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SSMFLD2; Aston Clinton 5-0 Mursley United

Aston Clinton – 5

Mursley United – 0

For Aston Clinton this game was another routine win in the middle of their ridiculously busy schedule, whilst for Mursley United it was a heavy defeat to end their campaign. The first forty-five minutes saw Mursley enjoy their fair share of possession but fall behind to a Mitchell Collins strike on the quarter hour mark, however two quick fire goals after the break saw them broken down mentally & physically as Aston went on to dominate the remainder. United also had captain Adam Bone sent off for two yellow cards to compound their misery, although Clinton did only score once more after the skipper was sent from the field of play.

Mursley were first to threaten when Ryan Lee found player-manager Anthony Lands out on the right wing, he crossed into Kieron Roberts who first time effort flew past Clinton custodian Liam Smiths left hand post. Clinton first looked dangerous when a corner was pulled back by Joe Kittle into the path of Vinny Greco, but he drove wildly over the top. The next United attack saw the home defence clear to the edge of their box where Lee went for glory but off balance he could only help the ball spin away for a goal kick.

The hosts took the lead on fourteen minutes, when Mursley failed to clear their lines deep in their own half, Collins received the ball in space and was able to travel along the eighteen-yard line before slotting past United keeper Sam Jay into the bottom corner. Mursley retaliated immediately, a corner was swung into the back post where John Mullholland went up to challenge with Aston captain Alex McGowan, the ball half cleared to the edge of the area where Lee fired over his shoulder but wide.

Mitchell Collins opens scoring

On eighteen minutes the home side conceded possession again in their own half, Peter Macanaspie shrugged off the challenge before driving at & forcing Smith down to his right to save. A combination of Macanaspie & Lee then saw Mursley hit the post, the rebounded fell to Lee to shoot again but a defender in the six-yard box was handily placed to block then clear. Greco then fed in Chris Shennan at the other end with an inch perfect pass through the United backline, a great chance to double their lead but he pulled his shot across goal & wide of the back post.

Mursley hit back when Jamie Green tried a looping shot from twenty-five yards which Smith had to back pedal and jump underneath his own crossbar to tip over, before Bone tried his trademark free kick routine from distance, so often deadly this season but cleared the bar with ease this time. Aston then tried again with a cross from Collins which skidded across the box and whilst the keeper stood rooted Workman came sliding in; he was just inches away from connecting allowing Jay to stand his ground to gratefully accept the ball.

The last action of the half saw an in-swinging cross from the United right attract the attention of a sea of bodies in front of Smith, no one actually got anything on it and the keeper stood and watched the ball flash past him and away for a goal kick. H/T: 1-0

Just three minutes after the restart Workman was fed in front of goal but from six-yards he pulled his shot wide, before the striker took a free kick from twenty yards that Jay had to use both hands to push away for a corner. A long clearance from inside the Aston half then saw a great tussle on the edge of the Mursley box between Shennan and United defender Brett Harper, the Clinton front man got his shot away but straight into the gloves of Jay.

Luke Russell then fed in Workman out on the right, he cut into the area and as he lined up to shoot the ball hit a bobble resulting in his shot being high over the top. The roles were reversed moments later, Workman sent Russell away down the wing, as Jay came out to challenge the Mursley defender skipped round him, but Lee was on hand to get over & block the cross before the empty goal was endangered.

Then on sixty-six minutes the game changed in the favour of the home side, when a dubious goal decision left the away side furious. Collins fired a shot at goal from twenty-five yards out, the ball took a huge deflection off McGowan before looping over everyone including Jay and nestling in the back of the net, United claimed that there were bodies in front of the keeper that were surely offside, but the referee took the time to consult his assistant before signalling the goal stood.

Adam Bone free kick

Aston took control from this point, Collins robbed a defender inside the Mursley half and headed for goal, however some great defending saw him pushed out wide where Jay arrived to help and between them got the ball out for a corner. From the corner a glancing header saw the ball flash across goal where an initial shot was cleared off the line by Jordan MacDougall but the follow up was fired in by Alex Little.

A Crossman attack down the right saw him swing the ball over which eluded Jay but came back off the crossbar, following up McGowan fired straight into the gloves of Jay. Aston grabbed their fourth on seventy-seven minutes when Workman cut in from the Aston right and his cross cum shot was saved by Jay, the ball looped up nicely for the incoming Ryan Binnee to head into the empty goal.

With eight minutes left Bone was dismissed for his second bookable offence, before Binnee on the edge of the box pulled back for Michael Harper to shoot straight at Jay. Just a minute later came the goal of the game from man of the match Collins, receiving the ball just inside the United half he took a step forward before looking up and seeing Jay on the edge of his area, one delicate chip and the ball sailed over the keeper and underneath the crossbar.

