TVCWFL D1; Carterton Ladies 1-2 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Carterton Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 2

Buckingham Athletic Ladies made it two wins from two on Sunday with a last gasp winner to beat Carterton Ladies in what was a battling encounter, Evie Hawkins scoring another brace to bring her tally to four goals in two games which included a last minute winner to leave the hosts shattered at the end of fiercely competitive game. Leading at the break, Buckingham were pegged back within three minutes of the restart by an own goal and were lucky not to go behind when the home side hit the crossbar, but Hawkins popped up at the end to smash home to send the visitor’s home with all three points.

Early chances were few and far between, it took six minutes for the first shot at goal when Kerry O’Connor fired straight at Ellen Fenables in the visitor’s goal from twenty-five yards out, and a poor goal kick was almost punished by the home side but Talane Smith on the edge of the box again fired straight at the Buckingham keeper.

The away side took the lead on thirteen minutes when an attempted clearance from the Carterton defence hit the referee and fell nicely for Gemma Ball to slot through the home back line, Hawkins was free of her marker and fired between the advancing keeper Amy Bourton’s legs and in.

Jade Copas then tried to pressure the hosts back line but as she was dispossessed the ball fell invitingly for skipper Kerry Stapleton to hit first time but the ball was always spinning away from the target, before a ball over the blue defensive line saw O’Connor free on goal but Fenables was quick off her line to challenge on the edge of her box and gather.

Ellen Fenables in the thick of the action

A free kick to Carterton out on their right saw Georgina Tayman curl straight into the keeper’s waiting gloves, & just before the break Charmaine White threatened when she found space on the right of goal but again Fenables got down well to save at her near post. H/T: 0-1

An early corner after the interval saw a corner swung into the box where Stapleton going to clear only managed to slot past her own keeper to restore parity, but within a minute a ball over the home backline gave the skipper space to explore and rifle into the back of the net only for a raised flag to deny the celebration.

O’Connor tried her luck from eighteen yards which Fenables had to turn away for a corner, before a glorious chance went begging when a lay off inside the six-yard box saw Smith with the whole goal to aim drag her effort wide of the right hand post, closely followed by a throw on their right that found Smith who went for goal but the wind took over lifting the ball high over the top.

Evie Hawkins fires winner

On seventy-two minutes the home side went even closer to taking the lead when a driving run from midfield by Gina Napier saw her shoot from distance, the ball flying past Fenables but crashing back down off the crossbar and was eventually cleared away. At the opposite end a ball for Hawkins to chase after saw Bourton go to clear only to thump against the striker and as the ball rolled towards the unguarded net a defender got back to clear.

Another throw on the Carterton right saw Smith launch into the box and from a mass of bodies Napier somehow managed to get her head to the ball first but she could only flick wide from close range. From the goal kick O’Connor received the ball to advance, as Fenables came out the home striker shot which deflected off the keepers boot and towards the empty goal, but centre-half Courtney Davey-Ward was alert enough to cover and clear the danger.

With two minutes left a long clearance from Bourton cleared the Buckingham defence and saw O’Connor in the clear, allowing the ball to come under control she forced Fenables to dive away to her right and save with both hands.

As the game went into added time along came the winner, Hawkins collecting the ball out on the left she had colleagues in the middle waiting but she skipped one challenge before shrugging off a second, as she got into the box she flashed the ball over Bourton and inside the back post to win the game for her side. F/T: 1-2

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Kerry Stapleton & double goal scorer Evie Hawkins: 

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FA Vase 1st Round Draw details

The FA Vase 1st round draw was made on Monday, and our two local sides left in the competition were given draws against unfamiliar opposition.

Newport Pagnell (step 5) face a trip to Essex to face Thurlow Nunn First Division South side Newbury Forest (step 6), to find out more on their season so far follow this link:

Meanwhile Buckingham Athletic (step 6) have a home tie with FC Clapton (step 5) to look forward to, again from the same league as above but the premier division and in the last round they knocked out former South Midlands Premier side Hoddeston Town, their season details can be found using this link:

