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Bedgrove Dynamos tragic loss

Bedgrove Dynamos FC reported earlier this week on the tragic loss of Luca Campanaro aged 14 whilst playing for the club on Sunday

We are deeply saddened to have to announce that a young player from the club sadly passed away this afternoon after being involved in a collision during a youth match on Sunday 9th December.

Our thoughts are with Luca’s family and loved ones at this distressing time. We also offer our heartfelt condolences to his team mates and all associated with the club as we now try to come to terms with the tragic loss of our friend and team mate.

It goes without saying that everyone at the club is devastated by this news and we ask that the privacy of his family, the players and club members is respected at this incredible difficult time.

The following day a crowd funding page was set up and having already reached their target, all donations from now on will go to London air ambulance service they are a charity funded by donations only and they tried to save Luca’s life.

This page can be accessed here:

The club have confirmed today that this week-ends games will be going ahead in tribute:

Following on from yesterday’s sad announcement, we would like to thank everyone for their support and wishes. We feel very blessed to be part of such an amazing community and, we know that Luca’s family are taking comfort from so many lovely messages of support.

With the family’s approval we will be honouring our weekend fixtures with a minutes applause to celebrate the life of this fantastic young man.

Once again the club would like to thank everyone for their kind messages. We are truly overwhelmed.

Sports Shots sends their thoughts to all concerned and urge anyone who can donate to do so at this terribly sad time.

BSCC SF: A mouth-watering Senior Charity Cup semi-final line-up

The 2018-19 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final, has it’s first date of four booked.

Buckingham Athletic will host Winslow United at Stratford Fields for the third time this season on Tuesday 5th February 2019 at 7.30pm in the first leg between the two sides.

Leighton Town entertain Aylesbury with dates still to be confirmed.

SL; Aylesbury FC 0-3 Thame United

Aylesbury FC – 0

Thame United – 3


Aylesbury FC competed for the opening twenty minutes or so of this Southern League Division One Central fixture but once former Mole Harry Scott set up an opener for Lynton Goss the visiting side took control of the remainder and a quick fire double that saw two goals in as many minutes early in the second half saw the points heading back to Oxfordshire. Goss helped himself to a hatrick and if not for some vital blocks from home keeper Nick Bennion the scoreline could have looked a lot worse, at the end of the game two sides with contrasting fortunes left the field of play, Aylesbury have lost three on the bounce conceding eleven without reply whilst Thame have taken seven points from a possible nine inside the last seven days, which includes a win and a draw against the sides that currently sit second & third in the table, the result leaves United a place below the play-offs and Aylesbury a place above the relegation places.

The first effort of the afternoon fell to Dan West some twenty-five yards from goal, the Thame striker creating a yard of space but firing high over the top, at the other end some hesitation in the United defence allowed Ty Deacon to gain possession and burst into the box, his cross found Hakim Nyariki whose shot was blocked and rolled back out to Carl Tappin who blazed over Craig Hill’s crossbar, before Deacon again had some success breaking down the right channel and into the area with the opportunity to shoot himself he unselfishly tried to square to Bruno Brito but his shot was blocked away for a corner.

Bruno Brito in thick of the action

Thame stunned their hosts on twenty-three minutes with their opener, Scott fed out on the left hand side of the Moles box and seemingly going nowhere he managed to lose his marker and fizz the ball across the six yard box where running in Goss lifted high into the roof of the net. The hosts tried to respond with Brito down their left but his cross was headed straight at Hill by Nyariki, from the clearance a flick on saw Goss in behind the red backline, as Bennion advanced to narrow the angle the goal scorer aimed his drive past the keeper towards the back post but the ball rolled a couple of yards the wrong side, and a late free kick for the away side was unchallenged as it found Jamie Essex at the back post, his low drive blocked and eventually cleared from close range. H/T: 0-1

Within sixty seconds of the restart a cross from the Thame right found West whose close range effort saw Bennion have to turn out for a corner using his feet, the set piece swung in was headed back across goal to West who up against Tappin climbed highest but could only head over the top, Goss then attacked the left flank leaving his marker behind before pulling back to Scott who fired high over the bar. The visitors then won a penalty ten minutes into the half when Liam Tack was fed in to the right of goal, Tappin attempted to simply block his route but as the midfielder went over the referee pointed to the spot.

