Club news for 2018-2019...

CCL Premier Division

Colliers Wood United 0 Banstead Athletic 1

On Tuesday James Cameron writes we travelled to face an inform side.
O'Brien, Cheeseman and Holden all returned to the side. We started off brightly, Cheeseman causing all sorts of problems for the home side. We took the lead on fifteen minutes when Holden crossed for Cheeseman to slot home from eight yards out. Great play by Hutchings on the left, he put a great cross over to Joey Jones who was inches away from making it two nil. O'Brien had a header cleared off the line and Burt shot inches wide.
The back four in Newman, Geraghty, Teutan and O'Brien were superb and Minchin in goal was merely a spectator.
Colliers Wood were dangerous from set plays and we had to be switched on from their long throws, but we matched them superbly.
1-0 at halftime was the least we deserved, especially as Hutchings was brought down one on one, but the referee waved play on.
The second half was a similar affair, we looked comfortable, but it became slightly scrappier. Cheeseman failed to hit the target, and Holden fired over. Day replaced Blendell to add freshness and Staniforth replaced Cheeseman who had worked his socks off on his return. Williams replaced Holden on eighty minutes and added energy in the attacking areas. Minchin had to be alert on eighty five minutes from a free kick from United but he saved comfortably. We saw the remaining minutes out and right on full time Mohammad slam dunked Joey Jones to receive a straight red and pile more misery onto the home side.
It was a very good performance from the A's, best of the season, and it shows how far we have come. We have gone top...yes, we have played more games, but unbeaten in eight games is testament to the boys who are a joy to be part of.
Another test awaits us Saturday, as Southall FC are the visitors to Merland Rise. After that we have a week to prepare for the FA Vase match, a competition we want to do well in.

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CCL Premier Division

Banstead Athletic 1 Walton & Hersham 1

On Saturday we hosted Walton & Hersham FC at Merland Rise.
Hoping to keep ourselves in the pack, and maintaining our very proud unbeaten record.
The game in short never got going, and was a scrappy affair.
Ogbuguke hit the post from a soft back pass, and Walton had their moments, but the first half was pretty non effective.
Walton took the lead in the opening moments of the second half when Dan Band headed at the back post. We reacted well, and Joey Jones equalised minutes later from eighteen yards. The game started to come to life when Dre Grobler had a chance to increase the visitors score but fired wide. Substitute Liam Holden forced Bradshaw into a fine save. Ogbuguke had to carried off leaving Banstead to play the last ten minutes with ten men, but the home side finished the strongest but couldn't find that elusive winner, but a point was probably a fair result.
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CCL Premier Division

Banstead Athletic 1 Southall FC 1

Southall FC were the opponents last Saturday at Merland Rise. We were without AJ Morrison, Scott Day, Danny Penfold & Joe Blendell.
The match as a whole failed to live up to the billing, as two sides more or less cancelled each other out. Both teams looked organised and chances were at a premium in the first half.
The second half started and before we knew it Southall were 1-0 up. Minchin came for the ball, spilled it, and it fell kindly to the Southall forward who side footed it into an empty net.
Banstead rallied and were determined to keep their unbeaten record and Liam Holden was on hand to slot home from five yards from a near post run which had been flicked on by Cheeseman to continue their good run of form. Hutchings hit the bar with five minutes to go, but a draw was a fair result. Southall were organised and hard to break down, but the game never got going to be honest.
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FA Vase
2nd qualifying round

Sporting Club Thamesmead 0 Banstead Athletic 1

Goal:Joe Cheeseman 24 mins

James Cameron (manager) with his thoughts...

Last Saturday we travelled to Sporting Club Thamesmead in South East London. On a glorius day we were looking to advance into the 1st round proper of this competition. We were without Penfold, Morrison who were both injured, and Hutchings.
We struggled to get into our stride. The first opening went to our hosts who had a lob from twenty yards saved by our keeper Jack Minchin. Liam Holden hit the bar from the right from a cross come shot, and five minutes later hit the post from eight yards. Minchin was active and in fine form, making two more saves of good quality. Then some good interchange from Geraghty on the left and Cheeseman was on hand to head home from three yards. Minchin made another save to his right as the half drew to an end.
The second half began with Banstead having a slender 1-0 lead. Great work from Holden on the left and a fine delivery found Cheeseman, but his header was directed straight at their keeper. Watkins replaced Holden after sixty eight minutes, Minchin was on hand to make a great double reflect save and keep our slender lead in tact. McCulloch replaced Blendell and Omrore came into the centre of the park. The last five minutes were end to end, but both keepers were not really tested.
Banstead advance to the next round after a below par performance, but credit to our hosts who worked extremely hard.
We turn our attention now to our match on Tuesday night
(18th Sept) against Redhill where hopefully Scott Day and Danny Penfold can return to the fold.
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CCL Premier Division

