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SSMFL,D2: Woodward joins Grendon for Berko basement battle

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Match Preview.
Tomorrow we travel to Berkhamsted Raiders for a bottom of the table crunch match.

Both sides will view this as a chance to gain some much needed points and in turn gather some momentum as the season moves into the winter period.

Last week Rangers went down 0-3 to Mursley United where a Danny Clarke brace was added to by a Delahaye goal to hand Mursley the spoils in a game that Rangers showed some good individual promise but couldn’t click it all into place as a team.
Raiders meanwhile were comfortably beaten by Pitstone and Ivinghoe 4-1. Beard with the Raiders goal.

Rangers will still be without a recognised goalkeeper as the hunt for a regular custodian continues.

There is one major addition to the club though as former Buckingham Athletic U25’s Manager Larry Woodward has joined the management team. He will team with Stuart Leonard with all things selection and match day.

Larry Woodward

Top Scorer Nathan Perna also returns to the squad for the game which will be a huge boost for the side.

Kick off is 3pm at Ashlyns School Chesham Rd, Hertfordshire HP4 3AH

SSMFL,D2 Cup: Grendon’s Pitstone double-header; Rangers exit cup just seven days after victory

Grendon Rangers went down to Pitstone and Ivinghoe in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 Cup just seven days after defeating them in the league.

Matt Ginger

Matt Ginger was on target for Stuart Leonard’s side in the 1-2 home defeat at the weekend.

Full match details – CLICK HERE

Joe Walls

Seven days earlier, manager Stuart Leonard donned the gloves and kept a clean sheet as Joe Walls (56), Nathan Perna (82) and Archie Newell (91) fire Rangers to victory.

Nathan Perna

 

Non-League Day 2017

This Saturday see’s the annual celebration of non-league day, started seven years ago to promote non-league football during the ‘international break’ and to encourage people to “support their local team”.

 

Supporters up and down the country face a week-end of discontent with no top flight matches due to the international break, but are encouraged instead of sitting at home or going shopping to go out and discover just what their local non-league football scene offers.

Many clubs offer special deals in order to encourage more support this week-end, in the hope a few will come along and enjoy what they see and return again later in the season. Clubs often use the week-end to try and raise money for charity.

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.

Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/map.html

 

Sports Shots urges everyone to get out this week-end and discover the teams that are local to you! You never know, you may find a new passion, and when entry costs anything from £4 you’ll have enough to take the kids, other half and some places even admit your pet dog if you ask nicely. (Twitter page ‘non-league dogs’ love these pictures if you do!)

 

To find out more information about the campaign click here: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/index.html

 

B&B Snr Trophy, 1R: Grendon boss previews Chalfont trip

Tomorrow Grendon Rangers travel to play Chalfont Wasps in the B&B Senior Cup.

Chalfont Wasps currently compete in the Hellenic League Division One East, in 11th place at time of writing they have a record of P5 W1 L4.

Rangers warmed up for tomorrows outing with a narrow defeat on Wednesday evening to AFC Southgate, a performance that left Manager Stuart Leonard proud.

Chalfont Wasps come into the game after picking up their solitary league win of the season where goals from Chris Hurst and Mason Wright saw off Wallingford Town AFC in a 2-1 win.

With both sides still trying to get into a rhythm we look forward to potentially a classic cup tie.

Stuart Leonard

Stuart Leonard was in a buoyant mood ahead of the game;

Despite arriving 15 mins prior to kick off on Wednesday due to traffic, we were magnificent against one of the top sides in the division, going down with the last kick of the game. A great attitude and spirit from the players, we have found a system that works for us, so we are very confident of climbing the table in due course. Southgate moved the ball very quickly and are a real threat going forward, but we dealt with them admirably and were very organised throughout, whilst looking very threatening throughout. Delighted for Raalf Fallaha on his first MOM along with some other outstanding performances. With personal returning, competition for places is strong across the squad.

We are still without Andy Prescott and Ricky Brown for on holiday and Jordan Garrad injured, but we are strong again.

