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Three Championship Points At Stake - 21 March

Ardley United host Bracknell Town tonight (ko 7:30pm), the hosts final home league game of the season, and it couldn’t be any tougher.

Bracknell are league favourites, currently second in the league table just two points off top with a game in hand, and three of their last four games at home surely couldn’t make it any better for the Berkshire outfit? But Ardley having narrowly lost at Town just over two weeks ago have won three on the bounce since, and have beaten their guests at home once before in the cup, and will certainly not be lying down against their free scoring opponents, who have managed twenty three goals in three games all in the past week. A strong looking squad to pick from will boost the chances of an upset.

Ardley manager Paul Davis looks ahead: “Bracknell are clearly a top side in this division; their manager has said they need to win all their remaining games to clinch the title to which I fully concur, and we currently stand as the highest placed opposition they have to play in their run in. But they have to come to our place, play on our pitch and we weren’t a million miles away from them a couple of weeks ago at theirs, so we’ll be ready and we’ll be up for it, and we have already beaten them this season in the cup so we know we are capable. But the task is a big one, we know that, they’ve scored twenty three goals in their last three games so they’ll be high in confidence, but we should have everyone available again so it should be a cracking game for those coming to watch”.

 

Ardley's Ascot Hopes - 18 March

With just three league games remaining, Ardley travel to Ascot United today, looking to extend their two game winning run, and keep the pressure on those below the top five in the Premier Division table.

Thirteenth place Ascot have won seven and drawn four of their twenty eight league games this season, and have won just one of their last thirteen league games, so they will hoping their luck changes soon. United will have a couple of regulars missing, but will be looking to click into gear ahead of the tough Tuesday night encounter with high flyers Bracknell Town.

“Ascot are under new management and they have a lot of good young players and they are building for the future." said Paul Davis "It’s always a nice place to go, and they may look like they have nothing to play for but that in itself will be a danger for us, the pitch will be nice and our boys will be looking forward to going there. We need to make sure we keep on this latest winning run and with only three games left we want to finish unbeaten”

 

Ardley v Burnham - 11 March

Ardley United play their penultimate home league game of the season this afternoon, and their last home game on a Saturday when they face the league’s bottom side Burnham. The visitors have won five of their twenty nine league games this season, losing the rest including the incredible game at The Gore back in October, when Ardley found themselves two goals down with ten minutes remaining but scored three times to win the game. After getting back amongst the goals on Tuesday Ardley will be looking to continue to find the net as they try to end the season on a high.

“Burnham come to us with new management since we last played them," commented Paul Davis "although they’ve been there a while they haven’t played that many games under their leadership, and are still fighting for their lives. I could see them winning three games and that seeing them out of the trouble they’re in, but they haven’t got that many games left so they will defiantly be up for the game. We’ll need to make sure we apply ourselves properly and deal with any threats they pose, counter them and hopefully gain the three points we need to keep our hopes alive in the league table”.

 

bluefin sport insuranceRe-Scheduled Cup Game Tonight - 7 March

Ardley United play Letcombe tonight in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup looking to bounce back from Saturday’s league defeat at the hands of Bracknell Town.

The fixture at Ardley (kick off 7:30pm) was originally scheduled for last week, but had to be postponed because of pitch conditions. Whilst league status would indicate a home win, cup competitions are always looking for shocks, and with United having suffered back to back league defeats, can they bounce back? Letcombe currently sit twelfth in Division One West, having won eight and drawing three of their twenty three league games this season.

Paul Davis said ahead of the game: “We don’t really know much about Letcombe, obviously playing a division below us means we have some research to do before the game, but we need to get over our recent league defeats, get back to winning ways and it’s my aim to get the boys fully focused and make sure we do everything we can to win, progress and look at winning the competition”.

 

Ardley Visit Title Contenders - 4 March

With just five league games remaining Ardley United travel to Bracknell Town for their first league meeting of the season between the clubs, and face arguably the biggest test of the season.

To be playing on a plastic pitch, against the league leaders and title favourites, in front of a crowd of at least 200 will be tough enough, and when you add two of the United back four regulars will be missing through suspension, then it really does appear to be mission impossible. But Ardley have already proven this season they can compete when the going gets tough, so an entertaining game lies ahead, and with the return fixture just seventeen days away, could Ardley play a part in the title run in?

“Bracknell are the best team in the league in my opinion, we still have to play them twice in the league" said manager Paul Davis. "They have very good quality across the pitch, also excellent strength in depth in their squad. They haven't lost at home since moving back to Larges Lane on their new 3G pitch, so it will be a difficult test for us. The title race is wide open, Bracknell Town will feel they need to win all their remaining league games to win the league”.

 

bluefin sports insuranceBluefin Sport Supplementary Cup - 28 February

Ardley United entertain Letcombe on tonight in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup looking to bounce back from Saturday’s league defeat at the hands of Lydney Town. Kick off 7:30pm

Whilst league status would indicate a home win, cup competitions are always looking for shocks, and after United’s run of five successive wins was ended at the week-end, can they bounce back? Letcombe currently sit eleventh in Division One West, having won eight and drawing three of their twenty two league games this season.

“We don’t really know much about Letcombe," said manager Paul Davis. "Obviously playing a division below us means we have some research to do before the game, but we need to get over Saturday, get back to winning ways and if they were watching us today then maybe they’ll be wondering what to expect tonight, we should come back as the wounded animal and it’s my aim to get the boys fully focused and make sure we do everything we can to win, progress and look at winning the competition”.

 

Looking To Break Into Top Four - 25 March

Ardley United host Lydney Town this afternoon looking to push into the top four if other results go their way, and they can overcome their Gloucestershire visitors. Town currently sit in eleventh place in the table, having won twelve and drawing three of their twenty seven league games this season, and proved a real stern test back on firework night holding United to a one all draw. Suspensions will force changes this week, but Ardley will be hoping to increase their run of one defeat in their last eleven league matches.

Paul Davis comments: “We welcome Lydney to Ardley and recognise that they are one of the biggest and most physical sides in the league, we know this will be another tough test for us, we had it tough at their place back in November, but this time we’ll have a couple of suspensions to contend with but we have to deal with it and get on with it, and if we can overcome missing a player or two and keep playing the way we have been lately then we have a real chance of taking the points. We’ll have to be on it in front of goal, I watched them recently down at Bracknell and saw that they are a tight defensive unit, and have a real threat going forward so again we have to be at our best if we want to stay in our league position”.

 

Benjamin Remains with Ardley - 24 February

Declan Benjamin who signed for Evo-Stik North Leigh a week after joining Ardley United, has decided to remain with the Uhlsport Hellenic League club

After a disrupted season, writes Matthew Bruce in the Oxford Mail, the midfielder has already moved twice this campaign after unsuccessful spells at Banbury United and Didcot Town. He looked set for a third when it was announced last week he had signed for North Leigh just a week after joining Ardley United. But Benjamin has decided to remain with the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division side after all.

“I spoke to Ardley on Saturday and realised I had been enjoying it there and that this is where I want to play my football,” he said. "After joining Ardley I had a couple of messages from players at North Leigh asking what was going on. I met John (Brough, manager) and he convinced me to sign for them. But I had a change of heart after I spoke to Ardley and realised what an opportunity it is.”

Benjamin brings a wealth of higher-league experience to United, having previously spent five years at Oxford City. Less than a year ago, the 26-year-old was playing regularly in Vanarama National League South.

And he admits dropping down the leagues is something that will take time to get accustomed to. “It’s not the same as what I’m used to at City,” Benjamin said. “But there are some good players at this level – especially at Ardley. We’ve got some young, hungry players here who are looking to push higher up the leagues. Right now we’re trying to break into the top four and we’re still in two cup competitions, so hopefully I can help with that.”

Benjamin’s transformation from five-year City stalwart to nomadic journeyman was certainly not planned, coming about as a result of a lack of playing opportunities. The former Oxford United apprentice rejoined Banbury United last summer, where he had previously enjoyed a positive spell after his release from the U’s, but left after just one competitive match.

He said: “I wasn’t expecting to leave so early. “I was on the bench for the first game of the season and didn’t get on and then Fordy (manager Mike Ford) texted me and told me I wouldn’t play much. He told Didcot I would be available and they took me straight away. I was enjoying it at Didcot, everything was going well, but after the Salisbury game a couple of weeks ago Andy Ballard (player-manager) said he wasn’t going to play me. It was a big shock – I was just trying to figure out what I’d done wrong, because I was given no reason.”

Benjamin hopes his latest move will prove more successful. “All I want is to just play football and get back to enjoying it,” he said. “Hopefully I can do that now with Ardley.”

 

Fourth Encounter - 18 February

Ardley United face Tuffley Rovers this afternoon for the fourth time this season, having played each other in FA Cup, FA Vase, and league already this term.

With Ardley having won two of the three meetings Rovers will be looking to avenge their home league defeat back in December when goals from Leam Howards and James McCarthy saw United leave with all three points. Tuffley currently occupy ninth place in the Hellenic Premier Division table, with nine points separating the two sides although the Gloucestershire side do have two games in hand therefore three points on Saturday are vital to both sides. Tuffley may feel a little rusty having not played a competitive game since the second week of January, or will it prove a valuable rest in their quest to close the gap on their hosts?

“This is a big game for us" said Paul Davis."They’re doing well in the league but we put in a great performance there back before Christmas which turned into a great result. We know what they’re all about, they’re a good side with some quality players all across the pitch. I’ve asked my players to finish in the top five now, and at the risk of using an old football cliché, every game for us now is a cup final, and we start with this one, this is our biggest game of the season so far”.

 

declan benjiman hellenic footballBenjamin Moves To North Leigh -17 February

After departing Evo-Stik Southern Didcot Town last week and signing for Ardley United, Declan Benjamin has this week moved another Evo-Stik club, North Leigh.

Benjamin played in Ardley's 2-1 win at Royal Wootton Bassett Town last weekend and came close to scoring.

Ardley Hope To Continue Run - 11 February

Ardley United travel to Royal Wootton Bassett this afternoon looking to build upon their recent fine form, but face a side that haven’t lost in their last three league games.

Bassett were minutes away from winning at Ardley back in October but for two goals in the final four minutes which turned the game on its head. The hosts have won thirteen and drawn three of their twenty six league games this season, and currently occupy tenth position.

Manager Paul Davis gave his pre match thoughts: “Royal Wotton Bassett are a good strong side filled with quality players across the pitch. Their results have been up and down but I'm sure their management will be reminding them of the previous fixture, so we will be in for a very tough afternoon. We were fortunate to gain 3 points at home, scoring twice in the last 5 minutes to get the win. And we welcome new signing Declan Benjamin, I felt it was right to add some quality to our squad for a final push towards the end of the season and we have that in abundance with Dec, he will make his debut on Saturday”.

 

Will Ardley Reign In Leaders? - 7 February

Ardley United face Bracknell Town at home for the second time in two weeks, however tonight's meeting (kick off 7:30pm) is in the league, in which the visitors are sitting pretty at the summit, with games in hand on teams around them, and will be looking to avenge their defeat at Ardley in the cup two weeks ago.

To have won nineteen of their twenty four league games this season indicates they are going to be some force to contend with for anyone looking to pip them to promotion come the end of the season. But a win for Ardley would push them further away from teams below them, and closer to the top five that is the target. A game not to miss!

