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Banbury United FA Trophy run loses sparkle

Banbury United were knocked out of the FA Trophy on Tuesday night in their replay at the Spencer Stadium against AFC Rushden & Diamonds, the third meeting of the two sides in a week saw the visitors triumph by the odd goal in three.

Jannai Gordon opened the scoring

United took the lead ten minutes before the break through Jannai Gordon, but Diamonds fought back on the hour mark when Tom Lorraine converted a Ben Acquaye cross, the winner arriving seven minutes from time when Jordan Macleod fired home to set up an away trip to South Shields in the next round.

For Banbury, they must regroup before setting off on their travels this Saturday in Southern League action at Lowestoft Town.

Aylesbury United pull up trees at Sevenoaks to progress

Aylesbury United progressed in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night with a superb win at Sevenoaks Town in their Preliminary Round Replay.

Ben Seaton

Despite going a goal down early on via the penalty spot United equalised through a great strike from David Manu, and were two goals clear by the break thanks to Ben Seaton & then Anthony Ball.

Sevenoaks pulled a goal back in the second period to set up a tense finish however a late second for Manu see’s The Ducks travel to Haywards Heath Town in the next round.

FAT; Aylesbury United v Sevenoaks Town preview + Ducks keeper Jack Hopwood reveals all

Saturday 12th October 2019
Aylesbury United v Sevenoaks Town
(step 4 v step 4)
FA Trophy Preliminary Round
The Meadow
K.O. 3.00pm


(This season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 4th


Isthmian League South East Division (20 teams)

Sevenoaks Town 2nd


(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 15th


Isthmian League South East Division (19 teams)

Sevenoaks Town 10th


This game last season:



Last six games:

Aylesbury United:

W 3-0 home v Kidlington 5th October SL

L 0-1 home v Chesham United 1st October SLC

W 6-0 home v Dunstable Town 25th September Fr

D 0-0 away v Bedford Town 17th September SL

W 2-0 home v Coleshill Town 14th September SL

L 0-3 home v Walthamstow 8th September FA Cup


Sevenoaks Town:

W 0-1 away v Cray Valley PM 8th October VT

L 3-1 away v Hastings United 5th October IL

W 0-3 away v Phoenix Sports 28th September VT

W 3-1 home v Faversham Town 21st September IL

W 0-1 away v Hythe Town 17th September IL

W 2-3 away v Burgess Hill Town 14th September IL


Jack Hopwood

Full Name: Jack Aaron Hopwood

Age: 23 

Nationality: British

Preferred shirt number: 1 

Most effective position on the pitch: Goalkeeper

Daytime job: Sports tutor

Former clubs: Thame United, Chesham United and Tring Athletic. 


We asked Jack:


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

The break was a bit different for me this year due to me missing large parts of last season through injury. I trained pretty much every day throughout the summer, everyone misses football but probably none more so than me, so I was eager to get pre-season started

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

I was always going to stay at Aylesbury United, there was no question about that. Ben has shown a lot of faith in me from the moment I signed here, the boys are a great bunch and we’ve got the best set of supporters in the league so what more could you ask for?

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

I’m always extra critical when it comes to my own performances but with seven or eight clean sheets in the league I can’t complain, so long may it continue!

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

I always set high individual targets each season I’ve played, and this year is no different, our early season defensive record speaks for itself really and that’s not just down to me, we defend as a team and everyone plays a part in that. As a group, if we keep up the form and desire we’ve shown so far this season, we won’t be far off come May

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My biggest influence in football has to be my old man. From kicking the ball around at the park near enough every evening growing up, to managing my Sunday side from U6’s – U18’s, even now he still comes and watches near enough every game I play. It could never be anyone else

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?

All you have to do is look at how well we’ve started the season to see that everyone believes in what we are trying to do. The most impressive thing that stands us apart from a lot of teams at our level I believe is we are a tight knit group and everyone will work their nuts off for the cause, so as long as we maintain that we’ll not be far off as we have a lot of quality in the squad from back to front

Home this week to Sevenoaks in the FA Trophy this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

I don’t much about them if I’m being honest, but it will be another tough game that we’ll have to be at it from the first moment to the last to try and progress into the next round

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

I would be lying if I didn’t say myself. I think it would be fair to say that all the lads would probably give the same answer to this question as well

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

I’m up nice and early on Saturday mornings because of the coaching myself, Harry Jones, Jacob Hutchinson and Connor Hearn do with Mini Ducks. Apart from that I’m not really one for routines until I get to the ground

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

I would have to say Lewis Osbourne, some of the footwork he shows at times is absurd

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

That’s a tough one. I would have to say Luke Robertson our physio. I am good mates with Luke, and he won’t mind me saying that some of the stuff he wears is definitely ‘out there’!

