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SMFL D2C; Berkhamsted Raiders v Aston Clinton preview + Aston’s Lamar Mason-Williams reveals all

Saturday 19th October 2019
Berkhamsted Raiders v Aston Clinton
Spartan South Midlands Division Two Cup
The Sadiku Stadium
WD4 8BS
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Aston Clinton 5th

Berkhamsted Raiders 2nd

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Aston Clinton 4th

Berkhamsted Raiders 3rd

 

This game last season:

27th October 2018 (league game)

Berkhamsted Raiders 3 (Kevin Duncan-Williams, Evans Lamboh, Andrew Mullins)

Aston Clinton 1 (Chris Stapleton)

 

Last six games:

Aston Clinton:

L 2-4 home v Unite MK 12th October BBST

W 2-1 home v Bovingdon 5th October SSML LCT

W 1-2 away v Unite MK 28th September SSMFL

D 2-2 away v Bovingdon 21st September SSMFL

W 1-2 away v MK Gallacticos 14th September BBST

W 0-1 away v Codicote 7th September SSMFL

 

Berkhamsted Raiders:

L 3-1 away v MK Gallacticos 12th October SSMFL

L 0-2 home v Old Bradwell United 2nd October SSMFL

L 4-2 away v Totternhoe 28th September SSMFL

W 2-1 home v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 17th September SSMFL

W 0-5 away v 61 FC (Luton) 14th September SSMFL

W 1-2 away v Tring Corinthians 31st August SSMFL

 

Lamar Mason-Williams

Full Name: Lamar Mason-Williams

Age: 26

Nationality: British

Marital status: Single

Preferred shirt number: 9 or 11

Most effective position on the pitch: Striker

Daytime job: Work in sales at an electrical wholesale0-5 1-2 r

Former clubs: Risborough Rangers, Aylesbury FC among others

 

We asked Lamar:

 

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

Summer was good, I think it’s always good to have time off & relax, but before you know it pre-season creeps up on you & you’re back on it

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

I just think the team spirit we have in the group was a big factor & we all know what we can achieve. I had a couple of bits of interest elsewhere, but I think I always knew deep down I was always going to stay here

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

Personally, I think I’ve done okay, my main aim is to score as many as I can & I’ve started well, I just hope I can push on with more!

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

For myself I would love to hit twenty-five plus this season, that must be a big goal for me as a striker. For the squad, I think the league is a definite priority for us & to have a good run in the cups

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

I would probably have to say my Dad

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?

There is a big belief around this season that we can achieve something, with the management staff having a big influence on us & to keep us on track. As a squad I think we will be all key to a successful season

Away at Berkhamsted Raiders in the cup this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

Yeah, we played them twice last year, lost & won. They were a very decent side last season, so we’re expecting a tough game for sure, they’ve started well so we know we must be at our best

Liam Smith

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Close one between Liam Smith & Vinny Greco, I’ll go with Smithy!

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

I don’t really have one as such. Have something light to eat & just chill out before making my way to the ground

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

Luke Russell for sure, a very good defender who is quick & reads the game well

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Hard to say really…. But because he’s my brother I’ll have to say Ellis Minott

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

As I support them, if Man United are playing I usually look for their result first & then all the local clubs

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

I’ve heard some of his music & it is questionable so would have to be Michael Harper

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

Old Bradwell I think, we always seem to have close games with them so would be nice to get one over them

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

A nice cold pint would be lovely thanks

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

SSMFL LCT; Aston Clinton v Bovingdon preview + Clinton midfielder Taylor Collins reveals all

Saturday 5th October 2019
Aston Clinton v Bovingdon
Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy
Aston Park
HP22 5HL
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Aston Clinton 4th

Bovingdon 11th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Aston Clinton 4th

Bovingdon 1st

 

Games last season:

8th September 2018 (SSMFL Div. 2)

Bovingdon 2 (Matthew Standen, Jay Welsh)

Aston Clinton 0

 

23rd February 2019 (SSMFL Div. 2 Cup Semi-Final)

Bovingdon 0

Aston Clinton 4 (Taylor Collins, Chris Stapleton, Lamar Mason-Williams, Joe Kittle)

 

Last six games:

Aston Clinton:

W 1-2 away v Unite MK 28th September SSMFL

D 2-2 away v Bovingdon 21st September SSMFL

W 1-2 away v MK Gallacticos 14th September BBST

W 0-1 away v Codicote 7th September SSMFL

W 1-2 away v Tring Corinthians 17th August SSMFL

L 3-4 home v MK Gallacticos 3rd August SSMFL

 

