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SSMFL D2; Old Bradwell United 3-0 Grendon Rangers

Old Bradwell United – 3

Grendon Rangers – 0

05.01.2019

Grendon Rangers held Old Bradwell United at bay for forty-five minutes at Abbey Road on Saturday but just three minutes after the break their resistance broke and from there the hosts took control to run out comfortable winners. United did in fact get the ball in the back of the Rangers net in the first half but it was disallowed, they dominated the game and the treble after the half-time oranges were no more than they deserved, Rangers manager Steven Jackman admitting afterwards his injury ravaged side were always going to be up against it against their high flying opponents, their win lifting them up to joint third place in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two table. The away side were so short of players that Jackman drafted in two sixteen year olds for the fixture, one had to start the game whilst the other came on late in the game and both received glowing commendations from their manager after the game.

The game took a while to get going and it was eight minutes old before the first shot of note, a free kick to the home side was lofted up into the box and cleared but on the edge of the penalty arc Scott Valentine tried his luck but only got under the ball and lifted it high over James Cox in the Grendon goal. Their next move saw Ben Green fed behind the Rangers defensive line and his shot was tipped away by Cox who flung himself to his left to save despite a raised flag, Green then cut in from the left wing to evade a defender but could only drag his shot wide.

Stuart Leonard tries to clear danger

A Bradwell free kick curled into the back post saw a mass of bodies go up and as Stuart Leonard tried to clear, the ball cannoned off home defender Dan Smith allowing him to get a snap shot away but only up into the waiting gloves of Cox. The first chance for the visitor’s fell to centre half Mark O’Dell when a loose ball invited him to shoot from twenty yards but he could only drag wide, at the opposite end a knock over the top saw Ross Butler through on goal and his early effort saw a brilliant block by Cox using his feet and eventually cleared by a covering defender.

A sliced clearance then almost set United up for the opener, with players pushed up Jacob Hack was in behind but his attempted lob cleared the bar, then with eight minutes of the half left a free kick swung in saw a plethora of heads go up and as the ball nestled in the back of the net the assistant referee raised his flag for offside. The half ended with Grendon enjoying some possession, a free kick some twenty-five yards out saw Joe Walls drive over Liam Jahn in the home goal frame before a driving run from midfield by Will Young saw him aim for the bottom corner only for an out stretched boot to divert for a corner. H/T: 0-0

Before anyone had settled for the second half the hosts took the lead, good work down the left from Green saw the ball end up at the feet of Valentine just inside the box and his low drive took a deflection off a Grendon player to divert past Cox into the bottom corner, from here there was only one outcome. United sensed more goals and piled on the pressure, a cross from Aaron Bhasin out on the wing was met right in front of goal by Green but his glancing header didn’t have enough contact and bounced across the six-yard box and wide of the far post.

Ben Green scores United third

Another golden chance was spurned when Butler worked hard in the corner to pull back to Valentine who squared to Green in front of goal but he lifted over the top, a free kick floated in was attacked by another swarm of bodies but getting there first Jakk Pursey headed wide, the scoreline was finally doubled on sixty-six minutes when a set piece curled into the goal mouth eluded a number of players in front of goal and waiting his chance Dan Smith converted from close range.

It was three just four minutes later, a Bradwell attacked resulted in the ball going out and despite the protests from the home side the referee pointed for a goal kick, Cox sent long downfield but it was headed back and in behind Green was away from his marker to advance into the box and slot home. Grendon won a corner that Walls curled in and from underneath his own crossbar Jahn had to palm over to safety, at the other end a vicious drive from Darryl Smith from eighteen yards saw Cox having to leap in the air to push over, the corner cleared out to Pursey who thrashed over the bar, the last chance fell to Walls who tried to lob the keeper from twenty yards or so, but Jahn pedalled quickly enough to gather at full stretch. F/T: 3-0

Attendance: 35

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SSMFL D2; Rangers defender feels new management has helped club get Rid of poor form

Saturday 5th January 2019

Old Bradwell United v Grendon Rangers

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

Abbey Road

K.O. 2.00pm

Grendon Rangers travel to inform Old Bradwell United on Saturday to face the side that defeated them by a single goal the week-end prior to Christmas, apart from that loss Rangers have won three of their last four including impressive wins over Totternhoe & Pitstone again last week-end. This recent good form has seen them move to within a couple of wins of reaching the top half of the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two table, something that seemed a long way away just a few weeks ago, their last two victories proving they can compete with the higher placed sides in the league and the possibility of a good finish to the season is more than just a dream. A stiff test then this week-end but having beaten third placed Pitstone last week a Grendon surprise is not out of the question.

