Mursley United have appointed Anthony Lands as their new first team manager.
Lands was named in the club statement below:
Mursley United have appointed Anthony Lands as their new first team manager.
Lands was named in the club statement below:
Mursley United is delighted to announce new appointments and additions to the management team for the season 2017/18.
We welcome on board Lee Kimberley as our new 1st team Manager. With extensive experience both as a player and a manager at grass roots level, Lee will assume responsibility for all 1st Team matters.
We are also delighted to welcome onboard Mark Swanston as our new Senior Player Development Manager(MUFC Pathway). Mark joins us from Aylesbury United and will report to Simon Jay, Director of Football.
These appointments are crucial to supporting Simon Jay in ensuring MUFC have a clear pathway from youth football to non-league football for all our players.
Mark’s particular role will be to ensure that the coaching & development of our U16s, U18s & Senior teams is in line with the MUFC Pathway.
Mursley United triumphed in a hard fought Spartan South Midlands Division Two cup final against their opponents, The 61 FC from Luton at Tring Athletic FC, writes Justin Daley.
Mursley started slowly and had some difficulty against the long ball game played by the opposition, but were able to maintain parity for twenty minutes in which time Danny Clarke’s scuffed effort rolled to the keeper and Nathan Skelton shot wide. 61 FC went ahead on twenty minutes when a through ball fpound Currington bearing down on Kryzs Kwapinski in the Mursley goal: Kwapinski saved bravel at his feet, but Vanderburgh was on hand to slot home from the edge of the box. Mursley were galvanised by this and with Ellis Spence and Jamie Green having good games in midfield, chances were created.
On the half hour, skipper Paul Hollingsworth was adjudged offside as he directed his header at keeper Gould and at the other end, Kwapinski held on to a stinging drive. Hollingsworth was again on hand to head straight at Gould and, although play went from end to end, it looked as though Mursley would find a way back into the game.
Two minutes before the break, Skelton broke away, but his effort was well saved by Gould and, then, on the stroke of half time, Tom Brazier, who had little change from his full back for the majority of the half, got to the by-line and pulled back a ball that caused panic in the 61 defence. Hollingsworth stabbed the ball goalwards and Danny Clarke helped it on to deflect off the defender and into the net to level the scores.
Mursley started brightly in the second half and a perfect ball to Skelton wide on the right saw him deliver the perfect ball for Clarke to finish from eight yards.
Hollingsworth then broke and his shot was well saved by Gould. Ten minutes later, Skelton tried his luck from distance, but the ball went wide. Within a minute, Brazier got down the left and crossed; Gould fumbled and the ball was hacked away. With three substitutions, 61 came again and Mursley found themselves under pressure, but the defence, superbly marshalled by Lewis Cardno and James Wardell stood firm.
Jordan McDougall limped off to be replaced by Jason Lane and with ten minutes remaining, Steve Mooney replaced the injured Hollingsworth. Mursley’s chances were limited to a long range effort from Skelton which was easily dealt with by Gould and, in the dying moments of the game, Kwapinski was brave twice at the feet of on-rushing strikers.
As the clock ticked into injury time, Brazier and Skelton combined and as Brazier bore down on goal, he was brought down just outside the area. Clarke stepped up and his perfect free kick sailed into the corner of the net as Gould remained static. Ninety seconds of further injury time elapsed before the referee called time on the game and Simon Jay’s side were able to celebrate winning the trophy for the first time.
Team: – Kwapinski, Lands, McDougall, Green, Cardno, Wardell, Spence, Clarke, Skelton, Hollingsworth (c), Brazier. Subs: Lane for McDougall, Mooney for Hollingsworth.
Unused subs; Wade, Gray, Spink.
Mursley United will face 61FC Luton at Tring Athletic Football Club in the final of the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 Cup tonight.
United’s James Wardell spoke ahead of the game;
Everyone at the club is excited about playing in the first cup final in 7 years. A few of us were around for the last game, which unfortunately we lost 2-0 to a strong Aston Clinton side.
Since then, the chairman and committee have put a huge amount of work into taking the club forward, helping the club to achieve FA charter standard and becoming a hub for youth football in the Buckinghamshire area.
A massive amount of credit also needs to go past managers Kit Bamber and Mark Hardie, who had good runs in the Division cup and Berks and Bucks cups respectively.
Another mention needs to go to current manager, Simon Jay, who has guided us to the cup final and is stepping into a new development role next season. As a result of their work both under 18 development squads have had success in the county cup and local cup competitions, so Mursley United is now a club that has the potential to achieve future success.
Since the semi final there has been a real buzz about the place coming from the players, staff, committee and whole of the Mursley community. There has been an increase in interest in the club, with more supporters coming to attend recent games and funnily enough training attendance and squad quality has improved in recent weeks.
As for tonight’s match, league form and position go out of the window, as this is a one off fixture. Our strongest available 11 against theirs over 90 minutes (possibly extra time and pens).
On Saturday, we were delighted to reverse the result from our previous outing against Tring Corinthians and felt it was the perfect preparation for tomorrow’s match.
Our striker Nathan Skelton, has been in a rich vein of goal scoring form this season and I hope he repeats his hat-trick when he takes on their defence tomorrow.
