By Mike Innes (@FootballMK)
— FootballMK (@FootballMK) May 15, 2017
Deanshanger Athletic U18’s – 1
Winslow United U18’s – 5
Winslow United U18’s clinched the league title on Thursday evening with a convincing win at Deanshanger, and again their attacking force simply brushed their opponents aside and the defence stood firm against anything thrown at them, with the result put to bed in the opening fifty five minutes the remainder of the game staggered to a close with Winslow losing their tempo but with an eight point gap with two games left the final whistle sounded to crown a successful season for the Elmfield Gate squad.
United took the lead on four minutes when Dan Chittenden worked hard down the right and his cross was played back across goal by Finn Molloy to Charlie Willis who tucked home right in front of goal. A poor goal kick from the home side then fell to Seb Boardman who tried his luck from forty yards but it did not quite have enough power to trouble the Athletic keeper who gratefully collected on his six yard line.
The visitors then doubled their lead on eight minutes when a long throw into the box was flicked on by a defender and at the back post Seb Boardman was on hand to slide in and poke home. A Deanshanger cross then proved elusive for Ollie Bradbury in the Winslow goal, almost catching him out he had to palm up from under his crossbar and the ball landed back down on top of the bar and over for a corner.
Winslow did score again on fifteen minutes however a raised flag on the far side denied the goal, and moments later the home side should have got a foot back in the game when a good cross was met in the middle of the United box by two players, who got in each other’s way and ended up with one heading the chance against the other and the chance was gone.
A Winslow throw was then flicked on by Chittenden and Molloy lumped over the top, but a minute before the interval saw a third goal when another long throw on their right was headed home by Will Hornby who climbed highest to power into the top corner. H/T: 0-3
Three minutes into the second half saw Dan Chittenden add a forth when a ball into the box was knocked down by Finn Molloy and the prolific striker lashed home. Winslow continued to press and a fifty sixth minute free kick just outside the Deanshanger box saw Chittenden strike for goal, the home keeper seemed to have it covered but then spilled from his gloves and Harry Heritage nipped in to stroke into the empty net.
As Winslow relaxed, Athletic came into the game and a throw into the box was skied high over the crossbar from a close range shot, and a minute later another shot rebounded off the post and away for a goal kick.
Tommy Short then stood strong on a right wing run that saw three heavy challenges unable to knock him off the ball, his cross was met on the volley by Chittenden who fired wide. The home side then scored a consolation on sixty six minutes, Ollie Bradbury saved an initial shot but the follow up was tapped home.
Michael Donker then had to clear a goal bound effort off the line as Deanshanger tried in vain to put their guests under pressure, before a Harry Heritage cross from right on the byline bounced off the crossbar and away from Finn Molloy who was waiting in the middle. F/T: 1-5
Willen – 2
Wing – 1
NBDFL League Trophy Final
Willen won the NBDFL Intermediate League Trophy Final at Stratford Fields on Saturday, despite playing the final thirty seven minutes of the game with ten men, after having Danny Wing red carded for kicking out after a challenge on the edge of the Wing box. At that stage the score was one apiece, but despite the numerical disadvantage Willen had the better chances after the card, and won the game with a clinical strike from Ricky McAdam with five minutes remaining.
Willen took the lead in the second minute, from a corner Danny Wing beat Paul Searl to the ball and seemed to shoulder the ball into the back of the net.
Ryan Guinnane tried his luck from distance for the Milton Keynes based side but easily cleared the bar, before the Wing skipper Dan Farmer cut in from the left and warmed the hands of Willen keeper James Green.
A probing Willen cross was half cleared to the edge of their box and running in McAdam blazed over the top, and on twenty four minutes the scores were back on level terms when a Wing attack ended with a trip inside the box leaving referee Gavin Smith little option but to point to the spot, Dan Farmer levelled from the spot kick.
A Willen throw found Scott Barton who fired at goal from distance, he succeeded in feeding Guinnane twelve yards out who swivelled and fired over, and on the stroke of half time Wing conceded possession in their own half allowing Danny Wing a free run at goal and he forced keeper Alan Bazell into an excellent save, turning away for a corner. H/T: 1-1
Ryan Guinnane glanced an early second half corner over for Willen, and moments later came the dismissal of Danny Wing. A promising Willen attack was ended just outside the box by a Wing defender, but a reaction after the tackle saw the referee brandish a red card to the Willen player despite his side having the free kick.
A fifty seventh minute throw to Willen then found Ashley Ferguson inside the box, with back to goal he managed to turn and shoot however a narrow deflection took the ball out for a corner, which was then headed wide by Samuel Nevin. Wing then pushed on with the advantage and Dan Farmer attacked down their right, as he squared into the box it seemed inevitable a goal would come but somehow a defender got back quickest to clear the danger.
Samuel Nevin then saw another header brush a defender as he went for goal, and from the corner Nevin slid in but could only loop over the crossbar under heavy pressure from a Willen defender. Pete Rowe then drove into the Willen box and flashed the ball across goal but no team mates were near enough to divert home, then with five minutes remaining Willen scored their winner. A ball through the Wing defence saw Ricky McAdam run on and fire across goal and into the bottom corner.
From the restart Wing attacked at pace, and a cross was headed at goal by Steve Fazakerley from six yards out and a brilliant reaction save by James Green denied what looked a certain equaliser, and the save earned applause from the large crowd. Willen held off anything Wing threw at them in the final minutes and held on to lift the trophy. F/T: 2-1
Joey Acheampong was on target as Winslow United suffered a 1-5 defeat to Chesham United reserves at Elmfield Gate tonight.
Acheampong made it 1-1 but United fell away to a second half defeat.
Olney Town defeated Buckingham Town by a solitary goal on Monday to secure fourth place in the UCL Division One table, and finish their season on a high going into the Buckingham Charity Cup Final in two weeks’ time. Buckingham Town struggled to get going, and were under the cosh for the opening forty five minutes, they rallied after the break but could not break down a resilient Olney defence, and could not work their way past the Olney keeper when presented with chances. The Buckingham keeper was the busier of the two, and Olney maybe should have secured victory long before the final whistle.
A twelfth minute cross from Drew Mitten saw Aaron Murrell jump with Robin’s keeper Ryan Thrussell and under the challenge the keeper released the ball which Murrell knocked home, but the assistant referee had already flagged for an infringement. Moments later Mitten got away down the left and flashed the ball across the goal face but no green shirts were forward enough to connect and threaten the Buckingham goal.
Mitten then sent a cross from the right into Jordan Appleton whose first time shot flew just wide of Thrussell’s left hand upright. Buckingham were awarded a twenty second minute free kick some way outside the Olney box which was blazed over by Warren Garcia, before at the other end Gary Thurston crossed to Drew Mitten who headed just wide of goal.
Olney took the lead on twenty five minutes, and again Mitten was in the thick of the action. From just inside the box his shot on the turn was saved by Thrussell who couldn’t hold the ball, and Rob MacDonald was on hand to tap home. Ten minutes before the break Mitten again got down the Olney left before flashing the ball across the goal face and again no team mates were close enough to connect.
Just before the break Buckingham sent a long ball down their right, whilst the home defence claimed for offside Michael McKenzie was away on goal, he drove low towards the near post and Josh Mcadoo got down well to turn away for a corner. In added time Olney did the same routine, a ball over the Buckingham defence set skipper Sam Parrish away and Thrussell made a good save to deny a second goal. H/T: 1-0
Within a minute of the restart Drew Mitten struck into the gloves of Thrussell, whilst Nathan Tshikuna in turn warmed the hands of Mcadoo. Aaron Murrell then got a shot away that deflected off a defenders boot and Thrussell was forced to flip backwards to tip the ball away for a corner.
Drew Mitten was then sent away on goal, and despite some very close attention he still managed to get a drive away that flew over the crossbar. Murrell then faced a one on one with Thrussell and the keeper bravely dived at the feet of the big striker to smoother the ball and the danger.
Levi Squillace got down the Buckingham right and pulled the ball back to McKenzie who shot first time forcing Mcadoo into a good save down to his right, and a defender was on hand to thump to safety. From the resulting throw McKenzie worked some space and his shot was just wide.
Appleton then drove from distance forcing Thrussell into another good low save down to his left, before a Buckingham free kick was sent high over the Olney crossbar by Tshikuna. A corner seven minutes from time then almost produced a second goal, floated right into the six yard box Thrussell went up under a challenge from Kyle Stimpson and the ball deflected towards goal, almost on the line Samal Amoako headed straight into the path of Murrell who shot at goal only to be blocked by Thrussell and eventually the visitor’s cleared the danger.
Ryan Thrussell then denied Stimpson when the substitute was in behind the Buckingham defence, he skipped a challenge from Squillace on the edge of the box before firing at goal but the Robin’s keeper blocked twelve yards out. Thrussell then denied Rob MacDonald his second of the game in added time, saving a shot from the edge of the area, before Christian Small blasted an Olney free kick over the bar. F/T: 1-0
Olney manager Neil Griffiths spoke after the game:
As did Buckingham Town manager Gary Ollard:
All the match photo’s can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalejamesphotography/albums/72157679523825793
By Darren Stanger
GREAT HORWOOD RESERVES 2
YARDLEY GOBION RESERVES 1
GREAT HORWOOD RES
1. Scott Wilson
2. James Baker
3. Jack Trundle
4. Chris McStraw
5. Toby Slade
6. Mario Masala
7. Ryan Tapping
8. Callum Farnborough
9. Dom McCabe
10. Nick Reid
11. Russell Shah
Colin Solomon, Andy Ellison, Adam Wade, Josh Calcraft, Dylan Bingham
YARDLEY GOBION RES
1. Liam Coles
2. Jamie Jones
3. Gary Cromwell
4. Martin Rock
5. Stuart Fennemore
6. Alex Page
7. James Turner
8. Glen Clarke
9. Carl Stokes
10. Craig Reynolds
11. Max Taylor-Smith
Subs – James Colley, Kerry Fussell
Great Horwood progressed into the second round of the North Bucks Reserve Team challenge trophy thanks to a late winner by Ryan Tapping.
In an evenly balanced game Great Horwood created the earliest opportunities . In the ninth minute Dom McCabe’s low testing shot forced Yardley keeper Liam Coles to pull off a diving save which was parried away and was cleared to safety by the Yardley defence. A minutes later James Baker’s dangerous cross from the right hand side beat all players including Yardley goalkeeper Coles but the ball was scrambled off the line.
However against the run of play the visitors took the lead. Carl Stokes superb cross into the area found Max Taylor-Smith who fired the ball home with a neat low finish. Horwood however continued to work hard and played some good passing football despite the muddy conditions after the previous night’s rain. McCabe had a great opportunity to equalise when beating the offside trap his powerful shot was wonderfully tipped over the bar by Coles. Taylor-Smith also had an opportunity at the other end to double Yardley’s lead when his shot went narrowly wide following a good through ball by Glen Clarke.
In the 41st minute Great Horwood equalised through McCabe. Nick Reid dispossessed the opponent with a fine tackle and Read’s pinpoint pass found McCabe who slotted the ball past Coles with a neat finish. Tapping could have given Horwood the lead before half time however his shot, whilst clean through on goal, went narrowly wide.
Horwood started the second half as they left the first when McCabe shot narrowly wide following a superb pass from Callum Farnborough. Yardley found the pace of McCabe difficult to deal with however they defended bravely and goalkeeper Coles commanded his area very well. Yardley did work hard and played some attractive football. James Turner’s powerful shot went over the bar following a great through ball from Martin Rock. Clarke nearly regained the lead for Yardley when he capitalised on a rare mistake by Scott Wilson. Wilson’s poor clearance went straight to Clarke but his shot was bravely cleared off the line by James Baker. The visitors were gaining confidence and were piling on the pressure. Stuart Fennemore and Clarke both had headers that went wide of the post. James Colley also beat the Horwood offside trap but his effort was saved by Wilson. However the home looked dangerous on the breakaway and with the game heading to extra time Horwood were able to find the winner in the last moments of the game. Farnborough’s dangerous pass found Tapping who was clean through on goal and with his pace was able to beat the Yardley defence and slot the ball neatly home to seal victory for Horwood and see them progress to the next round.
Scot FC Select XI V North Bucks Villages Select XI
Come down to watch a charity game of football on Friday 30th all in aid of A Mother’s Wish, A Daughter’s Dream, Padbury Football Club. Kick off at 2pm.
There’ll be some “excellent” football on display in a game that will be played in 3 x 45 minute thirds. Should blow the Christmas cobwebs out.
Looking for a volunteer to referee the game and bevvies and grub will be provided after the game.