Jason Riddell

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Jason Riddell to ask how and when he joined the club:

This is my third season at Grendon after I joined from Buckingham Athletic in 2016 where I’d been for nine years, a long time but I fancied a new challenge; a few lads I knew were down here for pre-season so I came along and the rest is history. Its been a good experience for me since joining, the existing lads were very welcoming and made fitting in easy. My first full season was a success as I was made club captain after six months and the club recorded their highest ever points total in the South Midlands League. The second season wasn’t as good and at times it was very frustrating, we really struggled to field a side week in week out but the players & committee worked together and somehow we got through the season

How does Jason feel his season has been so far?

Fitness wise so far for me has been good, I’ve played every minute so touch wood that can continue, I was a little disappointed in my performances in the early games of the season but feel like I’ve been getting back to the standards I expect from myself more recently

How good is the squad this season?

In my opinion it is the best since I’ve been here, we have a lot more options that in previous years and there are a lot of players which have impressed me. The new lads coming in have brought a bit more quality and some of those who were already here have been more consistent and this all leads to us being a more competitive side

What position does Jason feel he is more suited to?

My best position is at centre half, I’ve played there since my youth football days and think it suits my ability the best. I’m a traditionalist so I love playing with four at the back, so our current formation suits me down to the ground

We asked Jason how far the club have progressed under the new management’s leadership:

I feel we have come on leaps and bounds under the guys and the fact that we’ve matched last season’s points total already shows just that. Steve (Jackman) coming in has helped everybody at the club due to his knowledge of the game, the fact he’s played at a very good level comes across in his idea’s and the way he speaks about the game. His ideas are sinking in with us lads now and we are seeing the rewards on the pitch, having Alan (Ostler) alongside Steve is a major help, he takes the warm ups and this lets Steve concentrate on getting the side ready on a match day. Its also a brilliant opportunity for him to learn about football at this level

Three wins from the last four, how has that run been for Rangers?

Against Clean Slate we came flying out of the traps and had the game won by half-time, the Totternhoe game was a brilliant result in possibly the worst weather I’ve ever witnessed whilst playing. We struggled first half & trailed at half time but kept in the game then took our chances after the break to take all three points, the Pitstone game was probably one of the best first half performances I have ever seen Grendon have, as we led by four goals to nil at half time! We struggled to get going in the second half and they pulled a couple of goals back but the lads stuck it out to gain our third win there this season, which is rare as we usually lose at their place

Rangers lost to Old Bradwell just before Christmas, what do they need to do this week to avoid the same again?

That was a tough game against a very good side, we were slightly disappointed to lose that day as we didn’t concede many chances and worked hard to stay in the game. I’m expecting much of the same this Saturday, they will be a strong side again but I feel if we do the basics and everyone works for each other then we can get something there. We can cause any side in this league problems on our day, so we will need to be at it from the off

Finally, we asked Jason what targets have been set for this year?

I played very single minute last season so I’m aiming to try and do the same again if fit and selected. Also, to help try and get as many points as we can this season, I usually look at it one game at a time in football, get a result then go again next week but I feel under the guidance of Steve and with the squad we have we could really surprise some people this year with our league position come May

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

SSMFL D2: Grendon’s first half display takes maximum away points

Reported by Alex Gilder

Grendon Rangers put in a competent victory against Pitstone & Ivinghoe coming out 4-2 winners on the day. That being there third win out of three against Pitstone this season.

In the first five minutes Grendon had a chance with a long ball finding the head of Solly Janecki, as he flicked onto Mo Adam, who smashed the crossbar.

A good start from Grendon who looked threatening in the opening exchanges.

Pitstone’s Kieran Dought had a hopeful long effort but could only find the gloves of James Cox as Pitstone tried to wrestle some momentum into their favour.

The opening goal of the game came from a corner delivered in by Mo Adam that went through all the bodies in the box but there was Will Young to tap in from 3 yards out.