Redhill 0 Banstead Athletic 0

We maintained our unbeaten record after ten games with a disciplined performance at Redhill FC last Tuesday evening. Who themselves were on a six match winning streak. Redhill probably shaded the first half, Trotter headed over from six yards, but inbetween Joey Jones hit the bar for us and Geraghty forced a good save from Trevino. Just before the break Halsey side footed a freekick narrowly wide.
Banstead started the second half with a lot more purpose, and Redhill struggled to break our defence down. Cheeseman and Scott Day were starting to get on top of the home back four, and chances started to appear. Day mis-hit a good opportunity and failed to hit the target, and Cheeseman had a header cleared off the line while Minchin in the Banstead goal was a mere spectator. A good point gained, if we are to surprise the odds we need to start turning draws into wins.
For me it's a wonderful achievement to be unbeaten in ten League games, with a budget as small as ours.
We have a rare Saturday off before we entertain Colliers Wood United on Tuesday 25th Sept at Merland Rise in the Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup. There will be an opportunity for the squad to get minutes, as players will be rested as the League is our bread & butter.

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Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup 2nd round

Banstead Athletic FC 4 Colliers Wood United FC 3

James Cameron with his thoughts from the match.....

Tuesday night we won an absorbing League Cup tie against Colliers Wood Utd.
We advanced into the 3rd round after coming back from going 0-1 down in the first five minutes, trailing to a Tyrone Newton goal.
Joey Jones, Liam Holden and Joe Cheeseman scored three goals within twenty three minutes. Tom Costelloe was on hand to make it 4-1 by halftime (following up to a Watkins shot parried by their keeper). Up by three goals without really getting into a flowing rhythm by the break.
Dan Harding was on hand to give the visitors hope on the hour mark, and with eighteen minutes remaining the lead was cut to 4-3 when the ball was thought to have trickled into the net.
We had to withstand an onslaught, but held firm to reach the next round in definately a game of two halves. A below par performance but full credit to Colliers Wood Utd who made it a nervy last fifteen minutes.
We go to Hanworth Villa FC this Saturday looking to get a huge three points and keeping us in and around the top six.
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CCL Premier Division
Saturday 29th September 2018
Hanworth Villa 1 Banstead Athletic 1
(Tommy Hutchings (penalty)

James Cameron writes....

Last Saturday we drew 1-1 at Hanworth Villa. The hosts took the lead after thirty minutes from a free kick that beat Jack Minchin in goal to his left.
Tommy Hutchings equalised from the spot after Joe Cheeseman was bundled down in the area.
Matthew Auletta on his debut nearly won it for us but fired his shot at Buss the Villa keeper after fine vision by Kieran Rhule.
A draw was probably fair, but Banstead finished the game on the front foot.

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CCL Premier Division

Banstead Athletic 2 Guildford City 0

Goals: Joe Cheeseman 25 mins
Scott Day 72 mins

James Cameron writes....

Banstead Athletic got back to winning ways with a fairly comfortable 2-0 win against Guildford City.
We started very brightly and pinned our visitors in for the first twenty minutes. A free kick was flicked on by Scott Day and Joe Cheeseman was on hand to give us a deserved lead. Hutchings was unlucky not to increase our lead when he dragged his shot wide. Jack Minchin in our goal was a mere spectator for the first half, but what he did have to do he did well.
The second half Guildford City came out faster and Minchin had to be alert when he was forced into a good save by using his feet. Hutchings then rattled the crossbar and with twenty minutes remaining Scott Day finished a fine move to slot home from twenty yards.
A thoroughly professional performance. Twelve League games unbeaten, and our focus turns to this Sunday
(14th Oct) when we travel to Broadfields United in the
FA Vase 1st round.
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CCL Premier Division

Banstead Athletic 2 Guildford City 0

Goals: Joe Cheeseman 25 mins
Scott Day 72 mins

James Cameron writes....

Banstead Athletic got back to winning ways with a fairly comfortable 2-0 win against Guildford City.
We started very brightly and pinned our visitors in for the first twenty minutes. A free kick was flicked on by Scott Day and Joe Cheeseman was on hand to give us a deserved lead. Hutchings was unlucky not to increase our lead when he dragged his shot wide. Jack Minchin in our goal was a mere spectator for the first half, but what he did have to do he did well.
The second half Guildford City came out faster and Minchin had to be alert when he was forced into a good save by using his feet. Hutchings then rattled the crossbar and with twenty minutes remaining Scott Day finished a fine move to slot home from twenty yards.
A thoroughly professional performance. Twelve League games unbeaten, and our focus turns to this Sunday
(14th Oct) when we travel to Broadfields United in the
FA Vase 1st round.
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FA Vase 1st round

Broadfields FC 1 Banstead Athletic FC 7

5 star Cheeseman in 4 goal heaven....