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

It has to be Liverpool, I’ve supported them all my life and am a massive fan as everyone already knows, then after that I look for Tring Athletic as I spent three fantastic years there. I will always look out for their results and it’s great to see them flying high this season and long may that continue

Anthony Ball

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

That would have to be Anthony Ball, just from his choices on the matchday playlist I can tell his taste is not my cup of tea

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

It would have to be Thame United away. I live in Thame myself and I feel like I have unfinished business at Thame from when I was just starting out playing men’s football

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

Well we’ve already given away three penalties in one game this season, so I hope that doesn’t happen again!

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

FAT; Yate Town 1-1 Dorchester Town

Yate Town – 1

Dorchester Town – 1

Yate Town FC


The drive back from Cornwall saw Sports Shots stop off in South Gloucestershire to witness a pulsating FA Trophy first qualifying round fixture where Southern League Division One South league leaders Yate Town entertained higher level Dorchester Town who are in the lower echelons of the Southern League Premier Division South League. The visitors dominated the opening stages of the game with some eye catching pass and move football that deserved more reward but the home defence kept them at bay and slowly grew into the game as the half wore on, and despite the wet conditions two goals in the final fifteen minutes of the match means the two sides have to do it all again on Tuesday for the replay in Dorset, where both sides will feel confident after this showing that they can progress further in the competition.

The away side attacked from the off with Ben Seymour who only joined on Friday on loan from League Two side Exeter City, his cross from their left was fizzed across the box where home custodian Lewis Thomas stuck out a boot to block but he could only divert up to the head of Cameron Murray but he could only nod wide, the first chance for the hosts came shortly after when Nick Peare angled a cross towards the back post where Olly Mehew was inches away from connecting. Dorchester wide man Luke Winsper then collected a ball some thirty yards from goal and with little other option went for goal with a dipping drive that eluded the reach of Thomas but bounced up off the crossbar and over.

Yate defence were busiest in first half

The visitor’s continued to threaten when Winsper played a great one-two to get in behind the home backline, his ball into the six yard box looked promising until a defender emerged to stick out a boot to divert for a corner, ahead of Antonio Diaz receiving the ball on the corner of the box, his low drive forcing Thomas away to his left to gather. A throw on the Dorchester left allowed Winsper to then cut in from the wing across field before driving low past the far post; Yate were still trying to get a foothold in the game at this stage with the occasional foray into enemy territory, Peare smashing a loose ball over the top from twenty yards high into the fir trees behind the goal.

At the opposite end a high ball saw Yate centre half Josh Ford attempt to challenge Seymour and flick the ball back to his keeper, however a lack of power saw the striker away on goal and from the angle he fired across goal and wide of the back post, and on the half hour mark another ball in from their left saw Diaz stretching to get to the cross but he could only help it behind for a goal kick. The hosts wanted a penalty when Mehew outwitted his marker on the left touchline to gather a long lump upfield before heading for goal, entering the box he went down under a challenge but the official waved play on, the ball cleared out to Peare some thirty yards out who again cleared the birds from the tops of the fir trees. H/T: 0-0

Soon after the restart Yate midfielder Sam Kamara fired wide from outside the box, and moments later a defensive slip at the other end allowed the ball to be played across to Diaz whose curling effort heading for the top corner had Thomas leaping up to push over single handedly, and he was busy again when Seymour beat the offside trap to race through one on one but the keeper advanced to block with his legs. Yate threatened again when Ross Langworthy to the right of goal turned his marker inside out before driving low forcing Dorchester keeper Kingsley Latham down to his near post to push away.

Ben Seymour scored on debut

A goal kick was then headed back into the visitor’s half where Peare fed recently introduced substitute Ben Brooks whose angled drive was inches from the top corner, but then on seventy-five minutes the deadlock was broken by the away side when Aaron Rodriguez pulled back across goal to Seymour who tapped home from close range. Thomas almost immediately after the goal kept his side in the game saving at point blank range from Seymour, and his team mates then did their bit by equalising just five minutes after the opener.

