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SSMFLD1; Ampthill Town boss hoping some more magic is on View this Saturday

Saturday 8th September 2018

Ampthill Town v Park View

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

Ampthill Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Ampthill Town host divisional newcomers Park View on Saturday at Ampthill Park and will be looking to build upon a good start to the season with another three points. Currently sitting in sixth place in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One table, Town will be looking to keep the Park View winless streak going, although their visitors recorded a midweek cup win whilst Ampthill were heavily beaten at Hillingdon in the first division cup.

Paul Toms

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town manager Paul Toms to ask how he feels his squad have started the season:

It’s been an inconsistent start all round, player availability has been the worst I’ve ever known in nine years of coaching & managing, and the lack of continuity has shown in our results. I’ve used twenty-six players already and only had six available for all our matches! We have a strong squad, a talented squad, but I am hoping the holiday season and stag do season will all die off now and that we can concentrate on putting a positive run together

We asked if Town have much info on their opponents for the weekend?

I’ll be honest and say we know very little about Park View, but we have to give them a lot of respect as they were champions of division two last year, and I imagine it will be a close game on Saturday

How good a game was it last time in the league at the Park against Amersham?

I always knew playing Amersham would be a tough test, as I know they are coached to play the right way. Going three up on the hour I was thinking we could go on to get five or six here. But sloppy defending and poor decision making brought Amersham back to three each, however credit where credit is due, we never stopped believing and scored in the final minute through a piece of brilliance from Brad Clarke to win four-three

Since then Ampthill have been beaten in two cup competitions by Edgware & Hillingdon, how were those games?

I watched Edgware twice and felt confident we could get a result against them, as I felt our style would counter their very direct way of playing. We took the lead, but missing players in key areas especially the goalkeeper cost us dearly. But no excuses as at two-one we went for it but got caught on the counter attack to concede again. As for Hillingdon, again no excuses but we had eleven players unavailable due to work, injuries & holidays and it went against us. That will be a tough place to go for anyone, but I look forward to going back with a full squad to choose from. I do wish both teams all the very best and hope they both go on long cup runs

We asked Paul how he feels his squad is shaping up this far in:

We have a very strong talented squad, unfortunately its very stretched at the moment, but week by week players are returning and we’ve also added some players this week too. For me the main focus is the league and to push as high as we can

Brad Clarke & Ash Higgins have scored seven goals between them so far, how good are they?

Where do I start with Brad, AKA ‘the little magician’! I’ve had some players in squads over the years but Brad simply oozes class. A talented skilful smart player & a match winner, someone I trust. As for Ash, he adds a lot to Ampthill having played at decent clubs before like Leighton Town and Chesham United, he adds that experience that is needed on and off the field. This is his second spell under me, he’s player we can look to, a player that creates, can hold up play but most important he is a finisher. I’m expecting a good tally come what may

Who has been the best side the manager has seen so far this term?

That’s a tough one, Enfield & Harefield are both great sides with different styles. For me Enfield just edge it because I love their style, they have a system of playing in a very positive way

Finally, we asked with two home games and a trip to bottom side Codicote in the next three, has Paul set any targets from these three games?

Although I do set goals for the team and individuals, every game is winnable in this division, but I’m looking no further forward than Park View on Saturday. A good performance & hopefully a good result!

This Saturday morning our coaches, players & I will be in town starting at Waitrose meeting the locals trying to promote what is a fantastic club and talk about the work we are doing from the youth all the way through to the veteran’s side. The local community is very important to us at Ampthill Town and as we grow we hope our fan base does too

Sports Shots would like to thank Paul for his time this week.

SSMFLD1; Keeper Brad Kirkwood talks life at Ampthill Town & trip to Rayners Lane this Saturday

Saturday 18th August 2018

Rayners Lane v Ampthill Town

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

Tithe Farm Sports Club

K.O. 3.00pm

Ampthill Town face the long trip down to Harrow on Saturday when they visit Rayners Lane in what will be the hosts first home game of the new season. Town will be looking to get back on track after a win & a draw in their opening two games were followed by two home defeats, whilst Rayners Lane have taken four points from their opening two Spartan South Midlands League Division One games.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town keeper Brad Kirkwood and asked how life has been since he joined the club:

Yeah, it’s been good, I’ve enjoyed it. It’s always a bit daunting getting to know a completely new squad but I came over with a couple of other players from Leighton Town and we’ve all seemed to gel really quickly. The guys behind the scenes have all been very welcoming and you can tell how much they care about the club and its players which is always good to see

And how has pre-season been?

