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SL: Banbury United squad for 2019/2020 shaping up

Banbury United have confirmed several players that have either re-signed ahead of the 2019/2020 season, or joined the club which include two coming in from Brackley Town Saints.

Mike Ford

United manager Mike Ford gave the low down on those committing to the new campaign:

Manager Mike Ford has confirmed two new players joining from Brackley Town Saints, goalkeeper Alastair Worby and central midfielder James Watts.

Commenting on the signings Mike says

“Alastair is someone who has done very well at Brackley Town Saints and has provided excellent cover for the first team. He is a very motivated individual who will be desperate to be the number one this season.

Alastair Worby

James is a young player who has spent his whole career in senior football at Brackley Town Saints where it would have been very easy for him to have remained. He has taken the plunge to sign for us which show the lad’s ambition and desire to achieve success for himself and ultimately our football club.”

The players are looking forward to the challenge:

Alastair said “ I’m thankful to Mike Ford and the club for giving me the opportunity to play for Banbury United. Looking forward to the challenge ahead and to push the club forward”.

James said “I’m looking forward to joining a new team and competing at a higher level. Thanks to Mike for getting me over to Banbury, looking forward to the upcoming season and testing myself!”

James Watts

We welcome Janes and Alastair to the club.

In addition Mike has confirmed that the following players from the squad that ended the 2018-19 season have also agreed to sign for 2019-20. Jack Harding, Charlie Hawtin, Lee Henderson, Ricky Johnson, Ryan Macdonald, George Nash, Eddie Odihambo, Giorgio Rasulo and Charlie Wise. Mike’s comments on these players are as below:

Jack Harding: Jack has had an up and down season due to returning to the club in pre season not fully fit then sustaining a wrist injury during the season, which held him back. Jack has been fantastic for this club, it’s not about what he has done but what he will be doing in the future for us.

Charlie Hawtin: Charlie has had his injury issues this season restricting his appearances and run in the team. It wasn’t too long ago he was marauding down the touchline and I’m sure with the right conditioning over the summer it won’t be too long until we see it again.

Lee Henderson: Lee is a fantastic player who suffered with injuries which included missing a few weeks through concussion as well as pelvic issues which we manged to eradicate after Christmas. A fully fit Lee Henderson will be a huge asset to this club

Ricky Johnson: Ricky is a captain who leads by example, giving his all every week. Again Rick suffered in pre season with Achilles problems and was a late starter into the season. He, I am sure, is determined as the rest of us to produce our best all next season week in and week out and if we can keep Rick fit and fresh i have no doubts this will happen.

Ricky Johnson

Ryan McDonald: Ryan has a great attitude and worked very hard with the first team squad to develop and improve this year which he has done. Next season can be an exciting one for a very decent talent.

George Nash: George has been fabulous for this football club and despite having a season that didn’t match his expectations in 2018-19 he is looking forward hugely to re-establishing himself to be the first name on the team sheet that he has been over the last three years. I am looking forward to working with George again next season and seeing him develop into an even better player.

Eddie Ohdiambo: Eddie fulfilled his duties last year with admirable professionalism. When called upon to play he showed all his experience and composure. In training he was full of bright ideas and this year he will take on extra responsibilities regards the coaching of the squad.

Giorgio Rasulo: Winning the Players’ Player of the Year Award at any club will tell you everything you need to know about Gio. He has fabulous ability but also a great attitude to go with it which made him a key player in the squad last season.

Charlie Wise: Charlie was appointed vice captain this year when more experienced players were overlooked. He gives his all at training and during games and as the season wore on his performances had maturity written all over them.

Charlie Wise

Looking at the squad in general Mike said “The football club has been very active since the completion of the season. Firstly to encourage our current players to re-sign for the upcoming campaign which has up to this point been very successful, including Amer Awadh signing on contract, and secondly recruiting away from the club has also been very busy with Jack Westbrook of course already having committed to us for next year. We are waiting on others to give their answers in the near future and as soon as we have positive news to bring we will let supporters know.”

Edmund Hottor and Matt Richards are not staying with the club.

2019/20 season non league steps 1-6 revealed

The non-league divisional structures have been revealed for next season’s step one to six clubs, which affects a number of the clubs covered by Sports Shots.

Step 3:

Banbury United continue in the Southern League Premier Division Central and welcome five new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bromsgrove Sporting, Hednesford Town, Kings Langley, Nuneaton Borough & Peterborough Sports.


Step 4:

Aylesbury United & Thame United continue in the Southern League Division One Central and welcome six new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bedworth United, Biggleswade FC, Daventry Town, Halesowen Town, St Neots Town & Wantage Town.


Step 5 (Hellenic):

Brackley Town Saints continue in the Hellenic Premier Division after narrowly missing out on promotion, they welcome Burnham, Chipping Sodbury Town, Easington Sports & Westfields for the forthcoming campaign.


Step 5 (South Midlands):

Newport Pagnell Town have been transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League over to the Spartan South Midlands where they join former Aylesbury FC under their new set up of Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s after relegation from the Southern League.


Step 6:

Ampthill Town, Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United all remain in Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they welcome five new clubs in London Tigers, New Salamis, Shefford Town & Campton, St Panteleimon & Stotfold.

All clubs have seven days to appeal, steps seven and below are to follow in due course.

