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Home Kick Off At Barrington Park - 18 August

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 West football returns to Shrivenham tomorrow afternoon after a four month break, with Easington Sports the opponents.

Despite last weekend’s 2-0 opening day defeat at Clanfield, Shrivvy boss Michael McNally is in confident mood that his side can bounce back on home turf. “We had a good training session on Tuesday evening and although this weekend’s preparations haven’t been ideal with Thursday evenings get-together having to be cancelled, the boys know their roles and what is expected of them,” he said ahead of the weekend. The players know that they’re in for another tough test, but they also know that they wouldn’t be in the squad if me and Steveo [assistant manager Mark Stevens] didn’t think they were good enough. The pleasing thing is, the players came in to training and worked hard on Tuesday evening and they won’t be underestimating Easington on Saturday. We know they’re another very good side, with bags of talent at this level and they’re even more of a threat up front than Clanfield, so we’re going to have to perform in all areas of the pitch and really be on top of our game.”

Easington finished last season in fourth place in the standings with 17 wins, 5 draws and 8 defeats, scoring an impressive 57 league goals in the process and manager Darren Beckett has opted for an attack-minded formula again this term, with squad focus being on his midfield and attacking options once again.

Easington started their HD1W season off on August 1 at Ardley United. A narrow 2-1 defeat on the day, was followed by a 2-0 win at home against Shortwood United Reserves in their home fixture last weekend. Goals from Callum Convey and Joe Eyre sealing the win.

Shivenham from: GK: Mike Alexander. DF: Tyler Johnson, Andrew Bilko, Rob Hendry, Jordan Smith, Fraser Little and Lewis Wray. MF: Andy Barton, Leigh Brown, Daniel Axford, Chris Rivers and James Rayner. FW: Josh Fowler, Danny Hale, Tyler Sheppard, Josh Jefferies, James Prictor ©, John Rees and Rob Lincoln.

Easington Sports from: GK: Adam Rimmer. DF: Conor Grant, Terry Fitton, Arron Dosanjh and Josh Rose. MF: James Montague, Dan Reeves, Mike Spaull, Joe Eyre, Sam Grant, Tom Smith, Josh Holloway, Craig Pearman and Callum Convey. FW: James McMahon, Steve Howkins, Andrew Stidder, Durell Livous, Lewis Travers © and Darren Beckett.

Ireneos Christodoulou will be taking charge of the game and he will be assisted by Brian Lovegrove and Garry Larner.

 

Short Opening Trip For Shrivvy - 11 August

Shrivenham’s Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West 2017-18 campaign gets underway tomorrow at Clanfield.

Clanfield 85, a side who did the double over Shrivvy last term and with Robins manager Peter Osborne having assembled a squad he believes will excite the One West this season, it should be another entertaining match-up between the two clubs.

Having secured the services of last season’s Players Player of the Year Calum Davies, Youth Team Player of the Year Frankie Cato and fellow Oxfordshire U18s County Cup winners Travis O’Connor and Zak Oliver for their second seasons in the men’s game, our hosts will be looking to push on from their tenth placed finish last season and with an ever improving youth set up, the future is looking very positive for our hosts. “I’m so excited with this group of players we have at the club this season,” Osborne told his clubs media platform towards the end of their preseason preparations. "I think we have recruited well and have some young players coming through too.”

There are reportedly no injury worries or player absentees for Shrivvy to contend with ahead of the game. Michael McNally said that he was targeting a positive start to the season. “It’s going to be a tough game, I think Clanfield 85 are one of the favourites to go well this year. I thought they were one of the hardest teams to play against last year. They beat us home and away so we know it’s going to be a very tough game. If we play to our capabilities and everyone works for each other, I’m confident we can go there and get a positive result.”

 

Squad Additions - 9 August

Shrivenham have added forwards Danny Hale and Josh Fowler to their 2017/18 playing squad.

