Saturday 2nd November 2019
Royal Wootton Bassett Town v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
Gerrard Buxton Sports Ground
(This season’s) League standings:
Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)
Brackley Town Saints 11th
Royal Wootton Bassett Town 17th
(Last season’s) League standings:
Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)
Brackley Town Saints 3rd
Royal Wootton Bassett Town 10th
This game last season:
20th October 2018
Royal Wootton Bassett Town 1 (Terence Bohane)
Brackley Town Saints 3 (James Hammond, Alex Stott, Charlie Kille)
Last six games:
Brackley Town Saints:
L 1-0 away v Shrivenham 26th October HL
D 1-1 away v Virginia Water 22nd October HL
W 3-2 home v Windsor 19th October HL
L 2-3 home v West Bridgford 12th October FAV
L 2-1 away v Westfields 5th October HL
D 1-1 away v Virginia Water 28th September BSCC
Royal Wootton Bassett Town:
L 3-1 away v Shrivenham 29th October HL
L 0-1 home v Binfield 26th October HL
D 1-1 home v Tuffley Rovers 22nd October HL
W 1-3 away v Ardley United 12th October HL
L 4-1 away v Westbury United 9th October WPS
L 2-4 home v Windsor 5th October HL
Full Name: Matthew Crowther
Marital status: Single
Preferred shirt number: 1
Most effective position on the pitch: Goalkeeper
Daytime job: Student (Higher National Diploma)
Former clubs: Didcot Town, Shrivenham, Woodstock Town
We asked Matt:
How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?
My summer was good thank you, spent most of it switched off from football and was quite detached from the game so I must say I didn’t really miss it, but it was always in the back of my mind when to start up again
Signed on for Brackley this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?
It would of been Chris as I knew him from my time at Didcot last season, he messaged me during the summer to see if I wanted to come over and I was at a loose end with football so it was something I was up for, and no I didn’t really have any clubs show interest in me
How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?
I feel that they have been frustrating so far as we haven’t got the results that our performances have warranted, we know we’re more than capable of turning it around but it’s just getting that momentum going that’ll see us get the results in
What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?
I think mainly now it is for us to be up there this season and to be competitive in the league as a whole. It hasn’t unfortunately, gone our way in the cups this year but we still are looking to be successful in the league and be up there when the season finishes
Who has been your biggest influence in football?
As much as it is a cliché, it would be both of my parents, I come from quite a football orientated family where both of them used to play, so for me not to play wasn’t much of an option to be honest! But they’ve really supported me in everything that I’ve done and tried to help me as much as they can in any way possible
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?
I think there is still a lot of belief in us that we can have a successful season as was shown with my Shrivenham side last year, it is more than possible to turn your season around and finish high with a successful campaign. And I think everyone will be key to what we do this season, everyone will play their part and will be influential at some point during the season
Away at Wootton Bassett this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?
Surprisingly for myself being the busy person I am, I don’t know much about them in terms of what to expect, but from what I’ve seen in terms of results, they’ve been a bit slow this year to start but have begun to pick up results of late, so they’ll be up for it and wanting to pick up more points this week
Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?
James Hammond or Jordan Godfrey have to be up there, they’ve usually found something to moan about that day or from something during the week!
What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?
It’s mainly to just get my kit sorted that I’m going to be taking to the game and whatever else I’ll be needing. Also having a meal around the same time on a matchday then once I get to the ground, it’s usually just to get my kit ready and prepare for the game ahead
In your current squad, who is the most underrated player in your opinion?
I think Lewis Gabbidon because, like me, he’s new into the squad but he has played consistently well this season in every game and keeps a high standard of levels on the pitch
Who has the worst dress sense at the club?
Harry Brock. He does have some rascal gear kicking about!
When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?
I mainly just have a little browse of twitter just to have an overlook of what the scores are where in the country, just mainly to try and fill some time in after the game really
Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?
I don’t want to seem like I’m following the crowd, but I do have to say Chris, he used to play his music at Didcot and there were occasions where others had to take over
What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?
Every game for me, there isn’t a game where I don’t want to come away with three points
Finally, after you’ve saved a hat trick of penalties on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?
A hatrick? I need to save one first!! But they can get me a nice pint of Thatcher’s Haze thank you
Sports Shots would like to thank Matt for his time this week