Archive for Grendon Rangers Football Club

BBST; Grendon assistant manager hoping to detect improvement against PI

Saturday 8th September 2018

Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy

Pitstone Pavilion

K.O. 3.00pm

Grendon Rangers return to cup action on Saturday as they travel to second placed & previously unbeaten Pitstone & Ivinghoe. After recording their first win on bank holiday Monday over Mursley, Rangers have suffered two heavy defeats against league leaders Bovingdon followed at Amersham on Tuesday in the league challenge trophy, and to make matters even harder they face Pitstone three times in their next four matches. There have been a minimum of four goals in every game they’ve featured in, have conceded three in every game they’ve played, whilst Pitstone have scored twenty goals in five games to date, so a nil-nil is not looking favourable!

Alan Ostler

This week Sports Shots caught up with assistant manager Alan Ostler to ask just how Grendon can get something out of this game:

They need to believe in themselves and in each other, trust the system and trust each other, and more importantly communicate with each other. This is something we have been trying to get into the lads since pre-season

What do Grendon know about their hosts going into the game?

Not a lot really apart from what we can see from their results. Some of the lads know them from last season so we’ll have some information that will help

With Pitstone having score freely whilst Rangers have conceded nineteen goals in four games, how can the visitors stop the flow of goals?

Concentration and communication again is key, not just amongst our defensive players but with the midfield aswell. If they can stick to this then everything else falls into place

We asked Alan how it’s been in general since the manager has been away:

It’s been tough to say the least but this is a part of football, and a part I want to be involved in so I have to take the rough with the smooth. The hardest part is player availability, I know it’s hard for everyone to be free for training and matches but everyone has to work and sometimes work & family life comes first. I’m still learning and Steven is a great teacher and is someone I am enjoying working with here at Grendon

Having faced top of the table Bovingdon recently, what impressions did they make?

Let’s just say they are top of the league for a reason! As newcomers to the league we didn’t know much about them other than looking at their results and seeing they can score goals. By half time we were only two-one down and felt confident in our first half performance that we knew what we needed to do in the second period. Unfortunately after they scored their third then fourth our heads dropped and the rest is history. They will be top or thereabouts come the end of the season, a good team and very well organised

How did Grendon shape up against higher level opponents Amersham this week?

Again first half we kept them down to a single goal lead which was a very soft goal to concede, we knew where we had to improve & started the second half well, and in good spirits. But again it was a mad few minutes where we conceded and heads started to drop, they were a decent side, well organised and we wish them well in the rest of their season, but it is worth noting that we were hampered with key players missing with work and other commitments which left us with only twelve players, including myself although I was the unused sub ha ha!! The lads we took showed many times some great spirit and determination but the better team won

We asked Alan how he sees the season panning out:

It’s only been three league games, two of them defeats, plus the cup game that we also lost so we are not panicking, it’s a long season ahead. We have a fantastic set of players and once this early part is out of the way and we get a regular set turning up who are understanding each other more then I’m positive we will start getting more points on the board. There is a long way to go and we are improving

Finally, we asked what the target is in the three games against Pitstone in the next few weeks:

It’s definitely unusual to play each other this many times in such a short space of time but that can’t be helped and at least it gives us a chance to get to know them ready for the next time we meet! As far as targets are concerned we obviously want to win the games not just for the points and cup progress, but for our own confidence. They’re going to be tough games but we have the players to cope

Sports Shots would like to thank Alan for his time this week.

SSMFL D2; Grendon Rangers 4-3 Mursley United

Grendon Rangers – 4

Mursley United – 3

Grendon Rangers got their first points of the season with this hard earned win over local rivals Mursley United on Bank Holiday Monday, in a game that saw seven goals, two red cards and some dogged defending in the latter stages where eleven men Mursley were peppering the nine man Grendon penalty area looking for an equaliser, but the home side held on to give manager Steve Jackman his first win in his new position.

Grendon won a corner in the first minute, Luke Taverner curled it in and running in Stuart Leonard got something on the ball to divert goalwards but Mursley had a defender on the line who managed to block and clear, & just moments later a free kick was lofted into the Mursley box by Charlie West where Matt Ginger beat his marker to the ball but off balance he could only lift over the top.

The home side did then take the lead on nine minutes, another free kick way out on the left saw West again loft into the box and this time it eluded everyone in the Mursley area, including keeper Dan Willett and went in. The visitors had their first real chance just past the quarter hour mark when a cross from their left found Caleb Adegbola inside the area but he could only head straight at Lewis Dench in the Rangers goal.

