Hellenic Premier champs Flackwell Heath have turned down their rightfully won promotion to the Southern League due to travel costs next season. Continue reading Flackwell Heath Reject Promotion
There was a strange set of results in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division this weekend, as only one team recorded a home win. Continue reading Away Day in Hellenic Premier
The next few days see plenty of football in Bracknell, and involving Bayer Leverkusen, starting tonight!
Friday – Bayer Leverkusen
First up is the opening game of Bundesliga Matchday 3. Bayer Leverkusen host Werder Bremen looking to maintain their excellent start to the season. Under new coach Roger Schmidt, the Werkself have won all five competitive games so far and top the fledgling Bundesliga table, and will be favourites in this match too. New signing Hakan Calhanoglu has lived up to the hype and the expectations following his summer move from Hamburg, while Karim Bellarabi – back after a season on loan at Eintracht Braunschweig – has been in scintillating form, keeping the other big new signing Josip Drmic out of the team.
The two sides met in the final game of last season, with Omer Toprak and Heung-Min Son securing a come-from-behind win to secure fourth spot and qualification for the Champions League. This season, Bremen have drawn both of their games, but this will be a hard match for them to get their first W.
If Leverkusen do find the net, then it will be an historic occasion. So far, the Werkself have played 1196 Bundesliga matches, and scored 1999 goals. But even if Stefan Kiessling or another player do score, they should be wary; Bremen have rescued a draw from losing positions in both league games so far.
The game is on BT Sport, with a 7:45pm kickoff.
Saturday – Bracknell Town Dev or Binfield FC
If you can’t make the trip to Cheltenham Saracens to cheer on Bracknell Town’s first team, the Robins’ development side are in action at Larges Lane on Saturday. They take on Holyport Reserves in the first round of the Berks & Bucks FA County Intermediate Cup. They achieved an astonishing comeback in their first game of the season, coming from three goals down to beat Rayners Lane 4-3, and confidence will be high going into this game.
On the other side of Bracknell, Binfield FC host Shrivenham at Stubbs Hill in the Hellenic Premier Division. Both sides have had mixed starts to the campaign, with Binfield four points ahead of their opponents going into the game. This game promises goals, though, as in their twelve combined games this season, there have been forty goals scored.
Monday – Binfield
No rest for The Moles, as they play forty eight hours later, this time entertaining Kidlington. Before Saturday’s matches, they lay sixth in the Premier Division table, but come into the back of this game two days after a huge clash with Ascot United. Two wins for Mark Tallentire’s team would catapult them amongst the early pacesetters.
Tuesday – Bracknell Town & Bayer Leverkusen
After a (hopefully) resounding win at bottom club Cheltenham Saracens, Ed Carpenter’s Robins welcome Newbury to Larges Lane. The Town have one win and one draw to their name so far this season – before Saturday – but Bracknell’s home form has been patchy at best.
While Carpenter’s side head to the bottom side at the weekend, Newbury come into this midweek encounter on the back of a tough home match with leaders Highmoor Ibis. If results go to form, Bracknell could be in the top four or better by the end of these two games.
As for Bayer Leverkusen, unfortunately they also play on Tuesday night, as they kick off their Champions League Group C campaign with a match in Monaco. This is a game that, a couple of weeks ago looked extremely tough, but with the French side losing their best two players, it looks a whole lot more winnable. It will still be a hard fought match, but Schmidt will be confident of returning with at least a point.
This game will be on Sky Sports via the Red Button, but if you can get out of the house, get along to Larges Lane!
The Hellenic Premier Division title race was decided tonight, and it was Wantage Town who took the honours, beating bottom side Abingdon Town 5-1 away to seal the Championship, and with it promotion to Step 4.
Second placed Ardley United did their bit, winning 2-1 at Bracknell Town. Bracknell took an early lead through a Shane Cooper-Clark penalty. However, United came back through goals from Stuart Bridges and a fine strike from Ollie Stanbridge. A report will be on the site tomorrow.
Third placed Ascot United lost 1-0 at home to sixth placed Kidlington, a result which had no bearing on either club’s final position. Oxford City Nomads played out a 2-2 draw with Brimscombe & Thrupp, while Reading Town and Highworth Town drew 0-0.
There are still two matches left before the league campaign is completed. Wednesday night sees Bracknell host Oxford City Nomads, a game that was called off last Friday night. Brimscombe & Thrupp, meanwhile, have a home match with Wootton Bassett Town.
Congratulations to Wantage Town FC, and good luck in the Southern League Division One!
Shane Cooper-Clark notched the only goal just before the hour as Bracknell Town saw off Brimscombe & Thrupp at Larges Lane this weekend.
An entertaining match between the sides ranked twelfth and thirteenth in the Hellenic Premier was decided when highly rated winger Sam Barratt – man of the match yet again – broke clear of the Lilywhites’ backline before unselfishly squaring the ball to Cooper-Clark to slot into an empty net.
The Robins were the better side throughout, creating the clearest scoring opportunities. As early as the third minute, Martin Bradshaw drilled shot that went wide, with Cooper-Clark inches away from getting a touch. Tustain volleyed over for the visitors, as did Barratt at the other end.
Barratt was involved again after twenty four minutes, flicking a header on to release Kahlid Senussi. However, the winger’s lobbed effort was marginally too high.
