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TVCWFL D1; Carterton Ladies 1-2 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Carterton Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 2

Buckingham Athletic Ladies made it two wins from two on Sunday with a last gasp winner to beat Carterton Ladies in what was a battling encounter, Evie Hawkins scoring another brace to bring her tally to four goals in two games which included a last minute winner to leave the hosts shattered at the end of fiercely competitive game. Leading at the break, Buckingham were pegged back within three minutes of the restart by an own goal and were lucky not to go behind when the home side hit the crossbar, but Hawkins popped up at the end to smash home to send the visitor’s home with all three points.

Early chances were few and far between, it took six minutes for the first shot at goal when Kerry O’Connor fired straight at Ellen Fenables in the visitor’s goal from twenty-five yards out, and a poor goal kick was almost punished by the home side but Talane Smith on the edge of the box again fired straight at the Buckingham keeper.

The away side took the lead on thirteen minutes when an attempted clearance from the Carterton defence hit the referee and fell nicely for Gemma Ball to slot through the home back line, Hawkins was free of her marker and fired between the advancing keeper Amy Bourton’s legs and in.

Jade Copas then tried to pressure the hosts back line but as she was dispossessed the ball fell invitingly for skipper Kerry Stapleton to hit first time but the ball was always spinning away from the target, before a ball over the blue defensive line saw O’Connor free on goal but Fenables was quick off her line to challenge on the edge of her box and gather.

Ellen Fenables in the thick of the action

A free kick to Carterton out on their right saw Georgina Tayman curl straight into the keeper’s waiting gloves, & just before the break Charmaine White threatened when she found space on the right of goal but again Fenables got down well to save at her near post. H/T: 0-1

An early corner after the interval saw a corner swung into the box where Stapleton going to clear only managed to slot past her own keeper to restore parity, but within a minute a ball over the home backline gave the skipper space to explore and rifle into the back of the net only for a raised flag to deny the celebration.

O’Connor tried her luck from eighteen yards which Fenables had to turn away for a corner, before a glorious chance went begging when a lay off inside the six-yard box saw Smith with the whole goal to aim drag her effort wide of the right hand post, closely followed by a throw on their right that found Smith who went for goal but the wind took over lifting the ball high over the top.

Evie Hawkins fires winner

On seventy-two minutes the home side went even closer to taking the lead when a driving run from midfield by Gina Napier saw her shoot from distance, the ball flying past Fenables but crashing back down off the crossbar and was eventually cleared away. At the opposite end a ball for Hawkins to chase after saw Bourton go to clear only to thump against the striker and as the ball rolled towards the unguarded net a defender got back to clear.

Another throw on the Carterton right saw Smith launch into the box and from a mass of bodies Napier somehow managed to get her head to the ball first but she could only flick wide from close range. From the goal kick O’Connor received the ball to advance, as Fenables came out the home striker shot which deflected off the keepers boot and towards the empty goal, but centre-half Courtney Davey-Ward was alert enough to cover and clear the danger.

With two minutes left a long clearance from Bourton cleared the Buckingham defence and saw O’Connor in the clear, allowing the ball to come under control she forced Fenables to dive away to her right and save with both hands.

As the game went into added time along came the winner, Hawkins collecting the ball out on the left she had colleagues in the middle waiting but she skipped one challenge before shrugging off a second, as she got into the box she flashed the ball over Bourton and inside the back post to win the game for her side. F/T: 1-2

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Kerry Stapleton & double goal scorer Evie Hawkins: 

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FA Vase 1st Round Draw details

The FA Vase 1st round draw was made on Monday, and our two local sides left in the competition were given draws against unfamiliar opposition.

