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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

December 2014 : Costello fires late equaliser as Winslow & Ath share derby day spoils

Winslow United FC website by Dale James


Winslow United FC – 1
Buckingham Athletic – 1

Winslow United left it late to snatch a point, in a typical local derby at Elmfield Gate which saw plenty of passion, a whole load of mud, and two teams desperately trying to win the game for local pride as well as points to climb the league table. Jason Costello scored his first league goal of the season in second half injury time to earn Winslow a point, which on fairness of play was the least they deserved.
Credit has to be given to the clubs work party on the morning of the game, for getting up to the ground early on, and working tirelessly to ensure the game went ahead. After all the rain the previous day, they all worked a miracle to get the pitch playable.
Easily United’s largest crowd of the season assembled pitch side, braving the freezing temperatures that seemed to get lower by the minute. There were plenty of pasties & sausage rolls being consumed by cold hands, and the teas and coffees were forever flowing throughout the game.
For anyone unaware of how much lower league local derbies matter, then the faces on the Winslow faces in the bar after the game would tell you this was just as important as any fan of the North London or North East derbies. With the game time running out, it was Athletic who looked like they would hold the bragging rights at the end of the game, until that late late leveller earned Jason Costello the most shaked hand and slapped back by the end of the evening. It may all sound over the top after only a draw, but with lady luck clearly avoiding the road to Winslow this season thus far, many will be hoping she has finally found us on her satnav?
As the players took their time to adjust to the slippery surface, it took until the eleventh minute for the first effort of any note, as Buckingham threw in a cross from their right, the home defence struggled to get to the ball and a snap shot from the Athletic striker saw the ball balloon over the bar. In the eighteenth minute, a Winslow attack saw Costello win the ball and lay it off to Grant Karwacinski who fired wide, but he was being held back by a defender who was very lucky the referee did not see otherwise a penalty would have had to have been given.
Athletic took the lead in the thirty third minute with a route one goal. From a goal kick, the ball was allowed to bounce which cleared the home defence, and Chris Davies nipped in to lob the ball over the advancing home keeper Tom Weymes and into the net.

Chris Davies

Chris Davies

Winslow almost got level just three minutes later when a corner from their left was headed just wide by James Bishop. Five minutes before the break the visitors should have doubled their lead when from a cross Matt Cruise found the space and time to get his shot away, but blazed over the bar.

H/T: 0-1

Seven minutes into the second half saw a Winslow attack break down, and the blue shirts piled forward on the counter attack, the ball was fed into the path of Josh Hooper who fired low across goal only to see Weymes brilliantly dive away to his right to turn the ball away to safety. A minute later, Athletic won a free kick out on their right, Adam Bone floated the ball into the penalty area, a crowd of heads went up, and the faintest of touches saw the ball creeping inside the far post, until Weymes again at full stretch tipped the ball around the post for a corner.
As the conditions worsened on the pitch, it looked likely that a slip could prove costly to either side, and neither team really managed to put any moves together that looked threatening. On seventy two minutes, United’s new signing Maurice Doherty Labode went on a mazy run that saw him evade three or four challenges on the edge of the box, play a one-two with Costello, and a poke towards goal had some of the crowd celebrating the ‘goal’ only to see the ball trickle agonisingly wide of the post. A minute later saw another Athletic counter attack down the right send Cruise away on goal only to see him fire wide of the far post.

Jason Costello

Jason Costello

As the game went into the final five minutes, Winslow threw everything they had at the Athletic goal but with no real threat, and when Luke Tavener saw an effort spiral off his own player and away for a goal kick, it looked all set for Athletic to take the points. That was until in the first minute of added time, when a Weymes goal kick was flicked on, and Costello raced onto the ball in the penalty area and fired the ball home to level the game.

F/T: 1-1

United: 1: T Weymes 2: R Freshwater 3: C Setterfield 4: M Wiltshire 5: A Bailey 6: D Job 7: N Farrow (85 mins L Murphy) 8: G Karwacinski 9: J Costello © 10: J Bishop (74 mins L Tavener) 11: D Butler (61 mins M Doherty Labode)
Un-Used: G Ford, O Golding
Attendance 282

SSMFL,D1: Winslow secure local derby victory

Winslow United secured all three points as they won 3-1 at Buckingham Athletic in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday.

