100 club winners - April (posted Wed 18th May 2022)
Congratulations to the following winners:
Alan Foskett - £20
Chris Juraszek - £20
Dan To - £20
Dave Stacey - £50
Mark Boniface - £100
Your money is on its way to you!
Reserve Team Manager opportunity (posted Wed 18th May 2022)
We plan for our reserves next season to play in the highly competitive and well organised Suburban Football League.
We want to develop a highly competitive playing squad, offering a pathway to first team football.
The team management position offers an exciting opportunity for someone to put their own stamp on the squad and, perhaps, presents a pathway for their own development in football management.
Applications please to email@example.com
Chairman's Statement (posted Wed 18th May 2022)
Hope everyone associated with the club has enjoyed what has been a very enjoyable and successful end to the season.
The purpose of this statement is to inform you that, after much consideration, I have decided to step down as Chairman of Tring Athletic Football Club.
The primary reason is that it has proven to be increasingly challenging to meet the time commitment the role demands, and the need to balance this with my other commitments. Additionally, as many will be aware, Im intending being away for greater periods of time moving forward.
Its been a massive privilege to Chair this great club, and Id like to thank all those who have supported me its been very much appreciated. I believe the club is in a great position just now on the pitch, off the pitch and financially. So a good time to take a step back and hand over the reigns.
There needs to be a smooth transition and Ill be working with the Committee to make sure this is the case, but intend standing back fully by end June. I do intend to stay involved with the club in some capacity, but in a way that gives me the balance of commitment I need and hopefully works for the club.
Thanks once again for your support.
Reserve Team Manager Wanted (posted Mon 18th Apr 2022)
We plan for our reserves next season to play in the highly competitive and well organised Suburban League. We want to develop a competitive squad with a pathway through to first team football.
The team management position presents a great opportunity for someone to stamp their mark and, perhaps, provides a pathway for their own progression in the game.
Of course, we offer the best in terms of playing conditions, clubhouse facilities and general support.
Applications please to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Match report v Arlesey (posted Sun 10th Apr 2022)
MATCH REPORT 09/04/22
ARLESEY TOWN 0 V TRING ATHLETIC 2
4 IN 8 DAYS? NO SWEAT!
Our young players faced the daunting prospect of a fourth game in eight days, although judicious team selection meant that most, if not all, had been given some rest within this hectic (and surely unwise from the leagues side) schedule. Todays team selection did have the appearance of being somewhat lightweight but the group belied this impression with a mature, highly professional work over of Arlesey.
The first half was not eventful, with the match having a distinct end-of-the- season look to it. The hard pitch made good football difficult. Nonetheless, we looked the better side and certainly had the better chances.
We were in complete command in the second period. A fine goal from Leo Farruch gave us the lead. Godlove came on as a substitute and within minutes pounced on a keepers mistake to net the second. Game over and three points secured, and a well-earned rest until next Saturday.
Mention must be made of emergency signing Michael Underwood, a fine custodian at the club a few years back. He answered Ryans desperate call, with Jakes absence, and belied his years with a solid performance. He should be justifiably proud of his clean sheet.
Team: Michael Underwood, Harrison Cornick, Jake Stevens, George Carberry, Adam Sawyer, Elijah Hearn, Leo Farruch, Ronan Hutchins, Ali Mohuiddin, Adiel Mannion, Charlie Miller.
Subs Used: Reilly Churchill, Godlove Oppong
Match report v Flackwell Heath (posted Wed 6th Apr 2022)
MATCH REPORT 5TH APRIL 2022
FLACKWELL HEATH 0 v TRING ATHLETIC 0
SCORELESS BORE-DRAW AGAINST THE HEATHENS
A match that lacked quality from either side petered out to a seemingly inevitable goalless conclusion. Chances were few and far between as both keepers could have taken an armchair, pipe and slippers on to the pitch and would still have come away with a clean sheet.
In defence of the players, the pitch was hard, the ball bouncy and on a pitch that drops away into the far corner, just like good-old Cow Lane. In those circumstances though, it stands to reason that 50 yard passes are going to be impossible to gather and/or will run off into the distance. Why both sides insisted on hoofing it long is a bit of a mystery. With no natural left-footers anywhere to be seen, the killer cross, taken to the by-line and whipped into the feet of the on-rushing forwards, remained on my wish list.
The one clear chance of ours was around 70 minutes when Frankie Hercules dragged a left-footed shot wide when well-placed but, in fairness, neither side deserved to take the spoils.
With not much to say about the match, a word about George Carbery. George has been an almost ever-present throughout the season. His energy and enthusiasm are infectious and it is remarkable that he still finds time to have his frequent rants at the referee. He truly is the teams talisman.
Team: Jake Alley, Eli Hearn, George Carberry, Harrison Cornick, Matt Ellis, Luke Peerless, Frankie Hercules, Leo Farruch, Charlie Miler, Ronan Hutchins, Godlove Oppong.
Subs used: George Wainwright, Jack Stevens.
Ukraine appeal - thank you (posted Sun 3rd Apr 2022)
Thanks to people\'s amazing generosity, we exceeded all our expectations yesterday.
We have filled three car loads with the donated toys, books, nappies etc and collected £250 in cash donations which will enable us to purchase many more items.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this worthy cause.
Match report v Ardley (posted Sun 3rd Apr 2022)
MATCH REPORT 2ND APRIL 2022
TRING ATHLETIC 1 V ARDLEY TOWN 2
STREET-WISE ARDLEY COMPLETE THE DOUBLE
The last time I watched our lads was earlier in March versus New Salamis. Ralphs report on that game read that we lost to a tough, experienced outfit who knew how to manage the game. Well, deja vue.
Ardley impressed with their organisation, their experience and their way of dealing with difficult situations and also their front-runners constantly stretched us at the back. They were good value for their win.
In all honesty, in the first half we were poor and hardly had a shot of any note. By contrast, Ardley were positive and energetic. They went in two goals to the good, We should record that their second goal, converted by an unmarked player from a curling free kick was conceded whilst Harry Seabrook was recovering on the bench from a head collision because, probably, he would have dealt with that situation.
The absence of Butler and Mannion up front was hurting us.
Our second half performance was so much better, so credit to the players for responding and to the management for their effective team talk. We forced their keeper into several fine saves during this period and were back in the game when Ronan Hutchins converted from the spot. It was game-on.
