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FASC Final; Aylesbury Flooring 3-1 Birstall Stamford

Aylesbury Flooring – 3
Birstall Stamford – 1

28.04.2019

Whilst the romance of the FA Cup may be diminishing in the professional game the Sunday equivalent is very much alive & kicking to those who play in it as witnessed last weekend at the ABAX Stadium, home of League One side Peterborough United. The aim for Aylesbury Flooring in their final season as a club was to win this national competition, which considering no previous team from the town had ever achieved made it a tall order, but this team made of players from various local clubs from steps four down to seven lifted that cup after a journey that will long live in the memory. Their route to glory saw them have to postpone one round when the pitch they were using at Winslow United was mysteriously vandalised the night before the game, dug up beyond belief with the goals and nets pulled down, a trip to Wolverhampton where they were seemingly heading out at two-nil down to force extra time & going on to win, a quarter-final where they were three-one down but again dug in to cap a remarkable comeback, a semi-final where crowd trouble brought the game to an early end as supporters of their opponents attacked the away end, onto a final where destiny surely had their name etched on that gleaming silverware on the FA podium?

The walk from the dressing room to the pitch

Of course it wouldn’t be that Flooring easy, a goal down with less than quarter of an hour left to play had most of the purple & white clad spectators in the stand wondering if this was the end of the road, but if all those previous gut wrenching, heart stopping, hair raising, spine tingling moments weren’t enough George Tomlin’s men went and did it again, a late equaliser followed by a red card & then a penalty turned the tie on its head, as the Aylesbury hordes dreamt of another late night in the Buckinghamshire Yeoman a late third sealed the game which saw lots of hugging, screaming and plenty of drum banging induced singing. This is one cup campaign that will long live in the memory!

It took until the eighth minute for a chance to materialise when Dan Parsons robbed the Birstall full back Reif Armstrong inside his own half to thread a pass through for Ty Deacon to latch onto & advance into the box, his effort angled across the face of goal and narrowly wide of the far upright ahead of Mitchell Collins collecting out on the left to warm the hands of keeper Elliott Shilliam from distance. Ollie Hogg tried to curl around the shot stopper from the eighteen yard line forcing the save, Lynton Goss swung the resulting corner in where at the back post Jordan Jenkins climbed highest to head over the top, landing awkwardly he then went down and after a few moments of treatment was forced off being replaced by Neil Roberts.

After the initial quarter of an hour pressure from the team in red, Stamford began to assert themselves and stemmed the flow of attacks, Ryan Seal explored the right wing before slipping a clever pass inside to Paul Pallett who went for the inside of the back stick from the angle forcing Sam Page to slide in and clear although he was fouled in the process and a cross cum shot from full back Jack Lane almost caught Flooring keeper Liam Smith out, having to back pedal rather quickly the ball landed on top of the net. Dave Brown fired into the waiting gloves of Shilliam from twenty yards, Collins cut in from the flank to drag wide from the penalty arc, at the other end a big chance fell to Seal when a deflection saw him in front of goal but he smashed over the bar.

However just as the half hour mark loomed the front man made amends when a clever pass from Reece Morris slotted between three defenders leading to a low drive across the face from the corner of the six yard box into the far bottom corner. Somewhat stunned by the opener Aylesbury had a couple of chances to level before the break, a free kick from Goss was half cleared out to Deacon who smashed towards the target but a deflection took it out for a corner, a Roberts set piece then saw Deacon cushion down to Ryan Freshwater but off balance he could only pull wide. H/T: 0-1

The side in blue should have doubled their advantage within seconds of the restart as Pallett got down the wing and fizzed across the box but no one was anywhere near forward enough to get the vital touch and it simply drifted away to safety, Lane then dinked a perfectly weighted pass over the Flooring defence into the six-yard area where Adam Parry threw himself at the ball but was just inches short of connecting. As the half wore on it became a battle of midfield with neither side really creating any clear cut chances, but then with a quarter of an hour left it all turned on it’s head as Stamford wasted a chance to kill the game off, and within three minutes the scores were level.

Seal drove at the Aylesbury backline and put a pass through for Pallett to latch onto and as a defender slipped over he faced the whole target but lashed wide, that miss punished as moments later a corner at the opposite end was cleared as far as Collins who fired through a crowded penalty area, a deflection took it onto Shilliams left hand post with the ball rebounding across the goal line where Deacon was first to reach and poke home to spark delirium both on & off the pitch. With the leveller came a huge change in the mood of the game, as so many times in previous rounds Flooring tails were now up and could sense blood!

Ty Deacon levels for Flooring

A delicate chip over the blue backline saw Alex Kedzierski unmarked take a touch to control before a Birstall defender slid in to block, but then the Leicestershire side had another two good opportunities to restore their lead when Pallett powered across the penalty area with three defenders on his tail who eventually stopped his run by clearing for a corner, with four minutes remaining a ball into the box from their right eluded Freshwater leaving the same striker with a one on one with Smith who made himself as big as he could and from point blank got something on the shot to deflect away for another set piece.

Whilst the Flooring supporters stood applauding their keeper the corner swung in saw a goal mouth melee where several blocks and challenges eventually saw the ball cleared long downfield for Parsons to chase after, as he neared the box a challenge from behind brought him down and for Lane it was his second yellow and the end of his cup final. As the decibels increased once more at that end the free kick looped off a defender into Shilliams hands, as he went to clear he kicked out at Lynton Goss who was in his way which the linesman saw, called the referee over and after a quick chat pointed to the penalty spot.

After the protests died down Ryan Freshwater put the spot kick away with sixty seconds remaining, however from the restart it was announced an additional eight minutes were to be played but that was all immaterial just three of those later when Ty Deacon escaped down the right wing and slipped a pass in behind the centre half for Lynton Goss to advance into the area, round the advancing keeper and slot home from a tight angle to complete the turn around. As the celebrations in the stand began there was still time for a Taylor Collins effort to loop up off a defender and land on top of the netting, the final whistle sounding to end not only a memorable cup final but also a memorable cup run. F/T: 3-1

Attendance: 860

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Flooring manager George Tomlin:

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BBFA SICF; Aylesbury Flooring 3-0 FC Beaconsfield

Aylesbury Flooring – 3
FC Beaconsfield – 0

07.04.2019

Aylesbury Flooring retained the Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup they won twelve months ago with this convincing three goal victory over FC Beaconsfield on Sunday, amid the mist and grey skies that draped over The Meadow George Tomlins men put on a sparkling performance that their opponents had no answer to, taking the lead just past the quarter hour mark through Taylor Collins they looked the more likely to score again but were held at bay until the break, but a devastating spell that saw two goals in four minutes at the start of the second period put the game to bed. Beaconsfield did get the ball in the net twice but both were ruled out, they had keeper Jacob Kucwaj to thank as he made a number of vital blocks to keep the scoreline respectable, whilst his counterpart Liam Smith at the opposite end was comfortable with most of what was thrown at him.