SL D1C; Thame United 2-1 Berkhamsted

( Essex 38 and Martin 55 )
( Brooks 77 )


Saturday 13th April 2019 @ The ASM STADIUM


EVO-STIK Southern Division One Central

Attendance – 144

Weather – 10 Celsius, Dry


Photos and Report By Carl Catling


This fixture would give both sides a great opportunity to keep themselves in the hunt for promotion come the end of April. Thame United were coming off a sensational 4-1 demolition of Aylesbury FC last week. Previously earlier on in the season between the sides Berkhamstead overcame a 2 goal deficit to win 3-2. The pitch for this time of year looked green and flat and would aid for some good football ahead.


Thame United v Berkhamsted 13.04.2019


Thame United FC – Hill (GK), Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Ashworth, Martin, Sturgess (Capt), Goss, West and Tack

Subs used – Mepham, Gledhill and Tutton


Berkhamstead FC – Comas-Leon (GK), Towell, Murphy (Capt), Spaul, Kinnane, Farrelly, Collier, Rodridge, Bateman, Lacey and Box

Subs used – Jones and Brooks


*** KEY STATS ***

Shots on target –  Thame  5 –  2 Berkhamstead

Corners – Thame  1 –  4 Berkhamstead

Yellow Cards – Thame  0 –  0 Berkhamstead


Berkhamstead started the match with a deep back four and were often defending in large numbers to contain the home side and keeping a keen eye on lone striker Thame’s Lynton Goss. Thame found it difficult to break the defence down in the first 10 minutes. The action took hold when a run off the ball by Martin led to him being bumped to the floor resulting in a free kick. The set piece was taken by left footed Peake-Pijnen which could only hit the wall. Berkhamstead remained content with not oushing players forward early on and were nerly in trouble when Goss dribbled past two players before putting in a cross towards Martin who again fell to the floor due to contact but no penalty was awarded. Thame’s Martin continued to cause problems when he fired a cross which met the leaping West 10 yards out whereby the header landed into Comas-Leon’s hands denying an early lead in the match. Thame continued to exert control on the game and the midfield partnership of Ashworth and Sturgess was proving successful with their tackles and marking. Berkhamstead were able to create half a chance when a great run down the right wing by Spaul led to a cross which was unable to find a player inside the box much to Thame’s relief. Thame’s Hill in goal was proving to be solid and was very alert and confident in the air catching all crosses and set pieces which came his way which was putting an end to hopes of a Berkhamstead equaliser. The deadlock was broken from a set piece for the home side when Peake-Pijnen whipped the ball over into the box and Essex facing away from goal flicked his header backwards to make it 1-0 after 38 minutes. The remaining few minutes of the half were scrappy and provided no real chances for either side.

HT Score –  Thame 1 – 0 Berkhamstead


Thame continued to look confident early on and maintain possession of the ball. Berkhamstead were leaving Thame space outside the box and resulted in a 30 yard strike from Peake-Pijnen which did sail over the bar. Berkhamstead made the tactical change to push numbers forward including the full backs in search of a goal which did result in open play between the two sides. Thame were still showing to be very strong in defence across the back four and at this time Essex and Jewell were dealing with everything coming their way. A moment of magic then arrived when Goss found space on the wing and produced a weighted pass infield to Martin who from 25 yards out used the outside of his right foot to hit the ball with power and placement into the corner of the net to give Thame a huge 2-0 lead. Berkhamstead followed this by attacking the wings more and in particular the Thame right back. Berkhamstead had a period of creating crosses and winning set pieces which all led to Thame’s Hill either catching or punching the ball away from danger. Thame’s West continued to battle hard winning the ball in midfield and shielding the ball in possession in an attempt to link up play which did lead to Thame putting in a cross from the right again towards Martin who this time scuffed his shot inside the box. The game changed quickly when a simply, through ball down the centre found Brooks. He was able to calmly control the ball to bring it down, go right of the defender before putting his shot past Hill to give Berkhamstead real hope with just thirteen minutes remaining. The following play was a real balance between the sides with the ball going end to end more for the first time in the entire game. The body language and verbal communication from Berkhamstead had improved and Thame did begin to drop deeper. Berkhamstead nearly clinched the equaliser late on when Ashworth missed his header from a crossed free kick, the attacking header towards goal which rattled the bar before Thame could clear it away. For the first time Thame were showing signs of weakness in the air and were beginning to lose control inside their own penalty box. The manager Mark West brought on triple substitutions to try and secure the 3 points. Gledhill came on up front and proved an impact instantly with a knock down and later on a shot which narrowly went wide of the post. Thame were able to slow play down as on multiple occasions as the ball went out of play. The final whistle was met with joyful scenes by the home side on the pitch.

FT Score – Thame 2 – 1 Berkhamstead


Today’s result meant back to back to wins for Thame United who now are only 1 point behind Bedford and Didcot who are 4th and 5th position. Thame sitting 7th with 3 games remaining must be a great feeling for all at Thame United.


*** MAN OF THE MATCH sponsored by Figaro’s Barber in Thame ***

The Thame United Man of the Match selected by our sponsor ASM Auto Recycling today was  Duran Martin  who continues to flourish playing as an attacking midfielder and scored a goal that Pele would be proud of.