Matt Ginger scores

Just a minute later Mursley equalised when a throw on their right was sent high into the box and a flick on found Dan Simpson twelve yards out and he made no mistake. The game evened out with half chances at both ends, a superb ball over the United defence from Andrew Hind saw Solomon Janecki in behind but Willett was quick off his line to clear the danger.

Nine minutes before the break the hosts scored again from another set piece, this time a corner slung in by Taverner was met by the head of the incoming Ginger who thumped the ball past Willett to restore the Rangers lead going into the break. H/T: 2-1

Mursley came out for the second period and dominated the early stages, the best chance fell to Nathan Skelton who slid in to meet a cross from the right but he could only help the ball wide of the back post. A lot of searching balls over the Rangers defence were too long and either sailed away for goal kicks or went comfortably through to Dench.

Just past the hour mark their pressure paid off when Skelton collected a throw out on their left and cut across field before drilling low at goal, Dench went down at his near post with both hands but somehow the ball squeezed through for the second United equaliser of the afternoon.

Caleb Adegbola scored for Mursley

The parity lasted just five minutes when the home side won another corner out on their right, Taverner again swung in and at the back post Mohammed Adam climbed highest to head down and the ball bounced up into the roof of the net. The goal stunned the visitors and within three minutes they were rocked again.

A long ball down the Grendon right saw Tom Marshall chase down and Willett went out to meet him but the midfielder got their first and knocked the ball past the stranded keeper, with defenders chasing back he squared across the box to Adam who knocked into the unguarded net to give Grendon a two-goal cushion.

Mursley made substitutions to try and get back in the game, but it was a combination of two of the starting eleven that brought them back into the game just four minutes later, Simpson received the ball on the corner of the box, he went for goal but sliced across the area where running in at the back Adegbola fired home.

As the visitors searched their equaliser the game descended into chaos with two late red cards, the first for Alex with nine minutes left when he raised a foot too high and received his second yellow of the afternoon, then just three minutes later a Mursley corner was cleared long and Emad Fallaha gave chase shoulder to shoulder with a defender.

As the ball rolled away some shirt pulling led to a kick out by the Grendon substitute which the assistant saw, reported to the referee and duly received a red card for. The final minutes saw Mursley throw everything at the nine Rangers men but they held out for a spirited three points. F/T: 4-3

Attendance: 52

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Rangers manager Steve Jackman: 
And also with United boss Anthony Lands: 

For match photography please click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskH1ZfBq

SSMFLD2; Jamie hoping United can Land higher place finish

Monday 27th August 2018

Grendon Rangers v Mursley United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Village Hall

K.O. 3.00pm

Jamie Lands

Mursley United travel over to local rivals Grendon Rangers on Bank Holiday Monday looking to build upon their two wins in their opening three games of the Spartan South Midlands Division Two season but will be somewhat cautious as their hosts lost heavily in their only game of the season so far but have since had over two weeks to lick their wounds and regroup ahead of this fixture.

This week Sports Shots caught up with United joint manager Jamie Lands to ask how he feels their opening games have gone:

It’s been a strange start, August is a tough month due to availability but we have still managed to get two wins from our three games; a comfortable win over Unite MK in our opener, the second game at Bovingdon both myself and Anthony were away and we lost in a very close game, I’m told any other day we’d have got something from that game! Then last week we had a tough game against Gallacticos where we were missing six potential starting players but managed to get the win with a gritty performance, so overall, we are relatively pleased with our start. Our squad once everyone has returned from holidays and the like will be very strong, and hopefully we can improve on last season’s league finish

Nathan Skelton & Dan Simpson have scored seven goals already between them, how does Jamie think they rate as a strike force?

This season we were looking to add more goal scorers to our side and they both fit the bill perfectly, two different types of players but both score goals. They have settled in well and we are pleased with both of their contributions within the team, but we also have to mention other players we have in attack, like Del & also Tom, who are both fighting for places and who also add a lot of quality to our squad

So how good does Jamie feel the squad is to compete in a long season?

Once we get August out of the way and our squad availability improves I believe it will be very good, we have more quality and more depth than we did last year, this includes being strong across all areas of the pitch. We have also added the development team who also have a solid squad, so we should be able to field strong line ups each week and they have been a fantastic support for us in these early weeks. I will say, if we have our strongest line up each & every week then we will be right up there, however as with all football teams it is having that consistency each week from your top players

What do Mursley expect from Grendon on Monday afternoon?