It took almost quarter of an hour for the first effort of note, a twenty yard free kick thumped over the top by Flooring skipper Alex Kedzierski, closely followed by a great move that involved Ty Deacon, Lynton Goss & Dan Parsons ending with their captain again blasting towards the goal but a defender throwing his body in the way to block, the deadlock was finally broken on eighteen minutes when an attack that broke down saw Parsons retrieve inside the area and drive towards the byline, his exquisite chip to the back post took the Beaconsfield custodian out of the game allowing Taylor Collins to head into the empty net.

As much as their opponents then tried to get back into the game, they could not find a way past Smith in the Aylesbury gloves, a free kick cannoned off the wall for a corner, floated in it was comfortably collected by the Aston Clinton shot stopper, another set piece curled in by Aaron Couch was then taken off the heads of everyone attacking it by the fingertips of the keeper, a throw on their left then released Tom Peddle to cut in towards goal but superb defending by Jordan Jenkins saw a sliding tackle to take the ball off his foot and out for a corner, Smith came out to punch away as it swung in, Anton Bradley hooked into the unguarded net but the referee blew for an infringement.

Alex Kedzierski doubles Aylesbury lead

Flooring won a free kick just inside the Beaconsfield half which Mitchell Collins delivered in towards the back post where it was inches away from connecting with the late run of Jenkins, Goss went even closer when he beat Ramel King to the ball on the penalty spot but the touch took him to the right of goal, Kucwaj went out to challenge at the strikers feet where Goss despatched towards the empty net but King had gone behind to cover and cleared off the line. Taylor Collins found space down the wing to line up the next cross for Deacon to launch himself at inside the six-yard box but his volley crashed back off Jarelle Baptiste to safety.

The final action of the half saw Kedzierski win possession in midfield before laying off to Parsons who drove at the blue backline into the box, holding the ball up well he then returned to his Winslow United team mate whose dipping drive took the slightest touch off the head of Bradley to take it away from the far top corner, the resulting corner was glanced across the gaol face and wide of the back post by Jenkins. H/T: 1-0

Just six minutes after the interval Flooring doubled their lead when Parsons collected on the edge of the penalty arc and tucked a clever pass through two defenders for Kedzierski to advance onto and hit with the outside of his right boot to fire inside the neat post just out of the reach of Kucwaj. Just four minutes after the second came the third when a handball inside the area was spotted by the man in the middle, Taylor Collins spot kick saved by the keeper however he was first to the rebound to fire home, with the game seemingly over both sides then made a plethora of substitutions in order to get everyone some game time.

Flooring celebrate with supporters after final whistle

An Aylesbury corner was flicked onto Parsons who fired over the top, at the opposite end Couch tried his luck from the corner of the eighteen yard area trying to bend inside the far top corner but it just wouldn’t come down quick enough, Parsons then did well down the flank skipping a tackle on the way to get into the box where Kucwaj blocked with his feet from close range, the front man was able to climb highest to meet the corner which the keeper seemed to have in his grasp low down to his left however the ball squirmed out of his hands, hit the post then came back into play to eventually be cleared away.

A Beaconsfield attack down their right saw an initial effort from Peddle come back off Smith’s boot but fall nicely for Elliott Pattinson to poke home however a raised flag on the far side denied any celebration, Goss was again denied by the feet of Kucwaj when he drove across the byline to get a shot in from six yards, the biggest cheer of the afternoon was left for the introduction of Liam Marshall for Aylesbury & within a minute he received a pass on the edge of the box with his back to goal, turning on a sixpence he flashed the ball inches wide of the furthest upright, the final action saw Ash Clarke square to Goss but he drilled past the wrong side of the keepers right hand post. F/T: 3-0

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Flooring manager George Tomlin:

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BBFA; Flooring duo hoping to light their Beacons for success starting this Sunday

Sunday 7th April 2019
Aylesbury Flooring v FC Beaconsfield
Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
The Meadow
K.O. 11.00am

The Meadow, Chesham United FC

Venue: The Meadow, Chesham, HP5 1NE

Aylesbury Flooring continue on their hunt for silverware this Sunday as they look to retain the trophy they won twelve months ago when they take on FC Beaconsfield at The Meadow, home of Chesham United. After last weekend’s events in the FA Sunday Cup semi-final at Gainsborough Trinity where George Tomlin’s men beat Southwick by two goals to nil, Flooring have the opportunity to bag their first trophy of this campaign as they eagerly look to retain the crown they collected last April when they beat FC Benton’s, the first of numerous finals and/or semi-finals the club are through to again this year, and still have the opportunity to wrap the league title up as well! In their way this time is Beaconsfield who currently top the High Wycombe Sunday Football Combination Division One table, with eleven out of twelve wins in their season to date, and cannot be caught although last weekend they did suffer a heavy defeat in their league challenge cup semi-final after a very early sending off.

For more information on Beaconsfield this season use this link: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?selectednavpage1=All&navPageNumber1=3&teamID=872056631&divisionseason=110452920

This week Sports Shots caught up with goal keeper Liam Smith but first we asked midfielder Dave Brown how long he’s been involved at Flooring, and how he ended up joining?

I actually played in Flooring’s first ever game but then couldn’t commit to playing both Saturdays and Sundays at the time, it was only a few years later when George took charge that I properly signed on. Three years and countless trophies later it was definitely worth signing on and joining the Flooring revolution!

Dave Brown

Liam hasn’t been involved quite as long:

I’ve been playing Sunday football for five or six years now, I’ve been playing in the Luton Sunday league for the past five seasons! I have only joined Aylesbury Flooring this season and what a season to be involved with the greatest team in Sunday football!

How has Liam enjoyed his time with the club?

Aylesbury Flooring has got to be one of best experience in my football career so far, every round of the Sunday FA Cup has been an experience I’ll never forget with a great group of lads!

Dave also has many great memories from his time at the club:

I have loved every minute of it, there’s nothing better than playing football with your mates and having a laugh whilst doing it. We’ve managed to put together a team that’s made Aylesbury football history, the FA Cup journey this year has been the stand out memory throughout my time by far. I must also mention the B&B Cup final win last year and the Magpies Nine victory the year before, beating Magpies FC in extra time with nine men and the celebrations that went with both of those cup wins

What does Dave see as the biggest differences between Saturday & Sunday football?

