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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

BBFA ST; Rangers stalwart confident his team are on upward Slope

Saturday 6th October 2018

Grendon Rangers v Hanslope

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 2nd Round

The Village Hall

K.O. 3.00pm

Grendon Rangers under somewhat of a revolution have a great opportunity on Saturday to progress in the Berks & Bucks senior trophy as they host North Bucks & District side Hanslope. Currently enjoying a three game unbeaten run, which includes their penalty shoot-out win at much fancied Pitstone & Ivinghoe in the previous round, Rangers now look ahead to facing a side from a level below and who are yet to win this season but this seasons competition has already thrown a few banana skins meaning Grendon must tread carefully.

Stuart Leonard

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Stuart Leonard to ask if he feels the club has finally settled down since the new management took over in the summer:

It does, we have gone through a few tough times in recent seasons with managerial changes & player turnover, and managers playing whilst managing, which we did for much of last year which was not ideal! The committee here are great and they work tirelessly to ensure the club continues to move forward, Steve (Jackman) and Alan (Ostler) have come in and have a clear plan for what they want to achieve and already they have the ‘buy in’ from the players, which is half the battle. The players are reacting well and gaining a great deal from Steve’s experiences of higher level football & all of us are learning in training

How does the Grendon legend feel he has started the season?

The gaffer has come in and put his faith in quite a few of the players who have been here for a while, whilst bringing in some positive additions, so it’s nice to get the opportunity. I probably didn’t expect to still be playing at my age, but I still have a drive to improve and help the team, and really enjoy playing and working hard in training, & also helping the younger players if they need it, it seems a long time ago from signing for the club for Scott Reynolds, but it’s still very enjoyable.  We have a fairly settled back four at the moment & Jason Riddell & I have a good understanding, but we need to ensure that continues as competition for places is strong and you’re only as good as your last performance, which defensively against Pitstone was not as good as it should have been

The club suffered three heavy defeats in their first four games of the season, how does Stuart remember those games?

Realistically, like most other sides, early season results can be hit & miss given player availability, holidays and the cricket season. I didn’t play in the games against New Bradwell or Bovingdon, but we learnt a lot from these and have used them to help our recent results. The game against Amersham we went with a bare eleven & battled hard, which is all we could ask for on the night against higher level opponents. The win over Mursley showed us we can compete with good sides in the division and that we can do well this season

Since then the club are unbeaten including two eye catching wins at Pitstone, how were those games?

It was pleasing to go through on penalties in the first game & beating one of the higher placed teams in the division, which gave us confidence for the Tring game where we were well worth the win. Last time out, we went down to ten men on the hour mark and Pitstone scored almost immediately, so we illustrated our team spirit to come back and get the win, where we were under pressure for long periods. The pleasing things from the gaffer’s point of view is that we were able to adapt to the situation and produced quality in the final third of the pitch at the right time. Defensively we have generally been good, but we looked lacklustre at times against Pitstone, so we need to ensure we work hard on that

On to county cup matters this week against a side from a lower league, how dangerous is it to under estimate these fixtures:

All games are the same regardless of what league you’re in or where you are in that league. Hanslope beat a good New Bradwell team to get this far, so we approach the game as any other in terms of attitude & application

Does it feel like the squad is now more settled and the season is properly underway, or are there still areas of caution to be wary of?

Definitely more settled, availability is key to this which dictates the strength of the side and the bench. We have a clear way that Steve & Alan want us to play, and we work on this in each training session. There is much better competition for places this year which is a good thing to have, as this pushes players in both training & during matches to produce their best and not be complacent

Which players have stuck out for Stuart so far?

We have a stronger squad this season with additions from higher levels. Sol Janecki has shone in the centre midfield role so far, giving us added energy and goals, including a great hatrick against Pitstone. Mohammed Adam who was recommended to us by Scott Reynolds from Aylesbury FC is a real livewire with real pace, and with guidance & experience can become a really good goal scorer. Young Jack Bonson in his first introduction to senior football is also another good talented lad and has played well when his opportunities have come along. We have a lot more attacking threats this season with the quality we have brought in, so as defenders it’s down to us to do our basics well & give these boys their chance to shine in the final third

Finally, we asked how important is it to have that local feel to a lower level non-league football club?

It’s not necessarily the way these days and it’s not always essential, but in our case having Steve at the club where he started, and being a Grendon lad had had a hugely positive impact on everyone in and around the club. He has remained true to the ethos of the club and has brought in players who have made a positive impact, as opposed to flooding it with people who move around from club to club. We are a club who try to remain true to our roots of giving all local players the opportunity to play football and this is something that we will continue to do

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

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: 

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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