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Olney Town v Thrapston Town

Olney Town – 2

Thrapston Town – 3

Olney got off to a shaky start on Friday evening at home to Thrapston, conceding inside two minutes and then having keeper Josh McAdoo to thank for a brilliant save shortly after and the crossbar to thank for denying from a penalty, but a brace from Drew Mitten saw them lead at half time. However the visitors came out for the second half with some intent and got the goals to take the points back to Northamptonshire.

Thrapston took the game to their hosts from the off, a cross half cleared by the Olney defence saw Dave Goodman thump over the bar just seconds into the game, but just a minute later they did take the lead when Goodman received the ball just inside the area and absolutely smashed it into the top corner.

Goodman opens scoring

Ox six minutes a corner to Thrapston saw Cory James run across his marker and glance a header at goal and McAdoo threw himself up and backwards to tip over for a corner. Olney had their first sniff at goal on thirteen, Luca Seminerio evaded three challenges out on the left as he drove into the box and fired across goal wide of the back post.

A long free kick from Thrapston then saw the ball simply sent long into the Olney box, as defender and striker chased the ball down a challenge was deemed a foul and a penalty awarded. Jedd Whiteman stepped up and smashed the spot kick against the crossbar and the danger was cleared.

Ten minutes before the break Olney were gifted an equaliser when Thrapston keeper Liam Fox taking a free kick got it all wrong, and in an attempt to play the ball out to his full back instead found Drew Mitten in front of the empty goal who calmly levelled the game.

The goal lifted the home side who won a free kick right on the eighteen yard line, and Mitten smashed it wide. Then on thirty nine minutes a foul in the Thrapston box saw Olney awarded a penalty, and Mitten put his side ahead going into the break. H/T: 2-1

Mitten gives Olney lead

A scrappy start to the second half saw neither side really take control, the referee’s whistle seemed more noticeable than any real goal chances. Thrapston then equalised out of the blue just before the hour mark, what appeared to be an attempted overhead kick on the left of the Olney box was sliced across the goal mouth and waiting in the middle Liam Hanley volleyed home giving McAdoo no chance.

Olney did get the ball in the net again on sixty five however the whistle had already sounded for an earlier infringement, and just two minutes later Thrapston were ahead when a superb left wing cross was met by the head of Wayne Brown at the near post.

Olney battled to get back in the game from there, Jordan Appleton had a run down their left from a goal kick, and fired wide of the advancing Liam Fox. Fox then flipped himself backwards to tip over a Josh Crawley header which was creeping in underneath the crossbar, and a Sam Parrish cross was then glanced into the waiting gloves of Fox by Crawley.

With time running out a Josh Crawley cross thumped against Jason Crawley inside the box, and before the substitute had time to react Fox had gathered the loose ball, and the last action saw a Seminerio cross met on the half volley by Christian Small but sliding into the shot as he met the ball he could only fire over. F/T: 2-3

Attendance: 86

After the game, Olney manager Neil Griffiths spoke to Sports Shots: 

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SSV55: Griffiths reflects after Olney’s Thrapston defeat

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Olney Town v Thrapston Town preview

Friday 11th August 2017
Olney Town v Thrapston Town
UCL Division One
East Street
Kick-Off: 7.45pm

Olney Town host Thrapston Town on Friday night in their second game of the new season, having dispatched Melton Town last week-end with a thumping five goals to one victory. The visitors also won last week-end meaning the winners of this game will go top of the table for a few hours at least, and whilst Olney enjoy the second of their opening four league games all at home, for Thrapston the game will be their second of their opening six league games which are all away from home.

Olney finished fourth last season, whilst their guests finished in tenth place and in the process they took four points off Olney last term, a draw at Thrapston back in September was followed up by an impressive two goals to one victory at East Street in January.

Both sides will be eager to continue last week’s good start to the season, and look to going into Saturday sitting top of the UCL Division One table.

Taken from the Olney Town Facebook page:

Friday night football comes to East St tomorrow when the 1st Team, fresh from a resounding 5-1 win on the opening day of the season against Melton Town, take on Thrapston Town.

