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HL BSCC; Buckingham Athletic Development 2-4 Ardley United

Buckingham Athletic Development – 2
Ardley United – 4



Buckingham Athletic Development made two levels higher Ardley United work hard to progress in the Hellenic Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup at Stratford Fields on Tuesday night, weathering an early storm the hosts took a first half lead going into the break to frustrate their guests, after the break Ardley had plenty of possession with little end product but a penalty just twenty minutes from the end drew them level & from there the Hellenic Premier Division side sparked into life to score four times and ease their way into the next round.

It took the visitors just two minutes to breach the blue backline when a clever pass through the defence saw Joe Flarry advance and flash his shot across keeper Hayden Coombs but graze the far post on it’s way out of play, from there United had plenty of chances without really threatening the home custodian again. Athletic slowly grew into the game and took the lead on thirty-two minutes when a ball pulled back across the eighteen yard line saw Ollie Golding urged to shoot and he drilled into Jake Pritchard’s bottom right hand corner, the goal lifted the hosts who enjoyed more time on the ball but there were few clear cut chances from either side.

Billy Gillett steps up to level from the spot

After the interval Ardley put plenty of passes together without really pushing too high up the pitch, however on seventy minutes an outstretched leg brought down Billy Gillett in the area and the referee pointed to the spot from which the front man picked himself up to plant firmly past Coombs to restore parity. The equaliser visibly lifted the away side and they were ahead just five minutes later when Gillett did superbly well down their right and from an acute pulled back across the area to the incoming Deon Gallagher who fired into the top corner.

Their third arrived just moments later as Gillett found space to explore down the channel and as Coombs went out to meet him the striker knocked the ball past him & rounded the stricken shot stopper to roll into the empty net. With three minutes remaining Buckingham grabbed a feint lifeline when a long goal kick was allowed to bounce allowing substitute Matt Cruse to gain control and drive into the box before squaring to Charlie Willis who fired home, but in added time the Oxfordshire side secured the game when Gallagher crossed from the right and in front of goal Twariq Yusuf couldn’t miss. F/T: 2-4

Attendance: 48

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Buildbase FAV: Ath Cruse into the next round with Vase SIX-cess

Buckingham Athletic hit Hillingdon Borough for SIX as they progressed into the next round of the Buildbase FA Vase this afternoon.

Matt Cruse

Chris Parr gave the Athletic a 36th minute lead before Kevin Owusu scored straight from a corner just two minutes later.

Matt Cruse took the Athletic in ahead after bagging his side’s third on 40 minutes.

Owusu made it four with his second on 72 minutes.

Cruse (84 & 87) completed his hat-trick with two late strikes to make it six.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.


SSMFL,D1: Carter, Cruse & Williamson on target as Ath win first home league encounter

Buckingham Athletic won their first home points of the 2019-20 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 campaign this afternoon.

Robbie Carter

Neil Griffiths saw his side defeat Shefford Town & Campton 3-0 at Stratford Fields.

Robbie Carter scored on the stroke of half time to take the home side in ahead.

Matt Cruse made it two on 68 minutes before Jacob Williamson netted just 240 seconds later.

SSMFL, D1 table – 31st August 2019

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

HL D2N; Buckingham Athletic Development 1-4 Southam United

Buckingham Athletic Development – 1
Southam United – 4

Ath development begin life in Hellenic League


Buckingham Athletic Development finally got their Hellenic Football League Division Two North campaign underway on Monday afternoon, after their first game was called off ten days previously due to a waterlogged pitch this game against Southam United was played in thirty degree heat under clear blue skies, & for the opening half an hour or so the hosts were camped inside their own half as the visitor’s laid siege to their opponents eighteen yard box. Taking a two goal lead inside twelve minutes knocked the stuffing out of the young Athletic side but after Levi Steele had completed a thirty five minute hattrick the home side came into the game and pulled a consolation back before the break, as they huffed & puffed in the heat in the second half a fourth capped a fine performance from the away side who look an early season favourite to be challenging at the top end of the division.

