Harefield v Tring - match report (posted Wed 15th Sep 2021)


This was a poor performance. Lets be honest, we were smashed smashed by a highly capable Harefield side, with a potent attacking threat which will pose problems for all clubs in this division.

We started brightly and, in fact, in the first twenty minutes Ollie Butler had three shots on target, one of which would have resulted in a goal had it been a metre either side of the goalie rather than straight at him.

But this action was deceptive as Harefield were already looking dangerous. Goals came at regular intervals, direct from a corner in the 22nd minute, a shot in off the post after 30 when we had spurned the opportunity to clear our lines, 70 minutes again from a corner and then finally a 25 yarder in the 88th minute which simply flew into the net, with David Saunders
flapping in thin air.
We played some nice football at times and did create some chances, the closest we came to scoring was a shot from Cameron Brookes which clipped the crossbar. But Harefield were always dominating, always in control.

Rather than look back on last nights match, Id prefer to turn the focus on our next two matches which give the lads the opportunity to show their bouncebackability, their resilience. A really tough derby match against Leighton will test their resolve as well as their quality. Its up to everyone, players, management, supporters to pull together and to produce a performance to be proud of. The following Tuesday, versus a struggling Dunstable Town, is, on paper, a winnable game.

Team: David Saunders, Ben Johnson, Adam Sawyer, George Carberry, James Ferguson, Evans Lamboh, Tommy Twelves, Ollie Butler, Chris Blunden, Emmanuel Gbejuade, Cameron Brookes

Playing subs: Kieran Turner, Frankie Hercules, Chris Vardy.
FA Vase match v F C Deportivo Galicia (posted Tue 14th Sep 2021)
We are on the road again in the Vase Second Qualifying Round on Saturday, 25th September.

We shall be traveling by coach and supporters are welcome to join us at a charge of £10. we expect to leave at 12 non - to be confirmed.

To reserve a seat, email tony.stedman1@btinternet.com
Long Buckby v Tring Athletic - Match Report (posted Sun 12th Sep 2021)



Its the title of a brilliant Jack Reacher novel but also a good description of how we are going about this season. Conceding in the first and the last minutes, flukey goals, oh what I would give for a stress-free 2-0 victory!

This match was another not good for the nerves. We should have wrapped it up long before our opponents equalised deep in to the game. And then penalties and step forward our hero, David Saunders. David made two fines penalty saves and our four shooters were unnervingly accurate and so we progress into the next round.

We started brightly but were rocked back when Long Buckby scored after 10 minutes. David punched away a cross but it fell nicely to the opposition captain who floated the ball into the net. David made the first of several good saves when pushing away a deflected shot in the 15th minutes.

A mazy dribble by Cameron Brookes led to the equaliser after 33 minutes which was nudged into the net by Manny Gbejuade it was well deserved as we had already spurned a few good chances of our own.

We started the second half poorly and Long Buckby were in the ascendency but a Tommy Twelves special after 60 looked to have won it for us. It was a cracking, curling 25 yarder, finishing off a delightful team move. We then went hunting for the third, killer goal, gaining a one man advantage when the opposition centre forward was sin binned for dissent. George Carberry smacked one against the post, Cameron fired over, chances went begging.

A sense of dread came over the writer as we showed signs of tiredness and also a lack of footballing nous in the dying minutes keep the ball for goodness sake!

True enough the equaliser came after 88 minutes. David had made a flying parry and pushed the ball away but we didnt clear and a shot came in from the edge of the box which flew in to the net. We still had a chance to settle the match in 90, when Chris Blunden hit the post but equally David had to make a final save to keep us in the match.

And so to penalties which went our way from the first of those which David saved. He made another save and then Frankie Hercules finished it all off with our fourth successful spot kick.

Well done lads, a hard fought victory achieved through a fighting spirit and a strong team ethic. We need to improve our approach play in the final third and the quality of our dead ball kicks but then every club in the land is probably feeling the same.


David Saunders, Ben Johnson, James Ferguson, Scott Bonner, Adam Sawyer, George Carberry, Evans Lamboh, Tommy Twelves, Emmanuel Gbejuade, Chris Blunden, Cameron Brooks

Playing subs: Tom Shaw, Frankie Hercules,
Parking v Leighton Town (posted Sun 12th Sep 2021)
Would all supporters please note that parking for next Saturday's match for all spectators will be in The Meadow at Pendley Manor hotel.

If you can comply this will ease the terrible congestion that will otherwise occur along Cow Lane.

Many thanks
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY (posted Mon 6th Sep 2021)
With Eldo's Bar now complete we have arranged some social functions, and it will be the aim to have an ongoing programme of events to build up the social side of the club and ensure our excellent facilities are being used.
Please put these dates in your diary - more details to follow:-

- Sun 3rd October - Club Sunday Roast Event
- Sat 16th October - Sports Quiz (with some exciting prizes!)
- Fri 19th November - TAFC Presidents Dinner
- Date TBC - Club Pool & Darts Night
- December Date TBC - Club Christmas Party
100 club draw - August (posted Sun 5th Sep 2021)
The 100 Club draw for August was made pitch-side at yesterday's match. The winners are:

Sharon Herbert £20
Ben Stacey £20
Diane Griffiths £20
Ian Butler £50
Dave & Pamela Dorman £100.