Bovingdon:

L 1-3 home v Codicote 28th September SSMFL

D 2-2 home v Aston Clinton 21st September SSMFL

W 0-1 away v Totternhoe 14th September SSMFL

D 1-1 home v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 7th September SSMFL

L 1-3 home v Berkhamsted Raiders 24th August SSMFL

L 2-3 home v Mursley United 17th August SSMFL

 

Taylor Collins

Full Name: Taylor Collins

Age: 24

Nationality: English 

Marital status: Single 

Preferred shirt number: Any from 2 – 11

Most effective position on the pitch: I prefer playing striker but play mostly out wide 

Daytime job: Insurance broker 

Former clubs: Too many to list 

 

We asked Taylor:

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

Summer was nice and relaxed; it is always good to have a break after the football season. You do miss football but then you begin to dread the thought of pre-season

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

I don’t tend to talk about other clubs and interests, but it was an easy decision to stay at Aston. We managed to keep most of the squad from last year, so it was always going to be easy to re-sign, and when you have a gaffer like Wingers (Neil Roberts) it’s hard to leave

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

A bit mixed to be honest, first two games I scored in both games and since then i feel like i haven’t contributed much to the team going forward

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

I would like to get over the twenty-goal mark personally this year. As a squad we are taking it game by game and not looking too far in front of us, but we would look to better last year’s league position and look to do better in the cup finals

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

I would say my eldest brother Liam is, he was my coach when I was younger, so he did have a big influence on my football

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?

We have a great team spirit this year and it is a good bunch of lads to be involved with. I don’t think we can pin point it down to certain players as I believe the whole squad will have a part to play this year

Home to Bovingdon this week, do you know anything about them this season & what are you expecting from them?

We played them a couple of weeks ago and we drew two each and we simply weren’t at the races that day. They are a young team and they have a point to prove under their new manager so it should be a close game again

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

That probably has to be Nick Gurney or Wingers

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

Ummm I don’t really have one to be honest, we listen to music as a team and just chill out

Luke Russell

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

I would have to say Luke Russell, a very solid defender who goes under the radar about his business. Easily a seven out of ten every week, when his hamstrings let him play!

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Would probably have to be Teddy (Paul)

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

I tend to look for Winslow United as Mitch is playing there, and I also have a look to see what the ducks are doing

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

Again, probably Teddy, he asked to play music in my car and the spice girls came on. He quickly changed it, so think it must have been on his home alone playlist!

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

Probably Old Bradwell, we always have a close game with them

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

I would happily take a few lychees in the Roth’s

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

SSMFL, D2: Clinton boss volleys in late winner at Unite MK

Aston Clinton manager Neil Roberts came off the bench to net the winner as his side recorded a 2-1 win at Unite MK today.

Neil Roberts

The game was level with Jamie Parker netting for the home side and Ted Paul scoring for Clinton.

The visiting manager then came off the bench to volley in the goal that took maximum points.

MATCH DETAILS: Unite MK v Aston Clinton

SSMFL D2; Codicote v Aston Clinton preview + manager Neil Robert’s thoughts on season so far

Saturday 7th September 2019
Codicote v Aston Clinton
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
John Clements Sports Centre
SG4 8XY
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Aston Clinton 4th

 

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Codicote 19th (r)

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last four games:

Aston Clinton:

W 1-2 away v Tring Corinthians 17th August SSMFL

L 3-4 home v MK Gallacticos 3rd August SSMFL

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

Codicote:

L 4-0 away v New Salamis 31st August FA Vase

W 0-2 away v The 61 FC (Luton) 24th August SSMFL

W 0-1 away v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos 20th August SSMFL LCT

L 3-1 away v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 17th August SSMFL

 

Neil Roberts

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Clinton manager Neil Roberts to ask how he feels the season has started?

So far we’ve played two and we’ve won one lost one. As a squad we were disappointed to lose our opening game against MK Gallacticos, we conceded sloppy goals as a team and if you score three goals in any game of football you don’t expect to lose!! We bounced back though against a very good Tring Corinthians side with a disciplined performance so hopefully we can kick on from that!!

How difficult has it been playing your first game to then having two weeks off, then play again then have three weeks off until this game?

