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UCLD1; Olney Town fulfill fitting farewell finale

Olney Town – 2

Blackstones – 1

Olney Town brought the curtain down on their home campaign for the season with a hard earnt win over Blackstones to go above their guests into fifth place in the United Counties League Division One table, and at the same time bid a fond farewell to the Olney committee who all stand down at the end of the season. Chairman Paul Tough was on the pitch at the final whistle to congratulate every single member of Neil Griffith’s squad, and now the future for the club remains unclear as it waits to see if any new committee members materialise to take the club on. In a turbulent season for the club, the win extended their unbeaten spell to five games, and with two games left a top five finish is possible although most clubs around them have many games in hand, but still a very good finish considering they were mid table just a few weeks ago.

What now for Olney Town FC?

The home side got off to the best possible start and scored after just five minutes, a Chris Pendry cross from the right found Jay Saunders at the back of the six-yard box who had time to compose before smashing past Blackstones keeper Aaron Bellairs. They almost doubled their lead two minutes later when Kevin Owusu fed in Drew Mitten inside the eighteen-yard box, he had time to control before firing narrowly over the crossbar.

Blackstone were probing with balls over the Olney defence and saw Joseph Papworth away with an ideal pass, however he was closely tracked by Town defender Robert Tapp who managed to get round and knock the ball back to his keeper Jack Taylor just as Papworth seemed destined to shoot. Tapp then headed away another Blackstones cross and twelve yards out their striker Lee Clarke tried the acrobatic overhead kick but only lifted the ball high over the bar.

Just past the half hour mark Blackstones released Filip Czerwonka down the left channel, away from his marker he advanced in on Taylor but hesitated too long before shooting, the keeper getting down well to his left to stun the shot and a defender on hand to clear. A free kick then to the visitors saw Ben Porter drive inches wide of Taylor’s left hand post, and moments before the interval they won another free kick inside the Olney half, Porter seized the initiative and took the kick before Olney regained any shape, sending Clarke away down the left who fizzed the ball across the area but none of his team mates were forward enough to get the touch to test Taylor, and the ball rolled harmlessly away.

There was still time for Olney to win a corner, Mitten laid the ball back to Owusu who drove the ball diagonally across the Blackstones box, running in late centre half Oscar Friell was a whisker away from connecting some eight yards out. H/T: 1-0

Four minutes after the break Jack Taylor was forced to dive away to his left to save from a header from a free kick, before another cross from their right was met in front of goal by Clarke who headed over, who then chastised himself after realising what a golden opportunity it had been.

Olney then doubled their lead on fifty-four minutes, and Blackstones were the architects of their own downfall, keeper Bellairs tried to play the ball out to his centre half Harry Peasgood, the ball rather short invited Christian Smail to press and his crunching tackle on the edge of the eighteen yard line saw him win the ball, despite the calls for a foul the Olney skipper headed for goal and spotting Bellairs advancing he executed an exquisite chip over his head and in.

Christian Smail scores

A corner to Olney then saw some head tennis in the box resulting in Friell heading backwards towards goal, Bellairs having to leap and tip over his own crossbar for a corner. At the opposite end a cross from the Blackstones right was met at the near post by the visitors skipper Jake Pell who headed over. Pell then kept his side in the game at the other end, as Saunders was played in to the right of goal, just as he shaped up to shoot Pell managed to recover and get a block to divert for a corner.

As time ticked away, a tackle out on the Olney left wing left most on the pitch waiting for the whistle for a free kick, but it never came and instead substitute Frank Baidoo raced away with the ball towards goal, however Bellairs came out to meet the front man and bravely dived at his feet, the ball bouncing off the keepers legs back on to the Town man and out for a goal kick.

As the clock ticked into the ninetieth minute Blackstones pulled a goal back, Clarke got away down the left and into the area, he smashed at goal and despite Taylor getting his hand to the ball he couldn’t prevent it from nestling in the bottom corner. As the away side tried to hassle for an unlikely equaliser, they were almost caught on the counter when Baidoo broke from a stray pass in midfield, despite being called to travel into the corner to waste time, the striker headed for goal and from twelve yards forced Bellairs into a good save down to his left.

