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SSMFL,D1: Resolute Ath display secures competitive derby victory

A resolute display by Buckingham Athletic helped them to a 3-1 victory at Winslow United in a feisty derby where both sides were reduced to ten men this afternoon.

Jack Menday was carried from the field in the opening minutes after a challenge from Ryan Freshwater. The Athletic midfielder was taken to hospital where it has since been revealed he has a broken tibia.

Winslow used every ounce of their attacking power which has ripped many teams apart this campaign as they enjoyed much of the possession in the opposition’s half but the visitors denied any real clear-cut chance.

The Athletic stood firm and defended well, with Nick Bennion displaying good handling, despite the home side’s continual probing.

As the visitors started to come into the game it was Chris Stapleton who headed home a corner to give Mark Carter’s side the lead in the 24th minute.

Seven minutes into the second half Robbie Carter showed pace and strength down the left-hand flank before seeing Ben Acquaye slide in to put the ball into an empty net from just ten yards out to double the Athletic’s advantage.

Winslow’s attacking strength continued to create chances but the Athletic defenders were throwing their bodies at everything, blocking shot after shot.

On 70 minutes Sean Coles latched onto pass from Simon King and rifled an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

In the celebration that followed, Aaron King picked up a second booking and Winslow were reduced to ten men.

Within two minutes Robbie Carter went through to fire past Brad Kirkwood to put the Athletic 3-1 ahead.

Late on, with the game stretched, Robbie Carter was slipped in again and with Kirkwood racing from the goal, the Athletic striker slid in to try and nick the ball, but his lunge was deemed dangerous and he received a straight red card.

The game petered out with the visitors excellent defending and organisation giving them the platform from which to win the game.

FULL MATCH REPORT TO FOLLOW …

 

 

 

ICYMI; Catch up with all of our interviews ahead of Saturdays Winslow v Buckingham Ath derby

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

In case you missed any of our seven interviews over the past few days with past & present Winslow United & Buckingham Athletic players & coaches, we’ve rounded them all up in one place here for you to find.

Phil Martin

 For Phil Martin click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31147

Kit Bamber

 For Kit Bamber click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31169

Simon King

For Simon King click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31187

Ben Acquaye

 For Ben Acquaye click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31181

Ryan Freshwater

 For Ryan Freshwater click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31195

Nick Bennion

 For Nick Bennion click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31199

Ayden Callaghan

 For Ayden Callaghan click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31211

Sports Shots would like to thank everyone for their time this week.

SSMFL,D1: Ayden Callaghan looks back on derbies gone by …

Ayden Callaghan has looked back on derbies gone by and the characters he’s played with and against.

 

My earliest memory of the derby was playing under Steve Coles and Keith Walker. We had a good side with the like of Graham Freshwater, Stuart Tavener, Andy Goates, Duncan O’Connor, Paul Talbot and Gareth Robins. We battered them at their place by 5 or 6 and Paul Bowley (who I later played for at Twyford and nearly at The Ath) their Goalkeeper, got sent off for kicking me while I was on the floor. To be fair to him he didn’t connect too hard, but I made sure the ref knew about it! I probably only played in 4 or 5  derbies and there was always a bit of needle, but not like there was later down the line. I only lost one which was at The Gate on a midweek. They had signed Rory Bray when we had been in for him and he ran the game. Damien Wiffin scored the winner as they ran out 2-1 winners. In terms of best players I played with or against in those games for them, Michael Carroll and Damien Wiffin were two of the best players in the local area I’ve ever seen and could and should have played much higher. Goalkeepers Paul Gibbs and Simon Rolfe, who like a lot of the guys turned out for both, were also very talented lads and had the keeper- mad streak. I loved playing with all the lads I played with. Stand outs are probably Goatesy who on his day (when fit) was a match winner on his own, Tally scored goals for fun and Tav and Freshy were as good as any players through the divisions in the South Mids. Both had played much higher and their experience showed and were fearless competitors.

Ayden Callaghan talks to Richard Carr from Bucks TV

My opinion is the real fierce rivalry started when Wally and Colesy went to take over The Ath leaving Winslow and Steve Kelly came in. Ath had a terrific young side built around Damo and Mickey and a core of quality local lads. They went on to do very well and even though Winslow had some good signings Ath were always ahead. I had moved to London so was watching from afar, but the rivalry grew and the games were always well attended especially at The Gate. When Damo came to Winslow that added a new angle to it and likewise when he left Winslow to return to The Ath, taking a number of players with him, that of course turned up the heat. Perry came in and started turning the tide back towards Winslow especially with one thumping away victory. 

I think with social media players are able to wind each other up through the season and that has probably fed it somewhat, however it feels like there is less animosity or needle these days. It’s still an important fixture and will rightfully draw one of the biggest crowds of the season, but I think this Winslow side have their sights set beyond being the best local side and are looking to achieve something we haven’t for a long time at the right end of the table. Its an exciting team full of goals with Aaron King, Sean Coles and Matt Cruise scoring freely. Skipper Simon King chipping in his fair share and driving the team on, of course they will be facing another King in the blue on Saturday with the vastly experienced and quality Neil King pulling the strings. It’s important to stop him supplying the new crop of quality youngsters the Ath have coming through. I must just offer them my congratulations on their FA Youth Cup run, sensational. Hopefully with Winslow putting things in place we can start closing the gap over the coming seasons on the Aths excellent youth production line.

Hollyoaks star Ayden Callaghan – A keen supporter of Winslow United Football Club

This game has produced more than its fair share of quality football and talking points and it is also a game where a player can write himself in to local folklore. I am expecting it to be one of the biggest crowds of the day in the whole league and three points are vital first and foremost. I’m sure that’s what the management and players will be focussed on

Thanks to Sports Shots for keeping my updated from afar with their excellent coverage.

I enjoyed pulling on a Winslow shirt again recently in the vets game and hope to do it again soon.

I’m gutted I can’t be there but I’ll be watching developments from afar and hoping The mighty Ploughmen win and win well. My prediction Winslow to win 4-2: King two, Coles and Cruse.

SSMFL,D1: Winslow boy Freshwater following in family tradition

Ryan Freshwater is following in family footsteps as he lines up for another derby in Winslow United colours against neighbours Buckingham Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Ryan Freshwater

United come into the game with confidence after a positive midweek display in the quarter-final of the Spartan South Midlands League, Challenge Trophy, despite defeat.

We showed them too much respect in the first half and that was enough to see us go in at halftime 2-0 down but we came out for the second half on the front foot and pressed them high up the pitch for the whole 45 minutes we got a goal back which gave us a foothold in the game and made us push even more and we created loads of chances but we just could not put the ball in the back of the net! We just needed to play the whole 90 mins in the manner in which we played the second half and I’m sure we would have come away with a positive result.

Freshwater is confident going into the derby.

Thoughts are very positive heading into Saturday we have a very strong squad with plenty of depth and we have been playing some great football recently and I’m sure we will take this into Saturday’s game as everyone knows how important the game is and what it means to the club and there is a real buzz in the squad, with everyone bang up for it!

The derby game is the biggest in the calendar but Winslow will need to keep producing high-level performances if they are to look to gain promotion this season.

The season is going really well we are doing very well in the league and are still in a few cups and we are winning a lot of games as well. The atmosphere is great throughout the team we’ve got a good bunch of players here and I’m really enjoying playing with them! It’s my first year playing for Paul, Roni and Garbs and I can only say positive things about them!

Having experienced both winning and losing, Freshwater is looking forward to Saturday afternoon.

It’s great to win a derby like this I’m sure it is for everyone. It’s a great game to play in lots of supporters come and watch which is really good to see and it makes the win even better when lots of people are fully behind the team! So yes it would be quality to win the game and celebrate with a few beers after the game!

In closing, Freshwater said.

Other thoughts just want to thank everyone at Sports Shots for their continued coverage and support and also everyone behind the scenes at Winslow United.

SSMFL1; Nick Bennion talks derby, playing for both clubs & family ties

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

A fixture that needs no introduction to those in MK18. A local derby needs barely any introduction in these parts, it’s the fixture that’s eagerly anticipated by both sides and the one always looked for in the summer when the fixtures are announced. This year see’s the fixture played a couple of days before Christmas for the first time in a couple of years, but will still bring a good crowd with lots of local pride at stake.

The fixture this time see’s joint third host tenth in the division one table.

Winslow are the divisional highest scorers, having scored sixty-seven goals in seventeen league games. Almost four per game!

Athletic have the third meanest defence in the league, having conceded just eighteen goals in fifteen games.

Winslow have lost once in their last six league matches, Buckingham won two in their last seven.

The only guarantee is Sports Shots for the latest updates before, during & after the game.

Ahead of ‘El-Gateio’ we asked Athletic goalkeeper Nick Bennion how big a game it is for both sides:

I’ve played for both sides over the years, it’s a huge game. The players that play who are from outside the local area won’t really understand how much, but I’m sure that both sides will play their hearts out on the day

Nick Bennion

Playing in front of a large crowd is one to enjoy and Nick is under no illusions:

We know it will be a big crowd and an enjoyable game for both sides, we pray for nice weather! Winslow are doing very well this season and they have some very good players all over the pitch, and it will be even tougher now they have Aaron (King) back and we know he along with Sean (Coles) are the main threats

We asked how life at Buckingham was:

It’s been very good this season, we’ve had some lows with a lot of injuries but the players we’ve brought in have been playing very well. Having such a young side is hard when half our squad play for our under eighteens which sometimes takes it out of them when they play Thursday for the youth, and then Saturday for the first team, but to be fair to them they have been firing well all season

We asked what players he thinks we need to watch on the day:

As I’ve mentioned Aaron & Sean are their threats although (Matt) Crusey and Simon King have huge attacking strengths as well. They also have a very good back line that will be tough to break through. For us I feel Ben (Acquaye), Nimmy (Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu) Chris (Stapleton) & Robbie (Carter) if he is fit are our threats, all very good players on their day. We have a strong midfield and a very strong defence, shown by the fact that we are one of the teams with the fewest conceded goals record

Matt Cruse

Finally, we asked Nick to imagine the game has gone into added time at the end of the ninety, and Winslow win a penalty. Matt Cruse picks the ball up and places it on the spot, what would he say to his nephew?

Very funny, but if that did happen then I’d remind him who his uncle is and that he never has and never will score a penalty against me as he’s too easy to read

A huge thanks to Nick for taking time out with us this week.

SSMFL,D1: Winslow skipper talks derbies and 3 Kings at Christmas

Winslow United skipper Simon King has spoken to Sports Shots as he looks forward to facing a Buckingham Athletic side on Saturday who he has also donned the colours for in the big local derby.

Simon King

King told Sports Shots;

I think I have played in about eight, and only lost twice when Winslow did the double that season.

These games have brought some great memories for the United skipper from his time at the gate, and not just on the pitch.

I have played with some quality players along the way, winning some cups, and also Colin O’Dell always getting people drunk!

He also remembers his time at Stratford Fields fondly.

Again I have played with some great players, also winning cups, always great team moral and spirit as it was always with mates.

Simon King scores the first goal as Winslow United win the 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup.

This derby sees King play with brother Aaron, while his other brother Neil is this season in the Athletic camp.

Aaron King; In action for Winslow United against Hillingdon Borough (Saturday 30th September 2017)

Neil King

We have only ever played on the same team when all three of us were at Bedford Town.

He did have time to have some brotherly banter too.

Unfortunately I don’t think Neil is fit to play, which is a shame as I was looking forward to keeping him in my pocket!

In closing King added.

I would just like to say thanks to everyone at Sports Shots for all your hard work, and come on the yellow and blues!

SSMFL,D1: Ben Acquaye reflects on Winslow v Ath weekend derby

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

A fixture that needs no introduction to those in MK18. A local derby needs barely any introduction in these parts, it’s the fixture that’s eagerly anticipated by both sides and the one always looked for in the summer when the fixtures are announced. This year see’s the fixture played a couple of days before Christmas for the first time in a couple of years, but will still bring a good crowd with lots of local pride at stake.

The fixture this time see’s joint third host tenth in the division one table.

Winslow are the divisional highest scorers, having scored sixty-seven goals in seventeen league games. Almost four per game!

Athletic have the third meanest defence in the league, having conceded just eighteen goals in fifteen games.

Winslow have lost once in their last six league matches, Buckingham won two in their last seven.

The only guarantee is Sports Shots for the latest updates before, during & after the game.

Ben Acquaye

Sports Shots spoke with Buckingham Athletic youngster Ben Acquaye ahead of the derby, & we asked if there had been much discussion on the match in the changing room:

Yes we’re really aware of how big a game this is, but every match we feel we are becoming stronger as a team and getting better as a squad

Just what do Athletic hope to achieve in the derby?

Of course we go into the game with the mindset of claiming all three points, but we know it won’t be easy. But we’re confident if we play to our strengths we can get the result we want

We looked at the fact the both sides have players who aren’t from the local area, and asked if it feels like a derby for those from outside the local vicinity:

Any derby is big for any player, I remember the first time I played in this one, my coaches and team mates made me fully aware of how important this game is to them and I certainly didn’t want to be letting anyone down on the day

Ben Acquaye in action for Buckingham Athletic

Is Ben happy with his own personal season?

I’m happy so far yes, I know there is still a lot of areas I need to improve on, but with hard work on the pitch as well as the training  ground I know I will continue to perform and I want to score more goals to help my team

Finally, we asked where Ben see’s his side finishing the season:

We are a strong side, we believe on our day we can beat anyone in this division, the aim for us is to go one further and get promotion

A huge thanks to Ben for taking time out with us this week.

SSMFL CT QF: Winslow edged out of quarter-final by premier division opponents

Winslow United were edged out of the Spartan South Midlands League, Challenge Trophy at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday evening.

The Elmfields gate-based outfit were narrowly beaten 1-2 against premier division side Biggleswade but they pushed their higher placed opponents all of the way.

Winslow started the game brightly as in the opening eight minutes both Daniel Parsons and Jack Bowers went close but the visiting goalkeeper responded both times with fine saves.

Despite their start Biggleswade were ahead in the tenth minute.

Winslow competed well but it was their opponents who doubled their lead from a corner in the 36th minute.

The home side emerged and started the second half in a positive manner as Mitch Collins and Niall Williams both had shots on target saved and blocked within the opening minutes.

Parsons then saw his shot saved as Winslow continued to press.

Biggleswade had an effort go close before United pulled a goal back. Williams found Simon King, who made no mistake in hitting the net in the 67th minute.

Simon King

Daniel Delderfield and Marcus Hussey had shots blocked as United pressed for an equaliser.

As the game went into injury time United had a corner which they could not force home and went out despite an incredible effort.

Winslow United: Brad Kirkwood, Jack Bowers, Mitch Collins, Ryan Freshwater, Marcus Hussey, Niall Williams, Simon King, Sean Coles, Matt Cruse, Daniel Delderfield, Daniel Parsons (Tom Brindley 85).

 

SSMFL,D1: Bamber reflects on his time at Winslow & The Ath ahead of weekend derby

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

A fixture that needs no introduction to those in MK18. A local derby needs barely any introduction in these parts, it’s the fixture that’s eagerly anticipated by both sides and the one always looked for in the summer when the fixtures are announced. This year see’s the fixture played a couple of days before Christmas for the first time in a couple of years, but will still bring a good crowd with lots of local pride at stake.

The fixture this time see’s joint third host tenth in the division one table.

Winslow are the divisions highest scorers, having scored sixty-seven goals in seventeen league games. Almost four per game!

Athletic have the third meanest defence in the league, having conceded just eighteen goals in fifteen games.

Winslow have lost once in their last six league matches, Buckingham won two in their last seven.

The only guarantee is Sports Shots for the latest updates before, during & after the game.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Buckingham Athletic coach Kit Bamber, having worked at both clubs he knows the importance of preparation:

Mark (Carter) will approach the game the same way as we would any other, we look at player availability, select the best squad and then work on the team for the match. For me personally, this is no different to any other game, Winslow are just another club trying to win as many games as they can in a very difficult league, we are both looking for the same things

Kit Bamber currently at Buckingham Athletic

We asked what the Buckingham defence will need to work at on Saturday:

Winslow have a number of players that can score goals as you’d expect from a team in the top four. But for us it’s about defending as a team, we can’t just rely on the defence, we can be exceptional at times when defending & when the players work together off the ball they can prove to be a really tough unit to break down

After completing the double over Winslow last season, what’s the approach this season?

We’ll approach the game like any other, Winslow have improved this season and credit to the club and to Paul for bringing in the right players to compete, but we have also improved so I would expect an evenly matched tussle. Our season does not revolve around this game and I don’t get carried away with the local rivalry, it really isn’t something that I or any of the management team look at

We asked if any classic games stood out:

To be fair I haven’t been to that many derbies as I’m usually away just before Christmas, but the games I have been to have been entertaining games and always enjoyable. I think it’s great for local football to have such healthy crowds at these games, it’s great income for both sides and that is most important to keep things ticking along

To end with we enquired if Kit gets any stick from his previous colleagues:

I left Winslow over three years ago after spending two terrific years there with Perry, Pete & Terry. I enjoy seeing the guys that run the club, Andy Setterfield always offers me a cuppa although I’m not sure what he puts in it! Seeing Colin and Dave and all the rest is always a pleasure for me, I’ve been over there many times since with the development sides and U18’s so will just get on with the job that’s required on Saturday and represent BAFC. At the end of the day I am a football coach that’s been doing this for seventeen years now, putting a lot of my own time & expense into local football, so for me it’s about helping the club I’m with and enjoying my time working & developing players

A huge thanks to Kit for taking time out with us this week.

B&B Intermediate Cup draw, QF: Farrow & Wiltshire react to Winslow’s away draw

Winslow United Development joint player-managers Nick Farrow and Mark Wiltshire have given their reaction after their side were drawn to play Binfield reserves away in the quarter-final of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.

The game will be played on Saturday 10th February.

Nick Farrow;
Puts Winslow United ahead from the penalty spot against Brimsdown in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 today (Saturday 25th March 2017).

Farrow told Sports Shots;

Another tough away game in the cup! We are certainly having to do things the hard way as we’ve only had one round at home, but we have plenty of confidence in our squads ability and it’s a great game to have to look forward to in 2018.

We know this will be our toughest assignment to date, but our players keep showing us how much we are improving as a team every week.

I know Binfield play a decent level of football, but we are confident our team are going to be even better come February time. We will be expecting a tight game, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be aiming for nothing but a win and to see Winslow into a semi-final.

Mark Wiltshire

Wiltshire echoed Farrow’s thoughts.

I totally agree, we have had to work very hard to get to this stage of the cup.

We will continue working hard in training and in the build up to this game, and we both believe we can go even further.