Report by Justin Daley
A Mursley United side, missing key players, made the long trip to North London to face table-topping Park View and were defeated 2-1.
On a wet and miserable afternoon, the hosts outplayed the visitors in the first half and went 2-0 up through goals from Darkwa and Sanchez. However, in the second period, Mursley matched their high-flying opponents and were rewarded just over a quarter of an hour before time with a goal from Gary Thomas. They continued to exert pressure, but were unable to find an equaliser.
This Saturday, Mursley United have no fixture.
John Mulholland netted a 98th minute equaliser as Mursley United scored two late goals to earn a point against Loughton Manor in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 on Saturday.
It was Loughton Manor who went into a two-goal half-time lead as George Sofroni scored a brilliant lob from 30 yards out before Ricki Wigg-Booden converted from the penalty spot.
The visitors lead until the 86th minute when Adam Bone pulled a goal back before Mulholland rescued a point with a very late equaliser.
Mursley United: Sam Jay, Simon Hodges, James Wardell, Luke Williamson, John Mulholland, Adam Moore, Ryan Lee, Jamie Green, Jordan McDougall, Adam Bone, Peter Macanaspie.
Mursley United are up to third place in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 table after a 3-1 victory at Clean Slate today.
Anthony Lands’ side produced a good performance to move up two places with the three points.
Goals from Simon Hodges, Peter McAnaspie and Lewis Delahaye secures Mursley’s first win of 2018.
Mursley United boss Anthony Lands is looking for his side to maintain their league position as basement club Clean Slate visit Station Road this weekend.
Clean Slate were only the second club to take points from league leaders Park View in their last outing so will prove a more difficult proposition than their bottom position suggests.
Being fifth going into 2018, how are the team doing compared to what you thought back in August?
Currently sitting fifth in the table is an improvement on last season so we are reasonably happy with this. Our target still remains of top five, as it was in August, so hopefully with a more settled squad we can achieve this.
Unfortunately we have let ourselves down in a couple of games this season and have been unlucky against the top sides. But I’m sure we can look to build on the first half of the season with new additions.
How have you kept fit with playing just one game in almost a month?
We have allowed the players time with their families over the festive period and have trained between the festive period and new year to keep us up to speed. I know we have a few that are keen runners so hoping this will help.
How are you enjoying management?
Management at this level of football is very unique. What we have to remember is that all players are volunteers and they have work/family commitments that always come before football but at the same time this is frustrating for myself.
Overall I’m really enjoying it. We have a very good set of players and I’m looking forward to the remainder of the season to really help the squad for the next season and build on this one.
I am very lucky at Mursley as we have an excellent committee, secretary and chairman which allows me to concentrate on just football, which is great.
Before Christmas we also have added Jamie Lands to the management team, which is great and I am glad to be working with my brother again who did a great job over at Olney Reserves.
Any team news?
We have a couple of players nursing injuries including Danny Clark and Jordan McDougall but we are hopeful they will be back Saturday.
We have also signed a couple of players that will come straight into the squad and looking to get one more completed for Saturday. Other than that selection will be difficult for us with competition for places in the team.
Anything else you wish to add?
Firstly I would like to wish a Happy New Year to all the MK sides and also to Sports Shots who do a great job at covering local football. I wish all teams well for the remainder of the season from us all at Mursley FC.
“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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.