Newport Pagnell (step 5) face a trip to Essex to face Thurlow Nunn First Division South side Newbury Forest (step 6), to find out more on their season so far follow this link: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?divisionseason=264345034&teamID=150381081

Meanwhile Buckingham Athletic (step 6) have a home tie with FC Clapton (step 5) to look forward to, again from the same league as above but the premier division and in the last round they knocked out former South Midlands Premier side Hoddeston Town, their season details can be found using this link: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?divisionseason=212697694&teamID=29290182

Ties to be played weekend of 13th October

1 Hallam v Charnock Richard
2 Northwich Victoria v Cammell Laird 1907
3 Litherland Remyca v Thackley
4 Padiham or Prestwich Heys v Garforth Town
5 Irlam v Handsworth Parramore
6 Staveley MW v Silsden
7 Bedlington Terriers v Whickham
8 Sunderland RCA v Bridlington Town
9 Hebburn Town v City of Liverpool
10 Cheadle Town or Vauxhall Motors v Seaham Red Star
11 Squires Gate v Sandbach United
12 Bishop Auckland v Hemsworth MW
13 Swallownest v Garstang
14 Steeton v Avro
15 Runcorn Town v Guisborough Town
16 Billingham Town v Dunston UTS
17 Winterton Rangers v Lower Breck
18 Nelson v Ashington
19 Shildon v Glasshoughton Welfare
20 Barton Town v Brandon United
21 Shepshed Dynamo v Bewdley Town
22 Cadbury Athletic v Hanley Town
23 Aylestone Park v Blidworth Welfare
24 Lye Town v Chelmsley Town
25 Romulus v Wellington FC
26 Bustleholme v NKF Burbage
27 Coventry United v Wednesfield
28 Loughborough University v Heather St Johns
29 Wellington Amateurs v Leicester Nirvana
30 Belper United v Quorn
31 Brocton v Highgate United
32 Heanor Town v Ilkeston Town
33 Sporting Khalsa v Winsford United
34 Saffron Dynamo v Pinxton or Bottesford Town
35 Barrow Town v Dronfield Town
36 Hereford Lads Club v Paget Rangers
37 Eastwood Community v South Normanton Athletic
38 Boldmere St Michaels v Rugby Town
39 Hucknall Town v Black Country Rangers
40 Worcester City v Long Eaton United
41 Smethwick v Uttoxeter Town or Walsall Wood
42 Baldock Town v Brimsdown
43 Little Oakley v Enfield 1893
44 Newmarket Town v Deeping Rangers
45 Great Yarmouth Town v Wroxham
46 Colney Heath v Histon
47 FC Deportivo Galicia v Irchester United
48 Buckingham Athletic v FC Clacton
49 Newbury Forest v Newport Pagnell Town
50 Biggleswade United v Holbeach United
51 Haverhill Borough v Framlington Town or Swaffham Town
52 Enfield Borough v Kirkley & Pakefield
53 London Colney v Wellingborough Town
54 Southend Manor v Redbridge
55 May & Baker Eastbrook Community v North Greenford United
56 Thame Rangers v Crawley Green
57 West Essex v Godmanchester Rovers
58 Takeley v Wodson Park
59 Codicote v Wantage Town
60 Harefield United v Woodbridge Town
61 Stowmarket Town v Harpenden Town
62 Sleaford Town v Peterborough Northern Star
63 Leverstock Green v Sawbridgeworth Town
64 Sidlesham v Chatham Town
65 Redhill v Peacehaven & Telscombe
66 Sheppey United v East Preston
67 Wick v Lordswood
68 Corinthian v Deal Town
69 Eversley & California v Horndean
70 Southall v Sheerwater
71 Bugbrooke St Michaels v CB Hounslow United or Spelthorne Sports
72 Rayners Lane v Abbey Rangers
73 Bearsted v Beckenham Town
74 Canterbury City v Saltdean United
75 Broadfields United v Banstead Athletic
76 Hanworth Villa v Pagham
77 Sutton Common Rovers v Cobham
78 Chertsey Town v Flackwell Heath
79 AFC Croydon Athletic v Fareham Town
80 Horsham YMCA v Kensington Borough
81 St Panteleimon v Cray Valley (PM)
82 Bedfont & Feltham v Erith Town
83 Newhaven v Rusthall
84 Tunbridge Wells or Bridon Ropes v AFC Uckfield Town
85 Steyning Town Community v Walton & Hersham
86 Bashley v Baffins Milton Rovers
87 Saltash United v Westbury United
88 Brimscombe & Thrupp v Cribbs
89 Longwell Green Sports v Brockenhurst
90 Ivybridge Town v Holyport
91 Torpoint Athletic v Sholing
92 Exmouth Town v Elburton Villa
93 Cheddar v Totton & Eling
94 Roman Glass St George v Malmesbury Victoria
95 Andover Town v Badshot Lea
96 Odd Down v Willand Rovers
97 Verwood Town or Alresford Town v Abingdon United
98 Bridport v Falmouth Town
99 Camelford or Bodmin Town v AFC Stoneham
100 Bournemouth v Newquay
101 Longlevens or Tuffley Rovers v Tavistock
102 Cadbury Heath v Sidmouth Town
103 AFC St Austell v Plymouth Parkway
104 Almondsbury v Bitton
105 Shaftesbury v Hamworthy United

