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SSMFL,DD: Honor previews Ath’s Development local derby at Winslow

Buckingham Athletic Development manager Jake Honor has spoken to Sports Shots ahead of their local derby at Winslow United Development in the league on Tuesday evening.

Ben Townsend and Jake Honor (right)

The Athletic Development have enjoyed a good cup run and face a trip to Harpenden Town Development in the semi-final of the league’s Development Challenge Trophy next Wednesday.

Honor said:

Looking ahead to Tuesday, we have a full squad available to us except for Michael Davison and Chris Ikeaikhe, who are away for the Christmas period. We have a couple of players in the squad that have been out for a while so the minutes on Tuesday will be vital to their progress back to full fitness.

We are very privileged to have such a competitive and talented squad so I have definitely had some selection problems and unfortunately some players will miss out, which I know is very frustrating especially with it being a derby day.

We haven’t had a game for quite a while now, since the 19th December, so I am hoping any rustiness has gone by the time the whistle blows to start the game.

I am sure that the boys will be raring to go and eager to follow in the first teams footsteps by bringing three points back to Buckingham on Tuesday night.

Thanks from everyone at Buckingham Athletic Development to everyone at Sports Shots for all the hard work they put in and I hope you have a great 2018!

SSMLD1; Winslow United 1-3 Buckingham Athletic

Winslow United – 1

Buckingham Athletic – 3

A feisty affair for a local derby that had it all. Four goals, a shock away win that not many predicted, two red cards, and a horrific broken leg suffered in the first few minutes for Jack Menday that was confirmed later as a broken tibia. Winslow dominated the game, showing just why they are the South Midlands Division One leading goal scorers with an effective front line that moved the ball quickly and effectively, however Athletic showed why they have the best defensive record in the division by throwing themselves at the ball whenever their hosts got near their target. Credit to the away side that defended for their lives, and took their chances when they came along, to rock their hosts who many had turned up expecting a heavy home win.

The game lasted just three minutes for Buckingham midfielder Menday who was at the end of a crunching tackle and after treatment was helped off the pitch and eventually off to hospital, being replaced by ex-Ploughman Juyin Oluwayemi.

Aaron King tormented the Athletic backline constantly and on nine minutes got away down the right and fizzed the ball across the six-yard line but no yellow shirts were anywhere near to tap home. Sean Coles & Alex Kedzierski were combining well with King and their clever interchanges were threatening to unlock the visiting defence but they couldn’t quite find the killer pass that would allow space for a clear sight of goal.

The pair linked up well to provide a sniff for Aaron King on the edge of the box but his low drive cannoned off a defender for a corner. Coles then squared across the box for the incoming Niall Williams but he blazed high over Nick Bennion in the Buckingham goal.

Just past the quarter hour mark a Winslow attack broke down and Buckingham were up the other end in a flash, Ben Acquaye heavily involved in setting up Ryan Kelsey whose shot took a big deflection off a defender allowing keeper Brad Kirkwood to gather with some comfort.

Penalty appeal was waved away

Straight down the other end and a tackle on Aaron King inside the area saw the majority of those in yellow appeal for a penalty, but neither referee nor linesman were interested in the appeals and waved play on. Then somewhat against the run of play the away side took the lead on twenty-four minutes, a free kick out wide on their left was swung in and climbing highest at the back post was Chris Stapleton who headed home.

As United fought back, Aaron King fed in Tom Brindley on the edge of the six-yard box but off balance he fired high and wide, before King himself had a chance on the edge of the box, his first shot blocked he then tried to curl his second effort around Bennion however with no real power it was comfortable for the keeper to dive away to his right and collect.

Dan Delderfield was next to try and curl into the top corner from distance, at first sight it looked dangerous enough but it fell the wrong side of the post, then in the final minute a free kick to Athletic found Robbie Carter in front of goal whose header almost caught Kirkwood off guard but he gathered at the second attempt. H/T: 0-1

The first effort of the second half fell to the away side when Oluwayemi curled an effort away from goal, then a shot from twelve yards out by Coles rebounded off a defender for a corner when Winslow looked set to equalise.

Buckingham then left the home faithful dumbstruck when they doubled their lead on fifty-two minutes through a simple but effective move. A Bennion goal kick was angled out to Carter on the left touchline, he drove at goal after beating his man and his initial shot was blocked but the loose ball fell nicely for Acquaye who stabbed home.