United took just six minutes to open the scoring when a cross from their left was penalised for some shirt pulling by the red defence, Steele had to wait a minute as the home backline pleaded their innocence but he planted firmly past Ath keeper Hayden Coombs. Moments after the goal they were unlucky not to double their lead when Ben Tennant ventured forward from his left back duties and his drive from twenty-five yards dipped over the outstretched keepers arm but crashed back off the crossbar, however just six minutes after the first came the second when a low drive from distance was saved by Coombs down to his right but Steele was first to react to slot home from the angle.

Tom Marshall scores for Ath

It was three ten minutes before the break when hesitancy in the Buckingham defence allowed Steele to take possession & tuck home from inside the area, but the home side were urged to work harder when Tom Marshall pulled one back before the interval when he was fed between the Southam defence to advance into the box and fire past Ed Cox. The second half was a more even affair although at the midway point Steele put in a fine cross from the left to pick out Ethan Champkins right in front of goal who poked home, there was almost a late fifth when Ricky Barby headed a deep cross back to Champkins who curled for the top corner only for the ball to bounce up off the crossbar and over. F/T: 1-4

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Ath Dev manager Jake Honor:

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SSMFL, D1: Depleted Ath edged out at Langford

Buckingham Athletic suffered a 3-4 defeat at Langford in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Matt Cruse

Matt Cruse struck twice for an Athletic side missing eight players.

Kevin Owusu netted the other goal as the visitors were edged out by the odd goal in seven.

Match Details: Langford v Buckingham Athletic


Buckingham Athletic v Shefford Town & Campion
Saturday 31st August KO 3pm

SSMFL, D1: Ath suffer home defeat to New Salamis

Buckingham Athletic suffered a 2-4 defeat at home to New Salamis this afternoon.

Buckingham Athletic

The Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 clash saw the visitors go two goals behind in the opening nine minutes.

Simon King converted from the penalty spot on 16 minutes to pull a goal back for the Athletic.

Twelve minutes after the break New Salamis added a third before making it four on 70 minutes.

Matt Cruse pulled a goal back six minutes from time but it was the visitors who secured the win.

SSMFL, D1: Ath boss looking for his side to “get back to winning ways”

Buckingham Athletic boss Neil Griffiths believes this weekend presents an ideal chance for his side.

Neil Griffiths

New Salamis visit Stratford Fields for a Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 encounter with Griffiths calling for his team to earn the three points.

Griffiths stated:

The game Saturday represents a fantastic opportunity for us to get back to winning ways.

We haven’t had the start we wanted but it is still very early days. As a manager it’s the reaction to the defeat as much as the defeat you look at.

We have trained superbly ahead of this weekend’s game. We now have to put into the game what we have done throughout the week.

Everything I’ve heard about New Salami’s has been positive. Naturally we’ve spoken to our friends (MK Robins) up the road about them having played them last week.

Despite their win they have said it was the best team they have played out of their first 3 games.

That said I don’t want us to get lost in worrying about their strengths. We have some excellent players at the club and our focus will be about us doing our things right.

The Athletic manager has strengthened his squad ahead of the match.

We’ve added two ahead of the game.

Defender Matt Brady has signed having previously played at Leighton Town.

Matt is someone I know well from my Olney time. He takes his football seriously and will certainly add something to the group.

The other addition is Kelvin Adjei. He was recommended to us by Mark Walsh from MK College. He’s a tricky wide player, who along with Matt is a welcome addition.


Kick off at Stratford Fields is 3pm.

BSCC; Buckingham Ath Dev v Ardley United match preview + Ath manager Jake Honor talks pre-season

Friday 16th August 2019
Buckingham Athletic Development v Ardley United
Bluefin Sports (UHL) Challenge Cup
Stratford Fields
MK18 1NY
K.O. 7.45pm


(Last season’s) League standings:

Spartan South Midlands Development League (9 teams)

Buckingham Athletic 1st

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Ardley United 17th


This game last season:



Last four games:

Buckingham Athletic Development:

W 2-0 home v Holmer Green Development 4th May SSMFL

W 3-1 home v Kempston Rovers Development 27th April SSMFL

W 1-3 away v Leighton Town Development 24th April SSMFL

W 1-0 home v Biggleswade United Development 20th April SSMFL

Ardley United:

W 3-1 home v Leverstock Green 13th August FA Cup

D 1-1 away v Leverstock Green 10th August FA Cup

D 1-1 home v Brackley Town Saints 6th August HL

W 2-1 home v Bishops Cleeve 3rd August HL


Jake Honor

Following the demise of the Spartan South Midlands Football League Development league at the end of last season, Buckingham Athletic Development have joined the Hellenic League in Division Two North, and ahead of their season opener Sports Shots caught up with Athletic manager Jake Honor to ask if he got much time in the summer away from the game?

