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HLP; Defender predicts All Sorts of success for Saints ahead of Bassett game

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Brackley Town Saints v Royal Wootton Bassett Town

Hellenic League Premier Division

St James Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints host Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Saturday at St James’ Park hoping to build upon their terrific start to the Hellenic League Premier Division campaign, which see’s them sitting in seventh place and with games in hand that could take them up to second at the very least. The table has a very unfamiliar look so far with Ascot United top of the league, and with Wootton Bassett in fourth place a difficult afternoon lies ahead for the Saints.

Charlie Kille

This week Sports Shots caught up with versatile defender Charlie Kille to ask what he thinks the good start to the season has been down to:

This season as a team we have changed a lot compared to last year, the coaches are working in a more professional way, helping all of us as a team and individually

Has being part of a young squad now started to reap its rewards?

100%. I’ve been playing with some of the lads for years now and when you are all around the same age everyone just clicks with each other. We all know each other inside out and it helps us on the pitch because of how close we are off the pitch!

Saints have played seven league games winning five and losing just two, what happened in the two losses?

I wasn’t at the Holmer Green game where we lost by a single goal but from what the lads have said there wasn’t enough energy from the start, we started slow and when you go a goal down its always a hard hill to climb to get back into it. Then our three-one loss to Binfield once again we started very slowly and they capitalised upon that. We didn’t work as a team in the first half!! But we have to dust ourselves down and move on

Does Charlie think the league is wide open this year?

The league this season is very open and for many teams. We will be up there at the end of the season likewise many others

What can Saints expect from Wootton Bassett on Saturday, and what did the games against them last year bring?

From previous experience they will be aggressive from the start, it will be a great game but with our pitch we will have the confidence to knock the ball around and do what we do best. Last year they were strong all over the pitch, they like to make the big challenges early on and make their opposition nervous

How has the season started for Charlie personally?

It’s started off okay for me so far, I have lots to work on but I’m grateful that the lads trust me wherever I play. I’ve got smaller targets this year like scoring four goals and to stay in the starting eleven all season long

Finally, we asked what Charlie would view as a successful season for the team:

A successful season for us will be to reach the targets we’ve been set by our coaches and get promoted. That would be a huge achievement!

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

HLP; Alastair is ‘keeping’ his hopes high for a successful season

Saturday 1st September 2018

Tuffley Rovers v Brackley Town Saints

Hellenic League Premier Division

Glevum Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints travel to Gloucester on Saturday to face Tuffley Rovers in what will be Saints eighth game of the 2018/19 season already. A superb start to the season for the squad of Gordon Kille has seen three wins and a defeat in four league games which has resulted in eighth place in the Hellenic League Premier Division, and an FA Cup run that was ended on Wednesday night with a single goal defeat at Hadley in the preliminary round replay.

Alastair Worby v Tuffley Rovers April 2018

This week Sports Shots caught up with goalkeeper Alastair Worby to reflect on the start they’ve had:

It’s been a good start; the lads came back from the break fired up and ready to get stuck into the new season – we’re all very excited about the prospects for the campaign ahead and want to make sure we go a few steps further than we did last year. However, it’s a long season, injuries and the like will play their part so we need to make sure we’re up for it and use the good start as momentum to keep it up

How difficult is it to concentrate on league games with the FA Cup in the background?

We have played three FA Cup games and four in the league so far, and it’s been a lot of games in a short space of time, but the FA Cup is one of the best cup competitions in the world so motivation & tiredness is not a factor. Unfortunately our run came to an end on Wednesday night against Hadley, so all focus now is back on the league, working hard to climb even higher in that table

How does Alastair feel his own personal form has been?

I’ve started the season strongly, with a number of clean sheets already, I’m feeling good and confidence is high. I work hard over the summer and in pre-season as I look to hit the ground running. Also the confidence both I and the team now get from the change in formation will make us harder to break down, and that will help to grow the confidence further throughout the team

Alastair finished last season on the bench at Wembley in the FA Trophy final where Brackley Town won on penalties, was a move in the summer never on the cards?

The reason to stay at Brackley was simple really, the direction the squad wants to take the club this season, and also my team mates. We all believe we can do something special this year and I want to play a part in that! Yes I had a few offers over the summer but I have enjoyed my time at Brackley and have no reason to want to leave

So how good is the squad this season?

I feel we have a strong squad to challenge this year. A combination of a few new players, Harry Brock, Oli Goddard & Luke Coleman to name just a few who have brought something different to the squad, and secondly keeping hold of key players from last season

How do Brackley travel to away games?

The players always gang up and we have a car school normally. But it is much harder for our mid-week matches as some people have to work

Having played Holmer Green in the league twice already, Saints beat them away but lost two weeks later at home, what happened?

It was a disappointing result, especially after the great start to the season. We were missing six key first team regulars due to holiday and injury which unsettled the side, but then that is what a squad is for. The boys who came in did well but unfortunately we were unable to break them down

We asked Alastair how was the FA Cup replay at Hadley on Wednesday?

On a small, narrow and bobbly pitch it really did not suit us, as we like to play a more fluent expansive game, it was very hard to get the ball down and play our game. But credit to them, they chased and battled for every ball throughout both he games against us. I believe we were much the better side in the first game, and should have seen them off on Bank Holiday Monday, but we wish them all the best in the next round

And finally, looking ahead to Saturday, how does the Saints keeper view the trip to Tuffley?

