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NBDL; Mursley United Development 3-1 Buckingham United

Mursley United Development – 3

Buckingham United – 1


Mursley United development upset the odds on Saturday by beating second place Buckingham United, a win the home side thoroughly deserved on the balance of play although two of the three goals were gifts after some horrendous defensive errors. A first half devoid of clear cut chances had many believing the second would be settled by the odd goal if any, but a great corner routine twenty minutes into the second period saw Conor White head the opener before two moments that the visitors will want to forget gave the hosts two goals in five minutes to leave Dean O’Connor’s men stunned, a late consolation was scant reward for the side that were hoping to increase the pressure at the top of the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division. Mursley hadn’t played a competitive fixture for four weeks but looked a lot sharper than their guests who had scored seven last week at Potterspury, but Mitch Toyer’s men became only the second team to win a league fixture over Buckingham this season, top of the league Marsh Gibbon have done the double already over them and now have two games in hand on the Lace Hill outfit with a three point lead.

The first ten minutes saw both sides embroiled in a midfield battle and anything the hosts tried was comfortably dealt with by the visitors defence or keeper Harry White, whilst Buckingham struggled to get anything going and anything played forward was too far from their intended targets and rolled to safety, it took until the eleventh minute for a shot in anger when a clearance from the away side fell to Sam Cartwright but his first time shot was high over the top. The guests slowly got there game together and a cross from Mitch Young found Ryan Guinnane on the eighteen yard line, a slight deflection off a Mursley defender saw the blues claiming handball but Guinnane didn’t wait for the decision from the official as he slipped a pass through for the incoming Tom O’Connell who flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far upright.

Harry White denies Ben Johnson

A free kick to the away team out on the right hand touchline saw Will Wright curl into the box and elude everyone and for a split second it had home keeper Nick Bevans scurrying across his six yard area but he only had to watch it sail over his crossbar, at the opposite end Dan Finnis tried his luck from twenty yards but a huge deflection off a defender allowed the away keeper plenty of time to gather. The visitors were lucky to escape when a clearance at the back was charged down with the loose ball falling nicely for Jay Chawla to strike first time, he got his timing all wrong and screwed wide & moments later Luke Williamson capitalised on some hesitancy again in the blue defence, blocking a clearance he fed in Ben Johnson to the left of goal, Harry White dived at his feet and just as it looked like he would have a free shot at the empty goal White managed to stick out a hand whilst still on the floor and push the ball to safety, in the final minute Williamson saw himself played in on goal but he fired into the side netting from the angle. H/T: 0-0

Buckingham started the second period a lot brighter than the first and an early chance saw Guinnane in behind but Bevans was out in a flash and blocked, the ricochet back off the striker was heavy though allowing a defender to clear, whilst at the other end Finnis cut in from the flank and lost his marker where from the acutest of angles his attempt to square saw White dive away to his right to gather with both hands. Guinnane threatened again down the left and after playing a great one-two bore down on goal but fired past the back post, on the hour mark the same striker saw a low drive from the eighteen yard line brilliantly saved by Bevans turning out for a corner, that set piece was cleared long downfield to set Johnson in on goal, turning inside two defenders to create some space he then pulled his shot wide by some distance.

Conor White (5) opens the scoring

On sixty-four minutes Mursley finally took the lead when a Finnis corner was swung in and at the back post Conor White headed down and one bounce took the ball up into the roof of the net, from there the game began to open up as the visitor’s tried to get back into the game space opened up for the hosts to explore. A loose pass some twenty yards from goal saw Ash Urquhart try his luck but easily clear the goal frame, then with twelve minutes remaining it all went horribly wrong for the away side when Harry White took too long on the ball and Williamson was on him in a flash, charging down the keepers attempted clearance both players then tussled for possession but the midfielder got his boot to it first to lift into the back of the net.

Heads visibly dropped from that point and just five minutes later it was three when again hesitancy to clear cost dearly, deep in their own half the blue backline dithered too long and a pass was blocked then knocked out right to substitute Oscar Friell who advanced into the box before deftly chipping over the advancing White into the empty net. Buckingham scored with four minutes left, good work out on the flank from O’Connell saw him pull back to Aaron Jones whose fierce drive was too hot for Bevans to handle as it lifted into the top corner, but it was all too little too late. F/T: 3-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Mursley manager Mitch Toyer: 
And also with Buckingham midfielder Will Wright: 

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NBDL; Buckingham defender confident there is plenty of football yet to explore

Saturday 12th January 2019

Mursley United Development v Buckingham United

North Bucks League Intermediate Division

The Playing Field

K.O. 2.00pm

Buckingham United travel to Mursley United development on Saturday looking to carry on where they left off last week at Potterspury reserves where they won by seven goals to three, and put more pressure on Marsh Gibbon who sit one place and three points above United at the top of the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division. The win last week was the first time Buckingham had played since the first of December, and still they remain in second place in the league although Wing Village are the danger team presently as they sit just four points behind with three games in hand, but with still half the season to go there will be lots of twists and turns before the campaign concludes. They face a Mursley side who sit bang on middle in the league after half of their league matches in their first season together, they haven’t played since mid-December themselves, a month which saw the lose twice but also beat Marsh Gibbon on penalties in the inter divisional knockout after a goalless draw, so are more than capable of competing with the top sides in the division.

