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SSMFL,DD: Skelton strike earns Ath Development away point at Holmer Green counterparts

Nathan Skelton was on target again for the Buckingham Athletic Development side as the drew 1-1 at Holmer Green Development on Tuesday evening.

Nathan Skelton

Skelton’s striker at Watchet Lane, his fifth in six outings for the Athletic’s Development, sees them in eighth position with a trip to neighbours Winslow United Development on Thursday evening.

Buckingham Athletic Development: Lewis Dench, Harry Ford, Chris Ikeaikhe, Harry Byron, Jack Carter, Alex Kennard, Stuart Ironmonger, Patch Hooper, Jordan Tavener, Rory Busby, Nathan Skelton.
Subs: Corey Bulley, Michael Davison, Adam Judd, Luke McAndrew.

SSMFL,DD: Ath Development record fifth win in six league games in great start to 2018

Buckingham Athletic Development made it five wins from six league games in 2018 as they recorded a 4-0 victory at their Leighton Town counterparts last Wednesday evening.
The game started very quickly for visitors as they took a lead early on.
After good play on the wing from Jordan Tavener, he delivered the cross to Nathan Skelton who had his first shot brilliantly blocked but the rebound fell nicely to Skelton as he poked the ball past the keeper.

Nathan Skelton

The second goal came soon after, nice football from the boys in blue lead to Patch Hooper curling his shot across the box, into the top right hand corner of the goal. A superb strike.
And similarly to the first two goals, the third soon followed.
A flick on was well won by an Athletic player which found Rory Busby clean 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper as he calmly slotted into the bottom corner with his left foot.
Now the game became a little scrappy at times with the Athletic unable to really stamp their authority on the game.
A couple of wonderful saves from James Green in the Athletic goal kept the clean sheet in tact.
Half time came and went and Buckingham still showed high energy levels all over the park which limited Leighton to few chances.
However with Leighton pushing so many men forward looking for a way back into the game, Buckingham had the perfect opportunity to seal the 3 points as Michael Davison shot across goal and the keeper palmed the ball straight into the path of Corey Bulley who tapped in from a few yards out.

Ben Townsend and Jake Honor (right)

Overall a very good result and a performance to be pleased with. The Athletic’s Development side have now won 5 out of their 6 league games in 2018 and are looking to push for a place in the top 5 of the division.
Buckingham Athletic Development: James Green, Harry Ford, Chris Ikeaikhe, Sol Janecki, Adam Judd, Alex Kennard, Towa Oye, Patch Hooper, Jordan Tavener, Rory Busby, Nathan Skelton.
Subs: Sam Astin, Paul Dearlove, Corey Bulley, Michael Davison.

SSMFL,D1: Ath edged out in seven-goal game by Hillingdon

Buckingham Athletic suffered a 3-4 defeat to Hillingdon Borough in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 today.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks as they went ahead as early as the fourth minute.

The Athletic were back on level terms as Michael Davison’s strike hit the crossbar with Robbie Carter’s initial rebound shot well saved before he netted at the third attempt.

Robbie Carter

The visitors struck their hosts with a double-whammy as they scored in the 34th minute before adding another two minutes later.

Ten minutes after the break Hillingdon extended their lead to make it 4-1.

The Athletic were awarded two penalties in seven minutes with Matt Cruse converting both on 63 and 70 minutes.

Matt Cruse

Despite a late effort the visitors held firm to take the points.

Buckingham Athletic: Lewis Dench, Dan McAndrew, Ryan Marsden, Dan Staley, Soloman Janecki, Michael Davison, Jack Carter, Sam Balls, Christopher Stapleton, Matt Cruse, Robbie Carter.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

TVCWFL; Haddenham Ladies 0-5 Buckingham Athletic

Haddenham Ladies – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 5

In what was potentially (weather permitting) the Buckingham Athletic Ladies final away game of the league season and seen by some as the biggest test of the season to date, they romped to victory and with it took a giant step towards the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division Two North title. Any fears that Haddenham could be the side to derail the Swans title bid were soon quashed in a first half display that saw the visitor’s take a three-goal lead and play some of their best football of the season. A couple more in the second half was only not increased by some fantastic saves by the home goalkeeper, but with four home games left for the Athletic, all they need now is two wins and a draw to clinch the title. If they beat second placed Banbury United at Stratford Fields in two-weeks’ time, then Athletic will need just a point to clinch the league, but victory over their closest rivals would pretty much secure the title as their goal difference is currently twenty-two goals better than United’s.

