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FCCLD1; Horwood hoping three from two’s will turn fortunes

Great Horwood CC travel to top of the table North Crawley Saturday, and make three changes from last week.

Sports Shots caught up this week with skipper Stuart Parker and he explained:

We look to strengthen the batting department after the collapse we suffered last week at Milton Keynes.

Sam Willett will take the keeping gloves, youngster Bill Bridgman is promoted from the 2’s after back to back scores in the 70’s with Chris McStraw and Alex Gilder also returning to the side

Alex Gilder

S Parker (c)
A Armitage
D Armitage
B Bridgman
Al Gilder
C McStraw
H Morrison
O Prendergast
S Ridgway
R Taylor
S Willett

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Moles manager Scott Reynolds reveals staff & summer plans

Scott Reynolds has wasted no time since being unveiled as the new Aylesbury FC manager this week & announced his back room staff and summer training / pre-season fixture plans just a few days into his tenure.

Aylesbury FC manager Scott Reynolds

Four names have been revealed with more to follow in due course, Matt Moran, Phil Duffy, Paul Bonham and Lea Coulter have all been unveiled in various roles.

These can be viewed here in more detail:

The clubs summer training schedule has also been released, with the first day of training to be on Tuesday 26th June with a 7.15pm start. Sessions will then be held every Tuesday & Thursday 7.15 – 9.00pm and also on Saturdays 1.00 – 3.00pm. The first few sessions are open trials therefore any of the Aylesbury U18 set up along with any experienced non-league players are welcome to attend. All sessions will be held at Haywood Way.

A number of pre-season fixtures have also been scheduled, a visit from Arlesey Town, before trips to Leverstock Green & Daventry Town the club then host Tring Athletic and Newport Pagnell Town. Aylesbury then travel to FA Vase winners Thatcham Town and end with a home game against Egham.

More details on the training sessions, and dates for the pre-season fixtures can be viewed here:

Thatcham Town FA Vase Winners 2018

In the meantime Aylesbury FC are on the hunt for a secretary, after April Benson stood down after three years in the position.

The club also need a physio / sports therapist to work with their management team, covering training sessions and match days.

Finally, Aylesbury FC would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to help film home matches for highlights, match analysis and publicity purposes, ideally suited to a media student looking for experience or coursework.

For either of these positions the club can be emailed at: 

Aylesbury FC are offering supporters a discounted season ticket deal, if purchased before July, details of which can be found here:

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FCCL; Great Horwood beaten by Milton Keynes by 79 runs

Milton Keynes – 194 all out off 40 overs

Great Horwood – 115 all out off 29 overs

Great Horwood were beaten again on Saturday, this time at Milton Keynes by 79 runs & the bowling of Navshan Nakhwa who took six of the Horwood wickets.

Horwood won the toss and elected to field, but struggled to contain their hosts in the early overs, Nimesh Chavda made 44, Nick Hillman 22 and Neil Gordon 26 set Milton Keynes on their way, a couple of wickets fell before Grant Ebrahim hit 24 followed closely by Dan Ramsell with 19. Some great fielding towards the end saw three run outs and the home side finish on 194 all out, with Josh Nix, Simon Ridgway & Haydon Morrison all taking a brace of wickets each.

Horwood started their innings well, skipper Stuart Parker made 50 before being run out, Sam Willet reached 28 before being bowled, and at 58-1 then 84-2 things looked promising but Horwood collapsed, Josh Nix did make 16 but the remaining wickets failed to make double figures, 5 were out for ducks with Nakhwa taking the man of the match accolade for his figures of 6 for 28 off 9 overs, Brian Tompkins taking 3 wickets off 5 overs.

Milton Keynes took the 25 points whilst Horwood picked up 6, and face a trip this weekend to top of the table North Crawley.

Stuart Parker made 50 for Horwood

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FCCL; Great Horwood skipper has backing of Armi in search of first win

Great Horwood travel to Milton Keynes CC this Saturday in the FCCL Division One still looking for their first win of the season.

They welcome back a host of players including Josh Nix for his first game of the season, Robby Taylor who took 5 wickets including a hat-trick two weeks ago at Westcroft, Glyn Davies who has only appeared once since scoring 77 at Elstow, whilst vice captain Dale Armitage also returns.

Dale Armitage


S Parker (c)
A Armitage
D Armitage
G Davies
S Krajnk
H Morrison
J Nix
S Ridgway
R Smith (wk)
R Taylor
S Willet
The game at Milton Keynes has a 1.30pm start.
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Scott Reynolds appointed Aylesbury FC manager

Aylesbury FC are very pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Reynolds as their new first team manager.

Tony Masella welcomes Scott Reynolds

Reynolds takes over with immediate effect, and will announce his backroom staff in due course.

