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SSMFL; Buckingham Athletic 3-2 Winslow United

Buckingham Athletic – 3

Winslow United – 2

Athletic v United 07.08.2018

The first MK18 derby of the new Spartan South Midlands Football League season saw Buckingham Athletic triumph over Winslow United on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields, in a typical blood & thunder battle expected between these two rivals. Whilst both sides lead during the game, it took a late winner for the hosts to take the points and more importantly the bragging rights so early in the season.

Winslow went close on four minutes when Shiblu Miah found some space deep in the hosts half and forced Athletic keeper Jack Taylor to push over for a corner, whilst at the other end Chris Stapleton got away down the right and United custodian Sam Ashmead had to get down at his near post to smother the shot.

On the quarter-hour mark Miah was released at pace down the Winslow left and with colleagues racing in to join in the attack the wide man flashed the ball across the goal face and wide of the back post; moments later Aaron King blasted a free kick wide from twenty-five yards. Buckingham saw a free kick from Neil King float over everyone and away to safety before the goals started to arrive in the thirty-third minute.

Shiblu Miah goes close

A simple long ball down field from the United defence saw Taylor come to the edge of his box and chest down but trying to evade a challenge from Winslow front man Matt Cruse he lost control, and the former Athletic striker simply had to roll the ball into the unguarded net. The lead lasted just eight minutes as a superb pass from Kevin Owusu on the edge of the area fed in Ryan Kelsey who made no mistake despite being under pressure. H/T: 1-1

Early after the break a Winslow corner was cleared out to the eighteen-yard line where Ryan Freshwater connected well and the ball flew past Taylor crashing off the inside of the post, the rebound bouncing across the goal line and past the opposite post & away for a goal kick!

On fifty-five minutes, Neil King slid a diagonal pass through midfield for Owusu to chase after, his run down the right saw him reach the box where Ashmead came out to block for a corner. The corner swung in wasn’t dealt with and Stapleton seized on the loose ball some eight yards out and rifled into the top corner to give the home side the lead for the first time in the game.

Chris Stapleton makes it 2-1

Winslow tried to fight back immediately, Aaron King sliding a ball through the middle of the home back line for Cruse to latch on to but he fired across goal and wide; at the opposite end a free kick fed in Owusu but he was blocked & the loose ball fell to Ashley Farmer whose attempted curler into the top corner narrowly cleared the crossbar, before another Kelsey effort flashed across the United six-yard box and wide of the far post.

Winslow made some substitutions hoping to freshen things up and almost immediately Riccardo Whittle curled an effort into the gloves of Taylor, but then on seventy-two minutes they were awarded a penalty when fellow sub Tom Brindley was played through the middle and shoulder to shoulder with a defender he was brought down, the referee checking with his assistant before pointing to the spot. Freshwater thumping home to level the game once again.

Both sides then pushed for a winner and this time it was a home substitution that paid dividends in that search, Sam Olawale coming on and using his pace to run the United defence ragged. A free kick saw him sent into space in the corner of the Winslow half, he pulled the ball back across the eighteen-yard line where a step over left Farmer to smash home to take all three points. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 177

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic manager Neil Griffiths: 
And also Winslow stalwart Ryan Freshwater: 

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SSMFL,D1: Winslow take the honours in local derby win over the Ath

Winslow United rounded off an excellent season with a 3-1 win at neighbours Buckingham Athletic in front of a crowd of 215 on Saturday.

Ryan Freshwater

The game had only local pride at stake as both sides were due to stay in their positions irrespective of any result on the day.

Ryan Freshwater put United in front in just the seventh minute.

Following a foul on 30 minutes, it was Freshwater who stepped up to convert the spot kick to double his side’s advantage and be the unlikely source of a potential hat-trick.

Aaron King

Aaron King extended United’s lead when he added a third early in the second half.

Jack Carter

Jack Carter pulled a goal back for the Athletic but it was the visitors who finished the season with their ninth successive victory and their highest placed finish in 43 years.

On Monday Harry Heritage was on target but a weakened Winslow outfit lost their Buckingham Senior Charity Cup 1-2 at Daventry town.

Harry Heritage – Picture by Dale James

We will look back at our side’s season’s in the coming days.

SSMFL,D1: Ath boss speaks ahead of local derby with Winslow

Buckingham Athletic manager Mark Carter has spoken to Sports Shots as neighbours Winslow United visit in a Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 derby on Saturday afternoon.

Buckingham Athletic manager Mark Carter

Carter said;

We will be without Lewis Dench and Sam Balls for the visit of Winslow but we have Solly Janecki back and with the development not having a game we have got lots of choices.

On a personal note I think if the game goes ahead due to the weather it’s going to be very tough has normal.

We’ve had some poor results lately after losing two big players for us in Nick Bennion and Ben Acquaye, but we are just starting to play well again and are getting better with every game so I’m looking forward to facing a very well organised and strong Winslow team, who have themselves had a very good season.

I’m sure it will be a tight game had normal but hopefully we can play well and get the three points.

SSMFL,DD: Winslow & Ath meet tonight in Development derby

Winslow United will host Buckingham Athletic in a Development team local derby tonight.

The teams line-up with United having gone down to defeat on Tuesday evening, Dale Butler on target. Match details below.

Kick-off at Elmfields gate is 7.45pm tonight.

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.