Again, we will play with the same freedom as Wednesday.

Squad; Robin Skilling, Stu Leonard, Jack Aris, Nathan Perna, Matt Ginger, Joe Walls, Dean Garrad, Michael Rickard, Raalf Fallaha, Jason Riddell, Alex Emery, Will North, Nick Moodie & Charlie West.

Address for travelling supporters.

Crossleys
off Bowstridge Lane,
Chalfont St Giles
HP8 4QN

Kick off is 3pm.

SSMFL,CT: Grendon name squad to travel to AFC Southgate

MATCH PREVIEW.

Tonight Grendon Rangers make the trip to Brickfield Lane to take on AFC Southgate in the SSMFL Challenge Trophy. This will be the first meeting between the two sides. Whilst both sides compete in Division Two of the league, their two records are currently polar opposites. AFC Southgate sit 3rd with 5 wins from 7 games whilst Rangers are second bottom and yet to register a win.

Southgate knocked Division Two Cup holders Mursley United out of this years competition at the weekend with a tight 2-3 victory.

Rangers meanwhile were toiling away at 61FC (Luton), twice coming from behind to secure a valuable point as the side look to move away from the foot of the table. Goals from Jason Riddell and Matt Ginger securing the point.

Matt Ginger

With Rangers improving this has the makings of an exciting game. AFC Southgate boast the top goalscorer across all 3 divisions in the shape of Adem Ali so keeping a close eye on him will be top of the priority list.

GRFC Manager Stuart Leonard had this to say;

We travel strong again tomorrow, with only Charlie West unavailable from Saturdays squad through work commitments. Jordan Garrad and Paul Thornton still injured and Andy Prescott and Ricky Brown still on holiday.

Very positive performance and result on Sat. 61FC is always a tough place to go and we showed great character to come back twice. Showing good signs of improvement now and we’re hopeful of climbing the table, which is our main focus. At Southgate will be a tough game, coupled with the usual midweek travel difficulties, but we’re looking forward to it and will approach it positively.

 

Squad.

Robin Skilling, Stu Leonard, Jack Aris, Nathan Perna, Matt Ginger, Joe Walls, Jordan Goodge, Joe Leonard, Dean Garrad, Michael Rickard, Raalf Fallaha, Jason Riddell, Alex Emery, Will North, Nick Moodie.

Address for Travelling Fans.

Brickfield Lane
Arkley
Barnet
EN5 3LD

Kick off is 7.30pm

SSMFL,D2: Returning players as Grendon head to 61FC

MATCH PREVIEW – 61FC (Luton)

Tomorrow Stuart Leonard returns to take his side on the road to Luton to face The 61FC.

Last week saw a depleted Rangers side toil but to no avail as they went down to title hopefuls Aston Clinton. The squad that day worked hard to frustrate their opponents but despite making life hard for Aston Clinton there would be nothing to show for the efforts.

This week sees the return to the squad of the Manager himself along with striker Nathan Perna (pictured), Joe Leonard and Alex Emery who returns from a holiday. Out go Ash Thompson and Nick Moodie, the latter joins Jordan Garrad and Paul Thornton on the treatment table, Ricky Brown and Andy Prescott are on holiday.

Stuart Leonard

Stuart Leonard said “we are hopeful for some points following last weeks positive performance”.

Last season at 61FC first half goals from S.Leonard and Dean Garrad secured a valuable three points in a 0-2 win. Leonard will be hoping for something similar tomorrow.

Squad :
Robin Skilling, Jason Riddell, Stuart Leonard, Charlie West, Nathan Perna, Jack Aris, Joe Walls, Joe Leonard, Michael Rickard, Jordan Goodge, Raalf Fallaha, Alex Emery, Dean Garrad, Matt Ginger.