Ties to be played weekend of 13th October

1 Hallam v Charnock Richard
2 Northwich Victoria v Cammell Laird 1907
3 Litherland Remyca v Thackley
4 Padiham or Prestwich Heys v Garforth Town
5 Irlam v Handsworth Parramore
6 Staveley MW v Silsden
7 Bedlington Terriers v Whickham
8 Sunderland RCA v Bridlington Town
9 Hebburn Town v City of Liverpool
10 Cheadle Town or Vauxhall Motors v Seaham Red Star
11 Squires Gate v Sandbach United
12 Bishop Auckland v Hemsworth MW
13 Swallownest v Garstang
14 Steeton v Avro
15 Runcorn Town v Guisborough Town
16 Billingham Town v Dunston UTS
17 Winterton Rangers v Lower Breck
18 Nelson v Ashington
19 Shildon v Glasshoughton Welfare
20 Barton Town v Brandon United
21 Shepshed Dynamo v Bewdley Town
22 Cadbury Athletic v Hanley Town
23 Aylestone Park v Blidworth Welfare
24 Lye Town v Chelmsley Town
25 Romulus v Wellington FC
26 Bustleholme v NKF Burbage
27 Coventry United v Wednesfield
28 Loughborough University v Heather St Johns
29 Wellington Amateurs v Leicester Nirvana
30 Belper United v Quorn
31 Brocton v Highgate United
32 Heanor Town v Ilkeston Town
33 Sporting Khalsa v Winsford United
34 Saffron Dynamo v Pinxton or Bottesford Town
35 Barrow Town v Dronfield Town
36 Hereford Lads Club v Paget Rangers
37 Eastwood Community v South Normanton Athletic
38 Boldmere St Michaels v Rugby Town
39 Hucknall Town v Black Country Rangers
40 Worcester City v Long Eaton United
41 Smethwick v Uttoxeter Town or Walsall Wood
42 Baldock Town v Brimsdown
43 Little Oakley v Enfield 1893
44 Newmarket Town v Deeping Rangers
45 Great Yarmouth Town v Wroxham
46 Colney Heath v Histon
47 FC Deportivo Galicia v Irchester United
48 Buckingham Athletic v FC Clacton
49 Newbury Forest v Newport Pagnell Town
50 Biggleswade United v Holbeach United
51 Haverhill Borough v Framlington Town or Swaffham Town
52 Enfield Borough v Kirkley & Pakefield
53 London Colney v Wellingborough Town
54 Southend Manor v Redbridge
55 May & Baker Eastbrook Community v North Greenford United
56 Thame Rangers v Crawley Green
57 West Essex v Godmanchester Rovers
58 Takeley v Wodson Park
59 Codicote v Wantage Town
60 Harefield United v Woodbridge Town
61 Stowmarket Town v Harpenden Town
62 Sleaford Town v Peterborough Northern Star
63 Leverstock Green v Sawbridgeworth Town
64 Sidlesham v Chatham Town
65 Redhill v Peacehaven & Telscombe
66 Sheppey United v East Preston
67 Wick v Lordswood
68 Corinthian v Deal Town
69 Eversley & California v Horndean
70 Southall v Sheerwater
71 Bugbrooke St Michaels v CB Hounslow United or Spelthorne Sports
72 Rayners Lane v Abbey Rangers
73 Bearsted v Beckenham Town
74 Canterbury City v Saltdean United
75 Broadfields United v Banstead Athletic
76 Hanworth Villa v Pagham
77 Sutton Common Rovers v Cobham
78 Chertsey Town v Flackwell Heath
79 AFC Croydon Athletic v Fareham Town
80 Horsham YMCA v Kensington Borough
81 St Panteleimon v Cray Valley (PM)
82 Bedfont & Feltham v Erith Town
83 Newhaven v Rusthall
84 Tunbridge Wells or Bridon Ropes v AFC Uckfield Town
85 Steyning Town Community v Walton & Hersham
86 Bashley v Baffins Milton Rovers
87 Saltash United v Westbury United
88 Brimscombe & Thrupp v Cribbs
89 Longwell Green Sports v Brockenhurst
90 Ivybridge Town v Holyport
91 Torpoint Athletic v Sholing
92 Exmouth Town v Elburton Villa
93 Cheddar v Totton & Eling
94 Roman Glass St George v Malmesbury Victoria
95 Andover Town v Badshot Lea
96 Odd Down v Willand Rovers
97 Verwood Town or Alresford Town v Abingdon United
98 Bridport v Falmouth Town
99 Camelford or Bodmin Town v AFC Stoneham
100 Bournemouth v Newquay
101 Longlevens or Tuffley Rovers v Tavistock
102 Cadbury Heath v Sidmouth Town
103 AFC St Austell v Plymouth Parkway
104 Almondsbury v Bitton
105 Shaftesbury v Hamworthy United