The Athletic approach to defending as a team was typified by Ryan Kelsey when a slip from Ryan Marsden on the wing allowed Coles to run forty yards towards goal, but he was shadowed all the way by the Buckingham front man and just as the shot looked on a brilliant last ditch sliding tackle took the ball out for a corner to avert the danger.

Sean Coles was a constant threat

Marsden was next to deny Coles, the ball was worked well around the United front line for Coles to be in sight of goal but another last gasp sliding tackle took the ball off the South Midlands leading goal scorers boot as he shaped to shoot.

Winslow continued to press and a right wing cross was met by the head of Ryan Freshwater but straight into Bennion’s gloves, but then on seventy minutes the home side pulled a goal back. Aaron King pulled the ball back across the area for Coles to lift into the roof of the net, but the joy was short lived when some comments aimed at Bennion saw the referee pull Aaron King aside and show a straight red card.

Within two minutes of Winslow scoring Buckingham regained their two goal cushion when Robbie Carter was fed in through the middle and ran on to slot past Kirkwood. Five minutes later Buckingham were reduced to ten men when a ball knocked through for Carter to chase down saw Kirkwood come out and both players committed to getting the ball. With his boot too close to Kirkwood the home crowd implored the referee to show a red card to which he duly obliged.

As Winslow piled the pressure on they just couldn’t get past a resolute Buckingham back line, and when they did they found Nick Bennion maintaining his high standard of keeping. He pulled off a great save from Simon King late on, the second shot came in which hit Marsden on the line and the ball fell nicely for Bennion to fall on.

When the away side did get the ball down to the other end, substitute Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu was a lone man trying to hold the ball up with his remaining nine team mates camped in their own half. As much as Winslow tried they could not get the goal that would have set up a grandstand finish and the final whistle was met by jubilation from those playing in red.

Attendance: 200

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic manager Mark Carter, coach Kit Bamber, and striker Robbie Carter: 

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Sports Shots would like to wish Jack Menday a speedy recovery!

Sports Shots would like to wish Jack Menday a speedy recovery after the Buckingham Athletic midfielder broke his tibia in the local derby at Winslow United this afternoon.

Jack Menday

Jack is a great lad and we cannot wait to photograph him back in the Athletic colours as soon as possible.

SSMFL,D1: Resolute Ath display secures competitive derby victory

A resolute display by Buckingham Athletic helped them to a 3-1 victory at Winslow United in a feisty derby where both sides were reduced to ten men this afternoon.

Jack Menday was carried from the field in the opening minutes after a challenge from Ryan Freshwater. The Athletic midfielder was taken to hospital where it has since been revealed he has a broken tibia.

Winslow used every ounce of their attacking power which has ripped many teams apart this campaign as they enjoyed much of the possession in the opposition’s half but the visitors denied any real clear-cut chance.

The Athletic stood firm and defended well, with Nick Bennion displaying good handling, despite the home side’s continual probing.

As the visitors started to come into the game it was Chris Stapleton who headed home a corner to give Mark Carter’s side the lead in the 24th minute.

Seven minutes into the second half Robbie Carter showed pace and strength down the left-hand flank before seeing Ben Acquaye slide in to put the ball into an empty net from just ten yards out to double the Athletic’s advantage.

Winslow’s attacking strength continued to create chances but the Athletic defenders were throwing their bodies at everything, blocking shot after shot.

On 70 minutes Sean Coles latched onto pass from Simon King and rifled an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

In the celebration that followed, Aaron King picked up a second booking and Winslow were reduced to ten men.

Within two minutes Robbie Carter went through to fire past Brad Kirkwood to put the Athletic 3-1 ahead.

Late on, with the game stretched, Robbie Carter was slipped in again and with Kirkwood racing from the goal, the Athletic striker slid in to try and nick the ball, but his lunge was deemed dangerous and he received a straight red card.

The game petered out with the visitors excellent defending and organisation giving them the platform from which to win the game.

FULL MATCH REPORT TO FOLLOW …

 

 

 

ICYMI; Catch up with all of our interviews ahead of Saturdays Winslow v Buckingham Ath derby

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

In case you missed any of our seven interviews over the past few days with past & present Winslow United & Buckingham Athletic players & coaches, we’ve rounded them all up in one place here for you to find.

