SSMFLD2; Clinton boss hoping April showers of games & goals are on the cards

Saturday 14th April 2018

Tring Town AFC v Aston Clinton

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two

The Pavilion

K.O. 3.00pm

Aston Clinton hope to travel to Tring on Saturday although no one blames them anymore for not expecting to play, as their week had yet another postponement when their Wycombe Cup Semi-Final fell foul to the weather again on Tuesday night, leaving Aston still facing thirteen league games, one semi-final (and potential final), and the Division Two cup final all to squeeze in the next four weeks. Games are coming thick and fast as of now, three a week every week into May, and all these games mean Aston still are chasing a runners-up spot in the division two title race. Park View seem to be unbeatable, but if Clinton win their games in hand they go within eight points of the league leaders. The situation is so crazy that currently Aston sit sixth in the table, nine points off second place Mursley United, win their games in hand however, and they go twenty-four points clear in second place. Where will it ever end?

This week Sports Shots caught up with manager Jordan King, and asked how frustrating it is with all these lay-offs:

In all honesty I’m in a state of shock with how many games we have left, we must have the worst fixture congestion by far in local football. It is very frustrating but we’ve got to deal with it, we have a strong enough squad and some very talented youngsters in the development side who can come in as they have done all season. All these games could help us, by building up some great momentum

Jordan King

Going to Tring who are lower in the league, would be expected as an easier game in this run in, but with all these postponements and long periods of no games, could this affect the squad?

No game is ever easy, and complacency is one of the biggest killers in football, we have to make sure we go over to Tring with the right attitude and preparation and make sure we get out of there with the three points. We cannot afford any slip ups!

We asked how the last two games that have seen Clinton score twelve with none conceded, have been for the manager:

The Tring Corries result has been on the cards for a while, too many games this season we have created a huge amount of chances but not taken them. That day, everything seemed to go in for us. The Southgate performance was one that we took great pride in, we did everything right. We were solid & compact off the ball, and got the ball forward into the right areas when we had to. We managed the game properly, something we’ve been banging on about for a long time now

On the website, Liam Smith (keeper) is listed as goal scorer in the Southgate game, we asked Jordan to explain:

Yes Smithy has an unbelievable kick on him, in all honesty he is an outstanding keeper. He drop kicked it and the Southgate keeper misjudged the bounce, and it went over his head, hit the crossbar and went in. Lewis Workman followed it up but the linesman later confirmed it was already over the line by then so it was Liam’s goal. It was also a windy day so that probably helped!

Liam Smith

Finally, we asked how the three games this week coming will be:

They will all be tough games, all are away as well so that doesn’t make it any easier. We have set ourselves a target to win every game and see where it takes us. Our points to games ratio would put us top most seasons in the division, but Park View are on an unbelievable run. All the top sides in the division need them to drop points soon!

Sports Shots would like to thank Jordan for his time this week.

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