BBCCF; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 0-10 Abingdon United Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 0

Abingdon United Ladies – 10

Buckingham Athletic Ladies were blown away on Sunday in the Berks & Bucks Ladies cup final by a ruthless Abingdon United side, who have this season pretty much blitzed anyone who has come across their path in Division One, having scored sixty-five goals in their thirteen league games whilst conceding just eight. Athletic had no answer to the wave after wave of attacks they suffered in both halves of the game, and had it not been for some heroic goalkeeping by Ellen Fenables, some last ditch defending & some wasted chances the score could have been a lot worse. But Carmen Robinson’s side did not give in and battled away until the end, and are highly unlikely to face a side like this again, and did create chances of their own, but against a side that boasted players with previous experience with Oxford United & Oxford City simply had no answers to unlock their solid defence, and stem the onslaught they faced.

United made their intentions clear from the start, as Buckingham took the kick off within two passes they were hassled into losing possession, the ball slid through the defence saw Abingdon skipper Abbie Smith away on goal but Fenables was quick off her line to bravely dive at the strikers feet to smother. At the other end an early chance fell kindly for Jordan Heron but from the corner of the six yard box keeper Sophie Kirby was comfortable to block at her near post.

Early action for Ellen Fenables

Any thoughts of frustrating the United ladies evaporated just three minutes in, to the right of goal Heather Young fired across goal, the ball evading the dive of Fenables and running in behind Kiera Isaac tapped into the empty net. A minute later another right wing cross found Isaac who cushioned off to Smith who sliced her effort just wide. Then on seven minutes Abingdon doubled their lead through the highly impressive Molly Lygo, she found the freedom of the left channel too good to ignore and strode forward, from the eighteen yard line she drove at goal & despite two hands from Fenables the power took the ball home.

Buckingham captain Kerry Stapleton tried to get her side back in the game moments after the goal, a long range shot from outside the area seemed harmless enough initially, however the ball dipped over the head of Kirby and bounced up off the crossbar and over for a goal kick. This was brief respite for the Athletic side, as their opponents tore at goal at every opportunity, Isaac cutting down the right and with few options she flashed the ball across the goal face and a yard or two wide of the back post. Then on twenty-three minutes United won a corner, the ball swung in and as a mass of bodies went to attack the ball centre-half Steph Carrick went down, the whistle sounded and for a moment no one seemed to know what was happening, but the referee calmly walked towards the goal before pointing at the penalty spot.

Full back Gina Ianniello-Phillips took responsibility and fired home giving Fenables no chance. Buckingham tried to regroup & get some sort of foothold in the game, Heron had a block in the Abingdon box blocked at close range, before Evie Hawkins was fed in on goal but her marker was so close she had to take the shot on early and it lacked any real power or conviction. Then eleven minutes before the break United scored a fourth, again a cross from the right found Lygo unmarked and she had time to control before picking her spot to bury home. Isaac was next to try to increase her sides lead, clear through on goal she took too long to shoot allowing Fenables to advance and dive on the ball at her feet, before substitute Amy Pipe attacked down the left with Georgina Howells right on her shoulder, the two tussled into the box and a brilliant last ditch tackle saw the Buckingham defender divert for a corner.

Gina Ianniello-Phillips scores penalty

From the corner the ball swung in and as a group went up for the ball it looped over Fenables and a scramble at the back post saw Nell Boxall turn home. Five minutes before the break a rare poor clearance from the United defence saw Heron away down the left, her cross however was seized upon by Kirby although it took two attempts to gather with Hawkins lurking nearby, and there was still time for an Abingdon corner to be met by Carrick who flashed  her header across goal and wide. H/T: 0-5

The pressure didn’t ease at all after the break, a great cross from the left from Pipe saw Fenables again have to throw herself at the ball to smother as Isaac looked to add to her tally, moments before Smith worked herself some space on the edge of the box before narrowly firing wide of Fenables left hand post. Four minutes into the half saw the best chance for Hawkins, she was fed a ball in behind the Abingdon defence and her pace took her away on goal, from twelve yards she could only fire wide.

