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Finmere FC host MK Police in friendly

On Thursday evening Finmere FC hosted a team of MK Police in a friendly game, which gave Finmere the opportunity to field a half each of first team and reserves. Finmere ran out 3-2 winners on the evening, and gave the Police side a good run out ahead of their annual charity game versus the fire service.

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OSC¼F; Ardley United 1-3 Oxford United

Ardley United – 1

Oxford United – 3

Ardley hosted Oxford United on Tuesday evening in the quarter-final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup, and in front of a very healthy crowd they more than matched their high-level opponents who were represented by a very good Under 18’s side. Always a test against a professional side no matter what side they send out, to see so many talented youngsters representing Oxford was a boost to the crowd of over three hundred that braved the swirling mist and rain to cheer on both sides.

The first half saw honours even, neither side really looked in danger of opening the scoring and it took Oxford over twenty minutes to muster their first shot at goal. Both sides really did cancel each other out, crosses were dealt with and cleared away, and for thirty minutes or so this could have been a game against two sides from the same league.

Bumper crowd at Ardley

As the half ended, Oxford stepped up a level and had an effort cleared off the line and straight down the other end Ardley striker Greg Hackett unleashed a rocket from distance that Oxford keeper Niall Clayton brilliantly tipped over his crossbar. Nil-nil at half-time was a fair reflection on the game.

The Oxford keeper was busiest at the start of the second period, Conor Harris forcing him into a save early on before Hackett got away on goal but a fantastic recovering tackle from Matt Berry-Hargreaves denied the shot. The home side missed their golden chance on the hour mark, and had they scored then maybe a different ending may have played out to this cup tie.

Billy Gillett seized on a mistake to get away on goal, rounded the Oxford keeper but with the open goal in front him he lost all balance and pulled his shot wide. The Oxford side seemed to realise from there that they had been massively let off the hook and upped their intent.

Oxford United U18’s

O’s substitute Ryan Crooks saw Ardley keeper Tom Molloy pull off two brilliant saves to keep the scoreline intent, but then the young academy side delivered two knock out punches inside six minutes of each other. On seventy-two minutes Crooks latched on to a through ball from Albie Hopkins to finally open the scoring, and moments later doubled his, and his sides tally with a second from close range.

All of a sudden, the Ardley side looked very tired and flagging in all departments. All their hard work undone and now facing a bleak remaining twelve minutes. That was until five minutes before the end when Hackett gave them a brief lifeline by smashing home past Clayton and it was game on again. Ardley had their energy back and were appealing for every decision, one of which saw manager Craig Adey sent to the stands!

As much as they huffed and puffed the Oxford youngsters repelled everything, and deep into added time killed the game off when Owen James cut in from their right and smashed a thunderbolt over Molloy which crashed in off the underside of the crossbar. F/T: 1-3

Attendance: 327

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MK Borders Lge: Cranfield after players for U17/18s

Cranfield Colts are after players for their U17/18s in the MK Border Counties league.

Pre season starts 5th July at Cranfield United FC at 7pm.

If interested please contact;

Joe on 07521512225
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AWARENESS/SUPPORT – Help fund a GB and England Junior Amputee side

Awareness and support – this should never happen, should it?


Mark McCarthy;

My good friend Jason Wright and I will be doing Sky Dive in July to help raise funds for the Great Britain Junior Amputee Football Association in order to enable them to provide a football training weekend camp for the junior amputees aged between 7 & 16 years.

The camp will see over 20 children take part in amputee football sessions over two days based at Reaseheath College in Crewe. Each group will be coached by experienced and qualified staff who make the weekend inclusive and enjoyable for each child. I recently attended a weekend camp with my 14 year old son Harvey-James who has suffered amputations from contracting Meningitis as young child. I was shocked to hear that the Charity supporting the camp EAFA – England Amputee Football Association: 328551 are completely self funded and given no support from the FA. I was truly humbled, overwhelmed and privileged to be a part of, watch close up The Great Britain Junior Amputee squad. The spirit and courage these young people show in their desire to play football is simply humbling and overwhelming at the same time. Children who have suffered such heart breaking adversary at such a young age showing such unbelievable strength in every aspect, I never saw one child complain, moan or show any self pity the whole weekend but simply pick themselves up, brush themselves down and carry on forward.

They a have course provisional booked for August depending on funding the event.

