Saturday 2nd March 2019
Potterspury v Buckingham United
North Bucks League Interdivisional Knockout Trophy
Buckingham United travel to the reigning North Bucks & District Football League champions on Saturday to face Potterspury in the second round of the interdivisional knockout trophy for the right to face Great Horwood in the quarter-finals. The Northamptonshire hosts are in the division above their guests and will be red hot favourites to progress in the competition, they’ve only lost once in their last ten games in all competition and come off the back of handing out a six goal drubbing to Newport Pagnell Athletic last weekend, and currently sit in second place in the Premier Division table some eighteen points off league leaders Duston Dynamo’s albeit with five games in hand. United at present sit third in the intermediate division but have played more games than any of the other top four, they’ve have won four and lost four of their last eight in all competition, but come into this game on the back of two straight victories and have had a two week break with no game last weekend, but this will be the toughest test of their season to date without fail!
This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Dan Parkin to ask how long he’s been at the club and how it all came about:
I have been at the club a year and a half now, Lewis Parkin, Josh Sullivan, Aaron Jones and Tom O’Connell were all playing at Buckingham before me and told me to join the club, they are all good mates so it was a no brainier to play football with them. I have settled in well, the Buckingham lot are a great bunch of lads and have welcomed me in
How good a season does he feel he’s had so far?
I feel like I have had a good season so far, my performances and fitness have been good
How good does Dan feel this squad is and have any players stood out?
I think we have a very strong squad this season. The player that has impressed me is Aaron Jones, he is the heart of our midfield, what he does on the pitch wins us games & just wins everything in the middle
How does he feel United have adapted to life in their new division this season?
We have adopted well in the intermediate division, we should have played better in some games but considering it’s our first season in the league we are not doing too badly
We asked Dan what his preferred position in the side is and what formation he feels works best?
My favourite position in the team is at centre-back, but can play anywhere in the defence. Any formation suits me but I prefer to play in a four-three-three, I feel like the team play better in this formation
Buckingham have only played five league games in 2019 so far, does this affect the squad in terms of routine and momentum?
It’s very frustrating because obviously we would all like to play every Saturday, thankfully Deano (Dean O’Connor, manager) has got us some friendless so we haven’t missed out too much, I don’t feel like it’s affected us much on results side of things
A heavy defeat at Santander has been followed up by two successive wins, how does Dan look back over these games?
Santander was a very poor game from Buckingham’s side of it, we didn’t play as a team or work together, since that game we have all come together and started to play good football, like we know we can!
Short distance trip to Potterspury this week for the toughest game of the season to date, what are they expecting?
Potterspury are a very good side, I don’t know anyone there and have never played their first team before but it will be a tough game for us, everyone at Buckingham United knows it’s going be a tough game, so we are going to have to work hard and play our game, but we are looking forward to the challenge
Finally, we asked Dan to nominate anyone of his team mates that’d like to see on any TV programme and explain why?
I would choose Josh Sullivan to go on Undateables as he never seems to get himself into a relationship
Sports Shots would like to thank Dan for his time this week