SSMFL: Newsletter 39 – Saturday 12th May 2018

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE    

                               NEWSLETTTER NO 39 

MON 7th – SAT 12th  – MON 14th MAY 2018

 

Well, this really is it – almost  – for the season with both the  Premier Division and Division One now all completed.  It was announced by the F.A. a few days ago that Premier champions Welwyn G.C. and runners up Berkhamsted will both  be promoted into  the new Southern League – East Division, although there does seem to be a number of Midland based clubs in there! In their place we will receive Arlesey Town, who are relegated from the old Southern League – South East.  The top two clubs in Division One should be promoted into the Premier, but as Southall will be ground sharing at Ashford Town ( Middx) next season, there is a chance they will end up in the Combined Counties League. No such problems for runners up Baldock Town, who will again be ground sharing at Arlesey. Apart from Park View’s promotion up to Division One, we will be unable to confirm any of the other relegation and promotion issues until the smoke issues from Wembley Towers, reportedly on 23rd May.

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions Welwyn Garden City said goodbye to the SSMFL in style  as finished off their season with a 2-0 win at Leverstock Green on Bank Holiday Monday. In doing so, they hit the 100 points mark as well as well as taking their goals for tally to exactly 100. Elsewhere, Stotfold kept their slim chance of avoiding relegation  alive after a thrilling 4-3 win at home against Biggleswade FC only to see  hope that dashed two days later as they were held to a 0-0 draw at  home to Hoddesdon– only a win would have sufficed. After a run of 5 games undefeated , including 4 wins, Holmer Green fell to a  3rd defeat in a row as they went down 3-0 away to Harpenden in a morning kick off, but London Tigers claimed two wins in three days after beating London Colney 1-0 away and Leverstock Green 2-0 at home.

DIVISION ONE

On Tuesday night, Southall were presented with their Championship Trophy (see last weeks Newsletter )  and Wodson Park finished a good season on a high with a 3-0 win at home to Enfield Boro,whose performance in the second half of the season did not match that of the early promise shown ,but  none the less  they must be pleased with their first season in Division One.

FC Broxbourne’s 3-0 win at home to Ampthill was not enough to stop them finishing in the bottom two, and it was honours even as landlords Harefield Utd and tenants Broadfields shared four goals and two points.

DIVISION TWO

Park View were crowned champions last Wednesday evening  and were presented with the Trophy by League Chairman Pat Burns before their Div Two Final with Aston Clinton.

Park View finished off  their season on Saturday in fine style, winning 3-2 at home to Unite MK, thus completing the remarkable record of going through the season unbeaten – winning 27 and drawing 5. The visitors had the temerity to take the lead early in the second half through Cole Rawson,  but the big man Francis Williams soon restored order with a quick fire double before Prince Gyimah added a third shortly afterwards.  Rawson replied with his second  but Unite could not muster the equaliser.  The race for the runners up spot is still ongoing and Totternhoe, with a hat trick from Joel McCormick  kept their faint chances alive after beating Tring Corinthians 5-3 at home. In the only other match to take place, Clean Slate recorded only their 6th win of the season, beating visitors Berkhamsted Raiders 2-1.

On Monday evening, Aston Clinton clinched the runners up spot in the Division after beating visitors Grendon Rangers 2-0 with goals from Sam Austin and Mitchell Collins.

Unfortunately there were two late postponements  – MK Galacticos v Tring Town and AFC Southgate v Aston Clinton which left 6 very unhappy match officials kicking their heels .In both matches, the away team were the culprits. The problems with referee availabilities this season have been well documented  – calling off games at the last minute does not help the situation, and clubs do not always realise the full consequences of their actions.

DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL  – Park View 2 Aston Clinton 1 (aet)

Park View completed the League and Cup double on Wednesday night on the excellent surface at London Lions, but they were pushed all the way by opponents Aston Clinton who  more than matched their divisional counterparts in an end to end final. Park View haven’t lost in the league this season, and with Clinton second in the league this was always going to be tight, Park took the lead a minute before the interval, an early second half equaliser took the game into extra time, seconds in came a fantastic strike worthy of winning any cup final. Both sides had plenty of chances but View held on to claim their third trophy of the evening, having been presented with their Division Two Trophy  &  December Team of the Month award before kick-off.