Saturday football is definitely taken a lot more seriously and is a more competitive league, but having said that, in the Sunday cups you can come up against some top teams. Sunday football is about getting the balance of having a good side, but also being able to play with your mates and go down the pub after, which is definitely something which Flooring have been able to do

Liam agrees that Saturday’s are far more serious:

Saturday football I would say is a bit more serious as in we meet earlier and the lads don’t turn up still half drunk; Sunday football is a bit more laid back meeting half hour before we start, that’s if the lads do turn up from the night before!

Liam Smith

How does Liam see the support that the team get?

The Aylesbury Flooring following is fantastic; I would say they are a big part of being where we are now, and they are as important as the players, manager and coaching staff! It’s like a big family at Aylesbury Flooring, we are all in this together, the fans have been fantastic!

Dave agrees that the support does help the team:

The support we’ve had this year has been amazing and has played a massive part in our cup run, particularly spurring us on in the big comebacks we’ve had in the last few rounds. When you hear all the boys singing on the sidelines it does give you an extra ten percent. There’s no other Sunday team that gets support like it, and no matter how far the game is they’ll make the trip. I don’t think any of them drink either…..

We asked Dave how it compares playing under George on a Sunday to Neil Roberts on a Saturday:

Both love their football and know how to get team spirit spot on, and both love a session after the game, both can be a bit too organised at times though! Wingers is a top manager to play under as he’s got about fifty years’ experience in local football, so knows how to win and to get the best out of players, and he’s been good to have around on Sundays particularly in our big games. George has the respect of all the boys and has led us to glory for the last few years so that says it all, he’s even put in a few solid shifts at centre-back throughout the season. I’m looking forward to seeing the state he gets in when we bring the FA Cup home

Liam appreciates what both managers bring to his game:

Playing under George Tomlin and Neil Roberts is very similar as both are great managers and have good relationships with the players, on and off the field, which I think is a big plus, both know their football very well want to push you to the best of your ability! Having Neil involved with Flooring has also helped me settle in and be myself as I’ve known Neil for a long time! I must also say Neil has scored an FA Cup hat trick so it’s good to have his experience in and around the squad!

Does Liam ever see himself playing outfield one day?

That’s now five cup finals with Aston and Aylesbury Flooring to look forward too now and I’m confident in the boys that we can go and win them all, maybe if I lost five stone I would back myself to be a deadly striker!

Where does his team mate prefer to play?

I have played most of the season either in one of the two centre midfield spots or in the number ten role, I’m happy playing in either, but playing in front of a midfield two gives me a bit more freedom and licence to get forward. A lot of the boys could do a job in most positions though and have had to slot in a few positions throughout the season, so it’s good to have that versatility

How would Dave describe last weekends performance against Southwick in the FA Sunday Cup semi-final, and how did he rate the opposition?

What a day! I think overall it was a comfortable win and a very good team performance, we kept our shape well and didn’t really give them any chance to create anything, and used the pitch well playing some nice football. Southwick were a physical side and left a fair few late tackles in which they later had two red cards to show for, but we kept our heads and just kept trying to play football. Not a good weekend for Sunderland all round last week! I’d definitely say AFC Jacks were the best team we’ve come up against on route to the final , they’re one of the best teams I’ve played against in Saturday or Sunday football. Coming back from two-nil down to beat them in extra time gave us the belief that we can go on and beat anyone, which we showed again in the quarters when coming back from three-one down

Liam also pays homage to AFC Jacks:

You can’t really describe last Sunday, it’s probably up there with one of the best days I’ve had in my life! Southwick to be fair weren’t a bad team but we’ve definitely played better in the previous rounds! AFC Jacks still being probably one off the best teams I’ve ever played against who we beat in the last sixteen

It’s been a busy few weeks for the squad, is Liam still confident they can win these finals they are in?

Yeah it’s been a very busy few weeks for the Flooring boys! Our target from the start has been to win everything we enter and now we are here I’m sure that’s what we are going to do! You don’t get anything for coming second best!

Dave nominates the one prize all the boys want to win:

With it being our last season I think everyone definitely wants to win as much as we can. We’re already in three Cup finals and I think we have another two trophies that we can win, so would be nice to take the lot. I think everyone would tell you that the FA Cup is the one we all want, so I think that and retaining the B&B probably come out on top as the priority

On to the Berks & Bucks Cup this weekend, what does Dave remember of it last year, and how does it compare to the FA Sunday Cup feeling?

Last year it was the one we were all desperate to win, and the celebrations after were unreal. It was a great day to be a part of, particularly after losing to a last minute goal in the final the year before. The FA Cup journey has kind of taken over the buzz this year but the B&B is still a trophy we are desperate to win and retain, and I’m sure we’ll have big support there again this weekend. Cup finals are one of the main reasons we slog out the winter months of the season, so come Sunday everyone will be fully focused on securing another trophy and enjoying another big day. I scored the opening goal last year so will be hoping to get on the score sheet again this Sunday!

Liam wasn’t there last year but is still as eager to retain the trophy:

The B&B is always a special one for everyone, it’s the biggest thing in local football & one of those you want to win! With Aylesbury Flooring winning it last season everyone will be there to retain our cup, and I’m sure we have got the class in the squad to do so!

Finally, we asked Liam if he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose?

It would have to be Aston Clinton assistant manager and Aylesbury Flooring legend Rob Goldney! I would love to see him on Come Dine with Me as the boy loves a salad with extra salad! And finally I would like to say a big thank you to the chairman Ian Middleton and grandad Pete for making this all possible and off course the fans you are legends! Floor on!

Dave picks his Aston Clinton team mates:

I think it would have to be the Collins brothers to go head to head on Countdown. They’re an unbelievably intelligent pair so it’d be interesting to see who would come out on top!

Sports Shots would like to thank both Dave & Liam for their time this week

FASC SF: Southwick 0-2 Aylesbury Flooring

Sunderland Southwick – 0
Aylesbury Flooring – 2

31.03.2019

Aylesbury Flooring became the first side from the town to reach an FA Sunday Cup final with victory over Southwick although the afternoon will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, as the officials were forced to end the game early due to crowd disturbances. A fairly evenly matched first half looked to be heading for an interval stalemate until a Ty Deacon goal six minutes before the break, Sunderland started the second half much better but could not convert and were made to pay late on when they were reduced to ten, then eventually nine men, as they lost their discipline & in the process conceded two penalties of which one was tucked home to send Flooring through, but the game was not able to be played to a finish as a flare thrown onto the pitch initially held up play ahead of further disturbances in the corner of the ground, as stewards battled to regain control the referee simply waited for his stop watch to reach ninety before blowing for full time, muted celebrations at the end for George Tomlins men and their followers as the talk no longer concentrated on matters on the pitch!

