go from there! On paper we’ve got a tough start, MK Gallacticos have always had good principles in the way they play football, they’ll be free flowing and technically very good, so i believe it will be an entertaining game
Any early targets for his team?
Like I said let’s get to October and see where we are then, I think the league will be stronger than ever this season, with teams ground sharing in the hope that they go up, teams have grounds ready to go in next year so it will be competitive which is what you want regardless of what level you play at! It will be a good test of our character and whether we have got the hunger to go on and compete at the right end of the table
Finally, are there any games that Neil is looking forward to?
I don’t care who we play in whatever competition, I personally have never worried who we’re playing, we as a team want to be the best we can be.
Thanks once again for your continued support to Aston Clinton fc and the non-league game!
Sports Shots would like to thank Neil for his time this week