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BST; Cranfield United 3-0 Ampthill Town

Cranfield United – 3
Ampthill Town – 0

 

28.09.2019

Ampthill Town crashed out of the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy at the first hurdle on Saturday, conceding three goals without reply to Beds Senior League side Cranfield United at Crawley Road. Both sides had early chances but it was the hosts who opened the scoring before the break and from there had the better opportunities, after the break two goals in three minutes killed off the tie to see the lower level side progress to play Shefford Town & Campton, and had it not been for some crucial saves from Ross Tompkins in the Town goal the scoreline could have been much greater.

There were early exchanges at either end but it was Cranfield who took the lead just before the half-hour mark when a cross field pass picked out Tyler Fry out on the right, his cross was met at the back post by Dan Green who netted for his first of the season. Both sides then squandered good chances before the break; Drew Mitten fired high from close range under pressure, and a raised flag at the opposite denied Glenn Cooksley from equalising which saw the home side go in to the interval with a slender advantage.

Glenn Cooksley was denied equaliser before halftime

From the restart United looked to build on their lead and two quick fire goals sealed their route into the next round, on seventy-one minutes a quick counter attack after a Town move broke down high up the pitch saw Max Risby played away down the left behind the yellow & blue backline, as Tompkins advanced the midfielder flicked the ball past him into the far bottom corner. Before the visitors could regroup they were three down, struggling to clear the lines at the back saw Mitten collect on the byline before pulling back across the six-yard box where at the front post Fry diverted past the keeper. F/T: 3-0

Attendance: 67

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Ampthill assistant manager Ant Christophi:

And also with Cranfield boss Chris Robson:

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BST; Cranfield United manager Chris Robson looks back over Ampthill victory

Cranfield United 3
Ampthill Town 0

Bedfordshire Senior Trophy

28.09.2019

After the game Sports Shots caught up with Cranfield manager Chris Robson:

BST; Ampthill Town assistant manager Ant Christophi looks back over Cranfield loss

Cranfield United 3
Ampthill Town 0

Bedfordshire Senior Trophy

28.09.2019

After the game Sports Shots caught up with Ampthill assistant manager Ant Christophi:

BST R1; Cranfield United v Ampthill Town preview + Cranfield boss Chris Robson reveals all

Saturday 28th September 2019
Cranfield United v Ampthill Town
Bedfordshire Senior Trophy 1st Round
Crawley Road
MK43 0AA
K.O. 3.00pm

 

Chris Robson (formerly of Buckingham Town)

(This season’s) League standings:

Bedfordshire County League Premier Division (16 teams)

Cranfield United 2nd

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Ampthill Town 5th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Bedfordshire County League Premier Division (16 teams)

Cranfield United joint 1st (2nd on goal difference)

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Ampthill Town 10th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last five games:

Cranfield United:

W 4-2 home v Bedford Albion 21st September BCL

W 0-5 away v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College 14th September BCL

W 1-11 away v Marston Shelton Rovers 7th September BCL

W 12-0 home v Wootton Blue Cross 4th September BCL

D 0-0 home v Stevington 31st August BCL

 

Ampthill Town:

L 1-4 home v St Panteleimon 14th September SSMFL

D 3-3 away v Rayners Lane 7th September SSMFL

L 4-2 away v Crawley Green 31st August FA Vase

W 5-1 home v Hillingdon Borough 24th August SSMFL

W 0-2 away v Unite MK 21st August SSMFL LCT

 

Chris Robson

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Cranfield manager Chris Robson to ask how the job came about & what drew him to accept it?

The plan was always to get back into football this season if the right opportunity arose. The Cranfield position was very intriguing, I do not mean any disrespect to the league we play in when I say I wasn’t keen to manage at step seven for another season, as I want to progress my own career, however Cranfield offers an opportunity to progress a club with good history back to a level that they should be at.  After discussions with the committee, I knew it was a great job to take, their ambitions matched mine, and everything is in place to achieve those ambitions with hard work

Where does he see the club in terms of facilities & set-up?

The facilities speak for their self, and anyone who has visited the club recently can see that they are by far the best around the area for step seven and arguably step six and even five also. The pitch is incredible for non-league football which is credit to Wes Matthews who looks after it two to three times a week and his recognition from the FA receiving awards is well deserved. The people behind the scenes are great people, from day one they have made my life very easy and made me to feel so welcome.  They have very professional mind sets, their work rate and methods, like the facilities, are a couple of levels above where the club currently is

What is the long-term plan for Chris & Cranfield United?

The short-term goal is to try to get out of the division this season being promoted to step six.  Mid-term would be to stabilise at that level and achieve some cup success, then longer term with the facilities and catchment area, there is no reason for the club not to progress even further, be a challenger at the next level, bring FA Cup football to the club, etc.  My personal long-term goals are to go as far as I can as a manager/coach in the game, at thirty-five I like to think I am still young for a manager whilst having five good years’ experience in management. I’ve worked hard with my football education with my coaching badges, CPD’s, networking, etc, I don’t want to put all the work in for no success

How long has Chris been out the game, and what’s he done in that time?

