Archive for Aston Clinton Football Club

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


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.


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.

SSMFLD2; Jordan King looks to Unite old adversaries

Saturday 10th February 2018

Totternhoe v Aston Clinton

South Midlands Division Two

Totternhoe Recreation Ground

K.O. 2.00pm

Aston Clinton travel to third placed Totternhoe on Saturday looking to avenge the 1-2 home defeat they suffered back in early August. Their hosts haven’t lost a game since the beginning of December, but Clinton go full of confidence having not tasted defeat themselves since November, and Aston can climb two places with a win as they play one of their eight games in hand on the two clubs above them in the league table.

For a look at the Division Two table click here:

Jordan King

Ahead of the game Aston manager Jordan King gave us a review of last week and the game ahead:

Last week at home to Unite MK was a lot tougher than the game against them just three days before. They came to us wanting revenge & for the first half hour were the better side, but from then on I thought we controlled the game on another awful pitch. Once we got our second goal it was a lottery how many we would get, Luke Russell made a huge impression coming off the bench and bagging a brace. Credit to Unite though, they worked incredibly hard and will definitely finish at least top half this season. This week-end we face one of the toughest games of the season, Totternhoe are one of the best sides in this division, and like us I feel they would do well in the division above. They have become somewhat of a bogey side to us in the past couple of years, we played each other earlier this season where they ran out 2-1 winners which remains our only league defeat of the season; in my opinion we put in a good performance that afternoon and should have had at least a point out of the game. The two goals we conceded were very poor, the first a stupid handball which was completely avoidable and the second was a goal from just inside our own half. That guy couldn’t hit that shot again if he tried a hundred times

Chris Shennan unavailable this week

Is a draw Saturday a good result, or is it must win?

Draws are no good to us at the moment, we have to go into every game between now and the end of the season with the mentality of every game being must win! We are simply taking each game as it comes, with the aim of winning every time, and we’ll see where that takes us, and hopefully we have something to show for our efforts at the end of the season. This week we welcome both Michael Harper & Joe Kittle back into the squad. This is Michael’s first game since getting injured against Pitstone, and a timely return at that with Chris Shennan being unavailable, which is a shame as he was starting to show the form he showed when he first joined us. We have a small tight knit group, so the player availability is so important in the run in, to be fair I must give huge credit to my squad, every week we have good numbers turn up for training and availability for games is also very good. Summing up, I must just thank all of the fantastic volunteers at Aston Clinton FC, and also to Sports Shots for all their coverage, Up the Aston

SSMLD2; Aston boss looks to re-Unite squad members

Saturday 3rd February 2018

Aston Clinton v Unite MK

South Midlands Division Two

Aston Park

K.O. 2.00pm

It’s been a busy week for Aston Clinton and their manager Jordan King. Last Saturday saw them progress into the Division Two cup final with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over local rivals Pitstone & Ivinghoe, before travelling over to Unite MK on Wednesday evening where they cruised to a three goal victory in the league.

This coming Saturday they entertain Unite at Aston Park with a 2pm kick-off and still have eight games in hand on the three teams directly above them in the division two league table.

The league two table & fixtures can be viewed here:


Ahead of the game, manager Jordan looked back at Wednesday’s game at Unite:

I was very impressed with how we went about our business, especially as we had four big players missing in Lewis Workman, Dave Brown, Mike Harper & Adam Beckett. Being able to put in a performance like that with those calibre of players missing is even more impressive. The pitch made it difficult to play any football whatsoever and in all honesty we were lucky the game was even on. That said, the squad adapted well and got the job done without any complaints

So same again Saturday we assume?

It’s never that easy, we know they will come over to Aston Park looking for revenge. I expect us to face an even more competitive Unite side, we will have to raise our performance levels again. We will welcome back Lewis, Dave & Adam back into the squad, to give me arguably the biggest selection headache I’ve had of late. Mike Harper will still be missing through injury.

Jordan King

How has the penalty win last week helped?

I think that win has really kicked us on, the difference from winning that game and having everyone buzzing to play on Wednesday would not have happened had we lost that shoot out. It would have been tough to lift everyone and get them going again had we lost. We have a real togetherness now that I haven’t seen since I’ve been at this club. We are all in this together.

Finally, any player movements to freshen up the squad?

I haven’t got any plans to bring in anyone else at the moment, I have a very strong 16-man squad, with players all of similar ability I am more than confident in whichever side that we put out. In my opinion the strength of our bench against Pitstone last weekend was part of the reason we were able to put in such a strong second half performance. We have a huge second half of the season ahead of us, a league title to play for, a semi-final in the Wycombe Senior Cup, and also the Division Two cup final to look forward to. Time for us to really kick on.


SSMLD2C; Pitstone & Ivinghoe 1-1 Aston Clinton (3-4 pens)

Pitstone & Ivinghoe – 1

Aston Clinton – 1

Aston Clinton reached the South Midlands Division Two cup final on Saturday but had to go through the agony of a penalty shoot-out as ninety minutes of football could not separate the sides. A wet & windy afternoon greeted the two sides as they battled for a place in the showpiece final, on a pitch that looked fantastic considering the recent weather and beatings that local pitches take at this time of year.

