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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.

Attendance: 31

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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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After the match we spoke to Clinton manager Jordan King: 

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SMFLD2CF; Aston Clinton 1-2 Park View

Aston Clinton – 1

Park View – 2

(After Extra Time)

Aston Clinton lost the South Midlands Division Two cup final to Park View on Wednesday night down at the Rowley Lane Sports Ground but more than matched their divisional counterparts in an end to end final. Park View haven’t lost in the league this year, and with Clinton second in the league this was always going to be tight, Park took the lead a minute before the interval, an early second half equaliser took the game into extra time, seconds in came a fantastic strike worthy of winning any cup final. Both sides had plenty of chances but View held on to claim their third trophy of the evening, having been presented with their Division Two cup & team of the month for December before kick-off.

The first chance fell to Park View on four minutes when Kofi Appiah received the ball after some patient build up play but he drove high & wide, whilst at the other end Vinny Greco curled a Clinton free kick straight at Park View keeper Luis Silva. Appiah then had a snap shot from the edge of the box to warm Aston keeper Liam Smith’s hands, before Park skipper Fred Asante tried an over the shoulder effort from a clearance but again wide of the target.

Lewis Workman got in behind the Park defence and squared to the incoming Mitchell Collins but from in front of goal he curled over the top, straight back up the opposite end Prince Gyimah did well down the left but once inside the area chipped the ball into Smiths gloves. Asante was next to breach the Aston backline but off balance could only help the ball away for a goal kick, and Workman then curled a free kick over from twenty yards.

Gyimah showed great technique collecting the ball whilst approaching the left touchline and turning and shooting at goal but straight at Smith, and just past the half-hour mark Park View were forced into an early substitution when Moises Roka went down with an ankle injury, despite some lengthy treatment he was unable to continue. As the half then wore down, Park View started to assert some serious pressure.

Francis Williams constant threat

An Aston attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball sent long, some hesitancy in the Clinton defence allowed Steve Opuko-Domfeh to drive into the box, skipping three challenges he smashed at goal only to see the ball crash up off the crossbar and over. Then a minute before the break they broke the deadlock through Francis Williams when a clever routine saw a clip into the box for him to receive a header on and he was in behind, finishing well. H/T: 0-1

Aston Clinton came out from the break on the front foot and equalised just three minutes in, a long goal kick from Smith saw the ball bounce over the defence and in behind Workman took a touch before slotting home. Park View played a good one-two on the edge of the Aston box resulting in Kofi Oti-Atakorah flashing a shot across goal but wide.

A ball down the middle of the pitch saw Greco heading for goal but with two markers on him he took the shot on early from the edge of the area dragging wide of Silva’s right hand post, and Clinton enjoyed a good spell of possession but lacked that final ball. As the half wore on Park View got back into the game, and started to ask their own questions in search of a winner.

Some good passing moves on the edge of the Clinton area saw the ball played out to Appiah who absolutely smashed at goal, the ball flying about a yard over the top, it would have ripped the net off had it been under the bar. In the final minute Aston won a free kick right on the edge of the area, a high tackle on substitute Luke Russell saw him felled and initially it looked as though a penalty had been awarded. However, after all the fuss died down it was signalled as a free kick right on the line, which Greco curled over the top. F/T: 1-1

Lewis Workman equalises for Aston

Before the whistle was back in the referees pocket for the start of extra time Park View retook the lead, a ball into the Aston end saw Williams after it and from the edge of the area he smashed across goal and into the top corner, with just twenty seconds on the clock. Aston tried to fight back, but were always suspect to a Park counter, one such saw Christian Agyapong feed Javier Sanchez who fired straight into Smith’s hands.

