Aylesbury United rely on French deux to go fourth

Aylesbury United had to come from behind to beat Bedworth United on Saturday at The Meadow, trailing at half time the Ducks emerged after the interval to score twice and take all three points & make it three wins on the bounce in all competition, the win sees them sitting fourth in the Southern Football League Division One Central table.

Sonny French

Bedworth led at the break thanks to a twenty-seventh minute Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls strike, but that was cancelled out early in the second half as Sonny French let fly from thirty yards giving the United keeper Dan Crane no chance. With twenty minutes remaining French bagged the win for his side when he struck from eighteen yards, there was further agony for the away side as they were reduced to ten men when Dan Crane brought down Ty Deacon late on.

Winslow United roar to victory after late scare

A late leveller for London Tigers on Saturday at Elmfield Gate looked to have dented the hopes of Winslow United chasing down the top two in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One table, but in added time sheer guts & determination from Simon King saw him charge down an attempted clearance and he was quickest to get up to roll the ball home, giving the home side the win which was vital as both New Salamis & St Panteleimon both won away from home.

Dan Woolley opens scoring

After a goalless first half the opening goal came just four minutes after the restart as a King back heel found youngster Dan Woolley inside the six yard box and he had the composure to take a touch before stroking home. As the game appeared to be drifting to an end the visitor’s won a free kick outside the area which Mike Chalmers did brilliantly to fling himself away to his left to palm away just as the ball looked destined for the top corner earning applause from the home faithful, but Tigers did hit back with just two minutes remaining when a ball over the top saw Mourad Jarraz slot home.

Simon King secures the points

With the game into added time a ball played downfield saw the away keeper Yves Von Daniken look favourite as he raced from his area to clear but King didn’t give up and threw himself at the ball and as the two collided the Ploughman was quick up on his feet to fire home from nineteen yards and win the game to ensure Winslow remain on the tails of those top two.

BBFA CC: Buckingham Athletic Ladies v Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Development preview

Buckingham Athletic Ladies has seen somewhat of a traumatic season so far, after two successful seasons in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League which saw a Division Two title in the first year, a fourth place finish in the top flight last year, and County Cup finals during both those years, this campaign has seen multiple player departures, a change in management, and some very difficult & dark times where the existence of the team was at times in doubt.

Recent flooding at Buckingham Athletic has forced game to be switched

 

But through hard work, recruitment, and invaluable volunteers the team has carried on and this weekend return to Berks & Bucks FA County Cup duties, where they face the Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Development side. Originally drawn to be played at Stratford Fields the recent flooding at the club has seen both sides agree to switch the tie to the ASM Stadium, home of Thame United and is scheduled for a 2.00pm kick off on Sunday afternoon.

This week Sports Shots caught up with the WWFC development manager Andy Baker to ask how long the Wanderers have had a development side?

This is our first season as a development team, playing open age football. The basis of the team is last years under eighteens team and this is our second season together

How does the link up with Wycombe Wanderers work for your side?

We are supported in a number of ways by the professional club, and this support is both valued and also growing. Their support can be seen if you visit Wycombe Wanderers FC’s website

Link to WWLFC website: https://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/teams/wycombe-ladies/ladies-development/

Where do you play your home games, and what league are you in?

We play at the ASM Stadium in Thame, the home of Thame Utd FC who we have a partnership with. We play in the Southern Regional Women’s Football League Division One

How has your season been so far, in league and cups?

We have had a solid start to the season, having won two, lost two, and drawn one in the league, and advanced to this stage in the cup. We are a development team, so our performances are as important, if not more, than results

WWLFC results this season here: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?divisionseason=764284670&teamID=403540635

Do you have any other involvement inside football personally?

No

Since the draw was made, have you had much chance to look at Buckingham Athletic Ladies?

No unfortunately not, we haven’t had chance. We know that they compete in a strong league and had a very good cup run last season so we know that the game will be a challenge, but we look forward to it

Andy Baker

How seriously will your squad be taking this cup competition?

We want to progress in any cup competition we enter, as it means more games of football and more opportunities to learn. We enjoyed a good run in the under eighteens County Cup last season, eventually winning the trophy

When you’re part of, or using a pro club name & badge, do you find other clubs you play raise their game against you, or do you trust your side to just rise above that and play their own game?

