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BREAKING … Stony Stratford move 1st team to North Bucks League

Stony Stratford Town have revealed on their Facebook page that they have moved their first team from the Spartan South Midlands League to the North Bucks & District League.

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The statement reads –

After much discussion the club has taken the decision to move the first team from the South Mids League to the North Bucks Intermediate League. Though this is a lower level than the South Mids it means we will spend a lot less on costs such as travel and officials.
The North Bucks will provide a great springboard for the first team allowing us to develop young players and play more local derbies, which we hope will bring more of you down to support the team and enjoy our revamped clubhouse. This change also means we can share our resources more evenly across all teams and help ensure the future prosperity of the club.

Sports Shots would like to wish Stony Stratford Town good luck going forward.

MATCH GALLERY: Wolverton Town versus Stony Stratford Town by Dale James

MATCH GALLERY: Wolverton Town versus Stony Stratford Town by Dale James

SSMFL,D2: Mursley suffer Stony local derby defeat

By Justin Daley

Following an excellent week of results, Mursley United travelled the short distance to Stony Stratford Town and were defeated 3-0.

On a heavy pitch, the hosts started brightly, but Mursley were able to repel their pressure and both Rory Busby and Paul Hollingsworth looked lively on the flanks. However, it wasn’t until the second period when the visitors found themselves struggling to resist the pace of the home forwards and Stony took the lead as Oakes stroked home a loose ball following a corner. As the game entered injury time, the pacy Mullins got away from the Mursley defence and rounded Sam Jay to score and with seconds remaining, Sibley picked up a long clearance and worked his way into the area where he finished neatly to secure the victory

SSMFL,D2: Stony Stratford Town 0 Old Bradwell Utd 4

Old Bradwell United ran out 4-0 winners at Stony Stratford Town in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 this afternoon.

Gattuso smashed the kingfishers into the lead with a strike form outside the 18 yard box then Ross Butler skipped past a defender before slotting the ball past the keeper to make it two.

Joel Rodwell-Bullock tapped in to make it three before Tony Cribb wrapped up the scoring for David Keene’s side.

Joel Rodwell Bullock

Joel Rodwell Bullock

SSMFL,D2: Match report – Grendon Rangers 1-1 Stony Stratford Town

By Grendon Rangers FC

On Saturday Grendon Rangers hosted Stony Stratford in the league. Stony were the last side to beat Rangers at home a full 6 weeks prior where Stony won 0-5 in the Division 2 Cup . The two sides faced off at Ostlers Lane 7 days later where Rangers were unlucky to come away with nothing from a much improved performance despite a 2-1 loss. The third meeting of the two sides would then be a great marker for how far Rangers had come in 6 weeks, and so it was proven.

Rangers lined up with 3 debutants in the starting 11 and the returning Nathan Perna on the bench after 3 months out. two of the three debuts were playing together in the frontline as Andy Prescott and Ash Thompson formed the partnership, Nathan Callow meanwhile took his place in a back three.

The game started on an even keel with the high winds playing a massive part in the game. Rangers looked the more likely to break the deadlock with the wind behind them. The best chance of the half fell to Joe Walls who when faced with just Zac Howes in the Stony goal to beat he passed the ball just wide of the post when in truth it looked easier to score. Prescott would spare the blushes of Walls as he picked up the ball following some good ball movement involving six or seven Rangers players, he then let rip from 30 yards which left Howes rooted to the spot as the ball dipped and swirled beyond him. So the sides went in at the half 1-0 with Jason Flowers not having to make a save of note in the entire half.

The second half continued in a scrappy fashion but Rangers looked solid enough at the back and could have put the game to bed on 52 minutes as Daley Cross met a ball at the back post that looked straightforward enough but wasn’t finished leaving Stony with some hope in the game. Stony pressed on but still without creating any real gilt edged chances as once again Flowers had little to do. Callow succumbed to some severe cramp and was replaced by Perna on the hour who immediately looked lively in the hole behind the two strikers.

Rangers continued to try and kill the game but couldn’t forge a route through and there was a controversial moment as Prescott looked to have sprung the offside trap but the linesman raised the flag much to the dismay of Prescott and most of the watching crowd. Time ticked on and Stony were throwing everything at the Rangers back line and as the clock ticked into 89 minutes, 60 seconds of talking points arrived. Firstly Stony won a corner that was disputed following a foul on Tom Leonard in the build up and then as the corner came in Rangers didnt deal with it and it fell to Jason Reeves who despite calls for a handball as he controlled the ball went on to smash the ball beyond Flowers from close range. The Rangers players confronted the official but he ruled ball to hand. The game restarted but there was barely time to kick off.

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Squad

Flowers, S.Leonard, Emery, Callow (N.Perna), T.Leonard, Goodge, Walls, Cross, Dyer, Prescott, Thompson. Not used West.

