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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.

2018/19 SSMFL Cup Competitions revealed

At Saturday’s South Midlands AGM the draws were made for the various cup competitions across the leagues:

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

DOMESTIC CUP DRAWS 2018/19

As drawn Saturday 23rd June by

Mike Taylor and John Childley

(Members of the SSML Cup Finals Committee)

Dates of ties to be announced at later date

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND

  1. Colney Heath v Broadfields United
  2. Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders
  3. MK Gallacticos v Stotfold *
  4. Harefield United v Edgware Town
  5. Park View v Mursley United
  6. Aston Clinton v Potton United *
  7. Wodson Park v Langford
  8. Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers
  9. Winslow United v Brimsdown
  10. Wembley v Enfield Borough
  11. Tring Corinthians v Biggleswade United *
  12. Oxhey Jets v Baldock Town
  13. Unite MK FC v Leverstock Green
  14. FC Broxbourne Borough v Hadley
  15. London Lions v Harpenden Town
  16. Hillingdon Borough v Codicote
  17. Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane
  18. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate *
  19. Old Bradwell United v Bedford *
  20. Hatfield Town v Leighton Town
  21. Tring Athletic v London Colney
  22. Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton)
  23. Totternhoe v Cockfosters *

Byes: Ampthill Town, Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Bovingdon,

Buckingham Athletic, London Tigers, New Bradwell St Peter,

North Greenford United and Sarratt.

Ties will be played midweek unless stated with a * in which case will be played on a Saturday

SECOND ROUND

  1. Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK FC or Leverstock Green
  2. Wembley or Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town
  3. Risborough Rangers or Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic or London Colney
  4. Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Clean Slate v Oxhey Jets or Baldock Town
  5. Park View or Mursley United v Aston Clinton or Potton United
  6. Harefield United or Edgware Town v Winslow United or Brimsdown
  7. Wodson Park or Langford v MK Gallacticos or Stotfold
  8. Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter
  9. Hatfield Town or Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough or Codicote
  10. Crawley Green or The 61FC (Luton) v Amersham Town or Grendon Rangers
  11. Ampthill Town v London Tigers
  12. Old Bradwell United or Bedford v Colney Heath or Broadfields United
  13. Totternhoe or Cockfosters v Sarratt
  14. Tring Corinthians or Biggleswade United v FC Broxbourne Borough or Hadley
  15. Buckingham Town or Berkhamsted Raiders v North Greenford United
  16. Bovingdon v London Lions or Harpenden Town

THIRD ROUND

  1. Winner Game 16 v Winner Game 14
  2. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 13
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 15
  5. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 9
  6. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  7. Winner Game 11 v Winner Game 12
  8. Winner Game 10 v Winner Game 4

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 4
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
  2. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 FINAL

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP

(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)

FIRST ROUND

  1. Arlesey Town v Hadley
  2. Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town
  3. Baldock Town v Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green v Potton United

SECOND ROUND

  1. Biggleswade United v Wembley
  2. London Tigers v Arlesey Town or Hadley
  3. Leighton Town v Baldock Town or Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green or Potton United v Biggleswade FC or Edgware Town
  5. London Colney v Leverstock Green
  6. Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town
  7. Tring Athletic v Stotfold
  8. Cockfosters v North Greenford United

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 2
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6
  4. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

FINAL

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 

DIVISION ONE CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
  2. Buckingham Town v Park View
  3. Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough
  4. Codicote v Rayners Lane

 SECOND ROUND

  1. Enfield Borough or FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town
  2. Broadfields United v Bedford
  3. Langford v Brimsdown
  4. Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic
  5. London Lions v Codicote or Rayners Lane
  6. Hillingdon Borough or Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town or Park View
  7. Winslow United v Harefield United
  8. Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 6
  2. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 3
  4. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DIVISION TWO CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. New Bradwell St Peter v Bovingdon
  2. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers
  3. Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United
  4. Unite MK FC v MK Gallacticos
  5. Clean Slate v The 61FC (Luton)
  6. Mursley United v Aston Clinton
  7. Tring Corinthians v Sarratt

Bye: Berkhamsted Raiders

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Unite MK FC or MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders
  2. Clean Slate or The 61FC (Luton) v Totternhoe or Old Bradwell United
  3. Tring Corinthians or Sarratt v Mursley United or Aston Clinton
  4. New Bradwell St Peter or Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Grendon Rangers

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3
  2. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 U25 DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND First Leg

Holmer Green Development v Biggleswade United Development

Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development

AFC Dunstable Development v Winslow United Development

FIRST ROUND Second Leg

Biggleswade United Development v Holmer Green Development

Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Winslow United Development v AFC Dunstable Development

