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Purton Look To Extend Run - 24 March

Purton visit Woodstock Town tomorrow going into the game on an excellent run of recent results that has seen them undefeated in eight league and cup games.

Earlier in the season Purton won their home game against tomorrow's opponents 3-1 and will be hoping to complete a league double. Woodstock however will be keen to get some points on the board to help move them off the bottom of the league and Purton wont be taking their opponents lightly as recently Woodstock took all three points against Hook Norton in their home fixture.

 

Depleted Side Earn Points - 12 March

A brace in the first half from Craig Kent aided a depleted Purton side to a 3-1 win over Clanfield 85’ in Uhslport Hellenic League One West

With manager Justin Miller and his assistant Steve Davies both named on the bench, Purton looked set for a tough afternoon at Red House but the hosts dominated the first half. Joe Hiscock saw an early effort cleared off the line before Kent was on hand to turn home a deflected shot from Ollie Hunt in the 10th minute. It was Hunt’s deflected cross just shy of the half-hour mark that led to Kent netting his second of the game, with a looping effort into the far corner. Purton looked flat in the second half and despite the visitors being reduced to 10 men, they made for a tense finish when the scored with less than 10 minutes left on the clock as they capitalised on Kent being off injured. Max Scholefield pulled off a spectacular save to keep Purton’s advantage late on before Shannon Pocock secured the three points with a fine solo effort at the death.

“We scored at the right time really,” said Miller. “We pretty much controlled the first half so I was happy to go in 2-0 up. It would have been nice to get the third goal but that never materialised. At half-time, we said that they would have a go second half because they weren’t at their best in the first half. We kind of weathered the storm in some respects. They obviously had a player sent off and then we went down to 10 men and they scored and Max made a great save at the end but we did enough to win the game.”

Such was the extent of Purton’s injury woes, with Joe Herbert (dislocated shoulder) and Kent both being forced off Miller and Davies both had to fill in and the Purton boss thought he had found the net late on but pushed his shot just wide of the post. “It was quite funny really because I nearly scored and if it had gone it, it would have been one of my first touches,” added Miller. “I said to the boys, if it had gone in, the celebrations would have been pretty good. I’ve been on the bench 12 times and the boys have been trying to get me on all season but I said it had to be a really bad situation, which it was today with the injuries and unavailability.”

 

Ex Player Passes Away - 10 March

Purton Chairman, Alan Eastwood, advises former player and committee member Paul Ovens has passed away.

Alan comments. “Paul departed peacefuly with his family at his side on 26 February. To his wife Helen, family and relations Purton FC offer them the their deepest sympathy.”

“Paul played many games for the Club at Reserve, Third and Fourth team levels and amassed 83 goals altogether, and was a great servant to the club.”

“In memory of Paul the club will observe one minutes silence at the home against Clanfield 85 tomorrow.”

Paul’s funeral takes place on at 1pm Friday the 24 March, at St Mary's Church, Purton, followed by burial at Purton Cemetery. Family flowers only but donations would be appreciated for the Prospect Hospice. (All enquires to: Blackwells Funeral Directors, Thames House, Thames Lane, Cricklade, SN6 6BH, Wiltshire. Telephone:01793 750225.

 

Showing Good Form - 24 February

Justin Miller hopes a consistent run of fixtures between now and the end of the season can help Purton end 2016-17 on a high.

Miller’s men are currently sixth in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West table and made it three wins on the spin last weekend with a 5-1 thumping of Shortwood United Reserves. Three weeks had passed since Purton’s previous triumph, so Miller was delighted that the lengthy lay-off did not hinder his troops.

Purton can now look forward to a solid batch of games, starting with a home clash against local rivals Shrivenham at the Red House tomorrow, and Miller is optimistic that will translate into a hefty return of points.

“We’re in good form. The lads looked like they were hungry for it last week after the break and from now until towards the end of the season, we have got a run of fixtures,” said Miller in the Swindon Advertiser. “That is good, we want that, we don’t want two or three weeks’ break. Hopefully, we can continue our form going forward and we can keep showing the same level of performance that we have been producing in our last few games. We have had a couple of difficult away trips recently so it’s nice to be on the home patch rather than travelling. We had a tough period over Christmas where we had a lot of lads unavailable given the time of year and it affected us. Since the New Year, we have had the lads back – the lads that are there week in, week out normally – and we’re showing good form, so we’re pleased.”