SSMFL,D2: Stony boss looking for improvement with tough Hale Leys trip

Stony Stratford Town manager Dan Kingston is looking for his side to improve their performance levels as his side face a very difficult trip to Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 leaders Hale Leys United tomorrow.

Dan Kingston - Stony Stratford Town Director of Football

Dan Kingston – Stony Stratford Town

Kingston said;

It has been a disappointing three weeks for us, first losing 2-0 away at Tring Corinthians, a game where we missed a host of chances including an open goal from six yards out at 0-0, one of those games where whoever scored first was likely to win. We conceded from two set pieces which is particularly disappointing. Following on from that defeat, we had the postponement against Aylesbury Utd Reserves and then last weeks defeat to Mursley United.

We were missing some key players and 5 regular first team starters last weekend but I don’t think that should take the gloss off of Mursley’s performance, certainly in the first half. In the first half, in truth Mursley gave us a football lesson, they kept the ball and moved it around quickly and precisely on a wet and increasingly heavy pitch. We probably edged the first 10 minutes or so as you could see our opponents were a bit nervous and edgy from the start, we didn’t really threaten enough in that period and we then made the cardinal sin of letting a struggling side who are low on confidence grow in to the game, a combination of good attacking play from them and us not being fully switched on and focussed.

I have had to move some players on recently for various reasons and it is a difficult time of year to re-shape the squad, most players are well settled elsewhere. Last weekend wasn’t the first time in the short period since I took over that I was slightly embarrassed by what I was watching, some of our play was just not befitting of this level. I hold my hands up when I’ve made mistakes, I have already and will again this season but some of what I’ve seen from Stony Stratford Town FC First Team is just not good enough.

We are missing key players again tomorrow as we head to high flying Hale Leys Utd, we will have to drastically improve our performance levels.

SSMFL, D2: Mursley edge to derby win over Stony

By Justin Daley

Match Report

14-11-15

Mursley United FC 3 v 2 Stony Stratford FC

Having had a run of playing teams from either the top third of our Division or teams from the division above in the cups, Saturday saw Mursley up against another tough opponent in Stony Stratford who were sitting in the top half of the table. On a blustery and wet afternoon, with a host of players unavailable and with late changes having to be made to the squad due to players pulling out it was looking like another tough afternoon was in store.

The game started off with both teams assessing each other, the pitch and the conditions, the blustery wind meant keeping the ball on the turf but the persistent rain made the pitch very sticky so this made for an interesting game. Mursley adapted to the conditions better and pressed frequently in to the Stony half, their high tempo play stopped Stony from getting in to their stride, however Stony looked very dangerous with their quick counter attacks being fed in to their Striker Chris Wreh who held the ball up well and looked to bring others in to play, but Sam Jay in goal was rarely tested. Mursley continued to press and look for the opening goal, Nathan Skelton had a couple of half chances and Eddie Bosoka and Antonio Ncara out on the flanks were giving the Stony fullbacks plenty to think about. It took until the 20th minute for the first goal to arrive, Skelton laid the ball back to Bosoka on the edge of the area, no defender looked to close him down so he cheekily bent the ball around a couple of players and off the post in to the net to make it 1 – 0 to Mursley. Sensing that they could be on for more goals Mursley pressed at every opportunity, Adam Moore, the team’s leading goal scorer, putting the team before himself and playing at centre back and having a great game, breaking up attacks and quickly getting the ball wide, one such play saw him feed Ncara out wide on the right flank, Ncara stepped inside two players and hit a bullet of a shot to make it 2 – 0 on 27 minutes and a third shortly followed, Skelton played in Danny Clarke, he skipped past a couple of defenders to put himself through on goal and calmly slotted past the keeper to make it 3 – 0 with 35 minutes gone. Looking to at least take that score in to half time, Mursley were shown how dangerous Stony can be, one missed tackle and they were through on goal and Jay was given no chance, the ball was slotted home and it was 3 – 1 going in to the break.

The second half saw Stony with the wind at their backs, a wind that over the half time break went from blustery to full blown gale and they used it to their advantage. The first goal in the second half was always going to be a crucial one and it was Stony who claimed it, a cross was carried on the wind, deceiving the Mursley defence and fell to an unmarked player at the back who slotted home to make it 3 – 2. Mursley were finding it harder and harder to clear their lines and also getting more and more jittery as the half wore on, Stony were unlucky not to equalise a shot come cross hit the post but fell in to Jay’s arms and a couple of free kicks in and around the box were fired over or in to the wall and Mursley held out to secure a vital 3 – 2 win.

The Mursley makeshift defence played out of the skins, Jason Lane was superb at left back, young Josh Illunga, from the U16’s, made his first team debut and had an excellent game and both Ronald Sekkade and Moore at centre backs were excellent.

