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Fred's A'Buzzin' - 21 September

Wantage Town boss Ben Sadler says the club are buzzing ahead of their Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round tie at near neighbours Hungerford Town tomorrow.

The Uhlsport Hellenic League side have reached this stage for the first time, and have earned £11,000 already, having beaten Oxhey Jets, Slimbridge and Bishops Cleeve.

Starting in the extra preliminary round back on August 11, Sadler says Wantage have nothing to lose as they travel to the Vanarama National League South side. And with the winners earning a further £9,000, there’s plenty to play for.

He said in the Oxford Mail: “We’ve got everyone fit, and we’re really looking forward to it. This is the furthest we’ve ever been and we are clearly underdogs. But this is a one-off game, and there’s no pressure on us at all. I’m sure Hungerford won’t be looking forward to playing a side three leagues below them. If we play to our full potential and they have an off day, you never know.”

Wantage are boosted by the return of goalkeeper Curtis Meare from suspension.

 

ben sadler hellenic footballManagement Team Confirmed At Wantage - 19 June

Wantage are delighted that last seasons’ management team of Ben Sadler and Paul Braithwaite have committed to the club for the coming season.

Sadler (right) took the reins in December 2016 and although he was unable to secure the club’s Southern League status that season he did steer the Alfredians to a fourth-place finish in the Hellenic Premier last term, as well as securing the Reading Senior Cup.

Assistant Braithwaite, who joined midway through last season to replace the departing Joe Wood, has previously management experience at Fairford Town and Royal Wootton Bassett Town.

Preparations are already underway for the new season with training commencing on Thursday, 21st June. Wantage will begin their pre-season games at Western League Chipping Sodbury on July 7th and have fixtures lined up against Southern League sides North Leigh, Kidlington, and Thame.

 

New Wantage Town Development Team - 31 May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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