There was still time for Jay to meet Workman on the attack to make a great tackle on the edge of his own box, before another cross from Collins was met by Harper but he never really connected and simply scuffed into Jay’s hands. The last action of the game saw Macanaspie thump a free kick high over Smith’s crossbar. F/T: 5-0

Attendance: 62

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Clinton management team Jordan King & Ken Hazell: 
We also spoke to United boss Anthony Lands: 

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SSMFL,D2: McCormick & Cleere on target as Tottenhoe defeat Mursley

By Justin Daley
Mursley United slipped to their second narrow defeat in six days, but retained their second position in the table, for the time being, as they lost 2-1 at Totternhoe.

After ten minutes, a long ball forward saw James Wardell glance a back-header towards Jamie Lands in the Mursley goal, but Joel McCormick nipped in to intercept the ball and slide it into the net.

Joel McCormick

Ten minutes later, the hosts extended their lead when former Mursley striker, Andy Cleere was set up to roll the ball home from ten yards.

Andy Cleere

After this, Mursley came back into the game, pressurising the home defence and looking to create chances and were rewarded after thirty eight minutes, when Lewis Delahaye rifled home a loose ball from eight yards following a corner.

Lewis Delahaye

The second period was virtually all Mursley as they dominated possession, leaving Lands a spectator, as they continued to win balls in midfield and attack and it took a great save from Bowley in the Totternhoe goal to deny Harry Stewart-Procter and retaining all three points for his side.

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SSMFL,D2: Williamson looking for Mursley to finish on a high

Luke Williamson is looking for Mursley United to finish their Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 campaign on a high.

The former Winslow United man has enjoyed his time at Station road after signing up with the Lands brothers this season.

Luke Williamson

Williamson told Sports Shots;

This season has shown that we can compete with the best of teams in the league. We have worked hard and dug in to grind out results which has been key to our success this season.

It was easy for Williamson to become part of the green army.

After being at a couple of clubs earlier this season it was great to settle in quickly at Mursley. It’s been nice to notch a few goals this season and feel I have put in some good performances, which has given me confidence.

With being settled at Station road, Williamson has aims on a personal and team level.

Well one goal has already been knocked out the park and that’s scoring more then last season (2), however seeing the lads win a cup last season spurs me on to help be a part of a cup run next season and a big push for top three which I feel is achievable. With a few games left we hope to take as many points as possible and end the season on a high.

SSMFLD2; Mursley United 3-2 Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Mursley United – 3

Pitstone & Ivinghoe – 2

Mursley United showed some true battling determination to extend their winning run to five with this remarkable win over Pitstone & Ivinghoe, and maintain their second place in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two table after all their closest rivals picked up victories. In all fairness the visitors could and maybe should have been home & dry by half time, but Mursley came back twice from losing positions, played thirty-nine minutes with ten men, and scored twice in the final eleven minutes to secure the three points. Whilst United only have five league games left to play, the majority of the sides around them have handfuls of games in hand, meaning Mursley must just keep winning and hope others do them favours in their quest to finish as high as they can.

Pitstone took the lead just four minutes into the game, a corner from their left swung in by Ryan Mellor squeezed through three green shirts on the near post, and from three yards out Alex Groom couldn’t miss. Home keeper Jamie Lands then kept his side within sight when a long ball over the home defence saw Callum Crossley away on goal, however Lands was alert to the danger and raced from his line to clear.

Alex Groom opens scoring

It took the hosts until the sixteenth minute to threaten when Peter Macanaspie got away down the left and from almost on the byline managed to hook a cross over that saw a mass of bodies including James Wardell & Luke Williamson all trying to get something on the ball, however the bounce took it away and eventually the danger was cleared. Despite the greater share of possession for the opening period of the game, the away side couldn’t increase their lead, and Mursley grew in to the game as the half wore on.

On twenty-seven minutes, Macanaspie pulled back from the byline again this time to United skipper & leading scorer Adam Bone who got too much under the ball and lifted over Mason Bowles in the visitor’s goal. They equalised just seven minutes later when they were awarded a free kick ten yards inside the Pitstone half. Bone stepped up left footed and lifted the ball high into the penalty area, it cleared everyone including Bowles and dropped under the crossbar to bring the scores level.

Pitstone fought back, a ball up into the Mursley box saw it cushioned down for Mellor to strike first time, his low drive was narrowly wide of Lands’ right hand post. Two minutes before the break they won a free kick on the Mursley eighteen yard line, their captain Kieran Doughty forcing Lands to dive away to his right to push away for a corner. H/T: 1-1

United started the second half brightly, a ball up into the Pitstone area saw Lewis Delahaye hold it up well, laying off to the incoming Bone whose shot cannoned off a defender for a corner. From the clearance Pitstone attacked at pace and as Doughty looked to be in on goal United right back Simon Hodges made the challenge right on the edge of the area bringing him down. The referee consulted with his assistant before brandishing a red card to Hodges.