I know the time between seasons is supposed to be time to rest however I can’t seem to do that; the moment the season ends I miss it and can’t wait for preseason to begin. However, those couple of weeks are valuable as it gives me a chance to discuss the squad and which players I’d like to bring to the club and what both Griff (Neil Griffiths – Ath 1st team manager) and Paul (Bevis – Ath U18 manager) have planned for the season

When did pre-season training begin, and how were the first couple of sessions in terms of numbers and commitment?

We started pre-season in the last week of June and numbers have been relatively good throughout. Pre-season is a challenging time due to different commitments and holidays, so I’ll be looking forward to the season starting and the summer holidays coming to an end

How has it been signing on players, and have they lost many that have depleted any plans?

There have been some changes in the squad this summer as some players have moved on to different clubs or left for personal reasons. However, it is the signings this year that i have been very pleased with, I have been able to bring in Tom Marshall, Sol Janecki and George Ford back to the club and I’m also very pleased to welcome Ashley Thompson, Conor Roberts, Mason Luya and James Hackett to the Ath for the first time. Scott Latham has also signed for us this season however he picked up an injury in our final friendly and is now out for a couple of months, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we see him back in the shirt

How have pre-season games been in terms of results & performances?

We have had seven games this pre-season, winning four, drawing once and losing twice, we started slowly but started to pick up after the third game and we have been very good ever since. We didn’t score in the first three games, however as soon as the first goal went in, they’ve been flowing ever since, and we have scored thirty-two goals in the final four games. There is however always room for improvement and that’s what these friendlies are for, making sure anything that needs fixing is done before the season begins

Are there players yet to sign on, or are they squad ready?

In terms of the development squad everybody is signed on and ready for the season ahead. Over the next couple of weeks, I do plan on signing on players from the under eighteen side so that during the season some of those boys can experience and take the step up into adult football

First game of the season this Friday, has Jake got much info on Ardley?

I don’t think we could’ve started the season in a more challenging way, we have been drawn against Ardley from the Premier division, so we know exactly the size of the challenge that awaits us on Friday night. However, we have absolutely nothing to lose from this game and I do quite enjoy the underdog status, it’s what cup football is all about

At this early stage, what are the targets for the first few games?

In terms of cup football, I have no expectations. I want the lads to enjoy themselves against opponents like Ardley and then Milton United in a few weeks’ time who are both in higher divisions, however the league is our priority and what we need to focus on this season. Being new to the league we need to make sure our expectations are realistic but from recent results and what I have been told about teams in this league, we seem to have a pretty tough first few weeks. I feel by the end of September I will have a much better idea on where we should be and what we will be aiming for come the end of the season

Finally, are there any games they are looking forward to?

I’m hopefully going to enjoy every game this season but in particular these cup matches. It’s a great opportunity for us to test ourselves against very strong opponents and as I said earlier, to go through as underdogs would be a great feeling!

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

PSF: Ath on cloud 9 after pre-season goalfest!

Buckingham Athletic Development ran out 9-2 winners in their final pre-season friendly.

Jamie O’Hara

The Athletic defeated Stoke Hammond thanks to goals from Jamie O’Hara (3), Luke Tavener (2), Kieran Brady, Matt Brady, Sol Janecki and A.Ravee.

Luke Tavener

Buckingham Athletic Development
Coombs, M. Brady, McAndrew, Janecki, E. Walters, Golding, Heritage, Latham, K. Brady, O’Hara, L. Tavener

Subs: Parr, Roberts, J. Tavener, Ravee, Willis

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

SSMFL, D1: Cruse late strike gives Ath away win at Amersham

Matt Cruse struck a 90th minute goal to give Buckingham Athletic a 1-0 win at Amersham Town on Tuesday evening.

Matt Cruse

Cruse came off the bench to ensure the Athletic came away with maximum points.

Neil Griffiths saw his side bounce back from a 1-0 opening day defeat at home Stotfold.

Amersham Town v Buckingham Athletic – Match information