I left my last job in September 2018 for various reasons.  I had a great time at a great club in Totternhoe, we had good success there, but it was the right time to move on, my wife was about to give birth to our second child and I felt I had taken the club as far as I could. The year off gave me the opportunity to spend some much-needed time with my young family most importantly.  I never stayed away from the game during that time as I continued my own development and education by attending various courses, watching a lot of games to see different methods and players, & a lot of networking with other coaches/managers.  I also continued my own coaching by helping others during sessions which I enjoyed as I was able to concentrate just on the coaching aspect which I enjoy, whilst not being distracted by actually managing

When did Cranfield start their pre-season and how was it at first?

The Beds County League didn’t start until September, so our players didn’t report back until the end of July.  There is no right or wrong way to decide how long preseason is, I saw some clubs in our league come back in June, however for me six weeks is enough for preseason if the right work is covered. My staff and I knew what we wanted the squad to look like, the players we were going to retain from the previous regime and what players I wanted to bring to the club. All of them have played at a much higher level and know the levels I expect, their own mentalities towards their football has been proven over the years, so numbers and commitment will not be an issue. They have been superb; which we knew they would be

How has it been signing players on?

I have the squad I wanted to have even before accepting the role. Cranfield was a club I followed quite a bit whilst taking time out due to the good season they had last term, a lot of the players I was aware of and knew they would suit the way I want to play and they also mentality give their football what it needs to bring success at this level. We were inheriting a very good squad which lost the title on goal difference last year, and adding the players I knew we could, it would make them even stronger this time around

How has the season started for the club?

We currently sit second in the early standings; we drew our first game and have since won our last four. Performances have been good apart from the first game where I felt the occasion of the first game of what everyone from the outside is saying will be a successful season got to us a bit, we spoke about that after, talking about not listening to title talk, favourites, etc. Football doesn’t work like that, we need to concentrate on what we are doing and not worry about the talk from the outside, since then we have won every game scoring lots of goals which is great – thirty-two goals in our first five games

Which of the games has pleased Chris the most?

Our last game was a superb first forty-five minutes, probably on par with our second half performance against Southern League side Kempton Rovers during preseason when we drew three each. Against Bedford Albion on Saturday the first half was everything I wanted from one of my sides and showed the hard work we have put in since the first day of preseason

Drew Mitten (at Olney Town)

Which players have impressed so far & why?

Everyone will look at the players making the headlines, Drew Mitten has fifteen goals in five games, Courtney Boughton has six, for me however everyone has been outstanding. It is a massive squad effort, I demand a lot from my players, and they have really brought into it from day one and adapted, working so hard to deliver the performances which we have so far

Are there any games in this league he is particularly looking forward to?

All of them.  It’s a new journey in a league I have never been a player or manager in before. I will learn a lot from it which is always a positive

Finally, onto the cup game this week against local neighbours Ampthill, does Chris know much about them?

I take a massive interest in local non-league football, so I am fully aware of the good job Paul Blackman is doing. He took the job and immediately improved them taking them away from the bottom end of the division last year, he has continued the good work with a full preseason behind him and they have started very well. I don’t know anyone at the club personally, but again from watching games they have good players that I am aware of, they obviously go into Saturday’s game as the favourites and are probably the favourites to win the whole competition. We will respect that and be aware that it will be a difficult challenge for us, but one we look forward to

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

BST R1; Cranfield United v Ampthill Town preview + Town duo Mead & Burton reveal all

Saturday 28th September 2019
Cranfield United v Ampthill Town
Bedfordshire Senior Trophy 1st Round
Crawley Road
MK43 0AA
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Ampthill Town 5th

Bedfordshire County League Premier Division (16 teams)

Cranfield United 2nd

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Ampthill Town 10th

Bedfordshire County League Premier Division (16 teams)

Cranfield United joint 1st (2nd on goal difference)

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last five games:

Ampthill Town:

L 1-4 home v St Panteleimon 14th September SSMFL

D 3-3 away v Rayners Lane 7th September SSMFL

L 4-2 away v Crawley Green 31st August FA Vase

W 5-1 home v Hillingdon Borough 24th August SSMFL

W 0-2 away v Unite MK 21st August SSMFL LCT

 

Cranfield United:

W 4-2 home v Bedford Albion 21st September BCL

W 0-5 away v AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College 14th September BCL

W 1-11 away v Marston Shelton Rovers 7th September BCL

W 12-0 home v Wootton Blue Cross 4th September BCL

D 0-0 home v Stevington 31st August BCL

 

 

Ash Mead

Full Name: Ashley Mead

Age: 30

Nationality: British

Marital status: Married

Preferred shirt number: 5/6

Most effective position on the pitch: Bench lol (centre back)

Daytime job: Electrician

Former clubs: Bedford Town Youth, Barton u18’s, Kempston Town, Beds SA, Wootton Blue Cross, Kempston Rovers, The Mighty AMPS!

 

We asked Ash:

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

Summer was good, I always miss playing be it training or a match, but it was nice to be able to spend full weekends with the family, although it only felt like a short break!