“We only played them a couple of weeks ago in what was a proper game of football," says Paul Davis. "We edged it on the night and did really well, but they are flying high in the league, they’ll be fresh from not having played at the week-end, we have a couple of knocks but the boys have to go again. It’s tough going playing three games in a week on heavy pitches, but we beat Thatcham and we’ll be going out to beat Bracknell, but it will be a tough ask we know, but if we can get the three points then we’ll back in a position we want to be”.

 

Ardley Look For Double - 4 February

Thatcham Town travel to Ardley this afetrnoon, after what seems an age since they met on the opening day of the season. United won the opening fixture to upset the odds, but the squad is much changed since then, and an interesting fixture lies ahead, with Thatcham unbeaten in their last five league games, and Ardley winning six of their last seven league fixtures. Thatcham are the only top five side that United have beaten this season in the league to date, and Town will be looking to avenge that defeat back in August, Ardley again will have to be at their very best to take anything from the game.

Paul Davis looks ahead: “They are a good side, we know all about them obviously and they were at the top end of the league all last season and I certainly wouldn’t rule them out of anything this season either. It will be a real tough game for us, we won their on the opening day of this season so they’ll want to put that right, and anyone who attended that night knows it was a really good game of football where we defended for long parts of the match, and we defended very well and also scored a great goal which won the game. But I think we’re a better side now than we were then, we are playing good football and what will be will be, and we need to make sure we carry on our run so we are in the strongest position possible to finish the season well and hopefully claim a top five place”.

 

bluefin sports insuranceSupplementary Cup Derby - 27 January

Ardley United host Woodstock Town tonight (Friday - 7:30pm) in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup and will be clear favourites as Woodstock currently sit bottom of the Division One West league table.

Town have only won one and drawing three of their eighteen league games this season. However Ardley have been shocked before in a cup competition this season, therefore the squad will be more than aware that league positions count for nothing in cup competitions. With Tuesday’s excellent win over Bracknell gaining progress to one cup semi-final, could this be the start of a run to another?

"A local derby and a big opportunity for them under the lights to pull off a cup upset". comments Paul Davis."We have to make it all about us and if we apply ourselves properly like we know we can, then we should be ok. But you see it at every level of football, teams can take for granted that they should progress when playing lower level opposition and we have to make sure we don’t do that, and we must treat Woodstock with as much respect as we did Bracknell on Tuesday night".

 

Floodlit Meet - 24 January

Ardley United host the Uhlsport Hellenic League leaders Bracknell Town tonight in the last eight of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup, Kick Off 7:30pm.

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With so few games left in United’s season the meeting of the two sides is the first of this season, with both league fixtures yet to come. Town need no introduction, top of the league, new ground up and running, league favourites and currently on a winning run stretching to fifteen games in all competitions scoring a total of fifty seven goals in the process. A tough game ahead if Ardley are to make the semi-finals!

Paul Davis hopes for a positive outcome: “The competition is one that we would like to do well in and having already beaten Binfield and Highmoor Ibis we have not had the easiest of draws, and now we have to play the best team in our league so if we were to progress then we will have deserved it. In my opinion Bracknell are the best team in our league and the title is theirs to lose, having watched them twice this season we are fully aware of the task ahead of us. They are a well organised team with talented players all across the pitch”.

 

Awaiting Pitch Inspection - 21 January

Subject to a 10am pitch inspection, Ardley United travel to Longlevens this afternoon for the final time this season.

Leven's haven’t won for six games although the majority of their defeats have come at the hands of the division's form sides. Whilst Ardley will be looking to get back on track after last week-ends heavy home defeat, they know the long trip to face a side looking to turn things around will not be easy, and will need another good away performance as seen in recent weeks to cement their top six place. Their hosts have won eight and drawn three of their twenty four league games this season, which includes a thumping four goals to one win at Ardley back in September.

“Obviously a long trip for us but we are more than capable of dealing with it." said Paul Davis "Longlevens are not on the greatest of runs at the minute but we will not be taking that for granted as they've played some tough games and all runs come to end at some point. They are a well organised team with great team spirit and have good attacking threats which we will need to be aware of”.

 

Highworth Visit Ardley - 13 January

Ardley United host Highworth Town on Saturday in the return fixture that kick started United’s season back in September. From that evening Ardley gained a valuable draw, and went on a nine game unbeaten run in all competitions, and was the start of the climb up the league table and improvement in form. Highworth currently sit one place and three points above Ardley, albeit with a game in hand, so an Ardley win would really put some pressure on fifth place. Having won fourteen and drawn four of their twenty five league games this season, Town will again prove a stern test.

Ardley United 1st team manager Paul Davis looks ahead: “Again we face a really tough game which continues our run of difficult matches this New Year. They had a bit of a surprise result last week-end, drawing six a piece at home with Highmoor, and that’s allowed us to close the gap to them to three points and with a game in hand, so come five o’clock Saturday I’ll know how far we’ve come and what we could achieve come the end of this season. We know they’re a good side who can play some really good football, but our pitch may play a big part in the game, they can score goals and we know we can score goals so we can either draw level with them with a win, or push ourselves back if we don’t put in a performance”.

 

Third Meeting This Season - 7 January

Ardley United travel down to Binfield today to face the Berkshire side for the third time this season, having played them twice in October in League and Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup, and with United winning both those games they surely face a side looking to avenge those defeats.

The second meeting left Binfield on a run of eight games without a win, but this time we face a side that have only lost twice in eight so with both sides in good form, a stern test lies ahead if Ardley are to continue their winning run!

“A big game for us at the start of a run of games that are going to be very tough for us." Commented Paul Davies. "They sit a place and a point behind us although they’ve played a couple of games more; when we played them earlier in the season they were on a bad run of results, but now we go there and they are on a good run of late, but we’re on a good run of our own so we go there with confidence, and it may turn out to be the game of the week-end”.

