TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 2-2 Caversham AFC Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 2
Caversham AFC Ladies – 2


Buckingham Athletic Ladies rounded off their season with a hard fought two all draw with Caversham on Wednesday evening at Stratford Fields, to finish their first campaign in the top flight of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League with a very respectable top four finish, a number of teams around them have been unable to complete their fixtures leaving the final league table a little unclear, but at the time of writing they share joint third with Carterton. With a number of first team regulars missing both teams fought out a highly entertaining draw, the second half fiercely competitive with full credit to both sides considering there was very little riding on the game, a number of supporters at the end of the game commenting they had seen one of the best games of the season in this league!

The home side had the first effort of note on five minutes when a clearance to the penalty arc saw Rosie Hubbard head towards the target however visiting custodian Nina Merritt was under it all the way, Kerry Stapleton then had three shadowing her across the area but managed to drill low straight at the keeper, at the opposite end a great four player move saw the away side move the ball higher & higher up the pitch resulting in Freya Jenkins firing narrowly wide. Courtney Crawley was next to warm the hands of Merritt from distance claiming underneath her own crossbar, her goal keeping opponent was then busy denying Jenkins after she’d run thirty yards from midfield and tried to tuck inside the near post, Britten received a pass from Stapleton to hit on the turn but again the shot stopper was not to be beaten.

Nicole Britten scored second Ath goal

The deadlock was eventually broken on thirty-two minutes as a Hubbard corner eluded a couple of touches at close range but running in at the back stick Stapleton managed to divert inside the post, that lead looked good heading towards the break but the visitors drew level with two minutes remaining through Jenkins who fired low across the face from the left of the box, the ball thumping the base of the far upright and rebounding in. An injury then delayed the game but deep into added time the hosts retook the lead after a shot from Crawley came back off the woodwork and Britten was the first to react to turn home. H/T: 2-1

A free kick to Buckingham early after the restart saw Stapleton go for goal from some way out, Merritt parried the initial effort and had to jump up quickly to block the follow up by home captain Jade Copas, a Caversham corner then bounced off the top of the crossbar as it went over & out of play. The game was level once more just past the hour mark when a long punt downfield saw the blue defence switch off allowing Tiffany Newland to pick out Jenkins to the left, her first time drive angled into the near top corner with some power.

Caversham equalise for second time

The away side won a free kick that Jenkins fired straight at Ath keeper Ellen Fenables from just outside the box, Crawley did well out on the touchline skipping past her marker before advancing towards goal but as she drove across the area the ball was just too close to Merritt who gathered and at the opposite end Sophie Ali lifted over the top from the eighteen yard line; Stapleton tried driving at the Caversham backline but with three bodies trailing her again she did well to make any advance however she simply ran out of room and the chance was cleared as the visitor’s made every effort not to concede again.

The midfielder drove a free kick against the wall but as the ball rolled back to her she floated into the far post where Copas headed down to Crawley who lifted over the bar from twelve yards, a Caversham corner was headed wide before a decent one-two saw Jenkins fire into the gloves of Fenables, the last chance of the game fell to the double goal scorer who from inside the area pulled her effort past the back stick. F/T: 2-2

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BBFA U13 SCC; Didcot Town 0-4 Finchampstead

Didcot Town – 0
Finchampstead – 4


Finchampstead lifted the Berks & Bucks Under Thirteen County Cup at Thatcham Town on Sunday, playing some great football at times Didcot couldn’t contain them during the first half, three down at the break they did regroup for the second period and had a goal chalked off for offside, despite having a spell of dominance they were then hit with a sucker punch fourth goal late on.

A strike worthy of any cup final opened the scoring just before the quarter hour mark, a ball knocked out to the left of goal was hit first time and brilliantly bent around the keeper, despite having plenty of the play it took until eight minutes before the half-time whistle for the second to arrive, failure to clear their lines saw a shot take a deflection past the Didcot keeper. It was three just a couple of moments before the break when a goal kick was headed back over the red backline where the scorer took control to wrong foot his marker before absolutely smashing home.

Didcot did get the ball in the back of the net early in the second period however a raised flag denied any celebration, they went on to enjoy a good spell of possession however all that was undone when a superb through ball saw the red backline opened up, one pass to the forward saw his first effort blocked and as the defender went to clear he stuck out a boot to divert home.

Attendance: 90

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Winslow United appoint George Tomlin as manager

Winslow United have moved quickly to replace Paul Alleyne who left the club at the end of the season and have appointed George Tomlin as their new manager.

George Tomlin

George has been the manager of Sunday League side Aylesbury Flooring for the past two seasons, and ended this campaign winning all five competitions that the club entered, the league title wrapped up last weekend completed a truly remarkable season where four cups were lifted beforehand including the infamous FA Sunday Cup success at the end of April which they won at League One Peterborough United by beating Birstall Stamford with three goals in the final thirteen minutes of the game.