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Saturday 20/4/2019

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Yaxley FC v Thame United

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SL D1C; Aylesbury striker hoping to land knock-out punch in relegation scrap

Saturday 13th April 2019
Aylesbury v North Leigh
Southern League Division One East
Heywood Way
K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host North Leigh on Saturday knowing whoever loses will be bottom of the Southern Football League Division One Central table on Saturday night with just three games then left to play, the battle at the bottom now looks to be two from five as to who will finish in the dreaded bottom two relegation places. Both sides have to win, despite the Moles future next season already decided Paul Bonham’s men are desperately trying to avoid those relegation places as a matter of pride, Kidlington, Dunstable Town & Welwyn Garden City are all embroiled in the same dogfight at the bottom of the league, Aylesbury face play-off chasing Sutton Coldfield next week ahead of their local El Quackico derby on Easter Monday and finish with a trip to Welwyn meaning three points this weekend would be a welcome boost ahead of the tough run in. However, after a recent revival of fortunes they have lost their last three games whilst in return North Leigh have lost by the odd goal in seven to their National League South neighbours Oxford City in their Oxon Senior Cup semi-final, drew with Welwyn three apiece and thumped Coleshill Town by four without reply away from home, this game neither side can afford to lose…..

Bruno Brito

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury forward man Bruno Brito to ask when he joined the club, and how it all came about:

I joined Aylesbury in July 2018; Scott Reynolds was my manager at Leighton Town the club where I played half of the previous season. When he moved over to Aylesbury he invited me to come and join him to sign for the club, at the first training session I saw a good project to go forward with quality players and staff, there was everything a player needs to be at his best so for me that made my decision easier. Lots of different things have happened during my time since joining, players and staff have left which has made this season hard especially for those who decided to stay and for those who have joined us midway but that’s out of our control and I’m still enjoying playing for the club

How good a season does he feel he has had so far in terms of fitness & contribution?

Since the first pre-season training session there have been ups and downs for me but I’m always working hard to help this club and my team mates to succeed. I didn’t have many minutes in games with the previous manager but never had an attitude & never questioned his decisions, I didn’t miss any training sessions and always tried to keep myself motivated in that period, I’ve always kept my fitness up with gym workouts on top of training for when I got my chance. With Paul Bonham as the new manager I didn’t feel I had anything to prove to him he was with us from the start, he knows me well & how I work and how I could help the team, I started getting more minutes and this gave me more confidence. Goals started coming more often and that’s what is important for every football player, I’ve stayed at the club because of him, I trust and believe in everything he does is for the best of the team and club

How good a squad does Bruno feel the club has, and which players have impressed?

It’s been a long season to be honest, we’ve had players leaving and new ones coming in at all times, unfortunately this made our team look weak for a period but now I feel we are better and stronger. We believe we can do better match after match and we can compete with any team from our league, I’ll say two of our players who really impressed me this season… Jordan Jenkins (JJ) and Davis Haule, fair play for their quality, team spirit and bravery

What is Bruno’s preferred position in the side?

I leave the tactical part to the manager, a football player has to adapt to the system the person in charge wants you to play, I’m a forward player who likes to score goals so any position close to the goal is good enough for me but if the manager ask me to play anywhere else he knows I’ll give the same effort to help this team

Bottom of SL Div 1 Central table

We asked Bruno what his previous football history has been prior to Heywood Way:

These are the clubs I’ve played for:



Grupo Sportivo de Carcavelos (Portugal)

1 Dezembro (Portugal)



Odivelas Futebol Clube (Portugal)

GMD Trajouce (Portugal)

Associação da Torre (Portugal)

Sport Clube Praiense (Açores)

Atlético Clube de Portugal (Portugal)

Frenaros FC2000 (Cyprus)

Sporting Clube de Macau (China)

Newport Pagnell Town (England)

Aylesbury United (England)

Leighton Town (England)

Aylesbury Fc (England)

The last three games have seen defeat for Aylesbury, what has happened to change the previous good run of results?

In our last three matches we haven’t performed at the best of our abilities and we all know that. We must clear our minds, keep our heads up and play the best football we can to get back to the wins we had a few weeks ago. We can compete and win against any team in our league on our day, I believe we can achieve our goal at the end of the season

At home to fellow strugglers North Leigh this week, how difficult does the front man expect this to be?

It will be a battle on Saturday against North Leigh, both teams need the points for different reasons, we know they have got a good side but let’s see on Saturday. They will face a better Aylesbury than the last couple of weeks, it will be a game where we expect to succeed and get the three points we need, I totally believe in my team mates, we have a better squad & we just have to perform. I wish to see many of Aylesbury FC fans support us in these last few matches; our team and club need to feel you are with us!

Finally, we asked Bruno if he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who & what would he choose?

I definitely need to choose Ben Stevens to go on impractical jokers, I can imagine Ben setting up the punishments for the others… he’s evil! Hahaha

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

SL D1C; Thame United 4-1 Aylesbury FC

THAME UNITED 4 (WEST 10, 48, 64 AND GOSS 44)

Saturday 6/4/19


ASM Stadium, Thame

Attendance- 213

Weather – 10 Celsius, Dry and Sunny

Report and Photos by Carl Catling



Thame United – Hill (gk), Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Ashworth, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Martin

Subs used – Mepham and Evans

Aylesbury FC – Bennion (gk), Jenkins (cpt), Carby, Stevens, Merridan, Feyi, Young, Touleda, Haule, Deacon and Scott

Subs used – Odusoga Amadieu and Brito

Both sides went into this game with some hope of ending the season on a high. The whole season is now dependant in the final four games remaining. Today’s fixture did see a family atmosphere hit eh ASM Stadium with red Kite Radio broadcasting from the game, Thame Youth and Thame sponsors in attendance.