Match details LINK

 

SSMFL,D2: Stony’s Callear talks about life at Ostler’s Lane

Stony Stratford Town’s Sam Callear has looked back at his club’s recent events in an interview with Sports Shots.

Sam Callear

Sam Callear

Callear, who has managed the club where he now plays, spoke honestly about a club who appear to be starting to bounce back.

Callear said;

Life at Stony Stratford Town FC is never dull and so far this season we have had our fair share of ups and downs.

The summer wasn’t the best for us, we found out shortly before the league AGM that we were to be relegated as a result of ground grading – major negative.

It came as a bit of a shock but after the initial anger around the club, we got used to the situation and started planning for a new season in Division 2, hopeful that having retained much of last year’s side, we would be quite competitive – on the up.

We had a new first team manager in Gary Nicholls who had a really successful season (finishing 3rd in the league) with our reserves last year and retained the majority of last season’s squad – again, positive for the club.

We then got the fixtures and saw that we were playing virtually all the pre season favourites in the first few games. We realised we had to play them at some point, so – only a slight downward move in feeling the club.

Then, the season started. It is fair to say we originally underestimated the standard of the league and playing all the perceived top clubs at the start was an unwelcome introduction. Looking at it now, after this Saturday against Tring, we will have played all the current top 10 in our first 13 games. We lost our first 5 in the league and that puts a real strain on even the strongest of clubs – we lost 6-0 to Tottenhoe on a Tuesday night in August and hit rock bottom in both confidence and feeling.

We lost our next game, 4-3 against Hale Leys, but since then (22 August) we have lost only once in the league and have progressed in league cup.

During the period between then and now we lost our manager Gary Nicholls for non-footballing reasons. Again this set us back somewhat as Gaz was a popular and respected figure with the players, but fortunately the club is in the strong position of having a good core of players who’s allegiance is to the club rather than a manager, not a common thing at the moment, and again, the majority of players have stayed with the club. The club have acted decisively and appointed Dan Kingston as the caretaker manager until the end of the season. Dan is a good bloke with a good level of experience at the level, and above, and understands the club having undertaken a number of roles over the last few years – not wanting to talk too soon, but there is a positive feeling about the club at the moment.

Some of that feeling is as a result of us winning our last 3 games since Dan came in. We have played some good stuff in parts but won ugly when required. Against Grendon was a great example when, after rolling over the week before, Grendon came out all guns blazing at us and deserved at least a point from the game. We scrabbled a 2-1 win in a game we would have probably lost a few weeks ago. Credit to Grendon, I know they have had availability problems up to now, but if they keep regularly getting those players we played on Saturday, they will no doubt start to pick up points.

The club and the players know we have a long way to go to reach the standards it wants to get back to, both on and off the pitch, but at the moment we are just concentrating on enjoying our football, not taking ourselves too seriously as players and winning as often as we can. We are a friendly club and new players and supporters are always welcome.

SSMFl,D2: Stony boss speaks ahead of Tring trip

Stony Stratford Town manager Dan Kingston spoke to Sports Shots as his side head to Tring Corinthians today.

Dan Kingston - Stony Stratford Town Director of Football

Dan Kingston – Stony Stratford Town Director of Football

Kingston said;

We travel to Tring Corinthians tomorrow with a pretty good squad, I am trying to get a good, settled 14/15 players to work with, ability is a bonus but at the present moment we just need fellas who are committed to playing for the club, we lost Jelani Blair to New Bradwell Reserves this week, I would’ve preferred to keep him, he handled it all in the correct manner and so the path back to us will always remain open, I wish him well and hope things go well for him at Peters. I am working on a couple of new signings but generally, I have to say that I am more than happy with the majority of the squad, just a couple of spots up for grabs for the right people.

We toiled last week against Grendon, their performance belied their lowly position, I have only been in charge against Grendon (twice) and their weekend opponents 61FC thus far, I have to say that from what I have seen I would expect Grendon to pick up a valuable three points this weekend, difficult to see them staying bottom if they can regularly put out last Saturday’s team and performance level.

Tring hammered Aylesbury United Reserves 12-0 in the cup last week and will obviously head in to tomorrow’s encounter full of confidence, conversely, we were humbled to a degree, despite picking up three points. I expect a tough afternoon tomorrow.

SSMFL,D2: Callear discusses Stony’s Grendon victory

Stony Stratford Town’s Sam Callear has spoken to Sports Shots after his side defeated Grendon Rangers last weekend.

Sam Callear

Sam Callear

Callear was full of praise for their visitors but was pleased how his side managed to dig out three points.

We have played some good stuff in parts but won ugly when required. Saturday was a great example when, after rolling over the week before, Grendon came out all guns blazing at us and deserved at least a point from the game. We scrabbled a 2-1 win in a game we would have probably lost a few weeks ago. Credit to Grendon, I know they have had availability problems up to now, but if they keep regularly getting those players we played on Saturday, they will no doubt start to pick up points.