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FAV4R; Coulter & O’Brien preview Leighton Town FA Vase game

Saturday 6th January 2018

Leighton Town (Step 5) v Norwich CBS (Step 6)

FA Vase 4th Round

Bell Close

K.O. 3.00pm

Leighton Town host Norwich CBS on Saturday at Bell Close with the winners going through to the final 16 of the FA Vase. Norwich currently ply their trade in the Eastern Counties First Division, a level below their hosts, however this counts for nothing as CBS have already conquered higher level opposition in all but one of their five games in the competition so far, including Oxhey Jets from Leighton’s division. The two side’s results in this year’s Vase are listed below, and Norwich arrive in Bedfordshire with three wins and a draw in their last four and so will be confident of adding Scott Reynolds side to their list of notable scalps. CBS are sitting eighth in their league at present.

But Leighton themselves are in fine form, sitting in sixth place in the South Midlands Premier Division, with games in hand on most of the teams above them, having lost just three of their seventeen league games this term. Having won their last two league games over Christmas Town will be confident of progressing in the competition, but the results below indicate this will be a very close encounter:

Leighton Town FA Vase run 2017/18:

H v Brimscombe & Thrupp (step 5) 3-1

H v Leverstock Green (step 5) 2-0

A v Burnham Ramblers (step 5) 0-1

H v London Lions (step 6) 1-0

A v Gorleston (step 5) 2-4

Norwich CBS FA Vase run 2017/18:

H v Ipswich Wanderers (step 5) 2-0

A v Wroxham (step 5) 0-3

H v Oxhey Jets (step 5) 1-0

A v Wisbech St Mary (step 6) 1-4

A v Yaxley (step 5) 2-3

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Town’s Alex O’Brien & recent new signing Lea Coulter, and we asked Lea his view of playing sides from different divisions:

For me personally I prefer to play against teams I don’t know in cup competitions, as you may get complacent if you’re playing a team you’ve already beaten from your division or the same league as yourself

Alex just wanted a home draw:

I’m not too fussed either way to be honest, the most important thing was getting a home draw. We’ve been fairly good at home this season, and after the long journey in the last round, it was nice to be drawn at Bell Close this time round

Alex O’Brien

We asked Alex what they know about Norwich?

I’m sure we can expect a tough game, they always are in the FA Vase, especially against this side that have picked up a few wins of late. I think as a group we know that if we perform as well as we know we can then we can be a handful for anyone

And how far can Leighton Town go in Alex’s opinion?

All the way to Wembley? Why not! I feel we have a good mix of youth & experience in our squad now, let’s just take it a round at a time and see how far it takes us

Lea has only been at Leighton a couple of weeks after leaving Southern League Aylesbury United, we enquired how it’s been:

To be honest, the lads here are all really friendly and have welcomed me into the squad, and I already feel like I’ve been here all season

Is there much change for Lea in terms of set up?

With training you only get out what you put in, and it really helps when you have the great training sessions that Leighton put on. The formation is different but the goals are the same, and that’s to win games of football. I can’t elaborate much further as I don’t want to give too much away lol

Lea Coulter

And what are Lea’s targets for the rest of this season?

Well I’ve started my first two games for Leighton and I just want that to continue as I was not getting too much game time at Aylesbury United, and was starting to lack in match sharpness

Going into 2018, we asked Alex how 2017 had been:

I’d give us 7 out of 10 for 2017. We’d like to be higher up in the league table, but with over twenty games to go there is plenty of time to make that happen. We are still in a couple of cup competitions that we want to go as far as possible in also, so it’s looking good

Finally we asked Alex of his favourite memory in the FA Vase:

This is actually my first time ever in this competition, so I’d have to say the 4-2 win at Gorleston in the last round is my favourite so far. Hopefully Saturday against Norwich CBS can top that!

And we asked Lea for his favourite FA competition memory:

That has to be in the Vase when I was at Ampthill Town, we got to the last sixteen and I was part of a great squad I am happy to call friends

Sports Shots would like to thank both Alex & Lea for their time this week.

UCLPrem; Newport Pagnell Town 0-2 Holbeach Utd

Newport Pagnell Town – 0

Holbeach United – 2

The top of the table clash at Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday saw third placed Holbeach travel back to Lincolnshire with all three points to complete a thoroughly miserable Christmas week for the league leaders. Barely had supporters found their regular spot inside the ground when the away side took the lead, and from there looked fairly comfortable for a spell, and when Newport finally got their game going they simply couldn’t put a formula together to breach the ‘Beach backline.

