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SSMFL D2; Pitstone & Ivinghoe 1-0 Mursley United

Pitstone & Ivinghoe – 1
Mursley United – 0

Mursley United made the journey to Pitstone & Ivinghoe on Saturday (19th January 2019) and were defeated 1-0.

The visitors welcomed back Luke Williamson from injury and he slotted in at right back, replacing the absent Anthony Lands.

Luke Williamson

The hosts started brightly and were ahead within three minutes when a swift counter-attack saw Ryan Mellor finish neatly past Dan Willett. Following this slow start, Mursley started to get a foothold in the game and Nathan Skelton’s effort from eighteen yards came back off the bar. Tom Brazier also had an effort turned away by Steve Birchenall in the home goal. In one of Pitstone’s intermittent attacks, Willett made a fine double save from Kieran Doughty to keep the visitors in the game.

Mursley dominated the second period, although the home side still looked dangerous on the break and with five minutes remaining, Austin Dickson bore down on Birchenall as he came out of his area to clear; the latter drove the ball against the striker and the ball rebounded agonisingly past the post. This was the last chance for Mursley who left without a point which many felt they deserved.

Dan Willett

Attendance: 30

Report: Justin Daley

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 19.01.2019 – South Midlands League update #44

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

TUESDAY 15th JANUARY / WEDNESDAY 16th JANUARY

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

Risborough Rangers booked a cup final date whilst Colney Heath secured a semi-final place. Harefield United march on towards a potential title success and Old Bradwell United continue to close the gap at the top of Division Two.

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15/16 January Stats: 9 games played of which 2 were home wins, 5 were away wins and 2 draws.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 95 Biggleswade FC v Leighton Town, 85 Risborough Rangers v Buckingham Athletic and 84 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade United.

 

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Final

Premier Division Colney Heath were made to work hard before they secured the final semi-final place in this season’s League Challenge Trophy. Having taken a 2-0 lead they had to see off a spirited second half display by Division One side Winslow United, the visitors scoring once to reduce the arrears but failed to find the net again and thus it was the hosts that booked a home semi-final date with Baldock Town. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

2-1 Colney Heath v Winslow United (Devine, Woods) / (Desmond) Attendance: 55

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Biggleswade FC missed the opportunity to move into second place when they were held to a goalless draw by visiting Leighton Town. It was also a share of the spoils when 6th met 4th as Arlesey Town were held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Biggleswade United. Cockfosters remain in the bottom two after a 1-2 home defeat by Edgware Town while the night’s other action North Greenford United FC v London Colney saw a very feisty game in which four red cards were shown, London Colney winning the game 3-0. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-1 Arlesey Town v Biggleswade United (Lannon) / (Holmes) Attendance: 84

0-0 Biggleswade FC v Leighton Town Attendance: 95

1-2 Cockfosters v Edgware Town (Beattie) / (Fisher, Benavides) Attendance: 63

0-3 North Greenford United FC v London Colney (Beevor, Holding, Opponent Own Goal) Attendance: 33

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP Quarter Final

The SSML’s interest in this season’s Hinchingbrooke Cup ended when Potton United were beaten by the odd goal in five by visiting United Counties League side Peterborough Northern Star. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-3 Potton United v Peterborough Northern Star (Smail, Webb [pen]) / (Hill-Seekings [2] [1 pen], Sansby) Attendance: 60

 

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United increased their lead at the top of the table thanks to a 3-2 win at Park View, the winner coming five minutes from time and completed a hat-trick for Tashan Jordan. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-3 Park View v Harefield United (Williams [2]) / (Jordan [3]) Attendance: 40

 

DIVISION ONE CUP Semi Final

Risborough Rangers reached their second Division One Cup Final with a hard fought solitary goal home win over Buckingham Athletic, Rangers will now face London Lions in the Final and will no doubt be looking to improve of their last Final five yeats ago when they lost 0-3 to Kings Langley. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-0 Risborough Rangers v Buckingham Athletic (Woodfine) Attendance: 85

 

DIVISION TWO

Old Bradwell United moved into third place with this 3-1 away ‘derby’ win at Unite MK. Old Bradwell with games in hand on the top two will certainly have one eye on the result when the top two clash this weekend. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

1-3 Unite MK v Old Bradwell United (Rawson) / (Darryl Smith [2] [1 pen], O’Neill) Attendance: 40

 

AND FINALLY

With the winter weather finally coming to light as the first flakes of snow falling I was advised by the AA that anyone travelling in icy conditions should take a shovel, blankets/sleeping bag, extra clothing (including scarf, hat & gloves), 24-hour supply of food and drink, de-icer, rock salt, torch, spare battery, petrol can, first aid kit and jump leads.

I looked a right twit on the bus.

SSMFL D2; 61 FC (Luton) 0-3 Mursley United

61 FC (Luton) – 0

Mursley United – 3

Mursley United travelled to 61 FC in Luton on Saturday (12th January 2019) and won 3-0 for their first victory in four games.

Adam Bone and Ellis Spence were unavailable so Tom Lloyd-Roberts and Austin Dickson came into the starting line-up.

