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Berks & Bucks Saturday Intermediate Cup 3rd Round Draw

The third round draw for the Berks & Bucks Saturday Intermediate Cup was made on Monday with mixed fortunes for Sports Shots local sides.

Aylesbury Vale Dynamos BD host fellow North Bucks & District League side Stoke Hammond BT, Marsh Gibbon travel to Bletchley Park, should Aston Clinton reserves conquer Newport Pagnell Town reserves in their re-arranged fixture they will travel to MK Wanderers, whilst Mursley United developments reward for beating higher level Buckingham Athletic development is a home tie against Iver Heath.

All fixtures are to be played on Saturday 9th November.

All fixtures listed below:

Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup 3rd Round Draw

The third round draw for the Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup was made on Monday with a local derby guaranteed.

The winners of Newport Pagnell Town versus The Nags Head Winslow will travel to MK Gallacticos in the next round.

All fixtures to be played on Sunday 10th November.

All fixtures listed below:

Berks & Bucks FA release provisional county cup fixture dates

The Berks & Bucks FA have released a string of dates provisionally booked for all their senior & youth county cup competitions for the 2019/20 season.

Four new cup competitions are also revealed, as well as provisional dates for all the cup finals.

The full announcement can be viewed here:

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Adult competitions

Youth competitions

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BBFA IC; Buckingham Athletic Development 0-3 Long Crendon

Buckingham Athletic Development – 0
Long Crendon – 3


Long Crendon took the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup on Saturday putting three past Buckingham Athletic development with a hatrick for Asher Yearwood to secure the Charles Twelftree trophy for the Hellenic Football League Division Two side. Their opposition never really got their game going and after finding themselves behind early on were then given a mountain to climb after the break as they had two players sent off from where Crendon sealed the win with two further strikes, after the game Athletic manager Jake Honor admitting his side were second best and hadn’t turned up. An afternoon of contrasting weather saw blue skies with warm sunshine interrupted on several occasions as the clouds gathered and an icy wind that saw the healthy crowd searching for extra clothing, the rock hard surface did little to help either side get any passing football together and in truth James Green was far busier in goal for Buckingham than George Collingwood at the opposite end.

Crendon took the lead after just five minutes when Oli Lethbridge pressured the Ath defence enough to concede possession, he fizzed the ball across the six-yard box where two outstretched defenders boots couldn’t make contact allowing Yearwood to take a touch before drilling into the bottom corner, for a while the development backline looked nervous every time they received the ball and again Lethbridge gained an advantage out on the left ahead of feeding James Hawkes who fired wide, a free kick then floated in by skipper Alex Farley found the rising head of Hawkes but he simply helped it on its way past the upright.

Asher Yearwood celebrates opener

The Spartan South Midlands side struggled to stamp their authority on the game during the first period, rarely getting anywhere near their opposition penalty area, whilst their opponents had plenty of the play but never really looked like increasing their lad, with ten minutes of the half left a simple pass through the blue back line saw Lethbridge in on goal but Green was off his line in a flash to dive at his feet to take it away and gather at the second attempt, before a Yearwood free kick from eighteen yards took a deflection off the wall for a corner being the closest they came. H/T: 0-1

Within five minutes of the restart Crendon midfielder Harry Pettingell tried his luck from twenty yards but wide of the target, another lob over the defence saw the same player race towards goal but again Green was out of his area to clear before any danger materialised, skipper Dan McAndrew then had to keep his composure under some serious pressure from Lethbridge, twice having to head away from the front man and eventually getting the better to clear the threat. Buckingham summed up their afternoon on the hour mark when a Harry Heritage free kick into the box simply grazed the head of striker Charlie Wright on its way out, it took until the sixty-fourth minute for the first effort at goal, substitute Luke Tavener driving over the top from a clearance.

At the opposite end a shot from Archie Pettingell was blocked inside the six yard area where it then fell nicely for Hawkes to hit, a deflection off a blue shirt saw a big shout for a handball but the official waved the appeals away, it then all went wrong for Buckingham with just over twenty minutes left when Rufus Barker was spoken to by the official in the lead up to a corner, as he signalled for play to then resume the defender clashed on the edge of the box with Nathan Brownsword & the referee brandished a straight red card which was later confirmed for a clash of heads, the set piece eventually taken saw a flick on to Yearwood who from close range headed straight at Green.