Saturday’s match also enabled us to rest key players in Danny Clarke and Lewis Cardno, who will be key to our performance tomorrow. With players also coming back in who were away at the weekend, I am confident we can give a really good account of ourselves against a 61FC team, who have beaten a strong Thame Rangers side to get to the final. So we are aware of the threat they will pose.
Finally, I want to send out a big thanks in advance to all the friends, family and supporters of football; who plan to come down to Tring Athletic tomorrow. I hope it’s a good occasion for both teams but that we put in a result and a performance that will claim the club some deserved and overdue silverware!
Mursley United’s James Wardell has spoken to Sports Shots as the Water Tower boys go into cup final week.
Wardell told Sports Shots;
Despite losing our last three matches we go in to tomorrow’s game on the back of some positive performances against the division’s top two teams.
Tomorrow’s match against Tring Corinthians is a hugely important fixture for us as a squad for a couple of reasons. Firstly, we owe ourselves a decent 90 minutes as we let at 3-0 lead slip, at their place earlier in the season, losing 4-3. The last few weeks there has been strong competition for places and players in the squad have been pushing each other for starting places in Wednesday’s Cup final against 61FC.
We have virtually a full panel of players available for this weekend so as a whole squad, we need to make sure we take a good performance in all areas of the park and take some momentum into Wednesday’s final. Whilst the lure of playing in a final will be in the back of people’s minds, we need to ensure that put in a good graft to ensure we collect maximum points, against a team we are aiming to finish above in the league.
Mursley were beaten by Thame Rangers on Tuesday evening in a game that had for thirty nine minutes not really looked like producing the goal fest that eventually materialised. As the home side looked like reaching the break without conceding, they found themselves with a mountain to climb at the break after a three goal salvo in the final six minutes of the half. However an early second half United goal added to two red cards for Thame then gave Mursley some hope, but they were then hit with a sucker punch counter attack and Thame saw the game out to go top of the division two table.
As early as the fourth minute Thame were on the attack down their left when Shayne Almond got in behind the home defence and he forced United keeper Sam Jay into an early save. Sean Coles then had Jay turning a shot away for a corner, and another cross was left by Coles for Almond but he blasted over the bar.
A twenty sixth minute free kick was floated into the Thame box where Nathan Skelton headed over, before another Shayne Almond shot was deflected for a corner. The corner was played short to Kieron Schmidt on the edge of the area and he curled his effort narrowly over the bar. Kynan Isaac then threated for the visitors down the left and a last ditch outstretched boot diverted his shot for a corner.
Just as it seemed Mursley would repel all their guests could throw at them, they then conceded three goals in the final six minutes. Shayne Almond collecting the ball out on the right & shrugged off a defender before curling one in inside the back post. A minute into added time a challenge deep in the Thame half saw Danny Clarke go down, the referee waved play on and amidst much protest from the home side, Thame went long down the left with Kynan Isaac who ran on and lobbed the oncoming Sam Jay to double the lead.
Sam Jay then made a save and the loose ball was lashed over by Almond, but four minutes into added time Dan Delderfield made it three, a shot from Sean Coles was saved by Jay but Delderfield was on hand to stroke into the empty net. H/T: 0-3
Six minutes after the break Mursley were handed a lifeline, a cross from the left was flicked up by a defender onto his arm and the official pointed to the spot, from where Nathan Skelton tucked the penalty away. Shayne Almond then dragged a shot wide after getting in behind the Mursley defence, before Jordan McDougall blasted a free kick for the home side way over the top from outside the box.
On the hour mark Thame were reduced to ten men when Paul Brown was shown a straight red card. A Mursley attack saw the ball played through the Thame defensive line and Brown stuck out an arm to deflect the ball away. After consulting with his assistant, the referee walked back to Brown and brandished a red card. Jamie Green the curled the resulting free kick just over the crossbar.
Six minutes later and Thame were reduced to nine, when Shayne Almond was red carded. As Mursley attacked down their right the official blew his whistle and sent the striker for an early shower, later explained as for kicking out off the ball. Mursley then lifted their game sensing a possibility of getting something out of the game, but were hit on the counter with fifteen minutes left.
A goal kick was fed up to Dan Delderfield and he got away from the Mursley defence and slotted past Sam Jay from the edge of the box. Tom Gant had a late chance to add a fifth but chipped his effort over the crossbar, before Mursley added a late second in added on time, a cross into the box was headed on and at full stretch Krzysztof Kwapinski stroked home. F/T: 2-4
Mursley United went down at the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 leaders Totternhoe to a 69th minute goal by Daniel Lambeth yesterday.
By Justin Daley
Mursley United travelled to Amersham Town on Saturday and were 2-1 victors.
The visitors opened the scoring in the sixth minute as Nathan Skelton rose to power home a header from a Jordan McDougall free kick. They continued to look dangerous and from another McDougall free kick, Steve Mooney headed against the bar. Chances became fewer; Tom Brazier’s appeal for a penalty was waved away, but the hosts didn’t penetrate a solid Mursley defence.
The visitors doubled their lead after sixty four minutes when the ball was played into the channel for Skelton; his near post cross was trapped and flicked home by Danny Clarke, almost in one movement, deceiving both defender and keeper. With ten minutes left, Blair latched on to a poor back pass to slide home and give the hosts hope, but, despite a couple of concerning moments, Mursley held on to win.
This Saturday, Mursley United are away to Clean Slate, kick-off 3 pm.