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B&B Intermediate Cup: Ath Development head to Eldon Celtic in the last four

Buckingham Athletic Development head to Eldon Celtic in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, semi-final draw made today.

Jake Honor’s side travel on Saturday 16th February with a place in the final awaiting the winners.

The Athletic progressed as they defeated Bletchley Park 4-2 last Saturday.

A Tom Summers brace, plus strikes from Chris Wright and Chris Parr securing progress from the quarter final.

HCPCL T20 : Full draw, dates and venues announced!

The 2019 Home Counties Premier League T20 draw has been announced with venues and dates allocated as follows:

Rounds 1 & 2 on Saturday 4th May 2019.

The draw has now been made and is as follows:

At Banbury CC

1. Banbury CC v Great & Little Tew CC
2. Buckingham Town CC v Horspath CC
3. Winner of 1 v Winner of 2

At Wokingham CC

1. Wokingham CC v Slough CC
2. Burnham CC v Finchampstead CC
3. Winner of 1 v Winner of 2

At Aston Rowant CC

1. Aston Rowant CC v Harefield CC
2. Datchet CC v Henley CC
3. Winner of 1 v Winner of 2

At Tring Park CC:

1. High Wycombe CC v Amersham CC
2. Tring Park CC v Chesham CC
3. Winner and 1 v Winner of 2

These games, which will be played in Coloured Kit using the Pink Ball which the League will supply, will follow the ECB format of all games being played on one pitch sequentially.

ESS D1C: Thame battle through to take maximum points

Reported by Carl Catling

Dan West

Thame United FC V Cambridge City FC
Attendance – 78
Weather – 4 Celsius and Dry

Today’s encounter saw Mark West’s Thame United FC (4th place) host Cambridge City FC (12th place).

Thame were in search of back to back wins following their 1-0 away win on New Year’s Day @ Kidlington FC.

Thame knew another 3 points would keep them flying in 4th place and firmly in hunt for a play-off spot.

The Red Kites didn’t disappoint and grinded out a 1-0 victory to secure back to back league wins and remain 4th in the league table.

It should be noted that Thame’s GK Craig Hill was unavailable for selection and a late signing of David Lyons proved invaluable for today’s fixture.

*** Starting Line Ups ***
Thame United FC – David Lyons, Harry Mepham, David Lynn, Jamie Essex, Andy Gledhill, Tom Ashworth, Liam Tack, Lynton Goss, Ben Sturgess (C), Dan West, Matt Peake-Pijnen

Cambridge City FC – Jamie Head, Ben Robinson, Sebastian Simpson, Ross Paterson (C), Adam Capel, Jordan Odofin, Nathan Olukanmi, Adam Watkins, Josh Dyinsan, Lewis Whitehead, Michael Davis

*** FIRST HALF ***

0 to 15 mins – The first 5 minutes was very stop / start with neither team maintaining possession or creating chances.

Cambridge then began to exert control on the game and had the first shot on target by Josh Dyinsan. Also in this period of time Cambridge put in multiple crosses which was dealt with by the Thame defence.

Thame, against the run of play, had a goal disallowed when a cross was headed home but it was deemed a foul on goalkeeper Jamie Head.

Cambridge then created two moments of worry when they had one shot from outside the box followed by a cross which landed on the top of the net.

16 to 30 mins – Thame got back on top when a long throw by David Lynn was headed towards goal but easily saved.

Cambridge were awarded a corner which proved dangerous when it took multiple attempts to be cleared out of the box.

City also followed up by having two crosses blocked by Thame’s robust defence.

Cambridge continued to attack and had an offside decision following a run behind the Thame defence.

Thame were awared a free kick near the corner flag which was taken by Lynton Goss and headed into the back of the net by ‘Mr Golden Boot’ Dan West on 27 minutes.

31-45 mins – The goal gave the Thame side confidence and it showed with them maintaining possession and the ball was continuously being crossed in or around the Cambridge box. In this time Cambridge struggled to pass the ball and there were multiple offsides for both sides with direct passing.

Before the end of the half West took a free kick which was a direct strike at goal and ended up straight into Jamie Head’s hands in the middle of the goal.

Following this Cambridge right back Ben Robinson had to be taken off due to injury.

Cambridge ended the half by pumping the ball into the box and Thame having to resort to tight marking to absorb the pressure.

HT Score
Thame United FC 1 – 0 Cambridge City FC


45-60 mins – Early in the second half the ball fell to Thame’s Tom Ashworth, who had shot blocked by Cambridge’s defence.

Cambridge upped their tempo and pushed for an equaliser with faster direct passing.

Thame responded by getting the ball to Lynton Goss as much as possible whereby he made a few runs and multiple dribbles towards the Cambridge goal.

David Lyons made a goal saving stop 7 yards out when Cambridge were through on goal.

Thame were able to create a half chance when Lyton Goss attacked the right wing and put in a  cross towards the head of Dan West who was unable to connect with it.

61 – 75 mins – During this period Cambridge were in control of possession and Thame were only pressing when Cambridge had the ball in Thame’s half.

When Thame did get the ball back, Lynton Goss made a great 20 yard run with the ball up the right wing into the box before hitting the side netting when one on one with Jamie Head.

Then there were a few minutes when both teams were passing long balls straight to the other teams GK or out of play. Thame’s Captain Ben Sturgess could be heard telling his side to calm down.

76 – 90 mins – Both teams began to show their nerves near the end of this match. When Cambridge did put in a cross next time round it was deflected and Thame were fortunate it again found the safe hands of David Lyons. Up the other end Thame had a half chance which was put wide when a ball bounced on the edge of the Cambridge box and Jamie head committed to the ball.

Thame had another free kick attempt to score which was again taken by Dan West and despite finding the target was saved by Jamie Head.

There was some end of game drama when Cambridge had the ball cleared off the line and yet another dangerous shot that was deflected and Thame required fast reactions from David Lyons to deal with it.

After four minutes of injury time today’s referee D. O’Shea blew the final whistle.

FT Score
Thame United FC 1 – 0 Cambridge City FC

This was a well balanced game in which the Thame goalkeeper and defence must take huge credit. The volume of blocks and crosses dealt with, not to mention last ditch tackles, was appreciated by the home fans.

As when the referee blow the final whistle the players were given a standing ovation.

Cambridge will feel very unfortunate as despite numerous runs at goal, set pieces and crosses the key chance was not taken to score. Cambridge should feel proud as they players did put pressure on Thame until the final whistle.

*** KEY STATS ***
Shots on target – Thame 5 – 6 Cambridge
Corners – Thame 1 – 6 Cambridge
Yellow Cards – Thame 0 – 0 Cambridge
Red Cards – Thame 0 – 0 Cambridge
Penalties – Thame 0 – 0 Cambridge

This was a tough one but put into context…. a late signing, no experience with the team, excellent positioning and multiple key saves/catches/blocks. He continued playing despite limping in the first half. David also proved key with his distribution and can be very proud of his performance today.

*** NEXT GAME ***
Saturday 12/1/2019, Kick Off 15:00 – Away @ North Leigh FC

@ The ASM Stadium,  Thame
Saturday 19/1/2019, Kick Off 15:00 – V Didcot Town FC

*** Admission Prices @ The ASM Stadium ***
Adult £8
Concession £5
Child £1

There is ample free parking at the Stadium.
Club has a fully licensed bar on site.

The ASM Stadium
Meadow View Park

SSMFL D1: Ath come from behind to secure win at Amersham

Buckingham Athletic came from behind to win 4-1 at Amersham Town in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 today.

Amersham took an 18th minute lead before hitting the post just four minutes later.

Blessing Zulu levelled the scores just two minutes before the interval after he broke through to drill home.

Eighteen minutes from time the Athletic took the lead as Jack Carter’s shot hit the post and his brother Robbie followed up to score.

Robbie Carter

Ten minutes later Soetan chested the ball into the net to extend the Athletic’s lead.

Neil King

Neil King wrapped up the points after converting from the spot after Zulu was fouled on 86 minutes.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

SSMFL D1: Schmidt strike gives Winslow victory

Kieron Schmidt’s 17th minute strike gave Winslow United all three points in their Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 victory over London Lions.

Action from Winslow United v London Lions, Saturday 5th January 2019. Image by Luke Stafford

In a tight game at Elmfields gate, Schmidt’s goal was the difference between the two sides.

Click on the image below to view our images from the game:



Sports Shots delighted to announce Carl Catling joining our team!

Sports Shots is absolutely delighted to announce that Carl Catling has joined us as a reporter.

Carl Catling

Carl is an avid Thame United fan and will be writing match reports from The ASM Stadium, starting officially with tomorrow’s game with Cambridge City.

We are delighted to have Carl join us!

ESS D1C: Thame assistant boss ‘we need to be at our best’ + seven day in for potential new signing

Stuart Blaik has told Sports Shots his side need to be at the best ahead of the visit of Cambridge City, plus they are looking to strengthen.

Stuart Blaik

After a very good first half of the season, Blaik is looking for his side to continue to match the levels they have set as City visit The ASM Stadium this weekend.

They (Cambridge City) will come to us in a determined mood as they’ve lost a couple of players this week.

I thought at the start of the season they would be play-off contenders, at worse, and it will be another difficult game for us.

Blaik revealed that Thame have been looking to strengthen their squad.

We have a seven-day approach in for a player so we will see what that brings.

We now go into a run of games against teams scrapping for points and we need to be at our best, and compete, to keep our league form going.

Sports Shots will have our newest recruit, Carl Catling, reporting from the game.

SSMFL D1: Coles looking for Winslow to bounce back as Lions visit + Flooring flying!

Sports Shots caught up with Winslow United’s Sean Coles after the forward’s brace earned his side a point at Risborough Rangers last weekend.

Sean Coles

United had been 1-3 down before Coles late equaliser after a Ryan Freshwater penalty earned Paul Alleyne’s side a share of the spoils.

Coles commented:

It was good to come away with a point, being 3-1 down, and having 10 men. The team dug deep and managed to grab a point and we didn’t give up.

United return to Elmfields gate tomorrow for a league encounter.

London Lions will be a tough game, they are a good footballing side but on our day we can beat anyone.

Coles and his team mates have been working hard ahead of the game.

We have been in training because our recent performances haven’t been good enough, so we need to put that right on Saturday.

As well as United fighting at the top, Coles also has some big games on the horizon with Aylesbury Flooring.

Our (Winslow) main focus is the league, but it is always good to win a cup.

My next three games for Flooring are massive and we have a good side going into the games and we are flying.

SSMFL D1: McAdoo relishing a big few months ahead in the Ath’s season

Josh McAdoo

Buckingham Athletic goalkeeper Josh McAdoo has spoken to Sports Shots as they head to Amersham Town in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

The Athletic are up to fifth in the table and head to the south of the county looking to push on.

McAdoo told Sports Shots

Yeah we’re starting to climb the table, which is a positive, and good to see as I believe we should be up there pushing and fighting for those top spots.

As a team we have been playing well and been getting some good results, we just need to cut out the odd bad result we seem to put in after a run of good games, or a big win, If we can do that there’s no reason we can’t be up there and with some of the players Buckingham have they should be up there.

The Athletic man has been has been a regular in the side with 21 appearances this campaign. He has aided his side’s points tally and cup progressions with some outstanding displays too.

My form this season hasn’t been too bad, had a nice little run of 5 clean sheets in 8 games, which I haven’t done in a while, but that was also down to what’s in front of me too has to be said.

I also get help from Dave, who’s our goalkeeper coach, which we’re very fortunate to have as there are not many clubs who have a coach dedicated to looking after the keepers. This has helped as we are always talking of ways to help and new things to come up with and adapt, maybe working on penalties might help as seem to have the Cech problem of not saving many! I’m always improve and will look to.

So onto Amersham tomorrow, what is McAdoo expecting?

Firstly, as a team, and being part of it, we’ll be looking for a reaction from last Saturday as we know we didn’t play well. However Amersham like most teams in this league will be another test.

I’ve heard how Berkhamsted development management have taken over and, already, signed six or seven players, so expect another tough game.

In this league, as we’ve found out, there’s no easy games, you can’t just expect to turn up and win. We’ve got to be at it to get the three points. I have confidence in my team mates that we’ll be up for the challenge.

With some big cup games ahead in the next few weeks, the Athletic stopper is relishing the challenge.

I feel excited for these cup games. These are games I want to part of and think the lads relish these games too.

As we’ve already shown this season we have come up against some very good teams in cups and won, we’ve played higher league teams and won and we took a very good Potton team, all the way, but lost unfortunately on pens.

Like many people have said before there one-off games, and it’s who wants it the most on the day or night that tend to come through it.

Hopefully when the dates for finals come our name will be in the fixture.

McAdoo is back and enjoying his football at Stratford Fields.

I have got to say I’ve been enjoying it this year at the Ath. Last season I took a year out as wasn’t happy in football or playing well at all. Griff (Neil Griffiths) and Jamie (O’Grady) encouraged me just to come down and train in pre season, no pressure and see how I got on, and felt.

From the start all the lads and everyone to do with the club made me feel welcome, and have all been great.

I spent first 4-5 weeks with the development team playing and they was great with me and instantly could see what a great club this was from top to bottom. Everyone is pushing and driving for this club to be successful and I’d love to be a part of that.

In closing, McAdoo offered festive greetings and said some kind words about Sports Shots.

I’d just like to wish everyone a happy new year and say a big thanks to everyone that’s associated with Sports Shots for doing an amazing job covering the non-league.

Keep smashing those viewing figures and milestones !!!

Up the Ath !!!

ESS D1C: Thame United go fourth into the New Year!

Thame United are up to fourth in the Evo-Stik South, Division 1 Central league table.

Jamie Essex

Jamie Essex third minute goal secured all three points in their New Year’s day victory at Kidlington.

Sports Shots is very fortunate that Carl Catling has joined our team and will cover the team from The ASM Stadium.

Carl Catling reports …

Saturday 22/12/18

@ Berkhamstead Town
ESS Div 1 Central
 Attendance 111
Dry, 8 Celsius
The Christmas season is here and this turned out to be a Christmas Cracker. The atmosphere at the ground was also tense and both sets of fans knew the importance of winning 3 points.
Thame took the lead within 5 minutes when a cross from the right wing was piled into the net by Aston Goss.
Both teams had opportunities to score but failed to do so.
Thame were awarded a controversial penalty early in the second half which was confidently taken by Thame’s scoring machine Lynton Goss.

Lynton Goss

Within 5 minutes Berkhamstead responded to put the ball in the net and the crowd quickly got behind the home side.
Berkhamstead upped the tempo and created multiple chances and didn’t give the Thame defence time to relax.
After relentless pressure Berkhamstead followed up with a further 2 goals to take the lead. Thame pressed in hope of an equaliser but it wasn’t to be.

ESS Division One Central

Saturday 29th December 2018
3pm kick off @ The ASM Stadium
12 Celsius, dry and windy
Thame Utd V Sutton Coldfield
HT Score
Thame Utd 0 – 2 Sutton Coldfield
FT Score
Thame Utd 0-3 Sutton Coldfield
Thame Utd were without two key players due to injuries namely GK Craig Hill and Striker Lynton Goss.
In the first half Sutton Coldfield controlled the midfield in the first half which was scrappy and felt like an aerial battle. The first goal came after 37 minutes when a floated free kick was headed home past the Thame goalkeeper.
Sutton Coldfield made it 2-0 just 5 minutes later after a run into the box was finished off with a simple finish past the goalkeeper.
Thame started the brighter in the second half with a mixture of short and long passing and spent the first 20 minutes firmly in the away teams half with a high defensive line.
Sutton Coldfield ended all hopes of any comeback with 15mins left with a sublime cross from the right wing which was headed with power into the post and in.
This was a massive 3 points for the travelling side who climb the table and Thame will feel this was points lost at home.