We have had a series of challenging games this season. I don’t know whether teams raise their games or not, but we are very focused on trying to play our game, compete with the opposition, and keep improving as a squad……

Sports Shots would like to thank Niel Shah, Les Knock & Andy Baker for their help & time this week

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 15.11.2019 – South Midlands League update #25

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

TUESDAY 12th NOVEMBER/WEDNESDAY 13th NOVEMBER

 

MIDWEEK HEADLINES

The mixture of midweek league and cup games saw a few old familiar faces returning to club boardrooms while on the field there were good wins for Newport Pagnell Town, Aston Clinton and Leverstock Green while it was heartbreak for North Greenford United and Oxhey Jets as dreaded penalty shoot-out saw them exit their respective cup competitions.

 

12/13 November Stats: 16 games played of which 7 were home wins, 7 were away wins and 2 draws.

 

Highest Midweek Attendances: 115 Leighton Town v Crawley Green, 100 Newport Pagnell Town v Chesham United and 80 Dunstable Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos.

 

Sin-Bins (1):

 

Total Sin-Bins Season to Date (137):

 

Clubs with no Sin Bins (7): Codicote, Edgware Town, Hillingdon Borough, London Lions, New Bradwell St Peter, Sarratt, Tring Corinthians AFC.

 

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Wembley’s 2-1 home success against Harefield United brought about a boost to relegation fears while Eynesbury Rovers recorded a solitary goal success at struggling London Colney. It was also a one goal game at Dunstable Town as the hosts suffered a defeat at the hands of Aylesbury Vale Dynamos. Leighton Town’s recent fine run continued as they moved up to 12th place with a 3-2 home success against Crawley Green. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-1 Dunstable Town v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (Merridan) Attendance: 80

3-2 Leighton Town v Crawley Green (Opponent Own Goal, Webb) / (Holmes, McClelland) Attendance: 115

0-1 London Colney v Eynesbury Rovers (Diejomaoh) Attendance: 25

2-1 Wembley v Harefield United (Ebonine [2]) / (Pacquette) Attendance: 50

 

DUDLEY LATHAM MEMORIAL (PREMIER DIVISION) CUP Second Round

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Bottom of the table North Greenford United can count themselves unlucky as their bid to reach the quarter-finals of the Dudley Latham Memorial (Premier Division) Cup ended in heartbreak when losing in a penalty shoot-out following their 2-2 draw with visiting Arlesey Town. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

2-2 [3-4 pens] North Greenford United v Arlesey Town (C Molyneaux, Clifton) / (Hatch, Lamond) Attendance: 52

 

BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR CUP First Round

A three figure crowd saw Newport Pagnell Town defeat visiting Step 3 BetVictor Southern League Premier South table toppers Chesham United 3-1. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

3-1 Newport Pagnell Town v Chesham United (Shepherd, Lyons, Ivy) / (Oliyide) Attendance: 100

 

HERTS SENIOR CHALLENGE CUP First Round

The opening round of the Herts Senior Challenge Cup wins for three of the five SSML teams in action with Oxhey Jets just failing when missing out in a penalty shoot-out. The Jets travelled to Step 3 BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division side Potters Bar Town and turned in a gallant display against the side that had recently taken Barnet to a replay in the FA Cup, following a goalless 90 minutes the Jets exited in the lottery of spot kicks. In an all SSML affair Leverstock Green made it four wins on the bounce with a 2-0 success at Harpenden Town. Tring Athletic put recent league disappointments behind them with a 3-0 home success against former SSML club Hoddesdon Town while the other tie saw Colney Heath totally outplay their hosts Sawbridgeworth Town when winning 7-0 at Crofters with both Devine and Clements netting hat-tricks. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

0-2 Harpenden Town v Leverstock Green (Smith, Jowle) Attendance: 43

0-0 [4-2 pens] Potters Bar Town v Oxhey Jets Attendance: 53

0-7 Sawbridgeworth Town v Colney Heath (Devine [3], Clements [3], Boodhoo) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 Tring Athletic v Hoddesdon Town (Mitchell, John, Dixon) Attendance: 66

 

