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SSMFL,D1: Stapleton looks ahead to Ath hosting Broadfields United

Chris Stapleton has spoken to Sports Shots as Buckingham Athletic prepare to host Broadfields United in the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1 on Saturday (9th December) afternoon.

Chris Stapleton

The Athletic striker is enjoying his inaugural campaign at Stratford Fields.

So far has been really good, we’ve already had a few up and down moments this season, a great run in the F.A Vase, still in a few cups and if we continue to perform and win the upcoming games before Christmas we will be right in the mix in the league coming into the new year. So we’ve got plenty to look forward too.

Stapleton explained how he arrived at the Athletic after playing in the Spartan South Midlands League, premier division last season.

I left Tring Athletic at the end of last season and came down to watch Buckingham play MK Dons in pre-season. I saw a young but very keen side who I thought had the potential to do well and progress. I love the focus on promoting and developing the youngsters here at Buckingham and they have a great set-up. I approached Mark after the MK Dons match and within a week I was signed on. For me it was a great decision, I’m enjoying my football, I’m scoring goals and the coaches and the club made me feel very welcome so I’m very happy.

Chris Stapleton

As the Athletic approach a tough time of the year, Stapleton believes his side are prepared.

The lads are feeling good, injuries are our main worry at the moment but we’ve added a few new faces recently and others that have been injured have returned so the next few games are crucial to get results but also to get people fit again. Overall I believe we are in a good position at the moment.

In closing, Stapleton wanted to thank his team mates.

I’d like to say thanks to everyone involved at the club for making me feel so welcome this season and helping me enjoy my football again, and also to Sports Shots for recognition for all the boys achievements so far, onwards and upwards, #UTA

Kick-off at Stratford Fields is 3pm.


Woodstock Town Ladies 3-1 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Woodstock Ladies – 3

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies were knocked out of the league cup on Sunday at Woodstock Town but for most of the game more than competed with their hosts who are second in the division above. Athletic faced their most challenging game of the season so far, and were given a taste of what life would be like should they gain promotion for next season, but they defended well and had their chances although the home side had the majority of the possession and scored at crucial times to kill off the Athletic resistance, in what was a very good game despite some very strange decisions from the officialdom again!

Woodstock tested their guests defence from the off, barely ninety seconds on the clock when a looping shot from the eighteen-yard line saw Buckingham keeper Ellen Fenables back track to gather, before Steph Kubat was fed in but she scooped her effort over the bar.

On ten minutes Evie Hawkins almost had the first chance for the visitors, set in down their left she had two defenders for company and as they battled for control one got a touch that allowed the ball to spiral back to keeper Amy Bourton before the striker could threaten.

Stapleton threatened from distance

An Athletic free kick was blocked inside the box, but the ball was knocked out to skipper Kerry Stapleton who forced Bourton to block with her feet and the ball deflected over the top, before some great work from Hawkins keeping herself behind the tight Woodstock back line saw Stapleton feed her colleague to beat the offside trap, run on and shoot from the edge of the area but the gloves of Bourton were waiting.

A Woodstock corner then cleared a few heads and fell nicely for Hayley Bennett six yards out but she didn’t get the connection she wanted and only helped the ball out for a goal kick, and a superb delivery from a free kick some twenty yards out from Charley Hamilton saw a mass of heads go up but elude everyone and as everyone jogged back for the goal kick the referee awarded a corner.

On the half-hour mark Stapleton blazed a free kick over the Woodstock crossbar, and two minutes later the home side took the lead when a ball into the box saw Chelsea Markwell use her knee to stop the ball and as it bounced up it deflected off her hand which the official deemed as deliberate and awarded a penalty. Despite the protests Kubat planted the ball into the bottom corner.

A cross from the right saw Rachel Thorpe head straight into Bourton’s hands, but with six minutes of the half left the away side did equalise when Thorpe was slipped in through the home defence and as a challenge came in which left the defender floored, Thorpe stayed strong and confidently knocked past Bourton.

On the stroke of half time the hosts almost regained their lead when a corner saw a header crash back off the crossbar, and a goalmouth melee ensued where no one seemed to be able to get a boot to either clear or score and eventually Fenables threw herself on the ball. H/T: 1-1

Rachel Thorpe in action

Ten minutes into the second half Hamilton screwed a shot wide of the Athletic goal from the edge of the area, but four minutes later the home side regained their lead when Kubat received the ball just outside the Athletic area and had time to slot across the goal face and into the bottom corner.