I left the weekend saying to myself I have to help provide funds to put another camp in place so will again be calling on the kindness of the football community, family and friends to help give these inspirational children another chance to enjoy a weekend of football and gain some the best coaching available to them.

If you can spare a small donation no matter the size it will help achieve our ‘GOAL’.

Gawcott Fields Community Solar CIC launching a community grant fund in 2017

Gawcott Fields Community Solar CIC will be launching a community grant fund in 2017, with the theme for the first year being local sports. We are calling on sports clubs in Buckingham and the surrounding parishes to help shape the fund and get the word out about the solar bond offer, which has recently been re-launched.
About Gawcott Fields Community Solar
Gawcott Fields CIC is a professionally managed Community Interest Company (CIC) that has been established to own and run a community solar farm at Gawcott Fields Farm, between Gawcott and Buckingham. The community solar farm has been generating electricity and income from the sun since June 2016. It is expected to generate over 4 million kWh of renewable electricity each year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of around 1,000 homes!
Surplus income generated by the community solar farm (after operating and finance costs and reserves) will be used as to provide funding for community organisations and projects in the local area. It is  expected the community surplus will be around £20,000 per year for the first 15 years rising to £50,000 per year for years 16 – 20 (after the bank loan has been paid off) – a total of around £2 million over the 30 year life of the project!
For an initial period of 3 years, half the community surplus will support a community fund to provide grants to local community organisations. The grants will be awarded through an application process open to organisations operating in the local community (Buckingham and the surrounding parishes within 5km of the solar farm), and will have a defined focus each year. For the first year the focus will be local sports. The first community fund awards will be made following the AGM in November 2017.
The other half of the community surplus will be used to fund a program in the local area to help people struggling with their energy bills. This program will be run by Buckingham and Winslow Citizens Advice in collaboration with the Milton Keynes-based energy charity, the National Energy Foundation.
Get involved
If you are involved in a local sports club, it would be great to hear from you. We will be developing the arrangements for the application criteria and process over the coming months and want to make sure we get it right.  To give feedback and be kept informed, please use the link below to respond to our online survey. It should only take a couple of minutes.
Please help get the word out about our Solar bond offer
The Gawcott Fields solar bond offer has raised over £100,000 so far. It gives people and organisations the opportunity to invest in the community solar farm and get involved in generating local energy. Please help us get the word out! Put us in your newsletters, share our Facebook posts with your members, Tweet about us, and if you have somewhere for posters or leaflets, just ask and we’ll post you some.
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SSMFL,PD: Former Grendon & Winslow boss named interim Leighton boss

Former Grendon Rangers and Winslow United manager Scott Reynolds has been appointed interim manager at Spartan South Midlands League, Premier Division outfit Leighton Town.

Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds


Following the departure of Paul Burgess, Leighton Town FC wish to announce that Scott Reynolds has been appointed as interim manager. Scott will be assisted by Adam Kirkup and Lee Halling. Sean Downey will continue in his current role as General Manager providing support and advice as required.

WALKING FOOTBALL – Players required


HELP! Votes needed to get Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia book published!

Sports Shots is appealing to our followers to get behind our long-time friend Ed Jones as he strives to see his book get published on his own experiences of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia.
Ed Jones with fellow charity fundraiser Ian Botham

Ed Jones with fellow charity fundraiser Ian Botham

Happy-go-lucky PE teacher Ed’s world changed forever in March 2006, when he returned from a school rugby match to find some missed calls from his GP on his mobile phone. Told to report to hospital ‘as a matter of urgency’ the next day, Ed found out he had been suffering, without any inkling, from Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia for a substantial amount of time. Now it was up to him to get on and make the best of it.
Ed has written a book as he aims to educate sufferers, plus their family and friends, but needs a thousand votes to get the green light to be published. With this in mind, and our ethos on how we promote awareness into illness, we are asking for you to vote for him as we need to get this book published! We need to help the sufferers of today, ease their fears, support their needs! You never know, it could be you or a member of your family who benefit from it!
Ed has done this because –
Noting a lack of supportive literature, apart from leaflets that explained the biology of it all, Ed set about writing his own. He tells his story with an eye for detail, the poignant and the humorous. Join Ed on his journey through various medications and side-effects, fundraising efforts and personal battles. He tells how he rose to the top one per cent of JustGiving earners, whilst tackling the demands of life and his deadly blood cancer, leukaemia.
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