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PSF; Mursley Utd Dev 0-4 Buckingham Athletic Dev

Mursley United Development – 0

Buckingham Athletic Development – 4

The first pre-season friendly for both these clubs development sides saw both managers using large squads to cast their eye over ahead of the 2018/19 season. For Mursley it’s their first season having a development team and they held their local neighbours out for forty-five minutes, but once Keiran Brady opened the scoring after the break there was only going to be one outcome, Brady bagged a second before Josh Hooper & Alex Kennard confirmed the Athletic domination in the second period.

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PSF: Ath start life under Griffiths with a 4-0 friendly win

Buckingham Athletic started life under new manager Neil Griffiths with a 4-0 win at Mursley United in their pre season curtain-raiser on Saturday.

Chris Stapleton

Jordan Appleton scored the first goal of the Griffiths era as he headed the Athletic in front in the 16th minute.

Jordan Appleton

Chris Stapleton scored on the stroke of half time to take the Athletic in two goals ahead at the break.

On 70 minutes Drew Mitten extended the visitors lead to three before Stapleton bagged his second of the game just two minutes from time.

Drew Mitten

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Buckinghamshire non-league grounds to visit

Two of Sports Shots friends have collaborated to report on 5 grounds in Buckinghamshire that shouldn’t be missed, for any ground hoppers out there that are yet to experience the scene in our local area.

New Bradwell St Peter FC stand

Football in Bracknell & FootballMK have come up with this brilliant article, click on the link:

The grounds covered are:

Stratford Fields, Buckingham

Ostlers Lane, Stony Stratford

The Recreation Ground, New Bradwell

Station Road, Mursley

Manor Fields, Fenney Stratford

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2018/19 SSMFL Cup Competitions revealed

At Saturday’s South Midlands AGM the draws were made for the various cup competitions across the leagues:



As drawn Saturday 23rd June by

Mike Taylor and John Childley

(Members of the SSML Cup Finals Committee)

Dates of ties to be announced at later date




  1. Colney Heath v Broadfields United
  2. Buckingham Town v Berkhamsted Raiders
  3. MK Gallacticos v Stotfold *
  4. Harefield United v Edgware Town
  5. Park View v Mursley United
  6. Aston Clinton v Potton United *
  7. Wodson Park v Langford
  8. Amersham Town v Grendon Rangers
  9. Winslow United v Brimsdown
  10. Wembley v Enfield Borough
  11. Tring Corinthians v Biggleswade United *
  12. Oxhey Jets v Baldock Town
  13. Unite MK FC v Leverstock Green
  14. FC Broxbourne Borough v Hadley
  15. London Lions v Harpenden Town
  16. Hillingdon Borough v Codicote
  17. Risborough Rangers v Rayners Lane
  18. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Clean Slate *
  19. Old Bradwell United v Bedford *
  20. Hatfield Town v Leighton Town
  21. Tring Athletic v London Colney
  22. Crawley Green v The 61FC (Luton)
  23. Totternhoe v Cockfosters *

Byes: Ampthill Town, Arlesey Town, Biggleswade FC, Bovingdon,

Buckingham Athletic, London Tigers, New Bradwell St Peter,

North Greenford United and Sarratt.

Ties will be played midweek unless stated with a * in which case will be played on a Saturday


  1. Buckingham Athletic v Unite MK FC or Leverstock Green
  2. Wembley or Enfield Borough v Arlesey Town
  3. Risborough Rangers or Rayners Lane v Tring Athletic or London Colney
  4. Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Clean Slate v Oxhey Jets or Baldock Town
  5. Park View or Mursley United v Aston Clinton or Potton United
  6. Harefield United or Edgware Town v Winslow United or Brimsdown
  7. Wodson Park or Langford v MK Gallacticos or Stotfold
  8. Biggleswade FC v New Bradwell St Peter
  9. Hatfield Town or Leighton Town v Hillingdon Borough or Codicote
  10. Crawley Green or The 61FC (Luton) v Amersham Town or Grendon Rangers
  11. Ampthill Town v London Tigers
  12. Old Bradwell United or Bedford v Colney Heath or Broadfields United
  13. Totternhoe or Cockfosters v Sarratt
  14. Tring Corinthians or Biggleswade United v FC Broxbourne Borough or Hadley
  15. Buckingham Town or Berkhamsted Raiders v North Greenford United
  16. Bovingdon v London Lions or Harpenden Town


  1. Winner Game 16 v Winner Game 14
  2. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 13
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 15
  5. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 9
  6. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  7. Winner Game 11 v Winner Game 12
  8. Winner Game 10 v Winner Game 4


  1. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1
  3. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 4
  4. Winner Game 6 v Winner Game 8


  1. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4
  2. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1


  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1



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  1. Arlesey Town v Hadley
  2. Biggleswade FC v Edgware Town
  3. Baldock Town v Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green v Potton United


  1. Biggleswade United v Wembley
  2. London Tigers v Arlesey Town or Hadley
  3. Leighton Town v Baldock Town or Colney Heath
  4. Crawley Green or Potton United v Biggleswade FC or Edgware Town
  5. London Colney v Leverstock Green
  6. Oxhey Jets v Harpenden Town
  7. Tring Athletic v Stotfold
  8. Cockfosters v North Greenford United


  1. Winner Game 8 v Winner Game 7
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 2
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 6
  4. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 1