Central defender Emma Marshall then kept her side in the game on sixty-nine minutes with a superb tackle, a ball through the Buckingham defence saw an attack on for Woodstock, just as it seemed they were in on goal Marshall recovered and executed her tackle to perfection taking the ball off the player’s foot and away to safety.

Hawkins had a ball played through for her to chase down with a quarter of an hour left and out pacing her marker got inside the area before unleashing a dipping drive over the out stretched hand of Bourton but also over the bar.

Woodstock sealed the win with three minutes left when a corner was half cleared to the edge of the area and Bennett fired home to secure their passage into the next round. F/T: 3-1

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Dani Roberts & Chelsea Markwell: 

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B&B Youth Cup, 4R: Ath U18s progress into quarter-finals with comprehensive victory

By Buckingham Athletic U18s

Shenley Ospreys F.C. u18’s 0-13 Buckingham Athletic F.C. u18’s
County Cup Round 4
Goal scorers: Carter 4, Busby 3, Minney 3, Atat 2, Walters
MOTM: Duah

Robbie Carter

A convincing performance to stamp our name into the next round of the County Cup, with some high quality team goals and more importantly a clean sheet, to cap off a good days work. Thank you to Shenley for hosting us and not giving up throughout.

We remained patient in the opening stages of the game with a resolute home side keeping us at bay for a while. We were very pleased with the application of our players, persistently playing out of the back to make sure we start to grasp the concept of a high press and possession based style; with young players taking part in today’s game, it was a great chance for them to bed themselves in. We managed to break the deadlock and after that it was just about how many it was going to be. We went into the half time interval with a 7 goal lead, Robbie Carter scoring a first half hat trick once again. He is quickly becoming a menace to every team we play it seems! Half time: 0-7.
The second half was a little less pragmatic in our approach we we changed a couple of things and asked our defenders to play man to man in a back to, challenging them constantly and making the game a little more incentivised for the players. There were yet more quality passages of play and they produced 6 more of the highest standard of goals; it’s fair to say the goalkeeper had his work cut out but he made some good saves in the process so fair play to him! The game ended at 0-13 with 3 of our players scoring hat tricks; a great debut amongst this from MOTM Nathan Duah who bossed the midfield and another great game for our youngsters in the side. Finally, a special thanks to Luke McAndrew for stepping up and taking the gloves for today, a nice clean sheet for you too!!


Luke McAndrew
Evan Walters
Harry Byron
Chris Atkinson
Harvey Thorne
Nathan Duah
Thomas Baldwin
Earl Atat
Rory Busby
Geraint Minney
Robbie Carter

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us as usual, we are always grateful for your support!

SSMFL,D1: Ath up to ninth with five-goal Ampthill win

Buckingham Athletic moved up to ninth in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 table with a 5-2 victory over Ampthill Town today.

Ben Acquaye put the Athletic in front as early as the fifth minute.

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton converted a penalty to double the Athletic’s advantage in the 26th minute before firing in a free kick from 20 yards out nine minutes later.

Ampthill emerged for the second half and pulled a goal back within ten minutes of the restart.

Jack Menday restored the Athletic’s three-goal advantage as he headed in a corner on the hour-mark.

Jack Menday

In the 69th minute Ryan Kelsey netted the Athletic’s fifth but Ampthill scored again within two minutes.

Buckingham Athletic: Nick Bennion, Soloman Janecki, Ryan Marsden, Dan Hassell, Dan Staley, Jack Carter, Ben Acquaye, Jack Menday, Ryan Kelsey, Chris Stapleton, Nimmy Ajigbolamu.

Subs: Rory Busby, Towa Oye, Juyin Oluwayemi, Robbie Carter.

Ampthill Town: Ross Tomkins, Glenn Cooksley, Ross Scotney, Adam Randell, Michael Moss, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Leak, Ben Butler, Jamie Cerinara, Brad Clark, Sam Holmes.

Subs: James Tiler, Jack Fuller, Louis Octave, Martin Powell, Adam Dedman.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the information and updates.

Colin Howkins

SSMFL,D1: Carter looks forward to Ampthill’s visit to the Ath

Mark Carter has spoken to Sports Shots as his Buckingham Athletic side host Ampthill Town to Stratford Fields in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Carter

Carter told Sports Shots;

We welcome back Ryan Kelsey back after sickness but will be without Nathan Hawkins due to ongoing ankle injury.

