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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

Scot Sports & Social Club

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.

BBIC; Athletic development manager Banking on cup success

Saturday 15th September 2018

Buckingham Athletic Development v AFC Santander

Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup 1st Round

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic development host AFC Santander on Saturday in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup and look to continue their excellent start to their season that has seen two wins out of two with eleven goals scored and just one conceded. Sitting top of the Spartan South Midlands U25 development league as one of only two teams with one hundred percent records, attention turns to the county cup, and in North Bucks Intermediate side Santander face a team that have only failed to score in one of their six league games to date.

Jake Honor (centre)

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ath manager Jake Honor to find out what’s attributed to their good start:

We started the league fixtures a fortnight ago however our season started way back at the end of June, and our players over the past eight or nine weeks have shown great commitment & hard work in training, and also during the eight pre-season games we played. So I’d have to put our good start to the season down to good preparation

What new signings have the club made?

We had a number of new players join us this summer and it’s been really pleasing to see them mix and fit in really well with the returning players. We had three join us from Winslow, Olly Golding, Harry Heritage & Charlie Willis, and then Kieran Brady, Matt Bradbury, Jamie O’Hara & Tom Summers have all signed on too. We have also had Spencer Beaumont join us as assistant manager, it’s valuable to the existing back room staff as well as to the players to have another viewpoint and pair of hands around the team

Has Jake had much interaction with new first team manager Neil Griffiths?

Neil & I have talked a lot over the past couple of months and our conversations have always been very productive, obviously it’s always hard coming into a club as a new manager so I’ve been happy to help Neil where needed and to give him another opinion on various things

With such a small division this year, how will the team keep themselves busy?

Unfortunately a number of teams did withdraw from the league for this season which is a shame, however we are hoping to have good cup campaigns, the league cup has home and away legs in every round and then the county cup which obviously starts this week. If we can keep ourselves in these competitions for as long as possible then I don’t think there will be many Saturdays that we’ll have spare

Who do Athletic see as their biggest rivals this time around?

It’s hard to judge this early on, but I’m sure Dunstable will be around the top of the table however I think our main rivals will be Leighton Town. They’ve had two good wins to start their season, over Dunstable & Kempston so I’m looking forward to coming up against them as they’re now our most local away game too!

How dangerous is it too under estimate sides from the North Bucks league in these competitions?

It’s very easy to under estimate these teams but it’s something that we will not do, the players know this and we have trained well to prepare exactly the same as we would for a league game. Cup football is the perfect place for underdogs and as we saw last weekend, teams from the North Bucks are more than capable of beating sides from the South Midlands

How much does Jake know about their opponents?

I have come across Santander a couple of times in the past, mostly from my time at Grendon Rangers reserves a couple of seasons ago. Obviously a lot can change in that time but they were a physical team back then and I’m sure they will be the same this time round

Finally, we asked just how hard is it to attract players to U25 development football?

Being under twenty-five myself and from the local area has definitely helped me in recruiting enough players that fit the age quote. This season we only have three players in the development squad that are over twenty-five and the other nineteen or so players are all under so in that sense I’ve found player recruitment quite easy. I feel being of a similar age to the players helps as I can relate to them a lot easier than maybe an older manager would.

I’d like to finish by thanking Sports Shots for all the work they do in the local area and for local sport, it is really appreciated by everyone here at The Ath!

Sports Shots would like to thank Jake 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

Berks & Bucks FA – County Cup restructure

Berks & Bucks FA –
Following a series of consultations with our member clubs, we have started the process of a change to the structure of the County Cup Competitions.

There will be a change to the Youth County Cups with a pilot of a restructure of the cups with the Under 12 and Under 13 age groups having a choice of entering a Saturday competition or a Sunday competition. For 2017/18 season there will be an Under 12 Saturday Cup, Under 12 Sunday Cup, Under 13 Saturday Cup and Under 13 Sunday Cup. This is to give those teams who play their league fixtures on a Saturday the option of playing in a Saturday Cup avoiding having to play 2 games across a weekend.

Also, as a pilot for the 2017-2018 season the Football Operations Committee have elected to merge the previous Senior Cup and Senior trophy for all those clubs in the Football League and National League down to Step 5, and moving all other teams up a competition.

This means that those who were competing in the Saturday Intermediate Cup will now play in the Senior Trophy those who were in the Saturday Junior Cup will compete in the Saturday Intermediate Cup and the Saturday Junior Cup will now be open for more teams in the lower divisions of the Grass Roots leagues and reserve teams of those that did previously play in the Saturday Junior Cup.

This is aimed at creating more opportunities for more clubs to compete and succeed in a County Cup. The cost of entering the County Cups will also be standard so will be £10 for every team in every County Cup.