Winslow chairman Andy Setterfield said:

After losing Paul and Roni after another successful season, we wanted to appoint someone we felt would be able to build on the success of the last two seasons. We had a lot of interest in the position, but George was the outstanding candidate.

George has had an impressive start to his managerial career having been in charge of the all-conquering Aylesbury Flooring FC, picking up the FA Sunday Cup along the way.  George will be joined on his management team by Julian Robinson who has plenty of experience of the SSMFL and I look forward to working with them both.

I would also again like to place on record mine and the club’s thanks to Paul Alleyne and Roni Joe for their commitment over the last two seasons

Sports Shots caught up with George today to ask his first thoughts on landing the job:

I am very pleased to get the job & excited to get started, it’s going to be a good test. I’m looking forward to working with Andy and the rest of the team, Julian and the players

George obviously knows the previous management team, has there been much communication about the job?

Yes I know them both and of course Garbs (Steve Garbutt), unfortunately I haven’t been able to speak with either Paul or Roni properly yet. I have had phone calls with Steve and other coaches and they have been helpful and given plenty of advice and encouragement

What has the new managers career in football been so far:

I was at Oxford United from the age of nine up to the youth team, on being released I signed for Chesham United reserves then moved to Aylesbury FC. After a couple of seasons I moved to Tring Athletic first team and played under Julian when he was in charge, I also played a season for the reserves before signing for Aylesbury United. I recently stopped playing whilst I was at Tring Corinthians

What does the summer hold now?

It will be nice to have a little break from the football, but myself and Julian will be meeting up and speaking with Andy discussing plans for the season. We will be speaking with old and hopefully new players over the coming weeks up until the first preseason session. Also making sure the pre-season games are all booked in

We asked George what experience he has of the SSMFL and what made him apply for the position?

I was player / assistant manager at Tring Corries a couple seasons back with a very young team, the last time previous to that was playing with Tring Athletic in the Premier Division. With Flooring finishing I wanted to still be involved with coaching, I obviously know some of the players down there already from Aylesbury Flooring and I’ve heard from them and others that it is a very good club and after speaking with Andy and a few other members you can see that Winslow is a club with an ambition to progress

What are the targets for next season?

Of course it’s my first season at this standard and Paul and Roni done a fantastic job here, it would a great achievement if we can come close to what they achieved and of course it would be incredible to go one further. Having Julian as an assistant will be a great help. With his knowledge and experience of the SSMFL and higher, I know we can both help to progress Winslow to the next level

George Tomlin & Alex Kedzierski with 1 of the 5 trophies Flooring won this season

In terms of the squad does George expect to retain the players and add to it?

I’d like to think we can retain the majority if not most. We will be both looking to get players in and build on the squad there to try and achieve getting the club into the prem

Having had so much success in Sunday football this season, how will it differ going to step six Saturday football?

Obviously there is a difference in standard for the majority of the time, my team was built on team spirit and togetherness, however they all play at a good standard on a Saturday which helped. We were successful as a team against good Sunday sides which had good quality Saturday players playing for them. With the FA Cup run and victory, it’s felt like I’ve been running a Saturday side but we’ve just been playing on a Sunday. Some of the boys already play for Winslow, it would be nice to get a couple more, but if they can produce half the effort and quality that they have on a Sunday to a Saturday, we will do very well!

Finally, what message does the new gaffer have to the people of Winslow?

I’m looking forward to working with them and meeting them all. It’s going to be a fun, exciting and hopefully successful season

BBFA U12 SCC; Ascot United 4-0 Didcot Town

Ascot United – 4
Didcot Town – 0


Ascot United lifted the Berks & Bucks Under Twelve Sunday County Cup at Flackwell Heath with a commanding performance against Didcot Town, two goals either side of the break saw the yellow & blue side impress from start to finish although credit to the Didcot side who never gave up and had chances to get back in the game but found a resolute defence in their way, it took two very late goals at the end to settle the tie once and for all.

United took the lead after just six minutes with a controversial opener, an initial shot was blocked on the edge of the box where a back heel through the Didcot backline saw an attacker in front of goal gratefully accept and swivel to score, despite the protests for offside the goal was allowed to stand. They enjoyed plenty of possession but it took a further twenty minutes before they doubled their lead when a shot was saved but turned in by an alert Ascot attacker, and they went into the break looking very comfortable.

After half time Ascot again had plenty of the ball and looked very lively up front, but it took until six minutes from the end for their third to arrive when a back pass to the Town keeper was too short leaving him stranded as the Ascot player rounded him before rolling home. The fourth arrived shortly after when a clearance from a set piece saw an attempted shot from the angle fly across the goal face and as a defender and striker both swung but missed, there was a spare yellow shirt behind to slot home.