DIVISION ONE

New Salamis moved up into second spot as they push for promotion with a 5-2 home success over Langford, the hosts now sit just nine points behind the leaders with a game in hand. Milton Keynes Robins maintained their promotion challenge with a 3-2 win at FC Broxbourne Borough, the Robins are now three points away from a top four promotion place with a couple of games in hand. The remaining other Division One fixture saw the Swans (Buckingham Athletic) ease their relegation fears with a 4-2 home success against the Lions (London Lions). Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

4-2 Buckingham Athletic v London Lions (Cruse, Menday, Bines, Balls) / (Craig, Weinberger) Attendance: 38

2-3 FC Broxbourne Borough v Milton Keynes Robins (Clarke, Saviano) / (V Shrieves, Spence, Iroegbu) Attendance: 30

5-2 New Salamis v Langford (Mehmet [2], Austin [2], Opponent Own Goal) / (Unknown) Attendance: 35

 

DIVISION ONE CUP Second Round

A solitary first minute goal at neighbours Ampthill Town was enough to send Stotfold into the quarter-finals of the Division One Cup and a home tie against Amersham Town in January. Full result and goalscorer are listed below.

0-1 Ampthill Town v Stotfold (Ryan) Attendance: 46

 

MIDDLESEX SENIOR CHARITY CUP First Round

Broadfields United’s hopes of Middlesex Charity Cup success were dashed in their First Round tie at Step 3 BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division side Enfield Town in midweek, the hosts fielding a youthful side were pegged back twice before sealing their win with two goals in as many minutes midway through the second period. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

4-2 Enfield Town v Broadfields United (Keita, Brown, Charles [pen], Mubaiyi) / (Stefanoaica [2]) Attendance: 84

 

HIGH WYCOMBE SENIOR CUP Quarter Final

Holders Aston Clinton powered their way into the semi-finals of this seasons High Wycombe Senior Cup with a stunning display at Hellenic League side Chinnor, scoring six times after the break to complete a 9-2 win. Full result and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-9 Chinnor v Aston Clinton (Unknown) / (Harper [3] [2 pens], Minott [2], Paul, Doncaster, McCauley, Collins) Attendance: 33

Aston Clinton – WSC Winners 2019

 

AND FINALLY

Scotland’s oldest club, Queen’s Park, have decided after 152 years as amateurs it is time to turn professional. Queen’s Park dominated the early years of organised football in the country, winning 10 Scottish Cups in the 19th century and reaching two FA Cup finals.

SL; Leiston v Banbury United match preview + Puritan midfielder Claudio Dias reveals all

Saturday 16th November 2019
Leiston v Banbury United
Southern League Premier Division
The Watson & Hillhouse Victory Road Stadium
IP16 4DQ
K.O. 3.00pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

Southern League Premier Division Central (22 teams)

Banbury United 3rd

Leiston 22nd

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Southern League Premier Division Central (22 teams)

Banbury United 17th

Leiston 19th

 

This game last season:

13th April 2019

Leiston 0

Banbury United 0

 

Last six games:

Banbury United:

D 1-1 away v Beaconsfield Town 12th November SLCC (won on pens)

W 1-0 home v St Ives Town 9th November SL

D 0-0 away v Lowestoft Town 2nd November SL

L 1-2 home v AFC Rushden & Diamonds 29th October FAT

D 0-0 away v AFC Rushden & Diamonds 26th October FAT

L 2-1 away v AFC Rushden & Diamonds 22nd October SL

 

Leiston:

L 0-3 home v Hednesford Town 12th November SL

L 0-8 home v Bromsgrove Sporting 2nd November SL

L 4-0 away v Tamworth 26th October FAT

W 1-2 away v Kings Langley 22nd October SL

W 3-1 home v Hitchin Town 19th October SL

D 4-4 home v St Ives Town 15th October SL

 

Claudio Dias

Full Name: Claudio Dias

Age: 25

Nationality: Portuguese / South African

Nickname at club: Simon Pearce

Marital status: Single

Fave holiday destination: Portugal to see the family and sip Caipirinhas on the beach

Preferred shirt number: 11

Most effective position on the pitch: CM or Wing

Daytime job: Contractor supervisor at Ikea (early mornings)

Former clubs: This page isn’t long enough but we’ll have a go; Northampton Town, Stratford Town, Tamworth, Brackley Town, Dunstable Town, Barton Rovers

 

We asked Claudio:

 

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

There were a couple teams in our league that contacted me, but I chose Banbury as I had a good meeting with Fordy and I believe in the philosophy of how we try to play. Also, Banbury being fairly local for me is an added bonus

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

Personally, I think it has started well but I would like to add more goals and assists going forward

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

Most important time of the season, my minimum expectations for the squad is to achieve a place in the play offs

How was the cup game in midweek?