Congratulations all of you.

Winnings will be sent by BACS.
Tring Athletic v Harpenden - Match Report (posted Sun 5th Sep 2021)

4th September 2021

One goal each, one goal disallowed for offside each, one cleared off the line each. Honours even. A very respectable performance from our lads against an opposition that has made an excellent, table topping start to the season.

Our first half performance was chalk and cheese compared to Tuesdays first 45. We were bright, lively, progressive. Ollie Butler was at the heart of everything good about our offensive play. My notes read: 6 minutes Ollies shot headed off the line, 25 minutes Ollie scores from a through pass from Kieran Turner, 30 minutes Ollie shoots just over. Ollie is on fire! The link between Ollie and Kieran has been productive already and promises to be the source of many goals this season.

We went in deservedly one up but the second half was something of a different proposition as Harpenden came out determined to keep their unseated league record intact. We survived until the 75 minute. Callum Brookes had cleared off the line but the pressure told, albeit somewhat fortuitously, as Harpendens left back delivered a cross which sailed over David Saunders head and floated into the top corner of the net.

So, lots of reasons to be cheerful about this display. It was particularly reassuring to see players coming into the side and proving their value, Adam Sawyer, Evans Lamboh and Harry Cornick. We will need a strong squad, not just a starting 11, if we are to achieve our goals.

Callum gave us a more progressive option, moving up the field from his left back position. David Saunders looked more assured in goal than in the last few games.

Disappointing that we may not have a match on Tuesday to build on this momentum but we should go in to the Vase game next Saturday feeling confident.

David Saunders, Harrison Cornick, Adam sawyer, Scott Bonner, George Carberry, Frankie Hercules, Cameron Brookes, Kieran Turner, Chris Blunden, Ollie Butler, Evans Lamboh

Playing subs Emmanuel Gbejuade, Tom Shaw, Chris Vardy.

Attendance 105.
TAFC v Holmer Green - match report (posted Wed 1st Sep 2021)

Conceding early can have a greater impact than simply going a goal down. It frequently effects the game for a lengthy period as one team is buoyed by their success and the other is knocked off their stride. This is how it appeared on Tuesday night as we conceded a goal within 5 minutes and never really recovered our equilibrium at all in the first half.

The goal was slightly fortuitous as, from a cross, their centre forward looped the ball off his shoulder, over David Saunders and dropping into the net.

Our approach play was decent but, if guilty of anything, it was of over-playing and consequently failing to have any real threat in the final third. Our only shot of note in the first half was a rasping 30 yarder from the effervescent Cameron Brooks which must have stung the opposition keepers fingers as he grabbed the ball at his second attempt.

Our opponents, just back into our league from their spell in the Hellenic league, looked composed and assured and the fact that they have had at least two more competitive matches than us, showed. Our disjointed start to the season hasnt helped us to build up any momentum.

One can imagine that there were a few fireworks exploding in the home dressing room at the half-time interval as we came out in the second half with the passion and go-forward intent that was missing hitherto. Although we failed to trouble the opposition keeper until Ollie Butlers goal late on, we had chances, in particular both Chris Blunden and Frankie Hercules should have hit the target with good opportunities.

Our substitutes brought a vim and vigour into our play and we had good reason to think that we would get something out of the game but then, around 80 minutes, Holmer Green scored direct from a corner kick, and it was a disappointing way to concede what proved to be the decisive goal. Ollies goal, a couple of minutes later, was splendidly simple; a great cross on the left from Adam Sawyer on his debut and a cool finish from Ollie. It was an example of quality in the final third that makes the difference.

No time to sulk on to the Saturday match v table-topping Harpenden and an opportunity to chalk up our first league win of the season.

Team: David Saunders, Ben Johnson, Callum Brooks, George Carberry, James Ferguson, Tommy Twelves, Frankie Hercules, Ollie Butler, Chris Blunden, Kieran Turner, Chris Vardy

Playing subs: Evans Lamboth, Adam Sawyer, Emmanuel Gbejuade

Crowd 100

The Heygates MOM Ollie Butler
100 Club Winners - July 2021 (posted Sun 1st Aug 2021)
The monthly 100 draw was once again undertaken remotely by the Simmons family. The lucky winners were: 3rd July: Ellie Humphreys £20; 10th July: Ralph Griffiths £20; 17th July: John Perry £20; 24th July: Dan To £20 and 31st July: Sam Allum £100 and Brian Bruton £30. Once again winnings will be paid directly to the winners bank accounts.
Membership 21/22 Season (posted Sun 4th Jul 2021)
You can now take out membership for the 21/22 season by using our NEW membership system: https://www.pitchero.com/clubs/tringathletic.

Click on 'SHOP' to purchase your membership

If you have any questions or just would like to enquire about membership then please email Graham Bright at tringathleticfc@hotmail.com
100 Club Draw - May 2021 (posted Mon 31st May 2021)
The monthly draw was conducted today with the lucky numbers drawn by Tony Stedman and the winners were: 1st May: Barry Simmons £20; 8th May: Lorraine Humphreys £20; 15th May: Bob Winter £20; 22nd May: Chris Langford £20 and 29th May: Alan Dumpleton £100 and Dan Smethers £50.

New members welcomed at just £1 per week payable by bankers order ideally on a quarterly basis. Contact the Club for further information.
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.


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

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