 

Ardley Host Nomads - 31 December

Ardley United host fellow county club Oxford City Nomads on today in their final fixture of 2016. An early kick off for those wanting to get away early to celebrate the New Year would go nicely along with three points to see United see the New Year in on the back of a six league game winning run, however Oxford will be looking to end a winless run stretching to ten league matches. Oxford currently occupy sixteenth place in the Hellenic Premier Division with three wins and five draws from their twenty two league games so far, and it took a last minute goal at Oxford back in October for Ardley to win, so another stern test awaits!

Paul Davis looks ahead: “For us to play Oxford City Nomads is a pleasure as we all know their management team and players very well, and they give every team in this league a hard game but the league table shows they gain very little reward for their efforts. So we have to be sure we are on our game, because if we’re not, then they are more than capable of leaving here with the points. That would leave us wondering what could have been, and we can’t afford to look back on any more games at lost points and wonder what could have been if we had this or hadn’t that, so we need to make sure we end the year on a high”.

 

Lunch Time Meet At Ardley - 24 December

Ardley United face local neighbours Brackley Town Saints on Boxing Day, with an early 12.30pm kick off, for those who seek their annual festive fixture.

Currently sitting in fifteenth place in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division table, Brackley visit having won just two of their last eight league games, but as proved back in August when holding United to a draw, are more than capable of competing with anyone in this league. Ardley need the points to try and close the gap on the top five who currently sit eight points above them, so with both teams needing the win, a festive feast lies ahead.

Ardley United 1st team manager Paul Davis commented on the fixture:“Obviously with a local derby it would be nice to see a big crowd at our place, we played them way back on August Bank Holiday Monday so we know they’re a very good side, they have good players who like to pass the ball and trust each other, they’re a bunch of good young players that have a very bright future in the game. But we are in good form in the league going into these next two important home games, despite the blip at Thame last week in the cup, and hopefully we continue that unbeaten league run”.

 

the oxfordshire faWary Of Rangers - 17 December

Ardley United face a very tricky obstacle if they wish to progress in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup today, when they travel down to Thame Rangers - kick off 1:30pm.

Rangers who currently sit joint top of South Midlands Division Two, albeit with four games in hand on their co-leaders. Although two levels lower than their guests, Thame currently boast a superb league record this term, having won thirteen and only losing one of their fifteen league games so far. Having already beaten three higher level opponents in various cup competitions this season, Ardley certainly face a tough task if they are not to face elimination at the first hurdle. Throw into the mix that the hosts have scored twenty one goals in their last three matches, and Ardley have won four in a row amassing twenty one goals in those matches, what are the odds on a nil nil?

Manager Paul Davis gave his pre match thoughts: “Thame Rangers are obviously doing very well in their league, we only know a couple of their players and we don’t really know a lot about them as a whole, but one thing is for sure, the difference in league levels will not make a blind bit of difference. They’ve already beaten Flackwell Heath this season in a different cup competition so we won’t be taking them lightly, we’ll do our research as we always do and make sure we apply ourselves properly. Their league record suggests they will be a team of good players, and it’s a competition that all the local clubs want to do well in, so our journey in the competition hopefully begins on Saturday”.

 

perpetua press printersFloodlit Cup Fixture - 6 December

Ardley face Highmoor Ibis tonight for the second time in ten days, this time in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup, with the winners progressing to the quarter final stages.

The league game last week saw nine goals and a red card, which when added with Ardley involved in an eleven goal and one red card match on Saturday means Ardley games are those to watch at the moment for entertainment.

Matt Cruse has contributed six of the fifteen goals United have scored in their last two games, Leam Howards has chipped in four, so Ibis will surely be looking to stop the front men if they are to progress. But they will be confident having already beaten their hosts once this season, and have a point to prove after their last visit to The Fields.

“Obviously a big cup game for us". said manager Paul Davis "A quarter final place is at stake, which both sides will want to achieve. We played Highmore recently and won, but we played a large part of that game against ten men. They have some good players and a good manager. The team talk for this game will be very easy for both managers with that last game still fresh in the memories. We will need to improve on our defending again, as we’ve shipped five goals in the last two games, and we can’t do that if we want to progress to the next round”.

 

Table Counts For Nothing - 3 December

Ardley United take the trip down to Henley this afternoon to face a side that currently sit second bottom of the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier League table, having lost their last six league fixtures.

However as Ardley have proved this season, the league table counts for nothing and results don’t always go the way the odds would suggest. Ardley will be looking to build on last week’s win to get another unbeaten run going, and after a week’s rest following the midweek postponement, will be prepared to have to work hard to get anything from the game. Henley have won three and drawn three of their twenty league games this season, and a win would boost their chances of climbing that table.

“Henley have recently changed their management set up and with that usually comes new players which in turn usually brings results." said Paul Davis. "To those on the outside looking in, those results are yet to materialize but I would suggest that their performances have warranted more than what they have achieved so far. They will be a strong side that will be very difficult to play against on their own pitch. We are on the back of a good win but we will definitely need to defend better to gain a positive result this weekend".

 

Another Stern Test For Ardley - 29 November

Ardley United face another stern test tonight when they host fourth placed Bracknell Town at The Playing Fields (Kick off - 7:30pm).

Bracknell arrive having lost just once in their last thirteen league matches, scoring freely with a player scoring a hat trick in their last three games in all competitions, and currently sit six points off top spot with five games in hand. But Ardley will be buoyed after the week-end success over Highmoor, and will be looking to get another run going of their own.

“Bracknell are my personal favourites for this league, they’re on a good run". Commented Paul Davis. "Just about back in their new ground, and they’ve got themselves a very good squad. Their manager is a very experienced man and this will be a very tough game for our boys, we know we’ve got to be better than we were last Tuesday against another of the top sides, and go and get something from the game”.