Purton romped to a 3-0 victory on the road when the two sides met in the reverse fixture at Barrington Park back in October but Miller is not expecting such a straightforward afternoon this time around. Shrivvy are seeking a second win of the week after they reached the second round of the Hellenic Supplementary Cup on Wednesday night with a 3-2 success at Hook Norton.

“We beat them at their place quite comfortably so they will be looking to put that result right and trying to get one over on us,” said Miller.“Against anyone in this league, we know if we play well we have got a really good chance of winning, but they will be saying the same. They are on the back of some tough fixtures but it’s going to be a really tough game, make no bones about it.”

 

Second Half Onslaught - 20 February

Division One West Purton were held at 1-1 by Shortwood United Reserves until the interval but ran riot after the restart.

Matt Bennett led the charge with a hat-trick, while Ollie Hunt and Shannon Pocock also hit the back of the net for the home side.

Manager Justin Miller lauded the superb level that Purton reached in the second period but conceded he had not imparted any great words of wisdom during his half-time team-talk.

“I was really pleased with the performance,” said Miller.“It was only 1-1 at half-time but we’d started off really well. We scored straight from the kick-off and played really well in the first 20 minutes. We should have gone 2-0 up but didn’t put the chance away, and possibly could have had a penalty midway through too but didn’t get it. Then a minute later, it was 1-1 and they were the better team until half-time. In the second half, we played really well and took our chances and that was really pleasing.”

“I didn’t say anything special to the lads. Shortwood had a couple of good players, who were quick up top, and we were worried about the ball in behind, so we spoke about trying to cut it out at source, trying to keep it tighter, and worrying about killing the ball before it was played through. We did that well and we were really strong, and showed good quality in the second half.”

 

Fingers Crossed - 17 February

Purton manager Justin Miller has his fingers crossed that his side will be able to hit the ground running on their return to action this weekend.

On Saturday, the “Red’s” host Shortwood United Reserves in what will be their first fixture for three weeks, with Miller’s men, who saw a trip to Tytherington Rocks rained off last weekend, last playing when they beat Clanfield 85’ 2-1 on January 28.

Enforced mid-season breaks are nothing new in non league football and while he is unsure if his troops will return with the proverbial cobwebs to shake off, Miller is hopeful that Purton will be revved up at the Red House.

“It’s been a few weeks and you never know how it’s going to be when you come back,” said the Purton boss, whose team are currently sixth in the Division One West table. Maybe, the break will have done us good. We’ll be aiming to start the game well and get the ball moving quickly early on. It’s just one of those things – we’ve had seasons before where we’ve had six-week breaks, so it’s something that you have to deal with sometimes. We’d won two in a row, so we’ll be looking to try and get the three points to move us closer to where we want to be. We always have tight games against Shortwood, so it’s an important game, but hopefully we’re ready for it.”

Aaron Stevens is Purton’s only injury doubt ahead of their clash with Shortwood.

 

Purton Condolences - 10 February

Purton FC would like to offer the club's deepest sympathy to the family of Bob Attwood and everyone connected with Cheltenham Saracens. A club he had overseen for many, many seasons.

Purton Chairman Alan Eastwood writes. "Bob was one of the nicest men connected with our League. We always got on well, neither of us liked to lose meetings between our clubs's but we always showed respect for each other and our players before and after our many encounters. It was sad to see 'Saracens' get such a bad start to their season but pleasing to see them getting back on track in recent times. I know Bob over the years was dedicated to his club, as I am to mine and will be a 'hard act to follow".

 

Away Form - 20 January

Justin Miller has highlighted the importance of Purton’s away form as they hit the road to face Abingdon United tomorrow afternoon.

Miller’s men go into the Division One West fixture full of confidence after recording a routine 3-0 win on the road over Milton United last time out.

But the Purton manager wants his men to remain focussed as they navigate their way through five consecutive away matches.

“We have a tough one now, we are in the middle of a five-game away run in the league,” said Miller in the Swindon press. “We need to make sure we have the right attitude.Last time we won 1-0, it was a tight game. We got the goal and we expected a tough game, they’re higher up in the league with games in hand."

Miller believes his side are more than capable of competing with the top sides in the division.

