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SSMFL D2; Mursley United 1-3 Bovingdon

Mursley United – 1
Bovingdon – 3

League leaders Bovingdon visited Mursley United on Saturday and secured a 3-1 victory over the hosts.

Nathan Skelton

With regular keeper Dan Willett injured, Jordan Fernandez donned the goalkeeping gloves as Jamie Lands’ side looked to prove a tough test for the leaders.

However, despite the high wind, the visitors went ahead early when Deadman’s strike from distance took a deflection, wrong-footing Fernandez and ended up in the net.

The home side’s best effort was through Tom Brazier who couldn’t keep his effort down from ten yards and blazed over the bar.

The visitors’ second goal came late in the first half when Thorogood was on the end of a cross to tuck the ball home.

With the wind at their backs, Mursley had more possession in the second half and gave themselves a chance when Nathan Skelton’s effort from twenty yards rocketed into the net to record his twenty ninth goal of the season.

The visitors secured the points late on when James Wardell brought down Dodds in the area and, although Fernandez saved Standen’s spot kick, the latter followed up to net the rebound.

Report supplied by Justin Daley

SSMFL D2; Former Mursley boss details why he has Land-ed a better role at the club

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Mursley United v New Bradwell St Peter
Spartan South Midlands Division Two
The Playing Field
K.O. 3.00pm

Mursley United host New Bradwell St Peter on Saturday in their first game for four weeks as they enter their final seven league fixtures of the season, currently sitting in eighth position in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two table United will be looking to get some momentum going and have the ideal opportunity to finish the season strong as five of their remaining seven games are at home, they’ve not hosted a league fixtures since the first of December and come off the back of seven consecutive away fixtures. Mursley have won two and lost two of their last four & welcome Bradwell who beat Clean Slate last weekend for their first success since mid-October and currently sit three places but nine points adrift of their hosts, a recent change in management along with a two week break from football will see them hoping to catch Mursley a little rusty but as this is the first meeting of the two sides this season, they meet again in four weeks’ time in the reverse fixture, both sides will be looking for victory to boost morale for their run in.

Anthony Lands

This week Sports Shots caught up with former Mursley manager Anthony Lands and asked how he would describe the season so far for Mursley United:

This season has been a transitional one, not the one that we expected at the start of the season. We had a huge turnout of players at the beginning & with the development team starting I was full of hope but as the season started players came and went and the inconsistency of players was very frustrating, resulting in an unsettled team and changing expectations. This has finally settled down and Jamie has done a brilliant job in sorting this out, adding some recent additions and the club is in capable hands with him. I have had to take a step back due to other commitments and this has also had an impact on the team with Jamie starting to add his own ideas and players are getting used to that. Hats off to Jamie he had done brilliantly and is continuing to show he is a perfect fit for this club!

How has the squad shaped up during the months since July?

We have had a great core throughout the season and if you look at appearances you will see the same eight or nine players every week grafting and committing to it which is what the club are looking for. These players include (Dan) Willett, (James) Wardell, Nathan (Hawkins), Mike (Joseph), Jammers (Jamie Green), Ryan (Lee), Tom (Brazier) and our top scorer Skelly (Nathan Skelton). The rest have been in and out and one or two have never really recovered from injuries including Luke (Williamson) who is a big player for us and our left back Jordan McDougall has had to concentrate on work which has seen him out! So massive hats off to the committed players and they are the future of Mursley and with that core I can see a lot of positives. Player availability is always a challenge and the development team has been used more frequently than we would have anticipated

Looking back over the season so far, is there anything Anthony could have done differently?

Yes definitely. Looking back I would have gone out and tried to get hold of another two committed players that would have made a huge difference. I’m not one for chasing players but looking back maybe I should have! Being reflective I should have managed my workload more realistically and stepped back at the start of the season and had a less hands on role, as in December I had to take a back seat and hand over to Jamie. Overall I’m pleased though and can say it’s the start of a bright future!

Just how difficult is it to manage a step seven club, work full time and have a family life?

Very difficult!!!! Having a family and other work commitments is the main reason that stops managers from wanting to do it. It’s not just a training session once a week from seven till nine pm and matches three to five pm. It’s dealing with availability, unavailability, players not happy, being the first on and last out, dealing with let downs, balancing time for players and many more issues. Trying to balance all this with a full time job and family is challenging. I myself have two jobs plus a family and football was getting in the way at times, the phone would never stop. That’s why I had to step back. Step seven is a level in that has many challenges, I would like one day to move up the football pyramid to see if the same challenges are faced in the higher steps of the pyramid. Everyone needs to remember as much as we love it we also are just volunteers and can’t commit our whole week to football, as much as we would like to. It’s different for those clubs that are lucky enough to have a budget and financially reward the manager for their time

We asked Anthony how difficult it has been not playing every week and keeping players motivated:

This is ridiculous. How we can go two weeks without a game and try and keep all motivated is very difficult. Fitness, momentum and just keeping interest is hard. Saturday is what we do all the graft for and without it motivation suffers for us all. This has not helped us at all and is definitely a factor in our consistency, the league needs a revamp to stop this from happening in the future

With just seven games left what are Anthony’s targets for the remainder?