We were a bit inconsistent during pre-season, a couple of games were won quite comfortably where as we struggled in others. At this level you tend to see that sort of thing with fixtures, due to coming up against teams of different abilities & ambitions for the season ahead. In the very first training session that Paul took, he explained his plans for the season and went into details about the way he wanted us to play. Credit to him, JP & Pistol for putting on sessions that actually worked on this rather than just doing drills for the sake of being there

We asked Brad how good the squad is at Ampthill:

I feel confident in the team that we’ve started the season with. There have been a few players coming & going in a short space of time but we’ve got a decent squad with some older, more experienced players, but at the same time there are several young players who have loads of ability. Each game we’ve played so far has had a very different starting eleven & I’d personally put this down to people taking their chances when they come on to show Paul what they can actually bring to the team, so that just shows the sort of options & cover we have available in most areas of the pitch!

Brad Kirkwood came in from Leighton Town this summer

So what does Brad think of the start of the season for his new club?

The season couldn’t have started any better really, we came up against a strong Enfield side, were away from home and came under a lot of pressure in the first half, but we managed to keep them at bay and came out much better in the second half and I felt deservedly left there with a 1-0 win. The game at Bedford was very similar in the fact that most of the first forty-five was played in our half, but then we were much stronger in the second. The two home games that followed were much tougher, Harefield were a very good side and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw them in the top two come the end of the season. In the Enfield game on Tuesday I just think we lacked a bit of quality all over the pitch but we had a chat about it in the changing room after the game and we’re all confident we can bounce back strongly this weekend

Finally, another tough game at Rayners Lane this week-end, how does Brad view this game?

If I’m honest I don’t really know much about them. I would imagine it’ll be a tough game as all games in this league are, but if we play like we have done at times then I’m more than confident that the hard work will pay off & we can come away with the three points

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

SSMFL; Enfield Borough v Ampthill Town preview

With the football World Cup long forgotten from this summer, the new football season begins this week-end.

Ampthill Town begin their Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One campaign this week-end, when they travel down to Enfield Borough on Saturday.

New beginning for Ampthill Town

After finishing fourth last season, Ampthill have this summer seen a change of management with Paul Toms brought in to hopefully help the club push up the league table this season, and this week Sports Shots caught up with the new man:

Pre-season so far has been what I expected, players leaving & new players joining, and it will probably take a good couple of months to finally settle down. For me it’s about finding commitment from players and I believe we have filtered out the ones that maybe got too comfortable. The transition for players when new management comes in can be challenging and needs that settle in period.

If I’m honest we’ve come on leaps and bounds as we’ve only been together as a group basically five weeks , so we’re ready yes but we are no way near the finished article.

I’m very happy with the squad, we have massive depth in every area but I feel we won’t reach our potential for a few months yet.

I expect a tough physical game from Enfield, I watched them a couple of times last season and we have a game plan that I hope will work. We have an honest bunch that are not afraid to do all the out of possession work needed to achieve success.

There is no real team news for Saturdays game . But I can announce that I have installed Carl Harrison as club captain for the 2018-19 season and he had installed Josh Peacock as vice captain.

Carl signed for Ampthill in the summer and has already become an integral part of the club . Carl is a natural leader and a very honest footballer.

Sports Shots would like to thank Paul for his time this week.

ICYMI: Sports Shots interview with the new manager Paul Toms from earlier in the summer can be viewed here: 

SSMFL; Ampthill Town FC join Sports Shots

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that Ampthill Town FC are to join our list of clubs that we cover with immediate effect. The Spartan South Midlands Division One club have this summer recruited Paul Toms as their new manager for the season ahead, and the new man brought with him John Phillips as first team coach and one of their first calls was to Sports Shots to see if we’d add them to our portfolio of non-league clubs. After a brief conversation with both men and club chairman Gary Maidment it was agreed, and we welcome Ampthill Town on board, and wish them every success for the season ahead.

