Archive for Mursley United Football Club

Mursley go down to Raiders

“Mursley United travelled to Berkhamsted Raiders on Saturday and were defeated 3-1.

With a number of players unavailable, manager Anthony Lands was able to field a bare eleven who fought hard, but struggled against an opposition who were more used to playing on the 3G surface. Chances were limited for both sides, but it was the visitors who opened the scoring as Ellis Spence was upended in the penalty area and Adam Bone dispatched the penalty with five minutes remaining before half time. However, the hosts were on level terms before the break when Danso escaped the attentions of the Mursley defence and slotted home past the onrushing Adam Moore, deputising in goal for the absent Sam Jay.

This goal galvanised the home side and they went ahead around the hour mark when Jordan MacDougall’s attempt to clear imminent danger, skewed off his left foot and into the top of the net past Moore. It looked like Danny Clarke had levelled the score ten minutes later, but he was adjudged to have pushed his marker as he bore down on goal and with fifteen minutes remaining, Spence was dismissed for dissent. The ten men of Mursley strove for an equaliser, but in the dying moments and, with players committed forward, substitute Macfarlane broke away and steered the ball past Moore to secure the three points”

SSMFL,D2: Gallacticos defeat Mursley in hard-fought local derby

By Justin Daley

Mursley United travelled to MK Gallacticos on Saturday and were defeated 4-3 in a hard-fought game.

Manager Anthony Lands introduced new signing John Mulholland and the former Winslow United player-manager slotted into the middle of the back four.

John Mulholland

The home side were quickest out of the blocks and scored after ten minutes through Josh Douglas-Smith, although there was a suspicion of offside as the striker ran on to a through ball and slotted past Sam Jay.

Mursley looked to take a hold in the game and a terrific strike from Adam Bone crashed back off the bar with the keeper beaten.

Gallacticos extended their lead on the half hour as Douglas-Smith had time to control the ball and curl an effort past Jay from eighteen yards. He went on to add his third on the dot of half-time as he got away from the Mursley defence again and calmly slotted home.

Lands swapped himself for Lewis Delahaye at half-time and the visitors used their possession better. They scored with just over twenty minutes left as Peter McAnaspie ran onto a through ball and his firmly struck shot beat the home keeper before he could move. They added a second after a sustained bout of pressure as a Bone corner curled under the bar and into the net.

The hosts hit back immediately as a flowing move ended with Dahire touching home at the near post.

A frantic ten minutes ensued and, in injury time, a long deep cross from Simon Hodges cannoned back off the far post, hit the keeper and lodged in the net.

Mursley had one final chance, but Bone’s free kick from twenty five yards flew tantalisingly over the bar.

SSMFL,D2: Mursley record fourth successive victory

Mursley United made it four wins in four to maintain their push towards the top of Spartan South Midlands Division 2 with a 2-1 win over Tring Corinthians.

Adam Bone

The hosts went ahead in the second minute as Danny Clarke was brought down in the penalty area and Adam Bone dispatched the spot kick. Bone also hit a post with a curling effort before Mitchell Spiers added a second. Bone also had a rising drive from twenty five yards tipped over by the keeper.

A swift counter-attack saw the visitors pull a goal back through weeks just before half-time. In the second half, the visitors put Mursley under pressure, but the home defence remained solid and a Bone free-kick was saved by the keeper with five minutes left.

SSMFL,D2: Mursley return to winning ways with 5-goal victory

By Justin Daley

Mursley United returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 5-0 victory over The 61 FC.

They had a chance in the first minute, but Gould, in the visitors goal, made a fine point-blank save from Danny Clarke. However, the hosts went ahead through a diving header from Mitchell Spiers after twelve minutes following a pin-point cross from Jordan McDougall.

The hosts continued to apply pressure and Gould made saves one-on-one with Adam Bone and twice from Peter McAnaspie to keep the lead to one goal at the break.

Shortly after the start of the second half, the referee adjudged some shirt-pulling at a corner and awarded Mursley a penalty which Bone dispatched.

The third goal came with around twenty minutes remaining as Spiers made a mazy run into the box, retained possession and poked the ball home.

Five minutes later, Spiers broke down the right and his cross was met on the edge of the area by McAnaspie, whose volley flew into the net.

The scoring was completed in injury time as the ball wasn’t cleared from a Mursley corner and skipper, Ellis Spence was on hand to head the loose ball home.

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!)


To find out more information about the campaign click here:


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