  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4


  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2




  1. Hillingdon Borough v Ampthill Town
  2. Buckingham Town v Park View
  3. Enfield Borough v FC Broxbourne Borough
  4. Codicote v Rayners Lane


  1. Enfield Borough or FC Broxbourne Borough v Amersham Town
  2. Broadfields United v Bedford
  3. Langford v Brimsdown
  4. Wodson Park v Buckingham Athletic
  5. London Lions v Codicote or Rayners Lane
  6. Hillingdon Borough or Ampthill Town v Buckingham Town or Park View
  7. Winslow United v Harefield United
  8. Hatfield Town v Risborough Rangers


  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 6
  2. Winner Game 7 v Winner Game 8
  3. Winner Game 5 v Winner Game 3
  4. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2


  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3


Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1




  1. New Bradwell St Peter v Bovingdon
  2. Pitstone & Ivinghoe v Grendon Rangers
  3. Totternhoe v Old Bradwell United
  4. Unite MK FC v MK Gallacticos
  5. Clean Slate v The 61FC (Luton)
  6. Mursley United v Aston Clinton
  7. Tring Corinthians v Sarratt

Bye: Berkhamsted Raiders


  1. Unite MK FC or MK Gallacticos v Berkhamsted Raiders
  2. Clean Slate or The 61FC (Luton) v Totternhoe or Old Bradwell United
  3. Tring Corinthians or Sarratt v Mursley United or Aston Clinton
  4. New Bradwell St Peter or Bovingdon v Pitstone & Ivinghoe or Grendon Rangers


  1. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3
  2. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2


Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1




Holmer Green Development v Biggleswade United Development

Buckingham Athletic Development v Harpenden Town Development

AFC Dunstable Development v Winslow United Development


Biggleswade United Development v Holmer Green Development

Harpenden Town Development v Buckingham Athletic Development

Winslow United Development v AFC Dunstable Development


  1. Leighton Town Development v Ampthill Town Development
  2. Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development v Kempston Rovers Development
  3. Berkhamsted Development v Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development
  4. Stotfold Development v AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development


  1. Ampthill Town Development v Leighton Town Development
  2. Kempston Rovers Development v Buckingham Athletic Development or Harpenden Town Development
  3. Holmer Green Development or Biggleswade United Development v Berkhamsted Development
  4. AFC Dunstable Development or Winslow United Development v Stotfold Development


  1. Winner Game 2 v Winner Game 1
  2. Winner Game 3 v Winner Game 4

 SEMI FINAL Second Leg

  1. Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2
  2. Winner Game 4 v Winner Game 3


Winner Game 1 v Winner Game 2

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Vasculitis benefits from Buckingham Charity Cup 2018/19

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that two of the clubs we cover have already confirmed their participation in the forthcoming Buckingham Charity Cup 2018/19 campaign, and after contacting us for our chosen charity of choice, we have nominated Vasculitis UK for both clubs.

For anyone unfamiliar with Vasculitis, all your questions are answered here:

Our most recent donations were made to our other chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support, therefore we have directed both clubs towards Vasculitis for their cup campaigns.

Sports Shots would like to thank both clubs and everyone who has been involved in this incredibly kind gesture, and wish both clubs the best of luck in the competition.

To see Sports Shots coverage of the Buckingham Charity Cup follow this link:

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SSMFL,DD: Ath U25 appoint Beaumont as assistant manager

Buckingham Athletic U25’s are delighted to announce the appointment of Spencer Beaumont as development team assistant manager.

Spencer brings with him a wealth of experience both as a player and as a manager having most recently been the manager of Great Linford in the North Bucks Premier Division. In his playing days Spencer played for the likes of Buckingham Town, Potterspury and Great Horwood so he is very familiar with football in the local area.

Spencer had this to say about joining the club:

I’m am looking forward to entering a well run club supporting two good and up coming managers and I think that the mixture of youth and experience will win the day.

Everyone at Buckingham Athletic wishes Spencer a warm welcome and we hope that he really enjoys his time here and can help the development team win some silverware.

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New step 5 & 6 non-league football allocations revealed

The new divisional provisional allocations for our local step 5 & 6 clubs have finally been revealed today by the FA and their relevant football leagues.

South Midlands League:

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Premier Division

  • Arlesey Town,  Baldock, North Greenford United and Potton United in
  • No club relegated – both Cockfosters and Stotfold reprieved.

Division One

  • Amersham Town, Park View – promotions confirmed
  • Buckingham Town and Hashtag United new clubs in
  • FC Broxbourne Borough, St Neots Town Reserves both relegated to Step 7


United Counties League:

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Premier Division

  • Pinchbeck (promoted) & Rugby Town (moved across) in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews relegated
  • League reduced from 22 teams to 20

Division One

  • Anstey Nomads, Aylestone Park, Birstall United Social & Holwell Sports in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews in relegated from Premier Division


Hellenic League:

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Premier Division

  • Ardley United, Bishop’s Cleeve, Holmer Green, Shrivenham & Virginia Water in
  • Burnham & Woodley United relegated

Division One East

  • Abingdon Town, Burnham & Chalvey Sports in

Division One West

  • Almondsbury, Carterton, Malmesbury Victoria & Woodley United in
  • Division increased to 14 from 13


All clubs have seven days to appeal, step 7 allocations to be discussed w/c 28th May.


The entire allocation for steps 5 & 6 nationwide can be viewed by clicking here: NLS 5.6 Club Allocations 2018-19 v25.5.18 FINAL


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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.

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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

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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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