Reynolds began his managerial career at Grendon Rangers in the North Bucks & District League guiding them into the South Midlands League during his tenure. He left Rangers to join South Midlands Division One side Winslow United for eighteen months before joining Hellenic Premier League Ardley United but in the summer of 2016 became part of the management team at Leighton Town. Eventually taking over the reigns as manager, Reynolds had his most successful season to date this year, finishing fourth in the South Midlands Premier Division and reaching the last eight of the FA Vase.

Sports Shots caught up with Scott hours after his appointment: 


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CCLD1; Buckingham Town II’s beaten by Brickhill

Buckingham Town II’s – 162 all out

Great Brickhill – 272 for 5

Buckingham Town II’s were soundly beaten on Saturday by Great Brickhill by 110 runs, thanks largely to the partnership between Garth Davson & Douglas Aris that saw the pair put on 187 runs taking Brickhill from 73-3 to 260-4 and an unassailable target of 273 for the Town to win. Davson then played his part in his sides bowling session, taking three wickets as their hosts were bowled out for 162.

Garth Davson celebrates century

Davson was top scorer for the visitors reaching his 100 off just 104 balls, which included 14 boundaries before being trapped LBW by Wasim Fayyaz, closely followed by Aris who reached 81 off 89 balls before being bowled by Ian Herbertson, with Town’s Sam Younghusband taking 2 of the 5 Brickhill wickets to fall.

Steve Beck top scored for Buckingham with 27, with Younghusband reaching 22 but Davson & Jack Woodhouse both took 3 wickets each as their side skittled out the home side to clinch the 25 points, whilst Town took 8 points.

Steve Beck top scorer for Town

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NBDL; Willen 2-3 Buckingham United

Willen – 2

Buckingham United – 3

A classic cup final to end the campaign, despite the long season and late end due to adverse weather during the winter months, both sides put on an excellent show in this North Bucks & District Division One cup final, where United took the lead in the first half but were pegged back and behind just minutes before the break, before two goals in the second period saw them go on to lift the trophy. A warm evening welcomed both sides onto the lush green surface at Roade FC; a brace from Ryan Guinnane & a winner from Mitchell Young saw United lift the huge shield which dates back to the early 1930’s, and their first cup final victory in the short Buckingham United history.

Willen started lively and had the first attempts at goal through Lewis Smith who curled his effort into United custodian Harry White’s gloves, before a throw on their right was allowed to bounce by the blue & white defence which allowed Tom Milburn to get his head to the ball but again straight at the keeper. From the goal kick Ricky McAdam had the first chance for Buckingham, from the centre circle he spotted Willen keeper Alex Wheeler off his line but dragged his shot wide.

United started to get in the game & Willen defender Scott Barton twice thwarted promising moves, first heading a free kick away before the ball got to the sea of bodies in front of goal, & then battling with Ryan Howkins down the right wing; just as it seemed the pacy winger was away Barton slid in brilliantly to knock the ball away for a throw. Moments later a corner from McAdam was cleared back out to the leading scorer and he tried to curl into the far top corner but cleared the bar.

At the opposite end Willen missed the best chance of an opener when a White clearance came back of his own defender and set in Milburn, with the goal gaping he poked wide. They were made to pay for that miss on twenty-one minutes when United opened the scoring, as the ball was sent long down their right it eluded the header of the full back and Ryan Guinnane was away on goal, he gave the keeper the eyes to suggest he was going to square across the box but slotted low past Wheeler giving him no chance.

Ryan Guinnane opens scoring

Willen fought back when Jason Pinnock found some space inside the six-yard box but his shot was blocked and cleared, before a corner swung in from Harry Robertson found his captain Richard Clarke in the middle who had more time than he realised and unmarked he could only glance his header wide. Just before the half-hour mark Buckingham scored again when a flick on in midfield saw Lewis Parkin collect before firing home, but the celebrations were short lived by a raised flag.

A United counter attack saw Parkin away down the left beating the Willen offside trap, but his cross was too early and quick for any colleagues to threaten, then as the half wore down Buckingham were looking handily placed to go in at the break with their lead, however their opponents had other idea’s scoring twice in the last seven minutes. Their first a cross from the left saw White come out to gather but Nat Beecher got his foot to the ball first, and with White stranded the striker collected the loose ball to level.

The goal lifted Willen, within a minute Clarke Abrams tried his luck from distance but curled away from the target, and a cross from their right then saw Pinnock acrobatically scissor kick whilst in mid-air but cleared the bar. With two minutes left they took the lead when Reece Amoroso collected the ball out on the left wing and drove at goal, he evaded three challenges before drilling into the bottom corner. H/T: 2-1

A rash tackle right on the edge of the United box gave Willen a free kick inside the penalty arc just a minute into the second half, Smith thumped at goal where White did well to get both hands down low and gather. Straight up the other end Conna Sirett received a pass on the eighteen yard line where he turned but fired straight at Wheeler, then on fifty-two minutes the scores were levelled once again.

A goal kick was charged down by three Buckingham players on the half way line, the rebound fell perfectly for Guinnane to run half the pitch before cutting across Wheeler into the far bottom corner. A free kick then saw Guinnane curl around the Willen wall and Wheeler did well getting something on it to block, and Guinnane threatened again moments later cutting in from the left his shot ricocheting off a defender and for a moment threatened to roll into the net, but spun away for a corner.

Mitch Young hits winner

The winning goal came on sixty-nine minutes and angered the Willen defence and bench that it was given, despite the referee checking with his assistant before awarding the goal to stand. Guinnane was heading for goal and unselfishly squared to unmarked Mitchell Young who rounded the keeper to slot home, however the pass between the team mates looked suspiciously offside but the official insisted he wasn’t.

Willen tried to get back in the game, Pinnock firing from twenty yards out forcing White to tip over his own crossbar, when it looked destined for the top corner. A corner to Willen then almost saw Buckingham score again, as the corner was being arranged Guinnane stood alone out on the left wing, the corner cleared he had a clear run down the wing before passing onto Paul Nevin who had pushed forward from defence, however some tired legs saw a first time shot which still had Wheeler sticking out a boot to divert away.

Willen pushed hard late on, although United almost sealed it when Young fired across goal and narrowly wide, and in the last minute a break away from Buckingham saw Tom O’Connell get down the left and skip a couple of challenges before crossing in to McAdam who laid off to Young, he then played back to his team mate who off balance poked wide from six-yards out.

An additional six minutes were played in a frantic finale, Willen threw everything they had at the Buckingham goal, but the United defence stood strong. In the dying seconds a Willen cross was too deep but headed back across goal by Barton and in front of goal Euan Townsend glanced his header across goal and wide, when most inside the ground thought it was going in. F/T: 2-3

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United celebrate

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Great Horwood beaten by New Bradwell

Great Horwood lost by four wickets on Saturday to New Bradwell, which leaves them second bottom in the Four Counties Cricket League Division One table and still seeking their first win this season.

Horwood won the toss and elected to bat, and were bowled out for 135 off 38.4 overs, Sam Willett top scored with 31, closely followed by an unbeaten 27 from Oliver Prendergast. Chris Wade weighed in with bowling figures of 4 wickets for 34 runs off 8 overs for Bradwell.

Olly Prendergast

Bradwell in return reached their target with the loss of six wickets, Kieran Lampard top scored with 52, while Prendergast finished with 3 wickets for 38 runs of 6 overs.

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Horwood face a trip to Milton Keynes next Saturday.

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Great Horwood in store for Morrison return

Great Horwood host New Bradwell in the FCCL Division One on Saturday with a 1:30pm start.

Horwood welcome back spinner Haydon Morrison who has missed the first part of the season with a broken collar bone.

Haydon Morrison

They are though missing a host of players this week; Josh Nix, Glyn Davies, Robby Taylor and Dale Armitage are all unavailable.

Horwood team:

S. Parker (c)
A. Armitage
R. Smith (wk)
B. Harper
S. Krajnk
C. Mcstraw
H. Morrison
O. Prendergast
S. Ridgway
G. Saunders
S. Willet

On Sunday Horwood are due to travel to Stoke Green of the Thames Valley Cricket League in the National Village Cup 3rd round also a 1:30 start.

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New step 5 & 6 non-league football allocations revealed

The new divisional provisional allocations for our local step 5 & 6 clubs have finally been revealed today by the FA and their relevant football leagues.

South Midlands League:

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Premier Division

  • Arlesey Town,  Baldock, North Greenford United and Potton United in
  • No club relegated – both Cockfosters and Stotfold reprieved.

Division One

  • Amersham Town, Park View – promotions confirmed
  • Buckingham Town and Hashtag United new clubs in
  • FC Broxbourne Borough, St Neots Town Reserves both relegated to Step 7


United Counties League:

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Premier Division

  • Pinchbeck (promoted) & Rugby Town (moved across) in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews relegated
  • League reduced from 22 teams to 20

Division One

  • Anstey Nomads, Aylestone Park, Birstall United Social & Holwell Sports in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews in relegated from Premier Division


Hellenic League:

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Premier Division

  • Ardley United, Bishop’s Cleeve, Holmer Green, Shrivenham & Virginia Water in
  • Burnham & Woodley United relegated

Division One East

  • Abingdon Town, Burnham & Chalvey Sports in

Division One West

  • Almondsbury, Carterton, Malmesbury Victoria & Woodley United in
  • Division increased to 14 from 13


All clubs have seven days to appeal, step 7 allocations to be discussed w/c 28th May.


The entire allocation for steps 5 & 6 nationwide can be viewed by clicking here: NLS 5.6 Club Allocations 2018-19 v25.5.18 FINAL


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