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SSMFL: Newsletter 24 – Saturday 27th January 2018

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NEWSLETTER NO 24
SAT 27th JANUARY 2018
It’s amazing how time does start to fly at this time of the season. January is now behind us and as we head into February there are just three months of the season left. The bookies are beginning to stop taking bets on Division One, with Southall looking to be a good banker, but there is often a slip between cup and lip. The Premier and Division Two are much more difficult to call, and although there may be favourites for each, there are a number of good teams in both Divisions very capable of causing a few upsets.

PREMIER DIVISION

It’s very much as you were at the top of the Premier Division table as the top four all recorded wins. Berkhamsted sit top of the pile after an emphatic 5-0 win away to London Tigers. Ashton Campbell and Ben Bateman gave the Comrades a two goal interval lead before both players doubled their tally’s in the second half with the fifth scored by Adiel Mannion. Welwyn Garden City remain just a point behind in second after they also hit five as they beat Edgware Town 5-2 at home. Dan Bond and Jon Clements put the Citizens two up inside ten minutes before Ash Kersey grabbed a brace and Charlie Joy finished the scoring. Leighton Town stay third after they won 3-2 at home to struggling Crawley Green. Despite roadworks outside the ground which brought Leighton Buzzard to a standstill and made a couple of players and the referee late, those who managed to get to the ground saw an entertaining match on a slippery but playable field of play. The match belied the big difference in League positions between the two sides. Having taken an early lead in the 8th minute through Alex Condon, home supporters settled down hoping for more goals, but despite fairly continuous pressure, Leighton were rocked back when in the 25th minute an obvious foul challenge in the Home penalty area, resulted in a calmly put away equaliser by Aaron Browne. The game continued to flow with long periods of uninterrupted open play with very few free-kicks, o On 41 minutes Leighton Town regained the lead with a shot from the edge of the penalty area by Alex O’Brien.. The home advantage was cancelled out in the 56th minute with a crisp shot from the edge of the box by the penalty taker Aaron Browne evening things up. With both sides playing well and making chances, the match was there for the taking. A goalmouth scramble in the home penalty area in the 80th minute, resulted in a rebound off the bar presenting an away attacker with an open goal from 8 yards, but unfortunately he hit his shot straight against the chest of a home defender and the ball was kicked to safety. A really big chance not taken which would prove decisive. In the 86th minute, following a run down the inside right channel, Alex O’Brien outpaced the Away defence and shot home for the winner. Leighton had left it late and again hard luck to Crawley Green who had played really well with nothing to show for their efforts. Harpenden Town stay 4th after James Yates and Dave Keenleyside scored in their 2-1 win at 5th placed Leverstock Green. Following this defeat, the Green drop back a place , being replaced by Biggleswade FC who enjoyed a 4-0 home win over Wembley. Star man was Tom Cookman with three goals whilst sub Lawrie Marsh added a fourth right at the end. It was all happening at Hoddesdon Town where visitors Colney Heath continued their rejuvenation with a 4-2 victory over the home side. Colney stunned the home crowd , hurtling into a three goal lead in the first 15 minutes, Jimmy Hill turning the clock back as he notched all three, and worse was to come as Reece Cameron added a fourth 3 minutes later. Hoddesdon could have reduced the deficit ten minutes when awarded a penalty, but the spot kick failed to hit the target, but two goals from Emanuel Melford- Rowe and Jack Riddle brought a degree of respectability to the final score. Hadley twice came behind at St.Margaretsbury to draw 2-2, goals coming from an OG and Samuel Aggrey-Adams, whilst the remaining two matches – Holmer Green v London Colney and Tring Ath v Oxhey Jets both resulted in 0-0 draws. Dave Henman’s game of choice was Cockfosters vs Biggleswade United which got the go ahead – quite rightly – but the surface wasn’t ideal to play tip tap football on. Although not always pretty on the eye both sides must be commended for giving it 100% effort. The game got off to a flyer with Cockfosters number 11 – Matt Sinclair – firing home when in plenty of space after receiving a short pass after only 3 minutes. The game ebbed and flowed and there wasn’t too much in it during the first half although I thought Biggleswade were slightly the better side. Half time and it was still 1 nil. Rather surprisingly when the next goal came – after 50 minutes – it was the home sub Piero Bagarone who finished off the move virtually on the line when a shot was deflected into his path past a wrong footed keeper. At 2 nil I thought it was game over, but then what do I know! Biggleswade obviously had other ideas. From a well worked free kick Lee Bilcock finished off the move after 65 minutes, and eleven minutes later James Cooper levelled matters. After 87 minutes Biggleswade needlessly conceded a penalty and one of Cockfosters best players – midfielder Bruce Ndala converted although only just, as Carlos Vivas got more than a hand to it. In my opinion a draw would’ve been a fair result, in a “nothing” mid table clash, but as the excellent long serving secretary Graham Bint pointed out it is very tight at the bottom, and with Cockfosters nervously looking over their shoulders it was a much needed 3 points, and I couldn’t argue with that!

DIVISION ONE
Southall continue on their merry way at the top of the table, a 6-0 win away at St.Neots Reserves helping them to maintain an 11 point lead over second placed London Lions. Star man was Adam Louth (remember him from the successful Chalfont St. Peter side of a few years ago) with a hat trick, whilst Ryan Hope chipped in with a brace. The real battle in this Division would appear to be for that coveted second promotion slot, with four clubs currently in the running. At the moment the London Lions have their noses in front, but the other contenders all have games in hand and there is all to play for. Lions 6-2 win away at Codicote made it 5 out 6 and the return of Adam Bolle earlier in the season has certainly added to their firepower – he added another brace in this game. In third place, but with 4 games in hand, are Baldock Town, whose 4-1 win at home to Ampthill Town was their 6th on the bounce. Sub Alfie Barker contributed a couple, with singles from Lewis Barker and Joshua Coley, whilst Pat Daley replied for the visitors. Wodson Park were held to a 0-0 draw away at Buckingham Athletic, and this result enabled Winslow Utd to move above them into fourth place. It was a great effort by the Winslow ground staff to enable their match against Rayners Lane to go ahead and on a sticky pitch, Winslow won a close game by 4-2 in front of over 50 spectators including Bob Flight and his trusty notebook. Both teams started well and only a magnificent save by Luke Daley in the Rayners Lane goal prevented a score from Sean Coles. The visitors should have taken the lead on 13 minutes when a foul by home keeper Sam Ashmead on the Rayners forward Marcell Bascombe resulted in a penalty kick. However, Ashmead made amends by pushing the shot onto a post and away from goal. Winslow pushed forward and had numerous efforts on goal but a combination of blocked shots and missed chances saw the game goalless. Just when the home supporters though a goal would never come, Winslow scored on 39 minutes when Dan Delderfield hit the ball into the net from close range. Rayners Lane had a chance to equalise just before half time but Saleh Zaheer saw his goal bound shot blocked and the follow up blasted wide. The second half saw Rayners Lane quick out of the blocks and they scored on 48 minutes when a cross from Jamie Doolan was forced into the home net by Marcell Bascombe. A fast response from Winslow saw a great chance missed when Delderfield had a shot that went wide when it seemed easier to score. The home team continued to dominate the game and went ahead on 64 minutes when Aaron King ran onto a through ball to score past a stranded Daley in the visitors goal. Worse was to follow for Rayners Lane as they conceded a penalty kick on 67 minutes and Sean Cole stepped up to score. Still the visitors refused to wilt and they scored another goal on 89 minutes when Saleh Zaheer ran through to beat Ashmead in the home goal. The visitors played the final few minutes with ten men as Doolan received his second caution of the game and was rightly sent off. With this, the expected revival disappeared and in the final minute of the game Daniel Parsons scored Winslow’s fourth and final goal. It was an entertaining game to watch despite the difficult conditions and had Rayners Lane converted their first half penalty kick it could have been a different story. The win lifts Winslow into the top four in the table with a chance of the runners up spot. Broadfields are having probably their best season since joining the SSMFL and they are currently in 6th place, heading the small number of 3 or 4 clubs who are just slightly adrift of the top 5. A brace from Connor Spinks and one from Dene Gardner helped them to a 3-0 win at home over rivals Risborough Rangers, leapfrogging their visitors in the process, whilst early pace setters Enfield Borough, who have slipped off the pace, emerged as 4-3 victors after an amazing comeback at FC Broxbourne Borough. The home side were three nil up at half time, but Enfield, aided by a hat trick from Tage Kennedy, scored four times to claim the three points. Hillingdon Borough sat at the foot of the table going into the weekend, but a 2-1 win away at Langford rocketed them upwards and out of the bottom three. No record of the goalscorers on Full Time. The match between Brimsdown and Hatfield, due to be played at Ware FC, was postponed.

DIVISION TWO
It was raining goals at Totternhoe as the home side romped to a 10-1 win over visiting MK Galacticos, and moved themselves up to 3rd place as a result. Joel McCormick led the way with a hat trick and Aidan Murray and Jonny Clarke both chipped in with doubles. Also on the scoresheet were Sean Bishop, Andy Cleere and Jack Lauder, whilst Juan Bosoka got GMK’s sole reply. Leaders Park View retained their unbeaten record after a 3-2 away win at Unite MK , with the hosts making a spirited comeback after going three down. The homesters were pushed all the way by the home side, for whom Luke Little scored both. The leader’s goals came from Bright Debra, Albert Ofori- Mensah and Javier Sanchez. Two goals from Marius Serwin helped second placed AFC Southgate keep up the pressure at the top after their 5-0 win at home to Berkhamsted Raiders, but Mursley Utd dropped a place to 4th after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Tring Town. Adam Bone and Lewis Delahaye were on the money for Mursley whilst Ryan Shefras and Ashley Wadhams replied for the visitors. A second half hat trick from Ben Green helped Old Bradwell to a 6-0 away victory over local rivals Clean Slate. Tommy Cooke contributed two more and Peter Maxey completed the scoring. Grendon Rangers moved themselves out of the bottom two after their 4-1 win at home to Tring Corinthians. Joe Walls and Nathan Riddell put the Rangers into a two one lead at half time and they doubled their total in the second half with a brace from Mathew Ginger.

DIVISION TWO CUP – SEMI FINAL
Aston Clinton reached the South Midlands Division Two cup final on Saturday but had to go through the agony of a penalty shoot-out against Pitstone & Ivinghoe after ninety minutes of football could not separate the sides. A wet & windy afternoon greeted the two sides as they battled for a place in the showpiece final, on a pitch that looked fantastic considering the recent weather and beatings that local pitches take at this time of year.
An early goal from Lewis Workman looked to set Aston well on their way, however Pitstone dug in and equalised through Josh Webster before the break & both sides had chances to win it in regulation time but it took penalties to decide the tie. Aston didn’t miss, whilst their keeper Liam Smith pulled off one crucial save, and the final Pitstone spot kick crashed off the bar to send Jordan Kings side through to face league leaders Park View in the final on a date yet to be confirmed. Pitstone had the first chance when Albie Hall tried his luck from twenty yards but fired wide of Smith’s right hand post, before Workman saw a curling shot sail past Paolo Aquila in the Pitstone goal. However within a minute the Clinton leading scorer did open the scoring when he was fed in behind the home back line by David Brown and he made no mistake slotting past the advancing Aquila.
The hosts equalised on twenty-four minutes when a throw out on their right saw the Aston defence switch off and as the ball looked to be drifting out for a goal kick, the Pitstone winger refused to give up and pulled the ball back across the penalty area where Webster was unmarked and couldn’t miss.A long range shot from Elias Williams almost caught Aquila out when he slipped in the wet and had to desperately push away for a corner after his initial block left the ball open to attack in front of goal, and in the dying moments of the half Pitstone almost blew all their hard work when a defensive clearance was intercepted by David Brown and as he approached Aquila he had options to square however opted to shoot straight into the keepers gloves. H/T: 1-1
The second half started with Pitstone striker Kieran Doughty looping an effort from twenty-five yards narrowly wide of Smiths right hand post, before a throw to the visitors on their left was worked up to Brown who crossed to Vinny Greco who turned and drove over the crossbar.Aston missed a glorious chance on fifty-six minutes when Workman drove at goal before feeding Greco in the channel, he advanced into the area before squaring back to his striker partner who fired straight at Aquila. A Pitstone attack then broke down deep in the Clinton half, the ball fired up to Greco in midfield who in turn sent Brown scurrying away down the right, avoiding a tackle he crossed over to substitute Joe Kittle whose first time shot crashed off the crossbar and over for a goal kick. Hall had a chance for the home side when he found himself through on goal after a lucky ricochet but he could only fire into the waiting gloves of Smith, and at the other end a cross from Kittle saw a glancing header from Greco comfortable for Aquila to catch. A free kick from Greco was driven into the Pitstone wall, and a late header from Workman was never any real threat as the chances came and went. The away side had a very late chance in the game when a Pitstone corner was cleared long to Workman, as he bore down on goal he was marshalled all the way by Luke Williams who got in a superb tackle just as the Clinton man shaped to shoot, to deflect for a corner. Pitstone then saw Harry Elliott thump into the gloves of Smith from eighteen yards, and there was still time for Kittle to cut in from the Aston left and curl an effort into the hands of Aquila.
F/T: 1-1
With the rules of the competition already set, the game went straight to penalties, with Pitstone up first. Alex Groom sent Smith the wrong way, before Alex Bell levelled firing into the top corner. Doughty put the ball right into the bottom corner giving Smith no chance, followed by Kittle completely wrong footing Aquila to level.John Damian restored the Pitstone advantage firing into the bottom corner, and David Brown followed suit to level up again. Then up stepped Albie Hall to see his spot kick brilliantly saved one handed by Smith, before Greco stepped up left footed to give Clinton the lead. With Pitstone now having to score, Ryan Mellor smashed his kick against the crossbar to send Clinton through to the final. F/T: 3-4 (on penalties)
Thanks to sportsshots.org.uk for the above report.

