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SSMFL,D2 Cup QF: Aston Clinton boss praises second half display as his side go into another semi-final

Aston Clinton boss Jordan King has praised his side’s second half display as Saturday’s victory put them into another semi-final.

 

Jordan King

King told Sports Shots:

We produced a fantastic second half performance on Saturday, we had a 20-minute period in the second half where we completely blew Amersham out of the game.

When we play like that, I am confident that we can beat anyone.

Another semi-final to look forward to against local rivals Pitstone, which is definitely not one to miss!

SSMFL,D2 Cup QF: Aston Clinton progress into cup semi-final with Amersham victory

By Aston Clinton FC

Amersham Town 1-3 Aston Clinton FC (First Team)
Harper(47). Workman(58). Own goal(61).

Sat. 13th January 2018
Kick off: 3.00pm
Spartan South Mids Division 2 Cup

Spratleys Meadow (away)

Aston progressed to the Semi Final of the Spartan League Division 2 Cup with what, in the end, was a comfortable victory at Amersham Town.

Ryan Binnie, Michael Harper and Chris Shennan came into the starting line up replacing Sam Austin, Luke Russell and Tom Burton who dropped down to the bench.

It was Aston that were quickest out of the blocks knocking the ball about with both pace and intent, Man of the Match Vinny Greco played a delightful ball over the Amersham defence which was just cut out by the last defender with Lewis Workman ready to pounce, Greco then put in Dave Brown who fired over from the edge of the box.

The tide then turned and Amersham started to get a grip of the game and took the lead on twenty one minutes, Isaac Asare on the right fizzed a ball across the Aston six yard line which found it’s way to Jamie Aldred who fired home past Liam Smith to take the lead.

The away side were still making chances though and could have equalised right on half time when an Amersham defender was adjudged to have bought down an Aston attacker and a contrerversial penalty was awarded, Joe Kittle stepped up but his well placed shot was brilliantly saved by home keeper Robert Munn.

Half Time 1-0

Whatever manager Jordan King said at half time did the trick as Aston came out all guns blazing in the second half, Two minutes in and Michael Harper picked the ball twernty yards out, dropped his shoulder and danced around a couple of defenders before dispatching the ball past Munn for the equaliser.

Michael Harper

On fifty eight minutes Aston took the lead when Lewis Workman found the ball at his feet twelve yards out, swivelled and his shot nestled in the corner of the Amersham goal for a well deserved lead. It was all Aston at this point and a corner three minutes later evaded all the visiting forwards but was put into his own net by Amersham’s Debayo to give Aston a 3-1 lead.

That should have been that, but the away side then sat back and Amersham had more and more possession as Aston sat back and seemed to invite pressure from the home side, Aston though stood firm to take a well earned victory and progressed to the Semi Final of the League Cup

SSMFL,D2 Cup QF: Workman looks ahead to Clinton’s cup quarter-final

Aston Clinton’s Lewis Workman spoke to Sports Shots as his side prepare to travel to Amersham Town in the quarter-final of the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 Cup on Saturday.

Lewis Workman

Has their been much difference with this team compared to last season?

Yes absolutely, the team has been strengthen in every position which has shown in the games we play, as we are more aggressive and show more determination to work hard for each other and for the managers.

Has the team’s progress been obvious?

I feel the players, managers and the supporters around Aston can see how we have progressed but I think the teams in our league and other teams in higher leagues haven’t noticed.

Has the team pattern of play changed at all and how has that helped you improve as a unit?

We have worked a lot on our defence and defensive situations as the last couple of seasons we were conceding lots of goals because the defence wasn’t as good as it could be. This has helped everyone all over the pitch because we know when we press the opposition we know there will be support from our
teammates.

What has been your best game this season?

It will have to be between the cup game against Penn & Tyler’s green or the game against Holmer Green in the cup. Both games we very similar because the team worked so hard for the full 90 minutes and we worked hard for each other which showed, by the results we got. It also helped that I got goals in both games which was the cherry on top for an excellent team performance.

What are your personal aims for this season?

My aims for the season are to improve from last season. I want to score more goal’s, assist in more goals that are scored and just help the team overall to win trophies and progress as a club.

Jordan King

This week Jordan King has been proactive in the transfer market by signing Adam Beckett.

Beckett has put pen to paper and signed Spartan League forms for the club. Adam is a powerful player who can operate anywhere in the middle of the park and also as a centre forward.

The 25 year old was previously at Aston Clinton in the 2015/16 season where he captained the side and lists Winchester City as one of his former clubs.

SSMFL,D2: Aston Clinton hit 61FC for six

Having only beaten 61FC (Luton) by two late goals just a fortnight ago Aston Clinton came in to the game expecting a tough test. Two minutes in to the game though and two goals up Jordan King’s side would have been disappointed to reach the half time whistle just 3-2 up.

After lots of snow and rain the week before and with a very gusty wind conditions were not ideal and really didn’t allow Aston to get the ball down and play their free flowing football.

Against the wind in the first half Aston came out of the gate’s quickly and were one up within a minute, Vinny Greco on the left slipped in Lewis Workman who slotted the ball past the 61FC Keeper. Straight from the kick off and the home side forced a corner and Alex Little was on hand to head the ball in for a two goal lead.

61FC though had the strong wind behind them and made good use of it for both their goals First Michael lewis picked the ball up some 25 yards out and hit a hopefuk shot which, with the help of the wind, beat Liam Smith in the home goal. Midway through the half and again the wind was Aston’s undoing, a long ball evaded Aston’s defence and Mohammed Essakin slotted home.

Aston re took the lead just before the half when Dave Brown was bought down in the area and Joe Kittle slotted the resultant penalty home.

The second half was always going to be a different game and with the wind at their back Aston never looked in any trouble, almost from the restart and the two goal lead was restored when Kittle poked in his second from a ball across the area from Greco.

Vinny Greco then used the wind to his advantage after a free kick was awarded some 25 yards out and Greco fired home past the 61FC Keeper. Alex Little completed his hat trick on 60 minutes when Greco’s cross found the right back who smahed the ball home from two yards.

Aston Clinton
1. Liam Smith
2. Alex Little
3. Luke Russel
4. Samuel Austin
5. Alex McGowan (captain)
6. Alec Bell
7. Tom Burton
8. David Brown
9. Lewis Workman
10. Joe Kittle
11. Vincenzo Greco
Sub(s):
12. Luke Desmond – replaced Joe Kittle
13. Dylan Walker – replaced Tom Burton
14. Ryan Binnee – replaced Vincenzo Greco

61FC (Luton)
1. Seb Isaacs
2. Ross Scott
3. Pavel Pyriak
4. Adam Currington
5. Cayne Hazell
6. Mohammed Essakin
7. Mason Rourke
8. Masmudal Kabir
9. John Frost
10. Ryan Smith
11. Michael Lewis
12. Lee Mooney

SSMFL,D2 Cup, 2R: Aston Clinton into the quarter-finals of Division 2 Cup

Aston Clinton are into the quarter-finals of Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 Cup.

Aston should of took the lead early in the first but Vinny Greco penalty was saved by the 61 keeper.

Aston Clinton

Aston left it late but go into the Division 2 Cup quarter finals thanks to a Alex Little header from a corner on the 83rd minute.

Young Harry Brown then finished the game off with a superb lob from just outside the 18 yard box following good pass from Dylan Walker.

SSMFL,D2 Cup 2R: Aston Clinton’s Harper previews cup with 61FC

Aston Clinton’s Michael Harper has spoken to Sports Shots as 61FC visit in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup, round 2 on Saturday (9th December).

Michael Harper

You have had a tough run of games recently, how did you think they went?

The run of cup games were tough for us, we were unlucky to lose to Marlow but bounced back well at Holmer Green and could’ve won by more really. We’ve got one more cup game on Saturday but then it is important to concentrate on our main priority over the Christmas period which is to win the league.

What’s your thoughts after Saturday’s victory away to Loughton Manor?

Always tough going to Loughton Manor, but we made it look very comfortable. They went down to 10-men early on and we controlled it from there. The only negative from the game was that we didn’t manage to score more, as goal difference could play a big part at the end of the season, but we would’ve certainly taken a 3-0 win at the start of the day.

Do you have any personal goals which you are looking to achieve this season?

