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SSMFL D1 Cup, QF: Ath face Hillingdon for place in the last four

Buckingham Athletic will host Hillingdon Borough in the quarter-final of the Division 1 Cup on Tuesday (6th November) evening.

Buckingham Athletic FC

The winners of the game at Stratford Fields will go to play at Winslow United or Hatfield Town in the semi-final.

In the other half of the draw, FC Broxbourne Borough face Broadfields with the winners playing the team who comes through the London Lions versus Langford tie.

ESS CD1: Bonham praises Aylesbury after Cambridge away victory

New Aylesbury manager Paul Bonham has praised his side after their 3-2 win at Cambridge City on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Bonham

Bonham spoke to Sports Shots this evening and was in good spirits after two wins in his opening three games since taking over from Scott Reynolds.

After last week’s defeat, we challenged the side for a reaction and we looked like a team with a point to prove. Cambridge City are a top side so we knew we had to perform well to stand any chance of getting something from the game. With the wind playing a massive part in the game any set piece – corner or free kick was going to cause us problems due to the pure physicality of the opposition. We were pleased with the teams attacking play, the front 3 were linking well and caused all sorts of problems. To score 3 goals against a top 3 side is a great achievement and looking back at the game we could of had more goals.

Bonham has been busy in the transfer market.

Our new signings Ty Deacon and Sam Odusoga both went straight into the side and produced very good performances and we are looking forward to seeing more of them once settled in the squad. It’s been a tough few weeks after Scott leaving but as a squad, we are working really hard in training, working on slight changes to how we want to play and the squad have reacted really well and are buying into what we expect from them.

The man in the Aylesbury hotseat will be looking for more of the same.

Looking forward there are no easy games in this league so we need to continue to keep up the standards set by us as a team and keep pushing to make sure we carry on winning games.

MATCH REPORT LINK: Cambridge City 2 Aylesbury 3

HCPCL D1: Buckingham Town head to Slough for 2019 Division 1 curtain-raiser

Buckingham Town head to Slough for their inaugural Home Counties Premier Cricket League, Division 1 fixture.

Jack Parish’s newly promoted side face a tough trip to play a team who finished second in the 2018 table, just six points behind winners Henley. Despite finishing runners-up, Slough won the most league games (12) during the campaign.

All of the top flight fixtures for the 2019 season can be seen below.

B&B Senior Trophy 3R: Ath’s Farmer previews local derby clash against former club

Buckingham Athletic’s Ash Farmer has spoken to Sports Shots as his current club face his old side, Winslow United, in an exciting looking Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, 3rd round tie on Saturday afternoon.

Ash Farmer

Farmer played under Perry Mercer and Terry Shrieves at Elmfields gate in a successful time, something he looks back at fondly.

I enjoyed my time at Winslow and have many great memories. It is a very well ran club with some great people involved there. I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with not only my mates but some very good players, some of which are there now so it’s always nice to catch up when we do play them.

Ash Farmer

The Athletic man go into the game off of the back of a good victory last weekend – Images below by Luke Stafford.

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The Hatfield victory turned out to be a good result for us in what had the potential to be a tricky game. We had several players missing for this game due to injuries and suspensions and when you go in 0-0 at half time you wonder if it’s going to be one of those days. Luckily we’ve got a very good group of players who stick together and once we got that first goal which we always believed we would, the rest was pretty plane sailing. In the end it turned out to be a comfortable victory.

When the draw was made for the county cup, there was no doubting the tie of the round.

For us, and probably the Winslow lads too, this is one of the biggest games of the season. It’s a local derby which I had always heard a lot about before I joined, and after we beat them at the death earlier on in the season I am sure they’ll want to get some revenge. It always attracts a crowd and although there is no points up for grabs I’m sure both teams will want to progress through to the next round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy. It’s always nice and good for confidence to go on a cup run!

As with all local derbies, form can go out of the window, but the two sides go head-to-head with very impressive records.

We are at home Saturday, and currently unbeaten there this season so we’ll be looking to extend that run. We know Winslow are flying at the moment but the same as any other game we will want to be solid and hard to break down before anything else, so I’m sure the gaffer will set us up to do that. Hopefully going forward we will have enough to score goals and get a result.

Farmer believes there is more to come from his Athletic side.

So far it’s been a good season, we are improving every week and have come on leaps and bounds since pre-season. We’ve got a great group of lads and hopefully we can win our games in hand in the league and push on up the table! Up The Ath!

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

Thame United have been drawn in the Second qualifying round of the FA Trophy to play at Royston Town.

Lynton Goss

After the 4-2 win over Bristol Manor Farm at the weekend, Monday lunchtime’s draw saw them paired with Royston Town, currently placed second in the league above; Evo-Stik South, Premier Division Central.

