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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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SSMFL D1: Olawale & Mitten on target in Ath’s Hillingdon loss

Sam Olawale and Drew Mitten were on target as Buckingham Athletic suffered a 2-5 defeat at Hillingdon Borough on Saturday.

Sam Olawale – Image by Nick Holder (Icnic Images)

Drew Mitten


SSMFL D1: Ryan airs his Ath views ahead of Hillingdon trip

Buckingham Athletic’s Ryan Marsden has spoken to Sports Shots as they head to Hillingdon Borough in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 this weekend.

Ryan Marsden

Marsden has impressed early on, including a club Man of the Match display in their local derby.

Marsden told Sports Shots:

All in all it has been a good start to the season considering we’ve got a new management team and had a number of new players join. We’ve played 3 won 1, drawn 1 and lost 1 so it’s been a good start. As a team we have come together really quickly and every time we play we are beginning to learn things and everything is falling into place. As a player I think it’s been a good start for me. I’m feeling fit and learning more as the games come thick and fast.

After that derby win, the Athletic suffered a 1-5 defeat at Enfield Borough last Saturday.

Whether it was down to the Winslow game being a derby game where obviously no one wants to lose against their local rivals and due to that we were more motivated and switched on, I don’t know. But saying that, whether it’s a derby game or not, we should be ready and switched on for every game. We have to be consistent to be hard to beat. On Saturday we had a few main players missing and therefore a few players had to play out of position, but we can’t blame the loss on that. We just didn’t turn up, and if you don’t turn up to games, teams in this league will turn you over. But that game is behind us now and forgotten about, and we are ready to move onto Saturday.

Being adaptable and playing in different positions has highlighted how Marsden has been there for the team. In many ways being a utility man has been appreciated by previous managers.


I think it’s helped that I know what position I’ll be playing this year, where as last year I never really had a set position due to the lack of players. Due to this I’ve been able to work on things at centre back so that I become better as a player. Like I said, I’m learning things as each game comes, there’s always room for improvement in each game, and I’ll take those things on board and bring them into the next game.

Looking forward to this Saturday’s trip to Hillingdon, Marsden looked back to their last encounter.

From when we played them last year they were quite a physical side. They may have brought some new players in, but going into the game we don’t worry about them, we just need to concentrate on sticking together as a team and improving from last weekend. We have had a good reaction in training and now we just have to take that mentality and work ethic into Saturday.

SSMFL; Buckingham Athletic 3-2 Winslow United

Buckingham Athletic – 3

Winslow United – 2

Athletic v United 07.08.2018

The first MK18 derby of the new Spartan South Midlands Football League season saw Buckingham Athletic triumph over Winslow United on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields, in a typical blood & thunder battle expected between these two rivals. Whilst both sides lead during the game, it took a late winner for the hosts to take the points and more importantly the bragging rights so early in the season.

Winslow went close on four minutes when Shiblu Miah found some space deep in the hosts half and forced Athletic keeper Jack Taylor to push over for a corner, whilst at the other end Chris Stapleton got away down the right and United custodian Sam Ashmead had to get down at his near post to smother the shot.

On the quarter-hour mark Miah was released at pace down the Winslow left and with colleagues racing in to join in the attack the wide man flashed the ball across the goal face and wide of the back post; moments later Aaron King blasted a free kick wide from twenty-five yards. Buckingham saw a free kick from Neil King float over everyone and away to safety before the goals started to arrive in the thirty-third minute.

Shiblu Miah goes close

A simple long ball down field from the United defence saw Taylor come to the edge of his box and chest down but trying to evade a challenge from Winslow front man Matt Cruse he lost control, and the former Athletic striker simply had to roll the ball into the unguarded net. The lead lasted just eight minutes as a superb pass from Kevin Owusu on the edge of the area fed in Ryan Kelsey who made no mistake despite being under pressure. H/T: 1-1

Early after the break a Winslow corner was cleared out to the eighteen-yard line where Ryan Freshwater connected well and the ball flew past Taylor crashing off the inside of the post, the rebound bouncing across the goal line and past the opposite post & away for a goal kick!

On fifty-five minutes, Neil King slid a diagonal pass through midfield for Owusu to chase after, his run down the right saw him reach the box where Ashmead came out to block for a corner. The corner swung in wasn’t dealt with and Stapleton seized on the loose ball some eight yards out and rifled into the top corner to give the home side the lead for the first time in the game.

Chris Stapleton makes it 2-1

Winslow tried to fight back immediately, Aaron King sliding a ball through the middle of the home back line for Cruse to latch on to but he fired across goal and wide; at the opposite end a free kick fed in Owusu but he was blocked & the loose ball fell to Ashley Farmer whose attempted curler into the top corner narrowly cleared the crossbar, before another Kelsey effort flashed across the United six-yard box and wide of the far post.