Only a few minutes later and Grendon found themselves 2-0 up as some shoddy defending from the Pitstone backline allowed Dan Ciucia to play in Joe Walls, who delightfully dinked over the goalkeeper.

Joe Walls

However credit to Pitstone they didn’t let the 2-0 lead that Grendon possesed faze them because they went up the other end and nearly scored as Keiran Dought fired wide.

The reds continued their mini spell of pressure when Hall found some space but was smarty blocked by Jack Ronson.

Grendon still fortunate to still be 2-0 up this point.

Another hopeful effort by Pitstone but once again found the gloves of Cox.

Adam tricked his way past the Pitstone defender and completely leaves him for dead which allowed him to square to Joe Walls, who grabbed his second of the game. A quality move by the visitors. 3-0.

A spell of dominance by Grendon followed. Andrew Hinds picked up the ball from the resulting Pitstone corner and fired a wonderful pinpoint crossfield ball to Adam, who is in the thick of the action once again, as he fizzed a low ball across the Reds six yard box that found Dan Ciucia at the back post who slotted in to make it 4-0 to the Rangers.

The first half ended with Grendon 4-0 up and being deserved winners of the game so far with spells of complete domination and eye catching football. No doubt that Steve Jackman should be thrilled with his team’s performance.

A scrappy start to the second half with Pitstone having the early exchanges with a shot blazed over the bar by Aiden Donton.

A floated ball was lofted in from the flank with James Cox and Mitch Hamilton challenging in the air but Hamilton came out on top and all he had to do was square to the waiting Alfie Hall who placed in the bottom left corner. 4-1 but a lifeline for the reds.

Hall the Pitstone and Ivinghoe danger man weaved through a couple Grendon challenges and tried his luck as his shot is deflected, wrong footing Cox as it trickled in. 4-2 and Grendon now looked under pressure after their display in the first half. But all credit to Pitstone not being defeated at half time and coming out to play some cracking football.

Now it was the turn of the Grendon danger man Adam to show his talents, dancing past the reds backline but followed by a tame shot. A real shame as the run deserved the end product to go with. A corner in the last 10 minutes of the game was the changing point as Mitch Hamilton whipped in and a smashed shot from the six yard box prompted an unbelievable reflex save by Cox to keep the deficit at two goals. If that went in then it would have been a nervy ending for the yellows.

Late on and Pitstone get desperate to score, Kieran Dought was adjudged to have punched the ball into the back of the net with the goal being disallowed and resulting in a second yellow for the number nine.

With that being the last action of the game Grendon came out 4-2 winners in which was a gripping match and a fantastic spectacle. The second half was ultimately Pistone’s with them having the majority of chances and the ball but Grendon’s first half performance was too hot to handle for the hosts. All in all a game that had everything and did not fail to impress.

 

Old Bradwell edge past Grendon

Report by Alex Gilder.

 

Old Bradwell maintained their unbeaten record as they beat a spirited Grendon Rangers side 1-0, as they are proving to be the team to beat in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two.

 

Bradwell had the early chances and started the better team as Toby Craig found himself through on goal but was halted by a good recovering challenge by Charlie West. Grendon were trying to get a foothold in the game, as Luke Tavener dinked a cheeky ball over the Bradwell backline but Joe Walls could not capitalise as the keeper made a routine save. However the visitors had been the dominant team in the first fifteen minutes looking dangerous and creating chances.

 

Charlie West was running down the line like a steam train, but his touch got the better of him as he flew into a challenge with Bradwell full back Aaron Bhasin, for which the Bradwell faithful were demanding a red card. Only a yellow was shown, and from the resulting free kick David Keene’s side nearly made the opportunity count as Toby Craig, the Bradwell danger man, crossed in the ball, which found the head of Danny Rooney, but could only find the gloves of James Cox.

 

Straight after the Cox save, Craig made a nuisance of himself as he created a chance for himself but he could only blaze it over the bar. He was proving hard to handle for the Rangers backline as  he had another chance, but this time Grendon dealt with it. The yellows went up the other end, as Walls whipped a wicked ball into Dean Garrard but he could not stretch enough to get on the end of the cross. Grendon needed to capitalise on these chances as they were proving to be few a far between.

 

Bradwell made it 1-0 on the stroke of half time, as a ball in by Dan Smith was finished by Danny Rooney. Grendon failed to clear their lines as the visitors go in the happier at the break with the momentum now well and truly with them. HT 1-0.

