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SSMFL: Newsletter 39 – Saturday 12th May 2018

SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS FOOTBALL LEAGUE    

                               NEWSLETTTER NO 39 

MON 7th – SAT 12th  – MON 14th MAY 2018

 

Well, this really is it – almost  – for the season with both the  Premier Division and Division One now all completed.  It was announced by the F.A. a few days ago that Premier champions Welwyn G.C. and runners up Berkhamsted will both  be promoted into  the new Southern League – East Division, although there does seem to be a number of Midland based clubs in there! In their place we will receive Arlesey Town, who are relegated from the old Southern League – South East.  The top two clubs in Division One should be promoted into the Premier, but as Southall will be ground sharing at Ashford Town ( Middx) next season, there is a chance they will end up in the Combined Counties League. No such problems for runners up Baldock Town, who will again be ground sharing at Arlesey. Apart from Park View’s promotion up to Division One, we will be unable to confirm any of the other relegation and promotion issues until the smoke issues from Wembley Towers, reportedly on 23rd May.

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions Welwyn Garden City said goodbye to the SSMFL in style  as finished off their season with a 2-0 win at Leverstock Green on Bank Holiday Monday. In doing so, they hit the 100 points mark as well as well as taking their goals for tally to exactly 100. Elsewhere, Stotfold kept their slim chance of avoiding relegation  alive after a thrilling 4-3 win at home against Biggleswade FC only to see  hope that dashed two days later as they were held to a 0-0 draw at  home to Hoddesdon– only a win would have sufficed. After a run of 5 games undefeated , including 4 wins, Holmer Green fell to a  3rd defeat in a row as they went down 3-0 away to Harpenden in a morning kick off, but London Tigers claimed two wins in three days after beating London Colney 1-0 away and Leverstock Green 2-0 at home.

DIVISION ONE

On Tuesday night, Southall were presented with their Championship Trophy (see last weeks Newsletter )  and Wodson Park finished a good season on a high with a 3-0 win at home to Enfield Boro,whose performance in the second half of the season did not match that of the early promise shown ,but  none the less  they must be pleased with their first season in Division One.

FC Broxbourne’s 3-0 win at home to Ampthill was not enough to stop them finishing in the bottom two, and it was honours even as landlords Harefield Utd and tenants Broadfields shared four goals and two points.

DIVISION TWO

Park View were crowned champions last Wednesday evening  and were presented with the Trophy by League Chairman Pat Burns before their Div Two Final with Aston Clinton.

Park View finished off  their season on Saturday in fine style, winning 3-2 at home to Unite MK, thus completing the remarkable record of going through the season unbeaten – winning 27 and drawing 5. The visitors had the temerity to take the lead early in the second half through Cole Rawson,  but the big man Francis Williams soon restored order with a quick fire double before Prince Gyimah added a third shortly afterwards.  Rawson replied with his second  but Unite could not muster the equaliser.  The race for the runners up spot is still ongoing and Totternhoe, with a hat trick from Joel McCormick  kept their faint chances alive after beating Tring Corinthians 5-3 at home. In the only other match to take place, Clean Slate recorded only their 6th win of the season, beating visitors Berkhamsted Raiders 2-1.

On Monday evening, Aston Clinton clinched the runners up spot in the Division after beating visitors Grendon Rangers 2-0 with goals from Sam Austin and Mitchell Collins.

Unfortunately there were two late postponements  – MK Galacticos v Tring Town and AFC Southgate v Aston Clinton which left 6 very unhappy match officials kicking their heels .In both matches, the away team were the culprits. The problems with referee availabilities this season have been well documented  – calling off games at the last minute does not help the situation, and clubs do not always realise the full consequences of their actions.

DIVISION TWO CUP FINAL  – Park View 2 Aston Clinton 1 (aet)

Park View completed the League and Cup double on Wednesday night on the excellent surface at London Lions, but they were pushed all the way by opponents Aston Clinton who  more than matched their divisional counterparts in an end to end final. Park View haven’t lost in the league this season, and with Clinton second in the league this was always going to be tight, Park took the lead a minute before the interval, an early second half equaliser took the game into extra time, seconds in came a fantastic strike worthy of winning any cup final. Both sides had plenty of chances but View held on to claim their third trophy of the evening, having been presented with their Division Two Trophy  &  December Team of the Month award before kick-off.

Although the first chance of the match fell to Park View when Kofi Appiah received the ball after some patient build up play but he drove high & wide, Aston were looking the more dangerous but several promising moved broke down in front of goal – the best chance  coming after Lewis Workman got in behind the Park defence and squared to the incoming Mitchell Collins but from in front of goal he curled over the top.   As the half then wore down, Park View started to assert some serious pressure. An Aston attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball sent long, some hesitancy in the Clinton defence allowed Steve Opuko-Domfeh to drive into the box, skipping three challenges he smashed at goal only to see the ball crash up off the crossbar and over. Then a minute before the break they broke the deadlock through Francis Williams when a clever routine saw a clip into the box for him to receive a header on and he was in behind, finishing well. H/T: 0-1

Aston Clinton came out from the break on the front foot and equalised just three minutes in, a long goal kick from Smith saw the ball bounce over the defence and in behind Workman took a touch before slotting home.

Park View played a good one-two on the edge of the Aston box resulting in Kofi Oti-Atakorah flashing a shot across goal but wide. Vinny Greco dragged a shot wide as  Clinton enjoyed a good spell of possession but lacked that final ball. As the half wore on  with both sides tiring, Park View got back into the game, and started to ask their own questions in search of a winner. Some good passing moves on the edge of the Clinton area saw the ball played out to Appiah who absolutely smashed at goal, the ball flying about a yard over the top, it would have ripped the net off had it been under the bar. In the final minute Aston won a free kick right on the edge of the area, a high tackle on substitute Luke Russell saw him felled and initially it looked as though a penalty had been awarded. However, after all the fuss died down it was signalled as a free kick right on the line, which Greco curled over the top.  Full time and level at 1-1, and further 30 minutes to play – just what Aston wanted – not!