Buckingham were attacking from the off, and early ball knocked long into the hosts half saw the left back leave the ball rather than clearing, in a second Evie Hawkins was on it and away down the right wing, she squared into the box where Rachel Thorpe went to shoot only for keeper Clare Farrow to bravely dive at her feet to block. Sam Jolley then knocked a ball into the area for Hawkins to chase down, she beat her marker but again Farrow advanced to block the shot. Haddenham then almost shot themselves in the foot when a defensive pass went awry and gifted the ball to Dani Roberts, her shot charged down by a defender and cleared.

Evie Hawkins opens scoring

The visitors finally took the lead on fifteen minutes, a Haddenham attack was stopped just inside the Athletic half and the ball knocked up to Hawkins just the other side of the halfway line, she ran shoulder to shoulder with her marker enjoying a battle all the way into the penalty area, as another Haddenham player came across to help Hawkins jinked between both & slotted home. That lead was doubled eight minutes later when a Haddenham goal kick was headed back towards their goal by Nicola Ryan, Hawkins was in again behind the defence and raced towards goal before slotting home.

The away side continued to press, Hawkins again fed in behind the Haddenham back line to chase down a ball over the top, Farrow advancing to gain a vital deflection taking the ball out for a corner. However, from the corner Athletic grabbed their third when a shot from Thorpe was saved and half cleared to just outside the box, advancing from defence Emma Marshall hit the ball first time and it sailed over everyone including Farrow and nestled in the back of the net.

On thirty-four minutes another Karry Stapleton corner was met in the six-yard box by Kayleigh Harwood whose shot came back off the post, Hawkins was first to react, her shot cleared off the goal line by a defender. Stapleton then soared a free kick over the Haddenham crossbar, and from the goal kick the ball was headed back into the home half where Hawkins & Stapleton were away on goal, the ball eventually squared to Ryan whose shot found the waiting gloves of Farrow.

A late Buckingham throw was headed on by Harwood and Hawkins was away on goal again, her pace & power easily taking her away from any defender and she powered a drive wide of Farrows left hand post, and on the stroke of half-time the hosts missed a glorious chance to get a foot back in the game. A ball over the top saw Courtney Kelly bearing down on Ellen Fenables in the visitor’s goal, as she approached the eighteen-yard line she pulled her shot wide of the right-hand post. H/T: 0-3

Two minutes into the second half saw Jade Copas try her luck from twenty-yards, Haddenham replacement keeper Kirsty Kay having to push away single handed for a corner. Marshall swung the ball into the six-yard box where Copas met the ball and scored despite the best efforts of Kay to keep it out.

Jade Copas shot crosses line

Roberts then beat a defender to a loose ball and chipped inches over the crossbar, before the home side missed another glorious chance to get on the scoresheet on fifty-four minutes. An initial shot was blocked by Fenables, but with the keeper stranded the ball rolled out to Kelly and with the goal wide open she miskicked, and the chance was gone.

They were made to pay just a minute later when Athletic won another corner, Stapleton crossing right down the throat of the keeper where a defender went to clear but could only slice into her own net. With Buckingham five goals clear & the game done, the pace slowed, and mixed with some great keeping from Kay they could not increase their lead any further.

Hawkins continued to haunt the Haddenham back line, one such attack saw her simply knock a defender off the ball before advancing towards goal, her initial shot well saved by Kay, she then saw her follow up cleared off the line. Marshall then sent the striker away again with a clever ball through the middle, Kay this time pulling off a brilliant save turning away for a corner.