The tie, at the Garden Walk ground, is against a side managed by former Leyton Orient man Steve Castle.

Royston are currently behind Kettering Town in the league above United and reached this stage with a 3-0 away win at Maldon Tiptree.

Stuart Blaik

The assistant manager at The ASM Stadium, Stuart Blaik, reflected on the draw to Sports Shots;

Firstly we would have preferred a home tie!

It’s a tough draw as they are sitting in second place in the Southern Premier League.

We will be going there as the underdogs and not people won’t be expecting us to progress. We love a challenge like that, we will do our homework and go with every intention to give a good account of ourselves and let’s see what happens.

SSMFL CT: Coles goal knocks Div 1 leaders out as Winslow complete 100% October

Winslow United are through to the next round of the Spartan South Midlands League’s Challenge Trophy.

Sean Coles

A Sean Coles strike saw off unbeaten Division 1 leaders Harefield United 1-0. Paul Alleyne’s side also knocked Harefield out of the Division 1 cup a few weeks ago.

In the next round United will face Buckingham Town at Elmfields gate.

That completes a flawless October for Winslow which sees them with a 100% record having won 8 out of 8, scoring 37, and conceding 9.

Unicorns Minor Counties: Croft discusses sensational Bucks debut & future aims!

Sports Shots has spoken to Bucks CCC’s Stephen Croft after his sensational debut in the final Unicorns Championship, Eastern Division fixture of the season.

Stephen Croft

The leg spinner picked up eight for 33 from 22 overs as Bucks defeated Hertfordshire in their final fixture of the 2018 campaign.

So what is the background on the player who took the headlines in September?

Croft played at Harefield in the Home Counties Premier Cricket league this year after spending the winter playing for Toronto Workers cricket club in the Newcastle Grade competition. In 2017 he was with Copdock and Old Ipswichians in the East Anglian Premier League.

The leg-spinner told Sports Shots:

It was a great way to start. Like any first game for a new team, you want to start of well and the way things turned out for me in the second innings, I couldn’t of hoped for better to be honest. I’ve had some nice messages from my teammates and former teammates.

After being in the squad, Croft finally got his chance and took it with aplomb.

I felt I needed to make the step up for my own cricket. I think like most players I’ve played with, we doubt ourselves every time we go up a level but I had got good players out in the past in league cricket and I felt the time was right. Being 12th man in previous games, I felt comfortable with my teammates which made things a lot easier.

So what next for Croft?

My aims and goals for my cricket are just to see how far I can take it. I would love to play professional one day but the aim for me next summer is to try and consolidate a place in the Buckinghamshire squad and hopefully get a few one day or T20 games and then bowl well enough that I can keep my place for the 3 dayers, which at the moment seem a long way away. Hopefully as well next summer I will get some county second eleven cricket somewhere and then it’s up to me to bowl well and impress the first class counties.

Buckingham Junior Charity Cup: Last two quarter finals to be played this week!

The last two quarter finals in the 2018-19 Buckingham Junior Charity Cup take place this week.

On Tuesday evening, Deanshanger face Great Horwood, with the winners set to play Steeple Claydon in the semi final.

On Thursday night, Potterspury take on Buckingham United, with Towcester Town awaiting the winners in the last four.

Both games kick-off at 7.30pm at Stony Stratford Football Club’s Ostlers Lane ground.

FA Trophy 1QR: Lynton Goss double sees Thame progress in the Trophy

Lynton Goss scored his first goals since his return as Thame United progress into the next round of the FA Trophy with a 4-2 win over Bristol Manor Farm today.

Lynton Goss

Goss, who rejoined from Harrow Borough, helped Mark West’s side into the next round of the draw on Monday lunchtime.

Thame took the lead in the 9th minute as Jamie Essex put the home side ahead.

Jamie Essex

Troy Simpson came off the bench for Bristol Manor Farm and had soon put his side back on level terms on 23 minutes.

Goss netted his first in the 35th minute as Thame regained a lead which lasted just two minutes. Owen Howe scoring the goal that took the two sides in level at the break.

Six minutes after the restart Harry Scott put the home side back in front before Goss fired in his second, Thame’s fourth, to help them progress into the next round.

Howe received a straight red late on for the visitors.

SSMFL D2: Adam double & Janecki secure Grendon maximum points

Mohammed Adam scored twice before Sol Janecki bagged a winner as Grendon Rangers won 3-2 against Sarratt in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 today.

Mohammed Adam

Leading scorer Adam scored his fifth and sixth goals of the campaign before Janecki’s winner saw Grendon win their third league game in seven outings this season.

Sol JaneckiNext week Grendon head to New Bradwell St Peter for a league encounter.