The Easter derby fixture saw both sides go into the game without key players but it was the visitors who started brightly.

With just over a minute gone Tony Fields put United ahead. Rob MacDonald fired in a fiercely hit volley which saw Athletic goalkeeper Andy Hammond produce an outstanding save. The ball eventually ended up with Fields poking it in at the far post.

Drew Mitten then chipped the ball onto the bar after being set up by Liam Gallagher.

A minute before the break Simon King drove into the penalty area on the left hand flank and the match referee awarded a penalty to the home side for a foul by Fields.

Dave O’Dell stepped up and converted the spot kick to put the home side back in the game at the break.

Five minutes into the second United regained their two-goal advantage with an outstanding header.

Hateley Mercer delivered an excellent free kick which saw Derek Brown rise and produce a powerful bullet header which gave Hammond in the Athletic goal no chance of stopping.

Mercer was sent off for a second bookable offence after mistimed tackle close to the end of the game but United held firm to take the local derby bragging rights back to Elmfields Gate.

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Starting XI’s:

Buckingham Athletic: Andy Hammond, Dan Staley, Brad Walker, Adam Bone, Scott Latham, Dave O’Dell, Mark O’Dell, Patch Hooper, Sid Hawkins, Simon King, Craig Howkins.

Winslow United: Owusu Boeteng, Dan Dyer, Ryan Freshwater, Derek Brown, Hateley Mercer, Jakub Kasprzyk, Tony Fields, George Shrieves, Rob MacDonald, Liam Gallagher, Drew Mitten,

SSMFL, Div 1: Santa Claude hat-trick helps give Winslow a Christmas local derby win

Claude Seanla hit a second half hat-trick and Vinny Shrieves also netted as Winslow United ran out 4-0 winners against Buckingham Athletic in front of a crowd of 300+ in the big local derby this afternoon.

Claude Seanla

Claude Seanla

United gave a debut to goalkeeper Jack Sillitoe who has joined from Aylesbury United as they named one of their strongest sides of the season.

Damien Wiffin returned to his old club without goalkeeper Tom Clark (illness), Ryan Wiffin (broken toe) and Simon King (suspended).

The Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 clash finally started after much hard work on the Elmfields Gate pitch.

The early exchanges were typical of a local derby as both sides battled to gain a foot hold in the game.

A good strike by Phil Martin for the visitors was equally matched by a smart save by Sillitoe in the United goal.

Drew Mitten and Seanla combined with Athletic goalkeeper Jake Butler producing a fine save.

At the other end Sillitoe saved well from a Dave O’Dell effort.

With the sides coming out after a goalless first half, United took the lead as Ryan Freshwater’s pass found Rob MacDonald, who crossed for Seanla to head home.

Within two minutes United had doubled their advantage as Freshwater’s corner saw Seanla head in his second.

Hateley Mercer’s free kick then hit the post before Mitten struck the bar with a shot.

Athletic substitute Jonny Cater broke but Sillitoe was again on hand to produce another good save to deny the visitors.

United attacked immediately and it was Vinny Shrieves who slotted in to score the home side’s third.

Vinny Shrieves

Vinny Shrieves

The visitors hit the bar late on before Seanla scored his first hat-trick for the club as he fired in United’s fourth.

Winslow United: Jack Sillitoe, Dan Dyer, Ryan Freshwater, Derek Brown, Hateley Mercer, Claude Seanla, Jakub Kasprzyk, George Shrieves, Rob Macdonald, Drew Mitten, Vinny Shrieves.

Subs: Joe Kidd, Liam Gallagher, Daryl Phillips, Luke Williamson.

Buckingham Athletic: Jake Butler, Dan Staley, Simon Hodges, Brad Walker, Dave O’Dell, Mark O’Dell, Paul Dearlove, Patch Hooper, Luke Tavener, Phil Martin, Frankey Tarrant

Subs: Jonny Cater, Josh Hooper, James Blundell, Dan McAndrew, Stuart Ironmonger.