There was a slight delay to kick off due to a moments silence for the passing of old Thame United Chairman Jim Tite. As soon as the game started Thame were pressing all over the field allowing Aylesbury no time on the ball. Thame also showed their determination in their tackles early on notably by Lynn, Essex, Jewell, Sturgess and Ashworth. Thame were awarded a free kick which was taken by Tack which did go over the bar. Then the first goal came in the 10th minute when a mistake at the back meant a cross to West in the box was neatly controlled before going round Bennion for an easy tap in to make it 1-0. Aylesbury did claim for offside but the goal was awarded. The attacking play continued from Thame and a weighted pass by Ashworth found Goss in space on the left wing who came infield to attempt a curled shot which narrowly went high and wide. There was then a period of little chances and both teams turning possession over but Thame remained in control of the game. Aylesbury’s first chance came whereby a cross from the left found Haule in the box who managed to get in front of the defender but could not head the ball into the net, this was a real missed opportunity for Aylesbury. Aylesbury not long after produced a through ball towards goal but Hill anticipated it and closed the forward down making the chipped shot difficult and could not hit the target. Aylesbury continued to attack down their right flank putting Lynn under a spell of real pressure. Thame’s centre backs of Essex and Jewell were battling hard and were winning the battle against Haule and Deacon. In comparison West and Goss were working hard to find space up top and wide in order for play to be in Aylesbury’s half and allow the side to defend higher up the field. Thame’s Tack had a positive first half with multiple touches and multiple tackles to help his side maintain control. Also in the first half Sturgess and Ashworth were working well in tandem to aid the team both in attack and defence. A moment in lack of concentration meant Martin was able to find space 30 yards out and hit a half volley 30 yards out which rattled the bar but the ball was deemed not to have crossed the line much to Aylesbury’s relief. Thame ended the half with their second goal which was much deserved by Goss who as always is clinical inside the box from any distance albeit this one was a tap in from 2 yards out.

HT Score – Thame United 2 – 0 Aylesbury FC

The second half was very much of the same early on with Thame firmly in control of possession and territory. It did not take long for Thame to score again and this time Goss was the provider for West who was able to head the ball firmly pass the goalie to make it 3-0 and surely give the home side the win. This goal was another indication of great link up play between Goss and West throughout the match. There was a delay in the second half when Sturgess require medical treatment for a possible knock to the head which did then have an effect on the pace of play after. In the 64th minute Thame had a free kick given when there was a crunching late tackle on Goss. Goss was able to get up and take the free kick himself and hit the ball towards West who flicked the ball into the net giving him his hat trick on the day. Aylesbury made three changes in the second half in search of goals and did begin to play at a faster tempo late on. Thame were continuing to counteract this by their work rate and winning tackles all over the field. In the last 20 minutes despite the scoreline the game was very much end to end. Aylesbury did find a consolation goal in the 85th minute when a free kick was struck by left footed Brito which smashed the post and went in leaving Hill unable to move to make it 4-1.

FT Score – Thame United 4 – 1 Aylesbury FC

This was a physical game from both sides and a sublime team performance by the home team. This was a huge home win for Thame United who got back to winning ways and climb to 8th in the table. Thame now remain 3 points behind Didcot Town. Aylesbury remain in the relegation zone in 19th place.

*** MAN OF THE MATCH – Sponsored by Figaro’s Barber in Thame ***

This was decided by ASM Auto RecyclingDirector Paul McDonagh. Paul decided to pick hat trick hero Thame United’s #10 Dan West who was a constant threat in attack and proved to be dangerous inside the box.

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Thame United v Berkhamstead FC

Saturday 13/4/19


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SL D1C; Kidlington 2-4 Aylesbury United

Kidlington – 2
Aylesbury United – 4


Aylesbury United staged a remarkable comeback at Kidlington on Saturday to put an end to their run of three games without a win, and the points sealed their place in the Southern League Division One Central for another year or at least their place at step four depending on any league restructuring in the summer, the home side blew a two goal lead to put themselves right back in the relegation dogfight after their recent fine form had lifted them away from the troubled area of the table. Two goals inside the opening half an hour looked to have the Oxfordshire side in the driving seat but their guests were level by the half-time interval with a brace which included a stunning effort from youngster Max Hercules, heads visibly dropped and after the break United always looked the more likely to score again, Hercules adding to his tally on the hour mark to put the visitor’s ahead before a late strike from Sonny French sealed the victory, which leave manager Ben Williams beaming after the final whistle feeling his side fully deserved their success after “dominating the second period and could have scored more”.

United had the first chance of the game when Tre Mitford climbed highest to get his head on a cross and his angled effort back across home keeper Sam Warrell bounced a yard wide of the post, but it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on eleven minutes when Anaclet Odhiambo got in behind the Ducks backline to square to Chris Jordan, his shot came back off the crossbar but fell nicely for Lewis Coyle who smashed left footed into the top corner. Kidlington midfielder Declan Benjamin did well down the right flank before feeding inside to Odhiambo but his first touch let him down when in a really promising position, the ball bouncing off his foot far enough for Ducks keeper Archie Davis to collect, a throw then found Ben Willoughby but from twenty yards he dragged wide.

The opening stages saw Aylesbury struggle to get into the game after the opener, winning two free kicks in promising positions both were lifted into the box but too close Warrell, then on twenty-three minutes the home side scored again when Benjamin released Odhiambo to drive into the area before smashing into the corner off the hands of Davis, but the flag on the nearside indicated offside to rule it out, but within five minutes they were awarded a penalty when a Jordan cross was perfectly flighted for Odhiambo to attack in front of goal, Davis advanced to try and collect and as the pair collided the striker went over the keepers leg & the referee pointed to the spot much to the visitor’s disgust, despite the protests Coyle drilled into the bottom corner for his second of the afternoon.