Tuesday was a tough game in general, but it was a good opportunity for us to implement our philosophy, and for some players to get match fitness. First half we weren’t quite at the races, but the second half was much better & it was nice to go through to the next round

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

There has been a couple, but I would have to say my dad, seeing as he’s supported and helped me since I was young. Also, Trevor Gould my youth team coach, I learnt a lot from him too

Away at Leiston this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

Don’t know too much about them, they have a new manager and I’m expecting a difficult game, but three points is a necessity

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Kynan Isaacs, that fella is high maintenance

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

I don’t really have a routine, but I do have to get a coffee, just the one sugar though as I’m sweet enough

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

My proudest moment would have to be achieving a pro contract

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

I would say Jack Harding in my opinion, as he has kept us in games at vital times which sometimes can go un noticed

Jack Harding

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

I’ve seen some rascal gear at this club e.g. Dennilson’s suede slippers, the gaffers cardigan one game and also Terry’s loafers with socks can’t go un noticed, but Barry the Secretary for wearing tracksuit bottoms with a waist coat and shirt when I was signing is the clear winner!

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

Always have a plan B

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

Peterborough, St Albans and Hamilton to see how my close friends got on

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

Eddie Odhiambo after his performance at Gainsborough away, I was expecting a lot better from him

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

I want to win every game, but I’d say Tamworth, Stratford and Hednesford all for different reasons but they’re must win games for me

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

A spiced rum and Coke would go down lovely

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

SSMFL D1; Winslow United v London Tigers preview + United keeper Mike Chalmers reveals all

Saturday 16th November 2019
Winslow United v London Tigers
Spartan South Midlands League Division One
Elmfield Gate
MK18 3JA
K.O. 3.00pm

(This season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division One (19 teams)

Winslow United 3rd

London Tigers 10th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

Spartan South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Winslow United 3rd

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division (20 teams)

London Tigers 20th (r)

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last six games:

Winslow United:

L 1-0 away v MK Robins 9th November BBST

W 3-1 home v MK Robins 5th November SSMFL

W 2-1 home v Brimsdown 2nd November SSMFL

W 2-6 away v Shefford Town & Campton 26th October SSMFL

W 1-0 home v Enfield Borough 19th October SSMFL

W 3-2 home v Marlow United 12TH October BBST

 

London Tigers:

W 4-3 home v Stotfold 9th November SSMFL

L 3-0 away v Amersham Town 5th November SSMFL D1C

D 3-3 home v New Salamis 2nd November SSMFL

W 0-2 away v Hillingdon Borough 26th October SSMFL

W 2-1 home v Shefford Town & Campton 19th October SSMFL

D 1-1 home v Buckingham Athletic 15th October SSMFL

 

Michael Chalmers

Full Name: Michael Chalmers

Age: 20

Nationality: English

Nickname at club: Mike

Marital status: Single

Fave holiday destination: Portugal

Preferred shirt number: 25

Most effective position on the pitch: Goalkeeper

Daytime job: Factory assistant

Former clubs: Tring Corinthians

 

We asked Mike:

 

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

To help the club out after the manager approached me, I haven’t played football since Tring which was about sixteen months ago

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

I’ve only played a few games, but it’s gone well so far

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

To keep pushing forward and excelling, whatever we face

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

Iker Casillas and my Dad

Describe how your last two games have been?

Our last two games were good, the first game we should have kept a clean sheet however a silly mistake led to a goal, in the next game I gave a good account of myself, unfortunately I couldn’t keep a penalty out

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

I don’t know anything about them but I’m expecting them to come out fighting as we are having a good run in the league

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

I don’t know as yet as I haven’t been here long enough to find out

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

To eat some pasta and listen to my music to get myself in the zone

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

I played a game for Brentford Under sixteens when I had only just turned fourteen

Alex Kedzierski

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

AK or Ricky

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

George

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

To give up being a goalkeeper, as I’m too small

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

The Premier League, I don’t like to know what goes on in our league

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

AK, some of his music choices can be a little dodgy

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

St Panteleimon as they’re at the top of the table

Finally, after you’ve saved a hatrick of penalties on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