BBIC; Athletic development manager Banking on cup success

Saturday 15th September 2018

Buckingham Athletic Development v AFC Santander

Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup 1st Round

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic development host AFC Santander on Saturday in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup and look to continue their excellent start to their season that has seen two wins out of two with eleven goals scored and just one conceded. Sitting top of the Spartan South Midlands U25 development league as one of only two teams with one hundred percent records, attention turns to the county cup, and in North Bucks Intermediate side Santander face a team that have only failed to score in one of their six league games to date.

Jake Honor (centre)

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ath manager Jake Honor to find out what’s attributed to their good start:

We started the league fixtures a fortnight ago however our season started way back at the end of June, and our players over the past eight or nine weeks have shown great commitment & hard work in training, and also during the eight pre-season games we played. So I’d have to put our good start to the season down to good preparation

What new signings have the club made?

We had a number of new players join us this summer and it’s been really pleasing to see them mix and fit in really well with the returning players. We had three join us from Winslow, Olly Golding, Harry Heritage & Charlie Willis, and then Kieran Brady, Matt Bradbury, Jamie O’Hara & Tom Summers have all signed on too. We have also had Spencer Beaumont join us as assistant manager, it’s valuable to the existing back room staff as well as to the players to have another viewpoint and pair of hands around the team

Has Jake had much interaction with new first team manager Neil Griffiths?

Neil & I have talked a lot over the past couple of months and our conversations have always been very productive, obviously it’s always hard coming into a club as a new manager so I’ve been happy to help Neil where needed and to give him another opinion on various things

With such a small division this year, how will the team keep themselves busy?

Unfortunately a number of teams did withdraw from the league for this season which is a shame, however we are hoping to have good cup campaigns, the league cup has home and away legs in every round and then the county cup which obviously starts this week. If we can keep ourselves in these competitions for as long as possible then I don’t think there will be many Saturdays that we’ll have spare

Who do Athletic see as their biggest rivals this time around?

It’s hard to judge this early on, but I’m sure Dunstable will be around the top of the table however I think our main rivals will be Leighton Town. They’ve had two good wins to start their season, over Dunstable & Kempston so I’m looking forward to coming up against them as they’re now our most local away game too!

How dangerous is it too under estimate sides from the North Bucks league in these competitions?

It’s very easy to under estimate these teams but it’s something that we will not do, the players know this and we have trained well to prepare exactly the same as we would for a league game. Cup football is the perfect place for underdogs and as we saw last weekend, teams from the North Bucks are more than capable of beating sides from the South Midlands

How much does Jake know about their opponents?

I have come across Santander a couple of times in the past, mostly from my time at Grendon Rangers reserves a couple of seasons ago. Obviously a lot can change in that time but they were a physical team back then and I’m sure they will be the same this time round

Finally, we asked just how hard is it to attract players to U25 development football?

Being under twenty-five myself and from the local area has definitely helped me in recruiting enough players that fit the age quote. This season we only have three players in the development squad that are over twenty-five and the other nineteen or so players are all under so in that sense I’ve found player recruitment quite easy. I feel being of a similar age to the players helps as I can relate to them a lot easier than maybe an older manager would.

I’d like to finish by thanking Sports Shots for all the work they do in the local area and for local sport, it is really appreciated by everyone here at The Ath!

Sports Shots would like to thank Jake for his time this week

SL D1C; Moles defender believes squad is heading in right Derek-tion

Saturday 15th September 2018

Dunstable Town v Aylesbury FC

Southern League Division One Central

Creasey Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury travel the short distance over to Creasey Park on Saturday where they face Dunstable Town with both sides looking for three crucial points to lift them away from the lower echelons of the Southern League Division One Central table. Aylesbury still seek their first win of the season, but Town sit just three points and four places above their guests in what is already looking a fiercely competitive league after the summer reshuffle of the non-league pyramid, shown by the top five clubs in the division having lost just one game between them in a collective twenty-one games.

Derek Feyi

This week Sports Shots caught up with Moles defender Derek Feyi to ask how life has been since he re-joined earlier in the season:

I’ve enjoyed it, its so different to last season and the mood around the club is optimistic. Add that to the fact that the management are hungry to do well and are working hard to implement all their idea’s

Having been at Aylesbury last term, was it an easy decision to go back?