The agony of the missed chance was then compounded from the goal kick as Abingdon scored their sixth of the game, a through ball for Pipe to chase saw her outpace the defence, and whilst Fenables stood tall the pacy winger slotted home. Just six minutes later it was seven, a ball over the top saw Isaac away, her first shot saved by Fenables however the ball fell kindly back to the forward who smashed home.

Smith then saw a long range shot pushed away two-handed by Fenables for a corner, before an inch perfect cross from their right from Heather Young found Isaac in the middle but she glanced her header inches wide of the back post. On sixty-five minutes they got their eighth of the afternoon, Pipe away down the left channel and from the corner of the box she chipped over Fenables and into the top corner.

Buckingham tried to press when they could, but were now just happy to keep the ball out of their own half, Heron got down the right and from the acutest of angles fired into the side netting. But it didn’t last long and United soon had their ninth with fifteen minutes left, Lygo crossed into the box and Fenables made an initial save, the ball fell loose and Isaac back heeled to Tina Higgs who couldn’t miss.

Athletic await the presentation

A through ball from Stapleton threatened to release Heron on goal but the ball rolled so quickly it was comfortable for Kirby to collect, then immediately back up the other end Isaac saw a shot from the edge of the area screw wide. With four minutes left Lygo completed her hatrick with the goal of the game, collecting a pass right on the corner of the area she curled over Fenables and into the top corner.

In the dying moments a good pass from Stapleton saw Hawkins get a close range effort away that was blocked for a corner, the resulting corner swung in and met by a firm header from the captain and Kirby had to use both hands to push up and over her crossbar, the ball landing on top of the net. The final whistle sounded seconds later much to the relief of the beleaguered Athletic Ladies, who turn their attention now to their quest for promotion. F/T: 0-10

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic defensive duo Chelsea Markwell & Emma Marshall: 

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BREAKING … Mark Carter to stand down as Buckingham Athletic boss at the end of the season

Mark Carter is to stand down as manager of Buckingham Athletic at the end of the season.

Buckingham Athletic manager Mark Carter

In a statement issued to the Sports Shots, Buckingham Athletic chairman Tony Checkley spoke highly of his outgoing manager.

The Stratford Fields-based club now begin their search to replace Carter.

Sports Shots would like to thank Mark Carter for all his fantastic support in always being available for us; answering texts and emails so swiftly. This has aided the running of our website.

Club statement

Buckingham Athletic Football Club have been advised that Mark Carter will step down as manager at the end of the season.

Mark Carter

Mark and his team have been in control of the first team for 3 years and in that time have built a team that has consistently finished in the top 10 of Division 1 and still with a chance to finish higher this season. Mark decided to make the announcement now so that the process of finding a new manager could start immediately.

Tony Checkley

Club Chairman, Tony Checkley said:

It is with regret that I have had to accept Mark’s resignation and he will be sorely missed and not something I was expecting. His energy and enthusiasm has been absolutely fantastic since he has been with us serving as both Reserve team and First team manager. He and his assistants have brought so much to the club over these years and has set up a club that is ready to make a real push for promotion.

I will be having further discussions with Mark and the rest of his management team over the next few weeks as we hope they will all remain as part of the club in some way or another.

However, there is still a lot of football to play and I know that Mark and his team will be fighting for that top 6 finish that he richly deserves.

The hunt for a new manager starts now as we really want somebody in place before pre-season starts in June so if anybody is interested they should contact me or Colin Howkins on .

SSMFL,D1: Winslow looking strong in hunt for third place

Winslow United are slowly strengthening their grip as they look to secure third place in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 this season.

It was another victory for the Elmfields gate-based outfit, this time a 5-1 success over Langford, and with games in hand they are coming strong in the run-in.

Aaron King – Winslow United

Aaron King opened the scoring in the 13th minute to put Winslow United ahead before Danny Gordon made it two just eight minutes later.

Aaron King netted his second, his 32nd of the season, on 35 minutes with Shiblu Miah taking United in four goals ahead at the break with his 37th minute goal.

Substitute Harry Dalton scored in the second half as United stay fifth but are in more than in contention for the third place.

Winslow United: Sam Ashmead, Steve Garbutt, Danny Gordon, Marcus Hussey, Alex Kedzierski, Anthony Kew, Shiblu Miah, Grant Karwacinski, Jeanmal Prosper, Simon King, Aaron King.

