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Buckingham Senior Charity Cup: Semi-final, second leg date set for big local derby

The second leg of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final between Winslow United and Buckingham Athletic has been set for Tuesday 16th April 2019, kick-off 7.45pm.

The first leg saw the Athletic run out 2-1 winners against their near neighbours and local rivals, United.

The game at Elmfields Gate should be a thriller with all gate profits going to charity.

MATCH ACTION: Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United. Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final, 1st leg

TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 6-0 Launton Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 6
Launton Ladies – 0


Buckingham Athletic Ladies cantered to victory against Launton at Stratford Fields against a side that could not fulfil their full starting eleven positions, full credit to the ten that did turn up and play despite being manager less after a recent resignation, their misery compounded just before kick-off when they had to borrow a clubhouse patron to run the line for them. The game started under dark clouds which cleared to warm the Sunday afternoon atmosphere but by the interval those in attendance were sent scurrying for cover as the heavens opened, throw in some hailstones and a rapid drop in temperature which saw the away side forced to enjoy their fifteen minute half time break camped inside their dug out for cover, but just as soon as the rain had come the clouds cleared and the rest of the game was played out under blue skies and warm sunshine. Three strikes in each half for Carmen Robinson’s side were testament to how dominant an afternoon it was, they were even afforded a penalty to be saved quite brilliantly by visiting keeper Kate Williamson in the second period, more pleasing for the home manager was to see the goals shared around the side with five different scorers.

The game took a while to get going and it wasn’t until the twelfth minute that a shot in anger was fired, a half clearance from the Launton defence only found Sam Jolley to the right of goal from where she drove wide, their next move saw Evie Hawkins on the eighteen yard line slip a pass through the defence for Courtney Crawley to connect & score however a raised flag denied any celebration, then just before the quarter hour mark she did open the scoring when cutting in from the right touchline to drift past her marker and from the edge of the six yard box drill low inside the far post. The lead was doubled within three minutes of the opener when a free kick floated into the area by Rosie Hubbard was blocked by Williamson initially but Danielle Crossley fed the loose ball out to Jade Copas who went for goal, the keeper got back to save on her line but couldn’t hold on and Nicole Britten was on hand to fire home.

Lily Hamp fires home

A ball played down the centre of the field saw Hawkins away but with a defender on her shoulder she had to battle to get an inch of space in which time the goalie was off her line to bravely dive at the strikers feet, a rare Launton attack was brought to halt inside the Ath half and Crawley released on a quick counter attack where she made some ground before squaring inside to Britten who fired straight at the visiting custodian, a moment later the same routine saw the visitor’s struggle to contain the Buckingham winger who again found the same team mate who from the angle fired wide of the far upright, Hawkins then received a pass just inside the box with her back to goal where she held off a defender then turning and firing straight into the waiting gloves of Williamson, Lily Hamp was next to try her luck from twenty yards but again the keeper was behind it all the way.

The attacks were relentless and a poor clearance allowed Copas to shoot from close range which was denied by a boot on the line, Hamp put the ball back over the defence but again Williamson got blocked where from twelve yards Britten lifted over the crossbar much to her own disbelief, but then just after the half-hour mark a third finally arrived when a Jolley free kick found Hawkins whose effort was saved again on the line but it rolled out to Hamp on the six yard line who slotted home inside the near post. With eight minutes of the half left Launton had their first real chance of the game when a ball downfield eluded Georgina Howells allowing Ali Clarke a clear run at Ellen Fenables in the Ath goal, however she simply lifted straight into the keepers hands, at the opposite end Copas seized on a stray pass in the centre circle to advance before firing into Williamson’s hands. H/T: 3-0

Within one hundred and twenty seconds of the restart Buckingham had their fourth when a Hubbard free kick into the box eluded the Launton custodian and first to react was Hawkins who knocked home, just three minutes after the fourth came the fifth after good work down the flank from Crawley who squared inside to Britten, her low shot was well saved by Williamson but she only pushed into the path of Copas who rifled home. Encouraged by their second half opening the hosts sensed more & Jordan Heron burst forward from midfield & after evading a first challenge she looked set to shoot until a second defender came across to help out and got the slightest of deflections to stun it, Crawley almost increased her tally for the afternoon getting down the left and drifting along the by line before her curling effort around the keeper just wouldn’t bend in enough.

The weather turned for the worse

Just past the hour mark it was six when Launton struggled to get the ball away to safety and Anna Thompson charged down a clearance, her shot deflected off a defender to Crossley who was challenged and the loose ball fell kindly to Hawkins who despite being off balance managed to chip over Williamson into the roof of the net. The remaining half an hour didn’t see any further goals although Ath created enough chances to score as many again, Heron had another drive forward from midfield but her final touch just a little too heavy allowing the keeper to advance and smoother at her feet, Jolley released Hawkins with a defence splitting pass that saw the leading scorer flash across goal and inches wide of the far upright, & Hubbard tried her luck from twenty-five yards but too straight to trouble the shot stopper.

