SL D1C; Ducks defender hoping his side are back on the Ball this week at Welwyn

Saturday 19th January 2019

Welwyn Garden City v Aylesbury United

Southern League Division One Central

Herns Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury United travel to Welwyn Garden City on Saturday unsure of what they’ll be facing after turmoil at the Hertfordshire club last week saw manager Adam Fisher resign just a couple of days before they were due to face Peterborough Sports, that resulted in the game being postponed when the squad walked away from the club; Dean Barker then took on the role and managed to assemble a side that drew on Tuesday night with Sutton Coldfield Town. Both sides are on twenty-six points for the season so far in the Southern Football League Division One Central table although Welwyn do have a game in hand, nine points off the relegation places and fourteen of the play-off places would suggest they are looking both up and down that table as the season nears its final third of games yet to play, a good run for either could see a dramatic end of season whilst a poor run could drag either into that dreaded fight at the bottom. Going into the game the visitors have won one in their previous seven games whilst their hosts haven’t tasted success in their previous eight games, both will be desperate for the three points to ensure they keep looking up!

Anthony Ball

This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Anthony Ball to ask how he ended up at the club and how he’s enjoyed it so far:

I joined Aylesbury United on the twenty-eighth of December, myself & Ben had been in contact and he offered me the chance to come down. I’ve always seen United as a very strong and organised team that were always tough to play against, so to be involved in a side like this is great. Since I joined I have already experienced the highs of a derby win, the frustrations of draws at Barton & Kempston, and then also the lows with last weeks defeat at Didcot, however I am really enjoying the football I am playing at the moment, and the team morale is great

What has been Anthony’s career before signing on?

I started my senior career out at Aylesbury FC last season which provided me an in depth insight into the Southern League & the levels expected to be able to progress at this level. I then had a very short spell at Berkhamsted at the start of this season, I then played the rest of my football up until Christmas at Winslow United

So what position does Anthony play and does he have any favoured formation?

I prefer to play at right back, the reason for this is I really enjoy the defensive side of the position but also the way it allows you to have the creative side to your game as well when going forward. I enjoying playing in various systems as each has their own advantages

How does he feel his season has been so far?

I feel great fitness wise which subsequently has allowed me to be available for all of the games that I’ve been eligible for so far. I feel in myself that I have performed well in the games I’ve played, although I am slightly disappointed after last Saturday & not performing to the standards I’ve set in the three games prior to Didcot. I do feel I have contributed positively to the team since arriving

We asked Anthony if any players in the squad have stood out since he’s played with them?

Since joining Aylesbury United I have been impressed with everyone here, it’s hard to single players out like that when the whole team works so hard towards the same goals. Also the coaching is great, taking things we’ve been working on in training into games and also taking things from games we haven’t been good at into training

Onto Welwyn Garden City this weekend, with their recent upheaval what are the Ducks expecting?

Every game in this division is going to be a tough one regardless, and each of us have our own point to prove following last weeks disappointment. So we will all go out on Saturday and work our hardest to put right what went wrong last weekend

Since the turn of the year the club has seen a win, a draw and a loss, how were all those three games?

Nothing comes bigger for the players and supporters than a derby day win here at United so the buzz that gave everyone associated with the club was great. Barton was one of those games that could have gone either way and we are obviously frustrated it didn’t go our way on the day, missing out on those two extra points. Then last week’s disappointment was a hard one to take due to the standards we set in games previously

Finally, we asked if there was anyone in the world that Anthony could be for a day who would he pick and why?

Paul Scholes, just to know what it is really like to be a good footballer!

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

SL D1C; Moles defender detects a decent squad at Aylesbury as they battle season out

Saturday 19th January 2019

Aylesbury FC v Corby Town

Southern League Division One East

Heywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

The fixture list for Aylesbury FC doesn’t get any easier as they battle to stay out of the bottom two places in the Southern League Division One Central table, this weekend they host third place Corby Town who have only lost once in their last nine games whilst the Haywood Way outfit haven’t tasted a victory in their last eight. Whilst the general consensus of the last two games for the home side has been that they played well and only lost by the odd goal against both Bedford Town and AFC Dunstable, they currently sit one place and one point above those relegation places and they have played more games than anyone else in the division, including the two sides below them who both have two games in hand meaning Aylesbury need points sooner rather than later. Corby beat their hosts back in October by five goals to two despite the Moles taking the lead in that match and sit five points off top of the league Peterborough Sports so will be looking for the win to increase the pressure at the opposite end of the league table that Aylesbury are concerned with, the form table suggests an away win however Aylesbury have already proved this season they can compete with the higher placed sides.

