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LATEST 6PM: Mindless attack on Winslow United FC – Why?

This morning’s incredible breaking news of the mindless attack at Winslow United’s Elmfields gate ground left people asking the simple question. Why?

Winslow United Pitch Attack

Remembrance Sunday will certainly go down as a day Winslow United Football Club will remember for all the wrong reasons.

Overnight, Saturday 10th to Sunday 11th November, both of the goalmouths were dug up. The individual(s) concerned dug six by six inch squares, six to eight inches deep with what appears to be a spade, or similar tool and tossed the sods across the six yard area.

Winslow United Pitch Attack

The pictures, first published on Facebook do not, in fairness, give any indication to how bad the goalmouths actually look.

In addition, the goalposts and posts that keep the nets in position were lifted and moved.

Sports Shots were at Elmfields gate when one set of nets that were tossed in the hedgerow, behind the goal furthest from the clubhouse, were recovered.

A set of posts, wired together, were thrown over the fence into the overgrown grass verge in Cricketers Row, to the side of the sports facility.

Two Police Officers were in attendance at lunchtime speaking to United vice chairman Colin O’Dell.

Attention now turns to the council’s CCTV pointing at that end of the pitch. This will hold vital clues and evidence.

Winslow United Pitch Attack

How can you help?

Can any local resident check their gardens or any area where a net or post could have been thrown.

Did you see anything suspicious? However little, this could be what is needed.

Are you a local resident who has CCTV? Again this could be most helpful.

Contact Winslow United chairman Andy Setterfield 07703 117443


Local awareness response nothing short of incredible!

Since Sports Shots shared the story this morning, by 6pm our post has got onto 33,004 different people’s Facebook timelines, and had an amazing 436 shares! Our Twitter post has got onto 18,508 timelines.

We would like to thank all our local clubs, and those not so local, and every person who has taken the time to share and support the club.


United chairman to appear on BBC Three Counties Radio Monday evening

The United club chairman Andy Setterfield will appear on the brilliant Non-League Show on BBC Three Counties Radio on Monday evening from 7pm. Setterfield will talk with Ollie Bayliss and Luke Ashmead with the latest update on this awful situation.

Andy Setterfield

SSMFL D1: Carter treble, Olawale and MacDonald give Ath big away win!

Robbie Carter fired a treble, while there were goals for Sam Olawale and Rob MacDonald as Buckingham Athletic won their Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 clash 5-0 at Brimsdown this afternoon.

Robbie Carter

Neil Griffiths has now seen his side win four games on the bounce, including scoring 12 times without reply in their last two outings.

The result takes the Athletic up to twelfth in the division 1 table.


SSMFL D1: Dalton strike secures Winslow big win at the top of the table

Harry Dalton scored the only goal of the game as fifth-placed Winslow United defeated a Hillingdon Borough in third place this afternoon.

Harry Dalton

Dalton’s second half strike has closed the gap at the top of the division as Winslow maintained their impressive home form with their fifth successive home league win of the 2018-19 campaign.

B&B Int Cup 3R: Willis & Wright send Ath development into the county cup last 16

Jake Honor’s Buckingham Athletic Development side are into the last sixteen of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.

Jake Honor

Goals from Charlie Willis and Charlie Wright put the Athletic Development two goals ahead against Bedgrove Dynamos at the break.

The home side pulled a goal back through a penalty but it was the visitors who progressed into the fourth round.

ART 2R: Old Bradwell five-start cup win

Old Bradwell United are into the 3rd round of the Anagram Trophy with a convincing 5-0 win over Evergreen this afternoon.

Darryl Smith

The home side went ahead when Bhasin’s corner saw Darryl Smith’s header saved, before Dan Smith put the ball in the net.

Darryl Smith glanced in Pursey’s free kick to make it two before Collins took David Keene’s side in three goals ahead at the break.

Another Pursey free-kick saw Cribb net with his first touch for goal number four.

Ben Green

Ben Green netted his eighth of the season from close range to wrap up the scoring.

SSMFL D1: Ball believes in ‘tight-knit’ Winslow ahead of big weekend clash

Anthony Ball has spoken to Sports Shots as Winslow United host Hillingdon Borough in a third-versus-fifth clash in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Ball

United will be looking to be back at it after last week’s performance was probably as disappointing as their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy exit at neighbours Buckingham Athletic.

This weekend will be a good benchmark for United. A big game for the Elmfields gate-based outfit which the talented youngster is looking forward to.

