Archive for Mursley United Football Club

SSMFL & NB&DFL: Mursley sides draw league encounters

Mursley United played out an entertaining 0-0 draw with near rivals, Pitstone and Ivinghoe and retained their second spot in the table.

There were chances on both sides, but no-one was able to break the deadlock.

Nathan Hawkins

Mursley United Development drew 2-2 with AFC Santander in the intermediate Division of the North Bucks and District League

BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06mdx3y

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

SSMFL D2C; Five star Skelts hoping cup win over Clinton is on the cards

Saturday 29th September 2018

Mursley United v Aston Clinton

Spartan South Midlands Division Two Cup 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Mursley United host Aston Clinton on Saturday in a break from recent league action, as they take to the field in the Division Two Cup first round. Whilst Mursley have won their least three league games on the bounce, these were interrupted by two cup defeats in the Berks & Bucks Cup & League Challenge Trophy by Winslow United & Park View respectively, so with Aston still adjusting to life under a new manager Mursley will see this as a perfect chance to progress in the cup competition they won just over a season ago.

This week Sports Shots caught up with in-form striker Nathan Skelton to ask how he and his sides start to the current season have been:

On a personal level the season has got off to a decent start and I am enjoying being back at Mursley. We are obviously disappointed to have lost to Bovingdon & Grendon which were two teams we should have taken maximum points from had we played to our maximum capacity. We now want to kick on and try to cement our place near the top of the table which is our main target

Nathan Skelton scores in B&B Cup v Winslow Utd

How difficult is this division this year with new boys Bovingdon already top, teams expected to flourish struggling and so many early cup fixtures?

The league is a strange one this year with only fifteen teams, August to September is traditionally a time where players are unavailable due to weddings & holidays so we won’t really get a true reflection on where teams are at until Christmas

How difficult does Nathan think the league is when some teams have played three games whilst others are already on nine?

To be fair we are only really focussing on our performances and how we can improve, the fact that other teams may have played more or less games really doesn’t worry us

A big win for Mursley last week beating Clean Slate by eight goals to one, Nathan getting five of them, how was it?

As a team we all played well on Saturday and I was lucky enough to grab a few goals and contribute to the result. I think it’s the first time I have hit five goals in a competitive game since youth football so that was pleasing. Special mention to Jamie Green who also chipped in with a couple of well taken but rare goals, and also Tom Brazier rounding up the scoring with the last goal. Although it’s always nice to score plenty of goals we are now just focusing on our next game and we are not getting carried away

We asked Nathan who he thinks will occupy the top three places in the table come next May?

Bovingdon will be up there no doubt and I feel with the players we have we can challenge the top spots. Pitstone & Ivinghoe will be another clash that we will be looking forward to as they will be up their challenging come the end of the season. The managers have set out clear expectations of where we should be finishing and we are all working towards that goal

Nathan Skelton

Which players have contributed to the good start to the season, and which new players have impressed?

Danny Simpson & I have created a decent goal scoring partnership and I feel we complement each other well going forward. We have signed Michael Joseph & Dan Willett who will add some experience at the back and in goal, but all in all we are pleased with everyone’s contributions

Mursley introduced a development side this year, how does Nathan feel the club is progressing now and over the next few years?

We are extremely lucky to have some superb players currently playing in the development team and they will be knocking on the door for first team places this season, we all train together week in week out and I have seen the quality first hand. The main reason that drew me back to Mursley United was the fact that the club is run properly and by some top people, the club wants to progress and with Anthony & Jamie at the helm we can hopefully get promoted out of this league

Finally, we asked if this was a good time to be playing Aston Clinton with their unsteady start to the season:

Being a cup game anything can happen, and we expect Aston to be a tough test but hopefully we can progress into the next round. I have some fond memories in this competition after winning it back under Simon Jay’s managerial spell at the club so we want to do well.

