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TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 2-2 Caversham AFC Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 2
Caversham AFC Ladies – 2

15.05.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies rounded off their season with a hard fought two all draw with Caversham on Wednesday evening at Stratford Fields, to finish their first campaign in the top flight of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League with a very respectable top four finish, a number of teams around them have been unable to complete their fixtures leaving the final league table a little unclear, but at the time of writing they share joint third with Carterton. With a number of first team regulars missing both teams fought out a highly entertaining draw, the second half fiercely competitive with full credit to both sides considering there was very little riding on the game, a number of supporters at the end of the game commenting they had seen one of the best games of the season in this league!

The home side had the first effort of note on five minutes when a clearance to the penalty arc saw Rosie Hubbard head towards the target however visiting custodian Nina Merritt was under it all the way, Kerry Stapleton then had three shadowing her across the area but managed to drill low straight at the keeper, at the opposite end a great four player move saw the away side move the ball higher & higher up the pitch resulting in Freya Jenkins firing narrowly wide. Courtney Crawley was next to warm the hands of Merritt from distance claiming underneath her own crossbar, her goal keeping opponent was then busy denying Jenkins after she’d run thirty yards from midfield and tried to tuck inside the near post, Britten received a pass from Stapleton to hit on the turn but again the shot stopper was not to be beaten.

Nicole Britten scored second Ath goal

The deadlock was eventually broken on thirty-two minutes as a Hubbard corner eluded a couple of touches at close range but running in at the back stick Stapleton managed to divert inside the post, that lead looked good heading towards the break but the visitors drew level with two minutes remaining through Jenkins who fired low across the face from the left of the box, the ball thumping the base of the far upright and rebounding in. An injury then delayed the game but deep into added time the hosts retook the lead after a shot from Crawley came back off the woodwork and Britten was the first to react to turn home. H/T: 2-1

A free kick to Buckingham early after the restart saw Stapleton go for goal from some way out, Merritt parried the initial effort and had to jump up quickly to block the follow up by home captain Jade Copas, a Caversham corner then bounced off the top of the crossbar as it went over & out of play. The game was level once more just past the hour mark when a long punt downfield saw the blue defence switch off allowing Tiffany Newland to pick out Jenkins to the left, her first time drive angled into the near top corner with some power.

Caversham equalise for second time

The away side won a free kick that Jenkins fired straight at Ath keeper Ellen Fenables from just outside the box, Crawley did well out on the touchline skipping past her marker before advancing towards goal but as she drove across the area the ball was just too close to Merritt who gathered and at the opposite end Sophie Ali lifted over the top from the eighteen yard line; Stapleton tried driving at the Caversham backline but with three bodies trailing her again she did well to make any advance however she simply ran out of room and the chance was cleared as the visitor’s made every effort not to concede again.

The midfielder drove a free kick against the wall but as the ball rolled back to her she floated into the far post where Copas headed down to Crawley who lifted over the bar from twelve yards, a Caversham corner was headed wide before a decent one-two saw Jenkins fire into the gloves of Fenables, the last chance of the game fell to the double goal scorer who from inside the area pulled her effort past the back stick. F/T: 2-2

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2019/20 season non league steps 1-6 revealed

The non-league divisional structures have been revealed for next season’s step one to six clubs, which affects a number of the clubs covered by Sports Shots.

Step 3:

Banbury United continue in the Southern League Premier Division Central and welcome five new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bromsgrove Sporting, Hednesford Town, Kings Langley, Nuneaton Borough & Peterborough Sports.

 

Step 4:

Aylesbury United & Thame United continue in the Southern League Division One Central and welcome six new clubs to the division for the new campaign, Bedworth United, Biggleswade FC, Daventry Town, Halesowen Town, St Neots Town & Wantage Town.

 

Step 5 (Hellenic):

Brackley Town Saints continue in the Hellenic Premier Division after narrowly missing out on promotion, they welcome Burnham, Chipping Sodbury Town, Easington Sports & Westfields for the forthcoming campaign.