Although the first chance of the match fell to Park View when Kofi Appiah received the ball after some patient build up play but he drove high & wide, Aston were looking the more dangerous but several promising moved broke down in front of goal – the best chance  coming after Lewis Workman got in behind the Park defence and squared to the incoming Mitchell Collins but from in front of goal he curled over the top.   As the half then wore down, Park View started to assert some serious pressure. An Aston attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball sent long, some hesitancy in the Clinton defence allowed Steve Opuko-Domfeh to drive into the box, skipping three challenges he smashed at goal only to see the ball crash up off the crossbar and over. Then a minute before the break they broke the deadlock through Francis Williams when a clever routine saw a clip into the box for him to receive a header on and he was in behind, finishing well. H/T: 0-1

Aston Clinton came out from the break on the front foot and equalised just three minutes in, a long goal kick from Smith saw the ball bounce over the defence and in behind Workman took a touch before slotting home.

Park View played a good one-two on the edge of the Aston box resulting in Kofi Oti-Atakorah flashing a shot across goal but wide. Vinny Greco dragged a shot wide as  Clinton enjoyed a good spell of possession but lacked that final ball. As the half wore on  with both sides tiring, Park View got back into the game, and started to ask their own questions in search of a winner. Some good passing moves on the edge of the Clinton area saw the ball played out to Appiah who absolutely smashed at goal, the ball flying about a yard over the top, it would have ripped the net off had it been under the bar. In the final minute Aston won a free kick right on the edge of the area, a high tackle on substitute Luke Russell saw him felled and initially it looked as though a penalty had been awarded. However, after all the fuss died down it was signalled as a free kick right on the line, which Greco curled over the top.  Full time and level at 1-1, and further 30 minutes to play – just what Aston wanted – not!

Before the whistle was back in the referees pocket for the start of extra time Park View retook the lead, a ball into the Aston end saw Williams  hold off a defender down the right t and from the edge of the area he unleashed an unstoppable drive across goal and into the top corner, with just twenty seconds on the clock. A goal fit to win a Final.  Aston tried to fight back, but were always suspect to a Park counter, one such saw Christian Agyapong feed Javier Sanchez who fired straight into Smith’s hands.Aston pushed on for the last 15 minutes  but struggled to break down a resilient Park defence, Workman fed through early on but had three defenders around him, he got a shot away but the ball deflected off one of them to then trickle back for the keeper to collect. Greco curled an inviting cross over which was headed out to Workman, his first shot blocked, he followed up but curled straight at Silva. A plethora of niggly fouls, arguments & yellow cards slowed the game right down, Clinton unable to get any momentum going in their search of an equaliser, when play did resume Williams was played in at the Aston end but he fired straight at Smith. At the opposite end Workman was fed in down the right, he went for goal but Silva pushed away two handed and a defender was on hand to clear. In injury time a free kick to Aston was half cleared out to Elias Williams who over the shoulder went for goal, the ball brushing the top of the net as it went over, and there was still time for another ball for Workman to chase down the middle, Silva advanced but as the Clinton front man went to knock on the keeper got the merest of touches to divert and the ball was cleared long, with that came the final whistle.

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WYCOMBE SENIOR CUP FINAL – Aston Clinton 1 Flackwell Heath 0

Having already defeated three sides from higher divisions, Penn & Tylers (Hellenic Div 1 East) Holmer Green (Spartan Premier) & Thame Rangers (Hellenic Div 1 East) Aston made in four in a row with a victory over 5th placed Hellenic Premier side Flackwell Heath. A goal on the half hour from Lewis Workman settled the tie. It was a nervous last five minutes as Flackwell piled on the pressure but the boys in blue hung on to lift the trophy. .The large crowd, including a good number from Aston saw the Blues get off to a good start when Joe Kittle, always a handle for defenders, got to the byeline, pulled the ball back but Mitchell Collins could only poke the ball wide of the goal. Vinny Greco then had a shot off target before Flackwell had their first opportunity. Jordan Dowdican had a shot which whistled past the post after the ball was cut back to him on the edge of the area. All season long Liam Smith’s long goal kicks have troubled defences and tonight was no exception.. Flackwell should have taken the lead on twenty seven minutes as  top scorer Dean Allen found himself eight yards out, with just Smith to beat, but somehow he didn’t quite connect cleanly and the ball was easily saved by the big Aston keeper. Aston scored the only goal of the game on the half hour, Alex Little was pulled down twenty five yards out, Vinny Greco’s free kick was palmed away by Flackwell keeper David Lyons but the ball fell to Aston talisman Workman who squeezed the ball home from six yards.