Former Fairford Town centre forward Hale, made his first appearance for the Gloucestershire based outfit against Shrivvy back in 2015 on the opening day of the season and went on to make 46 appearances and score 18 goals during his two seasons at the club, helping them to promotion to the Hellenic Premier League last season.

Fowler meanwhile, began his career in the Shrivvy youth set up before moving to Highworth Town to gain experience and featured in their development side and made one appearance in the Hellenic Premier for the first team last term.

 

Final Warm Up - 7 August

Shrivenham complete their pre-season programme tomorrow night, when Hellenic League Division One East side Bicester Town visit Barrington Park.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm against the team who finished fifth their division last season, with 40 points from 23 games. Manager John Prpa has made eighteen signings so far this summer and will looking to add two or three others to complement his squad before the serious games get underway this coming Saturday.

Like Shrivenham, the Foxhunters have built a squad around experience complemented by youth, while keeper Joe White and midfielder Zarius Edwards-Giraud both return for second seasons. Elliott Powell returns after missing a large part of last season through injury and experienced midfielder Adam Beckett has joined the visitors ranks having signed from Ardley United last season. Strikers Ricardo Benjamin, Danny Bone and the returning Elliott Powell were all amongst the goals last term, with 19, 16 and 11 respectively and with Murray Nicholls chipping in with 9 and an overall team effort of 60 league goals throughout last season, our defence will certainly be in for a testing night.

Shrivvy enter the match after a 3-0 defeat at Kintbury Rangers on Saturday afternoon – the side were due to face our visitors, however Bicester withdrew at the eleventh hour which was good news for us after we were left without a fixture following RWB Development being forced to pull out of our fixture.

mike alexander hellenic football leagueGoalkeeper Mike Alexander who was previously with Fairford Town has joined Shrivenham. He coached with the club as well as providing back-up to the first choice keeper when required and was part of the squad who won promotion to the Hellenic Premier division last season and speaking about his new signing, boss Michael McNally said: “He’s a great guy and he’s got an abundance of experience. “The fact he can coach too is great news for us as a club and I’m really pleased he’s here and we’re looking forwards to working with him throughout the season. He’s such a strong character as well, and I know how he trains and I know what he will do for us. We’re building for the future and he can certainly play a big part in that.”

Indeed, Alexander holds both League and Supplementary Cup winners medals from his time with Fairford, and with the clubs ambitions focussing on success, the 6’1” shot stopper will certainly play a big part during his debut season with Shrivvy.

Further Shrivenham Signings - 3 August

Paul Carson and James Prictor will be back in a Shrivenham shirt's once again this season.

Carson helped the club gain promotion to the Hellenic Premier League back in the 2004-05 season he has experience in all positions at the back and is comfortable in any defensive role and will provide a calm head in our rear guard this coming year. Michael McNally said: “It’s great to have Paul back in the squad. He’s got a great deal of experience at this level and will be able to organise they younger players around him and they’ll benefit massively from his leadership. He’s becoming part of the furniture here at the club, so we’re delighted to have him back for the new challenge.”

Prictor was last season’s top scorer with 14 goals from 29 games has been in great form during the preseason campaign and he still has the appetite to play on with Shrivvy this coming season. “Jamie enjoyed an exceptional season with us last season and I’m very happy to have him on board for another year,” McNally said. “He grabbed seven goals in his first season and fourteen last year so we know the qualities he brings to the team, on and off the pitch. He’s an inspirational leader who sets the right example to all around him which is why he is also the club captain.”

 

Hendry Re-Signs With Shrivenham - 1 August

rob hendry hellenic football leagueShrivenham we have made a tenth confirmed signing of the summer with the return of Rob Hendry.

The defender returns to the club for his second successive season, having originally joined from New College Swindon. Son of Reserve Team manager Steve Hendry, the strong athletic youngster has previously played his junior football with Swindon Supermarine as well as the Swindon Robins and last term he made twenty-two appearances, scoring one goal.