Appiah then fed in Williams to the right of goal, he flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far post, the reaction of his team mates showed just how close he had been to putting some daylight between the sides. Workman was then sandwiched between two defenders from a promising position, the striker taking the free kick himself but unable to clear the wall. H/T: 1-2

Aston pushed after the restart but struggled to break down a resilient Park defence, Workman fed through early on but had three defenders around him, he got a shot away but the ball deflected off one of them to then trickle back for the keeper to collect. Greco curled an inviting cross over which was headed out to Workman, his first shot blocked, he followed up but curled straight at Silva.

A plethora of niggly fouls, arguments & yellow cards slowed the game right down, Clinton unable to get any momentum going in their search of an equaliser, when play did resume Williams was played in at the Aston end but he fired straight at Smith. At the opposite end Workman was fed in down the right, he went for goal but Silva pushed away two handed and a defender was on hand to clear.

In injury time a free kick to Aston was half cleared out to Elias Williams who over the shoulder went for goal, the ball brushing the top of the net as it went over, and there was still time for another ball for Workman to chase down the middle, Silva advanced but as the Clinton front man went to knock on the keeper got the merest of touches to divert and the ball was cleared long, with that came the final whistle. F/T: 1-2

Attendance: 63

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SSMFLD2; Aston Clinton 5-0 Mursley United

Aston Clinton – 5

Mursley United – 0

For Aston Clinton this game was another routine win in the middle of their ridiculously busy schedule, whilst for Mursley United it was a heavy defeat to end their campaign. The first forty-five minutes saw Mursley enjoy their fair share of possession but fall behind to a Mitchell Collins strike on the quarter hour mark, however two quick fire goals after the break saw them broken down mentally & physically as Aston went on to dominate the remainder. United also had captain Adam Bone sent off for two yellow cards to compound their misery, although Clinton did only score once more after the skipper was sent from the field of play.

Mursley were first to threaten when Ryan Lee found player-manager Anthony Lands out on the right wing, he crossed into Kieron Roberts who first time effort flew past Clinton custodian Liam Smiths left hand post. Clinton first looked dangerous when a corner was pulled back by Joe Kittle into the path of Vinny Greco, but he drove wildly over the top. The next United attack saw the home defence clear to the edge of their box where Lee went for glory but off balance he could only help the ball spin away for a goal kick.

The hosts took the lead on fourteen minutes, when Mursley failed to clear their lines deep in their own half, Collins received the ball in space and was able to travel along the eighteen-yard line before slotting past United keeper Sam Jay into the bottom corner. Mursley retaliated immediately, a corner was swung into the back post where John Mullholland went up to challenge with Aston captain Alex McGowan, the ball half cleared to the edge of the area where Lee fired over his shoulder but wide.

Mitchell Collins opens scoring

On eighteen minutes the home side conceded possession again in their own half, Peter Macanaspie shrugged off the challenge before driving at & forcing Smith down to his right to save. A combination of Macanaspie & Lee then saw Mursley hit the post, the rebounded fell to Lee to shoot again but a defender in the six-yard box was handily placed to block then clear. Greco then fed in Chris Shennan at the other end with an inch perfect pass through the United backline, a great chance to double their lead but he pulled his shot across goal & wide of the back post.

Mursley hit back when Jamie Green tried a looping shot from twenty-five yards which Smith had to back pedal and jump underneath his own crossbar to tip over, before Bone tried his trademark free kick routine from distance, so often deadly this season but cleared the bar with ease this time. Aston then tried again with a cross from Collins which skidded across the box and whilst the keeper stood rooted Workman came sliding in; he was just inches away from connecting allowing Jay to stand his ground to gratefully accept the ball.

The last action of the half saw an in-swinging cross from the United right attract the attention of a sea of bodies in front of Smith, no one actually got anything on it and the keeper stood and watched the ball flash past him and away for a goal kick. H/T: 1-0

Just three minutes after the restart Workman was fed in front of goal but from six-yards he pulled his shot wide, before the striker took a free kick from twenty yards that Jay had to use both hands to push away for a corner. A long clearance from inside the Aston half then saw a great tussle on the edge of the Mursley box between Shennan and United defender Brett Harper, the Clinton front man got his shot away but straight into the gloves of Jay.