Crendon lift trophy

A cross from the wing was met by a glancing header from Yearwood to flash the ball across the area and wide, then with sixteen minutes left the game was all but put to bed when Yearwood was played away across midfield towards goal all on his own, he rounded the advancing Green before slotting home from the angle, within a minute Ath were reduced to nine when Wright was adjudged to have impeded a throw deep in the Crendon half, a second yellow saw him off for an early shower much to the delight of the green defence.

A free kick twenty-five yards out saw Tavener drill past Collingwood’s right hand post, a quick counter attack the other end saw Harry Pettingell explore space down the left flank before picking out Christian Warwick on the other side of the box all on his own, his shot beat Green but hit the post and rebounded away, another cross in to the area saw Green having to go up against Lethbridge but the Crendon man won the battle only to head wide, moments later he was fed again in front of goal by Yearwood but he could only screw past the woodwork.

With four minutes to go the striker completed his treble with a strike to remember, a cross from the left picked him out twelve yards out, he had time to position himself before unleashing a right footed volley into the back of the net. There was still time for Warwick to get down the flank & square into the box where Lethbridge stepped over allowing Harry Pettingell to strike however he chipped over the top, from the goal kick the whistle sounded to spark the deserved celebrations from the Crendon contingent. F/T: 0-3

Attendance: 120

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Ath manager Jake Honor:

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BBFA; Sports Shots capture cup final places

Sports Shots are delighted to confirm our partnership this season with The Berks & Bucks FA to cover the photography for as many of their County Cup Finals as we can.

We started last weekend where we covered the Sunday Intermediate Cup Final in which Aylesbury Flooring beat FC Beaconsfield 3-0, and one of our images is already being used as their header on their cup finals page.

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BBFA IC; Athletic duo testify that hard work this campaign has brought them Hither

Saturday 13th April 2019
Buckingham Athletic v Long Crendon
Berks & Bucks FA Intermediate Cup Final
K.O. 3.00pm
Venue: Hithercroft Road, Wallingford OX10 9RB

Buckingham Athletic Development are involved in cup final action on Saturday as they travel to Hithercroft Road, the home of Wallingford Town FC to face Hellenic Football League Division Two East side Long Crendon in what looks a fascinating battle against two sides both having fantastic seasons. The Ath youngsters are top of their league and look odds on to win the league title needing just a further five points to secure the trophy from their remaining five games, they were on for a treble until last weekend when they were knocked out of the Challenge Trophy semi-final on penalties by Leighton Town, so will be eager to secure this cup competition ahead of their remaining league fixtures. But waiting to disappoint are Crendon who are top of their division having won twenty-two of their twenty-four league games this campaign, scoring goals for fun along the way they’ve scored eight and ten in a game twice each, in those league games to date they’ve hit the net one hundred and three times, an intriguing afternoon lies ahead.

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Luke Tavener

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ath midfielder Kieran Brady and first of all we asked front man Luke Tavener how long he’s been back at the club and what saw him re-join:

I have been back at the club just over a month now, after speaking to Jake & seeing how well the lads were doing and with the chance to compete for some trophies, it made it an easy decision to come back. It’s been easy to fit back in after playing with or against most of the lads previously as well

Kieran is in his first season at the club:

I have been with Buckingham Athletic Development for nearly a year now, I joined at the start of the season after looking for a new club in the summer. Living quite local to Buckingham I came to pre-season and never looked back, the team ethic and focus on improving ourselves as players and in turn winning matches has been spot on

How good a season does Kieran feel he has had since joining?

I feel I have contributed well to the team; I am the only player in the squad to play in every match this season. I start most matches and have managed to assist in several goals, I have also scored twice this season however getting more goals is a personal target that I would like to bring to my game for the rest of the season and look to improve on for next season

Luke is hoping his goals can cement a regular place:

It’s not been easy to get into the team with how well the lads have been doing this season but I have managed to get a couple of starts and a couple of goals so hopefully I can continue that for the rest of the season

How good does Luke feel the squad is at Buckingham?

Jake (Honor) and Ben (Townsend) have built a really strong squad this season, I can’t imagine there’s any other development teams that have twenty good players training and available every week. I have been really impressed with the whole squad’s commitment and ability since coming back

Kieran Brady

Kieran identifies a spine in the side but appreciates it is a squad game:

The squad is packed with individual talent from front to back, for example on several occasions our goalkeeper James Green has made game changing saves, defender and captain Dan McAndrew has been key in keeping as many clean sheets as we have this year, Ollie Goulding has been an engine in the midfield and almost runs a marathon every match and finally up top Charlie Wright has been scoring the goals to win us games. However above all I think the willingness to work hard from the whole squad is what has put us in a great position in multiple competitions at the tail end of the season

What is Kieran’s preferred position in the side and what formation best suits him?

