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FA Youth Cup, 3QR: Ath U18’s make history with stunning seven-goal win

Buckingham Athletic are in the draw for the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club’s history.


Match report by Sam Pateman

A performance that highlighted the fantastic commitment to improving on every week by all the players involved, with some outstanding performances all over the pitch!

The game started well for the home side from the off, with a well marshalled defensive line mopping up the long balls from Hampton and Richmond, coupled with some early pressure in the opposition half by Buckingham. Once the game settled, Buckingham really came into their own with some great football, playing combination passes and utilising the pace and power of individuals to really threaten the away side.

Robbie Carter

Carter opened the scoring with a good finish to polish off a brilliantly worked Acquaye move, after he brushed off the defenders to drive in a low cross for a clear opportunity at goal!

Ben Acquaye

Around 10 minutes later Carter returned the favour as Acquaye doubled the Buckingham lead with more dominating attacking play that the away side were not able to deal with all night! Buckingham weren’t finished there though as Carter bagged a first half brace with another quality finish, after a great pass from Atkinson found Acquaye, who’s eventual shot was blocked and fell nicely into the path of Carter the recipient.

Moments later another assist for Acquaye as his well struck corner was headed home by McElroy, with a brilliant leap and bullet header to affirm Buckingham’s lead.

Tom McElroy

Hampton did however have a chance that they did not capitalise on as a set piece scramble in the box was well defended eventually by young 16 year old right back Pike at the back post.

Half time: 4-0.

The second half started against the run of play as Hampton nabbed a goal back shortly after kick off, as a lapse in concentration led to a well taken finish by the big striker for the away side, seconds after Buckingham had the opportunity to score their fifth! Nevertheless it didn’t take long for the 4-goal advantage to be restored as Acquaye worked another ball into the area for Minney to finish well. Great play again by Buckingham.

At this point changes were beginning to be made and as his replacement was being readied on the sideline, Carter managed to complete a quality strikers performance with his well taken hat trick, after McElroy played a scintillating pass through the defensive line of Hampton and Richmond, for Carter to finish calmly.

The away side to their credit continued to try and attack spiritedly but in doing so left gaps for the brilliant ‘Ath’ side to convert one final goal, thanks to a brilliant through ball from sub Olawale, into the path of Minney who made it 7-1 on the night.

Full time.

The performance was of a high standard by the home side, who laid down a marker with their application throughout. The attacking quartet of Minney, McElroy, Acquaye and Carter were untouchable on the night, scoring all the goals between them and assisting all but two of them.

MOTM goes to Atkinson however, as his performance was pivotal in the midfield in the way that Buckingham look to play football, his role never undervalued by those around him.

Buckingham Athletic U18s

Buckingham Athletic FC u18’s Squad:
Larry Mills
Aaron Pike
Luke McAndrew
Harry Byron
Caleb Adegbola
Matt Chew (c) (Sub: Sam Olawale)
Chris Atkinson
Geraint Minney
Tom McElroy (Sub: Harvey Thorne)
Ben Acquaye
Robbie Carter (Sub: Rory Busby)
Unused Subs:
Ethan McKop
Thomas Baldwin

Thank you to everyone who made the journey to support both teams, a pleasure to have you all as part of this journey so far!

FA Youth Cup, 3QR: Ath produce stunning seven-goal win

Buckingham Athletic U18s are into the FA Youth Cup, first round proper for the first time in their history.

The Stratford Fields-based outfit delivered a stunning display to win 7-1 against their Hampton & Richmond Borough counterparts.


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FA Youth Cup, 3QR: Ath U18 to play biggest youth game in club’s history

Buckingham Athletic are looking to make history when they face Hampton & Richmond Borough in the F.A.Youth Cup, 3rd qualifying round on Wednesday evening.

The Athletic youngsters are just 90 minutes away from a place in the first round proper and facing a plum tie against a professional club.

Manager Steve Farmborough (left) & assistant Sam Pateman (right) celebrate the Buckingham Athletic U18s Allied Counties Youth League, Central Division title with Athletic chairman Tony Checkley.