Ultimately, the defining moment came on 75 minutes with Jake Alleys sending off from a rash challenge from that point, the task was beyond us.
Talented as our young team are, there is no substitute for experience and nous. To challenge at this level, teams need to have a combination of youthful exuberance and mature composure and, as our minds already turn to next season and a real push for trophies, bring it on!
Team: Jake Alley, Elijah Hearn, Harrison Cornick, Harry Seabrook, Jack Stevens, Adam Sawyer, Leo Farruch, George Carbery, Charlie Miller, Godlove Oppong, Ronan Hutchins,
Playing Subs: Luke Peerless, Frankie Hercules, Matt Ellis.
100 club - March (posted Sun 3rd Apr 2022)
The draw was made yesterday and the lucky winners were:
£20 Barry Johnson
£20 Stuart Stedman
£20 Liam Ahearn
£50 Marion Griffiths
£100 Andy Simmons
Your winnings are on there way to you!!
Match report v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos (posted Wed 23rd Feb 2022)
MATCH REPORT 23/02/22
TRING ATHLETIC 4 AYLESBURY VALE DYNAMOS F C 1
(Charlie Miller 2, Ollie Butler , Frankie Hercules)
A PERFORMANCE TO WARM THE HEART!
Over the last few weeks we have assembled a richly talented, young, vibrant, energetic group of players who have slowly but surely turned our fortunes around and pulled us clear of the relegation zone. Tonight confirmed what we all knew that we now have the quality required to survive and prosper in this division.
Whilst the first half was relatively even, with the opposition catching us cold with an early goal which we had to work hard to recover from, we dominated in the second, playing incisive, controlled, progressive football, epitomised by young full back Elija Hearn who needs no second invitation to push forward and turn defence into attack. We got what we deserved, although it wasnt until the last ten minutes that the dam, which was Aylesburys defence, broke and we scored three late goals to give our dominance the reward it deserved.
The squad has seen a massive turnaround since early season, with only two of our original group lining up yesterday, George Carbery and Ollie Butler. This does make very apparent the quality that is needed to achieve our ambitions several of our players are dual registered and the fact that they are on the books of step 4 and step 3 clubs indicates the level of challenge required to develop our own squad to challenge for honours next season.
But lets not ponder next seasons challenges for too long rather lets bathe in a performance that was as good as any that we have witnessed over the past three years or more.
Jake Alley, Elijah Hearn, George Carbery, Harry Seabrook, Adam Sawyer, Charlie Miller, Leo Faruch, Godlove Oppong, Len Armstrong, Ollie Butler, Ronan Hutchins.
Playing subs: Tommy Twelves, Frankie Hercules, Will Bisney
100 club winners Janunary (posted Sun 6th Feb 2022)
Congratulations to the following:
David Lawless - £20
Sean Rutherford - £20
John Eadie - £20
Peggy Herbert - £5-
Alan Dumpleton - £100
Match report v Broadfields (posted Wed 19th Jan 2022)
MATCH RPORT 18/01/22
BROADFIELDS UNITED 2 TRING ATHLETIC 3
(Oppong, Buter, Twelves)
GODLOVE IS A GODSEND
We picked up three really valuable points on the road in what was a very open and highly entertaining match on the Rayners Lane 3g pitch. We brought back Tommy Twelves into the starting line up and our 5/3/2 formation gave us better balance, with more support for Ollie Butler up front and attacking width provided by Adam Sawyer and Eliajah Hearn
We started brightly and it was no surprise when we took the lead through Godlove Oppong. What was a surprise was when Broadfields equalised shortly after, with a superb strike from 25 yards. We were not to be denied though as we continued to exploit Broadfields ariel defensive weakness. Godlove was a constant menace, using his power and pace to great effect. He could easily have had a hat trick as he hit the woodwork and was frequently denied by the keeper.
Goals and goalmouth action were aplenty and we went in happily with a 3-1 lead which could have been more had we taken our chances. Confusion rained at one point when the referee awarded us a goal, consulted one assistant who confirmed the goal and then went over to his other assistant, finally reverting to a previously taken corner kick! In fairness to the opposition they also went close on numerous occasions suffice to say that both defences were seriously stretched at times.
Things were a little different in the second half as both defences tightened up their act. We were unable to maintain the high tempo game we had deployed in the first half and, whilst never hanging on, there were a few wobbly moments when an equaliser was threatened.
A welcome victory which needs to be a springboard to propel us towards mid-table anonymity!
Team: Jake Alley, George Carbery, Harry Seabrook, Harrison Cornick, Adam Sawyer, Elijah Hearn, Tommy Twelves, Ronan Hutchins, Ollie Butler, Luke Peerless, Godlove Oppong
Sub used: Frankie Hercules,
100 club - December (posted Mon 17th Jan 2022)
Lucky winners in our December draw were:
Marion Griffiths - £100
Bobby Fryer - £50
Martin Saunders - £20
Claire Rutherford - £20
Dave Richards - £20
Congratulations one and all!
Match Report v Harefield Utd (posted Sun 16th Jan 2022)
MATCH REPORT V HAREFIELD UNITED 15th JANUARY 2022
TRING ATHLETIC 0 HAREFIELD 1
A lack of creativity and cutting edge in the final third cost us dear today. We looked solid at the back, with Harry Seabrook and Harrison Cornick outstanding in nullifying the renowned striking prowess of the opposition but we rarely threatened in attack.
It was good to see Cornick and Adam Sawyer back to stiffen up the defence and high hopes are placed on the young shoulders of Ronan Hutchins, on his first match back, returning to the club.
The best chances in the first half fell to Harefield and it was only some excellent keeping by Jake Alley which prevented them taking an early lead. Jake is proving to be a very useful acquisition. He battled on heroically despite taking a nasty head knock in a collision with a Harefield forward. Just when it looked like we had survived the half, and hopeful with the slope in our favour in the second, Harefield scored after 44 minutes, a goal which proved to be the only one of the game.
In the second period we had one decent effort when a George Carberry effort was well saved by the keeper but little else to show for our significant endeavours. One felt for Ollie Butler, ploughing something of a lonely furrow through the centre of Harefields defence.
This defeat is particularly worrying given that we now have three consecutive away matches facing us. That they are against teams in the lower regions of the league table puts even more of a focus as we do need to start picking up points quickly in order to avoid a late-season relegation scrap.
