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SSMFL,DD: Honor looks back on the Ath Development’s 2017-18 season

Buckingham Athletic Development manager Jake Honor has looked back on his side’s 2017-18 season in an interview with Sports Shots.

Ben Townsend and Jake Honor (right)

How the season panned out?

Overall I’ve been quite happy with how the season has panned out, we had a top half finish in the league and we made it to the semi final of the development trophy eventually losing to the winners, Harpenden Town.

We also had a disappointing County cup , however we were already knocked out of this when myself and Ben took over the team.

After Larry left, there were a few months before Christmas which were a little rocky. The team changed around a little bit and we had a few players which played 1 or 2 games and then didn’t come back. However once 2018 hit, our fortunes certainly changed and we finally started to turn good performances into results. We had Nathan Skelton and Rory Busby drop down from the first team and these two players become very important in our attacking play both contributing a number of goals with Skelly ending up our top goalscorer. We also added Stu Ironmonger from Twyford to our defence along with two u18’s, Harry Byron & Luke McAndrew becoming more regularly available it really added some stability to the back four. These additions in attack and defence added more depth to our already talented squad and they helped us have good second half to the season and steadily rise up the league.

Lessons learned?

This has been my first season managing at this level and it has been a really good experience for me. Having joined the club firstly as assistant I felt it gave me the perfect opportunity to learn from Larry but obviously things didn’t initially go to plan and the manager position became vacant in October. After speaking to the committee and the confidence they showed in myself and Ben we decided to step up and take control. We’ve both learned a lot this season about ourselves, each other and we feel that knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses has helped us to work successfully as a coaching team. Most importantly we’ve learnt a lot about the players that put on the shirt week in, week out.

Learning our strengths and weaknesses has been important as we look to improve on this next season. We hope to retain a large number of the current squad, add a couple of new additions ourselves and with Neil bringing in some players of his own for the first team, the development will be in a stronger position come the start of the season.

Key performances

There have been some games that I won’t forget for a while this season, both good and bad. The first game isn’t the fondest of memories and it was shortly after I took over as manager. It was a patchy part of the season with availability and players registered. We were away to league winners Dunstable and on the end of an embarrassing 8-0 defeat, but I could see from that performance the players that really wanted to play for the club and were willing to fight to the end even when the result was already decided. The next two performances that stood out for me ended in much better performances and better results.

The first was the local derby against Winslow, coming away 4-1 winners at Elmfields Gate, it was a great feeling and it gave us our 5th win
in the last 7 games. There was a really good feel around the development team after this point and I feel that the team had finally clicked together to work as a unit. We only went on to lose 2 of the next 7 games to finish our season in a good league position.

The third game that really stood out was Harpenden’s visit to Stratford Fields. We ended up drawing 1-1 but we had 2 goals disallowed and our performance that night was the best I’d seen us play all season, I was extremely pleased with our performance on and off the ball.

Firstly I would like to thank Larry Woodward for giving me the opportunity to join him as assistant manager at the beginning of the season and then another thank you to the committee at the club for giving me the chance to step up and take charge when Larry left.

Another thank you just go to my head coach Ben for joining me in the dugout all season, John McAndrew for joining us and helping out towards the end of the season and a massive thank you to all the players this season. Obviously I can’t manage a team without players and the lads around at the end of this year have really made it an enjoyable one.

Finally a thank you to Sports Shots for the coverage of the development team this season. The work you do for local sport really is appreciated by everyone involved in the development team.

Buckingham Athletic Ladies looking for players & coach

Buckingham Athletic Ladies are looking for new players & a coach ahead of the 2018/19 season.

A hugely successful season this term saw them crowned champions of the Thames Valley Counties League Division Two North, and also runners up in the Berks & Bucks County Cup.

Ahead of the new season, manager Carmen Robinson is looking for anyone interested in joining the playing squad to get in touch. A new chapter will begin in Division One to which a high standard of football is guaranteed.

Also a coach to come on board and help with the running of the team.

Anyone interested should either contact Carmen on 07850 649440, or the club on

BCC; Buckingham Athletic 0-2 Daventry Town

Buckingham Athletic – 0

Daventry Town – 2

Buckingham Athletic put up a brave performance against higher level opponents Daventry Town on Sunday in the Buckingham Charity Cup Final but were undone in the first half by two goals in Mark Carter’s final game in charge at Stratford Fields. They had chances to get back in the game, Robbie Carter hit the crossbar late on, but Daventry always looked a threat going forward and saw the game out to lift the trophy on a warm & sunny afternoon.