Aston were again quick off the mark as the second half began, and there were half chances for  Elias Williams, Mitchell Collins and Lewis Workman, but  came to nothing as the large Aston contingent were wondering whether their side would eventually be punished for these missed opportunities. Flackwell were now pushing forward and driving Aston back, but the back four was holding firm and not allowing their opponents to create any clear chances.

As the  referee indicated five minutes of injury time , Flackwell were to have one more chance to equalise, the ball was lobbed into the Aston area, there was a melee in the box with what seemed like everyone involved, someone fired the ball toward the goal but from no where Liam Smith appeared to fling out an arm and somehow managed to scramble the ball clear. The referee finally blew for time, , cue the celebrations from fans, management and players alike as Aston Clinton  finally clinched silverware after a long hard season.

THE LEAGUE AGM IS ON SAT 23rd JUNE at TRING ATH – 10.30am

Well, that is it, virtually all done and dusted apart from a couple of games in Div Two which will determine the runners up spot.

All that remains is to thank all who have  contributed to the Newsletter over the last 9 months or so  with  their reports and titbits  etc –  Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Dave Henman, Mike Taylor, Tony Weight , Pat Burns, Larry Cordery, John Nettleton, and particularly Sports Shots, for both their reports and their photos.  I am often asked who/ what are Sports Shots – hopefully below will answer your questions.

                                        Welcome to Sports Shots!

Sports Shots is a sport-based news and images service run by Andy Bone and his wife Lorna, with the help from Dale & Gemma James, Darren Stanger, Luke Stafford and friends in the sporting community. Focusing in and around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Andy and Lorna came up with the idea to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK while following a love of local sport.

Sports Shots is not a charity. All donations are made to Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK; every effort is made to distribute money raised equally between the two charities. No personal gain is made from Sports Shots. After starting a Facebook group for our action shots at local matches in 2009, we started a website in January 2011 with news to support our images. Sports Shots has evolved beyond our wildest expectations and to date the website is approaching 16+ million hits from around the world. Our social media following has 1,093 fans on Facebook and 1,392 followers on Twitter. Our ethos is to support local clubs by letting them use our reports and images for their websites, matchday programmes, Facebook and Twitter groups for no charge. We also supply local newspapers with our images free of charge as it is all about our community, not personal gain. All we ask for is an accreditation and that is with the aim of raising awareness into what we do.

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It is highly unlikely that I will be editing the Newsletter next season so if there  are any keyboard warriors out there  who would like to take up the cudgel, please let me know. It would be a shame to lose this vital communication tool.

There will be one more final Newsletter over the next 10 days,– so still time to have a say should you wish !!

Bill Scholes              bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

Buckingham Athletic Ladies looking for players & coach

Buckingham Athletic Ladies are looking for new players & a coach ahead of the 2018/19 season.

A hugely successful season this term saw them crowned champions of the Thames Valley Counties League Division Two North, and also runners up in the Berks & Bucks County Cup.

Ahead of the new season, manager Carmen Robinson is looking for anyone interested in joining the playing squad to get in touch. A new chapter will begin in Division One to which a high standard of football is guaranteed.

Also a coach to come on board and help with the running of the team.

Anyone interested should either contact Carmen on 07850 649440, or the club on theath1933@aol.com

New City Heating Sunday League Cup : Newport Pagnell Town & Padbury BT win finals

FINALS

Newport Pagnell Town defeated MK Wanderers 3-1 in the KO Cup.

In The Bill Johnson Trophy Padbury BT were 3-2 victors over White Horse.

Interested in joining the league for the 2018-19 season?

To date all clubs will be continuing next season. Several potential new clubs have made also enquiries about joining next season.

