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BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/play/p06mdx3y

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

NBDL; Buckingham are United across the leagues and the globe!

Saturday 29th September 2018

Buckingham United v Stony Stratford Town

North Bucks League Intermediate Division

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 3.00

Buckingham United have had some publicity this week following stories of some old kit finally reaching its destination sixteen months late, where it found its way to another club named Buckingham United, this one being in Gambia! Still a relatively fledgling club, the Buckinghamshire version are growing rapidly, and progressing through the North Bucks League nicely, with a full five teams now playing each week-end for the club.

As one club rises, this week they host a former step 6 club in Stony Stratford who only a handful of years ago were competing in the Spartan South Midlands First Division, but after stony L times fell upon the club they now face each other for the second time in a week, after United visited Ostlers Lane last week and came away with all three points.

This week Sports Shots caught up with vice chairman Adam Bray to catch up on all things around the club, and first we asked how he feels the club is progressing seven years after forming:

Looking back on where & how we started, to what the club has become now proves the appetite for amateur football within the town. Personally I couldn’t be happier with how the club has progressed which has certainly exceeded my own expectations. Most importantly though are the people we are so fortunate to have involved across our club who all truly love their football! Without them we wouldn’t be where we are today although looking back I have no idea where the last seven and a half years have gone. The club itself was created as a single Sunday League team back in 2011 as a small group of friends simply just wanting to play football, soon after this more and more players were coming to us wanting to join and has been the case since. We played the clubs ‘home’ games at what was then Kingsbrook School in Deanshanger. Everyone has dreams but our only real aim at the time was to play in Buckingham and the following season we moved to Tingewick where we played for four years until May 2016 which was certainly close enough. The summer of 2016 we moved in to Lace Hill signing a long term agreement to secure our future while doubling the club size from two Sunday Teams to four by joining the North Bucks and District League. We had many doubters that thought it was ridiculous to double in size with a lot thinking we would struggle with player recruitment, however we proved all the doubters wrong, without trying to sound arrogant, I was not surprised because it proved the appetite for football in the town. The following season we were fortunate enough to join up with Moretonville JFC with our first under 18’s team, a link which I hope will be beneficial for many young players in the town for years to come. Regarding a schedule of growth there has never really been one in the past which may seem strange to some reading this, each time we have grown it has always been natural growth with a demand shown we have then put plans in place and then gone out and done it. However going forward with more and more people involved a 5 year plan is certainly something we will be putting in place soon

Adam Bray

And looking ahead, what plans do the committee have in place?

The growth of the club over the last 7 years has been incredible but of course with that everything off the pitch needs to grow and keep up. Over the summer we made a number of changes off the pitch with how we do things to ensure the club runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible for all our members. Which so far has gone really well based on the positive comments we have received. Moving forward we will require the committee to grow and I have had a number of really positive conversations over the last couple of weeks with people who are keen to get involved for all the right reasons. Our committee has an average age of 27 but I expect this to increase in the next few of months! There are a few ideas and plans on the table currently regarding long term plans which are very early days but I will hopefully have some good news on these in the next few months

So who are the Buckingham United sides?

First Team – Manager Dean O’Connor suits our club perfectly and he deserves the upmost credit for putting together the squad and management team he has over the last two seasons. The overwhelming success of the First Team has certainly made a lot of people interested in to who we are and what we are all about. The first team are a real pleasure to watch with attendances towards the end of last season pushing the 50 mark, for a club with no clubhouse bar at this level I think that is pretty good! Over the last two seasons they have usually always treated spectators to goals which we hope will continue! Last season we secured promotion and the Division One shield scoring over 100 goals along the way, at the time of writing we currently sit top of the North Bucks Intermediate having scored 37 goals in 7 games including the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup First Round.

1st team success last season

Reserves – Matt Marsden took over the reserves in the summer and quickly put together a management team with a great squad full of good players and characters with everyone really enjoying their football. The squad itself is mixed with some well-known more ‘senior’ players who should probably be playing vets along with younger players coming through into men’s football. Matt and First Team Manager Dean also have a great relationship which is incredibly important at any level. The team started off with a flying start in the league but after a couple of defeats sit in a very tight ‘top 4’ in the North Bucks and District League Division 2.