Attendance: 110

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2019/20 season non league steps 1-6 revealed

The non-league divisional structures have been revealed for next season’s step one to six clubs, which affects a number of the clubs covered by Sports Shots.

Step 3:

Banbury United continue in the Southern League Premier Division Central and welcome five new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bromsgrove Sporting, Hednesford Town, Kings Langley, Nuneaton Borough & Peterborough Sports.


Step 4:

Aylesbury United & Thame United continue in the Southern League Division One Central and welcome six new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bedworth United, Biggleswade FC, Daventry Town, Halesowen Town, St Neots Town & Wantage Town.


Step 5 (Hellenic):

Brackley Town Saints continue in the Hellenic Premier Division after narrowly missing out on promotion, they welcome Burnham, Chipping Sodbury Town, Easington Sports & Westfields for the forthcoming campaign.


Step 5 (South Midlands):

Newport Pagnell Town have been transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League over to the Spartan South Midlands where they join former Aylesbury FC under their new set up of Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s after relegation from the Southern League.


Step 6:

Ampthill Town, Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United all remain in Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they welcome five new clubs in London Tigers, New Salamis, Shefford Town & Campton, St Panteleimon & Stotfold.

All clubs have seven days to appeal, steps seven and below are to follow in due course.

CCL Division 6: 123-run victory for Town III’s

Buckingham Town III’s came away from Eynsham today with a 123 run victory to make it two wins out of two.

Dom Pritchard

Batting first, Town got off to a solid start with an opening partnership of 105 between Mike Taylor (50) and Ryan Bell (72). Wickets then fell at regular intervals before Dom Pritchard made a quick fire 30 from 15 balls, and Town finished on 222 for 9 from their 50 overs.

Eynsham struggled against Buckingham’s tight bowling with only Sam Jones (39) and Tom Prentice (24) reaching double figures. Andy Humphries took three for 19 from his 8 overs, with Dom Pritchard, Ryan Spragg and Joe Clark taking 2 wickets apiece.

CCL Division 1: Town II’s suffer 79 run defeat

Buckingham Town II’s slipped to a 79 run defeat at the hands of Didcot this afternoon.

Batting first, Didcot amassed 225 for 7 from their 50 overs. Pick of the bowlers was Wasim Fayyaz with two for 21 from his 10 overs.

Wasim Fayyaz

In reply, Buckingham’s top four were all dismissed by George Woodley, who took four for 22 from 6 overs. Ali Martin was unbeaten on 58, but ran out of partners as Town were finally dismissed for 146.

Home Counties : Matchday 2 round-up

High Wycombe skipper Dan Marles hit an unbeaten 154 as his side recorded their first win of the season.

Dan Marles

Marles was joined in the run spree by Conrad Louth, who hit a run-a-ball century, as Wycombe posted 364 for 4 from their 50 overs.

Conrad Louth

In reply, Slough were dismissed for 111 all out with Cameron Parsons, four for 11, the pick of the bowlers.

Cameron Parsons

Current Champions Henley recorded a nine-wicket win at Tring Park after winning the toss and electing to bowl.

Andy Rishton’s three for 32 helping bowl out the home side for 109.

Andy Rishton

Henley lost just one wicket reaching their target with Matthew Rowe making an unbeaten half century to add to his 53 last week.

Banbury returned from Horspath with a five-wicket win to make it back-to-back wins.

Shahid Yousaf top-scored with 55 while Shazad Rana batted excellently again with an unbeaten 34 to take Banbury home.

Earlier in the day, Horspath posted 188 for 7 with Tom Coleman making 49. Joe Thomas and John West taking a brace of wickets each for the visitors.

Joe Thomas

Newly promoted Datchet won again as they defeated Aston Rowant.

Datchet made 240 for 8 with Joe Barrett’s 75 and and an undefeated 62 from Vishal Aeri in form.

Aston Rowant’s run chase fell 11 runs short with Olly Birts four for 46 and Bobby Sher’s three for 43 doing the damage for Datchet.

Finchampstead defeated Buckingham by 148 runs – see report below.

HCPCL D1: Town suffer heavy home defeat

HCPCL D1: Town suffer heavy home defeat

After a delayed start which saw the game reduced to 45 overs aside Buckingham won the toss and asked Finchampstead to bat first, reports Andrew Holland.