I’d also like to say a massive thanks to Sports Shots for all the continued coverage of Mursley United and local football

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

SSMFL D2: Skelton strike gives Mursley victory

Mursley United rode their luck and secured a 1-0 victory at home to Sarratt on Saturday.

Nathan Skelton

A strong Mursley side started slowly as the opposition squeezed them and forced them into errors, but they responded against the run of play when Danny Simpson and Tom Brazier combined, the ball ricocheting back off the keeper Studley for Nathan Skelton to nod home. Following this, Rivers rounded home keeper, Dan Willett, but his effort was cleared by Mike Joseph. The same player had another chance shortly after; this time the danger was cleared by James Wardell. Just before half-time, a cross field ball eluded the home defence and White’s firmly-struck shot crashed off the upright and ran away to safety.

Mursley improved in the second half; Jamie Sylvester thought he had doubled the lead, but the referee had already blown for a handball against a Sarratt defender in the build-up . Few further chances ensued for either side and Mursley managed to resist the visitors and secure the three points.

BBST; Mursley United 2-3 Winslow United

Mursley United – 2

Winslow United – 3

A hatrick from Harry Dalton saw Winslow United progress in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy at Mursley United on Saturday, in a game that had two penalties, some fantastic goalkeeping saves, rattled woodwork and numerous missed chances from both sides. A late goal for the home side saw them pile on the pressure in the latter stages but Winslow held firm to progress in the competition of which they reached the semi-final last season.

Mursley had their first chance in the fifth minute when from a goal kick the ball was flicked on for Tom Brazier to get in behind his marker and flash the ball across the goal mouth and narrowly wide of the back post, and at the other end Dalton was getting his eye in when he seized upon a loose ball inside the box but could only lift over the top.

A challenge in midfield that appeared illegal was waved play on allowing Dalton to advance on goal, spotting Mursley keeper Dan Willett off his line the Ploughman attempted the lob from twenty yards but steered the wrong side of the post. The visitors went closer just past the quarter hour mark when a corner cleared to the edge of the area saw Simon King thump at goal only for Willet to get fingers to the ball to push onto the crossbar and eventually clear.

Winslow won a free kick some twenty-five yards out which King drove at goal forcing the keeper to use both hands to stun, before a high cross from their left found Dalton in front of goal but he could only head straight into the waiting gloves of Willett. On twenty-five minutes Mursley won a penalty when Brazier get in behind and as he advanced into the area Jason Costello challenged from behind and only succeeded in bringing him down.

Nathan Skelton scores from the spot

Nathan Skelton tucked the penalty away to give the hosts the lead, which appeared to be very short lived as just two minutes later Winslow won a penalty themselves when Matt Cruse was challenged by Conor White and as both players went down the whistle sounded again. Cruse picked himself up and assumed responsibility, but Willett made the save and as the ball bounced back to the Winslow striker, he was surrounded by green shirts who denied any follow up.

The game was levelled on thirty-one minutes when Dalton was allowed too much space to run across field, from the edge of the penalty arc he fired at goal and a deflection off the boot of White saw the ball loop up and over the goalkeeper and bounce into the empty net. The away side lifted by the goal went looking for more, a cross from the right was half cleared but running in Kieron Schmidt went for goal but the home keeper was always behind the rising drive.

Shiblu Miah then got down the left and as the keeper advanced he went to lob over the top but only lifted into the hands of Willett, then three minutes before the break they took the lead for the first time when Dalton dispossessed a defender who was trying to shield the ball back to his keeper, he went around Willett and rolled into the bottom corner. There was still time for Miah to warm the hands of the home custodian with a fierce drive from close range. H/T: 1-2

Early in the second half Peter Macanaspie found himself free with the ball to the right of the Winslow goal, attempting the deft chip over Sam Ashmead in the Winslow gloves he only managed to clear the crossbar. Moments later the away side won a free kick in midfield, taking it quickly Schmidt was sent scampering down the right channel and his fierce shot was well saved by Willett using both hands.