Well as I now play when needed and assist Jamie when I can, my first thought is to keep helping out in any way Jamie wants. In terms of points we all need to pick up as many points as we can to try and get a respectable points total. As a minimum I would expect thirteen points from the remaining games and see where we end up

This weekend Mursley host New Bradwell St Peter, what are United expecting from their guests?

New Bradwell is a game we are looking forward to coming off the back of a good scoring performance. We hopefully welcome back Luke from injury but are without a couple of influential players but this gives others an opportunity to impress! I expect a tough game and they have some dangerous players including Jim (Davey) who I really like as a player. As for any info we don’t get involved with that and we just concentrate on ourselves to ensure we get the three points. We welcome the new management team and hope for an enjoyable game and three points in a home game which has been long overdue

What have been the highlights of the season?

The highlight!!! I can think of a few individual moments including my stunning volley against Clean Slate but don’t want to mention that too much. The ones that stick out are our performance against Unite MK at home scoring goals and cruising to three points with a commanding performance. Also Austin scoring against Old Bradwell in our one-one draw, a great battle in awful conditions

Finally, we asked what the plans are for next season:

I am planning to help out Jamie as much as I can but more as a senior player rather than management as I just can’t commit to it! I know Jamie is happy with what he has and is looking for a few new additions next season along with the recent players added as is our development team. The back end of this season is preparation for next season itself. With the new additions and new formation, we have started playing some good football so fingers crossed that will give us good momentum to start the season well

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

SSMFL D2: Mursley win eight-goal local derby thriller over Unite MK

Daniel Silver and Jack Bradford both struck a brace and Thomas Brazier was also on target as Mursley United ran out 5-3 winners over Unite MK on Saturday afternoon.

Daniel Silver

Tom Brazier

Cole Rawson and a Luke Little double on target for the home side.

Luke Little

 

NBDL; Dan believes his side have Developed enough to get over the Finnis line

Saturday 9th February 2019

Mursley United Development v Clean Slate Reserves

North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division

The Playing Field

K.O. 2.00pm

Mursley United Development host Clean Slate reserves who currently prop up the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division table, & who have won just one of their twelve league games to date and have a goal difference of minus sixty! Considering that the visitor’s have shipped in a total of thirty-two goals in their last four games, the United strike force will be eager to take the field on Saturday to exercise their shooting practise however Slate’s single victory back in November did see them score six themselves that day so on their day can be a threat. Mursley currently sit smack in the middle of the league table, with five teams above and below them, and cannot move either way no matter what the result, they would go level with Wing on points but with a far poorer goal difference, plus Wing have four games in hand, but the win this week would then see them go within three points of second place, which for their first season as a side is great progress under manager Mitch Toyer. United have won only one of their previous three games, this could be an ideal opportunity to get back on the winning trail….

Dan Finnis

This week Sports Shots caught up with front man Dan Finnis to ask when he joined the club and how it came about:

I have been at the club since the beginning of the season, I was asked to come over by the coaches who I knew from my previous club. In general it’s been good, it’s a friendly and well run club which is a two minute drive from where I live which is a nice bonus

How good a season does he feel he has had?

I try to be available for all matches and training, unfortunately I have had a one or two fitness issues which have affected my performances, but I have been able to chip in with goals and assists which is what I’m there to do. I have been working a lot on my fitness recently to try and get back to my best form and help the team as much as possible

How good is this squad and which players have impressed so far?

In general the squad is very good with some very talented young players who in my opinion could push on to play in higher divisions, players like Sultan Hussaini, Ben Johnson and Sam Cartwright are definitely in that category and have really impressed me with their quality. Having a young captain in Ash Urquhart who is also very experienced for his age can only be a good sign for the team going forward. I think a realistic target for us, if we can be consistent will be top four

What does Dan see as his best position and in what formation?

My favoured position is in the front three a four-three-three, preferably out wide, this gets the best out of me as I am an attacking player, not being quite as fit as I used to be I tend to go forward a lot more than I go back, this is something I am trying hard to improve on

We asked Dan how he has found the quality of the North Bucks league and which other sides have impressed?