I’m not too sure what to expect to be honest, you never know what you’re up against early in any season & especially when a club is under new management. The one thing we do know is their first game ended in defeat so I am sure they will be fired up for this game, and we will need to match that. As usual we will be looking for another three points

And finally, before this week-end the league table shows five teams are still undefeated, we asked who Jamie expects to be fighting it out at the top come May next year?

First of all well done to all those teams, it’s very early days but to have points on the board at this stage is very important. I think there is a lot of competition this season and quite a number of teams will believe they can finish right up there. Firstly, I would like to see us fighting for a top three finish & really push on this season, we genuinely believe in the club, the players and our coaches.

As for other sides I expect to do well; Bovingdon are tipped to do well, started brightly and beat us in our second game. Pitstone had a good side last year and they have improved again by the looks of it as shown in their early games, both of these sides seem to be scoring plenty of goals. You then get the others who are always there or thereabouts, Totternhoe, Aston Clinton and Old Bradwell for example. The team that wins it this time around is more than likely the team that has the best player commitment & consistency within their side

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

SSMFLD2; Grendon looking to believe in their Sol in tough battle with Mursley

Monday 27th August 2018

Grendon Rangers v Mursley United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Village Hall

K.O. 3.00pm

Solly Janecki

Grendon Rangers host local rivals Mursley United on Bank Holiday Monday looking to shake off their disappointing start to their season and earn manager Steve Jackman his first points in his new role. Grendon were beaten at home by New Bradwell St Peter over two weeks ago by four goals without reply in Spartan South Midlands League Division Two & haven’t played competitively since, whilst Mursley have already played three league games to date, two wins and a defeat have seen them score nine times but concede five, so goals are not in short supply!

This week Sports Shots caught up with Rangers new recruit Solomon Janecki to ask how the opening game went:

We didn’t get off to the start we wanted, but there were still a lot of positives to take from the game, we are still getting used to how each other play and we have a lot of new players so we just need some time to get used to each other and gel as a team

Formerly of Buckingham Athletic how did the move to Grendon come about?

Work and other commitments made it very difficult for me last season to travel the distances that were expected & I had to miss out on a lot of mid-week games, and more importantly training sessions. Also being able to play in a central midfield position helps!

So how has Sol settled in since joining?

I’ve settled in really quickly, it’s been easy with such a good bunch of lads so there has been no issues at all, and the gaffer does a good job of making all the new players feel welcome here

We asked how the squad is looking for the long campaign ahead:

The squad is getting there, we have signed a lot of new players & strengthened in all the key positions but it’s a long season so strength in depth will be key for us

And finally, Mursley on Monday will not be easy so how does Sol think his new side can get something from the game?

It’s not going to be easy that’s for sure, but as long as we follow & execute our game plan and cut out the silly mistakes plus the free kicks we have conceded that have punished us in recent weeks, then this should give us the best chance possible

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

SSMFLD2; Grendon Rangers v New Bradwell St Peter Preview with new manager Steve Jackman

Saturday 11th August 2018

Grendon Rangers v New Bradwell St Peter FC

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Village Hall

K.O. 3.00pm

Grendon Rangers host new side (ish) New Bradwell St Peter on Saturday in their season opener, although for The Peters they have the added bonus of having played last week-end and winning to boost their confidence in travelling over to Grendon. Rangers struggled towards the end of last season, relying on a core of team mates who are also long term friends to help keep the club running, but now boast a new manager and hopefully a calmer season ahead!

New Bradwell won at Berkhamsted Raiders last weekend despite having a man red carded so will be confident in coming to get a result; formerly Loughton Manor the club moved into the New Bradwell facilities this summer in order to progress as a club. This week Sports Shots caught up with Grendon boss Steve Jackman to ask how his term in management has been so far:

Well it’s been an eye opener to say the least! A lot of managers I still speak to from various levels of the game are really questioning my intentions in taking the job on, as I have never played nor worked at this level before.

I also had a fantastic position at my previous club AFC Dunstable who are in a position where a lot of the young players are getting close to being a real part of the first team set up and that was a project the manager especially & the staff brought in over the past four years. It takes a lot of trust & belief from the youngest age group coaches through to the senior section of the club, but it doesn’t happen overnight, Rome wasn’t built in a day!

