Saturday 2nd November 2019
Mursley United v MK Gallacticos
Spartan South Midlands Division Two Cup
(This season’s) League standings:
South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)
Mursley United 13th
MK Gallacticos 4th
(Last season’s) League standings:
Spartan South Midlands Division Two (15 teams)
Mursley United 6th
MK Gallacticos 8th
This game last season:
18th August 2018 (league game)
Mursley United 2 (Nathan Skelton x 2)
MK Gallacticos 1 (Mohamed Mohamed)
Last six games:
L 2-0 away v Galleywood 26th October ART
L 2-4 home v Tring Corinthians 19th October SSMFL
L 3-0 away v Unite MK 16th October SSMFL
L 1-0 away v Old Bradwell United 12th October BBST
L 1-5 home v Old Bradwell United 28th September SSMFL
W 4-0 home v Hanslope 14th September BBST
L 3-0 away v Bovingdon 26th October SSMFL
L 1-0 away v Old Bradwell United 19th October SSMFL
W 3-1 home v Berkhamsted Raiders 12th October SSMFL
W 7-0 home v Unite MK 5th October SSMFL
W 1-7 away v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 28th September SSMFL
L 1-2 home v Aston Clinton 14th September BBST
Full Name: Nathan Skelton
Age: 26 – Some seem to think 36 probably due to my style of play
Marital status: My girlfriend won’t see this so single
Preferred shirt number: I will take any at the minute
Most effective position on the pitch: CF
Daytime job: Operational Planning Development Specialist (Train Planning)
Former clubs: Oxford City, Winslow United, Buckingham Athletic
We asked Nathan:
How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?
The break always seems so short but it’s good to have a rest and concentrate on other hobbies, but it’s not normally long before the messages start flooding in regarding pre-season
Re-signed on for Mursley this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?
I re-signed for Jamie Lands as he was desperate for someone to lead the line and chip in with four or five goals a season. Jamie has ambitions of finishing in the middle of the table and that is something that really appealed to me, also the fact there’s some good lads down at the club in both squads!
How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?
It could always be better, but I am only two away from my season’s goals target so I can’t complain. The fact that division two only has fifteen teams doesn’t really help players create any momentum, especially when you have weekends with no matches scheduled, it’s been a bit stop/start
What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?
For myself the gaffer has set me a target of five goals and thankfully I am already on three, so I have nearly smashed that target out of the water. The teams aim is to finish as close to the middle of the table as we can, we are a lot better than our record indicates & we haven’t played that many league games
Who has been your biggest influence in football?
My Dad, & Mark Jones my youth coach at Oxford City
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?
Morale is down currently due to a run of poor results, especially after getting knocked out of the Anagram Records Trophy with me being guilty of hitting the bar from a penalty. Personally, I feel if that had been a SSML approved match ball, it would have flown into the top corner with the extra weight compared to the air floater that Galleywood provided
Home to MK Gallacticos this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?
I don’t know too much about MK Gallacticos, but they always have teams who can move the ball and like to play football. We all need to be on it for this one as I think it will be one of the toughest games of the campaign
Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?
Jamie “Jammers” Green loves a moan and we have had some funny ones over the last few weeks (Unite MK was the best), he normally lets off a bit of steam but is fine the next day which is the main thing. Having Jammers in the dressing room is fantastic as he leads by example & passes on helpful tips to the younger lads coming through
What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?
It normally involves a trip to Waitrose to pick up some pre-match food normally accompanied by a proper speciality coffee from my local shop in Towcester
In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?
From the development side a player who broke into the first team last season was Tom Lloyd-Roberts, the kid can pick a pass and has an eye for goal. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him break back into the first team again this season and start to get some appearances under his belt
Who has the worst dress sense at the club?
Sam Cartwright gets load of stick, but he has a bit of flair which is something I personally appreciate, most of the abuse is just jealousy from the other lads
When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?
It may surprise a few but I have become a bit disillusioned with modern football so after a game I try to avoid anything to do with it
Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?
Jamie Lands has some horrific old school tunes and his karaoke isn’t much better!!
What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?
After the start we have endured every game is like a cup final from now on. We are taking it one game at a time
Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?
I think the supporter’s money is safe at the weekend, if I were them, I would be more worried about their car windscreens if they decide to park in the car park!
Thanks to Sports Shots for all the coverage so far this season!
Sports Shots would like to thank Nathan for his time this week