The league, supported by The Berks and Bucks FA will be working in conjunction with a local youth league to encourage under 18 clubs and players to continue playing and not be lost to the game.

Ron James

League chair Ron James believes the major reasons for the success is due to the excellent behaviour of clubs and the leagues non acceptance of poor on field discipline. He went on to state that the league has a hard working committee and would welcome new members. Any club who would like information regarding joining the league email rgjref@sky.com

Minor Counties: Oxon sign former Hampshire & Worcestershire’s Andrew + Cater reaction

Oxfordshire Cricket are delighted to announce that ex-professional cricketer, Gareth Andrew will join Oxfordshire squad for the remainder of the 2018 season.

Oxon skipper Jonny Cater with Gareth Andrew

Gareth is an all rounder who has played 96 first class and 234 List A and T20 matches for Somerset, Worcestershire, Hampshire in the United Kingdom and Canterbury in New Zealand. In his professional career he has taken 238 first class wickets with his Right Arm medium fast bowling and has made nearly 3000 first class runs with his hard hitting middle order batting, including a highest score of 180 not out.

Gareth’s significant playing experience will bring professionalism and a breadth of knowledge to the Oxfordshire squad. His influence both on and off the field will be paramount in helping Oxfordshire to win cricket matches and maximise the potential of young players within the squad. His family also has a connection to Oxfordshire where his late father was once the chairman of locally based cricket club, Dorchester on Thames CC.

Oxfordshire Cricket take this opportunity to welcome Gareth and look forward to his contribution in the season ahead.

Jonny Cater

Oxfordshire skipper Cater told Sports Shots:

The signing of Gareth will give everyone a boost at the county.

He will bring both experience and quality to our young squad and we are all looking forward to him wearing an Oxfordshire shirt.

CL,D1: Cater’s stubborn resistance pushes Town II’s to first-ever top flight Cherwell victory

Callum Cater’s stubborn resistance helped set up Buckingham Town II for their first-ever Cherwell League, division 1 victory at Long Marston on Saturday.

Callum Cater

With Town struggling at 51 for 5, with only Callum Price’s aggressive 34 making any impact on the game, Cater remained defiant as he anchored the innings.

Joined by Jason Ell in the middle, the pair went about rebuilding the innings as they gradually and calmly went about their business.

Ell took the more positive role as he stroked eight fours as he reached a fine half century.

Jason Ell

The pair had added a valuable 84 for the sixth wicket before Ell departed.

New Zealand overseas player Gurwinder Singh, who only arrived in the country at the start of last week, joined Cater in the middle and they continued to steer the game back into a competitive one.

Gurwinder Singh

After playing himself in, Singh flowed with the willow while Cater’s confidence was clearly growing. Cater went past a deserved fifty as the duo took Town to 230 for 6, an unbeaten stand of 95 runs. Cater closed on 65 not out while Singh was unbeaten on 48.

In reply, Long Marston’s openers played sensible innings but it was the spin pairing of James Gear, three for 20, and Wasim Fayyaz, three for 27, who put Town II on top.

James Gear claims a wicket in Buckingham Town’s 35-run win at Long Marston on Saturday 19th May 2018

Price returned to take the scalp of top scorer Jeremy Smith (41).

Dom Pritchard picked up three for 60 as the home side, under the guidance of former Surrey opener and Bucks skipper Paul Atkins (30 not out) edged towards bonus points as Town II’s had sealed the victory, by 35 runs at the close, but long before stumps had been pulled.

Dom Pritchard

MATCH SCORECARD: Long Marston v Buckingham Town II

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Long Marston v Buckingham Town II

HCPCL,D2: Town experience Hare-raising climax in one-wicket win from the last ball

Reported By Andrew Holland

Buckingham welcomed Harefield to Bourton Road on Saturday looking to make it two wins from two at home this season. They won toss and asked the visitors to bat first.