The hosts had the first chance at goal when a Ryan Marsden throw in found Chris Stapleton in the Town area, he turned and got a shot away but Daventry keeper Lustin Cerga gathered comfortably, whilst the visitor’s first effort saw Adam Confue seize on a poor pass out of the Athletic defence & drive forward ten yards before shooting however a covering defender got a touch on the ball to help deflect into Lewis Dench’s gloves.

The next Daventry attack saw a header away collected by wide man Adam Creaney who took a touch to control before firing wide of Dench’s left-hand post. On eighteen minutes a cross from Town front man Kieran Fitzgerald saw a touch from Athletic skipper Dan Staley wrong foot everyone and Jack Carter had to clear for a corner. Bleu McNeil crossed from the right and at the back post Creaney was at full stretch to head down but Dench was able to gather.

Athletic management for the last time

Confue then seized on a clearance from the Buckingham defence, pushing forward he powered a low drive narrowly wide, and Creaney curled in a great cross from the left touchline to the back post where running in Fitzgerald headed over. Athletic fought back with Robbie Carter down the right, he had a personal battle with his marker which he won, getting to the edge of the box he crossed into the middle but with no one forward the chance was wasted.

Daventry midfielder Tom McGowan got away into the Buckingham area and as he aimed to shoot Sam Olawale tracked back brilliantly to slide in and tackle, win the ball and clear upfield. But just as Buckingham looked comfortable containing their opponents, all their hard work was undone by two goals in the final sixteen minutes of the half.

On twenty-nine minutes a ball into the six-yard box evaded a couple of attempted clearances, played back in to Fitzgerald with back to goal he turned and slotted past Dench, then in the final minute a corner swung in and as a mass of bodies went up, the ball flew into the back of the net off Staley with some power. H/T: 0-2

Daventry having the upper hand continued to probe in the second half, Dean Lukeman pushing forward from full back managed to get some space but could only fire over the top, & some brief respite for the home side when a shot was cleared from the Daventry six-yard box was soon back up the other end, Fitzgerald about to shoot when a flailing boot managed to take off his toe and divert for a corner.

Robbie Carter hit bar late on

As the second half wore on a couple of substitutions breathed some new life into the home side, Rory Busby newly introduced laid off to Neil King to force a good save from Cerga down to his right, before Stapleton broke the Town offside trap and his acrobatic scissor kick deflected away for a corner. From the set piece Stapleton flicked on with his head and in front of goal Robbie Carter turned the ball onto the crossbar with the rebound cleared to safety.

Daventry came back with Creaney who from the right fired along the six-yard line to which Elliot Herbert got a touch, but a deflection took it away for a corner, their next cross found Confue at the back post where he had to stoop down low to get his head to the ball but could only loop over the top. Athletic tried again to get something back, a loose pass at the back for Daventry saw King go for goal from twenty yards but he got under it and lifted over the top.

Creaney then saw a cross come back off the crossbar for the away side, then with five minutes left Buckingham were close to setting up a dramatic finale when Stapleton climbed highest to meet a cross, he headed down but somehow Cerga got down to the foot of his near post to push away for a corner. In the final minute another Athletic free kick saw Carter flick on and wide, but by now the result was done & dusted. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 104

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Presentations after the game: 
Sports Shots caught up with departing manager Mark Carter & skipper Dan Staley: 

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Buckingham Senior Charity Cup – Buckingham Athletic 0 Daventry Town 2

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BREAKING … Buckingham Athletic appoint Neil Griffiths as their new first team manager

Buckingham Athletic Football Club are very pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Griffiths as their new first team manager.

In a club statement, Athletic chairman Tony Checkley said:

We are obviously really pleased that Neil has accepted the position as manager after what has been a pretty hectic few weeks of interviews and discussions. I have to say the interest for the job was high and that makes the decision process a little harder but Neil’s enthusiasm really won us over. Over the next few weeks Neil will build up his management team but he will certainly be bringing along Ben Hill as his assistant.

There are many aspects that you have to look at when trying to choose the right person, obviously knowledge and ability is very high on that list but also making sure that people coming in fit the character of the club and during all our discussions with both Neil and Ben that certainly came across. They are fully aware of what we are trying to achieve at Stratford Fields, but they also can see what we have already put in place both on and off the field and their aim is pick up where Mark and his team have left off.

So the new phase starts here and although we are all looking forward to a break there is a busy few weeks in front of us to ensure we are all ready for the new season.

I want to finish by once again sending our thanks on behalf of all the committee and players to Mark Carter and the rest of his management team for all of their hard work and dedication over the last few years. We look forward to seeing them all at Stratford Fields next season in slightly different roles but all still striving to move the club forward.

Neil Griffiths talks exclusively to Sports Shots Russell & Butler YouTube channel regarding his appointment.


Buckingham Charity Cup Final preview

Sunday 13th May 2018

Buckingham Athletic (Step 6) v Daventry Town (Step 5)

Buckingham Charity Cup Final

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic

The Buckingham Charity Cup final takes place on Sunday, where Buckingham Athletic host Daventry Town, to end the season for both clubs. For Athletic it also sees the end of manager Mark Carter’s reign at the club along with his staff, Paul Hassell and Jason Liscum, as they step down from their roles after the game. Both clubs have finished their seasons in the top half of their relevant divisions, and silverware would be a nice bonus to end the campaign. Sports Shots takes a brief look at both sides;

Buckingham Athletic:

Athletic finished their season in seventh place in the South Midlands League Division One. Of their thirty-eight league games they won eighteen drawing eleven, scoring seventy-seven goals conceding fifty-one. At Stratford Fields they won nine, drew seven and lost just three.

Their final eight matches of their league campaign saw three wins, four draws and just one loss: LWDDWDWD

Their Charity Cup campaign started with a quarter-final two goal win over Old Bradwell United back in November, the winter weather took hold and their semi-final was restricted to just one leg when a back log of fixtures for all clubs meant dates soon ran out, meaning both clubs agreed to play just the single game at Buckingham, which the hosts won by a single goal over Leighton Town.

Daventry Town:

Daventry ply their trade in the United-Counties League Premier Division, after gaining promotion last year as champions of the UCL Division One, and finished their season in tenth place. Of their forty-two league games, they won nineteen with ten draws, scoring seventy goals along the way and conceding sixty. Away from home they won eight, drew six and lost seven.

Their final eight matches of their league campaign saw two wins, two draws and four losses: DWLWLLLD

Their Charity Cup campaign started with a quarter-final six goal romp over Grendon Rangers back in October, then a two-legged semi-final against Winslow United saw a goalless draw at Elmfield Gate, before Town triumphed by two goals to one on Bank Holiday Monday to reach the final.

Daventry Town

Ahead of the final Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Dan Staley & Town joint manager Arron Parkinson, and asked Arron how much his squad are looking forward to the final:

The whole club is looking forward to this game, a cup final at the end of a long tough season is what myself and the players see as a great way to end the season on a high note

Staley also sees the game as a chance to banish a recent memory:

We are very much looking forward to the final, it’s a chance for us to finish on a high especially after the recent derby day misery, & we are all looking to right a few wrongs from last weekend

And what squad can we expect from Athletic?

I think our squad will be similar to last week, so very strong. One absentee will be Sol Janecki who is away for the weekend so he’s a player who will be missed because he’s been on a great run of form recently at right back

And Daventry:

Other than long term absentees Dan Childs, Adam Moussi & Anthony O’Connor we are pretty much at full strength, unfortunately we do miss skipper Ross Harris who is suspended for the game

Arron Parkinson when at Rushden & Diamonds

We asked Arron how the two-legged semi-final against Winslow was:

They were both very tight games, both sides in both ties had good periods of play. They were very open & attacking games and how only three goals were scored over the two ties is still a surprise. They had some good individual players and you can see why they had such a good season in their league

What does Dan know about Daventry Town?

Not too much to be honest, they’ve had a steady year in their first season in that league so we are expecting a well organised physical side as most UCL Premier teams are

And we asked Arron the same question about Buckingham:

I don’t know much at all about them, a former team mate of mine Neil King I believe still plays there & I think last season Sid Hawkins & Simon King did aswell. What we will do is prepare correctly as we always do and make sure our players are ready for the challenge

What has been Dan’s highlight of the season so far?

It’s hard to pick a highlight as all at the club would say it might be a bit underwhelming as it promised so much at the start. We’ve still finished in a decent position in the league though, and had some great results along the way. A good thing to look back on for me is how we have performed defensively, we have a very good goals conceded record so that’s something to be proud of

Dan Staley

How has the season been for Daventry?

Our season overall has been very much up and down which our final league position suggests. The players have worked hard over the season and we have had some fantastic results along the way. Unfortunately we have lacked the consistency to push for a top five finish, but I, Ian King (joint manager) & the players see this cup final as the perfect way to finish off the season

We asked Dan how he thinks the game will go:

They are a level higher than us in the pyramid but that doesn’t mean that much to us. We’ve had good results this year against higher ranked sides and we’ll be looking to upset the odds again & will be confident of doing so because we know how we can perform

And Arron?