Yes it was quite easy, for me it’s all about playing football at the moment so when the opportunity came I was more than happy to commit. Also with the type of fans here, the support has been great

After the league reshuffle in the summer, how difficult a division is it?

The level of competition has definitely increased with the likes of teams from in and around the midlands. I don’t think it’s a bad thing and rather improves the quality of step four football. It will make escaping from the division even more impressive!

How far away does Derek feel the first win is for the club?

I believe it’s very close, in football sometimes luck goes against you & that has been the case for us in the last few weeks, but the quality is there in the group so I believe our first three points will come sooner rather than later

We asked how tough the trip to Dunstable will be:

No game in this league will be easy, we’ll be going there focused and confident in our jobs, especially knowing that three points at this stage of the season can move you up three of four positions in the league table

Does Derek follow any pre match superstitions?

Not really any superstitions, I just usually like to spend a couple of minutes to myself before the kick-off and pray

Have any sides impressed the defender yet?

I’ll be honest and say I haven’t really been concerned with other teams as it is still so early days in the campaign

Finally, where does Derek believe Aylesbury can finish in the division?

April is a long way off yet, ask me again after December and I’ll have an answer for you then. But for now we have a strong squad that is building & taking each game as it comes.

I’d like to thank Sports Shots for this opportunity & keep up the great work!

Sports Shots would like to thank Derek for his time this week

SSMFLD2; Kittle hoping for astronomical turn around ahead of Gallacticos game

Saturday 15th September 2018

Aston Clinton v MK Gallacticos

Spartan South Midlands League Division Two

Aston Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Aston Clinton host MK Gallacticos on Saturday in Spartan South Midlands Division Two action and look to kick start their way back into form after three successive defeats in league and cup. After the resignation of Jordan King last week, Neil Roberts took control of first team affairs and after defeat at league leaders Bovingdon last week now face Gallacticos who sit a place and three points below Clinton in the league table.

Joe Kittle

This week Sports Shots caught up with Aston regular Joe Kittle to ask how it’s been at the club since King left:

It was a bit of a shock to most of the players to be honest but we’ve picked ourselves up and it’s given us the motivation we needed to push forwards after not having the best of starts this season. Its time to work hard now!

Neil is a local Aston boy and has taken over with the help of Rob Goldney, two lads that have a great understanding of the game and that have played a high standard themselves. Two great lads that you can have a laugh with but at the same time get our heads down with and be serious when needed

Had the resignation from the previous manager been anticipated?

I wouldn’t say it was massively expected but we could tell something wasn’t quite right this season, there wasn’t the same motivation and love as there had been in previous years, and I guess it was only a matter of time once everyone was feeling the same

So what can we expect under the new manager?

Neil is a well known face for the lads and everyone involved with the club, having played for Aston himself for years on and off. I think our main priority at the moment is to stick together as a team, work hard and get ourselves back to winning ways and show everyone we deserve to be up there this season

We asked what happens in terms of the squad from here?

I strongly believe the lads will stick together this season, I think with what’s happened it has only brought us all closer and more determined to go out there and get the results we want, and to show Kingy what he’s missing!

So how has Joe’s own season been so far?

So far it hasn’t been as strong as I would have liked, having a couple of games out due to injury and obviously us as a team starting slowly this year, it’s affecting everyone’s morale within the squad but it’s only upwards from here!

What does Joe think has changed from last year?

As I’ve said it’s not been the start we were hoping for, we’ve had a few difficult opponents early on which hasn’t been the easiest for us. We’ve lost a few players but also gained a few so it’s about gelling well as a team now and focusing on the players and the support we have to keep us pushing forward, and winning our next few games

Clinton have lost three on the bounce, how do they stop the rot?

With a losing streak I think it’s important that we don’t let it affect us in our upcoming games, a lot has changed in the last couple of weeks so we need to stay focused as a team and play with a bit more bite and use the motivation it’s given us, that includes training too where we need to show our new gaffer the respect he deserves

Finally, what teams have impressed Joe so far?