I have played both on the wing and in attacking midfield this season, I think our four-two-three-one system is great for me as it allows me to have the space to run at defences and create opportunities for other players

Luke plays at the spearhead of the attack:

My favourite position would be as a striker; with the number of players we get forward and into attacking positions I’d say that’s what compliments my game the most

Ath’s last four games saw league success at Stotfold followed by progress in the Challenge Trophy, but the two-legged semi-final saw them exit the competition, how does Luke view that disappointment?

Following up to this weekend the previous games were all positive and deserved wins. Saturday was disappointing for us all but unfortunately we weren’t good enough on the day but we are all looking to put that right this weekend

After that defeat on penalties last week, Kieran admits the focus is now on the league and this cup final:

The first three games you mentioned are a result of the momentum we have built up for ourselves. Having only lost one match this season prior to the league cup semi-final second leg we had a great winning streak that had put us in such a good position come the end of the season. Going out of the league cup was a disappointment to everyone in the team, we have had our sights on the treble all season however it is now important that we focus on the county cup final and the following league games to ensure we take home two trophies at the end of the season

What does Kieran know about their cup final opponents?

We have seen that Long Crendon are fighting for the top spot in their league against Penn & Tyler’s Green FC, a team we beat in the previous rounds on penalties, so we are expecting another tough match. To win the cup would be amazing for everyone at Buckingham Athletic, the competition started with one hundred and twenty-eight places, some teams were given a bye in the first round, so to be one of the two teams left is a fantastic achievement, however if we play as I know we can I’m sure we will be lifting the trophy come Saturday evening

Luke concurs that both teams will be more than capable of winning this competition:

Personally I don’t know much about them but after seeing their results this season it’s clearly going to be a tough game. Both of us go into it in really dominant league positions so it should be a great game and would be a great achievement for the team if we can get our first piece of silverware

What are the targets for the rest of this season for Luke?

Personally I just want to keep continuing to help the team as much as I can, the lads have put in a lot of work over the season and we just need to maintain those levels, if we can I’m confident we’ll come away with some well-deserved silverware

Kieran is already looking ahead to next season:

I would like to make an impact in the business end of the season, weather that’s scoring, assisting or putting in good performances I want to help the team win the County cup and the league. I am looking forward to pre-season with Buckingham Athletic Development next year as I am sure it will be a great opportunity to improve as a squad and have an equally if not better season next year. I would expect a few new faces at the club next year given the success of the team this year so I look forward to coming back next year as an even stronger team

Finally, we asked Kieran if he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose?

I would have to go on the X Factor with Rufus Barker because that lad has got a serious voice on him, as we found out with his initiation song when he joined midway through the season!

Luke has selected the ideal movie role for someone:

It’s not a tv programme or show, but with him being five foot nothing and bright orange with his tanning addiction, I think Louie Walters would be a perfect Oompa Loompa

Sports Shots would like to thank both Kieran & Luke for their time this week

BBFA SICF; Aylesbury Flooring 3-0 FC Beaconsfield

Aylesbury Flooring – 3
FC Beaconsfield – 0


Aylesbury Flooring retained the Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup they won twelve months ago with this convincing three goal victory over FC Beaconsfield on Sunday, amid the mist and grey skies that draped over The Meadow George Tomlins men put on a sparkling performance that their opponents had no answer to, taking the lead just past the quarter hour mark through Taylor Collins they looked the more likely to score again but were held at bay until the break, but a devastating spell that saw two goals in four minutes at the start of the second period put the game to bed. Beaconsfield did get the ball in the net twice but both were ruled out, they had keeper Jacob Kucwaj to thank as he made a number of vital blocks to keep the scoreline respectable, whilst his counterpart Liam Smith at the opposite end was comfortable with most of what was thrown at him.

It took almost quarter of an hour for the first effort of note, a twenty yard free kick thumped over the top by Flooring skipper Alex Kedzierski, closely followed by a great move that involved Ty Deacon, Lynton Goss & Dan Parsons ending with their captain again blasting towards the goal but a defender throwing his body in the way to block, the deadlock was finally broken on eighteen minutes when an attack that broke down saw Parsons retrieve inside the area and drive towards the byline, his exquisite chip to the back post took the Beaconsfield custodian out of the game allowing Taylor Collins to head into the empty net.