Manager Steve Farmborough told Sports Shots;

We are all extremely excited at the prospect that awaits us on Wednesday. Not only will it be a great opportunity for our squad once more, but for those who attend it will be a great occasion as the victors take their place in the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup.

Our preparation has been good and we have a full strength squad to choose from for the first time this season, after injuries and suspensions have come to an end! We are in high spirits for the game and look forward to the challenge it poses!

We would fully appreciate all support for us on the day, it’s a great occasion for everyone to get behind a local side who have a lot of talent to showcase!

I would also like to take the time to say how great it is for the club, myself and the players to work alongside Head Coach Sam Pateman, Goalkeeper Coach Pete Riches and Coach Kit Bamber. Having them involved will benefit everyone massively each week!

B&B Womens Jnr Cup: Ath Ladies smash in TEN in county cup victory

Buckingham Athletic Ladies are into the next round of the Berks & Bucks Womens Junior Cup after defeating Aylesbury United Ladies 10-0 at Stratford Fields on Sunday.

Buckingham Athletic Ladies

On a bright, sunny afternoon Jordan Heron netted five times, Kerry Stapleton hit four and Kay-Leigh Harwood was also on target as Carmen Robinson’s side progressed into the next round. While much talk will be of some brilliant goals, the goalkeeper and back four kept another clean sheet in the excellent advert for the women’s game.

It took until the 33rd minute for the Athletic to break the deadlock. The ball was cleared from a visiting attack and it was Stapleton who allowed the ball to run across her body in her own half before dribbling through, holding off three challenges, and drilling low past the visiting goalkeeper.

Kerry Stapleton

Three minutes before the break Heron struck to take the Athletic in two goals ahead at the break.

Jordan Heron

Stapleton volleyed home early in the second half to make it three before Harwood produced an exquisite chip to lob the goalkeeper to make it four.

Heron and Stapleton then both completed their hat-tricks before going onto to score five and four goals respectively; Heron’s curling effort from twenty-five yards out the pick of the bunch.

Buckingham Athletic Ladies: Ellen Fenables, Jade Copas, Katie French, Lily Hamp, Kay-Leigh Harwood, Jordan Heron, Jade Hurst-Holdsworth, Samantha Jolley, Chelsea Markwell, Danielle Roberts, Kerry Stapleton.

Subs: Lara Ericsson-Nicholls, Georgia Howell, Emma Marshall, Nicola Ryan


B&B Snr Trophy, 2R: Young Ath progress into the last 16

A very young Buckingham Athletic defeated Stewkley 1-4 to progress into the last 16 of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

Six of Mark Carter’s starting eleven are playing for the Athletic’s under 18 side this campaign.

After going a goal down on 12 minutes it was one of the youngsters, Rory Busby, who tapped in from just two yards out when the chance was created by Tom McElroy.

Rory Busby

Ben Acquaye

On 34 minutes, Ben Acquaye shot low into the net from 12 yards out to put the visitors in front.

Robbie Carter

Twelve minutes from time Robbie Carter ran through from the halfway line to extend the Athletic’s lead.

Nathan Skelton

Nathan Skelton added number four after good work by Jamie Sylvester just two minutes later.

Buckingham Athletic: Larry Mills, Aaron Pike, Ryan Kelsey, Solly Janecki, Dan Staley, Dan Hassell, Ben Acquaye, Ryan Marsden, Rory Busby, Tom McElroy, Robbie Carter.

Subs: Nathan Hawkins, Jack Menday, Nathan Skelton, Jamie Sylvester.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

B&B Snr Trophy, 2R: Winslow into the last 16 with local derby victory

Winslow United are into the last 16 of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

Buckingham Town v Winslow Utd

The Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 outfit ran out 4-1 winners in their county tie against Buckingham Town in a typical local derby at Manor Fields.

Simon King put the visitors ahead after he found himself in space on the edge of the area before drilling low past the advancing Ryan Thrussell on 14 minutes.

