SSMFL D2; Buckingham United v Codicote preview + United defender Jason Riddell reveals all

Saturday 9th November 2019
Buckingham United v Codicote
Spartan South Midlands League Division Two
Lace Hill Sports Centre
MK18 7RR
K.O. 2.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Buckingham United 12th

Codicote 8th

 

(Last season’s) league standings:

North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division (11 teams)

Buckingham United 4th

 

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Codicote 19th (r)

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last six games:

Buckingham United:

L 0-3 home v Old Bradwell United 26th October SSMFL

L 1-3 home v MK Robins 19th October BBST

W 2-0 home v Sarratt 12th October SSMFL

W 0-1 away v New Bradwell St Peter 28th September SSMFL

L 4-1 away v Tring Corinthians 21st September SSMFL

W 10-1 home v Clean Slate 14th September BBST

 

Codicote:

L 0-4 home v Pitstone & Ivinghoe 2nd November SSMFL

W 0-2 away v New Bradwell St Peter 26th October SSMFL LCT

L 1-3 home v Pitstone & Ivinghoe12th October SSMFL D2C

L 1-2 home v Chipperfield Corinthians 5th October HSCT

W 1-3 away v Bovingdon 28th September SSMFL

L 1-3 home v Unite MK 21st September SSMFL

 

Jason Riddell

Full Name: Jason Riddell

Age: 29

Nationality: English

Nickname at club: Jase or Riddell

Marital status: Single

Fave holiday destination: Bulgaria

Preferred shirt number: 5

Most effective position on the pitch: Centre Back

Daytime job: Sales Engineer

Former clubs: Buckingham Athletic, Grendon Rangers

 

We asked Jason:

 

Signed on for Buckingham United this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

Well I was without a club about a week before the season started, as Grendon Rangers first team sadly folded, & one of the lads I played with there had been training with Buckingham and spoke very highly of what he had seen, and of their ambitions for the season ahead. I went along to a session the following week, I was impressed with what I saw from the management and I was made to feel welcome by the lads, so signed on shortly after. I had other offers locally, but Buckingham was the best fit for me

How do you feel your season has gone for you personally so far?

I feel my season has started reasonably well and I’ve already built up quite a good relationship with the other two centre backs, we were put into a new formation in my first game and it clicked almost instantly

Coming into the winter months now, what is the minimum you expect from now until the end of the season for the squad?

The minimum I expect from us as a squad is to be competitive in every game, to all be on the same page willing to give one hundred percent every week and try to pick up as many points as possible. We know we can compete with the best sides in the league on our day

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My dad, he committed a lot of his time driving me to and from games when I was younger and even now still comes along to watch whenever he can. He can be my harshest critic at times, but it has always helped me being told what I did wrong/right in each game

Describe how your last 2 games have been?

Two tough games against very good sides. We were slightly frustrated as a side because we matched the opposition for large periods and a crazy five minutes in each game ultimately killed us. We can take pride from both games though as MK Robins are a decent side from the league above and Old Bradwell are very organised with a good bunch of lads who they have kept together for a few seasons now. They will be top at the end of the season in my opinion

Home to Codicote this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

I don’t know too much about them to be honest, I have seen that their results have been quite mixed this season and they have beaten Old Bradwell, so obviously have some quality in their squad. I’m expecting a tough game as it is each week in our league

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

I would pick myself as I love a moan, but I would have to say either Ade or Sonny. They definitely give me a good run for my money

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

My pre-match routine is normally some food around about 11-30 to 12, then I always make sure I have a Berocca, a banana and a pack of sweets about an hour before we meet. It’s become a bit of a ritual for me the last few years

What has been the proudest moment for you in football to date?

I would say being club captain at Grendon, we had some great results and I made some brilliant friends through the club

Andrew (Haggis) Hind

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

Haggis (Andy Hind) for me. He sits in the holding midfield position and does all the nitty gritty bits that help get the team going, he breaks up play a lot and gets through a lot of running for us. He’s not too bad on the ball either but I won’t elaborate too much on that as his ego is big enough already!

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

This is a tough one as I haven’t really seen many of the lads out of the football environment, Nick is a regular when this question is asked so he gets a mention and Dani has questionable clobber in his wardrobe

What has been the worst piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

Not really bad advice but I was slightly naïve to believe it. I recently had a works do on a Friday and was reassured it would be a light one……………playing with a hangover on the Saturday was not enjoyable….cue the fine for me admitting this!

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

I look out for the Reading FC result; I had a season ticket for ten years and still go when I can.

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

Haggis again on this. He listens to some random music which is usually dreadful, but the songs always manage to get stuck in your head. So, for that reason he should be kept away from choosing the music. As an example, I suggest looking up Samwell on YouTube!

What’s the one game left this season you most want to win and why?

I always look out for the Pitstone fixture as its always a good game and a proper battle. There is a bit more added to that fixture this year as we have some ex-Pitstone players in our side

Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

Firstly, I would need a sit down as that has never happened! But then I would happily accept a spiced rum and coke

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

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