A diagonal pass into the box saw Britten hammer into the side netting from close range, whilst a Heron corner was met at the near post by Philippa Burge who diverted about a foot wide of her own goal frame, as the game drifted towards its latter stages Crawley won her side a penalty when she was played inside the eighteen yard area but a defenders trailing leg brought her down, after much deliberation she was elected to take the spot kick which Williamson did brilliantly down to her right to save. Britten saw a curling shot from the edge of the penalty arc caught by the away keeper, within a minute Copas did exactly the same after her initial effort was charged down, the final action saw another Heron corner find Hawkins who only managed to get under the cross and head up and over the top. F/T: 6-0

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SSMFL D1: Ath edged out by unbeaten league leaders

Buckingham Athletic came close to inflicting the first defeat of the season on unbeaten Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 leaders, Harefield United, but eventually suffered a narrow defeat.

Ash Farmer

Ash Farmer opened the scoring a minute after the break but the visitors fought back to level on 55 minutes.

Robbie Carter soon had the Athletic back in front as his fired in his 18th goal of the season in the 61st minute.

Their lead lasted six minutes as Harefield equalised for the second time in the game before going ahead on 73 minutes.

Harefield grabbed their fourth ten minutes from time.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for his updates.

SSMFL D1; Athletic defender confident his side can show their steel against league leaders

Saturday 16th March 2019
Buckingham Athletic v Harefield United
Spartan South Midlands Division One
Stratford Fields
K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic have had a tough run of games of late and it doesn’t get any easier this Saturday as they host champions elect Harefield United at Stratford Fields, United have drawn just two of their twenty-nine league games this season whilst winning the rest, a remarkable run of form in any league! Athletic have seen a mixed bag of results in their last four games, a goalless draw at bottom side Hatfield before an odd goal in three victory over local rivals Winslow in the first leg of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup semi-final set them up nicely for a thumping and now infamous rout of Hillingdon Borough who turned up to the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong personal, as Neil Griffiths men dished out a fourteen goals to two hammering, this was then followed by a trip down to the side sitting in second place in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One table Broadfields United, where a three goal without reply brought the Swans back to earth with a bump. Harefield have won every league game they have played since the end of last August, the only points they have dropped this campaign were in the first month of the season, but not many teams like the famous Stratford bobble……

Stuart Ironmonger

This week Sports Shots caught up with Athletic defender Stuart Ironmonger to ask when he joined the club, how it all came about and how it’s been settling in?

I initially joined the club at under eighteen level a long time ago now, I then managed to play some first team football before I went to uni. Four years later Jake asked me if I wanted to start playing again for the development side at the end of last year and already knowing a lot of the lads from growing up in Buckingham it was an easy choice to start playing again and enjoying football

How does Stuart feel his season has been in terms of fitness and contribution?

I think my fitness is the best it has been, this season was the first pre-season I have had since the under eighteen’s days, so that helped massively. I think I had an eye opener early on against Potton in the cup where I struggled, but since then have been taking information on from Griff (Neil Griffiths) and Jamie (O’Grady) with my performances improving a lot, now I feel that I am performing at a good level consistently which I need to carry on

How good is the squad this season and have any players stood out?

I think you can see this season with the number of injuries we’ve had that the squad depth is immense, everyone stepping in is capable, players that have had a few weeks on the fringe of the first team squad or players stepping up from the Development. It’s hard to pick out any one player as I think we have a lot of youth with great potential in both sides. Robbie Carter goals when he is fit show his clinical edge, if I had to pick one out

What is Stuart’s preferred position in the team?

I think playing centre back at the start of the season was where I felt most comfortable, however now I think I have adapted to playing left back after having a good run of games there. Versatility is important and I think can play at the same level in whichever position is asked of me

The last three games has seen a narrow win over Winslow, a huge scoring win over Hillingdon followed by a resounding defeat last week at Broadfields, how has this run of games been?

Winslow was a good result with not the best of performances, but it is only half a job done, whilst Hillingdon was a test of our ability to be ruthless against not necessarily the best team we have faced but I think the score line showed that, in a result that I doubt will be seen in the league for a long time again. Broadfields was a different prospect and at crucial moments in the game we switched off and that in the end was what cost us in a reasonably close game, not that the score line suggests that

Harefield come to town this week, they haven’t lost in the league all season, how big a test is this?

