The first seven weeks of the season are behind us. Ten National League North games played, that is one quarter of the league season! The coming weeks interlace FA Cup and FA Trophy games with further league matches so this is a good time to review progress to date.
The five games at home have brought big teams to St James Park including ex-league clubs York City, Darlington and Hereford and of course the surprise, runaway league leaders Chorley who have recorded nine wins dropping points only against Brackley.
Those games have brought some quality football, plenty of goals, some success but also a share of the season's disappointment. This came in particular in the defeat against The Quakers when three goals were conceded within a few first half minutes as Darlington took their chances with fine finishing to score four times in all. Against Chorley also a superb first half performance gave way to a frustrating final half hour as the league leaders fought back for a draw. The visit of Yor k City was a tight, tense and tactical battle but fine wins were recorded over a new look Alfreton side and Hereford team that was ill disciplined on the pitch and who brought, among a large away following, a small number of so-called supporters who let their club down in the ground and in the town centre which was sad.
On the road, after early defeats against Bradford (PA) and AFC Telford wins came at Ashton United and Nuneaton Borough before last Saturday's draw at Curzon Ashton. So plenty of miles have been travelled already with two trips to Greater Manchester under our belt. Fixtures at FC United in October and Stockport County in November will also entail journeys up the tortuous M6.
The summer signings of Connor Hall and Luke Fairlamb have established themselves as genuine contenders for regular starting spots and the team has adapted to a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 formation having stuck with 3-5-2 for most of the previous two seasons. Lee Ndlovu has impressed supporters in a new lone striker role and has 7 goals to his name already. Jimmy Armson with 5 goals continues his happy habit of finding the net from close range or, as he did against Hereford, with terrific strikes from greater distance.
Kevin has only a small squad that he continues to look to strengthen. The suspension of Shep Murombedzi, after a red card in added time at Nuneaton, has stretched the squad further and any injuries could pose selection problems so look out for a new face or two soon.
Despite some disappointing results including three defeats in the opening four games, a 7th position at this stage of the season is a great platform to build on. Some of the performances lend support to the belief around the club that there is much to look forward to in the long season ahead and every reason to be optimistic about good runs in both cup competitions and to be competing around the top spots in the league in the coming months.
We’re only in mid-September but yet the volume of games that we have to play in these early months has been incessant. Overall it’s been a positive start to our league campaign. The team have been playing good football and creating good opportunities in front of goal.
We had real hope that we could get deep into one of the FA competitions, but it wasn’t to be and we look to our more local cups and of course the league.
Now that the youth section have started their own league campaigns, it gives us the chance to closely look at Kev squirrels U18 squad.
During the close season we’ve worked a plan to ensure that from October we get a number of his team to train with us for a period of weeks at a time throughout the season, and to have one player with the squad on home match days so they get to see the difference between youth and senior football and bridge that divide. There’s a bigger gap than most people and players realise and any 18’s coming into the team will need to be surrounded by a group of experienced players who can ease that transition and allow them to play with more freedom and confidence.
The coming months will give us the chance to further cement our intent in the league. The games will still come thick and fast and give plenty of opportunity for the whole squad and beyond to get game minutes at this level.
The coaches and I have created an environment for all of our squad, that is the best at this level. Not only in the facilities but the support and coaching that’s available. Technical, physical, phycological and dietary coaches are all in place to look at every aspect of a players development and also the use of video analysis.
We’re proud of what we can offer this current group of players and any of Kev’s U18’s when they come into the fold and will continue throughout the year to see how we can challenge and prepare all these players to perform well, win games and reach our team goals.
BRACKLEY TOWN FOOTBALL IN THE COMMUNITY
October Half Term holiday 2018 - Soccer Camp
Brackley Town Football Club
3G Astro Pitch
Monday 22nd, Tue 23rd & Wed 24th October
Boys and Girls aged 6 – 12
10.00am to 3.00pm (collection at 3pm prompt)
Open from 9.30am
Girls - SSE FA Wildcats
As a SSE FA Wildcats Girls Football Centre we provide girls aged between 5 and 11 years old the opportunity to regularly play football. Wildcats sessions are held every Saturday morning from 9:00am till 10:00am on our all-weather artificial grass pitch and are run by FA qualified coaches. Our Wildcat sessions give girls the opportunity to learn and develop their football skills in a safe, fun and sociable environment. Most Saturdays we have up to 20 girls turning up and if you have a girl interested in football just bring them along and let them join in. Bring a drink & shin pads, the first session they attend is free and if they enjoy it they can register to join our Wildcats and the costs per future session will be £3.00. Each year on 1st September the older girls (those aged 10 & 11) create our Under 12s Girls team which competes in the Northamptonshire Women’s & Girls Macron Football League.
