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HL BSCC; Buckingham Athletic Development 2-4 Ardley United

Buckingham Athletic Development – 2
Ardley United – 4



Buckingham Athletic Development made two levels higher Ardley United work hard to progress in the Hellenic Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup at Stratford Fields on Tuesday night, weathering an early storm the hosts took a first half lead going into the break to frustrate their guests, after the break Ardley had plenty of possession with little end product but a penalty just twenty minutes from the end drew them level & from there the Hellenic Premier Division side sparked into life to score four times and ease their way into the next round.

It took the visitors just two minutes to breach the blue backline when a clever pass through the defence saw Joe Flarry advance and flash his shot across keeper Hayden Coombs but graze the far post on it’s way out of play, from there United had plenty of chances without really threatening the home custodian again. Athletic slowly grew into the game and took the lead on thirty-two minutes when a ball pulled back across the eighteen yard line saw Ollie Golding urged to shoot and he drilled into Jake Pritchard’s bottom right hand corner, the goal lifted the hosts who enjoyed more time on the ball but there were few clear cut chances from either side.

Billy Gillett steps up to level from the spot

After the interval Ardley put plenty of passes together without really pushing too high up the pitch, however on seventy minutes an outstretched leg brought down Billy Gillett in the area and the referee pointed to the spot from which the front man picked himself up to plant firmly past Coombs to restore parity. The equaliser visibly lifted the away side and they were ahead just five minutes later when Gillett did superbly well down their right and from an acute pulled back across the area to the incoming Deon Gallagher who fired into the top corner.

Their third arrived just moments later as Gillett found space to explore down the channel and as Coombs went out to meet him the striker knocked the ball past him & rounded the stricken shot stopper to roll into the empty net. With three minutes remaining Buckingham grabbed a feint lifeline when a long goal kick was allowed to bounce allowing substitute Matt Cruse to gain control and drive into the box before squaring to Charlie Willis who fired home, but in added time the Oxfordshire side secured the game when Gallagher crossed from the right and in front of goal Twariq Yusuf couldn’t miss. F/T: 2-4

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HL P; Brimscombe & Thrupp v Brackley Town Saints preview + manager Chris Hurley on season so far

Saturday 7th September 2019
Brimscombe & Thrupp v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
The Meadow
K.O. 3.00pm


(Last season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Brackley Town Saints 3rd

Brimscombe & Thrupp 2nd


This game last season:

8th September 2018

Brimscombe & Thrupp 2 (John Evans, Ed Major)

Brackley Town Saints 3 (Ryan Knight x 2, Dean March)


Last four games:

Brackley Town Saints:

L 0-2 home v Longlevens AFC 31st August HL

W 0-1 away v Easington Sports 26th August HL

W 4-2 home v Old Bradwell United Development 21st August HLBSCC

L 1-2 home v Wantage Town 14th August FAC rep

Brimscombe & Thrupp:

L 0-1 home v Bishops Cleeve 3rd September HL

D 3-3 home v Westfields 31st August HL

D 3-3 away v Tuffley Rovers 26th August HL

L 1-3 home v Aylesbury United 24th August FAC


Chris Hurley

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Banbury manager Chris Hurley to ask how he feels the season has started for his squad?

In terms of results, I would say mixed and frustrating, in terms of performance, I would say really good. We have played really well in the league and the cup in all but our first game against Ardley in my opinion, we have been the better side & if we could convert the hat full of chances we create each game we would have two wins in the league and through to the second round of the FA Cup

Which of your games so far have pleased you the most and why?

Strangely enough Saturdays game at home to Longlevens, even though we lost the performance and commitment was excellent, we were dominant for eighty minutes & played some really good high tempo football, two mistakes cost us in the end, however the all-round performance was good

How would you describe your start in comparison to what you were expecting from your squad?

My standards are high so I will always expect us to be good, however with so many players injured or away, I haven’t been able to put out a settled side so expected the start to be tough and the results mixed, now things are starting to settle down, I expect us to go on a run

How have things been in and around the club since you started the season?

Things have been busy but good, the club house burning down has not been good for us however the new build has proved a good alternative until the club house is rebuilt. Brackley is a good club with some really good people so everyone wants to help, everyone seems to realise that the football comes first so we all push for the same thing

Have you had any problems of players leaving, or have you managed to add any since we last spoke?