James Cameron said after this FA Vase match.....

We advanced into the second round of the FA Vase with an emphatic 7-1 away win at Broadsfields United. Joe Cheeseman opened proceedings with a tap in from a Tommy Hutchings shot that was only parried by the home keeper Matthew Faley with just five minutes on the clock. Cheeseman increased our lead from great work down the right by Kailan North on fifteen minutes. Cheeseman was unlucky when his header hit the post from another cross. Joey Jones was on hand to head home to give us a 3-0 lead a minute before halftime. The big man was not to be denied his hat trick when he grabbed his third goal two minutes into injury time at the end of the first half to make it 4-0.
Broadfields were reduced to ten men after an incident with Ben Geraghty off the ball. We had chances to increase our lead from Costello who headed over and North who failed to test their keeper. A 4-0 advantage at half time was a hugely deserved lead, but we were not going to rest on our laurels. Jones and Hutchings had chances to make it 5-0 but failed to convert their chances. Watkins and Penfold replaced Geraghty and Teutan who had damaged his hand. It took minutes before Watkins put in a cracking cross which was converted superbly by Cheeseman to add to his hat trick
(5-0) Hutchings made it 6-0 with a quality finish after superb linkup play from Blendell and Holden who had replaced Newman on sixty five minutes. A long goal kick from the home side caught us out at the back and Kimona held off O'Brien to finish cooly passed Jack Minchin (6-1). Jones hit the crossbar and a superb move was finished superbly by the returning Danny Penfold who curled his shot into the top left hand corner (7-1). Tommy Hutching nearly made it 8 but fired against the outside of the post. A 7-1 win, a proud day for the club, and now we are into the last 64 of this competition.
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CCL Premier League

Joe Cheeseman and Kailen North on target

Knaphill FC 1 Banstead Athletic FC 2

James Cameron with his thoughts on this game....

Making five changes to the team which played against Broadfields United in the FA Vase we decided to give Williams, Watkins, Morrison, Holden and Batten deserved minutes.
It took us a while to settle down understandably, but we certainly had the better of the exchanges.
Cheeseman put us ahead on halftime slotting it in the left hand corner.
The second half started and Knaphill came out the traps faster and had a couple of half chances before they equalised when Thomas calmly beat Minchin into the right hand corner after a misjudgement by our back line.
Cheeseman missed a header from five yards out from a Hutchings corner. Then we regained the lead when North volleyed into the left hand corner when it appeared to be misjudged by the Knaphill keeper. Watkins and substitute Bukele had chances, Blendell was inches away from adding to our slender 2-1 lead when he hit the crossbar from thirty yards after chipping their keeper.
We held out for a deserved win, and it shows how far we have come when we made so many changes. Teutan, Penfold and Auletta were all absent so it shows competition is as strong as I've ever known it at the club.
We welcome Raynes Park Vale this Saturday where we will have to be at our best as our opponents have been resurged of late.
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CCL Premier Division

Banstead Athletic 1 Raynes Park Vale 1

James Cameron with his thoughts on this match...

A frustrating afternoon last Saturday against Raynes Park Vale when it finished 1-1.
On a bitterly cold day we came out the traps the faster and had a couple of opportunities to take the lead. Joe Cheeseman forced a fine reflex save from the Vale keeper. Matt O'Brien toe poked the ball past the opposition keeper and into the net with an outstretched leg to give us the lead. It remained 1-0 until the break.
The second half became a lot scrappier, and the visitors started to oppose the threat, helped by us resorting to the long ball. We had chances to increase our slender lead but Vale also posed a threat when somehow at the back post when it looked easier to score their forward missed the target from all of two yards. McKillop was on hand for our visitors to finish a move minutes later to level the scoreline be it via a wicked deflection. Hutchings in injury time vollyed over when in a good position and so it remained 1-1 on a frustrating afternoon, but in truth it was a fair reflection as Raynes Park Vale had worked tirelessly.
Fourteen games still unbeaten which is a marvellous achievement for this new side.
We switch our intentions to FA Vase duties this Saturday away to Steyning Town FC which is likely to be in front of a big crowd, and we know it will be a tough afternoon, but one the players will be ready for.

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