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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.

Olney Town 2-1 Huntingdon Town UCL

Olney Town – 2

Huntingdon Town – 1

Olney Town had to fight to gain their second successive win inside a week, in their first home game for a month amid treacherous conditions at East Street on Saturday. A seventieth minute penalty put Neil Griffiths side two goals to the good, however Huntingdon pulled a goal back with ten left and then threw the kitchen sink at their hosts but the home defence withstood the onslaught to give the Buckinghamshire side some confidence going into the two huge games over the Christmas period. A cold afternoon on a heavy pitch mixed with some driving second half rain saw both sides struggle to keep their feet, but Olney kept their heads and now look forward to visiting Potton next week before hosting the Boxing Derby local derby with Buckingham Town.

An early free kick to Huntingdon saw Chris Jones curl his effort straight into the gloves of Olney keeper Jack Taylor, before Quincy Shorunmu produced a good double save at the opposite end from Kevin Owusu, the loose ball rolled out to Gary Thurston who drove his effort wide.

The home took the lead on fifteen minutes when Jeremiah Adams received the ball just outside the eighteen yard line and curled past Shorunmu into the bottom corner. The visitor’s reacted almost immediately when Corey Kingston tried a long range effort that never really troubled Taylor.

An eighteenth minute free kick to Huntingdon swung into the back post then almost saw an own goal but for a brilliantly tip over from Taylor, and minutes later a cross from Kingston looped over everyone including the Olney keeper and the ball skimmed away off the crossbar and eventually cleared.

Jack Taylor keeps visitors at bay

From the corner the ball was put into the six yard box where three Huntingdon players tried to get shots away, but the pitch was playing havoc with grip and balance and Olney threw bodies in the way to block, and somehow the ball was thumped away to safety.

The away side continued to press and another chance fell to Kingston on the edge of the penalty arc but the bobble meant he could only lift his effort over the bar, before a cross from high up the pitch saw a great header from Jamie Waterworth in front of goal that had Taylor throwing himself to his left to push away.

Olney saw a free kick cleared away to the edge of the area which Rob MacDonald pounced on and drove a low show at goal forcing Shorunmu to almost fold himself in half to get down to block with his feet. With five minutes remaining, a clearance from the home defence was met on the half volley by Ben Panting but with too much height. H/T: 1-0

The second half started with Olney in the ascendency but for all their possession they never really threatened the Huntingdon goal, and as the rain began to fall the surface really didn’t help either side with players losing their footing all over the pitch.

The first real chance fell to the hosts when Kelvin Igweani was fed through behind the away back line but Shorunmu raced out to make a good save, the striker collected the rebound and his second shot was deflected by a last gasp block by a defender.

Rob MacDonald then found himself inside the Huntingdon box as the ball sat nicely for him to smash at goal and with only instinct to act upon Shorunmu made himself as big as he could and deny Olney their second goal, before a free kick from Adams was curling inside the back post but again Shorunmu dived away to his left to push away.

Smail fires home from spot

On sixty-nine minutes Olney were awarded a penalty when Adams was fed in down the right channel, as he drove towards goal a sliding tackle from behind brought him down and the referee awarded the spot kick. Adams received some lengthy treatment before being helped off the pitch to the dressing room. The Olney skipper Christian Smail had to wait an age to take the penalty but kept his nerve to bury it & double his side’s lead.

Huntingdon fought back, and a three man free kick routine saw Jones fire straight into the gloves of Taylor, then with ten minutes left they pulled a goal back. Substitute Chris Down got down the right and once inside the Olney box he squared and running in Jamie Waterworth touched home.

The away side then piled on the pressure for the remainder, a corner was held up well by James Seymour who cushioned the ball for Jake Waterworth who blazed way over the top from close range.