We’ve had a couple of good competitive games so far, Pitstone being one of them and they were lucky enough to take the win after an eightieth minute screamer into the top corner! Potton were also another good side who play in the South Midlands Premier Division, the games against 61 FC are usually good games but unfortunately I missed this one through injury

Sports Shots would like to thank Joe for his time this week

SL; Scott hoping to Tame the Rovers for his new club

Saturday 15th September 2018

Thame United v Barton Rovers

Southern League Division One Central

ASM Stadium

K.O. 3.00pm

Thame United host Barton Rovers on Saturday at the ASM Stadium looking to continue their superb one hundred percent start to the Southern League Division One Central season. Currently one of three teams who sit at the summit of the league table United will be looking to bounce back after a midweek loss in the league cup at Didcot Town, in what turned out to be an eight goal thriller, whilst Rovers occupy a mid table position after two wins and two defeats in their opening four matches.

Harry Scott

This week Sports Shots caught up with recent new signing Harry Scott to find out how he’s been settling into his new surroundings:

I feel I’ve settled in pretty well to be honest, they are a good bunch of lads here and they were happy to have me on board

After leaving Aylesbury, were Thame they only option?

No not at all, there were a few teams that wanted to sign me and it came down to the travelling as Thame isn’t too far from where I live, and the facilities they have are one of the best in this league

Thame have started the season well, what does Harry put this down to, and how has his own form been?

Our success is down to hard work and constantly trying to improve on our previous performance. My own personal form hasn’t been the greatest really, but hopefully I can change that at the weekend

What do the management ask from Harry when he goes on the field of play?

They just ask that you put everything in whilst you’re on the pitch and they won’t settle for anything less, and also to express yourself when you do get the ball

Just how good does he think the squad is this from what he’s seen so far?

I think it’s a very good squad this season, there are a few very good individuals amongst them!

As one of our new clubs for this season, who are the players we should look out for?

I think Duran Martin & Liam Tack are two to look out for, they are two very good players

Finally, how was the game at Didcot on Tuesday?

It was a bit end to end really, they had the better of the first half but we changed formation at the break and were the better side for thirty minutes of the second half

Sports Shots would like to thank Harry for his time this week

BBIC; Front mans views on Twy Buckingham can challenge this season

Saturday 15th September 2018

Buckingham United v Twyford United

Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup 1st Round

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham United host Twyford United on Saturday in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, looking to build upon their solid start to the new season that has seen just one defeat in their opening five league games. Sitting third in their new division following promotion last term, the home side will be confident of progressing in the cup with their visitors only tasting success once so far in three league outings.

Conna Sirett

Buckingham have scored twenty-three goals in their five league games to date, whilst Twyford have conceded just seven, so who will continue their trend in this local derby. This week Sports Shots caught up with Conna Sirett to find out his views on how things have started for Buckingham:

So far, we have started well & we are playing good football and everything we have practised or spent time working on during the summer & in training is coming together

After gaining promotion, are there any notable differences between the sides in this league compared to last year?

As a team we don’t pay any attention to the league, current or previous, we focus on the games in front of us and take each week as it comes, we won’t be taking any games lightly regardless of what league we are in

How does Conna feel the squad is equipped for the campaign ahead?

I feel that over pre-season we have brought in some decent talent whilst managing to keep hold of more or less the same players from last year. We have a very good squad and as a team we are now concentrating on playing our football and winning games

Cup business this week-end with the visit of Twyford, how do the team view this game?

We are going into the game anticipating that anything can happen, having played them previously and beating them by nine goals we know what we are capable of. But it’s a new game with a mindset of turning up and playing our football, we won’t be taking them lightly or thinking its an easy win just because of the previous result

We asked what the teams realistic targets are for the season:

I’d say the realistic target is the league, but we are going into every competition with the mentality of winning it

How does the United man feel his own form has been?

I feel that I’ve played well so far, I’ve built upon things the boys and management have said over pre-season, I’m scoring as well as getting assists and we are winning games. I’m enjoying my role on the pitch and the football we are all playing as a team, and definitely look forward to the rest of this season

The only defeat so far was to top of the league Marsh Gibbon, how was that game?

They played to their strengths, they worked hard as a team and exploited the long ball that we on the day couldn’t deal with, & their keeper played really well and stood out for most of the game. We came into the game like we’d already won and had seven or eight players late for the warm up, a really poor attitude and it’s safe to say we all left there very unhappy, a performance & attitude that will not be repeated!