Jolley took a corner that Harwood thumped a header over from, before on seventy-three minutes Fenables had to make a save away to her left to ensure her clean sheet was kept intact. With nine minutes remaining a ball up to Jolley saw her turn and shoot on sight forcing Kay to use both hands to push away for a corner. Tempers started to fray towards the conclusion of the game, but the final whistle sounded to leave the title within touching distance. F/T: 0-5

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Kerry Stapleton & midfielder Kayleigh Harwood: 

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ACYFL; Athletic run out of steam in title race

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 2

Didcot Town U18 – 3

Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s lost to Didcot Town on Thursday evening at Stratford Fields, suffering their second defeat to their opponents inside two weeks. Unbeaten in the league, Town stretched their lead over Athletic to thirteen points albeit having played two extra games, and even with half of their games yet to play the deficit looks healthy enough even with Didcot having to travel to Buckingham again before the season ends. Didcot took the lead, and despite being pegged back were confident enough to attack with pace and retake the lead before the interval, an early third goal after the break was immediately replied to straight from the kick off, but the home side could not find an equaliser, and had skipper Matt Chew sent off late on for a second yellow card to add to their woes.

The away side attacked from the off, two early offside flags thwarted their attempts and a tackle on the edge of the box by Athletic keeper Larry Mills certainly seemed to impede the Town player trying to latch on to the pass however neither of the officials in that half saw anything wrong. On seven minutes Town striker Henry Horton cut in from the left flank and unleashed a fierce drive that Mills had to push around his right hand post for a corner.

Walters makes vital tackle

An Athletic attack broke down shortly after and a superb long ball through the home defensive backline saw Brett Gardner get in behind full back Evan Walters, as the Town front man looked to shoot Walters recovered brilliantly to slide in and knock the ball away for a corner. The early pressure from the visitor’s paid off on fourteen minutes when another Buckingham attack was broken down in midfield, Horton threaded the ball through to Gardner who deftly lifted the ball over the advancing Mills and with one bounce the ball nestled into the empty net.

The hosts won a free kick on the edge of the box on twenty minutes, Rory Busby curled his effort around the wall and Town keeper Ash Stevens got his fingertips to the effort to turn over his crossbar. Just past the half hour mark saw Athletic equalise, a sublime pass from Chris Atkinson inside his own half saw Sam Olawale away on goal, his pace easily taking him away from any defender and once inside the box he tucked into the bottom corner with ease.

Moments after the equaliser Buckingham had another great chance when moving the ball neatly around the midfield leaving Busby a chance from twenty yards but he could only lift high over the bar. Then eight minutes before the break a Didcot attack saw Atkinson bring down a Town player and the referee did not hesitate to point for a penalty. Harry Hudson calmly stroked the ball home to regain his sides lead. H/T: 1-2

Six minutes after the interval Didcot increased their lead, a ball into the home penalty area caused chaos with numerous shots coming in that saw Mills & his defence throwing themselves at the ball to block, however it eventually fell to Riley Marshall who side footed home. Before the visitor’s had chance to calm down after their celebration they conceded, straight from the kick off Olawale made a nuisance of himself forcing an error which led to him in on goal with no one around him to reduce the deficit.

Didcot score from spot

Didcot continued to press when they could, one such attack saw Jack Badger played in behind the defence but a great sliding tackle from Harry Byron stopped him dead inside the area, and the defender managed to get up and clear the danger. A free kick to the hosts was half cleared to the edge of the Town box where Athletic substitute Finn Pardoe fired at goal but only found the waiting gloves of Stevens.

Straight up the other end Didcot substitute Tyrhys Luko refused to give up on a ball heading away from the Buckingham goal, he managed to get to the ball first despite some heavy pressure from the Athletic defence but he could only pull his shot well wide. Then with nine minutes left a tackled on the edge of the centre circle left Town midfielder Caelan Isaac floored, after consulting his assistant the referee brandished a second yellow of the evening to Chew and his evening was over.

With four minutes left the visitor’s had a golden chance to seal the game when Horton did really well to turn his marker some eight yards from goal, but he fired straight at Mills with the whole goal at his mercy. They were almost made to pay in the final minutes when a pull back from the byline found Tom Baldwin but as he lined up to shoot the ball bobbled on the surface, and he lifted high over the bar. F/T: 2-3

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Athletic coach Sam Pateman: 

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SSMFL,D1: Goalkeeper coach reflects on an experience of Riches in an illustrious career

Sports Shots has spoken to the vastly experienced Pete Riches ahead of Buckingham Athletic’s trip to Ampthill Town on Saturday.

Pete Riches

Riches, who coaches at Stratford Fields, has spoken of a fantastic career in playing in goal and coaching the art of goalkeeping.