 

Hoping For Positive Outcome - 26 November

Ardley host Highmoor-Ibis this afternoon looking to get back on track after two defeats in a matter of days.

They will be looking to avenge the defeat at Rivermoor back in August, where Ardley conceded in the final moments to lose their first match of the campaign. Much has changed since then, with a lot of new faces in the home camp since that day, but the challenge is to get back to winning ways after the last two games ended pointless for United. Highmoor currently occupy fourteenth place in the league table, having won five and drawing three of their opening fifteen league games this season.

On the earlier game Paul Davis said: “When we played Highmoor earlier in the season we lost to a last minute goal from a set piece which was very disappointing, but they don’t seem to have gone on from there which has surprised me, but I know one thing for sure; Marcus Richardson will bring a team that will be full of pace and talent, and they will be very well organized so we will have to be at our very best to get one over them”.

 

Journey To The Heathens - 22 November

Ardley United take the trip along the M40 tonight to face third placed Flackwell Heath, for the third time this season.

The home side will be flying high in confidence having beaten their guests twice this term, once in league and cup albeit the latter on penalties. Flackwell have also won their last two matches in November by scoring fourteen goals without reply, so are no strangers to the back of the net. Their third place in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division comes after ten wins and three draws in their opening seventeen league matches.

Paul Davis commented: “We’ve played them twice this year already, obviously in the league we were down to ten men fairly early and then down to nine after an hour or so, and we ended up on the wrong end of a thumping. But we played them a couple of weeks ago in the cup and we did OKtive on Tuesday night is obviously to try and keep eleven men on the pitch for the ninety minutes, and our second objective is to bounce back from Saturday and get something out of the game”.

Davis "Dogged Off" After Loss - 21 November

Ardley United lost 0-1 to visiting Brimscombe & Thrupp on Saturday, but the star of the show was a marauding dog.

Afterwards manager Paul Davis growled: “We didn’t seem to make a start in the game at all today, a two week break really hasn’t done us any good at all. I doubt there are many other non-league teams in the country that have as many Saturday’s off as we have in the next couple of months, especially considering we played eight times in October. Having such a break seems to be forever, training is training but when you’re waiting for a game it’s really difficult especially as we’d been on such a good run, but that has come to an end today and I feel that’s partly because we lost our momentum as a result of this long break. Brimscombe played two games in the past week and that showed today as they looked sharper than us, and we just never got going."

"Then the disruptions with the dog at the start of the second half really didn’t improve our situation, but full credit to our visitors." The dog made two appearances and, reportedly, spent more than 25 minutes giving the players a lesson in evasive tactics during the run around in their attempts to catch it.

Davis continued. "I thought Brimscombe were a very good side with a very professional away performance. We have to pick ourselves up now and try and go to Flackwell on Tuesday and get something from the game”.

New signing Canis Familiaris (pictured) , will play a tactical role as a rover.

A Return To League Action - 19 November

Ardley host cup specialists Brimscombe & Thrupp this afternoon in what will be both sides first league game in a fortnight.

Whilst the hosts have had two weeks off to recharge the batteries and work on things in training, their guests have been busy in FA Vase action, having played last week-end and a replay being necessary midweek. The Gloucestershire side have had a very successful season in all cup competitions this year, having won eight of their eleven cup games so far, yet sit in thirteenth in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division with numerous games in hand on all those above them as a result. Having won six and lost six of their opening fourteen league games thus far, including a win over Ardley back in August. A game of intrigue lies ahead.

Paul Davis looks commented: “Brimscombe have now established themselves as a top half Hellenic Premier Division club, last season finishing in the top five and having good cup runs in all competitions. This season I believe their league position is a false one due to all their cup exploits again; I must say I am a little bit jealous of both their Emirates FA Cup run and their Buildbase FA Vase run, one of which we will aim to follow next season. They will be a strong physical side, very well organised with very good quality in forward areas”.

Squad (from):Lee Farrow; James Foster; Luke Cray; Bradley Cox; Joel Meade; Chris Jackson; Reece Bayliss; Callum Convey; Carl Tappin; William McEachran; Jack Heap; Matt Cruse; Jack Ross; Ryan Knight; Jacob Walcott; Troy Bryan; Leam Howards; Dan Meade; Sergio Guerrero

 

paul davis ardley unitedDisappointed With A Point - 7 November

Ardley manager Paul Davis was disappointed not to have returned from Lydney on Saturday with a win.

“I’m kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place with today’s result really". said Davis after the match. "I felt we did enough to win the game and we’re disappointed we’re not leaving with the three points, but then not many teams will come here and take any points home with them so we’re pleased to keep our run going. Again we’ve done it the hard way, coming back after falling behind but it was a sloppy penalty to give away, but we’ve created enough chances after that to deserve to equalise and then go on and win the game but it was not to be. We now have a bit of a break so we’ll rest up, keep working to keep our spirits high and we then go into three tough games at the end of the month".

Bluefin Sport Meet - 29 October

Ardley welcome Flackwell Heath at Recreation Ground for the second time this season, this time in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup.

The previous visit resulted in a five goal thumping for Ardley, back in August in only the third league game of the season. Although this fixture is a challenge cup game, the memories of the league game back in August still linger, on an evening where two red cards severely depleted the home side, two early goals had killed the game before Ardley had chance to get a foothold in the game.  With their guests currently sitting second in the Premier Division table, another tough game lies ahead, although the home side do currently boast an eight game unbeaten run.

United also have a much changed squad since that night, with seven of those on the team sheet that night having since moved on.