Dan Carr

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury defender Dan Carr to ask when & how he joined the club, and how it’s been so far:

I’ve been here about two months now playing five games, previously I was at Oxford United in the youth team and the manager Paul Bonham watched me a few times and showed interest once he found out I’d been released. What attracted me was the opportunity to play at a decent level week in week out and I was guaranteed to play, so it was a good opportunity to get minutes and to grow as a player. My time here has been very good since joining, the lads have been brilliant and welcomed me in very well, and I’ve been in the team most weeks & played a lot of football so I can’t complain

What was Dan’s career path previous to Aylesbury and how has he adapted to Southern League football?

I was at Wycombe Wanderers in their academy from junior levels under eight’s up until under twelves which was when they folded their academy. I then went to Aldershot & Crawley who also both folded within months, so I played local football for Caversham Trents and played a year above, we won the league there and then once I was in the under fifteens I was signed by Oxford United and spent two years in their academy before being offered a scholarship. I was there from under fifteens to under eighteens but didn’t get offered a professional contract at the end of it, so recently joined Aylesbury. I’d had no Southern League experience before apart from a few games I played at Bracknell Town at the start of this season in friendlies, but I feel I have adapted very well to the standard. I would say it’s a lot more physical than what I’ve been used to playing with academies but I have enjoyed it and feel I have done well

What does Dan think is his best position in the team, and what formation best suits?

My favoured position is at number ten but I have to be honest with myself as I know my best position is at full back, mainly on the right. I feel that four-three-three gets the best out of me as a free flowing team, I can then get forward a lot which is what I really like to do and link up with the players in front of me

How has the season gone so far since joining?

I feel that my time has been good so far, I feel I have coped very well with the change in football and I have been available most of the time. My fitness is always good and I feel I have contributed well but at the same time also feel I could have contributed a bit more on the assists front

We asked Dan which players have impressed him so far at Aylesbury:

All of the players here are decent, I wouldn’t say anyone in particular has stood out to impress me as they are all very good players in their own way, and good at what they do. I knew Ty Deacon before as he was at Wycombe & Oxford, I wouldn’t say he has impressed me in that way as he was always very good, but he has impressed me that he is still very good even at this level. The coaching has also been very good as they are all very qualified coaches and especially Paul who was a coach at Oxford United in the young age groups

Corby this week, a point off the bottom two, are the squad talking about relegation or just facing each game as it comes?

Obviously it’s clear to see that we are in the relegation fight but we are not dwelling on the situation at all, we are just focused on each game at it comes and don’t really worry too much about where we are, we just concentrate on getting three points week in and week out. This game is obviously going to be tough as they are a good team near the top of the table but I feel if we apply ourselves well, and work hard like we did against Dunstable in the second half last week, with a bit more concentration we stand a very good chance

The recent form hasn’t been great, but how were the recent losses to Dunstable and North Leigh?

They were obviously very hard defeats to take, the Dunstable game was especially hard to take, to lose in the last minute after a great second half where we came back from two-nil down, but we let ourselves down with lapses in concentration which cost us dearly in the end. The North Leigh game we simply weren’t at our best at all, we were off it that night everyone included, and when that happens at this level, whoever you are, you will get punished. But we look forward now to the Corby game and hopefully we can get a good result that we deserve

Finally, we asked Dan to pick a team mate who he could work with in any other job just for a day:

That’s a hard one, I would probably say being a detective or something like that along with Harry Scott as we get along well and have a very good link up on the pitch, so I feel we’d be able to work with each other very well, and know what each other are doing without even saying and we would obviously get the job done!

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

SL D1C; Moles facing uphill battle

Aylesbury FC last night released a statement confirming they will be relegated at the end of this season due to ground grading issues.

Following the latest committee meeting of Aylesbury FC the club would like to make the following announcement.

The football club were contacted earlier this season regarding ground grading requirements for next season. One of the main stipulations was regarding the changing areas, specifically the total floor area in each of the three changing rooms, whilst the home and away changing rooms are very close to the minimums needed the officials room would be considerably undersized. After consultations with a local building contractor and his surveyor we were advised that a major reconstruction would be needed to achieve the minimum requirements.