 

Step 5 (South Midlands):

Newport Pagnell Town have been transferred from the Future Lions United Counties League over to the Spartan South Midlands where they join former Aylesbury FC under their new set up of Aylesbury Vale Dynamo’s after relegation from the Southern League.

 

Step 6:

Ampthill Town, Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United all remain in Spartan South Midlands League Division One where they welcome five new clubs in London Tigers, New Salamis, Shefford Town & Campton, St Panteleimon & Stotfold.

All clubs have seven days to appeal, steps seven and below are to follow in due course.

SSMFL D1; Buckingham Athletic 3-1 Ampthill Town

Buckingham Athletic – 3
Ampthill Town – 1

23.04.2019

Buckingham Athletic completed their home league campaign with victory over Ampthill on Tuesday night at Stratford Fields, twinned with their success last weekend Neil Griffiths squad have cemented a fourth place finish in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One in his first season in charge, Town face a trip to Milton Keynes on Saturday for their finale engrossed in a four team battle for ninth place but with a cup final to look forward to next Tuesday as they take on Premier League champions Biggleswade in the Beds Charity Cup. Ampthill took the lead very early on but were pegged back by the break, they were then presented with the chance to regain the lead from the penalty spot early in the second period however Ath custodian Josh McAdoo made the save and from there the hosts went on to take the lead and add a late third to seal the points, although both sides were guilty of missing some great chances & the woodwork also took a battering to keep the score line respectable.

A second minute Sam Olawale cross met the head of Ryan Kelsey on the corner of the six-yard box which saw visiting keeper Mitchell Howe get down well to his right to deny single handed, from the corner Ampthill cleared long dropping the ball in behind the blue backline where Jake Kissiedu accelerated free of his marker before slotting into the far bottom corner. Stunned by the goal Ath fought back almost immediately when Carter got on the end of a looping cross but stooping low he could only divert over the top, a free kick to the visitor’s was then blazed far too high by Tom Carter whilst a Stuart Ironmonger cross was headed over by Carter again, they went even closer when a Neil King set piece came off skipper Dan Staley’s head to rebound off the woodwork, as the visitor’s battled to clear a loud shout of handball went up but the referee waved the appeals away.

Dan Blackman saw his spot kick saved

The hosts equalised on twenty-eight minutes when Ash Farmer drove forward from his full back position and reaching the eighteen yard line he noticed Howe off his line and executed the perfect dink over the stranded stopper and into the empty net, almost immediately from the kick off Carter was played through to face a one on one with Howe but pushed his shot across the face and wide of the far upright, Town captain Louie Dillon then forced a great two handed save from McAdoo from twenty yards out. The goal frame was to deny the hosts again with ten minutes of the half left, Farmer down the right channel lost his marker and his long range effort beat the keeper all hands up but crashed back off the bar, Kelsey then suffered the same fate as his first time attempt bounced off the bar and over the top, the last chance feel to Carter who was released inside a full back but he could only drive over the top. H/T: 1-1

Town substitute Will Coote was sent through the heart of the home defence just eleven minutes after the break where a challenge from Staley saw him felled & the official pointing to the spot despite the protests, however Dan Blackman watched in horror as McAdoo turned his attempt around the upright for a corner. He almost made amends moments later when a free kick awarded out on their left  saw a mass of bodies in front of goal anticipating the cross however the midfielder went for a sneaky drive inside the near post which the keeper again did well to shuffle across to and push away, before Brad Clarke found some space at the edge of the box but drove wide, with those chances spurned the visitor’s were then punished on sixty-nine minutes when Kelsey gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the game.

Late Ryan Kelsey strike seals the win

Nick Bines picked out the winger at the back post where he converted under pressure, the lead was almost very short lived as from the restart Ampthill introduced leading scorer Jamie Cerminara and his first touch was to connect with a pass down the middle of the pitch which he tried to lift over the advancing McAdoo, the keeper got a block to deflect out to Carter who drilled across goal and wide of the far upright. A looping lump downfield then saw Kelsey cushion off to Kyle Stimpson who lifted high over the top, A Town move then broke down allowing King to push forward before laying off to Carter whose fierce drive once again rattled the crossbar, a counter attack from Ath saw Carter send Owusu through on goal who turned one defender inside out but hesitated on his shot, taking far too long the keeper had time to compose ahead of making the block.