Subs: Jack Bowers, Harry Dalton, Mark Tattum.

Minor Counties: Bucks second pre-season friendly at Oxon is cancelled

Buckinghamshire’s scheduled pre-season friendly against Oxfordshire on Sunday has been cancelled.

The Minor Counties friendly against Oxfordshire at Aston Rowant Cricket Club is their second successive game to fall victim of the weather.

Buckinghamshire will now start their season, weather permitting, against Cambridgeshire in the Unicorns KO Trophy at High Wycombe Cricket Club on Sunday 29th April.

Tom Hampton’s side did finally manage to get some outdoor practice achieved when they held a session at High Wycombe Cricket Club last Sunday.

Sports Shots were invited along as part of our 2018 season coverage of cricket, an issue we are looking to improve and build upon.


Bucks CCC pre-season session 2018

Bucks CCC pre-season session 2018

HCPCL/CL: Town looking for tea persons, umpires & scorers

Buckingham Town CC – We Still have the following positions available for the 2018 season.

Tea Person – x 2 we are looking for people to supply the teas for Saturday home matches based at Gawcott and Winslow. Requirement for 9 games between May to September. Fixed budget is provided which includes financial compensation. Would suit any age from 15 upwards.

Umpires – 3rd and 4th Elevens Required for home and away fixtures with Saturday 3rd XI (Cherwell League Div 6) and 4th XI (Div 8). Free travel and teas provided and a small payment. Previous umpiring or cricket knowledge is required. A formal umpiring qualification not essential but would be desirable.

Scorer – 3rd Eleven Needed for home games at Winslow and away matches for 3rd Team. Scoring will be on a laptop to meet league requirements. Full training will be given. Free travel and tea provided with financial remuneration. Would suit keen cricket fan young or old.

Scorer – 4th Eleven Needed for home games at Gawcott and away matches. Scoring will be traditional scorebook style. Experience would be a bonus. Free travel and tea provided with financial remuneration.

Would suit keen cricket fan young or old.If you know someone who may be interested please contact:
Jason Ell (07778 342399) or Ade Johnson (07748 630121) for further details

HCPCL,D2: Town announce signing of Kiwi seamer in April newsletter

Buckingham Town has announced the signing of overseas player Gurwinder Singh in their April 2018 newsletter published yesterday.

Gurwinder Singh

Singh is an opening bowler who plays for Cadets and Bay of Plenty. The same club that New Zealand international Trent Bolt plays for along with his Brother Jonno Bolt who captains Gurwinder at club level and rates him very highly.
Gurwinder will be helping around the club with coaching and junior matches.

The news of the Kiwi seamer boosting the ranks comes off the back of other winter signings; Andrew Hall, Russell White, Mark Hulbert.

The club has also installed new outdoor nets over the close season.

Both of Town’s fixtures with Oxford CC have fallen victim to the recent wet weather. This means Town should finally start their season at Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 side Tring Park in a friendly on Saturday 28th April.

CLICK HERE to read Town’s April newsletter for all the news at Bourton road

Fred Tew Final: Deanshanger Athletic v Towcester Town – This Thursday (19th)



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UCLD1; Olney Town fulfill fitting farewell finale

Olney Town – 2

Blackstones – 1

Olney Town brought the curtain down on their home campaign for the season with a hard earnt win over Blackstones to go above their guests into fifth place in the United Counties League Division One table, and at the same time bid a fond farewell to the Olney committee who all stand down at the end of the season. Chairman Paul Tough was on the pitch at the final whistle to congratulate every single member of Neil Griffith’s squad, and now the future for the club remains unclear as it waits to see if any new committee members materialise to take the club on. In a turbulent season for the club, the win extended their unbeaten spell to five games, and with two games left a top five finish is possible although most clubs around them have many games in hand, but still a very good finish considering they were mid table just a few weeks ago.

What now for Olney Town FC?

The home side got off to the best possible start and scored after just five minutes, a Chris Pendry cross from the right found Jay Saunders at the back of the six-yard box who had time to compose before smashing past Blackstones keeper Aaron Bellairs. They almost doubled their lead two minutes later when Kevin Owusu fed in Drew Mitten inside the eighteen-yard box, he had time to control before firing narrowly over the crossbar.