Under 18’s – Our under 18’s are in their second season and managed by Michael Turner who just like Dean and Matt is a real pleasure to work with. Michael has put together a talented squad of local players with a majority coming through from Moretonville JFC. The team is a real pleasure to watch and play some great attacking football which last season finalised with a league cup final at Stadium MK, finishing runners up to an extremely good Newport Pagnell Town Under 18’s which is nothing to be ashamed of! Just like the First Team and Reserves the under 18’s have had a great start to the season and are currently unbeaten. Without speaking to soon or tempting fate it certainly looks to be an entertaining season ahead.

 

Sunday A Team – The Sunday A Team is one of two Sunday sides which is run by John Westcott. John took over the side in a difficult spell last season following promotion to the Premier Division of the Milton Keynes Sunday League. His passion and commitment matches the other managers across the club and been relentless in building up a good and improved squad with a number of players coming from the University of Buckingham. The two Sunday sides are there for enjoyment of the game but John and his players want to compete and do well which they can do. After getting their first win of the season on Sunday they should now push on for the rest of the season.

Sunday B Team – The Sunday B Team is the second Sunday team in the club and plays in Division One of the Milton Keynes Sunday League. This team is entirely for fun and when they win a game the players usually do not know how to react. The team is managed by Matt Hawes and is full of characters and personalities which Sunday League football should be all about! Most of the players have come to us wanting to simply play for the enjoyment of the game, which again is what football should be all about!

We asked Adam how strange it feels to be playing Stony Stratford Town at this level:

I was looking through their history only last week and they were in the South Midlands League Division 1 as recently as the 2014/15 season and runners up in the league cup two seasons before. They are a club who have a tremendous amount of history dating back to the late 1800’s. It does feel strange and it was certainly the club I have been looking forward to us facing the most this season purely because of their history. While I have talked above about our growth and how quickly it has happened, playing Stony Stratford Town in the North Bucks Intermediate does spring as a reminder just how quickly things can also turn around. We played Stony Stratford last weekend winning 5-0 but the infamous wind of Lace Hill could very much make the return visit a very different game

Buckingham United (Gambia) finally got their kit

The story that emerged on social media this week of the kit going to Africa, how did this all begin?

The first contact we had was when a gentleman called Muhammed B Sarr from Gambia who was liking and commenting on our Facebook posts back in 2015, after a couple of weeks Jack Stuchbury opened up communication and Muhammed explained he had found us on Facebook while searching for his own club… Also called Buckingham United! The Gambian Buckingham United is named after a street called Buckingham in the town of Gunjar and is a good size with multiple teams. It’s fair to say they love their football!

Muhammed and also Famara Badjie who is part of the management there have kept in regular contact with us ever since and created a brilliant and unique relationship keeping each other up to date with fixtures and results. In May 2017 my partner Becci Pegg packed up and sent out one of our older kits allowing them to wear the club badge which we all thought had never arrived… It turned out the package had been lost in the lost baggage area of the airport and Famara finally received the shirts on Saturday (22/09)… 16 months after they were sent! As you can see from the pictures on our Facebook page the players over there are so happy with them and it is great to see our old kits go to good use! Hopefully the kit will bring them good luck on the pitch too and the relationship between the two clubs can develop further

With regards to the first team, what would the club perceive to be a successful season?

Dean has very much set his own target of winning the League and Divisional Cup but that is Dean, he wants to win everything and puts that into his players! As a club we would love to do well in the Buckingham Charity Cup, it’s a great competition raising money for good causes but a successful season for the club would certainly be promotion again

How difficult is it to get good players in at this level and keep hold of them?

We have attracted good players in for the last couple of seasons now which I think in part has come from the success of the First Team and the under 18’s who both had great 2017/18 seasons along with the great coverage from Sports Shots! While the club does some advertising for the managers the credit for the recruitment has to lie with all our team managers who have gone out there and worked tirelessly to put together good teams. Attracting good players is one thing but keeping them is another, enjoyment at this level is key which all of our manager try to implement into the players. Another aspect that the players love is the post-match food put on by Pete Edwards at The Mitre! It’s amazing how happy a good hotdog can make a player, Pete always puts on good quality food for our teams which is highly appreciated by all

And finally, we asked Adam to look into the future; it is August 2025 and the new football season is just days away, what is Buckingham United’s first league fixture and where?