Phil Martin

 For Phil Martin click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31147

Kit Bamber

 For Kit Bamber click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31169

Simon King

For Simon King click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31187

Ben Acquaye

 For Ben Acquaye click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31181

Ryan Freshwater

 For Ryan Freshwater click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31195

Nick Bennion

 For Nick Bennion click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31199

Ayden Callaghan

 For Ayden Callaghan click here: http://sportsshots.org.uk/?p=31211

Sports Shots would like to thank everyone for their time this week.

Buckingham Athletic U25 1-2 Holmer Green U25 SSMFL Dev

Buckingham Athletic U25 – 1

Holmer Green U25 – 2

Buckingham Athletic Under 25 development side went down to Holmer Green on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields, but created enough chances to have salvaged at least a draw from the game, with both sides finding the woodwork more than once and both sides guilty of missing guilt edged chances when in front of goal. Both goal keepers were in great form pulling off vital saves throughout, in a match that genuinely could have ended at any score.

In the first minute Holmer threatened when a cross field pass found Ben Bedford on the edge of the box and his shot forced Lewis Dench to dive to his left to palm away. Marcus Horwood then crossed from the left and in the middle Jago Seymour headed wide of Dench’s left hand post.

Buckingham had a trio of shots at the other end in quick succession, the first saved, the second blocked and the follow up looped up off a defender and landed on top of the net. The Holmer defence were finding it tough going up against Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu and on seventeen minutes he won the ball off a defender and whilst the Green back line called for the foul, keeper Ben Hillary had to race off his line to block with his feet.

At the other end Dench had to dive bravely at the feet of Raiqwan Joseph as the Holmer forward burst through after a slip in the home defence, but on twenty three minutes Joseph did put the visitors ahead with a good finish from the edge of the box.

With their noses in front, Holmer looked the more threatening for a spell, Joseph again down the right had Dench leaping to his left and using both hands to push away a stinging drive. Athletic missed a golden opportunity to level on thirty-four minutes when Jordan Tavener did well down their left skipping a challenge before pulling back for Ajigbolamu but from six-yards out he fired wide.

With four minutes of the half left, Joseph attacked down the Holmer right and his shot flashed past Dench but came back off the upright, & just a minute later the scores were level after good work from Jack Menday set up Jordan Tavener and from twenty yards out he fired over Hillary and in.

Tavener lines up to score

Buckingham now had the ascendancy and a driving run from Jack Carter saw him evade two tackles before firing at goal from close range and the ball bounced back off the goal frame and away to safety, before Ajigbolamu had a shot blocked and the follow up from Jamie Sylvester was inches wide. The away side retook the lead three minutes into added time, again Joseph slotting home into the bottom corner from the eighteen yard line. H/T: 1-2

The home side brought on Nathan Skelton at half time, and he was involved early in the second period getting his head to a long cross but Hillary was behind it all the way. A free kick then found Patrick Hooper with his back to goal, he managed to turn but could only lift over the bar.

A poor clearance from the away side then set in Sylvester to drive at goal and his shot was brilliantly saved by Hillary with a defender on hand to clear. From the corner Skelton again got a glancing header away which skimmed the crossbar and a Holmer defender swung a boot to clear.

A Holmer Green cross was then met by the head of substitute Charlie Stottor which flicked off the crossbar and over with Dench beaten, before Tavener curled an effort towards the top corner but was narrowly off target.

With ten minutes left a cross from the Greens right found Joseph unmarked eight yards out but he got his timing wrong and his over the shoulder effort screwed wide and the chance was gone. Joseph continued to threaten with each Holmer attack, and another cross from their left saw two Athletic defenders rooted as the striker ghosted in to the near post and glanced his header wide.

Buckingham huffed & puffed but just could not find a way through, and the late goal in the first half settled the game. F/T: 1-2

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SSMFL1; Nick Bennion talks derby, playing for both clubs & family ties

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

A fixture that needs no introduction to those in MK18. A local derby needs barely any introduction in these parts, it’s the fixture that’s eagerly anticipated by both sides and the one always looked for in the summer when the fixtures are announced. This year see’s the fixture played a couple of days before Christmas for the first time in a couple of years, but will still bring a good crowd with lots of local pride at stake.

The fixture this time see’s joint third host tenth in the division one table.

Winslow are the divisional highest scorers, having scored sixty-seven goals in seventeen league games. Almost four per game!