The signing significantly bolsters Michael McNally’s defensive options and with less than two weeks to go before the season opener against Clanfield 85, Maccas squad has really begun to take shape. Speaking after the player signed, McNally showed his excitement about Hendry’s return, saying: "I'm delighted that Rob will be with us once again and the experience he gained last season will stand him in good stead for what is in store this time round.”

 

SN6 News - 31 July

Shrivenham continue to secure players for the forthcoming season, and announce two additional pre season fixtures.

Michael McNally’s side will now face Royal Wootton Bassett Development on Saturday August 5 at Barrington Park, before hosting Bicester Town on Tuesday evening August 8.

Defender Andrew Bilko, along with midfielder Daniel Axford and forward Rob Lincoln have re-signed for the 17/18 season. “We’re delighted to announce these signings and everyone at Barrington Park will be aware of their potential,” assistant manager Mark Stevens said. “They’re young hard working lads with huge desire and willingness to learn and they fit exactly in to the profile of the players that we enjoy working with.”

 

Jefferies Earns Breakthrough Season - 28 July

Shrivenham FC are thrilled to announce that striker Josh Jefferies has joined the club ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

A former Player of the Season with both Uffington as well as Coleview during his recent junior career, the 17-year old has been signed up after impressing the First Team management during pre-season training.

“We like what we’ve seen during the pre-season so we’re delighted that Josh has opted to sign for us,” Shrivvy assistant manager Mark Stevens said. “He has worked hard during his time with us and we’ve been impressed with his effort and if he keeps it up, he will only get better. He’s exactly the type of player that me and Macca are looking to bring to the club and we’re thrilled to have him on-board and look forwards to working with him during the season.”


Trio Return For Second Season - 26 July

Three more Shrivenham FC players have committed their futures to the club as manager Michael McNally continues to plan for the new season.

19-year old left-back Tyler Johnson, centre midfield James Rainer (19) and striker John Rees (24) have all penned new deals to keep them at Barrington Park for a second season in succession.

The news comes just two days after Jordan Smith was announced as the first player to be confirmed on the 2017-18 First Team squad list.

All three players enjoyed successful debut seasons with Shrivvy last term, playing pivotal roles in the side that finished seventh in the Uhlsport Division One West standings. "I spoke with all three players at the end of last season and was happy to hear that they wanted to come back this year,” manager Michael McNally said on announcing their return. “They all said that they enjoyed their time here and it made sense for them to return after a fairly decent first year.”

 

jordan smith hellenic football leagueSmith Joins Shrivvy - 24 July

Shrivenham Football Club is delighted to announce that 18-year old Jordan Smith has joined the club from FC Abbey Meads.

The 5’ 9” right-back was an integral part of the north Wiltshire team Abbey Meads set up last season – one that saw him secure league and cup winners medals, and he has also gained experience with Purton during his short playing career.

“I’ve been to the Barrington Park to watch a couple of games before and it’s a really nice club,” said Smith. “I’ve seen what manager Michael McNally has done with the young players that he’s worked with, and how good he is at developing players, and I want to progress. I don’t want to rush, I want to improve my game and get to where I need to get to in the time that I need.”

“I’m looking forwards to playing regular men’s football, and there’s a big difference between that and the youth game, and I know Macca will help me improve. He didn’t really have to sell the club to me, I already knew what he was about and what he’s done. I know he’s a good manager.”

Speaking about his new signing, manager Michael McNally said: “He ticks a lot of boxes, he has proven himself in the youth game and he’s ready to make the step up. We have an exciting young set-up here so he will fit right in with our plans and I’m sure he’ll perform well and be a real asset to the squad we’re building at the club.”

The Swindon based player will wear the #2 shirt for the 2017-18 season and sponsorship is available for Jordan at just £50 for the entire season. Please call club Chairman Matt Hirst, on 07711 263 113 or email him at matt@h2creative.co.uk for details.

shrivenham fc new kitNew Shirts Revealed - 22 July

Shrivenham launch their new 2017-18 home and away shirts, in time for today’s appearance in the Jim Newman Trophy.

The bespoke shirts – modelled by Leigh Brown and Jamie Prictor – are a classic design featuring red and white for the change strip and classic blue and white home colours.