Lynton Goss scores his second from the spot

Goss fired into the top corner to double his sides lead, Tappin was booked on his way back into his own half for the restart for his views on the decision, and before anyone in a red shirt could regroup United, and in particular Goss, grabbed a third within two minutes of the second, fed in behind the defence and rounding the desperate dive of Bennion at his feet, he fired home from a tight angle to kill the game off. Thame from here controlled the game, West played a great one-two on the edge of the box to get away but he fired over, and a free kick floated in from the wing found substitute Tom Carter at the back post whose header bounced off the post and out for a goal kick.

Goss received a pass ten yards into the Aylesbury half and with some encouragement from his team mates he drove at the heart of the defence although Moles skipper Jordan Jenkins eventually forced him wide where he snatched at his shot to lift into the waiting gloves of Bennion, and the final action saw a ball lifted into the Thame box from Tappin some thirty yards out simply elude everyone and float into the hands of Hill, summing up a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the hosts. F/T: 0-3

Attendance: 119

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Aylesbury manager Paul Bonham: 
And also with Thame assistant manager Stuart Blaik: 

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SLD1E; Moles looking to Tame recent success of local rivals

Saturday 24th November 2018

Aylesbury v Thame United

Southern League Division One East

Heywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC host near neighbours Thame United on Saturday looking to bounce back from two consecutive defeats, but face yet another stern test against the side that in the last seven days have beaten third placed Corby and drawn with league leaders Bromsgrove Sporting who only equalised in added time to deny the Oxon side all three points. Paul Bonham took charge of The Moles and got off to a flyer over seeing two victories in his first three games, but defeats against Bromsgrove and Berkhamsted since have come at the cost of shipping eight goals without reply, but the wins over Cambridge City & Peterborough Sports who both occupy play off positions shows the squad are more than capable of gaining results against the higher ranked sides.

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Jordan Jenkins and first of all we asked midfielder Jordan Frederick how he’s settled in since signing earlier this season:

I have settled in extremely well and the club has been very welcoming, I knew a lot of the lads in the team before joining & I knew the previous manager and he was keen to bring me onboard

And how has the season started for JJ?

The first couple of months were a bit stop start for me with work commitments limiting my midweek availability, but I’ve been pleased with my personal performances overall and will hopefully surpass one hundred appearances for the club very soon. Defensively we are looking to get back to being a more solid unit which we were showing at the start of the season

Jordan Jenkins

How does the club captain view the managerial change that took place only a few weeks ago?

Scott (Reynolds) deserves a huge amount of credit for his work during his relatively short time here. As one of a handful of players who remained at the club, the difference from the season before was substantial in terms of professionalism and organisation, unfortunately as a collective we were unable to match that with our results on the pitch. Paul has fine tuned certain aspects without making wholesale changes which will hopefully come to fruition with the upcoming run of games against sides around us in the table

Frederick felt a change was needed:

Personally I think the managerial change needed to happen, since Paul became manager the whole team dynamic has changed for the better which has improved our performances and our results

And how does the midfielder feel his season has started in general?

The season started slowly however I feel I have worked my way into this team, my performance and fitness levels are improving with every game, I am always looking to improve and it would be nice to pick up the points moving into the Christmas period

Jordan Frederick

What would JJ need to achieve by the end of the season for it to be a successful one, for both him and the club?

Survival is always a good start but I’d like to think we have the ability in the squad to push a little higher up that league table. The club has a great band of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to improve the club off the pitch over the last six months and they deserve to be rewarded with some improved results on it. For me personally, five goals would be the target and to concede as few as possible always helps

We asked JJ which members of the squad have impressed so far this season:

Retaining the services of Craig Carby was an important piece of business, he gives consistently good performances on a weekly basis and is an excellent role model to the younger lads in the squad. Keeping with the veterans, Nick Bennion has produced some inspired performances between the sticks, earning us some important points along the way. Off the pitch I must mention our kitman Phil Duffy, his work often goes under the radar but it’s a role that goes way beyond laying the kit out on a Saturday afternoon and certainly a level of dedication I’ve never come across before in non-league football

JF feels it’s a more collective input:

I feel since joining this club all the players have shown their talent & skills, I think Paul has a big part to play in motivating the players and focusing on individual talent

We asked JF how he felt the last three games were after a superb win at Cambridge:

I wasn’t expecting anything at Sporting, however I felt we could have played better against Berkhamsted, defensively as a team we didn’t play as well as we could have. We started extremely well against Cambridge, with the early goal and the sending off helping in our favour, we deserved the win

The skipper agrees:

Its certainly been a baptism of fire for Paul facing the top five sides in his first five games. We were good value for the win over Cambridge after an energetic performance so the result against Berko was a bit of a step back as they were quite simply more clinical in both boxes on the day. Bromsgrove away will be one of the more difficult fixtures for most sides this season! We were forced to travel with a depleted squad although I felt we were our own worst enemy at times and gifted them a couple of soft goal

How good is this league after the summer reshuffle in JJ’s eyes?

Its certainly the most competitive league I have experienced at step four. A fair few clubs have the resources to comfortably push on to the next level which are the sort of games you relish being involved in front of some big crowds. Any team  seems capable of taking points off another, something that we have proved ourselves against a few of the so called bigger teams already this season

JF has picked two teams he fancies to do well:

I’ve played in this division for a good few years now so know every week it’s going to be a battle and that nothing is going to be given to us, but Bromsgrove & Corby both look very good outfits and appear to be the ones to beat

With AFC a solitary victory off mid-table or a defeat off relegation, back to back wins would push them close to the play-offs, how does JF see the squad achieving this?

The key to success in this league is momentum, it’s a long season and after a few consecutive wins I think we have a good chance of moving up the table

JJ thinks the club needs to concentrate on their form at Heywood Way:

Our home form has been disappointing over the last twelve months which has contributed to the inconsistency in our results. The play-offs would be a big ask at this stage but we have shown we are capable of producing results which could easily equate to mid table comfort. The key for us will be trying to get a settled squad on a weekly basis, something I am sure Paul is actively working on

Finally, we asked JJ for his thoughts on facing Thame this weekend, after they’ve taken four points off two of the top three sides:

They settled in to life at this level with some ease last season and have continued to progress, albeit like ourselves they will be looking for more consistent results. Four points from their last six against Corby and Bromsgrove is sure to see them in a buoyant mood come Saturday afternoon, particularly with the return of Lynton (Goss) and (Dan) West bolstering their attack. Both our fixtures against them last season were tough competitive games, so as a squad we need a big response after our last two results, and will hopefully be able to welcome a few faces back into the mix to take the three points

JF also expects a difficult afternoon:

I always expect a tough game week in week out, however I go into every game with a positive attitude. Thame United have played well and the last two games which will fill them with confidence, however I believe we can beat anyone on our day

Sports Shots would like to thank both Jordan’s for their time this week

ESS CD1: Bonham ‘upbeat’ as Aylesbury head to leaders Bromsgrove

Aylesbury manager Paul Bonham is upbeat as his side head to face Evo Stik South, Central Division 1 leaders Bromsgrove Sporting on Saturday.

Paul Bonham

Looking ahead to the weekend trip, the Moles boss told Sports Shots:

We have a couple of players away this week but I’m happy with the squad – this will give some players a great opportunity to come in on Saturday . Bromsgrove have gained some great momentum and are coming off the back of a 5-1 win against North Leigh. Having already played them we know how tough this will be but we have prepared well this week and are looking forward to the challenge they bring. Its not in the team’s nature to sit back and soak it up, we will be going with confidence and our plan will be too get something from the game.

Since Bonham took charge at The SRD Stadium he has been more than happy with the start in the dugout.

If you had given me 6 points from the last 4 games, I would have snatched your hands off. We have had a really tough run of fixtures but have proved we can compete at this level. We were disappointed with the performance against Berko (Berkhamsted) and felt we didn’t do ourselves justice but have come away with some positives which we will take into Saturday’s game.

Bonham is happy with the collective, especially the attitudes in the camp ahead of a big game at the weekend.

We have made some changes to playing staff, a few leaving but have brought in some new faces who all need time to settle down within the squad. On the whole I’ve been pleased with the squad and we are all working so hard to make sure we are ready for the game against Bromsgrove.

ESS CD1: Bonham praises Aylesbury after Cambridge away victory

New Aylesbury manager Paul Bonham has praised his side after their 3-2 win at Cambridge City on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Bonham

Bonham spoke to Sports Shots this evening and was in good spirits after two wins in his opening three games since taking over from Scott Reynolds.