Jack Parish

Tommie Predgen and Greg Smith opened the batting and after playing themselves in scored steadily against all of the Buckingham bowlers. Smith was the dominant partner, reaching his half century from 72 balls as the pair put on 142 for the first wicket. Predgen brought up his 50 from 81 balls before falling to Callum Price without adding to his score followed in the next over by Jack Deal bowling Smith for 69. Despite the quick wickets skipper Dan Lincoln (26 from 27 balls) and Toby Albert (37 from 30 balls) kept the scoring rate up with a partnership of 56 in 8 overs to take the score past 200. George Humphries returned to remove Lincoln who was replaced by his brother who smashed 24 from just 7 balls including 3 consecutive sixes. At 238 for 3 Finchampstead were set for a total in the region of 300 before Humphries and Jack Parish took 5 wickets for 16 runs to slow the scoring. Billy Rogers (13 not out) and Simon Bell (11 not out) saw out the final overs to take the score up to 275 for 8. Parish took 3 for 35 and Humphries 3 for 55.

Finchampstead opened the bowling with spinners in reply and both James Woodford and Rogers claimed an early wicket to reduce Buckingham to 22 for 2. Leigh Tomlinson made 14 before being bowled around his legs by Zach Jones, Woodford switched ends to pick up a second wicket before 2 wickets in an over from Darron Augustus including Jonny Cater for 23 left Buckingham 62 for 6 after 18 overs. Jack Deal (27) and Callum Price (26 off 25 balls) showed some fight for the hosts with a partnership of 54 in 10 overs to take the score past 100 and earn a bonus point, but both fell to Augustus who went on to claim a fifth wicket and take 5 for 29 before Ryan Quinn finished the innings off as Buckingham were all out for 127 to lose by 148 runs.

T. Predgen c Hall b Price 50 (83)
G. Smith b Deal 69 (92)
D. Lincoln* c Deal b Humphries 26 (27)
T. Albert c Tomlinson b Humphries 37 (30)
J. Lincoln c Hall b Humphries 24 (7)
R. Quinn b Parish 1 (5)
D. Augustus b Parish 0 (4)
B. Rogers Not Out 13 (11)
Z. Jones lbw b Parish 0 (1)
S. Bell+ Not Out 11 (11)
Extras (5b, 11lb, 26w, 2nb) 44
Total 275-8
45 overs

FoW: 142-1 (Predgen, 28.3); 147-2 (Smith, 29.4); 203-3 (D. Lincoln, 37.2); 238-4 (Albert, 39.2); 240-5 (J Lincoln, 39.4); 241-6 (Quinn, 40.4); 254-7 (Augustus, 42.1); 254-8 (Jones, 42.2)

R. Liyanarachchi 5-0-49-0 (4w)
G. Humphries 9-0-55-3 (8w)
A. Hall 9-0-35-0 (8w)
J. Parish 7.3-0-35-3 (2w)
J. Deal 9-0-54-1 (1w)
C. Price 5-0-29-1 (3w, 2nb)
R. Large 0.3-0-2-0

L. Tomlinson b Jones 14 (38)
S. Brunning c Quinn b Rogers 0 (2)
A. Hall c& b Woodford 10 (15)
J. Cater+ c Bell b Augustus 23 (35)
R. Large c J. Lincoln b Woodford 2 (6)
R. Liyanarachchi b Augustus 5 (10)
J. Deal c Bell b Augustus 27 (46)
C. Price c Bell b Augustus 26 (25)
J. Ell b Augustus 2 (3)
G. Humphries c Albert b Quinn 1 (3)
J. Parish* Not Out 0 (0)
Extras (3b, 3lb, 9w, 2nb) 17
Total 127 all out
30.2 overs

FoW: 2-1 (Brunning, 1.3); 22-2 (Hall, 6.2); 38-3 (Tomlinson, 10.6); 45-4 (Large, 13.4); 62-5 (Liyanarachchi, 17.3); 63-6 (Cater, 17.5); 117-7 (Price, 27.3); 126-8 (Deal, 29.4); 127-9 (Ell, 29.6); 127-10 (Humphries, 30.2)

J. Woodford 7-0-21-2
B. Rogers 7-0-16-1 (1w)
Z. Jones 5-0-30-1 (5w, 2nb)
J. Lincoln 4-0-22-0
D. Augustus 6-0-29-5 (2w)
R. Quinn 1.2-0-3-1 (1w)

Finchampstead win by 148 runs.

Buckingham – 5 points.
Finchampstead – 20 points.

FCCL Division 2: Horwood romp to nine-wicket victory

Great Horwood continued their winning run with a 9 wicket victory over Eggerton Foresters.
Skipper Stuart Parker won the toss and elected to take to the field at Nash Road. Adam Armitage, Billy Harper and Olly Prendergast picked up 2 wickets apiece and pick of the bowlers, Haydon Morrison, grabbed 3 as the visitors were restricted to 124-9 from their 40 overs.

Dale Armitage

In reply Stuart Parker and Dale Armitage shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 123 and finished unbeaten on 49 and 56 respectively, to see Horwood to victory in just 22.1 overs.