There have been several big changes at Ampthill Town over the past few years, the most notable being the new clubhouse that proudly stands behind the park end goal. To read the full story on the new and improved facilities from last year click here: https://www.premierleague.com/news/482995

The club were formed back in 1881 but it wasn’t until the early 1950’s that they joined the South Midlands League where they  were relatively successful culminating in winning the league title in the 1959/60 season and finishing runners-up the following year. Just four years later the club finished bottom of the South Midlands Premier and moved over to the United Counties League where they remained for twenty-six seasons in various divisions before returning to the South Midlands in time for the 1991/92 season, where they have remained ever since.

New club facilities

In the eighteen seasons since the turn of the century, Ampthill have spent all bar four in the second tier (division one in today’s money), their most recent success being in 2011/12 where they finished runners-up to London Colney and were promoted to the premier division. Their first season saw them finish fifth, and the following year they claimed the runners-up spot to Hanwell Town, but the success was to be short lived as the following year a bottom two place finish saw ‘The Amps’ relegated back to division one, where they have finished in fourteenth position for each of the last three seasons.

FA Cup runs have eluded the club, not since 1986 have they progressed to the first qualifying round, but they have seen more recent success in the FA Vase. Having reached the third round previously in 1976/77, 1981/82, 1983/84 & 2007/08, they finally went one further in 2011/12 before going out in the fourth round and that run granted them entry into the competition much later the following year. Entering at the second-round stage, Town got as far as the fifth round before Hadleigh beat them by the odd goal in three at Ampthill Park. The following season saw the furthest the club have reached when a run to the quarter-finals eventually saw them knocked out at Eastbourne United.

After the opening of the new clubhouse last season, the club have again been busy this summer with the completion of a new barrier that runs around the perimeter of the playing area meaning the pitch is now fully enclosed. Images for the new barrier can be viewed here: https://twitter.com/GazAtfc/status/1002857667101188096

For anyone unfamiliar with the Spartan South Midlands League, Ampthill will this season be facing thirty-eight league games home & away, two separate South Midlands cup competitions, the FA Vase, and two separate Bedfordshire cup competitions. To keep up to date with Town’s progress and fixture list, use this link: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do;jsessionid=FC0D7153A16310DF92A9184A040B9F2D?divisionseason=288088660&teamID=352163946

Anyone looking for their football fix in Ampthill can take out an ATFC clubhouse membership, and for just £4.99 per month you receive free admission to every home game, a fully licenced bar at clubhouse prices, live TV sports nights, and the bar also has BT Sports. The perfect opportunity for the people of Ampthill to get behind their football club.

The club are looking for helpers to get involved behind the scenes if anyone has some spare time to volunteer. General committee members are required for match day duties, as well as a secretary & an assistant child welfare officer for the youth section. For any businesses looking to advertise, there are some very competitive packages available, and the clubhouse is always available for hire for parties or meetings. Anyone interested in any of the positions or hiring the club should contact Gary on 07450 018848.

Sports Shots went to meet new 1st team manager Paul Toms and spoke about his thoughts on joining the club, and his vision for the future. The whole interview can be viewed here:

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Sports Shots would like to thank everyone for their time at Ampthill Town FC, and we look forward to working with them this forthcoming season!

2018/19 SSMFL Cup Competitions revealed

At Saturday’s South Midlands AGM the draws were made for the various cup competitions across the leagues:

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

DOMESTIC CUP DRAWS 2018/19

As drawn Saturday 23rd June by

Mike Taylor and John Childley

(Members of the SSML Cup Finals Committee)

Dates of ties to be announced at later date

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND

  1. Colney Heath v Broadfields United
  2. Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders
  3. MK Gallacticos v Stotfold *
  4. Harefield United v Edgware Town
  5. Park View v Mursley United
  6. Aston Clinton v Potton United *
  7. Wodson Park v Langford
  8. Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers
  9. Winslow United v Brimsdown
  10. Wembley v Enfield Borough
  11. Tring Corinthians v Biggleswade United *
  12. Oxhey Jets v Baldock Town
  13. Unite MK FC v Leverstock Green
  14. FC Broxbourne Borough v Hadley
  15. London Lions v Harpenden Town
  16. Hillingdon Borough v Codicote
  17. Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane
  18. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate *
  19. Old Bradwell United v Bedford *
  20. Hatfield Town v Leighton Town
  21. Tring Athletic v London Colney
  22. Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton)
  23. Totternhoe v Cockfosters *

Byes: Ampthill Town, Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Bovingdon,

Buckingham Athletic, London Tigers, New Bradwell St Peter,

North Greenford United and Sarratt.