Both teams warm up ahead of the game

The referee had warned both sides that no foul play would be accepted with a caution apiece in the opening five minutes, a late challenge on Mitchell Collins was closely followed by a Ty Deacon foul on Southwick number one Neal Bussey, the first chance saw Lynton Goss released through on goal however the Sunderland custodian was quick off his line to bravely dive at the strikers feet to gather, a poor clearance saw the ball knocked back over the red backline for Deacon to fire from the edge of the six-yard box where again the keeper blocked, this time with his feet and a defender was on hand to clear.

A tenth minute Flooring corner was cleared out to Ryan Freshwater but he could only screw away from goal, before a Collins free kick was floated in where Bussey did well to climb above a mass of bodies in front of him and gather with both hands & hold on despite challenges from both sides. Aylesbury won a free kick right on the edge of the eighteen yard area which Deacon blasted over the crossbar, whilst at the other end Southwick front man Ash Davis seized an opportunity to shoot from distance but Freshwater got himself in front to block, absorbing the full force of the shot he needed a few moments of treatment to recover from the effects!

The Aylesbury support arrives

Dan Parsons found some space down the flank where he skipped a couple of tackles ahead of squaring to Kedzierski but he could only help the ball out for a goal kick, their opponents then played a free kick into Anthony Ross who had two efforts charged down and from there Flooring cleared long which set Goss sprinting down the right wing, as he approached the Southwick box Bussey raced out but the Thame United man knocked past him towards the empty net, in front of goal Deacon wasn’t waiting to see if it went in anyway and smashed home to open the scoring. Sunderland then spurned a glorious chance to level just before the break when Davis got away & cut across his marker to head towards Smith, but a slight too heavy a touch allowed the keeper to bravely dive at his feet and smoother, much to the delight of the crowd behind him. H/T: 0-1

Southwick started the second half on the front foot and looked the livelier of the two sides in the opening exchanges, a corner curled in by James Fairley saw a tidal wave of heads all straining to get a touch but it eluded them all to eventually sail away to safety, a quick counter attack at the other end saw a superb passing move where Kedzierski fed Hogg who laid inside to Brown, he picked out Goss to the right and his fierce drive dipped just over the goal frame. Sunderland again came back looking for a way back into the game through full back Kieran Martin out on the touchline, he delivered a perfect delivery into the six yard box but again no red shirt could get the touch needed and it bounced harmlessly over the byline.

Ty Deacon opens the scoring

Aylesbury won a free kick out on their left wing which Kedzierski fired diagonally across the box with some venom, pushing forward from defence Jordan Jenkins got a touch but he could only help it on its way out, Goss was then picked out in some freedom with a superb pass from one side of the pitch to the other to drive forward, cutting inside his marker he drilled low across the six-yard area but no team mates were anywhere near forward enough to convert. Within a minute the same player was in again down the same side, losing his marker he hesitated for a moment then tried to curl around the keeper but in that time centre half Brad Firster had got back and got the block in allowing a colleague to clear.

The Buckinghamshire outfit then spurned another great chance when Parsons skipped a couple of challenges on his way down the middle of the pitch, at the edge of the box he opted to pass left forcing Goss out wide, again he hesitated before trying return the ball to his team mate by which time there were two red shirts and Bussey swarming around him and the chance was gone, as the half wore on it seemed another goal would not materialise unless there was mistake from either defence, but the game changed with quarter of an hour left to play when a wild challenge on Collins saw him flattened and the official immediately brandished a red card to Fairley to leave Southwick down to ten men for the remainder.

From here the Sunderland side lost all their momentum and Aylesbury took control, and within three minutes of the sides being unequal in numbers Flooring won a penalty when Parsons jinked past a couple of challenges into the box before being brought down and a penalty awarded, ever dependable Freshwater stepped up and fired home to ensure the party mood erupted behind the goal. Southwick were then undone even further when Kedzierski latched onto a through ball which Bussey claimed but then stuck out a boot towards the midfielder who had continued his run, the referee blew his whistle and sent the shot stopper off from where all control was then lost.

Ryan Freshwater doubles Flooring lead

Alex Kedzierski spot kick well saved by Dan Martin

Defender Dan Martin pulled on the number one shirt & gloves and his first action was to save the penalty from Kedzierski, diving to his left to push away, but as play looked to restart a red flare came onto the pitch and set alight which delayed the restart whilst stewards removed the offending pyrotechnic. The game eventually back underway was then halted as quickly again as a disturbance behind the goal grew which included debris being rained over the perimeter of the stadium from people outside onto the terracing, the officials congregated on the pitch as security inside the stadium tried to deal with the outbreak, as the clock ticked over the ninety minutes the referee sounded his whistle one final time, and indicated the game was over. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 203

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Flooring manager George Tomlin:

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BBC3CR Non-League show features Ampthill Town, Aylesbury United & Flooring

This week’s non-league show on BBC 3Counties featured Ampthill manager Paul Blackman, Aylesbury United photographer Mike Snell, and Aylesbury Flooring FA Sunday Cup finalist manager George Tomlin.

Follow this link to tune in: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p073cd58

To listen to Mike Snell slide the play button along to 19 minutes

To listen to Paul Blackman forward to 32 minutes

 

For Flooring tune in at 43 minutes

 

The non-league show is on every Monday evening 7.00 – 8.00pm, and is presented by Ollie Bayliss & Luke Ashmead.

FA Sunday Cup Semi-Final; Flooring duo hoping to Gain final place on Sunday

Sunday 31st March 2019
Sunderland Southwick v Aylesbury Flooring
FA Sunday Cup Semi-Final
Northolme
K.O. 2.00pm

Venue: Northolme, Gainsborough DN21 2QW

Aylesbury Flooring face their biggest game of their season, if not existence, returning to FA Sunday Cup action this week-end as they play their first ever semi-final in the competition where they meet Sunderland Southwick at neutral venue Northolme, the home of Gainsborough Trinity FC. Despite reaching cup finals in the past few weeks, this is the big one as a place in the final of an FA national competition awaits the winner, after the last two rounds of nerve wrenching tension that saw Flooring seemingly floored on both occasions only to claw themselves back into both games to go on & eventually win, this semi-final is against a team from the North East which will be an altogether different hurdle to negotiate, but the squad are in good form of late with just a single defeat since last October in all competition and that was a second leg of the league senior cup that still did not halt their progress to the semi-final. In Sunderland they face a side that won their league last season and are top of the table again, losing just once since December they’ve scored twenty-eight goals in their last six outings in all competition, with Flooring having scored twenty-one in their last six, is this going to be another high scoring game for the neutral?