Good Question! – Just for fun I’ll say…
Spartan South Midlands Division One
v Aylesbury United

Sports Shots would like to thank Adam for his time this week

BBIC; Front mans views on Twy Buckingham can challenge this season

Saturday 15th September 2018

Buckingham United v Twyford United

Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup 1st Round

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham United host Twyford United on Saturday in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, looking to build upon their solid start to the new season that has seen just one defeat in their opening five league games. Sitting third in their new division following promotion last term, the home side will be confident of progressing in the cup with their visitors only tasting success once so far in three league outings.

Conna Sirett

Buckingham have scored twenty-three goals in their five league games to date, whilst Twyford have conceded just seven, so who will continue their trend in this local derby. This week Sports Shots caught up with Conna Sirett to find out his views on how things have started for Buckingham:

So far, we have started well & we are playing good football and everything we have practised or spent time working on during the summer & in training is coming together

After gaining promotion, are there any notable differences between the sides in this league compared to last year?

As a team we don’t pay any attention to the league, current or previous, we focus on the games in front of us and take each week as it comes, we won’t be taking any games lightly regardless of what league we are in

How does Conna feel the squad is equipped for the campaign ahead?

I feel that over pre-season we have brought in some decent talent whilst managing to keep hold of more or less the same players from last year. We have a very good squad and as a team we are now concentrating on playing our football and winning games

Cup business this week-end with the visit of Twyford, how do the team view this game?

We are going into the game anticipating that anything can happen, having played them previously and beating them by nine goals we know what we are capable of. But it’s a new game with a mindset of turning up and playing our football, we won’t be taking them lightly or thinking its an easy win just because of the previous result

We asked what the teams realistic targets are for the season:

I’d say the realistic target is the league, but we are going into every competition with the mentality of winning it

How does the United man feel his own form has been?

I feel that I’ve played well so far, I’ve built upon things the boys and management have said over pre-season, I’m scoring as well as getting assists and we are winning games. I’m enjoying my role on the pitch and the football we are all playing as a team, and definitely look forward to the rest of this season

The only defeat so far was to top of the league Marsh Gibbon, how was that game?

They played to their strengths, they worked hard as a team and exploited the long ball that we on the day couldn’t deal with, & their keeper played really well and stood out for most of the game. We came into the game like we’d already won and had seven or eight players late for the warm up, a really poor attitude and it’s safe to say we all left there very unhappy, a performance & attitude that will not be repeated!

Finally, we asked who Conna think’s will be their biggest rivals in the division:

I think based on last year & what happened, then Bletchley Park would be our rivals, it’s always enjoyable playing them and to be fair to them they’re a good bunch of lads, but we have disposed of them once already and hopefully we can do the same again later in the season

Sports Shots would like to thank Conna for his time this week

NBDL; Buckingham United 6-0 Brackley Sports

Buckingham United – 6

Brackley Sports – 0

Buckingham United cruised past Brackley Sports on Thursday evening at Lace Hill Sports Centre, although the scoreline doesn’t reflect the fact that the visitors held on for the first half and only a second half cascade of goals saw them well & truly beaten by the final whistle. A bright evening that darkened very quickly was probably how the Sports management would some up their performance, as at half time their side were trailing by just a single Ryan Guinnane goal but then once a second went in United upped the tempo and scored four more, which in truth could have been many more all but for some heroic saves by keeper Matt Georgiou.

Brackley started the brighter of the sides, Charlie Pane worked his way down the right before feeding James Faulkner inside the area, his shot was charged down and cleared away before the roles were reversed when Faulkner flicked a header over the static Buckingham backline and Pane spotting home keeper Harry White off his line went for the lob but could only steer wide.

The home side didn’t really have a look at goal until the quarter hour mark, a long free kick from the half way line was met on the right of goal by Craig Rumble and despite heading across goal it was inches the wrong side of the back post, whilst at the other end a throw to Sports saw Matt Jeskins supply Pane who turned his marker but fired wide.

On twenty-one minutes Guinnane received the ball on the corner of the Brackley box and flashed his shot narrowly wide, but the resulting goal kick was poor and headed straight upfield back to the United front man who twisted and turned on the eighteen yard line before firing inside Georgiou’s near post to give the hosts the lead.