Athletic have the third meanest defence in the league, having conceded just eighteen goals in fifteen games.

Winslow have lost once in their last six league matches, Buckingham won two in their last seven.

The only guarantee is Sports Shots for the latest updates before, during & after the game.

Ahead of ‘El-Gateio’ we asked Athletic goalkeeper Nick Bennion how big a game it is for both sides:

I’ve played for both sides over the years, it’s a huge game. The players that play who are from outside the local area won’t really understand how much, but I’m sure that both sides will play their hearts out on the day

Nick Bennion

Playing in front of a large crowd is one to enjoy and Nick is under no illusions:

We know it will be a big crowd and an enjoyable game for both sides, we pray for nice weather! Winslow are doing very well this season and they have some very good players all over the pitch, and it will be even tougher now they have Aaron (King) back and we know he along with Sean (Coles) are the main threats

We asked how life at Buckingham was:

It’s been very good this season, we’ve had some lows with a lot of injuries but the players we’ve brought in have been playing very well. Having such a young side is hard when half our squad play for our under eighteens which sometimes takes it out of them when they play Thursday for the youth, and then Saturday for the first team, but to be fair to them they have been firing well all season

We asked what players he thinks we need to watch on the day:

As I’ve mentioned Aaron & Sean are their threats although (Matt) Crusey and Simon King have huge attacking strengths as well. They also have a very good back line that will be tough to break through. For us I feel Ben (Acquaye), Nimmy (Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu) Chris (Stapleton) & Robbie (Carter) if he is fit are our threats, all very good players on their day. We have a strong midfield and a very strong defence, shown by the fact that we are one of the teams with the fewest conceded goals record

Matt Cruse

Finally, we asked Nick to imagine the game has gone into added time at the end of the ninety, and Winslow win a penalty. Matt Cruse picks the ball up and places it on the spot, what would he say to his nephew?

Very funny, but if that did happen then I’d remind him who his uncle is and that he never has and never will score a penalty against me as he’s too easy to read

A huge thanks to Nick for taking time out with us this week.

SSMFL,D1: Ben Acquaye reflects on Winslow v Ath weekend derby

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

A fixture that needs no introduction to those in MK18. A local derby needs barely any introduction in these parts, it’s the fixture that’s eagerly anticipated by both sides and the one always looked for in the summer when the fixtures are announced. This year see’s the fixture played a couple of days before Christmas for the first time in a couple of years, but will still bring a good crowd with lots of local pride at stake.

The fixture this time see’s joint third host tenth in the division one table.

Winslow are the divisional highest scorers, having scored sixty-seven goals in seventeen league games. Almost four per game!

Athletic have the third meanest defence in the league, having conceded just eighteen goals in fifteen games.

Winslow have lost once in their last six league matches, Buckingham won two in their last seven.

The only guarantee is Sports Shots for the latest updates before, during & after the game.

Ben Acquaye

Sports Shots spoke with Buckingham Athletic youngster Ben Acquaye ahead of the derby, & we asked if there had been much discussion on the match in the changing room:

Yes we’re really aware of how big a game this is, but every match we feel we are becoming stronger as a team and getting better as a squad

Just what do Athletic hope to achieve in the derby?

Of course we go into the game with the mindset of claiming all three points, but we know it won’t be easy. But we’re confident if we play to our strengths we can get the result we want

We looked at the fact the both sides have players who aren’t from the local area, and asked if it feels like a derby for those from outside the local vicinity:

Any derby is big for any player, I remember the first time I played in this one, my coaches and team mates made me fully aware of how important this game is to them and I certainly didn’t want to be letting anyone down on the day

Ben Acquaye in action for Buckingham Athletic

Is Ben happy with his own personal season?

I’m happy so far yes, I know there is still a lot of areas I need to improve on, but with hard work on the pitch as well as the training  ground I know I will continue to perform and I want to score more goals to help my team

Finally, we asked where Ben see’s his side finishing the season:

We are a strong side, we believe on our day we can beat anyone in this division, the aim for us is to go one further and get promotion

A huge thanks to Ben for taking time out with us this week.