 

To find out about Southwick this season use this link: https://www.sunderlandsundayleague.org.uk:8446/core/clubs.aspx?clubID=83

 

This week Sports Shots caught up with Flooring duo Mitchell Collins and first of all asked the skipper Alex Kedzierski how long he’s been involved in Sunday League football?

I’ve only been involved in Sunday football since Flooring started five years ago, the lads came and asked me to sign but I was never really that interested with it when they first started, as I just enjoyed playing Saturday football at the time. It’s only been the last two or three years since George (Tomlin) has taken over that I’ve been more interested in playing

Mitchell has been in the Sunday scene a while now:

I have been involved in men’s Sunday football since I turned sixteen. I joined Flooring after a few years as I knew most of the boys and when my team were struggling to produce a team week in week out

What are Mitch’s greatest memories since joining the team?

My time at Flooring has been sensational – the best memories are probably the journey we’re on at the moment in this competition

Alex has enjoyed his time at the club:

My time at Flooring has been a laugh as that’s what it’s always been about, everyone just has a great laugh and a good understanding of each other. But when things get serious everyone knows their jobs and what we have to do to get the job done. It’s a strange feeling, you could ask any of the lads but you’d struggle to get the same buzz you do at Flooring at any other club. My best memories are defiantly winning the cups and the journeys that go with it, the celebrations after are even better! But no doubt any game we play you could take a story away from it to make a memory

We asked Alex to try & explain the differences between the South Midlands League & Sunday football:

Obviously the standard is a lot different depending on what competition it is. The FA Cup is definitely the best cup to play in as far as Sundays go as you’re playing the best teams from around England. A lot of people would say it’s just Sunday football but it isn’t, you’re getting a lot of decent players who play a good level so the standard is high, AFC Jacks probably being the best team Flooring have ever played in my opinion, who we beat in the last sixteen. But locally Sunday’s you come across all sorts of ages and abilities because it isn’t taken as serious as Saturday football, so the standard isn’t as high. In the South Mids you know what to expect and what players you’re going to come across, Sunday’s are more of a laugh, but of course you still get good players at teams we come across in the league & in other cup competitions

Alex Kedzierski

Mitch agrees with that Saturday’s are more intense:

Saturdays are more serious, the meet time is earlier and everyone tends to be sober, Sunday is more relaxed, turn up late and normally hungover!

With the support Flooring have had in the competition, how much of a benefit do they bring to the players in Mitchell’s opinion?

They are of huge beneficial impact from the start of the warm up to the end of the game, it’s like having a twelfth man. You know you always have a chance with them behind you! If we are to win cups, they are the reason!

The skipper concurs:

The following is massive in my opinion, It’s escalated over the years, as we’ve done well more and more people have heard about it and it’s grown, the lads would tell you themselves as we’ve spoke about how massive it is for those boys being there to get us going, not many other teams have that, not many get that on Saturdays let alone Sundays! I don’t think anybody understands until you’re involved with it or see it for yourself. Personally I don’t think Flooring would be the same without them, at the end of the day we’re all just a big group of mates having a laugh

If the current Flooring squad were to stay together for Saturday football, how high up the pyramid does Alex think they could climb?

I feel we could play South Mids Prem, pushing into the Southern League. A few of that lads play that standard anyway and the lads that don’t could defiantly do well and play that standard. So I feel we would fit in there nicely and do well

Mitchell also believes the squad would do well:

I think Southern Prem minimum. With the class displayed on the pitch and the bond & fight we have for one another, it’s hard to find and helps us win games

Mitchell Collins

Where does Mitchell believe is his best position on the pitch, and what formation best suits?

My favoured position in the team is left back, and I’d probably say playing four at the back gets the best out of me

Alex prefers to be in the heart of the action:

I could do a job in any position if needed but playing centre midfield is deffo my favoured position, I’m at the heart of it and can get hold of the boys if they aren’t pulling their weight. It’s the same for most of the lads, everyone has their favoured position but could all do jobs in others if needed. We’ve had games this season where people have had to play in other positions and done well

Has Alex ever had a problem with managers not wanting him to play Sunday football?

As long as we are honest and don’t risk any knocks, I think most Saturday managers are cooperative. A few of the lads try not to do ninety minutes if they have a forthcoming midweek game for example, most of us are young enough to do two games in a weekend with a little help from the physio bag and Sunday fixtures are typically less demanding

Mitch has an understanding gaffer:

I have no issues playing Saturday and Sunday, ‘wingers’ (Neil Roberts – Aston Clinton manager) is very understanding as he plays himself sometimes. Playing both days can be draining especially now I am getting on a bit but it’s all worth it with the lads

Flooring have had a really hectic schedule of late, even playing a double header a couple of weeks ago, with the team folding at the end of the season are their any competitions Mitch views as a priority over others:

We tend to concentrate on the FA Cup and Berks & Bucks as they’re the two cups which have the more dominant teams in and comes with a better title if you win but who doesn’t love winning a cup so the others will do too!

Skipper celebrates putting his side ahead in last round

Alex also has his eyes on a clean sweep but the Sunday Cup is the biggest prize:

Yeah we certainly want to win as much as we can to finish on high, I think we can win a total of five trophies and we’re already in two finals with the county cup final, which is the weekend after this, we’ll be looking to retain that after winning it last year. We’ve also got plenty of league games left as we’ve done so well in the cups, we’re struggling to get them all in, which is why we had the double header a few weeks back. But the FA Cup is the main one we want to win as it’s the biggest competition in Sunday football in the country, we’ve already made history being the only team in Aylesbury to get to the semis, so to win it would mean something else to us all

How much does this game on Sunday mean to Alex and the squad?

This week’s massive, I don’t think many understand what it means unless your involved with Flooring, everyone involved just wants to get there and get going, there’s a great buzz around. We lost in the first round last year to the team who got to the final which was disappointing for us so to make it this far we know we’ve done well. But we aren’t here to take part, we’re here to win it and cement history. I don’t know much about the other team which I feel is good as we don’t know what to expect. They’ll be decent as there in the semis we know that but will they have the team spirit and the fans like we do which could give us an edge? It would be heart breaking to crash out no doubt but I haven’t thought about that, I never go into a game thinking I’m going to lose. If your doubting your ability and your team mates there’s no point being there, we’re confident and know we’re good enough to win

Mitch also does not want to consider bowing out at the semi-final stage:

A team from Aylesbury has never reached this stage so it’s already an accomplishment but we’re here to win the cup! I tend not to read up about opponents but I know they also have a big following, if we were to lose now we’d be distraught!