Tom Lloyd-Roberts

The visitors had early chances and efforts from Dickson and Tom Brazier were scrambled off the line before the latter bore down on goal, but was denied by the outstretched leg of Tom Kavanagh in the home goal. However, Mursley persisted and it was Lloyd-Roberts speculative effort from twenty yards that caught the wind and drifted into the top corner of the net. The hosts came back into the game more as the half continued, but Mursley held firm at the back.

It was after an hour that Nathan Skelton doubled the lead as he and Brazier exchanged passes and the striker slotted home from inside the penalty area. Dan Willett was on hand to make a couple of good stops to keep the visitors in the game before Dickson added a third with five minutes remaining. In the dying moments, Nathan Hawkins on as a substitute, hit a crisp shot with his first touch which was beaten away by Kavanagh.

Austin Dickson

Attendance: 16

Report: Justin Daley

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 14.01.2019 – South Midlands League update #43

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

With the first sign of Easter Eggs on the shelves the SSML welcomed another full weekend of fixtures and more drama than recently seen on ITV.

 

 

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

Stotfold’s fine 2019 form continues with another win, Hadley become the sixth team to top the Premier Division, Bovingdon hit Clean Slate for six and Old Bradwell United reach the semi-finals of the County Cup. The weekend’s 32 games seeing 119 goals (an average of 3.72 per game).

 

12 January Stats: 32 games played of which 15 were home wins, 13 were away wins and 4 were draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 19 Harefield United, 17 Hadley 16 Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 10 Edgware Town, 7 Leighton Town, Wembley, Oxhey Jets 6 Stotfold.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 19 Hatfield Town, 15 Stotfold, 14 Cockfosters, Harpenden Town, London Tigers, Amersham Town, Brimsdown, Clean Slate.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.05 (2877 goals from 711 games).

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 60 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 71 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 49 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 39 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 60 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 77 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 65 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 37 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 23 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 18 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 11 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 10 Buckingham Athletic Development.

 

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 22 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 20 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 12 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 8 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 130 Arlesey Town v Stotfold, 102 Biggleswade FC v Oxhey Jets and Winslow United v Harefield United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase), 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC and 318 Potton United v Biggleswade United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 21 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 20 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), 17 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town), Nicholas Kerley (Oxhey Jets), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 24 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 23 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United), Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 18 Harry Dalton (Winslow United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 27 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 26 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 18 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).

 

Saturday 12th January

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Stotfold wins are like buses, you wait ages for one then two come along at once, the Eagles followed up last week’s success with a 2-1 win at neighbours Arlesey Town and are now just one point behind Cockfosters at the bottom, the Fosters going down 1-2 at home to Wembley who are now unbeaten their last six outings. Hadley now top the table after recording their third successive 3-0 win, this time against Harpenden Town as morning leaders Tring Athletic were held to a 4-4 draw at North Greenford United FC, the hosts equalising in stoppage time. Oxhey Jets certainly seem to like visiting Biggleswade as they followed up last weeks win at United with a 1-1 draw at Biggleswade FC.  What goes around comes around as Biggleswade United found out when after suffering a last minute defeat last week they netted an injury time winner at Colney Heath. Leighton Town gained revenge for last week’s home defeat by Potton United by winning the return fixture by a solitary goal. Elsewhere Crawley Green were beaten 0-2 at London Colney, Edgware Town were 3-1 winners against visiting Leverstock Green and Baldock Town recorded a 4-1 success at London Tigers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-2 Arlesey Town v Stotfold (O’Brien) / (Da Silva, Miles) Attendance: 130

1-1 Biggleswade FC v Oxhey Jets (A Marsh) / (Lawford) Attendance: 102

1-2 Cockfosters v Wembley (Mountford) / (Weir, D’Alessio) Attendance: 49

2-3 Colney Heath v Biggleswade United (Blunden, Clarke-Mardel) / (Holmes [2], Goodman) Attendance: 84

3-1 Edgware Town v Leverstock Green (Benavides, McCluskey, Hunte) / (Smith) Attendance: 51

3-0 Hadley v Harpenden Town (Alfano, Clarke, Wright [pen]) Attendance: 52

2-0 London Colney v Crawley Green (Reynolds, Smith) Attendance: 41

1-4 London Tigers v Baldock Town (Unknown) / (Barker, Buchanan, Forsythe, Denniss) Attendance: Unknown

4-4 North Greenford United FC v Tring Athletic (Turner, Long, McLeish, Gardiner) / (Riddick, Dunstan, Ironton, Turner [pen]) Attendance: 73

0-1 Potton United v Leighton Town (McBride) Attendance: 83

 

DIVISION ONE

The big top of the table clash saw third place Winslow United entertain unbeaten league leaders Harefield United in front of a crowd of 102. The Hares coming from a goal down at the break to win by the odd goal in three and increase their lead at the top of the table to 12 points as second placed Broadfields United were surprising beaten at home by Risborough Rangers (1-2). Life at the bottom for Hatfield Town continues to remain hard as they now find themselves fourteen points adrift following a 0-3 defeat at Ampthill Town and to make matters worse the six clubs immediately above them all won. FC Broxbourne Borough were the day’s big winners with a 4-0 home success over Langford. Amersham Town now under new management won 4-2 at Hillingdon Borough while Codicote continue to improve following a 3-2 home win over Park View. Elsewhere Brimsdown defeated Enfield Borough 4-2, Bedford overcame visiting Rayners Lane by the odd goal in three while Wodson Park recorded their first league win since September when they returned from Buckingham Town with a 2-1 win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-0 Ampthill Town v Hatfield Town (Unknown) Attendance: 38