“We are very excited about the new season and that includes our new playing kit,” enthused Chairman Matt Hirst. “It’s a new era for the club so we’ve moved away from the previous design and we’re really pleased with the results. We know that Michael McNally’s team will wear this shirt with pride and do justice to the club badge and we can’t wait to see them wearing it.”

Shrivenham travel to Clanfield’s UK Building Plastics Direct Arena to take part in this year’s Jim Newman Trophy tournament.

Didcot Town Reserves provide the opposition for the 2pm kick off fixture, and having only played two warm up games this far, against Carterton Town last Saturday and midweek against Deddington, manager Chris Hurley will need his side to gel early doors if they are to progress to the semi-final stage.

Didcot finished ninth in Uhlsport Division One East last season with 34 points from 26 games, which was progress on the previous campaign (2015-16) when they ended eleventh in the standings and Hurley will certainly be looking for further improvement this time round.

Neither side have released any player signing news as of yet, but with the start of the season three weeks away, that will certainly start to change as they look to tie down their squads so expect both sides to field a majority of last season’s players with a handful of trialists who are still looking to secure a club.

“This tournament will give the players a chance to impress and it will be a good learning opportunity for me to see how we cope with the physicality of competition,” said Michael McNally. “We’ve had a good session tonight and we’ll be looking for the players to give a decent account of themselves – just as they did against Wantage on Tuesday evening and it gives players here on trial, the opportunity to stake their claim too.”

 

All Change At Shrivenham - 14 July

The annual Shrivenham Football Club AGM was held at Barrington Road on Wednesday evening, they continue to focus on building a successful future for the club.

Having already signalled his intention to step down from his position of club Chairman, James Dore was replaced by Matt Hirst who was unanimously voted to fill the position by the committee, and speaking after the meeting the new Chairman was quick to offer his appreciation to James and his family for all their efforts over the last 12 years.

“Shrivenham are a real community based club and James, Amanda Bird [his partner] and their children, Lauren, Lydia and Charlie gave a massive amount of their spare time to help keep things running and I’d like to thank them all so very much for everything they have done day in, day out over the years,” the incoming Chairman said. “I have been involved with Shrivvy for over 25 years and I felt it was time for me to take on the good work James and his family had left as long as I could inspire certain individuals and when Neil Sutton, my best friend who is also a past Chairman and has a wealth of knowledge and who is a founder member of the club along with Steve Allen [Bar Manager], Chris Rawle and Nick Ash all agreed to assist with my plans, the decision to stand for Chairman was made that much easier.”

Early additions to the clubs media team have also taken shape and the website, Facebook and Twitter platforms have all taken off and concluding, the new Chairman added: “I and the committee as a whole have plans to help take the club to the next level and I’m genuinely looking forwards to the challenge. There’s a great team shaping up both on and off the pitch and I’d like to thank all the playing, none-playing and supporters for their loyalty, patience and understanding and look forward to seeing Shrivenham thrive in the coming years.”

Your 2017-18 Shrivenham Committee are as follows:

Chairman - Matt Hirst; Vice Chairman - Neil Sutton; First Team Manager - Michael McNally; First Team Assistant Manager - Mark Stevens; Reserve Team Manager - Steve Henry and Paul Carter; U16s Manager - Sean Coxhead; Youth Development Officer (pending) - Nick Moore; Club Secretary - Chris Rawle; FA Liaison Officer - Neil Batten; Media Manager - George Hegg; Press Officer – Mike Wray; Welfare Officer - Val Clinch; Bar Manager - Steve Allen; Head Groundsman - Nick Ash; Treasurer - Sally Hirst; Matchday Steward - Paul Pontin; Fundraiser - Alan Thomas; Catering Manager - Debbie Mordak; Committee - Jamie Broadfield, Chris Slevin, Graig Gaynor and Diddy Cook.