An early goal from Lewis Workman looked to set Aston well on their way, however Pitstone dug in and equalised through Josh Webster before the break & both sides had chances to win it in regulation time but it took penalties to decide the tie. Aston didn’t miss, whilst their keeper Liam Smith pulled off one crucial save, and the final Pitstone spot kick crashed off the bar to send Jordan Kings side through to face league leaders Park View in the final on a date yet to be confirmed.

Pitstone had the first chance when Albie Hall tried his luck from twenty yards but fired wide of Smith’s right hand post, before Workman saw a curling shot sail past Paolo Aquila in the Pitstone goal. However within a minute the Clinton leading scorer did open the scoring when he was fed in behind the home back line by David Brown and he made no mistake slotting past the advancing Aquila.

Lewis Workman opens scoring

The hosts equalised on twenty-four minutes when a throw out on their right saw the Aston defence switch off and as the ball looked to be drifting out for a goal kick, the Pitstone winger refused to give up and pulled the ball back across the penalty area where Webster was unmarked and couldn’t miss.

A long range shot from Elias Williams almost caught Aquila out when he slipped in the wet and had to desperately push away for a corner after his initial block left the ball open to attack in front of goal, and in the dying moments of the half Pitstone almost blew all their hard work when a defensive clearance was intercepted by David Brown and as he approached Aquila he had options to square however opted to shoot straight into the keepers gloves. H/T: 1-1

The second half started with Pitstone striker Kieran Doughty looping an effort from twenty-five yards narrowly wide of Smiths right hand post, before a throw to the visitors on their left was worked up to Brown who crossed to Vinny Greco who turned and drove over the crossbar.

Aston missed a glorious chance on fifty-six minutes when Workman drove at goal before feeding Greco in the channel, he advanced into the area before squaring back to his striker partner who fired straight at Aquila. A Pitstone attack then broke down deep in the Clinton half, the ball fired up to Greco in midfield who in turn sent Brown scurrying away down the right, avoiding a tackle he crossed over to substitute Joe Kittle whose first time shot crashed off the crossbar and over for a goal kick.

Hall had a chance for the home side when he found himself through on goal after a lucky ricochet but he could only fire into the waiting gloves of Smith, and at the other end a cross from Kittle saw a glancing header from Greco comfortable for Aquila to catch. A free kick from Greco was driven into the Pitstone wall, and a late header from Workman was never any real threat as the chances came and went.

Agonising wait for penalty shoot out

The away side had a very late chance in the game when a Pitstone corner was cleared long to Workman, as he bore down on goal he was marshalled all the way by Luke Williams who got in a superb tackle just as the Clinton man shaped to shoot, to deflect for a corner. Pitstone then saw Harry Elliott thump into the gloves of Smith from eighteen yards, and there was still time for Kittle to cut in from the Aston left and curl an effort into the hands of Aquila. F/T: 1-1

With the rules of the competition already set, the game went straight to penalties, with Pitstone up first. Alex Groom sent Smith the wrong way, before Alex Bell levelled firing into the top corner. Doughty put the ball right into the bottom corner giving Smith no chance, followed by Kittle completely wrong footing Aquila to level.

John Damian restored the Pitstone advantage firing into the bottom corner, and David Brown followed suit to level up again. Then up stepped Albie Hall to see his spot kick brilliantly saved one handed by Smith, before Greco stepped up left footed to give Clinton the lead. With Pitstone now having to score, Ryan Mellor smashed his kick against the crossbar to send Clinton through to the final. F/T: 3-4 (on penalties)

Attendance: 72

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After the match Sports Shots spoke with Aston manager Jordan King: 

For full match photography click here:


SSMLD2; Aston trio Greco, Smith & Kittle hoping away win is on the cards in cup semi-final

Saturday 27th January 2018

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Aston Clinton

Spartan South Midlands Division Two Cup Semi-Final

Pitstone Pavilion & Sports Hall (LU7 9GF)

K.O. 1.45pm

Aston Clinton travel to Pitstone & Ivinghoe on Saturday with a place in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two cup final at place. An early 1.45pm kick-off for anyone wishing to travel will see Clinton play their first game since winning their quarter final tie down at Amersham two weeks ago, Pitstone having booked their passage back in October haven’t played since the first week-end of the New Year, when they won by the odd goal in nine at Berkhamsted Raiders CFC. A two-two draw between the sides just prior to Christmas couldn’t separate them, but a place in a cup final will up the stakes this time around.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Aston trio Vinny Greco, Joe Kittle & Liam Smith, and asked Joe if Saturday was the biggest game of the Aston Clinton season so far?