2-1 Bedford v Rayners Lane (Unknown) / (D Hastings) Attendance: 25

4-2 Brimsdown v Enfield Borough (Saywood [2], Sosanya, Uare) / (Ennin, Kennedy) Attendance: 25

1-2 Broadfields United v Risborough Rangers (Henley) / (Cullen, Griggs [pen]) Attendance: 42

1-2 Buckingham Town v Wodson Park (Unknown) / (Halls, Tolley) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Codicote v Park View (Unknown) / (Danso, Debrah) Attendance: 58

4-0 FC Broxbourne Borough v Langford (Unknown) Attendance: 22

2-4 Hillingdon Borough v Amersham Town (Unknown) / (Aldred, Benvenga, Squire-Adams, Stevens) Attendance: 33

1-2 Winslow United v Harefield United (King) / (Pacquette, Shaw) Attendance: 102

 

Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR TROPHY Quarter Finals

A late goal from substitute Peter Maxey was the difference as Old Bradwell United booked a semi-final place at the expense of fellow Division Two side Aston Clinton while Buckingham Athletic will be disappointed as they surrendered a two goal interval lead to lose 2-3 at Thames Valley League side Newbury. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-2 Newbury v Buckingham Athletic (Benham [2], Dredge) / (Marsden, Agunblade ) Attendance: 35

1-0 Old Bradwell United v Aston Clinton (Maxey) Attendance: 58

 

DIVISION TWO

Berkhamsted Raiders continue to set the pace at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Sarratt while hot on their heels are Bovingdon who romped to a 6-0 success at bottom club Clean Slate. MK Gallacticos moved up to third as they continued their fine scoring run with a 6-1 success over New Bradwell St Peter FC, the result makes it 21 in four games for the Gallacticos. Unite MK recorded their first away win since September when they overturned a 1-2 half time deficit to win 3-2 at Grendon Rangers. Elsewhere Totternhoe overcame visiting Pitstone & Ivinghoe by two goals to nil while Mursley United recorded at 3-0 success at The 61FC (Luton). Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-6 Clean Slate v Bovingdon (Unknown) Attendance: 5

2-3 Grendon Rangers v Unite MK (Adam, Tavener) / (Rawson [2], Little) Attendance: 23

6-1 MK Gallacticos v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Smith [2], Ahmed [2], Anning, Osei-Vondo) / (Unknown) Attendance: 40

0-2 Sarratt v Berkhamsted Raiders (Pobbe, Ibarra) Attendance: 39

0-3 The 61FC (Luton) v Mursley United (Dickson, Skelton, Lloyd-Roberts) Attendance: 16

2-0 Totternhoe v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Francis, Howson) Attendance: 64

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Finals First Leg

Stotfold U25 will take a 3-0 lead into their second leg of the Development Division Challenge Trophy quarter-final with AFC Dunstable U21 while the other first leg tie of the day saw Leighton Town Development and Ampthill Town Development evenly poised after a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-1 Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development (Bagatti) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 Stotfold U25 v AFC Dunstable U21 (Southby [2], McEvoy) Attendance: Unknown

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Kempston Rovers Development moved to the top of the table with a 4-0 home success over Biggleswade United U23 as morning leaders Berkhamsted Development were beaten by the odd goal in five at Buckingham Athletic Development, a result that sees Athletic remain third. The day’s other league action saw the points shared as Harpenden Town Development and Holmer Green Development U25 battled out a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

3-2 Buckingham Athletic Development v Berkhamsted Development (D McAndrew, L McAndrew, Brady) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

1-1 Harpenden Town Development v Holmer Green Development U25 (Branch) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

4-0 Kempston Rovers Development v Biggleswade United U23 (Beldon, Felts, Ronayne, McGuiness) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- 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.

SSMFL D2; Aston Clinton 3-1 Mursley United

Mursley United travelled to Aston Clinton on Saturday (5th January 2019) and were beaten 3-1.

The hosts went ahead after three minutes, when keeper Dan Willett was unable to hold a free-kick from twenty five yards and Joe Kittle was on hand to finish.

 

Joe Kittle

Mursley struggled to retain possession on a heavy pitch and a long ball out of defence eluded both Anthony Lands and skipper Nathan Hawkins and this left Lamar Mason-Williams through on goal and he drove the ball past Willett. Just before the break, Kevin Mealor managed to turn in the penalty area and found the far corner of the Mursley net.

 

Nathan Skelton

After half-time, Mursley improved and limited Aston Clinton to few efforts. They struggled to create their own chances, but were awarded a penalty with twenty minutes remaining, when player-manager Neil Roberts was adjudged to have handled. Nathan Skelton netted from the spot, but this failed to kick-start a Mursley comeback and the home side held on for the points.