The Harefield innings started at a fast pace thanks mainly to Buckingham conceding 13 wides and no balls in the opening three overs before Yash Rastogi was dismissed by George Humphries for a duck in the fourth over. Dhavalkumar Norotam continued to score at a quick rate against the opening seamers, and was joined at the crease by Michael Barry as they added 38 for the second wicket. The introduction of Andrew Hall broke the partnership as he took a stunning return catch to remove Barry for 15, but Dan Ogden (23) supported Norotam as Harefield’s score past three figures. The return of Russell White removed Norotam for 46 which sparked a collapse as the score went from 101 for 2 to 124 for 7. Russell Petley made 15 before being stumped off Ben Stafford as Tom Day (18) and Jordon McLeod (25 not out) added 31 for ninth wicket to push Harefield up towards a defendable total. Jack Parish finished the innings taking the final wicket from the last ball to bowl the visitors out for 191. Humphries was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 38 while Parish took 2 for 16 from 8 overs and White took 2 for 40.

The Buckingham response started badly as McLeod picked up the early wicket of Rob Large for a duck. Leigh Tomlinson looked in good touch, making 22 when skipper Doug King removed him followed in the next over by McLeod removing Hall for a duck to leave the hosts 39 for 3. Sam Younghusband and Jonny Cater steadied the innings with a calm partnership of 53, seeing off McLeod who took 2 for 34 from his 10 overs. Lee Tyrrell made the breakthrough getting Younghusband caught behind for 32 which brought the injured Ash Pearson to the wicket. He and Cater took the score to 115 for 4 at drinks, with 78 needed off 16 overs.

Jonny Cater – Photograph by Anant Peshavaria

In the first over after the break Stephen Croft dismissed Cater for 38 thanks to a sharp slip catch from King. Pearson took charge of the innings, adding first 28 with Jack Deal (10) and then 21 with Parish to leave the hosts needed 24 from the last 5 overs. Harefield turned to Barry and he picked up Pearson for 33 followed by Tom Crick removing White in the next over. Parish was joined by Ben Stafford (12 not out) and the pair took the game to the last over with 7 needed to win. A single off the first ball before Barry took a sharp caught and bowled to remove Parish for 17. Number 11 Humphries took a single from the third ball and 5 runs were needed from 3 balls. With the pressure mounting it was Barry who broke as he overstepped with his fourth delivery, also conceding a single and when the free hit went for 1 Buckingham needed 1 from 2 balls. A dot ball took the game to the final delivery before a leg bye saw Stafford and Humphries scramble Buckingham to victory.Town remain second in the league table.

Ben Stafford

Harefield
D. Norotam c Parish b White 46 (54)
Y. Rastogi c Cater b Humphries 0 (7)
M. Barry c& b Hall 15 (25)
D. Ogden c Cater b Parish 23 (48)
R. Petley st Cater b Stafford 15 (44)
L. Tyrrell c Hall b White 6 (10)
S. Croft lbw b Humphries 2 (15)
D. King* c Tomlinson b Humphries 3 (14)
T. Day+ c Tomlinson b Deal 18 (40)
J. McLeod Not Out 25 (35)
T. Crick st Cater b Parish 7 (9)
Extras (27w, 2nb, 2lb) 31
Total 191 all out
50 overs

FoW: 29-1 (Rastogi, 3.3); 67-2 (Barry, 10.5); 101-3 (Norotam, 21.4); 102-4 (Ogden, 22.1); 110-5 (Tyrrell, 25.1); 118-6 (Croft, 29.3); 124-7 (King, 33.4); 151-8 (Petley, 40.2); 182-9 (Day, 47.6); 191-10 (Crick, 49.6)

R. White 7-0-40-2 (13w)
G. Humphries 10-1-38-3 (6w, 2nb)
A. Hall 10-2-29-1 (3w)
J. Deal 10-0-45-1
J. Parish 8-1-16-2 (3w)
B. Stafford 5-1-21-1 (3w)

Buckingham
L. Tomlinson c Crick b King 22 (36)
R. Large c Day b McLeod 0 (4)
S. Younghusband c Day b Tyrrell 32 (66)
A. Hall b McLeod 0 (2)
J. Cater+ c Day b Croft 38 (76)
A. Pearson b Barry 33 (56)
J. Deal c Petley b Tyrrell 10 (22)
J. Parish* c& b Barry 17 (16)
R. White c Ogden b Crick 2 (7)
B. Stafford Not Out 12 (15)
G. Humphries Not Out 2 (2)
Extras (10w, 6nb, 8lb) 24
Total 192 for 9
50 overs