Previous SSML Results against 61FC. (a)
2016/17 – 61FC 0-2 GRFC (D.Garrad, S. Leonard)
2015/16 – 61FC 1-1 GRFC (N.Perna)
2014/15 – 61FC 6-1 GRFC (N.Perna)
2013/14 – 61FC 2-0 GRFC

Grendon Rangers 0-1 Quainton

Grendon Rangers – 0

Quainton – 1

Quainton beat Grendon Rangers on a glorious sunny evening to lift the 45th Saye & Sele Annual Association Football Challenge Cup on Wednesday. A game that created few clear-cut chances was settled by an early own goal, and neither keeper was really tested after that, although the woodwork did take a couple of dents along the way.

Saye & Sele Cup

A fourth minute left wing cross from Rangers was turned wide by Andy Prescott, and just ninety seconds later Quainton scored when a cross from their right was flicked on by Jack Aris at the front post and past Robin Skilling in the Grendon goal.

Quainton enjoyed some good early possession, and another poorly cleared cross was screwed wide by Rob Springer, and they should have doubled their lead on fourteen minutes when Carl Gunning started a move in midfield and continued his run to meet the returning cross but when in front of goal snatched at his shot, when he probably had a little more time than he realised and could only steer wide.

The visitors then saw Dan Gordon deliver a perfect cross to Gunning right in front of goal but he could only head wide, before a twentieth minute free kick to Grendon was curled straight into Andy Philbey’s gloves by Prescott from outside the box.

Dan Gordon then threated the Grendon goal and a powerful drive into the box saw it take Dean Garrad and Jack Aris to challenge and divert for a corner. Matt Ginger curled a Rangers free kick over the bar, and minutes before the break a Quainton cross flicked the head of Jason Riddell and forced Skilling into a desperate save on his goal line, with the loose ball eventually shielded out of play. H/T: 0-1

Matt Ginger free kick

Gunning was soon on the attack again for the visitors after the break, turning on the edge of the box but firing wide; Grendon in return fired in a free kick that Matt Ginger rose highest to but headed over. Quainton then won a free kick out on the right, the ball was fed into Gordon just inside the area who blazed over.

Grendon almost grabbed an unlikely equaliser on fifty-six minutes when Raalf Fallaha sent in a looping cross which fooled everyone including Philbey and the ball bounced off the crossbar and was eventually cleared.

Just past the hour mark the woodwork denied the home side again, Prescott received the ball close to goal, he tried an over the shoulder effort only for it to bounced on top of the crossbar and over for a goal kick.

Dean Garrad saw a shot from distance curl over the top for the home side, before their guests almost finished the game when Robert Floutier was inches away from another cross, and a half cleared Grendon corner found Prescott on eighteen yards, but he fired wide. F/T: 0-1

After the game Sports Shots caught up with Grendon manager Stuart Leonard: 

For match photography, click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1KaQLo

 

SSMFL,D2: Walls nets but Grendon suffer away defeat

Joe Walls was target as Grendon Rangers went down to a 1-3 defeat at Tring Corinthians on Saturday.

Joe Walls

Match details – CLICK HERE

SSMFL,D2: Smith & Bhasin give Old Bradwell win at Grendon

Match report from the Grendon Rangers versus Old Bradwell United game – LINK

 

SSMFL,D2: Stuart Leonard & Nathan Perna take the Grendon Rangers hot seat

Grendon Rangers have appointed Stuart Leonard as their new manager, with Nathan Perna named as his assistant.

Stuart Leonard

The duo take over from Matt Parsons and Andy Burrows, who stood down last month.

New boss Leonard has skippered the Grendon Park outfit and been a Rangers stalwart in the centre of defence for a number of years.

His assistant Perna has scored goals for the club for a number of season and has also donned the colours of Buckingham Athletic and Winslow United.

Both will continue to play.

Nathan Perna

The new management pair are on the lookout for a first team coach to work with the team on a Wednesday evening and match days. Anyone interested should contact Paul Jackman (07733 276479) or email Paul at carolejackman@hotmail.com.

Leonard and Perna take charge of their first game, a friendly, tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at Rivets (Aylesbury), 6.45pm start.