BBIC; Athletic development manager Banking on cup success

Saturday 15th September 2018

Buckingham Athletic Development v AFC Santander

Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup 1st Round

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic development host AFC Santander on Saturday in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup and look to continue their excellent start to their season that has seen two wins out of two with eleven goals scored and just one conceded. Sitting top of the Spartan South Midlands U25 development league as one of only two teams with one hundred percent records, attention turns to the county cup, and in North Bucks Intermediate side Santander face a team that have only failed to score in one of their six league games to date.

Jake Honor (centre)

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ath manager Jake Honor to find out what’s attributed to their good start:

We started the league fixtures a fortnight ago however our season started way back at the end of June, and our players over the past eight or nine weeks have shown great commitment & hard work in training, and also during the eight pre-season games we played. So I’d have to put our good start to the season down to good preparation

What new signings have the club made?

We had a number of new players join us this summer and it’s been really pleasing to see them mix and fit in really well with the returning players. We had three join us from Winslow, Olly Golding, Harry Heritage & Charlie Willis, and then Kieran Brady, Matt Bradbury, Jamie O’Hara & Tom Summers have all signed on too. We have also had Spencer Beaumont join us as assistant manager, it’s valuable to the existing back room staff as well as to the players to have another viewpoint and pair of hands around the team

Has Jake had much interaction with new first team manager Neil Griffiths?

Neil & I have talked a lot over the past couple of months and our conversations have always been very productive, obviously it’s always hard coming into a club as a new manager so I’ve been happy to help Neil where needed and to give him another opinion on various things

With such a small division this year, how will the team keep themselves busy?

Unfortunately a number of teams did withdraw from the league for this season which is a shame, however we are hoping to have good cup campaigns, the league cup has home and away legs in every round and then the county cup which obviously starts this week. If we can keep ourselves in these competitions for as long as possible then I don’t think there will be many Saturdays that we’ll have spare

Who do Athletic see as their biggest rivals this time around?

It’s hard to judge this early on, but I’m sure Dunstable will be around the top of the table however I think our main rivals will be Leighton Town. They’ve had two good wins to start their season, over Dunstable & Kempston so I’m looking forward to coming up against them as they’re now our most local away game too!

How dangerous is it too under estimate sides from the North Bucks league in these competitions?

It’s very easy to under estimate these teams but it’s something that we will not do, the players know this and we have trained well to prepare exactly the same as we would for a league game. Cup football is the perfect place for underdogs and as we saw last weekend, teams from the North Bucks are more than capable of beating sides from the South Midlands

How much does Jake know about their opponents?

I have come across Santander a couple of times in the past, mostly from my time at Grendon Rangers reserves a couple of seasons ago. Obviously a lot can change in that time but they were a physical team back then and I’m sure they will be the same this time round

Finally, we asked just how hard is it to attract players to U25 development football?

Being under twenty-five myself and from the local area has definitely helped me in recruiting enough players that fit the age quote. This season we only have three players in the development squad that are over twenty-five and the other nineteen or so players are all under so in that sense I’ve found player recruitment quite easy. I feel being of a similar age to the players helps as I can relate to them a lot easier than maybe an older manager would.