I’m fortunate to still speak to the manager Steve Heath on a regular basis, a great guy and if I can replicate half of what he has achieved then I will have done ok, my wife is still the physio at the club so I hear a lot of what is happening and it sounds exciting with the blend of experience & youth now really coming through.

Listening to certain conversations a lot of people like to say one thing then do something completely different and that is from players through the club all the way to the top, I always knew it happened but always chose to ignore it, now I know not too and to just lock it away for another time

And how has pre-season been for his new club?

Pre-season is always a funny time with holidays, work, family & other situations or excuses taking priority. Some of the excuses for not turning up are priceless and I just put it down to priorities being different.

The players have worked hard & have taken on a lot of what it is I am asking of them. I also think every club has struggled with the heat, not that I’m moaning about the sun shining, but all the pitches we’ve seen are all over the place in terms of condition. Ground staff are really having to put in a shift and any games playable at this time are a credit to these guys

Steve Jackman

So have Grendon pulled in enough players for the season?

Every manager is always searching for players, I have a player training this week at a club in the league above & fair play to him, he has approached it in the right way, spoke to me face to face, so I wish him well and that makes it easier for him to come back into the fold should he want to, the door is always open for any player.

I will never stand in someone’s way if they want to experience a better level, just approach it in the right way and go for it, this is just one example of how managers operate at this stage of the season.

I always ask for players to be honest with me and then that is a two way process and how you earn the respect of players, it’s good to talk and that is something I like from everyone. Credit to the players for creating a fantastic spirit

We asked how the new manager feels ahead of the game Saturday?

Nervous, excited, have I done enough, are the players ready? All these things are natural and I used to think just the same things as a player. You just have to go and enjoy it, work hard & make sure you are organised enough to hopefully get a good performance and what will be will be

We asked if Jacko knows much about his first opponents:

I live about thirty seconds from the New Bradwell ground, but what I know about them I could note on the back of a postage stamp. However refer to my previous comments, I used to get really bogged down with an opposition and lose focus on my own team. If there are certain aspects we need to look at then I will make the players aware, really thought it’s all about the players mentalities and preparation and how they try to use the information given to them.

We play NBSP and Mursley in our first two games, and both teams finished in the top eight last season and both won their opening games last week, so that will be interesting & most certainly a test for us

Finally, we asked if there are any targets for the season for Grendon Rangers:

I have never been in a dressing room as a players or management staff where we have said in July what we expect to be the final outcome in April or May time, who knows what will happen? Otherwise you can pick my lottery numbers for me!

You can only approach everything on a game by game basis and make sure as management staff and players you are working from the same piece of paper, and then you go into every game with the organisation, enthusiasm & knowledge that you might get over the line more often than not. All the best for the season!

Sports Shots would like to thank Steve for his time this week.

In case you missed our interview with the new manager earlier this summer click on this link: 

2018/19 SSMFL Cup Competitions revealed

At Saturday’s South Midlands AGM the draws were made for the various cup competitions across the leagues:

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE

DOMESTIC CUP DRAWS 2018/19

As drawn Saturday 23rd June by

Mike Taylor and John Childley

(Members of the SSML Cup Finals Committee)

Dates of ties to be announced at later date

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND

  1. Colney Heath v Broadfields United
  2. Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders
  3. MK Gallacticos v Stotfold *
  4. Harefield United v Edgware Town
  5. Park View v Mursley United
  6. Aston Clinton v Potton United *
  7. Wodson Park v Langford
  8. Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers
  9. Winslow United v Brimsdown
  10. Wembley v Enfield Borough
  11. Tring Corinthians v Biggleswade United *
  12. Oxhey Jets v Baldock Town
  13. Unite MK FC v Leverstock Green
  14. FC Broxbourne Borough v Hadley
  15. London Lions v Harpenden Town
  16. Hillingdon Borough v Codicote
  17. Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane
  18. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate *
  19. Old Bradwell United v Bedford *
  20. Hatfield Town v Leighton Town
  21. Tring Athletic v London Colney
  22. Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton)
  23. Totternhoe v Cockfosters *

Byes: Ampthill Town, Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Bovingdon,

Buckingham Athletic, London Tigers, New Bradwell St Peter,

North Greenford United and Sarratt.