Before the whistle was back in the referees pocket for the start of extra time Park View retook the lead, a ball into the Aston end saw Williams  hold off a defender down the right t and from the edge of the area he unleashed an unstoppable drive across goal and into the top corner, with just twenty seconds on the clock. A goal fit to win a Final.  Aston tried to fight back, but were always suspect to a Park counter, one such saw Christian Agyapong feed Javier Sanchez who fired straight into Smith’s hands.Aston pushed on for the last 15 minutes  but struggled to break down a resilient Park defence, Workman fed through early on but had three defenders around him, he got a shot away but the ball deflected off one of them to then trickle back for the keeper to collect. Greco curled an inviting cross over which was headed out to Workman, his first shot blocked, he followed up but curled straight at Silva. A plethora of niggly fouls, arguments & yellow cards slowed the game right down, Clinton unable to get any momentum going in their search of an equaliser, when play did resume Williams was played in at the Aston end but he fired straight at Smith. At the opposite end Workman was fed in down the right, he went for goal but Silva pushed away two handed and a defender was on hand to clear. In injury time a free kick to Aston was half cleared out to Elias Williams who over the shoulder went for goal, the ball brushing the top of the net as it went over, and there was still time for another ball for Workman to chase down the middle, Silva advanced but as the Clinton front man went to knock on the keeper got the merest of touches to divert and the ball was cleared long, with that came the final whistle.

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WYCOMBE SENIOR CUP FINAL – Aston Clinton 1 Flackwell Heath 0

Having already defeated three sides from higher divisions, Penn & Tylers (Hellenic Div 1 East) Holmer Green (Spartan Premier) & Thame Rangers (Hellenic Div 1 East) Aston made in four in a row with a victory over 5th placed Hellenic Premier side Flackwell Heath. A goal on the half hour from Lewis Workman settled the tie. It was a nervous last five minutes as Flackwell piled on the pressure but the boys in blue hung on to lift the trophy. .The large crowd, including a good number from Aston saw the Blues get off to a good start when Joe Kittle, always a handle for defenders, got to the byeline, pulled the ball back but Mitchell Collins could only poke the ball wide of the goal. Vinny Greco then had a shot off target before Flackwell had their first opportunity. Jordan Dowdican had a shot which whistled past the post after the ball was cut back to him on the edge of the area. All season long Liam Smith’s long goal kicks have troubled defences and tonight was no exception.. Flackwell should have taken the lead on twenty seven minutes as  top scorer Dean Allen found himself eight yards out, with just Smith to beat, but somehow he didn’t quite connect cleanly and the ball was easily saved by the big Aston keeper. Aston scored the only goal of the game on the half hour, Alex Little was pulled down twenty five yards out, Vinny Greco’s free kick was palmed away by Flackwell keeper David Lyons but the ball fell to Aston talisman Workman who squeezed the ball home from six yards.

Aston were again quick off the mark as the second half began, and there were half chances for  Elias Williams, Mitchell Collins and Lewis Workman, but  came to nothing as the large Aston contingent were wondering whether their side would eventually be punished for these missed opportunities. Flackwell were now pushing forward and driving Aston back, but the back four was holding firm and not allowing their opponents to create any clear chances.

As the  referee indicated five minutes of injury time , Flackwell were to have one more chance to equalise, the ball was lobbed into the Aston area, there was a melee in the box with what seemed like everyone involved, someone fired the ball toward the goal but from no where Liam Smith appeared to fling out an arm and somehow managed to scramble the ball clear. The referee finally blew for time, , cue the celebrations from fans, management and players alike as Aston Clinton  finally clinched silverware after a long hard season.

THE LEAGUE AGM IS ON SAT 23rd JUNE at TRING ATH – 10.30am

Well, that is it, virtually all done and dusted apart from a couple of games in Div Two which will determine the runners up spot.

All that remains is to thank all who have  contributed to the Newsletter over the last 9 months or so  with  their reports and titbits  etc –  Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Dave Henman, Mike Taylor, Tony Weight , Pat Burns, Larry Cordery, John Nettleton, and particularly Sports Shots, for both their reports and their photos.  I am often asked who/ what are Sports Shots – hopefully below will answer your questions.

                                        Welcome to Sports Shots!

Sports Shots is a sport-based news and images service run by Andy Bone and his wife Lorna, with the help from Dale & Gemma James, Darren Stanger, Luke Stafford and friends in the sporting community. Focusing in and around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Andy and Lorna came up with the idea to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK while following a love of local sport.

Sports Shots is not a charity. All donations are made to Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK; every effort is made to distribute money raised equally between the two charities. No personal gain is made from Sports Shots. After starting a Facebook group for our action shots at local matches in 2009, we started a website in January 2011 with news to support our images. Sports Shots has evolved beyond our wildest expectations and to date the website is approaching 16+ million hits from around the world. Our social media following has 1,093 fans on Facebook and 1,392 followers on Twitter. Our ethos is to support local clubs by letting them use our reports and images for their websites, matchday programmes, Facebook and Twitter groups for no charge. We also supply local newspapers with our images free of charge as it is all about our community, not personal gain. All we ask for is an accreditation and that is with the aim of raising awareness into what we do.

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It is highly unlikely that I will be editing the Newsletter next season so if there  are any keyboard warriors out there  who would like to take up the cudgel, please let me know. It would be a shame to lose this vital communication tool.

There will be one more final Newsletter over the next 10 days,– so still time to have a say should you wish !!

Bill Scholes              bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

Buckingham Athletic Ladies looking for players & coach

Buckingham Athletic Ladies are looking for new players & a coach ahead of the 2018/19 season.