 “This is the challenge cup and after we beat Abingdon in the previous round, this will be a chance for some of the lads who aren’t playing regularly to get some game time.” Said Paul Davis. “Obviously Flackwell are second in the league and they’re there for a reason, but we have picked up some good points of late, and some good wins in the month so this will be a good test to see just how far we’ve come”.

 

Binfield Return - 25 October

Ardley United host Binfield for the second time in a fortnight tonight in an Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division match which could possibly see the winners climb into the top six of the league table. Binfield will be looking to avenge their defeat at United just two weeks ago in the Floodlit Cup, and currently sit seventh in the table, having won seven, drawn one and lost six of their fourteen league games this season. Surely not another game of late drama?

“We obviously played them a couple of weeks ago and since then they’ve had a draw and a defeat whilst we’ve continued our good run, but they will have a point to prove that’s for sure after we knocked them out of the cup". Remarks manager Paul Davies “I now have a very good squad of players here, and it’s very difficult for me to pick an eleven , but if we concentrate on what we do best, and we apply ourselves properly, and we manage to get another three points ,then we potentially climb into the top six of the table”.

Squad (from): Lee Farrow; Joe White; James Foster; Luke Cray; Bradley Cox; Joel Meade; Chris Jackson; Reece Bayliss; Callum Convey; Carl Tappin; William McEachran; Jack Heap; Matt Cruse; Jack Ross; Ryan Knight; Jacob Walcott; Jack Kennedy; Troy Bryan; Leam Howards ;Dan Meade

 

Ardley v Bassett - 22 October

Ardley United entertain Royal Wootton Bassett this afternoon looking to build on their recent good run of six games unbeaten.

However they come up against a side that had been going well themselves until the last seven days saw them beaten twice at home leaking nine goals in the process. So again United go into a game against a side that are looking to get back on track, and will have more than enough to trouble their hosts. Of their opening fifteen leagues games they have won seven, drawn one and lost seven.

Manager Paul Davis said: “ We watched them a couple of weeks ago, they showed they are a very good side and they showed they are in the top six or seven for a reason, but then they got quite heavily beaten at home last week-end, followed by another home defeat in the week, so they’ll be keen to bounce back against us. The manager there seems to have assembled a decent squad of players, but we know that if we can get a result against these higher teams then we can really put ourselves up there”

 

Away To Burnham - 18 October

Ardley United play at Burnham this evening, to face a side who won their first game on Saturday.

Their host’s currently sit bottom of the Hellenic Premier Division table, and up until Saturday had lost all of their league and cup games they had played. But their fortunes changed this week-end as they recorded a fine win over Ascot United, leaving Ardley who are five games unbeaten facing a trip to play a team possibly on a turn of fortunes. An interesting game lies ahead!

“Burnham got their first league win of their season on Saturday against Ascot". Comments Paul Davies. "So that’s their monkey off their back, and that will now go one of two ways for them. They’ll either go on and start to pick up points from here on in, or their players might relax too much and not build on that win, which is obviously what we’ll hope for. But maybe I speak too much about other teams, maybe we should just concentrate on ourselves, focus on what we’re good at and go there to give a performance good enough to show what we’re capable of".

 

Daunting Task For Ardley? - 14 October

Ardley United face a daunting trip down to Thame United on Saturday to face the only remaining undefeated league team in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division.

Having lost by the odd goal in seven just a month ago to their hosts, Ardley know they will have to be on top form to get anything out of this game. Thame have won seven and drawn three of their opening ten league games this season, and with their plentiful games in hand on their rivals can open a nice gap at the top of the league should they win all of them. However Ardley have some form, are scoring again, and will again look to upset the odds.

Manager Paul Davis gave his pre match thoughts. “Thame United are obviously still unbeaten in the league; people were talking of them having not played anyone of note up until a few weeks ago hence their unbeaten run, but now they have played some of the higher placed sides, and remain unbeaten including a good win last week at Flackwell. We still feel a bit aggrieved from the game here against Thame four weeks ago, we felt Matt Cruse had legitimately given us a two goal lead, it wasn’t given and we ultimately lost the game, but we’ll go there Saturday full of confidence of our own, we’ve won three on the bounce and drawn the game before that, so we’re on our own little run and we’ll work hard to extend that on Saturday”.


Ardley Take On Nomads - 3 October

Ardley United face the short trip over to Oxford City Nomads on Tuesday evening buoyed by the week-ends big win over Ascot United, and just one point and one place behind their hosts in the Hellenic Premier League table. Nomads have won three, drawn three and lost five of their opening eleven league games thus far, but with some familiar faces in the ranks, Ardley will be facing a stern test if they are to leap frog their near neighbours.

Manager Paul Davis gave his pre match thoughts: “I know a lot of their players through my work and they have some very good players, they’re a good team. They have the ability to be a very good passing side, and we’ll need to go there and set ourselves up, apply ourselves properly with the mentality and the application we showed on Saturday against Ascot, and I would expect us to go there and perform well”.

 

Hoping To Build On Draw - 1 October

Ardley United entertain Ascot United this afternoon looking to build on the impressive draw at Highworth on Wednesday night.

Ascot however will have their own aspirations, knowing a win could take them into the top three, and with six wins and four defeats in their opening ten league matches, with only one away defeat to date the task facing Ardley is not easy. But as Wednesday showed, the hosts can match anyone on the day!

1st team manager Paul Davis looks ahead: “Ascot are a good side, I saw them play earlier in the season, and they are a side that always finish high in the league table, a stat that I would expect to continue this season. But we have to progress from Wednesday’s point at Highworth, carry on where we left off there and go out and get a result”.

Emirates FA CupSecond Meet With Tuffley - 24 September

Ardley United travel Glevum Park on Saturday to face Tuffley for the second time this season, after a narrow win at home in the FA Cup.