KO 7-45 pm and the Bar will be open from 6 pm selling a wide selection of ales, lagers, ciders, wines and spirits.

The Diner will be open at half time for teas/coffees etc

50:50 Draw
Sports & Social Memberships available
Match Day Programmes

SUPPORT THE NURSERYMEN!!!

Anyone wishing to travel down to watch the game can get address details using the link below.

Match location: http://www.olneytownfc.com/Home/ContactUs

 

Olney Town 3-4 Kempston Rovers

Olney Town – 3

Kempston Rovers – 4

Olney Town put up a resilient fight against higher level and near neighbours Kempston Rovers on Thursday night at East Street; after surviving a tough opening forty-five minutes two quick goals early in the second period seemed to have put the game to bed, but Olney dug in and responded well, and after Kempston were reduced to ten men Town put their guests under some pressure and were mighty close to pulling level.

Rovers attacked from the off and in the second minute a cross was cleared by the home defence to the edge of the box and new signing Callum Lewis thumped at goal only to see the ball rebound off the post, across the goal face and away to an Olney defender who cleared.

Another searching ball then saw Jake Newman in behind the Town backline, his attempted lob over Josh McAdoo dropping just over the top, and Olney’s first sight at goal fell to Josh Crawley who cut in from the right before firing straight at Kempston keeper Tom Wyatt.

McAdoo then denied the opening goal when a ball over his defence saw Jamaine Ivy in on goal but his low drive was well saved by the Town keeper getting down to his right, before Newman then flashed another drive across goal and wide. A couple of crunching tackles in midfield then saw the referee talking to both sets of players before Nathan Tshikuna curled an effort just around the Olney post.

On twenty-eight minutes, a ball threaded between the Kempston back line saw Josh Crawley almost set away on his own but quick reactions from Wyatt saw him race out some twenty-five yards from goal and thump clear, and within a minute his team took the lead at the opposite end when a ball across the Olney area found Tshikuna and he fired inside the near post.

Drew Mitten spear headed an Olney attack ten minutes before the interval, feeding in Josh Crawley on the left but his shot again was collected comfortably by Wyatt, and moments later left back Luca Seminerio brushed the side netting with a low drive.

Jason Crawley thumped an effort over the bar, and seconds before the whistle looked to have equalised when he met a good cross with a powerful header some eight yards from goal, as the ball looked to be heading top corner keeper Wyatt produced a stunning save to palm over his crossbar. H/T: 0-1

Crawley denied by superb save late in 1st half

Two minutes after the restart Kempston doubled their lead when a shot from Tshikuna squirmed through McAdoo’s gloves, and it was three on fifty-three minutes when Jake Newman collected the ball in midfield and powered his way forward before smashing home from eighteen yards.

Credit to Olney at this stage who rallied and pulled a goal back within three minutes. A ball across the Rovers box saw their defence all rooted claiming offside, but with the flag staying down Jason Crawley collected the ball and slotted home into the bottom corner.

On the hour mark Rob MacDonald seized upon a poor defensive clearance from Kempston, and with an open goal to aim at his effort looked to be heading in from some forty yards however the spin on the ball took it away from goal as it bounced just feet away from the goal line & away to safety.

A flash point on sixty-four minutes saw Ash Fuller red carded after some discussion with several players and the referee, and a minute later Jordan Appleton pulled another goal back for the home side when he was fed in by substitute Vinny Shrives to run in straight on goal and curl around the advancing Rovers keeper.

Appleton curls home

Just as Olney looked to be turning the game in their favour Kempston hit back, a free kick floated into the Town box saw Grant Fryer rise highest to head home from close range. But with seven minutes remaining MacDonald chased a ball down the Olney left and skipped past the advancing keeper, just as it looked to be a lost cause with the ball running away from the midfielder he somehow from the acutest of angles chipped across goal and into the far corner of the net.

Olney battled hard in the remaining minutes but could not find their equaliser, & had McAdoo to thank for a very late one on one save when a Kempston break away threatened to kill the game off. F/T: 3-4

Olney manager Neil Griffiths spoke to Sports Shots after the game:

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CS&TFL,D1: Olney Town look ahead to the new season

A feature on one of our new clubs, Olney Town.