With just three minutes to play the home side sealed the win when Kelsey escaped down the left wing and cutting inside he went for goal which looked to be heading straight at Howe until a yellow boot stuck out to divert past the stricken keeper, the final action saw Carter fed through the middle and shaping his body to curl around Howe he pushed his shot wide of the target. F/T: 3-1

Attendance: 65

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic manager Neil Griffiths:
And also with Ampthill skipper Louie Dillon:

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SSMFL DD: Ath Development crowned League Champions!

Buckingham Athletic Development are the 2018-19 Spartan South Midlands League, Development Division Champions.

Buckingham Athletic Development – Spartan South Midlands League, Development Division winners 2018/19

Jake Honor’s side secured the title with a 3-1 win at Leighton Town Development thanks to goals from Luke Tavener, Chris Parr and Charlie Willis.

TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 3-0 Wantage Town Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 3
Wantage Town Ladies – 0

21.04.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies warmed up for their County Cup final next weekend with a routine win over Wantage Town Ladies on Sunday at a sun baked Stratford Fields, racing into three goal lead within the opening twenty-three minutes they took the foot off the gas for the remainder managing the game to a conclusion, in scorching Easter temperatures the match official allowed several drinks breaks throughout the game to keep those on the pitch hydrated, a good number of players turning out for Carmen Robinson’s side illustrating the hunger for cup success next week at Slough. Taking the lead in the opening minute soon followed by strikes from Lily Hamp and Evie Hawkins were enough to see the Ath Ladies jump to fourth in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One table, with three games left to play they take a two week break now from league duties before resuming their battle for a top three finish.

With barely sixty seconds on the clock the home side won a penalty which Kerry Stapleton curled in towards the near post where two defenders along with Nicole Britten all challenged up against Town keeper Sophie Jones who put her hand out but only succeeded in pushing the ball into the back of the net. A couple of half chances for the visitor’s saw a throw bounce over the blue backline but Ellen Fenables was alert enough to advance & collect, a long punt downfield then threatened to release Izzy Ottley but again the Ath custodian was off her line in a flash to smoother.

The hosts doubled their lead on nine minutes when Britten did well down the wing and from the byline crossed into the six-yard box where a defender swung a boot but missed leaving Hamp unmarked in the middle to sweep home. A quick counter attack after a Wantage move broke down saw Stapleton feed Hawkins in the area but her first time shot looped up off a defender into the grateful hands of Jones, a corner swung in then saw Hawkins climb highest to connect and her looping header bounced off the top of the crossbar and out of play.

Athletic open the scoring

The move of the game saw the third goal arrive when Hamp did well down the left wing knocking the ball past a defender to round her and get forward before delivering the perfect cross into Hawkins who thumped her header past Jones into the bottom corner. The half then interrupted as players needed to take on fluids but with five minutes remaining the blue frontline were convinced they had scored a fourth twice in the same attack however it wasn’t given.

A close range shot from Hawkins deflected off the keeper towards the open goal but a defender recovered and cleared right off the line, the Buckingham leading scorer reeled away arms aloft but play waved on then saw Britten head for the corner where Jones got up to push out, the winger got a second effort in that hit the post and rolled along the line but again a defender got across to clear and no goal was the verdict. There were a couple of late chances that saw Britten fire wide and Stapleton find the gloves of Jones. H/T: 3-0

Early in the second half the home defence struggled to clear their lines and pushing forward Charmaine White latched onto the loose ball but dragged her shot across goal and wide of the far upright, on the hour mark the hosts were denied a fourth once again when a cross from their right from Gemma Ball was headed in by Stapleton but a raised flag saw the referee consult with his assistant before denying.

Wantage clear off the line to deny a fourth goal

A speculative effort from twenty-five yards saw Meghann Steptoe loop wide with little other options ahead of her, a corner soon after saw Fenables come out and punch to the edge of her area where Jade Wilkinson went for goal however only screw away from the target, a long clearance downfield saw Hawkins released down the right hand channel and into the box where Jones came to meet her and make the block taking a painful blow in the process.