A hugely successful season this term saw them crowned champions of the Thames Valley Counties League Division Two North, and also runners up in the Berks & Bucks County Cup.

Ahead of the new season, manager Carmen Robinson is looking for anyone interested in joining the playing squad to get in touch. A new chapter will begin in Division One to which a high standard of football is guaranteed.

Also a coach to come on board and help with the running of the team.

Anyone interested should either contact Carmen on 07850 649440, or the club on theath1933@aol.com

NBDL-IDF; Great Horwood 2-2 Silverstone (Silverstone won 3-4 on penalties)

Great Horwood – 2

Silverstone – 2

(After extra time – Silverstone won 3-4 on penalties)

Great Horwood were on the verge of lifting the North Bucks & District League Inter-Divisional Trophy on Tuesday night, but conceded in the last few seconds to take the tie into extra-time, and eventually penalties which Silverstone won by four goals to three. Horwood took the lead with just fifteen minutes left on the clock and seemed destined to repel all their opponents were throwing at them, however they were taken into an additional thirty minutes play, where they then had to come from behind themselves to take the tie into the spot kick routine. Keeper Ian McStraw took their fifth and final kick, his opposite number Sachin Tayal saved to take the trophy back to Northamptonshire.

The two sides who finished a point apart in their league campaigns didn’t really set the game alight until the latter stages, it took until the eighth minute for the first attempt when Horwood full back Terry Cronin pulled his shot wide of Tayal’s right hand post. Adam Dixon & Ryan Tappin then played a one-two on the left which resulted in a shot from Tappin that was comfortably gathered by the Silverstone keeper.

A Horwood corner from skipper Sam Archer was missed by two defender’s heads but fell nicely to Eddie Archer, with back to goal he turned and shot but another red shirt in behind him managed to block & clear, before Cronin latched onto a cross and went for goal from twelve yards only for another Silverstone body to throw themselves in front of the shot. At the other end Tony Linnell fired wide from distance as his side tried to get a foot hold in the game.

Another Horwood corner was half cleared out to Stuart Parker who thumped goalwards only again for a defender inside the six-yard box to block and clear, & Linnell had another go this time forcing McStraw down to his right to save. Tappin & Cronin then linked up well down the left to feed in Toby Slade who cut across the eighteen-yard line before firing over the top, & a long Horwood clearance saw Tappin away on goal closely marshalled by a Silverstone defender, taking the shot on early he fired straight at Tayal. H/T: 0-0

Terry Cronin shoots wide

Just seconds into the second half Silverstone midfielder Ryan Camper fired high over the top from the edge of the Horwood box, before a cross from their left saw Linnell outpace his marker to the ball but lift over the crossbar. Horwood defender Terry Archer then had a clearance charged down by Nially Duffy out on the touchline, the ball spiralled deep into the Horwood half and Duffy raced away to gather, his cross met by Camper, but he screwed wide.

Dixon then forced Silverstone keeper Tayal into a good save when he wriggled free of his marker inside the box, and a minute later a free kick to Horwood saw Sam Archer float the ball across only for it to come back off the crossbar where it fell to Dixon whose first time shot deflected off a defender for a corner. From that corner the game finally saw it’s first goal of the evening on seventy-four minutes, and what most on the side lines probably thought was going to be the winner.

Sam Archer crossed into the box and from twelve yards Sid Hawkins rose unchallenged to power his header into the corner of the net. Silverstone almost hit back immediately, a shot came back off McStraw which Camper fired back towards goal, but the keeper was able to grab at the second attempt, and from there they piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.

They were almost undone pushing forward when a clearance found Ryan Lightfoot out on the left flank, he slipped a pass in between the backline of red shirts for Tappin to chase down, but the pass was ever so slightly overhit and rolled through to Tayal. As time rolled by Silverstone won a couple of corners, the first was half cleared to Duffy whose shot deflected of a Horwood defender.

Sid Hawkins scores opener

The second found the head of Robert Camper which was cleared off the goal line back to the centre-half, he headed again but wide of McStraw’s right hand post. Then in the sixth minute of added time Ryan Camper set Duffy away down the left, he got to the byline and crossed into the box where no defender could clear and running in at the back Bradley Smith slotted home. As Horwood took the kick-off to restart the game, the referee blew his whistle to end the game. F/T: 1-1

From the start of extra time Duffy burst through the Horwood defence and drove fiercely at goal which had McStraw diving away to his right to save with both hands, followed closely by Patrick Martin down the left pulling across the six-yard box & as four separate heads went up they all missed, and the chance was gone.

Seven minutes in Silverstone took the lead, a ball through the middle for Duffy to latch onto, and he fired across McStraw and into the bottom corner. The lead lasted just three minutes, a throw on the Horwood right saw Hawkins first to the ball to flick on & in front of goal Lightfoot turned to volley home. At the other end a cross from the left saw Linnell head wide at the back post. H/T: 2-2

Horwood attacked at the start of the second period through Lightfoot who climbed above a defender & got his head to a cross which saw Tayal having to grab with both hands underneath his crossbar, and another shot on the volley from Lightfoot from a corner saw Tayal get fingertips to the ball as it flew inches over the bar. As time ran out Silverstone got down their right and a ball across the eighteen-yard line found Callum Thompson who lifted high over the top. F/T: 2-2

Penalties:

Sam Archer gave Horwood the lead, Duffy levelled before Sid Hawkins restored the lead for his side. Bradley Smith then lifted into the top corner to regain parity before Ryan Lightfoot saw Tayal dive away to save, Robert Camper then gave Silverstone the lead before Adam Dixon levelled the tie again. Callum Thompson scored his kick despite the best efforts of Ian McStraw who got a hand to it, who himself got up to take a spot kick, Tayal saving to prompt the celebrations of his Silverstone team mates.