At the moment Purton are sixth in the league standings, four points behind this week’s opponents, who have 36 so far this season.“With everyone available I know we can beat anyone on our day,” he added “We are a top-five team really. We’ve played all the top teams twice, so we know we aren’t massively far away. We’ve got a lot of games against teams who are just above us or below us, from our point of view we see them as winnable games. We need to make sure that we do the right things, if we do that we are going to get more points than we are going to lose.”

 

Taking Nothing For Granted - 2 December

Signs may point to Purton extending their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions when they roll out the red carpet for struggling Tytherington Rocks but manager Justin Miller isn’t counting his chickens just yet.

The Rocks, who are second from bottom in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West, will arrive at the Red House on Saturday without a league win to their name but Miller doesn’t believes that means they’ll crumble easily against his fourth-placed side.

“They’ve drawn a lot of games and got some good results, so you know that you can’t take anything for granted,” said the Purton boss in the Swindon Advertiser. “As long as we take care of ourselves and go into the game with the right attitude, then hopefully we can get the right result. We played Fairford a few weeks ago (a 2-2 draw) and they’re the benchmark in this division but we more than competed with them, so we shouldn’t fear anyone in this league. We’re on a good run but from our point of view, I think that we should have scored a lot more goals than we have done. We need to be more clinical and that’s not just the strikers but the midfield as well. We’ve missed a lot of chances in games and if we’d taken some of those, then we’d be in an even better position in the table than we are right now.”

 

Six From Two - 25 November

Justin Miller has set his sights on six points from Purton’s next two games as he looks to capitalise on their fine run of form. Writes Harry Abbott in the Swindon Advertiser.

Purton are on a six-match unbeaten sequence in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West and have climbed up to fifth in the table. After four wins in a row, Miller’s men have drawn their last two league fixtures, most recently at top-of-the-table Fairford Town last weekend.

The Red House outfit shared the spoils with third-placed Cirencester Town Development before then so Miller will head into Saturday’s showdown at home to Milton United high in confidence. “Things are going quite well and the moment. We are in good form and hopefully we can continue that,” said Miller. “It’s about what we do in the next game now to make sure we make the most of the results we’ve had already. They are tough games when you play sides towards the top of the table but on chances created, we were disappointed not to end up on the winning side in the last few games. It’s swings and roundabouts as we got a late goal to get a point against Cirencester, although we shouldn’t have been in that position to begin with. Having won four and then drawn the next two, it puts the emphasis on trying to get three points again in the next game. If we can win a couple more games and you end up looking at an eight-game run where you’ve won them all bar two, which were both draws, it’s only four points dropped and that’s a pretty good effort by anyone’s standards.”

Purton will face an unknown quantity this weekend as Milton United are one of the few sides they have not played yet this term, although Miller is keen to keep the focus on his own team. “I imagine they will go into it with a pretty similar attitude to ourselves. They’ve won a few and they’ve lost a few and they are doing okay,” said Miller. “Having played most people already, we know what to expect of ourselves and if we play like we can do, then we should be able to get something out of it, and I am sure they will be saying the same thing.”


justin miller hellenic footballForm Test - 18 November

With just one defeat in their last six, Purton travel to table-topping Fairford Town in One West tomorrow.

Manager Justin Miller’s men have enjoyed an upturn in form of late, with just one defeat in their last six and are currently fifth in the league. As well as their good form, the away side will also be well rested after their previous game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. However, Miller’s men will come up against a side who have won all seven of their earlier home games and have only conceded once in the process.

“It’s a tough one that is for sure, away from home against top of the league and they’re beating everyone comfortably,” said the Purton manager to the Swindon Advertiser's Matt Davies. “We need to go there and work hard, do what we have been doing well and we’ll take it as it comes really. You have to try and win, there is no point in playing if you go out there for the draw so we are going to play our football and see where it takes us. The pressure is on them so we will get the ball down to try and play and see if we can match what they are doing and hopefully get three points.”

