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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


Russell & Butler Sports Shots YouTube Channel: SSV33 INTERVIEW Athletic boss Mark Carter looks back at the derby day win


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GALLERY: Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United



SSMFL,D1: Athletic produce five-star display to ease to derby day victory

Buckingham Athletic earned the local bragging rights as they defeated near-neighbours Winslow United 5-0 with a dominant performance at Stratford Fields this afternoon.

Buckingham Athletic celebrate their fifth goal against Winslow United in the derby on Easter Saturday 2017.

The Athletic enjoyed the perfect start as they raced into a two-goal lead in the opening nine minutes and, realistically, they never looked back.

The home side took the lead when Robbie Carter’s powerful run took him past the Winslow defence. United’s Will Hornby’s attempts to challenge the striker ended with him bringing Carter down and it was Jack Menday who slotted home the spot kick.

Within a minute Ryan Marsden had sidefooted the Athletic two-goals ahead.

Winslow slowly came into the game as player-manager John Mulholland headed a corner wide of the far post.

It was the home side who were a constant threat going forward and they scored their third in the 28th minute. Skipper Dan Staley’s near post flick from Menday’s corner, a training ground move, had increased the Athletic’s advantage.

On 39 minutes a well-worked move down the Athletic’s left involving Rory Busby saw Jack Carter given space to curl a shot which United goalkeeper Owusu Boeteng could only parry and it was Robbie Carter who was alert to stroke in goal number four.

Ben Acquaye fired in the Athletic’s fifth from an acute angle on 51 minutes as the home side started the second half brightly.

Nine minutes later Boeteng saved Menday’s second penalty.

It was the Athletic who stood firm to record the double over United for the current campaign in front of a good crowd at Stratford Fields.

Buckingham Athletic: 1. Lewis Dench, 2. Nathan Hawkins, 3. Jack Carter, 4. Dan Hassell, 5. Dan Staley, 6. Ben Acquaye, 7. Mason Trowell, 8. Jack Menday, 9. Ryan Marsden, 10. Robbie Carter, 11. Rory Busby.
Subs: Jamie Sylvester, Juyin Oluwayemi, Ziahn Watts.

Winslow United: 1. Owusu Boeteng, 2. Dan Chittenden, 3. George Ford, 4. Will Hornby, 5. John Mulholland, 6. Ollie Golding, 7. Harry Heritage, 8. Nick Farrow (captain), 9. Tom Brindley, 10. Ben Baines, 11. Joey Acheampong.
Subs: Nathan Perna, Dan Pounds, Tom Cleaver, Chris Setterfield.

SSMFL,D1: Ath boss looks ahead to local derby against Winslow

Buckingham Athletic manager Mark Carter has spoken to Sports Shots as he looks ahead to the local derby with Winslow United at Stratford Fields tomorrow (Saturday).

Mark Carter

The Athletic boss said;

I am looking forward to the game, hopefully should be an entertaining encounter between the two mid-table teams.

With regards to team news, we have no Neil King or Sid Hawkins due to injury but apart from that we should be at full strength.

Robbie Carter returns and we also have Ryan Marsden in the squad.

We will have a young look to our squad as we will have five of the under 18’s team in the squad so it will be a great experience for them.

People can arrive early and watch the Premier League game ahead of the local derby.

SSMFL,D1: Winslow United 1 Buckingham Athletic 2

A Robbie Carter strike and a Sid Hawkins header just two minutes apart gave Buckingham Athletic a 2-1 win over Winslow United in the big local Christmas derby at Elmfields Gate this afternoon.

Sid Hawkins

The home side were without player-manager John Mulholland and central defender Ryan Freshwater as the pair were both suspended. Aylesbury United duo Alex Collard and Lea Coulter lined up in a side which contained five players who had come through the youth system.

Josh Menday was the only absentee for the visiting Athletic after manager Mark Carter revealed on the Sports Shots’ Russell & Butler YouTube channel that the player has a long-term knee injury.