Jake Alley, Elijah Hearn, Harrison Cornick, Harry Seabrook, Adam Sawyer, George Carberry, Ronan Hutchins, Frankie Hercules, Ollie Butler, Godlove Oppong, Luke Peerless,
Subs used Tommy Twelves, Khyreece Smith-Reid.
Match report v Leverstock Green (posted Wed 29th Dec 2021)
TRING ATHLETIC F C 2 V LEVERSTOCK GREN 3
(Smith pen, Mannion)
SANTA ARRIVES LATE WITH PRESENTS FOR LEVVIE
As previously mentioned in this seasons match reports, going down to ten men almost always ends in defeat. And so it proved yesterday as we gifted Leverstock Green the three points. It was going so well- 2-0 up after an hour and containing Levvie with some comfort such that we simply needed to manage the game through the final third to an invaluable victory.
Violent play, off the ball, is so unnecessary, will always be seen by eagle eyed officials, and will result in dismissal. A three-match player ban and a hefty fine ensues. What is the point?
And so our young side faced the prospect of a hungry opposition, smelling the scent and we were just not up to it. It was a period when we needed our senior players to step up to the plate and lead the whole team in game management but Levvie were just too strong.
Our performance in the first hour, given that we our squad has changed dramatically in the last few weeks and that players are still searching for cohesion, was thoroughly decent. Playing uphill, against a team in the top 6, we took the game to them and came away with two goals. The first a somewhat fortunate penalty decision and the second exposing Levvies lack of pace at centre back. Little did we know what was in store.
A bumper crowd of 190 witnessed an excellent spectacle of step 5 football and, given that we were just about the only match to be played, credit to Daryl for producing a decent surface. Neutrals would have gone home having had good value for their money. Of course, we are not neutral and we went home rueing one moment of madness.
Jake Alley, Leo Farruch, Harry Seabrook, Jack Stevens, Harrison Cornick, George Carberry, John Smith, Frankie Hercules, Adiel Mannion, Godlove Oppong, Luke Peerless.
Playing subs: Ollie Butler, Jack Seaton, Tommy Twelves
Match Report v Bovingdon (posted Sat 18th Dec 2021)
MATCH REPORT 18TH DECEMBER 2021
GLADWICH CHALLENGE TROPHY ROUND 1
BOVINGDON F C 0 V TRING ATHLETIC 2 (Stevens, Carberry)
NEW, YOUNG GUNS FIRE US INTO THE NEXT ROUND
Much needed and long-awaited new talent enriched this performance as we beat Division Two high fliers Bovingdon to progress into the hat for the next round of the Challenge Cup.
Debutants Elijah Hearn at full back and forwards Leo Farruch and Godlove Oppong brought a progressive, go-forward approach to our play which has been lacking for much of the season. Admittedly it was against lower division opposition and the true test will be whether they can produce against step 5 teams but the signs were there that they are a talented threesome who could prove to be useful acquisitions.
We bossed most of the game, but were unable to turn our first half dominance into goals. There was a sense of the inevitable when goals from Jack Stevens and George Carberry settled the match midway through the second half.
Our disciplined and respectful approach on and around the pitch has been recognised by coming top of the divisions Respect Table. Our behaviour was in stark contrast to the Bovingdon bench who contrived to have two of their management team booked and one sent off! As well as one of their players sent off for two yellows, the second of which was a totally unnecessary, petulant act. Their play today could often be commended, their behaviour not.
And so we approach the Christmas / new year period with two tough games Leverstock Green and then Risborough. Cup victories a nice boys but they dont do anything to our league position. Points are needed!!
Team Jake Alley, Elijah Hearn, Adam Sawyer, Harry Seabrook, Jack Stevens, George Carberry, John Smith, Leo Farruch, Chris Blunden, Godlove Oppong.
Plying subs: Frankie Hercules, Jack Seaton, George Wainright
100 club - November (posted Sun 12th Dec 2021)
Congratulations to the following winners in our November 100 Club draw:
Clive Goodall - £20
Sharon Herbert - £20
Dave Martin - £20, plus £122 as the 50/50 winner at yesterday's Vase match!!
Trudi Fryer - £50
Luke Naylor - £100
The club is desperate for new members to join the 100 club to keep it afloat. Just email email@example.com
Tring Atheltic v Saffron Waldon - match report (posted Sun 12th Dec 2021)
MATCH REPORT SATURDAY 11 DECEBER 2021
FA VASE 3rd ROUND PROPER
TRING ATHLETIC (0) 0SAFFRON WALDRON TOWN (1) 1
OUR GREAT RUN IN THE VASE COMES TO AN END
There was a lot of expectation and excitement at the Grass Roots Stadium at the prospect of entertaining Saffron Waldron Town in the 3rd Round Proper of the FA Vase. After all our best results have come in this prestigious national competition, with 4 wins on the trot, all away, including a thumping 4-0 victory at Cockfosters who play in the same league as our guests from Essex.
Perhaps the expectation was too great because we unfortunately failed to turn up or perhaps history was against us because in the 18 seasons we have previously appeared in the Vase we have only ever got through to the 4th Round Proper on two occasions, namely in 2017 and 2018.
Whatever the reason for our poor performance Saffron Waldron were worthy winners and will deservedly see their name go in the hat along with 31 other clubs on Monday for the draw for the next round.
Our best scoring opportunities came in the first few minutes of the game when Chris Blunden found a way through the oppositions defence, but it was a long run to goal and a defender managed to get back and get a tackle in. Then we produced a super move up the right wing which presented John Smith with a sight of goal, but his powerful shot failed to hit the target.
After that we failed to create any genuine scoring chances and the away keeper didnt have a serious save to make. Our opponents dominated possession and looked dangerous going forward but we managed to give our new keeper Jake Alley a fair bit of protection with some sound defending.
Unfortunately the only goal of the game arrived in added time at the end of the first half and showed a bit of naivety in our play. When we should have been running the clock down to half time we gave the ball away cheaply in midfield which allowed our opponents to quickly counter attack and score through Gavin Cockman.
We did improve in the second half and we did show a lot of resilience which managed to keep the deficit down to just one goal but we were always chasing the game and we didnt put our guests under enough pressure so they were able to see the game out quite easily.