It’s not been easy especially when we were asked when we’d like to start the season! To have a game then miss a week, then game, then two weeks off but that’s life, we now have a continuous run of games so hopefully we can now kick start our season

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

Tring Corinthians away, disciplined, dug in where we had to, took our chances, and had to cope with our first and ONLY sin bin of the season!!!

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

It’s hard to tell after two games, we’ve set ourselves goals which we’re confident of achieving so we’ll see how the season pans out over the next couple of months

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

There’s been a good atmosphere in and around the club, always has been really as we’ve got a great chairman, and the committee work tirelessly behind the scenes to try and make it as easy as possible for the management team and playing squad at training and on match days

Lamar Mason-Williams joint top scorer after two games

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

No, once you play for Aston you don’t want to play for anyone else! Lol

Which players have impressed you so far and how?

I don’t like to mention individuals, we work hard as a squad, and we win & lose as a squad!

Five of your next six games are away from home, what difficulties does this pose to you?

I only tend to look at what’s happening tomorrow, but it doesn’t bother us as we have to play each team twice anyway, so let’s get on a good run now and maybe we can use home advantage going into the second half of the season!

Tough trip to Codicote this week, come down from the division above, have you had much info on them so far?

Codicote, I don’t even know where that is! Lol no, we just need to know that we need to turn up week in week out, rather than worry about opposition! Niche is causing us a few problems on Friday nights at the moment though!

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

With holidays now finishing I’m hoping we’ll have a full-strength squad to choose from.

Thanks once again to Sport Shots for your continued support, and coverage of grassroots football, you’re always welcome at Aston Clinton football club

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

SSMFL D2; Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos preview + manager Neil Robert’s thoughts on pre-season

Saturday 3rd August 2019
Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
Aston Park
HP22 5HL
K.O. 3.00pm

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:

Aston Clinton:

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

MK Gallacticos:

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

Neil Roberts

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

SSMFL Division Two fixtures released for August & September

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIV 2

The Spartan South Midlands Football League have released the first two months of fixtures for Division Two teams, although at this stage these games are subject to change.

AUGUST FIXTURES

 

Saturday 3rd August – Kick Off 3.00pm

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos

 

Saturday 10th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v Old Bradwell United

Sarratt v New Bradwell St Peter

Totternhoe v Codicote

Tring Corinthians v MK Gallacticos

 

Saturday 17th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

DIVISION TWO

Sarratt v Berkhamsted Raiders

Tring Corinthians v Aston Clinton

Unite MK v Old Bradwell United

 

Tuesday 20th August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos v Codicote

Colney Heath v Sarratt

Edgware Town v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Leverstock Green v New Bradwell St Peter

 

Wednesday 21st August – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

New Salamis v Berkhamsted Raiders

Unite MK v Ampthill Town

 

Saturday 24th August – Kick Off 3.00pm

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Mursley United v Park View

Tring Corinthians v Old Bradwell United

 

DIVISION TWO

Aston Clinton v New Bradwell St Peter

Bovingdon v Berkhamsted Raiders

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Sarratt

The 61FC (Luton) v Codicote

Totternhoe v MK Gallacticos

 

Saturday 31st August – Kick Off 3.00pm

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE First Round Qualifying

Holyport v Unite MK

New Salamis v Codicote

 

DIVISION TWO

Mursley United v Totternhoe

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v New Bradwell St Peter

Sarratt v The 61FC (Luton)

Tring Corinthians v Berkhamsted Raiders

 

SEPTEMBER FIXTURES

(Note: Subject to change once County Cup draws are known)

 

Saturday 7th September – Kick Off 3.00pm

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

MK Gallacticos v Langford

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Codicote v Aston Clinton

Old Bradwell United v The 61FC (Luton)

Sarratt v Buckingham United

Tring Corinthians v Grendon Rangers

Unite MK v New Bradwell St Peter

 

Tuesday 10th September – Kick Off 7.45pm unless stated

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers (Kick Off 7.30pm)

Harefield United v Buckingham United

 

Saturday 14th September – Kick Off 3.00pm

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Second Round Qualifying

New Salamis or Codicote v Tower Hamlets

Wellingborough Town or Wellingborough Whitworth v Holyport or Unite MK

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade United v Tring Athletic

 

DIVISION TWO

Buckingham United v Codicote (Subject to FA Vase)

Grendon Rangers v Sarratt

MK Gallacticos v Old Bradwell United

Mursley United v Berkhamsted Raiders

New Bradwell St Peter v Tring Corinthians

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Unite MK (Subject to FA Vase)

