SL D1C; Aylesbury United v Coleshill Town match preview + Ducks defender Jordan Jenkins reveals all

Saturday 14th September 2019
Aylesbury United v Coleshill Town
Southern League Division One Central
The Meadow
HP5 1NE
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 4th

Coleshill Town 15th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Division One Central (20 teams)

Aylesbury United 15th

Coleshill Town 9th

 

This game last season:

9th February 2019

Aylesbury United 3 (Harry Jones, Harry Tucker, Tre Mitford)

Coleshill Town 4 (Joe Halsall, Joe Smith, Jordan Nadat, Amavir Sandu)

 

Last five games:

Aylesbury United:

L 0-3 home v Walthamstow 8th September FA Cup

D 0-0 home v Berkhamsted 4th September SL

W 1-4 away v Daventry Town 31st August SL

D 0-0 home v Didcot Town 26th August SL

W 1-3 away v Brimscombe & Thrupp 24th August FA Cup

Coleshill Town:

L 2-0 away v Biggleswade 31st August SL

W 4-1 home v Daventry Town 26th August SL

L 0-3 home v Whitchurch Alport 24th August FA Cup

L 3-1 away v Corby Town 21st August SL

D 2-2 home v Barton Rovers 17th August SL

 

Jordan Jenkins

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Ducks defender Jordan Jenkins to ask how his summer was, and if he got much time to relax away from football:

I really enjoy having a couple of months off after a long season and it gave me a chance to recover from an injury I picked up towards the end of last season. Once July comes around though, you start missing it and look forward to getting back in the swing of things

Joined United this summer which must have been a tough decision to make, what influenced his choice and were there any other clubs that wanted him?

I had quite a bit of interest from various clubs but ultimately wanted to try and stay playing at step four. Knowing a fair few of the lads already always helps and it’s been a very easy dressing room to fit in to, I left Haywood Way on good terms so it’s also been pleasing to see Paul and his team start the season well

How does he feel pre-season & the early league games have gone personally so far?

Having missed the first few weeks of pre-season with work commitments, I steadily got fitter from the first PSF whilst getting to know players and how Ben wants the team to operate. As a centre half, four clean sheets out of five in the league is a great return so I’m very pleased with how things have started

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for Jordan, and the squad as a whole?

Personally, I tend to judge myself on the goals against column and keeping it as low as possible although it would be nice to grab a few goals along the way. Having been lingering towards the lower end of this division for a few years now, it’s been refreshing to have a great start so we’ll be hoping to continue that way and stay in the top half

Who has been his biggest influence in football?

I’d probably have to say my mum. My dad managed my brother’s team growing up, so she was normally the one taking me to games and supporting from the sidelines. Mind you, she’s also my harshest critic!

How much belief is there in the squad that they can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

With the start we’ve had, I think we have every right to be aiming for a top half finish to improve on last season’s standing, one thing that has stood out for me is that there are no real egos in the group and it’s a collective squad effort. It’s well known the club can’t compete with the budgets in this league so it’s nice to have a squad who aren’t primarily concerned with their ‘expenses’ envelope on a Saturday

Home to Coleshill this week, do United know anything about them this season?

They were in and around the playoffs for a lot of last season, something I’m sure they’ll want to achieve again this time around. Both games against them last year were tough encounters which you come to expect against the midlands teams

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Probably Ducks legend and kitman Ron Schmidt, he certainly puts the world to rights

What is his typical pre-match routine before he gets to the ground?

I don’t tend to do much on Saturday mornings to be honest, a bit of pasta for lunch whilst catching the first half of the early kick-off

In the current squad, who is the most under rated player in Jordan’s opinion?

Lewis Osborne, having never played with or against him before this season, I haven’t seen many with better footwork than him

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

I’ll have to say Luke Robertson the physio having worn some luminous pineapple print socks whilst taking us through the warm up against Berkhamsted last week. Absolutely horrendous!

When he leaves the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result he looks for elsewhere, and why?

I’m a long suffering Leeds fan so they’re first. Otherwise I’m looking out for mates at Aston Clinton and Winslow as well as the other results in our league

Ben Seaton

Who is the last person he would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on match day, and why?

Ben Seaton! Myself, Ollie Hogg and Seats have a bit of a car share going on this season and he got very emotional during a few songs on the way back from Wantage a couple of weeks back. All a bit embarrassing and not sure I could endure that again

What’s the one game this season he most wants to win and why?

After last Sunday’s disappointment, probably the FA trophy final when the Ducks march to Wembley!

And finally, after Jordan scores a hatrick today, what can supporters buy him in the bar afterwards?

I’m ‘out out’ tonight so a few beers whilst watching the pigs fly overhead

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

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