Lewis Coyle doubles Kidlington lead

As the half drifted into the last ten minutes a corner to the away side saw skipper Jack Wood hold off his marker and head down, the ball bouncing into the side netting which temporarily lifted the travelling supporters as it looked in, however they were given something to cheer just three minutes later when full back Anthony Ball crossed from out wide and in the box Hercules with his back to goal took it on his chest before swivelling to absolutely smash past Warrell into the back of the net. From the restart Benjamin got down the wing and fired low across the six-yard area looking for a colleague but Davis was alert enough to get down low to block, a defender on hand to clear from where the visitor’s attacked to win a corner, that eventually worked out to Greg Williams where the ball just would not come down quick enough and he hurriedly snatched his shot wide.

Benjamin again threatened when getting in behind the Aylesbury defence and even after losing his balance when he got the ball stuck under his foot he still managed to fire low across the box where sliding in Odhiambo was inches away from connecting, Aaron Berry on the centre spot then side footed over the Green backline for Mitford to give chase but Warrell was off his line in a flash to win the race and thump clear, then in added time United won a penalty of their own when Harry Jones tangled with Jack Bernasconi as they attacked a cross at the front post, Jones went down and again the official pointed to the spot, Berry drilling home to restore parity. H/T: 2-2

Early after the restart Wood sent Hercules scampering down the left channel and his pace got him to the ball first ahead of his marker, his cross looked guaranteed to find the head of Mitford who had committed himself but at the last second the outstretched fingertips of Warrell took it off the strikers head. As the hosts tried to get themselves back in front Aylesbury struggled to clear their lines allowing Coyle to try his luck from the corner of the box but far too high to threaten, their next attack saw a similar routine and the same player this time sliced his effort away from the intended target, then on fifty-eight minutes the Ducks took the lead for the first time in the encounter when a shot from Berry was blocked but rolled out to Hercules who fired home.

Sonny French watches as his goal seals the win

The goal scorer threatened again soon after when a loose ball on the left seemed lost but again his pace got him to it ahead of the keeper but he could only lift over the top, moments later Kidlington full back Josh Tooke was put under severe pressure by Berry as he tried to play out of defence forcing him to play his pass straight out to Hercules, he went for glory sensing his hatrick but he curled over the crossbar. A long punt downfield for French to chase after saw him get enough of a sight of goal to shoot diagonally straight at the keeper, however this was just a prelude of things to come later, the next United attack saw French played inside the area but with Mitford waiting in the middle his cross was brilliantly blocked by Warrell and diverted out for a corner.

With eight minutes left the victory was sealed when a throw out on their right saw French released into the penalty area, despite the attempts of defender Marvin Martin and his keeper to block his run he got enough on it to lift over both, albeit having to take a flailing hand to the jaw in the process, but that soon forgotten as the ball bounced off in to the empty net. From the kick off home substitute Ryan Brooks did well down the channel before firing wide of the far post, a corner soon after also found Brooks in space where he drilled low towards goal but Davis on his line got down well to save, the last chance for United again saw Mitford played into a one on one with Warrell but again the custodian was out of his box in a flash to clear. F/T: 2-4

Attendance: 83

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury manager Ben Williams:

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Aylesbury United manager Ben Williams speaks after win at Kidlington

Sports Shots spoke with Aylesbury United manager Ben Williams after his side staged a remarkable come back on Saturday at Kidlington, two goals down and seemingly heading to defeat they managed to pull level by half time, and go on to score two more after the break. He also talks about next season and gives a mention to Aylesbury Flooring and their semi-final on Sunday in the FA Sunday Cup:

SL D1C; Aylesbury United youngster keen to follow the Leader

Saturday 30th March 2019
Kidlington v Aylesbury United
Southern League Division One Central
Yarnton Road
K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Southern League Division One Central in form side Kidlington on Saturday who having spent months in the bottom two places have recently picked up thirteen out of a possible eighteen points which has propelled them up that league table, and in the process has transformed the look at the bottom of the division. Whilst North Leigh sit bottom and still eight points from safety, Aylesbury FC now occupy the other relegation position despite their recent run of good form, but from them up to four places above them is separated by just six points, Dunstable Town have now been dragged into that dreaded scrap to avoid relegation and it looks as though the season for those bottom five or six positions could go down to the wire. Whilst their hosts this weekend have only lost once in their last six outings, The Ducks are on a run of just one win and two draws in their last seven league fixtures, and barring an end of season collapse or one hundred percent record will be aiming to finish as high in their mid-table status as they can, but a win this week would be great for confidence as their next three games sees them face the top three sides in the division, meaning they have a huge shout in the end of season promotion & relegation battles.

