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BBFA ST; Buckingham Athletic 2-1 Winslow United

Buckingham Athletic – 2

Winslow United – 1

03.11.2018

Buckingham Athletic progressed in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy on Saturday at the expense of their closest rivals Winslow United to win a place in the fourth round and to also bag the local bragging rights for the second time this season after their league win back in August. United manager Paul Alleyne admitted afterwards that his side didn’t turn up, missing several regulars the Ploughmen were behind in the fifth minute to an early penalty, the lead doubled by half time although in truth it could have been many more had the hosts taken their chances. But when Winslow pulled a goal back half way through the second half the expected onslaught wasn’t as vociferous as many expected, the backline of blue shirts repelled everything thrown at them, and the final whistle saw last season’s semi-finalists bow out.

Athletic were gifted the chance to open the scoring after just five minutes when hesitation in the Winslow defence allowed Jack Menday to steal possession and drive into the box where a lunging tackle saw him floored and the referee point to the spot, Neil King making no mistake from twelve yards. Within moments of the goal the hosts won a corner on their right, Nick Bines curled it right into the middle of the goal where despite several bodies fighting to get a touch, Boateng claimed in mid-air and held on to deny any further damage, before a cross reached Robbie Carter in behind Alex McGowan but the Winslow centre half had done enough to distract the Athletic front man who could only glance his header wide.

United try to get back in the game when a ball down the right channel looked a lost cause until Jack Bowers chased it down and pulled back across the eighteen yard area, with the defence caught out the ball rolled on to Tom Brindley but he miskicked, looping the ball up in the air and the chance was gone. The next Ploughmen attack saw Bowers hit a fierce drive towards goal which saw a great block, the follow up by Marcus Hussey hitting a defender before spiralling out for a corner, the set piece was headed clear where from twenty yards Simon King lifted high over the crossbar. Just as the visitors looked to be getting a foothold in the game, the home side scored again on twenty-seven minutes thanks mainly to some great work by Sam Olawale.

Neil King opens scoring from the spot

Chasing down a long lost cause on their right he not only retrieved but kept the ball in play, on the byline he jinked past his marker before crossing and quickest to react was Rob MacDonald who met the cross at the near post to flick across goal and in the far corner. Winslow were on the attack from the restart, a long range effort from Simon King was charged down inside the penalty area before Harry Dalton faced a one on one with Buckingham custodian Josh McAdoo who dived bravely at the strikers feet, the ball rebounding towards the empty goal but the keeper was up in a flash to throw himself on the ball, at the opposite end a Neil King free kick was met by the head of Carter but under pressure from McGowan it was a regulatory save for Boateng.

The Ploughmen almost gifted a third to their hosts when Boateng failed to hold a header back from a colleague in his six-yard box, MacDonald was on it in a flash but an awkward bounce meant he didn’t connect and the keeper was able to recover and smoother. Another Athletic corner swung right into the six yard line saw Menday climb highest to head over, and in the final minute Dalton received a ball to the left of goal where he advanced towards the near post before firing across the goal face and wide of the back post. H/T: 2-0

It took less than thirty seconds of the second half for the home side to try and extend their lead, Menday exploring the space in midfield before driving over the top from twenty-five yards, before Carter got away down the right and from a tight angle flashed the ball towards the near post where Boateng had to get down well to stop with both hands. At the other end a Winslow corner saw Dan Parsons go up against Ryan Marsden at the far post, the United man heading back across goal where Ryan Kelsey was on hand to clear off the line.

Buckingham then could and probably should have put the game to bed when a United attack broke down and with Olawale fed inside the opposite half a break away saw three blue shirts attacking two yellow shirts, but the Ath youngster opted to pass early and it didn’t reach its target & the chance was gone in a flash. Chances still came their way as the game wore on, moving the ball from their right touchline across the eighteen yard line, Olawale onto MacDonald who rolled on towards Carter who left it purposely for Menday who lifted over the top.

Ryan Kelsey clears off the line

Winslow were then awarded a penalty on sixty-seven minutes when Ryan Coyle brought a premature end to a promising attack, Ryan Freshwater duly despatched to half the arrears and set up a thrilling final quarter to the tie. However, it wasn’t the end of the home side’s intent as both substitutes Kevin Owusu and new signing Immanuel Soetan combined well which resulted in the latter firing over the top from distance, moments later Carter was fed through and faced Boateng one on one, as the keeper came out to meet the striker he knocked the ball past him but too far to reach and a defender was close enough to smash to safety.

Winslow won a throw on their right which saw Simon King fed on the eighteen yard line with his back to goal, he turned his marker but could only drag his shot wide of the target, Dalton then had a double chance inside the box, his initial shot blocked the rebound fell nicely for him to try again but McAdoo got down well to his right to save the second effort. Soetan then enjoyed some space to the left of the United goal, twisting and turning three separate challenges he fired into the side netting, at the other end Parsons fizzed a low cross into the six-yard box where McAdoo dived bravely at the feet of Rondell Joe to smoother.

In added time Soetan drove at the United backline switching from one foot to the other and back again before blazing high over the top, and the final action saw a Dalton cross take a flick on inside the area that came back off the post and as bodies clambered to regain possession a raised flag halted play, with the whistle sounding just seconds later. F/T: 2-1

Attendance: 124

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic manager Neil Griffiths: 
And also with Winslow boss Paul Alleyne: 

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BBST; Winslow team mates United in search of cup progress and league revenge

Saturday 3rd November 2018

Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Third Round

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Stratford Fields

Winslow United face a trip for the second time this season to Stratford Fields where they square up to the old enemy in the Berks & Berks Senior Trophy and will be looking to avenge their defeat in the league fixture back in August. That evening a late Ash Farmer strike settled an end-to-end tussle between the local rivals, this time progression in the County Cup is at stake and with both squads having numerous changes since that early fixture a competitive cup tie is expected, Athletic have already warned that parking will be restricted and that car parks in the town should be used as a bumper crowd will be expected.

Ahead of the fixture Sports Shots caught up with long serving midfielder Grant Karwacinski, and defender Alex McGowan who joined from Aston Clinton earlier in the season, and we asked Alex first how he’s found life at Winslow since his move:

I’ve really enjoyed my time so far, the atmosphere around the team is great, and the support we get from the fans home & away, week in week out is second to none. I’ve tried to settle in as quickly as possible, and knowing some of the lads here was really helpful, overall I think it’s going really well

Grant has been at Winslow for a few seasons now, how does this squad compare to previous years?

This is definitely the best squad since my time at Winslow United! There is a lot of quality through out the team and that brings us a level of consistency each week

During his years at the club, there have been numerous changes of personal so just what has kept the midfielder at Elmfield Gate?

I enjoy being at the club on and off the field, it’s a very well run club with great support which I like. I’m not really one to keep changing teams regardless of the situation but this has fallen in my favour as Winslow have progressed massively over the past year or so. Obviously, age isn’t on my side anymore but I feel I can still contribute each week and I’m fortunate to have a good level of fitness so I’ll be about for a while yet

We asked Alex what he has found to be the main differences he’s found since the step up in divisions:

The organisation of sides & fitness levels would be the biggest differences in my opinion, every team is on the ball not just three quarters of them. The travelling isn’t too bad as we are all chipping in with sharing lifts etc, and with the momentum we have at the moment, the heavy schedule of matches is a bonus. Some of the strikers are harder to face though, being quicker & more intelligent with their movement and how they play

How did the defenders move come about & how difficult a decision was it?

It was a really difficult decision to make but I’ve known Paul (Alleyne) for a long time and I couldn’t turn down playing under him with the calibre of players at Winslow. I felt it was a good time to challenge myself at a higher level especially after having such a great season at Aston Clinton last year. It’s a great club and no doubt I’ll play there again at some stage in my career

Grant Karwacinski

We asked Grant which players this season have stood out?

There is an abundance of talent within our squad like D (Dan Parsons), Kingy (Simon King) & Freshie (Ryan Freshwater) but for me AK (Alex Kedzierski) stands out, he’s just a quality player. Good work rate, great passer of the ball, scores goals and keeps things ticking over

Have any players or opposition teams impressed Alex?

It’s easy to say but the whole squad has really impressed me, when you play & train with them you realise how good they actually are, some of the skill and fitness is quality. The only team I’ve faced that I was impressed with would be Harefield, but there is obviously a number of other sides which I haven’t played against yet that look good on paper

How does Grant see his role in the squad now, and are there any plans to go into coaching?

At the moment there is plenty of competition to get into the starting eleven, I’m not guaranteed a starting place like previous seasons but I just want to play as much as possible. It’s important that I take my chance when I do play but as long as the team is winning then that’s the most important thing. With regards to coaching, in all honesty it hasn’t crossed my mind!

And so to Saturday, how does Grant view the game?

It’s a huge game Saturday, not much introduction needed! We all know the importance of the game; a chance to put things right. We were poor in that last visit to The Ath so we owe them one, we owe it to our supporters for the bragging rights. We don’t really go into too much detail about players to watch because we know if we play to our abilities & our potential with our high tempo ethic then we are more than confident of winning, regardless of who we are playing

This is the first Ath v Winslow derby for Alex, has he had any warnings of what to expect?

I’ve played in derbies before but this seems to be different, the squad has been focusing on our midweek game but at the back of our minds Saturday’s game is there. We owe them after losing at the start of the season, I haven’t been made aware of anyone to look out for in particular, I’ll just focus on doing my job

Alex McGowan

Winslow are on a fine run of form of late which includes two wins against top of the table Harefield, and a mauling of Enfield last weekend, how did Alex rate those games:

I felt we expected more from Enfield to be honest, but we still did well not to slip up and we beat them comfortably. Harefield midweek was tough but the way we played for each other and battled we thoroughly deserved the win there too

Grant thought along the similar lines:

Definitely two superb wins & solid performances on both games. We played well with a good tempo and the hard work paid off, they were both very tough games against decent sides but we certainly deserved the win for both games. Onwards & upwards!

The Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy saw Winslow do well last season reaching the semi-finals, yet to have a home draw this term does Grant worry about away games, and how important is the competition?

This is a very decent cup to be in, we did really well last year but we want to go one better this season, it’d be great to go all the way this time out and yes it would be nice to get a home draw but it is what it is. I’d love a decent **** up after winning a trophy

Alex had cup success last year at his former club, he’d prefer a home draw at some point:

I think the team doesn’t mind too much about the draws but ideally it would be better to play at home where we know the pitch, and to have the full force of the fans behind us. This competition is at the top of the priority list, but then they all are! We want to win everything we take part in

Rounding up, we asked Alex to forward think to next May and to think about what would be a successful season for Winslow United:

The general gist around the club is that we want to gain promotion after coming so close last year, and obviously perform week in week out and to win some silverware. I want to play as much as possible and to win as much as possible

And Grant echoes the sentiment of promotion being the aim:

Ideally the target is getting out this division and pushing on to a higher standard, it’s a tough ask but it’s certainly achievable. If we can go and win a cup then that’d be great, but the league is our priority. Promotion would be a brilliant success story for us

Sports Shots would like to thank both Alex & Grant for their time this week.

B&B Senior Trophy 3R: Ath’s Farmer previews local derby clash against former club

Buckingham Athletic’s Ash Farmer has spoken to Sports Shots as his current club face his old side, Winslow United, in an exciting looking Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, 3rd round tie on Saturday afternoon.

Ash Farmer

Farmer played under Perry Mercer and Terry Shrieves at Elmfields gate in a successful time, something he looks back at fondly.

I enjoyed my time at Winslow and have many great memories. It is a very well ran club with some great people involved there. I was lucky enough to get the chance to play with not only my mates but some very good players, some of which are there now so it’s always nice to catch up when we do play them.

Ash Farmer

The Athletic man go into the game off of the back of a good victory last weekend – Images below by Luke Stafford.

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The Hatfield victory turned out to be a good result for us in what had the potential to be a tricky game. We had several players missing for this game due to injuries and suspensions and when you go in 0-0 at half time you wonder if it’s going to be one of those days. Luckily we’ve got a very good group of players who stick together and once we got that first goal which we always believed we would, the rest was pretty plane sailing. In the end it turned out to be a comfortable victory.

When the draw was made for the county cup, there was no doubting the tie of the round.

For us, and probably the Winslow lads too, this is one of the biggest games of the season. It’s a local derby which I had always heard a lot about before I joined, and after we beat them at the death earlier on in the season I am sure they’ll want to get some revenge. It always attracts a crowd and although there is no points up for grabs I’m sure both teams will want to progress through to the next round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy. It’s always nice and good for confidence to go on a cup run!

As with all local derbies, form can go out of the window, but the two sides go head-to-head with very impressive records.

We are at home Saturday, and currently unbeaten there this season so we’ll be looking to extend that run. We know Winslow are flying at the moment but the same as any other game we will want to be solid and hard to break down before anything else, so I’m sure the gaffer will set us up to do that. Hopefully going forward we will have enough to score goals and get a result.

Farmer believes there is more to come from his Athletic side.

So far it’s been a good season, we are improving every week and have come on leaps and bounds since pre-season. We’ve got a great group of lads and hopefully we can win our games in hand in the league and push on up the table! Up The Ath!

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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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.