It was Collard who headed Winslow ahead after 29 minutes.

Substitute Robbie Carter equalised on 70 minutes before Sid Hawkins headed in a winner in the 72nd minute.

Winslow United: Ashley Sherwood, Charlie Davis, Chris Setterfield, Nick Farrow, Alex Collard, Grant Karwacinski, Michael Reed, Harry Heritage, Lea Coulter, James Davey, Dan Pounds.

Subs: George Ford, Max Hallam, Albie Hall, Gino Tosolari, Tom Cleaver.

Buckingham Athletic: Lewis Dench, Nathan Hawkins, Jack Carter, Dan Staley, Sol Janecki, Jack Menday, Neil King, Josh Hooper, Sid Hawkins, Jamie Sylvester.

Subs: Robbie Carter, Jamie Carter.

More to follow, including reaction to today’s result.

SSMFL,D1: Buckingham Athletic 3 Winslow Utd 0

By Dale James


Buckingham Athletic – 3

Winslow United – 0

Winslow United were thwarted time and again by Buckingham Athletic keeper Nick Bennion on Saturday, in a derby game that ended with a very flattering scoreline to the home side. Winslow dominated the first half, but the home keeper kept his side in the game, and a brief error early in the second half saw the home side take the lead, before a late red card and two late goals gave the hosts the win. Had the visitors taken their chances the game would have been over long before the hosts got their noses in front, but Athletic took their chances when they came, and bagged the local bragging rights.

Winslow took the game to Buckingham in the first half but just couldn’t get the ball in the net. In the third minute Leo Brooks and Charlie Flanagan combined well to manoeuvre the ball to the edge of the box, and with back to goal Flanagan managed to turn and get a shot away but it never really offered enough pace to trouble Bennion. Michael Reed then burst through midfield to feed Flanagan out on the right wing, his cross was inches away from Brooks boot in front of goal. Reed then tried his luck after getting through the Athletic back line but his shot nestled comfortably in the keepers arms. On seventeen minutes Flanagan got the ball again inside the area and twisted and turned a couple of challenges and powered a shot into the side netting.

Athletic then threatened when a throw out on their right found Simon King who tried his luck from distance however his effort looped up and fell kindly into Ryan Thrussells’ hands. Ten minutes before the interval saw a curling effort from the left of the area from Lolu Onabolu, which looked like it was creeping inside the back post until Bennion got down and saved well. On the stroke of half time a free kick was awarded to Athletic some twenty yards from goal, Simon King powered his effort to Thrussells right but the United keeper got down brilliantly to tip the ball round the post.

H/T: 0-0

Flanagan was denied again by Bennion in the first couple of second half minutes, when fed by Reed the Winslow striker turned and shot and Bennion cleared with his feet. Buckingham then took the lead on fifty five minutes, when Winslow conceded possession in midfield the ball was slipped through the defence and Matt Cruse raced on to coolly slot past Thrussell. Reed then again turned provider when getting to the by-line, he crossed to Flanagan who in turn set up Brooks to shoot and again Bennion saved with his feet. Just past the hour mark saw a Winslow corner floated in and as both Ryan Freshwater and John Mullholland jumped to attack the ball, it was the former who connected but powered over the bar. Flanagan then flicked the ball up and sent an overhead cross into the back post where substitute Joey Acheampong was unlucky not to control the ball better and a defender was on hand to clear the danger.

With eleven minutes remaining Freshwater was shown a second yellow card and Winslow were reduced to ten men. A minute later a scramble in the Athletic box saw the ball cleared to the edge of the eighteen yard area and Onabolu thumped the ball goal wards and Bennion at full stretch saved brilliantly to his left. With seven minutes remaining a challenge in the Winslow box was adjudged to have been a foul, and a penalty was awarded. Simon King tucked the spot kick away to kill the contest off. Three minutes later a throw into the United box was not dealt with and Matt Cruse stole in to side foot home the third goal. In added time a ball up to Acheampong was cushioned on his chest and incoming Grant Karwacinski thumped towards goal only to see Bennion again dive away to his right to palm away to safety.

