Oundle 1st Team News

Oundle Town FC 1st Team take a short trip up the A1 to play Wittering Harriers FC in PDFL Division One on Saturday 29th December, 2pm KO.

Ground address: Towns End Road, Wittering, PE8 6HB

This will be the first time in over ten years Town play a PDFL fixture over the Festive break, so it would be great for followers to support on match-day. Wittering FC clubhouse opens from 1pm.

*Squad to be finalised vs Wittering FC, player bio on the OTFC 1st Team*

Daniel Wagstaff (Defender)

Senior Town player started his trade as a striker under Malcolm Smith in the Youth team 20 years ago, now playing centre-back. Provides reassurance to squad with his experience and ball distribution from the back.

Ryan Bishop (Winger)

Talented Peterborough based forward. Pathway via Town U17s now U18s drafted into the senior side this season. First appearance away vs Spalding Town FC in October scoring with his first touch coming off the bench in the 75’ minute. Rewarded with a start the week later vs current Division One Champions Moulton Harrox FC and scored in a 4-2 home win.

Eddie Thorpe (Defender)

A Town Youth product and who took pathway to senior side without hesitation aged 16. Third season on Eddie shows maturity beyond his age as a commanding centre-back. Last season he represented PNS Youths playing in the Midweek Floodlit League and gained FA Youth Cup run experience.

Liam Bohonis (Midfielder)

The Club’s most recent signing having returned from US. Previously played for Sawtry FC in PDFL Premier Division and his early career highlight was starring in The PFA Senior Cup Final vs ICA Sports FC in 2014 at London Road as 17 year old. Also represented Hunts FA Youth rep side, which was then managed by former Town manager Martin Hipwell.

Jonny Hipwell (Defender/ Winger)

Over 80 first team appearances for the Club. Also played for Town Reserves, Youth team and represented Hunts FA Youth rep side in his early playing career. Oundle based player with attributes ranging from athleticism, ball distribution and personality on/ off the pitch with the occasional goal in his locker.

Sam Greenhalgh (Forward)

Signed from Sawtry FC in the Summer and previously gained experience with Whittlesey Athletic FC in PDFL Premier. Plays as a wide forward with dynamic pace and has eye for goal. Also plays for Town’s Youth side to support his football development under manager Conor Murphy.

Jay Chilvers (Defender)

4th year at the Club having made his first appearance as a 16 year old. Now at Nottingham Trent University in his final year and leads the side as a commanding defender. Recently returned to first team action following a long term injury picked-up vs UCL side Thrapston Town FC, in a credible 4-4 preseason draw back in July.

Pete Beverly (Forward)

Another youngster from the Youth team stable, now studying in the US on a Scholarship Programme. Played for Town during preseason and for 2 months over the Winter study break. Plays as classic no.9 and adds a competitive edge to the squad.

Joe Graham (Midfielder/ winger)

New addition to the Club this season, already scored 10 goals in 15 appearances. Key assets are his athleticism, creative direct play and his positivity in the changing room. Previously played in the PDFL Premier and was also part of a successful Yaxley Under 18s side that played in the Northants Senior Youth Floodlit League.

Callum Dalliday (Midfielder)

Callum made his first team appearance last season in NFA County Cup away win vs Kings Cliffe United FC. Peterborough based player and is establishing himself as a dynamic midfielder in the senior side. Outside football, early this year Cal has gained recognition at the National English Schools cross-country Championship Finals. Also plays for Town Youth side this season.

Luke Cozzetto (Midfielder/ Defender)

Based in Elmington nr. Oundle. Was Town’s Youth team captain last season who is now into his third year as an established first team player at OTFC. Luke is now contributing with goals from midfield this season and is versatile positionally!

Brian Smith (Striker)

To date, this season’s leading scorer with 15 goals, currently in top 4 league score chart. Signed from Sawtry FC this Summer and has quickly established himself as a predator in front of goal in Division One. Is a collector of random football shirts and training to become a fireman.

Conor Murphy (Midfielder/ Forward)

Last season’s Club top scorer with 20 goals in 19 games. Recent playing career with UCL outfit PNS, his free-kick voted goal of season whilst at PNS in 2015/16 and is Town’s Under 18’s manager. Conor’s attributes are his on-pitch leadership qualities, intelligent play, occasional turn of pace and technique. Aim for Conor is to regain his rich vain of goal form to return from last season!

Neil White (Defender)

18 appearances this season brings total of 159 club caps dating back from 2011/12 campaign. Ever present left back with a cultured wond of a left foot and well respected as a senior player at the Club.

Tom Brady (Midfielder)

Loyal club player who first played for Town over 10 years ago and now built a reputation as a combative player who’s added goals from midfield in PDFL Division One.

Elliott Rowe (Defender/ Midfielder)

Woodford based player in his 6th season at Town. Elliott’s pace and tackling tenacity are his main assets to the senior side. Had a stint at Mickleover Sports FC whilst at Derby University and played for Hunts FA County rep side as a youth player. Shows his passion on the pitch which has yielded 20 yellow cards and a bunch of reds to date; although his commitment to the Club overrides these cautions.

Martin Holgate (Goalkeeper)

Signed from Sawtry FC in the Summer, previously played for Uppingham Town FC and the Forces. Useful shot stopper and ball distribution from the back and has a passion to support younger keepers at the Club.

Jose Andre (Forward)

Andre is now in his second spell at Town and is a clubhouse favourite for his flair and creative forward play – scores 5 goals this campaign. Started his career in Portugal as a talented youth player, also played for Sawtry FC and more recently St Neots Town Reserves.

Phil Adams (Defender)

Oundle based player who also plays for Oundle Town Cricket Club. A commanding centre-back and is respected by all the squad for his desire and character to defend.

Ben Symonds (Midfielder)

Signed for Town this season who is comfortable in possession on the ball. Previously played for AFC Stamford and Yaxley Youth teams.

Jack McDermott (Midfielder)

Played for Town during pre-season and the first 2 months of league campaign before setting off to Reading University.

Matt Warman (Forward)

Matt also played for Town during the earlier league campaign, now at Aston University. Made a big impact to the squad and returns to squad when home visiting. Is duel signed and plays for Cadbury Athletic FC (Midlands League) in term-time who have reached The FA Vase Fourth Round Proper tie next month – last 32.

Rob Blades (Forward)

Rob is currently out injured about to return to the fold. Last played for Town in March 2018 vs Stamford Belvedere FC in The Daniels Cup. Last season’s goal tally – 8 goals in 16 appearances. Plays off the shoulder of opponents and his pace and timing of runs into the box are his main assets.

Up and Coming Fixtures:

• Sat 5th Jan 19 PDFL (H) vs Crowland Town FC, 2pm KO

• Sat 12th Jan 19 League Cup Quarter Final (A) vs Uppingham Town FC 1.30pm KO