Finally, we asked who Conna think’s will be their biggest rivals in the division:

I think based on last year & what happened, then Bletchley Park would be our rivals, it’s always enjoyable playing them and to be fair to them they’re a good bunch of lads, but we have disposed of them once already and hopefully we can do the same again later in the season

Sports Shots would like to thank Conna for his time this week

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 13.09.2018 – South Midlands League update #12




The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

Cup football dominated the midweek action with 7 ties involving the Emirates FA Cup, the League Challenge Trophy, the Premier Division Cup and the Division One Cup.





Leverstock Green booked their place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup with a hard fought 1-0 win against Hadley and thus becoming the third club who began in the Extra Preliminary Round to reach the Second Round Qualifying without conceding a goal to date. The club’s reward is a home tie against Dorking Wanderers (Bostik League Premier Division). Stotfold’s woeful start to the new campaign continued as they exited the League Challenge Trophy against MK Gallacticos (32 places below them). Off the field two SSML managers decided to call it a day, Kevin Tooley (New Bradwell St Peter FC) and Chris Robson of Totternhoe.

11/12 September Stats: 7 games played of which 5 were home wins and 2 were away wins.

Highest Midweek Attendances: 116 Hadley v Leverstock Green, 69 Baldock Town v Colney Heath and 65 Codicote v Rayners Lane.


THE EMIRATES FA CUP First Round Qualifying Replay

Following a goalless draw at Pancake Lane on Saturday Leverstock Green and Hadley locked horns again at the Parkex Stadium, home of Potters Bar Town, the venue being used due to the restriction of floodlights at Hadley’s Brickfield Lane home. Once again both defences were on top until a free kick by Chris Blunden was curled around the wall and into the bottom corner of the net thirteen minutes from time. Full result and goalscorer are listed below.

0-1 Hadley v Leverstock Green (@ Potters Bar Town FC) (Blunden) Attendance: 116



Fourth from bottom in Division Two MK Gallacticos stunned bottom of the Premier Division Stotfold 5-2, the game switched to Roker Park due to the pitch problems at the Milton Keynes based club had led to the game being postponed on Saturday. To make matters worse Stotfold’s Desejado Da Silva was dismissed after 30 minutes. Crawley Green made light work of their Division Two opponents The 61FC (Luton) with a comfortable 5-0 home success. In the all Premier Division tie in Hertfordshire Tring Athletic defeated visiting London Colney 3-1 to book a Second Round tie at Rayners Lane. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

5-0 Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton) (Ajigbolamu, Ingham, Clarke, Keating, Bunker) Attendance: 50

5-2 MK Gallacticos v Stotfold (@ Stotfold FC) (D Smith [2], J Smith [2], Mohamed) / (Da Silva, Girdlestone) Attendance: 25

3-1 Tring Athletic v London Colney (Johnson, Unknown, Unknown) / (Armstrong) Attendance: 55



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Biggleswade FC eased into Round Two with 5-0 win over Edgware Town, a result that leaves the North London club still looking for their first win in the competition since returning to the SSML. Wednesday’s night game between Baldock Town and Colney Heath produced plenty of fireworks. Both sides were reduced to ten men shortly before the interval which saw hosts Baldock Town 2-1 ahead. The second period saw Baldock increase their lead before seeing off the strong challenge of their visitors, Colney Heath pulling one back and seeing another effort cleared off the line late on. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

5-0 Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town (Cookman, Northfield, Leavers, Riley [pen], Richardson) Attendance: 62

3-2 Baldock Town v Colney Heath (Barnes [2] [both pens], Brettell) / (Shaw, Woods) Attendance: 69



With cricket season over bottom of the table Codicote took to the field for the first time at home with mid table Rayners Lane the visitors. Visiting Rayners Lane welcomed the chance to play on grass again (having lost all home games on their new artificial pitch) and maintained their unbeaten away record with a closely fought 2-1 win. Full result and goalscorers are listed below.

1-2 Codicote v Rayners Lane (Frost) / (Maher, St Louis) Attendance: 65



The world of football continues to amaze, this week reports reach me that singing behind the goal was frowned upon, half a dozen young fans with chants of “dodgy keeper” as the visiting custodian took a goal kick led to an intervention of a match official. Whatever next?