The visitors took the lead inside twenty five seconds of the start when Lewis Leckie flashed the ball across Mark Osbourne in the Town goal and inside the far bottom corner to stun their hosts. Newport found it difficult to maintain any possession from there and were always at risk of conceding again, and on nine minutes Leckie again drove at the defence cutting in from the left his shot had to be smothered by Osbourne at the foot of his near post.

Holbeach were the better side for the opening twenty minutes but Newport grew into the game and should have had something more when Harry Stratton received the ball wide out on the left, cleverly beating his man his cross then eluded everyone in the area and rolled harmlessly away to safety. Moments later a corner swung in found the head of Dave Baker but he could only steer over the top.

Another Newport chance spurned

As the half wore on the home side were enjoying more of the play and again missed a great chance when a cross from Taylor Orosz was met at the back post by Fazel Koriya who headed back across the goal face but amidst a crowded box a defender was on hand to beat everyone to the ball and again the chance gone.

The United defence was standing resolute and just past the half hour mark a superb cross from Stratton almost on the corner flag looked destined for the forehead of Luke Emery, but a defender got back to cover at the last second to clear for a corner. From the corner Damon Herbert threw himself at the ball but could only head over. H/T: 0-1

Town should have been level six minutes into the second half when Josh Winters got down the left and put the ball into the six-yard box where at the front post Emery got to the ball first but could only stab wide. A Holbeach corner was then swung into the box and almost falling over each other Nick Jackson & Dan Dougill both competed for the ball but headed over.

On the hour mark Holbeach doubled their lead and virtually killed the game off when a ball up to George Zuerner saw him cushion the ball down to Leckie who spotted Osbourne off his goal line, and brilliantly lobbed over the Town keeper and in.

Newport tried to get back in the game from there, but a free kick on the corner of the box typified their afternoon when Greg Ling curled the ball into the danger area but a couple of bounces saw the ball disappear off for a goal kick.

Whilst the home side tried to get a foot back in the game they were always susceptible to the counter, and almost conceded a third on seventy-two minutes when a cross from Zuerner found Leckie who headed back across Osbourne who had to fall away to his left to save.

Leckie scored both Holbeach goals

Newport substitute Jordan Spruce then saw his cross met by the head of Winters in front of goal, but United keeper Ricky Drury was behind it all the way, and another deep cross moments later found Emery at the back post whose shot was brilliantly blocked by Spencer Tinkler earning him plenty of slaps on the back from his team mates.

The corner was met on the twelve yard spot by Herbert who blazed high over the crossbar, and there was just time for another Holbeach counter when Harry Beckley got away down the right and crossed into Leckie who would have had the whole goal to aim at, but covering back Adam Pryke got enough on the ball to turn it away.

At the end of play Newport’s lead at the top of the table had been cut to six points, with teams below them having up to three games in hand over them; with their next three games all away inside the next couple of weeks, Newport still have their destiny in their own hands. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 159

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Town assistant manager Maff Childs: 

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UCLPrem; Tom Liversedge looks ahead to Saturday v Holbeach

Saturday 30th December 2017

Newport Pagnell Town v Holbeach United

United Counties League Premier Division

Willen Road

K.O. 2.00pm

Newport Pagnell Town host Holbeach United on Saturday at Willen Road at the slightly earlier time of 2pm. The game is dependent on a 9.30am pitch inspection to be held due to the recent weather, and the club ensures an early decision will be made. Should the game get the go ahead it will be the game of the day in the UCL Premier as top play third, and with both sides losing on Tuesday the pressure at the top of the league will now increase as we go into 2018.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Town striker Tom Liversedge and asked what they know about their opponents:

We don’t know too much about them to be honest, but we’re expecting them to be big and strong as they always have been. They are where they are in the league for a reason so we know it will be a tough game

We asked if the squad are confident of holding on to their current position as league leaders?

The gaffer (Darren Lynch) has built a decent squad this year and I know we’re capable of achieving promotion providing we apply ourselves right in every game we have left. Every team wants to beat ‘top of the league’ and that automatically lifts anyone we play at the moment, we just have to ensure we stick to playing how we have all season and if we can then that gives us a great chance

Tom Liversedge (Newport Pagnell Town FC)

With a defeat & a draw over Christmas, has anything changed to cause the dip in recent form?

We have no excuses for the last two games, we simply weren’t good enough and that is something we are desperate to put right, starting on Saturday

So how is life for Tom at Newport?

I’m really enjoying it here, we have a great bunch of lads and we are a really tight nit bunch and that always helps when you have long old season ahead

Finally, having played previously for Bedford Town & AFC Rushden & Diamonds amongst others, we asked Tom how his current club compares to his previous clubs:

I’ve had my fair share of clubs but I can honestly say this is up there with the best. I had the choice of quite a few clubs to join this season after deciding to start playing again following a long knee injury, but after playing a few games with this group we have, chatting to the gaffer, & seeing the set up here it was an easy choice. I like things to be done properly and I knew from the start that would be the case at Newport

Sports Shots would like to thank Tom for his time this week.

UCLD1; Olney Town 0-0 Buckingham Town

Olney Town – 0

Buckingham Town – 0

The first of the seasons Olney v Buckingham UCL derbies ended goalless on Boxing Day, in a game that saw numerous chances created but neither side really utilising them when they came along, and both keepers not really having that much to do. The away side worked their opposing keeper the hardest, and both sides had very late chances to snatch an unlikely winner, but both had to settle for a point on a bright & sunny afternoon.

Olney started the better side and had the better of the opening twenty minutes or so, but Buckingham came back into the game and after the break looked the more menacing, but the stalemate means Olney finish their Christmas campaign in tenth place & ten points of second in the table, whilst for Buckingham they sit fourth just two points off second albeit with a game in hand. Just four points separate second and seventh in the battle to catch Pinchbeck United at the top.

Olney had the first real chance on eight minutes when Kelvin Igweani burst down the left and attacked the near post, with Jordan Appleton in the middle screaming for the ball Igweani opted to shoot but straight at Ryan Thrussell in the Buckingham goal. The home side continued to press and Appleton saw an effort from the edge of the box again find the gloves of Thrussell.

Buckingham had their first real chance when Kelvin Osei-Addo thumped an effort from just to the right of the goal forcing Olney keeper Jack Taylor to dive away and use both hands to push away for a corner. At the other end Igweani again got down the flank and from just inside the penalty area drove low into the side netting.

Ryan Thrussell kept Olney at bay

A free kick then to the hosts saw it taken quickly into the feet of Kevin Owusu who took the shot first time but again it was comfortable for Thrussell. Olney then had Taylor to thank when a simple ball straight down the middle for Osei-Addo to chase down whilst shoulder to shoulder with a defender saw him shrug off his marker and shoot but Taylor came out and blocked with his legs to deny the opening goal.

Orlando Joao then surged through midfield for Buckingham and shot from the eighteen yard line but Taylor was behind it all the way, before a free kick to Olney was swung in and a whole host of bodies chased the ball but coming in around the back was James Pacifici who stretched every sinew but could not quite get anything on it as it rolled away harmlessly for a goal kick.

Straight down the other end Taylor was again the saviour when a long range shot from Gabrieli Judickas that was flying into the roof of the net was brilliantly tipped over single handedly by the Olney keeper, to keep the scoreline level. H/T: 0-0

An early Gary Thurston cross for the home side early in the second half was too close to Thrussell, whilst Buckingham threatened when Joao fed in Junior Muya but much like the first half the shot was straight at the keeper and comfortable to collect.

The away side started to increase their pressure and a number of half chances in the area were blocked before eventually falling to Jelani Blair who had a shot saved by Taylor. Despite their possession the visitors were not really looking like scoring and a change in tactics saw Chris Wreh taken off with Merdy Maki pushed up from defence with Sam Tamakloe replacing him.

The change almost had an immediate impact when Maki got down the left and squared to Osei-Addo who was unmarked twelve yards out but his first touch let him down and allowed the ball to roll into the gloves of Taylor.

Jack Taylor denies again

Olney were now defending wave after wave of attack, and another saw Joao try to curl into the top corner from the edge of the area but the ball would not come back in enough to threaten, before an Olney attack saw Igweani cross and climbing highest Christian Smail headed straight into Thrussell’s hands.

Both sides had chances in the last four minutes to have won the game, Buckingham had their chance  eighty-six minutes when Osei-Addo found himself twelve yards out facing a one on one with Taylor, but somehow the striker didn’t connect with the ball at all and the keeper fell on the loose ball to smoother.

To typify the game, in added time Olney substitute Jeremiah Adams was set away on goal with a defender in hot pursuit, as he approached goal he just took too many touches instead of getting his shot away and his marker was able to stick out a boot to clear, and the chance gone. F/T: 0-0

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Olney manager Neil Griffiths: 
And also spoke to Buckingham Town coach Dave Barron: 

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SSMLD1; Winslow United 1-3 Buckingham Athletic

Winslow United – 1

Buckingham Athletic – 3

A feisty affair for a local derby that had it all. Four goals, a shock away win that not many predicted, two red cards, and a horrific broken leg suffered in the first few minutes for Jack Menday that was confirmed later as a broken tibia. Winslow dominated the game, showing just why they are the South Midlands Division One leading goal scorers with an effective front line that moved the ball quickly and effectively, however Athletic showed why they have the best defensive record in the division by throwing themselves at the ball whenever their hosts got near their target. Credit to the away side that defended for their lives, and took their chances when they came along, to rock their hosts who many had turned up expecting a heavy home win.

The game lasted just three minutes for Buckingham midfielder Menday who was at the end of a crunching tackle and after treatment was helped off the pitch and eventually off to hospital, being replaced by ex-Ploughman Juyin Oluwayemi.

Aaron King tormented the Athletic backline constantly and on nine minutes got away down the right and fizzed the ball across the six-yard line but no yellow shirts were anywhere near to tap home. Sean Coles & Alex Kedzierski were combining well with King and their clever interchanges were threatening to unlock the visiting defence but they couldn’t quite find the killer pass that would allow space for a clear sight of goal.

The pair linked up well to provide a sniff for Aaron King on the edge of the box but his low drive cannoned off a defender for a corner. Coles then squared across the box for the incoming Niall Williams but he blazed high over Nick Bennion in the Buckingham goal.

Just past the quarter hour mark a Winslow attack broke down and Buckingham were up the other end in a flash, Ben Acquaye heavily involved in setting up Ryan Kelsey whose shot took a big deflection off a defender allowing keeper Brad Kirkwood to gather with some comfort.

Penalty appeal was waved away

Straight down the other end and a tackle on Aaron King inside the area saw the majority of those in yellow appeal for a penalty, but neither referee nor linesman were interested in the appeals and waved play on. Then somewhat against the run of play the away side took the lead on twenty-four minutes, a free kick out wide on their left was swung in and climbing highest at the back post was Chris Stapleton who headed home.

As United fought back, Aaron King fed in Tom Brindley on the edge of the six-yard box but off balance he fired high and wide, before King himself had a chance on the edge of the box, his first shot blocked he then tried to curl his second effort around Bennion however with no real power it was comfortable for the keeper to dive away to his right and collect.

Dan Delderfield was next to try and curl into the top corner from distance, at first sight it looked dangerous enough but it fell the wrong side of the post, then in the final minute a free kick to Athletic found Robbie Carter in front of goal whose header almost caught Kirkwood off guard but he gathered at the second attempt. H/T: 0-1

The first effort of the second half fell to the away side when Oluwayemi curled an effort away from goal, then a shot from twelve yards out by Coles rebounded off a defender for a corner when Winslow looked set to equalise.

Buckingham then left the home faithful dumbstruck when they doubled their lead on fifty-two minutes through a simple but effective move. A Bennion goal kick was angled out to Carter on the left touchline, he drove at goal after beating his man and his initial shot was blocked but the loose ball fell nicely for Acquaye who stabbed home.

The Athletic approach to defending as a team was typified by Ryan Kelsey when a slip from Ryan Marsden on the wing allowed Coles to run forty yards towards goal, but he was shadowed all the way by the Buckingham front man and just as the shot looked on a brilliant last ditch sliding tackle took the ball out for a corner to avert the danger.

Sean Coles was a constant threat

Marsden was next to deny Coles, the ball was worked well around the United front line for Coles to be in sight of goal but another last gasp sliding tackle took the ball off the South Midlands leading goal scorers boot as he shaped to shoot.

Winslow continued to press and a right wing cross was met by the head of Ryan Freshwater but straight into Bennion’s gloves, but then on seventy minutes the home side pulled a goal back. Aaron King pulled the ball back across the area for Coles to lift into the roof of the net, but the joy was short lived when some comments aimed at Bennion saw the referee pull Aaron King aside and show a straight red card.

Within two minutes of Winslow scoring Buckingham regained their two goal cushion when Robbie Carter was fed in through the middle and ran on to slot past Kirkwood. Five minutes later Buckingham were reduced to ten men when a ball knocked through for Carter to chase down saw Kirkwood come out and both players committed to getting the ball. With his boot too close to Kirkwood the home crowd implored the referee to show a red card to which he duly obliged.

As Winslow piled the pressure on they just couldn’t get past a resolute Buckingham back line, and when they did they found Nick Bennion maintaining his high standard of keeping. He pulled off a great save from Simon King late on, the second shot came in which hit Marsden on the line and the ball fell nicely for Bennion to fall on.

When the away side did get the ball down to the other end, substitute Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu was a lone man trying to hold the ball up with his remaining nine team mates camped in their own half. As much as Winslow tried they could not get the goal that would have set up a grandstand finish and the final whistle was met by jubilation from those playing in red.

Attendance: 200

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic manager Mark Carter, coach Kit Bamber, and striker Robbie Carter: 

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UCLD1; Stephen Gavrovski talks Olney Town v Buckingham Town

Tuesday 26th December 2017

Olney Town v Buckingham Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 1.00pm

Olney Town host Buckingham Town on Boxing Day with both clubs looking to bounce back from week-end defeats, in the first of this seasons UCL Division One Derbies. Both sides can climb the table with a win if other results go their way, and Buckingham can potentially reclaim second spot in the league table with three points in their battle for promotion. An early kick off (1pm) at East Street is eagerly awaited as both sides resume the fight for local pride.

Sports Shots spoke to Buckingham Towns Stephen Gavrovski ahead of the game, and asked what he expects:

We know we need to bounce back on Tuesday, and it’s always a big game when we play Olney. We go into the game after losing on Saturday but we all know what we have to do to put things right again. Both sides will see the game as a must win scenario

Steve Gavrovski

We asked if his squad are confident of getting a result at East Street?

I think with the depth of our squad now, and our strength, we can beat anyone on our day. It will be a battle on Tuesday like it is every year we play them, but I believe we will get back to winning ways and put Saturday behind us

Again, Stephen concentrated on the squad rather than individuals to win the game:

All our players need to turn up and be ready from the first whistle. We are a team and if everyone is on the job and on their game from the off then we will be very difficult to beat

Finally, we looked at the Christmas schedule for players:

Playing on Boxing Day has become the norm since moving to Buckingham, we’ve had this fixture every year since I’ve been here. We enjoy Christmas Day with family & friends but come Boxing Day morning your mind is on the game, it’s an early kick off so there is plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day

Sports Shots would like to thank Stephen for his time this week.

UCLD1; Jack Taylor previews Olney Town v Buckingham Town

Tuesday 26th December 2017

Olney Town v Buckingham Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 1.00pm

Olney Town host Buckingham Town on Boxing Day with both clubs looking to bounce back from week-end defeats, in the first of this seasons UCL Division One Derbies. Both sides can climb the table with a win if other results go their way, and Buckingham can potentially reclaim second spot in the league table with three points in their battle for promotion. An early kick off (1pm) at East Street is eagerly awaited as both sides resume the fight for local pride.

Sports Shots spoke to Olney goal keeper Jack Taylor ahead of the game, and asked how preparation for the game has gone:

We’ve had quite a few tough games in the build up to this, winning two and losing one in the last three, but we know as a team what will be expected from us from our management team

Jack Taylor

We asked Jack if it was as simple as ‘must win’:

Every game for us is now must win, we want to get as many points on the board as we can, and do well for the club going forward. Of course beating a rival is a bit more special but winning games is the priority for us

Considering the league positions of both sides, is Jack confident Olney can get a result?

Buckingham are doing well and credit where its due they are doing really well in the league, they have a good squad but then so do we so I believe it will be a good game for the neutrals to watch, and I believe both sides will be confident of winning the game

We asked if there were any players to look out for:

I think all our players will be important in this game, no one can hide in a game like this and that includes the boys on the bench as well to come on and put in their shift too

Finally does playing on Boxing Day disrupt Christmas:

It is a bit of disruption for us yes, but that’s just the way the fixtures go. We have a lot of games to play in a season & they have to fit in somewhere, but we’ll be ready and looking to take maximum points

Sports Shots would like to thank Jack for his time this week.

Brackley Town Saints 3-4 Flackwell Heath PPFC

Brackley Town Saints – 3

Flackwell Heath – 4

Brackley Town Saints exited the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup at the third round stage on Wednesday evening at a reasonably warm St James Park. Flackwell were dominant for the opening twenty minutes or so; scoring one and should have had more, but Brackley slowly got back into it and levelled before taking the lead & were the better side after their guests were reduced to ten men. They looked hopeful going into the break that they’d go on and win the tie, but credit to Heath who got themselves back into the game and using their pace scored twice in quick succession to proceed in the competition.

Flackwell passed the ball well and looked to utilise their front line pace and on four minutes Charlie Samuel tried his luck from distance but screwed wide. As Brackley tried to force their guests further down the pitch they were susceptible to a break away and Francis Amartey did just that and cut in from the left, his attempted shot across the face of goal had Brackley keeper Alistair Worby diving away to his left to smoother.

Worby then had to make a good save from an Elliott Carey effort from outside the box, but the visitors did then take the lead on thirteen minutes when Samuel was sent away down the right despite the home sides call for offside the flag stayed down, and the Flackwell striker deftly lifted the ball over the advancing Worby and into the empty net.

Flackwell take the lead

Heath should have doubled their lead just moments later when a cross from their right was met in the middle by Dean Allen but from twelve yards he headed wide of Worby’s right hand post. After twenty minutes of Flackwell pressure the home side got themselves back in the game, winning a free kick on the corner of the box skipper Lewis Baldwin lifted his shot way over the top, but it gave the home side some belief.

Just three minutes later the scores were level when a Flackwell attack broke down in midfield and the ball sent upfield for Tom Kalugin & Chris Jordan to chase down, the latter tucking into the bottom corner from eighteen yards out. The goal got the Brackley tails up, and as they asserted some pressure James Watts thumped a drive against a defender that looped over for a corner.

Samuel thumped a free kick over the top for Flackwell, then on thirty-six minutes the home side took the lead when a ball straight through the heart of the Heath defence gave Matt Johnson a clear sight of goal, as he drove at goal he skipped a tackle from behind that was waved play on, he went on to round David Lyons in the visitor’s goal and stroke home. The referee then called over the offending defender Adam Dickens who had tried to bring Johnson down, showed him a second yellow which meant his side were down to ten men.

Worby then made three fantastic saves to keep his sides lead intact, the second as he retreated back to his goal line seemed impossible with the power of the shot, but the chances were repelled and Brackley continued to press which saw the Heath back line under some sever pressure as the half ended.

Dan Middleton chased down what looked a lost cause in the corner, a Flackwell defender seemed to be simply shepherding the ball out of play but Middleton forced him into the error, won the ball and turned to fire over the crossbar from an acute angle. Kalugin was then given freedom to probe from midfield and as his shot seemed destined for the top corner Lyons threw himself to his right to palm around his post. H/T: 2-1

Brackley began the second half patiently passing the ball across midfield trying to unlock the Flackwell defence, Kalugin was eventually fed in between the centre halves and forced a good save from Lyons from close range.

But before the hosts could relax and enjoy their numerical advantage, their guests hit back on fifty-one minutes when a ball knocked up to Samuel saw the big striker twist and turn on the edge of the area and creating a bit of space he smashed past Worby to level the game. Within ninety seconds of levelling Heath were behind again when a long range shot hit Kalugin some four yards out and the ball sat nicely under his feet for him to poke home and restore his sides lead.

Kalugin pokes home

Again Brackley applied some spells of pressure but were finding it hard to break their opponents down, a powerful drive from Sam Bridges saw a defender bravely put his head in front of the ball to divert over for a corner.

Then on sixty-three minutes some lapses in concentration allowed a loose ball deep in the Town half to fall at the feet of Charlie Malin who had plenty of time and space to compose before smashing a shot off Worby and in, to level once again.

Two minutes later Flackwell took the lead when again Brackley allowed them too much time and didn’t close down quick enough, a cross from the right found Amartey alone in the middle and he had time to take a touch before driving into the bottom corner.

The home side now looked shell shocked and took time to regroup although Watts did shoot from outside the area but only into the waiting arms of Lyons. But it was the away side that looked more likely to score again, Amartey found space down the left to tee up Carey whose fierce drive came back off the post and was eventually cleared.

As much as Brackley huffed and puffed they couldn’t find a way past a resolute Flackwell defence who were determined not to lose the points, and in added time Worby came up to try and help his side at a corner, as the ball was cleared long Worby gave chase and an offside decision saw a free kick awarded, as the Town keeper went to retrieve the ball Malin kicked the ball away earning him his second yellow card of the night.

There was barely time for Brackley to try and make the most of playing against nine men but did win a free kick right on the eighteen yard line in front of Lyons goal. As Baldwin’s’ attempt crashed up off the wall the referee blew the whistle to end a thoroughly entertaining clash. F/T: 3-4

Attendance: 47

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Saints manager Gordon Kille: 

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ICYMI; Catch up with all of our interviews ahead of Saturdays Winslow v Buckingham Ath derby

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

In case you missed any of our seven interviews over the past few days with past & present Winslow United & Buckingham Athletic players & coaches, we’ve rounded them all up in one place here for you to find.

Phil Martin

 For Phil Martin click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31147

Kit Bamber

 For Kit Bamber click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31169

Simon King

For Simon King click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31187

Ben Acquaye

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Ryan Freshwater

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Buckingham Athletic U25 1-2 Holmer Green U25 SSMFL Dev

Buckingham Athletic U25 – 1

Holmer Green U25 – 2

Buckingham Athletic Under 25 development side went down to Holmer Green on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields, but created enough chances to have salvaged at least a draw from the game, with both sides finding the woodwork more than once and both sides guilty of missing guilt edged chances when in front of goal. Both goal keepers were in great form pulling off vital saves throughout, in a match that genuinely could have ended at any score.

In the first minute Holmer threatened when a cross field pass found Ben Bedford on the edge of the box and his shot forced Lewis Dench to dive to his left to palm away. Marcus Horwood then crossed from the left and in the middle Jago Seymour headed wide of Dench’s left hand post.

Buckingham had a trio of shots at the other end in quick succession, the first saved, the second blocked and the follow up looped up off a defender and landed on top of the net. The Holmer defence were finding it tough going up against Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu and on seventeen minutes he won the ball off a defender and whilst the Green back line called for the foul, keeper Ben Hillary had to race off his line to block with his feet.

At the other end Dench had to dive bravely at the feet of Raiqwan Joseph as the Holmer forward burst through after a slip in the home defence, but on twenty three minutes Joseph did put the visitors ahead with a good finish from the edge of the box.

With their noses in front, Holmer looked the more threatening for a spell, Joseph again down the right had Dench leaping to his left and using both hands to push away a stinging drive. Athletic missed a golden opportunity to level on thirty-four minutes when Jordan Tavener did well down their left skipping a challenge before pulling back for Ajigbolamu but from six-yards out he fired wide.

With four minutes of the half left, Joseph attacked down the Holmer right and his shot flashed past Dench but came back off the upright, & just a minute later the scores were level after good work from Jack Menday set up Jordan Tavener and from twenty yards out he fired over Hillary and in.

Tavener lines up to score

Buckingham now had the ascendancy and a driving run from Jack Carter saw him evade two tackles before firing at goal from close range and the ball bounced back off the goal frame and away to safety, before Ajigbolamu had a shot blocked and the follow up from Jamie Sylvester was inches wide. The away side retook the lead three minutes into added time, again Joseph slotting home into the bottom corner from the eighteen yard line. H/T: 1-2

The home side brought on Nathan Skelton at half time, and he was involved early in the second period getting his head to a long cross but Hillary was behind it all the way. A free kick then found Patrick Hooper with his back to goal, he managed to turn but could only lift over the bar.

A poor clearance from the away side then set in Sylvester to drive at goal and his shot was brilliantly saved by Hillary with a defender on hand to clear. From the corner Skelton again got a glancing header away which skimmed the crossbar and a Holmer defender swung a boot to clear.

A Holmer Green cross was then met by the head of substitute Charlie Stottor which flicked off the crossbar and over with Dench beaten, before Tavener curled an effort towards the top corner but was narrowly off target.

With ten minutes left a cross from the Greens right found Joseph unmarked eight yards out but he got his timing wrong and his over the shoulder effort screwed wide and the chance was gone. Joseph continued to threaten with each Holmer attack, and another cross from their left saw two Athletic defenders rooted as the striker ghosted in to the near post and glanced his header wide.

Buckingham huffed & puffed but just could not find a way through, and the late goal in the first half settled the game. F/T: 1-2

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