 

Steven Jackman’s men started the second half brightly as a mix up between the Milton Keynes sides defender and goalkeeper allowed Dean Garrard through on goal, but he was denied by a spectacular last ditched challenge by the recovering Bradwell defender. Should have been 1-1 and an opportunity for Grendon to get back in the game.

 

Luke Tavener found himself with space on the flank as he floated a ball in, but Jason Riddell could not equal the score. Grendon came out the better team with them having a real go. Jackman must have given a cracking team talk. The black and whites of Bradwell wrestled some momentum back as Danny Rooney turned and shot in the box but it rocketed wide amid penalty shouts by the Bradwell faithful for handball.

 

David Keene’s team were now having the better of the chances as Jacob Wren delivered the ball which fell to the feet of Dale Collins who could only drag his shot wide of the goal. Bradwell were now well and truly on top again as Collins had another chance to make it 2-0 to Old Bradwell but was matched by the save of James Cox.

 

Substitute Mohammed Adam made an instant impact coming off the bench as he fizzed a cross into a dangerous area but was defended well by Bradwell back line, as they tried to hang on to their slim one goal lead. A couple minutes later, Ben Green made a bursting run beating Charlie West in the process and putting in a wicked cross to Toby Craig who blazed over the bar. A real chance to put the game to bed for the visitors.

 

In the final stages of the game the Bradwell number fourteen weaved through the yellows backline but could only manage to find the feet of Cox. In the last minute Grendon went for the equaliser as the corner was delivered but Adam could only head wide. The full time whistle sounds as Bradwell edge past their opponents with a 1-0 win.

 

 

 

SSMFL D2; Grendon manager is adamant that his Old habits will keep his side United

Saturday 22nd December 2018

Grendon Rangers v Old Bradwell United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Village Hall

K.O. 2.00pm

Grendon Rangers face a stern test on Saturday as they host in form Old Bradwell United who have not lost since their opening game of the season and go into this fixture on the back of a sixteen game unbeaten run in all competition. But Grendon will be confident after securing two wins in their last one hundred and eighty minutes of football and scoring four goals in both games will be ideal for confidence as they host the side that can top the division if they win their games in hand, they still haven’t reached double figures in the games played column yet due to a successful season in all the cup competitions they’ve entered!

Steve Jackman

Grendon put four past bottom side Clean Slate as expected two weeks ago, but then scored another four in a fantastic win over seventh placed Totternhoe last week and with Old Bradwell being held by Mursley on the same day, Rangers will be hoping to keep their run going as three points could potentially lift them into the top half of the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two table, and still with games in hand on those above them an exciting 2019 could be in store.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Grendon manager Steven Jackman to ask how he feels the job is going so far since taking over in the summer:

When I first spoke to the club captain and the committee in the summer, I was more than slightly concerned that I would want too much from the players, I have never worked at this level, I know nothing about this level and I am not one to change my standards. These standards have never changed from when I have previously worked and operated as both a coach and as a player especially when it comes to the basics of the game; work rate, desire, organisation, commitment on the pitch and enthusiasm to defend. Sometimes I know I can be quite intense for my own good and it seems as though I can be a bit harsh on the lads but I want the players to keep on improving – every day is a school day! All the feedback I’m getting from players is positive so far, results will also tell you that

Are there any squad positions that need filling and have any players stood out recently?

Any manager is always looking to improve what they have at their disposal and I’m no different. I’m never one to single out players, it’s unfair on the individual. However, what I will say is there have been moments in games where individuals have made the difference in both six yard boxes. But, it’s always about what the team do and how they carry out the ‘basics’ or ‘non negotiables’ or ‘pre-requisites’ as they’re called in most of the changing rooms that I’ve ever been in. The lads are slowly learning that talent and ability starts with work rate and desire

Grendon have two wins and a defeat in December so far, how were those three games?

