BREAKING … SSMFL,D1: Winslow boss set to stand down at the end of the season

John Mulholland will stand down as manager of Winslow United at the end of the current season, the club has revealed today.

John Mulholland – Picture courtesy of Dale James

United chairman Andy Setterfield wish to place on record his, and the club’s thanks to Mulholland for all his hard work and efforts since he took charge at the end of last season.

John Mulholland

It means that Mulholland will take charge of his final game this forthcoming Monday when United face Olney Town in the final of the Buckingham Charity Cup at Buckingham Athletic Football Club, 3pm start.

John Mulholland high fives Hateley Mercer after Winslow United’s second goal against Hillingdon Borough in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday 15th October 2016.

GALLERY: Oxford CC versus Buckingham Town CC


GALLERY: Spartan South Midlands League Division 2 Cup final


Winslow United U18 3-1 Croughton U18

Winslow United U18’s – 3

Croughton U18’s – 1

Winslow United U18’s beat Croughton on Sunday afternoon at Elmfield Gate to put some distance between themselves and the chasing pack, and now sit four points off top with two games in hand on leaders Deanshanger. A bright afternoon produced some good football from both sides, and the woodwork at both ends denied both sides but United scored three before the break to seal the game, and although Croughton had more of the ball in the second period, it took until stoppage time for them to finally beat stand in keeper Ollie Bradbury who had denied them several times and hit the back of the net.

Bradbury denies Croughton again

Winslow took the lead in the third minute when a cross from Harry Heritage was met six yards out by Jake Wickham and a Croughton player, the latter got his boot to the ball first but with the keeper committed Wickham managed to recover the ball and side foot into the bottom corner.

Jake Wickham opens the scoring

A fifth minute corner to the visitors was headed against the crossbar and cleared to safety, before a right wing cross was met on the eighteen yard line and fired across goal and wide of the back post. Winslow then saw a free kick from Bill Hornby blocked in the box, and following up Finn Molloy flashed his effort across the goal face and wide.

Croughton hit the crossbar again with a header from a free kick, before Winslow doubled their lead on twenty one minutes. Bill Hornby drove into the box evading a couple of challenges and tucked home past the oncoming keeper with some ease.

A poor clearance from the visitors saw Bill Hornby feed in Charlie Willis and he rounded the keeper but from the angle fired into the side netting much to the relief of the Croughton defenders. A Croughton attack then saw the ball drilled out to the back of the Winslow box and with more time than he realised the overlapping striker hit the ball first time but got it all wrong and screwed his effort well wide.

Dan Chittenden got free down the right channel & after rounding the keeper was caught by a covering defender who managed to block for a corner. Winslow did then score their third just before half-time when Dan Chittenden attempted to lob the advancing Croughton keeper, with the ball heading wide Louie O’Connell fired back across goal to Charlie Willis who stroked home. H/T: 3-0

Willis scores third just before the break

Four minutes after the restart Dan Chittenden collected the ball out on the Winslow left and after cutting back in towards the eighteen yard line he thumped a drive that crashed off the crossbar with the keeper beaten all ends up. Croughton recovered and went on to enjoy some possession but were finding it impossible to get past the gloves of Ollie Bradbury.

A free kick to Winslow just inside the Croughton half saw Michael Donker float the ball into the box and Dan Chittenden headed for the top corner but the keeper had it covered, and moments later Chittenden again found himself away on goal, faced with a one on one the keeper blocked and the rebound fell to Harry heritage who curled at goal but again the keeper threw himself down to tip around his post.

Croughton thought they had an equaliser with fifteen minutes left, when a long ball up to the striker saw him stick out a boot off balance, the ball looped up over everyone and landed in front of the empty goal, but to the amazement of everyone instead of bouncing in the ball bounced up and over the crossbar and onto the top of the net. A heavier pitch would almost certainly have seen a goal back and a different final few minutes!

A Croughton clearance was met by Harry Heritage some thirty yards from goal, his drive bounced back up off the crossbar and landed nicely in the hands of the keeper who was still on the floor recovering from the initial effort. Alex Iyengar drove low at goal from distance forcing another save, and from the clearance a Croughton counter attack resulted in a volley straight into the waiting arms of Bradbury.

Heritage drives against crossbar

Chittenden collected a throw before curling a shot just over the top late on, and a determined run from Seb Boardman down the left saw him feed Charlie Willis who fired over the top. Ollie Bradbury then made a superb save when faced with a one on one, before Croughton scored a late consolation deep into added time, a long ball reaped rewards but too little too late. F/T: 3-1

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Friendly: Convincing pre-season win for Town by Andrew Holland

Reported By Andrew Holland

After opening the season with an interclub game last week Buckingham travelled to Division 1 Oxford for a pre-season 50 over match.

With both sides missing players Oxford won the toss and elected to bat first, losing an early wicket as Andrew Clough was run out by Steve Brunning.