This project would need to be completed by March 31st, if not we would need to have planning/ finance/ and a guarantee from the contractor that these works would be carried out by an agreed date. We were informed that failure to achieve the ground grading would result in relegation.The club began the process of putting together a plan regarding the funding and management of the project to achieve the ground grading, but unfortunately very soon realised that the deadline was simply not achievable.

Earlier this week we were contacted by the league to discuss this situation and were assured that there would be no exceptions, the FA have made this very clear to them. The decision was taken to make this announcement as relegation is now unavoidable despite all of the hard work undertaken by the management, players and all the staff at the football club.

Although all the people involved with the club are obviously devastated by this situation we are even more committed now to ensuring the future of Aylesbury FC, taking a step backwards to once again move forward. Twenty years ago the club were playing local football and went on to spend a sustained period at Southern League level – and will do so again!

SSMFL D2; 61 FC (Luton) 0-3 Mursley United

61 FC (Luton) – 0

Mursley United – 3

Mursley United travelled to 61 FC in Luton on Saturday (12th January 2019) and won 3-0 for their first victory in four games.

Adam Bone and Ellis Spence were unavailable so Tom Lloyd-Roberts and Austin Dickson came into the starting line-up.

Tom Lloyd-Roberts

The visitors had early chances and efforts from Dickson and Tom Brazier were scrambled off the line before the latter bore down on goal, but was denied by the outstretched leg of Tom Kavanagh in the home goal. However, Mursley persisted and it was Lloyd-Roberts speculative effort from twenty yards that caught the wind and drifted into the top corner of the net. The hosts came back into the game more as the half continued, but Mursley held firm at the back.

It was after an hour that Nathan Skelton doubled the lead as he and Brazier exchanged passes and the striker slotted home from inside the penalty area. Dan Willett was on hand to make a couple of good stops to keep the visitors in the game before Dickson added a third with five minutes remaining. In the dying moments, Nathan Hawkins on as a substitute, hit a crisp shot with his first touch which was beaten away by Kavanagh.

Austin Dickson

Attendance: 16

Report: Justin Daley

BBFA CC; Buckingham Athletic U18 3-0 Bourne End U18

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 3

Bourne End U18 – 0


Buckingham Athletic U18’s progressed into the Berks & Bucks County Cup semi-finals with a win over Bourne End on Sunday at Stratford Fields, and as convincing as the scoreline sounds the story could have been very different had the visitor’s taken one or both of their two very early chances that should have seen them ahead before their hosts got their game going, but those chances were missed and they were made to pay when the home side scored two goals in as many minutes and from there looked comfortable seeing the game out to a conclusion. Afterwards Buckingham manager Dan Turney admitted his side had reverted back to a more direct style of football as the heavy pitch was not suitable for their usual passing game, and some early nerves almost cost dearly but once they calmed and played to their instructions, the Bourne defence struggled to cope with the pace and power their hosts had up front, and a three goal lead by half-time proved unassailable with no further damage after the break.

Five minutes in Bourne won a free kick in the middle of the pitch which Theodore Luff played straight down the middle and a deflection off an Ath boot set up Josh Ralphson perfectly but he had to take the shot on first time and lifted over the crossbar, moments later George Watson did well down their left wing and crossed into the box where another ricochet off a blue boot put the ball into the path of the incoming Maximillian Yuill who from six-yards drove wide of Hayden Coombs’ right hand post. Despite their good start End fell behind on the quarter hour mark when Kyran O’Dell did well down the right channel and as bodies swarmed into the box he pulled back to Elton Anning inside the penalty arc who drilled low into the bottom corner.

Cassius Brookes scores second Ath goal

The lead was doubled a minute later when a simple ball down the middle for Cassius Brookes to chase after saw him lose his marker and as keeper Matthew Garske came out to the edge of this box the Buckingham striker slotted past him with some ease. With a two goal lead the home side were a side transformed and attacked at will, Anning soon had another pass to chase after inside the area and rounding the Bourne keeper he went to wide and as he tried to square back to team mates in the middle he could only locate a defender who cleared long, O’Dell was next to try his luck latching onto a superb pass through the visitor’s defence but Garske advanced to dive at his feet & got something on the shot to divert for a corner.

