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Ampthill Town manager steps down

Ampthill Town manager Paul Blackman has stood down from his role with immediate effect, releasing the news late last week:

I reluctantly step down as Ampthill Town FC manager & would like to thank Gary (Maidment) for the opportunity. We’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time, a top ten finish & a cup final last year, with young players coming through this year. Also, a massive thanks to Anthony Christophi & Stuart Robertson for their help

Town chairman Gary Maidment released a statement over the weekend:

After discussions with Paul Blackman last week, I reluctantly accepted his request to step down from the first team mangers role. On behalf of the club I would like to thank Paul for the huge impact he has made to the development of the club. Thank you!

Ampthill are at home on Tuesday night to MK Robins in Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One action, where Anthony Christophi will step up from the assistant managers role.

Ant Christophi

Ampthill Town miss out on cup quarter-final place after defeat

Ampthill Town were knocked out of the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One cup on Tuesday night by Stotfold at Ampthill Park, the visitor’s progressing to host Amersham Town in the quarter-finals early in the New Year.

This all Bedfordshire tie was settled in the first minute by a Joseph Ryan strike, the hosts did get the ball in the back of the net early after the break however a conversation between the officials ruled it out.

Ampthill play again next Tuesday as they host MK Robins in league action.

Ampthill Town make it five unbeaten with victory over Park View

Ampthill Town climbed up to ninth place in the Spartan South Midlands Division One table with a three-one victory over Park View on Saturday at Ampthill Park, their unbeaten run now five games in all competition.

Ash Mead

A first half Ash Mead header gave Paul Blackman’s men the lead at the interval, after the break Lawrence Burton doubled their advantage however on the hour mark Albert Ofori Mensah pulled a goal back for the visitors, a third for Ampthill from leading scorer Jamie Cerminara sealed the points.

Town host Stotfold on Tuesday evening in the Division One cup, then welcome MK Robins on Saturday back in league action.

Ampthill Town lose sparkle after promising start

Ampthill Town were pegged back after leading by two goals to nil at the break in their Bedfordshire derby at Ampthill Park against near neighbours Shefford Town & Campton on Tuesday night, a point apiece leaves Ampthill in ninth place in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One table, but disappointed as they were looking good at the break for all three points.

Lawrence Burton

Lawrence Burton got the home side off to the perfect start as he converted a Jamie Cerminara cross, Charlie Cullen then looked to have set the hosts on their way to victory as he made two before the interval, but fifth placed Shefford showed they are enjoying life after promotion last season as two second half strikes levelled the game for their third consecutive stalemate in all competition.

Ampthill host Park View on Saturday whilst Shefford welcome Hillingdon Borough to Shefford Sports Club.

Ampthill Town in the market for goals at Borough

Ampthill Town made it fifteen goals in just four days with an emphatic six-three win on Saturday at Enfield Borough, and for leading scorer Jamie Cerminara it’s been a double figure few days!

Jamie Cerminara

After their midweek trouncing of Brimsdown by nine goals in the League Challenge Trophy, Paul Blackman’s men carried on where they left off back in league action in North London, Town took the lead and despite conceding a leveller they went in at the break four-two up, and continued the goal trail after the break to seal the points.

Cerminara who scored four midweek bagged all six goals for Ampthill at Enfield, the victory see’s the Bedfordshire side sitting twelfth in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One table, just eight points off the prized top four promotion spots, and this coming week face two home games as league newcomers Shefford Town & Campton visit Ampthill Park on Tuesday night, followed next weekend by the visit of the leagues bottom side Park View.

Ampthill Town full to the Brim with goals

Ampthill Town smashed their way into the next round of the Spartan South Midlands Football League Challenge Trophy on Tuesday night with an emphatic nine goal victory over Brimsdown at Ampthill Park.

Michael Fullerton

Jamie Cerminara led the way with four goals, the rest were spread amongst five different scorers in Louie Dillon, Ash Mead, Michael Fullerton, Ryan Wing and a Glenn Cooksley penalty; a fantastic result ahead of Town’s difficult trip to Enfield Borough this Saturday.

Ampthill then face a run of five consecutive home games, a run which manager Paul Blackman will hope can rejuvenate his sides season as they sit in thirteenth place in the Division One table albeit with numerous games in hand on all the teams above them.

SSMFL D1; St Panteleimon v Ampthill Town preview + Town midfielder Charlie Cullen reveals all

Saturday 26th October 2019
St Panteleimon v Ampthill Town
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Berkeley Fields
K.O. 3.00pm

(This season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Ampthill Town 9th

St Panteleimon 1st


(Last season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Ampthill Town 10th


Middlesex County League Premier Division (13 teams)

St Panteleimon 1st


This game last season:



Last six games:

Ampthill Town:

L 4-1 away v Langford 19th October SSMFL

W 2-1 home v Wodson Park 12th October SSMFL

L 3-2 away v Winslow United 5th October SSMFL

L 3-0 away v Cranfield United 28th September BST

L 1-4 home v St Panteleimon 14th September SSMFL

D 3-3 away v Rayners Lane 7th September SSMFL


St Panteleimon:

W 2-0 home v London Lions 22nd October SSMFL

W 4-2 home v Langford 12th October SSMFL

D 1-1 away v Stotfold 8th October SSMFL

D 1-1 away v Hillingdon Borough 5th October SSMFL

W 4-2 home v Park View 28th September SSMFL

W 2-0 home v Amersham Town 24th September SSMFL



Charlie Cullen

Full Name: Charlie Cullen

Age: 23

Nationality: English

Marital status: Not married

Preferred shirt number: 8

Most effective position on the pitch: Central attacking midfield

Daytime job: Qualified carpenter but specialise in kitchen installations

Former clubs: Stotfold, Bedford FC


We asked Charlie:


How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

Summer was good thank you, I had some time to relax and go on a couple of holidays which was nice. I do miss it but nowadays it soon comes back around with pre-season starting early June this year

Re-signed on for Ampthill this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

I decided to re-sign for Ampthill this year because a few of the lads had come back, also a few of the boys I already knew from previous years

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

It’s been quite a hard start to the season with it being a relatively new team from last year, we are all still adjusting and learning how each other play and what style suits. But personally I’ve started okay but there’s always room for improvement and hard work

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

Our target for this year has to be getting into that top four bracket with four teams going up, and for myself just to keep my place in the side for as many games as possible

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My biggest influence in football would have to be my dad, as he got me playing when i was four and pushed me as a kid to get better and train harder

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

The belief is slowly getting there with the squad, i feel we don’t believe in ourselves enough when we come up against good opposition, but that comes with playing more together and growing as a squad. If we can keep Jamie fit with Danny on his way back to fitness that will help massively with our success this year, also Ross in goal is a massive boost for us as he’s played at a high level and knows what’s required to see games out

Away at St Panteleimon this week, played them already at home and lost, what do you need to change this time around to get anything from the game, and just how good were they?

In the first half we were competing with them, but a few mistakes led to goals which made our heads drop and with them being so clinical the game was only going to go one way. If we put in a solid defensive display we can one hundred percent get the result we all want at the club, and hopefully put an end to their unbeaten run

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

I wouldn’t say we have moaners in the dressing room its more on the pitch and on the training ground, that’s probably a collective of Ross, Jamie, Glenn & myself

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

I have to work most Saturday mornings, so i don’t really get into any sort of routine

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

I think near enough every player in our squad has shown what they can do on a match day and in training so it’s hard for me to pick any one individual out

Ross Tompkins

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Ross! Last weekend saw a team night out, & he turned up with some awful chequered coat on!

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

First result would have to be Liverpool if they’ve played, I have supported them since I was a kid

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

Danny! He loves Olly Murs!

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

Saturday’s fixture has to be up there with one you want to win, but also the local derbies are nice to come away with three points in

Finally, after you’ve scored a hatrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

A pint for all the lads after would be good enough

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

SSMFL D1; Ampthill Town back to winning ways with win in the Park

Ampthill Town bounced back to winning ways on Saturday with victory at Ampthill Park over Wodson Park by two goals to one, their first success in six games in all competition.

Michael Moss scored from the spot

Goalless at the break, a Tom Bates cross was headed home by Conrad Zylko to give the hosts the lead; that advantage was then doubled through a Michael Moss penalty.

Wodson pulled one back from the spot themselves through Arsenio Lima, but Town held on for all three points, the win sees Town sit ninth in the Spartan South Midlands Division One table, but with games in hand on the sides above them they now only sit three points off the top four.

SSMFL, D1: Winslow edge Ampthill in game of two halves!

Winslow United edged past Ampthill Town after a three goal half-time lead was almost levelled in the second half by the visitors.

Winslow United v Ampthill Town – match action 5th October 2019

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Winslow United v Ampthill Town


BST; Cranfield United 3-0 Ampthill Town

Cranfield United – 3
Ampthill Town – 0



Ampthill Town crashed out of the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy at the first hurdle on Saturday, conceding three goals without reply to Beds Senior League side Cranfield United at Crawley Road. Both sides had early chances but it was the hosts who opened the scoring before the break and from there had the better opportunities, after the break two goals in three minutes killed off the tie to see the lower level side progress to play Shefford Town & Campton, and had it not been for some crucial saves from Ross Tompkins in the Town goal the scoreline could have been much greater.

There were early exchanges at either end but it was Cranfield who took the lead just before the half-hour mark when a cross field pass picked out Tyler Fry out on the right, his cross was met at the back post by Dan Green who netted for his first of the season. Both sides then squandered good chances before the break; Drew Mitten fired high from close range under pressure, and a raised flag at the opposite denied Glenn Cooksley from equalising which saw the home side go in to the interval with a slender advantage.

Glenn Cooksley was denied equaliser before halftime

From the restart United looked to build on their lead and two quick fire goals sealed their route into the next round, on seventy-one minutes a quick counter attack after a Town move broke down high up the pitch saw Max Risby played away down the left behind the yellow & blue backline, as Tompkins advanced the midfielder flicked the ball past him into the far bottom corner. Before the visitors could regroup they were three down, struggling to clear the lines at the back saw Mitten collect on the byline before pulling back across the six-yard box where at the front post Fry diverted past the keeper. F/T: 3-0

Attendance: 67

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Ampthill assistant manager Ant Christophi:

And also with Cranfield boss Chris Robson:

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