Report supplied by Justin Daley

SSMFL D1; On the twelfth day of 2019 Ampthill keeper wants 3 x 5 gold rings

Saturday 12th January 2019

Ampthill Town v Hatfield Town

Spartan South Midlands League Division One

Ampthill Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Ampthill Town host Hatfield Town on Saturday looking to build on a very good draw last week at ever improving Risborough Rangers, and come up against a side that have only won one of their twenty-one league games to date, and currently prop up the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One table, cast adrift by eleven points to second bottom place side Amersham. Ampthill will be expecting to win but football is never that easy, especially as Hatfield are under new management of late, but the three points could be crucial for the hosts as their games in hand could really help push them into the top half of the table and help banish the memories of the defeat at home to Bedford the last time they played at home. However, Hatfield only lost by the odd goal in five against sixth placed Langford last week after a creditable goalless draw at mid-table Rayners Lane the week before, an intriguing fixture lies ahead.

Josh Thompson

This week Sports Shots caught up with Amps keeper Josh Thompson to ask how long he’s been at the club and how it’s been since joining:

This is my first season at Ampthill, I came across with the manager Paul Toms from Berkhamsted. For the short time I’ve been here I have to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, the whole set up and atmosphere around the club is brilliant, from the backroom staff to the facilities this is one of the best set ups I’ve been at. I’ve truly been made to feel like part of the furniture here

How good a season does the keeper feel it’s been so far?

I don’t think we have performed at our best consistently enough so far, looking around the club there is some serious talent here and only a few games this year has seen it all come together to reflect how capable a team we are. We have suffered from injuries, suspensions & availability as do most teams at this level, but huge credit to how our development team has supported us and is valued within the club, which gives us such squad depth to be able to cope

Has Josh always played in goal?

I have pretty much always played in goal since the age of about nine, I came from Berkhamsted last year to get more first team football and to start enjoying it again. Prior to that I was playing university football at Loughborough

How good is this Ampthill squad, and have any players caught the eye?

When we have our strongest eleven out, I truly believe we can beat anyone in this league. Individually I’d have to mention Mark Smith, he’s an experienced defender and he makes my job a lot easier by solidifying our defence. We play some exciting football going forward and the link up between Brad (Clarke) especially and our forwards is great to watch

Defeat to Bedford just prior to Christmas and a good draw at ever improving Risborough last week for the squad, how were these games?

The game against Bedford was not one of our finest performances, we were missing some key players and Bedford worked much harder than us & deserved the win. Risborough’s league position definitely does not reflect how strong a team they are, they will surprise a lot of higher level teams later on this season. After going a goal down, a positive team talk at half time gave us something to play for, a physical game that we were much more competitive in

So onto Hatfield this week, what does Josh know about them?

Being relatively new to this league I don’t know much about them at all, but I do know that there are no easy games in this league, they will be fighting for points and we will have to work hard to take anything from them

Of all the sides Ampthill have played so far, which have impressed the most?

There have been a couple of teams impress me so far, notably Broadfields, they have some decent players who could play higher, and they work hard off the ball. Its been a tough start this year, with some players still learning their trade and youngsters still getting to grips with the physicality of this league. As a team we aren’t far off at all, we are starting to click and things are starting to fall into place, if we can get on a good run and gain some momentum then we could finish high in this league

Finally, we asked Josh if he could be anyone in the world for twenty-four hours, who would he pick?

That’s a tough question, from our club I’d love to spend a day as our assistant coach ‘Pistol Pete’ (Peter Forssling) just to get a behind the scenes perspective on what goes on match days, and to be able to confidently wear fifteen gold rings on each hand! As for anyone in the world, it would probably have to be David De Gea just to see what it’s like to be playing for the best team in the Premier League

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

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 11.01.2019 – South Midlands League update #42

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

Picture by Dale James

With the Christmas decorations being packed away, the SSML welcomed in the New Year and what a year it looks set to be following the first weekend’s results.

 

WEEKEND’S HEADLINES

STOTFOLD WIN AT LAST, Biggleswade FC reach the last sixteen of the FA Vase, surprise defeats for Biggleswade United and Tring Athletic while the Harefield United juggernaut rolls on. The weekend’s 29 games seeing 104 goals (an average of 3.59 per game). Emmanuel Hammond (Hadley) netted the only hat-trick of the weekend.

 

05/06 January Stats: 29 games played of which 13 were home wins, 10 were away wins and 6 were draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 18 Harefield United, 16 Hadley, Tring Athletic, 15 Biggleswade FC, Broadfields United.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 10 Edgware Town, 7 Leighton Town, Wembley, 6 Oxhey Jets, Stotfold.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 18 Hatfield Town, 15 Stotfold, 14 Amersham Town, Brimsdown.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.06 (2758 goals from 679 games).

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 59 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 69 Harefield United, Winslow United.

(Division Two League): 44 Pitstone & Ivinghoe.

(U25 Development Division League): 36 Berkhamsted Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 58 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 74 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 59 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 37 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 21 Colney Heath.