As much as their opponents then tried to get back into the game, they could not find a way past Smith in the Aylesbury gloves, a free kick cannoned off the wall for a corner, floated in it was comfortably collected by the Aston Clinton shot stopper, another set piece curled in by Aaron Couch was then taken off the heads of everyone attacking it by the fingertips of the keeper, a throw on their left then released Tom Peddle to cut in towards goal but superb defending by Jordan Jenkins saw a sliding tackle to take the ball off his foot and out for a corner, Smith came out to punch away as it swung in, Anton Bradley hooked into the unguarded net but the referee blew for an infringement.

Alex Kedzierski doubles Aylesbury lead

Flooring won a free kick just inside the Beaconsfield half which Mitchell Collins delivered in towards the back post where it was inches away from connecting with the late run of Jenkins, Goss went even closer when he beat Ramel King to the ball on the penalty spot but the touch took him to the right of goal, Kucwaj went out to challenge at the strikers feet where Goss despatched towards the empty net but King had gone behind to cover and cleared off the line. Taylor Collins found space down the wing to line up the next cross for Deacon to launch himself at inside the six-yard box but his volley crashed back off Jarelle Baptiste to safety.

The final action of the half saw Kedzierski win possession in midfield before laying off to Parsons who drove at the blue backline into the box, holding the ball up well he then returned to his Winslow United team mate whose dipping drive took the slightest touch off the head of Bradley to take it away from the far top corner, the resulting corner was glanced across the gaol face and wide of the back post by Jenkins. H/T: 1-0

Just six minutes after the interval Flooring doubled their lead when Parsons collected on the edge of the penalty arc and tucked a clever pass through two defenders for Kedzierski to advance onto and hit with the outside of his right boot to fire inside the neat post just out of the reach of Kucwaj. Just four minutes after the second came the third when a handball inside the area was spotted by the man in the middle, Taylor Collins spot kick saved by the keeper however he was first to the rebound to fire home, with the game seemingly over both sides then made a plethora of substitutions in order to get everyone some game time.

Flooring celebrate with supporters after final whistle

An Aylesbury corner was flicked onto Parsons who fired over the top, at the opposite end Couch tried his luck from the corner of the eighteen yard area trying to bend inside the far top corner but it just wouldn’t come down quick enough, Parsons then did well down the flank skipping a tackle on the way to get into the box where Kucwaj blocked with his feet from close range, the front man was able to climb highest to meet the corner which the keeper seemed to have in his grasp low down to his left however the ball squirmed out of his hands, hit the post then came back into play to eventually be cleared away.

A Beaconsfield attack down their right saw an initial effort from Peddle come back off Smith’s boot but fall nicely for Elliott Pattinson to poke home however a raised flag on the far side denied any celebration, Goss was again denied by the feet of Kucwaj when he drove across the byline to get a shot in from six yards, the biggest cheer of the afternoon was left for the introduction of Liam Marshall for Aylesbury & within a minute he received a pass on the edge of the box with his back to goal, turning on a sixpence he flashed the ball inches wide of the furthest upright, the final action saw Ash Clarke square to Goss but he drilled past the wrong side of the keepers right hand post. F/T: 3-0

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Flooring manager George Tomlin:

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BBFA; Flooring duo hoping to light their Beacons for success starting this Sunday

Sunday 7th April 2019
Aylesbury Flooring v FC Beaconsfield
Berks & Bucks Sunday Intermediate Cup Final
The Meadow
K.O. 11.00am

The Meadow, Chesham United FC

Venue: The Meadow, Chesham, HP5 1NE

Aylesbury Flooring continue on their hunt for silverware this Sunday as they look to retain the trophy they won twelve months ago when they take on FC Beaconsfield at The Meadow, home of Chesham United. After last weekend’s events in the FA Sunday Cup semi-final at Gainsborough Trinity where George Tomlin’s men beat Southwick by two goals to nil, Flooring have the opportunity to bag their first trophy of this campaign as they eagerly look to retain the crown they collected last April when they beat FC Benton’s, the first of numerous finals and/or semi-finals the club are through to again this year, and still have the opportunity to wrap the league title up as well! In their way this time is Beaconsfield who currently top the High Wycombe Sunday Football Combination Division One table, with eleven out of twelve wins in their season to date, and cannot be caught although last weekend they did suffer a heavy defeat in their league challenge cup semi-final after a very early sending off.