Blackstone were probing with balls over the Olney defence and saw Joseph Papworth away with an ideal pass, however he was closely tracked by Town defender Robert Tapp who managed to get round and knock the ball back to his keeper Jack Taylor just as Papworth seemed destined to shoot. Tapp then headed away another Blackstones cross and twelve yards out their striker Lee Clarke tried the acrobatic overhead kick but only lifted the ball high over the bar.

Just past the half hour mark Blackstones released Filip Czerwonka down the left channel, away from his marker he advanced in on Taylor but hesitated too long before shooting, the keeper getting down well to his left to stun the shot and a defender on hand to clear. A free kick then to the visitors saw Ben Porter drive inches wide of Taylor’s left hand post, and moments before the interval they won another free kick inside the Olney half, Porter seized the initiative and took the kick before Olney regained any shape, sending Clarke away down the left who fizzed the ball across the area but none of his team mates were forward enough to get the touch to test Taylor, and the ball rolled harmlessly away.

There was still time for Olney to win a corner, Mitten laid the ball back to Owusu who drove the ball diagonally across the Blackstones box, running in late centre half Oscar Friell was a whisker away from connecting some eight yards out. H/T: 1-0

Four minutes after the break Jack Taylor was forced to dive away to his left to save from a header from a free kick, before another cross from their right was met in front of goal by Clarke who headed over, who then chastised himself after realising what a golden opportunity it had been.

Olney then doubled their lead on fifty-four minutes, and Blackstones were the architects of their own downfall, keeper Bellairs tried to play the ball out to his centre half Harry Peasgood, the ball rather short invited Christian Smail to press and his crunching tackle on the edge of the eighteen yard line saw him win the ball, despite the calls for a foul the Olney skipper headed for goal and spotting Bellairs advancing he executed an exquisite chip over his head and in.

Christian Smail scores

A corner to Olney then saw some head tennis in the box resulting in Friell heading backwards towards goal, Bellairs having to leap and tip over his own crossbar for a corner. At the opposite end a cross from the Blackstones right was met at the near post by the visitors skipper Jake Pell who headed over. Pell then kept his side in the game at the other end, as Saunders was played in to the right of goal, just as he shaped up to shoot Pell managed to recover and get a block to divert for a corner.

As time ticked away, a tackle out on the Olney left wing left most on the pitch waiting for the whistle for a free kick, but it never came and instead substitute Frank Baidoo raced away with the ball towards goal, however Bellairs came out to meet the front man and bravely dived at his feet, the ball bouncing off the keepers legs back on to the Town man and out for a goal kick.

As the clock ticked into the ninetieth minute Blackstones pulled a goal back, Clarke got away down the left and into the area, he smashed at goal and despite Taylor getting his hand to the ball he couldn’t prevent it from nestling in the bottom corner. As the away side tried to hassle for an unlikely equaliser, they were almost caught on the counter when Baidoo broke from a stray pass in midfield, despite being called to travel into the corner to waste time, the striker headed for goal and from twelve yards forced Bellairs into a good save down to his left.

The remaining seconds saw Olney retain possession in the corner, and the final whistle brought not only three points to the home side, but an emotional farewell to the 2017/18 season, and a long summer that holds a most uncertain future for the club. F/T: 2-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Olney manager Neil Griffiths: 

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SSMFL: Ath get double victory; wins for first & development teams

Both Buckingham Athletic and their development side recorded wins this afternoon.

Matt Cruse

Matt Cruse netted a double while Sam Olawale was target in the 3-1 win at FC Broxbourne Borough.

Sam Olawale – Image by Nick Holder (Icnic Images)

Nathan Skelton

The Development side recorded a 4-0 victory with goals from Nathan Skelton (25), Sam Aston (37) and Michael Davison (55 & 82).

Michael Davison

NB&DFL,D1: United secure back-to-back wins against title rivals

Buckingham United secured a 4-1 victory at Hanslope reserves as they continue to look to win the North Bucks & District League, Division 1 title.

Ryan Gunnine, Aaron Jones, Andy Selleck and Lee Williams were on target for Dean O’Connor’s side.