Brookes then attacked down the flank and was inches from finding O’Dell in front of goal but the cross was just too close to the keeper who managed to gather and hold, at the opposite end some patient build up play from the away team resulted in Josh Warden shooting from eighteen yards that had Coombs diving superbly to his left to catch with both hands, play was switched very quickly to the other end where Brookes fed in O’Dell but as the striker went to shoot the ball hit a bobble and he could only lift high over the top.  Ath scored their third with four minutes of the half remaining, a Bourne free kick was easily cleared down field and a lob over the top saw Alagie Swarray Deen power ahead of his defender before rounding Garske and tapping into the empty net. H/T: 3-0

Alagie Swarray Deen scores third just before half time

Just two minutes after the restart Ath were on the attack with O’Dell who saw a shot from the edge of the area take a deflection allowing Garske to cover across his area and gather, whilst Bourne won a free kick out on their left which was swung in and climbing highest Watson headed straight into the waiting gloves of Coombs, a foul twenty yards out gave the home side a sight of goal again but O’Dell curled over the crossbar, and on the hour mark the visitors came close when Thomas Crockett arrowed a dipping drive over the top from twenty-five yards out.

A Buckingham corner was swung right into the near post where a mass of bodies all challenged and as the keeper fell to the floor the ball rolled in but the referee was quick to sound his whistle and give the foul to deny a fourth goal, ahead of O’Dell again trying from the edge of the box but getting under it he lifted far too high to cause any danger. The game petered out in the latter stages although a late run in behind from Swarray Deen had Garske out in a flash to block with defenders on hand to clear, Athletic progress and eagerly await the semi-final draw ahead of league cup action later this week. F/T: 3-0

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SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 14.01.2019 – South Midlands League update #43



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

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt


With the first sign of Easter Eggs on the shelves the SSML welcomed another full weekend of fixtures and more drama than recently seen on ITV.




Stotfold’s fine 2019 form continues with another win, Hadley become the sixth team to top the Premier Division, Bovingdon hit Clean Slate for six and Old Bradwell United reach the semi-finals of the County Cup. The weekend’s 32 games seeing 119 goals (an average of 3.72 per game).


12 January Stats: 32 games played of which 15 were home wins, 13 were away wins and 4 were draws.


(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 19 Harefield United, 17 Hadley 16 Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 10 Edgware Town, 7 Leighton Town, Wembley, Oxhey Jets 6 Stotfold.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 19 Hatfield Town, 15 Stotfold, 14 Cockfosters, Harpenden Town, London Tigers, Amersham Town, Brimsdown, Clean Slate.

Average Saturday Goals: 4.05 (2877 goals from 711 games).


(Division One League): Harefield United.

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 60 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 71 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 49 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 39 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 60 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 77 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 65 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 37 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 23 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 18 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 11 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 10 Buckingham Athletic Development.


Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 22 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 20 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 12 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 8 Holmer Green Development U25.


Weekend’s Highest Attendances: 130 Arlesey Town v Stotfold, 102 Biggleswade FC v Oxhey Jets and Winslow United v Harefield United.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase), 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC and 318 Potton United v Biggleswade United.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.


Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 21 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 20 Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic), 17 Lorrell Smith (Arlesey Town), Nicholas Kerley (Oxhey Jets), Kieran Turner (Tring Athletic).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 24 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough) 23 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United), Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 18 Harry Dalton (Winslow United).


Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 27 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 26 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 18 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe).


Saturday 12th January



Stotfold wins are like buses, you wait ages for one then two come along at once, the Eagles followed up last week’s success with a 2-1 win at neighbours Arlesey Town and are now just one point behind Cockfosters at the bottom, the Fosters going down 1-2 at home to Wembley who are now unbeaten their last six outings. Hadley now top the table after recording their third successive 3-0 win, this time against Harpenden Town as morning leaders Tring Athletic were held to a 4-4 draw at North Greenford United FC, the hosts equalising in stoppage time. Oxhey Jets certainly seem to like visiting Biggleswade as they followed up last weeks win at United with a 1-1 draw at Biggleswade FC.  What goes around comes around as Biggleswade United found out when after suffering a last minute defeat last week they netted an injury time winner at Colney Heath. Leighton Town gained revenge for last week’s home defeat by Potton United by winning the return fixture by a solitary goal. Elsewhere Crawley Green were beaten 0-2 at London Colney, Edgware Town were 3-1 winners against visiting Leverstock Green and Baldock Town recorded a 4-1 success at London Tigers. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

