The Thursday Testimony

24th October 2013

The Thursday Testimony is a new weekly addition to the website and a chance for you all to keep your fingers on the pulse with all that is Freeland Football Club.

If there is anything you want to see in the article then please let us know by emailing in or tweet us at @Freeland_FC by using #Testimony. We will look to have player and manager interviews and will also give a rundown of the latest news, fixtures ahead and Fantasy Football updates.

In the upcoming weekend Ben Sadler's men take a well earnt breather after their cup exploits at Adderbury, the Reserves look to get back to winning ways when they host OUP Reserves in a Senior League Division 2 encounter, the A Team are desperate to get some points against their name and they play Spartan Rangers. A team who don't have issues getting points is Freeland Yeoman, they will look to end the weekend 8 points clear at the top and they will do this if they can beat Railway Wheatley who travel to Freeland Sunday morning.

In other news the cups were the headline makers in the village, and the locals are buzzing after seeing Freeland Firsts drawn out to host Carteton Town in the Senior Cup. In only his first few weeks at the club as Chairman Matthew Hardy will be delighted with the news of a glamour tie and money spinner. Freeland Reserves also saw themselves drawn out in Group A in the Archie Goddard Cup, Manager Simon Hole was pleased with the draw despite the Reserves not being seeded after a lacklustre start to the season - the Ressies will face Bletch, Broughton, Horspath and Watlington in what many observers have already billed as the group of death.

Freeland A will host their Fred Ford opponents in the league this weekend as they were drawn against Spartan in the third round of the Witney & District's premier cup competition.

In Fantasy Football news it is all up for grabs for the October MVM award - Green With Envy lead the way, but only by a measly 5 points as Let's Get Dog In and White Hart Lane hunt down the leader. Man of the moment Andy White holds the top spot in the overall standings and is going to take some stopping.

Don't forget, to Tweet using #Testimony and let us know your thoughts. Good luck to all the sides this weekend.

One love!

The Thursday Testimony Team


31st October 2013

This week the Thursday Testimony brings you an EXCLUSIVE interview with First Team Manager Ben Sadler.

But before that here is a quick round up of the week gone by and a look to the week ahead.

On Saturday the Reserves picked up a much needed win against OUP, a collectors item Andy Hemming belter was the highlight of the game as the Ressies rocketed up the table into fourth place with a comprehensive 7-1 win. No such luck for the A's though, and despite a Rob Belcher goal they went down 2-1 to Spartan and the A's remain pointless and staring at another relegation dog fight.

It was better news for the Yeoman though as they picked up a battling win against Railway Wheatley, not the best Yeoman performance of the season but proof they are going to fight hard to keep up their fantastic start to the season. The Yeooo have won all 6 of their league games this term and have a healthy 8 point lead at the top of the table heading into November.

This weekend sees the Firsts finally get the chance to sample the delights of the new CRF as they host Stonesfield. Kick offs in the Senior League are now 2pm, so be sure to get down the field in plenty of time. The A's make the short trip to local rivals Hanborough, both sides are without a point this season, and something will have to give in this 6 pointer. There is no game this weekend for the Firsts. Freeland Yeoman face the daunting task of last seasons Premier Division champions Oxford Sports & Social Club travelling to The Simon Hole Memorial Ground in a Sam Waters Cup tie, but in the form the Yeoman are in, it is sure to be a good game.

If you didn't know already, October's Fantasy Football winner was some bloke called Matthew Hardy - who is currently caring - not to fear though, the winnings have gone back into the pot to add some extra Christmas spice to the race for the December Most Valuable Manager. The monthly Fantasy Football awards went to Rob Belcher for Saturdays and Danny Taylor on Sundays.

So on that note, and without further ado, here is the Thursday Testimonies EXCLUSIVE, no holds barred, interview with Ben Sadler:


How have you settled into the biggest management job in club football?

Enjoying everything about it so far. The club is incredibly well run and with the new changing facilities and new players that Lammy and I have been able to attract, I fully expect us to be up challenging at the top of the table.

What are your aims for the club?

To win every game, simple as that. We have a group of players good enough to do that. In this league whoever out of the top four can keep a consistent 8/9 players together every week will win the league. If we can build on last few league games and stay lucky with injuries then I'm excited about what we could and should achieve this season.

I would also love to win a trophy, I think I'm right in saying that the first team are yet to win a trophy since entering the senior league and that is something that needs to be sorted.

How do you take the perfect set piece?

Ask Sodders!! He fancies himself over a dead ball! If I could take every set piece at Adderbury I'd be happy!!

What is the Ben Sadler football philosophy?

Great question! Ever since I've been at the club all of our sides have always played the ball out from the back and looked to keep the ball.

I like my sides to play quickly and attack at speed and get players into the final third, whilst ensuring we are in good shape for if and when we lose the ball.

Who are your three dream dinner guests?

Arsene Wenger, Zidane and Ricky Gervais. Great mix of characters there!

Which person in football do you admire the most?

Arsene Wenger. He has won almost everything a manager can win and has done that playing in an attractive way. He doesn't go over the top after victories , nor get done by defeats. Hopefully he is now building another side to win trophies.

Any other business?

Hope all 4 sides have a great season! One love!! Yeoooooo!!


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We will be back, same day next week.

The Thursday Testimony Team

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