Olney Town Football Club

On the Field 

After 2 months off the 1st Team and Reserves squads reported back to pre season training on 1st July and have a busy schedule of friendlies in preparation for the new season which begins on 5th August.

Following an excellent 2016/17 season, culminating in winning the Buckingham Charity Cup and a strong 4th place league finish the Club is making a strong push for promotion this year to the UCL Premier Division-our management team remains stable and is led by Neil Griffiths and supported by Ben Hill (Assistant Manager), Chris Pink (Coach) and Dave Morgan (Goalkeeper Coach). The Reserves will once again be managed by Jamie Lands and supported by new assistant Mitch Toyer.

Despite coming close to promotion last year the club is delighted to see that the vast majority of both squads have been retained for the forthcoming season supplemented by a number of good quality signings-both squads have a tremendous work ethic and team spirit!

The season kicks off on the 5th August-

1st Team-

Saturday 5th August vs. Melton Town (H)

Friday 11th August vs. Thrapston Town (A)

Reserves-

Saturday 5th August vs. Bourne Town (A)

Tuesday 8th August vs. Potton United (H)

 

We are delighted to announce new 1st Team and Reserves Kit sponsors-MULTIPLEX, with Directors Paul Mcelvenna and Gareth Watt signing up for a 2 year agreement.

In addition we continue to attract new sponsors and maintain great relationships with our existing sponsors-

Club Sponsor-Stephen Oakley & Co

Match Kit Sponsor-MULTIPLEX

Kit Sponsors-Garrard & Allan, On Call Plumbing & Heating and I-Risk Group

We are delighted to also have a number of new pitch side sponsors for this season-Wildleaf, Bedford Audi, David Pibworth Productions, The Old Stone Barn, Bid and Tender Support and The Cowper’s Oak.

If you would like more information on our exciting Sponsor Programme please call Paul Tough on 07764 183485

Off the Field

The Clubhouse has had the usual painting & decorating and we await the installation of the new heating system which should be in place by the autumn.

Sports and Social Club Memberships will be available from 1st August-

Life-£50

Family-£20

Individual Adult-£15

U 18’S-£8

We have also worked hard in conjunction with the FA and UCL, and our new Changing Room plans are with the Town Council – these plans will enable Olney Town Football Club to apply for promotion this season to the Step 5 UCL Premier Division. The plans include new adult changing rooms, kit and boot room, fully equipped physiotherapy room and also a Standing Terrace area.

As soon as September fixtures are issued we will set a date for an OPEN DAY at the club, and we also plan to hold an ex manager and player luncheon in conjunction with a 1st Team fixture-WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE DETAILS!

Our function room is also available for hire all year round and can hold around 140 persons together with the fully stocked bar and stage-for more information please contact Paul Tough on 07764 183485.

You can keep up to date with all fixtures and club news on our web site – www.olneytownfc.com

Announcement: Sports Shots portfolio increasing

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that we have agreed to cover some new clubs from around our area with immediate effect.

With the new season looming, we are adding the following clubs to our list:

Aylesbury FC – Evo-Stick Southern League Division One East, managed by Davis Haule, finished last season in 19th position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/aylesburyfc/news/

Aylesbury United – Evo-Stick Southern League Division One East, managed by Glyn Creaser, finished last season in 13th position. http://www.aylesburyunitedfc.co.uk/

Banbury United – Evo-Stick Southern League Premier Division, managed by Mike Ford, finished last season in 6th position. http://www.banburyunitedfc.co.uk/

Brackley Town Saints – Hellenic League Premier Division, managed by Gordon Kille, finished last season in thirteenth position. http://www.00svrh.brackleytownfc.com/category/saints/saints-news/

Leighton Town – South Midlands Premier Division, managed by Scott Reynolds, finished last season in sixteenth position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/leightontown

Newport Pagnell Town – United Counties League Premier Division, managed by Darren Lynch, finished last season in tenth position. http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/newportpagnelltown

Olney Town – United Counties League Division One, managed by Neil Griffiths, finished last season in fourth position. http://www.olneytownfc.com/

We look forward to working closely with these, and all our existing clubs over the coming months.

Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final 2017 – Olney Town v Winslow United

Olney Town – 5

Winslow United – 2

Olney Town lifted the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup on May Day Monday with a win over Winslow United at Stratford Fields. Taking an early two goal lead looked to have put Town in the driving seat, but a United goal right on the stroke of half time gave The Elmfield Gate outfit hope for the second period, another Olney goal then looked to have settled the tie again, but Winslow won & converted a penalty with eleven minutes left, but before a grand finale could evolve two goals in as many minutes put the game to bed, and Olney lifted the trophy in front of a sizeable crowd.

The Nurserymen took the game to the Ploughmen from the off, and on five minutes ex-Winslow hot shot Drew Mitten got in behind and forced Owusu Boateng into an early save. Then a lofted ball into the United box saw Mitten and Boateng challenge each other with the striker firing over the crossbar.

On ten minutes Winslow had the ball in the back of the net when Joey Acheampong finished neatly from the edge of the box following a flick on, but the assistant referee had had his flag aloft long before the ball hit the net. Olney took the lead in the sixteenth minute when a simple through ball saw Nick Bines race clear of the United defence and fire home from twelve yards.

Bines fired Olney ahead

Olney continued to press and an in swinging corner almost went straight in but deflected away after grazing the goal frame, before a free kick saw Jordan Appleton beat Boateng to the ball but head over. The lead was then doubled on twenty four minutes when Drew Mitten cut in from the right and whilst initially losing possession he slid in to take the ball off a defender, with no one able to clear Appleton rifled into the roof of the net from six yards.

Gary Thurston then fired in a low cross from the right only to watch Nick Bines try a delicate back heel but could only steer into the waiting gloves of Boateng. Winslow threatened with a high ball up to Ben Baines who jumped along with Town keeper Josh Mcadoo and as both missed the ball and no other Winslow players in sight a defender had plenty of time to cover back and clear.

Baines then headed a cross straight at Mcadoo as Winslow got some football going and forced their way back into the game. Simon King dummied a clever run on the eighteen yard line before firing at goal, and was unfortunate to see his effort deflect off a team mate and go for a goal kick. As the half time oranges beckoned, the lead was halved when a right wing cross was met by Baines who beat his marker to nod home. H/T: 2-1

Joey Acheampong was in behind the Olney backline early in the second period but after slipping he managed to regain his footing before firing over. Olney scored moments later however the referee blew for a foul on Boateng in the build-up, but their third goal did arrive on fifty seven minutes when some good work out on the left from Drew Mitten saw him feed Rob MacDonald in front of goal who had time to control before despatching past Boateng.

Simon King blasted a fierce shot straight at Mcadoo as Winslow went in search of hope, but their hopes were further dashed when an injury to Owusu Boateng forced him off and substitute Tom Cleaver donned the green jersey for the remainder. A Simon King free kick was brilliantly tipped over by Mcadoo from right underneath his own crossbar, and a Tom Brindley cross was inches away from being converted by Grant Karwacinski.

Winslow’s pressure then paid off on seventy eight minutes, when a ball into the Olney area saw a huge appeal for handball and the referee pointed to the spot. United skipper Nick Farrow despatched the spot kick and Winslow had some hope of a late comeback.

Farrow scores from the spot

As Winslow piled on the pressure, they were undone by a counter attack just two minutes after the goal. Losing possession the ball was sent upfield for Drew Mitten to run onto and he squared to Jordan Appleton who fired home. A minute later Olney were awarded a penalty of their own for a foul just inside the United box, Olney captain Sam Parrish took responsibility and duly despatched, and the game then petered out with the result done and dusted, although Tom Cleaver made a couple of outstanding saves for Winslow to deny any further scoring. F/T: 5-2

Attendance: 200

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BSCC final: Olney Town lift the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup 2017

Olney Town have won the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.

Neil Griffiths’ side lifted the trophy after defeating Winslow United 5-2 at Buckingham Athletic Football Club this afternoon.

Nick Bines fired Olney ahead in the 15th minute before Jordan Appleton made it two nine minutes later.