This is the first time I have played in the division, the only team that have really impressed me are Wing who we have played twice and lost to twice, in my opinion they are the best team in the league going forward and play some very good football. If they can carry on playing the way they do for the rest of the season and take advantage of their games in hand, I think the league will be theirs

How have the last few games been for the team?

As I wasn’t at the Bletchley game I can’t really comment on that. The win over Buckingham, alongside our cup win against Marsh Gibbon, is the best performance we’ve had all season, unfortunately we didn’t take that into the Wing game. We have shown on our day we can compete with the teams at the top of the league, if we had taken the Buckingham performance into the Wing game I think we possibly could have taken something

Surely Mursley will be favourites going into this week’s game against Clean Slate reserves?

Yes I feel that we are favourites but we can’t turn up on the day thinking that we will repeat the performance against them that we gave at the beginning of the season. This league has seen some strange results over the course of the season and we need to go into it giving one hundred and ten percent from the minute we arrive at the ground, play like we can and if we do so I’m sure we can put in a performance to get the 3 points

Finally we asked Dan to pick a player and any television programme he could put him on, and explain why:

I would like to see Sultan go on Love Island. On his snapchat he calls himself the “Heart Break Kid”, it would be interesting and funny to see how many hearts he can break

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

SSMFL D2; Mursley midfielder likes the ‘Luke’ of clubs development plan

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Mursley United v Bovingdon

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Playing Field

K.O. 2.00pm

Mursley United host league leaders Bovingdon on Saturday who have lost just one league game this season and who have scored fourteen goals in their least three outings, whereas United have only won one of their last six matches and are in desperate need of some points to start challenging the top of Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two again, currently sitting eighth in the table but with a couple of successes could lift themselves back up into the top four places. However, Bovingdon are top for a reason and are current league favourites despite Old Bradwell United lurking in the distance, they have only conceded nine goals away from home this season but Mursley have the second meanest defence at home this campaign, so something has to give. The Hertfordshire side did win the reverse fixture by the odd goal in five back in August in what was both sides second game of the season, a lot of football has passed since then, can Mursley exact revenge for that defeat?

Luke Williamson

This week Sports Shots caught up with United midfielder Luke Williamson to ask how long he’s been at Mursley, and how it all came about:

This is my second consecutive season with Mursley after having a spell with the club a few years back. The reason I joined back with Mursley was all down to Jamie Land’s non-stop messages and knowing the club from the past made it a no brainer to sign

How good a season has Luke had so far, and how does he feel he has contributed to the side?

This season has been tough on a personal level as I’ve picked up one too many injuries and one in particular that kept me out for three months, however I feel I’m finally getting back to my full fitness. It’s hard to judge my performances given that I haven’t played much this season

How good is the Mursley squad this year, and have any players impressed?

The squad we have this season is by far a lot stronger in quality of individual players however due to our squad changing practically every week it has been hard to settle throughout the season. There has been some great signs of youth and talent at the club since the induction of the development team and with some new faces it’s clear that we can be a force to reckon with, lads in particular like Ryan ‘the cruyff turn maestro’ Lee has, and always will continue to put great performances in, keeping us ticking in the middle. It’s also great to see Austin (Dickson) stepping up to men’s football and really impressing with his performances

What is Luke’s favoured position in the team?

I prefer to play in and around the midfield and get myself forward as much as possible. We as a team have kept our system as simple as trying to get the ball moving on the ground and I feel when we get the ball moving feet to feet I find myself and my team mates playing a lot stronger football

What has been Luke’s history prior to Mursley, and any highlights?

Throughout my youth football right up to my senior level I have travelled with a number of local teams in Buckinghamshire and playing youth football for a team in London. My highlight was playing for Winslow in the FA Vase and FA Cup preliminarily rounds

A good win followed by two defeats against Pitstone & Gallacticos, how were those games and what’s caused the recent defeats?

Apart from the win the two losses where pretty disappointing, however we can certainly take positives as we played well in spells and just need to fine tweak a few bits on the field. I feel the main reasons for the losses have been individual errors at moments of the game that happen to give the opposition an opportunity at goal

Any memories of playing Bovingdon from earlier in the season and how do they beat them this time round?

The away fixture was a tough game and the opposition worked hard all around the pitch. We will need to be prepared and focused for the game on Saturday and make it tough for the league leader’s visit to us

Finally, we asked Luke if he could pick any team mate to be on any television programme, who we he choose and why?

I would choose Boney (Adam Bone) and go on the show Soccer AM to try and get ourselves top bins!