Rovers currently occupy fifth in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division table, with five wins, two draws and four defeats in their opening eleven league games. With new signing Leam Howards added to the squad, Ardley go into the game on the back of two defeats, something the squad will be itching to put right, especially with the traditions of the FA Vase and all the potential it brings with it.

Manager Paul Davis gave his pre match thoughts: “Tuffley will be a very tough test for us, having had some excellent results in their league campaign this season. Long distance travels are something you have to deal with if you wish to go a progress in this competition, and we are just as ambitious as everybody else in the ties being played tomorrow. Not only would we gain financially from a run in this competition, but the coverage can be just as welcome, as proved by numerous local clubs over the past few seasons”.

 

leam howards hellenic league footballArdley Sign Leam Howards - 21 September

Ardley United are pleased to announce that striker Leam Howards has tonight signed from Banbury United.

Having played for manager Paul Davis previously, Howards (pictured) goes straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to Tuffley Rovers in the FA Vase.

Paul Davis tonight commented: "I'm delighted to secure the signature of Leam, having worked with him before I know exactly what he will bring to us as a team, and a huge personality around the club. Knowing some of the lads already, he will fit straight in, and I am confident Leam will start scoring goals immediately for us".

Leven's At Ardley - 17 September

Ardley United welcome Longlevens AFC to The Playing Fields this afternoon, for a Premier Division fixture.

"Leven's" currently occupy eleventh place in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division table, and sit three points ahead of their hosts going into the game. Three wins, a draw and three defeats in their opening seven league games see’s the Gloucestershire side building on last season’s tenth place finish, and another side who seem to be involved in high scoring matches; only one of their games this season so far has seen less than four goals on aggregate.

Paul Davis looks ahead: “Longlevens had a very good season last year, finishing in the top half of the table and surprising a few teams as the newly promoted side. They’re a tough side to face, but this season have suffered some indifferent result so far, and I’ve told our lads we need to find a way of not losing more than one game on the bounce, and we will be prepared for Saturday”.

Squad (from): Lee Farrow; Joe White; Adam Andreou; James Foster; Luke Cray; Bradley Cox; Joel Meade; Chris Jackson; Reece Bayliss; Callum Convey; Carl Tappin; Jordan Jeacock; Elias Katsoloudi; Jack Heap; Matt Cruse; Jack Ross; Ryan Knight; Jacob Walcott; Jack Kennedy; Troy Bryan

Back In League Action - 13 September

After their weekend Vase victory Ardley United host Thame United tonight in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division.

Thame have scored at least three goals in all of their league games so far this season, and have scored heavily in most of their league and cup games to date. Currently sitting third in the table having played fewer games than everyone except Highmoor, and having a goal difference of plus nineteen after just five league games shows the task ahead of Ardley, although Thame have only played one of their league games away from home so far. The hosts are on a run of four undefeated themselves, so an intriguing battle lies ahead.

Ardley manager Paul Davis said: “We host the only team that haven’t lost a game yet in the Hellenic Premier Division, and I know their manager really well,. I know for a fact he will have them very organized as proved by their form so far. They are scoring a lot of goals, not conceding many and that’s a very good recipe to have. But we are on a good run ourselves, and so it’s the best time to play teams like this whilst we are having our own good spell”.

Squad (from): Lee Farrow; Joe White; Adam Andreou; Luke Cray; Bradley Cox; Joel Meade; Chris Jackson; Reece Bayliss; Callum Convey; Carl Tappin; Jordan Jeacock; Elias Katsoloudi; Jack Heap; Matt Cruse; Jack Ross; Ryan Knight; Jacob Walcott; Jack Kennedy; Troy Bryan

 

Emirates FA CupTough Test Say’s Manager - 10 September

Ardley United travel to The Rivermoor today for the second time this season, this time in Buildbase FA Vase.

Action against a side from a level below, which in itself throws a whole new set of challenges to the squad. United go into the game high in confidence on the back of three games unbeaten, however their Hellenic League Division One East hosts are also in fine form, having won all three of their games this season so far, scoring nine and only conceding three in the process. The winners of this tie face an away trip to Tuffley Rovers in the next round on the 24th of this month.

Manager Paul Davis gave his pre match thoughts: “Woodley United will be a tough test, obviously playing at Highmoor’s ground where we’ve already been this season wasn’t the greatest place for us conceding very late in the game against “The Moor” . Woodley will be up for the game playing higher level opposition, it’ll be physical, but we need to go there and apply ourselves and be at our best, and hopefully we can progress through to the next round of the competition”.

Squad (from): Lee Farrow; Joe White; Adam Andreou; Luke Cray; Bradley Cox; Joel Meade; Chris Jackson; Reece Bayliss; Callum Convey; Carl Tappin; Jordan Jeacock; Elias Katsoloudi; Jack Heap; Matt Cruse; Jack Ross; Ryan Knight; Jacob Walcott; Jack Kennedy; Troy Bryan

 

Physio Required - 9 September

Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division Ardley United are seeking an experienced physio to assist on match days and training sessions.

The successful applicant must have a minimum of level 2 treatment of injuries qualification, and be experienced in working at a senior football level.

Matches are played once, sometimes twice a week, and training sessions are held once or twice a week depending on the fixture schedule.

Interested persons should contact Norman Stacey ardleyfc@gmail.com 07711 009198.

 

All Hellenic FA Cup Fixture - 19 August

Ardley United host Premier Division rivals Highworth Town tomorrow in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round.

The winners facing a trip away to either Eastbourne United or Newhaven in the first qualifying round.

Whilst Highworth have lost both league games so far this season, they did progress in the Extra Preliminary round squeezing past Tadley Calleva by the odd goal in three. In the league last season they recorded a seventh place finish, with a four goal win here last October avenged by United winning 0-2 in the final league game back in April. Much rides on this fixture, with both clubs desperate to proceed to the next round.