 

Harry Dalton goes close

Winslow scored a third goal on sixty-six minutes, & it was a goal that come from nothing; a harmless looking ball over the home backline seemed to be drifting out to the left of the Mursley goal but Miah chased it down and retrieved, Willett committed to give chase but Miah simply hooked the ball across the goal mouth and running in Dalton headed into the empty net.

The game should have been finished moments later, Miah getting down the wing fizzed the ball across and substitute Dan Parsons with the whole goal to aim at blazed over the top. Mursley attacked when they could get hold of the ball, Jordan McDougall crossed from the left & in the middle Skelton rose highest, just as it seemed it had to go in Ashmead stretched every sinew in his arm and hand to tip the ball onto the crossbar and away to safety, earning some deserved applause.

A corner to the hosts then saw McDougall flash the ball across the six-yard box and despite numerous bodies within range, the ball rolled off to safety. However, with three minutes left they did find a second when Brazier seized on a loose ball and drove at the Winslow defence, evading a couple of tackles he laid off to McDougall who from the angle smashed home despite bodies on the line.

Winslow had two late counter attacks with their hosts pushing on for an equaliser, and Willett made some good saves and as much as the hosts pushed they couldn’t find a leveller, and it was Winslow who progress to the next round. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 87

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Mursley manager Anthony Lands: 
And also Winslow boss Paul Alleyne: 

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

BBST; Billy in a Harri to keep winning run going for Winslow United

Saturday 8th September 2018

Mursley United v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Winslow United recommence their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy hunt this week-end with the very short trip to Mursley United, as they look to better their semi-final place of last season. Winslow were beaten that afternoon on penalties to eventual winners Saxton Rovers and will be looking for another good run in the competition, which is open primarily to clubs from steps six and seven.

Billy Harrison

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Billy Harrison to ask how much he’s looking forward to the game:

Yes we are really looking forward to it, can’t get enough games in at the minute after winning our last three games in a row

Considering how far Winslow got in the Senior Trophy last season, is it just as important this time around?

Of course, you want to do well in all the competitions you play in, but this is one we are looking to go a long way in again

What does Billy expect from Mursley on Saturday?

We expect them to be very much up for the game and they will definitely not make it easy for us. Typical Mursley sides I’ve faced in the past have always been very hard working, and having started the season relatively well I’d imagine they would fancy their chances this weekend just like anyone else, anything can happen in cup football

We asked how Winslow will mentally prepare to play a team from a lower division?

The same way you should prepare for every game! You can’t take any game lightly or turn up with the wrong attitude at this level

Just how good a game was it at Rushden & Higham last week in the FA Vase?

That was probably one of the strangest games I’ve ever played in. To have been 4-1 up and completely in control to then ten minutes later be level at 4-4 was crazy. But very pleasing that we managed to get back hold of the game and take the win

How have the changes to the squad this season have affected the balance?

Naturally there is always going to be a bit of a transition period when there are some big changes to the squad, coming in and going out. But we’ve settled in now after a few wins and we have started to get back to playing properly again but there is still much more to come

How has the season been for Billy Harrison?

I’d like to think I’ve started relatively well but I know there is a lot to improve on in my game and that will be sure to happen under the guidance of the management & players around me

Finally, how has it been playing for Winslow United?

It’s been great so far, lots of support locally which is good to see and the lads all get on well. It can be demanding, in terms of playing & getting results but that’s only natural for players & supporters who want success

Sports Shots would like to thank Billy for his time this week.

BBST; Ex ploughman looking forward to War with United

Saturday 8th September 2018

Mursley United v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 1st Round

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Mursley United host near neighbours Winslow United on Saturday in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, looking to record a cup upset over their higher placed guests and improve on their first round exit from last year. Whilst Mursley have started their season with a WLWLWL sequence in their opening six games, they bowed out of the league challenge trophy midweek after the long trip down to Park View, and currently sit fourth in what is already proving to be a fiercely competitive division two table this season.

