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SSMFL,D2: Park View 2-1 Mursley

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.

SSMFL,D2: James Wardell previews Mursley United v Tring Town

Mursley United’s James Wardell has spoken to Sports Shots as they host Tring Town AFC this afternoon.

James Wardell

Wardell said;

Off the pitch there has been a lot of activity in the winter break with a restructure of the management team. Jamie Lands coming in from Olney, to join brother Ant, has added extra experience and helped with the workload that management demands in local football. Local football’s answer to the Cowley brothers have already bought into what the club is doing behind the scenes and are starting to put their mark down on the squad to positive effect.

We’ve strengthened the squad too by adding new players, who have all played at a higher level, in Ryan, Fritz and Luke. Their qualities and experience have already had a positive impact on the squad, by increasing competition for places and giving us extra tactical options.

On the pitch, it’s been a quiet but decent start to the year, with us only having played 2 games but still collecting 4 points. We had solid performance and victory over a Clean Slate team, who had taken points from Park View (league leaders) the week before. Our last outing against Loughton was the old cliché, a game of two halves and felt like a win for us as we were trailing 2-0 at half time and snatched a deserved draw courtesy of a header from big Fritz, with the last touch of the game.

This season has been more competitive in South Mids Div 2 with all teams taking points from each other. We are currently sitting forth and have played a few games extra but with all the teams around us having to play each other, we would except and it is expected of us by our management team, that we finish in the top five at the end of the season. This is provided that we don’t get complacent in games, we work hard for each other and we cut out silly mistakes that has cost us points.

Our disappointment is that at times this season, we have dropped too many points to teams lower down in the table, when we have been without key players. Hopefully with our new signings, a growing team spirit and bit of fight like we showed in our last game against Loughton, we can finish the season strong and take momentum into next season.

We host Tring Town AFC, who we played at the beginning of the season. Again, another team that have taken points from the league leaders, we expect tomorrow to be a physical game and we will need our senior players to step up. If we play our game and move the ball quickly, our quality can get us the 3 points that will round off a good month and take us nicely into a tough trip to London next week, against Park View.

SSMFL,D2: Mulholland’s 98th minute equaliser rescues point for Mursley against Loughton

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.

John Mulholland

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.

 

SSMFL,D2: Jamie Lands previews Mursley’s local derby with Loughton

Mursley United joint manager Jamie Lands has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of the visit of Loughton Manor in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 on Saturday afternoon.

Lands told Sports Shots:

After leaving Olney, I joined Mursley in December.

I’m looking forward to new the challenge ahead. Mursley are a good club with plans to progress over the next few years and I want to be part of that success.

This season so far Ant (Lands’ brother) has done a great job in building a solid base of players. Now together, we are looking to push on again. To do this, we have brought in a couple of new players already, with possibly a couple more soon. We have challenged the existing squad to be more committed and we are looking to add a goalkeeper coach to bolster the management team.

Things now are looking good for 2018 and the squad has lots of potential. Top five is now the target, which we believe is achievable with the current squad.

In our last game we took on Clean Slate, who although bottom, drew with Park View, who were top of the league, in their previous game. We knew they would be no push overs but were confident ahead of the game. On a very wet pitch we managed to play some good football. It was a comfortable win in the end and we managed to rest players too. The only downside being the goal conceded. Simon, Pete and Del with the goals on the day

There were also some good performances on Saturday, including the new lads who played their first game.

Next up is Loughton, my old team, who are now on a 5-game unbeaten run and no doubt full of confidence going into Saturday after their last win.

The last time the two sides met, Mursley won the game 4-3 so Loughton will be wanting revenge and with Jim, Rikki and Russell in good form, so we will need to defend well.

We prepare with one or two missing but are bolstered with the return of Jamie and Adam.

It is 2pm kick off, it will be a good game, so come along and support a couple of local teams!

SSMFL,D2: Mursley go up to third with Clean Slate win

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.

Lewis Delahaye

Anthony Lands’ side produced a good performance to move up two places with the three points.

Simon Hodges

Goals from Simon Hodges, Peter McAnaspie and Lewis Delahaye secures Mursley’s first win of 2018.

Peter Macanaspie

 

SSMFL,D2: Mursley boss Lands looks ahead to Clean Slate visit

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.

Anthony Lands

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 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.