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BCC; Buckingham Athletic 0-2 Daventry Town

Buckingham Athletic – 0

Daventry Town – 2

Buckingham Athletic put up a brave performance against higher level opponents Daventry Town on Sunday in the Buckingham Charity Cup Final but were undone in the first half by two goals in Mark Carter’s final game in charge at Stratford Fields. They had chances to get back in the game, Robbie Carter hit the crossbar late on, but Daventry always looked a threat going forward and saw the game out to lift the trophy on a warm & sunny afternoon.

The hosts had the first chance at goal when a Ryan Marsden throw in found Chris Stapleton in the Town area, he turned and got a shot away but Daventry keeper Lustin Cerga gathered comfortably, whilst the visitor’s first effort saw Adam Confue seize on a poor pass out of the Athletic defence & drive forward ten yards before shooting however a covering defender got a touch on the ball to help deflect into Lewis Dench’s gloves.

The next Daventry attack saw a header away collected by wide man Adam Creaney who took a touch to control before firing wide of Dench’s left-hand post. On eighteen minutes a cross from Town front man Kieran Fitzgerald saw a touch from Athletic skipper Dan Staley wrong foot everyone and Jack Carter had to clear for a corner. Bleu McNeil crossed from the right and at the back post Creaney was at full stretch to head down but Dench was able to gather.

Athletic management for the last time

Confue then seized on a clearance from the Buckingham defence, pushing forward he powered a low drive narrowly wide, and Creaney curled in a great cross from the left touchline to the back post where running in Fitzgerald headed over. Athletic fought back with Robbie Carter down the right, he had a personal battle with his marker which he won, getting to the edge of the box he crossed into the middle but with no one forward the chance was wasted.

Daventry midfielder Tom McGowan got away into the Buckingham area and as he aimed to shoot Sam Olawale tracked back brilliantly to slide in and tackle, win the ball and clear upfield. But just as Buckingham looked comfortable containing their opponents, all their hard work was undone by two goals in the final sixteen minutes of the half.

On twenty-nine minutes a ball into the six-yard box evaded a couple of attempted clearances, played back in to Fitzgerald with back to goal he turned and slotted past Dench, then in the final minute a corner swung in and as a mass of bodies went up, the ball flew into the back of the net off Staley with some power. H/T: 0-2

Daventry having the upper hand continued to probe in the second half, Dean Lukeman pushing forward from full back managed to get some space but could only fire over the top, & some brief respite for the home side when a shot was cleared from the Daventry six-yard box was soon back up the other end, Fitzgerald about to shoot when a flailing boot managed to take off his toe and divert for a corner.

Robbie Carter hit bar late on

As the second half wore on a couple of substitutions breathed some new life into the home side, Rory Busby newly introduced laid off to Neil King to force a good save from Cerga down to his right, before Stapleton broke the Town offside trap and his acrobatic scissor kick deflected away for a corner. From the set piece Stapleton flicked on with his head and in front of goal Robbie Carter turned the ball onto the crossbar with the rebound cleared to safety.

Daventry came back with Creaney who from the right fired along the six-yard line to which Elliot Herbert got a touch, but a deflection took it away for a corner, their next cross found Confue at the back post where he had to stoop down low to get his head to the ball but could only loop over the top. Athletic tried again to get something back, a loose pass at the back for Daventry saw King go for goal from twenty yards but he got under it and lifted over the top.

Creaney then saw a cross come back off the crossbar for the away side, then with five minutes left Buckingham were close to setting up a dramatic finale when Stapleton climbed highest to meet a cross, he headed down but somehow Cerga got down to the foot of his near post to push away for a corner. In the final minute another Athletic free kick saw Carter flick on and wide, but by now the result was done & dusted. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 104

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Presentations after the game: 
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NBDL; Buckingham United 6-1 Tattenhoe

Buckingham United – 6

Tattenhoe – 1

Buckingham United clinched the North Bucks & District League Division One title on Saturday with a thumping win over Tattenhoe and dominated the majority of the game, the visitors enjoying a brief respite after scoring a late consolation and hitting the woodwork. But by then the damage had been inflicted upon the team in red, they simply had no answer to the waves of attack their hosts threw at them, & Buckingham now have a cup final to look forward to in their search of a league & cup double.

Tattenhoe were forced into an early change, before the whistle had started the game, when goalkeeper Paul Clark sustained a hand injury in the warm up and had to be replaced by outfield player Conor White. The game started dry & warm but the rain started just before the break and was relentless until the end, making the conditions difficult for both players, spectators & reporters!

It took just thirty-five seconds for the home side to have their first attempt at goal when Ryan Guinnane had a shot from the edge of the Tattenhoe box clip off a defender and spiral away for a corner. The Tattenhoe stand in keeper pushed the cross away but first to the ball was Dan Parkin who got a shot away and the ball bounced back off the post, running in Mitchell Young lifted the ball over the bar and onto the roof of the net from close range.

Guinnane fired into the back of the net from a through pass but a raised flag thwarted the celebrations, before a back pass aimed towards White left him rather short and as Young challenged the keepers clearance hit the United front man and fell nicely for Ryan Howkins but from twenty yards he rolled the ball wide of the right hand post. Ricky McAdam then played a one-two with Guinnane and worked himself some space inside the box, but White pushed his fierce drive away two handed.

On nine minutes came the goal the home side had been threatening from the start, a ball fizzed across the box wasn’t dealt with and Parkin back heeled from twelve yards and it crept inside the far post. The home side continued to press, a twenty-five yard free kick was curled wide by Conna Sirett before Howkins swung in a corner that Young could only head over from in front of goal. Aaron Jones was next to try, a free kick into the Tattenhoe box fell to him to turn and shoot instinctively but White was behind it all the way.