Looking back to when it all started, it was certainly an amazing education as a youngster Riches told Sports Shots:

As a keeper I was on the books of one of the biggest clubs in the game, Manchester United during the 1968/69 season working with club number one Alex Stepney and his understudy, future European Cup winner with Aston Villa, Jimmy Rimmer with a team that also contained the likes of Best, Law, Stiles and Crerand. And of course, that meant that manager was a certain Matt Busby at the time, so not a bad training ground!

After his spell at Old Trafford, Riches headed south.

I moved to Northampton Town where I remained as a semi-pro, being loaned out to Marlow (Athenian league) moving on to Bletchley Town (Southern league), Wolverton Town (Spartan league), Buckingham Athletic (Helleniç league) and Milton Keynes Borough (South Midlands League Premier). At Buckingham Town I was also capped for the Berks and Bucks under 21 side that reached the semi-finals of the National Cup. I finished playing aged 41.

Riches was always very keen on the skill and learning his trade and began coaching while he was playing.

I started a goalkeeper coaching career started at Bletchley Town aged 28 and acted as player goalkeeper coach at Milton Keynes Borough, who I also had a spell as Manager taking them to the top of South Midlands Premier. I was assistant manager and goalkeeper coach at Buckingham Town and goalkeeper coach at Kettering Town before joining Brackley Town at the start of 2005, where I worked under a number of managers up to present day.

Despite the game changing, Riches has adapted and continued to learn different methods but the aim over the years has always been to benefit the goalkeepers he has developed.

As a coach my job is to understand and support young goalkeepers by evaluating their faults during training. Training is without doubt an important aspect with which to build keepers confidence and belief, in their own abilities. A structured, continuous coaching programme is implemented based on sound techniques and demonstrations, so as to formally give a good grounding from which youngsters can learn. Youngsters will grow at different speeds. A coach can do nothing about genetics, so when a smaller keeper is performing with a minimum of errors height is unimportant.

There is nothing more satisfying than when a goalkeeper achieves a clean sheet without any errors or enjoys a game he or she is unbeatable in all departments. I consider myself to be lucky to have worked with some of the very best from professional level, including ex England under 18 and under 20 Internationals, down to local level.

Riches still has an incredible passion and love of the game, which is very evident when speaking to him.

Now working in my 70th year I hope there are a few years left for me to don the gloves and pass on experience picked up along my journey.

SSMFL,DD: Ath Development record victory over 8-man Risborough

Goals either side of half-time gave Buckingham Athletic Development a 2-0 victory over a Risborough Rangers Development team who finished the game with eight men last night.

Alex Kennard

Alex Kennard put Jake Honor’s side ahead just four minutes before the break.

Ten minutes after half-time Matt Cruse netted the second for the home side.

On 68 minutes Risborough were reduced to ten men for violet conduct.

Two minutes from full-time a Risborough player received his second yellow. There was still time for the visitors to receive another straight red to go down to eight.

The result moved the Athletic Development above their opponents last night into eighth in the Development Division.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

Buckingham Senior Charity Cup: Ath secretary reveals dates for semi-final with Leighton

Buckingham Athletic and Leighton Town have set the dates for their semi-final in the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.

Colin Howkins

Athletic secretary Colin Howkins told Sports Shots this morning;

We have now arranged our semi-final with Leighton Town.

The game at Leighton takes place on Thursday 12th April at 7.45pm with the second leg at Stratford Fields set for Tuesday 1st May, kick-off 7.30pm.

The final against the winners of the Winslow United versus Daventry Town semi-final tie will take place at Buckingham Athletic on Monday 7th May, 3pm.

TVCWFL; Athletic Ladies feast on chicken winner

Woodstock Town Ladies Reserves – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 4

Buckingham Athletic kept the pressure on league leaders Banbury United with victory at Woodstock Town reserves on Sunday afternoon, on a cold but sunny afternoon. With manager Carmen Robinson unable to be at the game, coach Ian Mason took the reins without disruption to the good form the ladies have been in all season. Having played the hosts only seven days previous at Stratford Fields, it was always going to be a case of who learnt more from that game, where the Athletic scored eight without reply, and a much better display from Woodstock this time round especially in the second half restricted the high flying away side to four goals.