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This week Sports Shots caught up with goal keeper Liam Smith but first we asked midfielder Dave Brown how long he’s been involved at Flooring, and how he ended up joining?

I actually played in Flooring’s first ever game but then couldn’t commit to playing both Saturdays and Sundays at the time, it was only a few years later when George took charge that I properly signed on. Three years and countless trophies later it was definitely worth signing on and joining the Flooring revolution!

Dave Brown

Liam hasn’t been involved quite as long:

I’ve been playing Sunday football for five or six years now, I’ve been playing in the Luton Sunday league for the past five seasons! I have only joined Aylesbury Flooring this season and what a season to be involved with the greatest team in Sunday football!

How has Liam enjoyed his time with the club?

Aylesbury Flooring has got to be one of best experience in my football career so far, every round of the Sunday FA Cup has been an experience I’ll never forget with a great group of lads!

Dave also has many great memories from his time at the club:

I have loved every minute of it, there’s nothing better than playing football with your mates and having a laugh whilst doing it. We’ve managed to put together a team that’s made Aylesbury football history, the FA Cup journey this year has been the stand out memory throughout my time by far. I must also mention the B&B Cup final win last year and the Magpies Nine victory the year before, beating Magpies FC in extra time with nine men and the celebrations that went with both of those cup wins

What does Dave see as the biggest differences between Saturday & Sunday football?

Saturday football is definitely taken a lot more seriously and is a more competitive league, but having said that, in the Sunday cups you can come up against some top teams. Sunday football is about getting the balance of having a good side, but also being able to play with your mates and go down the pub after, which is definitely something which Flooring have been able to do

Liam agrees that Saturday’s are far more serious:

Saturday football I would say is a bit more serious as in we meet earlier and the lads don’t turn up still half drunk; Sunday football is a bit more laid back meeting half hour before we start, that’s if the lads do turn up from the night before!

Liam Smith

How does Liam see the support that the team get?

The Aylesbury Flooring following is fantastic; I would say they are a big part of being where we are now, and they are as important as the players, manager and coaching staff! It’s like a big family at Aylesbury Flooring, we are all in this together, the fans have been fantastic!

Dave agrees that the support does help the team:

The support we’ve had this year has been amazing and has played a massive part in our cup run, particularly spurring us on in the big comebacks we’ve had in the last few rounds. When you hear all the boys singing on the sidelines it does give you an extra ten percent. There’s no other Sunday team that gets support like it, and no matter how far the game is they’ll make the trip. I don’t think any of them drink either…..

We asked Dave how it compares playing under George on a Sunday to Neil Roberts on a Saturday:

Both love their football and know how to get team spirit spot on, and both love a session after the game, both can be a bit too organised at times though! Wingers is a top manager to play under as he’s got about fifty years’ experience in local football, so knows how to win and to get the best out of players, and he’s been good to have around on Sundays particularly in our big games. George has the respect of all the boys and has led us to glory for the last few years so that says it all, he’s even put in a few solid shifts at centre-back throughout the season. I’m looking forward to seeing the state he gets in when we bring the FA Cup home

Liam appreciates what both managers bring to his game:

Playing under George Tomlin and Neil Roberts is very similar as both are great managers and have good relationships with the players, on and off the field, which I think is a big plus, both know their football very well want to push you to the best of your ability! Having Neil involved with Flooring has also helped me settle in and be myself as I’ve known Neil for a long time! I must also say Neil has scored an FA Cup hat trick so it’s good to have his experience in and around the squad!

Does Liam ever see himself playing outfield one day?

That’s now five cup finals with Aston and Aylesbury Flooring to look forward too now and I’m confident in the boys that we can go and win them all, maybe if I lost five stone I would back myself to be a deadly striker!

Where does his team mate prefer to play?

I have played most of the season either in one of the two centre midfield spots or in the number ten role, I’m happy playing in either, but playing in front of a midfield two gives me a bit more freedom and licence to get forward. A lot of the boys could do a job in most positions though and have had to slot in a few positions throughout the season, so it’s good to have that versatility

How would Dave describe last weekends performance against Southwick in the FA Sunday Cup semi-final, and how did he rate the opposition?