Tre Mitford

This week Sports Shots caught up with United stalwart Greg Williams and first of all we asked striker Tre Mitford how long he’s been at the club & how it’s been since joining:

I first joined on loan from Staines Town in late 2016 for a short spell and then returned back there for the rest of the season. I joined here again in November this season and also for nine games last year before going to Beaconsfield Town. I joined initially because I needed some games and the connection was through Ryan Kinanne, we went to university together. I have enjoyed myself at Aylesbury, there are a good group of people around the club and they have always been welcoming, and a small set of fans that go to every game, home and away that love to sing, which is great

Greg is now an all-time legend at the club with over four hundred appearances for The Ducks:

I have been at the club now for twelve years over two spells. I was signed by ex-ducks manager at the time Cliff Hercules when he signed me from Thame United, I was a junior Ducks player and watched them at Buckingham Road and wanted to play for them & to play on the great pitch in front of the large fan base that they had at the time. My time at the club has at sometimes been a roller-coaster but in general it has been a really enjoyable and great place to play football. I have some great memories

How does Greg feel his season has been in terms of fitness and contribution?

I feel I have only had an average season this year, last year was good for me personally but although I have been available and a regular this year, I feel I have not achieved the standards I set myself to date. But you have seasons like that and although I have scored more goals this year I certainly hope I can remain giving one hundred percent to the team for the remainder of the season and win as many games as we can. My fitness is exactly where I need it, I feel strong and fit and am already planning for playing next season

Tre is also looking for more in the remaining games:

Overall I would say good, I feel I have contributed with goals and some good performances but I also feel I have not scored anywhere near as many as I should have and that I need to be more consistent in terms of my hold up play and looking after the ball. My fitness is good but I have been working full time and travelling a lot more for work this season, more than previous years. So I have struggled to work on areas of my fitness throughout the week sometimes, but I am match fit and available for every match

How good does the front man feel this Aylesbury squad is, and which players have impressed?

Yeah the team is strong this year, the majority of us are still quite young and have a lot to learn but there is some talent in the squad. Consistency as a team has been our biggest issue and I think a lot of that comes down to experience. Max (Hercules), (Anthony) Bally and Harry (Jones) have impressed me this season, if they keep progressing and learning they will all become very good players. (Jack) Woody and Sonny (French) have always stood out for me as players as well

Greg Williams

Greg also singles out one of the younger players:

This season’s squad I feel is better than last year’s but we have let ourselves down at times, the gaffer has added some good talented young players and apart from me it is a fairly young squad. One thing I feel we do miss is a bit of experience and a few more voices, something you tend to lose with younger more inexperienced players but their growth in the game will only enhance that side of their play. All our younger players has been impressive but I have to say Harry Jones has improved and impressed me the most, seeing him develop over the last couple of seasons and improve in his ability to hold the ball up and drive past players is good to see and with that quick development I would see him playing at a higher level. He has a great attitude so I would imagine he could have a long career in the game

Greg mentioned his roller-coaster tenure at the club, how vital does he think it is to keep the club afloat?

To keep Aylesbury United FC running is so, so vital. You’ve only got to see how much it means to the fans when you see how many of them travel away with us and although we don’t play locally we still are getting better crowds than some teams that are based at their own grounds. I know that the board/committee are always working hard behind the scenes keeping the club running, we all strive to be back in the town and I think if you have that ambition to do that these guys will eventually make this possible

What is Tre’s preferred position in the side?

Striker, I don’t mind playing on my own when the number ten is near me to help out, but I think I prefer playing with two up top with this team. I think me and Aaron (Berry) play well together when we are able occupy the defence together with support from the midfield

The last three games have seen defeats to Bedford & North Leigh with a draw at AFC Dunstable in between, how were these games from Tre’s point of view?

The North Leigh game was one of our worst games since I’ve been here, on a difficult pitch. The AFC Dunstable game was a good result in tough conditions, I think we were the better team on the day but can’t complain at the result. As for Bedford we played well at times and should have scored more but we were the second best team on the day

Greg see’s those games as testimony to their season as a whole:

The last three games have summed up our season, completely awful against North Leigh under difficult weather conditions, versus AFC Dunstable we played really well, possibly should of won and against Bedford played well in bits but conceded freaky or unlucky goals

Onto Kidlington this week, United beat them earlier in the season, what does Greg remember of that game, and what does he expect this time?

The Kidlington game was probably just at the right time for us in respect that their old manager, Ady Fuller who I know from playing at Banbury with, left and they brought in the gaffer that was with them the previous season. He had literally changed a huge majority of Ady’s squad and brought back some of the old guard, I know a few of these players and they are decent footballers at this level so we knew it was not going to be easy. However recently they are on a good run so it’s not going to be easy and especially being away, their pitch is very challenging

Tre is sure of a dog fight this Saturday:

I don’t remember the game too well but I know we will have the beating of them if we play our game and defend well as a team. They have everything to play for so it will be a battle I am sure

What has been the front man’s route in football to end up in Aylesbury?

I grew up in Kent and played for Dover Athletic and Margate. I started playing men’s football at seventeen with Deal Town before moving to London, since then I’ve played for Redhill, Burnham, Staines Town, Leatherhead, Hayes & Yeading, Beaconsfield and Aylesbury

This time last year Greg told Sports Shots he would be carrying on for another season, are we hearing the same again?

The story for Greg Williams is to have another season next year! This possibly will be my last due to now being blessed with a beautiful little boy, who knows but at present it is my plan to be available next season and hopefully for the Ducks

Of all the leagues and divisions that Greg has played in with Aylesbury, where does this year compare in terms of competitiveness & travel?

Playing in my first spell with the Ducks at step two against the likes of Aldershot, Canvey Island and Bromley etc, the level of football was very good – it had to be as the next step up was the Conference. I have been surprised this season as there has been no easy game, and some very well drilled and technically good teams, but I must admit the travelling is ridiculous for step four and hopefully the FA will look at this over the close season and restructure sensibly

How has Tre viewed this division?

