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Non-League Day 2017

This Saturday see’s the annual celebration of non-league day, started seven years ago to promote non-league football during the ‘international break’ and to encourage people to “support their local team”.


Supporters up and down the country face a week-end of discontent with no top flight matches due to the international break, but are encouraged instead of sitting at home or going shopping to go out and discover just what their local non-league football scene offers.

Many clubs offer special deals in order to encourage more support this week-end, in the hope a few will come along and enjoy what they see and return again later in the season. Clubs often use the week-end to try and raise money for charity.

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.

Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode:


Sports Shots urges everyone to get out this week-end and discover the teams that are local to you! You never know, you may find a new passion, and when entry costs anything from £4 you’ll have enough to take the kids, other half and some places even admit your pet dog if you ask nicely. (Twitter page ‘non-league dogs’ love these pictures if you do!)


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SSMFL,D2: Mursley edged out in five-goal encounter

By Justin Daley

Mursley United travelled to AFC Southgate on Saturday and were defeated 3-2 in a tight game.

Behind to an own goal inside two minutes, the visitors responded when an Adam Bone free kick was diverted into the home net by a defender and were ahead through Bone again after twenty five minutes.

Adam Bone

A Danny Clarke effort hit the post and Lewis Delahaye was ruled offside as he finished neatly, but the hosts equalised around ten minutes after half-time.

An even second half followed with Delahaye going close and with five minutes left a sharp break by Southgate, found Sam Jay making a good point-blank save before Phinn-Archer scored from the rebound.

SSMFL,D2: Late Clarke header earns Mursley a point

By Justin Daley

Mursley United hosted Berkhamsted Raiders on Saturday and claimed a 1-1 draw very late in the game.

Missing the suspended Ellis Spence and Adam Bone in midfield, mangaer Anthony Lands pushed Adam Moore forward into a midfield role and brought in Andy Gray to play. The opening exchanges showed the visitors on the front foot as Mursley worked to contain the pace of their young opponents. It was the visitors who scored first, Mentah finishing off a flowing move from close range after twenty minutes. They also rattled the crossbar and Mursley were pleased to get to the break only one goal behind.

The hosts looked better in the second period with Steve Mooney replacing Gray and working hard to get the home side flowing again.

With twenty minutes remaining, Lands introduced Gary Thomas and Rafik Asryan for Ozite Cribb and Jamie Green and Mursley pressed hard for the equaliser. Lewis Delahaye’s shot came back off the bar and several attacks lacked a finishing product until four minutes into stoppage time when a floated free kick from Jordan McDougall was met by an unmarked Danny Clarke from six yards and headed into the net.

Danny Clarke – Image courtesy of Mursley United FC

Mursley United 3-2 Old Bradwell United

Mursley United – 3

Old Bradwell United – 2

Mursley United beat Old Bradwell United on a glorious sunny Tuesday evening to climb up to second in the South Midlands Division Two table. Despite going behind early on they weathered the Bradwell storm and equalised before the break; a better start to the second period saw them take the lead and despite their visitors pinning them back found a winner fourteen minutes from time to leap frog their guests and after four games are one of only three times still unbeaten in the league.

Alex Feaver put Bradwell ahead in the second minute, a deep cross from the right was knocked back across goal by Aaron Bhasin and in the middle Feaver couldn’t miss from close range. The home side had their first effort on eight minutes when Adam Bone thumped a free kick straight into Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn’s gloves.

Opposite keeper Sam Jay then had to save bravely at the feet of Ross Butler as he sprung the Mursley offside trap, but there was nothing he could when Feaver tried his luck from twenty yards on fifteen minutes, but to his luck the ball crashed back off the crossbar and was eventually cleared.

Mursley then equalised on twenty-seven minutes, a ball down the right wing allowed Lewis Delahaye to get away from his marker, knock the ball past the advancing Jahn and slot into the empty net.

Delahaye scored twice

A free kick to the home side then saw a knock back across goal and Bone stuck out a boot and almost divert the ball home past the wrong footed Jahn, but the ball rolled agonisingly wide.

Feaver fired over from twenty-five yards, a Mursley free kick was then headed straight at Jahn by Ellis Spence, and in the final minute of the half a Bradwell counter attack saw Butler set free down their right before he crossed to Ben Green who off balance screwed his effort wide. H/T: 1-1

First chance of the second half saw Bhasin connect well with a cross field pass but he could only steer wide, before a Mursley corner was headed over by Spence. The home side enjoyed some lengths of possession and whilst several half chances were blocked in the box, Bone left footed high over the bar.

Just before the hour mark Delahaye scored his, and his sides second of the game, showing some strength inside the Bradwell area he went shoulder to shoulder with a marker but created enough space to fire into the bottom corner.

Another Mursley corner was then headed wide by Spence despite having two defenders in close attendance, before a slip in the home back line allowed Feaver in behind and his attempted lob over Jay saw the keeper back pedal before having to throw himself at the ball to fingertip around his post for a corner.

Old Bradwell got themselves level on seventy two minutes, a ball into the box saw defender and keeper both miss the cross and waiting in front of the empty net Green fired home.

Ben Green levels

Just as the visitors thought they’d got themselves back in the game, four minutes later they fell behind again, from far out on the right wing Oz Cribb floated a diagonal ball over to the back post where Santino Ciliberti got a shot away that eluded Jahn as he came out and somehow the ball rolled in.

