Archive for Buckingham Athletic Football Club

SSMFL, Dev Div: Ath U25 looking to build on cup victory

Buckingham Athletic Development head to play at Hillingdon Borough in the Spartan South Midlands League, U25 Development Division tomorrow (Saturday 21 October).

Last weekend the Athletic won their first game under new management duo of Jake Honor and Ben Townsend.

Michael Davison

Michael Davison and Caleb Bolton on target in the 2-0 Development Division Challenge Trophy win at St Margaretsbury Development.

Caleb Bolton

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FA Youth Cup, 1RP: Ath Head Coach talks of ‘brilliant tie’ against Cobblers

Buckingham Athletic U18s Head Coach Sam Pateman has spoken to Sports Shots after his side were picked out of the hat at Wembley Stadium this lunchtime to face Northampton Town in the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup.

Manager Steve Farmborough (left) & assistant Sam Pateman (right) celebrate the Buckingham Athletic U18s Allied Counties Youth League, Central Division title with Athletic chairman Tony Checkley.

Pateman told Sports Shots;

A brilliant tie for everyone involved, with an opportunity for the club to have a big crowd, to watch our boys challenge themselves against a Football League clubs U18’s. A perfect tie in that respect.

It will obviously be a massive challenge to get a result but you enter these competitions for that exact reason and hopefully, whatever the outcome we will do ourselves justice because I feel as a group of talented young players, coaches and manager, we all want to prove a point whenever we face a side of their pedigree.


FA Vase 1R: Ath looking to emulate club record with Bracknell Vase clash

Buckingham Athletic are looking to emulate their club record achievement when they head to Bracknell Town in the FA Vase, first round tomorrow (Saturday 21st October).

The last time the Athletic got to the second round was 1998, as you can see from the programme that day below, courtesy of Colin Howkins.

Buckingham Athletic manager Mark Carter

Athletic manager Mark Carter told Sports Shots;

We’re really looking forward to the challenge but are without Neil (King), Chris (Stapleton) and Dan (Hassell). We feel the young lads can cope with the big game, I trust them, and know they will give their all for the team.

Nick Bennion returns after missing last weekend, which is a massive bonus, even though we have two excellent replacements in Lewis (Dench) and Larry (Mills).

This is obviously the biggest game the senior team have been involved in for many years so we’ll be trying our hardest to emulate the great achievements of the youth team.

This is a very good time to be involved with us and we don’t want it to stop here. We are trying to build a great team, on and off the pitch, and I personally think we’re not too far away.

We will have six under 18’s in the 16-man squad again this week, which speaks for itself.

FA Youth Cup,1RP: Ath draw Northampton Town in prestige tie

Buckingham Athletic have been drawn to play Northampton Town in the first round proper of the 2017-18 FA Youth Cup.

FA Youth Cup

The Athletic were paired against their near-neighbours when the draw took place at Wembley Stadium this lunchtime (Friday 20th October).

The Cobblers youth side are coached by former Brackley Town manager Jon Brady and play in the EFL Youth Alliance U18 South East.

Current table below:

The game is looking to be scheduled for Thursday 2nd November 2017, kick-off 7.45pm, and will be played at Stratford Fields.

FA Youth Cup, 3QR: Buckingham Ath U18 v Hampton & Richmond Borough U18


Buckingham Athletic U18 v Hampton & Richmond B

Ath fundraiser makes £200 for Sports Shots charity

Sports Shots would like to thank Buckingham Athletic Football Club for donating the proceeds of a recent fundraiser to one of our charities, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The club held a silent auction for a football signed by MK Dons players, which raised £200.

FA Youth Cup, 3QR: Ath U18’s make history with stunning seven-goal win

Buckingham Athletic are in the draw for the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club’s history.


Match report by Sam Pateman

A performance that highlighted the fantastic commitment to improving on every week by all the players involved, with some outstanding performances all over the pitch!

The game started well for the home side from the off, with a well marshalled defensive line mopping up the long balls from Hampton and Richmond, coupled with some early pressure in the opposition half by Buckingham. Once the game settled, Buckingham really came into their own with some great football, playing combination passes and utilising the pace and power of individuals to really threaten the away side.

Robbie Carter

Carter opened the scoring with a good finish to polish off a brilliantly worked Acquaye move, after he brushed off the defenders to drive in a low cross for a clear opportunity at goal!

Ben Acquaye

Around 10 minutes later Carter returned the favour as Acquaye doubled the Buckingham lead with more dominating attacking play that the away side were not able to deal with all night! Buckingham weren’t finished there though as Carter bagged a first half brace with another quality finish, after a great pass from Atkinson found Acquaye, who’s eventual shot was blocked and fell nicely into the path of Carter the recipient.