Luke Russell then fed in Workman out on the right, he cut into the area and as he lined up to shoot the ball hit a bobble resulting in his shot being high over the top. The roles were reversed moments later, Workman sent Russell away down the wing, as Jay came out to challenge the Mursley defender skipped round him, but Lee was on hand to get over & block the cross before the empty goal was endangered.

Then on sixty-six minutes the game changed in the favour of the home side, when a dubious goal decision left the away side furious. Collins fired a shot at goal from twenty-five yards out, the ball took a huge deflection off McGowan before looping over everyone including Jay and nestling in the back of the net, United claimed that there were bodies in front of the keeper that were surely offside, but the referee took the time to consult his assistant before signalling the goal stood.

Adam Bone free kick

Aston took control from this point, Collins robbed a defender inside the Mursley half and headed for goal, however some great defending saw him pushed out wide where Jay arrived to help and between them got the ball out for a corner. From the corner a glancing header saw the ball flash across goal where an initial shot was cleared off the line by Jordan MacDougall but the follow up was fired in by Alex Little.

A Crossman attack down the right saw him swing the ball over which eluded Jay but came back off the crossbar, following up McGowan fired straight into the gloves of Jay. Aston grabbed their fourth on seventy-seven minutes when Workman cut in from the Aston right and his cross cum shot was saved by Jay, the ball looped up nicely for the incoming Ryan Binnee to head into the empty goal.

With eight minutes left Bone was dismissed for his second bookable offence, before Binnee on the edge of the box pulled back for Michael Harper to shoot straight at Jay. Just a minute later came the goal of the game from man of the match Collins, receiving the ball just inside the United half he took a step forward before looking up and seeing Jay on the edge of his area, one delicate chip and the ball sailed over the keeper and underneath the crossbar.

There was still time for Jay to meet Workman on the attack to make a great tackle on the edge of his own box, before another cross from Collins was met by Harper but he never really connected and simply scuffed into Jay’s hands. The last action of the game saw Macanaspie thump a free kick high over Smith’s crossbar. F/T: 5-0

Attendance: 62

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Clinton management team Jordan King & Ken Hazell: 
We also spoke to United boss Anthony Lands: 

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SSMFLD2; Clinton boss hoping April showers of games & goals are on the cards

Saturday 14th April 2018

Tring Town AFC v Aston Clinton

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two

The Pavilion

K.O. 3.00pm

Aston Clinton hope to travel to Tring on Saturday although no one blames them anymore for not expecting to play, as their week had yet another postponement when their Wycombe Cup Semi-Final fell foul to the weather again on Tuesday night, leaving Aston still facing thirteen league games, one semi-final (and potential final), and the Division Two cup final all to squeeze in the next four weeks. Games are coming thick and fast as of now, three a week every week into May, and all these games mean Aston still are chasing a runners-up spot in the division two title race. Park View seem to be unbeatable, but if Clinton win their games in hand they go within eight points of the league leaders. The situation is so crazy that currently Aston sit sixth in the table, nine points off second place Mursley United, win their games in hand however, and they go twenty-four points clear in second place. Where will it ever end?

This week Sports Shots caught up with manager Jordan King, and asked how frustrating it is with all these lay-offs:

In all honesty I’m in a state of shock with how many games we have left, we must have the worst fixture congestion by far in local football. It is very frustrating but we’ve got to deal with it, we have a strong enough squad and some very talented youngsters in the development side who can come in as they have done all season. All these games could help us, by building up some great momentum

Jordan King

Going to Tring who are lower in the league, would be expected as an easier game in this run in, but with all these postponements and long periods of no games, could this affect the squad?

No game is ever easy, and complacency is one of the biggest killers in football, we have to make sure we go over to Tring with the right attitude and preparation and make sure we get out of there with the three points. We cannot afford any slip ups!