Congratulations to Saffron Waldron on their merited victory and we wish them all the best in the next round.
Our next fixture sees us in cup action again when we visit Bovingdon in the Challenge Trophy on Saturday. Our hosts are second in Division 2 and have clocked up 6 wins on the bounce so they will be tough opponents.
Finally we should mention that we had two players from our Under 18 Team on the bench namely Ellis Coffie and George Wainwright with the latter coming on for his First Team debut. It is encouraging to see youngsters come through to the First Team and bodes well for the future and David Lawless and his team deserve a lot of credit for the great work they are doing with our youngsters.
TA: Jake Alley, Harrison Cornick (Luke Peerless 74), Manny Gbejuade, Tommy Twelves, Frankie Hercules, Chris Blunden, Kieran Turner (Capt), George Carbery, Scott Bonner, Adiel Mannion (George Wainwright 74), John Smith. Subs not used: Ben Johnson, Ellis Coffie, Jonny Pitts, Adam Sawyer.
SWT: James Young, Scott Pethers (Capt), James Solkhon, Jake Noble, Matt Hurley, George Pullen, Craig Calver, Michael Toner, Joe Pullen, Scott Piggott, Gavin Cockman (Kurtis Oti 87). Subs not used: Jamie Riley, Charlie Smith, Stan Leech, Charlie Dicker, Ruemu Abuton
Match Report v Dunstable Town (posted Sun 5th Dec 2021)
MATCH REPORT 4TH DECEMBER 2021
DUNSTABLE TOWN 3 V TRING ATHLETIC 0
On a raw, bitterly cold day at Creasey Park, our performance failed to warm the cockles. Given that we lost 3-0 and our goalkeeper was our man of the match, it would appear to have been a torrid afternoon and it was.
David Saunders is a young, highly talented keeper, forgiven for an odd mistake as he matures into his craft. Today, he was magnificent, repelling wave upon wave of attacks. For those of us who like to see local talent developed, David is a former Tring school head boy and Dacorum Schools custodian.
We were unfortunate to lose Adam Sawyer after 20 minutes with a very nasty eyebrow injury as a result of a clash of heads. We lost our only natural left footer and it unbalanced our defence. We hope Adam is OK and recovers quickly.
At 0-0 at half time it was tempting to say we were in the game. In reality, with such a strong wind at our backs we needed to go in at the interval with a lead if we were to withstand the almost inevitable bombardment from a physically imposing opposition. With the elements in their favour Dunstable blew us away.
Looking at the league table, we are now in a group of four clubs which have become detached at the foot of the table. We have no league game now until after Christmas which is perhaps just as well as it presents the management team with the opportunity to take stock and effect the changes that are necessary to pull us away from the relegation zone.
Team: David Saunders, Tommy Twelves, Adam Sawyer, Harry Seabrook, Harrison Cornick, George Carberry, John Smith, Kieran Turner, Khyreece Smith-Reid, Chris Blunden, Adiel Mannion
Subs used: Manny Gbejuade, Frankie Hercules
Match Report v Arlesey Town (posted Wed 1st Dec 2021)
MATCH REPORT 30TH NOVEMBER 2021
TRING ATHLETIC 0 V ARLESEY TOWN 1
HUFFING AND PUFFING NOT ENOUGH
We went into this match full of optimism, after some decent results, eyeing the comfort of mid table. It didnt work out the way we hoped and we now find ourselves looking downwards with concern at the clubs at the bottom of the table.
Both sides had to contend with a howling wind which must have made it very difficult to put on a good footballing spectacle. Most of our supporters would have been reasonably content to go in at half time one nil down as Arlesey had the elements in their favour in the first half. We expected dominance of possession and territory in the second half and that is what happened. We just didnt capitalise.
A real-time twitter feed read we huff and puff but lack quality in the final third which I agree with, up to a point. We did work hard we did huff and puff. There was a lack of quality as we drew a blank on the score sheet, but where does that responsibility for lack of quality lie? All around the park I would suggest.
We fell into the trap of going long. The slope and the wind are seductive temptresses and we succumbed with too many hopeful punts you hoof it, you lose it. Chris Blunden must have had neck ache after the game as he all too frequently watched balls coming to him from the sky. Chris is a god striker but Peter Crouch he aint. With 20 years experience of watching football at this stadium I can tell you this approach is doomed. As a shock tactic maybe but not as a constant. I look back at the great centre half partnerships we have had at this club, Eldrich/Brimson, Perry/Moseley to name but two and they would have loved to defend this type of attack meat and drink eh Mick.
A few chances fell our way Seabrook, Carberry and Blunden in particular will doubtless feel they should have done better with their opportunity. But Arlesey played the perfect away game -they scored early, defended resolutely and in numbers and were dangerous on the break. You couldnt say they didnt deserve the points.
On to Dunstable on Saturday a big game!
Team: David Saunders, Ben Johnson, Tommy Twelves, Harry Seabrook, Harrison Cornick, Jack Stevens, George Carberry, Frankie Hercules, Chris Blunden, Kieran Turner, John Smith.
Playing subs: Khyreece Smith-Reid, Adiel Mannion.
Match report v Cockfosters (posted Sun 21st Nov 2021)
MATCH REPORT 20th November 2021
COCKFOSTERS 0 V TRING A F C 4
Goals Carberry 2, Smith, Gbejuade
DASHS RASH BASH DECIDES THIS CLASH
Ill discipline has, on several occasions, in recent years, cost us dear as we have lost important points and exited cup competitions when reduced to ten men and, once, even to nine. The boot was on the other foot today as the (ex TAFC) Cockfosters centre forward was red carded for violent conduct and left his team the nigh-on impossible task of winning a cup tie whilst playing one man short for 75 minutes, and already one goal down.
And so it proved as we gave a thoroughly professional and convincing performance to progress on our exciting 2021/22 FA Vase. Lets hope a juicy home draw awaits us in the third round.
We scored at the right times, early on, then mid-way through the first, right at the beginning of the second and then near the finish, knocking the stuffing out of the opposition who, towards the end, looked a dispirited, despondent outfit. We could have had more as we had shots cleared off the line, hit the cross bar and brought out a man of the match performance from their keeper.