This league interesting as there are a lot of teams I had never heard of and some long journeys. The top three teams seem to have a large fan base and are good teams and should expect to be where they are in the league. We can compete in every game though, with more consistency I think we are good enough to be in the top third of the league

What targets did Tre set himself for this season, and has he had to readjust them as it’s worn on?

Personally I set myself a target of twenty goals in twenty-five plus games, I have fourteen or fifteen goals now and six games left to hit that target, so hopefully I will. As for the team I wanted to push for play offs but we are a little short of where I wanted us to be, with some tough teams still to play

We asked Greg if he could pick one team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose:

I would pick our skipper Jack Wood to go on Mastermind and have his chosen specialised subject as Tottenham Hotspur FC. Why, cos he hates Spurs so it would be interested hearing his answers

Tre picks his keeper to go looking for love:

I have absolutely no idea, maybe I’d have to choose Archie (Davis) to go on Love Island

Finally we asked Greg to pick his all-time one to eleven of Aylesbury United team mates:

1GK, Chris Day

2 Jack Wood

3 Zak Reynolds

4 Matt Haywood

5 Leon Barnett

6 Dean Cracknell

7 Scott Bridges

8 Greg Williams

9 Craig Maskell

10 Dwight Marshall

11 Roni Joe

Sports Shots would like to thank both Greg & Tre for their time this week

SL D1C; Thame defender hoping his squad’s only way is play-offs

Saturday 30th March 2019
Bedford Town v Thame United
Southern League Division One Central
New Eyrie
K.O. 3.00pm

Thame United travel to Bedford Town on Saturday firmly entrenched in a battle for the Southern Football League Division One Central play-off places, just a single point separates these two sides so with the winners possibly being propelled up into those end of season lottery positions come five o’clock on Saturday, the stakes could not be higher. Thame have stuttered of late with just a solitary win from their last five fixtures, including successive home defeats in the last seven days, which has seen them slip down to ninth position but only three points off the play-off positions, but after Saturday four of their five remaining games are against teams below them in the league, so their destiny is still in their own hands. Bedford were soundly beaten on Tuesday night at home by Berkhamsted but have still won four of their last six outings, both teams are keen to keep their individual seasons going for as long as possible……

Jamie Essex

This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Jamie Essex to ask how long he’s been at the club, how it all came about and how well he’s settled in:

I’ve been at the club for two years now, Blaiky (Stuart Blaik) gave me a call one day whilst I was at Flackwell Heath and convinced me to come down to meet the boys & the gaffer, I’ve not really looked back since then. I was made to feel welcome and part of the team from the beginning so settling in was no issue, everyone involved with the football club makes you feel like you’re a part of something and feeling that is great

How good has his season been so far in terms of fitness, availability & contribution?

Fitness has never been a strong point in my game, but since being here it’s definitely improved, I think I’ve only missed three of four games this year as I was on holiday. I’d like to think my contribution to the squad has been strong, I’ve played every game I’ve been available and remained injury free touch wood, so for me personally it’s been a good year for me so far

How good is the Thame squad this season, and have any players stood out?

Our squad is fantastic, we’re a small tight nit group that on our day can do some great things on the pitch. In terms of players it’s hard to pick individuals because everyone has different attributes that make the team work, if I’m naming people, Craig Hill our keeper for me is the best in the league and the team are very lucky to have kept hold of him. Obviously as everyone knows the two boys up top Westy (Dan) & Lynton (Goss) on their day can be an absolute dream to have in any team

What is Jamie’s preferred position in the side is, and what formation does he feel best suits?

Before joining Thame, I was a number ten and enjoyed scoring goals, since I’ve come here that couldn’t have changed anymore as I now play centre half. Formations are pretty standard with us as we always play a back four, but the team I think play best when we are compact as a four-four-one-one

The last three games for Thame have seen a win at Barton followed by successive home defeats to Coleshill & Peterborough Sports, how were these games?

To be honest it’s the story of our season, complete inconsistency, the ability to produce a performance then dip like we did against Coleshill! We are a team that needs to work hard to get any reward and we just didn’t against them, it was a shame because it’s not like us, the game against Peterborough was to be honest disappointing, and all the boys walked off deflated and that’s because we should have got something out the game, we had our chances and went toe to toe with the team who for me will win the league. We deserved a point at least for me and that can be hard to take when you work so hard and come away with nothing

Away to Bedford this week, Thame beat them back in December, what are they expecting this time round?

This was one of the games this season I missed, so I’m looking forward to travelling over there and hopefully we replicate the effort and performance from Tuesday night and the result will come with it this time. From what I remember of Bedford last year, they are a strong direct side and it will be tough for us, like any game in this league, saying that we know we can go there and walk away with three points if we produce the performance levels of Tuesday night

With the play-offs still in sight, how much does the squad want that spot and how disappointing would it be if they missed out?

I don’t like to talk about play offs, we’ve got six games and we need to approach them one by one; the league is tight and a number of teams can take that last spot or two. As a team we just want to do ourselves justice and produce performances that we are happy with and not let ourselves down sat there at the end of April, but what will be will be. I think I read that Bromsgrove or Peterborough are guaranteed a home tie if they are in the play offs and not league champions, so they won’t be easy places for anyone to go especially Bromsgrove in front of over a thousand supporters. Of course not achieving what could have been would be disappointing, but it will also be a learning curve for our young team, that consistency is what gets you things such as the play offs. That being said at the beginning of season if someone told us we’d be in the play-off chase going into April, one hundred percent we’d have taken that so credit to us

Finally we asked Jamie is he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose?