A Buckingham attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball sent long for White to chase after, with space ahead of her she opted to shoot from twenty odd yards but straight at the home custodian, a free kick to the hosts just inside the Wantage half saw Emma Marshall making just her second start of the season float in towards goal where Jones had to push away with both hands from under her own crossbar.

A Gemma Ball cross from the right found the head of skipper Jade Copas forcing Jones to single handedly push around her goal frame for a corner, in added time a long distance free kick was fired straight at the visiting keeper by Stapleton. F/T: 3-0

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Jade Copas:

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BCC SF; Winslow United 5-2 Buckingham Athletic

Winslow United – 5
Buckingham Athletic – 2

(agg: 6-4)

16.04.2019

Winslow United came from behind on the night & on aggregate to beat their local rivals on Tuesday at Elmfield Gate to record their first win in five attempts over their arch enemies this season and book their Buckingham Charity Cup final place where they will face Aylesbury FC, ironically at the home of Athletic on Bank Holiday May Day. Trailing from the first leg United went further behind when Jordan Appleton struck on a counter attack but once Steve Garbutt equalised from a corner The Ploughmen never looked back, even affording to have a penalty saved on their way to a three-one lead at the break, a late second half red card for The Ath saw two further goals kill off the game as a contest and a late Kyle Stimpson strike was a mere consolation for the boys in blue.

Matt Cruse forced Buckingham custodian Josh McAdoo down low to his near post early on after finding some space on the right on the area, the next Winslow attack broke down high up the pitch from where Kevin Owusu sent Appleton racing away down the left and he made thirty yards before picking out Robbie Carter in the middle of the box but from close range he cleared the crossbar. Ath went close again when Ryan Kelsey saw an opportunity from midfield hitting it towards the nearest upright that had Winslow keeper Sam Ashmead having to get down quickly and block, at the opposite end Cruse won a corner off Stuart Ironmonger and from there the deadlock was broken just ahead of the quarter hour mark.

Steve Garbutt levels

The hosts had three attempts at the set piece and after two clearances back over the byline the third was headed towards the eighteen yard line where Owusu collected and advanced before threading the perfect pass between the two yellow centre halves for Appleton to race onto and draw Ashmead out to curl around the isolated custodian. The lead lasted just six minutes as a corner curled in from the United right found the head of Garbutt in front of goal and he planted into the back of the net unchallenged, in the same amount of time it took to level they then took the lead as a Simon King cross was met by Marcus Hussey who diverted it towards one corner but in front of the keeper a defender stuck out a leg to put across into the opposite giving the shot stopper no chance.

By this stage the home side were rampant and within three minutes Cruse made it three-one when he latched onto a cross which was missed by the blue backline to tuck past McAdoo, before the visitor’s could catch their breath their hosts had a penalty when Cruse was felled inside the area but Ryan Freshwater saw his spot kick saved, Cruse was first to the rebound but his drive crashed back off the goal frame and was eventually cleared. As much as the away side tried to keep the ball from their goal mouth they were constantly under siege anytime they lost it, one attack headed clear saw Aaron King released upfield and from the edge of the box his fierce low drive had McAdoo having to use both hands to turn around his post. H/T: 3-1

Late red card for Jack Menday

The second half was never going to live up to the first and some good defending from both sides few chances were created, an early cross from the Athletic wing found Owusu at the back post but sliding in he could only lift over the top, substitutions then delayed the game and one almost had an immediate impact when Harry Dalton was fed inside his marker to advance into the area but from the edge of the six-yard box he fired the wrong side of the near post. Then with nine minutes of regulatory time left a Buckingham attack was cleared long for Alex Kedzierski to chase downfield, as he neared the area Jack Menday came across to challenge and both went down, the referee brandished a straight red card to the disbelief of the Ath midfielder.