Its not a day to pick out individuals as excelling for us as, in fact, it was a super team effort with each player contributing to their maximum a day when the whole was worth more than the sum of the parts. However, I will give a shout out to Adam Sawyer, giving us poise and balance from defence with his cultured left foot.
The writer is bemused as to how our cup form can be so much better than our league form. This performance belied a team that is sitting equal bottom in our league. This disparity has to be analysed and addressed by team management as, exciting as this cup run is, it will count for nothing unless we start picking up points and move up the table towards our targeted mid-table position.
Team: David Saunders, Ben Johnson, Harrison Cornick, Scott Bonner, Adam Sawyer, George Carberry, Manny Gbejuade, John Smith, Frankie Hercules, Kieran Turner, Chris Blunden
Playing Subs Jimmy Dohery, Reilly Churchill, Ali Mohiuddin
Match report v Aylesbury Dynamoes (posted Wed 17th Nov 2021)
MATCH REPORT 16TH NOVEMBER 2021
AYLESBURY VALE DYNAMOES 2 TRING ATHLETIC 1
Lets be clear this was a much-improved performance from last Saturday. It was a real contest against a decent Aylesbury side and we would not have been flattered with a draw. It was frenetic stuff, albeit lacking somewhat in quality. Chances coming at both ends and being spurned.
Aylesbury fielded four ex-Tring lads in their starting 11, Short, Byron, Stapleton, Mullarkey and a fifth on the bench, Bagatti, both of and it was good to renew aquaintancies with Chris Juraszek and Michael East who have both settled nicely into new roles at Aylesbury. Worth remembering the service Chris gave to our club over many years and the massive time and effort he put in.
For our part, we had three more on the injury list - a real bad luck story for Ryan as, once again, his bench options were limited. Nonetheless we came out of the traps firing and were good value for an early lead when Kieran Turner cut in from the right in trademark style and fired a low shot into the corner. Kieran was in the mood and, together with strike partner Chris Blunden, could have walked off last night with the match ball tucked under either shirt. However, it was not to be as shots fizzed over the bar, were blocked by defenders or saved by the keeper.
Unfortunately we were unable to sustain this early momentum and Aylesbury worked their way back in to the game, scoring twice in the latter period of the first half such that they went in at half time 2-1 up. The second, and ultimately winning goal, came direct from a corner kick. Aylesbury had four or five players well over six foot tall and so they were always going to be dangerous at set pieces but a free header from 6 yards out is likely to be a goal whether youre six foot five or five foot five.
The second half followed a similar vein to the first open, fast and furious but no more goals. We battled to the end, with John Smith often in the thick of it but gamely finishing the match, albeit I suspect with multiple bruises.
Of course, the ultimate assessment of a performance is points on the board and we had none our position in the league table may or may not reflect fairly our season so far, depending on your standpoint, but it is reality and it is of concern. It is perhaps fortunate that we now face two cup matches and can forget our league situation for a while. The MK Irish match on 27th November is when we must start to turn our league fortunes around.
David Saunders, Ben Johnson, Scott Bonner, Harrison Cornick, Adam Sawyer, George Carberry, John Smith, Manny Gbejuade , Chris Blunden, Frankie Hercules, Kieran Turner
Sub used: Khyreece Smith-Reid
Match report v Ardley, 13th Nov 21 (posted Sun 14th Nov 2021)
ARDLEY UNITED 3 TRING ATHLETIC F C 0
We go down with ardley a murmour
This was desperately disappointing, coming after an uplifting win last Saturday. It was over as a contest after half an hour when Ardley scored their third. We lacked lustre, confidence, balance. There is nothing positive to say about our first half performance.
True we were better in the second. The defence looked tighter and we forced the opposition keeper to make two fine saves but you got the impression that Ardley had taken their foot off the gas and could accelerate again if they needed to.
Where now? Short, easy answer: To Aylesbury on Tuesday night. But where now, in terms of improvement? The management team will be desperate for the return of the five injured/unavailables and it doesnt take a football genius to work out that we need to strengthen the squad. Doubtless, Ryan is leaving no stone unturned.
Team: David Saunders, Luke Peerless, Scott Bonner, George Carberry, Ben Johnson, Evans Lamboh, John Smith, Frankie Hercules, Kieran Turner, Adiel Mannion, Chris Blunden,
Subs used: Adam Sawyer, Manny Gbejuade , Jimmy Doherty
v Baldock Town - match report (posted Mon 8th Nov 2021)
MATCH REPORT SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2021
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS PREMIER DIVISION
TRING ATHLETIC(1) 2BALDOCK TOWN (1) 1
DREAM START FOR NEW SIGNING
Two minutes into time added on we looked destined to clock up our 5th draw of the season. Not exactly a disaster but another missed opportunity to catch up with the teams above us in the table. Then debutant Adiel Mannion struck to claim a very late winner to send our supporters home with a smile on their faces.
The extra 2 points meant we jumped above Dunstable Town, Crawley Green and our opponents Baldock Town on goal difference. All four of us are on 10 points with Dunstable Town and Crawley Green having played 14 games, ourselves 12 and Baldock Town 11. Still far from safe but a few more wins could take us into mid-table and hopefully this result will give us a big psychological boost.
Man of the moment Adiel Mannion, formerly with Berkhamsted Town, came off the bench just past the hour mark and looked lively from the start, having a few shots that may not have tested the keeper but were on target.
As the game entered added time most of us would have been thinking about our post match refreshment when from out on the left wing Chris Blunden swung over a cross that found our new signing on the edge of the area. Adiel was surrounded by 3 or 4 defenders but he managed to evade them and slot the ball past the keeper for a dramatic late winner.
It was a touch harsh on our opponents who played well and had their moments when they were the better side. They also some scoring opportunities which they spurned.
We started like a steam train with Kieran Turner giving the opposition right back a roasting and it was no surprise when we took the lead after only 17 minutes. The move started at the back with Harrison Cornick setting Kieran free down the left with a superb pass. Our skipper again evaded the defender before knocking over a lovely cross that Frankie Hercules headed precisely past the keeper. Frankie has now scored with headers in 2 consecutive games and is becoming a cult Tony Hateley like figure in the Club (for younger readers please consult Google). Score 1-0.
We were playing some great stuff but despite a series of dangerous crosses from Kieran we failed to get on the end of them and grab a crucial 2nd goal. As the half progressed Baldock started to get into the game and looked dangerous in attack and in the 30th minute they equalized through Owen Robertson following a break down our right. Score 1-1.
