Saturday 2nd February 2019
Mursley United v Bovingdon
Spartan South Midlands Division Two
The Playing Field
Mursley United host league leaders Bovingdon on Saturday who have lost just one league game this season and who have scored fourteen goals in their least three outings, whereas United have only won one of their last six matches and are in desperate need of some points to start challenging the top of Spartan South Midlands Football League Division Two again, currently sitting eighth in the table but with a couple of successes could lift themselves back up into the top four places. However, Bovingdon are top for a reason and are current league favourites despite Old Bradwell United lurking in the distance, they have only conceded nine goals away from home this season but Mursley have the second meanest defence at home this campaign, so something has to give. The Hertfordshire side did win the reverse fixture by the odd goal in five back in August in what was both sides second game of the season, a lot of football has passed since then, can Mursley exact revenge for that defeat?
This week Sports Shots caught up with United midfielder Luke Williamson to ask how long he’s been at Mursley, and how it all came about:
This is my second consecutive season with Mursley after having a spell with the club a few years back. The reason I joined back with Mursley was all down to Jamie Land’s non-stop messages and knowing the club from the past made it a no brainer to sign
How good a season has Luke had so far, and how does he feel he has contributed to the side?
This season has been tough on a personal level as I’ve picked up one too many injuries and one in particular that kept me out for three months, however I feel I’m finally getting back to my full fitness. It’s hard to judge my performances given that I haven’t played much this season
How good is the Mursley squad this year, and have any players impressed?
The squad we have this season is by far a lot stronger in quality of individual players however due to our squad changing practically every week it has been hard to settle throughout the season. There has been some great signs of youth and talent at the club since the induction of the development team and with some new faces it’s clear that we can be a force to reckon with, lads in particular like Ryan ‘the cruyff turn maestro’ Lee has, and always will continue to put great performances in, keeping us ticking in the middle. It’s also great to see Austin (Dickson) stepping up to men’s football and really impressing with his performances
What is Luke’s favoured position in the team?
I prefer to play in and around the midfield and get myself forward as much as possible. We as a team have kept our system as simple as trying to get the ball moving on the ground and I feel when we get the ball moving feet to feet I find myself and my team mates playing a lot stronger football
What has been Luke’s history prior to Mursley, and any highlights?
Throughout my youth football right up to my senior level I have travelled with a number of local teams in Buckinghamshire and playing youth football for a team in London. My highlight was playing for Winslow in the FA Vase and FA Cup preliminarily rounds
A good win followed by two defeats against Pitstone & Gallacticos, how were those games and what’s caused the recent defeats?
Apart from the win the two losses where pretty disappointing, however we can certainly take positives as we played well in spells and just need to fine tweak a few bits on the field. I feel the main reasons for the losses have been individual errors at moments of the game that happen to give the opposition an opportunity at goal
Any memories of playing Bovingdon from earlier in the season and how do they beat them this time round?
The away fixture was a tough game and the opposition worked hard all around the pitch. We will need to be prepared and focused for the game on Saturday and make it tough for the league leader’s visit to us
Finally, we asked Luke if he could pick any team mate to be on any television programme, who we he choose and why?
I would choose Boney (Adam Bone) and go on the show Soccer AM to try and get ourselves top bins!
Sports Shots would like to thank Luke for his time this week