I’d like to finish by thanking Sports Shots for all the work they do in the local area and for local sport, it is really appreciated by everyone here at The Ath!

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

TVCWFL D1; Headington Ladies 1-6 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Headington Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 6

Buckingham Athletic Ladies got their new season off to a flier with a healthy win at Headington on Sunday afternoon, and settled any early nerves to ease into their new surroundings in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One after promotion last season. Athletic gave seven new summer signings their debuts during a game played in warm sunshine, and despite some early resistance from their hosts two late first half goals put the visitors into a commanding position at the break before adding a further couple in the second period to confirm their dominance.

Headington went close early on finding the side netting from out wide, and from the goal kick Jordan Heron was sent sprinting away down the right flank where she drove at goal, with Evie Hawkins in the middle Heron opted to shoot low for the near post where home keeper Sarah Hillier gathered comfortably. The winger then saw another shot straight at Hillier spilled, but before anyone could react the shot stopper thumped to safety.

Captain Kerry Stapleton then burst forward from midfield and from distance went for goal only for her shot to bounce back off the post, for a split second the home custodian lost track of the ball but as Hawkins raced in she managed to smoother. A Buckingham attack broke down on the half way line and a simple ball over the backline saw Andreea Dumitru break free, she fed Caroline Plitt to the right of goal but she blazed high over the bar.

The visitors took the lead on thirteen minutes when an attempted pass from Stapleton hit her own player but fell nicely for Heron to collect and bear down on goal before firing into the bottom corner. As Headington tried to get back in the game they won a free kick some thirty yards from goal, Cecile Deer took responsibility but could only steer wide of Ellen Fenables’ right hand post.

Jordan Heron opens the scoring

A brief drinks break was allowed by the official, from the off a poor goal kick found Gemma Ball some twenty-five yards out who went to shoot but a defender blocked, the loose ball falling to Heron whose attempt had to be turned round the post for a corner. Then on twenty-six minutes Athletic doubled their lead when a free kick from Emma Marshall sailed over everyone in the box only to crash back down off the bar, first to react was Ball who slotted home.

Before Athletic could relax on their lead, their hosts pulled a goal back within three minutes when a ball through the middle saw Dumitru accelerate away from her marker, Fenables made a challenge but the ball rolled wide where the striker flashed across goal and into the unguarded net. Heron was causing havoc every time she attacked the right wing, another burst of pace saw her in on goal and her fierce drive smashed away off the goal stantion.

Hawkins continued to cause the home defence headaches in the middle, one pass saw her inside their box and evading two challenges her effort was somehow sliced away for a corner, from the cleared set piece Ball fired through a crowded box but Hillier was behind it all the way. Despite some brave defending Headington were undone by two goals in the final eight minutes of the half, which seemed to kill off their resistance.

The first started by Hawkins collecting a loose ball in midfield found Ball in space, she looked up and just as it seemed she was going to pass elsewhere she slipped a delightful pass through the defence for Hawkins to run on and score. There were further chances for Alex Miller who wanted too much time when set up in front of goal, and Hawkins again who didn’t connect well, but finally a ball over the top saw Hawkins connect and fire into the top corner as the half-time whistle sounded. H/T: 1-4

Gemma Ball had impressive debut

Deer saw an early effort loop up off a Buckingham defender and hang nicely in the air for Fenables to collect, but any thoughts of a comeback was killed off on fifty-two minutes when Heron was sent down the right channel shoulder to shoulder with her marker, she simply over powered the defender and from a tight angle fizzed the ball low inside the near post.

Dumitru screwed wide from the edge of the box, ahead of a two minute delay that halted the game when Dani Roberts had to be helped off the field through injury. Athletic continued to look for more goals, Stapleton had a run from defence before firing straight at Hillier, as did Nicole Britten from the corner of the eighteen yard box. There were a couple of chances for the home side but they struggled to break through the stubborn blue line and were restricted to long range efforts.

The sixth goal came on seventy minutes when Stapleton fed the ball through for Courtney Crawley to latch onto and chip over the advanced goalkeeper and in. Hawkins then forced the keeper into a two-handed save which the striker retrieved and squared to Miller who fired over when in front of goal.