I expect it to be a tight game, hopefully it’s a good spectacle for the supporters of both sides, and I’m sure they will see two competitive teams go head to head to win the Charity Cup

And for Buckingham Athletic it’s the end of the Carter era, Dan’s thoughts?

This is Mark and his management team’s final game. Mark, Paul & Jason will be a huge miss to not only the squad but the club also. For me personally I’ve played my best football easily under Mark and his team. I cannot thank them all enough for what they’ve done for me and the rest of the boys. It’s a shame we couldn’t reward them with a higher league position but that being said we all have one more game to go out on a high, and we will do our very best to make it one to remember for all those leaving The Ath

Sports Shots would like to thank Dan & Arron for their time this week.

TVCWFL; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 4-2 Haddenham Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 4

Haddenham Ladies – 2

Buckingham Athletic Ladies completed their league campaign on Sunday with a win over Haddenham, and finish unbeaten in their inaugural season, claiming the invincibles tag very rarely achieved in football at any level. To win fourteen of their sixteen league games is a fantastic return for Carmen Robinson’s squad, but to concede just nine league goals in the process is testament to the backline this team boasts, and to score an overage of over four and a half goals a game reveals the attacking threat the midfield pose when going forward, and in Evie Hawkins up front have the pace & finishing prowess to worry any defence, ending her season with thirty-three goals in nineteen appearances.

On a baking hot afternoon, the visitors took the lead inside three minutes when a cross from their left found Emily Holmes unmarked in the middle and she had time to control before burying into the bottom corner. It took the home side a couple of minutes before getting into their stride, Jade Copas exploring down the right channel before lifting over the bar from outside the area. Jordan Heron got down the right and slung a cross into towards Hawkins but Haddenham keeper Kirsty Kay rushed out to gather before the Athletic striker got to it, then on twelve minutes the home side were awarded a penalty.

Home captain Kerry Stapleton had a shot cannon off a defender and roll away towards the byline, Hawkins went to retrieve closely followed by Kay and as they both got to the ball Kay seemed to barge into her opponent and the referee had no hesitation in blowing his whistle. Hawkins took the penalty but watched as Kay dived away to her right to save. Buckingham continued to press, Copas feeding Heron who beat her marker but lifted over the top, & Hawkins had another ball fed through for her to chase down but her first touch took the ball through to the keeper.

So many times this season has Evie Hawkins been slipped a ball in behind an opposing defence for her to chase down, accelerate away from any defender and slot home, and on twenty minutes this tried & tested routine worked again for the hosts to equalise, the inch perfect pass saw her travel into the box and lift into the roof of the net from twelve yards.

Evie Hawkins levels

Just before the half-hour mark a free kick sent down the right to Heron saw her square across the six-yard box and in front of goal Hawkins lifted over, before the next Heron cross found Kayleigh Harwood who went for goal over her shoulder, Kay almost caught out when she allowed the shot to bounce and with the rock hard surface the ball almost looped over her & she had to jump to gather.

Stapleton then seized on a loose ball twenty-five yards out and drove at goal, skipping a couple of challenges she then blazed over the top, before a corner to the home side was cleared out to Heron who curled the ball back into the waiting gloves of Kay. Heron was now enjoying herself down the right wing, and another perfect cross into the six-yard box found Hawkins running in but off balance she could only help the ball wide, and on the stroke of half-time a free kick saw centre-half Emma Marshall step forward and pull across goal and wide of the back post. H/T: 1-1

Six minutes after the break Copas forced Kay away to her right to push her shot away for a corner, and from the corner Athletic took the lead when Stapleton met the cross and got enough on the ball to force home. However, the celebration was cut short as the skipper landed awkwardly and had to be helped from the field of play, and take no further part in the game.

A Haddenham corner was cleared long upfield by Lauren Baker-Hawse for Heron to explore down the right, her cross into Hawkins bounced up waist height and without much of a connection Kay was able to gather. A long ball down the left channel then saw Hawkins away again, Kay came rushing out but missed both ball and opponent & ended stranded out from goal, Hawkins crossed into Sam Jolley who couldn’t quite connect and the danger was gone.

Jordan Heron scores

Dani Roberts then halted an attack by the visitors in the Athletic half, she sent Heron away who cut in getting away from her marker and from the corner of the box went hard and low to the near post where Kay did well getting down with both hands to block. Buckingham thought they had then sewn the game up when Hawkins bagged her second on seventy-three minutes.