(Division One League): 17 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 11 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 8 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 20 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 20 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 12 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 7 Holmer Green Development U25.

 

Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town, 132 Leighton Town v Potton United and 108 Tring Athletic v Crawley Green.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase), 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC and 318 Potton United v Biggleswade United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 20 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 17 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town), Nicholas Kerley (Oxhey Jets), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 24 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 23 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 21 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 25 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos), Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 18 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), 15 Stephen Dodd (Bovingdon).

 

Saturday 5th January / Sunday 6th January

 

 

THE BUILDABASE FA VASE Fourth Round

Sunday saw a large crowd at Biggleswade FC where the hosts continued to make history by progressing to the Fifth Round of the FA Vase with a solitary late goal success over visiting Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Stowmarket Town. Yours truly was in attendance along with several other members of the SSML Management Committee and enjoyed the occasion made even sweeter with the win but full credit to both teams for an entertaining game. Full result and goalscorer listed below.

1-0 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (MaCafferty) Attendance: 527

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Its true Stotfold are unbeaten in 2019 after finally securing their first win of the current campaign, bottom of the table Stotfold overcame fellow strugglers Harpenden Town 2-1, is this the kick start they needed to mount a title winning run? There were also surprises at the top of the table, leaders Tring Athletic were beaten at home by Crawley Green (1-2) and likewise fourth placed Biggleswade United saw their fun run of results ended as they too lost 1-2 at home, Nicholas Kerley netting the winner and his second of the game in the 90+5 minute for the visiting Oxhey Jets. Hadley move up to second following their 3-0 home success against Edgware Town for whom Emmanuel Hammond netted the weekend’s only hat-trick. London Tigers eased their relegation fears with a 3-0 win at North Greenford United FC while Cockfosters remain in the bottom two after going down 1-3 at London Colney. Elsewhere Potton United were 2-1 winners at Leighton Town while Colney Heath and Wembley battled out a goalless game. The day’s other fixture Leverstock Green v Arlesey Town saw the added attraction of my presence. On reflection the 2-2 draw was about right in a game I thought was well handled by the match officials. One further point the sausage baguette was as ever excellent and most welcomed on a cold afternoon. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-2 Biggleswade United v Oxhey Jets (Holmes) / (Kerley [2]) Attendance: 56

0-0 Colney Heath v Wembley Attendance: 63

3-0 Hadley v Edgware Town (Hammond [3]) Attendance: 43

1-2 Leighton Town v Potton United (McBride) / (Webb, Burnside) Attendance: 132

2-2 Leverstock Green v Arlesey Town (Goode-Keeley, Witham [pen]) / (O’Brien [pen], Ashley) Attendance: 53

3-1 London Colney v Cockfosters (Smith [2], Reynolds) / (Karagozlu) Attendance: 25

0-3 North Greenford United FC v London Tigers (Diawara, Francis, Maldini) Attendance: 42

2-1 Stotfold v Harpenden Town (Da Silva, Ryan) / (Baker) Attendance: 84

1-2 Tring Athletic v Crawley Green (Ironton) / (Alderson [2]) Attendance: 108

 

DIVISION ONE

Harefield United continue to top the table with a 5-1 home success over Buckingham Town which now gives them a nine point cushion over tenants Broadfields United. Winslow United remain third after they kept up their promotion push with a solitary goal success against visiting London Lions. At the bottom Codicote moved out of the relegation places after picking up a point at Rayners Lane. Amersham Town dropped into the bottom two after suffering a 1-4 home defeat at the hands of Buckingham Athletic while bottom club Hatfield Town went down by the odd goal in five at Langford. Elsewhere FC Broxbourne Borough put visiting fourth placed Hillingdon Borough to the sword winning 5-1, goals were also in abundance at both Enfield Borough and Wodson Park where the hosts were beaten 2-3 by Bedford and Brimsdown respectively. Risborough Rangers and Ampthill Town shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

1-4 Amersham Town v Buckingham Athletic (Aldred) / (Carter, King [pen], Zulu, Soetan) Attendance: 28

2-3 Enfield Borough v Bedford (Opoku, Bao) / (Holland [2], S Macrea) Attendance: 21

5-1 FC Broxbourne Borough v Hillingdon Borough (Daniel [2], Clarke, Niner, Banks) / (H Healy) Attendance: 18

5-1 Harefield United v Buckingham Town (Farhall [2], Jordan, Mangan, Shaw) / (Clarkson) Attendance: 70

3-2 Langford v Hatfield Town (Ali, Osborne, Auburn) / (Zahariev, Valentino) Attendance: 34

2-2 Rayners Lane v Codicote (Ingram, Wilson) / (L’Honore, Todd) Attendance: 50

1-1 Risborough Rangers v Ampthill Town (Clarke) / (Higgins) Attendance: 83

1-0 Winslow United v London Lions (Schmidt) Attendance: 85

2-3 Wodson Park v Brimsdown (Todd [2] [1 pen]) / (Harvey, Kipa, Uare) Attendance: 11

 