Nimmy Ajigbolamu – Picture courtesy of New Bradwell St Peter FC

We have new signing Nimmy (Ajigbolamu) in the squad from Newport (Pagnell Town) and welcome the return of Juyin Oluwayemi back from the university.

Action from the return fixture last season below –

Sid Hawkins congratulations Robbie Carter on scoring his second, Buckingham Athletic’s fourth against Ampthill town on Saturday 18th February 2017.

ACYFL Cup: Buckingham Athletic U18 3-1 Clanfield U18

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 3

Clanfield – 1

Buckingham Athletic progressed in the Allied Counties League Cup on Wednesday night at Stratford Fields, but were worked hard by their visitors who defended well for the opening stages before taking the lead and dominating the rest of the first half. After the break both sides had chances but an early equaliser for the home side saw them gain momentum and two late goals saw them home and gain a little revenge for the only league defeat suffered at Clanfield back in September.

Athletic had a multitude of opportunities in the opening stages, Robbie Carter attacked in the third minute down the left channel, getting into the penalty area his shot was blocked by the feet of Clanfield keeper Luke Haley and turned away for a corner.

From the corner Sam Olawale attacked the ball at the near post but could only steer into the side netting. Carter & Olawale then combined well to set Rory Busby in down the left, despite some close attention from the Clanfield right back he got a shot away which forced Haley to tip over the crossbar.

Busby swung the corner in and again at the near post Olawale got to the ball first and headed downwards but wide. A sixteenth minute free kick to the hosts deep in their own half saw the ball sent long by keeper Larry Mills, a flick on from Carter then saw Olawale away down the left but he blazed over the top.

A good save from Mills and some last gasp defending then kept Clanfield at bay but on twenty-two minutes they did take the lead when Isaac Oliver seized upon a loose ball outside the Buckingham area and slotted into the bottom corner.

Mills busy in action

The goal lifted the away side and seemed to knock the early confidence out of the hosts, which saw Clanfield go on and enjoy some good possession. Buckingham were restricted to the occasional attack, and looked a shadow of the side from the opening twenty minutes.

Olawale did have a chance ten minutes before the interval when a throw was launched at him on the edge of the box, taking delivery on his chest he then spun and superbly got his shot away before his marker had time to react but he could only lift high over the bar.

Just before the break Geraint Minney was fed in down the middle of the park, shrugging off a couple of challenges he got a shot away that Haley again blocked with his boots to divert to safety. H/T: 0-1

The home side came out with renewed vigour after the break, and a free kick just five minutes in saw them bring the tie level again. Busby took the kick out on the right and although the keeper got a hand to it the spin seemed to take it in before colleagues arrived to ensure it was over the line.

Another free kick moments later saw Luke McAndrew net, but the official’s flag was already aloft signalling offside in the build-up, before Busby received the ball on the eighteen-yard line with his back to goal, turning and firing at goal he pulled his shot across goal and wide of the far post. A corner was then headed wide by Olawale, and both sides ramped up the pressure searching for a goal to get their noses in front.

With fifteen minutes left Athletic took the lead for the first time in the tie when another free kick into the Clanfield box was half cleared to the edge of the area, Busby tried to take control but the ball ran away from him initially but he did not give up and whilst a couple of defenders hesitated he drove forward knocking the ball towards goal, and again he pushed on and managed to stab the ball past Haley.

Busby puts home side ahead

Busby then curled a free kick towards the top corner only for Haley to use two hands to tip around his post, and a late scare for the home side almost brought the game level again when a long ball down the guests left saw Mills start to come out but a high flying boot from Travis O’Connor looped the ball over the keeper and bounce towards the empty net, but off target a defender was on hand to clear.

Ethan McKop tried a late drive down the right but fired across goal and wide, before Carter saw a shot blocked and his follow up was comfortable for Haley to gather. Then with a minute left Carter put the game to bed when a poor Clanfield clearance was sent back upfield for the striker to chase down, leaving a defender behind he got inside the area before coolly side footing past Haley and home. F/T: 3-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic coach Kit Bamber and U18 Matthew Chew:

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Match images: Buckingham Athletic U18s v Clanfield 85 U18s


SSMFL, DD Cup QF: Judd puts Ath Development into cup semi-final

Adam Judd’s goal has put Buckingham Athletic Development into the semi-finals of the Spartan South Midlands League, Development Division cup last night.

Adam Judd

Judd’s well-taken effort saw the Athletic Development return with victory to set up a trip to face Harpenden Town Development on Wednesday 13th December.

The other semi-final sees Risborough Rangers Development host Welwyn Garden City Development on Thursday 7th December.

SSMFL,D1: Athletic edged out at Baldock by only goal

Lewis Barker’s goal fifteen minutes from time saw Buckingham Athletic edged out at Baldock Town last Saturday.

Buckingham Athletic: Nick Bennion, Jack Carter, Nathan Hawkins, Solomon Janecki, Ryan Marsden, Jack Menday, Geraint Minney, Towa Oye, Daniel Staley, Chris Stapleton.


Rory Busby, Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu

SSMFL,D1: Carter reveals Ath team news ahead of league clash at Baldock

Buckingham Athletic manager Mark Carter has spoken to Sports Shots this evening as his side head to play at Baldock Town tomorrow (Saturday).

Mark Carter

Carter’s side, who have progressed into the Buckingham Charity cup semi-finals and Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, quarter-finals, in the past seven days, return to league action.

Carter said;

Aaron Pike and Sam Olawale are both unavailable due to work commitments but Solly Janecki, Ryan Marsden and Chris Stapleton all return to the squad for the trip to Baldock.



BSCC,1R: Buckingham Athletic 2-0 Old Bradwell United

Buckingham Athletic – 2

Old Bradwell United – 0

Buckingham Athletic secured their place in the semi-finals of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup with this win over near neighbours Old Bradwell United, with both sides missing a host of chances on a heavy and extremely slippery pitch made even worse when the heavens opened in the second half. The young Athletic side however made the most of the conditions and would have won the game by a bigger margin if not for Bradwell keeper Liam Jahn who made some excellent saves to keep his side in the game at crucial moments.

Buckingham were on the attack early through Ben Acquaye who saw his close range shot brilliantly tipped away by Jahn diving away to his left, and moments later another chance fell to the same player who didn’t connect at all when faced with goal from six yards and the ball simply rolled back to the Bradwell keeper.

Bradwells first chance came on eleven minutes when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box but Charlie Wells curled his effort straight into Athletic keeper Nick Bennion’s waiting gloves. Aaron Pike then broke from defence and his initial shot was parried by Jahn and the defenders follow up shot saw Jahn dive away to his right to turn away for a corner.

On thirty-five minutes Sam Olewale drove at the Old Bradwell defence and got as far as the six-yard box before flashing a shot wide, but with four minutes of the half left the home side finally broke the deadlock. Great work from Olewale some twenty-five yards from goal allowed him to break free and square to the unmarked Acquaye some twelve-yards out who curled into the top corner.

Acquaye opens scoring

A free kick to the hosts in the final minute of the half saw a glancing header from skipper Dan Staley flash across the goal face but wide for a goal kick, and there was still time for Olawale to be slipped in behind the Bradwell defence, as a defender slid in from behind he cleverly cut back to create the space for a shot only to see Jahn make another superb save pushing the ball away using both hands. H/T: 1-0

Olawale was soon trying the Bradwell defence again after the break, a cross from the right saw him collect on the edge of the area and turn his marker before firing straight at Jahn, and at the opposite end Ross Butler tried to curl one into the top corner but Bennion was behind it all the way.

An Athletic corner was punched clear but waiting on the edge of the box Jack Menday collected the loose ball and drove forward before unleashing a fierce drive that Jahn had to push up into the air before collecting at the second attempt.

Olawale attacked down the left and was brought to an abrupt halt, as his team mates urged for a foul and a free kick Acquaye carried on from where his team mate was stopped, going for goal keeper Jahn again thwarted the home side their second goal.

Jahn made several good saves

With eighteen minutes remaining the killer second goal did arrive when a free kick was awarded on the edge of the area, Rory Busby made no mistake powerfully despatching into the bottom corner. With the game now done, Buckingham saw out the remainder with little threat of being dragged back from their two goal lead, and could have extended the scoreline when Olawale had a shot saved by Jahn and the follow up from Acquaye saw the Bradwell keeper again turn away for a corner.

Bradwell had a late half chance when a cross from their left saw a couple of defenders and substitute Alex Feaver scampering after the ball but at full stretch he simply lifted the ball wide. The final action saw Butler put through for the away side and from eighteen yards he blazed high over the top. F/T: 2-0

Attendance: 37

After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic coach Kit Bamber: 


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