JD and coke please

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

SSMFL LCT; Aston Clinton v Bedford match preview + Aston keeper Liam Smith reveals all

Saturday 16th November 2019
Aston Clinton v Bedford
Spartan South Midlands League Challenge Trophy
Aston Park
HP22 5HL
K.O. 1.45pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Aston Clinton 4th

South Midlands League Division One (19 teams)

Bedford 11th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

South Midlands League Division Two (15 teams)

Aston Clinton 4th

South Midlands League Division One (20 teams)

Bedford 5th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last six games:

Aston Clinton:

W 2-9 away v Chinnor 12th November HWSC

L 5-3 away v Berkhamsted Raiders 9th November SSMFL

W 5-1 home v New Bradwell St Peter 2nd November SSMFL

W 0-3 away v 61 FC (Luton) 26th October SSMFL

D 3-3 away v Berkhamsted Raiders 19th October SSMFL D2C

L 2-4 home v Unite MK 12th October BBST

 

Bedford:

W 2-3 away v Enfield Borough 9th November SSMFL

L 3-1 away v Stotfold 2nd November BST

L 2-1 away v Amersham Town 26th October SSMFL

W 1-4 away v Brimsdown 12th October SSMFL

L 1-0 away v MK Robins 8th October SSMFL

L 1-7 home v New Salamis 5th October SSMFL

 

 

Liam Smith

Full Name: Liam David Smith

Age: 25

Nationality: English

Nickname at club: Smithy

Marital status:  Single

Fave holiday destination: Cyprus

Preferred shirt number: 1

Most effective position on the pitch: Up top

Daytime job: Market salesman

Former clubs: None

 

We asked Liam:

 

Re-signed on for Aston this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

Aston were the only club to approach me, so it was an easy choice really!

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

Personally, I don’t feel I’ve been good enough and know I can do better!

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

It’s always hard coming into the winter months! I feel we’ve got a very good, and experienced enough team, to do well till the end of the season now!

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

My dad

Good cup win midweek, how was it?

Personally, I had the worst game of my life! But the boys where clinical, and we look forward to the next round now!

Describe how your previous two games were?

The last two games hasn’t seen the best results for us, but we know we’re not far away from where we want to be

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

I know nothing about them! I know they won’t like playing down at Aston Park!

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Vinny Greco

Vinny Greco

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

McDonalds breakfast with a can of Red Bull and I’m ready to go!

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

Last season and our Sunday FA cup win! The best experience to date in my football career!

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

Ashley Clark is solid every week and doesn’t get the credit he deserves!

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Ted Paul! You should see the state of the things he turns up in some weeks!

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

Someone once told me it was good for you to go to the gym!

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

It’s always nice to check the local scores and see how your mates have got on

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

Luke Russel! Not too sure on his taste in music

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

Pitstone and Tring are always the games the boys look forward to

Finally, after you’ve saved a hatrick of penalties on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

A Stella and a packet off crisps will do lovely!

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

NBDL; Great Horwood v MK Wanderers preview + Horwood midfielder Brandon Bowes reveals all

Saturday 16th November 2019
Great Horwood v MK Wanderers
North Bucks Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout
Castle Fields
MK17 0RD
K.O. 1.30pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 5th

North Bucks League Division One (12 teams)

MK Wanderers 5th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 4th

North Bucks League Division One (10 teams)

MK Wanderers 4th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last six games:

Great Horwood:

W 1-5 away v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos BD 2nd November NBDL

W 3-0 home v Olney 19th October NBDL

W 3-4 away v Stoke Hammond BT 12th October NBDL

W 5-0 home v Mursley United development 5th October NBDL IDK

L 3-2 away v City Colts 28th September NBDL

L 1-2 home v Buckingham Athletic 21st September BBFA ST

 

MK Wanderers:

L 0-5 home v Newport Pagnell Town reserves 9th November BBFA IC

D 1-1 home v Yardley Gobion 2nd November NBDL

D 2-2 home v Silverstone 26th October NBDL

D 2-2 home v Wendover 19th October BBFA IC (won on pens)

W 1-3 away v Tattenhoe 12th October NBDL

W 0-2 away v AFC Santander 5th October NBDL IDK

 