The remaining seconds saw Olney retain possession in the corner, and the final whistle brought not only three points to the home side, but an emotional farewell to the 2017/18 season, and a long summer that holds a most uncertain future for the club. F/T: 2-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Olney manager Neil Griffiths: 

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UCLD1; Olney boss pays tribute to club ahead of final home game

Saturday 14th April 2018

Olney Town v Blackstones

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 3.00pm

Olney Town host top four side Blackstones on Saturday, in what is guaranteed to be an emotional day for the committee of Olney Town FC, who have declared their intention to stand down at the end of the current season, and the game marks the end of The Nurserymen’s home campaign for 2017/18. It’s been a difficult season at times for Neil Griffith’s men, and a final home win would be fitting for all concerned. Olney have lost just once in their last nine games, but face in form Blackstones who haven’t tasted defeat in eight games in all competition.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with the manager, and asked how it feels going into the last home fixture of the season:

They’ll be mixed emotions given the recent news and uncertain future. On a purely footballing side we are determined to carry on our good form and finish the campaign as strong as we can. However, it will no doubt be a highly emotional day with it being our committee’s final game at East Street. We have to make sure it ends positively for them more than anything else

Olney manager Neil Griffiths

We asked if there were any stand out moments from this season at East Street:

It’s been a real rollercoaster of a season for us. There is no hiding from the fact we haven’t finished where we wanted to, however to some extent I’m prouder of these players this year more than most. We’ve had some real tough times and there is a core that have stuck at it, and never thrown the towel in. This has meant we can still finish the season well, with only one defeat in our last nine games, which considering the season we’ve had is exceptional. I think stand out moment would have to be when I was on a stag do in Amsterdam, we were in a club and I was shouting as loud as I could as Drew Mitten scored a last minute winner away at Pinchbeck. I was swiftly told to be quiet and put my phone away

What does Neil expect from their guests?

They like us have finished the season strongly and certainly are not letting their season just drift away. They will be hungry to beat us, I think a strong indication of how serious they are was to see their management team at our game at Oakham last weekend. As always we will need to be at our best, as mentioned before it will be an emotional day, and it’s not just about three points but making sure we do our part in what is our committee’s last game at East Street

Olney held their player awards night last week, who won what?

We decided to hold the event early this year to give the players as long a summer as possible. Kevin Owusu picked up the clubs award of young player of the season. First team top goal scorer was Drew Mitten, managers player of the season went to Christian Smail, with Jack Taylor winning player’s player of the season. Our reserves saw Micky O’Farrell take top goal scorer with Michael Owens taking both managers player & player’s player of the season

Christian Smail

Finally, we asked Neil for his final thoughts on the committee at the club:

The work Toughy, Malcolm, Andrew & Mick have done is nothing short of exceptional. There may have been some recent struggles to take the ground to the next level but I don’t think it should be forgotten how far this committee has taken the ground from where it was, to where it is today. There is so much that goes into the running of a football club, to allow twenty-two players just to have a game. It is a thankless task at times and is far too often taken for granted. I whole heartedly wish them all the best and hope they fully enjoy their spare time, as it has all be very well earned

Sports Shots would like to thank Neil for his time this week.

UCLD1; Nurserymen look forward to derby day

Monday 2nd April 2018

Buckingham Town v Olney Town

United Counties League Division One

Manor Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Olney Town travel the short distance to Manor Fields to face Buckingham Town on Monday for the local derby, and will be confident they can get a result to continue their recent good form that has seen just one defeat in their last eight games. Just three points separate the two sides but their hosts currently have four games in hand so victory is much needed if they are to keep Town below them.