DIVISION TWO

Berkhamsted Raiders remain top of the tree after securing a hard fought 2-1 win at Unite MK whilst Bovingdon maintain the pressure having also won 2-1 against visiting Totternhoe. Old Bradwell United and Aston Clinton continue to stay in the race with both securing home wins at the weekend, Old Bradwell defeating Grendon Rangers 3-0 while Aston Clinton ran out 3-1 winners from their clash with Mursley United. Plenty of goals were in evidence at New Bradwell St Peter FC where the hosts shared 10 goals with visiting Sarratt. In the days other game MK Gallacticos romped to a 4-0 home success over The 61FC (Luton). Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 Aston Clinton v Mursley United (Kittle, Mason-Williams, Mealor) / (Skelton) Attendance: 32

2-1 Bovingdon v Totternhoe (Standen, Wilson) / (Howson) Attendance: 83

4-0 MK Gallacticos v The 61FC (Luton) (Ahmed [2], Osei-Vondo, J Smith) Attendance: Unknown

5-5 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Sarratt (Davey, Atherton, Bevis, Sofroni, Webb) / (Reilly [2], Liam Beaumont, Vercesi, Sharkey) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 Old Bradwell United v Grendon Rangers (Valentine, Daniel Smith, Butler) Attendance: 35

1-2 Unite MK v Berkhamsted Raiders (Little) / (Cox, Byrne) Attendance: 13

They thinks its all rover at Old Bradwell v Grendon

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY First Round Second Leg

Buckingham Athletic Development completed an 8-1 aggregate win when winning their Round One Second Leg against Harpenden Town Development by two goals to nil and with it securing a quarter final date with Kempston Rovers Development. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

0-2 Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development (Bulley, Summers) Attendance: Unknown

 

DEVELOPMENT DIVISION CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Final First Leg

Berkhamsted Development will take a one goal lead into the second leg of their Development Challenge Trophy quarter final with Biggleswade United U23 following their 2-1 home success on Saturday. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-1 Berkhamsted Development v Biggleswade United U23 (Blair, Josiah Johnson) / (Reed) Attendance: Unknown

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Stotfold U25 won the big bottom of the table clash with a 3-1 success at Ampthill Town Development while the day’s other action saw Holmer Green Development U25 move off the bottom with a 1-1 draw with Leighton Town Development. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

1-3 Ampthill Town Development v Stotfold U25 (Reynolds) / (Harper, Jean, McEvoy) Attendance: Unknown

1-1 Holmer Green Development U25 v Leighton Town Development (Williams) / (Walton) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- 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.

 

CLUB ATTENDANCES

Team Lowest Highest Average +/-
1 Biggleswade FC 86 203 117 +36.05%
2 Leighton Town 99 132 112 -3.45%
3 Potton United 52 318 106 +65.63%
4 Tring Athletic 66 153 102 +25.93%
5 Biggleswade United 42 323 101 +5.21%
6 Arlesey Town 66 149 96 +2.13%
7 Baldock Town 49 211 95 +28.38%
8 Colney Heath 61 98 79 0.00%
9 Stotfold 35 142 75 +5.63%
10 Edgware Town 41 89 61 -3.17%
11 Cockfosters 34 87 59 0.00%
12 Hadley 22 86 58 +16.00%
13 Oxhey Jets 33 64 51 +2.00%
14 North Greenford United 38 62 50 -10.71%
15 Harpenden Town 31 73 49 -26.87%
16 Crawley Green 40 70 48 +33.33%
17 Wembley 32 66 45 -10.00%
18 Leverstock Green 15 76 43 -12.24%
19 London Colney 25 61 40 -16.67%
20 London Tigers 0 30 24 -17.24%

 

 

Team Lowest Highest Average +/-
1 Harefield United 40 318 106 +96.30%
2 Winslow United 57 203 88 +18.92%
3 Risborough Rangers 45 160 81 +5.19%
4 Buckingham Athletic 21 177 69 +16.95%
5 Ampthill Town 32 65 49 -24.62%
6 Codicote 25 82 44 -16.98%
7 Buckingham Town 0 87 42 -4.55%
8 Rayners Lane 0 54 41 -4.65%
9 Langford 18 50 36 -10.00%
10 Hillingdon Borough 20 52 34 +25.93%
11 Amersham Town 19 43 31 +29.17%
12 FC Broxbourne Borough 12 40 31 +47.62%
13 Broadfields United 16 43 30 +25.00%
14 Hatfield Town 22 76 30 +15.38%
15 Bedford 20 53 29 +3.57%
16 Wodson Park 11 54 29 +31.82%
17 London Lions 17 52 28 -9.68%
18 Park View 0 25 23 +9.52%
19 Enfield Borough 20 30 22 -8.33%
20 Brimsdown 5 43 20 -13.04%

 

 

Team Lowest Highest Average +/-
1 Bovingdon 64 92 81 N/A
2 Totternhoe 29 75 52 +18.18%
3 Aston Clinton 15 101 44 -38.03%
4 Mursley United 25 54 42 +10.53%
5 Pitstone & Ivinghoe United 30 50 38 -7.32%
6 Berkhamsted Raiders 20 54 33 -5.71%
7 Sarratt 25 55 33 N/A
8 Old Bradwell United 10 40 31 -16.22%
9 Grendon Rangers 13 52 29 +3.57%
10 New Bradwell St Peter 25 36 29 N/A
11 MK Gallacticos 0 40 28 +3.70%
12 Unite MK 13 35 20 -13.04%
13 Clean Slate 10 30 17 -5.56%
14 The 61 FC (Luton) 7 31 16 -11.11%