The 61FC (Luton) v Aston Clinton

Totternhoe v Bovingdon

 

Saturday 21st September – Kick Off 3.00pm

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round

Aston Clinton v Bovingdon

 

DIVISION TWO

Berkhamsted Raiders v Grendon Rangers

Codicote v Unite MK

Sarratt v Totternhoe

Tring Corinthians v Buckingham United

WSC F; Holmer Green 0-1 Aston Clinton

Holmer Green – 0
Aston Clinton – 1

07.05.2019

Aston Clinton retained the trophy they won twelve months ago by beating Hellenic Football League Premier Division side Holmer Green on Tuesday night at the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground, home of Marlow FC; a first half corner that Taylor Collins curled over everyone into the far top corner was enough to see Neil Roberts men parade the silverware with victory over higher placed opposition for the second successive year. Holmer started the better but as the first half wore on Clinton found their feet and got the crucial goal which they had to defend for long periods of the second period, they had chances on the counter after the break to seal the game which were spurned but they held on to complete another successful season for the Spartan South Midlands Division Two side.

The team in green had the ball in the back of the net within ninety seconds of kick off when a corner was cleared as far as Curtis Stone who looped it back into Dan Wilson where from ten yards he headed home but quite clearly from an offside position, shortly after Adam Riley worked hard to get space down the left channel before turning his marker and curling an effort straight at Clinton keeper Liam Smith. Aston won a couple of quick succession corners which Taylor Collins curled right down the throat of Holmer custodian Aaron Brown, the first he had to tip over his own crossbar to avoid it going in, the second headed back out to the midfielder whose third attempt then revealed blue shirts in an offside position despite Mitchell Collins heading over.

Taylor Collins corner went straight in

Dave Brown received a pass wide right and cut inside the full back and from the edge of the area his shot took a slight deflection for a corner, a Mitchell Collins free kick from twenty-five yards dipped inches over the top, at the opposite end Pawel Kotwica lifted over from the left of goal. A deep cross into the Holmer box had Lamar Mason-Williams heading back to Taylor Collins whose over the shoulder attempt cannoned off a defender, the clearance sent long looked to be fairly safe but as a Clinton defender looked up for options Riley burst through to take possession and drive forward where Smith made himself big and had to push away to stop what looked a certain opener.

On twenty-nine minutes came the winner, corner taker Collins curled in from the right which eluded those at the front post and as Sam Austin approached to attack the keeper stuck his arm up to try and push over however the ball nestled inside the top corner. From the restart a long punt back up into the green half saw Mason-Williams released on goal with a Zach Crawford on his shoulder, the pair tussled to the eighteen yard line where the striker managed to shoot however the boot of his opponent took it out for a corner, Taylor Collins then chased a lost cause down in midfield to send Mason-Williams down the flank on his own, reaching the box he squared into Brown who pulled his drive wide. H/T: 0-1

An early second half move by Holmer broke down deep in the Aston half allowing Elias Williams to bring the ball away and a perfectly weighted pass with the outside of the boot sent Ash Clark through the heart of the defence where from the edge of the penalty arc he blazed over the bar, and from there it was a case of the Greens working hard to get back into the game but the blue back line repelling everything thrown at them, with the occasional foray into the opposition half.

Aaron Brown makes late save

Two goal mouth scrambles were cleared by the Aston defence before another move saw a clearance up to substitute Chris Stapleton on the halfway line, he turned to thread through the full back and centre half for Clark to race away again but upon reaching the box he unselfishly tried to square to Brown but a defender cleared whereas taking the shot on himself might have been the better option, some great defending at the opposite end saw a lob over the top for Kotwica to chase down but Austin positioned himself between the front man and the ball to shield out of play.

Another lightening quick move saw Stapleton released down the right wing where his pace took him past his marker and reaching the eighteen yard line he laid into the path of Taylor Collins whose low drive was brilliantly pushed away by Aaron Brown single handed, Stapleton slid in but could only poke the rebound wide, five minutes into added time with Clinton wasting time in the corner Holmer skipper Gary Lines slid in to bring down Stapleton to earn his second yellow and subsequent red card with the final whistle sounding just moments later. F/T: 0-1

Attendance: 134

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Clinton manager Neil Roberts:

For 2 pages (124 images) of matchday photography please click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmB85Ump