We asked how the last two games that have seen Clinton score twelve with none conceded, have been for the manager:

The Tring Corries result has been on the cards for a while, too many games this season we have created a huge amount of chances but not taken them. That day, everything seemed to go in for us. The Southgate performance was one that we took great pride in, we did everything right. We were solid & compact off the ball, and got the ball forward into the right areas when we had to. We managed the game properly, something we’ve been banging on about for a long time now

On the website, Liam Smith (keeper) is listed as goal scorer in the Southgate game, we asked Jordan to explain:

Yes Smithy has an unbelievable kick on him, in all honesty he is an outstanding keeper. He drop kicked it and the Southgate keeper misjudged the bounce, and it went over his head, hit the crossbar and went in. Lewis Workman followed it up but the linesman later confirmed it was already over the line by then so it was Liam’s goal. It was also a windy day so that probably helped!

Liam Smith

Finally, we asked how the three games this week coming will be:

They will all be tough games, all are away as well so that doesn’t make it any easier. We have set ourselves a target to win every game and see where it takes us. Our points to games ratio would put us top most seasons in the division, but Park View are on an unbelievable run. All the top sides in the division need them to drop points soon!

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

SSMFLD2; Clinton boss reveals trump card

Saturday 31st March 2018

Aston Clinton v Tring Corinthians

Monday 2nd April 2018

Aston Clinton v Grendon Rangers

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two

Aston Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aston Clinton host Tring Corinthians on Saturday, before welcoming Grendon Rangers to Aston Park on Bank Holiday Monday, ahead of a busy week and a busy month for Jordan Kings men. Losing their game at Southgate on Wednesday evening doesn’t help, meaning they now face a back log of fifteen league games, one cup semi-final (& final if they beat Thame Rangers) and one cup final all to squeeze in the next six weeks. It all starts this week, as Clinton play Saturday (home), Monday (home), Wednesday (away) & Saturday (home), and play AFC Southgate home & away inside three days.

Clinton haven’t kicked a ball since the 10th of March but did manage to bolster their squad this week ahead of the transfer deadline, and Sports Shots caught up with manager Jordan King this week to ask how the squad have been dealing with the long lay-off:

It hasn’t been the ideal preparation to say the least, it doesn’t help when your given a free week-end as we were last week either, but it is what it is, and we have to deal with it. In terms of the squad we’ve had to mix it up a bit, resting some & giving some playing time in the reserves. In the two fixtures that the reserves played last week, seven of our lads got minutes whilst the others were resting, which is just as important as this period of the season

During the week the club announced the signing of highly rated Mitchell Collins from Winslow United, and we asked how it came about & what he’ll bring to the team:

Mitchell is a class act & has a lot of technical ability, he’s someone I’ve known for a number of years and he’s a good lad. Mitch approached me after he left Winslow last week-end, and he is simply too good a player for us to turn down. He will add some much needed creativity in the final third; we have a lot of forward options available to us now which will keep everyone on their toes

Mitchell Collins

We asked if having four games inside a week is made slightly easier with three being at home:

Yes it makes it easier obviously, but we now face a trip to Southgate on Wednesday again which is not the easiest of games to arrange with the distance. It’s been very frustrating with all the postponements but that seems to be the story of our season. Totternhoe is another example, it’s been called off twice on a Saturday and now we go there on a Thursday night, in a week where we have three consecutive away trips on the Saturday, Tuesday & Thursday!

This week Aston face Tring & Grendon who are lower in the league table, before a double header against Southgate, so how does Jordan view these games?