Mitchell Young scores his first

With all the chances spurned it was incredibly still only eighteen minutes into the game when United doubled their lead, McAdam got away down the right and squared across goal to Young in front of goal who slotted home. The visitor’s had a rare chance when a lofted free kick into the United area found Lee Beeton but he could only lift over the top, and there were further chances for the home side when McAdam & then Howkins fired straight at White, and skipper Bobby Cooney almost scored when he headed over White but was too far out for the ball to roll home.

Tattenhoe tried to utilise the pace of Alex Jaura when they could, he laid a perfect pass into Luke Jordan behind the Buckingham back line but he could only fire straight into the waiting hands of keeper Andy Whitehead. Jaura crossed into Tom Lloyd-Roberts late in the half, he went for goal and forced Whitehead down to his left to push away. H/T: 2-0

United started the second half where they left off in the first, Lee Williams cut in from the left before curling straight into White’s arms, then on fifty-four minutes they got their third. A Cooney corner swung into the six-yard box found Williams who thumped his header home. By now the rain was teeming down, but it did not dampen the spirit of the home side who wanted to finish their season off in style, this ignited a spell of four goals inside ten minutes to blow the visitor’s away.

The made it four on the hour mark, some good build up play saw the ball fed into Young inside the Tattenhoe box, and from twelve yards he bagged his second of the afternoon. Within two minutes they made it five when leading scorer McAdam was fed away down the left channel, he advanced to the edge of the box and curled around White into the far corner.

Lee Williams scores from corner

United were now in full attack mode, Guinnane sent Sirett away down the right wing where he progressed to the six-yard box and drove low across goal but no one could get a touch to turn home, and the chance gone. Just two minutes after their fifth came the sixth, Guinnane getting in on the act latching on to a ball through midfield & running thirty odd yards before slipping past the advancing keeper.

Sirett again attacked the right wing, skipping past his marker he got the box again feeding across to Lewis Parkin right in front of goal, however a defender somehow managed to get something on it to divert over the bar. Sirett was now enjoying that right side, drawing a slide tackle in from a defender he left him for dead and headed for goal, as he shot at goal another red shirt appeared from nowhere and threw himself in front of the ball to block and almost certain goal.

Lewis Parkin then latched on to a ball over the Tattenhoe backline, controlling off the floor he was able to get away on goal and shoot from the edge of the area, the ball rolling just wide of the right hand post. With fifteen minutes left Tattenhoe were unlucky not to pull a goal back when Lloyd-Roberts got on the end of a cross but the ball bounced down off the crossbar and away from danger. The flirtation with the United goal lifted their spirits from there on in.

Just a minute later they did get a goal back, Dayle Marshall shooting from twenty yards out and the ball hit the back post and spun in. Jordan then crossed into Jaura who headed across the goal face but wide of the back post, whilst at the other end McAdam curled around the post from twenty yards. The game petered out until the final whistle, sparking celebrations from the Buckingham United squad despite the weather. F/T: 6-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with United skipper Bobby Cooney: 

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WSC; Flackwell Heath 0-1 Aston Clinton

Flackwell Heath – 0

Aston Clinton – 1

Ahead of the Wycombe Senior Cup Final on Friday evening, Flackwell Heath hadn’t played a game in thirteen days; the other end of the pitch stood Aston Clinton who in those two weeks had played six matches including their Division Two cup final which was played over one hundred and twenty minutes just forty-eight hours previously. Flackwell are also two levels above Clinton, and finished their season in the Hellenic League Premier Division in fifth place, with their opponents still facing another three league games to play inside the following five days, so the odds were heavily stacked against Jordan King and his men, but a Lewis Workman strike on the half hour, twinned with some dogged defending saw them lift the trophy.

An entertaining game played at Marlow Fc saw both sides put in a fantastic effort and the scoreline did not reflect the chances created from either side, Aston had the better clear cut chances but in Flackwell Heath there always seemed that threat they were going to open up the blue defence at any time. They didn’t, there were some tired legs at the end, but they stood strong and held out to lift the silverware their long season has merited.

Flackwell tried to assert themselves from the off, Charlie Malin drove high and wide from the eighteen yard line, but Aston slowly got themselves going and on five minutes they played some great stuff on the edge of the Heath area, Mitchell Collins & Alex Little linked up to feed Joe Kittle on the right wing, his cross met by Collins who never really had any control over the ball and stabbed across the goal mouth and wide of the back post.

At the other end Elliott Carey cut in from the Heath right and as he shaped up to shoot inside the box Alex Little covered the ground to throw himself in front of the ball to block, taking the full force from close range. Clinton almost scored a freak goal when a throw from Collins was allowed to bounce in front of Heath keeper David Lyons and it looped up and over him and he had to jump & push over his own bar for a corner.

Workman collects ahead of goal

Heath attacked down the left feeding Jordan Dowdican inside the area just to the left, from twelve yards he fired across goal and wide, an Aston corner then cleared found Heath skipper Dean Allen who sent Charlie Samuel galloping away down the wing, he flashed the ball across Liam Smith’s goal face but he was far too fast for anyone to keep up and the chance went begging. Another Clinton attack was broken down and again Heath were away, Dowdican fed Allen in front of goal and he forced Smith down to his right to make a good save.

Then on thirty minutes came the only goal of the game, a free kick some twenty yards out saw Collins go for goal and Lyons fell away to his right to save, but pushing the ball into his six-yard box saw Workman react quickest to turn into the empty net. Elias Williams then had a glorious chance to double the lead just three minutes later, Workman was fed in midfield and used his head to get around his marker, as he was nudged off the ball Williams appeared from behind and flashed a shot across the six-yard box and inches wide of the far post.