As the home side repelled the pressure from their guests, they had a late chance through Owusu who forced a great save from Shorunmu, which was equalled at the other end when a long throw was half cleared by the Olney defence and fell to Christian Le whose shot was heading for the top corner until Taylor dived away and brilliantly tipped away to ensure his side gained all three points. F/T: 2-1

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After the match Sports Shots spoke with Olney manager Neil Griffiths: 

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Olney Town v Huntingdon Town preview with Robert Tapp

Saturday 16th December 2017

Olney Town v Huntingdon Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 3.00pm

Olney Town look for revenge on Huntingdon Town on Saturday and will be looking to kick on after last week-ends win at Rushden & Higham, a win that put a halt to their five game losing streak in all competitions. A frustrating time of late for Neil Griffith’s side that has seen his squad depleted through injury and suspension, was finally ended with the shock win at high flying Rushden, and now look to leap frog their visitors in the league table with three points again this week. Two huge games follow this for Olney so they will be looking to get some momentum going before they face Potton and Buckingham Town over Christmas.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Robert Tapp, reflecting on their recent defeat in the reverse fixture against this week’s guests:

I really don’t know how we lost that day at Huntingdon, we had a full squad and we battered them for the whole game but just never took our chances. We could have been five up at half time, but as the way it goes in football we went in a goal down following a quick break and a well taken penalty by their forward. The second half was the same, we scored early to level and piled the pressure on but just couldn’t score again. Then a long ball and some sloppy defending from us saw us concede again, they battled hard and saw the game out to win

Robert Tapp

Robert looked back at the recent poor run that Town have been on:

We haven’t been very good to be honest, we were riddled with injuries and suspensions so Neil has been scraping a side together to be fair, but we now have a few players back so hopefully we are now back on the road to winning ways. We’ve needed to defend better as a team and that’s what will see us through the recent rough patch, we’ve made it far too easy for teams to score against us which is why we’ve been working on our shape recently. It doesn’t help when you have a constantly changing back four

He is looking to get back to the form he showed last season:

I would say my season has been ok so far, I’ve had a few good performances but nowhere near the level I was at last season. It can only improve from my own personal point of view

We looked ahead with Robert and asked what was more important this week-end, the win or the performance:

At this particular time I’d have to say the win is more important, after the win last week if we can get another three points then it will boost our confidence ahead of the Christmas fixtures. With our best eleven we can beat anyone in this division, we haven’t been on it of late but I’m sure it will come good

And finally looking into 2018:

We need to keep our squad fit, and firing on all cylinders going into the New Year. If we can do that then we will be back winning games and back where we should be in this league. We have a few new additions as well which will strengthen us so we need to build on this and carry it on into next year

Sports Shots would like to thank Robert for his time out with us this week.

BSCC,1R: Winslow into semi-finals with Olney victory

Winslow United are into the semi-finals of the Buckingham Senior Charity cup after defeating Olney Town 4-1 at Elmfields gate on Tuesday evening.

Winslow Utd v Olney Town

Paul Alleyne’s side took the lead in the opening minute after a long ball down field found Daniel Delderfield, who ran through, despite strong appeals from the visitors for offside, to round Josh McAdoo before slotting home.

Sean Coles made it two as he drilled in a low shot into the net after latching onto a Roni Joe lay-off.

McAdoo made some excellent saves to keep his side in the game as Olney played against a strong wind and heavy showers throughout the first half.

Coles netted his 21st goal of the campaign as Winslow went three goals ahead. Matt Cruse saw his shot from the edge of the box deflected and it fell to Coles, who fired through a number of bodies into the far corner.

Cruse took the home side in four goals ahead at the break. He was found on the left hand side of the area, controlled before producing a shot which McAdoo saved, but the United forwarded carried on to poke into the empty net.

The second half saw Olney come back into the game as their substitute scored direct from a free-kick.

Winslow now face a two-legged semi-final against Daventry Town with the winners set to play either Buckingham Athletic or Leighton Town in the final.

BSCC,1R: Winslow set to play Olney in repeat of Charity cup final

Winslow United will play host to Olney Town in a repeat of the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final.

Olney Town v Winslow Utd

The two sides have already met this season in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, a game which Winslow ran out winners in north Buckinghamshire –

B&B Senior Trophy, 1R: Late goals see Winslow go through in county cup


Kick-off at Elmfields gate is 7.45pm this evening.