The exact make-up of the cups is subject to change once rules are ratified, and after League Sanctioning opens on May 31st and the league structures are confirmed, but as a guide when affiliating, clubs can enter the teams into the below cups from what league clubs think their teams will be competing in for the 2017-18 season:

Cup Competition  Leagues
Senior Cup Premier League
EFL Championship, League 1 & League 2
National League, National League North & South
Southern League Premier & Divisions 1
Combined Counties Premier
Hellenic League Premier
Spartan South Midlands Premier
United Counties Premier
Wessex League Premier
Senior Trophy Reserve Teams from Senior Cup
Combined Counties Division 1
Hellenic League First Divisions
Spartan South Midlands Division 1 & 2
United Counties Division 1
Wessex League Division 1
Premier Division Thames Valley Premier League
Selected teams as recommended by following leagues:
Aylesbury & District Premier
East Berks Premier
North Berks Division 1
North Bucks & District Premier
Oxford Senior League Premier
Thames Valley Premier League Division 1
Wycombe & District Senior
Saturday Intermediate Cup Reserve Teams from Saturday Intermediate Cup
Teams not competing in Senior Trophy from:
Aylesbury & District Premier
East Berks Premier
North Berks Division 1
North Bucks & District Premier
Oxford Senior League Premier
Thames Valley Premier League Division 1
Wycombe & District Senior
Combined Counties Division 2
Hellenic League Division 2
Aylesbury & District Division 1
East Berks Division 1
North Berks Division 2
North Bucks Intermediate
Oxford Senior league Div 1
Thames Valley Premier Div 2
Wycombe & District Premier
Saturday Junior Cup Reserve/’A’ teams from Saturday Intermediate Cup
Also teams not in:
Aylesbury & District Top 2 Divisions
East Berks Div Top 2 Divisions
North Berks Div Top 2 Divisions
North Bucks Div Top 2 Divisions
Thames Valley Premier Top 3 Divisions
Wycombe & District Top Division


B&B Int Cup, 4th rd draw: Horwood & Olney travel & Peters host + full draw

Great Horwood will travel to play Aylesbury Dynamos in the fouth round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup after defeating Chesham United reserves at the weekend.

New Bradwell St Peter have a home draw against higher league opposition in Risborough Rangers while Neil Griffiths takes his Olney Town side to play the winners of the Wendover versus Pitstone & Ivinghoe tie.

All ties to be played on Saturday 3rd December 2016, kick-off 2pm.

Full draw

Aylesbury Dynamos VS Great Horwood

Wendover/Pitstone & Ivinghoe VS Olney Town

New Bradwell St Peter VS Risborough Rangers

Penn & Tylers Green VS Stoke Poges Saints/Winnersh Rangers

Marlow United VS Chalvey (WMC) Sports/Sandhurst Town

FC Beaconsfield VS Woodley United/Finchampstead

Didcot Town FC Reserves VS Westwood United/Shrivenham

Reading YMCA VS Kintbury Rangers/Abingdon United

B&B Int Cup 3rd Round draw: Robins pull Olney, Peters travel, Horwood at home

Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, 3rd Round draw CLICK HERE

Tie of the 3rd Round draw has to be Buckingham Town versus Olney Town, with Haddenham playing host to New Bradwell St Peter, while Saturday’s giant killers Great Horwood are to entertain Hale Leys United or Chesham United reserves.


B&B Int Cup: 1st round draw

Grendon Rangers will face Winslow United in the 1st round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup after the draw was made.



In another local derby Loughton Manor host Old Bradwell United, while New Bradwell St Peter will host APBS and Unite MK head to Hanslope.

Buckingham Athletic and Buckingham Town along with Mursley United, Twyford United and a number of other clubs have received a bye into the second round.

To view the full draw – CLICK HERE

B&B Intermediate Cup: Semi-final draw is announced

The Berks & Bucks FA Intermediate Cup has some very close Quarter Final matches at the weekend.

With only 1 goal being the difference between all the QF matches, it definitely insists that the semi-finals should provide some good contests.


Berks & Bucks FA Intermediate Cup Semi-Final draws are as follows:

Olney Town F.C. v Letcombe F.C.

Risborough Rangers Football Club v Cookham Dean Football Club

B&B, Snr Cup SF: Chesham reach final after defeating Dons on pens

An absolute cracker yesterday at The Meadow, as Chesham United Football Club take it to penalties, as they defeat MK Dons in the Semi-Final of the Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup, to progress through to the final in May, where they will play Aylesbury F.C.

At 4-4 after extra time, Chesham managed a 4-3 on penalties to put themselves in the Senior Cup Final.