 

Missing Attendances

London Tigers v Stotfold 24 November

London Tigers v North Greenford United FC 8 December

Park View v Wodson Park 8 December

Park View v Brimsdown 15 December

Buckingham Town v Risborough Rangers 22 December

Rayners Lane v Hatfield Town 29 December

MK Gallacticos v Clean Slate 29 December

MK Gallacticos v The 61FC (Luton) 5 January

 

STOP PRESS

LEAGUE CHALLENGE TROPHY Quarter Final

Division One side Enfield Borough booked their semi-final place with a 2-0 success over Division Two side Bovingdon, the club’s reward is a home tie with Potton United later this month. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

2-0 Enfield Borough v Bovingdon (Kennedy, Opoku) Attendance: 20

 

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP Quarter Final

Stotfold bowed out of the Hinchingbrooke Cup when losing a penalty shoot-out against visiting Godmanchester Rovers. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-2 [4-5 pens] Stotfold v Godmanchester Rovers (Da Silva [2] [1 pen]) / (Munro, Unknown) Attendance: 78

 

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP Second Round

Cockfosters hopes of Middlesex Senior Charity Cup success came to a halt when they were beaten by AFC Hayes in midweek. Full result and goalscorers listed below.

3-1 AFC Hayes v Cockfosters (Olaleye [2], Dennis) / (Mosanya) Attendance: 25

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; Clinton front man believes 2019 will be Taylor made for success

Saturday 5th January 2019

Aston Clinton v Mursley United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

Aston Clinton Park

K.O. 2.00pm

Aston Clinton host Mursley United on Saturday looking for a win to distance themselves from their guests, as both clubs find themselves in a four club cluster all sitting on twenty-three points apiece and occupy joint fourth in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two table. Clinton share the exact same league form as their opponents but sit below courtesy of goal difference, and a win for either side could push them into the top three depending on other results on the day, but Clinton are in a confident mood after five wins and a draw in their last seven games in all competition, the only defeat coming at Totternhoe before Christmas where they had three men sent off! The home side will be looking to continue this good form ahead of four consecutive away fixtures, two of which are cup competitions that the club are still involved in and did so well in last season.

Taylor Collins

This week Sports Shots caught up with front man Taylor Collins to ask how long he’s been at the club and how it all came about:

I only joined the club earlier this season, a few weeks after ‘wingers’ (Neil Roberts) took over, I came over as I play with a lot of the lads here on a Sunday plus my little brother Mitch was already here so that was another factor. Since joining I feel like I have settled in well and we have a good team spirit at the moment, we have a real winning mentality which has shown with our results against the top teams in this league

How has his own personal season been?

It started ok but I feel with every game I play I am getting closer to the match fitness I want to be at, performance wise it’s been a bit hit and miss to be honest and that is something I will be trying to work on in 2019

How good is this Aston squad, and which players have impressed?

We have a very good team at Aston this year and some of the players could easily play at a higher level, Elias (Williams) and Kev (Mealor) have impressed me the most this season. Elias is young and very good at changing defence into attack quickly, he drives forward well with the ball and that causes other teams a lot of problems which is a big asset for us. Kev offers us a lot when he’s in the side, he is vocal and a real handful for defenders because of his size! He also brings a wealth of experience with him

What is Taylor’s favoured position or formation in the team?

I haven’t really had one set position this year, I’ve played as a left wing back which was a new experience, and I have also played in the forward roles. I believe the best position for me is being part of a three up front, it gives me some freedom and I feel like I have a bigger impact on the game higher up the pitch

We asked Taylor how he feels the club is progressing under Neil’s leadership:

I feel it’s going in the right direction, I wasn’t here before Neil so I’m not too sure what it was like under Jordan, but the new manager has brought in some good players since he’s been here and has a good managerial team with him as well

A win, a loss and an abandonment in their last three, how were those games?

The game against Clean Slate was abandoned due to the weather which was totally out of our hands, the win over Unite MK was just what we needed after we’d lost to Totternhoe. That defeat was a frustrating one as we were down to ten men early on but were still the better team throughout the game, we should have had a penalty and we also hit the crossbar. Totternhoe I believe only had one shot on target from which they scored, it was a game of missed chances which is something we have spoken about, we need to be more ruthless in front of goal

Mursley on Saturday, the game earlier in the season saw plenty of bookings, are Aston confident they can win again?