Ties will be played midweek unless stated with a * in which case will be played on a Saturday

SECOND ROUND

  1. Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK FC or Leverstock Green
  2. Wembley or Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town
  3. Risborough Rangers or Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic or London Colney
  4. Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Clean Slate v Oxhey Jets or Baldock Town
  5. Park View or Mursley United v Aston Clinton or Potton United
  6. Harefield United or Edgware Town v Winslow United or Brimsdown
  7. Wodson Park or Langford v MK Gallacticos or Stotfold
  8. Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter
  9. Hatfield Town or Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough or Codicote
  10. Crawley Green or The 61FC (Luton) v Amersham Town or Grendon Rangers
  11. Ampthill Town v London Tigers
  12. Old Bradwell United or Bedford v Colney Heath or Broadfields United
  13. Totternhoe or Cockfosters v Sarratt
  14. Tring Corinthians or Biggleswade United v FC Broxbourne Borough or Hadley
  15. Buckingham Town or Berkhamsted Raiders v North Greenford United
  16. Bovingdon v London Lions or Harpenden Town

THIRD ROUND

  1. Winner Game 16 v Winner Game 14
  2. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 13
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 15
  5. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 9
  6. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  7. Winner Game 11 v Winner Game 12
  8. Winner Game 10 v Winner Game 4

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 4
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
  2. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 FINAL

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP

(Sponsored by S&T Sales and Marketing)

FIRST ROUND

  1. Arlesey Town v Hadley
  2. Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town
  3. Baldock Town v Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green v Potton United

SECOND ROUND

  1. Biggleswade United v Wembley
  2. London Tigers v Arlesey Town or Hadley
  3. Leighton Town v Baldock Town or Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green or Potton United v Biggleswade FC or Edgware Town
  5. London Colney v Leverstock Green
  6. Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town
  7. Tring Athletic v Stotfold
  8. Cockfosters v North Greenford United

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 2
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6
  4. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

FINAL

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 

DIVISION ONE CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
  2. Buckingham Town v Park View
  3. Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough
  4. Codicote v Rayners Lane

 SECOND ROUND

  1. Enfield Borough or FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town
  2. Broadfields United v Bedford
  3. Langford v Brimsdown
  4. Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic
  5. London Lions v Codicote or Rayners Lane
  6. Hillingdon Borough or Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town or Park View
  7. Winslow United v Harefield United
  8. Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 6
  2. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 3
  4. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 DIVISION TWO CUP

FIRST ROUND

  1. New Bradwell St Peter v Bovingdon
  2. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers
  3. Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United
  4. Unite MK FC v MK Gallacticos
  5. Clean Slate v The 61FC (Luton)
  6. Mursley United v Aston Clinton
  7. Tring Corinthians v Sarratt

Bye: Berkhamsted Raiders

QUARTER FINALS

  1. Unite MK FC or MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders
  2. Clean Slate or The 61FC (Luton) v Totternhoe or Old Bradwell United
  3. Tring Corinthians or Sarratt v Mursley United or Aston Clinton
  4. New Bradwell St Peter or Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Grendon Rangers

 SEMI FINALS

  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3
  2. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

FINAL

Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1

 

 U25 DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGE TROPHY

FIRST ROUND First Leg

Holmer Green Development v Biggleswade United Development

Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development

AFC Dunstable Development v Winslow United Development

FIRST ROUND Second Leg

Biggleswade United Development v Holmer Green Development

Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Winslow United Development v AFC Dunstable Development

 QUARTER FINAL First Leg

  1. Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development
  2. Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
  3. Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development
  4. Stotfold Development v AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development

 QUARTER FINAL Second Leg

  1. Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development
  2. Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development
  3. Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development v Berkhamsted Development
  4. AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development v Stotfold Development

 SEMI FINAL First Leg

  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

 SEMI FINAL Second Leg

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3

 FINAL

Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

Sports Shots exclusive; Grendon Rangers new boss + chairman interviews

Grendon Rangers last week announced the appointment of Steve Jackman as their new manager ahead of the 2018/19 season, and this week Steve kindly agreed to speak exclusively to us to outlay his thoughts and plans for the new season, click on the screen below to view:

Sports Shots also this week caught up with Grendon chairman Paul Jackman on the appointment:

I know that all of our committee are delighted that Steven, aka Blocky or ‘Jacko’ to everyone, has agreed to take on our first team in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two. He is a native of Grendon and as such I am sure he will help us achieve our mission which is to be ‘the club of choice in this area’.

He has a long experience of non-league football including playing at step two, and coaching at step four which I believe will be enormously useful to the squad in terms of improving their performances and probably commitment also.