F/T: 3-0

United: 1: R Thrussell 2: R De Nobrega 3: W Smith 4: R Freshwater © 5: J Mullholland 6: G Karwacinski 7: M Reed 8: D Bevis 9: L Brooks (60 mins J Acheampong) 10: C Flanagan 11: L Onabolu

Un-Used: C Setterfield; O Golding; K Moreton

Attendance: 155

John Mulholland - Picture courtesy of Dale James

John Mulholland – Picture courtesy of Dale James

Afterwards manager John Mulholland commented:

This was a big game that unfortunately was marred by a refereeing decision.

Thought the first half was a very even affair and both sides had chances to take the lead but didn’t manage to capitalise, for me the two best goalkeepers in the league were on show and both made excellent and important saves throughout the game.

The weather caused the game to have its sloppy spells and both teams couldn’t quite manage to get a hold of the game.

I thought we started the second half brightly again and Flanners had an excellent chance to put us one up but didn’t quite get the right connection on the shot.

I thought Michael Reed was a constant threat and the Buckingham’s left back was struggling with him all game, unfortunately the end product wasn’t there from our lads to give us a lead.

Then slightly against the run of play in my opinion, our midfield was caught in possession and Buckingham took the advantage with a good goal from their striker.

The boys reacted well and we had a chance to get back in the game but for Buckingham’s keeper to make some good saves again and keep us out.

This is when it went all wrong for me, Buckingham had a penalty claim which wasn’t given and the ref played advantage only for the Buckingham striker not to score and the ref decided to call it back for a penalty. In fairness to the referee he did admit after that he made a mistake but unfortunately for us it was the killer blow and was too late but I have to give him credit, a lot of referees wouldn’t admit they were wrong.

Our captain was sent off for a 2nd yellow card late on and by then it was a steep climb for us to get back into it.

Until the penalty I cannot fault my player’s attitudes. They all want to win and unfortunately, we aren’t getting the right results at the minute, we have not been outplayed by a single team yet, which is promising, we just need to cut out our own mistakes as this is the only thing costing us games. We have to keep positive and get to the end of the season and look to build for next season.


SSMFL,D1: Ath Cruse to local derby victory

Matt Cruse fired home a treble as Buckingham Athletic eased to victory over Winslow United in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 at Elmfields Gate this afternoon.

Matt Cruse

Matt Cruse

A crowd of 377 was present as the derby game raised funds for Sports Shots two charities, Macmillan Cancer Support and Vasculitis UK.

Cruse put his side ahead in the 27th minute before adding his second four minutes after the break.

When Cruse was adjudged to have been pulled back he stepped up to calmly slot home with seventeen minutes remaining.

April 2015 : Mercer double secures local derby win for Winslow

By Winslow United (Dale James)

Buckingham Athletic – 2
Winslow United – 3

Winslow United came away from local rivals Buckingham Athletic with all three points, after taking the lead early, then being pegged back and dominated in the first half, but fought back in the second forty five to score from two set pieces to take the points and the bragging rights back to Elmfield Gate. Athletic will wonder why they weren’t clear at half time after having much the better of the first half, despite going down early on they fought their way back into the game, took the lead, and then went on to enjoy much more of the ball up until the half time whistle. United seemed to struggle against some of the physical side of the game on a boggy pitch for the first period, but upped their game to fight back and claim the win with two well worked free kicks which led to their equaliser and winning goal.
United started brightly and took the lead after just four minutes, when Athletic surrendered position high up the pitch and Ryan Freshwater playing in a wide right position was fed the ball in acres of space to explore, his run took him deep into the home sides half, and he fed the ball inside the area to Joel McCormick who had three men on him. He twisted one way, then turned back, then went back the other way before despatching a low shot beyond the despairing dive of Athletic keeper Andy Hammond.United enjoyed more possession without threatening too much before Athletic started coming back into the game, and on eleven minutes a free kick on their left saw the ball lofted into the area and Glenn Hawkins rose to head towards goal only to see the visiting keeper Tom Weymes spring up and tip the ball over the bar for a corner.

Athletic then equalised on eighteen minutes when a ball from their right found Hawkins who held the ball up well before laying it off to Paul Dearlove who had space and time to curl the ball around Weymes and inside the keepers right hand post. Athletic then took the lead just two minutes later when a long throw into the Winslow area was not dealt with, and the only player to react was George Jackman who stabbed home. Buckingham then began to put more pressure on the visiting defence sensing more goals, and on twenty nine minutes Winslow gave the ball away and Adam Bone knocked a long ball into the path of Matt Cruse who ran on and got a shot away which Weymes had to get down to his left to collect. Athletic then had a corner on thirty two minutes which was lofted high into the area, a whole cluster of bodies went up and Weymes had to resort to punching the ball away, the ball fell to the edge of the area where Phil Martin hit it first time only to see the ball sail high over the bar.
As the first half came to a close both sides had chances, first the home side two minutes from the whistle attacked centrally and Cruse fed the ball out wide and a shot came in that hit the side netting. Then a minute into added time, Athletic had possession in their own half, a defender played the ball straight into the path of McCormick who laid the ball into the path of Jason Costello who took the ball into the area and as he took the ball to the right of the goal he shot across the keeper and the ball rolled agonisingly inches wide of the far post.

H/T: 2-1

Five minutes into the second half an Athletic was broken down by Tom Williams who laid the ball out wide to McCormick, he held the ball up well as Freshwater stormed into play down the right and as the ball was played into his path he thundered a shot in that rippled the side netting. Five minutes later saw the home side again threatening from a set piece, a free kick some forty yards from goal was sent into the Winslow penalty area, a header came in which had Weymes diving away to his right only to watch ball sail past the post.
United earned their equaliser on sixty five minutes when a corner from their left from Freshwater was delivered perfectly into the area for Hateley Mercer to run in from the edge of the box, climb above everyone and power his header home.

Hateley Mercer scores for Winslow United at Buckingham Athletic. Picture courtesy of Dale James.

Hateley Mercer scores for Winslow United at Buckingham Athletic. Picture courtesy of Dale James.

The goal then sparked Winslow back into life, and four minutes later a good run from Costello saw him travel with the ball and evade half a dozen challenges before seeing his shot canon off a defender for a corner. From the resulting corner, the ball was half cleared just outside the box where it was met on the volley by Williams who could only fire well over the bar. Buckingham then had a chance in the seventy third minute when Cruse was released and faced a one on one with Weymes, his shot was saved by the boot of the Winslow keeper and the ball rebounded back off a United defender into the keepers hands. Fifteen minutes from time saw an Athletic attack broken down inside the United half, a cross field pass sailed over to McCormick out on the right who controlled with one touch before trying his luck with the outside of his boot to curl the ball around Hammond only to see the ball bounce inches wide.
Six minutes from time saw Winslow score the winner when a free kick was awarded on the right wing. Freshwater again delivered the ball into the area, no one seemed to want to clear in the home defence and Mercer again was quickest to react and ran in to tap home. United then saw out the remaining few minutes to seal the victory.

F/T: 2-3

United: 1: T Weymes 2: D Job 3: C Setterfield 4: T Williams 5: M Wiltshire © 6: H Mercer 7: R Freshwater 8: G Karwacinski 9: J Costello (86 mins N Farrow) 10: J McCormick 11: D Butler (75 mins M Doherty-Labode)

Un-Used: L Murphy, M Moran

Attendance 157