Yes we are confident we can get another win over them, we have good strength and depth in our squad so another victory is what is expected of us as a team. There were a lot of yellow cards last time, I don’t think it was down to it being a nasty game more down to the referee being overly card happy in my opinion

Finally, we asked what the targets are for the remainder of the season:

I believe I should be scoring more goals and that is something I will look to add back into my game this year, in terms of the league we haven’t really set any goals, we are taking it each week as it comes but I am sure by the end of January we will start seeing a split between the top half and bottom half of the table

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

SSMFL D2; Mursley defender watching club progress like a Hawk

Saturday 5th January 2019

Aston Clinton v Mursley United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

Aston Clinton Park

K.O. 2.00pm

Mursley United travel to Aston Clinton on Saturday looking for a win to distance themselves from their hosts, as both clubs find themselves in a four club cluster all sitting on twenty-three points apiece and occupy joint fourth in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two table. United share the exactly same league form as Clinton but sit higher courtesy of a better goal difference, a win for either side could push them into the top three depending on other results on the day, but Mursley travel on the back of a six-two mauling at league leaders Berkhamsted Raiders just before Christmas, although a creditable draw at in form Old Bradwell the week previous added to the two-week break they’ve now had since those games may be enough to travel to Aston Park to get a result.

Nathan Hawkins

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Nathan Hawkins to ask how long he’s been at the club:

This is my second spell at the club, I was here a few years ago but I left to join Buckingham Athletic then re-joined here at the start of the season. The move came about as I missed nearly of all last season through injury and with the management changes at the Ath whilst I was unfit, I wasn’t in a place to fight for a place however I knew the gaffer & most of the lads down here so after working hard in pre-season to get fit again, it was an easy decision to re-join Mursley. The club have been great, it has a great community feel to it and they are trying to do everything the right way. The youth teams are all very well run & implementing the development side this season will be key to the success of the club, and where we all want to go as it brings the younger lads up into men’s football

How has Nathan’s season been so far?

I feel my form has been good, and I have only missed one game due to being on holiday so I am pleased that I haven’t picked up too many knocks this season as it is horrible when you can only watch the team rather than play. Being the captain for most of this season has been the responsibility I needed as it has kept my form up however if I was to summarise the season it would be ‘frustrating’ as we have dropped points where we shouldn’t have. Some performances have been fantastic whilst others have been very poor, a big problem has been playing one week then having a week off before playing another game, that has really hindered us in getting any sort of consistency. As with any team at this level, team consistency is a big problem, we can rarely get the same eleven together due to work commitments and other things, we have lost a few players along the way this season already which is never easy but we have added a few too

How good a squad is there at Mursley this time around?

Compared to my first stint with the club we have a much better team this time round, on our day we can beat anyone in this league comfortably, in the cups we have played a couple of higher level sides and ran them both very close, we have a lot of quality just not quite the consistency. Stand out players in my opinion have been Nathan Skelton who I have played with in a few different teams over the past ten years or so, his goals have been massive for us this season and I’m sure he will bag a lot more yet, whilst he is one of the older lads here, Jamie Green has the experience essential for what we want to achieve here. Tom Brazier also, he’s young but has a lot of potential, Big Mike (Joseph) is one of the calmest men on the ball you will see, sometimes too calm but a very good player

What position or team formation gets the best out of Nathan?

I’ve been used in a few different positions this season but I’m happy to play anywhere to help the team, whether that be at the back or holding in the middle. We haven’t changed our formation too much this season, as a club we are all trying to play in the same way including the development side, so when the young lads step up they know their role already which has already helped when we’ve used them

We asked Nathan how he feels the club are progressing on and off the pitch:

The club are making massive strides in getting us to where we want & need to be, we have a great team of people regularly discussing how to take the club forward and we are already seeing planning go into place to take Mursley on to the next level. I think the team on the field have moved forward from last season, as I said we have quality in the team but are still improving, we all want to achieve promotion so now we are striving for consistency in our performances

A win, a draw and a defeat in Mursley’s last three, how were those games?

The last three results have been a mixed bag due to having a week off before and after the 61 FC game, we played well against them and it could have been a bigger margin of goals, after that game we were confident going into the next game however a week off didn’t help us too much but against Old Bradwell we were really up for it on a day where the conditions were simply horrendous, but we knew we had to pick up points. We started well but couldn’t quite hold on for the three points, then we faced Berkhamsted but that’s a game we all want to forget! We were awful in the first half but managed to keep level by the break, we took the lead but then everything just fell apart, credit to them they’re a good side but we helped them along the way

On to Aston this week, lost to them in a cup game earlier in the season so where do United need to improve?

That cup game was very close & could’ve gone either way on the day, we were missing a few players which would have helped us however we know that they are a very good side and their run of results since we played them have been overall pretty good, so they have probably improved since then. We will just need to be organised and ready to battle against a good side, the points are crucial with us being so close in the table so it’s a game we will be up for, we’ll focus on ourselves and what we can do to make sure we have enough on the day to win the game. I look forward to battling it out with Chris Stapleton who I know from our time at Buckingham Athletic together

Finally, we asked Nathan what the targets are for the rest of the season:

2019 is a huge year for us, the club are making changes to get us ready to step up so we need to get ourselves in a position to earn the rewards of their hard work. The goal all season has been the same, we need to be finishing in the top three which is still achievable, the league is very competitive so we know we need to raise our performance levels and dig deep to reach our targets. I would like to finish by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and thank Sports Shots for the excellent work you’ve done in raising the profile for football in our area

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