James Wardell

This week Sports Shots caught up with Mursley’s James Wardell to ask how much his side are looking forward to reacquainting themselves with Winslow again:

I think it’s a fixture the club will always look forward to as it’s a local derby. With Winslow doing well in the league above in recent seasons, it’s a fixture that unfortunately does not happen as often as it has in previous years. However, when it does it’s always an entertaining and competitive fixture for a lot of people in the local area

How important is the B&B cup for Mursley this year?

The management team have made it very clear that our focus this season is to build on our success from last season in the league, and a decent run in the cups would be an added bonus. With that being said, a positive result against a team who people would consider to have what it takes to go far in this competition could open up a pathway for us to do well and it may increase in priority for us

How will Mursley prepare for the game against higher level opponents?

The same way we would prepare for most games. We learned from last week against Grendon that we need to stick to our game plan and try not to get drawn in to playing a direct game. We played against several higher level opposition in our pre-season campaign, the likes of Buckingham Athletic, Ampthill Town & Aylesbury FC, and got more success when we had the ball and were patient with it

Does James have any friends or ex-colleagues in the Winslow squad?

Not too many to be honest, only Freshy who I’ve seen on their team sheet in recent fixtures, it’s been about four or five seasons since I’ve played over at Winslow. They have had a few changes of manager, combined with the way players tend to move around in local football has meant that the majority of the squad I played with there are now playing elsewhere. I’m sure there will be one or two faces that I’ll have played against over the years and look forward to going up against them again

So how has the season been for Mursley so far?

Although very early still, I feel we’ve started strongly, we have had some really good performances in all but one of our fixtures and we’ve got points on the board. We’ve kept the majority of our squad from last season and that has enabled us to kick on this year. We’ve already shown that this squad has some good character after coming from behind to beat Gallacticos, and the way we responded to the Bank Holiday Monday defeat at Grendon by beating Totternhoe the way we did was very pleasing

How does James feel his own personal season has started?

A challenging start, I had a good enough pre-season and worked on some individual fitness sessions to get ready for the season ahead. I then missed the first two weeks of the season as I was away, but that’s one of those things. August is the kind of month where players & management, especially those with families and kids have commitments during the holidays. Thankfully, we’ve had a good run of games over the past two weeks so what has helped not just me but all of us to sharpen up

Mursley went out of the LCT midweek, how was the match?

The usual cliché – a game of two halves. First half we controlled the ball but were not effective, and poor with our decision making, as to when to play through or which pass to put in. Second half we dominated possession, were more patient with the ball and naturally this opened them up. We were unlucky not to grab the equaliser we thoroughly deserved. They had two shots on goal and both went in but we dust ourselves down and go again as there were loads of positives to take from it

Finally, we asked James what teams he expects to be challenging at the top end of the table this season:

I didn’t play in the fixture but from what I have heard Bovingdon seem to be the team to beat looking at the table. You have Pitstone who are always a competitive team that seem to have strengthened and are also unbeaten so I would expect them to be tough. Then you have Aston Clinton, Totternhoe & Old Bradwell. Apart from the top two, everyone has shown that they are beatable, meaning that this season should have a good cluster of teams fighting it out for league honours

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

SSMFL D2; Grendon Rangers 4-3 Mursley United

Grendon Rangers – 4

Mursley United – 3

Grendon Rangers got their first points of the season with this hard earned win over local rivals Mursley United on Bank Holiday Monday, in a game that saw seven goals, two red cards and some dogged defending in the latter stages where eleven men Mursley were peppering the nine man Grendon penalty area looking for an equaliser, but the home side held on to give manager Steve Jackman his first win in his new position.

Grendon won a corner in the first minute, Luke Taverner curled it in and running in Stuart Leonard got something on the ball to divert goalwards but Mursley had a defender on the line who managed to block and clear, & just moments later a free kick was lofted into the Mursley box by Charlie West where Matt Ginger beat his marker to the ball but off balance he could only lift over the top.

