Saturday 23rd March 2019
Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Ampthill Town travel down to Hillingdon on Saturday hoping to emulate the victory they enjoyed over the hosts in the return fixture back in November, whilst looking to avoid a repeat of the five goal hammering they took at the Middlesex Stadium in September in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One cup. Since Paul Blackman took over the managers position at the Bedfordshire club they have had a real mixed bag of results, but have managed to reach the final of the North Beds Charity Cup & with eight league games left to play will be looking to follow up last weekends win at Ampthill Park over Brimsdown as they try and break into the top half the table, in Borough they face a side in a sticky patch which has seen one draw and six defeats in their last seven, they have conceded a whopping thirty-five goals in that run and the draw was goalless! Victory for Town wouldn’t lift them any higher in the league table but would put them in a great position to finish the season strong and try and get in those top ten places.
This week Sports Shots caught up with Ampthill winger Lawrence Burton to ask when he joined the club, how it came about & how it’s been settling in:
I joined the club during the Christmas period as I wasn’t getting any first team football at my previous club, I think this is what attracted me to Ampthill, the fact that I would be getting that experience that I needed at this stage. Everyone has made me feel welcome here, I believe that I’ve settled in well and I’m really enjoying it here
How does Lawrence rate his fitness & contribution so far?
I feel that this season I have performed okay, but I still think that I have more to contribute and offer to the team in terms of goals and assists as well as performances, this season I have been in good fitness so I have to keep this up
How good a squad is there at Ampthill, and have any players impressed?
I believe our squad is strong enough to compete at the top end of the table as well as to win trophies, but luck has not been on our side in games where I think we deserved more, we’ve started to play really good football here and I’m enjoying it. I’ve been impressed with all the guys here, especially Brad Clarke as he can create chances and the ability to create something out of nothing
What is Lawrence’s preferred position & formation in the side?
My preferred position is right wing or even left wing, with the majority of this season playing on the right in a three-five-two. But if I’m on the pitch I’ll play anywhere and give one hundred percent to help the team win
March has seen defeat at home to Codicote and at London Lions, followed by victory last week at home over Brimsdown, how were these games?
In the Codicote game we should have done better as it wasn’t our best performance, but in the London Lions game we definitely deserved more out of the game as we played really well with many chances to win the game, especially with a goal line clearance and a penalty save. Then in the Brimsdown win, we played some of the best football since I have been here so we hope to take this momentum forward and have a strong end to the season
Onto this week against Hillingdon, with their recent form is this another three points for Ampthill?
I think that if I’ve learnt anything in this league, it’s that anyone can beat anyone. In this division there is no such thing as an “easy game”, so the best thing we can do is prepare for the game with the right attitude and give our absolute best to win
What does Lawrence see as a target for himself and the team for the rest of this campaign?
I think the teams goal for the rest of the season is to finish as high up in the table as possible and I believe that we can definitely achieve this as well as to win the final that we are in. For me personally I would like to get on the scoresheet more often as well as providing more assists
Finally we asked if he could choose any team mate to go on any TV programme who & what he would choose:
I would probably say Will Coote on any comedian show because he’s probably one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met
Sports Shots would like to thank Lawrence for his time this week