It is always a difficult place to play, just like Hadley they do not let you have time to play football. The result at the end of last season will give us confidence going into Saturday to take all three points and get our league campaign back on track. The FA Cup defeat will drive the squad on and will make sure we bounce back with victory

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

FAC; Brackley Town Saints v London Colney FA Cup preview with Lewis Baldwin

Saturday 11th August 2018

Brackley Town Saints (Step 5) v London Colney (Step 5)

FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round

Being played at Oxford City FC

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints host London Colney on Saturday in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, in a game being played at the Oxford City Stadium due to the Brackley senior team having a home fixture in the National League North. Brackley’s season never got going last week-end as their supposed season opener at home to Lydney Town ended up being postponed, due to travel issues meaning Lydney never turned up!

In contrast, Hertfordshire based London Colney will be turning up to their fourth game of their new campaign, having already played in the Herts Senior Charity at the end of July, and have played two league games so far this term in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League. With the prize fund this season being at least doubled by the FA, a run in this competition will go down very well for the club coffers.

This week Sports Shots caught up with influential midfielder Lewis Baldwin, and asked how pre-season has been for the Saints:

It’s been a really positive one for all of us, we had a lot of new lads come in on trial and it was a really good atmosphere through the period in both training and during matches

So has the squad changed much from last season?

In terms of players leaving we’ve only lost a couple of lads elsewhere but we’ve had quite a few new lads come in and freshened things up a bit, through most areas of the pitch. This has brought us something extra not only on the pitch but also off it, the new boys are spot on and got involved straight from the offset

Lewis Baldwin

So with last Saturday’s opener postponed, what exactly happened?

It wasn’t ideal but you have to feel sorry for Lydney. Their team bus broke down so we originally postponed the game back to 5pm but they then contacted us again to say there was no way that they were getting to us. We were gutted but it must have been horrible for them being stuck in the middle of nowhere, especially in that heat!

We asked Lewis if they have much info on their FA Cup opponents:

I’m sure our coaches will have had a little look and will be letting us know bits, but personally I don’t know anything at all about them. All that we can do is do what we do well on the day, and hopefully get into the next round. I quite like the FA Cup games as they’re quite often not teams you’ve played against before so it’s always a nice change

Finally, any targets for the season ahead?

As a team we definitely want to be pushing for the top three and we also want some cup wins. We 100% have a squad good enough but in previous seasons we haven’t been able to keep the same squad for more than just a few games due to various reasons, unfortunately that’s how it is as this level when you have to work, study, have family commitments etc. We have a bigger squad this year so we hope this should help us

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

The FA have revealed the new prize fund payments ahead of the 2018/19 FA Cup competition as listed below:

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184 teams) £2,250

Extra Preliminary Round losers (184 teams) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160 teams) £2,890

Preliminary Round losers (160 teams) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116 teams) £6,000

Second Round Qualifying winners (80 teams) £9,000

Third Round Qualifying winners (40 teams) £15,000

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32 teams) £25,000

First Round Proper winners (40 teams) £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20 teams) £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32 teams) £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16 teams) £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8 teams) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4 teams) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2 teams) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2 teams) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000

HLP; Brackley Town Saints v Lydney Town preview

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

Brackley Town Saints begin their Hellenic League Premier Division campaign as they host Lydney Town on Saturday at St James Park.

Gordon Kille

After a very respectable twelfth place finish last season, Saints will be another year older as a squad and be looking to see how far they can improve, and this week Sports Shots caught up with manager Gordon Kille to find out how the summer has been:

Our pre-season has been very positive. We have a number of new coaches bringing a different skill set to the team. It’s allowed us to bed in a number of new players, work on fitness / sharpness but more importantly to work on a new system of play, mirroring the first team.

The squad have been working increasingly hard during pre-season. We started back a week early and have played one extra game than this time last year. Everyone is now itching to get going in the league and cup games.

Lydney are very well organised and will prove a stern test, defensively we will need to be sharp and organised. Having played them at the back end of last season we have a good idea how they are likely to set up and how they will try to stop us playing our game.

We have a big chunk of the squad away on holiday this Saturday. One of the disadvantages of such a such a young squad is many of them still holiday with parents, but we have a deeper squad the season with real quality throughout. They’ll be involvement for new signings Ollie Goddard, Harry Brock, Jordan Godfrey, Elliot Powell and Eddie Cox

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

Hellenic League News: New rules & balls come in for 2018/19

Three pieces of news to come from the Hellenic League in the past few days.

The Hellenic Football League have announced their division two & veterans league were in support of introducing the FA trial for ‘sin bins’ for the 2018/19 season. Taken from the Hellenic league website:

As advised at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Seminar/AGM yesterday the Football Association is extending trial of ‘sin bins’ in the lower leagues of English football next season with a full implementation from season 2019-2020.

The FA plans to introduce what it calls “temporary dismissals” in England’s step seven and the leagues below. They will only apply to yellow cards shown for dissent, and will see players leave the field for 10 minutes. Clubs are normally charged a £10 administration charge for each yellow card but the CFA’s will not be issuing this administration fee for those that participate and will be recompensed financially by the FA.

Representatives of Uhlsport Hellenic League clubs at yesterday’s AGM, took a ‘straw poll’ on introducing this as a trial for the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two and Veterans League this season – 2018-2019. The project was warmly received and the vote on the 18/19 introduction was supported by the majority of Division TWO clubs

In other Hellenic news our friends over at Football in Bracknell this week revealed the new match ball to be used for the forthcoming season: https://www.footballinbracknell.co.uk/news/football-news/34673/uhlsport-hellenic-league-match-ball/

And finally, with the recent sad news that Oxford City Nomads have folded, the Hellenic League have confirmed to Sports Shots that as a result, the Premier Division would run for this season with nineteen teams and would not be adding another team.