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

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 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

NBDL; Mursley United Development 3-1 Buckingham United

Mursley United Development – 3

Buckingham United – 1

12.01.2019

Mursley United development upset the odds on Saturday by beating second place Buckingham United, a win the home side thoroughly deserved on the balance of play although two of the three goals were gifts after some horrendous defensive errors. A first half devoid of clear cut chances had many believing the second would be settled by the odd goal if any, but a great corner routine twenty minutes into the second period saw Conor White head the opener before two moments that the visitors will want to forget gave the hosts two goals in five minutes to leave Dean O’Connor’s men stunned, a late consolation was scant reward for the side that were hoping to increase the pressure at the top of the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division. Mursley hadn’t played a competitive fixture for four weeks but looked a lot sharper than their guests who had scored seven last week at Potterspury, but Mitch Toyer’s men became only the second team to win a league fixture over Buckingham this season, top of the league Marsh Gibbon have done the double already over them and now have two games in hand on the Lace Hill outfit with a three point lead.

The first ten minutes saw both sides embroiled in a midfield battle and anything the hosts tried was comfortably dealt with by the visitors defence or keeper Harry White, whilst Buckingham struggled to get anything going and anything played forward was too far from their intended targets and rolled to safety, it took until the eleventh minute for a shot in anger when a clearance from the away side fell to Sam Cartwright but his first time shot was high over the top. The guests slowly got there game together and a cross from Mitch Young found Ryan Guinnane on the eighteen yard line, a slight deflection off a Mursley defender saw the blues claiming handball but Guinnane didn’t wait for the decision from the official as he slipped a pass through for the incoming Tom O’Connell who flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far upright.

Harry White denies Ben Johnson

A free kick to the away team out on the right hand touchline saw Will Wright curl into the box and elude everyone and for a split second it had home keeper Nick Bevans scurrying across his six yard area but he only had to watch it sail over his crossbar, at the opposite end Dan Finnis tried his luck from twenty yards but a huge deflection off a defender allowed the away keeper plenty of time to gather. The visitors were lucky to escape when a clearance at the back was charged down with the loose ball falling nicely for Jay Chawla to strike first time, he got his timing all wrong and screwed wide & moments later Luke Williamson capitalised on some hesitancy again in the blue defence, blocking a clearance he fed in Ben Johnson to the left of goal, Harry White dived at his feet and just as it looked like he would have a free shot at the empty goal White managed to stick out a hand whilst still on the floor and push the ball to safety, in the final minute Williamson saw himself played in on goal but he fired into the side netting from the angle. H/T: 0-0

Buckingham started the second period a lot brighter than the first and an early chance saw Guinnane in behind but Bevans was out in a flash and blocked, the ricochet back off the striker was heavy though allowing a defender to clear, whilst at the other end Finnis cut in from the flank and lost his marker where from the acutest of angles his attempt to square saw White dive away to his right to gather with both hands. Guinnane threatened again down the left and after playing a great one-two bore down on goal but fired past the back post, on the hour mark the same striker saw a low drive from the eighteen yard line brilliantly saved by Bevans turning out for a corner, that set piece was cleared long downfield to set Johnson in on goal, turning inside two defenders to create some space he then pulled his shot wide by some distance.

Conor White (5) opens the scoring

On sixty-four minutes Mursley finally took the lead when a Finnis corner was swung in and at the back post Conor White headed down and one bounce took the ball up into the roof of the net, from there the game began to open up as the visitor’s tried to get back into the game space opened up for the hosts to explore. A loose pass some twenty yards from goal saw Ash Urquhart try his luck but easily clear the goal frame, then with twelve minutes remaining it all went horribly wrong for the away side when Harry White took too long on the ball and Williamson was on him in a flash, charging down the keepers attempted clearance both players then tussled for possession but the midfielder got his boot to it first to lift into the back of the net.

Heads visibly dropped from that point and just five minutes later it was three when again hesitancy to clear cost dearly, deep in their own half the blue backline dithered too long and a pass was blocked then knocked out right to substitute Oscar Friell who advanced into the box before deftly chipping over the advancing White into the empty net. Buckingham scored with four minutes left, good work out on the flank from O’Connell saw him pull back to Aaron Jones whose fierce drive was too hot for Bevans to handle as it lifted into the top corner, but it was all too little too late. F/T: 3-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Mursley manager Mitch Toyer: 
And also with Buckingham midfielder Will Wright: 

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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