TVCWFL D1; Headington Ladies 1-6 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Headington Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 6

Buckingham Athletic Ladies got their new season off to a flier with a healthy win at Headington on Sunday afternoon, and settled any early nerves to ease into their new surroundings in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One after promotion last season. Athletic gave seven new summer signings their debuts during a game played in warm sunshine, and despite some early resistance from their hosts two late first half goals put the visitors into a commanding position at the break before adding a further couple in the second period to confirm their dominance.

Headington went close early on finding the side netting from out wide, and from the goal kick Jordan Heron was sent sprinting away down the right flank where she drove at goal, with Evie Hawkins in the middle Heron opted to shoot low for the near post where home keeper Sarah Hillier gathered comfortably. The winger then saw another shot straight at Hillier spilled, but before anyone could react the shot stopper thumped to safety.

Captain Kerry Stapleton then burst forward from midfield and from distance went for goal only for her shot to bounce back off the post, for a split second the home custodian lost track of the ball but as Hawkins raced in she managed to smoother. A Buckingham attack broke down on the half way line and a simple ball over the backline saw Andreea Dumitru break free, she fed Caroline Plitt to the right of goal but she blazed high over the bar.

The visitors took the lead on thirteen minutes when an attempted pass from Stapleton hit her own player but fell nicely for Heron to collect and bear down on goal before firing into the bottom corner. As Headington tried to get back in the game they won a free kick some thirty yards from goal, Cecile Deer took responsibility but could only steer wide of Ellen Fenables’ right hand post.

Jordan Heron opens the scoring

A brief drinks break was allowed by the official, from the off a poor goal kick found Gemma Ball some twenty-five yards out who went to shoot but a defender blocked, the loose ball falling to Heron whose attempt had to be turned round the post for a corner. Then on twenty-six minutes Athletic doubled their lead when a free kick from Emma Marshall sailed over everyone in the box only to crash back down off the bar, first to react was Ball who slotted home.

Before Athletic could relax on their lead, their hosts pulled a goal back within three minutes when a ball through the middle saw Dumitru accelerate away from her marker, Fenables made a challenge but the ball rolled wide where the striker flashed across goal and into the unguarded net. Heron was causing havoc every time she attacked the right wing, another burst of pace saw her in on goal and her fierce drive smashed away off the goal stantion.

Hawkins continued to cause the home defence headaches in the middle, one pass saw her inside their box and evading two challenges her effort was somehow sliced away for a corner, from the cleared set piece Ball fired through a crowded box but Hillier was behind it all the way. Despite some brave defending Headington were undone by two goals in the final eight minutes of the half, which seemed to kill off their resistance.

The first started by Hawkins collecting a loose ball in midfield found Ball in space, she looked up and just as it seemed she was going to pass elsewhere she slipped a delightful pass through the defence for Hawkins to run on and score. There were further chances for Alex Miller who wanted too much time when set up in front of goal, and Hawkins again who didn’t connect well, but finally a ball over the top saw Hawkins connect and fire into the top corner as the half-time whistle sounded. H/T: 1-4

Gemma Ball had impressive debut

Deer saw an early effort loop up off a Buckingham defender and hang nicely in the air for Fenables to collect, but any thoughts of a comeback was killed off on fifty-two minutes when Heron was sent down the right channel shoulder to shoulder with her marker, she simply over powered the defender and from a tight angle fizzed the ball low inside the near post.

Dumitru screwed wide from the edge of the box, ahead of a two minute delay that halted the game when Dani Roberts had to be helped off the field through injury. Athletic continued to look for more goals, Stapleton had a run from defence before firing straight at Hillier, as did Nicole Britten from the corner of the eighteen yard box. There were a couple of chances for the home side but they struggled to break through the stubborn blue line and were restricted to long range efforts.

The sixth goal came on seventy minutes when Stapleton fed the ball through for Courtney Crawley to latch onto and chip over the advanced goalkeeper and in. Hawkins then forced the keeper into a two-handed save which the striker retrieved and squared to Miller who fired over when in front of goal.

The hosts had a late chance when Plitt set up Dumitru who drove over the bar, which was followed by the pass of the game from the very impressive Gemma Ball that split the Headington central defence and set Hawkins away on goal, her shot taking a slight deflection before rolling through to safety. F/T: 1-6

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FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Draw

The draw for the second qualifying round of this seasons FA Cup has taken place today, and see’s Banbury United face a very difficult home tie with National League South side Bath City if they overcome their replay with Weymouth on Tuesday evening, whilst if Aylesbury United win their replay at Marlow they then face a trip to either Kempston Rovers or Chalfont St Peter who also have a replay to decide who goes through.