We came close to reclaiming our lead just before the break when Tommy Twelves cut inside from the right wing and struct a lovely shot that hit the bar. HT Score 1-1.
We took a while to get going after the break and our guests had opportunities to take the lead with Finlay Aldridge and Josh Downes forcing great saves from Dave Saunders. Their best opportunity fell to scorer Owen Robertson who was through on goal but sent his chip over Dave Saunders but wide of the goal.
We were not at our fluent best but we showed a lot of character to keep a clean sheet in the second half with George Carbery leading by example in marshalling our reshuffled defence. With time up and an acceptance that at least we would get a point Adiel Mannion struck to make him an instant hero. FT Score 2-1.
TA:Dave Saunders, Tommy Twelves, Harrison Cornick, George Carbery, Ben Johnson, John Smith, Evans Lamboh, Ollie Butler (Adiel Mannion 65), Kieran Turner (Capt), Chris Blunden, Frankie Hercules. Subs not used: Manny Gbejuade, Scott Bonner, Adam Sawyer.
BT:Davis Boateng, Josh Downes, Lewis Franklin, Jacob Green, Josh Furness (Capt), Alex Coppin, Jude White, Charlie Rome, Ashley Hay, Finlay Aldridge, Owen Robertson. Subs used: Ollie Trott, Aedan Gaffney. Subs not used: Lewis Matthews, Richard Kusorgbor.
TA:Frankie Hercules (17), Adiel Mannion (90+2)
BT:Owen Robertson (30)
100 club draw - October (posted Sun 7th Nov 2021)
Lucky winners were:
Alan Dumpleton - £100
Georgina Webb - £50
Lorraine Humphreys - £20
Marion Griffiths - £20
Andy Simmons - £20
Money is winging its way over you !!
v Milton Keynes Irish - match report (posted Mon 1st Nov 2021)
MATCH REPORT SATURDAY 30 OCTOBER 2021
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS PREMIER DIVISION
MK IRISH (2) 3TRING ATHLETIC(0) 2
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE
After our morale boosting win in the FA Vase the previous Saturday we came up short against a side that started the season strongly but had seen their form dip in recent weeks with 3 defeats on the trot.
This was our first ever encounter against MK Irish and any hope of getting something out of this game was severely dented by a very poor performance in the first half when we conceded 2 soft goals.
We did improve after the break and reduced the deficit to one goal but we then conceded a third from a set piece and although we scored again it was right at the end of the game and we ran out of time.
Our hosts started strongly and Harrison Cornick had to come to the rescue to stop an early goal. But MK Irish were not to be denied and in the 15th minute Dominic Lawless slotted the ball past keeper Craig Garrett who was standing in for David Saunders. Lawless looked a mile offside because he was in loads of space but evidently someone played him on and we were punished for this sloppy start. Score 1-0.
Kieran Turner did force the home keeper into making a smart save but this was an isolated opportunity as our opponents were well on top. With 5 minutes to go to the break and an opportunity to sort things out we gave away another poor goal when a home player was shoved over in the box and a penalty was awarded. Lawless stepped up and gave Craig Garrett no chance with a well taken spot kick and were staring at another league defeat. HT Score 2-0.
Ryan and his team did manage to generate a reaction during the break and 8 minutes after the restart Kieran Turner showed his leadership by firing home a goal following a short corner. Score 2-1
We started to look a different side now and some lovely play by Kieran Turner presenting Evans Lamboh with a sight of goal but unfortunately his shot cleared the bar. Later Ollie Butler shot over after a good build up but in the 63rd minute we failed to tightly mark the home centre back Scott Dummitt and he punished us by restoring his sides 2 goal lead with a powerful header from a corner. Score 3-1.
We brought on Frankie Hercules and Luke Peerless as well as 16 year old Ali Mohiuddin for his First Team debut and we continue to press forward looking in the vain hope we could get something out of the game.
Our persistence paid off when two minutes into added time we did make another break through when Frankie Hercules headed home a precise Kieran Turner cross but unfortunately we ran out of time and MK Irish finished as deserved winners. FT Score 3-2.
This was the fifth time this season we have lost by just a single goal in the League and that has cost us lots of valuable points. We are three points adrift at the bottom of the table behind Dunstable Town, Crawley Green and Baldock Town with the latter due to visit The Grass Roots Stadium on Saturday. So we have an opportunity to join those above us but we need to start winning games.
MKI:Jack Taylor, Ryan Coyle, Muzaffar Amoako, Scott Dummitt, Ben Ansah, Liam Smyth, Alex Filip, Michael Lyon, George Boland, Oliver Coleman, Dominic Lawless. Subs Used: Stephen Brooks, Jack Clarkson, Ashraf Masumbuko
TA:Craig Garrett, Harrison Cornick, Adam Sawyer, George Carbery, Temi Bankole, Tommy Twelves, Evans Lamboh, Kieran Turner (Capt), John Smith, Manny Gbejuade, Ollie Butler. Subs used: Frankie Hercules (60), Luke Peerless (67), Ali Mohinaddin (79) Sub not used: Lewis Whicker
MKI:Dominic Lawless (15, 40 Pen), Scott Dummitt (63)
TA:Kieran Turner (53), Frankie Hercules (90+2)
Match report - Vase match v A|rdley (posted Sun 24th Oct 2021)
MATCH REPORT SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER 2021
THE BUILDBASE FA VASE FIRST ROUUND PROPER
ARDLEY UNITED (0) 1TRING ATHLETIC(0) 1Won 3-4 Pens
WE LEAVE IT LATE TO BOOK OUR PLACE IN THE NEXT ROUND OF THE VASE
Boy did we leave it late to book our place in the 2nd Round Proper of the FA Vase for the ninth time. With 2 minutes left on the clock and with us trailing by a single goal Ardley looked destined to have their name go into the hat for Mondays draw. Then a moment of late drama saw us awarded a penalty, with Chris Blunden sending the keeper the wrong way to level the score. We then went mighty close to winning it in added time but went on to clinch our place in the next round by winning the penalty shootout 4-3.
This was our first ever competitive game against Ardley United who joined the South Midlands from the Hellenic League this season. It was also our 50th appearance in the FA Vase and we knew we faced a very tough challenge because our hosts have hit form lately convincingly winning last 2 games, knocking in 7 goals and only conceding 1.