 QUARTER FINAL First Leg

  1. Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development
  2. Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
  3. Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development
  4. Stotfold Development v AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development

 QUARTER FINAL Second Leg

  1. Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development
  2. Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development
  3. Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development v Berkhamsted Development
  4. AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development v Stotfold Development

 SEMI FINAL First Leg

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

 SEMI FINAL Second Leg

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

 FINAL

Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

SSMFLD2; Clean Slate 1-2 Aston Clinton (match abandoned)

Clean Slate – 1

Aston Clinton – 2

Aston Clinton lined up on Saturday in the blistering heat, thinking that at the end of their hectic schedule of seventeen matches in the last seven weeks, nothing else could go wrong. However, the game was abandoned on seventy-eight minutes when a clumsy challenge in midfield left Clinton midfielder Elias Williams flat out with a painful injury to his collarbone that needed an ambulance to be called and left the referee no choice but to abandon the game. Clinton had raced into a two-goal lead by half-time but were under some pressure after the break when Clean Slate pulled a goal back, the match brought to a premature end just as those on the side lines were beginning to think the hosts were on the verge of the most unlikely of comebacks.

The visitors took the lead in just the fourth minute, a huge goal kick from Liam Smith saw the Slate defence hesitate to clear and allow the ball to bounce on the edge of their box, Luke Desmond did not waver to nip in and slot past home custodian Krzysztof Kwapinski. Clean Slate almost fought straight back when a pull back from the byline saw Junior Osci-Tutu smash at goal, just as it looked the ball would hit the roof of the net an outstretched hand from Smith pushed over for a corner.

A cross from Desmond out on the Clinton left saw Lewis Workman get ahead of his marker and manage to connect with the ball but could only loop over Kwapinski and eventually bounce a couple of yards wide of the left-hand post. On twenty-five minutes the away side doubled their lead through Alex Little, in the build up a foul on Williams saw his team mates all calling for a free kick, but Little collected the loose ball and shot from twenty-five yards, Kwapinski was behind the ball but it bounced in front of him and over his arms and in.

A warm welcome for both sides

Another long goal kick from Smith saw Ryan Binnee away down the Aston right, and from a tight angle he fired low towards the near post, the Slate keeper went down but spilled and with Workman lurking he had to throw himself on the ball to stop the frontman getting in a clear shot. A free kick then into the Slate box saw Little head away to the right of goal, running in Binnee flashed a shot across the goal mouth and just wide of the far post.

Another free kick just inside the Clinton half then saw Smith loft the ball high into the opposition box where Little headed straight at Kwapinski, and at this stage Clinton were comfortable with everything their hosts threw at them, typified when a free kick curled into the box simply allowed Smith to call for, then jump above everyone to gather in mid-air. H/T: 0-2

If Aston thought they were coming out for the second half to just see the game out, they were soon knocked back to sense when after just four minutes Clean Slate pulled a goal back. A ball down their right channel saw Osci-Tutu run through before flashing the ball across Smith and into the top corner. From there the hosts seemed to gain some belief and had some good spells of possession, Tyrelle McLeod-Bentley seized upon a chance from twenty-five yards but curled straight into the waiting gloves of the Aston keeper.

Liam Smith goal kicks caused havoc

The first chance for Clinton after the break fell to Binnee who accepted the chance to shoot from a poor goal kick, but from twenty yards out he fired straight back to Kwapinski. McLeod-Bentley then tried another curler that cleared the post, yet most on the pitch were stunned when the officials indicated a corner kick. At the other end Williams fed in Little to the left of goal, he played the ball across goal where running in Workman was about a foot ahead of the ball and a defender cleared.

Desmond then crossed from the right and in the middle Clinton skipper Alex McGowan climbed highest but could only head over the bar. On seventy-one minutes another thumping goal kick from Smith was again allowed to bounce causing havoc for the Slate backline, Workman nipped in and as the ball deflected off an arm the referee pointed for a free kick, some thought initially a penalty. A free kick in the penalty arc was the decision, Adam Beckett took responsibility driving low under the wall but straight at Kwapinski.

Then with twelve minutes left an Aston attack was thwarted when Williams who was sprinting towards the Slate goal was obstructed by Slate skipper Erind Hoxha bowling him onto the hard surface. Within seconds the Clinton bench were on attending to their colleague, and an ambulance called within minutes, meaning the official had to call the game off.