Six minutes later United’s leading scorer Aaron King found himself in the same position. He calmly sided-footed home into the far corner giving the exposed Thrussell no chance of saving and putting the visitors two-nil ahead.

Good opportunities came at both ends but the game swayed in the two minutes leading up to, and after, half-time.

With the Robins committing bodies forward it was Winslow who saw a counter-attack breakdown as they missed an opportunity to put the game beyond doubt.

Within sixty seconds Kelvin Osei-Addo had pulled a goal back for Town; the striker lifted the ball over Aaron White from an acute angle into the roof of the net.

With the Robins buoyed from getting back into the game, their expected positive emergence for the second period was short-lived as Sean Coles ran onto a diagonal ball, holding off a challenge, before firing home to restore Winslow’s two-goal advantage.

The Robins skipper Sam Bearman then saw red after receiving his second yellow card before Coles wrapped up the victory from close range just twelve minutes from time.

Buckingham Town: Ryan Thrussell, Levi Squillace, Murdy Maki, Steve Gavrovski, Sam Bearman, Jenali Blair, George Shrieves, Dan Bevis, Dan Simpson, Kelvin Osei-Addo, Orlando Joao.

Subs: Warren Garcia, Sam Tamakloe, Raheem Khan, Diego Vazquez.

Winslow United: Aaron White, Mitchell Collins, Ryan Freshwater, Steve Garbutt, Marcus Hussey, Alex Kedzierski, Sean Coles, Simon King, Aaron King, Daniel Delderfield, Grant Karwacinski.

Subs: Tom Brindley, Matt Cruse.

ACYFL,ND: Ath U18 third after excellent display in five-goal win

By Sam Pateman

Buckingham Athletic FC u18 5-0 Kidlington FC u18
Goalscorers: Carter 3, Byron, Acquaye
Assists: Olawale 2, Thorne, McKop

A very comfortable win for the ‘Ath’ youngsters as they put 5 beyond Kidlington on a night where they entertained throughout with some quality football.

The home side dominated from the start with some good passing patterns and constant forward pressure on the Kidlington defence but didn’t find it easy to break through; with the away side only looking like they had a goal in them from a long ball over the top which to the most part was dealt with by the defenders.

Robbie Carter

A breakthrough did come though and was soon followed by more goals as Olawale and Carter combined consecutively for Carter to grab a couple. He soon notched his hat-trick with aplomb after a nice through ball from McKop set him loose, using all his power and pace to rip the defence apart and round off his own personal performance nicely!

There was still time for one more also as Thorne whipped in another of his quality set pieces to provide Byron with his first goal for the club, with a well taken header.

Half-time: 4-0.

The second half changes were made to make sure everyone had ample time on the pitch and to facilitate for injuries and match fitness considering the big games ahead for the squad and senior side involvement.

The Kidlington side did their best to apply pressure and at times the game got slightly scrappy, but eventually the ‘Ath’ got hold of the ball and maintained possession to create some more chances of note.

The final goal solidifying the dominant performance as sub Acquaye hammered home the win, with a thunderbolt from his left boot, no one stopping those.

Ben Acquaye

With more missed chances being ruefully scorned at by eager players looking for goals, the game ended as was, with Buckingham taking the spoils with a well worked 5-0 victory and most importantly a clean sheet.

Full-time: 5-0

MOTM goes to Robbie Carter who’s first half hat-trick showed what a menace he can be to defences on his day; special mention also to Ethan McKop who is really starting to thrive in a more attacking position.

Squad for the game:

Larry Mills
Aaron Pike
Luke McAndrew
Harry Byron
Harvey Thorne (Sub: Earl Atat)
Matt Chew (Sub: Chris Atkinson)
Finley Pardoe
Sam Olawale (Sub: Rory Busby)
Ethan McKop
Geraint Minney (Sub: Ben Acquaye)
Robbie Carter (Sub: Haroon Meriai)

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

As usual our thanks go out to all those who attended and supported both teams, let’s get a massive crowd in for the big game next Wednesday!!!

