Saturday 10th February 2018
Totternhoe v Aston Clinton
South Midlands Division Two
Totternhoe Recreation Ground
Aston Clinton travel to third placed Totternhoe on Saturday looking to avenge the 1-2 home defeat they suffered back in early August. Their hosts haven’t lost a game since the beginning of December, but Clinton go full of confidence having not tasted defeat themselves since November, and Aston can climb two places with a win as they play one of their eight games in hand on the two clubs above them in the league table.
For a look at the Division Two table click here: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/Index.do?divisionseason=634636836&league=522238936
Ahead of the game Aston manager Jordan King gave us a review of last week and the game ahead:
Last week at home to Unite MK was a lot tougher than the game against them just three days before. They came to us wanting revenge & for the first half hour were the better side, but from then on I thought we controlled the game on another awful pitch. Once we got our second goal it was a lottery how many we would get, Luke Russell made a huge impression coming off the bench and bagging a brace. Credit to Unite though, they worked incredibly hard and will definitely finish at least top half this season. This week-end we face one of the toughest games of the season, Totternhoe are one of the best sides in this division, and like us I feel they would do well in the division above. They have become somewhat of a bogey side to us in the past couple of years, we played each other earlier this season where they ran out 2-1 winners which remains our only league defeat of the season; in my opinion we put in a good performance that afternoon and should have had at least a point out of the game. The two goals we conceded were very poor, the first a stupid handball which was completely avoidable and the second was a goal from just inside our own half. That guy couldn’t hit that shot again if he tried a hundred times
Is a draw Saturday a good result, or is it must win?
Draws are no good to us at the moment, we have to go into every game between now and the end of the season with the mentality of every game being must win! We are simply taking each game as it comes, with the aim of winning every time, and we’ll see where that takes us, and hopefully we have something to show for our efforts at the end of the season. This week we welcome both Michael Harper & Joe Kittle back into the squad. This is Michael’s first game since getting injured against Pitstone, and a timely return at that with Chris Shennan being unavailable, which is a shame as he was starting to show the form he showed when he first joined us. We have a small tight knit group, so the player availability is so important in the run in, to be fair I must give huge credit to my squad, every week we have good numbers turn up for training and availability for games is also very good. Summing up, I must just thank all of the fantastic volunteers at Aston Clinton FC, and also to Sports Shots for all their coverage, Up the Aston