Finally, we asked Mitch if he could pick any of his team mates to go on any TV programme, who & what would he choose?

One teammate I’d have to pick is Alex Kedzierski to go on Blind Date. He’s struggled for years to go on a date as he is very shy in front of the opposite sex, I think this would help his confidence – who knows, he might find love!

Alex picks a Winslow United colleague:

I’d have to take my best mate Sean Coles to go on Who Wants to be a Millionaire, he is no doubt the most intelligent man I know. The boy knows everything, we would get the dust pan and brush out and sweep up the lot!

Finally as captain of Aylesbury Flooring I’d like to thank all the supporters who have been with us so far on this journey, and will be there this Sunday hopefully cheering us on again – #Floor On

Sports Shots would like to thank Alex & Mitchell for their time this week

FASC QF; Black Horse (Redditch) 3-5 Aylesbury Flooring

Black Horse (Redditch) – 3
Aylesbury Flooring – 5

17.02.2019

Aylesbury Flooring are into the semi-finals of the FA Sunday Cup after yet another thrilling cup comeback, this time at Black Horse (Redditch) who at three-one up with half an hour remaining thought they were home & hosed however George Tomlin’s men showed tremendous character for the second round running and scored four times in the last twenty-two minutes against a side who had only conceded four goals in their eight league games this season! Taking an early lead looked to set the Buckinghamshire side on their way much to the delight of the healthy numbers who travelled with the team, however goals either side of half-time looked to have ended the dream of reaching the final in their ultimate season but those supporters sang relentlessly and once their side clawed a goal back the noise levels rose to spur their heroes on, they now go on to face Sunderland Southwick at a neutral venue in the last four of the competition.

Aylesbury started the brighter and a second minute drive into the box from Dave Brown saw a lunging tackle from Josh Westwood which had the front man looking for a penalty but the referee indicated a corner was all he was getting, Lynton Goss then got down the flank & fizzed the ball across the box but behind the red shirts in front of goal, although his next attack led to the opening goal when Alex Kedzierski fed him to the left of goal & his shot deflected off a defender away for a corner, he took the set piece himself swinging into the edge of the six-yard box where Jordan Jenkins held off his marker to head his team into a seventh minute lead.

Jordan Jenkins heads Flooring into early lead

Shocked by the opening goal Black Horse were straight up the other end from the restart to win a corner which was curled perfectly onto the head of Lewis Clarke who unmarked could only thump wide of Liam Smith’s right hand post. Parsons saw a great run forward halted with a trip on the edge of the box just before the half hour mark, Mitchell Collins took the free kick which rebounded back off the defensive wall from where he tried again on the volley only to lift over the top, a throw to the home side was launched into the box where a flick on found Luke Dugmore but with the outside of his boot he spiralled his effort away from goal.

Flooring then spurned a glorious chance to double their lead when a poor goal kick from home custodian David Hancock found Parsons thirty yards from goal, with an empty net ahead he opted to pass to Brown who under pressure lost control and the chance was gone, whilst another long throw from the hosts found Ricardo Richards in the Aylesbury box and with back to goal he tried the overhead routine but cleared the crossbar with ease. With eight minutes of the half left Black Horse levelled with a somewhat fortuitous goal, a mishit shot across the box found Goss who tried to control but the ball bounced away from him allowing Clarke to pounce, hitting it first time wrong footed Smith and he could only watch as it rolled into the bottom corner. H/T: 1-1

Luke Dugmore puts home side three-one up

The Aylesbury faithful had barely retuned their vocal chords for the second period when Black Horse took the lead just four minutes in, a reaching punt forward through the visiting defence form Dugmore saw Rees James advance two paces before knocking past Smith and in off the post. The goal rocked Flooring although Ty Deacon combined well with Goss down the right to see his shot blocked, the ball rolling out to full back Ollie Hogg who blazed high over the top, then just before the hour mark they were undone again when an attack broke down and the ball sent long down the flank for James to latch onto where he squared inside to Dugmore who turned and flashed a shot across Smith who got his hand to it but could only help push it up into the roof of the net.

At this point the same was seemingly done & dusted as Black Horse looked dominant, a long pass down their left towards Jack Wilson saw him go up against substitute Jack Page in the air and what looked a nudge in the back was waved play on allowing the midfielder a free run at goal but he could only fire over the bar, but from there Flooring slowly got themselves back into the fixture, on sixty-five minutes a throw from Collins found the head of Deacon in front of goal which forced Hancock to fling himself away to save one handed and gather at the second attempt earning the applause of the crowd on the touchlines, but just three minutes later he was powerless to stop Deacon from pulling his side back into the game.

Ryan Freshwater levels the tie from the spot

Goss attacked the left hand side of the area and got past his marker before shooting low at goal, somehow the ball squirmed under the dive of the Horse keeper and behind him the Flooring striker couldn’t miss and it was game on! Parsons collected a throw out on the right and travelled to the angle of the box before trying to curl inside the far post but Hancock was behind it all the way, then on seventy-five minutes his side were awarded a penalty when Goss drove into the box and coming across him Clarke dived in to tackle but instead brought him down, despite the protests Ryan Freshwater stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to fire into the bottom corner and level the contest once more, suddenly the hosts looked tired and the guests were re-awoken.

Black Horse defended gallantly but Flooring weren’t finished by any means, on eight-five minutes they got their noses in front again when Goss threaded an inch perfect pass through the eye of a needle between the home backline to find Kedzierski who hit it first time from the edge of the penalty arc to loop over Hancock and into the bottom corner to spark wild celebrations on and off the field. Still they wanted more & another Aylesbury cross was headed clear but running in Hogg closely attended by his marker had to shoot first time but could only steer wide, ahead of a great run from Goss in midfield into the box saw him round the keeper but go too wide, regaining the ball he turned and fired at goal but Hancock had recovered and was comfortable to collect on his goal line.