Winslow made some substitutions hoping to freshen things up and almost immediately Riccardo Whittle curled an effort into the gloves of Taylor, but then on seventy-two minutes they were awarded a penalty when fellow sub Tom Brindley was played through the middle and shoulder to shoulder with a defender he was brought down, the referee checking with his assistant before pointing to the spot. Freshwater thumping home to level the game once again.

Both sides then pushed for a winner and this time it was a home substitution that paid dividends in that search, Sam Olawale coming on and using his pace to run the United defence ragged. A free kick saw him sent into space in the corner of the Winslow half, he pulled the ball back across the eighteen-yard line where a step over left Farmer to smash home to take all three points. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 177

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic manager Neil Griffiths: 
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SSMFL D2: Mursley’s new SAS strike force fire opening day win

Mursley United opened their 2018-19 Spartan South Midlands Division Two campaign with a comfortable 5-1 home victory over Unite MK.

It was three returnees who did the damage as Danny Simpson supplied Nathan Skelton to nod home from six yards after four minutes and then Tom Brazier went on a mazy run and slipped the ball in at the near post to double the advantage. The hosts had a claim for a penalty turned down before Skelton added his second just after the half hour. Unite replied shortly after as Little finished from inside the penalty area, but there were no further significant chances before the break.

Nathan Skelton

Into the second period and two goals from Simpson put the game beyond the visitors’ reach as first he finished well having received a through ball from midfield and then was presented with a chance three yards out as Brazier beat the defence and sent the ball wide of the goalkeeper for Simpson to tuck the chance away.

Danny Simpson

This Saturday, Mursley travel to Bovingdon, kick-off 3 pm.

HCPCL D2: Town hold out for draw in top of the table clash

Buckingham travelled to Datchet on Saturday as first played second in the last of the all day matches, with Datchet winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Russell White

The opening bowlers started strongly for Buckingham as both George Humphries and Russell White struck in their opening spells to reduce Datchet to 10 for 2 with both opening batsmen gone. Joe Thomas and Jonty Jenner saw off the opening pair, and then began accelerate the innings against the change bowlers. Jenner in particular scored freely against the spinners, and other than being dropped once looked comfortable at the crease. His half century came up in 58 balls as the pair guided Datchet to 151 for 2 at lunch.

Thomas went to his half century on the resumption of play (96 balls) and once the batsmen had got their eye back in the scoring rate continued at around 5 an over. Jenner brought up his century from 102 balls, and then scored 24 from his next 8 balls before the returning White had him well caught by a diving Leigh Tomlinson for 125. The rate slowed slightly with his departure as White chipped away with another couple of wickets but Thomas remained and brought up his century from 153 balls as Datchet declared on 298 for 5 from 55 overs. On a rare bad day for the bowlers this season White stood apart with 4 for 35 from 12 overs.

Any thoughts of a potential run chase were quickly removed as Steve Brunning and Ash Pearson both fell cheaply inside the first 4 overs to leave Buckingham 14 for 2. Tomlinson and Jonny Cater came together with the aim of batting for time. The pair batted for the best part of 20 overs, Cater reaching 21 when he was adjudged lbw to Chris Peploe just before tea. Andrew Hall came in at number 5 and with Tomlinson saw Buckingham to tea at 57 for 3.

Peploe removed Hall straight after the break which brought Mark Hulbert in to join Tomlinson. They batted a further 16 overs, putting on 42 and taking the game into the last hour. Tomlinson reached 47 from 136 balls and looked comfortable before the introduction of Max Stevenson saw him caught at slip. Two more wickets fell as the 7 o’clock finish approached and then with 5 minutes to go Peploe claimed his fifth wicket by removing Hulbert for a well made 39 from 96 balls. Humphries and White saw the final overs out though, hitting the last ball for 4 to earn an extra batting point for the visitors. Peploe finished with 5 for 52 from 29 overs.

Although Datchet got the best of the points Buckingham limited the damage and maintain a 34 point advantage over their opponents with the final four 50 over games to come.