I don’t know much about the other team, but I know they’re up there at the top so it’ll be another good test. The team morale at Winslow is second to none. I’ve never been involved in such a tight-knit group, although everyone is obviously disappointed with the way last weekend went. Therefore every single one of us is eager to get back out and put it right Saturday.

Ball joined up for this campaign slightly late but feels he has more to give.

I didn’t join Winslow until late this season due to starting off the season at Berko (Berkhamsted), where I personally had a very difficult time. Now at Winslow, I feel I’m enjoying my football a lot more than I have done in a long time, and I feel better in the way I’m playing, although I still feel there’s a lot more I’ve got to give.

Ball is settled at Winslow, which is showing in his displays.

Everyone is aiming towards the same goal of promotion and silverware, from the players and coaches through to the staff and fans.

As I said earlier the team morale is so good right now and I think people can see that through the results we’ve been producing. The fans we get turning out in all weathers is great, most of the away games we end up outnumbering the home fans.

FA Trophy 2QR: Blaik previews Thame’s Trophy trip to Royston

Thame United face a difficult looking FA Trophy tie at Royston Town but assistant manager Stuart Blaik insists they are going to ‘compete and get a result’.

Stuart Blaik

After last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Peterborough Sports, Thame have been busy this week.

Last week the game was gone after the first twenty minutes but in the second half we improved. Fair play to them they deserved to win but we didn’t turn up, which was disappointing.

This week we changed things around and trained on the main pitch on Monday evening instead of Tuesday. It gave us a great opportunity to work on a number of things which we addressed from Saturday’s defeat.

This weekend we go to Royston, who will be a hard proposition. But we will go there, compete, and look to get a result.


FA Trophy 2QR: Thame face tough Trophy draw at Royston + Blaik reaction


Minor Counties revamp proposed from 2020

There are changes afoot in minor counties cricket after reported discussions between the Minor Counties Cricket Association and the ECB.

Minor Counties Cricket

Plans to improve the current structure and standards could be implemented from the beginning of the 2020 campaign if given the go ahead.

The current Eastern and Western Divisions, both of ten sides, could be split at the end of the 2019 season with the top five clubs in both entering in a new Division One East and Division One West for the following year. Division Two East and Division Two West could contain the bottom five sides in the regional 2019 tables.

The top two teams in each division at the end of 2020 would play-off for the Unicorns Championship Trophy, with the addition of promotion and relegation between the two regional divisions.

The proposed new system would mean four Championship three-day matches instead of the current six.

The season’s calendar would start with the 50-over competition followed by the Twenty20. With player availability expected to improve later in the summer, the Championship three-day cricket would be scheduled then, thus improving the standard.

The ECB has also confirmed that Minor Counties will take on first-class sides in a one-off round of 50-over fixtures prior to the domestic one-day competition in mid-July.

SSMFL D1 Cup: Ath head into the last four with seven-goal romp

Buckingham Athletic are in the semi-finals of the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks on Saturday, the Stratford Fields-based side romped into the last four of the divisional cup with a 7-0 win over Hillingdon Borough on Tuesday evening.

Blessing Zulu

Blessing Zulu put the home side ahead before Jack Menday and Nick Bines took them in three goals ahead at the break.

Immanuel Soetan netted number four, before Zulu scored his second, and the Athletic’s fifth on the night.

Soetan made it six, before Sam Olawale wrapped up the scoring with goal number seven.

Neil Griffiths will now see his side head to the winners of the Winslow United versus Hatfield Town quarter-final tie.

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, Quarter-final update

As the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy heads into the quarter-final stage, we take a look at who will, or could, join Buckingham Athletic in the last eight.

Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy

The Athletic are joined by Old Bradwell United, who knocked Hanslope out 4-3 on penalties after the game finished 3-3 in 90 minutes. Jamie Cox (11), Mohammed Aden Deria (20) and Shaun Ennis (40) scoring the goals for David Keene’s side.

Newbury went away and defeated Delaford Colts 2-1, while Wallingford Town AFC knocked out Kennington Athletic 3-1.

Next Saturday (10th November), Marlow United host Reading YMCA, Burnham entertain Wrightchoice & Unity CSA and Didcot Town Development play Aston Clinton.

In two weeks time, Sandhurst Town play Chalvey (WMC) Sports in the final tie of the 3rd round.

The draw will take place for the last eight with ties set to be played on Saturday 12th January 2019.

Teams still in the competition are:

Buckingham Athletic

Old Bradwell United


Wallingford Town AFC

Marlow United or Reading YMCA

Burnham or Wrightchoice & Unity CSA

Didcot Town Development or Aston Clinton

Sandhurst Town or Chalvey (WMC) Sports