His experience has inevitably generated a large network of contacts in the game which I hope he will use to good effect

Steve Jackman

Steve also had a special mention for his former club AFC Dunstable this week:

I also wish to thank everyone at AFC Dunstable for allowing me the opportunity to work there for the last four years. I must especially mention the manager Steve Heath and chairman Simon Bullard, great people and a great club

Sports Shots would like to thank Steve and Paul for their time this week

SSMFL,D2: Grendon Rangers seek first and reserve team management teams

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two side Grendon Rangers FC are inviting applications for adult managerial/coaching roles for the 18/19 season. The club are keen to appoint both first and reserve team managers and coaching staff:

‘We boast a very dedicated and forward-thinking committee, excellent playing surface, 3G training facilities and welcoming hospitality to all. Working with the committee, the successful candidate would have control of all team activities and training, with scope to expand the playing staff through their local football contacts. This is a role with great potential for the right person to come in and make a real impression.’

 

If you would like to express an interest in the role, please contact Chairman Paul Jackman on 07733276479  or 01296770568 or email carolejackman@hotmail.com

 

 

SSMFL,D2: Grendon Rangers announce end of season award winners

“Grendon Rangers First Team season awards were presented at the Swan Inn on 21st April by Club president Wilf Hearne as follows:

Most Appearances and ever Present – Jason Riddell

Top Goalscorer- Joe Walls

Most Improved Player – Charlie West

Player of the Year – Ricky Brown

Players’ Player of the Year – Jason Riddell

Club Person of the Year- Robin Taylor

Jason also presented bouquets to Carol Scanlon and Jackie West who provided post match catering throughout the season, and to Tracey from the Pub who provided the evening’s buffet .He also expressed the team’s thanks to Floyd Timms and the staff of Lodge Garage who were the team kit sponsors”

SSMFLD2; Is there a rabbit in range for Grendon?

Saturday 14th April 2018

AFC Southgate v Grendon Rangers

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

Brickfield Lane

K.O. 3.00pm

Grendon Rangers travel down to AFC Southgate on Saturday, facing the daunting task of taking on the side who have lost just once at home this season, and who will be looking to get back on track after they were soundly beaten at Aston Clinton last week by four goals without reply. Grendon themselves will be looking to avenge the reverse of this meeting just three weeks ago when Southgate beat them by three goals to nil in Buckinghamshire, but five games without a win going into this fixture is hardly comfort for the side that have had their own struggles this season. After this trip, Rangers host Unite MK before ending the season in mid-May at Aston Clinton.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Grendon defensive midfielder Ricky Brown, and asked what he thinks Grendon can do to frustrate their hosts on Saturday:

With our recent performance against Park View, albeit a very flattering scoreline to them, if we can take the same mentality & attitude into this game then I can see us being able to frustrate them, we will have to defend strong and catch them on the break

We asked if there is a chance of an away win yet this season for Grendon:

There is a definitely a rabbit in the hat, I am sure we can pull it out, whether it’s this week or the final game at Aston. It’s been coming for weeks, we just haven’t had that bit of luck needed

Just how difficult a season has it been at Grendon?

Honestly, these are all factors we’ve had to face. We started off pre-season quite well but then various changes in management didn’t help to push forward in the right direction, and that was no fault of any individual that has taken on the reins since. It was a shame personally to see people hand over the job or leave the club, but I don’t want to delve too deep into my own personal views. That said, we do have a core of committed & enthusiastic players, and a backroom support that has helped push the club through to the end of the season. We have to look ahead and focus for next season, look to add further players to our squad, and hopefully someone will come in and take over the reins and guide us in the direction we need to go, whether that be an old face or new

Ricky Brown at Buckingham Ath

How has Ricky’s own season been?

For me this is my second spell here, after getting a call up to the Aylesbury United first team during my previous spell. Injury was a real issue last season, then not really making an impact at Buckingham Athletic mixed with the birth of my son, all meant commitment was a real issue for me. However, this season I have been committed & I’ve been pleased with my own individual performances, I know I have more to give & there’s always room for improvement. I turn up and I like to think I give 100% week in and week out for the team, and I’m looking forward to seeing this season out, then preparing for next. An enjoyable season for me, that’s what I wanted out of this season, to get that feeling of enjoying myself again

Finally, is the final home game of the season next week the best opportunity to finish on a high?

When you play Unite MK anything is possible, it’s not dangerous to think like that, you just have to be ambitious. To finish the season with a win at home, to end on a high would be amazing! These boys deserve another three points for all their efforts of the last few weeks

Sports Shots would like to thank Ricky for his time this week.