Collins then threaded a ball through the two Heath central defenders for Workman to have a clear run on goal, however the ball got trapped under his feet and James Tripp was able to clear, otherwise the striker would have away on goal alone. There was time for Allen to pull a volley wide from twenty-five yards out, but Clinton finished the half clearly lifted by their goal. H/T: 0-1

Just ten seconds after the restart Aston had another chance to double their lead, from the kick off Kittle was sent away down the right and his cross into the middle eluded Workman but running in Williams pulled wide. Collins then picked up possession in midfield, with little option in front of him he drove at goal from thirty yards but straight at Lyons, before Heath fought back with Samuel who cut in from their right and fired wildly over the top.

A long ball upfield saw Workman go up with a defender with a kind deflection that saw the front man in, with Lyons advancing rapidly he had to take the shot on early but could not avoid hitting the keeper and again the chance was gone. A free kick on the half-way line saw Aston loft the ball into the Flackwell box and as their defence screamed for offside, Workman climbed above his marker wide of goal and got his header on target, albeit into the gloves of Lyons.

Clinton management celebrate win

Flackwell upped their game as the half wore on, Clinton started to flag and as Heath brought on nippy substitute Francis Amartey he began to torment down the Heath left, and it seemed only a matter of time before the equaliser came. A free kick out on their left saw Smith come out to punch, he only found Oliver Harris who fired over his shoulder and Smith had to use his feet to clear.

Aston substitute Ryan Binnie fed Workman on the edge of the Heath area, he swung at the ball but missed but his marker failed to clear and he needed no second invitation to try again, forcing Lyons to use both hands and a foot to block. Amartey then got in down the left, avoiding two challenges his low shot pushed away by Smith down to his right for a corner.

The game went into added time with Clinton throwing everything into defending their lead, some tired legs were running on adrenaline only, Heath flung everything at their opponents but could not find a break through, a melee in added time inside the box saw a deflection for corner, that was swung inside the six-yard area where again a mass of bodies attacked and Clinton somehow cleared.

A last ditch free kick saw Flackwell again just launch the ball into the box, it was cleared away and as the blue backline pushed their opposition out the ball rolled to Harris who drove at goal but got under the ball and lifted high into the dark skies, the goal kick was met by the final whistle and some triumphant scenes in the Aston Clinton quarters. F/T: 0-1

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Buckingham Charity Cup Final preview

Sunday 13th May 2018

Buckingham Athletic (Step 6) v Daventry Town (Step 5)

Buckingham Charity Cup Final

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic

The Buckingham Charity Cup final takes place on Sunday, where Buckingham Athletic host Daventry Town, to end the season for both clubs. For Athletic it also sees the end of manager Mark Carter’s reign at the club along with his staff, Paul Hassell and Jason Liscum, as they step down from their roles after the game. Both clubs have finished their seasons in the top half of their relevant divisions, and silverware would be a nice bonus to end the campaign. Sports Shots takes a brief look at both sides;

Buckingham Athletic:

Athletic finished their season in seventh place in the South Midlands League Division One. Of their thirty-eight league games they won eighteen drawing eleven, scoring seventy-seven goals conceding fifty-one. At Stratford Fields they won nine, drew seven and lost just three.

Their final eight matches of their league campaign saw three wins, four draws and just one loss: LWDDWDWD

Their Charity Cup campaign started with a quarter-final two goal win over Old Bradwell United back in November, the winter weather took hold and their semi-final was restricted to just one leg when a back log of fixtures for all clubs meant dates soon ran out, meaning both clubs agreed to play just the single game at Buckingham, which the hosts won by a single goal over Leighton Town.

Daventry Town:

Daventry ply their trade in the United-Counties League Premier Division, after gaining promotion last year as champions of the UCL Division One, and finished their season in tenth place. Of their forty-two league games, they won nineteen with ten draws, scoring seventy goals along the way and conceding sixty. Away from home they won eight, drew six and lost seven.

Their final eight matches of their league campaign saw two wins, two draws and four losses: DWLWLLLD

Their Charity Cup campaign started with a quarter-final six goal romp over Grendon Rangers back in October, then a two-legged semi-final against Winslow United saw a goalless draw at Elmfield Gate, before Town triumphed by two goals to one on Bank Holiday Monday to reach the final.

Daventry Town

Ahead of the final Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Dan Staley & Town joint manager Arron Parkinson, and asked Arron how much his squad are looking forward to the final:

The whole club is looking forward to this game, a cup final at the end of a long tough season is what myself and the players see as a great way to end the season on a high note

Staley also sees the game as a chance to banish a recent memory:

We are very much looking forward to the final, it’s a chance for us to finish on a high especially after the recent derby day misery, & we are all looking to right a few wrongs from last weekend

And what squad can we expect from Athletic?

I think our squad will be similar to last week, so very strong. One absentee will be Sol Janecki who is away for the weekend so he’s a player who will be missed because he’s been on a great run of form recently at right back

And Daventry:

Other than long term absentees Dan Childs, Adam Moussi & Anthony O’Connor we are pretty much at full strength, unfortunately we do miss skipper Ross Harris who is suspended for the game

Arron Parkinson when at Rushden & Diamonds

We asked Arron how the two-legged semi-final against Winslow was:

They were both very tight games, both sides in both ties had good periods of play. They were very open & attacking games and how only three goals were scored over the two ties is still a surprise. They had some good individual players and you can see why they had such a good season in their league

What does Dan know about Daventry Town?

Not too much to be honest, they’ve had a steady year in their first season in that league so we are expecting a well organised physical side as most UCL Premier teams are

And we asked Arron the same question about Buckingham:

I don’t know much at all about them, a former team mate of mine Neil King I believe still plays there & I think last season Sid Hawkins & Simon King did aswell. What we will do is prepare correctly as we always do and make sure our players are ready for the challenge

What has been Dan’s highlight of the season so far?