Players & supporters celebrate together

Deep into added time Page sealed his sides passage into the semi-finals for the first time in their history, Goss and Loyiso Recci clashed on the far left touchline and despite the home faithful calling for a foul the ball rolled on where Kedzierski collected to advance, looking up he spotted bodies in the box so curled in a cross which Deacon stepped over allowing it to reach Page, he evaded the challenge of skipper Joseph Cole to poke past Hancock inside the near post to complete yet another unforgettable comeback. F/T: 3-5

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BBFA CCSF; Aylesbury Flooring 3-1 Emmer Green

Aylesbury Flooring – 3
Emmer Green – 1

10.02.2019

Aylesbury Flooring made it through to the Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate cup final for the third successive season after beating Emmer Green on a wet and extremely muddy morning at Fairford Leys, although for almost an hour the visitor’s led thanks to a tenth minute goal from Ash Searle and Flooring struggled to get back into the game, the rain continued to fall making the conditions worse as the game wore on but eventually a quick fire double from Dan Parsons & Taylor Collins gave their side the lead but it took a third goal in added time to confirm their place in the final where they will take on FC Beaconsfield. After the game manager George Tomlin expressed his delight on reaching another final with the team that are folding at the end of this current season, appreciating the never say die spirit of his squad who this weekend return to FA Sunday Cup action as they travel to Redditch in search of that elusive semi-final spot the club have yet to reach.

Aylesbury had the first effort at goal on three minutes when a neat one-two saw Ty Deacon lay off to Alex Kedzierski who drove over the crossbar, but it was Emmer Green who took the lead when a corner floated in from their left by Dan Donegan was met at the front of the box by Ash Searle who flicked his header into the far corner. From there the away side enjoyed some decent possession and created a number of chances to increase their lead, a goal kick from Phil Brown sent Jordan Lovelock away down the channel where he escaped the attention of his marker but could only fire low past the front post, before a left wing cross was inches away from connecting with the head of striker Lorenzo Medford and covering defender Billy Harrison was able to turn away for a corner.

Donegan crossed from the Green right and in front of goal Medford glanced a header wide of the target, Flooring then spurned a glorious chance when Taylor Collins squared to Kedzierski twenty yards from goal but leaning back he lifted high over the top, Collins then fed Deacon inside the six-yard box and his first time shot was somehow blocked by Brown and cleared by a defender, the corner was drilled in low across the area and at the near post Dave Brown tried to back heel between his legs but could only find the side netting. The next Flooring attack broke down from which Green sent the ball downfield to Medford who battled with his marker before earning enough space to shoot from twenty yards but across goal and wide.

A very wet morning at Fairford Leys

Moments later another Aylesbury attack broke down with the ball cleared long, as home custodian Liam Smith looked to come out and clear the conditions took over and he simply couldn’t advance quick enough which allowed Medford to get there first and go for the lob over the stricken keeper, the ball looped over him, the crossbar and landed on the back of the netting much to the home sides relief, the last action saw a free kick on the Flooring right met by a mass of bodies including Brown who diverted the ball the wrong side of the near post. H/T: 0-1

Early into the second period a Ryan Freshwater cross was glanced wide by Deacon, before a corner curled into the back post found the head of the striker but he could only thump straight at Brown on the goal line, Dave Brown was then fed in on goal but in the wet conditions the ball got stuck in the mud under his feet allowing the keeper to advance and gather, at the opposite end a great ball down the middle for Medford to chase after almost saw him round Smith but the keeper managed to get the slightest of touches to take the ball off the foot of the striker.

As the rain finally started to ease Flooring attacked again as Parsons received a pass inside the box with his back to goal, shrugging off the attentions of his marker he dragged his shot wide, ahead of Taylor Collins doing well down the left and firing low across the goal mouth and wide of the back stick. The equaliser finally arrived on sixty-five minutes when Deacon threaded an inch perfect pass through the Green defence to find Parsons who with clever feet evaded one defender before steadying himself and slotting past Brown.

Dan Parsons levels for Flooring

Three minutes later the hosts took the lead when substitute Vinny Greco crossed from the right and at the back post Taylor Collins climbed above his marker to head home, and from there they never looked in any real danger of losing their grip on that lead as the confidence flowed throughout the team. Greco found Deacon inside the area with a low cross that the Aylesbury striker flicked up with one foot then launched himself acrobatically to bicycle kick over the crossbar, ahead of Parsons driving from midfield into the penalty box and curling around the far upright.

There was a scare for the home side with five minutes remaining when Donegan got in behind the defence and managed to get a shot away that had those in purple holding their breath as the ball bounced back off the post and away to the touchline for a throw, but in added time the game was sealed when Green were caught upfield and struggled to get back as Parsons in midfield fed Deacon out wide who in turn found Collins at the back of the box and he had time to pick his spot and smash home. F/T: 3-1

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FA SC; AFC Jacks 3-4 Aylesbury Flooring

AFC Jacks – 3
Aylesbury Flooring – 4

(after extra-time)

20.01.2019

This game will long live in the memory of those who attended, the contingent from Aylesbury went through every possible emotion during the one hundred and twenty minutes it took to separate these two exceptionally good sides, but it was eventually their team who progressed and go through to the FA Sunday Cup quarter-finals, the only trophy to elude this club in their short existence. For the opening twenty-five minutes it looked as though Flooring had come to the end of their cup dream as their hosts raced into a two goal lead and looked dangerous every time they crossed the half way line, but a wonder strike from Alex Kedzierski just before the break gave them hope and in the second period they matched their opponents all the way until just eight minutes before the end they found their equaliser to take the tie into an additional thirty minutes. Again they fell behind early on but drew level within six minutes, then shortly into the second period Taylor Collins put his side ahead for the first time in the fixture and despite some heavy pressure they held on for a memorable win at the Aspray Arena, home of Sporting Khalsa.

The home side tore into their guests from the off, just twenty-five seconds in Gurjit Singh tore past the Flooring defence and flashed a shot across goal and wide of Liam Smith’s back post, a minute later they did take the lead when David Meese tried his luck from outside the box and it squirmed inside Smith’s left hand post. Aylesbury struggled to get to grips with their hosts in the early stages and their first two attacks saw Ollie Hogg & Ty Deacon simply play the ball straight through to Jacks custodian Gurtej Bhullar, and it took until the sixth minute for their first shot in fury when Lynton Goss found some space just inside the eighteen yard box to fire narrowly wide.

David Meese opens scoring for AFC Jacks

Jacks were denied a second by a brilliant instinctive save from Smith on nine minutes, a cross from the right saw Nathan Stone divert towards goal and somehow the keeper stuck out a hand to push the ball up onto the crossbar and the bounce took it away from danger, at the opposite end Goss fed Sean Coles in the box & with his back to goal a challenge from behind brought him down, his team mates calls for a penalty were waved away but Goss simply followed in and drove across goal and wide of the far upright, a free kick shortly after half cleared out to Dave Brown saw the midfielder volley back towards goal but Bhullar was under it all the way.