In terms of players leaving, it was expected with the Saints not getting promotion and one or two wanting to play at a higher level, I have been managing for a number of years and have some good contacts so wasn’t really worried about players going because it was my intention to replace one or two plus look to promote two or three from the Under 18’s, in fact of the five players that left three have already returned, the two that didn’t have gone travelling, I have also added three new players that will add more quality to the group and also included the best of the Under 18’s to the group so in terms of numbers we are good

James Watts is back in training

Which players have impressed you so far and how?

There have been a number of players that have started well, Lewis Middleton from the 18’s has stepped up well and has already put in some good performances also Matt Crowther, I brought him in to replace Ali Worby and he has started really well, definitely a keeper for the future

How have you found the quality of the teams in the Hellenic so far?

That’s a difficult question to answer so early as a lot of teams have made changes from last season, be it manager or players, however I expect us to be strong this season and be difficult to beat

So many cup games already and more to come, is this a nice distraction from the league or a hindrance to putting a run together?

Personally I see it as a great opportunity to get things right if things need to be adjusted from a league game, a good opportunity to play players that are not getting a lot of football, to give them minutes or coming back from injury, and a good opportunity to play the youth players to see how they are progressing, players would always rather be playing games than training

Tough trip to Brimscombe this week, have you had much info on them so far?

Brimscombe will be a tough away fixture, fortunately I have watched them this season and they have good pace and character so we will have to be on point this weekend to get the result we want

Finally, any squad / team news ahead of the game?

In terms of squad news, we have injuries to Lewis Baldwin, George Ball, Jordan Godfrey, Dean March, James Watts and Sam Sherratt however I am hoping Dean March will pull through for this weekend and have James Watts back in training. We have also completed the signing of former West Brom youth player Lester Davies, we thought we had lost him to Banbury however after hard work he has joined Brackley

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

HL D2N; Buckingham Athletic Development 1-4 Southam United

Buckingham Athletic Development – 1
Southam United – 4

Ath development begin life in Hellenic League


Buckingham Athletic Development finally got their Hellenic Football League Division Two North campaign underway on Monday afternoon, after their first game was called off ten days previously due to a waterlogged pitch this game against Southam United was played in thirty degree heat under clear blue skies, & for the opening half an hour or so the hosts were camped inside their own half as the visitor’s laid siege to their opponents eighteen yard box. Taking a two goal lead inside twelve minutes knocked the stuffing out of the young Athletic side but after Levi Steele had completed a thirty five minute hattrick the home side came into the game and pulled a consolation back before the break, as they huffed & puffed in the heat in the second half a fourth capped a fine performance from the away side who look an early season favourite to be challenging at the top end of the division.

United took just six minutes to open the scoring when a cross from their left was penalised for some shirt pulling by the red defence, Steele had to wait a minute as the home backline pleaded their innocence but he planted firmly past Ath keeper Hayden Coombs. Moments after the goal they were unlucky not to double their lead when Ben Tennant ventured forward from his left back duties and his drive from twenty-five yards dipped over the outstretched keepers arm but crashed back off the crossbar, however just six minutes after the first came the second when a low drive from distance was saved by Coombs down to his right but Steele was first to react to slot home from the angle.

Tom Marshall scores for Ath

It was three ten minutes before the break when hesitancy in the Buckingham defence allowed Steele to take possession & tuck home from inside the area, but the home side were urged to work harder when Tom Marshall pulled one back before the interval when he was fed between the Southam defence to advance into the box and fire past Ed Cox. The second half was a more even affair although at the midway point Steele put in a fine cross from the left to pick out Ethan Champkins right in front of goal who poked home, there was almost a late fifth when Ricky Barby headed a deep cross back to Champkins who curled for the top corner only for the ball to bounce up off the crossbar and over. F/T: 1-4

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BSCC; Buckingham Ath Dev v Ardley United match preview + Ath manager Jake Honor talks pre-season

Friday 16th August 2019
Buckingham Athletic Development v Ardley United
Bluefin Sports (UHL) Challenge Cup
Stratford Fields
MK18 1NY
K.O. 7.45pm


(Last season’s) League standings:

Spartan South Midlands Development League (9 teams)

Buckingham Athletic 1st

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Ardley United 17th


This game last season:



Last four games:

Buckingham Athletic Development:

W 2-0 home v Holmer Green Development 4th May SSMFL

W 3-1 home v Kempston Rovers Development 27th April SSMFL

W 1-3 away v Leighton Town Development 24th April SSMFL

W 1-0 home v Biggleswade United Development 20th April SSMFL

Ardley United:

W 3-1 home v Leverstock Green 13th August FA Cup

D 1-1 away v Leverstock Green 10th August FA Cup

D 1-1 home v Brackley Town Saints 6th August HL

W 2-1 home v Bishops Cleeve 3rd August HL


Jake Honor

Following the demise of the Spartan South Midlands Football League Development league at the end of last season, Buckingham Athletic Development have joined the Hellenic League in Division Two North, and ahead of their season opener Sports Shots caught up with Athletic manager Jake Honor to ask if he got much time in the summer away from the game?

I know the time between seasons is supposed to be time to rest however I can’t seem to do that; the moment the season ends I miss it and can’t wait for preseason to begin. However, those couple of weeks are valuable as it gives me a chance to discuss the squad and which players I’d like to bring to the club and what both Griff (Neil Griffiths – Ath 1st team manager) and Paul (Bevis – Ath U18 manager) have planned for the season

When did pre-season training begin, and how were the first couple of sessions in terms of numbers and commitment?

We started pre-season in the last week of June and numbers have been relatively good throughout. Pre-season is a challenging time due to different commitments and holidays, so I’ll be looking forward to the season starting and the summer holidays coming to an end

How has it been signing on players, and have they lost many that have depleted any plans?

There have been some changes in the squad this summer as some players have moved on to different clubs or left for personal reasons. However, it is the signings this year that i have been very pleased with, I have been able to bring in Tom Marshall, Sol Janecki and George Ford back to the club and I’m also very pleased to welcome Ashley Thompson, Conor Roberts, Mason Luya and James Hackett to the Ath for the first time. Scott Latham has also signed for us this season however he picked up an injury in our final friendly and is now out for a couple of months, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we see him back in the shirt

How have pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?

We have had seven games this pre-season, winning four, drawing once and losing twice, we started slowly but started to pick up after the third game and we have been very good ever since. We didn’t score in the first three games, however as soon as the first goal went in, they’ve been flowing ever since, and we have scored thirty-two goals in the final four games. There is however always room for improvement and that’s what these friendlies are for, making sure anything that needs fixing is done before the season begins

Are there players yet to sign on, or are they squad ready?

In terms of the development squad everybody is signed on and ready for the season ahead. Over the next couple of weeks, I do plan on signing on players from the under eighteen side so that during the season some of those boys can experience and take the step up into adult football

First game of the season this Friday, has Jake got much info on Ardley?

I don’t think we could’ve started the season in a more challenging way, we have been drawn against Ardley from the Premier division, so we know exactly the size of the challenge that awaits us on Friday night. However, we have absolutely nothing to lose from this game and I do quite enjoy the underdog status, it’s what cup football is all about

At this early stage, what are the targets for the first few games?

In terms of cup football, I have no expectations. I want the lads to enjoy themselves against opponents like Ardley and then Milton United in a few weeks’ time who are both in higher divisions, however the league is our priority and what we need to focus on this season. Being new to the league we need to make sure our expectations are realistic but from recent results and what I have been told about teams in this league, we seem to have a pretty tough first few weeks. I feel by the end of September I will have a much better idea on where we should be and what we will be aiming for come the end of the season

Finally, are there any games they are looking forward to?

I’m hopefully going to enjoy every game this season but in particular these cup matches. It’s a great opportunity for us to test ourselves against very strong opponents and as I said earlier, to go through as underdogs would be a great feeling!

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

HL P; Ardley United v Brackley Town Saints preview + manager Chris Hurley’s thoughts on pre-season

Tuesday 6th August 2019
Ardley United v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
The Nolan Oils Ground
OX27 7PA
K.O. 7.30pm


(Last season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division

Brackley Town Saints 3rd

Ardley United 17th


This game last season:

26th December 2018

Ardley United 3 (Troy Bryan, Dan West, og)

Brackley Town Saints 4 (George Ball, Ollie Goddard, Ryan Knight, Kyle Wynne)


Last four games:

Brackley Town Saints:

W 4-0 home v Lydney Town 22nd April HL

D 0-0 away v Wantage Town 16th April HL

W 2-1 home v Brimscombe & Thrupp 13th April HL

L 0-3 away v Windsor 2nd April HL

Ardley United:

W 2-1 home v Bishops Cleeve 3rd August HL

D 2-2 home v Bishops Cleeve 20th April HL

L 1-4 home v Lydney Town 13th April HL

D 0-0 home v Binfield 9th April PPFC


Chris Hurley

Ahead of the season opener Sports Shots caught up with Banbury manager Chris Hurley to ask how much time he managed away from the game over the summer:

Apart from five days away with the family, it has been non-stop football and even on my break away I was still trying to organise pre-season games and players. Since the season finished and I had confirmation I was taking the role, I’ve been talking to the existing players and new targets to make sure I put together a strong group for the coming season

When did pre-season training begin, & how were the first few sessions in terms of numbers and commitment?

We started pre-season on the twenty-sixth of June, the numbers were very high with lots of new players, trialists and youth players all turning out. We had thirty plus players for each session, the commitment has been excellent for the whole of pre-season as I have a really good group with the correct mindset, the hardest part is having to let players go to reduce the numbers and improve the quality

How has it been signing on players, and have any key players been lost?

Fortunately Brackley is a really good club with proper facilities so attracting players has not been a major problem, all of last seasons’ side have re-signed apart from three, one went to Banbury as he wanted a step up, another has gone traveling and the third has work commitments. I had six targets of my own I wanted to go after, three have joined and the other three followed the money to other clubs so all in all I am fairly happy with the squad, I am hopeful another target may still join this week, he is a southern league player so would be a great addition to the group

How have the pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?

The pre-season games have been a little frustrating, I personally did not set the games up so had to go with what I was given, the results have been mixed however the commitment & performances have been really good. I didn’t have the opportunity to play a settled team throughout due to players being away so the results were mixed but on a positive note we played three southern league sides in the last three games and narrowly lost, in two of the games, we were the better side so lots of positives to take into the season. Now that the players are all getting back, I see this group going from strength to strength

Do Saints still have players yet to sign on, or are they squad ready?

I have signed most of the players I wanted however I am always looking for young talent so even though I am fairly happy with the squad, I am always looking for someone that could make the difference, and a player that we at Brackley could develop into the next big prospect

First game of the season this week, how much info do they have on the opponents?

We have our first game this Tuesday away to Ardley, having watched them on Saturday I am confident we can get off to a good start before the FA Cup next Saturday, not having a game on Saturday worked well for me as I managed to watch Ardley and Wantage in one day

At this early stage, what are the targets for the first few games?

I try to plan my games in blocks of five and looking at the games we have my target is to try and get five wins, they are winnable games, so we need to aim high

Finally, we asked if there are any games this season Chris is looking forward to?

I always look forward to the FA Cup and FA Vase, they are good experience for the young players, good opportunity to play teams from different leagues and importantly good opportunity to win some money for the club

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

PSF; Buckingham Athletic Development 7-1 Steeple Claydon

Buckingham Athletic Development – 7
Steeple Claydon – 1

Mason Luya restores Athletic lead


Buckingham Athletic Development cruised to victory over Steeple Claydon on Friday night at Stratford Fields, an early opener saw the hosts take a fortunate first half lead but the North Bucks side levelled through Jacob Hodges before a mix up at the back saw Mason Luya restore the hosts lead, after the interval last season’s Spartan South Midlands Development League Champions took control scoring five more and hitting the woodwork numerous times; a useful warm up ahead of their new venture into the Hellenic League this coming season.

Athletic took the lead on thirteen minutes when a shot from Kieran Brady looped up off a defender and over the keeper into the empty net, parity was restored just over ten minutes later as a long goal kick saw a flick on in midfield which released Jacob Hodges to fire over the shoulder of James Green, however a mix up in the Claydon backline saw an intended back pass elude the advancing keeper leaving Luya to tap into the unguarded net, moments before the half-time whistle a Sam Pittam header forced another good save and following up Dan McAndrew saw his header rebound off the crossbar & away to safety.

Luke Tavener scored a brace in second half

Six minutes after the break the lead was increased when a shot from Tom Marshall was saved but Brady was quickest to react to smash home, the same time elapsed again before it was four when a ball into the Claydon box saw three blue shirts inside the eighteen yard area with plenty of time to share the play before Luke Tavener collected on the six yard line to slot home. A superb pass through the black & white backline saw Charlie Willis set free to round the keeper however from the angle his effort came back off the post, Chris Parr then hit the crossbar from distance and a Willis tap in was chalked off due to a raised flag.

Parr was denied again moments later after shrugging off his marker and curling around the keeper only for the ball to bounce off the post and away, with eight minutes left Tavener doubled his tally for the evening when poking home from twelve yards, it was soon six as a poor goal kick only found Tavener who threaded a pass inside to Marshall to drill into the far bottom corner, the final goal came in the final minute when another pass through the Claydon backline saw them all call for offside but with the flag staying down Jay Marsden advanced to fire home.

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Brackley Town Saints appoint Chris Hurley as new manager, we have his first thoughts on the job

Brackley Town Saints have appointed vastly experienced Chris Hurley as their new manager to take over the reins from Gordon Kille who stepped down at the end of last season. Chris was part of Gordon’s coaching staff last season therefore needs no introduction to the squad or the club, having played & coached at numerous levels he brings a huge database of knowledge to the young team as they look to put the disappointment of missing out on promotion last term by just three points.

Chris Hurley

The club announced on twitter:

Brackley Town Saints are pleased to announce that Chris Hurley has been appointed manager of for the coming season. Chris will be assisted by Gary Courtney who was number two to Gordon Kille last season, we would like to wish both of them good luck for 2019/20

This week Sports Shots caught up with the new gaffer to ask his thoughts on getting the job:

It’s a great club going in the right direction so it’s a good opportunity to get back into management, create some success and develop players for the future of the club

Being part of the coaching team this season obviously helps; did Gordon mention the job to Chris when he decided to step down?

I have known Gords (Gordon) for a couple of years and we have kept in touch, when he heard I wasn’t happy at Didcot, he asked me to come and join him as my years of experience would help him and the young players. He mentioned that he could be stepping down and asked if I would be interested which I was, it helped joining the club when I did as it gave me an opportunity to get to know the club, how the club works and get to know the players, Gordon and Gary have been a great help

Gordon Kille stepped down as manager in April

So what is Chris’s football career to date?

Wow where do I start, I played professionally for three clubs as a youth up to twenty-five and played local football to now. I took my FA level one & two then UEFA B licence, & have managed and coached at Hellenic, Suburban, Isthmian, Ryman and Southern League levels. I have also been director of football at Witney Town and head of youth development at Oxford City looking after under eighteen’s, sixteen’s, and fifteen’s, as a manager I have won a number of cups and helped lead Oxford City to the Senior Cup final at the Kassam. I have been a manager/coach for near on eighteen years with some really good success in building & developing teams, and would really love to bring some success now to Brackley Town Saints

What is the immediate plan for the new gaffer for the summer?

My immediate plan is to secure as many of last season’s squad, as there are some really good players at Brackley, introduce some new faces to freshen up the group then liaise with our youth set up so see what younger players I can introduce as they are the future of the club, this is the busiest time for a manager, the actual football season is the fun part

What experience does Chris have of the Hellenic League, and what made him choose Brackley?

I have managed in the Hellenic League at Abingdon Town where we won the league Cup in the second season, Witney Town, Wantage Town, Bicester Town where I had to rebuild the club from basically no teams to five teams, and managed to get Bicester promoted in my first attempt, so going for the Brackley job was a no brainer, I had offers from three other clubs however Brackley was my first choice

What are the targets for next season?

Based on last season’s efforts where we came so close to promotion, the goal this year is to win the league and I will make sure the whole group knows the targets before we start the season

In terms of the squad, how many players can be retained from last season, and what new players can Chris bring in?

We have lost three, two were poached by Banbury and the third is going travelling, the rest of the group have already agreed to stay which gives me a good base to start with, in terms of bringing new players in I will bring in two or three to freshen up the group and give some competition for places, then push the youth management to give me the best from their set up to introduce them to men’s football

Are there plans to change things or just carry on from where Gordon left off?

It’s a little bit of both, my management style is different to Gordons so I will do things differently in terms of how we train, how we play and a few other things, however I will also take some of the things that Gordon did with the players that worked

Finally, does Chris have any messages for the supporters of Brackley?

My message to the people of Brackley Town Saints & its supporters is it’s an exciting time for the Saints, we will do things properly, appreciate your support, play good attacking football and push for honours. It will be a good time to support the Saints and the club

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

2019/20 season non league steps 1-6 revealed

The non-league divisional structures have been revealed for next season’s step one to six clubs, which affects a number of the clubs covered by Sports Shots.