Woodstock had the first chance of the game when Lauren Major & Claire Riseley were sent away in the Buckingham half, before they had chance to get anywhere near the penalty area the ever dependable centre half Emma Marshall once again showed her defensive qualities by sliding in to tackle and clear the ball for a throw.

On six minutes Rachel Thorpe was stopped in her tracks some twenty yards out with a great tackle, running in Kayleigh Harwood hit the ball first time sending it flying wide of keeper Katie Hill’s right hand post. An Athletic corner then saw Sam Jolley swing the ball in and coming in unmarked Thorpe headed over.

Rachel Thorpe heads over

Buckingham took the lead on nine minutes, a ball inside their own box wasn’t cleared by a hesitant Woodstock back line, and before they knew it Thorpe had seized upon the opportunity rifling home across the keeper into the bottom corner. They then doubled the lead on twenty-four minutes when Georgina ‘Chicken’ Howell ventured forward from defence and from thirty yards out hit a loose ball towards goal, it was the perfect hit and flew over the head of the Woodstock keeper and in sparking wild celebrations from her team mates.

Evie Hawkins was then introduced to the game, and it wasn’t long before she was in behind the back line and from six-yards out she managed to smack against the crossbar and the ball bounced away to safety. A minute from the half-time whistle Athletic skipper Kerry Stapleton powered from midfield into the Town area before smashing a shot wide of Hill’s left hand upright. H/T: 0-2

Whilst the first half had been all Buckingham, after the break the home side improved and had their fair share of possession. In the first minute a sliced defensive clearance from the away side saw the ball land at the feet of Naomi Norrie and from twelve yards she lifted over Ellen Fenables in the Athletic goal and over the crossbar.

Another attack from the hosts broke down on fifty-nine minutes and the ball sent long to Stapleton on the half way line, she attacked the left wing before crossing to Hawkins on the corner of the six-yard box but the Buckingham leading scorer could only poke wide.

Kerry Stapleton scores third

A minute later Jade Copas forced Hill into making a close range block with her feet to deny, before Stapleton did increase her sides lead on sixty-five minutes. Picking the ball up twenty yards out she advanced a step or two before shooting, as the ball reached the outstretched hands of Hill in the Town goal, the glaring sun dazzled her view and the ball eluded her grasp and went in.

With fourteen minutes remaining Thorpe grabbed her second and Buckingham’s fourth, from an Emma Marshall corner the ball travelled across the six-yard box and running in Thorpe tucked into the bottom corner. Jolley then fed in Hawkins who fired inches wide from close range, although a raised flag may have ruled out the effort otherwise.

Thorpe sensing a hat trick then saw Hill turn away another chance with her feet for a corner, whilst at the opposite end Town striker Lauren Major was set away for a one-on-one against Fenables, her shot coming back off the post and rolling to safety. The last chance fell to Izzie Clamp who had an initial shot blocked, the ball fell back to her and she fired at goal again only to find the waiting gloves of Hill. F/T: 0-4

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with defenders Chelsea Markwell & Georgina Howell: 

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SSMFL,D1: Release – Sports & Remedial massage’s Elliott give Menday update + Ath thank people for support

Release – Sports & Remedial massage’s Spike Elliott has spoken to Sports Shots as he continues his work in the rehabilitation of Buckingham Athletic’s Jack Menday.

Jack Menday

Elliott, who also works for Oxford United, is kindly giving his time for free after hearing of the young midfielder’s plight.

He told Sports Shots;

Jack is doing well with his rehab and as from Friday 23rd February now partially weight bearing, still has to use his crutches.

There is a lot of muscle wastage; 2cm on his quads and 1 cm on his calf!

Bottom right is Jack on the Compex (electro stimulation) which will, initially reactivate the muscles effected during disuse.

Jack Menday rehabilitation update.

Hopefully, we will be back in the gym doing some cardio and hydro work. Some tough sessions to come but I said that I will join in with him.

Speaking on behalf of the the Stratford Fields club, Annie Carter said;

We would like to say a big thank you to Release – Sports & Remedial massage’s Spike Elliott for his kind donation and help.

We would also like to thank every person who has donated and attended the fundraising events we have put on to support Jack, who is self-employed.

Finally thanks to Sports Shots for getting the news out there.