Boys - Saturday Soccer Schools
Our Saturday Soccer School offers boys aged 4 to 6 years old the opportunity to regularly play football. Soccer Schools sessions are held every Saturday morning from 9:00am till 10:00 on our all-weather artificial grass pitch and are run by FA qualified coaches. Our Soccer School sessions give boys the opportunity to learn and develop their football skills in a safe, fun and sociable environment. Most Saturdays we have over a dozen boys turning up and if you have a boy interested in football just bring them along and let them join in. Bring a drink & shin pads, the first session they attend is free and if they enjoy it they can register for our Soccer School and the costs per future session will be £3.50.
Each year on 1st September the older boys (those aged 6) graduate from our Saturday Soccer School to form our Under 7s teams which compete in the Witney & District Youth Football League.
U12s Girls Team
Girls - Under 12s League
Following on from the success of our Wildcats Girls Football Centre, we have this season entered an Under 12s Girls team in to the Northamptonshire Women’s & Girls Macron Football League. Home games are played on Sundays at Helmdon, whilst away games are played on Saturdays. All games kick off at 10:30am. Training for the Under 12 girls team is on Tuesday evenings 5:30pm till 6:30pm on our all-weather artificial grass pitch and are run by FA qualified coaches. If you have a girl aged 10 or 11 who would like to be part of the squad please bring them along to one of our training sessions. Bring a drink & shin pads, the first session they attend is free and if they enjoy it they can register to join our Under 12 girls and the costs for future training sessions is £3.00.
SAINTS COMMUNITY PROJECT
Every Wednesday is Saints Community Project day at the Club….
The Saints Community Project at Brackley Town Football Club first opened its doors on a Wednesday in Sept 2015. Its main purpose was to create A themed day of actives once a month for members of the local community to enjoy. It was evident on day one that more was required, a weekly event was organised under the guise of a Coffee Morning but it has become and continues to be so much more.
There was a definite gap in the town that provided social activities for those that felt isolated or lonely in their daily lives. Community spirit has diminished over the past few decades; as the population increased, people’s lives have changed and ultimately fewer people know fewer people in their street and town. We have lost some of the spirit that was once the foundation of society, our aim is to strengthen our community.
Support those that feel isolated and to have an easily accessible day to enjoy, improving their quality of life, mental and social well-being.
We have the perfect venue to host a whole range of activities to bring people together from any walk of life and to put something back into their lives and create a purpose, also to encourage members as a preventative measure.
We bring together a range of people, passing on social and life lessons, building a friendship network ... Creating a network of help and advice to help people feel more empowered and secure in their daily lives.
The Local police regularly visit to advise of the latest scams or frauds and provide talks on the law and educate what your rights are. Our members get the confidence to say no this isn’t right. Giving them the confidence to speak up and to help prevent others from falling prey.
We have lists from our clients of recommended and trusted traders and carers. Giving people confidence and independence for longer.
We actively encourage members to become involved in little projects; This goes much further than four hours on a Wednesday.
We try to ensure our day provides a safe and secure, fully accessible venue, activities, laughter, fun, a home cooked hot meal and hopefully lasting memories.
The Saints Community Project is open to everyone every Wednesday in the clubhouse from 10am to 1.30pm with the exception of event days. All the details can be found on the board just inside the clubhouse. We always welcome any volunteers and assistance, please speak to Kim if you would like to become involved.
H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, David Laing and The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, James Saunders Watson visited Brackley Town Football Club today following the club's fantastic achievement last season in winning the Buildbase F A Trophy final at Wembley Stadium in May. During their visit they were joined by Brackley Town Mayor Mark Morrell.
The club took the opportunity to showcase their success both on and off the pitch. A busy itinerary was organised.
The Town Mayor officially opened the club's new dugouts and irrigation system, which was partly funded by the Football Foundations Football Stadia Improvement Fund and The Lord- Lieutenant unveiled the plaque. The group also managed to watch the club's Walking Football players for the over 50s at their weekly session
The club was decorated in its royal regalia organised by Kim Grantham, Community Project Manager. Amongst the elderly project participants were guests from the National League Trust, who have continuously showed their support to the project since 2015 along with other local partners including Brackley Tesco.
A Royal Tea Party was enjoyed for all of the project participants whilst being entertained by the lovely sounds of Jacqueline Maynard (a current X Factor contestant)
The Club Chairman, Francis Oliver thanked everybody for making the occasion special.
An Evening of Clairvoyance with Jennie Grayson
Friday 19th October
Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £14.00 from
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