After last week’s defeat, we challenged the side for a reaction and we looked like a team with a point to prove. Cambridge City are a top side so we knew we had to perform well to stand any chance of getting something from the game. With the wind playing a massive part in the game any set piece – corner or free kick was going to cause us problems due to the pure physicality of the opposition. We were pleased with the teams attacking play, the front 3 were linking well and caused all sorts of problems. To score 3 goals against a top 3 side is a great achievement and looking back at the game we could of had more goals.

Bonham has been busy in the transfer market.

Our new signings Ty Deacon and Sam Odusoga both went straight into the side and produced very good performances and we are looking forward to seeing more of them once settled in the squad. It’s been a tough few weeks after Scott leaving but as a squad, we are working really hard in training, working on slight changes to how we want to play and the squad have reacted really well and are buying into what we expect from them.

The man in the Aylesbury hotseat will be looking for more of the same.

Looking forward there are no easy games in this league so we need to continue to keep up the standards set by us as a team and keep pushing to make sure we carry on winning games.

MATCH REPORT LINK: Cambridge City 2 Aylesbury 3

SLD1E; New manager begins ascent on Moles mountain to climb

Saturday 20th October 2018

Aylesbury v Peterborough Sports

Southern League Division One East

Heywood Way

K.O. 3.00pm

Aylesbury FC saw a managerial change this week as Scott Reynolds stepped down with Paul Bonham taking charge for the interim, and a baptism of fire awaits as his squad host third placed Peterborough Sports at Heywood Way on Saturday. Whilst the Moles look for the first win in eight, Sports are flying high with four wins and two draws in their opening six league games, although they have not won in their last four games in all competition & haven’t tasted league success since the first of September, however this will be a stern test for Aylesbury as they line up for the first time under the new manager.

Paul Bonham

This week Sports Shots caught up with Paul to ask how the last week has been:

It’s been a crazy week so far, getting over the disappointment of going out of the FA Trophy last weekend to then hear the sad news that Scott had stepped down. We’ve had a positive chat with the committee and a great training session on Tuesday night, we are now focusing on getting ready for a very tough fixture against Peterborough Sports

And is this a long term appointment for the new boss?

At this moment in time we have been appointed to settle the ship after the weekend, going forward any decisions will be made by the committee

For anyone who doesn’t know Paul Bonham, what is his footballing history?

So I’ve been involved with coaching & managing for the last four years now, three of those have been at Aylesbury FC. I started with the under eighteens development side & then assisted former managers Davis Haule & Danny Gordon in the first team set up, in between this I spent half a season with Tring Athletic which was a great experience. Last season I was coaching at the Oxford United academy for whom I am still doing a few sessions this year as well as being involved here. On the coaching side I am near completion of my UEFA B qualification

We asked Paul how good a job has Scott done in his time at the club:

Scott in my opinion did a very good job here, considering he started with three or four players from last year’s squad, it’s been a total rebuild which has been really challenging

So will there be any immediate changes to the squad?

Matt Moran & I have been working really hard to communicate with the players and we are really pleased that currently the squad has stuck together. With regard to bringing in new faces we have been speaking to some clubs regarding availability of certain players but nothing has been confirmed as yet. I’m really pleased that Phil Duffy, Lucy Hume & Phil Cave have also decided to stick around, all of these have been fantastic this season

So will there be any changes to training or playing methods?

Currently we will be keeping the same schedules from Scott’s reign, playing style and training methods will change but it has to be a slow process otherwise it might have a negative effect on the team and possibly results if we change things overnight

And what about Saturday’s opponents?

Very tough game for us this weekend but our best performances have come against the top sides this season. We have done our research on them & have a good idea on how they will approach the game so the management team & I have the job to make sure the team is fully prepared for the weekends match

Finally, we asked Paul how difficult he thinks it will be to get his side up the league table:

We are under no illusion that it will be a difficult task to climb up the league table as this has to be the most competitive league the club have been involved in for the last three years, but this squad is ready for the challenge ahead & I’m confident we can start picking up some points, it is very close and just one win could catapult us up the table by five or six places

Sports Shots would like to thank Paul for his time this week

Scott Reynolds leaves Aylesbury FC

Aylesbury FC have this morning announced the departure of manager Scott Reynolds with the following statement:

It is with regret that the club is announcing that for personal reasons & with immediate effect Scott Reynolds has stepped down as First Team Manager.