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WSC; Flackwell Heath 0-1 Aston Clinton

Flackwell Heath – 0

Aston Clinton – 1

Ahead of the Wycombe Senior Cup Final on Friday evening, Flackwell Heath hadn’t played a game in thirteen days; the other end of the pitch stood Aston Clinton who in those two weeks had played six matches including their Division Two cup final which was played over one hundred and twenty minutes just forty-eight hours previously. Flackwell are also two levels above Clinton, and finished their season in the Hellenic League Premier Division in fifth place, with their opponents still facing another three league games to play inside the following five days, so the odds were heavily stacked against Jordan King and his men, but a Lewis Workman strike on the half hour, twinned with some dogged defending saw them lift the trophy.

An entertaining game played at Marlow Fc saw both sides put in a fantastic effort and the scoreline did not reflect the chances created from either side, Aston had the better clear cut chances but in Flackwell Heath there always seemed that threat they were going to open up the blue defence at any time. They didn’t, there were some tired legs at the end, but they stood strong and held out to lift the silverware their long season has merited.

Flackwell tried to assert themselves from the off, Charlie Malin drove high and wide from the eighteen yard line, but Aston slowly got themselves going and on five minutes they played some great stuff on the edge of the Heath area, Mitchell Collins & Alex Little linked up to feed Joe Kittle on the right wing, his cross met by Collins who never really had any control over the ball and stabbed across the goal mouth and wide of the back post.

At the other end Elliott Carey cut in from the Heath right and as he shaped up to shoot inside the box Alex Little covered the ground to throw himself in front of the ball to block, taking the full force from close range. Clinton almost scored a freak goal when a throw from Collins was allowed to bounce in front of Heath keeper David Lyons and it looped up and over him and he had to jump & push over his own bar for a corner.

Workman collects ahead of goal

Heath attacked down the left feeding Jordan Dowdican inside the area just to the left, from twelve yards he fired across goal and wide, an Aston corner then cleared found Heath skipper Dean Allen who sent Charlie Samuel galloping away down the wing, he flashed the ball across Liam Smith’s goal face but he was far too fast for anyone to keep up and the chance went begging. Another Clinton attack was broken down and again Heath were away, Dowdican fed Allen in front of goal and he forced Smith down to his right to make a good save.

Then on thirty minutes came the only goal of the game, a free kick some twenty yards out saw Collins go for goal and Lyons fell away to his right to save, but pushing the ball into his six-yard box saw Workman react quickest to turn into the empty net. Elias Williams then had a glorious chance to double the lead just three minutes later, Workman was fed in midfield and used his head to get around his marker, as he was nudged off the ball Williams appeared from behind and flashed a shot across the six-yard box and inches wide of the far post.

Collins then threaded a ball through the two Heath central defenders for Workman to have a clear run on goal, however the ball got trapped under his feet and James Tripp was able to clear, otherwise the striker would have away on goal alone. There was time for Allen to pull a volley wide from twenty-five yards out, but Clinton finished the half clearly lifted by their goal. H/T: 0-1

Just ten seconds after the restart Aston had another chance to double their lead, from the kick off Kittle was sent away down the right and his cross into the middle eluded Workman but running in Williams pulled wide. Collins then picked up possession in midfield, with little option in front of him he drove at goal from thirty yards but straight at Lyons, before Heath fought back with Samuel who cut in from their right and fired wildly over the top.

A long ball upfield saw Workman go up with a defender with a kind deflection that saw the front man in, with Lyons advancing rapidly he had to take the shot on early but could not avoid hitting the keeper and again the chance was gone. A free kick on the half-way line saw Aston loft the ball into the Flackwell box and as their defence screamed for offside, Workman climbed above his marker wide of goal and got his header on target, albeit into the gloves of Lyons.

Clinton management celebrate win

Flackwell upped their game as the half wore on, Clinton started to flag and as Heath brought on nippy substitute Francis Amartey he began to torment down the Heath left, and it seemed only a matter of time before the equaliser came. A free kick out on their left saw Smith come out to punch, he only found Oliver Harris who fired over his shoulder and Smith had to use his feet to clear.

Aston substitute Ryan Binnie fed Workman on the edge of the Heath area, he swung at the ball but missed but his marker failed to clear and he needed no second invitation to try again, forcing Lyons to use both hands and a foot to block. Amartey then got in down the left, avoiding two challenges his low shot pushed away by Smith down to his right for a corner.

The game went into added time with Clinton throwing everything into defending their lead, some tired legs were running on adrenaline only, Heath flung everything at their opponents but could not find a break through, a melee in added time inside the box saw a deflection for corner, that was swung inside the six-yard area where again a mass of bodies attacked and Clinton somehow cleared.

A last ditch free kick saw Flackwell again just launch the ball into the box, it was cleared away and as the blue backline pushed their opposition out the ball rolled to Harris who drove at goal but got under the ball and lifted high into the dark skies, the goal kick was met by the final whistle and some triumphant scenes in the Aston Clinton quarters. F/T: 0-1

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