Aston – we were three down at halftime but early on we created chances and I felt we should have had a penalty at nil-nil, who knows what might have happened, Tom Marshall was too honest but fair play to Neil at Aston they were very good on the day and clinical at both ends, deserved winners and we shot ourselves in both feet in the first half with defending that is not to be associated with ourselves and we paid the price. Clean Slate was a good performance being three up at the break, they saw the game out in the second half with no real scares and a clean sheet is always nice to build upon. Totternhoe- was some of the worst weather conditions I have ever experienced in football and the three points were well earned against a strong side. The game had its moments but at 2-1 down and playing with a gale force wind and driving rain in our favour I knew if we did things right, we could make the most of the conditions. I think it was pretty horrific throughout the UK and fair play to the players as they maintained their standards throughout

A tough game this week against Old Bradwell, how far apart are the sides in this division?

It certainly is a challenge that I know my lot are looking forward to. At this level of football most of the challenge is getting a team out on the pitch and I’m no different, I’ve never played the same 11 from one game to the next through a variety of reasons. When we have a strong team out and players do the things that they have been successful at on a regular basis, we can be competitive against anyone

We asked Steve what he is expecting from Old Bradwell on Saturday, and how he will prepare his squad:

What I know about Old Bradwell could be written on the back of a postage stamp, obviously results will tell you they are one of the form teams in the league. I know they have a couple of lads who have played step five, one of them caused AFC Dunstable problems in an FA Cup tie two years ago. I believe from their current form and players experience that they have at their disposal not many, if at all any weak links, so it will be competitive and we will have to manage the game to the best of our abilities. Without being or sounding disrespectful towards anyone I prefer talking about my set of players and what they are capable of. When I first went into a coaching role after I had to stop playing, I always wanted to know everything about an opposition, I would take that into training and games. Then a good mate of mine who I played with who I have so much respect for and he is easily the best goalkeeper I played with told me I make an opposition sound unbeatable. He knew I was trying to get a few points across for the lads to benefit from, but at times this information was maybe too detailed to take on in a short space of time and boys being boys switch off. Since then I have slowly gone the other way. Having said that  we were two-one up at Unite MK at the end of November and we threw that away in the second half, reflecting at halftime I think I went back to my old ways and made the interval talk too detailed and I take full responsibility for the result. To gain my players trust I need to do that with results and performances combined. Don’t get me wrong I know why manager’s watch other teams play but for now in particular I want to concentrate on my squad and their performance levels and the strengths we have as a group, so it will be training as normal

Where are Grendon in terms of targets for the season?

I have never been one to set any kind of targets for a season, either as a player, coach or manager. I have always taken things a game at a time and understand what it takes to win games. I didn’t know we were playing Pitstone until I heard your next question! I cannot express enough to you I just want the lads to be competitive in every game they play, make sure the opposition know they have been in a game win, lose or draw and not let themselves down as a group. The players probably say I’m like a broken old record telling them of the basics that I want them to achieve for 90 minutes. I think the players Sports Shots have interviewed this season have mentioned doing the basics well, so something is getting through, even if it is slowly

Pitstone next week, beaten them twice this season, how difficult a game is this going to be?

I expect it to be tough, Pitstone were a solid, strong and competitive team and I expect them to be in the mix come the business end of the season. But we concentrate on Old Bradwell first this week

Finally, we asked Steve for his Christmas messages for the club and its supporters:

Where would any club be without its army of volunteers and committee members, who are also volunteers!! They are the life blood of any non-league club. I’ve got a rather unique medical situation which forced me to retire from playing at 26, the clubs I have been at Bedford Town and AFC Dunstable respectively have always made adaptations for me wherever possible and I thank them for that. Grendon is probably quite a unique situation for me, as my dad is the chairman, so without going into it too much PJ already knows quite a lot about my situation. But, from myself, my staff and the players we wish them all the best. They make the players feel as comfortable, do so much for the players as much as they can, don’t get me wrong the players are volunteers and have to graft wherever possible for the club they represent. So thank you to all volunteers throughout non-league for all your efforts we wish you all the best of luck for the New Year, it is all greatly appreciated.

Keep up the great work at Sports Shots also.

Merry Christmas

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

SSMFLD2; Grendon defender hoping for a defensive Clean Slate this weekend

Saturday 8th December 2018

Grendon Rangers v Clean Slate

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Village Hall

K.O. 2.00pm

The Spartan South Midlands League Division Two bottom pair face off on Saturday as Grendon Rangers host Clean Slate, and for the home side it’s the chance to put some points on the board in their quest to pull away from the bottom of the league having played up to five league games less than some of the sides above them. The visitors have won just one of their opening fifteen games of the season in all competition, and although that single victory was just three weeks ago they have lost twice since, whilst Rangers are looking to put an end to a three game losing streak and gain some confidence going into some difficult fixtures over the Christmas period where they face three sides in the top half of the table.