Ahead of the game, Sports Shots caught up with Nurserymen Jason Crawley & Gary Thurston, and asked Jason how tough it is playing Buckingham Town:

It will be a tough game as any derby is in football. I’ve never played at Manor Fields before but from what I’ve heard the pitch isn’t great but I’m still looking forward to playing there for the first time

Gary also relishes the derby:

I love a derby game, most of us have friends who play for the opposition so it’s an even better feeling to beat not only your local rivals but your mates as well. Although saying that I’m still not convinced this standard of football should be played on Boxing Day or at Easter, having to run around with a belly full of roast dinner or crème eggs is not ideal!

Gary Thurston

We asked Gary what the secret has been behind Olney’s recent good run:

I think training has been a massive part of it. Conditions have been so bad that we have been training at Power League with at least fourteen players attending each week. I think the lads are less likely to throw an excuse in when its power league over a fitness session in the mud. We have a good crack up there which helps with team bonding

Jason discussed the confidence in the team:

We are very confident at the moment as we have only lost once in eight games. Our good result at Harrowby last week helped keep things going nicely, we’d have liked a win Saturday at home to Burton to take that little extra confidence into Monday’s game, but it wasn’t to be

We asked Jason how he sees the season panning out in terms of league position for both clubs:

We are above them at the moment but they do have those games in hand, but I honestly believe if we beat them on Monday then we will remain above them come the end of the season. They had a great start to the season but they’ve lost their momentum so I honestly cannot see anything but a win for us Monday, and a strong finish to our season resulting in us finishing higher in the table

Olney Town v Buckingham Town December 2017

Gary reflected on the positives of the season, and where points were dropped:

To be honest we haven’t really studied the table in recent weeks, we’ve simply agreed to have a real good go for the remainder of the season, win every game and then see where we end up. I think at the end of the season we’ll reflect on a season that should have been better, we have taken points off all teams in the top half, beating teams like Pinchbeck & Raunds, but unfortunately we’ve slipped up against teams lower in the table, and that’s what has cost us

Both players look back at their own personal season, firstly Gary:

My season has been up and down, the manager brought in a few new players over the summer which meant the start of the season saw me wearing the sub suit more than the playing shirt. I played a few games in the reserves to keep my fitness levels up & worked to get back into the first team. I feel my performances have mirrored that of the team, not consistent enough. As a defender, even playing at this standard if you make a mistake it could cost you the game. Having Ben Hill on the side lines has helped as you know he is always watching you and doesn’t hold back, letting us know when our standards drop. I haven’t got on the score sheet yet, so there’s a massive fine coming my way at the end of the season if that doesn’t change

Jason has a similar view:

It’s been up & down for me, at the start of the season I was in the squad but took a while to break into the starting eleven. Then in the middle part of the season I wasn’t available for training and a couple of games and rightfully found myself in the reserves getting minutes. But now I’m back in the first team where I think I belong, and I do love playing in this team. We have a very strong squad when everyone is available, and I’d like to give huge credit to the manager Neil Griffiths and his assistant Ben Hill for this season, a lot of times our squad has changed dramatically from one week to the next but they have always managed to get a team together when it would possibly have been easier to say no game as we have no team. Which recently we are seeing a lot of in the UCL with teams unable to field a full eleven

Jason Crawley

Rounding up, we asked Jason if he had any good memories against Buckingham:

I honestly don’t have many memories as this is my first season at Olney, so I’ve only faced them once which was the goalless draw at Christmas. I did play UCL football for Whitworths a few years ago & faced them a few times then, but that was a long time ago and I can’t really remember much about it, must be old age!

And Gary looked at the players he feels will make the difference for Olney:

It’s no secret how dangerous Drew Mitten can be when he’s on form, he’s a massive player for us and has been all season (excluding when he left us for two games). I also think Smail is untouchable in most games and miles above any other centre midfield player I’ve seen this season. Tapps (Robert Tapp) can play a huge part in Monday’s game, he’s a solid defender and although he doesn’t stop moaning you can’t question his passion on the field. I don’t usually like to name individuals because everyone needs to be on form for the game, from Jack in goal to Pas (James Pacifici) on the bench, we all have a part to play