From the save Yate moved the ball quickly upfield down the right and Sam Boulton crossed from the flank and in the middle Brooks headed into the bottom corner. Both sides then went in search of a winner, Dorchester firstly saw a free kick on their right floated into the box flicked onto Callum Rose who lifted over the crossbar, their next attack broken down by the hosts and fed up to Brooks who stabbed over the top. In the final minute some good movement again saw the ball fed into Rodriguez who fired inches over which signalled the final action of a competitive game that needs another ninety minutes plus to resolve who progresses into the next round. F/T: 1-1

Attendance: 175

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Replay result: Dorchester Town 2-0 Yate Town

FAT; Aylesbury United 2-3 Mildenhall Town

Aylesbury United – 2

Mildenhall Town – 3

Aylesbury United bowed out of the FA Trophy at the first hurdle on Sunday as they were beaten at home by Mildenhall Town of the Bostik Isthmian League Northern Division by the odd goal in five. The visitor’s arrived with just two league wins under their belt this season and were behind after just eight minutes when Aaron Berry netted from close range, however a quick equaliser and two goals in the final eleven minutes of the first half saw the hosts shell shocked going into the interval; a goal back with over half an hour of the tie remaining saw United dominate the remainder but they could not break down a resilient Town backline, and left Aylesbury manager Ben Williams bemoaning complacency at the end of the game.

Berry was causing the away defence problems early on, a long ball down the right channel saw him peel off the shoulder of his marker but as he threatened to connect, out raced the Mildenhall keeper Gary Malone to smoother, but moments later a great run down the left from Benjamin Aghadiuno saw him fire the ball across the six-yard box where Malone got down to his left to save but he couldn’t hold on leaving Berry the simple task of tapping home. United continued to press and a deep cross from Ben Seaton found Max Hercules unmarked at the back of the box where he volleyed wide, and at this stage it looked comfortable for the hosts in the pouring rain.

The game changed on thirteen minutes when a throw to the away side was worked through to Abouhadje Kouassi between the Ducks defence and he drove at goal before despatching into the bottom right hand corner. The goal gave the visitors belief and a cross that wasn’t dealt with caused panic in the green ranks, eventually headed away by skipper Jack Wood but waiting outside the area striker Thomas Debenham volleyed towards the bottom corner where Ducks keeper Archie Davis had to throw himself away to his right to push away one handed.

Aaron Berry scored early for home side

At the other end another United attack saw a half clearance out to Sonny French who thumped past the left hand upright, Town missed a glorious chance in front of goal when Jarid Robson cleared the bar from six yards and Hercules blazed over from a cross as the chances swayed from one end to the other. Kouassi tore into the Aylesbury defence down the left again, leaving his marker behind his shot across goal took a deflection away from the target, then on thirty-four minutes they took the lead with a simple routine, a free kick inside the centre circle saw a flick on and unattended Robson had the easy task of powering his header into the bottom corner.

Mildenhall sensed more and attacked at will, another cross right into the goal saw Debenham go up against Matt Peake-Pijnen on the line and despite the height difference the defender managed to head clear, Davis then kept the scoreline intact when Town sprung the Ducks offside trap and Debenham was in on goal, as he went to chip past Davis he stuck out a hand and got enough contact to push the ball away from goal. With two minutes of the half left Peake-Pijnen got forward for the home side and drove a fierce shot past the post, but just a minute later Debenham found Robson in front of goal who lifted into the roof of the net to send the travelling support delirious going into the break. H/T: 1-3

The home side came out from the break and immediately demonstrated their intentions of getting back into the game, Hercules got away down the right and crossed into Aghadiuno whose looping header easily cleared the bar, before Ollie Hogg fed the winger who sent a fierce drive sailing over the top. On fifty-eight minutes they got the goal their played merited, when Peake-Pijnen sent a long pass downfield to French who drifted slightly away from goal before brilliantly driving low past Malone and inside the near post. Game on again!

Host of chances spurned late on

Almost immediately after the goal the scores should have been level when Hercules found space to exploit on the left but could only slice wide of the target, and Aylesbury dominated from here but without much threat to the Mildenhall goal frame. A Hogg corner was flicked on and at the back French thumped wide, before Hercules fed Aghadiuno who controlled on his chest and held up well ahead of laying off to Hogg who drove straight into the waiting gloves of Malone.

