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New Wantage Town Development Team - 31 May

Wantage Town will be re-establishing a Development team at the club for the 2018-2019 season after not having had one for the last year. And the club are able to reveal that three experienced former players will be at the helm.

tom austin hellenic footballTom Austin (pictured) and Matthew Biddle will take on joint management of the side, while Roy Clark will assist with coaching and mentoring. As well as playing for Wantage 31 year old Austin has Southern League experience with Abingdon United, and has represented Kidlington, Witney and Milton at Hellenic level. He has the FA Level 2 coaching badge, and is co-owner of Serious4Sport.

Biddle, 29, also has a Southern League pedigree with Abingdon, and Market Drayton, but his playing career was unfortunately cut short due to a triple ACL injury. He has coaching experience in America, and assisted at Milton United two years ago.

Clark is a former Oxford United professional and as well as Wantage has represented Hungerford, Aylesbury and Witney and is keen to use his vast experience to help guide the young management team in the right direction.

The trio are excited to have been given the opportunity to take up the reigns at Wantage and are looking forward to pushing as many young players up to the first team as possible.

Club secretary Mike Skinner said “After the disappointment of losing our development side just a couple of weeks before the start of last season we have chosen the new management team carefully. All three are local, and have a good knowledge of the local football scene, which we believe is key in giving local players a pathway to first team football.”

Any potential players can contact Tom at tomserious4sport@gmail.com or on 07826 855723


Reading Invitation Senior Cup 25 May - Match report by Dave Wright

Wantage Town lifted the Reading Invitation Senior Cup by beating Uhlsport Hellenic League rivals Highmoor Ibis 5-3 in an exciting final played at Reading FC's Madejski Stadium on Friday evening.

Yet even eight goals failed to reflect the amount of action at both ends with plenty of chances being created - and wasted - and the two keepers making some excellent saves.

It was a clash that featured the teams who had finished fourth from the top and fourth from bottom of the table, but for the best part of the game, there was little to choose between the pair.

There was no doubt Wantage deserved their win, but they had to work extremely hard to stamp their authority over a Highmoor side who earlier in the day heard they had retained their Premier Division status despite finishing in the relegation zone.

On a sunny evening, there was an explosive start to the final with both sides hitting the back of the net inside the opening 10 minutes.

The Alfredian Park men took a seventh-minute lead through Steve Robertson, but two minutes later Mitchell Parker curled home a brilliant equaliser.

Wantage, who had knocked out FA Vase winners Thatcham Town on their way to the final, regained the lead with a goal from Jack Dummall after 28 minutes and they were good value for their half-time advantage.

But eight minutes into the second half the scores were back level, courtesy of a fine solo effort from Devonte Romeo with his shot going in off the post.

However, that was the nearest it got for Highmoor, as Wantage snatched control of the game with three goals in the space of 11 minutes. 

Dan Comer restored their lead on 57 minutes by firing home from the edge of the area, which Jim Glover quickly extended.

It got worse for Highmoor when skipper Jamie Porter hauled back Robertson as he raced into the area to concede a penalty. Jon Davoille's spot-kick was parried by teenage keeper James Hilson, who is on Reading FC's books, but Davoille followed up to head the ball home to make it 5-2 with 68 minutes gone.

The west Reading-based side looked deflated as they had certainly played their part in a good game. But the introduction of substitutes did give them some fresh legs and it was Joe Joslyn who was first to react after Parker had seen two efforts rebound out, one off the crossbar and another parried by keeper Curtis Meare.

So Ben Sadler's side finish the season with a trophy to follow up their fourth-place finish in the table. With the three sides who finished above them all being promoted, the Wantage will be many observers' favourites for the title next season.

Fittingly, the guest of honour at this all-Hellenic tie was the league's CEO,  Brian King. The game also marked the end of the short reign of  Highmoor joint-managers Anthony Mooney and Declan Jacob - labeled in the local press as the 'Ant and Dec of non-league football'. Lined up as their replacements are Andy Findlay and Rob Creech, who were joint-managers of the Bracknell Town reserve side which has now been disbanded as part of major changes at the club who will be playing in the Isthmian League South Central next season. Highmoor's decision to make a change of manager had surfaced last week and had no bearing on the cup final defeat.


Wantage Withdraw Reserves Team - 29 August

After unsuccessful attempts to appoint a manager for Wantage Town's Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 2 Reserves team, the club have no other option than to resign the team from the league.

Wantage Town secretary Mike Skinner advised the League Office today. "It is with regret that we have to officially tender the resignation of our reserve team from the Hellenic Division 2 East. We did have an expression of interest in  taking it on last week, but that has failed to materialise, and most of the remaining players have now found other clubs."


Reserve Team Manager Wanted - 8 August

Wantage Town Football Club are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic new manager to take over their Reserve Team

The club will be looking to speak to candidates who share the club's passion for developing youth players, coaching and improving players of all ages and playing exciting football. As a Hellenic Premier League Football Club, Wantage Town values absolutely the importance of having a strong and ambitious Reserve Team: providing a quality stepping stone and learning environment for developing young players; reflecting the First Team footballing philosophy of an exciting, attacking style of play, and hosting experienced and driven players with their sights set on success.

The key components of the role are:

- Taking on full managerial responsibility for the Reserve Team squad (including training sessions, player recruitment and all associated administrative tasks);
- Working closely with the First Team Manager over player progression, youth development and club success;
- Working closely with the club’s Youth Team management team to develop and improve young players;
- Working with the current squad, whilst introducing new talent capable of succeeding at Hellenic Div 2(West) level and with the potential and ambition to play Hellenic Premier football.

This post would present an ideal opportunity for a manager (and players) looking for a sideward move or to stretch themselves at a higher level, with the possibility of exposure to Hellenic Premier League football.

Applications should be made to the Club secretary Mike Skinner email-wantagetownfc-secretary@outlook.com

New Sports Facility For Wantage Approved - 15 July

At the Vale of White Horse Planning Committee earlier this week a new pitch and park area was given planning permission.

The scheme by Wantage Town Football Club was supported by Wantage Town Council and will provide a great new facility for the town.

Source: Matthew Barber - Leader, Vale of White Horse District Council | Deputy PCC, Thames Valley

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Opportunites For Players - 30 June

Wantage Town FC's Development side are looking for young, enthusiastic, energetic players from the wider local area to join their fast-growing squad.

The Uhlsport Hellenic Div 2 East side's focus is on taking players with lofty ambitions, developing them, and being able to pass them on to our First Team, who play in the Hellenic Premier League.

Training sessions are taking place at Wantage Town FC at 7.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week and are led by UEFA B qualified Manager, Ciprian Pintilie.

If you're interested in playing positive, attacking football and fancy having a look at a session, just contact Cipri on 07803301088

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