NBDL; Mursley defender full of praise for his new Club

Saturday 12th January 2019

Mursley United Development v Buckingham United

North Bucks League Intermediate Division

The Playing Field

K.O. 2.00pm

Mursley United development host Buckingham United on Saturday in their first ever league meeting and a stiff test lies ahead as they welcome the league’s second place side on the back of their seven goals to three victory at Potterspury reserves last weekend. Mursley haven’t played since mid-December, a month that saw two defeats against Bletchley Park & Marsh Gibbon, however those defeats were sandwiched by a cup win over Gibbon on penalties after a goalless draw, and in their first season together Mitch Toyer’s men sit smack in the middle of the North Bucks & District Football League intermediate Division table, and find themselves exactly five points away from the side above them and below them, a win would see them within touching distance of the top five places with games in hand on three of those top five. Their next two games are both at home and against teams above them fighting for top spot, tough tests but they have already proven this season that they can compete in this division.

Sam Clubley

This week Sports Shots caught up with Mursley defender Sam Clubley to ask when he joined on and how he’s found it at the club:

I’ve been here since the start of the season, it was the manager Mitch (Toyer) who got me here. He contacted me letting me know he was going to be in charge of the development squad and that I should come down for pre-season to see how I got on, I enjoyed myself so I thought why not and made the move. I’ve really enjoyed the season so far with a great group of lads

What position does Sam play, and what formation best suits the side?

I play left back myself, and in terms of formation both the first team and development at Mursley play four-three-three, I feel this is probably the best if everyone is doing their job and midfield work together well and stay as a unit. It’s also good if the winger you have on your side tracks back if you’re getting doubled up on. There are other formations I’d like to try but the middle of the season isn’t the right time to be doing that

How has the season been so far for Sam?

Overall I feel I’ve been solid, I feel that in some games I have been really good but then at the same time in others I’ve not been so good & not really up for it, and to be a good player you can’t do that as you need to be consistent, but I feel I’ve had more good than bad. I started the season really fit and maintained that right up until we had a blip in the fixtures where they were so sporadic that it was hard to maintain match fitness, I also had a holiday in November which may have affected my fitness aswell

How good is this development squad, and which players have impressed so far?

To me this team can be incredible and go far, the ability and potential these players have is really high. It’s our first season all playing together so I think that after this season or even towards the end of this one you will start to see what we can really do, we just need to gel properly as a team & understand each other and how we should be playing. As for impressing, I could name all the players in the team as they all have, but a couple in particular are Tom Lloyd-Roberts as he’s been called up to the first team permanently now I believe, Josh Hawkins also, and I wish I didn’t have to say this but Ben Johnson when he’s switched on & playing like he knows he can for someone his age is unreal, and finally a lad who has only recently joined called Sultan (Hussaini) as he’s put in outstanding performances every week and he’s really young as well with so much potential

Mursley United Development

United faced Gibbon twice and Bletchley in December with a draw and two defeats, how were those games?

For me those games were very frustrating, the first away to Marsh Gibbon we were a few players short and I had to fill in at centre back, it was a good game but on the day they were the better side but I knew we had another game against them, at our place and with some of the missing players coming back. In that second game I felt we dominated them which at the end of the ninety minutes was a draw, and we luckily won on penalties with our keeper Nick Bevans making some great saves. The loss to Bletchley was the most frustrating as we were two-one up, but in the second half the rain started coming down hard & fast, almost blinding at times and they really showed that they wanted it more than us & unfortunately we went on to lose three-two, but I think with a bit of maturity from the lads we would have done enough to see it out and win the game

Onto Buckingham United this week, does Sam know much about them?

Whilst I haven’t played against them with Mursley I was fortunate enough to face them when I was at Tattenhoe so can give the gaffer some information on what it was like & how I remember playing against them. I believe if we have a strong team & play how I know we can then it’ll be a good game and I can see us winning it, we just have to be disciplined at the back and clinical going forward. They are a very good side so it’ll take us being on top form to beat them

How high up the league can this squad finish, and what targets are there for the remainder?

Seeing as it is our first season as a team I think top three or four would be very good seeing as we have nothing to base this season upon, but in the position we are in now I think top four is a good finish. For me, I’d like to get my match fitness back up & finish the season playing the best I can, and to get a couple more call ups to the first team if possible

Finally, we asked Sam if he could swap places with anyone from the club and in the world, who would he choose?

That’s a tough one because we have some players younger than me and I’d like to be their age again, but I reckon I’d like to be the manager to see what it’s like on match day & see what it’s like to manage our young team, whether it is stressful or not. If I could be anyone in the world for a day it would probably have to be a footballer, either Christiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi as they seem happy with their lives and are at the top of their sport, which is a massive achievement. And of course the money!

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