The home side did then take the lead on nine minutes, another free kick way out on the left saw West again loft into the box and this time it eluded everyone in the Mursley area, including keeper Dan Willett and went in. The visitors had their first real chance just past the quarter hour mark when a cross from their left found Caleb Adegbola inside the area but he could only head straight at Lewis Dench in the Rangers goal.

Matt Ginger scores

Just a minute later Mursley equalised when a throw on their right was sent high into the box and a flick on found Dan Simpson twelve yards out and he made no mistake. The game evened out with half chances at both ends, a superb ball over the United defence from Andrew Hind saw Solomon Janecki in behind but Willett was quick off his line to clear the danger.

Nine minutes before the break the hosts scored again from another set piece, this time a corner slung in by Taverner was met by the head of the incoming Ginger who thumped the ball past Willett to restore the Rangers lead going into the break. H/T: 2-1

Mursley came out for the second period and dominated the early stages, the best chance fell to Nathan Skelton who slid in to meet a cross from the right but he could only help the ball wide of the back post. A lot of searching balls over the Rangers defence were too long and either sailed away for goal kicks or went comfortably through to Dench.

Just past the hour mark their pressure paid off when Skelton collected a throw out on their left and cut across field before drilling low at goal, Dench went down at his near post with both hands but somehow the ball squeezed through for the second United equaliser of the afternoon.

Caleb Adegbola scored for Mursley

The parity lasted just five minutes when the home side won another corner out on their right, Taverner again swung in and at the back post Mohammed Adam climbed highest to head down and the ball bounced up into the roof of the net. The goal stunned the visitors and within three minutes they were rocked again.

A long ball down the Grendon right saw Tom Marshall chase down and Willett went out to meet him but the midfielder got their first and knocked the ball past the stranded keeper, with defenders chasing back he squared across the box to Adam who knocked into the unguarded net to give Grendon a two-goal cushion.

Mursley made substitutions to try and get back in the game, but it was a combination of two of the starting eleven that brought them back into the game just four minutes later, Simpson received the ball on the corner of the box, he went for goal but sliced across the area where running in at the back Adegbola fired home.

As the visitors searched their equaliser the game descended into chaos with two late red cards, the first for Alex with nine minutes left when he raised a foot too high and received his second yellow of the afternoon, then just three minutes later a Mursley corner was cleared long and Emad Fallaha gave chase shoulder to shoulder with a defender.

As the ball rolled away some shirt pulling led to a kick out by the Grendon substitute which the assistant saw, reported to the referee and duly received a red card for. The final minutes saw Mursley throw everything at the nine Rangers men but they held out for a spirited three points. F/T: 4-3

Attendance: 52

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Rangers manager Steve Jackman: 
And also with United boss Anthony Lands: 

For match photography please click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskH1ZfBq

SSMFLD2; Jamie hoping United can Land higher place finish

Monday 27th August 2018

Grendon Rangers v Mursley United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Village Hall

K.O. 3.00pm

Jamie Lands

Mursley United travel over to local rivals Grendon Rangers on Bank Holiday Monday looking to build upon their two wins in their opening three games of the Spartan South Midlands Division Two season but will be somewhat cautious as their hosts lost heavily in their only game of the season so far but have since had over two weeks to lick their wounds and regroup ahead of this fixture.

This week Sports Shots caught up with United joint manager Jamie Lands to ask how he feels their opening games have gone:

It’s been a strange start, August is a tough month due to availability but we have still managed to get two wins from our three games; a comfortable win over Unite MK in our opener, the second game at Bovingdon both myself and Anthony were away and we lost in a very close game, I’m told any other day we’d have got something from that game! Then last week we had a tough game against Gallacticos where we were missing six potential starting players but managed to get the win with a gritty performance, so overall, we are relatively pleased with our start. Our squad once everyone has returned from holidays and the like will be very strong, and hopefully we can improve on last season’s league finish

Nathan Skelton & Dan Simpson have scored seven goals already between them, how does Jamie think they rate as a strike force?