It’s hard to pick a highlight as all at the club would say it might be a bit underwhelming as it promised so much at the start. We’ve still finished in a decent position in the league though, and had some great results along the way. A good thing to look back on for me is how we have performed defensively, we have a very good goals conceded record so that’s something to be proud of

Dan Staley

How has the season been for Daventry?

Our season overall has been very much up and down which our final league position suggests. The players have worked hard over the season and we have had some fantastic results along the way. Unfortunately we have lacked the consistency to push for a top five finish, but I, Ian King (joint manager) & the players see this cup final as the perfect way to finish off the season

We asked Dan how he thinks the game will go:

They are a level higher than us in the pyramid but that doesn’t mean that much to us. We’ve had good results this year against higher ranked sides and we’ll be looking to upset the odds again & will be confident of doing so because we know how we can perform

And Arron?

I expect it to be a tight game, hopefully it’s a good spectacle for the supporters of both sides, and I’m sure they will see two competitive teams go head to head to win the Charity Cup

And for Buckingham Athletic it’s the end of the Carter era, Dan’s thoughts?

This is Mark and his management team’s final game. Mark, Paul & Jason will be a huge miss to not only the squad but the club also. For me personally I’ve played my best football easily under Mark and his team. I cannot thank them all enough for what they’ve done for me and the rest of the boys. It’s a shame we couldn’t reward them with a higher league position but that being said we all have one more game to go out on a high, and we will do our very best to make it one to remember for all those leaving The Ath

Sports Shots would like to thank Dan & Arron for their time this week.

Aylesbury FC need your help

Aylesbury FC are seeking volunteers to join the club for next season to help the game to game running of the club on matchdays.

The club have advertised for the following roles:

Match Days 1st team home games on Saturdays and some Tuesdays

Tea Bar Manager – Serving hot / cold drinks, preparing and cooking hot and cold food

Boardroom – Provide hospitality for both teams committee and officials making teas and coffees

Turnstile – Seated, selling match day tickets at the gate

Changing Room Cleaners – cleaning home, away and officials changing rooms after home games

Kit Manager – for home and away games – Ensuring kit is laid out in the changing rooms prior to players arrival, ensuring team officials wear correct league branded bench wear clothing. taking and collecting kit from laundrette

Ball boys and Girls

Programme Editor – Maintain and update the online match day programme, Squad updates, club history and sponsors adverts

Media team – Including match day announcements, website maintenance, match reports and Twitter feed

Ground Maintenance – helping to maintain the pitch and surrounding areas throughout the season

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SMFLD2CF; Aston Clinton 1-2 Park View

Aston Clinton – 1

Park View – 2

(After Extra Time)

Aston Clinton lost the South Midlands Division Two cup final to Park View on Wednesday night down at the Rowley Lane Sports Ground but more than matched their divisional counterparts in an end to end final. Park View haven’t lost in the league this year, and with Clinton second in the league this was always going to be tight, Park took the lead a minute before the interval, an early second half equaliser took the game into extra time, seconds in came a fantastic strike worthy of winning any cup final. Both sides had plenty of chances but View held on to claim their third trophy of the evening, having been presented with their Division Two cup & team of the month for December before kick-off.

The first chance fell to Park View on four minutes when Kofi Appiah received the ball after some patient build up play but he drove high & wide, whilst at the other end Vinny Greco curled a Clinton free kick straight at Park View keeper Luis Silva. Appiah then had a snap shot from the edge of the box to warm Aston keeper Liam Smith’s hands, before Park skipper Fred Asante tried an over the shoulder effort from a clearance but again wide of the target.

Lewis Workman got in behind the Park defence and squared to the incoming Mitchell Collins but from in front of goal he curled over the top, straight back up the opposite end Prince Gyimah did well down the left but once inside the area chipped the ball into Smiths gloves. Asante was next to breach the Aston backline but off balance could only help the ball away for a goal kick, and Workman then curled a free kick over from twenty yards.

Gyimah showed great technique collecting the ball whilst approaching the left touchline and turning and shooting at goal but straight at Smith, and just past the half-hour mark Park View were forced into an early substitution when Moises Roka went down with an ankle injury, despite some lengthy treatment he was unable to continue. As the half then wore down, Park View started to assert some serious pressure.

Francis Williams constant threat

An Aston attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball sent long, some hesitancy in the Clinton defence allowed Steve Opuko-Domfeh to drive into the box, skipping three challenges he smashed at goal only to see the ball crash up off the crossbar and over. Then a minute before the break they broke the deadlock through Francis Williams when a clever routine saw a clip into the box for him to receive a header on and he was in behind, finishing well. H/T: 0-1

Aston Clinton came out from the break on the front foot and equalised just three minutes in, a long goal kick from Smith saw the ball bounce over the defence and in behind Workman took a touch before slotting home. Park View played a good one-two on the edge of the Aston box resulting in Kofi Oti-Atakorah flashing a shot across goal but wide.

A ball down the middle of the pitch saw Greco heading for goal but with two markers on him he took the shot on early from the edge of the area dragging wide of Silva’s right hand post, and Clinton enjoyed a good spell of possession but lacked that final ball. As the half wore on Park View got back into the game, and started to ask their own questions in search of a winner.

Some good passing moves on the edge of the Clinton area saw the ball played out to Appiah who absolutely smashed at goal, the ball flying about a yard over the top, it would have ripped the net off had it been under the bar. In the final minute Aston won a free kick right on the edge of the area, a high tackle on substitute Luke Russell saw him felled and initially it looked as though a penalty had been awarded. However, after all the fuss died down it was signalled as a free kick right on the line, which Greco curled over the top. F/T: 1-1

Lewis Workman equalises for Aston

Before the whistle was back in the referees pocket for the start of extra time Park View retook the lead, a ball into the Aston end saw Williams after it and from the edge of the area he smashed across goal and into the top corner, with just twenty seconds on the clock. Aston tried to fight back, but were always suspect to a Park counter, one such saw Christian Agyapong feed Javier Sanchez who fired straight into Smith’s hands.