SSMFL,D1: Bamber reflects on his time at Winslow & The Ath ahead of weekend derby

Saturday 23rd December 2017

Winslow United v Buckingham Athletic

South Midlands League Division One

Elmfield Gate

K.O. 3.00pm

A fixture that needs no introduction to those in MK18. A local derby needs barely any introduction in these parts, it’s the fixture that’s eagerly anticipated by both sides and the one always looked for in the summer when the fixtures are announced. This year see’s the fixture played a couple of days before Christmas for the first time in a couple of years, but will still bring a good crowd with lots of local pride at stake.

The fixture this time see’s joint third host tenth in the division one table.

Winslow are the divisions highest scorers, having scored sixty-seven goals in seventeen league games. Almost four per game!

Athletic have the third meanest defence in the league, having conceded just eighteen goals in fifteen games.

Winslow have lost once in their last six league matches, Buckingham won two in their last seven.

The only guarantee is Sports Shots for the latest updates before, during & after the game.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Buckingham Athletic coach Kit Bamber, having worked at both clubs he knows the importance of preparation:

Mark (Carter) will approach the game the same way as we would any other, we look at player availability, select the best squad and then work on the team for the match. For me personally, this is no different to any other game, Winslow are just another club trying to win as many games as they can in a very difficult league, we are both looking for the same things

Kit Bamber currently at Buckingham Athletic

We asked what the Buckingham defence will need to work at on Saturday:

Winslow have a number of players that can score goals as you’d expect from a team in the top four. But for us it’s about defending as a team, we can’t just rely on the defence, we can be exceptional at times when defending & when the players work together off the ball they can prove to be a really tough unit to break down

After completing the double over Winslow last season, what’s the approach this season?

We’ll approach the game like any other, Winslow have improved this season and credit to the club and to Paul for bringing in the right players to compete, but we have also improved so I would expect an evenly matched tussle. Our season does not revolve around this game and I don’t get carried away with the local rivalry, it really isn’t something that I or any of the management team look at

We asked if any classic games stood out:

To be fair I haven’t been to that many derbies as I’m usually away just before Christmas, but the games I have been to have been entertaining games and always enjoyable. I think it’s great for local football to have such healthy crowds at these games, it’s great income for both sides and that is most important to keep things ticking along

To end with we enquired if Kit gets any stick from his previous colleagues:

I left Winslow over three years ago after spending two terrific years there with Perry, Pete & Terry. I enjoy seeing the guys that run the club, Andy Setterfield always offers me a cuppa although I’m not sure what he puts in it! Seeing Colin and Dave and all the rest is always a pleasure for me, I’ve been over there many times since with the development sides and U18’s so will just get on with the job that’s required on Saturday and represent BAFC. At the end of the day I am a football coach that’s been doing this for seventeen years now, putting a lot of my own time & expense into local football, so for me it’s about helping the club I’m with and enjoying my time working & developing players

A huge thanks to Kit for taking time out with us this week.

SSMFL,D1: Martin reflects on his time at the Ath & Winslow ahead of weekend derby

The player who has appeared in the most Winslow United versus Buckingham Athletic derbies in recent years, Phil Martin, has spoken about his memories to Sports Shots ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Phil Martin

Martin, who now plays for Hashtag United, told Sports Shots;

I must have played in 14 for the Athletic, not including cup games, and only 4 for Winslow, as we were in division 2 when I went back second time.

Brenda Sprules of the Buckingham Charity Cup committee presents Phil Martin, captain of Buckingham Athletic, with the Senior trophy.

My memories at Winslow were that the club was always really welcoming and well-run. The fans are true fans to their very cores and would do anything for the club. I played there for a season under Steve Kelly and we finished quite high in the league, if I remember correctly, but both clubs gave me game time playing with my mates and a good bunch of people. They make you feel at home!

Ryan Wiffin (9) and Phil Martin (10) lift Winslow United the 2011 Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup.

My memories of Ath were my first time in men’s football and gave me the stepping stone to play and express myself. I spent four years and three years at the Ath and one and two seasons at Winslow.

Most of my adult football was played at these two clubs. I had the pleasure of captaining both sides, which meant a great deal to me and along with Damo (Damien Wiffin) as the gaffer we are still the last captain and manager to win trophies at both clubs, which is a great accolade as I can’t remember many other player/captain combos to do that.

I always enjoyed the battles between the two sides, there was just something magical about a derby. Forget your 20 fans week in, week out, this is where 300 locals come to support you. Most of the crowd would have played for either or even both teams and there is a bond with them that will always hold true.