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Match Preview Headington Amateurs - 16 March

Having lost the use of clubhouse facilities at their Horspath ground (which in itself is a temporary home) Headington have played their last two ‘home’ games at their opponent’s grounds.

These were Kidlington and North Leigh, Amateurs would thank both clubs for their accommodation and hospitality.

This Saturday Headington will in fact play at Horspath when league leaders Ardley United visit, Ardley understanding that usual facilities at Uhlsport Hellenic League level are not available. Prospective visitors and spectators should also be aware that provision of refreshments is not possible.

On the football front Headington are in the middle of a poor run, their only win in the last five coincidentally away to today’s opposition. With Ardley no doubt bent on reversing that result a fine game looks in prospect.


Contrasting Fortunes - 9 February

Headington Amateurs visit Cirencester Town Development a week after crashing to a 1-4 home defeat to the same side.

jay hill hellenicleague footballIn a week of contrasting fortunes the A’s then travelled to Ardley on Tuesday night and pulled off a stunning win against the Uhlsport One West leaders. Both games were played on ‘heavy’ surfaces with freezing temperatures during the evening game. Zee Mawema and Jay Hill (pictured), with a 92nd minute winner, were the Headington scorers at Ardley.

The recent rains plus subsequent challenging conditions have not suited Headington’s short passing style but they adapted well at Ardley. However, pitch conditions should not be a factor this week on the all-weather surface at Cirencester’s Corinium Stadium.

Manager Stuart Bishop hopes to pick from a near full strength squad with Liam Morbey, Henry Bone and Jack Hayhurst all in contention.


First Home Game Since Armistice Day - 19 January

Headington Amateurs will play their first home game since the 11 November when they entertain North Leigh United tomorrow.

Out of four Uhlsport One West away fixtures played since then they have won three and suffered a narrow defeat at Easington Sports.

With North Leigh currently in fourth place to the A's eighth a tough but attractive clash is in prospect. Manager Stuart Bishop is able to select from a full squad with defenders Sam Gordon and Kyle Harris-Steele both returning after missing last week's win at Woodstock Town.


Tough Fixture Anticipated - 8 December

After their five match winning sequence ended in mid-week at Easington, Headington Amateurs travel to Pewsey Vale tomorrow for what looks another tough fixture.

Pewsey are sixth in the Division One West table to Headington’s fifth in, goal difference alone determining the places.

Although Easington’s late winner was a bitter pill to swallow manager Stuart Bishop was more than pleased with the performance from his side in an excellent game, Headington enjoying the lion’s share of possession but Easington creating more chances.

For Saturday’s game both Luke Cuff and Liam Morbey will be available, so too Aaron Williams if he recovers from the injury he picked up at Letcombe last week, but Yannick Nkwanyuo is still on holiday, Henry Bone will be out for several weeks with a serious ankle injury.

Ready For The Road - 24 November

After a break last week Headington begin a sequence of four away fixtures in Uhlsport One East with a short trip to near neighbours Kidlington.

They travel on the back of three successive home league wins and will select from a near full strength squad.

Zee Mawema returns from suspension, whilst skipper Benji Cuff and Aftab Hafiz who both missed the win against Clanfield two weeks ago are also available.


oxfordshire FA Oxfordshire Senior Cup - 28 October

After a week off Headington Amateurs return to action this afternoon in a second round Oxfordshire Senior Cup tie at home to Uhlsport Division One East Thame Rangers.

Both had first round wins against Oxon Senior League opposition, Headington winning by the odd goal in three at Adderbury Park, Rangers winning comprehensively 5-1 at Charlton.

Stuart Bishop will select from a near full strength squad following a return to form with a 4-0 league win in their last outing against Cheltenham Saracens.


Headington Amateurs v Cheltenham Saracens - 13 October

After successive three nil defeats, first in the league & then last week at Chalvey Sports in a Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup tie, Headington face stiff opposition this Saturday when they entertain a Cheltenham Sports side that are currently third in Uhlsport One East. No goals in approximately one hundred & ninety minutes of football is a problem that the A’s will need to solve quickly as they seek to climb away from the bottom half of the table.

Skipper Benji Cuff returns & Denel Thomas is added to squad for what would be his debut. Aaron Williams, who made his first appearance of the season last week, is a doubt with a shin injury.


bluefin insurersUntested Opposition - 6 October

Headington Amateurs’s up and down form this season, three wins plus five defeats in Uhlsport One West, will be tested in cup action this week as they pay a first ever visit to Division Two East Chalvey Sports for a first round Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup tie. Chalvey are unbeaten in their three league and one cup games played.

Last weeks three nil loss at North Leigh was a bitter pill to swallow with two goals in the last six minutes putting a gloss on the score that belied Headingtons performance.

They will be without skipper Benji Cuff at Chalvey as he serves a one match suspension, but Kyle Harris-Steele and Aaron Williams should both be available after missing out last Saturday.


Oxfordshire Senior Cup - 22 September

Headington are in County Cup action this week, travelling to Adderbury Park of the Oxon Senior League for an Oxfordshire Senior Cup first round tie with a 1:30pm ko.

The sides have met once before in this competition back in the ‘noughties’ with Adderbury recording a comfortable win. Both sides sit sixth in their respective leagues this season.

Luke Cuff, who missed out last week with a groin strain, should return to the squad, whilst Yannick Nkwanyou, injured in the seasons opening game on August 12th, trained this week & may also feature as manager Stuart Bishop seeks to build some consistency into his team.


A's Looking To Avenge Shrivvy Defeat - 8 September

After last weeks resounding win at Tytherington, Headington travel to Shrivenham on Saturday looking to reverse the result of two weeks ago, a single goal win for Shrivenham in a tight game.

Defenders Sam Gordon and Liam Morbey are unavailable, but Yannick Nkwanyuo returns along with Ollie Zaja. Also added to the squad for the first time is new signing, striker Dean Boyles.


Bank Holiday Home Double - 26 August

Headington's Uhlsport One West Bank Holiday fixtures sees them play host to Shrivenham on Saturday then Easington Sports on Monday, completing a four match run of home games to complete their August programme.

Aftab Hafiz is unavailable for Saturday's game but Jay Hill returns & new signing Dan Mirnam is added to the squad. After last weeks dramatic comeback from two goals down manager Stuart Bishop is looking for consistency as several new faces settle in.


Headington v Pewsey Vale - 12 August

Headington Amateurs entertain Pewsey Vale in their Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West season opener.

Pewsey's return to Uhlsport Hellenic football and Headington's 'transfer' from One East to One West means these sides meet for the first time since the 2008-09 season when they shared a win apiece.

After an excellent campaign in '16-17 which realised a third place finish in One East, along with a run to the semi final of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup, Headington have 'endured' a less happy close season with seven of last year's squad having moved to other clubs. Saturday's squad will contain a number of new faces.

With a further three players doubtful because of injury, and manager Stuart Bishop on holiday, Assistant Manager Matty Jacob delays his selection until fitness tests have been completed.


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