Personal goal is too just play as many games as possible this season as I missed the majority of last season. I have been at Aston 3 years now and this by far the strongest squad we have had, we need to win a trophy, I think the management and the squad know the season will be a failure with no trophy to show for at the end of season.

Do you have any long-term goals?

To keep enjoying my football, everyone would love to test themselves at a higher level and most of the lads will go on and play at a higher level at some point. We all want that to be with Aston but we will have to see.

What’s your thoughts moving towards Saturday’s game at home against 61FC?

Winnable game but a very tough one. The higher opposition, the better Aston Clinton seem to play however we have to start turning up and performing against teams in our division. The Div 2 cup is a big priority for us, if we play our game I’m sure we will be fine on Saturday. 61fc are a physical team to play against and I’m sure they will be in our faces on Saturday. Saturday is all about being professional, sticking to our game and getting through to the next round.

Any final thoughts?

Thanks for the continued coverage of Aston Clinton. If anyone wants to come down and support the boys on Saturday it is a 1:45 kick off with the bar open!

Amersham Town away is the prize for the winner.

SSMFL,D2: Aston Clinton produce away win + Dev team successful

By Aston Clinton FC

Loughton Manor FC 0-3 Aston Clinton FC

Aston Clinton go away from home and bring back the 3 points.

Goalscorers:
Vinny Greco
Lewis Workman
Tom Burton

We make it 23 points from our first 10 games!

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#uptheaston

Vinny Greco

Development Team also win with a 2-1 victory at home against Virginia Water Reserves.

After going 0-1 down the team rallied coming back to win 2-1.

Goals from
Rob Jolly
Luke Desmond

SSMFL,D2: Aston Clinton skipper previews Loughton Manor trip

Alex McGowan has spoken to Sports Shots as his side head to Loughton Manor this Saturday after causing a midweek cup upset.

Alex McGowan

McGowan and his team mates defeated a Holmer Green side who play two divisions above in the High Wycombe Senior Cup to reach the semi-finals on Tuesday.

McGowan gave his views;

You have had a tough run of games recently, how did you think they went?

1) it’s been a tough couple of weeks for us, playing a lot of very good sides and being extremely unlucky with some results and decisions not going our way in my opinion. I can’t knock the effort and attitude shown from the lads and the character shown.

What’s your thoughts after Tuesday nights game against Holmer Green?

2) Absolutely buzzing to be honest, we finally got the result we deserved after playing well and working extremely hard for the past few weeks. We played really well and showed no respect to a higher ranked side. Including getting a goal myself the goals from vin and worksy deserved to win any game as you saw!

Do you have any personal goals which you are looking to achieve this season?

3) This season I’m really determined to bring trophies back to Aston, being in the semi final of the Wycombe senior and still in the division Cup, and chasing the league title too!

Do you have any long term goals?

4) To keep enjoying my football and improving to be honest. Who knows what will happen in the next couple of years.

What’s your thoughts moving towards Saturdays game at Loughton?

5) Saturdays game at Loughton is guaranteed to be a toughy, they’re always a hard side to beat and very organised. However we did have a good result there last year so even with a few knocks from mid week we will be hoping to take 3 points and move up the table.

Any final thoughts?

6) a thank you for the opportunity to speak with you and your continued coverage of Aston Clinton FC, and also all the hard work from everyone at the club and behind the scenes. Thank you very much.

Holmer Green 2-3 Aston Clinton

Holmer Green – 2

Aston Clinton – 3

Aston Clinton deservedly beat Holmer Green on Tuesday night to progress into the semi-final of the Wycombe Senior Cup, and scored two goals that could well prove to be goals of the season in their own right. Despite going behind early on, Clinton fought back and led at the break, and had to dig deep to retake the lead after the interval when a Holmer substitution proved to be inspirational. Despite two divisions separating the sides, there were few left at the end of the evening that could argue that Jordan King’s side did not deserve the win.

It took several minutes for Clinton to get to grips with their hosts, although there was little threat from the home side initially, and it was Joe Kittle who had the first shot at goal on seven minutes cutting in from the right, skipping a couple of challenges he fired wide of Luca Gaster in the Holmer goal.