The hosts had a late chance when Plitt set up Dumitru who drove over the bar, which was followed by the pass of the game from the very impressive Gemma Ball that split the Headington central defence and set Hawkins away on goal, her shot taking a slight deflection before rolling through to safety. F/T: 1-6

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic captain Kerry Stapleton and double goal scorer Jordan Heron: 

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B&B ST 1R: Appleton, Menday & Owusu help Ath progress in county cup

Jordan Appleton, Jack Menday and Kevin Owusu netted the goals to send Buckingham Athletic into the second round of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

Jack Menday

Neil Griffiths’ side went in ahead at the break after Appleton’s 42nd minute opener.

Clean Slate equalised before Menday put the visitors back in front at Downs Barn.

Owusu ensured the Athletic’s place in the next round with an 95th minute strike.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

PSF; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 3-3 City Belles

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 3

City Belles – 3

Buckingham Athletic Ladies drew their final pre-season warm up match against City Belles on Sunday on a pleasantly warm & sunny afternoon at Stratford Fields, where the home side took the lead three times only to be pegged back each time. City missed an early penalty and Ath spurned numerous chances in the second half, but a good work out for the Swans ahead of their season opener next weekend at Headington when they begin life in the top flight of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League.

It didn’t take last season’s leading scorer Evie Hawkins long to get back in the swing of things, the very first minute saw her charge down a ball in midfield and burst forward before firing straight at Christina Jesty in the Belles goal, whilst at the other end Athletic keeper Ellen Fenables had to use both hands to deny an Emily Mann effort from nestling in the top corner.

Home central defender Emma Marshall got caught in possession some thirty yards from goal allowing Lucy Mason to head for goal, her shot saved brilliantly by Fenables to spiral the ball away from goal, as Mason went to retrieve Marshall recovered to beat her to the ball and clear the danger. In the ninth minute City were given the chance to open the scoring that their early possession warranted.

Mason was fed down the middle again and as she entered the box Fenables came out to block but instead brought down the Belles forward and gave the referee no choice but to point to the spot. However, Fenables made amends by saving the spot kick from Mann and as both players went for the loose ball, an infringement gave the home side a free kick.

Mason then fired over the crossbar from the eighteen yard line, before the Athletic took the lead somewhat against the run of play on the quarter hour mark. Courtney Crawley sent skipper Kerry Stapleton down the left and she drove at the Belles backline, as they stood off she advanced into the box and stroked past Jesty with some ease.

Nicole Britten restores Ath lead

The lead lasted just sixty seconds as a corner to the visitors was swung into the box and from close range Katie Crawley flicked the ball past Fenables. Buckingham retook the lead on twenty-four minutes following a much needed drinks break, a poor goal kick was aimed straight at Stapleton who powered forward and forced the City keeper to make a good block, however the ball rolled out to Nicole Britten who curled into the unguarded net from the edge of the box.

The hosts then enjoyed some good possession and a corner from Marshall found Sam Jolley in the middle who turned well to fire at goal but her effort was blocked inside the six-yard box. Twelve minutes before the interval Belles equalised again when another simple ball through the middle of the home defence saw Mason set away again, advancing into the box she fired across Fenables and into the far bottom corner to level the game once more. H/T: 2-2

The start of the second half saw the Hawkins v Jesty battle intensify; two minutes in the striker received the ball in the penalty arc, under heavy pressure from a defender she drove wide of the keeper’s right hand post, then another ball through for her to chase saw her shoot straight at the Belles custodian.

Moments later Hawkins was fed to the right of the goal, her early attempt driven wide of the near post, and her next effort was even closer as she had to battle shoulder to shoulder with her marker before being forced wide right, her shot flashed across the goal face and bounced about a yard wide of the back stick.

The Milton Keynes side fought back with Mann who twisted & turned on the edge of the Athletic box before firing over the top, then just before the hour mark Hawkins finally got her goal. Jordan Heron was fed down the right wing and accelerating away from her marker she squared into the box where from twelve yards Hawkins restored her sides lead once again.