Ryan Guinnane opened scoring

Brackley fought back when a cross from their left found Pane in front of goal but he dragged his shot wide of White’s right hand post, and for United Conna Sirett drove into the penalty area before being blocked and the danger was gone. Five minutes before the break Jack White chased down a loose ball out by the corner flag and crossed into the Brackley six-yard box where Lee Williams lifted over the crossbar.

There was still time for another United attack down their right at pace, the ball played across the box saw a step over allowing Sirett to connect but he blasted high over the top, and a very late chance for the visitor’s saw Richard Denton fire over from eighteen yards out. H/T: 1-0

Just moments into the second period Brackley’s Michael Gray floated a free kick into the Buckingham area and ghosting in at the back post Marc Atkins headed over, whilst an attempted cross by Sirett turned into Georgiou having to back pedal and palm onto the top of his own net for a corner; at the other end White had to use both hands to turn away a free kick.

Just past the hour mark came the second goal, from a Sports corner Sirett was sent long downfield and despite losing possession he won the ball back, before threading a pass through the away backline where Williams ran on to poke past the keeper. Within ninety seconds came the third of the night, Lewis Parkin fed inside the area shrugged off a challenge before firing home.

Lewis Parkin bagged a brace

Now the hosts were in control, Guinnane was sent down the right channel and made it into the Sports area before Georgiou advanced to get the slightest of touches to nick off the striker’s feet and clear, before a clearance from the away defence sat up nicely for substitute Will Wright to hit mid-air on the volley but straight at the keeper.

Sirett then exploited a large gap of space down the left, his pace leaving his marker for dead and on the eighteen yard line he opened up his body to shoot but he could only find the grateful gloves of Georgiou. On seventy-two minutes a pass up to Jones saw his shot pushed over by the Brackley keeper, however he was powerless from the corner as Sirett delivered the inch perfect cross for Lewis Parkin to rise above everyone and power his header home.

Parkin then left a long ball down field for Sirett to chase after only for his shot to be brilliantly saved by Georgiou, before Guinnane got down the right to shoot and again the keeper got his fingertips to  it to deflect away for a corner. With five minutes left some neat passing moves saw Wright played in around the back of the Sports defence, and despite their calls for offside he tucked home, and moments later he broke down a move in midfield before surging forward and firing into the bottom corner. F/T: 6-0

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NBLD1; O’Connor sets United code for season ahead & it’s no secret

Saturday 25th August 2018

Bletchley Park v Buckingham United

North Bucks League Division One

Bletchley Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Dean O’Connor

Buckingham United begin life in the North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division on Saturday as they host the side that pipped them to the league title after the season had finished back in May. After promotion from Division One United will be looking for a positive start to continue the rapid rise of the club again this season, especially as Bletchley lost their opening game on Tuesday evening at AFC Santander.

This week Sports Shots caught up with manager Dean O’Connor to find how pre-season has been:

Pre-season is always difficult due to having players away here and there, but it is the same for most clubs at this level so we just get on with it. I’m very lucky to have twenty-four good football players to pick from, so when ever someone is missing, we have quality coming in

How much is the squad looking forward to playing in their new higher division?

The players and I are more than up for this, we lost the league by default last season, we won’t make the same mistakes again this year. The way we lost that league title only motivates us more as a club

Typically United start against Bletchley, how does Dean assess this and the season ahead?

I was at their game on Tuesday night doing some homework and to be fair to Bletchley there were by far the better team but just could not score. We know this season won’t be easy but we are all looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead

Do United have any targets for the season?

We are in it to win it otherwise there’d be no point. We will aim to win every cup and league competition we’re in, the squad I have is more than capable of achieving this & I believe this group of players can go far, that’s our aim! But we are not just happy with winning, the way we win also counts

And finally, and squad changes from last season?

We have lost a few good players this year, which is natural at this level, but we have also gained four top signings. Picking a squad for a Saturday can be difficult but it’s a good problem to have

Sports Shots would like to thank Dean for his time this week

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.

 

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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United celebrate

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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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After the game Sports Shots caught up with United skipper Bobby Cooney: 

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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.

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