What a day! I think overall it was a comfortable win and a very good team performance, we kept our shape well and didn’t really give them any chance to create anything, and used the pitch well playing some nice football. Southwick were a physical side and left a fair few late tackles in which they later had two red cards to show for, but we kept our heads and just kept trying to play football. Not a good weekend for Sunderland all round last week! I’d definitely say AFC Jacks were the best team we’ve come up against on route to the final , they’re one of the best teams I’ve played against in Saturday or Sunday football. Coming back from two-nil down to beat them in extra time gave us the belief that we can go on and beat anyone, which we showed again in the quarters when coming back from three-one down

Liam also pays homage to AFC Jacks:

You can’t really describe last Sunday, it’s probably up there with one of the best days I’ve had in my life! Southwick to be fair weren’t a bad team but we’ve definitely played better in the previous rounds! AFC Jacks still being probably one off the best teams I’ve ever played against who we beat in the last sixteen

It’s been a busy few weeks for the squad, is Liam still confident they can win these finals they are in?

Yeah it’s been a very busy few weeks for the Flooring boys! Our target from the start has been to win everything we enter and now we are here I’m sure that’s what we are going to do! You don’t get anything for coming second best!

Dave nominates the one prize all the boys want to win:

With it being our last season I think everyone definitely wants to win as much as we can. We’re already in three Cup finals and I think we have another two trophies that we can win, so would be nice to take the lot. I think everyone would tell you that the FA Cup is the one we all want, so I think that and retaining the B&B probably come out on top as the priority

On to the Berks & Bucks Cup this weekend, what does Dave remember of it last year, and how does it compare to the FA Sunday Cup feeling?

Last year it was the one we were all desperate to win, and the celebrations after were unreal. It was a great day to be a part of, particularly after losing to a last minute goal in the final the year before. The FA Cup journey has kind of taken over the buzz this year but the B&B is still a trophy we are desperate to win and retain, and I’m sure we’ll have big support there again this weekend. Cup finals are one of the main reasons we slog out the winter months of the season, so come Sunday everyone will be fully focused on securing another trophy and enjoying another big day. I scored the opening goal last year so will be hoping to get on the score sheet again this Sunday!

Liam wasn’t there last year but is still as eager to retain the trophy:

The B&B is always a special one for everyone, it’s the biggest thing in local football & one of those you want to win! With Aylesbury Flooring winning it last season everyone will be there to retain our cup, and I’m sure we have got the class in the squad to do so!

Finally, we asked Liam if he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose?

It would have to be Aston Clinton assistant manager and Aylesbury Flooring legend Rob Goldney! I would love to see him on Come Dine with Me as the boy loves a salad with extra salad! And finally I would like to say a big thank you to the chairman Ian Middleton and grandad Pete for making this all possible and off course the fans you are legends! Floor on!

Dave picks his Aston Clinton team mates:

I think it would have to be the Collins brothers to go head to head on Countdown. They’re an unbelievably intelligent pair so it’d be interesting to see who would come out on top!

Sports Shots would like to thank both Dave & Liam for their time this week

BBFA IC; Athletic defender confident his team can find code to success at Bletchley Park

Saturday 19th January 2019

Bletchley Park v Buckingham Athletic Development

Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup Quarter-Final

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K.O. 1.30pm

Buckingham Athletic Development travel the short distance to Bletchley Park on Saturday for their Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup Quarter-Final and come up against a side who sit third in the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division table and haven’t lost a North Bucks competitive game since they were defeated in their opening two games of the season back in August. Park have scored fifty-nine goals in their thirteen league games this season and have only conceded three at home so Athletic will need to be on their game at both ends of the pitch, although go full of confidence after a fantastic season that sees them sit third in their Spartan South Midlands development league table with games in hand that would take them top without having to win them all. Buckingham won last week-end after a battle with their top of the league contenders Berkhamsted but had to come from behind twice to win by the odd goal in five after a two-legged mauling of Harpenden in the divisional challenge trophy either side of Christmas, so with eyes on three lots of silverware this season will be given a tough test by the boys from Bletchley.

Luke McAndrew

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Luke McAndrew to ask how long he’s been at the club and what it means to be there now:

I started playing for the Ath youth team when I was fifteen, I hadn’t found a position then as a player so played both right back and left back but played most of the games that season on the left as we didn’t have anyone to play that side. Since then I have played all across the back four for youth, development and the first team but my main position nowadays is at centre half. I used to watch the Ath when I was younger and watch my brother play so once I finished playing junior football I knew that I wanted to play for the club and I can’t see myself playing for any other now

What is Luke’s preferred position these days and in what formation?

