Minor Counties: Town skipper set to lead Oxon in 2017 campaign

Buckingham town 1st XI skipper Jonny Cater has been appointed the Oxfordshire men’s first team captain for the 2017 season.

Jonny Cater in action for Oxfordshire. Photo by Sports Shots.

Cater will be assisted by Banbury’s Lloyd Sabin, who has been appointed his deputy.

Sports Shots will talk to the new Oxfordshire skipper on our Russell & Butler YouTube Channel soon.

B&B Int Cup, QF: Horwood defeat ends amazing cup run

Great Horwood exited the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup with a 0-5 quarter-final defeat at Woodley United this afternoon.

Darren Sirett

Darren Sirett’s side went a goal down on 15 minutes and, despite having a lot of the ball, were two behind in the 23rd minute.

Woodley goals in the 54th, 75th and 83rd minutes wrapped up their victory.

The quarter-final defeat brings to an end an amazing cup run and the loss should not deflect from the club’s achievement. Horwood have defeated teams from much-higher in the football pyramid, something which will go down as arguably one of the best side’s in the club’s history.

Team: McStraw, E.Archer, S.Archer, Cronin, Parker, A.Armitage, D.Armitage, Bowes, A.Brunning, S.Brunning, Thickbroom.

Subs: T.Archer, Churchill, Dixon, McCabe, Tappin.

Thanks to Jon Davey for the updates.

SSMFL,D1: Athletic win stretches unbeaten run to four games

Robbie Carter, Sid Hawkins, Ben Acquaye and Neil King fired Buckingham Athletic to a 4-3 victory over Southall in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 this afternoon.

Athletic boss Mark Carter named five of the Stratford Fields club’s U18s side on the teamsheet and his young side extended their unbeaten run to four games.

Robbie Carter

Robbie Carter put the Athletic in front on 28 minutes with his twelfth goal of this campaign.

The teams went in level at the break as Southall equalised in the 40th minute.

The visitors went ahead on 57 minutes but the home side showed character to bounce back and regain the lead within just ten minutes.

Sid Hawkins

Hawkins levelled on 63 minutes before Acquaye put the Athletic went back in front just four minutes later.

Ben Acquaye – Image courtesy of Nick Holder (Icnic Images)

The promising young Acquaye was involved in the action again as he was fouled to win a penalty in the 71st minute. The experienced King calmly slotted in the spot kick.

Neil King

Southall grabbed an 89th minute third but the Athletic saw the game through for their second 4-3 victory on consecutive Saturdays.

Dan Staley

The Athletic’s four-match unbeaten run has seen them score twelve goals.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

SSMFL,D2: Peters fifth successive win takes them up to third!

A Stacey Field brace and a Nimmy Ajigbolamu strike helped New Bradwell St Peter to a 3-0 victory at Pitstone & Ivinghoe today.

Stacey Field

The win was Craig Bicknell’s fifth on the trot, a run which has taken them up into third in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2.

Field gave Peters the lead four minutes before the break before Ajigbolamu netted in the 56th minute, having been on the pitch just 120 seconds.

Nimmy Ajigbolamu – Picture courtesy of New Bradwell St Peter FC

Field wrapped up the points on 69 minutes as Peters collected their second clean sheet in successive games, a their third in four games.

Tyrone Taylor is pictured below with his man of the match award.

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Next up for Peters is Enfield Borough on Saturday 28th January at the Recreation Ground.

Match details – CLICK HERE

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SSMFL,D1: No pitch inspection at present needed as Ath host Southall

Buckingham Athletic will play host to Southall in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 tomorrow.

The club has revealed that as present no pitch inspection will be needed.

New Bradwell Cricket Club seek new players

New Bradwell Cricket Club are on the lookout for new players of all abilities.
We run 2 Saturday teams playing in Division 1 and Division 5 of the Morrant 4 Counties League.
This year the club has a new captain in Charlie Maw who is keen to build on last years 4th place finish.
The club begins a new adventure into the Bedfordshire Sunday Cricket league this season. We were accepted into the league and begin in Division 4 of 7 and the league promises some very competitive cricket at some very nice picturesque grounds.
We also run a Sunday Friendly team where we play in a lot more relaxed atmosphere to league cricket and everybody is encouraged to contribute to the game..
We also have a team playing in the Milton Keynes Midweek cricket league on Wednesday evenings.
Membership to play for the club is only £5 a year and match fees are only £5 per game.. As a club we believe fees should be kept as low as possible to encourage more people to come along and play and then enjoy a beer and a laugh in our clubhouse after the game.
Winter nets begin tonight (Friday) at Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes between 7 and 8 at a cost of £2 per session. New players are very welcome to attend
For more info call James McMillan on 07983578520 or you can also contact us on the Facebook page or the club website www.newbradwellcricketclub.co.uk

Great Horwood Reserves snatch late winner to progress in Reserve Challenge Trophy