To come this far in the league and be unbeaten is an unbelievable achievement, so we know it will be a difficult job. Our home form is very encouraging and they will be in a tough game, if we turn up with a good intensity I think we can push to get a good result and end their run

With that semi-final still to conclude, with just nine league games left what is the target for the squad for the rest of the campaign?

The aim is to try and create history and achieve FA cup football for the first time but I think we have to take it game by game and not look too far ahead. Then try and add a bit of silverware to close off a great season

Finally we asked Stuart if he could nominate a team mate to go on any TV programme who & what would he choose?

I think I Ash Farmer in Britain’s got Talent as a DJ, he has some fantastic skills, or maybe Jack Menday on Takeshi’s Castle, for a few big wipe-outs. Lastly a big thank you to everyone at Sport Shots as always, great work, keep it up!

Sports Shots would like to thank Stuart for his time this week

SSMFL DCT: Ath Development chasing the treble after progressing in Challenge Trophy

Buckingham Athletic Development are chasing a treble.

Jake Honor

Jake Honor’s side progressed into the semi-final of the Spartan South Midlands League, Development Division Challenge Trophy after defeating AFC Kempston Rovers Development.

Two goals by Charlie Wright saw the Athletic Development add to their 1-0 first leg success to go into the last four.

Athletic Development’s win sets up a two-legged semi-final against Leighton Town Development. The first leg is at Stratford Fields on Saturday 23rd March with the return at Bell Close on Saturday 6th April.

In the other semi-final, Stotfold lead Berkhamstead after winning 4-1 away and appear to be favourites to reach the final with the second leg at Roker Park on Saturday 23rd March.

Honor’s side are top of the Development Division and are in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup Final in a successful 2018-19 campaign.

SSMFL D1: Ath suffer away defeat at second placed Broadfields

Buckingham Athletic suffered a 0-3 defeat away at Broadfields United on Saturday afternoon.

Broadfields, second in the division, had Connor Spinks net a treble to make it fifty goals in just one hundred appearances for the club.

Next up for the Athletic, who are still sixth, is leaders Harefield United next Saturday.

Buckingham Athletic U18s management team to stand down

It is with regret that Buckingham Athletic Football Club have had to accept the resignations of both Dan Turney and Sam Pateman who have advised that they will be stepping down as youth team manager and coach at the end of the season.

Dan Turney and Sam Pateman

Dan and Sam wanted the club to know as soon as possible so that the process of finding a new management team could start immediately.

Club Chairman, Tony Checkley said:

It is with regret that I have had to accept both Dan and Sam’s resignations and have to say they will be sorely missed.

Although Dan has only been with us for one season his level of detail and organisation has been top class. Unfortunately Dan has found that due to his own work levels and other new ventures he would not be able to commit the amount of time to the running of the team and has therefore reluctantly decided to step down.

Sam has been with us for 4 years and enjoyed a huge amount of success in that time – County Cup, League Titles and taking the youth team to the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup. Sam is looking to take advantage of some time away travelling and doesn’t feel it would be fair to the club to make too many commitments at this stage.

On behalf of all the committee and players I want to send our sincere thanks to both Dan and Sam for all of their hard work and dedication over the last few years and wish them the best of luck in their new ventures.

I want to finish by reiterating that the Youth team is a very important piece of the Athletic set-up so the difficult task of looking for a new manager starts now as we really want somebody in place as soon as possible so if anybody is interested they should contact me or Colin Howkins on

SSMFL D1; Listen to Buckingham Athletic manager Neil Griffiths on THAT scoreline from Saturday

Buckingham Athletic manager Neil Griffiths was a guest on the BBC Three Counties non-league show on Monday evening, as he spoke to Ollie Bayliss & Luke Ashmead on his side’s 14-2 victory over Hillingdon last week-end.

Neil Griffiths

Simply click on this link, and slide the time bar along to 31 minutes and listen in:

The non-league show airs every Monday evening between 7.00pm to 8.00pm and covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire.

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SSMFL D1: Ath hit FOURTEEN goals in Hillingdon win

Buckingham Athletic hit FOURTEEN goals as they defeated Hillingdon Borough in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday.

Jordan Appleton scores one of his five goals during Buckingham Athletic’s 14-2 win over Hillingdon Borough.

After arriving late, and with ten men, Hillingdon were soon behind to an Athletic side who were straight into their opposition.

Nick Bines drilled in a second minute opener before Jordan Appleton showed excellent technique as he volleyed home. He then added a third in just 9 minutes.

Kevin Owusu drilled the ball under the visiting goalkeeper to make it four.

Appleton completed his hat-trick after putting the ball into the net from just a few yards out.

The visitors then scored but the five-goal advantage was soon restored as Dan Staley swept the ball in from close range.

