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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.

SSMFL,D2: Grendon Rangers looking for applications for 1st & reserve team managers/coaching staff

Spartan South Midlands league, division two side Grendon Rangers FC are inviting applications for adult managerial/coaching roles for the 2018/19 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 email carolejackman@hotmail.com

SSMFLD2; Grendon looking to clean up in Milton Keynes

Saturday 17th March 2018

Clean Slate v Grendon Rangers

South Midlands Division Two

Downs Barn Pavilion

K.O. 3.00pm

Grendon Rangers face the trip to Milton Keynes on Saturday to face Clean Slate, the side they shared a goalless stalemate with last week-end. A disappointing result against a side that have struggled this season, only two wins all season and both away, therefore a trip to the pavilion on Saturday will give Grendon hope of collecting some more points, after they themselves have collected four out of the last six points available.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots spoke with Rangers stalwart Stuart Leonard & asked for his thoughts on last week’s game:

Although we weren’t at our best against Clean Slate, we were disappointed to only come away with a draw, having had two goals disallowed after being judged to be offside by their linesman. We were struggling for fit players, so an injection of fresh legs in the second half would have really helped, but we didn’t apply ourselves as well as we could & they still looked dangerous on the break. We take the point and move on and take heart from back to back clean sheets and four points from the last six. Our defensive record as a whole this season has improved, which has helped us massively

Stuart Leonard

And moving on to this week’s game:

So, this week we face Clean Slate again, and another opportunity for three points. Despite being bottom of the league table they have some good players and we need to be aware of that. But with players coming back into the squad to make us stronger, we are looking forward to the challenge. We have Matt Ginger struggling with an ankle injury, but we welcome back Ricky Brown who makes a massive difference for us in the middle

And rounding up Stuart looked at the club and season in general:

It’s been a tough season for the club in terms of management changes, comings & goings affect everyone, but we have all pulled together and we can still achieve our best ever points total in this league, so that remains our aim. The mood at the club is positive as always, we are indebted to our fantastic committee for all their hard work behind the scenes. May I on behalf of everyone at the club send our thoughts & best wishes to our long-standing club secretary Pete Busby on the very sad passing of his mother recently. I would also like to thank Sports Shots for their continued support

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

SSMFL,D2: Two Riddell penalties in three first half minutes give Grendon valuable three points

Two Jason Riddell penalties in three first half minutes gave Grendon Rangers victory over 61FC Luton in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 on Saturday.

Jason Riddell

Riddell put his side ahead from the spot on 16 minutes before converting again just three minutes later to secure the points.

It was Grendon’s fifth victory of the campaign, all of which have been at Grendon Park.

Grendon Rangers: Tom Weymes, Ricky Brown, Charlie West, Stuart Leonard, Jason Riddell, Jordan Garrad, Emad Fallaha, Dean Garrad, Joe Leonard, Dean Higgins, Michael Rickard.

Subs: Matthew Featherston, Will Lambourne, Archie Newell, Jack Aris.

SSMFL,D2: Walls on target as Grendon edged out by Totternhoe

Totternhoe edged a 2-1 victory over Grendon Rangers after all the goals came in the opening 15 minutes of the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 encounter.

Wayne O’Connor put the visiting Totternhoe side, managed by former Buckingham Town boss Chris Robson, ahead in just the fourth minute.

Joe Walls

Joe Walls equalised on 14 minutes for Grendon but their lead only lasted 60 seconds. Sam Folland was on target to give Totternhoe the winner.

Grendon Rangers: Tom Weymes, Ricky Brown,
Jason Riddell, Stuart Leonard, Charlie West,
James Wright (Louis Descrettes), Jack Aris, Matthew Ginger, Emad Fallaha (Simeon Awoliyi), Jordan Garrad, Joe Walls.

Totternhoe: Harry Adams-Rimmer, Sean Bishop, Mitchell Brent, James Bromhall, Daniel Dyer, Ashley Farmer, Sam Folland, Chris Golding, Aidan Murray, Wayne O’Connor, Joe Smith.

Subs: Andy Cleere, Joel McCormick.