Delahaye looking for his treble dribbled past three defenders before blazing over, and moments before the end Feaver looked to be in behind the Mursley defence but a superb recovery from Adam Moore saw him get in a vital block and the danger was gone. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 34

After the game Mursley player / assistant manager Ellis Spence spoke to Sports Shots: 


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SSMFL,D2: Mursley fourth after drawing with league leaders

By Justin Daley

On Saturday, Mursley entertained league leaders Totternhoe and drew 1-1.

The visitors went ahead within ten minutes with a long range strike from Brent and were dominant throughout most of the first period, but Mursley were resolute in defence with the experienced pair of James Wardell and Steve Mooney strong in the centre back roles. The hosts levelled on the break just before half-time when Pete McAnaspie finished off a good move from fifteen yards. An even second half ensued and the points were shared.

Steve Mooney


Last Wednesday, Mursley United travelled to Tring Town and came away with a 5-2 victory.

The hosts scored first within five minutes, when Garraway got away on the right and his low ball cannoned off Lewis Cardno and into the net. The visitors were level in the ninth minute after Lewis Delahaye appeared to be fouled in the penalty area, but got up to lay the ball to player-manager, Antony Lands, who was brought down and Adam Bone dispatched the penalty. Mursley started to gain a foothold in the game and Delahaye himself put Mursley ahead just before the half when squeezing in from a tight angle. However, within minutes, a long ball over the top caught Mursley out and Garraway finished with a crisp volley past Sam Jay.

The introduction of Danny Clarke as a half-time substitute had an immediate impact as he wriggled down the right and squared for Bone to tap in from six yards. Three minutes later, a long ball forward saw Birchenall in the Tring goal coming out to clear. However, his clearance hit a defender and looped up to Delahaye and from forty yards his neatly placed lob cleared the defence and rolled into the net.

The hosts came back strongly and Jay tipped over from a free-kick, but with five minutes left, Ozzie Cribb’s run and cross from the left found Clarke. His shot was parried by Birchenall, but substitute Adam Moore was on hand to slide home.

Match details – LINK HERE

SSMFL,D2: Mursley begin with Amersham goalless draw

By Justin Daley

Mursley United opened their Spartan South Midlands Division Two campaign on Saturday with a 0-0 draw with Amersham Town.

Under new player-manager, Anthony Lands, Mursley lined up with a core of players from last season and with a few new signings and came up against a much-changed Amersham side from the previous term who dominated the first half and had a good chance saved brilliantly by Sam Jay. They also had the ball in the net, but it was ruled out for offside.

Sam Jay

In the second period, Mursley were able to contain the visitors, but were unable to create any clear opportunities themselves and had to thank Jay again deep into the game as he saved bravely at the feet of an on-rushing striker.

Match details – LINK

GALLERY: Mursley United v Ampthill Town


Mursley United 0-3 Ampthill Town 3

Mursley United – 0

Ampthill Town – 3

Mursley United went down to higher level Ampthill Town on Saturday in a pre-season friendly played in constant rain, but after a difficult first half put in a much brighter performance after the break.

The South Midlands Division One visitors tore into their hosts from the off and a right wing cross eluded everyone in the Mursley box and the outstretched boot of Sam Holmes could only steer wide. United did have a big shout for a penalty in the fourth minute but their appeals were in vain, before Holmes curled a free kick from just outside the box straight into Mursley keeper Sam Jay’s gloves.

Ellis Spence had the home side’s first sniff at goal when a long throw from the right saw him glance wide, and straight up the other end an Ampthill corner saw a header tipped over by Jay. Town took the lead on ten minutes when the United defence failed to clear and Brad Clarke stroked home from just outside the box.

Brad Clarke opens scoring

Six minutes later the lead was doubled when an initial shot from Holmes stung the hands of Jay who parried the effort, but pouncing on the loose ball Clarke doubled his tally for the afternoon. It was almost three minutes later when another cross found two Town players in the box unmarked, a step over left the ball free to Ed Skinner who flashed narrowly wide of the far post.

Skinner then volleyed over from outside the box for Ampthill, and before the break Mitch Spiers had a couple of efforts for United, one thumped over the top whilst the other he screwed wide. H/T: 0-2

Six minutes after the restart Mursley almost got a foot back in the game when a ball squared from the left was flashed inches over the crossbar by Jamie Nicholls. Then from the edge of the box an effort from Peter Macanaspie saw the Ampthill keeper spectacularly tip over his own bar, before a half cleared corner found Ozzie Cribb who evaded a lunging challenge before shooting wide.

A mistake from the Mursley defence then saw Sam Holmes shoot wide for Town, and moments later a ball into the area was left but creeping in behind Holmes got a shot away that bounced just a few feet wide of Jay’s back post.

Anthony Lands getting his point across

Ed Skinner then blasted a free kick way over the top for Ampthill, and with a couple of minutes left a long ball from the Town midfield saw Holmes go shoulder to shoulder with a defender and stick out a boot, with Jay stranded the ball rolled inches past the post, but a minute later he got his goal when another long upfield pass saw hesitancy in the Mursley back line, and with Jay off his line Holmes deftly lifted the ball over him and into the empty net. F/T: 0-3

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🎥 Sports Shots @russell_butler_ YouTube channel – INTERVIEW @MursleyUtdFC boss Anthony Lands speaks pre-season

SSMFL,D2: Lands takes the Mursley hot seat

Mursley United have appointed Anthony Lands as their new first team manager.

Anthony Lands

Lands was named in the club statement below: