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SSMFL,DD: Farrow looks ahead to Winslow Development’s derby with their Ath counterparts

Winslow United Development joint player/manager Nick Farrow has previewed the visit of neighbours Buckingham Athletic Development for a local derby in the Spartan South Midlands League, Development division on Tuesday evening.

Nick Farrow scores from the spot in the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final.

Farrow’s side have reached the quarter-final of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, a run which has seen them fall behind to as many as seven games with their fixtures.

Speaking to Sports Shots, Farrow said:

Early indications are we have a full squad available.

We have Ronnie Cozens and Johnny Patel suspended, which will be a big loss.

SSMFL,DD: Honor previews Ath’s Development local derby at Winslow

Buckingham Athletic Development manager Jake Honor has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of their local derby at Winslow United Development in the league on Tuesday evening.

Ben Townsend and Jake Honor (right)

The Athletic Development have enjoyed a good cup run and face a trip to Harpenden Town Development in the semi-final of the league’s Development Challenge Trophy next Wednesday.

Honor said:

Looking ahead to Tuesday, we have a full squad available to us except for Michael Davison and Chris Ikeaikhe, who are away for the Christmas period. We have a couple of players in the squad that have been out for a while so the minutes on Tuesday will be vital to their progress back to full fitness.

We are very privileged to have such a competitive and talented squad so I have definitely had some selection problems and unfortunately some players will miss out, which I know is very frustrating especially with it being a derby day.

We haven’t had a game for quite a while now, since the 19th December, so I am hoping any rustiness has gone by the time the whistle blows to start the game.

I am sure that the boys will be raring to go and eager to follow in the first teams footsteps by bringing three points back to Buckingham on Tuesday night.

Thanks from everyone at Buckingham Athletic Development to everyone at Sports Shots for all the hard work they put in and I hope you have a great 2018!

Sports Shots would like to wish Jack Menday a speedy recovery!

Sports Shots would like to wish Jack Menday a speedy recovery after the Buckingham Athletic midfielder broke his tibia in the local derby at Winslow United this afternoon.

Jack Menday

Jack is a great lad and we cannot wait to photograph him back in the Athletic colours as soon as possible.

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.





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.

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: Martin reflects on his time at the Ath & Winslow ahead of weekend derby

The player who has appeared in the most Winslow United versus Buckingham Athletic derbies in recent years, Phil Martin, has spoken about his memories to Sports Shots ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Phil Martin

Martin, who now plays for Hashtag United, told Sports Shots;

I must have played in 14 for the Athletic, not including cup games, and only 4 for Winslow, as we were in division 2 when I went back second time.

Brenda Sprules of the Buckingham Charity Cup committee presents Phil Martin, captain of Buckingham Athletic, with the Senior trophy.

My memories at Winslow were that the club was always really welcoming and well-run. The fans are true fans to their very cores and would do anything for the club. I played there for a season under Steve Kelly and we finished quite high in the league, if I remember correctly, but both clubs gave me game time playing with my mates and a good bunch of people. They make you feel at home!

Ryan Wiffin (9) and Phil Martin (10) lift Winslow United the 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup.

My memories of Ath were my first time in men’s football and gave me the stepping stone to play and express myself. I spent four years and three years at the Ath and one and two seasons at Winslow.

Most of my adult football was played at these two clubs. I had the pleasure of captaining both sides, which meant a great deal to me and along with Damo (Damien Wiffin) as the gaffer we are still the last captain and manager to win trophies at both clubs, which is a great accolade as I can’t remember many other player/captain combos to do that.

I always enjoyed the battles between the two sides, there was just something magical about a derby. Forget your 20 fans week in, week out, this is where 300 locals come to support you. Most of the crowd would have played for either or even both teams and there is a bond with them that will always hold true.

SSMFL,D1: Winslow United announce Christmas local derby details for Ath visit

Winslow United have announced details of their Christmas local derby against Buckingham Athletic, a calendar month from today; Saturday 23rd December 2017.

The Elmfields gate are kindly donating £1 to one of our charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, for everyone who turns up to the game in a festive Christmas hat.

Full details of the game are available on the poster below;

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic – Christmas 2017 derby


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