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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.

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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.

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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.

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Non-League Day 2017

This Saturday see’s the annual celebration of non-league day, started seven years ago to promote non-league football during the ‘international break’ and to encourage people to “support their local team”.


Supporters up and down the country face a week-end of discontent with no top flight matches due to the international break, but are encouraged instead of sitting at home or going shopping to go out and discover just what their local non-league football scene offers.

Many clubs offer special deals in order to encourage more support this week-end, in the hope a few will come along and enjoy what they see and return again later in the season. Clubs often use the week-end to try and raise money for charity.

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.

Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode:


Sports Shots urges everyone to get out this week-end and discover the teams that are local to you! You never know, you may find a new passion, and when entry costs anything from £4 you’ll have enough to take the kids, other half and some places even admit your pet dog if you ask nicely. (Twitter page ‘non-league dogs’ love these pictures if you do!)


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

Three goals in the last twelve minutes saw Winslow United defeat Olney Town to head into the next round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy on Saturday.

The home side took the lead in the 17th minute when Kevin Owusu fired home before Aaron King latched onto a through ball and drilled in the equaliser just sixty seconds later.

Winslow went ahead when Danny Gordon bundled in a corner at the near post in the 24th minute.

Owusu scored his and his side’s second when he controlled a cross at the far post before his right-footed effort put Olney back on level terms.

The game stayed level at 2-2 until 12 minutes from the end of normal time with both sides pushing for victory in the heavy rain.

The visitors regained the lead when Mark Tattum’s curling left-foot shot dipped into the top corner of the net giving Olney goalkeeper Josh McAdoo no chance of stopping.

Keith Williams went close for Olney as he flicked the ball up with his back to goal on the edge of the area, turned, and hit a looping shot which crashed off the crossbar.

Substitute Sean Coles, who gave the visitors an impact from the bench, shot low past McAdoo from eight yards out on 84 minutes to increase United’s lead.

United wrapped up the game in injury-time as Coles run at the home defence, shrugged of the challenge of Luca Seminerio on the edge of the box before rounding McAdoo to side-foot into an empty net and take his side into the next round.

Olney Town: Josh McAdoo, James Pacifici, Luca Seminerio, Sam Parrish, Christian Smail, Keith Williams, Jason Crawley, Sam Macrae, Jordan Appleton, Drew Mitten, Kevin Owusu.
Subs: Chris Gilligan, Charlie Leslie, Gary Thurston, Ben Hill.

Winslow United: Aaron White, Jack Bowers, Marcus Hussey, Danny Gordon, Ryan Freshwater, Mark Tattum, Simon King, Harry Heritage, Aaron King, Mitchell Collins, Grant Karwacinski.
Subs: Sean Coles, Tom Brindley.

Olney Town v Winslow Utd



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B&B Snr Trophy, 1R: Olney paired with Winslow again! This time for county cup clash

Olney Town will play host to Winslow United in the Berks & Bucks, Senior Trophy, at East Street tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).

Olney Town Football Club

Even though the Nurserymen play in the ChromaSport & Trophies League, Division 1 and the Ploughmen ply their trade in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1, the two sides are seeing quite a bit of each other in 2017.

The two were finalists back in May when Olney lifted the trophy that day (see below);

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

Since being drawn against each other in the county cup, the two sides now face a rematch having been pulled out of the hat in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup;

BREAKING … Buckingham Senior Charity Cup draw 2017-18

The game tomorrow sees the two local highest scorers (statistics by Football MK) in Aaron King (Winslow United) and former United striker Drew Mitten, now at Olney, line up against each other.


Aaron King – Winslow United

Drew Mitten (left) Olney Town

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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


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

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