SUBSTITUTE BOARDS;
A reminder to all clubs, particularly those in Division Two , that the use of Substitute Boards in a match is a League requirement. The home side are responsible for providing the Boards, and they are normally placed on the half way line, so that they can be used by both sides as required. Non compliance of this League requirement , either in not providing the Boards or in not using them, may well result in a charge being levied against the offending club.

MIND YOUR LANGUAGE:
A reminder to all clubs that it is a League Directive that the laminated A3 MYL posters must be displayed in all 3 changing rooms and in the clubhouse or refreshment area. Non compliance with this Directive may well result in a charge being levied against your club.

LATEST TRANSFERS
Thomas Vandenbergh Harpenden – Ampthill Town
Gerad Martinez London Tigers – Biggleswade United
David Parkinson Colney Heath – Biggleswade United
Nathanial McCarthy Berkhamsted – Leighton Town
Jamie Sylvester Buckingham Athletic – Old Bradwell United
Nathan Dimmock Colney Heath – Codicote
Robert Newman Crawley Green – Ampthill Town
Dominic Fraser Stotfold – Colney Heath
Jarrad Isles Stotfold – Colney Heath
Joshua Murray Stotfold – Colney Heath
Frankie Atwell Wembley – Southall
Jamie Gilbert Biggleswade United – St Neots Town Res
Mark Ansell-Carter London Tigers – Stotfold
Zang Gangadeen Hadley – Wembley

CHANGE OF VENUES
There have been a couple of changes of club’s venues in the last couple of weeks.
Hatfield Town will be playing all their home games at London Colney for the remainder of the season. Assistant referees will no doubt be very pleased as they will no longer have to negotiate long jump or high jump pits in the course of their duties. Spectators will also be able to leave their binoculars at home.
Loughton Manor, with immediate effect, will now be playing all their home games at The Recreation Ground , the home of New Bradwell St. Peter.

Grateful thanks to Chris Mitchell, Bob Flight, Dave Henman, Tony Weight and Sports Shots for their reports.

All news, views etc welcome, particularly from our refereeing colleagues.
Enjoy your football and remember MIND YOUR LANGUAGE

Bill Scholes

bill@spartansouthmids.co.uk

Buckingham Athletic Ladies progress in Ladies Junior Cup Quarter-Final

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 4

MK City Ladies Reserves – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies progressed through to the County Cup semi-finals on Sunday afternoon with a relatively comfortable win over MK City reserves, in a game played at Tattenhoe in agreement with both sides as the pitch at Stratford Fields was unplayable after the recent poor weather. The Athletic playing their first game since the first week-end of December scored early in the first half but then struggled to break their opponents down on a bright & sunny afternoon, but once they scored a second after the break the tie was over and they went on to dominate the rest of the game.

Despite their lack of match practise it only took Evie Hawkins sixteen minutes to reacquaint herself with the back of the net, giving her team the lead and notching her seventeenth goal of the season. There was a long delay after one of the MK girls took a massive ricochet in the stomach and literally knocked the wind from her sails, as she had to receive a few minutes of treatment after being winded by the impact.

Jordan Heron was determined to get on the scoresheet forcing City keeper Sarah Cloherty to push a shot around her post for a corner, and moments after a long ball played up to Jade Copas saw a City defender attack the ball first, then slice her clearance across her own penalty box straight into the path of Heron who went for goal first time and steered her shot agonisingly wide of the left hand post. H/T: 1-0

Five minutes after the break Hawkins was fed in down the middle but Cloherty was off her line in a flash to block, as the loose ball looked to be falling nicely to Copas to hit home, Cloherty gathered before the shot could materialise.

Athletic eventually doubled their lead on fifty-seven minutes when skipper Kerry Stapleton struck from the edge of the six-yard box past Cloherty, with Rachael Thorpe lurking dangerously on the goal line she intelligently let the ball roll home to ensure no flag was raised and to allow Stapleton to get her goal.

Kerry Stapleton scores second goal

Five minutes later it was truly game over when Kayleigh Harwood was played through on goal and despite the keeper advancing she struck past Cloherty with some ease to net her side’s third goal. The visitors were now back in their stride and Stapleton robbed a defender outside her own area, and advanced before rifling into the side netting.

With fifteen minutes remaining a Buckingham corner found Dani Roberts at the back of the box, her shot crashed back off the crossbar with everyone beaten, and was eventually cleared. Jordan Heron was next to find the woodwork, a great run down the right saw a heavy challenge almost floor her but to her credit she stayed upright and went for goal, the ball skimming off the crossbar and at the back post Hawkins was inches away from connecting but the danger passed.

With two minutes left Hawkins did double her tally, Thorpe crossing from the right and at the far stick the striker stuck out a leg to poke home. There was time left for Jade Copas to fire wide from eighteen yards, and a cross to be glanced wide by the head of Stapleton. F/T: 4-0

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with skipper Kerry Stapleton & keeper Ellen Fenables: 

Some photo’s from the game can be viewed here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskBn6jkK

 

South Northants Cricket League: Proposed divisional line-up for 2018 season

The South Northants Cricket League are proposing the following divisional structure for the 2018 campaign. These changes will be voted for by the clubs at the league AGM on Friday 2nd February 2018.

BANKIER SLOAN PREMIER DIVISION

Syresham
Charlton
MK Air
Marston St Lawrence
Wroxton
Thornborough
Byfield
Bodicote
Silverstone
Willoughby

M&P SCOTT (BUILDERS) DIVISION ONE

Evenley
MK Afro Caribbean
Greens Norton
Dunchurch & Bilton
Castlethorpe
Radway
MK Air ‘A’
Kings Sutton
Hinton in the Hedges
Hanslope

DIVISION TWO
Byfield ‘A’
Evenley ‘A’
Wroxton ‘A’
Syresham ‘A’
Towcestrians
Marston St Lawrence ‘A’
Sibford
Helmdon
Bodicote ‘A’
Great Horwood

DIVISION THREE
Preston Bissett
Priors
Gawcott & Hillesden
Gayton
Maids Moreton
Wicken Sports
Braunston Paddox
Chipping Warden
Winslow Town
Crown

DIVISION FOUR
Willoughby ‘A’
Westbury
Flecknoe
Wardington
Thornborough ‘A’
Dunchurch & Bilton ‘A’
Woodford Halse
Silverstone ‘A’

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.

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:

Support your local team

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.

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.

All match photo’s from the night can be viewed by clicking here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm5fETL5

 

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.

Match location: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/highmoorfc/contact/

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: 

 

For match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZMrfhj

 

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.

Match scorecard here: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/result.php?matchid=5137

League table here: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/leaguetable.php?Division_ID=2

Match photograph’s here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZuUMyx

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.

Match Photography Click Here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskZcKYMe

Match Scorecard Click Here: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/result.php?matchid=5133

League Table Click Here: http://cherwellcricketleague.com/leaguetable.php?Division_ID=2