Appiah then fed in Williams to the right of goal, he flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far post, the reaction of his team mates showed just how close he had been to putting some daylight between the sides. Workman was then sandwiched between two defenders from a promising position, the striker taking the free kick himself but unable to clear the wall. H/T: 1-2

Aston pushed after the restart but struggled to break down a resilient Park defence, Workman fed through early on but had three defenders around him, he got a shot away but the ball deflected off one of them to then trickle back for the keeper to collect. Greco curled an inviting cross over which was headed out to Workman, his first shot blocked, he followed up but curled straight at Silva.

A plethora of niggly fouls, arguments & yellow cards slowed the game right down, Clinton unable to get any momentum going in their search of an equaliser, when play did resume Williams was played in at the Aston end but he fired straight at Smith. At the opposite end Workman was fed in down the right, he went for goal but Silva pushed away two handed and a defender was on hand to clear.

In injury time a free kick to Aston was half cleared out to Elias Williams who over the shoulder went for goal, the ball brushing the top of the net as it went over, and there was still time for another ball for Workman to chase down the middle, Silva advanced but as the Clinton front man went to knock on the keeper got the merest of touches to divert and the ball was cleared long, with that came the final whistle. F/T: 1-2

Attendance: 63

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BJCCF; Middleton Cheney 0-0 Wing Village (Cheney win 4-2 on penalties)

Middleton Cheney – 0

Wing Village – 0

(Cheney won 4-2 on penalties)

A game of few chances was settled on penalties on a baking hot afternoon at Stratford Fields on Bank Holiday Monday, as Middleton Cheney triumphed over Wing Village in the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup Final. Both sides enjoyed their share of possession during the ninety minutes but with little end product, neither keeper really tested meaning it went down to the dreaded spot kicks to decide the tie, three of the first four were missed but Cheney lifted the trophy when Scott Whitmore converted to win four goals to two.

Wing had the first chance on three minutes when Brett Robinson fired at goal from the edge of the box but Cheney keeper Adam Doyle was comfortable to fall away to his right to save. Dan Spence then went up to challenge Doyle just inside the box and got to the ball first, as he shaped up to turn and shoot the keeper managed to stick out a boot to take off the strikers foot and avert the danger.

A good free kick routine then saw Cheney float the ball into the Wing area but as James Curtis came in at the back post he was just a fraction behind the cross and it drifted away for a goal kick. On the quarter hour mark Robinson latched onto a loose ball across the eighteen yard line but dragged wide and held his head in his hands in frustration.

Wing almost gifted their opponents the opening goal when defender Toby Waller attempted header back to his keeper Rhys Evans fell short allowing Curtis to get in between him and the advancing shot stopper, as the full back challenged the Cheney front man went down and his team called for a penalty but the referee waved away their appeals.

Penalty appeal waved away

Curtis got away down the left before pulling back to Ollie Goddard whose first time effort took a deflection taking it inches over the bar, the first cleared but the second caused panic in the Wing area, Dan Archer saw his shot deflected in front of goal by defender Ross Elliott, running in behind Curtis was inches from getting a touch & Robinson gladly headed over his own bar.

Cheney’s Ross Atkins then drove low at the Wing goal from twenty-five yards which had Evans throwing himself away to his left but the ball zipped past his post, & a Wing corner saw the ball curled right into the six-yard box where Waller went up against Doyle but the keeper gathered, before another high cross into the Middleton box found Spence with his back to goal, but he struggled to get it under control and Doyle came out to smother.

A Cheney right wing cross found the head of Liam Manley in front of goal, right behind him Evans instinctively stuck out a hand and pushed the ball away from the target, and with the break approaching their next cross found Jamie Delvalle at the back post but he could only steer his header wide. H/T: 0-0

Five minutes after the break Wing moved the ball diagonally across the Cheney box where Matt Brown picked up and as he tried to curl around the keeper the ball flashed past the back post. A free kick to Middleton then saw the ball reach Billy Shepherd at the back of the six-yard box but his over the shoulder attempt bounced wide.

Wing defence stands strong

Another deep cross into the Wing box from the right saw Delvalle head over the crossbar, and minutes later Wing almost contrived their own downfall again when from a throw a back pass to keeper Evans saw him simply offer the ball to Manley who was chasing down, but the front man failed to control and Evans dived at his feet to smother.

A seventieth minute Wing corner saw keeper Doyle get fingers to the cross to push onto his own crossbar and over for a corner, whilst at the other end Archer was set away down the left but he powered his shot yards wide of Evans right hand post. A throw to Wing saw the ball worked into Tyler Penman on the eighteen yard line and he angled a shot a yard over the bar.

Wing were then almost in when a long pass upfield saw skipper Danny Farmer away on goal, but as he got into the box Cheney defender Lee Davis chased back and executed an inch perfect sliding tackle to just nudge the ball towards his keeper who managed to clear before Farmer got his shot away.

Cheney put some concerted pressure on for the final five minutes which saw Wing defending for their lives, a corner saw Delvalle head back towards where the cross came, Evans then had to challenge Delvalle on the edge of the six-yard box before he got a shot away, the corner swung in to the back post where Elliott & Curtis both battled for possession, as the ball bounced loose Michael Goodyer thumped to safety. F/T: 0-0

Penalties:

Delvalle put Cheney ahead, before Doyle saved from Farmer. Evans then saved from Shepherd, but Wing couldn’t draw level as Andy Mayne hit the post. Goddard increased the lead for Cheney, Robinson then pulled one back for Wing before Manley increased the lead again. Spence kept his sides hopes alive briefly until Whitmore stepped up to capture the trophy for Cheney.

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