From the resulting free kick Simon King drilled low across the area into McAdoo’s bottom left hand corner to finally end any thoughts of a comeback, although at the opposite end Ashmead had to be alert when Stimpson got away making a great block from close range, Dalton then found time & space down the left and as he went past the advancing McAdoo he squared into the middle where Kelsey slid in to block and luckily the ball got stuck under his legs, allowing him to recover and clear. A late shout for handball in the United goalmouth was waved play on and five minutes into added time the hosts won a throw in the corner, launched into Aaron King on the edge of the six-yard area he took control on his chest before swivelling to fire inside the near post, from the restart Ath went straight upfield and pulled one back through Stimpson, his shot taking a slight deflection on its way into the bottom corner. F/T: 5-2

Attendance: 126

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Winslow manager Paul Alleyne:
And also with Athletic boss Neil Griffiths:

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Sports Shots top three most viewed interviews for March 2019

The top three most popular post-match interviews (to date) for March on our You Tube page https://www.youtube.com/user/sportsshotsorguktv/videos were as follows:

No. 1: Winslow United v Hatfield Town match highlights 16.03.2019 (334)

 

No. 2: Aston Clinton assistant manager Jack Seaton v Grendon Rangers 09.03.2019 (321)

 

No. 3: Buckingham Athletic development v Leighton Town development match highlights 23.03.2019 (232)

(All viewing figures correct at the time of publish)

SSMFL D1: Menday hits treble before late Carter strike earns a point

Jack Menday hit a hat-trick for Buckingham Athletic before a late Robbie Carter strike earned the visitors a point at Park View on Saturday.

Jack Menday

Despite Menday’s treble at the New River Stadium, the Athletic were trailing late in the game before leading marksman Carter netted his 24th of the campaign.

BBFA IC; Buckingham Athletic Development 0-3 Long Crendon

Buckingham Athletic Development – 0
Long Crendon – 3

13.04.2019

Long Crendon took the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup on Saturday putting three past Buckingham Athletic development with a hatrick for Asher Yearwood to secure the Charles Twelftree trophy for the Hellenic Football League Division Two side. Their opposition never really got their game going and after finding themselves behind early on were then given a mountain to climb after the break as they had two players sent off from where Crendon sealed the win with two further strikes, after the game Athletic manager Jake Honor admitting his side were second best and hadn’t turned up. An afternoon of contrasting weather saw blue skies with warm sunshine interrupted on several occasions as the clouds gathered and an icy wind that saw the healthy crowd searching for extra clothing, the rock hard surface did little to help either side get any passing football together and in truth James Green was far busier in goal for Buckingham than George Collingwood at the opposite end.

Crendon took the lead after just five minutes when Oli Lethbridge pressured the Ath defence enough to concede possession, he fizzed the ball across the six-yard box where two outstretched defenders boots couldn’t make contact allowing Yearwood to take a touch before drilling into the bottom corner, for a while the development backline looked nervous every time they received the ball and again Lethbridge gained an advantage out on the left ahead of feeding James Hawkes who fired wide, a free kick then floated in by skipper Alex Farley found the rising head of Hawkes but he simply helped it on its way past the upright.

Asher Yearwood celebrates opener

The Spartan South Midlands side struggled to stamp their authority on the game during the first period, rarely getting anywhere near their opposition penalty area, whilst their opponents had plenty of the play but never really looked like increasing their lad, with ten minutes of the half left a simple pass through the blue back line saw Lethbridge in on goal but Green was off his line in a flash to dive at his feet to take it away and gather at the second attempt, before a Yearwood free kick from eighteen yards took a deflection off the wall for a corner being the closest they came. H/T: 0-1

Within five minutes of the restart Crendon midfielder Harry Pettingell tried his luck from twenty yards but wide of the target, another lob over the defence saw the same player race towards goal but again Green was out of his area to clear before any danger materialised, skipper Dan McAndrew then had to keep his composure under some serious pressure from Lethbridge, twice having to head away from the front man and eventually getting the better to clear the threat. Buckingham summed up their afternoon on the hour mark when a Harry Heritage free kick into the box simply grazed the head of striker Charlie Wright on its way out, it took until the sixty-fourth minute for the first effort at goal, substitute Luke Tavener driving over the top from a clearance.