Step 3:

Banbury United continue in the Southern League Premier Division Central and welcome five new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bromsgrove Sporting, Hednesford Town, Kings Langley, Nuneaton Borough & Peterborough Sports.


Step 4:

Aylesbury United & Thame United continue in the Southern League Division One Central and welcome six new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bedworth United, Biggleswade FC, Daventry Town, Halesowen Town, St Neots Town & Wantage Town.


Step 5 (Hellenic):

Brackley Town Saints continue in the Hellenic Premier Division after narrowly missing out on promotion, they welcome Burnham, Chipping Sodbury Town, Easington Sports & Westfields for the forthcoming campaign.


Step 5 (South Midlands):

Newport Pagnell Town have been transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League over to the Spartan South Midlands where they join former Aylesbury FC under their new set up of Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s after relegation from the Southern League.


Step 6:

Ampthill Town, Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United all remain in Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they welcome five new clubs in London Tigers, New Salamis, Shefford Town & Campton, St Panteleimon & Stotfold.

All clubs have seven days to appeal, steps seven and below are to follow in due course.

HL; Brackley Town Saints 4-0 Lydney Town

Brackley Town Saints – 4
Lydney Town – 0


Brackley Town Saints rounded off their season with a thumping home win over Lydney Town to end their campaign in third place in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division, however the day belonged to manager Gordon Kille as he oversaw his final game in charge on an emotional day for all involved. His squad did him proud with not only the performance on the day but their season as a whole which he afterwards expressed had left him feeling extremely proud, narrowly missing out on the title by just three points with the top three sides all finishing with twenty-two wins for the season, those places were in the end defined by the amount of games each side lost. Gordon steps aside to face bigger battles that lie ahead personally, those who took in the warm Easter weekend sunshine gave a generous round of applause to the departing gaffer on fifty minutes denoting his age, and again at the end as he left the pitch surrounded by family and both sets of players, all showing their appreciation to the man who has taken a group of young football players and turned them into a title challenging squad.

The home side took the lead on four minutes when Ryan Knight latched onto a ball just to the right of goal and at the second attempt managed to roll across into the far bottom corner, a clearance from the Lydney defence fell to Olly Goddard who over the shoulder drove wide before Knight found space in the channel touching inside to strike partner James Hammond who tried to fizz along the six-yard area only for visiting keeper Freddie Lapworth to get down well and intercept. The visitor’s had their first effort of note on twenty-one minutes when a great cross from Lewis Halford found Ross Gabriel on the penalty spot but he could only loop off target, George Ball then warmed the hands of Lapworth from twenty-five yards forcing the shot stopper to his left to push away & a speculative attempt from Lewis Baldwin bounced the wrong side of the upright.

Ryan Knight bags his second

Goddard climbed highest to nod down on the edge of the box to Joe Ward who couldn’t quite get the touch needed allowing the ball to roll out towards Knight however some last gasp defending saw Liam Shephard slide in to take off his foot and somehow clear over his own crossbar, then on thirty-three minutes Saints did get their second when Ball did well down the right hand side to square to Knight totally unmarked who couldn’t miss from three yards out. Before the break Town had an appeal for a penalty waved away when Lewis Thompson got in behind the red backline and despite getting his shot in he was challenged from behind, despite the protests the referee was having none of it and play continued. H/T: 2-0

An early free kick to Lydney saw Matt Board lift high into the box making it easy for Worby to collect ahead of the minutes applause halted the game for the manager, from the restart Thompson escaped down the right to cut inside and his attempted curler around the keeper only found waiting gloves, a Saints corner curled in by Brock had Goddard heading over before they almost undid themselves at the back when Worby rolled out to Hammond whose touch was too heavy allowing the away side to regain possession, the ball played along the eighteen yard line invited their skipper Jordi Sheen to shoot however Brock did well to get across and get the deflection for a corner, that set piece met at the front post by Sam Elliott who headed over much to his own disgust.

Again the home side conceded possession close to their own penalty area allowing a cross into the danger zone where Worby went down to initially stun then jump on taking a challenge from Thompson in the process who was duly booked for his troubles, then on sixty-nine minutes the game was well & truly put to bed when Knight completed his hattrick, played in over the top for him to run on and slot past Lapworth into the far bottom corner, at the opposite end Saints captain Worby encouraged all his team mates to join the manager on the sidelines for a celebration involving everyone, from the kick off another member of the family Charlie Kille almost got in on the act when presented with a chance on the corner of the six-yard box however he miskicked and the chance was gone.

