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Olney Town v Huntingdon Town preview with Robert Tapp

Saturday 16th December 2017

Olney Town v Huntingdon Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 3.00pm

Olney Town look for revenge on Huntingdon Town on Saturday and will be looking to kick on after last week-ends win at Rushden & Higham, a win that put a halt to their five game losing streak in all competitions. A frustrating time of late for Neil Griffith’s side that has seen his squad depleted through injury and suspension, was finally ended with the shock win at high flying Rushden, and now look to leap frog their visitors in the league table with three points again this week. Two huge games follow this for Olney so they will be looking to get some momentum going before they face Potton and Buckingham Town over Christmas.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Robert Tapp, reflecting on their recent defeat in the reverse fixture against this week’s guests:

I really don’t know how we lost that day at Huntingdon, we had a full squad and we battered them for the whole game but just never took our chances. We could have been five up at half time, but as the way it goes in football we went in a goal down following a quick break and a well taken penalty by their forward. The second half was the same, we scored early to level and piled the pressure on but just couldn’t score again. Then a long ball and some sloppy defending from us saw us concede again, they battled hard and saw the game out to win

Robert Tapp

Robert looked back at the recent poor run that Town have been on:

We haven’t been very good to be honest, we were riddled with injuries and suspensions so Neil has been scraping a side together to be fair, but we now have a few players back so hopefully we are now back on the road to winning ways. We’ve needed to defend better as a team and that’s what will see us through the recent rough patch, we’ve made it far too easy for teams to score against us which is why we’ve been working on our shape recently. It doesn’t help when you have a constantly changing back four

He is looking to get back to the form he showed last season:

I would say my season has been ok so far, I’ve had a few good performances but nowhere near the level I was at last season. It can only improve from my own personal point of view

We looked ahead with Robert and asked what was more important this week-end, the win or the performance:

At this particular time I’d have to say the win is more important, after the win last week if we can get another three points then it will boost our confidence ahead of the Christmas fixtures. With our best eleven we can beat anyone in this division, we haven’t been on it of late but I’m sure it will come good

And finally looking into 2018:

We need to keep our squad fit, and firing on all cylinders going into the New Year. If we can do that then we will be back winning games and back where we should be in this league. We have a few new additions as well which will strengthen us so we need to build on this and carry it on into next year

Sports Shots would like to thank Robert for his time out with us this week.

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Winters & Emery discuss Newport Pagnell Town FC

Saturday 9th December 2017

Newport Pagnell Town v Deeping Rangers

United Counties Premier Division

Willen Road

KO: 3.00pm

Newport Pagnell entertain Deeping Rangers on Saturday at Willen Road and look to extend their winning run to five games and at least maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the league table. Darren Lynch’s men will be looking to avenge their defeat at Deeping back in October and make the most of their next five matches where four are at home. Sports Shots spoke with Josh Winters and Luke Emery ahead of the game:

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We asked Josh if he feels Newport can maintain their position:

I think the next six weeks are going to be crucial, we play Deeping & Eynesbury this side of Christmas and then Holbeach, Leicester Nirvana & Wisbech all straight after. If we show the same commitment and desire we’ve shown the last few weeks, we’ll be fine

Luke also acknowledged the feel-good factor around the club:

I think everyone in and around the club has enjoyed our start to this season, there is a really good atmosphere around the team, the squad and the whole club in general

Luke doesn’t see any weak area’s in the squad:

I don’t really see anywhere on the pitch we need to improve on at the moment, we just need to treat every game as a big game and not relax for any moment

Josh has enjoyed his time at Newport so far:

I’ve been at Kempston for the past couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed my time there, however this season they couldn’t really guarantee me as much playing time as I would have liked. I knew quite a few of the lads here and I knew they would be strong this season so I spoke to the gaffer and here we are. It’s a really great group to be involved with and I am back enjoying my football

Josh Winters

Josh explained who he thinks will be Town’s biggest rivals in the remainder:

I don’t think there are any easy games in this division as recent results have shown. Sleaford beat Leicester and we only just scraped through against St Andrews, however I think the four main sides scrapping it out will be Deeping, Holbeach, Wisbech and ourselves. Whoever proves the more consistent I think will have the edge

Luke looked back at the defeat at Deeping just a few weeks ago:

It was a close game back in October, we took the lead twice but conceded some scrappy goals and before we knew it they were winning the game. Saturday should hopefully be a totally different affair

Goals will decide who finishes higher and Luke is enjoying a successful spell:

We go into every game wanting to win, and it’s really good that we have three strikers that are all in double figures for the season already. However, our goals are coming from all the pitch, it’s not just us front men that are contributing to our success

Josh also commended the strike force:

Our front line is very good, all slightly different with different qualities, fingers crossed they can keep sharing the goals around and keep firing & kick us on in the second half of the season

Luke Emery

What does Luke see as an end of season target?

I want to hit thirty goals this term, but more importantly we want that trophy come the end of the season! It’s a team game so as long as we are getting the results we need nothing else really matters

We asked Josh if he thinks the club would compete should they gain promotion:

Definitely, having played in the league above a few times for Kempston and Bedford I don’t think it is too dissimilar to the UCL, fair enough it’s quicker and the players are generally fitter but it’s not as physical. No doubt the gaffer will strengthen the areas he feels we need and we’d give it a really good go. But there is a lot of football to be played before we can start thinking about that

Sports Shots would like to thank both players for taking the time out to speak to Sports Shots this week. If you can’t make the game, stay updated with Sports Shots on Facebook and Twitter.

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Torpoint Athletic 3-0 Callington Town

Sports Shots visited Torpoint Athletic last week as they hosted Callington Town in the South West Peninsula Premier Division, and the hosts took all three points with three goals on a mild evening in southern Cornwall.

Bradley makes it 3-0

A first half penalty from Bevan were followed by goals from Rush and a second half header from Bradley to secure the win.

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Highmoor-Ibis FC v Buckingham Town FC

Sunday 6th August 2017
Highmoor-Ibis v Buckingham Town
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Scours Lane
Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Buckingham Town travel down to Reading on Sunday to face Hellenic Premier League side Highmoor-Ibis, in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup. Highmoor being the higher level club (step 5) would be favourites against their Buckinghamshire guests (step 6) however the FA Cup needs no motivation no matter what level either sides are.

The game is on Sunday as Scours Lane hosts both Woodley United and Highmoor, and Woodley are home on Saturday also in the FA Cup.


Highmoor began their campaign on Tuesday evening with a three all draw at Burnham, whilst Sunday’s game is the season opener for Town. The winners of the tie will bank £1,500 and go on to host Southern League side North Leigh in the next round.

Town finished fifth in the United Counties League Division One whilst Highmoor finished fourteenth in the Hellenic Premier Division last season, but with squads open to multiple changes during the close season it is never easy to judge how early games will go.

Anyone wishing to travel down to watch the game can get address details using the link below.

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Buckingham Town 3-1 Bicester Town

Buckingham Town – 3

Bicester Town – 1

Buckingham Town beat Bicester Town on Thursday evening at Manor Fields and were good value for the win, the away side never really threatened the Town goal except for a late penalty, and manager Gary Ollard was happy with his team’s efforts over the ninety minutes.

Bicester had the first chance after a couple of minutes but after beating the Town offside trap Elliott Powell could only fire over Ryan Thrussell in the home goal, whilst at the other end some good football lead to Orlando Joao flashing an effort wide.

A half clearance from the Bicester defence saw Joao again blast wide hitting the ball first time mid-way through the first half, but Town finally took the lead on twenty five minutes when the visiting defence surrendered the ball in their own penalty area and Dan Silver squared to Danny Simpson who fired home.

Bicester reacted positively to going behind and Ricardo Benjamin drove at the home defence before shooting just wide of the near post, but Town almost extended their lead from a corner when Simpson headed wide in front of goal. On the stroke of half time Bicester again threatened through Dan Monk but his powerful shot was comfortably claimed by Thrussell. H/T: 1-0

Simpson heads just wide

Dan Silver forced Bicester keeper Liam Hind into a decent double save early in the second period, parrying the first effort allowed the Town player to run in and get in a second effort which deflected away off Hind for a corner. Buckingham did then double their lead just past the hour mark when an initial shot looped up off the Bicester keeper who lost all sight of the ball, and Orlando Joao had all the time to head into the unguarded net.

Again Bicester rallied after conceding and a good ball over the home back line saw Benjamin again run on and strike at goal first time but agonisingly wide, before a right wing cross then found the Bicester man but he could only head over.

The hosts scored their third on seventy three minutes, when a cross from Joao found Simpson unmarked at the back post to head home. From the restart the visitors went straight up the other end and a fantastic run from Powell saw him bend the ball around Thrussell only to stand and watch it bounce back off the post; Bicester retrieved the ball and attacked again & as the ball was played into the box an outstretched leg saw a trip and a penalty awarded which was duly despatched, but the home side had already done enough to win the game. F/T: 3-1

After the match Town manager Gary Ollard spoke to Sports Shots: 


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Buckingham Town II’s win to climb up to third

Buckingham Town II’s beat Sandford St Martin on Saturday in a high scoring match, and the win took them third in the Cherwell Cricket League Division Two table.

Romaine celebrates 100

A superb 144 from Ant Romaine saw Town reach 331-9 off their fifty overs, and managed to bowl their guests out for 272 with seven balls remaining.

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Buckingham Town CC II’s v Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts Photo’s

Match photography now available from Saturday’s game where Buckingham Town II’s hosted Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts.

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Under 12 footballers wanted!

Winslow United Under 12’s are looking for players ahead of the new season.

Anyone interested should contact Adam on the number or email shown in the advert.

Please note: Interested boys should be in school year 7 from September.

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Croughton U18 2-6 Winslow Utd U18

Croughton U18’s – 2

Winslow United U18’s – 6

Winslow United Under 18’s confirmed their status as Border Counties U18 Division Two champions with a comfortable win at Croughton on Sunday. With the home side only able to muster ten players the odds were always stacked against them especially against the side that have been scoring goals for fun of late, and so it proved with Winslow powering into a four goal lead by half time. The pace slowed after the break in the warm sunshine, and the hosts were able to grab a couple of consolation goals but even a red card for United did not diminish their superiority in the game.

A bright start to the game saw a Winslow corner headed over and a free kick to Croughton curled into the waiting gloves of Ollie Bradbury, again standing in for the injured Sam Walker. The visitors took the lead on five minutes when a goal kick was allowed to bounce by the Croughton defence, Dan Chittenden was on it in a flash and after skipping through four defenders inside the box he squared to Charlie Willis who slotted home with some ease.

Winslow scored again on nine minutes but a raised flag chalked the effort off, just before Will Hornby flashed a shot just wide of the right hand post from the eighteen yard line. A Croughton break away then saw a ball behind the United defence leave a player facing a one on one with Bradbury but he could only blaze way over the top.

A long throw from the away side was then allowed to travel right across the goal face, and sliding in at the back post Finn Molloy forced a superb reactive save from the home keeper, before Winslow scored again on twenty one minutes & again a raised flag denied the goal. Three minutes later however the lead was doubled when a corner was flicked on by Will Hornby and Finn Molloy tucked home.

Two minutes later it was three when Charlie Willis did well down the left evading a couple of tackles before setting up Dan Chittenden in front of goal to slot into the corner. On the half hour mark Chittenden made it four when a long clearance from the Winslow defence set the striker away with a Croughton defender, winning the race to the ball he fired across goal from the edge of the area and into the bottom corner.

Chittenden scores Winslow fourth

Winslow then threatened to run riot, the remainder of the half saw the home side under the cosh and lucky not to concede again, Charlie Willis hit the crossbar, and Finn Molloy forced another good save from the Croughton keeper the best of the numerous chances created. H/T: 0-4

The Croughton keeper was soon busy again after the restart saving well from Louis O’Connell, and from the corner Ollie Bradbury headed over having swapped places in goal with Jamie Wickham during the break. Six minutes into the half saw the visitors strike their fifth of the afternoon, when an Ollie Bradbury cross was converted from close range by Charlie Willis.

Willis scores his second

Bill Bridgeman then volleyed over the bar before the home side scored on fifty eight minutes, a cross field pass was fired into the bottom corner from the corner of the box. Dan Chittenden then flashed a shot wide, before his side scored their third goal of the game to be chalked off for offside, and Bridgeman saw an effort brilliantly tipped over by the home keeper.

Dan Chittenden then completed his hat trick on seventy one minutes taking his tally for the season to forty goals. Two minutes later Winslow were reduced to ten men when Tommy Short was shown a red card for a foul, and moments later Jamie Wickham had to be alert to a ball played in behind his defence, coming out to block with his feet to deny the home side from a one on one. Croughton did score a second late on, and there was time for Finn Molloy and Alex Iyengar to shoot wide and over respectively before the final whistle. F/T: 2-6

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