Moments later another assist for Acquaye as his well struck corner was headed home by McElroy, with a brilliant leap and bullet header to affirm Buckingham’s lead.

Tom McElroy

Hampton did however have a chance that they did not capitalise on as a set piece scramble in the box was well defended eventually by young 16 year old right back Pike at the back post.

Half time: 4-0.

The second half started against the run of play as Hampton nabbed a goal back shortly after kick off, as a lapse in concentration led to a well taken finish by the big striker for the away side, seconds after Buckingham had the opportunity to score their fifth! Nevertheless it didn’t take long for the 4-goal advantage to be restored as Acquaye worked another ball into the area for Minney to finish well. Great play again by Buckingham.

At this point changes were beginning to be made and as his replacement was being readied on the sideline, Carter managed to complete a quality strikers performance with his well taken hat trick, after McElroy played a scintillating pass through the defensive line of Hampton and Richmond, for Carter to finish calmly.

The away side to their credit continued to try and attack spiritedly but in doing so left gaps for the brilliant ‘Ath’ side to convert one final goal, thanks to a brilliant through ball from sub Olawale, into the path of Minney who made it 7-1 on the night.

Full time.

The performance was of a high standard by the home side, who laid down a marker with their application throughout. The attacking quartet of Minney, McElroy, Acquaye and Carter were untouchable on the night, scoring all the goals between them and assisting all but two of them.

MOTM goes to Atkinson however, as his performance was pivotal in the midfield in the way that Buckingham look to play football, his role never undervalued by those around him.

Buckingham Athletic U18s

Buckingham Athletic FC u18’s Squad:
Larry Mills
Aaron Pike
Luke McAndrew
Harry Byron
Caleb Adegbola
Matt Chew (c) (Sub: Sam Olawale)
Chris Atkinson
Geraint Minney
Tom McElroy (Sub: Harvey Thorne)
Ben Acquaye
Robbie Carter (Sub: Rory Busby)
Unused Subs:
Ethan McKop
Thomas Baldwin

Thank you to everyone who made the journey to support both teams, a pleasure to have you all as part of this journey so far!

FA Youth Cup, 3QR: Ath produce stunning seven-goal win

Buckingham Athletic U18s are into the FA Youth Cup, first round proper for the first time in their history.

The Stratford Fields-based outfit delivered a stunning display to win 7-1 against their Hampton & Richmond Borough counterparts.


FA Youth Cup, 3QR: Ath U18 to play biggest youth game in club’s history

Buckingham Athletic are looking to make history when they face Hampton & Richmond Borough in the F.A.Youth Cup, 3rd qualifying round on Wednesday evening.

The Athletic youngsters are just 90 minutes away from a place in the first round proper and facing a plum tie against a professional club.

Manager Steve Farmborough (left) & assistant Sam Pateman (right) celebrate the Buckingham Athletic U18s Allied Counties Youth League, Central Division title with Athletic chairman Tony Checkley.

Manager Steve Farmborough told Sports Shots;

We are all extremely excited at the prospect that awaits us on Wednesday. Not only will it be a great opportunity for our squad once more, but for those who attend it will be a great occasion as the victors take their place in the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup.

Our preparation has been good and we have a full strength squad to choose from for the first time this season, after injuries and suspensions have come to an end! We are in high spirits for the game and look forward to the challenge it poses!

We would fully appreciate all support for us on the day, it’s a great occasion for everyone to get behind a local side who have a lot of talent to showcase!

I would also like to take the time to say how great it is for the club, myself and the players to work alongside Head Coach Sam Pateman, Goalkeeper Coach Pete Riches and Coach Kit Bamber. Having them involved will benefit everyone massively each week!

B&B Snr Trophy, 2R: Young Ath progress into the last 16

A very young Buckingham Athletic defeated Stewkley 1-4 to progress into the last 16 of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy.

Six of Mark Carter’s starting eleven are playing for the Athletic’s under 18 side this campaign.

After going a goal down on 12 minutes it was one of the youngsters, Rory Busby, who tapped in from just two yards out when the chance was created by Tom McElroy.

Rory Busby

Ben Acquaye

On 34 minutes, Ben Acquaye shot low into the net from 12 yards out to put the visitors in front.

Robbie Carter

Twelve minutes from time Robbie Carter ran through from the halfway line to extend the Athletic’s lead.

Nathan Skelton

Nathan Skelton added number four after good work by Jamie Sylvester just two minutes later.

Buckingham Athletic: Larry Mills, Aaron Pike, Ryan Kelsey, Solly Janecki, Dan Staley, Dan Hassell, Ben Acquaye, Ryan Marsden, Rory Busby, Tom McElroy, Robbie Carter.

Subs: Nathan Hawkins, Jack Menday, Nathan Skelton, Jamie Sylvester.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.