Minutes applause for the manager

A corner to the hosts was played short out to substitute Jordan Godfrey who picked out Goddard at the back post, he headed back across goal causing panic in the black & white backline but between Shephard and Elliott they managed to keep it safe from Knight & Ward who were lurking, Kille collected a throw to drive into the box & drill wide before George Ball made it four with fifteen minutes remaining when played diagonally into the area and going away from goal he managed to turn & fire through the legs of Tom Baldwin and over the despairing dive of Lapworth into the far bottom corner.

Lydney never gave up to their credit & Frankie Johnson slipped a pass into the penalty arc where Thompson drilled low past the post, back came the hosts with Knight who blasted wide from close range ahead of Kille who fired a low level cross-cum-shot in that Sam Ball was inches away from sliding in at the back stick. At the other end Worby ensured his clean sheet with a brilliant instinctive save from a Thompson header pushing over single handed for a corner, James Watts drove into the box before flashing wide, the last chance fell to the same midfielder again who blasted high over the bar from eighteen yards out, the scenes at the end on the pitch befitting for the team performance and the departing managers reign. F/T: 4-0

Attendance: 97

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Saints manager Gordon Kille:

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HL P; Brackley physio admits their squad are all Saints to work with

Saturday 16th March 2019
Brackley Town Saints v Ascot United
Hellenic League Premier Division
St James Park
K.O. 3.00pm

Back on Boxing Day Brackley Town Saints won at local rivals Ardley to cement their position at the top of the Hellenic Football League Premier Division, and with a run of home games scheduled in the New Year things looked good for Gordon Kille’s squad, but since then numerous cup games have interrupted their league run and from the turn of the year they have only played eight league fixtures, of which they have lost five taking just seven points from the twenty-four on offer, and with it have slipped down to third place in the league and face a real battle to finish in the top two positions in the race for promotion. They do yet have to play Wantage away and host Brimscombe at St James Park, both the two sides above them in the league, if they win those then Saints future could still be in their own hands, but they host Ascot United this Saturday and an away win would lift the visitor’s level with the Northamptonshire side, however United have drawn five & lost three of their last eight league fixtures, neither side in form so something has to give….

Anita Baldwin

This week Sports Shots caught up with Saints physio Anita Baldwin to ask what she does at the club, how long she’s been there & how it feels to be part of the club:

I am ‘physio’ for the Saints and the Academy, I got involved about twelve years ago when my eldest son was asked to join a new team that was being put together. I started to take an interest in sports injuries, went on various courses and am now in my fifth season with the Saints/Academy. The whole family plays a part at the club, we have made some great friends and lots of memorable moments

Does Anita have a day job similar to her role at Saints?

My day job is at a doctor’s surgery but no it doesn’t involve hands on treatment of sports injuries

What is a typical day in the role of a football club physio?

Training nights and match days see’s treatments prior to and during training or games. It’s all or nothing, there may be one person needing treatment one week but six people the following week

What have been the highlights for Anita since joining the club?

I have been very fortunate to be involved in so many. I would have to include going on tour to America, an amazing experience, Saints winning the Hillier Cup and also gaining promotion from Hellenic League Division One in their first season of men’s football. So many games since then for various reasons but far too many to list. The game against the first team a few weeks ago would also have to be high on the list, what a fantastic performance from the Saints

So what sort of season has it been from a physio point of view?

Probably about the same as previous years. It’s an intense game and training schedule so subsequently injuries tend to be from overuse or ‘questionable’ tackles during match play. All the players are keen to get back to playing as quickly as possible following injury so will do work away from training to ensure that happens

We asked Anita to describe the Saints season so far:

There have been so many outstanding performances. It’s great to get plenty of good results, some of which have been against teams we didn’t get the results from last season. To secure a good position in the league is testament to the work put in by the players and everyone involved, the players work extremely hard and give one hundred percent in every game, you can’t ask for more than that

Are there any players that see too much of the treatment table?

Yes but I can’t tell you who, it’s all about player confidentiality…….

Finally we asked Anita of all the first team squad and staff, is there anyone in particular she would never want to go on holiday with?

I can’t answer this one either 🙂

Sports Shots would like to thank Anita for her time this week