In contrast our last 2 games have produced 2 disappointing results and we are missing some key players but we are a difficult side to beat and we are better than our results suggest.
This game was certainly not for the faint hearted. It was tetchy and highly competitive with no quarter given and inevitably there were quite a few yellow cards produced. Its fair to say that Ardley enjoyed more possession but we were solid and organized and we gave David Saunders plenty of protection in goal. He was forced into action after only 3 minutes pushing away a shot from James Casbierd and later tipped over the bar an effort from Liam Talboys but we were solid and organized.
Despite the possession stats we created the best 2 chances, firstly late in the first half when Ollie Butler got round the back of Ardleys defence and picked out Chris Blunden who normally snaps these chances up but this time a defender managed to get a block in. Then just after the break a free kick found new signing Temi Bankole at the back post but his effort was scrambled away.
In the 54th minute we had a repeat of the shinpad incident that occurred the previous Saturday against Flackwell Heath. It was again an unusual decision and again our opponents took full advantage to score from it, with Jacob Blackstock tucking the ball home. Score 1-0.
The odds were now stacked against us but in the 88th minute we were given a life line albeit a painful one for Manny Gbejuade when latched onto a pass into the oppositions area and was taken out by Ardleys big keeper. It was a clear penalty and Chris Blunden sent the keeper the wrong way to level the score. Chris must like this competition because he has notched 5 goals in the last 2 rounds. Score 1-1.
The goal changed the game and in added time we should have clinched the winner when Ollie Butler showed great skills to get to the bye line and pick out Manny Gbejuade whose headed was beaten out by the keeper. Chris Blunden struck a powerful shot that was somehow kept out by a defender then John Smith followed up and smacked a shot just over the bar. Phew what an ending that would have been if we had scored.
The game ended all square at 1-1 so it was down to penalties. After 4 penalties the score was level pegging at 3 each with one kick left before sudden death. Fortunately for us the Ardley player skied his shot over the bar and it was left to new signing Luke Peerless to keep his cool and score the winner. Pens 3-4.
A hard fought win against very tough opposition. This was a team effort and the lads worked their socks off to take us into the next round when it would be nice to get a home draw for a change having played away in the 3 earlier rounds. Hopefully this win, which was our 27th in the FA Vase, will spur the players to produce the same cup form (only one defeat from 5 games) in the league.
AU:Freddie Lapworth, Jordy Ngathe, Caelan Issac, Liam Talboys (Capt), Ben Willoughby, Declan Benjamin, Mason Courtney, Callum Convey, James Casbierd, Jacob Blackstock, Leam Howards. Subs used: Lewis Gabbidon, Elliot Osborne-Ricketts Subs not used: Thomas Franklin, Ben Gascoigne, Zarius Edwards-Girauld, Anaclet Odhiambo.
TA:David Saunders, Ben Jonson, George Carbery,Temi Bankole, Adam Sawyer (Fraser Bryden 79), Tommy Twelves (Capt), Evans Lamboh (Luke Peerless 75), John Smith, Chris Blunden, Frankie Hercules (Manny Gbejuade 64), Ollie Butler. Subs not used: Jimmy Doherty, Jonny Pitts (GK)
AU:Jacob Blackstock (54)
TA:Chris Blunden Pen (90)
v Brofdields - 18th October 2021 (posted Sat 23rd Oct 2021)
Tring AFC 1 Broadfields 2
Tring Line Up:
1 Johnny Pitts
2 Harrison Cornick
3 Adam Sawyer
5 James Ferguson
12 Ben Johnson
4 Tommy Twelves (C) Goalscorer
19 Evans Lamboh
13 George Carbery
20 John Smith
9 Chris Blunden
8 Olly Butler
7 Frankie Hercules
18 Luke Peerless
16 Scott Bonner
TAFC v Flackwell Heath - Match Report (posted Mon 18th Oct 2021)
MATCH REPORT SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 2021
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
TRING ATHLETIC (1) 1FLACKWELL HEATH (1) 2
LATE GOAL NIPS OUR RECENT RUN OF GOOD RESULTS IN THE BUD
One aspect of our game this season that has been disappointing has been our tendency to concede early goals so it was encouraging to see us take the early initiative for once. Only 12 minutes had been played when Ollie Butler seized on a defensive mistake and laid the ball off to Chris Blunden who scored a typical poachers goal, squeezing a shot past a posse of defenders and just inside the post for his 8th goal of the season. Score 1-0.
Hope must have then surged through our supporters veins that we would now go on and win the game and continue the recent improvement in our form which has seen us go unbeaten in 4 previous games but it just didnt happen.
We rarely threatened the oppositions goal thereafter and their keeper Issac Hays had a relatively easy afternoon although Ollie Butler did produce some exquisite skills around the half hour mark to work himself into some space in the oppositions area and his fierce shot looked goal bound until a defender got his face in the way. Its probably still stinging.
Fortunately we were defending well with Ben Johnson doing a sterling job on the dangerous and speedy left winger Simeon Weekes who is Flackwell Heaths leading scorer. We should also mention David Saunders whom produced a super diving save to tip a well struck free kick from James Burrell round the post.
With 4 minutes to go to the break we looked as if we would keep our noses in front but a momentary lapse in concentration following a free kick deep into our guests half led to Adam Thomas levelling the scores. As we went off for the half time cuppa it was clear that we would have to up our game if we wanted to get something out of it. HT Score 1-1.
Unfortunately it was more of the same from us after the break and we had to dig in to at least get a point from the game and thanks to some stoic defending we were restricting our guests to few clear chances although we were hardly troubling their back line.
With 81 minutes on the clock the visitors finally made a break through with a cool finish from their impressive centre forward Fabian Orifill. Score 1-2.
We tried to respond and Tommy Twelves did try luck from the edge of the area but his shot went straight at the keeper for an easy save. We never looked like scoring and Flackwell Heath ran out deserved winners. FT Score 1-2.
A disappointing performance and result which could have been a reaction from our hard fought draw at high riding Hadley on Tuesday night but the games are coming thick and fast with no time for moping around.