Again a ball down field for her to simply chase after, and from inside the box she despatched into the bottom corner. But Haddenham fought back within ninety seconds when Katie Riordan fired into the bottom corner from distance, and again Buckingham were not allowed to relax. From the kick off Heron got away down the right, from the byline she went for goal forcing Kay down to her near post to save again.

Then with six minutes left Heron finally got the goal she deserved, played in to the right of goal, she had a defender catch her up and challenge however she simply forced her way through and slotted home from eight yards out. Marshall then fed Heron in again and from the edge of the box her drive brushed the side netting as it flew wide.

Chelsea Markwell then denied Riordan a second with a defensive block inside the six-yard box, and in the final minute at the opposite end, Jolley tried an overhead kick with her back to goal, the ball cleared everyone and bounced two yards wide of the unguarded goal. F/T: 4-2

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Dani Roberts & katie Hassell: 

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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.

BCCSF; Buckingham Athletic 1-0 Leighton Town Development

Buckingham Athletic – 1

Leighton Town U25 – 0

Buckingham Athletic progressed to the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup Final with a solitary goal victory over Leighton Town Development on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields. A Sam Balls sixth minute header from a Solomon Janecki cross was enough to see Mark Carter reach the final in what will now be his final game in charge of Athletic, and his side were thankful to Lewis Dench at the end as he was forced into a good save low at his near post to ensure their place in the final, where they meet the winners of the other semi-final between Daventry Town & Winslow United who play on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

The home side took the lead on six minutes when Ryan Kelsey linked up with Janecki down the right & the full backs cross was met at the back post by Balls whose header came back across Town keeper George Zammit and bounced into the bottom corner. Leighton struggled to get going in the opening quarter of an hour, just two corners one of which saw skipper Josh Peacock get a shot away but simply blocked for another corner.

Jack Carter tried a long range shot which saw Zammit having to grasp with both hands, and at the other end Leighton threatened when Ude Osim broke down their right, avoiding a challenge he arrived inside the Athletic box and as he & team mate Kudawashe Butawo both tried to get a shot in theY ended up tripping up over each other, with the ball simply rolling away for a goal kick.

Sam Balls scores winner

Osim then tried another sprint down the right wing skipping a couple of challenges he fizzed the ball diagonally across the box and running in at the back-post Carl Tappin was inches away from connecting, but again the ball rolled away for a goal kick. A cross from the Athletic left saw Kelsey head down and almost elude Zammit, he managed to smuggle the ball wide of his post, from the corner Ryan Marsden headed over the crossbar.

Before the break a high ball into the Leighton box saw Kelsey again get his head to the cross, as the backline all called for a handball a melee of bodies attacked the ball & somehow Town managed to get it over the line and away for a corner. H/T: 1-0

The Second half started very slowly with little action of note, Chris Stapleton heading over a cross the closest either side came in the opening fifteen minutes. Sam Olawale then fed in Kelsey on the eighteen-yard line, but he angled his shot over the top, before Olawale himself robbed a defender of possession out on the touchline, the defender lay injured from the challenge, yet the referee saw nothing wrong allowing the Athletic wide man to advance on goal before shooting wide.

Leighton pressure late on

Marsden again fed in on the edge of the Leighton area curled a shot away from goal before the visitors suddenly seemed to realise they were in a cup semi-final and began to assert some pressure. But whatever the Leighton team threw at their hosts, they seemed to soak up the pressure without too much trouble.

A late corner swung into the home penalty area caused some panic, a mass of bodies throwing themselves at the ball in front of goal ended with Kelsey gladly thumping away to clear the danger. Back came Town who won a corner, which was met inside the box by a bullet header from Carl Resch, but he could not steer underneath the crossbar.

In the final minute, Butawo was fed in over the top and from the right of goal he powered for goal low and hard, Dench met it at his near post and somehow got down and got something in to block, a defender on hand to clear only found Tappin outside the area who went for goal only to see his shot cannon off a team mate away for a throw and sum up the Leighton evening. F/T: 1-0

Attendance: 74

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic boss Mark Carter: 

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BSCC,SF: Ath prepare for Charity Cup semi-final

Buckingham Athletic play host to Leighton town in the semi-final of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup tonight (Tuesday).

On Saturday the Athletic won their penultimate home game of the season, a 3-1 victory over Hatfield town. Goals from Chris Stapleton (52), Matt Cruse (65) and Sam Olawale (87) giving Mark Carter’s side the win.

Sam Olawale – Image by Nick Holder (Icnic Images)