Sports Shots would like to thank both Jason & Gary for their time this week

UCLD1; Robins frontman looking forward to derby day

Monday 2nd April 2018

Buckingham Town v Olney Town

United Counties League Division One

Manor Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Town play just their third league game of 2018 at Manor Fields on Easter Monday, when they host local rivals Olney Town, and will be looking to get points on the board and more importantly some confidence as they go into their final eight games of the season. Town haven’t tasted victory since February, and a win over their closest rivals would be the ideal way to get back on track.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with leading scorer Kelvin Osei-Addo, and asked how much the squad look forward to the derby:

We look forward to every game but as this is our local derby and we are at home we look forward to it even more. There is always that different feeling to any other game, as it’s the derby, and we don’t want to lose

How difficult has the recent run been for the team:

The last four games have been really tough, but so has the second part of the season. It’s been up and down but we know we are good enough to get back on track and finish the season strongly

Kelvin Osei-Addo

With Town having games in hand on Olney they can go above them, does Kelvin think they can finish higher:

Yes I do see us finishing above Olney and with the games we have in hand on other teams above us I know we can finish above all of those also, it’s in our hands and we know what we have to do

We asked Kelvin what he would consider a good finishing position for Town:

I think finishing in the top four would be a good finish for us, especially after how this part of the year has gone for us

Finally, we asked how Kelvin feels his own personal season has been:

Personally it hasn’t been the best season for me, but I know there’s enough games left for me to try and score in & help the club finish the season strongly

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

UCLD1; Nurseryman Mitten hands it to team mates

Saturday 17th March 2018

Olney Town v Bugbrooke St Michaels

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 3.00pm

Olney Town host third bottom Bugbrooke St Michaels on Saturday at East Street looking to claim maximum points as they battle it out with five other clubs all locked in their own challenge for fourth place in the UCL Division One table. Just four points separate the teams in fifth to tenth place, but Olney have played more games than any of them, so three points this week-end are vital against the side who are struggling for form.

Ahead of the game, Sports Shots caught up with leading scorer Drew Mitten, and asked how he expects the game to go:

Knowing us and how we’ve been this season it will be a tough game. We have performed well against the top sides but unfortunately have been too inconsistent against the so called lower teams

Drew Mitten

Drew scored a hatrick at their place earlier in the season, a game he reflects on:

It ended up a comfortable game over there I recall. They started brightly, they have a young athletic side, but I think I got three early on in the second half and it ended up being a fairly routine run out for us

Which team mates have helped Drew’s game this season?

Smaily (Christian Smail) has been fantastic this year, he could play a much higher level as could little Kevin (Owusu), we have really clicked and he is a cracking player. It’s also a massive shame that we haven’t had Sammy O’Neill all season as he has been class since he signed on

Christian Smail

We asked Drew where he sees Olney finishing the season?

We are likely to finish somewhere between sixth and eleventh unfortunately, and it has just been down to consistency. We can beat anyone on our day which we have proven, but we just haven’t been consistent enough over the course of the season which is a shame because with the standard of this league, it was really there for us at the start of the campaign

Sports Shots would like to thank Drew for his time this week.

UCLD1; Nurserymen are shopping for points on Saturday

Saturday 10th February 2018

Olney Town v Raunds Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 3.00pm

Olney Town Football Club

Eighth placed Olney host second placed Raunds Town on Saturday knowing a win could possibly propel them up into the top five in the league table. Olney have only lost once since Christmas and that was against top placed Pinchbeck, but know another stern test is ahead with The Shopmates (Raunds nickname) who are trying to chase down Pinchbeck themselves as the run in to promotion steps up a gear or two.

Sports Shots this week caught up with Olney boss Neil Griffiths to see how preparations have gone:

Our last game was two weeks ago, a game that Sports Shots kindly covered, where we hosted lowly Oakham United. We dominated the game, but it wasn’t until very late on that we found ourselves securing the points. We were then due to play them last week-end, however a very late call to say the game was off meant we had already left and were on our way there on the minibus. To make the best of a bad situation we decided upon an impromptu team building day out around some rather fine local breweries!