Scott Reynolds

Scott joined the club in the summer with the objective of completely reorganising the playing structure and also to help rejuvinate things off the field, which with the help of his excellent back room staff, he has achieved and whilst on the pitch we have had a difficult start, Scott had the backing of everyone on the committee, as we endeavour to stabilise the club for the future.

Paul Bonham will step up to First Team Manager, Matt Moran remains as Assistant Manager as does both Phil Cave as Goalkeeping Coach and Phil Duffy who will continue as Kit Manager with Antonio Mendes and Lucy Hume also continuing in their positions. An announcement on a new Coach to strengthen the team will be announced in the next couple of days.

Once again we would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Scott for everything he has done this season in stabilising and helping to re build the foundations of Aylesbury Football Club.

Paul Bonham

BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here:

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

SLD1; Aylesbury FC 0-1 Kidlington

Aylesbury – 0

Kidlington – 1

Aylesbury were beaten at home on Saturday in a turgid affair at Heywood Way that was settled by a ninth minute goal from Ben Willoughby to bring an end to their two game unbeaten run. Chances for either side were scarce during a ninety minutes played under warm autumn sunshine, Aylesbury rarely troubling the visiting defence in the first half but came out looking much better after the break, but a well organised Kidlington backline comfortably dealt with anything thrown at them to record their first points of the season. The bottom of the Southern League Division One Central table sits congested with just six points separating over half the table, proving how competitive this division is since the summer reshuffle.

An early attack for the away side saw Liam Talboys drive into the Aylesbury box but with Temi Oladejo shadowing he could only fire straight at Moles keeper Nick Bennion, but the break through did come on nine minutes when Willoughby latched onto a pass through the Moles defence to slot home. Two minutes after the goal Talboys found some space on the eighteen yard line but not realising the time he had, he lifted high over the crossbar.

The home side struggled to create any chances as they were well marshalled by the sea of green shirts every time they tried to push forward, their first effort of note coming on thirty-two minutes when Aaron King worked hard to create an opening on the edge of the area, evading a challenge his shot was blocked but the rebound fell to Lewis Strafford who lashed high over the top.

Lewis Strafford came closest in first half for Moles

As the half came towards an end, Kidlington should have had a second when Brad Singh got away down their left and slipped a ball inside the area to Willoughby but from twelve yards he fired wide, and with a minute left the hosts got their first shot on target when King got down the left wing, he pulled the ball back across midfield to Strafford whose shot from twenty-five yards had keeper Sam Warrell falling away to his left to push away. H/T: 0-1

The home side seemed a little more purposeful after the break, and ten minutes in Ryan Ware was fed in behind the away backline but took his shot on early and from quite a distance fired way wide of the target, whilst at the opposite end Jamie Calvin got away down the right and headed for goal, Carl Tappin faced him head on and forced him wide of goal where he desperately stuck out a boot to roll the ball across the goal face but with no team mates up with him it rolled away to safety.

A long Bennion goal kick was allowed to bounce in the Kidlington box which had a defender in all sorts of trouble, with King all over him a sliced clearance allowed the Moles striker a look at goal but the ball would not come down quick enough and he could only help the ball over the top. The visitor’s then missed the best chance of the half when a ball from their right found Willoughby inside the six-yard box in front of goal and somehow he flicked the ball over the top.

Joshua Williams had chance late on saved

A second goal was scored on seventy-two minutes after a free kick into the Moles box was headed back across goal where Calvin stabbed home but a raised flag halted the celebrations, Talboys then tried his luck again from twenty-five yards forcing Bennion to push away from inside his right hand post. Tappin then won control on the half-way line and splayed the ball into the corner for Oladejo to attack the full back, his cross found King who chested down and laid off to Tappin who had continued his run but again the ball bounced awkwardly and the shot lifted high over the bar.

As the game wore down Aylesbury desperately tried to feed some service to their front line, and pushed centre half Derek Feyi forward to add some muscle to the attack, with time running out he received the ball twenty yards out but his shot got the merest of deflections that saw it roll harmlessly back to Warrell, and the final attack saw Josh Williams cut in from the left and his low drive was pushed away by the away keeper for a corner. F/T: 0-1

Attendance: 82

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Aylesbury manager Scott Reynolds: 

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