With grassroots football forever in the news, the search for new teams to maintain and grow the two Aylesbury men’s football leagues has begun.
Both the SLN Aylesbury Sunday Combination and the Aylesbury and District Football League are seeking teams to join from the surrounding areas for the 2015/16 season.
There are plenty of players about who only need guidance on how to run a club, as well as those who just need more committed players. There is also the opportunity for more reserve sides to start up for clubs who need a little financial backing and planning.
With plenty of planning needed to discuss how to set-up, run and maintain a team, both leagues are determined to maintain what has been a good recent few years of football despite the decline of many local clubs.
Given the ever-rising cost of playing, the two Aylesbury leagues are willing to assist those keen to get involved as well as ensuring there is plenty of time to organise what is needed, planning being key to the maintenance of a side.
If anyone is interested in starting up a side, visit www.aylesburysundayleague.com or www.adl-football.co.uk for all the relevant contact details.
Meanwhile, many teams from the ADL had last weekend off as only two County Cup games were scheduled.
Wendover versus Aylesbury Park Rangers was abandoned due to rain while Bucks CC Reserves went out 5-3 to Olney Town Reserves.
Tring Town Amateurs, Bedgrove Utd, Wingrave and FC Mandeville are still in the competition but await the outcome of a county decision regarding a previously played game before the sides can get play their next games.
As for the Sunday League, all four games took place at the weekend despite the rain.
In the Berks and Bucks County Intermediate Cup, the Aylesbury league has only one representative left in the competition in the form of holders Two Touch, who beat Stoney Stratford 8-0 after Shane Almond scored five goals.
However, AYFCs are out after an extra-time defeat to Wycombe league side FC Beaconsfield. Despite playing with 10 men for much of the match, AYFC were ahead 3-1 before being pegged back to 3-3 at 90 minutes and two further Beaconsfield goals in extra-time sealed a 5-3 victory.
In league action, Aylesbury Flooring moved to within three points of leaders Two Touch with a 5-0 win over Chearsley Cricketers as Tom Brindley bagged a hat-trick, while Bucks FC consolidated their position in third place with a 3-1 win over Weavers Warriors. Ray Long was on the score sheet alongside brothers Matt and Nick O’Donovan.