A run down the right wing from the Jacks full back saw him dispossessed and with the space behind Deacon was sent downfield, as two other defenders came across to cover he simply played inside to Goss who powered over the crossbar, followed closely by a cross that was cleared straight into the path of Brown who fired wide. From the goal kick the ball was played straight back in behind the Jacks defensive line for Deacon to chase after, from twenty yards he drove inches wide of the goal frame, at the other end a free kick floated into the Aylesbury area was flicked on and on the penalty spot Singh rose to bicycle kick wide.

Despite the play gradually beginning to level out Jacks scored again on twenty-one minutes with a simple routine, from the right Stone delivered the perfect cross into the six-yard box where all on his own Sean Williams headed into the bottom corner. Moments later it was almost three when Nicky Dodds saw a dipping drive fall inches over the crossbar, their next cross found Nicholas Turton eighteen yards out who fired back across Smith but wide of the far post, Aylesbury trying to get back into the game won a throw out on their left that was directed to Deacon inside the area, he controlled on his chest before swivelling and firing straight at the Jacks goalkeeper.

Alex Kedzierski pulls a goal back just before half time

With five minutes of the half remaining the breakthrough came for the visitor’s, a corner swung in by Mitchell Collins was headed back out to the defender on the flank, he pulled back across midfield to Kedzierski some twenty-five yards from goal whose first time effort flew into the top corner. The goal lifted Flooring and a Hogg free kick some twenty yards out was curled around the wall but straight into Bhullar’s hands, there was still time for Mitchell Collins to push forward down the flank and unleash a low drive that the keeper had to get both hands on to stun and gather at the second attempt. H/T: 2-1

The second half started slowly and took over ten minutes for a shot at goal, a Jacks free kick curled over the top by Singh ahead of Dodd getting down the wing and fizzing the ball across the six yard box which saw Turton throw himself at it but missing by inches, he ended up in the back of the net whilst his target rolled away for a throw in. Aylesbury then won a free kick which Mitchell Collins curled towards the bottom corner forcing the keeper down low to save and as he parried it a mass of bodies rushed in but the referee blew for a foul, from the off Dodds again got down the right and into the box where his cross caused panic in the Flooring defence, it was eventually sliced back to the defender who smashed across the crowded box and wide.

Back came the Buckinghamshire side, a clearance found Mitchell Collins out wide who advanced before dragging his shot wide of goal, Deacon was next to shoot from eighteen yards trying to curl inside the back post but clearing it by just a yard, and a long distance free kick from Hogg sailed high over the crossbar. Chances still came along and with seven minutes left Goss found some room out on the left to get forward but pulled his effort wide of the front post, then just sixty seconds later they got their reward when excellent work by Goss saw him get to the byline and smash across the six-yard area where Deacon got enough of a touch to turn it in to spark wild celebration.

Ty Deacon levels the game

Injuries & cramp started to delay the final proceedings but eventually the away side won another corner which Hogg curled in and despite several bodies attacking it, it sailed out for a goal kick whilst the last action saw the home side throwing the ball into the box where Smith came out and climbed highest to gather with both hands. F/T: 2-2

Seconds in extra time Deacon centred a great cross which Brown met a full stretch but with no conviction it looped up onto the top of the netting, but then three minutes in Jacks retook the lead when a simple throw on their right was sent long and the cross met at the near post by substitute Kieron Miller who side footed home. Flooring refused to be floored once again, straight back at the other end Kedzierski absolutely thumped at goal where a last gasp outstretched boot diverted for a corner just as it seemed destined for the back of the net, and just five minutes after falling behind they levelled once more.

A free kick out on their left was angled in by Goss inch perfect to the head of Jordan Jenkins who was never going to miss from close range, and again the Aylesbury tails were up. Legs were tiring at this stage and full credit to both sides who never gave up, testament to a great game of football despite the majority having played less than twenty-four hours previously for their Saturday sides, a free kick some twenty-five yards out saw Kedzierski clear the defence but not Bhullar, the final action saw a Jacks attack break down and Goss come away with the ball, driving at the defence he unselfishly slipped a pass through for Deacon but a raised flag halted the play. H/T: 3-3

The hosts attacked from the off for the final fifteen minutes knocking long up to Lawley on the edge of the box but he wildly smashed over the top, a Flooring cross was headed out and met on the volley by Kedzierski and initially it looked to be flying over until a late dip saw the keeper having to jump and gather underneath his own crossbar. Three minutes in came the goal to put the visitor’s into the lead for the first time in the fixture, a cross into the hosts box saw Ben Seaton sandwiched between two defenders but the ball bounced down in front of Taylor Collins who lifted over the committed Bhullar into the bottom corner.

Taylor Collins scores fourth goal

Goss almost sealed the game within a minute of taking the lead, played down the channel he left his marker behind but the keeper advanced and the strikers low drive was brilliantly saved and eventually cleared, the follow up from Kedzierski again goal bound before a deflection took it away to safety. Jacks pushed for an equaliser of their own and put some real pressure on their guests in the final stages, a huge throw into the box found Meese on the twelve yard spot where he turned but could only side foot over the top, their next throw again launched like a missile into the box where Smith powered his way through a mass of bodies to claim.

Another long throw found Singh inside the six yard box where he managed to work the slightest amount of space and attempted to arrow his header into the opposite corner but only succeeded in clearing the woodwork, in the dying seconds Deacon was sent away on goal on his own and from the edge of the area he tried to lob the keeper who brilliantly got himself up to save with both hands, as he went to kick long the final whistle blew on a pulsating cup tie. Flooring now face another away trip to Black Horse (Redditch) in the quarter-finals on the seventeenth of February. F/T: 3-4

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SSMFL D1: Coles looking for Winslow to bounce back as Lions visit + Flooring flying!

Sports Shots caught up with Winslow United’s Sean Coles after the forward’s brace earned his side a point at Risborough Rangers last weekend.

Sean Coles

United had been 1-3 down before Coles late equaliser after a Ryan Freshwater penalty earned Paul Alleyne’s side a share of the spoils.

Coles commented:

It was good to come away with a point, being 3-1 down, and having 10 men. The team dug deep and managed to grab a point and we didn’t give up.

United return to Elmfields gate tomorrow for a league encounter.

London Lions will be a tough game, they are a good footballing side but on our day we can beat anyone.

Coles and his team mates have been working hard ahead of the game.

We have been in training because our recent performances haven’t been good enough, so we need to put that right on Saturday.

As well as United fighting at the top, Coles also has some big games on the horizon with Aylesbury Flooring.

Our (Winslow) main focus is the league, but it is always good to win a cup.

My next three games for Flooring are massive and we have a good side going into the games and we are flying.