Three minutes later the home side took the lead, a close range effort from James Burrell was cleared away by a defender however the officials indicated the ball had crossed the line and the deadlock broken.

Lewis Workman lived up to his name all night, enjoying some good possession and tormenting the Holmer backline with his pace, and just past the quarter hour mark he was played in behind although his shot never really troubled Gaster who cleared with his feet. From the corner the ball fell to Workman at the back of the box and he fired into the side netting.

An Aston free kick just inside the Holmer half saw a mass of bodies waiting for the cross, however Vinny Grecco went for goal hoping to catch the keeper unaware but his drive cleared the crossbar comfortably. Minutes later another free kick again from Grecco was watched by the entire Holmer back line as it crashed back off the crossbar and away to safety.

As it seemed the visitor’s would not get their equaliser before the break, with four minutes of the half remaining Grecco pulled out a stunner; collecting the ball in midfield he looked for support but with little to aim at he simply knocked the ball to his left and unleashed a superb drive that flew over the outstretched hand of Gaster and nestled in the top corner.

Grecco screamer

Clinton continued to press and two minutes into added time won a corner. As the ball swung in to the near post a host of heads went up but climbing highest Alex McGowan headed home to give his side a half-time lead. H/T: 1-2

Eight minutes after the break Holmer equalised after a corner wasn’t cleared by the defenders in blue, landing eventually at the feet of substitute James Britnell who had literally only been on the pitch a matter of seconds, he took a touch before curling around Liam Smith in the Clinton goal and inside the far post.

They were only level for two minutes when Ryan Binnee combined well with Kittle down the right, the cross from the corner initially looked too deep but in the middle Workman positioned himself brilliantly to hit the ball over his shoulder on the volley and give Gaster no chance whatsoever.

The visitors grew in confidence after they restored their lead, and frustrated their hosts who found it difficult to mount any dangerous attacks without being broken down and hit with pace from one end to the other.

A huge penalty appeal was waved away to the relief of the home defence, but they were immediately caught square again when Kittle was sent away down the right and avoiding a challenge he drove towards goal, shooting from eight yards out the ball beat Gaster but rolled agonisingly wide.

Binnee then flashed a shot over the crossbar following a deep cross that eluded everyone, before Smith ensured his sides lead stayed intact when he brilliantly dived to his right and two handed pushed a shot away from Curtis Stone that looked destined for the back of the net.

From the corner Clinton struggled to clear and Stone regained possession but could only loop his shot over the bar, and despite enjoying the lion’s share of play for the remainder Holmer Green just could not break down the resolute Aston defence. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 45

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Aston Clinton manager Jordan King: 

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SSMFL,LCT 2R: Aston Clinton manager previews cup tie against higher-level opposition

Aston Clinton manager Jordan King has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to host premier division outfit Edgware Town in the Spartan South Midlands League, Challenge Trophy, second round on Saturday, 2pm.

Jordan King

The division 2 outfit is looking forward to the challenge against higher opposition, with King also reflecting on last Saturday’s Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy tie.

King said;

I think we did ourselves a bit of an injustice after our first half performance on Saturday. In the second half it was a lot more of what we are about. That’s the performance we need to be putting in for long periods of the game, regardless of who we play.

We know this Saturday is going to be a tough test, I know some bits and pieces about them. I managed to go and watch them Tuesday night and they played very well against an in-form Berko’ side. We will be playing to win, as we did against Harpenden Town in the previous round. We always step up our performance against higher-level opposition.

Its the first time we have played at home since September, so hopefully we get a good crowd coming to watch!

We are missing a couple for this weekend, Michael Harper is away, Alec Bell is struggling with a back problem, but we welcome back Luke Russell, who has missed the last month with a foot injury and Chris Shennan who comes back from holiday on Friday.

My plans for this season is to give the club back some silverware, something that it has been missing for a number of years now and to also put them into a position to progress to a higher division.

Last season finishing joint third was fantastic in a tough division, but we are definitely looking to better that this season!

I would also personally like to thank all the volunteers at Aston Clinton FC, without them the club wouldn’t still be here. It has certainly had some tough years recently but hopefully we are on the correct path to putting it back to where the club should be.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone involved at Sports Shots for giving us the opportunity to have the great coverage that other local sides are having. #uptheaston