On 31 minutes Owusu netted his second, the Athletic’s seventh before Rob McDonald’s diving header made it eight.

Owusu completed his treble, before the visitors scored their second, as the Athletic went in 9-2 ahead at half time.

The first goal of the second period came through McDonald, from a close-range header.

Appleton scored his fourth before substitute Sam Olawale, number twelve, netted goal number twelve.

Appleton grabbed his fifth before Olawale slotted in goal fourteen in the biggest league win for eight years.

Buckingham Athletic V Hillingdon Borough

BSCC, SF 1L: Ath edge Charity Cup semi-final – Exciting 2nd leg to come …

Report by Alex Gilder

Buckingham Athletic find themselves 2-1 up against Winslow United in the first leg of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final. As always it was a game that never fails to disappoint with plenty happening throughout.

MATCH ACTION: Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United. Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final, 1st leg

Winslow had the first chances in the opening exchanges, both coming from corners.

First, usual corner taker Simon King whipped in a ball towards Harry Dalton which was superbly saved by Josh McAdoo.

The second chance came from the resulting corner, but this time Aaron King found himself free in the six yard box but could not get over the ball as it sailed past the bar.

In the first ten minutes Winslow certainly started the better team and another chance was created by Simon King, who worked some space for himself and fired at goal but smacked the post and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Totally against the run of play and Athletic found themselves 1-0 up through the head of Jack Menday, who rose highest above anyone, and powered past Sam Ashmead’s left. Winslow should have felt aggrieved with letting that goal in after all their pressure was undone.

Ath now, were getting a foothold in the game as Neil King struck a free kick but was comfortably saved by Ashmead to his right. However Winslow were a constant threat form corners, this time Marcus Hussey could only head wide from a delightful Simon King corner.

With the yellow and blues not taking their chances, at the other end the Athletic capitalised and made it 2-0 through star-striker Robbie Carter. He broke free and saw himself bearing down on goal but three recovering Winslow defenders stopped his path to scoring, so he cleverly cut back and passed off to Nick Bines, who had his shot cleared off the line, furthermore the ball cannoned back to Bines who squared to Carter, who had a simple tap in from a couple yards out. 2-0 to the dark and light blues.

But Winslow were not fazed by going another goal down as they reacted brilliantly. Daniel Parsons, who looked dangerous from kick off, drifted past two Buckingham defenders and pulled back to Aaron King, who had his shot deflected over the bar.

Winslow strived to half the deficit as a short free kick was played into Aaron King, who did well to control, turn and shoot which was saved by McAdoo, into the path of Ryan Freshwater who was deemed to be offside.

The Ploughman’s end to the second half was ruined by a red card after the half time whistle given to Anthony Ball for descent towards the referee.

At half time the score stood 2-0 to Athletic but they knew the game was not over yet.

The first minutes of the second half seemed to had lost a slight bit of tempo from both teams as they struggled to create any real clear cut chances. Then all of a sudden a moment of genius from Sam Olewale saw him beat his man and dink the cross towards the head of Carter, but there was not enough pace to trouble Ashmead in goal. This sprung the second half into some life.

United’s first chance of the second half came from a diagonal ball switched to Aaron King, who took his shot early, but some more fine glovework by McAdoo prevented the prolific striker from scoring.

But Aaron King was to have his way with the help from his brother Simon. He delivered a cracking ball in that caused havoc among the Athletic defence, but Aaron King got hold of the ball, turned and finished wonderfully into the top right corner. Winslow kept battling a credit to them they were deserved for their perseverance.

Now United were having the better of the chances and this time coming from Parsons, who picked up the ball at the edge of the area and rifled just wide of the mark. A momentum shift in favour of the yellow and blues.

Parsons once again was causing trouble to the Athletic backline however this time Menday paid the ultimate price as he challenged Parsons, which was seen as a second bookable offence to the referee.

Soon after a long ball from Ashmead was misjudged by Dan Staley, lead to Aaron King pouncing on the loose ball, and he looked almost certain to score if it was not for the heroic recovering challenge by the Athletic defender. That definitely made up for his mistake just moments prior.

The game was nearing an end with Athletic doing their best to see it out and unfortunately the ploughman were dealt a huge setback as Bowers was seen a straight red for his double-footed lunge towards Kevin Owusu.

The last action of the game came from a Simon King free kick that was superbly turned behind by McAdoo.

Full time and Griffiths’ men had won the game 2-1 against their local rivals, Winslow United. Alleyne will take this narrow defeat going into the next leg as the first half belonged to Athletic and the second to Winslow. This close game makes the second leg all the more to look forward to and it is a fixture you do not want to miss out on.

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