Ties will be played midweek unless stated with a * in which case will be played on a Saturday

SECOND ROUND

  1. Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK FC or Leverstock Green
  2. Wembley or Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town
  3. Risborough Rangers or Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic or London Colney
  4. Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Clean Slate v Oxhey Jets or Baldock Town
  5. Park View or Mursley United v Aston Clinton or Potton United
  6. Harefield United or Edgware Town v Winslow United or Brimsdown
  7. Wodson Park or Langford v MK Gallacticos or Stotfold
  8. Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter
  9. Hatfield Town or Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough or Codicote
  10. Crawley Green or The 61FC (Luton) v Amersham Town or Grendon Rangers
  11. Ampthill Town v London Tigers
  12. Old Bradwell United or Bedford v Colney Heath or Broadfields United
  13. Totternhoe or Cockfosters v Sarratt
  14. Tring Corinthians or Biggleswade United v FC Broxbourne Borough or Hadley
  15. Buckingham Town or Berkhamsted Raiders v North Greenford United
  16. Bovingdon v London Lions or Harpenden Town

THIRD ROUND

  1. Winner Game 16 v Winner Game 14
  2. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 13
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 15
  5. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 9
  6. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  7. Winner Game 11 v Winner Game 12
  8. Winner Game 10 v Winner Game 4

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 4
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
  2. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 FINAL

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP

(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)

FIRST ROUND

  1. Arlesey Town v Hadley
  2. Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town
  3. Baldock Town v Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green v Potton United

SECOND ROUND

  1. Biggleswade United v Wembley
  2. London Tigers v Arlesey Town or Hadley
  3. Leighton Town v Baldock Town or Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green or Potton United v Biggleswade FC or Edgware Town
  5. London Colney v Leverstock Green
  6. Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town
  7. Tring Athletic v Stotfold
  8. Cockfosters v North Greenford United

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 2
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6
  4. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

FINAL

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 

DIVISION ONE CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
  2. Buckingham Town v Park View
  3. Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough
  4. Codicote v Rayners Lane

 SECOND ROUND

  1. Enfield Borough or FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town
  2. Broadfields United v Bedford
  3. Langford v Brimsdown
  4. Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic
  5. London Lions v Codicote or Rayners Lane
  6. Hillingdon Borough or Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town or Park View
  7. Winslow United v Harefield United
  8. Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 6
  2. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 3
  4. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DIVISION TWO CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. New Bradwell St Peter v Bovingdon
  2. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers
  3. Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United
  4. Unite MK FC v MK Gallacticos
  5. Clean Slate v The 61FC (Luton)
  6. Mursley United v Aston Clinton
  7. Tring Corinthians v Sarratt

Bye: Berkhamsted Raiders

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Unite MK FC or MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders
  2. Clean Slate or The 61FC (Luton) v Totternhoe or Old Bradwell United
  3. Tring Corinthians or Sarratt v Mursley United or Aston Clinton
  4. New Bradwell St Peter or Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Grendon Rangers

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3
  2. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 U25 DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND First Leg

Holmer Green Development v Biggleswade United Development

Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development

AFC Dunstable Development v Winslow United Development

FIRST ROUND Second Leg

Biggleswade United Development v Holmer Green Development

Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Winslow United Development v AFC Dunstable Development

 QUARTER FINAL First Leg

  1. Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development
  2. Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
  3. Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development
  4. Stotfold Development v AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development

 QUARTER FINAL Second Leg

  1. Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development
  2. Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development
  3. Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development v Berkhamsted Development
  4. AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development v Stotfold Development

 SEMI FINAL First Leg

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

 SEMI FINAL Second Leg

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

 FINAL

Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2