My favourite position in the team is at centre back, which would be my preferred position as I feel I can play at my best leading from the back. At youth level we played four-two-three-one and then the first & development team both used that formation so I have adapted to that, as a team I feel it gives us the best all round

How has the season been so far in terms of fitness and performances?

Fitness personally and as a team has never been better as we set our targets at the start of the season and all are working hard to ensure we reach those, and that is seen as we are still involved in both cups and in a good position in the league with games in hand, so we need to ensure that we keep pushing ourselves to get what we want out of this season. Again I and the team are having one of our best seasons that the development has ever had, and when I’m given the chance by Jake (Honor) & Ben (Townsend) I give my all as we have a big squad where people are constantly fighting for places. I’m contributing both on the field helping the team defensively by being vocal and talking to everyone, but also off the pitch where it is a great environment for everyone

Just how good is the development squad this season and which players have impressed so far?

The squad this year is the best I’ve seen since I joined the club, we are a young squad that are working hard for each other as we know what we want to get out of this season, so we’ve all been working hard for it off the pitch and especially on it. We have only conceded fifteen goals in fifteen games this season with four clean sheets, but we have scored forty-three goals which shows the strength in our squad, we also haven’t lost at home for almost three hundred days! Being three points behind top spot with four games in hand & recently beating Berkhamsted means the outcome of our season is down to us, if we win all our remaining games we win the league which is our goal whilst being in the quarter-finals of both cup competitions means we expect to win even more. It’s hard to pick out certain players when everyone has contributed to each game & playing in great form, a lot of players have boosted the squad this year such as our keeper James Green who has saved us in many situations, dominating in the air inside the box. Charlie Wright has helped with our attacking options with eight goals in six games, both Ollie Golding & Harry Heritage have helped dominate midfield and control the game all season & have made a real impact, all across our back four has been solid all season ensuring that we are playing from the back, creating chances, scoring goals & ensuring we don’t concede

A thumping two-legged win over Harpenden either side of Christmas was followed by an epic battle last week with Berko in league matters, how were those games?

During the six-one win over Harpenden in the first leg we went out and played the best football we have in a long time in the first half, but it was just a minute of losing concentration which created their goal. In the second leg I didn’t play as I was away with the first team in a good four-one win at Amersham. The first half against Berko was the worst we’ve played all season and nothing was going right but going a goal down woke us up a bit, at half-time we all knew it and some changes saw Corey (Bulley) come on to press every ball and to get us higher up the pitch as they kept playing at the back. Getting the equaliser from Dan McAndrew woke us all up and we had the majority of the ball and all was going our way but from a couple of mistakes we conceded again. However we didn’t let that stop our game plan, as we then kept fighting & pressing for every ball, for me to score our second equaliser to make it two-two was massive personally, to be able to contribute and help the team out, it’s rare that I ever score! It then came down to a battle of who wanted it more & credit to them they didn’t back down easy, but with a late goal from Kieran (Brady) we were all pumped with the hope that we can go all the way and win this league

Big cup game this week at Bletchley, what do Ath know about their hosts and will it change how the play?

We don’t know too much about them but we know that they are going to be a physical side and to get this far in the cup they must be a good side so we can’t under estimate them. We aren’t going to change how we play as we’ll still try to get the ball down and play, but know that’s going to be physical and are prepared for it

With the position the team are now in, what needs to be achieved for it to be classed as successful?

With being in such a great position in the league and also in the quarter-finals of both cups, for it to be successful we are expecting to at least finish with some silverware, but to get more than one would be a real bonus. The whole squad know that if we don’t finish with something we will all be disappointed with ourselves when we know we have such a good chance from here, so it’s up to us to finish the rest of this season on a high

Finally, we asked Luke if he could pick one player from the squad to have a different job for twenty-four hours, who and what would he choose:

I’d probably pick Louie Walters to do something in entertainment as he always brings a good atmosphere to the team & to the dressing room, he picks people or the team up when we are down

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

B&B Int Cup 3R: Willis & Wright send Ath development into the county cup last 16

Jake Honor’s Buckingham Athletic Development side are into the last sixteen of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.

Jake Honor

Goals from Charlie Willis and Charlie Wright put the Athletic Development two goals ahead against Bedgrove Dynamos at the break.

The home side pulled a goal back through a penalty but it was the visitors who progressed into the fourth round.