The draw in full:


1 Chester v City of Liverpool

2 Ashton United v Trafford

3 Radcliffe v Curzon Ashton

4 Farsley Celtic v Southport

5 Mossley v Kidsgrove Athletic

6 Staveley MW v Guiseley

7 South Shields v Stockport County

8 Knaresborough Town v Newcastle Benfield or Workington

9 Cleethorpes Town v Bamber Bridge

10 York City v Ashton Athletic or Morpeth Town

11 Marine or Scarborough Athletic v Frickley Athletic

12 Dunston UTS v Irlam

13 FC United of Manchester v Colne

14 Nantwich Town v Blyth Spartans

15 Darlington v Bradford (Park Avenue)

16 Chorley v Parkgate or Leek Town

17 Witton Albion v Spennymoor Town

18 Altrincham v Whitley Bay

19 Consett v Warrington Town

20 Sutton Coldfield Town or Rushall Olympic v Alfreton Town

21 Boston United v Peterborough Sports

22 Saffron Walden Town or St Ives Town v Grantham Town

23 Kidderminster Harriers v Atherstone Town

24 Stourbridge v Leamington

25 Rugby Town v Hednesford Town

26 St Neots Town v Romulus

27 Nuneaton Borough v Brackley Town

28 Alvechurch v Corby Town

29 Kettering Town v AFC Mansfield

30 Anstey Nomads v Mickleover Sports

31 Halesowen Town v Chasetown or Gainsborough Trinity

32 King’s Lynn Town or Histon v Stafford Rangers

33 AFC Telford United v Bedford Town

34 Buxton v Coalville Town

35 Hampton & Richmond Borough v Burgess Hill Town

36 Northwood or Kings Langley v Farnborough or Lewes

37 Wealdstone v Great Wakering Rovers

38 Welling United v Chesham United

39 Hendon or Harlow Town v Phoenix Sports or Lancing

40 Woking v Tooting & Mitcham United

41 Hanwell Town v Lowestoft Town

42 Egham Town v Brightlingsea Regent

43 Chelmsford City v Worthing

44 Concord Rangers v Margate

45 Leverstock Green or Hadley v Dorking Wanderers

46 Haringey Borough v Erith Town

47 Cheshunt or Leiston v Hastings United

48 Coggeshall Town or Berkhamsted v Beckenham Town or Walton Casuals

49 St Albans City v Corinthian Casuals or Whyteleafe

50 Bowers & Pitsea v Hemel Hempstead Town

51 Billericay Town v Burnham

52 Chalfont St Peter or Kempston Rovers v Aylesbury United or Marlow

53 Hitchin Town v Didcot Town

54 Bognor Regis Town v AFC Sudbury

55 Haverhill Rovers or Long Melford v Leatherhead

56 East Thurrock United v Whitehawk

57 Brantham Athletic v Eastbourne Borough

58 Oxford City v Merstham or Cray Valley (PM)

59 Gosport Borough v Ramsgate or Sevenoaks Town

60 AFC Hornchurch v East Grinstead Town

61 AFC Uckfield Town v Dartford

62 Hayes & Yeading United v Moneyfields

63 FC Romania v Beaconsfield Town

64 Corinthian or Horsham v Heybridge Swifts

65 Dulwich Hamlet v Tonbridge Angels

66 Metropolitan Police v Needham Market

67 Merthyr Town v Frome Town or Winchester City

68 Lymington Town or Lydney Town v Torquay United

69 Chippenham Town v Swindon Supermarine

70 Bristol Manor Farm v Paulton Rovers or Basingstoke Town

71 Gloucester City v Plymouth Parkway or Street

72 Weston Super Mare v Salisbury or Yate Town

73 Tiverton Town v Wimborne Town or Dorchester Town

74 Hereford v Truro City

75 Poole Town v Cinderford Town

76 Taunton Town v Bitton

77 Weymouth or Banbury United v Bath City

78 Hungerford Town v Wantage Town

79 Binfield v Cirencester Town

80 Slough Town v Sholing or Hamworthy United

MATCH DATES All ties must be played on Saturday 22 September 2018, kick-off 3.00pm with replays on or before Thursday 27 September, kick-off 7.45pm.