By Darren Stanger

GREAT HORWOOD RESERVES 2
McCabe 41
Tapping 90+1
YARDLEY GOBION RESERVES 1
Taylor-Smith 12

GREAT HORWOOD RES
1. Scott Wilson
2. James Baker
3. Jack Trundle
4. Chris McStraw
5. Toby Slade
6. Mario Masala
7. Ryan Tapping
8. Callum Farnborough
9. Dom McCabe
10. Nick Reid
11. Russell Shah
Subs
Colin Solomon, Andy Ellison, Adam Wade, Josh Calcraft, Dylan Bingham

YARDLEY GOBION RES
1. Liam Coles
2. Jamie Jones
3. Gary Cromwell
4. Martin Rock
5. Stuart Fennemore
6. Alex Page
7. James Turner
8. Glen Clarke
9. Carl Stokes
10. Craig Reynolds
11. Max Taylor-Smith
Subs – James Colley, Kerry Fussell

Great Horwood progressed into the second round of the North Bucks Reserve Team challenge trophy thanks to a late winner by Ryan Tapping.
In an evenly balanced game Great Horwood created the earliest opportunities . In the ninth minute Dom McCabe’s low testing shot forced Yardley keeper Liam Coles to pull off a diving save which was parried away and was cleared to safety by the Yardley defence. A minutes later James Baker’s dangerous cross from the right hand side beat all players including Yardley goalkeeper Coles but the ball was scrambled off the line.
However against the run of play the visitors took the lead. Carl Stokes superb cross into the area found Max Taylor-Smith who fired the ball home with a neat low finish. Horwood however continued to work hard and played some good passing football despite the muddy conditions after the previous night’s rain. McCabe had a great opportunity to equalise when beating the offside trap his powerful shot was wonderfully tipped over the bar by Coles.  Taylor-Smith also had an opportunity at the other end to double Yardley’s lead when his shot went narrowly wide following a good through ball by Glen Clarke.
In the 41st minute Great Horwood equalised through McCabe. Nick Reid dispossessed the opponent with a fine tackle and Read’s pinpoint pass found McCabe who slotted the ball past Coles with a neat finish. Tapping could have given Horwood the lead before half time however his shot, whilst clean through on goal, went narrowly wide.

 Horwood started the second half as they left the first when McCabe shot narrowly wide following a superb pass from Callum Farnborough. Yardley found the pace of McCabe difficult to deal with however they defended bravely and goalkeeper Coles commanded his area very well. Yardley did work hard and played some attractive football. James Turner’s powerful shot went over the bar following a great through ball from Martin Rock. Clarke nearly regained the lead for Yardley when he capitalised on a rare mistake by Scott Wilson. Wilson’s poor clearance went straight to Clarke but his shot was bravely cleared off the line by James Baker. The visitors were gaining confidence and were piling on the pressure. Stuart Fennemore and Clarke both had headers that went wide of the post. James Colley also beat the Horwood offside trap but his effort  was saved by Wilson. However the home looked dangerous on the breakaway and with the game heading to extra time Horwood were able to find the winner in the last moments of the game.  Farnborough’s dangerous pass found Tapping who was clean through on goal and with his pace was able to beat the Yardley defence and slot the ball neatly home to seal victory for  Horwood and see them progress to the next round.

B&B,Int Cup, QF: Horwood facing biggest game in their history?

Great Horwood face arguably the biggest game in the club’s history when they travel to Uhlsport Hellenic League, Division One East, Woodley United in the quarter-final of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup tomorrow (Saturday).

Darren Sirett

Darren Sirett’s side have caused a number of upsets on their amazing cup run this season, which includes the scalps of two Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 outfits; Buckingham Athletic and Chesham United reserves.

Dale Armitage celebrates his winner for Great Horwood at Buckingham Athletic on Saturday 8th October 2016.

Sirett has vowed that his side will go Woodley and “give it their best” with a place in the semi-final awaiting the winners.

Sports Shots will have Jon Davey covering the game tomorrow.

Squad: S.Archer T.Archer, E.Archer, A.Armitage, D.Armitage, A.Brunning, S.Brunning, Bowes, Churchill, Cronin, Dixon, McCabe, McStraw, Parker, Tappin, Thickbroom.

SSMFL,D2: Improving Grendon head to face Unite MK at Manor Fields

Grendon Rangers will be looking to build on their improvement as they head to Unite MK at Manor Fields tomorrow (Saturday).

In their last two games, Rangers won 4-2 against Amersham Town, Joe Walls netting a treble, and drew 4-4 with Hale Leys United after conceding an injury-time equaliser.

Joe Walls

Louis Descrettes faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg in the Amersham game last week. Sports Shots would like to wish Louis a speedy recovery.

Rangers assistant manager Andy Burrows told Sports Shots that his side are upbeat and looking forward to the Unite MK game.

Andy Burrows