One worrying incident was the sight of Harrison Cornick coming off in the second half to join Cam Brooks and Harry Seabrook on the injury list. With Captain Kieran Turner also unavailable for a few games it means our small squad will be put to the test against Broadfields United at home on Tuesday and then on Saturday when we travel to Ardley United in the FA Vase.
TA:David Saunders, Harrison Cornick (James Ferguson 65), Tommy Twelves (Capt), George Carbery, Frankie Hercules, Ollie Butler, Chris Blunden, Emmanuel Gbejuade (Fraser Bryden 69), Ben Johnson, Evans Lamboh, Scott Bonner. Subs not used: Ali Mohiuddin, Jimmy Doherty.
FH:1 Issac Hays, 2 Tyler Gregory, 3 Ben Fraser (15 Jack Taylor 90), 4 Jamie Essex (Capt), 5 Brandon Eaton 6 James Burrell, 7 Adam Thomas (12 Usman Lalustani 79), 8 Alan Akerman (14 Sam Coles 79), 9 Fabian Oriffill, 10 Jack Shakespeare, 11 Simeon Weekes
TA:Chris Blunden (12)
FH:Thomas (41), Orifill (81)
Match Report FA Vase match v F C Deportivo Galicia (posted Sun 26th Sep 2021)
MATCH REPORT - FA VASE SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND
F C DEPORTIVA 1 TRING ATHLETIC 4
WE HAVE LIFT OFF!
With jumbo jets soaring overhead, aviation terms seem apt. So, lets get them out of the way early. We ignited our season with an emphatic victory, soaring to a season high with a turbo blasting four goals from Chris Blunden. Enough.
Definition of a predator someone who attacks and plunders for gain. Well, that perfectly described our number nine yesterday. Goalscoring is an instinctive ability you either have it or you dont. Predatory strikers come alive when they are eye-to-eye with the opposition goalkeeper and they invariably come out on top. Well done Chris more of the same please.
However, my big shout-out today goes to an unassuming member of the team whose consistency gives him the nickname of Mr seven out of ten. It is Harrison Cornick who goes about his job in an unfussy but highly effective way. Have you ever seen him skinned by an opposing winger? I havent and yesterday was just another example of his importance to the team.
We turned the tables on our opponents after 30 seconds, we having conceded early several times already this season. Its great to be one up guys and we puffed out our cheeks from that moment on. 2-0 up at half time. Credit to Cameron Brooks and Kieran Turner for unleashing the predator for these goals.
We were coasting throughout the second half, although it should be acknowledged that our step 6 opponents had plenty of possession and plenty of territory. Our defence, bolstered by impressive new signing Harry Seabrook, looked in control. But it wouldnt be Tring Athletic without a stressful afternoon and, true to form, we conceded with ten minutes to go and we had visions of another Long Bucky late goal and penalty shoot-out. Not to be though, as the predator sealed the win with two more goals, the last from the spot.
Hoping for a juicy home draw in the next round, but really the primary aim is to turn this kind of performance and results into league victories, starting next Saturday v Crawley Green
Team: David Saunders, Harrison Cornick, James Ferguson, Harry Seabrook, George Carberry, Kieran Turner, Tommy Twelves, Evans Lamboh, Chris Blunden Manny Gbejuade , Cameron Brooks.
Playing subs: Adam Sawyer, Frankie Hercules.
Match Report v Leighton Town (posted Sun 19th Sep 2021)
TRING ATHLETIC V LEIGHTON TOWN F C 18/09/21
Luke Dunstan drives through the midfield, sends Ashton Campbell through and Ashton chips over the keeper to score. Has my time capsule transported me back to Ian Richardsons side of 2017? No, damn it, Luke and Ashton are playing for the opposition and we are one down after a minute! All we needed to make our misery complete was for Fitzy to have fed Luke but he didnt, thank goodness.
1 0 after a minute. As if our job against the league leaders wasnt tough enough, this made it almost impossible. The perils of conceding earlier have already been dissected in this column this season. You never truly recover and we never got back on an even footing.
Granted, we were competitive for the next hour or so and gave as good as we got. But football is played over 90 minutes for a reason and it is how you fare over that whole period that counts, not just for a portion of the game.
We did have a couple of close efforts, Kieran Turner shooting just wide and Cameron Brookes unable to finish after a mazy run but I cant remember the Leighton keeper being tested.
The last 20 minutes were a best-forgotten disaster. Ollie Butler sent off and then three rather calamitous goals conceded, Ashton helping himself to a hat trick.
Manager Sturges juggled his resources both at the start of the match and during it but, in the end, nothing changed and we seemed to have a few square pegs in round holes.
Due to other results not going our way, we drop to the bottom of the league although this does not feel a true reflection of the season so far.
No respite as we host fellow strugglers Dunstable Town on Tuesday.
Just a final hugely positive note on the off-field organisation on the day. We hosted a crowd of well over two hundred, we accommodated more than 80 cars in The Meadow (thanks to Pendley Manor Hotel), we entertained, fed and watered many of our spectators before, during and after the game. None of this happens without an exceptional group of volunteers.
Team: David Saunders, Ben Johnson, Callum Brookes, Scott Bonner, James Ferguson, Tommy Twelves, Kieran Turner, Frankie Hercules, Chris Blunden, Ollie Butler, George Carberry.
playing subs: Manny Gbejuade, Evans Lamboh, Chris Vardy.
MOM Callum Brookes
Code of Conduct - spectators / supporters (posted Sun 23rd Jun 2019)
We expect our players who represent our club to behave in a respectful way throughout the season. There are also responsibilities attaching to our supporters who come and watch our teams. in fact, we should set an example of good behaviour so that our players can take a lead from us. The club has produced a Code of Conduct which it attached. it is set out to help increase awareness of the standards of behaviour that are expected within the modern game.
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR FOR SUPPORTERS, PARENTS, SPECTATORS
Play your part and support Tring Athletics Code of Respect:
Enjoy match day; its what were all here for!
Celebrate good play from both sides
Always respect the Officials, Managers and Coaches and encourage players to do the same
Stay behind the boundaries/touchline at all times
When players make mistakes, give them encouragement to try again next time
Never engage in, or tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour
If you do not follow the Code, you may be:
issued with a verbal warning
asked to leave the ground
required to meet with the Club Committee, League or Child Welfare Officer
obliged to undertake an FA education course
requested not to attend future games, be suspended or have my membership removed
issued with a fine