Yes I do believe this will be our biggest game yet, it’s been a long time since we’ve been in a final and playing the semi against our rivals only makes us want it even more especially the draw before Christmas

Vinny agreed:

It’s a huge game for the club, it has been a long time since Aston won a trophy and this season we have a very good chance of putting that right

We asked Liam if any preparation was possible with the recent poor weather:

With the game being called off last Saturday at Clean Slate, it was crucial we got a good training session in on Tuesday ahead of this game, we simply had to with this being such a big game for us

We quizzed Vinny as to whether cup games were good for the squad or a distraction from the league:

I personally think it’s a very good thing for us as a squad, we have one hundred per cent got enough in us to focus on the cup runs and also the league. We are prepared to give our all in all cup games and league games until the end of the season

Vinny Greco

We asked Liam what sort of game Pitstone gave them before Christmas:

I can’t personally answer that as I was suspended, but the lads told me that the 2-2 draw was a fair result

So we asked Joe what he could tell us about Pitstone:

They have always had a fairly good side over the years, I played there a few seasons myself and they have some good individual players & a great team spirit. Pitstone is only a small village so most of these boys know each other and have been playing together a number of seasons so they know how each other play which helps them build a good chemistry & understanding

And what Clinton have that could break the home side down on Saturday:

I feel we probably have better individual players in pretty much every position, we also have a lot of pace which is important at this level. I’m not sure they’ll be able to cope with our pace, especially if we pop a few balls over for Lewis (Workman) to run onto, that could be what brings us success

Joe Kittle

We asked Vinny what’s contributing to the success at Aston this season:

It’s been a great run for the team, I feel like we are all growing in confidence with each game and that’s a huge factor. There is so much quality in our squad, we are strong going forward and equally as strong at the back, with the best keeper in this league. We feel we are good enough to beat anyone on our day

Liam agreed:

As a team we have improved since last season all over the pitch, with some good players coming in last summer we feel we are starting to really gel as a team. With two semi-finals to look forward to and having a lot of games in hand in the league it really is all to play for. With this squad, I am confident we can win things this season

Vinny is enjoying his time at Clinton:

I really enjoy playing here, we are a very good team, in my opinion the team we have now could compete with any of the teams I have played for in recent seasons, and I definitely enjoy it here more

We asked Liam what Aston can achieve between now and the end of the season:

Our target at the start of the season was to challenge for the league. Having played a lot of successful cup games this season it’s left us playing catch up with everyone else in the division. We are yet to play Park View or AFC Southgate, so as long as we get good results against those teams, and a decent result against Tottenhoe where we will be looking to get our own back for when they beat us earlier in the campaign, we still have everything to play for, and with the team we have I know we can push on and challenge

Liam Smith

Joe agreed:

I am hoping Aston can go all the way in this cup on Saturday, and progress in the other cup semi-final we are in. And then with the good signings we’ve made recently, I’m hoping they will help us push up the league table as well

Summing up, we enquired who Joe feels will make the biggest contribution on Saturday:

This will all depend on who is on their ‘A’ game, but we have the likes of Dave Brown, Vinny Greco with his quick tricky footwork putting in passes behind their back four, and Lewis Workman running on to them giving their defenders a hard and very busy afternoon

Vinny has a simple ambition for the rest of the season:

I want to keep winning and in the end bring some silverware back to Aston Clinton

Liam calls for support for his side’s quest:

Personally I’m looking to improve my game, and help the team to get to the best they possibly can. I’d ask everyone to come down and support the lads on Saturday, it’s a local derby and a big game with the opportunity for us to get to the league cup final. #UptheAston

Sports Shots would like to express their gratitude to all three players for their time this week.

Midweek football catch up; Aston Clinton, Leighton Town & Aylesbury United

With the weather wiping out most of last week-ends and this mid-weeks football action, we’ve had a little look into three of our clubs websites and social media pages to see what’s been happening this week.

Aston Clinton FC

Aston were posting images of the new 3G surface recently installed, and announced:

The Club’s new small tractor has arrived and already is being put to good use with the weekly maintenance of the newly opened 3G Surface.

The tractor was purchased out of club funds and will also be used to help the maintenance of the main pitch.

The 3G facility at Aston Park can be hired out at very reasonable rates

To find out more click here:


Leighton Town FC

Leighton left it late on Saturday to seal a 2-1 win down at Edgware, and were on the winning trail again on Tuesday evening defeating Cockfosters FC by the same scoreline. James Hatch bagged a brace to seal Town’s seventh consecutive win and are firmly in the promotion race sitting in third place of the South Midlands Premier. Just six points separate the top four now, with Leighton still to play top placed Berkhamsted at home, and second place Welwyn Garden City both home & away, and with the FA Vase run still ongoing, Scott Reynolds squad are certainly flying high going into February.

South Midlands Premier table here:


Aylesbury United FC

A week on since handing the full time managers job to Ben Williams, and Aylesbury United are flying in the Southern League Division One East. A win at Ashford Town in Middlesex on Tuesday evening made it four matches unbeaten for the Ducks, and four wins out of their last six.

A match report from Ashford is available here:

Match photography courtesy of the brilliant Mike Snell is here:

And Ben Williams spoke to the Aylesbury United website here:



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!