I wish Phoenix Nights was still on tv, I’d love for Arron Jewell to take over from Paddy as the bouncer of the Phoenix Club. Going from his outfit choice on our night out I reckon he’d be the perfect man for the job!

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

SL D1C; Thame United 0-1 Peterborough Sports


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Tuesday 26/3/19


ASM Stadium, Thame

Attendance- 81

Weather – 9 Celsius, Dry

Report by Carl Catling

Photos by Marc Addison



Thame United – Hill (gk), Mepham, Lynn, Essex, Gledhill, Ashworth, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Fasanmade

Subs used – Peake-Pijnen

Peterborough Sports – Moat (gk), Griffiths, Herd, Malone, Jones (cpt), Lawlok, Sembie-Ferris, McCammon, Jones, Hilliard, Macleod

Subs used – Vieira

Both sides went into this game with continued hope of promotion. Peterborough continue on a tremendous winning run, where as Thame are continue to fight for each point to battle the sides around them in the table.

*** MATCH STATS ***-

Shots on Target – Thame United 1 – 3 Peterborough Sports

Corners – Thame United 3 – 4 Peterborough Sports

Yellow – Thame United 1 – 1 Peterborough Sports

The importance of this fixture could be felt in the crowd and during the pre-game warm ups. Thame survived injury scares to Hill and West who both did start the match.

The first chance in the match came around quickly when Peterborough’s Jones had half a chance to score but a low drilled shot went past Hill’s left hand post. Peterborough continued to have the brighter start in possession in the first ten minutes. Thame resorted to closing the opposition down earlier and more often in an attempt to get back into the game. This lead to Thame dominating play and Peterborough did not have as much time on the ball and were being left frustrated. Thame’s Goss and Lynn were proving to be exceptional on the left wing both in defence and attack.

Tack made a chance out of nothing when in possession, whereby he manged to dribble towards goal and fire a shot which did go over the bar. Lynn prevented a goal scoring opportunity when a diagonal ball into the box towards Malone meant the challenge in the air was enough to put Malone off heading it into the net. Peterborough continued to create chances when a set piece led to an easy header for Malone from a corner which was headed over the bar. Peterborough made a change in tactics as they now started to play the ball wider where possible but Thame’s body language and communication on the pitch remained positive. Thame’s Goss was having to work extremely hard up the top on his own making sure that the Peterborough defence were put under pressure. Goss did excellent work in holding up the ball in order to get team mates further forward. An example of this was Thame’s Fasanmade started to exert his quality and was able to get onto the ball more and make runs at the defence of his own. Thame did nearly find the first goal when a free kick from Goss did reach the leaping Essex who could only head the ball over the ball. This was followed up by a great cross by Peterborough’s Griffiths which was anticipated by Mepham to flick the ball away for a corner and preventing the player behind getting onto it. Before the end of the half a through ball to West meant he was one on one with Moat, the goalie made a great move to prevent West dribbling round him for an easy finish. A foul just before half time lead to Peterborough pushing numbers into the box whereby Hilliard’s free kick was brilliantly weighted for Malone to jump up and head the ball in to give Peterborough the lead on 43 minutes.

HT SCORE – Thame United 0 – 1 Peterborough Sports

Peterborough started the second half with a different approach and begun to stretch play and were passing side to side in the early stages. The second half proved to be a very tactical game early on and both sides were finding it difficult to break the other side down to create clear chances. Peterborough were happy with the game being stop/start in order to slow play down. Peterborough nearly extended the lead when from the right wing a cross came into the box but it failed to reach any of the 3 supporting players. Thame’s hopes did rely on the play of Goss who was continuing to win the first and second ball but link up play was difficult for Thame. Neither goalie had to do much so far but Hill was forced into a save when McCammon passed to Sembie-Ferris on the left who put in a cross which led to a comfortable stop by Hill. Thame’s wingers had to work extremely hard off the ball and Fasanmade continued to impress with his workrate chasing down balls. Thame’s tactic of playing direct towards Goss In search of a goal was proving difficult due to two defenders being around him all the time. Thame were awarded a corner late on from the left which when put into the box was cleared but found Lynn 30 yards out who drilled a low shot which required concentration by Peterborough goalie Moat. Thame did make a change bringing on Peake-Pijnen to play on the left who did create a great run of his own which led to his cross proving to be dangerous resulting in a last ditch clearance to prevent a tap in near the back post. Peterborough tried to avoid dropping deeper and began to push the defensive line further afield. The game was very much end to end in the last 5 minutes but with no shots on target. Peterborough were able to see out the closing minutes and secure the win in at the ASM Stadium.

Peterborough Sports will be relieved to come away with 3 points as Thame proved to be a real challenge for them. The win means Peterborough climb back up to top spot with a game in hand. Thame now remain in 9th place and with 6 games to go will need to secure victories home and away if they are to clinch 5th position.

FT Score – Thame United 0 – 1 Peterborough Sports


*** Man of the Match Award Sponsored byFigaro’s Barber in Thame ***

This was awarded to Thame left back David Lynn who was a threat going forward, multiple dangerous crosses, great positional play and multiple important tackles and headers throughout the game.



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Bedford Town v Thame United

Saturday 30/3/19


The Eyrie, Bedford

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