Tom O’Connell

This week Sports Shots caught up with United defender Tom O’Connell to ask how long he’s been at the club and how he’s found it since joining:

I joined the club midway through the 16/17 season when a few of my mates & I played Sunday league and seven-a-side with some of the lads that were at the club already. It’s always been well organised and had a very good atmosphere, especially in the pub after the games!

What position best suits Tom?

My position this season has been either right or left wing back, but in recent games I’ve filled in as centre-back. I’d say on performances the more defensive roles suit me best but I do enjoy the odd jaunt up the pitch

How does he feel his season has been so far?

I’ve expected a lot more from myself, where I’ve struggled to get back to fitness following an injury last January, keeping me out until April / May time. I keep Saturday’s free for football so my availability is always there, I was unfortunate to pick up a ban which meant I had to miss the big game against Marsh Gibbon

How good is the United squad this season and have any players stood out?

We’ve got a very strong squad and have just been unfortunate with some of our results, but we know we need to finish our season strong. It’s difficult to say which individuals have impressed as we have players all over the pitch who work hard for the team, we’ve got the most goals in the league and currently have the most clean sheets too

With only the win at Potterspury since the beginning of December, we asked Tom to reflect on that game and if the time off affects players?

The first half we created a lot of chances but were a bit slow to react, a change in formation after the break from a four man defence to a three-five-two changed the game completely. We came out and dominated by playing the football we know we can, scoring in quick succession. Of course time off can affect the squad, we just need to keep playing our football in the second half of the season

Away to Mursley development this weekend, what is Tom expecting?

I personally do not know what to expect, we will go in confident but we cannot write off the opposition, they haven’t conceded too many this season, but we need to continue with our winning momentum

How high can Buckingham finish in the league, and what targets have been set for the remainder?

Obviously we’d like to finish top but with Marsh Gibbon beating us in both encounters we’re reliant on a few other teams to see them drop some points. They’ve still got Bletchley to play twice and a game against Wing, who are also strong contenders for the league. For the rest of this season I just need to keep going, playing wherever the team needs me. It’s going to be a difficult January running off the Christmas belly!

Finally, we asked Tom if he could swap places for a day with someone from the club, and anyone in the world, who would it be?

From the club I’d say Harry White, purely based on playing in goal and to see if I could do any better for the three goals conceded at Wing! As for anyone in the world, I wouldn’t choose any individual in particular but an explorer of some descript, there is still a lot out there in the world which hasn’t been discovered

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

Buckingham United launch Vets team as Woodward takes the reins

Buckingham United has launched a Veterans team and moved swiftly to appoint Larry Woodward as manager.

Buckingham United Vets launch! L to R: Adam Bray, Larry Woodward, Matthew Hawkes, Geoff Sharpe.

United, launched in 2011, has grown in that time with a Veterans outfit the latest addition at Lace Hill.

Secretary Adam Bray told Sports Shots;

The idea of a new veterans team for next season is one which we had been considering as a committee since September. We then by coincidence spotted a Tweet by Larry Woodward who was in search for a club also looking out for a vets team. We got together with Larry which went very well and we are delighted he has accepted our invitation to be the club’s first Vets team manager.

The Vets team will add another dynamic to the club and bring in older faces to what is a very young club in terms of personel, our committee average age is only 28. The growth over the last few years has been exceptional, we are close to reaching our capacity in terms of number of teams at our home ground of Lace Hill, but this will allow us to concentrate on all our existing teams moving forward.

The new man at the helm told Sports Shots how impressed he was with United and the plans going forwards.

Woodward explained;

Matthew, Adam and myself were all of the opinion that there could be a demand for a Vet’s side in the Buckingham area. We put some early feelers out and, to be honest, we were taken aback with the initial response. Vet’s football is growing fast and we’re all eager to jump on the bandwagon.

On a personal level I’m honoured to be joining a club like Buckingham United. When I met Matthew and Adam for the first time it was impossible not to be impressed. Their hardworking attitude and enthusiasm is impressive and it’s no coincidence that the club has grown so quickly. Things have moved quite quickly since the decision to press ahead was made. We’ve let as many people as possible know to give them a chance to express an interest.

Off the field the club has been preparing in various ways, as you’d expect.

The plan is to enter the Milton Keynes Vet’s League next season. Games will be played on Sunday mornings. We are also looking to enter the County Cup in January 2019 although we need to get our skates on for that.

Although interest has been high, we’d love to hear from any players over 35. Naturally we would like to be as competitive as we can. Players can be as committed as much or little as they want. Anyone wanting to know anything just get in touch with the club or myself.