Olney manager Neil Griffiths

And on to this week:

Our game this week will be a million miles away from our last, I have a lot of time for Jim (Le Masurier) and for what he has done at Raunds, he is one of the managers I get on really well with, and he really has had a fantastic season. We drew 1-1 at their place back in September and could have won, so as with any game in this league if we play well then we can expect something from the game. In previous seasons there has been a Diamonds (AFC Rushden), a Daventry or a Sileby and that has made it extremely difficult for everyone else. Raunds have consistently picked up points and deserve to be where they are

And finally, any squad news:

We aren’t as strong as we’d like to be, one or two have picked up knocks but that’s no different to any other team, so if needs be we will make use of the fantastic squad that we have in the reserves that Darren has been getting some great results with

Sports Shots would like to thank Neil for his time this week.

UCLD1; Olney Town 2-0 Oakham United

Olney Town – 2

Oakham United – 0

Olney Town had to play the waiting game on Saturday at a wet and muddy East Street, against a stubborn Oakham United side who defended for their lives for eighty odd minutes and were looking good for a point going into the latter stages of the game, but once leading scorer Drew Mitten gave the home side the lead with six-minutes left all of the United hard work was undone, and whilst pushing up for a late equaliser they were caught on a classic counter-attack and the game sealed with a second from substitute Jordan Appleton.

Oakham made the brighter start taking the game to their hosts, and Jamie Black almost made a dream start when he was fed in behind the Olney back line and took his shot on first time firing into the side netting. A long ball down their left then saw Scott Waumsley on the corner of the box with a chance at goal, with the surface so slippery all he could do was hit it first time as any attempt to adjust positioning would have probably seen him lose his footing, but Olney keeper Jack Taylor was behind the shot all the way.

Drew Mitten shoots during first half

Olney had their first chance when Kelvin Igweani received the ball with his back to goal outside the box, he muscled away from his marker and went for goal with the outside of his boot but his shot screwed wide of Mark King in the Oakham goal. A great cross from Gary Thurston then looked as if it was heading top corner but King shuffled across to gather with both hands, before a cross from Will Wright saw King caught ball watching and Igweani got in first but could only loop a header over the crossbar.

Olney were inches away from taking the lead when Mitten got to the byline and pulled the ball back across the area, with the keeper beaten Igweani was in the middle unmarked but the ball fizzed inches behind him and the chance was gone. Just past the half hour mark Wright tried his luck from twenty-five yards, brushing the net as it whistled past Kings right hand post.

Mitten saw a fierce shot from the eighteen yard line saved by King but he couldn’t hold on to the ball pushing it back into the six yard box, Igweani was with a United defender and the pair fought with each other as well as with the mud to get a grip, the defender won to smash the ball to safety. Moments later the same scenario emerged, a Mitten shot saved but this time his striker partner lifted the loose ball into the roof of the net, but this time a raised flag denied the opening goal.

Just before the half-time whistle Olney again spurned a great chance, a free kick into the United box was headed clear but running in Kevin Owusu smashed at goal from twenty yards out, King again made a good save and the loose ball fell to Igweani, he rounded the stricken keeper but lost his balance but still managed to send the ball towards the unguarded goal, but covering defender Martin Bennet slid in to clear. H/T: 0-0

Kelvin Igweani unlucky not to get on scoresheet

Six minutes after the restart Mitten fed in Igweani again with his back to goal and heavily under pressure, despite manoeuvring some space to shoot it was little more than a regulatory save for King. Oakham then almost had a golden opportunity all but for some great defending from Olney, a ball knocked over the shoulders of the Town back line by Craig Welbourn was taken under control in mid-air by Black, he stunned the ball brilliantly but on his toes Thurston hooked the ball away before the United frontman could shoot.

Black had another chance on sixty-four minutes when he got inside the area down the left, Taylor came out to block with his feet and cleared the danger, before both sides had a goal ruled out to keep the deadlock unbroken. First an Olney cross was converted however a foul on the keeper in the build-up denied, and moments later Black was denied when he fired home but a raised flag cut any celebrations short.

Olney kept pressing and continually found masses of bodies in front of them, although a clever ball released winger Sam O’Neill down the middle, he squared to Appleton who was denied by King who bravely dived at the substitute’s feet to block. Rob MacDonald then crossed from the left and in the middle Lewis Smith climbed highest but could only head over.

As the game seemed destined to drift out goalless, with six minutes remaining on the clock Drew Mitten finally gave his side the lead, a cross from the left saw him ghost ahead of a defender and he simply helped the ball into the back of the net giving King no chance.

Then in added time Oakham won a corner, King joined his team mates in the Olney box hoping to help in grabbing an equaliser, however the ball was cleared long and Appleton gave chase. Two defenders seemed to have the ball covered however as it landed it sat in the mud, leaving Appleton to stroke home from just outside the area. F/T: 2-0

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

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UCLD1; Olney Town 0-0 Buckingham Town

Olney Town – 0

Buckingham Town – 0

The first of the seasons Olney v Buckingham UCL derbies ended goalless on Boxing Day, in a game that saw numerous chances created but neither side really utilising them when they came along, and both keepers not really having that much to do. The away side worked their opposing keeper the hardest, and both sides had very late chances to snatch an unlikely winner, but both had to settle for a point on a bright & sunny afternoon.

Olney started the better side and had the better of the opening twenty minutes or so, but Buckingham came back into the game and after the break looked the more menacing, but the stalemate means Olney finish their Christmas campaign in tenth place & ten points of second in the table, whilst for Buckingham they sit fourth just two points off second albeit with a game in hand. Just four points separate second and seventh in the battle to catch Pinchbeck United at the top.

Olney had the first real chance on eight minutes when Kelvin Igweani burst down the left and attacked the near post, with Jordan Appleton in the middle screaming for the ball Igweani opted to shoot but straight at Ryan Thrussell in the Buckingham goal. The home side continued to press and Appleton saw an effort from the edge of the box again find the gloves of Thrussell.

Buckingham had their first real chance when Kelvin Osei-Addo thumped an effort from just to the right of the goal forcing Olney keeper Jack Taylor to dive away and use both hands to push away for a corner. At the other end Igweani again got down the flank and from just inside the penalty area drove low into the side netting.

Ryan Thrussell kept Olney at bay

A free kick then to the hosts saw it taken quickly into the feet of Kevin Owusu who took the shot first time but again it was comfortable for Thrussell. Olney then had Taylor to thank when a simple ball straight down the middle for Osei-Addo to chase down whilst shoulder to shoulder with a defender saw him shrug off his marker and shoot but Taylor came out and blocked with his legs to deny the opening goal.

Orlando Joao then surged through midfield for Buckingham and shot from the eighteen yard line but Taylor was behind it all the way, before a free kick to Olney was swung in and a whole host of bodies chased the ball but coming in around the back was James Pacifici who stretched every sinew but could not quite get anything on it as it rolled away harmlessly for a goal kick.

Straight down the other end Taylor was again the saviour when a long range shot from Gabrieli Judickas that was flying into the roof of the net was brilliantly tipped over single handedly by the Olney keeper, to keep the scoreline level. H/T: 0-0

An early Gary Thurston cross for the home side early in the second half was too close to Thrussell, whilst Buckingham threatened when Joao fed in Junior Muya but much like the first half the shot was straight at the keeper and comfortable to collect.

The away side started to increase their pressure and a number of half chances in the area were blocked before eventually falling to Jelani Blair who had a shot saved by Taylor. Despite their possession the visitors were not really looking like scoring and a change in tactics saw Chris Wreh taken off with Merdy Maki pushed up from defence with Sam Tamakloe replacing him.

The change almost had an immediate impact when Maki got down the left and squared to Osei-Addo who was unmarked twelve yards out but his first touch let him down and allowed the ball to roll into the gloves of Taylor.

Jack Taylor denies again

Olney were now defending wave after wave of attack, and another saw Joao try to curl into the top corner from the edge of the area but the ball would not come back in enough to threaten, before an Olney attack saw Igweani cross and climbing highest Christian Smail headed straight into Thrussell’s hands.

Both sides had chances in the last four minutes to have won the game, Buckingham had their chance  eighty-six minutes when Osei-Addo found himself twelve yards out facing a one on one with Taylor, but somehow the striker didn’t connect with the ball at all and the keeper fell on the loose ball to smoother.

To typify the game, in added time Olney substitute Jeremiah Adams was set away on goal with a defender in hot pursuit, as he approached goal he just took too many touches instead of getting his shot away and his marker was able to stick out a boot to clear, and the chance gone. F/T: 0-0

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Olney manager Neil Griffiths: 
And also spoke to Buckingham Town coach Dave Barron: 

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UCLD1; Stephen Gavrovski talks Olney Town v Buckingham Town

Tuesday 26th December 2017

Olney Town v Buckingham Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 1.00pm

Olney Town host Buckingham Town on Boxing Day with both clubs looking to bounce back from week-end defeats, in the first of this seasons UCL Division One Derbies. Both sides can climb the table with a win if other results go their way, and Buckingham can potentially reclaim second spot in the league table with three points in their battle for promotion. An early kick off (1pm) at East Street is eagerly awaited as both sides resume the fight for local pride.

Sports Shots spoke to Buckingham Towns Stephen Gavrovski ahead of the game, and asked what he expects:

We know we need to bounce back on Tuesday, and it’s always a big game when we play Olney. We go into the game after losing on Saturday but we all know what we have to do to put things right again. Both sides will see the game as a must win scenario

Steve Gavrovski

We asked if his squad are confident of getting a result at East Street?

I think with the depth of our squad now, and our strength, we can beat anyone on our day. It will be a battle on Tuesday like it is every year we play them, but I believe we will get back to winning ways and put Saturday behind us

Again, Stephen concentrated on the squad rather than individuals to win the game:

All our players need to turn up and be ready from the first whistle. We are a team and if everyone is on the job and on their game from the off then we will be very difficult to beat

Finally, we looked at the Christmas schedule for players:

Playing on Boxing Day has become the norm since moving to Buckingham, we’ve had this fixture every year since I’ve been here. We enjoy Christmas Day with family & friends but come Boxing Day morning your mind is on the game, it’s an early kick off so there is plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day

Sports Shots would like to thank Stephen for his time this week.

UCLD1; Jack Taylor previews Olney Town v Buckingham Town

Tuesday 26th December 2017

Olney Town v Buckingham Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 1.00pm

Olney Town host Buckingham Town on Boxing Day with both clubs looking to bounce back from week-end defeats, in the first of this seasons UCL Division One Derbies. Both sides can climb the table with a win if other results go their way, and Buckingham can potentially reclaim second spot in the league table with three points in their battle for promotion. An early kick off (1pm) at East Street is eagerly awaited as both sides resume the fight for local pride.

Sports Shots spoke to Olney goal keeper Jack Taylor ahead of the game, and asked how preparation for the game has gone:

We’ve had quite a few tough games in the build up to this, winning two and losing one in the last three, but we know as a team what will be expected from us from our management team

Jack Taylor

We asked Jack if it was as simple as ‘must win’:

Every game for us is now must win, we want to get as many points on the board as we can, and do well for the club going forward. Of course beating a rival is a bit more special but winning games is the priority for us

Considering the league positions of both sides, is Jack confident Olney can get a result?

Buckingham are doing well and credit where its due they are doing really well in the league, they have a good squad but then so do we so I believe it will be a good game for the neutrals to watch, and I believe both sides will be confident of winning the game

We asked if there were any players to look out for:

I think all our players will be important in this game, no one can hide in a game like this and that includes the boys on the bench as well to come on and put in their shift too

Finally does playing on Boxing Day disrupt Christmas:

It is a bit of disruption for us yes, but that’s just the way the fixtures go. We have a lot of games to play in a season & they have to fit in somewhere, but we’ll be ready and looking to take maximum points

Sports Shots would like to thank Jack for his time this week.