Like every game I’m always looking forward to it, but a bit more than normal as myself and the boys are ready to put the disappointment of Sunday behind us and get back to winning ways.The attitude and intensity was brilliant at training, as disappointing as last Sunday was, it was needed in a weird way, it has made this fantastic group stronger, we will bounce back.
Apart from Sam Ashmead we have no new injury concerns going into Saturday. Sam is recovering from his injury and unfortunately expected to be out for month. The main thing is he takes his time and come back when he is ready.
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Bucks leg spinner Stephen Croft has been appearing for Somerset 2nd XI in recent weeks.
Croft took two for 69 from his twelve overs in Somerset 2nd XI’s drawn Second XI Championship, South Group game with Surrey 2nd XI at the LSE Sportsground.
Jack Parish has spoken to Sports Shots as his Buckingham Town side prepare to host Home Counties Premier League, Division 1 leaders Henley on Saturday.
The Bourton Road-based skipper said:
Last week was a massive result for us as a group. It was a match that could have gone either way but luckily for us we came away with 25 points.
Dealy (Jack Deal) and Tazzy (Tharindu Rathnayaka) bowled beautifully in tricky conditions in helping us to restrict Horspath. The chase couldn’t really have started worse with only (Leigh) Tomlinson getting to grip with the wicket. It took a really special innings from (Jonny) Cater with able support from Tazzy and Dealy to get us over the line off the last ball.
Moving onto this week we welcome Top of league Henley as we go back to the coloured kit 50/50 format. Fingers crossed the weather holds out and we can challenge ourselves against some of the best players in the league.
Buckingham Town: Jack Parish (Captain), Leigh Tomlinson, Adam King, Ash Pearson, Andrew Hall, Jonny Cater, Mark Hulbert, Jack Deal, Tharindu Rathnayaka, Russell White, George Humphries.
Buckingham Athletic boss Neil Griffiths believes this weekend presents an ideal chance for his side.
New Salamis visit Stratford Fields for a Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 encounter with Griffiths calling for his team to earn the three points.
The game Saturday represents a fantastic opportunity for us to get back to winning ways.
We haven’t had the start we wanted but it is still very early days. As a manager it’s the reaction to the defeat as much as the defeat you look at.
We have trained superbly ahead of this weekend’s game. We now have to put into the game what we have done throughout the week.
Everything I’ve heard about New Salami’s has been positive. Naturally we’ve spoken to our friends (MK Robins) up the road about them having played them last week.
Despite their win they have said it was the best team they have played out of their first 3 games.
That said I don’t want us to get lost in worrying about their strengths. We have some excellent players at the club and our focus will be about us doing our things right.
The Athletic manager has strengthened his squad ahead of the match.
We’ve added two ahead of the game.
Defender Matt Brady has signed having previously played at Leighton Town.
Matt is someone I know well from my Olney time. He takes his football seriously and will certainly add something to the group.
The other addition is Kelvin Adjei. He was recommended to us by Mark Walsh from MK College. He’s a tricky wide player, who along with Matt is a welcome addition.
Kick off at Stratford Fields is 3pm.
Winslow Town go head-to-head with Marston St Lawrence as the two sides battle in South Northants League, Division 2.
A win would secure Ben Gold’s side a spot in Division 1 and a third consecutive promotion.
The game starts at 13.30 with the bar opening at 14.00.
MK Robins coach Lea Coulter wants MK Robins to build on their first win of the season when Wodson Park visit on Saturday afternoon.
After defeats in their opening two games, the Robins bounced back as they returned from New Salamis with maximum points, their first of the campaign.
We worked hard and battled well for 90 minutes and took our chances against a very good team that will be up there come end of the season. Coming off the back of two heavy defeats it was important to get something out this game and kick start the season, and that is what the lads did.
Wodson Park visit the MK Irish Centre on Saturday.
This weekend is just another game that we will look to win. They beat us twice last season in back-to-back games in the league. So for me, I would love a good performance and 3 points, as I do every week, but this one will be that bit sweeter. No important news just a couple of lads back off holiday that will make the squad stronger and more competitive.
Manager Terry Shrieves has secured the services of a new man between the sticks.
We have no new signings this week, just goalkeeper Jack Taylor who joined last week from Newport Pagnell. He did very well in his first game last Saturday.
In closing, Coulter kindly thanked Sports Shots.
I would also like to say what a good job Sports Shots do and how much it helps promote non-league football in Buckinghamshire.
The fixture with Wodson Park on Saturday starts a run of three home games for the Robins.
Oxhey Jets visit on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) in the League Challenge Trophy, with FC Broxbourne Borough due next Saturday (24th August).
Gawcott & Hillesden need eight points to secure the South Northants League, Division 3 title in their final game at Braunston on Saturday.
Skipper Alex Piggott told Sports Shots:
After a disappointing performance last Saturday we head to Braunston in our last game of the season needing just 8 points to clinch the league title.
With a full-strength squad to choose from everyone is confident we can get the result we need to finish off what has been a fantastic season for the club.
Three changes are made from last week’s team which sees Sam Ellison, John Patterson and Finley Clark all return to the starting eleven.
Gawcott & Hillesden:
Alex Piggott (c)
John Richardson (wk)
Sunday 1st September is the big kick off date for Wharfside Electrical Milton Keynes Sunday League.
A massive SIXTEEN new teams have joined the league which has meant the league has grown from two to three divisions.
League chair Ron James believes “the increase is down to the hard work of the committee and the excellent behaviour both on and off of the field displayed by the clubs in the league.”.
He went on to say “our league has got an excellent reputation and we are all working together to ensure that this continues. We are also thrilled to have Wharfside Electrical as the new league sponsors”.
Unite MK will send a side to play at Cranfield United in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Cranfield appointed former Buckingham Town manager Chris Robson to the Crawley Road hotseat in the summer.
Unite MK start their season with a League Challenge Trophy tie at home to Ampthill Town next Wednesday evening (21st August).