1-2 Arlesey Town v Stotfold (O’Brien) / (Da Silva, Miles) Attendance: 130

1-1 Biggleswade FC v Oxhey Jets (A Marsh) / (Lawford) Attendance: 102

1-2 Cockfosters v Wembley (Mountford) / (Weir, D’Alessio) Attendance: 49

2-3 Colney Heath v Biggleswade United (Blunden, Clarke-Mardel) / (Holmes [2], Goodman) Attendance: 84

3-1 Edgware Town v Leverstock Green (Benavides, McCluskey, Hunte) / (Smith) Attendance: 51

3-0 Hadley v Harpenden Town (Alfano, Clarke, Wright [pen]) Attendance: 52

2-0 London Colney v Crawley Green (Reynolds, Smith) Attendance: 41

1-4 London Tigers v Baldock Town (Unknown) / (Barker, Buchanan, Forsythe, Denniss) Attendance: Unknown

4-4 North Greenford United FC v Tring Athletic (Turner, Long, McLeish, Gardiner) / (Riddick, Dunstan, Ironton, Turner [pen]) Attendance: 73

0-1 Potton United v Leighton Town (McBride) Attendance: 83



The big top of the table clash saw third place Winslow United entertain unbeaten league leaders Harefield United in front of a crowd of 102. The Hares coming from a goal down at the break to win by the odd goal in three and increase their lead at the top of the table to 12 points as second placed Broadfields United were surprising beaten at home by Risborough Rangers (1-2). Life at the bottom for Hatfield Town continues to remain hard as they now find themselves fourteen points adrift following a 0-3 defeat at Ampthill Town and to make matters worse the six clubs immediately above them all won. FC Broxbourne Borough were the day’s big winners with a 4-0 home success over Langford. Amersham Town now under new management won 4-2 at Hillingdon Borough while Codicote continue to improve following a 3-2 home win over Park View. Elsewhere Brimsdown defeated Enfield Borough 4-2, Bedford overcame visiting Rayners Lane by the odd goal in three while Wodson Park recorded their first league win since September when they returned from Buckingham Town with a 2-1 win. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

3-0 Ampthill Town v Hatfield Town (Unknown) Attendance: 38

2-1 Bedford v Rayners Lane (Unknown) / (D Hastings) Attendance: 25

4-2 Brimsdown v Enfield Borough (Saywood [2], Sosanya, Uare) / (Ennin, Kennedy) Attendance: 25

1-2 Broadfields United v Risborough Rangers (Henley) / (Cullen, Griggs [pen]) Attendance: 42

1-2 Buckingham Town v Wodson Park (Unknown) / (Halls, Tolley) Attendance: Unknown

3-2 Codicote v Park View (Unknown) / (Danso, Debrah) Attendance: 58

4-0 FC Broxbourne Borough v Langford (Unknown) Attendance: 22

2-4 Hillingdon Borough v Amersham Town (Unknown) / (Aldred, Benvenga, Squire-Adams, Stevens) Attendance: 33

1-2 Winslow United v Harefield United (King) / (Pacquette, Shaw) Attendance: 102


Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy


A late goal from substitute Peter Maxey was the difference as Old Bradwell United booked a semi-final place at the expense of fellow Division Two side Aston Clinton while Buckingham Athletic will be disappointed as they surrendered a two goal interval lead to lose 2-3 at Thames Valley League side Newbury. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

3-2 Newbury v Buckingham Athletic (Benham [2], Dredge) / (Marsden, Agunblade ) Attendance: 35

1-0 Old Bradwell United v Aston Clinton (Maxey) Attendance: 58



Berkhamsted Raiders continue to set the pace at the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Sarratt while hot on their heels are Bovingdon who romped to a 6-0 success at bottom club Clean Slate. MK Gallacticos moved up to third as they continued their fine scoring run with a 6-1 success over New Bradwell St Peter FC, the result makes it 21 in four games for the Gallacticos. Unite MK recorded their first away win since September when they overturned a 1-2 half time deficit to win 3-2 at Grendon Rangers. Elsewhere Totternhoe overcame visiting Pitstone & Ivinghoe by two goals to nil while Mursley United recorded at 3-0 success at The 61FC (Luton). Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

0-6 Clean Slate v Bovingdon (Unknown) Attendance: 5

2-3 Grendon Rangers v Unite MK (Adam, Tavener) / (Rawson [2], Little) Attendance: 23

6-1 MK Gallacticos v New Bradwell St Peter FC (Smith [2], Ahmed [2], Anning, Osei-Vondo) / (Unknown) Attendance: 40

0-2 Sarratt v Berkhamsted Raiders (Pobbe, Ibarra) Attendance: 39

0-3 The 61FC (Luton) v Mursley United (Dickson, Skelton, Lloyd-Roberts) Attendance: 16

2-0 Totternhoe v Pitstone & Ivinghoe (Francis, Howson) Attendance: 64



Stotfold U25 will take a 3-0 lead into their second leg of the Development Division Challenge Trophy quarter-final with AFC Dunstable U21 while the other first leg tie of the day saw Leighton Town Development and Ampthill Town Development evenly poised after a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

1-1 Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development (Bagatti) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

3-0 Stotfold U25 v AFC Dunstable U21 (Southby [2], McEvoy) Attendance: Unknown



Kempston Rovers Development moved to the top of the table with a 4-0 home success over Biggleswade United U23 as morning leaders Berkhamsted Development were beaten by the odd goal in five at Buckingham Athletic Development, a result that sees Athletic remain third. The day’s other league action saw the points shared as Harpenden Town Development and Holmer Green Development U25 battled out a 1-1 draw. Full results and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

3-2 Buckingham Athletic Development v Berkhamsted Development (D McAndrew, L McAndrew, Brady) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

1-1 Harpenden Town Development v Holmer Green Development U25 (Branch) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

4-0 Kempston Rovers Development v Biggleswade United U23 (Beldon, Felts, Ronayne, McGuiness) Attendance: Unknown



Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72.

NBDL; Mursley United Development 3-1 Buckingham United

Mursley United Development – 3

Buckingham United – 1


Mursley United development upset the odds on Saturday by beating second place Buckingham United, a win the home side thoroughly deserved on the balance of play although two of the three goals were gifts after some horrendous defensive errors. A first half devoid of clear cut chances had many believing the second would be settled by the odd goal if any, but a great corner routine twenty minutes into the second period saw Conor White head the opener before two moments that the visitors will want to forget gave the hosts two goals in five minutes to leave Dean O’Connor’s men stunned, a late consolation was scant reward for the side that were hoping to increase the pressure at the top of the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division. Mursley hadn’t played a competitive fixture for four weeks but looked a lot sharper than their guests who had scored seven last week at Potterspury, but Mitch Toyer’s men became only the second team to win a league fixture over Buckingham this season, top of the league Marsh Gibbon have done the double already over them and now have two games in hand on the Lace Hill outfit with a three point lead.

The first ten minutes saw both sides embroiled in a midfield battle and anything the hosts tried was comfortably dealt with by the visitors defence or keeper Harry White, whilst Buckingham struggled to get anything going and anything played forward was too far from their intended targets and rolled to safety, it took until the eleventh minute for a shot in anger when a clearance from the away side fell to Sam Cartwright but his first time shot was high over the top. The guests slowly got there game together and a cross from Mitch Young found Ryan Guinnane on the eighteen yard line, a slight deflection off a Mursley defender saw the blues claiming handball but Guinnane didn’t wait for the decision from the official as he slipped a pass through for the incoming Tom O’Connell who flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far upright.

Harry White denies Ben Johnson

A free kick to the away team out on the right hand touchline saw Will Wright curl into the box and elude everyone and for a split second it had home keeper Nick Bevans scurrying across his six yard area but he only had to watch it sail over his crossbar, at the opposite end Dan Finnis tried his luck from twenty yards but a huge deflection off a defender allowed the away keeper plenty of time to gather. The visitors were lucky to escape when a clearance at the back was charged down with the loose ball falling nicely for Jay Chawla to strike first time, he got his timing all wrong and screwed wide & moments later Luke Williamson capitalised on some hesitancy again in the blue defence, blocking a clearance he fed in Ben Johnson to the left of goal, Harry White dived at his feet and just as it looked like he would have a free shot at the empty goal White managed to stick out a hand whilst still on the floor and push the ball to safety, in the final minute Williamson saw himself played in on goal but he fired into the side netting from the angle. H/T: 0-0

Buckingham started the second period a lot brighter than the first and an early chance saw Guinnane in behind but Bevans was out in a flash and blocked, the ricochet back off the striker was heavy though allowing a defender to clear, whilst at the other end Finnis cut in from the flank and lost his marker where from the acutest of angles his attempt to square saw White dive away to his right to gather with both hands. Guinnane threatened again down the left and after playing a great one-two bore down on goal but fired past the back post, on the hour mark the same striker saw a low drive from the eighteen yard line brilliantly saved by Bevans turning out for a corner, that set piece was cleared long downfield to set Johnson in on goal, turning inside two defenders to create some space he then pulled his shot wide by some distance.

Conor White (5) opens the scoring

On sixty-four minutes Mursley finally took the lead when a Finnis corner was swung in and at the back post Conor White headed down and one bounce took the ball up into the roof of the net, from there the game began to open up as the visitor’s tried to get back into the game space opened up for the hosts to explore. A loose pass some twenty yards from goal saw Ash Urquhart try his luck but easily clear the goal frame, then with twelve minutes remaining it all went horribly wrong for the away side when Harry White took too long on the ball and Williamson was on him in a flash, charging down the keepers attempted clearance both players then tussled for possession but the midfielder got his boot to it first to lift into the back of the net.

Heads visibly dropped from that point and just five minutes later it was three when again hesitancy to clear cost dearly, deep in their own half the blue backline dithered too long and a pass was blocked then knocked out right to substitute Oscar Friell who advanced into the box before deftly chipping over the advancing White into the empty net. Buckingham scored with four minutes left, good work out on the flank from O’Connell saw him pull back to Aaron Jones whose fierce drive was too hot for Bevans to handle as it lifted into the top corner, but it was all too little too late. F/T: 3-1

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SL D1C; North Leigh 1-2 Thame United

(Peake-Pijnen and Martin)

Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central
Saturday 12th January 2019 @ Eynsham Park
Attendance – 82
Weather – Dry and Cloudy, 10 Celsius

It is Saturday which can only mean more  football.Today’s big match saw Thame United FC (4th) travel to North Leigh (19th) to play in the scenic Eynsham area. Thame were on the hunt for a vital away win to remain in the playoff picture where as North Leigh were attempting back to back wins to fight off relegation. Today also saw the return of Thame number 1 Craig Hill between the posts.

*** Starting Line Ups ***
North Leigh FC – Eddie Cavanagh, Jordy Ngathe, Declan Peart, Rory Linford-Pill, Andy Gunn, Alfie Grant, Roger James, Harry Grant (Cpt), George Seacole, Henry Landers, Noah Alabi
Subs Used – Alfie Saunders, Kyreece Martic

Thame United FC – Craig Hill, Harry Mepham, Jamie Essex, Andy Gledhill, David Lynn, Tom Ashworth, Liam Tack, Lynton Goss, Ben Sturgess (Cpt), Dan West, Matthew Peake-Pijnen
Subs Used – Duran Martin, Jack Tutton

*** FIRST HALF ***  HT SCORE 0-0
North Leigh dominated the first half in possession, set pieces and shots on target. Thame went into half time fortunate to be 0-0.
Some of the key highlights included on 2 minutes Craig Hill having to make a save with his legs. There was a relentless number of runs/dribbles down the left by North Leigh’s Noah Alabi in the first 10 minutes to put the Thame defence under real pressure. North Leigh were also unfortunate to take an early lead when Seacole fired a shot straight at Hill which then fell back to the forward who did manage to contact the follow up but over the bar. Not long after this Thame created a chance against the run of play. Whereby Goss’ pressing led to him getting the ball in the box and poking it between the GK’s legs. The shot was cleared off the line by North Leigh’s centre back much to the crowd’s amazement. On 23 minutes Thame were awarded a free kick which was hit with power towards Gledhill he got up above the defender and hit a firm header which went wide of the goal. On 34 minutes Goss played a corner outward which caught North Leigh by surprise and the shot by Thame did not hit the target but went over the crossbar. A final chance this time fell to Peake-Pijnen in the box when he received a diagonal ball which was only stopped a tremendous last ditch tackle which stopped him from getting the shot away.

*** SECOND HALF ***  FT SCORE – 1 – 2
Following the half time break Thame showed an increase in tempo and work rate. Thame also began the half closing North Leigh down all over the pitch trying to force errors including a higher defensive line early on. The first real chance in the second half fell to Thame from a free kick which was hit over the bar by West.One of the greatest plays of the game was when Alabi was standing on the shoulder of Mepham and got behind him before dribbling 25 yards down the left wing and putting in a sublime cross for Seacole which he chested the ball towards goal resulting in Hill having to make a split second save to top it over the bar for a corner. North Leigh continued to push for a goal and it took a long diagonal ball towards Seacole which was headed firmly across goal given Hill at full stretch no chance. Thame manager Mark West made a double substitution late on in the second half bringing on Jack Tutton and Duran Martin. The two subs were crucial to Thame’s turnaround.
In the 82nd minute Thame were awared a free kick 28 yards out which was taken by left footed Peake-Pijnen. It was hit perfectly so much so that the GK in an attempt to save it could only parry it onto the post and in. this goal sparked a continued drive and desire by all players. As late in the 87 minute 5 Thame players were running towards North leigh’s goal and a ball from the middle was passed wife left to an unmarked Martin who on his weaker foot slotted the ball across goal onto the post and in. It was a nervy last few minutes but Thame were able to see the final spell of pressure off and manage the game by keeping the goal in North Leigh’s half. At the full time whilst the Thame players congratulated eachother before walking off the field.

*** KEY STATS ***
Shots on target –  North Leigh 7 – 5 Thame
Corners – North Leigh 6 – 5 Thame
Yellow Cards – North Leigh 0 – 0 Thame
Red Cards – North Leigh 0 – 0 Thame

*** MAN OF THE MATCH – Craig Hill (Thame United) ***
Thame’s comeback victory changed this decision. Craig made countless top draw saves from start to finish, yet again proving he is one of the elite goal keepers in the division.

Overall this was a thoroughly entertaining match. North Leigh will feel disappointed to not get anything from the game not to mention remain in 19th place. Credit must be given to the Thame coaching staff for making key substitutions and installing the belief in the players for yet another memorable comeback. Thame will leave Eynsham Park on cloud nine and no doubt relishing the big encounter against Didcot next Saturday.

*** NEXT GAME *** @ The ASM Stadium,  Thame
Saturday 19/1/2019
Kick Off 15:00 – Thame United V Didcot Town

*** Admission Prices *** @ The ASM Stadium
Adult £8
Concession £5
Child £1

There is ample free parking at the Stadium
Club has a fully licensed bar on site.

The ASM Stadium
Meadow View Park
Thame, Oxfordshire

Report: Carlos Liam Vieira

Goalkeeping Training With Tottenham Legend Tony Parks



Boys & girls of all ages and abilities are welcome to join Tottenham legend Tony Parks for a fun goalkeeping evening in Aylesbury (22th), Bedford (29th), or Wolverton (7th February).

Tony Parks won the UEFA Cup with Tottenham as a player and was recently First Team Goalkeeping Coach with Aston Villa and Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Watford.

Only £5 per GK – and this will be refunded if you want to join the weekly sessions at any of our centres

Don’t miss the chance to train with professional goalkeepers and learn some new goalkeeping skills!!



*Session will run as normal for GKs who are already part of the programme




SSMFL D2; Aston Clinton 3-1 Mursley United

Mursley United travelled to Aston Clinton on Saturday (5th January 2019) and were beaten 3-1.

The hosts went ahead after three minutes, when keeper Dan Willett was unable to hold a free-kick from twenty five yards and Joe Kittle was on hand to finish.


Joe Kittle

Mursley struggled to retain possession on a heavy pitch and a long ball out of defence eluded both Anthony Lands and skipper Nathan Hawkins and this left Lamar Mason-Williams through on goal and he drove the ball past Willett. Just before the break, Kevin Mealor managed to turn in the penalty area and found the far corner of the Mursley net.


Nathan Skelton

After half-time, Mursley improved and limited Aston Clinton to few efforts. They struggled to create their own chances, but were awarded a penalty with twenty minutes remaining, when player-manager Neil Roberts was adjudged to have handled. Nathan Skelton netted from the spot, but this failed to kick-start a Mursley comeback and the home side held on for the points.

Report supplied by Justin Daley