Mursley had to reshuffle after going a man down, and almost took the lead on their first attack when a ball knocked out to Delahaye who was going away from goal, he managed to turn and shoot forcing Bowles to get down at his near post and turn away.

Adam Bone

Slowly but surely the away side started to assert their advantage and Danny O’Donnell venturing forward from defence saw a curling shot from the edge of the area gratefully received by the gloves of Lands, before a cross from their left from Albie Hall was met at the back post by Groom, but at full stretch he could only steer into the side netting.

Adam Bone then caused chaos in the away box with another free kick, the ball eventually thumped clear only for it to be sent long to Delahaye who went for goal but could only lift over the top. Then with fifteen minutes left Pitstone won a penalty, a free kick lofted into the six yard box saw a flick on and a Pitstone player in behind, Lands came out and put his arms around the player, a short tussle ensued & the referee waited a second before blowing and pointing to the spot.

Groom sent Lands the wrong way to give the visitors the lead; a lead which lasted just four minutes. A United attack saw Williamson & Bone threaten but eventually break down, as Pitstone moved the ball up the other end Williamson still dismayed at losing possession trotted back towards his goal, but the visitors lost possession and the ball knocked long into their own half, with the Mursley midfielder still in an advanced position he was able to turn, gather and advance before driving past Bowles to equalise.

With two minutes remaining the home side then stunned their guests with a winner, another Bone free kick into the six yard box saw Delahaye try and shoot but miskick, the ball fell kindly to Wardell who unmarked was able to swivel and fire home.

James Wardell scores winner

Pitstone then won a free kick in the final minute right in front of goal on the eighteen yard line but Doughty angled over the crossbar. At the other end United started to play the clock down, holding the ball up in the corner, as the visitors got frustrated with these tactics a melee broke out in which Jamie Green for the home side and Pitstone’s Luke Robinson were at the centre of, again the referee consulted his assistant before showing a straight red to Robinson.

The last of the action saw the hosts win a corner, Bone fizzed the ball across the six yard box where Bowles went down to smoother, however the ball squirmed away from him and substitute Harry Stewart-Proctor had to tussle with a defender to try and get a touch, however Bowles somehow recovered to dive bravely at the United man’s feet and block. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 30

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After the game, Sports Shots spoke with United manager Anthony Lands: 

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SSMFLD2; Lewis detects Moore confidence

Saturday 24th March 2018

Mursley United v Pitstone & Ivinghoe

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

The Playing Field

K.O. 3.00pm

Mursley United FC

Mursley United entertain Pitstone & Ivinghoe on Saturday looking to cement their second place in the Spartan South Midlands League Division Two table with what would be their fifth successive victory on the bounce. United go into the game in good form having won eleven of their last nineteen league games and have not failed to score since August. However just two clean sheets in their last fourteen, mixed with Pitstone having scored sixteen goals in their last three games, means this could be a goal fest!

Anthony Lands Mursley side currently occupy that second spot in the table, however have played more games than anyone around them, and face a nervous wait for teams to play games in hand to see where they finish the season. AFC Southgate in third trail United by three points yet have five games in hand, fourth placed Totternhoe sit four points off but with seven games in hand, sixth placed Aston Clinton trail by nine points but have nine games in hand, and ninth place Old Bradwell trail United by fourteen points yet have six games in hand, meaning this division will not be any clearer until a very hectic April schedule draws to a close.

Ahead of the game, Sports Shots caught up with defender Adam Moore and front man Lewis Delahaye, and asked Adam how their 2-3 win at Pitstone was earlier in the season?

The game back in November started off pretty difficult for us, as we were trying out a new system that we weren’t used to, but once we changed back to our usual shape I felt we were a lot more comfortable and controlled the majority of the game

We then asked Lewis how last week-ends win at Old Bradwell went:

Very cold for a start! But from our point of view it was a very solid performance against a strong Old Bradwell side, the conditions weren’t great, but we knew we had to do the ugly part better and in doing so our quality going forward would show

Lewis Delahaye

Lewis looked back at the last four straight wins and puts it down to one thing:

I’d say the depth in strength of our squad we’ve had within these games, it seems now we finally have a set squad and set style of play that suits our players, and long may it continue

Adam also suggested that confidence flows throughout the club:

The confidence around the team has stemmed all the way from the top, from our chairman through to our supporters, then through to the players as everyone now believes we can compete against anyone and get results

With eleven wins from the last nineteen league games, what does Adam put this run down to?