At the opposite end a shot from Archie Pettingell was blocked inside the six yard area where it then fell nicely for Hawkes to hit, a deflection off a blue shirt saw a big shout for a handball but the official waved the appeals away, it then all went wrong for Buckingham with just over twenty minutes left when Rufus Barker was spoken to by the official in the lead up to a corner, as he signalled for play to then resume the defender clashed on the edge of the box with Nathan Brownsword & the referee brandished a straight red card which was later confirmed for a clash of heads, the set piece eventually taken saw a flick on to Yearwood who from close range headed straight at Green.

Crendon lift trophy

A cross from the wing was met by a glancing header from Yearwood to flash the ball across the area and wide, then with sixteen minutes left the game was all but put to bed when Yearwood was played away across midfield towards goal all on his own, he rounded the advancing Green before slotting home from the angle, within a minute Ath were reduced to nine when Wright was adjudged to have impeded a throw deep in the Crendon half, a second yellow saw him off for an early shower much to the delight of the green defence.

A free kick twenty-five yards out saw Tavener drill past Collingwood’s right hand post, a quick counter attack the other end saw Harry Pettingell explore space down the left flank before picking out Christian Warwick on the other side of the box all on his own, his shot beat Green but hit the post and rebounded away, another cross in to the area saw Green having to go up against Lethbridge but the Crendon man won the battle only to head wide, moments later he was fed again in front of goal by Yearwood but he could only screw past the woodwork.

With four minutes to go the striker completed his treble with a strike to remember, a cross from the left picked him out twelve yards out, he had time to position himself before unleashing a right footed volley into the back of the net. There was still time for Warwick to get down the flank & square into the box where Lethbridge stepped over allowing Harry Pettingell to strike however he chipped over the top, from the goal kick the whistle sounded to spark the deserved celebrations from the Crendon contingent. F/T: 0-3

Attendance: 120

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

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BBFA IC; Athletic duo testify that hard work this campaign has brought them Hither

Saturday 13th April 2019
Buckingham Athletic v Long Crendon
Berks & Bucks FA Intermediate Cup Final
Hithercroft
K.O. 3.00pm
Venue: Hithercroft Road, Wallingford OX10 9RB

Buckingham Athletic Development are involved in cup final action on Saturday as they travel to Hithercroft Road, the home of Wallingford Town FC to face Hellenic Football League Division Two East side Long Crendon in what looks a fascinating battle against two sides both having fantastic seasons. The Ath youngsters are top of their league and look odds on to win the league title needing just a further five points to secure the trophy from their remaining five games, they were on for a treble until last weekend when they were knocked out of the Challenge Trophy semi-final on penalties by Leighton Town, so will be eager to secure this cup competition ahead of their remaining league fixtures. But waiting to disappoint are Crendon who are top of their division having won twenty-two of their twenty-four league games this campaign, scoring goals for fun along the way they’ve scored eight and ten in a game twice each, in those league games to date they’ve hit the net one hundred and three times, an intriguing afternoon lies ahead.

Link to Long Crendon season: http://fulltime-league.thefa.com/DisplayTeam.do?selectednavpage1=All&navPageNumber1=1&teamID=888249345&divisionseason=578764005

Luke Tavener

This week Sports Shots caught up with Ath midfielder Kieran Brady and first of all we asked front man Luke Tavener how long he’s been back at the club and what saw him re-join:

I have been back at the club just over a month now, after speaking to Jake & seeing how well the lads were doing and with the chance to compete for some trophies, it made it an easy decision to come back. It’s been easy to fit back in after playing with or against most of the lads previously as well

Kieran is in his first season at the club:

I have been with Buckingham Athletic Development for nearly a year now, I joined at the start of the season after looking for a new club in the summer. Living quite local to Buckingham I came to pre-season and never looked back, the team ethic and focus on improving ourselves as players and in turn winning matches has been spot on

How good a season does Kieran feel he has had since joining?