FoW: 12-1 (Large, 3.4); 34-2 (Tomlinson, 10.6); 39-3 (Hall, 11.4); 92-4 (Younghusband, 25.6); 119-5 (Cater, 34.6); 147-6 (Deal, 42.2); 168-7 (Pearson, 45.2); 171-8 (White, 46.4); 186-9 (Parish, 49.2)

T. Crick 7-1-27-1 (1w)
J. McLeod 10-1-34-2 (3w, 4nb)
D. King 4-0-21-1 (3w)
S. Croft 10-1-19-1
L. Tyrrell 7-0-30-2 (1w)
D. Ogden 8-0-36-0 (1w)
M. Barry 4-0-17-2 (1w, 2nb)

Buckingham win by 1 wicket.

Buckingham – 20 points
Harefield – 8 points

CL,D6: Valambhia names Town 3rd XI to go to Enysham II

Brijesh Valambhia has named his Buckingham Town 3rd Xi to travel to Eynsham II today.

Brijesh Valambhia

Valambhia said:

We were disappointed in the rain last week as we were in a very strong position within the game. We are looking for the same aptitude and hard work this week. Ryan Freshwater and Ryan Spragg really shone with the bat last week and we hope to repeat their success this week. We hope Mike Taylor doesn’t walk past one and Kev Clark doesn’t bring his migraine-enducing bright yellow spikes this week.

Team:
Alex Hallows
Mike Taylor
Kallan Peshavaria
Amit Shah
Joe Clark
Kev Clark
Brij Valambhia
Iain Herbertson
Ryan Spragg
Ryan Freshwater
Vishal Valambhia

NBDL-IDF; Great Horwood 2-2 Silverstone (Silverstone won 3-4 on penalties)

Great Horwood – 2

Silverstone – 2

(After extra time – Silverstone won 3-4 on penalties)

Great Horwood were on the verge of lifting the North Bucks & District League Inter-Divisional Trophy on Tuesday night, but conceded in the last few seconds to take the tie into extra-time, and eventually penalties which Silverstone won by four goals to three. Horwood took the lead with just fifteen minutes left on the clock and seemed destined to repel all their opponents were throwing at them, however they were taken into an additional thirty minutes play, where they then had to come from behind themselves to take the tie into the spot kick routine. Keeper Ian McStraw took their fifth and final kick, his opposite number Sachin Tayal saved to take the trophy back to Northamptonshire.

The two sides who finished a point apart in their league campaigns didn’t really set the game alight until the latter stages, it took until the eighth minute for the first attempt when Horwood full back Terry Cronin pulled his shot wide of Tayal’s right hand post. Adam Dixon & Ryan Tappin then played a one-two on the left which resulted in a shot from Tappin that was comfortably gathered by the Silverstone keeper.

A Horwood corner from skipper Sam Archer was missed by two defender’s heads but fell nicely to Eddie Archer, with back to goal he turned and shot but another red shirt in behind him managed to block & clear, before Cronin latched onto a cross and went for goal from twelve yards only for another Silverstone body to throw themselves in front of the shot. At the other end Tony Linnell fired wide from distance as his side tried to get a foot hold in the game.

Another Horwood corner was half cleared out to Stuart Parker who thumped goalwards only again for a defender inside the six-yard box to block and clear, & Linnell had another go this time forcing McStraw down to his right to save. Tappin & Cronin then linked up well down the left to feed in Toby Slade who cut across the eighteen-yard line before firing over the top, & a long Horwood clearance saw Tappin away on goal closely marshalled by a Silverstone defender, taking the shot on early he fired straight at Tayal. H/T: 0-0

Terry Cronin shoots wide

Just seconds into the second half Silverstone midfielder Ryan Camper fired high over the top from the edge of the Horwood box, before a cross from their left saw Linnell outpace his marker to the ball but lift over the crossbar. Horwood defender Terry Archer then had a clearance charged down by Nially Duffy out on the touchline, the ball spiralled deep into the Horwood half and Duffy raced away to gather, his cross met by Camper, but he screwed wide.