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

The club has been great to me since I joined and there’s a good family feel around the place, the main influence was the belief that we could be pushing for promotion this year. Also knowing that a few lads were returning which would help the cause helped my decision

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

I believe we have been lucky in some especially away at Rayners Lane, but I also feel like we are starting to gel and it’s only a matter of time that consistent performances and results will follow

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

Personally, I’d like to finish the season unscathed, the end of my previous two seasons have finished with a torn ACL and a broken big toe, so it would be good if I could stay injury free. I believe promotion is a real possibility, there’s still a lot that can be worked on, but we believe that we have the balance of experience and youth to do this

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

I grew up watching my old man playing week in week out, so I’d have to say him, and if me and my brothers weren’t watching him then we’d be playing football with him. I’ve had a couple of coaches that have helped me out, from a PE teacher at middle school that made me do gymnastics to help me roll out of challenges, to the two coaches at Bedford Town youth, I had some great years at Bedford

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

There is a real belief that we can be successful, we have the squad we just need to start showing it and be consistent in our performances. We have a few influential players, from Ross Tomkins being level-headed and full of experience to Jamie Cerminara who can influence any game with his eye for goal

Away at Cranfield United this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

Having played against them for Beds SA for a number of years they were always a club which liked to try and play football and were always up for a fight. They knocked us out of a cup a couple of years ago so we shouldn’t be going into this game thinking it will be a push over because it will be far from it. I hear that they are pushing to step up the leagues so anticipate that they will have a decent squad

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Jamie Cerminara, if he’s not having a pop then you know there’s something wrong, he just needs to stop having a go at the refs otherwise the club will have to hire a skip rather than a sin bin

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

My eldest has started to play now so if I’m not trying to finish off a private job then I’ll be watching him play/train. I also have a one year old, so I try and show her as much attention as possible as well

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

That’s a tough one, each player has pro’s and con’s, but I couldn’t name anyone under rated or overrated either

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

To be honest everyone seems to be able to dress themselves, I suppose anyone who wears flip flops before or after a game can be tarred with that brush!

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

If Chelsea are playing then I’ll always have a look to see how they got on, apart from that I check the fantasy points to see how I got on that day

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

A few lads complained about the music last year so it was decided that we would create a playlist so that everyone could have an input. If I’d have to choose one I think it would have to be Jamie Cerminera, he plays some soppy stuff and he’s the only person that can get pumped up from listening to a greatest showman track and then get sent off ten minutes later!

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

If you don’t want to win every game then you shouldn’t be playing but it’s always nice to take points off the teams more local to ourselves (Bedford, Langford, Stotfold), it’s just as nice to take them of teams that are sitting pretty higher up the league too

Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

I’ll have a pint of Becks, Fosters or Peroni thank you, BUT if Mark Smith (Smithy) is there then you would catch me at the bar with a glass of Hendricks gin, elderflower tonic and all the fruit with my pinkie finger pointing out. We old boys know how to do it classy!

 

Lawrence Burton

Full Name: Lawrence Burton

Age: 19

Nationality: British

Marital status: Single

Preferred shirt number: 7

Most effective position on the pitch: Right wing

Daytime job: Full time student

Former clubs: Luton Town, AFC Dunstable

 

We asked Lawrence:

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

I certainly missed football over the summer and couldn’t wait to get back at it for the new season. As soon as the last game finished I wanted to play again, however I know the importance rest and recovery

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

I re-signed as I am enjoying my football here, getting loads of game time, enjoying the training sessions and the club itself is a great community

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

Pre-season and early season has been okay for me personally. I feel like I have played well but this have more to offer and more to prove for the future

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

For the team I feel like a good target is to finish at the very top end of the table and secure promotion to the prem.  For myself, I want more goal and assists contributions to help the team win in big games

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My biggest inspiration is probably Eden Hazard as I try and base my game on his style of play

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

The belief in the squad is very strong as we believe that we can do great things this season in the league and the cups. We have chemistry as a team which helps us on the pitch to stick together in tough games. Key players include our strikers Jamie, Danny and Brandon who all score goals for fun and our keeper Ross who has saved us in many games this season

Away at Cranfield United this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

I have never played against Cranfield before but I have heard that they are a strong team so we need to be performing our best

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

To be honest we don’t have any moaners in our team. I do have a go at myself sometimes because I haven’t scored this season yet

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

I don’t really have a pregame routine, but I usually have a shower then a plate of pasta, then I like to just relax until I have to leave for the game

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

I personally rate our team and all our players. But one player who has performed really well at the start is Lewis. He has had a couple of man of the match performances in my opinion

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

I don’t think I have seen an Ampthill player out of their tracksuit or kit, so haven’t had an opportunity to see anybody’s dress sense

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

I look for Arsenal’s result because I follow them. However recently I’ve been trying to avoid their results as they seem to not be able to string together a good performance

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

We have a group playlist where everybody puts in a couple of songs, I don’t know who put what songs in but I like some and like other songs less so

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

I would say at the minute St. Panteleimon as they are unbeaten and everybody wants to beat the unbeaten team

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

I’m not really a big drinker, but there is a blue Ampthill beanie that I like that you can buy at the bar!

Sports Shots would like thank Ash & Lawrence for their time this week