Evie Hawkins scores Ath third

Four minutes later Athletic missed a golden chance to extend their lead when a poor defensive pass found Jade Copas in midfield, she drove on & went for goal only for Jesty to save and the ball rolled away to the right, Stapleton retrieved and fizzed the ball back across goal where Gemma Ball tried to side foot home but didn’t connect properly and only helped the ball out for a goal kick.

Stapleton then slipped a great pass through for Heron to run onto, but on the edge of the box a superb sliding tackle took the ball off her foot as she prepared to shoot, then on sixty-nine minutes a foul inside the Athletic box from Marshall saw the away side awarded their second penalty of the afternoon. This time Crawley made no mistake to level for the third time.

Buckingham determined to get ahead once more then saw Copas send Ball through but her shot was saved by Jesty and cleared out to Stapleton, evading a couple of challenges she could only fire over. A ball over the Belles backline was then taken down brilliantly by Ball but she fired wide, from the goal kick the ball went straight to Crawley who ran at goal but fired straight at the keeper.

With nine minutes left Crawley again got down the right and squared into Ball in front of goal, but again her connection was all wrong and she simply helped the ball on it’s journey out for a goal kick, and they were almost made to pay moments later when Mason got down the Belles left and pulled back to Crawley whose low drive saw a Buckingham boot go out to deflect over for a corner.

In the final seconds a corner to the home side was half cleared out to Ball, her strike looked destined for the bottom corner until a last ditch out stretched leg diverted over the top, and at the other end Crawley still had time to fire over from the eighteen yard line. F/T: 3-3

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to assistant manager Lauren Baker-Hawes, and captain Kerry Stapleton: 

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SSMFL D1: Ath held at home by Lions

Buckingham Athletic were held to a goalless draw at home against London Lions in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 today.

Athletic

Drew Mitten had a 44th minute penalty saved for the Athletic.

SSMFL D1: Griffiths seeing good signs in improving Ath

Buckingham Athletic boss Neil Griffiths has spoken to Sports Shots as London Lions visit Stratford Fields in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday.

Neil Griffiths

The Athletic bounced back to winning ways with a convincing three points against Park View last weekend.
The Athletic manager told Sports Shots;
We were much-improved on Saturday, the scoreline more than matched our performance. We saw some of the things we have asked really taken on board. We showed more quality with ball than we have of late. It was a significant step in the right direction.

As with all new managers comes different ideas and changes in personal.

We are very much a work in progress, I mentioned after the Winslow game we need to be judged after eight to ten weeks.

We have had two heavy losses but there have been spells in those games where we have been the better side. We are still learning about the players and they are understanding what we want. Saturday’s win was a building block in the right direction.

The squad is still settling in terms of personnel. Fitness wise, the lads have been phenomenal. We have made a big thing about training commitment and training twice a week. We have done large amounts of work on right type of fitness. Credit to the players they have understood the importance and taken it on. That work will continue, the true benefits of it will come later in the winter when pitches are heavier. The summer hasn’t been easy on the pitch and the club have done all they can. The rain is good news for the pitch, some extra sessions on shape and we’ll be able to progress and go up another level. Points wise, we’ll always want more but providing we are seeing progress in understanding and performance the results will soon become a product of that.

Even this early in the season, Griffiths is aware of the significance of the forthcoming games.
We have 3 games now that become very very important. Firstly we have a home league game, we have been unbeaten at Stratford Fields so far and that has to continue. That would see us 6 games in, 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats. That for me is an acceptable start with room for more.
We then have two cup games, the Berks and Bucks cup, followed up by the FA Vase. We go and have successful results in those then the start of our season soon becomes a far more positive one.
There is good news on the playing side.
Squad-wise we are slowly getting to full strength. Dan Staley is now in light training. We have four returning from holidays and a wedding. This is where the club structure is so important, being able to give players 90 mins via the development side is vital and allows us to retain the squad size we have. Jake and Ben have had a superb pre-season going into their first game on Saturday.
Kick-off at Stratford Fields is 3pm.

SSMFL D1: Mitten double helps Ath to maximum points

Drew Mitten struck two second half goals as Buckingham Athletic came from behind to defeat Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 newcomers Park View 4-1 on Saturday.

Drew Mitten

The visitors took a 20th minute lead before the Athletic fought back to score twice in three minutes to go in ahead at the break.

Kevin Owusu equalised in the 35th minute before Sam Olawale turned the game around in around 180 seconds.

Mitten converted a spot kick in the 61st minute to make it three before extending their lead further with 15 minutes of normal time remaining.

The result takes the Athletic into ninth place as they returned to winning ways after two away defeats.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

 

PSF; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 9-0 Aylesbury United Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 9

Aylesbury United Ladies – 0

BAFCL v AUFCL 22.08.2018

Buckingham Athletic Ladies finally got their preseason campaign up and running on Wednesday evening at Stratford Fields with a comfortable win over Aylesbury United Ladies, and with several new faces blending into the core of last seasons squad put on a display the club could be very proud of going into the new Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League season in just a few weeks’ time.

The game played in three thirty minute slots saw Athletic take control from the off, Jordan Heron forcing United keeper Keri Clark to block with her feet within the first minute, after a great pass from Sam Jolley. Aylesbury won a corner in the fourth minute which was easily cleared to the middle of the pitch where Heron slid the perfect pass through for Alex Miller to latch onto, with Clark off her line Miller curled the ball from twenty yards around the keeper and into the top corner to give the hosts the lead.

Athletic threatened every time Heron got down the right, the United defence struggled throughout with her pace and on eighteen minutes she won the race down the wing and as Clark advanced from her goal, the Buckingham winger flashed the ball across the goal face and wide, Miller was inches away from getting on the end of the cross.

A minute later the home lead was doubled when Heron again outwitted her marker, she advanced towards goal and from the corner of the six-yard box went for goal, the ball rebounded off the near post, hit the keeper and sat up nicely for Miller to lift into the roof of the net. From there the Buckingham confidence grew even more, Jade Copas trying her luck from twenty yards but screwing wide. 1/3: 2-0

Jordan Heron was a constant threat

Two minutes after the restart Courtney Crawley broke down the left and cut inside to force Clark to push away for a corner; Jolley swung the corner in & as Clark went to clear Kayleigh Harwood beat her to the ball and headed home. Two minutes later the lead was four, when Jolley picking the ball up out on the right went for goal from twenty-five yards, the ball sailing over everyone including Clark and in.

Athletic continued to press and Harwood saw a great run down the right result with her crossing into Gemma Ball twelve yards from goal, she took on the acrobatic over the head attempt but the ball bounced just wide of goal. On forty-two minutes Copas got in on the goal scoring when she ran at the Aylesbury defence and shrugged off a challenge before knocking past Clark with ease.

Ball then opened her Athletic account when a ball played through for her to chase down was met on the edge of the area by Clark, but she failed to hold on to it and Ball robbed her of possession before turning and firing onto the unguarded net. The seventh goal arrived on fifty-two minutes when Crawley fed Nicole Britton from the left and from twenty yards she hit the ball sweetly and it again sailed over the United keeper and in. 2/3: 7-0

Gemma Ball in action

Straight from the restart Heron posed more problems for the visitor’s as she tormented down the right, a cross into the middle saw Ball head straight into the hands of Clark, just before Miller was denied her hatrick by the post, beating the keeper the ball rebounded back off the upright with a defender on hand to thump away to safety.

Aylesbury enjoyed some possession calling Buckingham custodian Ellen Fenables to pull off a couple of regulatory blocks and saves, but with just under a quarter of an hour left the hosts won a free kick some thirty yards from goal, As the bodies assembled in front of goal, Copas took the kick and the ball sailed over everyone including Clark and went in.

With four minutes left Britton grabbed her second of the evening, picking the ball up out wide she cut across midfield before chipping over the defence and keeper to round off a convincing victory for the home side. F/T: 9-0

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Athletics Lauren Baker-Hawes & Dani Roberts: 

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