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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

FA Vase 2nd round


Club reporter

Banstead Athletic came up slightly short and narrowly lost this match. It didn't help when Joe Cheeseman was sent off for a foul in the second half.
The A's played well though in the first half but were lucky not to have gone behind after a couple of chances from the home team. Jack Minchin did well to tip one of the home team's chances onto the bar and Town were unlucky when the ball hit the post with their second effort. We went behind with five minutes left in the first half to a good finish from Chris Neatherway who had come on as a first half substitute. Second half was a disappointment simply because we didn't really create too much.

CCL Premier Division

Balham 3 Banstead Athletic 2

On Wednesday we suffered our second defeat in five days. Losing before this match to SCR at Merland |Rise by the same scoreline.
Balham posed a threat in the final third with pace, and their directness. They were however vulnerable at the back. We never got going in what was a way below par performance giving away poor goals and never getting into any rythmn whatsoever.
Scott Day scored both our goals on the night.
We travel to Chertsey Town on Saturday looking for a huge reaction because if we play like we did tonight we will be lambs to the slaughter

CCL Premier Division

Banstead Athletic 2 SCR 3

Sutton Common Rovers went home with three hard fought points from Merland Rise.
Banstead took the lead through Ben Geraghty who minutes later was stretchered off with what looked like a bad injury, but before that Geraghty was punished for a push and a penalty was given which Pinder despatched.
Steve Newman regained Banstead the lead moments later when he lobbed the visitor's keeper from eight yards.
The second half began with Banstead having chances to take the lead again. Bowers-Williams shot inches wide after fifty five minutes. SCR began to sense blood and Rixon-Nichols headed them an equaliser. With twelve minutes to go Page rounded Minchin in the home goal and calmly slotted home. To Banstead's credit they pinned their opponents for the final ten minutes and Holden was denied a fine header when the ball was superbly turned around by Ollaway.
A draw would have been a fair result but SCR are the best side we've faced this season, and I wish them all the best for the rest of the campaign.
CCL Premier Division

Staff reporter...

Chertsey Town 3 Banstead Athletic 3

Goals: Tommy Batten (2)
Tommy Hucthins

This was definitely a game of two halves. Athletic were superb in the first half taking a 0-3 lead into halftime. They were strong and Town were no match for their visitors as Banstead tore into their hosts frailties.
Chertsey could have taken the lead from a superb freekick early on but the linesman had seen an infringement in the area and the goal was disallowed.
Banstead's Tommy Batten returning to his former club took his chances with accuracy and strength, both goals from his headed chances which gave the Curlews keeper no chance, one on twenty six minutes and one three minutes later. Tommy Hutchings also returning to the club he once played for was strong and finished with power, when one on one with the hosts keeper in first half injury time.
What the team talk was in the Chertsey changing room at halftime made for a brilliant comeback. Chertsey were awarded a penalty in the sixty third minute and Jake Baxter stepped up and scored to make it 1-3. Then Town made it 2-3 four minutes later, and to complete the comeback Michael Kinsella scored with eight minutes left.
Chertsey Town had a number of late corners as they had the bit between their teeth, but Banstead Athletic held firm, and were satisfied with a point from a pulsating game of football played in front of the FA Chairman Mr Greg Dyke and over one hundred spectators.
CCL Premier Division

Badshot Lea 1 Banstead Athletic 0

Our recent form took another hit last Saturday with a 1-0 defeat at Badshot Lea.
On a sticky surface the home team came out of the traps quicker with more emergency.
Without Liam Holden, Tommy Hutchings, Joe Cheeseman & Bukele we lacked forward options. Bowers-Williams lead the line and to be fair the surface which was provided to him was average to say the least.
Norman for the home side whipped in several dangerous set pieces and we looked vulnerable to them.
Just after halfway through the first half Mac Ford volleyed home to give Badshot Lea the lead. Bowers-Williams had a chance to equalise but delayed his shot and was tackled.
The second half we came out with more purpose and had several openings. North had two gilt edged chances, and Joey Jones hit the post from fifteen yards, Badshot Lea also hit the post with a chance. Tommy Batten had a header cleared off the line, as a result of being kicked in the process we had to replace him with Obugugo.
We went three up front and Obugugo had a shot well saved and had another shot parried by their keeper. Matt O'Brien and debutaunt Wallace replaced Jones and Bowers-Williams but we couldn't find an equaliser which would have been a fairer result all things considered.
We need to get back to the drawing board and address this mini slump. We face South Park away tonight (Tuesday) in the 1st round of the Surrey Senior Cup which will give the squad another chance to kick start their season again.

CCL Premier Division

Spelthorne Sports 0 Banstead Athletic 1

Substitute AJ Morrison steals the show....

James Cameron writes.....

Saturday at Spelthorne Sports was all about turning our little blip around and getting back to winning ways.
On a tacky surface after all the rain it was always going to be a battle.The game wasn't the best spectacle, both sides having opportunities in the opening minutes. Tommy Hutchings brought a good save from the home keeper and the home side's Neale hit the side netting with his effort. How the home side were not reduced to ten men was astonishing. Drinkwater grabbed Obugugo one on one when already on a yellow card but after a lecture he was allowed to stay on the pitch.
Both sides never really forced much from either keeper in the first half. The second half started a bit brighter Hutchings missed a gilt edged opportunity from three yards after North had put it on a plate by good work down the right. Spelthorne had a free kick parried by our keeper and the home sid'e Frost fired over moments later from twenty five yards.
Bowers-Williams injected some quality into the game after Spelthorne were reduced to men after a second booking.
With the home side matching our pace and speed I decided after a chat with my management colleagues to replace Joe Cheeseman and Tommy Hutchings with AJ Morrison and Mukudi with ten minutes to go. With us pressing Bowers-Williams found AJ who unleashed a good strike from twelve yards off the inside of the post and into the net with five minutes left. Mukudi was then put one.

Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup 1st round

South Park 2 Banstead Athletic 4

James Cameron writes....
Our visit Tuesday to South Park in the Surrey Senior Cup 1st round showed how far this group of players have come in such a short time.
We made eight changes from the starting eleven from Saturday. Minchin, Morrison, North, Batten, O'Brien, Cheeseman, Holden and Costello all starting and only Wallace, Newman and Geraghty featuring from Saturday, it shows the depth of the squad.
We started fast and on the front foot. A cross from Morrison found it's way to Newman who finished into the left hand corner. Holden put two great crosses onto Cheeseman's head but unfortunately he couldn't convert. On eighteen minutes Geraghty doubled our lead. The home side rarely troubled our side until ten minutes before halftime. Pitcher finished cooly. Holden forced a good save from their keeper Eacott just before the break.
The second half started off similarly where Cheeseman could have scored again and Holden was close to extending our lead but sharp defending by South Park beat him to the near post.
A Matt Males freekick into a dangerous area caused confusion and unfortunately Pitcher was brought down and Males equalised from the spot. South Park must have smelt a winner, but we capitalised when Cheeseman headed home a Holden corner on eighty minutes. Holden put Geraghty in but his effort was straight at Eacott. Geraghty did though get behind the South Park backline and slotted past the helpless Eacott to make it 4-2 to us.
We saw out the remaining minutes unscathed and deserved the victory. For the team's reward we will host AFC Wimbledon in round two sometime in January 2019.
CCL Premier Division

Banstead Athletic 3 Balham 2

We hosted Balham FC on Saturday in desparate weather conditions. It was important to build on our South Park performance.
It was never going to be a good spectacle, it was going to be a game of guts, determination and also grit. We took the lead from an own goal, when the Balham back line failed to clear their lines, and the ball was deflected into the net after good work from Hutchings. Matt O'Brien unfortunately gave the ball away and Balham equalised from a cross come shot. It remained 1-1 until half time and the conditions were worsening. Hutchings made it 2-1 direct from a corner and Joe Cheeseman scrambled home from five yards to make it 3-1. It seemed to be very comfortable but O'Brien was taken off after all three subs had been used and we had to play the last fifteen minutes with ten men.In between Trigwell made a good save. Balham cut the arrears to 3-2 when a shot from eighteen yards somehow endedup into the bottom left hand corner. Bowers-Williams nearly scored late on with some terrific fast feet. We managed to see the game out for an important three points in what was an ugly win in terrible conditions but the three points was all that mattered.
We turn our attention to|AFC Hayes away this Saturday where we will be looking to build on our last few results.
CCL Premier Division

Walton & Hersham 1 Banstead Athletic 1

The draw specialist's do it again.....
10 drawn matches this season

Banstead Athletic at the moment are the draw specialists in the Premier Division. They were at it again against "The Swans". Although when they took the lead after only two minutes of the match it looked like they were on a mission to bag all three points on offer.
It was a poor kick out from the home side's keeper that was collected by Tommy Hutchings and squared to Reece Bowers-Williams in the area who calmly slotted the ball into the net. W & H had their chance to score but Fraser Trigwell in the Athletic's goal was at full stretch to turn the ball round the post. It didn't take them long though to equalise through Callum Robinson two minutes later with a good header. Trigwell was the busier of the keepers, and did very well during the match to keep the home side from scoring more. Banstead had chances themselves but failed in the final third with them.
Unfortunately both teams went down to ten men just before halftime when James Robertson and Joe Blendell were given their marching orders after being given second yellow cards.
The second half was equally contested and really a draw was the fairest of results.

CCL Premier League

AFC Hayes 1 Banstead Athletic 1

Over the Christmas period we only managed to pick up one point from our two matches, this was away against AFC Hayes. The defeat came at home against Hanworth Villa by a score of 1-2.
Joe Cheeseman scored our goal away at AFC Hayes with a well struck volley. We had enough chances to get a winner but unfortunately failed to convert several good chances.

CCL Premier League

Banstead Athletic 1 Hanworth Villa 2

At home to this team several players were unavailable, but Villa came out of the traps the quicker and deservedly took the lead halfway through the first half.
Both sides had chances, Rhule, Cheeseman & Holden having the best for us. A mix-up in our defence was capitalised on by our visitors and they extended their advantage.
Hutchings scored a superb goal in the dying moments of the second half for us to make it a nervy couple of minutes for Villa but they held on to take the points.
We will look to put the inconsistent form of late behind us and will face the inform Redhill side this Saturday in what looks to be THE game of the weekend in the Combined Counties League.
CCL Premier League

Banstead Athletic 3 Redhill 1

A superb hat-trick by Tommy Hutchings sees
off the challenge of our visitors..

Report from James Cameron.

It was very satisfying to bounce back after our defeat to Hanworth Villa with a comprehensive victory against Redhill FC.
After a quiet first half in which both goalkeepers were mere spectators the second period began with a bang. Hutchings nodded home a Morrison cross, and moments later Kailan North found Hutchings who thunderbolted a shot from fifteen yards out into the left hand corner. A poor communication error handed Tommy Hutchings his first hat trick of the season rounding the helpless visiting keeper Trevino in the Redhill goal.
With just over five minutes remaing Tony Halsey converted a cross from the right to make the scoreline read 3-1 to us.That has given us a little bit of breathing space between us in third and Redhill in fourth place. Some teams below us have three to four games in hand, but points on the board sometimes has it's positives.
A hard battle away to Camberley Town awaits us this weekend, but one we will relish.

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