Charlie West

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Charlie West to ask how he feels his season has been so far:

For me personally I feel my performances haven’t been too bad, like everyone else you hope to be a ten out of ten every week, but realistically that’s not going to happen. I’m happy to play in any position to help the team out, and like everybody from the starting eleven to the substitutes, wherever we’re needed we give it our all

How does he feel the squad have done so far and how has it been under the new management?

I believe we haven’t done too badly since the start of the season, we have had some tough fixtures where we should have got more out of the games. The management have really settled us down as a squad where in previous years we haven’t had a settled side from one week to another, with Steve Jackman (Blocky) coming in, he brings a lot of football knowledge as he is a very experienced player and a very good coach / manager. Both he and Alan (Ostler) help everybody out massively, whether it be at training during a drill, or on a game day where you don’t understand something, they are more than happy to help. They expect so much of you during games & at training, which means the starting eleven is really competitive

Second bottom in the table, is this due to lack of games or a fair reflection of the team so far?

I believe it’s a mixture of both really, we have been really competitive in the majority of games we have played, but when we are in the lead, we have sometimes let it slip, or we haven’t started quick enough and teams have taken an early lead against us and we haven’t been able to recover as individuals or as a team. As a side we create a lot of chances, it’s just a matter of becoming clinical and taking them

How competitive is this division this year, and which sides have impressed so far?

This year the league is very competitive and there are some very good teams, like Bovingdon, Pitstone & Aston Clinton who all play very good football. Like every year, anybody can beat anybody on their day, which makes the league even more exciting to play in. As a team we just need to be competitive in each game and then who knows what will happen

With a more settled squad this term, which players have impressed Charlie so far?

This year, better than any other year really, we have a very good side, we have been able to pull some lads from Buckingham Athletic which have been great signings. Players like Solomon Janecki, Luke Tavener, Tom Marshall & Adam Mohammed are all very good technically, which is the main reason we create as many chances as we do in games, as a team we know if we work hard and can give the ball to these kind of players then we have a very good chance of winning any game

We asked Charlie how the last three games had been after defeats against Aston Clinton, Unite MK & Bovingdon:

Bovingdon was a very hard game for everyone involved with the club, we went two down within five minutes and that was then five by half-time. We just didn’t get started and our heads dropped very early on which made it a very hard task for us to try and find a way back into the game, especially considering they had only lost one game this season in the league.

Unite was a difficult game and a difficult day to take, we went two up early in the game and were doing all the basics very well, and then at half-time we just stopped which let them back into the game with them eventually winning three-two. We only did the basics for forty-five minutes and not the full ninety!

Clinton was again a very hard game, we know its not an easy place for any teams to visit but you’ve got to be at your best to get anything from them. We were missing the likes of Matt Ginger & Adam Mohammed through suspension, Joe Walls through injury & Luke Tavener through other commitments so we knew it was going to be a very tough game, although we had a very competitive match day squad. We didn’t start brightly enough and were four down by half-time, again we created enough chances to pull ourselves back into the game, but we need to become more clinical

What targets does the squad have, and also does Charlie have?

I believe a realistic expectation for us is to be comfortable within our league table, with the quality we have as a team, the basics we all know how to do very well, & a management team as strong as ours, it would be a disappointment for us to be any less than that. Myself personally, I just want to improve as a player, which means working hard both in training and on game days, listening to the coaches and taking on board what they say

Finally, we asked what Charlie expects from Clean Slate on Saturday:

Although they are bottom of the league, they will still be a very physical side and will be no push over. We will still have to be at our best to beat them, continuing again with the basics but putting recent form behind us and taking the positives from that. I don’t like to say it’s a must win game because that just adds pressure, but we go into the game with a point, and we’d like to leave with all three but then so will Clean Slate so it hopefully makes to be a good game