M. Stevenson b Humphries 5 (20)
V. Aeri b White 0 (6)
J. Thomas+ Not Out 105 (155)
J. Jenner c Tomlinson b White 125 (111)
J. Morris b White 12 (20)
S. Naylor* b White 8 (5)
T. Alldis Not Out 8 (13)
Extras (17lb, 18w) 35
Total 298-5 dec.
55 overs

FoW: 6-1 (Aeri, 3.2); 10-2 (Stevenson, 4.6); 222-3 (Jenner, 42.4); 255-4 (Morris, 48.6); 267-5 (Naylor, 50.2)

G. Humphries 16-3-83-1 (6w)
R. White 12-2-35-4
G. Nagla 1-0-15-0 (11w)
A. Hall 6-0-24-0 (1w)
M. Hulbert 8-0-52-0
R. Lyon 5-1-35-0
J. Parish 7-0-37-0

L. Tomlinson c Morris b Stevenson 47 (136)
S. Brunning c Thomas b Peploe 1 (9)
A. Pearson lbw b Wallace 0 (3)
J. Cater+ lbw b Peploe 21 (49)
A. Hall c Morris b Peploe 4 (13)
M. Hulbert c Alldis b Peploe 39 (96)
R. Lyon b Naylor 8 (16)
J. Parish* lbw b Peploe 9 (15)
G. Humphries Not Out 10 (22)
R. White Not Out 4 (10)
Extras (5b, 1lb, 3nb) 9
Total 152-8
61 overs

FoW: 9-1 (Brunning, 2.4); 14-2 (Pearson, 3.5); 49-3 (Cater, 22.4); 57-4 (Hall, 26.5); 99-5 (Tomlinson, 42.4); 122-6 (Lyon, 49.1); 133-7 (Parish, 52.3); 148-8 (Hulbert, 58.2)

C. Peploe 29-14-52-5
J. Wallace 5-0-27-1
O. Birts 13-6-33-0
S. Naylor 9-5-16-1
T, Lambert 3-1-8-0 (3nb)
M. Stevenson 2-0-10-1

Match drawn.

Buckingham – 7 points
Datchet – 15 points

PSF; Buckingham Athletic 3-0 Potterspury

Buckingham Athletic – 3

Potterspury – 0

Buckingham Athletic FC

Buckingham Athletic beat Potterspury on Tuesday night to lift the Tony Howard Memorial Shield, in a game that saw the visitors spurn their chances whereas the hosts took theirs when they came along, and goals from Drew Mitten, Chris Stapleton & Sam Olawale meant the home side retain the shield for another year.

New Buckingham manager Neil Griffiths had a large pool of players on show, a blend of players from the last few seasons at Stratford Fields mixed with some who played under him whilst at Olney Town, and it was one of those who opened the scoring on seven minutes, Mitten receiving the ball some twenty yards from goal and he hit a fierce drive giving the Pury keeper no chance whatsoever.

Drew Mitten opened scoring

Eleven minutes later the away side were awarded a penalty for holding inside the area but the spot kick was blasted high into the tree’s behind, and on twenty-seven minutes another Pury chance came back off the crossbar. These chances were rued when ten minutes from the break Stapleton thumped home from a Luca Seminerio cross.

After the break the home side continued to press, Mitten forcing a superb save from the visiting keeper ten minutes in when a goal seemed inevitable, but just a minute later a great solo effort from Olawale saw him collect on the halfway line before advancing and turn a defender before drilling into the back of the net.

Multiple substitutions followed, enabling Griffiths to cast his eyes over his squad for the last time before the Spartan South Midlands league season commences this coming Saturday, and returning from a horrific injury suffered last Christmas Jack Menday thumped a free kick from distance against the Pury post the pick of the action from the remainder of the game. F/T: 3-0

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After the game Sports Shots spoke to manager Neil Griffiths to ask his thoughts on the game, and to look ahead to the new season: 

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PSF: Mitten nets double in Ath home friendly defeat

Drew Mitten netted a double as Buckingham Athletic lost their pre-season friendly 2-4 to Sileby Rangers at Stratford Fields this afternoon.

Drew Mitten

PSF; Tring Athletic U18 0-0 Buckingham Athletic U18

Tring Athletic U18 – 0

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 0

Buckingham Athletic slogged out a goalless draw on Wednesday evening at Tring Athletic in hot & humid conditions at the Grass Roots Stadium, in a game that saw two evenly matched sides create just a handful of chances each. The game was split into three sets of thirty minutes to enable plenty of liquid rehydration, and for both managers to get their messages across during the game.

Athletic took a large pool of players allowing them to make several changes throughout the ninety minutes, whilst the hosts relied on their smaller squad which was reduced further as one player had to leave the field injured; both sides had chances to score, but neither keeper was really called into making too much effort to keep their clean sheets.

For Dan Turney & Sam Pateman it was another chance to run their eyes over their new look team, some players already signed on whilst a few are still trying to earn a place in the squad ahead of the new Allied Counties Youth League season which begins on 23rd August.

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After the game we spoke with Athletic coach Sam Pateman: 

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AGM date announced for Buckingham Athletic

Buckingham Athletic Sports & Social Club will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Friday July 27 – starting at 8:00.

All members are very welcome to come along to understand how the club is performing and potential plans for the coming years.