NBDL; United front man convinced he will be Guin-ing from ear to ear come the end of the season

Saturday 8th December 2018

Buckingham United v Brackley United

Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout Competition

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 1.30pm

Buckingham United are back in cup action this weekend as they attempt to bounce back after last week’s exit from the North Bucks & District League intermediate division cup, as they host Brackley United in the interdivisional trophy. Defeat at Lace Hill to Wing last Saturday by the odd goal in five means emphasis shifts to this competition, which will prove a sterner test overall for last year’s division one cup winners, a tough test this week as they welcome unknown Brackley from the second division of the NBDL; a team who are currently third in that division, following just three defeats in their fifteen league games to date. Two divisions may separate these sides, but cup games are great levellers especially on wet sodden pitches!

Ryan Guinnane

This week Sports Shots caught up with front man Ryan Guinnane to ask how he feels his season has been up until now:

I feel great so far, my fitness is good & I’m feeling fresh and ready to play! I’ve put in a few good performances and contributed to a few goals which is always a nice feeling

What is Ryan’s best position and system in his opinion?

I think my preferred formation is 4-3-3 as our team love to attack, and I like to play through the middle of that attack

How have United coped since gaining promotion last year?

We’ve coped really well to be fair, we haven’t come up against a team and been out played by a long shot, of course we haven’t won all of our games but have definitely been the better team in those we have lost, other than a charity game against Potterspury first team who have been the only team to beat us convincingly this season. No matter how well you play, there is always room for improvement

What does Ryan make of the current squad, and are they good enough to go up?

With the players that left, the players that have replaced them have made us stronger all round and recent new signing Jason Wilson will be a great asset to us and will help us to pick up some more points throughout the season. I don’t like to pick out individuals because I feel everybody has stepped up, it also helps with the lads having a lot of respect for one another and for our captain Paul Nevin and vice-captain Ricky McAdam. We would all love to give the premier division a go!

We asked Ryan which other teams have impressed so far this season in terms of title challengers:

I think it will be a tight one, with Bletchley Park, Wing and of course Marsh Gibbon all being very good sides, we need a few results to go our way so we can hopefully pip them to it

Defeat at home last week to Wing, how was the game?

Overall we can take a lot from the defeat to them last week, both teams played some good football and I’m pretty sure it would have been a good one to watch, we created more than enough chances to have won the game but the Wing stubborn defence stayed strong to hold on for the win

What is the aim for United this season?

Like I said earlier, as long as some results go our way and we keep picking up points I’m sure we can get promotion, it would be great if we could win the title but promotion is the main aim

Finally, we asked Ryan to look ahead to this week’s game:

We haven’t played this Brackley side this term as they are a second division side, but we never take any game for granted so as long as we’re up for it then we are always going to be hard to beat!

C’mon you bulldogs

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

NBDL; Harry adamant that United are White on target to finish top of the table

Saturday 17th November 2018

Buckingham United v Marsh Gibbon

North Bucks League Intermediate Division

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 2.00pm

Buckingham United who sit second in the North Bucks & District Intermediate Division have the chance on Saturday to get within three points of the league leaders Marsh Gibbon as they face off at Lace Hill, and with it get the chance to avenge their only league defeat of the season to date when they lost to their guests back in September. United have made a solid start to life in their new division and would otherwise be happy with seven wins, and a draw from their opening nine games but Gibbon have blown everything away in their path having won nine and drawing one of their first ten games, Wing are within touching distance if they win their games in hand but this week-end sees first v second in what will be a keenly contested top of the table clash.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with United keeper Harry White & asked how he joined the club initially, and how it had been since joining:

I joined Buckingham United as I knew the chairman here and he was hounding me to come over and sign on. Club life is good, Adam Bray & Matt Hawes run the club really well, our squad is good and I think we have a good chance this season of doing well

Harry White

Which of the squad members has stood out this season?

Conna Sirett had had a good season and scored some vital goals, even though he has the longest toes at the football club!

Has Harry always played in goal, and does he have any role models in the pro game?

I’ve always played in goal but on Sunday’s I play up top for the United Sunday side, and I have a recent second half hattrick in the bag. My goal keeping role model is Kasper Schmeichel

With the club sitting second in the table, who are United’s biggest title rivals this year?

I think we can win this league and our biggest rivals will be Bletchley Park

The only defeat of the season for his side came at Marsh Gibbon, how does Harry think his team need to adapt to reap some revenge?

Our defence need to make sure they win the ball in the air, when we played them last time they were very direct and our centre backs struggled against them

We asked what the keeper feels has been his best game this season so far:

My best game has to be last weeks draw with Bletchley Park, saving a penalty and keeping the game to a draw with ten men, a huge point in the end!

What have the squad done this week in preparation for the game, and any players to watch out for?

We trained this week on Tuesday, it was a great session and the lads were buzzing in training. Their strongest player is their striker, a good finisher in front of goal

Finally, where does Harry think his team can finish this season?

I think we will be league winners this season!

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

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:

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