That was the first of several early wickets as Kallan Braid Ball and Jason Ell bowled excellent opening spells and reduced the hosts to 31 for 4. The pressure didn’t let up as Lester Smart and George Humphries replaced the opening bowlers, Humphries taking two wickets as the score moved to 62 for 6. Opening batsman Owyn Tong-Jones had watched the wickets fall from the other end, and finally found a partner in Ian Crosby as the pair built a seventh wicket partnership. Tong-Jones brought up his 50 from 108 balls as Oxford’s score went pass 100 and Buckingham switched to spin. Both batsman began to increase the rate, and the partnership went passed 100 before the returning Braid Ball removed Crosby for 46. 166 for 7 quickly became 167 all out as Braid Ball (3 for 18) and Humphries (4 for 43) knocked the Oxford tail over in quick time, Tong-Jones the final man out for 84.

Buckingham Town’s George Humphries castles an Oxford batsman in the friendly on Saturday 21st April 2017.

The Buckingham reply got off to a flyer as the Oxford opening bowlers struggled with 10 wides and 4 no balls in the opening 6 overs. Liam Gough scored a quick 23 from 15 balls before he was caught behind off Kasim Nawaz to a ball that bounced on him. After that the chase was plain sailing as Leigh Tomlinson (44 not out) and Ash Pearson (75 not out from 72 balls) were relatively untroubled, scoring quickly and reaching the target in the 26th over.

Buckingham Town’s Ash Pearson celebrates a half century at Oxford on Saturday 21st April 2017.



A. Clough Run Out (Brunning) 1 (13)
O. Tong-Jones c Pearson b Braid Ball 84 (140)
J. Perkin+ c Cater b Braid Ball 1 (11)
M. Ayub c Tomlinson b Ell 4 (6)
J. Barrett* c Large b Ell 1 (9)
A. Sadiqi b Humphries 0 (15)
T. Partridge lbw b Humphries 11 (10)
I. Crosby c Ell b Braid Ball 46 (71)
B. Lee b Humphries 0 (1)
C. Humphreys b Humphries 0 (3)
K. Nawaz Not Out 0 (2)
Extras (1b, 1lb, 15w, 2nb) 19
Total 167 all out
46.3 overs

FoW: 11-1 (Clough); 16-2 (Perkin); 26-3 (Ayub); 31-4 (Barrett); 39-5 (Sadiqi); 62-6 (Partridge); 166-7 (Crosby); 166-8 (Lee); 166-9 (Humphreys); 167-10 (Tong-Jones)

K. Braid Ball 7.3-1-18-3 (1w, 2nb)
J. Ell 8-1-18-2 (5w)
L. Smart 6-1-15-0 (3w)
G. Humphries 8-0-43-4 (5w)
N. Jayasena 10-1-28-0
L. Gough 7-0-43-0 (1w)
L. Gough c Perkin b Nawaz 23 (15)
L. Tomlinson Not Out 44 (70)
A. Pearson Not Out 75 (72)
Extras (3lb, 15w, 8nb) 26
Total 168-1
25.4 overs

FoW: 38-1 (Gough)

T. Partridge 3-0-33-0 (9w, 2nb)
K. Nawaz 4-0-31-1 (1w, 6nb)
A. Sadiqi 6-0-28-0
C. Humphreys 6-0-21-0
M. Ayub 4-0-30-0 (5w)
A. Clough 2.4-0-22-0

Buckingham win by 9 wickets.

SSMFL,D2: Dickens double helps Unite MK to three points

Ben Dickens struck a double while Levente Keleman was also on target as Unite Mk defeated Clean Slate 3-0 at Manor Fields yesterday.

Ben Dickens – Photograph courtesy of Unite MK

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SSMFL,D2: Mursley suffer cup final hangover

Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup winners Mursley United suffered a cup final hangover after 61FC defeated them 1-5 yesterday.

Enzo Carrillo 77th minute strike for United.

SSMFL,D2: Lobjoit super-strike gives Peters derby day victory after Green’s man-of-the-match performance

Billy Lobjoit’s brilliant volley seven minutes from time gave New Bradwell St Peter victory over MK Gallacticos in their local derby yesterday.

Billy Lobjoit

Lobjoit’s strike settled the game but manager Craig Bicknell praised goalkeeper Dan Green, who produced some outstanding saves to keep his side in the game; a performance that earned him the Man of the Match award.

Dan Green

SSMFL,D2: Robinson takes the Unite MK hotseat

Unite MK has named Mark Robinson as their new manager.

Mark Robinson – Unite MK manager

In a Club Statement, Robinson has been appointed to replace the outgoing Paul Fisher, who stood down.


Unite MK FC would like to announce that Mark Robinson will be the manager as from end of the season, many at the club have worked with, or know Mark very well and the committee decided unanimously that he was the right man for the job.
UniteMK would like to thank all those that contacted the club regarding the position.

SSMFL,D1: Sylvester strike secures Ath victory after Dench’s wonder save

Jamie Sylvester’s 67th minute goal gave Buckingham Athletic maximum points this afternoon but the Stratford Fields-based club had goalkeeper Lewis Dench to thank after his wonder save kept the scores level.

Jamie Sylvester

Dench’s smart reaction save kept Mark Carter’s outfit in the game as he adjusted to stop a certain goal from a deflected shot; one of the best seen at Stratford Fields for a long time.

Lewis Dench

Sylvester struck to take the Athletic to 63 points for the season with one home game remaining; Bedford at home next Saturday.

The Athletic have now kept three clean sheets and recorded three victories in the last week.