Dixon then forced Silverstone keeper Tayal into a good save when he wriggled free of his marker inside the box, and a minute later a free kick to Horwood saw Sam Archer float the ball across only for it to come back off the crossbar where it fell to Dixon whose first time shot deflected off a defender for a corner. From that corner the game finally saw it’s first goal of the evening on seventy-four minutes, and what most on the side lines probably thought was going to be the winner.

Sam Archer crossed into the box and from twelve yards Sid Hawkins rose unchallenged to power his header into the corner of the net. Silverstone almost hit back immediately, a shot came back off McStraw which Camper fired back towards goal, but the keeper was able to grab at the second attempt, and from there they piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.

They were almost undone pushing forward when a clearance found Ryan Lightfoot out on the left flank, he slipped a pass in between the backline of red shirts for Tappin to chase down, but the pass was ever so slightly overhit and rolled through to Tayal. As time rolled by Silverstone won a couple of corners, the first was half cleared to Duffy whose shot deflected of a Horwood defender.

Sid Hawkins scores opener

The second found the head of Robert Camper which was cleared off the goal line back to the centre-half, he headed again but wide of McStraw’s right hand post. Then in the sixth minute of added time Ryan Camper set Duffy away down the left, he got to the byline and crossed into the box where no defender could clear and running in at the back Bradley Smith slotted home. As Horwood took the kick-off to restart the game, the referee blew his whistle to end the game. F/T: 1-1

From the start of extra time Duffy burst through the Horwood defence and drove fiercely at goal which had McStraw diving away to his right to save with both hands, followed closely by Patrick Martin down the left pulling across the six-yard box & as four separate heads went up they all missed, and the chance was gone.

Seven minutes in Silverstone took the lead, a ball through the middle for Duffy to latch onto, and he fired across McStraw and into the bottom corner. The lead lasted just three minutes, a throw on the Horwood right saw Hawkins first to the ball to flick on & in front of goal Lightfoot turned to volley home. At the other end a cross from the left saw Linnell head wide at the back post. H/T: 2-2

Horwood attacked at the start of the second period through Lightfoot who climbed above a defender & got his head to a cross which saw Tayal having to grab with both hands underneath his crossbar, and another shot on the volley from Lightfoot from a corner saw Tayal get fingertips to the ball as it flew inches over the bar. As time ran out Silverstone got down their right and a ball across the eighteen-yard line found Callum Thompson who lifted high over the top. F/T: 2-2

Penalties:

Sam Archer gave Horwood the lead, Duffy levelled before Sid Hawkins restored the lead for his side. Bradley Smith then lifted into the top corner to regain parity before Ryan Lightfoot saw Tayal dive away to save, Robert Camper then gave Silverstone the lead before Adam Dixon levelled the tie again. Callum Thompson scored his kick despite the best efforts of Ian McStraw who got a hand to it, who himself got up to take a spot kick, Tayal saving to prompt the celebrations of his Silverstone team mates.

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MFC,D1: Horwood welcome back Parker & Armitage while promising Smith keeps his place

Great Horwood 1st X1 travel to play Westcott away at Willen Cricket Ground Saturday 1:30 start.

Horwood will be looking to get their first win in this new league after last week’s abandonment against Olney Town. They are buoyed by the return of captain Stuart Parker and opening bowler Adam Armitage who plays his first game of the season.

Robbie Smith

Young 15 year old wicketkeeper Robbie Smith retains his place after impressing last week.

Team:

S Parker
A Armitage
D Armitage
Al Gilder
B Harper
S Krajnk
O Prendergast
S Ridgway
R Smith
R Taylor
S Willet

HCPCL,D2: Parish names unchanged side as Town welcome Harefield

Buckingham Town captain Jack Parish has named an unchanged side for the visit of Harefield in the Home Counties Premier League, division 2 tomorrow (Saturday).

Jack Parish

Speaking to Sports Shots this morning, Parish said:

Another frustrating weekend last week where the rain got the better of us again.

We did manage to get the football warm up in which was again won by Team Large despite a heroic effort from A Hall.

This weekend we play Harefield who did the double over us last year so we are keen to give a better account of ourselves 3rd time of asking.

Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Leigh Tomlinson, Sam Younghusband, Andrew Hall, Jonny Cater, Rob Large, Ash Pearson, Jack Deal, Ben Stafford, Russell White, George Humphries.