All of our remaining games will be tough, we drew with Tring last time out one all, in what was one of our worst performances of the season. Grendon is always a tough one, they are physically very strong & we always expect a battle from them. Then we face Southgate away then home just a few days apart, and we don’t know too much about them. But speaking to other managers we’ve learnt that they are a decent outfit, with a lot of quality within their ranks, and obviously sit third in the table with games in hand to go second if they win. But we can catch them with our games in hand, so the two games against them are crucial to our season

Jordan King

Finally, we asked Jordan how much the schedule is going to affect his planning of games & squad rotation with so much still to play for:

It’s going to be tough, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. Our squad is going to be so important to us, & rotation will be necessary, but with all these games coming up in such a short space of time it will be a great chance to build some serious momentum for the run in, and hopefully that will help us end the season with a trophy or two

#UptheAston

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

SSMFLD2; King on Kingsway Countdown

Saturday 10th March 2018

The 61 FC (Luton) v Aston Clinton

South Midlands Division Two

Kingsway Ground

K.O. 3.00pm

Aston Clinton take the trip over to Luton on Saturday looking to get back on track after defeat at league leaders Park View on Wednesday evening, suffering their first league defeat since last August. With a heavily congested fixture list approaching for Jordan King’s men, victory on Saturday against the side who have tasted just one victory in their last nine league games would set them up nicely for their trip to local rivals Totternhoe next week-end. Aston put six past 61FC at the end of December and will be looking to repeat that performance.

Ahead of the game, Sports Shots caught up with Clinton manager Jordan King:

We went to Park View on Wednesday and it was always going to be a tough game, in my opinion we played very well and the whole group worked really hard. After being the better side for the first half hour & creating three very good chances, we somehow found ourselves three goals down. Two defensive mistakes within five minutes and a great strike, the mistakes were so unlike us. Defence is something we pride ourselves on, and we will be making sure that doesn’t happen again.

We now go to 61FC, everyone in the SSMFL knows what to expect when you play them; they are very hard working, dogged, physical & all round a very tough away day. There is no doubt about it, we have to bounce back with three points. We are missing a couple for the game unfortunately, Vinny (Greco), Joe (Kittle) & Luke (Russell) are all away, but we do welcome back Michael (Harper), Adam (Beckett) & Robert (Goldney) who returns to Aston after spending pre-season with us.

We still have the semi-final of the Wycombe Cup to play yet at the ASM Stadium against Thame Rangers, with the re-arranged date set to be announced in the next few days. It would be great to see as many people as possible there supporting us.

#UptheAston

Jordan King

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

SSMFLD2; Aston boss previews toughest game yet

Saturday 24th February 2018

South Midlands Division Two

Aston Clinton v Park View

Aston Park

K.O. 2.00pm

Aston Clinton entertain top of the table, unbeaten, and only dropped four points all season Park View on Saturday, a game which will test Clinton to the full. Manager Jordan King looks ahead:

Saturday we entertain Park View, which on paper is our toughest league game this season. Park View have been rightly tipped to comfortably win the division and have had a great start, remaining unbeaten in all league games so far. We will be entering this game as underdogs but as proven on numerous times this season, the better side we play the better Aston play. We thrive under the underdog status! Not many sides like coming to Aston Park either, we will be using this to our advantage. This is a must win game for us, the league title was our ambition this season and with the amount of cup games we have been involved in we have fallen behind in terms of league games played. We are playing catch up, but with games now coming up thick and fast it gives us a great platform to build some serious momentum.

Moving on from last weeks game against Berko Raiders, we were very comfortable. The backline as always was safe as houses and we looked a threat going forward, we need to improve our decision making in the final third without doubt. But with the firepower we have at our disposal I fully expect this to come. Elias and Lukey Russell were the stand out performers from our perspective.

In terms of player availability we are pretty much full strength, Adam Beckett is unavailable but we welcome back Chris Shennan who has missed out the last couple of weeks due to being away which is a timely return. Apart from that it is the same as last week. I’m hoping to add a new player in the next week or so as well, we have a very small squad at the moment and having over 20 games left to play in 10 weeks its all hands on deck. Squad depth is important but we also need to be making sure we are adding quality and not just a number.

We also have another huge game next Thursday away to Thame Rangers at the ASM Stadium, in the semi-final of the High Wycombe Senior Cup. 7.45KO all support is as always welcomed. As we bid to get into our second cup final of the season!

Jordan King

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