We are playing like a unit and are battling well against teams, we are playing football the right way and actually taking our chances when they come along

We asked Lewis if having eight players in the squad that have played over twenty games each for the club this season has helped?

I’d say so yes, where we have had plenty of absentees throughout the season, the core of the team has been very consistent leaving us in a good position week in week out to push on for the points

With thirteen goals in twenty-one games, can Lewis pip current leading scorer Adam Bone to the golden boot award?

Ha, well Boney and his sweet left foot are drowning in goals this season, I’d do well to take it off him, but I do relish that challenge

Adam Moore

How does Adam feel his season has gone?

I feel it’s gone pretty well, I feel the manager has confidence in me as he has played me in multiple positions throughout the season and no doubt will continue to do so until the end of the campaign, which I’m more than happy with

Rounding up, we asked Adam if tightening up the Mursley defence is something they are working on:

I believe that we concede the goals we do solely through our own mistakes, and not through being broken down by the opposing team. This is something we have tried to sort out and will continue to do so but as long as we are winning games I believe everyone is happy

And Lewis looks forward to the run in:

We definitely would like to have more points on the board than games in hand, we’ve been quite annoyed with some of the points we’ve dropped this term. But we now face a tough run of games against teams in and around us so we’ re hoping to claim as many six-pointers as we can, and to build some momentum to take into next season

Sports Shots would like to thank both Adam & Lewis for their time this week.

SSMFL,D2: Mursley up to second with 5-star away display

Mursley United are second in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 table.

Anthony Lands

Anthony Lands’ side recorded their fourth consecutive victory with an impressive 5-1 away win at Old Bradwell United.

Adam Bone

Adam Bone lead the way with a double while their were also goals by Danny Clarke, Lewis Delahaye and Luke Williamson.

Lewis Delahaye

SSMFL,D2: Mursley Utd 4 AFC Southgate 3

By Justin Daley

Mursley United hosted AFC Southgate, just above them in Spartan South Midlands Division Two, and ended the afternoon level on points with them, in third place, as they won an exciting encounter 4-3.

The home side struck early as a long ball from defence set Peter McAnaspie free and his low shot from eighteen yards beat Owen in the visitors’ net. Mursley continued to look dangerous and were rewarded just before the half hour as McAnaspie added his second following a good move through the midfield.

Just before the break, Southgate pulled a goal back through Bernard-Morgan and the visitors looked to have the momentum going into the second half. A good battle ensued with both sides trying to play decent football on a pitch that was getting increasingly heavy and it was Southgate who equalised with just under twenty minutes remaining when, from a corner, a header looped off Lewis Delahaye and into the Mursley net. Mursley struck back within five minutes when McAnaspie caused panic in the visitors’ defence and, with the ball bouncing around, Luke Williamson was on hand to poke the ball home.

Back came Southgate to equalise with just under ten minutes remaining through Klosi before an Adam Bone free kick was headed back across goal by Simon Hodges. The defence again failed to deal with the bouncing ball and Delahaye redeemed his earlier own goal by scrambling the ball home off neck and shoulder.

This Saturday, Mursley travel to Old Bradwell United, kick-off 3 pm

SSMFL,D2: Mursley boss looks ahead to AFC Southgate encounter

Mursley United manager Anthony Lands has looked forward to AFC Southgate visiting Station road for a Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 encounter on Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Lands

Lands told Sports Shots:

So this week sees us host AFC Southgate who we have played twice this season losing both occasions by the single goal. We have given a good account of ourselves on both occasions and have been unlucky not to come away with a positive result. This is something we are keen to get right this Saturday.

Anthony Lands

Due to the weather last week we have not trained at all and have had one session Thursday. I am hoping that the boys have kept themselves in half decent shape and will be ready for Saturday. We have only lost 1 game in our last 7 (Park View) and we home to keep this unbeaten run going.

We are waiting on a few injury assessments including our number one goalkeeper Sam Jay who we hope is passes fit to play.

Sam Jay

We welcome back Ryan Lee to the squad after a few weeks away and look to have a very good attacking squad for this game with some difficult decisions to be made.

We have 8 games left now with some very difficult fixtures and want to finish the season as positively as we can and build on a good points total. We are also still on course for our target at the start of the season (top 5 finish) but know this will be a big ask of the boys.

We would like to welcome as many people as we can down to Mursley on Saturday to support the club and the team. It promises to be a good match and we hope to see some new faces there.

SSMFL,D2: Clarke & Delahaye give Mursley back-to-back away wins to stay third

Danny Clarke and Lewis Delahaye were on target as Mursley United won 2-0 at Tring Corinthians to stay third in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 this afternoon.

Danny Clarke – Image courtesy of Mursley United FC

Clarke and Delahaye’s goals ensure Anthony Lands’ side made it back-to-back away wins.

Lewis Delahaye