While the Purton boss (pictured) is expecting a tough game against Gareth Davies’ league leaders, he insists his side aren’t overachieving to be in their current position. “We were a little bit unfortunate earlier in the season. We dominated games we really should have won and we see ourselves as a top four team,” added Miller. “They’ve signed a lot of players who have played for higher clubs, they’re obviously going to push to try and get promotion. From our point of view, we have players that can match them. In the final third, it is about quality really so hopefully we can produce. We’ve been solid defensively so we don’t really look like we are going to concede goals. We look like we can score goals, but they’re at home and will try to take the game to us.“

 

Purton On Saturday - 11 November

Purton travel to Clanfield on tomorrow, assistant manager Nick Maggs takes over the reins for this game as Justin Millard is unavailable.

Purton go into the game on the back of four straight wins and a draw. Their past record against the Clanfield is a really good one, having played them 62 times in league and cups Purton have won 39 times, Clanfield 12 with 11 games drawn. All with a goal difference 132-74 in Purton's favour. Last season Purton completed a league 'double' over them.

Purton however will not be underestimating Clanfield who have come up with some decent results the last few weeks as the club aims to consolidate their 4th spot placing in Division One West.

There are injury doubts with Joe Hiscock, Josh Kirby and Pat McGunigall.

 

Purton Withdraw Reserves From League - 5 November

Purton have reluctantly taken the decision to disband their Reserves team and remove the team from Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two West.

Chairman Alan Eastwood explains the reason. “Having had to call off two matches before today's planned away match at Kidlington, the management team late yesterday informed me that once again they were forced to call a game off due to lack of available players. Despite having plenty of players signed the management team of Pete Temple and Daniel Allen, who have worked hard to get the team off the ground, have been let down too often by so many players.”

“ This morning I therefore informed League Chief Executive Officer Brian King that the team are no longer, and are pulled out of the league. I apologise to all the other clubs in Division Two West for having to do so.”

 

New Players At Purton - 1 November

Purton manager Justin Miller added to his squad with keeper Max Scholefield transerring from Highworth Town and striker Nathan Gambling from Fairford Town.

Both made their debut's last Saturday in the 2-1 win at Letcombe, Purton's fourth league win on the trot which has lifted them to fourth place in the table. Both players are very experienced at Hellenic levels and are excellent additions for the club.

With the departure of Miller's assistant Paul Hunt, to the coaching staff at Cirencester Town, Nick Maggs a former Manager of Chippenham Park and a former Purton player several years ago has replaced him.

 

Confident Of Win - 7 October

Justin Miller is confident Purton can build on last weekend’s win over Letcombe when they host Woodstock Town at the weekend.

If Miller’s men are to claim another victory, they would need to do it without assistant Paul Hunt and defender Kieran Diaz-Benitez as the duo have joined Cirencester Town in the Southern League.

Miller stated that despite being sad to lose the pair, he has no hard feelings towards either and didn’t want to hold them back. “When we signed Diaz-Benitez he was an Oxford United scholar. He’s a young lad and he has a big future in the game,” said the Purton boss. “Cirencester were after a right back so he went and played Tuesday night and did very well by all accounts. It’s a good opportunity for Paul as well, he is very good at what he does and he is a very good coach. It’s a chance to go and put a stamp on it and you don’t want to hold people back.”

As the search for Hunt’s replacement continues, Miller remains positive ahead of the clash with Woodstock. “We can get three points. We played well in patches last Saturday so our good form has continued, we just need to carry on with what we are doing at the moment,” he said. “We just need to be a bit more clinical. When we get the opportunities, we need to make sure we take them. That’s the only thing which has been lacking.”

 

Who Will Be Available? - 9 September

Purton visit Shortwood United Reserves tomorrow, and manager Justin Miller will be pondering the players who will be available.

After the defeat at Division Two West Oxford Quarry Nomads Development in the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup, where Miller was without six regular players, he will be hoping to put out a much stronger side for this one.

The two teams have met 6 times in Hellenic League games a total of 27 goals having been scored, with Purton winning 3 times, Shrtwood twice and the other game drawn.

Last season the sides drew 1-1 at the Red House but in a high scoring game Purton ran out 7-4 victors at Shortwood.

 

Follow That - 26 August

After their remarkable 9-6 away win at North Leigh last time out Purton have a difficult home game with Easington Sports at the Red House tomorrow.

Easington have made a good start to the One West season. In a total of 53 games played in the past Purton have won 26, Easington 13 with 14 games ending all square. Last season both games ended in draws, 3-3 at Easington and 2-2 at Purton.