Brandon Bowes

Full Name: Brandon Bradley Bowes

Age: 27

Nationality: British

Nickname at club: For our younger viewers, team idiot

Marital status: In a relationship

Fave holiday destination: Jamaica

Preferred shirt number: Anywhere 1 – 11

Most effective position on the pitch: From full back to wing

Daytime job: Vehicle technician / site supervisor

Former clubs: Stony Stratford, St George’s and now Horwood

 

We asked Brandon:

 

Re-signed on for Horwood this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

The only influence to join Horwood is the lads that i play for and with, they’re a good friendly bunch of lads that look out for each other on and off the pitch. In my eyes there is no other team I would like to play

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

It’s not been my greatest start however I’m starting to find my feet again and slowly getting my fitness back, I think I over indulged a little in the summer break

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

We have started to build a bit of momentum; we just need to keep fighting for each other to finish as high as we can

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

I haven’t really got any influences in a sense, I play just for the love of the game

Describe how your last two games have been?

Our last two games have been strong, scoring eight and only conceding the one, we’ve been managing and controlling the games and taking our chances well, our team spirit is at its highest

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

I don’t know too much about them really, it’s just another game, another Saturday and three points are what we need

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

There’s a few people that like to have some sort of input into the game, such as Parky and Curley but it’s more constructive moaning. I’m probably the worst on the field

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

Just your standard warm up really, Boz has mixed it up a little recently adding a couple of different drills but nothing out of the norm

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

I can’t really say I’m proud at the level we play at, but the charity cup final three or four years back against Silverstone was one of my best nights of football scoring the only two goals

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

I wouldn’t say anyone is underrated, everyone knows each other’s strength and how to utilise them

Frankey Tarrant

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

I’m probably not one to talk, but Frankey is a mix between peaky blinders and only fools and horses

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

There’s not been many, not that I could remember what they said but I probably didn’t listen to them any way

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

This year we are looking at every result that could help us climb the table, but personally I look at Mursley Development so I can give Mitch, Graham and Ash a bit of stick if they lose

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

Me I think, tried it once and got told to turn it off after the first song

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

I would normally always look to beat Potterspury but believe this year it would be Towcester. It was a tough game at home this year so could do with beating them at their ground

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

Think I’m going to stick to a nice squash, done enough on the team night out to last me the season!

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

National Village Knockout Cup: Dates allocated for 2020 competition

The dates for the 2020 Village Cup have now been confirmed, with the exception of the Lord’s final which will be confirmed in due course.

Cricket

Round One will take place on May 3, though clubs will be welcome to complete their first fixture before this date if both agree. The same is true of those regions who begin their road to Lord’s in Round Two.

With 2019 champions Reed being promoted to the Hertfordshire Premier League, it leaves the southern half of the draw much more open, with the potential for a new finalist to make it to Lord’s. In the north however, two-time winners Sessay will be fielding their 1st XI once again following their relegation from the Yorkshire Premier League North. It will put them among contenders such as Yorkshire’s Folkton & Flixton and Houghton Main.

The full fixture dates are:

  • Round 1 –  May 3
  • Round 2 –  May 17
  • Round 3 –  May 31
  • Round 4 –  June 14
  • Round 5 –  June 28
  • Round 6 –  July 12
  • Quarter-finals –  July 26
  • Semi-finals –  August 9
  • Final – TBC

SNCL Div 3: Gawcott & Hillesden name award winners for successful 2019 season

Gawcott & Hillesden have celebrated their South Northants League, Division 3 title by naming their award winners for the 2019 season.

Gawcott & Hillesden – South Northants League, Division 3 winners 2019

Alex Piggott’s side enjoyed a successful campaign after combining their title with runners-up in the Division 3 & 4 Cup.

Colin Piggott sweep the board on Saturday’s awards after a successful season. He scored 347 runs at an average of 38.56 and he took 27 wickets.

Colin Piggott

Saturday Awards

All – Colin Piggott

Midweek Awards

Batting – Alex Piggott

Bowling – Nathan Holmes

Players Player – Nathan Holmes

Other winners

Clubman – Chris Dickens

Captain’s Player – Colin Piggott

Most Improved Player – Kyle Bennion

Most Ducks – Jonny Dale

2019 South Northants League, Division 3 final table