Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 49

Aston Clinton “My son used to play for the colts down at Aston Clinton. He was there for six years, starting out as a goalkeeper and finishing as a fullback. We’ve sponsored the club for a while and as a local I’m always keen to support them. They’ve been doing alright lately and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for the rest of the season.” Ian Abrans the park. The building is now used as a local community hall and was renamed the Churchill Hall after local heroes Maureen and Brian who spend many years giving their time to the youth of our village. Brian was also a player for the club in the 60’s and 70’s. The football Club now use the hall on match days to provide after match refreshments for players and officials. In the summer Aston managed to add a couple of quality additions to a squad already packed with quality for this level. This is manager Jordan King’s (who is the youngest manager in the league at the age of 24) third season in charge of Clinton. With King and his coaching staff taking over in the 2015-16 season, it was the mark of the end for the old guard and a fresh influx of young players and new ideas on how the club will be run, so far this has worked well with a commitment to trying to keep village players also involved playing as well. Local players Liam Smith, Evan Wakelam and Tommy Howlett still play for either side. Along with Alex McGowan who is the first team captain who came through the youth teams at Clinton. Plus, various other players who have come through the Colt’s teams. King managed a seventh-place finish in his first season. In Jordan’s second season they managed to finish joint third (which was the highest finish for five years) and were in the title race for the majority of the season, competing against some very good sides. This season’s form has continued the same as last, playing in total eleven games, winning nine of them, drawing one and losing the once. In that period Aston have scored 26 and conceded 15. Along with that good form, they have also managed to knock out higher level opposition in back to back cup games. Firstly, beating Hellenic Division 1 East champion Penn & Tyler’s Green Look no further for beautifully designed, crafted and installed Kitchens, Bedrooms, Studies and Living Space. 01442 827997 | Marash House, 2 Brook Street, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 5ED on penalties and then following that up by beating third placed Hellenic Premiership side Harpenden town in a 4-3 thriller. As well as securing wins against higher level opposition, Aston managed to beat local rivals Pitstone & Ivinghoe on bank holiday Monday 4-1 along with doing the double over Amersham Town 3-1 and 3-2 respectively. Lewis Workman currently leads the scoring charts with 11 goals in 10 games while Chris Shennan and Dave Brown sit respectively behind him with four goals each. Lewis Workman has also made the most appearances so far, appearing in 10 games. The progression on and off the pitch in the last three seasons has been outstanding; after finishing second bottom of the SSML Division 2 in the 2014-15 season. The pride has been restored to Aston Clinton, with a first team flying high in the league and also the introduction of a Development team operating in Hellenic Division 2. Something the club did not have previously. The attitude towards training has completely changed, with both squads training every week for one hour and a half to two hours. Previously the squad wasn’t training and this has contributed to the improvement of how well the team has been doing. The ambition this year is to bring silverware back to Aston! 49