Quite a few players were missing from last weeks high scoring victory and some will be available to be selected for this game, a tough call Justin Miller. Recent new signings Matt Bennet, Joe Hiscock and Matthew Webb all netted goals last week and are excellent additions to the squad.

 

Amazed! - 21 August

Purton mainstay Alan Eastwood say's. "In many years of playing and watching football matches as a spectator Purton and North Leigh in their Uhlsport Hellenic Division One West encounter at Eynsham Park last Saurday that produced 15 goals, 9-6 in Purtons favour. I and the few others that attended the game were amazed at the number of goals converted and (all the chances that were missed by most sides). Both management teams must have been pulling their hair out at what occurred, more so the Purton management team of Justin Miller and Paul Hunt who after being 6-2 up at one stage ahd no idea what might proceed (the North Leigh management team no doubt just as dumb founded)".

 

Eynsham Park Outing For Purton - 19 August

Purton make the trip to North Leigh tomorrow for their second Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West game of the season.

Last Saturday at the Red House Hook Norton took all three points in a 3-1 win which was disappointing for Justin Miller and assistant Paul Hunt. However the management pair will be looking for an improved performace at Eynsham Park, as the hosts did not start well either, losing their opening game 5-0.

North Leigh is one of the clubs' Miller played for in his early years and looks forward to his visits back there. Purton have a few absentees for the match but have several new-comers in the team this campaign. in which the club is hoping for better season than the previous one.

 

Purton Commence - 12 August

Purton start the new Uhlsport Hellenic League season tomorrow when Hook Norton are the visitors to the Red House Ground.

Hook Norton have already played two competitve games, winning their opening league match at Milton United but going out of the Emirtes FA Cup after a defeat at Chertsey Town.

Purton have seen several players leave close season, though this is balanced newcomers arriving and a couple more are in the pipe line. Matches with ‘Hooky’ have always been difficult games with the ‘bragging rights’ in their favour.

This season the ‘tea bar’ that has been used in the past will not be in operation, instead refreshments for spectators will be available in the Red House Club - entry from the rear or through front entrance.

 

Purton Pre-Season Games - 22 July

A Purton first team squad will be playing North Leigh at Clanfield on Saturday (2pm) in the Jim Newman Tournament.

The winners going forward to meet Oxford City Nomads who knocked Royal Wootton Bassett out in their tie on Tuesday night.

Manager Justiin Miller will have a few absentees for this match but is looking forward to his lads taking on North Leigh one of the early club's he represented in his younger days.

Meanwhile at the Red House Purton's 2nd string will be playing hosts to Calne Town. Pete Temple and Daniel Allen who have taken over the role from Lee Ashby who left the club at the end of last season have arranged a 12 noon kick off for the match and will be drawing from some 17 players hopefully.

Purton Elected Officers - 6 June

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West Purton’s Annual General meeting took place on Saturday at the Red House Club.

Alan Eastwood was re-elected Chairman and Honorary Secretary and will continue to produce match day programmes and press releases along with first team manager Justin Miller.

Justin Miller along with Paul Hunt will be at the helm of the first team and the Development side will now be run by a former player Pete Temple along with Daniel Allen.

After 10 years service Wendy Phillips has stepped down as Honorary Treasurer, replaced by Phil Storey who role will be Honorary Treasurer/Commercial Manager. Terry Crumbie will also assisting him as another Commercial Officer.

All the above plus Gary Norman, Andrew Cowan and Ryan Phillips will be the full management committee.

Purton AGM - 1 June

Purton will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Red House Club, Purton this Saturday, 4 June, commencing at 12.30pm.

Purton are looking for new committee members, and also a new groundsman as Colin Richards sadly has resigned from the post. Current Chairman and Hon Sec Alan Eastwood is looking to relinquish his Secretarial duties should anyone come forward to take on this role.
 
    At the club's recent presentation night awards went to:

First Team Player Of The Season Ben Carter
Supporters Player Of The Season Ben Carter
First Team Players Player    Steve Davies
Reserves Player Of The Season  Craig Kent
Reserves Players Player  Martyn Knapman
Training Award  Paul Hunt
Chairmans Award  Nick Webb
Clubman Of The Season   Marcus Hall
Sporting/Good Conduct Award Joe Dorey

 

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