This season we were looking to add more goal scorers to our side and they both fit the bill perfectly, two different types of players but both score goals. They have settled in well and we are pleased with both of their contributions within the team, but we also have to mention other players we have in attack, like Del & also Tom, who are both fighting for places and who also add a lot of quality to our squad

So how good does Jamie feel the squad is to compete in a long season?

Once we get August out of the way and our squad availability improves I believe it will be very good, we have more quality and more depth than we did last year, this includes being strong across all areas of the pitch. We have also added the development team who also have a solid squad, so we should be able to field strong line ups each week and they have been a fantastic support for us in these early weeks. I will say, if we have our strongest line up each & every week then we will be right up there, however as with all football teams it is having that consistency each week from your top players

What do Mursley expect from Grendon on Monday afternoon?

I’m not too sure what to expect to be honest, you never know what you’re up against early in any season & especially when a club is under new management. The one thing we do know is their first game ended in defeat so I am sure they will be fired up for this game, and we will need to match that. As usual we will be looking for another three points

And finally, before this week-end the league table shows five teams are still undefeated, we asked who Jamie expects to be fighting it out at the top come May next year?

First of all well done to all those teams, it’s very early days but to have points on the board at this stage is very important. I think there is a lot of competition this season and quite a number of teams will believe they can finish right up there. Firstly, I would like to see us fighting for a top three finish & really push on this season, we genuinely believe in the club, the players and our coaches.

As for other sides I expect to do well; Bovingdon are tipped to do well, started brightly and beat us in our second game. Pitstone had a good side last year and they have improved again by the looks of it as shown in their early games, both of these sides seem to be scoring plenty of goals. You then get the others who are always there or thereabouts, Totternhoe, Aston Clinton and Old Bradwell for example. The team that wins it this time around is more than likely the team that has the best player commitment & consistency within their side

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

SSMFLD2; Grendon looking to believe in their Sol in tough battle with Mursley

Monday 27th August 2018

Grendon Rangers v Mursley United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Village Hall

K.O. 3.00pm

Solly Janecki

Grendon Rangers host local rivals Mursley United on Bank Holiday Monday looking to shake off their disappointing start to their season and earn manager Steve Jackman his first points in his new role. Grendon were beaten at home by New Bradwell St Peter over two weeks ago by four goals without reply in Spartan South Midlands League Division Two & haven’t played competitively since, whilst Mursley have already played three league games to date, two wins and a defeat have seen them score nine times but concede five, so goals are not in short supply!

This week Sports Shots caught up with Rangers new recruit Solomon Janecki to ask how the opening game went:

We didn’t get off to the start we wanted, but there were still a lot of positives to take from the game, we are still getting used to how each other play and we have a lot of new players so we just need some time to get used to each other and gel as a team

Formerly of Buckingham Athletic how did the move to Grendon come about?

Work and other commitments made it very difficult for me last season to travel the distances that were expected & I had to miss out on a lot of mid-week games, and more importantly training sessions. Also being able to play in a central midfield position helps!

So how has Sol settled in since joining?

I’ve settled in really quickly, it’s been easy with such a good bunch of lads so there has been no issues at all, and the gaffer does a good job of making all the new players feel welcome here

We asked how the squad is looking for the long campaign ahead:

The squad is getting there, we have signed a lot of new players & strengthened in all the key positions but it’s a long season so strength in depth will be key for us

And finally, Mursley on Monday will not be easy so how does Sol think his new side can get something from the game?

It’s not going to be easy that’s for sure, but as long as we follow & execute our game plan and cut out the silly mistakes plus the free kicks we have conceded that have punished us in recent weeks, then this should give us the best chance possible

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