In the next round of the Berks & Bucks Youth Cup, the Athletic will face Walton MK U18 Southside Stars on

B&B Snr Trophy, 2R: Robins keeper previews derby visit of his former club

Buckingham Town goalkeeper Ryan Thrussell has previewed the local derby visit of Winslow United in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, second round this Saturday.

Ryan Thrussell

The Robins goalkeeper knows about both clubs, having donned the colours at Elmfields Gate and Manor Fields.

Thrussell has often been an unsung hero for the Robins and been part of the improving side that manager Gary Ollard and his assistant David Barron is building. Another penalty save this midweek went a long way towards the Robins not getting beaten.

Looking at their opponents this weekend, Thrussell told Sports Shots;

Winslow are a good side, plenty of pace, they are having a good league campaign like ourselves. It’s a big derby and I expect it to be an intense game.

Ryan Thrussell makes a penalty save for Buckingham Town against Long Buckby on Saturday 1st April 2017.


The Robins drew last time out at Potton United on Tuesday night with Thrussell’s penalty save, not for the first time, keeping his side from going three behind and effectively boosting them to gain a point that they looked unlikely to pick up.

Tuesday night we didn’t start well at all which has been a criticism of us on a few occasions already this season, but with a few adjustments we settled into the game and got ourselves back in it. A strong second half display proved that we can compete home and away with all the sides in our league and a draw was a fair result.

Like Winslow, the Robins have started the season brightly and are competing for silverware.

I believe on our day we can beat any side in this competition, depending on our attitude on the day. The Berks and Bucks would be a great opportunity for a good cup run as we are already out of the Vase and FA Cup.

We probably have the hardest draw we could as Winslow are in great form but we are also, so I can only imagine that it will be great game for all involved and with the right attitude and effort we have the squad to win.

We have a had great season so far, starting the league with some excellent results and, despite one blip, we could still be unbeaten.

This has been mixed with two poor performances in the Vase and FA Cup, which we should be doing better in.

Thrussell is determined to continue to try and improve on his own game and aid the team’s efforts.

On a personal level I’m enjoying my football and now have a specific goalkeeping coach working with me and trying to take my game to the next level and improving as much as I can for the team and myself. So as long as we keep working hard as a team and individuals I’m sure we can achieve some success this season.

In closing, Thrussell had these kind words;

Finally I just want to say thank you to sports shots guys for their continued support and coverage. I’m sure I speak for all those involved locally that you guys do a great job with your coverage of the local sports.

Thrussell will be a big player in the derby this weekend in what is expected to be a good advert for local football.

Sports Shots would like to thank Ryan for taking the time to speak to us, support the website and in turn aid our charity fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK.

B&B Snr Trophy 2R: Coles previews Winslow’s big local derby trip to face the Robins

Winslow United’s Sean Coles has spoken to Sports Shots as his side prepare to face Buckingham Town in a big local derby in the second round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy on Saturday.

Sean Coles

The right-sided attacking United player has carried on his form from last season where he played for the very successful Thame Rangers side. Coles has netted eleven times in twelve outings, one as substitute, this campaign and also brings a creative element to the side. He has forged a good understanding with Aaron King to add to the one he has with other players, having played with a number of the side for a few years.

Coles knows about Buckingham Town.

I have heard that they have added to their squad in recent weeks and expect them to be a good side.

Last time out United defeated Bedford 2-1 to with Coles netting the opener.

We scored two goals in the first half of our last game but we died out a bit towards the end.

United are currently third in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 table and are still fighting for silverware in a number of the cup competitions.

Personally I want to win every game I play in but yes we have a good team down at Winslow and can beat anyone on our day.

Coles is pleased with the Elmfields gate-based outfit’s start to their campaign.

The season is going good. Hopefully we will be up there at the end of the season.

Coles will be a key figure in Saturday’s battle and beyond for United this season.

Sports Shots would like to thank Sean for taking the time to speak to us, support the website and in turn aid our charity fundraising efforts for Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK.