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2018/19 North Bucks & District Leagues Constitution

The North Bucks & District League have revealed their league allocations for the new 2018/19 season.

Whilst Great Horwood FC remain in the premier division, there has been promotion for Buckingham United from division one up to the intermediate division.


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NBDL; Willen 2-3 Buckingham United

Willen – 2

Buckingham United – 3

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

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

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

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

Ryan Guinnane opens scoring

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

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

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

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

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

Mitch Young hits winner

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

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

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

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

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NBDL; Buckingham United 6-1 Tattenhoe

Buckingham United – 6

Tattenhoe – 1

Buckingham United clinched the North Bucks & District League Division One title on Saturday with a thumping win over Tattenhoe and dominated the majority of the game, the visitors enjoying a brief respite after scoring a late consolation and hitting the woodwork. But by then the damage had been inflicted upon the team in red, they simply had no answer to the waves of attack their hosts threw at them, & Buckingham now have a cup final to look forward to in their search of a league & cup double.

Tattenhoe were forced into an early change, before the whistle had started the game, when goalkeeper Paul Clark sustained a hand injury in the warm up and had to be replaced by outfield player Conor White. The game started dry & warm but the rain started just before the break and was relentless until the end, making the conditions difficult for both players, spectators & reporters!

It took just thirty-five seconds for the home side to have their first attempt at goal when Ryan Guinnane had a shot from the edge of the Tattenhoe box clip off a defender and spiral away for a corner. The Tattenhoe stand in keeper pushed the cross away but first to the ball was Dan Parkin who got a shot away and the ball bounced back off the post, running in Mitchell Young lifted the ball over the bar and onto the roof of the net from close range.

Guinnane fired into the back of the net from a through pass but a raised flag thwarted the celebrations, before a back pass aimed towards White left him rather short and as Young challenged the keepers clearance hit the United front man and fell nicely for Ryan Howkins but from twenty yards he rolled the ball wide of the right hand post. Ricky McAdam then played a one-two with Guinnane and worked himself some space inside the box, but White pushed his fierce drive away two handed.

On nine minutes came the goal the home side had been threatening from the start, a ball fizzed across the box wasn’t dealt with and Parkin back heeled from twelve yards and it crept inside the far post. The home side continued to press, a twenty-five yard free kick was curled wide by Conna Sirett before Howkins swung in a corner that Young could only head over from in front of goal. Aaron Jones was next to try, a free kick into the Tattenhoe box fell to him to turn and shoot instinctively but White was behind it all the way.

Mitchell Young scores his first

With all the chances spurned it was incredibly still only eighteen minutes into the game when United doubled their lead, McAdam got away down the right and squared across goal to Young in front of goal who slotted home. The visitor’s had a rare chance when a lofted free kick into the United area found Lee Beeton but he could only lift over the top, and there were further chances for the home side when McAdam & then Howkins fired straight at White, and skipper Bobby Cooney almost scored when he headed over White but was too far out for the ball to roll home.

Tattenhoe tried to utilise the pace of Alex Jaura when they could, he laid a perfect pass into Luke Jordan behind the Buckingham back line but he could only fire straight into the waiting hands of keeper Andy Whitehead. Jaura crossed into Tom Lloyd-Roberts late in the half, he went for goal and forced Whitehead down to his left to push away. H/T: 2-0

United started the second half where they left off in the first, Lee Williams cut in from the left before curling straight into White’s arms, then on fifty-four minutes they got their third. A Cooney corner swung into the six-yard box found Williams who thumped his header home. By now the rain was teeming down, but it did not dampen the spirit of the home side who wanted to finish their season off in style, this ignited a spell of four goals inside ten minutes to blow the visitor’s away.

The made it four on the hour mark, some good build up play saw the ball fed into Young inside the Tattenhoe box, and from twelve yards he bagged his second of the afternoon. Within two minutes they made it five when leading scorer McAdam was fed away down the left channel, he advanced to the edge of the box and curled around White into the far corner.

Lee Williams scores from corner

United were now in full attack mode, Guinnane sent Sirett away down the right wing where he progressed to the six-yard box and drove low across goal but no one could get a touch to turn home, and the chance gone. Just two minutes after their fifth came the sixth, Guinnane getting in on the act latching on to a ball through midfield & running thirty odd yards before slipping past the advancing keeper.

Sirett again attacked the right wing, skipping past his marker he got the box again feeding across to Lewis Parkin right in front of goal, however a defender somehow managed to get something on it to divert over the bar. Sirett was now enjoying that right side, drawing a slide tackle in from a defender he left him for dead and headed for goal, as he shot at goal another red shirt appeared from nowhere and threw himself in front of the ball to block and almost certain goal.

Lewis Parkin then latched on to a ball over the Tattenhoe backline, controlling off the floor he was able to get away on goal and shoot from the edge of the area, the ball rolling just wide of the right hand post. With fifteen minutes left Tattenhoe were unlucky not to pull a goal back when Lloyd-Roberts got on the end of a cross but the ball bounced down off the crossbar and away from danger. The flirtation with the United goal lifted their spirits from there on in.

Just a minute later they did get a goal back, Dayle Marshall shooting from twenty yards out and the ball hit the back post and spun in. Jordan then crossed into Jaura who headed across the goal face but wide of the back post, whilst at the other end McAdam curled around the post from twenty yards. The game petered out until the final whistle, sparking celebrations from the Buckingham United squad despite the weather. F/T: 6-1

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NB&DFL,D1: United’s title challenge goes on

Buckingham United’s title challenge in the North Bucks & district league, division 1 has seen them extend their lead to ten points at the top of the table.

Buckingham United

Last night Dean O’Connor’s side defeated Padbury but found their goalkeeper Alex Piggott in great form as he made some superb saves to keep it at 0-0 for the opening thirty minutes.

Once United scored they went in three up at the break before enjoying a fine second half display; Lewis Parkin 3, Mitchell Young 3, Ricky McAdam 2 and Daniel Parkin 1 were on the scoresheet.

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U18 Lge Cup Final: Buckingham United U18s to play in cup final

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NB&DFL,D1: United secure back-to-back wins against title rivals

Buckingham United secured a 4-1 victory at Hanslope reserves as they continue to look to win the North Bucks & District League, Division 1 title.

Ryan Gunnine, Aaron Jones, Andy Selleck and Lee Williams were on target for Dean O’Connor’s side.

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NB&DFL,D1: United need to avoid slippery ‘Slope as title race hots up

Buckingham United head to play at Hanslope reserves on Saturday as the title run-in for the North Bucks & District league, Division 1 hots up.

Dean O’Connor’s side secured a vital three points against title rivals Bletchley Park last weekend (Match images from the game below) in front of a healthy crowd of 54 spectators.

Ryan Gunnine puts Buckingham United 2-1 ahead against Bletchley Park (Saturday 7th April 2018).

With Hanslope reserves still able to draw level on points with United, if they win there four games in hand, Saturday’s game will again be a big step towards the title if the three points can be achieved for the Lace Hill-based outfit.

Lewis Parkin heads Buckingham United into a 3-1 lead over Bletchley Park (Saturday 7th April 2018).

Buckingham Utd v Bletchley Park




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NB&DFL,D1: Parkin treble helps United to top-of-the-table victory

Lewis Parkin struck a treble as Buckingham United won their North Bucks & District League, Division 1 top-of-the-table encounter 5-2 against Bletchley Park yesterday.

It was Bletchley Park’s first league defeat of the campaign and a great advert for local football. The two good sides competed well in a six-pointer clash.

Mitchell Young fired the home side ahead in the 14th minute after a good opening.

Mitchell Young celebrates putting Buckingham United ahead against Bletchley Park (Saturday 7th April 2018).

The lead lasted just three minutes as Harry Browne showed good control after latching onto a loose ball in the area before placing his left-foot shot into the net for the equaliser.

Harry Browne (7) equalises for Bletchley Park at Buckingham United (Saturday 7th April 2018).

Both sides battled for the upper hand and it was United who regained the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Bobby Cooney drove a free-kick into the centre which saw Ryan Gunnine get across the first defender before steering the ball into the net at the near post.

Ryan Gunnine puts Buckingham United 2-1 ahead against Bletchley Park (Saturday 7th April 2018).

In the second half on the hour-mark another centre saw Lewis Parkin rise unmarked to head United into a 3-1 lead.

Lewis Parkin heads Buckingham United into a 3-1 lead over Bletchley Park (Saturday 7th April 2018).

Just seven minutes later Park battled back again to reduce the deficit as Jason Dolton headed in from close range.

In the 72nd minute Parkin calmly slotted past the advancing Tony Draper to restore United’s two-goal advantage.

The United man completed as hat-trick after he squeezed the ball home from an acute angle three minutes from time.

Buckingham United: Harry White, Conner Sirett, Lee Williams, Aaron Jones, Lee Woster, Danny Wing, Mitchell Young, Bobby Cooney, Lewis Parkin, Ryan Gunnine, Ricky McAdam.

Subs: Ryan Howkins, Jack White, Luke Pacy, Tom Goodgame, Dan Parkin.

Bletchley Park: Tony Draper, Mitchell Morgan, Robbie Peacock, Luke Belgrove, Jason Dolton, Luke Morgan, Harry Browne, Dwayne Simpson, Nathan Perkins, James Atherton, Ryan Williams.

Subs: Zak Watson, Dan Jenkins, Aaron Ford, Emile Kartel.

Buckingham Utd v Bletchley Park

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NB&DFL,D1: United skipper Cooney looks ahead to top-of-the-table visit of Bletchley Park

Buckingham United captain Bobby Cooney has spoken to Sports Shots as his side face a massive game at the top of the North Bucks & District league, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Bobby Cooney

Second-placed unbeaten Bletchley Park are the visitors to Lace Hill to face a tough game against top-of-the-table United, but have games in hand.

Whilst the game is not a title decider, it is definitely a big game in the history of United.

Cooney told Sports Shots;

Saturday’s game is a must win for us! It’s a six-pointer!

Bletchley are right on our tails and could potentially steal the league from us. All the boys are well aware of this and buzzing for the win!

We have had a great season so far and have gelled very well,  considering we are a new team and many of us haven’t played together before now. All the lads have worked very hard to get us in the position we are in and things are going well for us.

Cooney, who has donned the colours of Winslow United, Buckingham Athletic and Buckingham Town, is enjoying his time at the Lace Hill-based outfit.

Buckingham United is a great club, it’s a great club to play for with great management and background staff. We all have the same goal in mind. The club is getting bigger and bigger and more established.

I would like to say well done to all the lads, management and background staff for all their efforts and support this season so far, they are well doing a brilliant job! C’mon you bulldogs!!!

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NBLD1; Ricky looking to be anchor man in title run in

Saturday 24th March 2018

Buckingham United v Steeple Claydon

North Bucks League Division One

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 2.00

Buckingham United currently sit top of the North Bucks League Division One table and host Steeple Claydon on Saturday, whilst embroiled in a tight battle at the top which see’s four clubs separated by just two points. United have played just once in the league since 16th December last year but have progressed through to the Division One cup final where they wait to play either Stewkley Reserves, Bletchley Park or Willen.

Buckingham have won ten of their last eleven games and yet are being heavily put under pressure by Bletchley Park who are in second place in the table, two points behind but with two games in hand. United face Bletchley in two weeks-time at home and will be looking to gain some momentum going into that fixture, however their last league defeat was back in September and against this week’s opponents Steeple, who themselves will feel they are still in the title chase if they can pick up the three points at Lace Hill.

Ahead of the game, Sports Shots caught up with United leading goal scorer Ricky McAdam and asked if the long breaks between games affect the squad:

I don’t think it affects us too much, we have a good side and we are all good friends, maybe our fitness may drop a little but that’s about it

On a positive the club are through to the cup final, are the squad looking forward to that:

Yes, we are most definitely, for some of the squad it’s their third cup final in a row, we are all buzzing to get through & look forward to whoever we face

Ricky McAdam

With Claydon on Saturday, we asked Ricky what he remembered about the defeat to them earlier in the season:

It wasn’t a good day for us, we had our chances and had we taken them then it would have been a totally different result, but that’s football and we came back from it & as a result we’ve been on this incredible run ever since

And how does Ricky see the season unfolding from here for the team, and himself as leading scorer?

Its going to be a tight one, all we can do is win every game and put the pressure on the other teams in and around us. Of course it’s great being the goal scorer in the team but as I said before, it’s about winning from here, it doesn’t matter who scores as long as we win

Finally, in two weeks’ time Buckingham face Bletchley, 1st v 2nd as it stands right now, is it a game the squad are looking forward to?

It will be the game of the season, and we have all been looking forward to the clash. We have to play them twice yet so it’s a chance to take points off them. We have a lot to look forward to and our season is far from over

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

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