Sports Shots top three most viewed interviews for March 2019

The top three most popular post-match interviews (to date) for March on our You Tube page https://www.youtube.com/user/sportsshotsorguktv/videos were as follows:

No. 1: Winslow United v Hatfield Town match highlights 16.03.2019 (334)

 

No. 2: Aston Clinton assistant manager Jack Seaton v Grendon Rangers 09.03.2019 (321)

 

No. 3: Buckingham Athletic development v Leighton Town development match highlights 23.03.2019 (232)

(All viewing figures correct at the time of publish)

SSMFL D2C; Old Bradwell United 0-0 Aston Clinton (3-2 pens)

Old Bradwell United – 0
Aston Clinton – 0
(Old Bradwell United win 3-2 on penalties)

10.04.2019

Old Bradwell United had to play eighty minutes of this Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two cup final with ten men to take the game into a penalty shoot-out where they held their nerve as Aston Clinton missed three of their five spot kicks which ultimately took the silverware back to Milton Keynes. A dour first half saw little goal mouth action, the second forty-five did create scoring opportunities but neither keeper seriously tested, a good crowd of almost two hundred then congregated at the clubhouse end to witness both sides score their first & third penalty each, whilst both missed their second each Bradwell didn’t miss again and over the crossbar efforts from Vinny Greco & finally Taylor Collins saw the men in black & white go on to lift the cup and celebrate in the bitterly cold Leighton Buzzard temperatures.

The first half was one to forget, an early Ash Clarke attack down the Aston left had Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn down low to his near post to smoother whilst at the opposite end Scott Valentine delivered a free kick into the Clinton penalty area but their custodian Liam Smith rose above everyone to gather with both hands. Then just ten minutes in the referee spotted an incident to which he blew his whistle, spoke briefly to striker Darryl Smith before flashing the red card at the United man to leave most of the crowd scratching their heads as to what had happened, later confirmed as by the official as being for spitting at Taylor Collins.

For the rest of the half the imbalance simply saw Old Bradwell defend anything the men in blue slung at them, a couple of long range efforts went over or wide, whilst a couple of brief attacks at the opposite end saw Valentine whip a cross into the six-yard box where Smith had to stun with his boot before pouncing to collect, and a Jakk Pursey curler from the corner of the eighteen-yard area bounce the wrong side of the far upright the highlights. H/T: 0-0

Clinton manager Neil Roberts gave his side ten minutes at the start of the second period until changing things up, defender Alex Little was sacrificed to make way for striker Chris Stapleton and within a couple of moments he made a clever run along the blindside of the Bradwell defence to get his head to a free kick, Jahn having to dive to push away for a corner, another set piece awarded to the men in blue saw Adam Beckett size things up acting as a decoy before Taylor Collins curled inches over the crossbar.

Billy Harrison ventured forward to slip a ball through the United backline for Lamar Mason-Williams to chase after but his first time effort wide of the target, a punt downfield for Ben Green to latch onto then saw some brilliant defending by Aston full back Luke Russel who had to slide in and time his interception to perfection inside the area to bring the threat to an end, their next move saw the Bradwell frontman get away from his marker but from the edge of the six-yard box poke into the side netting.

Another Green cross from the wing curled away to safety with no black & white shirts far enough forward to connect, Pursey showed some promise a minute later but curled over the top from eighteen yards, the long kick from Smith saw a flick on in midfield to Stapleton on the edge of the box, with back to goal he tried the acrobatic over the head spectacular but it was straight at Jahn. In added time Pursey drove straight at Smith from distance, the final action saw United substitute Toby Cribb chase down a loose ball on the flank before cutting inside and curling a drive over Smith’s crossbar. F/T: 0-0

Penalties:

Aston Clinton: Chris Stapleton scores 1-0

Old Bradwell: Jamie Cox scores 1-1

Aston Clinton: Joe Kittle saved 1-1

Old Bradwell: Jakk Pursey saved 1-1

Aston Clinton: Adam Beckett scores 2-1

Old Bradwell: Dale Collins scores 2-2

Aston Clinton: Vinny Greco misses 2-2

Old Bradwell: Zach Ferris scores 2-3

Aston Clinton: Taylor Collins misses 2-3

 

Attendance: 180

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SSMFL D2: Brown goal helps Aston Clinton defeat Raiders as 3rd beat 2nd!

In the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 game of the day, third placed Aston Clinton defeated a Berkhamsted Raiders side who started the day in second position.

David Brown

The winning goal came from Clinton substitute David Brown.