Manager Paul Davis looks said: “Having now watched Highworth Town twice we know what to expect on Saturday and although their results have been indifferent they are a very good side that should finish near the top of the division. As everybody knows the FA Cup is a special competition and we are at the very early stages but every game has a huge financial reward for the winning club, which with that brings added pressure”.

Team from: Lee Farrow, Kieran Beesley, Jacob Daffern, Luke Cray, Bradley Cox, Joel Meade, Chris Jackson, Adam Morris, Reece Bayliss, Carl Tappin, Ryan Markham, Jordan Jeacock, Elias Katsoloudi, Ade Talabi, Troy Bryan, Matt Cruse, Jack Ross, Ryan Knight

Not Good Enough On The Night - 17 August

Ardley manager Paul Davis suffers the shock of a five goals to nil home drubbing by Flackwell Heath on Tuesday night.

Davis commented: “Going from a very successful first week of the new season, coming into this current week is obviously a bit of a shock to the system, and a bit of a reality check to all those in the dressing room. To play with ten men for eighty minutes is a hard task anyway, especially when you’re two goals down, but there was slight confusion over the new rules for deliberate handball but we were informed the correct decision had been made.”

“We simply were not good enough in the first half, and were then forced to play the last twenty minutes with nine men against a team that will finish high in this division, and it was just too much to ask tonight for my lads. But at the end of the day I wanted to see players after the game being ill through the extra work rate they should have put in, covering extra space left void by those sent off, but that simply wasn’t the case in the dressing room after the game.”

“So that tells me we haven’t worked hard enough on the night, and the result tells you that we weren’t good enough on the night. We now have to pick ourselves up for a very important football match for this football club on Saturday, and looking ahead if we want to compete at the top of this league we have to go the rest of August unbeaten.”

 

High Spirits & Highmoor - 12 August

Ardley United travel to Highmoor on Saturday in high spirits after two wins out of two so far this season, and will be looking to continue their fine league form against a side that have also won both their games so far. The hosts finished two places above United last season, with paul davis ardley unitedboth sides winning their respective home games against each other last term.

Manager Paul Davis (pictured) gave his pre match thoughts: “We are looking to build on a good week last week but Highmoor will be thinking the same. We have trained twice this week and the players are in good spirits, we weren't at our best on Saturday in the FA cup but we're still in the competition. Highmoor will be a very good side and their manager will have them well organised, having won both of their games last week their players will be high in confidence & looking to continue their own run“.

Squad: Lee Farrow Kieran Beesley Jacob Daffern Luke Cray Bradley Cox Joel Meade Chris Jackson Reece Bayliss Harry Brock Carl Tappin Ryan Markham Jordan Jeacock Elias Katsoloudi Ade Talabi Matt Cruse Jack Ross

 

2016 Reunion - 6 August

Ardley United face a repeat of last season’s FA Cup match when Tuffley Rovers once again visit The Fields this afternoon.

The visitors recorded a 1-4 victory last term. With both teams recording wins in their league openers on Tuesday evening, confidence should be high on both sides, with the winners going on to host either Highworth Town or Tadley Calleva in the next round, in two weeks’ time.

Manager Paul Davis comments: “After our result away at Thatcham on Tuesday expectation will be high from people involved with Ardley United and the players will need to manage and deal with that from now on. Tuffley had a fantastic result on Tuesday night although not unexpected as they have a new hungry manager who seems to have hit the ground running, I have no doubt that they won't be in the same position they were last season”.

 

Ardley Reveal First New Faces - 9 July

Ardley United manager Paul Davis has revealed his first new signings for the club ahead of the 2016/17 season, and all three go straight into the pre-season fixtures which begin today.

Lee Farrow
Formerly of Thame United, Wantage Town, Abingdon United & Hook Norton, is a very experienced goalkeeper, a huge presence between the sticks and someone that Paul has been looking at for the past two years.


Adam Morris
Formerly of Thatcham Town, Thame United, Oxford City, & Didcot Town needs no introduction to the Hellenic Premier Division, widely regarded as one of the best central midfielders in the division last year. The manager describes Morris as 'a key summer signing'.


Matt Cruse
Comes to Ardley from Buckingham Athletic as a highly rated striker after scoring 19 goals in 28 games last season. Despite his age Matt proved last year he has the strength and eye for goal, and his eagerness to progress convinced Paul to give him the chance to do just that.

And Ardley have also retained the services of the following from last season:
Luke Cray
Chris Jackson
Carl Tappin
Ryan Markham
Troy Bryan
Jordan Jeacock
Darren Beckett
Kieran Beesley
Reece Bayliss
Jacob Daffern
There will be more signings to confirm over the next few days.

Ardley Management Team - 3 July

Ardley United manager Paul Davis has revealed his backroom staff line up ahead of the new 2016/17 season, and with pre-season training starting on Saturday the coaching staff cannot wait to get going.


The team will be as follows:
Paul Davis - Manager
Scott Reynolds - Assistant Manager
Ryan Gurton - First team coach
Matt Giles - First team coach
Lloyd Owers - Fitness coach/scout
Jake Butler - Goalkeeping coach
Mark Timbrell - Physio
Cameron Hughes - Kitman/Analyst 

Pre-season training began this week-end, and continues during the week ahead, before the schedule of friendlies begin next Saturday. The full list of games as follows:

Saturday 9th July – Old Woodstock Town (a) Tuesday 12th July - Hook Norton (a) Saturday 16th July - Tring Athletic (a)  Tuesday 19th July - Buckingham Athletic (a)  Saturday 23rd July - Hanworth Villa (a)  Thursday 28th - Berkhamsted (a) Saturday 30th July - Bedford Town (h)

 

 
 
 
 
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