I feel I have contributed well to the team; I am the only player in the squad to play in every match this season. I start most matches and have managed to assist in several goals, I have also scored twice this season however getting more goals is a personal target that I would like to bring to my game for the rest of the season and look to improve on for next season

Luke is hoping his goals can cement a regular place:

It’s not been easy to get into the team with how well the lads have been doing this season but I have managed to get a couple of starts and a couple of goals so hopefully I can continue that for the rest of the season

How good does Luke feel the squad is at Buckingham?

Jake (Honor) and Ben (Townsend) have built a really strong squad this season, I can’t imagine there’s any other development teams that have twenty good players training and available every week. I have been really impressed with the whole squad’s commitment and ability since coming back

Kieran Brady

Kieran identifies a spine in the side but appreciates it is a squad game:

The squad is packed with individual talent from front to back, for example on several occasions our goalkeeper James Green has made game changing saves, defender and captain Dan McAndrew has been key in keeping as many clean sheets as we have this year, Ollie Goulding has been an engine in the midfield and almost runs a marathon every match and finally up top Charlie Wright has been scoring the goals to win us games. However above all I think the willingness to work hard from the whole squad is what has put us in a great position in multiple competitions at the tail end of the season

What is Kieran’s preferred position in the side and what formation best suits him?

I have played both on the wing and in attacking midfield this season, I think our four-two-three-one system is great for me as it allows me to have the space to run at defences and create opportunities for other players

Luke plays at the spearhead of the attack:

My favourite position would be as a striker; with the number of players we get forward and into attacking positions I’d say that’s what compliments my game the most

Ath’s last four games saw league success at Stotfold followed by progress in the Challenge Trophy, but the two-legged semi-final saw them exit the competition, how does Luke view that disappointment?

Following up to this weekend the previous games were all positive and deserved wins. Saturday was disappointing for us all but unfortunately we weren’t good enough on the day but we are all looking to put that right this weekend

After that defeat on penalties last week, Kieran admits the focus is now on the league and this cup final:

The first three games you mentioned are a result of the momentum we have built up for ourselves. Having only lost one match this season prior to the league cup semi-final second leg we had a great winning streak that had put us in such a good position come the end of the season. Going out of the league cup was a disappointment to everyone in the team, we have had our sights on the treble all season however it is now important that we focus on the county cup final and the following league games to ensure we take home two trophies at the end of the season

What does Kieran know about their cup final opponents?

We have seen that Long Crendon are fighting for the top spot in their league against Penn & Tyler’s Green FC, a team we beat in the previous rounds on penalties, so we are expecting another tough match. To win the cup would be amazing for everyone at Buckingham Athletic, the competition started with one hundred and twenty-eight places, some teams were given a bye in the first round, so to be one of the two teams left is a fantastic achievement, however if we play as I know we can I’m sure we will be lifting the trophy come Saturday evening

Luke concurs that both teams will be more than capable of winning this competition:

Personally I don’t know much about them but after seeing their results this season it’s clearly going to be a tough game. Both of us go into it in really dominant league positions so it should be a great game and would be a great achievement for the team if we can get our first piece of silverware

What are the targets for the rest of this season for Luke?

Personally I just want to keep continuing to help the team as much as I can, the lads have put in a lot of work over the season and we just need to maintain those levels, if we can I’m confident we’ll come away with some well-deserved silverware

Kieran is already looking ahead to next season:

I would like to make an impact in the business end of the season, weather that’s scoring, assisting or putting in good performances I want to help the team win the County cup and the league. I am looking forward to pre-season with Buckingham Athletic Development next year as I am sure it will be a great opportunity to improve as a squad and have an equally if not better season next year. I would expect a few new faces at the club next year given the success of the team this year so I look forward to coming back next year as an even stronger team

Finally, we asked Kieran if he could pick any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose?

I would have to go on the X Factor with Rufus Barker because that lad has got a serious voice on him, as we found out with his initiation song when he joined midway through the season!

Luke has selected the ideal movie role for someone:

It’s not a tv programme or show, but with him being five foot nothing and bright orange with his tanning addiction, I think Louie Walters would be a perfect Oompa Loompa

Sports Shots would like to thank both Kieran & Luke for their time this week