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

SSMFL D2C; Tough game for Grendon – midfielder doesn’t Luke Bov-vered

Saturday 17th November 2018

Bovingdon v Grendon Rangers

Spartan South Midlands Division Two Cup

Green Lane

K.O. 2.00pm

Grendon Rangers who are unbeaten in three games face a stern test this Saturday as they travel to top of the table Bovingdon in the Division Two cup, but there is hope as recent results show that the league newcomers have only won three of their last seven games in all competition and one of those was thanks to a penalty shoot-out. Bovingdon have made an impressive start to their life in South Midlands football after their transfer from the Hertfordshire League last summer, they currently fly high at the summit with a healthy points lead over their nearest rivals, they are the leagues’ highest scorers with thirty-one goals from just ten games, and are yet to taste defeat at Green Lane, so Steve Jackman’s squad are in for a test this weekend if they are to progress in the competition.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with attacking midfielder Luke Tavener to ask how his season has been so far, and what targets he set back in the summer:

It’s been a good start for me personally, being able to get myself into the team after having a couple of seasons of inconsistency due to work commitments, it’s been good to be able to string some games together. In terms of personal targets it’s just been to get myself back fully fit and get some match sharpness going, and to get myself a regular place in the team

Luke Tavener

How has the season started under the new manager and his squad, are there any players in the team that could play at a higher level?

We started a bit slow in the league but with a new manager and a new group of lads we knew it was going to take some time for everything to fall into place. The whole group has impressed me really, I have played with a few of the lads before at different clubs but feel we have a great balance between youth and experience within the squad. In terms of lads playing below their level there may be a couple but I wouldn’t want to name them and boost their ego’s any further!

What teams have impressed this season in the league?

Bovingdon were very impressive when we played them, and their league form definitely shows they would be a match for most team in division one. Elsewhere in the division there are teams with several players who have played in the division above so the league is looking really competitive this year

Despite the league position for Grendon, they are on a roll of three games without defeat, has a corner been turned?

I think over the last few games we have really shown we are a match for anyone in this league, hopefully we can take that level & attitude into our games in hand, which will give a much higher and truer league position for us

Two weeks ago Grendon beat New Bradwell with three red cards in the game, how was the game from a Rangers point of view?

I don’t think there was too much between the sides until the dismissals really, but after seeing them reduced to nine men and us down to ten we showed great attitude & made the extra man count. We put in a decent performance to see us come from behind to win the game

Grendon conceded seven to Bovingdon earlier this season, what does Luke think his side need to do differently this time around?

It was a really tough game, being the third game of the season and having a few lads away it really wasn’t our day. I think we were maybe more focused on the opposition that day instead of sticking to our game, that along with giving away a few sloppy goals gives us a lot of motivation to put things right this Saturday

How have the squad prepared for the game, and is there any squad news?

We’ve had a great preparation for this game, not having a game last Saturday we’ve had two really good sessions over the past week working on different bits to take into this game and hopefully come out with another positive result to keep this run of form going. We have a couple of lads unavailable but we are confident the group we have are good enough to give anyone a game

Finally, we asked Luke how much the club has turned around in the last few months:

I think the club have struggled over the past few years getting consistency in terms of both management and the squad, however that is definitely something we seem to have solved. I think the gaffer has got us all really onboard with his ideas and we’re all pushing in a positive direction together. Now it’s all about keeping the squad we’ve currently got together, showing what we’re capable of as players and giving the club the results it deserves for the efforts of everyone that go into it

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

Grendon Rangers & ex Buckingham & Winslow player on this weeks BBC3CR Non-League show

This weeks BBC Three Counties non-league show featured former Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United player Phil Martin who discussed his previous clubs and his current club Hashtag United.

Phil Martin

Also an interview with Grendon Rangers manager Steve Jackman, talking about their game at the weekend against Sarrat which was in memory of the late Richard Smith who passed away recently.

Steve Jackman

 

To hear these interviews use this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06mtm7g

 

Simply press the play arrow on the top banner when the page opens.

Phil is on 5 mins, whilst Steve can be heard on 37 mins.

SSMFL D2: Adam double & Janecki secure Grendon maximum points

Mohammed Adam scored twice before Sol Janecki bagged a winner as Grendon Rangers won 3-2 against Sarratt in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 today.

Mohammed Adam

Leading scorer Adam scored his fifth and sixth goals of the campaign before Janecki’s winner saw Grendon win their third league game in seven outings this season.

Sol JaneckiNext week Grendon head to New Bradwell St Peter for a league encounter.

BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06mdx3y

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72