As always, we welcome any volunteers who feel they could offer their time to help in the running of the club and appreciate all the support we receive. For details on volunteering, please contact Matt Hirst on 07711 263 113 or email: matt@h2creative.co.uk.

 

Visit To League Newcomers - 14 July

Shrivenham continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to Hithercroft and a friendly against Wallingford Town AFC tomorrow afternoon, 3pm KO.

Boss Michael McNally is likely to field a combination of players against the side who last season finished 3rd in the North Berks Football League, as he continues to monitor his sides’ progression ahead of the new campaign and speaking ahead of the game said: “Saturday will be similar to our previous two games – one or two players may play slightly longer but it will be intense. We’re working hard behind the scenes to manage the squad and realise players need game-time and Wallingford will be another good workout for us.”

Although McNally is yet to announce any confirmed player signings, Wally have already secured the signatures of two of their squad from last season in Joe Morris (who made 17 appearances) and Stuart Walker (18 appearances), while manager Duncan Mitchell has also snapped up experienced goalkeeper Simon Matthews to complement his side and hopefully see them break in to the top two in the table this time round.

Last season’s leading scorer Charlie Silkstone (12 goals), is also still training at the club and is almost certain to be added to Mitchell’s squad before signing deadline day. Morris will best be known to Shrivenham supporters as the son of former manager, Arthur Morris who coincidently manages our hosts reserve side – and who our reserves will be facing at the same time as the first teams kick off.

The game marks our third friendly match, but only the first for Wallingford after their preparations were dealt a blow midweek when a friendly at Wantage Town Reserves had to be cancelled due to a lack of players available to Wantage.

Hithercroft has a capacity of 1500 and is located on the Wallingford Sports Park, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, postcode OX10 9RB. Players and supporters are advised that Wallingford Town AFC are putting on a FREE barbecue after the game and everybody is welcome to stay behind to join them.

The First Round of the 2017-18 Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup will see another tough test for Michael McNally’s side after Shrivenham were paired at home to Oxford City Nomads. Shrivenham are already set to face Premier opposition when we host Brackley Town Saints in the First Round of the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup on October 7, but the game will bring added interest given the quality of the opposition. Shrivenham have been drawn at home in this seasons Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup First Round and will face Uhlsport Premier side, Brackley Town Saints.

The Saints reached the Quarter Final stage of the competition last season, losing 2-1 at Headington Amateurs while Shrivvy narrowly missed out of a place in Round Three after going down 4-3 at Bracknell Town and speaking about the tie, manager Michael McNally said he cannot wait to lock horns with the Northamptonshire based side. “We’ve only just got pre-season underway but it’s certainly one that we’ll be looking forwards to when it gets closer,” he said reflecting on the draw against senior opposition. Playing clubs from higher divisions are always a great test for us as a club and as underdogs, our home advantage will help add to the occasion but there’s a lot of work to be done between now and October and at this present time, we’re really only concentrating on being ready for the start of the season.”

 

Shrivvy Face Railwaymen Reserves - 13 July

Shrivenham will take on Didcot Town Reserves of the Uhlsport Division One East in this year’s Jim Newman Trophy – the annual pre-season competition hosted by Clanfield 85.

The event sees a mixture of clubs compete during the tournament and our game against the Railwaymen Reserves will get underway at Radcot Road, Clanfield on Saturday July 22 with a 2pm kick off.

The same day will also see Game 2 of the tournament take place with Carterton [from Division Two West] meeting Kidlington Reserves (kick off 5pm).

Events continue on Sunday [July 23] when Abingdon United [from the Premier Division] face North Leigh United [2pm] in Game 3, before the hosts face Purton [Wilts Senior League] in Game 4 which kicks off at 5pm.

Should Shrivenham progress from Game 1, they will face the winner from the Purton vs Clanfield 85 tie on Thursday July 27 (kick off 7.30pm) in the Semi Final, while the other Semi Final will take place the previous evening [Wednesday July 26] between the winners of Game 2 and Game 3 (kick off 7.30pm).

The Final will then get underway at 3pm on Sunday, July 30.

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