Brimscombe & Thrupp were forced to replace goalkeeper Adam Thomas with ten minutes remaining of the first half, after he landed awkwardly when catching a cross. Fortunately, they did have a goalkeeper on the bench, and on came Duane Portlock.
Bracknell were looking to test the replacement custodian, but both Cooper-Clark and Barratt were off target. At the other end, Tustain shot straight at Dan Smith, while Ben Snook had a powerful volley cleared off the line from a corner, but it remained goalless at the break.
Other than the goal, there wasn’t much to report from the second half, as Brimscombe made their other two substitutions but were unable to find an equaliser.
The victory continues a sparkling run of form from The Robins, which now stands at eleven wins and one defeat from their last twelve games. They now face a taxing end to the season, with three league matches and two cup semi finals in the space of ten days. Next up is the local derby at Binfield FC on Easter Monday. Kick off at Hill Farm Lane is 3pm.
In other news for Bracknell Town, Sam Barratt – wanted by a host of Hellenic Premier clubs and some higher up the ladder – has become the first Robins player to sign a contract since 2010. The eighteen year old has penned a deal for next season, meaning the club will be entitled to compensation should he leave.
Speaking to the club’s website, Barratt said: “It’s been a pleasure playing for Bracknell through the highs and lows. I’ve always been pushed and encouraged by those representing the club. I’m extremely proud to sign a contract for Bracknell Town FC, and I hope in the future this will help give back to the club as much as they have given me”.
The story of the day in the Hellenic League came at The Racecourse Ground, where Ascot United beat bottom club Abingdon Town 10-0. Jermaine Roche netted six goals – a hattrick in either half – for United, who led 3-0 at the break. Daryl McLean netted a brace, with Rob Saunders and Dave Hancock getting the others. The result sees Ascot take full advantage of the top two not being in league action today.
Elsewehere, Binfield beat Newbury Town 3-2 at Stubbs Lane, Callum Whitty scoring the winner from the penalty spot. Newbury had led 1-0 through Sam Hamilton, before Brad Brown and James Suarez turned the game around. A spectacular thirty five yard effort from defender Carl Jenner levelled the game before Whitty’s twelve yard winner.
Draw specialists Wootton Bassett Town claimed their eleventh tie of the season after a late goal pegged them back against Flackwell Heath. Kidlington came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Thame United, a victory which sees them leapfrog their opponents into sixth. The result is of particular benefit to Highworth Town, whose grip on a top five spot has been strengthened after they beat Cheltenham Saracens 2-0.
Hellenic Premier Results 29th March 2014
Ascot United 10-0 Abingdon Town
Binfield 3-2 Newbury Town
Highworth Town 2-0 Cheltenham Saracens
Holyport 0-1 Brimscombe & Thrupp
Reading Town 1-2 Shrivenham
Thame United 1-3 Kidlington
Wootton Bassett Town 1-1 Flackwell Heath
The high winds and heavy rain have once again caused a near complete postponement of the Hellenic League’s fixtures today. At time of writing, only one Premier Division match is still scheduled, and even that is subject to a pitch inspection. (It was two, but while I was writing this, the game between Wantage Town and Flackwell Heath was called off!) – every other game in the Hellenic League has fallen foul of the elements.
Abingdon United v Kidlington FC is the sole match still standing, but if you are planning to go to the game, please check on the clubs’ websites and twitter feeds before you set off.
The spate of postponements means that most clubs will be desperately trying to find free dates on which to play their fixtures, with Cheltenham Saracens and Kidlington having played only twenty one games so far. That means they have seventeen league fixtures to fulfill before the season’s end on April 21st.
And with more games likely to fall in the next few weeks, it’s going to be a tight squeeze!
Today’s Hellenic League program has once again been decimated by the heavy rain, with only one Premier Division match surviving the downpours. Newbury Town’s home match against Binfield FC has been confirmed as on via their official twitter feed.
Just five of thirty three matches are on as of this morning. If your game isn’t listed below, then it’s off! And if it is listed below, please check before you set off to confirm whether it still is going ahead.
Berks & Bucks FA Junior Cup Round 5
Stantonbury Social Elite v Chalfont Wasps Reserves
Hellenic League Premier Division
Newbury Town v Binfield FC
Division One West
Old Woodstock Town v Easington Sports
Division Two East
Chinnor Reserves v Wokingham & Emmbrook Reserves
Thame United Reserves v Penn & Tylers Green Reserves
Source: Mitoo. Information correct as at 1040 on Saturday February 8th.
The torrential downpours this past week put paid to all but one match in the Hellenic League. Every Premier Division match fell, with only the game to survive being the one between Oxford City Nomads’ Development Squad and Brimscombe & Thrupp Reserves.
The Nomads won their Division Two (West) encounter 7-0.
It seems the Hellenic League is getting its own winter break at the moment, but unlike the Bundesliga, this one is not scheduled, even though it happens most years.
Bracknell Town’s home match with Abingdon United was postponed yesterday afternoon after a pitch inspection at Larges Lane. As you can see from the picture posted on their website, they had no option, especially considering this was taken twenty four hours before the game with more heavy rain due.
Two other matches have also been called off at the time of writing; Brimscombe & Thrupp v Flackwell Heath and Cheltenham Saracens v Reading Town.
Pitch inspections are likely at all other Hellenic Premier games. Please check before you travel today!