As time ran out a Jeanmal Prosper cross out on the right bounced across the area, Wood playing the perfect dummy stepped over leaving a clear shot for Berry who flashed the ball a couple of feet over the woodwork, the last chance feel to Aghadiuno when Hogg found him just inside the box, his angled drive again over the bar and away to safety for the visitors who progress in the competition. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 142

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2018/19 FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round Draw

The FA Trophy first qualifying round draw was made on Monday with mixed fortunes for both our sides left in the competition.


Banbury United (step 3) face a trip to Swindon Supermarine (step 3) who play in the Southern League south league (parallel to the central league that Banbury are in).

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If Thame United (step 4) can overcome Larkhall in their replay on Tuesday, they then host Bristol Manor Farm (step 4) who play in the Southern League southern west division (parallel to southern east league that Thame are in).

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The draw in full:


1 Workington v Scarborough Athletic

2 Marine v Lancaster City

3 Warrington Town v Prescot Cables

4 Pickering Town v Droylsden or Tadcaster Albion

5 Frickley Athletic v Ramsbottom United

6 Whitby Town v Witton Albion

7 Farsley Celtic  v Brighouse Town

8 Ossett United v Clitheroe

9 South Shields v North Ferriby United

10 Hyde United v Bamber Bridge

11 Cleethorpes Town v Marske United or Atherton Collieries

12 Stalybridge Celtic v Nantwich Town

13 Gainsborough Trinity v Tamworth

14 Buxton v King’s Lynn Town

15 Kettering Town v Stourbridge

16 AFC Rushden & Diamonds v St Ives Town

17 Belper Town or Stamford v Leek Town or Loughborough Dynamo

18 Cambridge City v Basford United

19 Carlton Town v Bedworth United

20 Newcastle Town v Chasetown

21 Mickleover Sports v Redditch United

22 St Neots Town v Matlock Town

23 Kidsgrove Athletic v Yaxley

24 Stafford Rangers v Rushall Olympic

25 Soham Town Rangers v Hednesford Town or AFC Mansfield

26 Grantham Town v Halesowen Town

27 Alvechurch v Stratford Town

28 Barwell  v Coalville Town

29 Chipstead v Berkhamsted

30 Sittingbourne v Wingate & Finchley

31 Brentwood Town v Whitstable Town

32 Hythe Town v Bishop’s Stortford

33 Molesey v Walton Casuals

34 Kingstonian v Bedford Town

35 Margate v Potters Bar Town

36 Horsham v Corinthian Casuals

37 Burgess Hill Town v Worthing

38 Dorking Wanderers v Sevenoaks Town

39 Biggleswade Town v Harrow Borough

40 Hitchin Town v Hayes & Yeading United

41 Maldon & Tiptree v Royston Town

42 Haringey Borough v Chesham United

43 Ashford Town (Middx) or Westfield v Lewes

44 Lowestoft Town v Enfield Town

45 AFC Hornchurch  v Phoenix Sports or Ramsgate

46 Kempston Rovers v Beaconsfield Town

47 Folkestone Invicta  v Leatherhead

48 Merstham v East Grinstead Town

49 Tonbridge Angels v Whyteleafe

50 Hendon v Staines Town

51 VCD Athletic v Leiston

52 Mildenhall Town v Greenwich Borough

53 Metropolitan Police v Carshalton Athletic

54 Canvey Island v Brightlingsea Regent

55 Bracknell Town v Bognor Regis Town

56 Whitehawk v Harlow Town

57 Aveley v Dunstable Town

58 Kings Langley v Needham Market

59 Herne Bay v Witham Town

60 Yate Town v Dorchester Town

61 Gosport Borough v AFC Totton or North Leigh

62 Cinderford Town v Street

63 Larkhall Athletic or Thame United v Bristol Manor Farm

64 Farnborough v Merthyr Town

65 Fleet Town v Salisbury

66 Taunton Town v Weymouth

67 Thatcham Town v Melksham Town

68 Poole Town v Frome Town

69 Hartley Wintney v Tiverton Town

70 Didcot Town v Mangotsfield United

71 Basingstoke Town v Wimborne Town

72 Swindon Supermarine v Banbury United

BREAKING – DRAW … Buildbase FA Trophy Extra/Preliminary Round