SSMFLD2; Mursley skipper hoping to make other clubs Green with envy

Saturday 15th December 2018

Old Bradwell United v Mursley United

Spartan South Midlands Division Two

Abbey Road

K.O. 2.00pm

Mursley United face an extremely difficult trip to Old Bradwell United this weekend, to face the side that beat them by four goals without reply just four weeks ago in the reverse fixture but go with some confidence restored after beating 61 FC (Luton) by six goals to one a fortnight ago. Mursley can still go second in the Spartan South Midlands Division Two league table if they win their games in hand on two of the three sides above them, but Bovingdon can still set the division pace as their games in hand would see them clear, and Old Bradwell could overtake the lot as they have only played eight league games to date; they have seven games in hand on current league leaders Berkhamsted Raiders! Mursley’s biggest handicap is being unable to fulfil consecutive Saturday’s with fixtures, this being just their second fixture since the seventeenth of November!

Jamie Green

This week Sports Shots caught up with Mursley defensive midfielder Jamie Green to ask how his season has been so far, and to find out what targets he has set himself:

This year I started my pre-season early knowing that we were trying to up the level at the club, and its paid dividends so far, I’ve only missed one game to date and that was only down to suspension. My targets this year are not necessarily individual but are linked to enabling some of our more talented youngsters to thrive. If I can go unnoticed providing seven or eight out of ten performances every week then I’ll be happy

How does Jamie feel the league & cup games have gone so far this season?

So far, it’s been a real mixed bag which may seem strange as we sit fourth in the league table, the main positive is that we have scored in all but two of our matches. Nathan Skelton has made a massive impact on his return to the club, which for me was never in doubt! The various cup draws are never kind to us, but against Winslow and Park View our performances were immense, and on another day, we could easily have won both games. It was also good to be involved in the Anagram Records trophy, although the result wasn’t positive, I think it’s something the club will look to enter each year. After being involved in the side winning the divisional cup previously, an exit from it always disappoints me personally, but typically that was the one game I missed

How good a squad do Mursley have this season, and which players have impressed?

When I look across the squad, I see so much potential, having played in these leagues for what feels like a lifetime, I would strongly suggest that division one is a step that all could take. Instantly most would look to some of the glamour players in any team, but I feel the addition of Dan Willett, Nathan Hawkins and Michael Joseph has had a massive impact, as someone that generally plays just in front of them, I feel confident in what is behind me. I’m looking forward to seeing how we all develop over the season and seeing if they can bring a level of consistency which you don’t always get with younger players

A good win over 61 FC last time out, but how frustrating is it to only play now and again?

Since our cup win, within a period we played them three times in ten days, I look forward to seeing some familiar faces, but this year it was very different. Had we got out of second gear I honestly believe that could have been our biggest win of the season, which is not something I would have even suggested previously. It was an important game for a couple of our players who managed to get on the scoresheet and lift their confidence. Having a spare Saturday following any result is never something I’ve managed to get my head around in this league, especially when you see so many games midweek towards the back end of the season. We have a great facility at the club, so we can train every week with no problem to keep that sharpness when the result is positive, and hard work when it’s less so

We asked Jamie to detail the best & worst performances of the season so far:

Without a shadow of doubt our home win over Totternhoe has been our best, it was one of those days where absolutely everything clicked for us, it’s a fantastic feeling when all of the hard work culminates in such a positive result. In all honesty on that day we had no option but to deliver as that game followed one of our worst performances of the season at Grendon Rangers. Personally, I enjoyed our game against Clean Slate, it’s been a long time since I bagged a brace of goals, and that feeling never changes no matter how old you get!

After the heavy defeat Old Bradwell inflicted on Mursley recently, how do they approach the game this time?

Thanks for reminding me! I could make a string of excuses here, but ultimately, we were not good enough and the result at the end was a fair reflection. You have to give them credit for the string of results that have put together, and we know from previous years that they are always there or thereabouts; however we’ll approach this like any other game, looking to win and impose ourselves. Last season we ran away five-one winners, so there are always goals in this game

How high does Jamie think the club can finish the season?

As a club, we need to be looking at a top four finish, I think that is a realistic target that everyone believes we can achieve. I don’t feel as though there is a team that we cannot beat in this league

Finally, we asked Jamie how many changes he has seen at the club during his tenure, and how high up the pyramid he feels the club can climb:

I am in the third year of my second spell at this club and we have come a very long way. As you get older you look at other ways to start involving yourself at the club. I am currently club captain and I also manage the under eight’s with James Wardell, you really start to appreciate the size and the amount of effort that goes into running a club with volunteers, especially one that caters for children from age four right the way up. It’s with this foundation that I know the senior side can push on and give our future stars inspiration. We’re working on a plan to grow the club, and I would love to see facilities that bring both floodlit football in Division One for the seniors, as well as a senior women’s team in the next couple of years. We have a strong team that are working away at this and it’s something that is achievable, longer term I would love to see regular FA Cup football here.

Please also note my thanks for the great job you are all doing at Sports Shots to raise the awareness of local sport, it’s absolutely fantastic!

Sports Shots would like to thank Jamie for his time this week

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