Winslow fought back after Olney’s bright start and Ben Baines netted for the Ploughmen right on the stroke of half time as he converted Joey Acheampong’s right wing cross.

Twelve minutes after the break Rob MacDonald swept home Drew Mitten’s centre from the left flank to restore Olney’s two-goal advantage.

In the 79th minute Nick Farrow calmly converted a penalty to set up a grandstand finish.

Sadly for United they conceded two goals in as many minutes after scoring from the spot and the game was won for Olney; Town skipper Sam Parish stroked home a spot kick and Jordan Appleton netted his side’s fifth and his second.

With £900 raised from the gate money and £126 made from the raffle, as always, charity was a winner again after another successful Buckingham Charity Cup campaign.

 

 

BSCC final: Mulholland looking to end Winslow era with a Charity Cup win

Sports Shots has talked to John Mulholland as he takes charge of his last game as Winslow United manager tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday, 3pm).

John Mulholland – Picture courtesy of Dale James

The United boss has decided to stand down with his swansong being a Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final against Olney Town.

Mulholland is looking forward to the chance to finish his spell by becoming the first Elmfields Gate-based manager to win silverware since Damien Wiffin led the side to lifting the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup almost six years to the day; 4th May 2011.

I am very much looking to the final. It has been an extremely tough season for myself and the team and it’s a great way to finish a season having a cup final. It’s great for the club and players.

The Winslow manager has named his squad with Simon King the only player remaining from that 2011 cup final winning team. King netted the opener against 61FC in the 2-0 victory.

We are at full strength minus the injured Chris Setterfield, who got injured a week ago and unfortunately will miss the game.

We have Simon King returning after practically missing three quarters of a season through an unfair ban. Simon is a huge bonus for us, he has been training more than most of our regular players and you have to commend that and I’m looking forward to him playing for us again tomorrow.

Although the United manager has not seen his opponents he knows a fair amount about Olney Town already.

I haven’t been to watch them this season but I know a lot of their players and management and in Neil (Griffiths) and Ben (Hill) I know they will have a very good and well organised side. I’m expecting a very physical game, the UCL tends to be more physical than South Midlands. Drew Mitten who played for us, on his day, can be unplayable too. I definitely have one eye on him.

The competition holds some fond memories for the outgoing United boss.

The only memory I recall from this cup really was when I played for New Bradwell St Peter and we played Leighton Town when they were a top six side in the Southern League and their manager Keith Scott at the time signed me to play for them. I was only a young lad then, 18 or 19 years of age maybe, and I got a lot of experience from playing at Leighton.

BSCC final: Olney boss Griffiths looking to cap a positive season with charity cup silverware

Olney Town manager Neil Griffiths has spoken to Sports Shots as his side face Winslow United in the final of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon (tomorrow), 3pm.

Neil Griffiths

When asked if the Olney Town outfit, management and players, are looking forward to the final, Griffiths didn’t hesitate to answer;

Absolutely. It’s a massive chance for us to cap the season off with silverware. Winning trophies is a good habit to get into. We have pushed the club forward in terms of points total for the season, but a trophy would be another significant step in the right direction.

The Olney boss revealed his team news ahead of the game.

We have a couple of long-term absentees, and a suspension, but we are in a very good place. We have been supported excellently by a strong reserve side. As a whole club we have a strong 16 to pick from.

Neil Griffiths, Ben Hill and the Olney Town bench.

Griffiths has done his home work on the opposition, including making the trip for the competition’s semi-final, second leg tie.

I’ve been fortunate to watch Winslow on a couple of occasion. One of those where they were freely scoring. Whilst their league campaign may of not hit the heights they wanted, I fully expect them to be focused on a cup win. It’s Fritzy’s (John Mulholland) last game and I am sure he is adamant to end his time with a win. We will not be taking anything for granted.

The competition is viewed with positivity by Griffiths, who believes that the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final is a large occasion in the local football calendar.

I was fortunate enough to take in the cup final between Olney and Banbury. Buckingham Athletic hosted the occasion superbly and I think our players will be presently surprised how many will be there. The cup as a whole is for a great cause and it’s great that locally it’s so well supported.