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SSMFL D1: Ath edged out by Lions in away defeat

Buckingham Athletic suffered a 0-1 defeat away at London Lions in the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1 on Saturday.

Buckingham Athletic: Josh Mcadoo, Nick Bines, Stuart Ironmonger, Rob MacDonald, Ryan Marsden, Robert Tapp, Kevin Owusu, Ashley Farmer, Neil King, Ricci Wigg, Sam Olawale.

Subs: Jack Carter, Blessing Zulu, Seun Soetan.

B&B: Ath Development progress into last eight of the county cup

Buckingham Athletic Development are into the quarter-finals of the Berks & Bucks, Intermediate Cup after a 3-2 win on penalties, reports Alex Gilder.

It was lively affair from the start with big tackles flying in which set the tone for the match, however both teams struggled to make any clear cut chances, only a few half from either team.

Fifteen minutes gone and Penn had the chance to score but were denied by a fantastic save by Athletic keeper James Green.

Both sides still making half chances with the game really hotting up.

A high ball was floated in by Penn with Green looking seemingly comfortable under it, however as he attempted to catch, the ball squirmed out and the Penn striker Remsbury- Kelly missed an open goal blazing his shot over the bar.

Straight away the  Athletic are looking the better team after the interval with an early chance for Charlie Willis on the edge of the box but he could only drag his shot wide.

Athletic substitute Charlie Wright makes an instant impact as he is bearing down on goal but he slipped.

Halfway through the second half and the home side make a delightful move from defence to attack and they must of thought they scored if it wasn’t for the Penn defender clearing off the line from a Kieran Brady shot.

With both teams getting desperate a Penn midfielder tries his luck from distance but is matched by a wonderful diving save from Green as he tips over the bar.

GOAL scored by Penn’s number 9 Andrew Viney. Totally against the run of play as the Athletic lose the ball in the middle of the park which leaves two recovering defenders against four Penn attackers. The ball was whipped into the middle as the home side struggled to clear their lines which resulted in the goal.

Straight after the goal and Ath react brilliantly winning a penalty as Dan McAndrew was tripped in the box. Harry Heritage steps up to take the penalty but was saved by the visiting goalkeeper. From the resulting corner Ath had a golden opportunity as defender Dan Staley headed down towards goal but again the goalkeeper matched it with a sublime low save.

The Athletic were really getting close to the equaliser. The game was really starting to get end to end with both sides having chances.

The Penn winger tricked his way through two defenders and pulls and low shot but it is held by keeper Green. A big save which could prove crucial to the game still being in Athletic’s reach.

Back down the other end and Jamie O’Hara curled in a delightful ball for Dan McAndrew to get on the end of a he did not disappoint. McAndrew equalised with just minutes to spare.

Now it was Penn’s turn to try and get the winner as a ball is whipped in and flicked on in the box, it finds an unmarked Penn player who could only shoot and find the gloves of Green once again.

Full Time with the score 1-1 after a thrilling 90 minutes of football. Both dugouts were getting heated towards each other as you could see how much this win meant to both teams. You could feel the passion.


1st Pen Ath, Missed by Charlie Wright

1st Pen Penn, Missed by Andrew Viney

2nd Pen Ath, Scored by Dan McAndrew

2nd Pen Penn, Scored by Scott Waits

3rd Pen Ath, Scored by Jamie O’Hara

3rd Pen Penn, Missed by Jamie Hunt

4th Pen Ath, Missed by Corey Bulley

4th Pen Penn, Scored by Josh George

5th Pen Ath, Scored by Chris Parr

5th Pen Penn, Missed by Josh Gray

The Athletic won 3-2 on penalties in a tense atmosphere at STratford Fields. The game had all the elements that spectators would wish for in a football game and it was a pleasure to be a part of this as my first game reporting for Sports Shots. For sure a game I will not forget in a hurry.

Alex Gilder

Alex Gilder


SSMFL D1 : Ath midfielder evolving at Stratford Fields

Olly Golding

Olly Golding is with Buckingham Athletic as they head to London Lions in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 this weekend.

Golding has grown at Stratford Fields and produced an excellent display in the centre of midfield in his side’s 6-0 win over Brimsdown last Saturday. To cap a hard-working display, he also scored.

Talking to Sports Shots, Golding gave his thoughts on the game coming up:

It’s a big week for Buckingham Ath as a club. The firsts have an important away trip to London Lions in which we will be going for all 3 points, and the Development have a massive County Cup game which we are looking to progress in!

The Athletic’s current form has been positive:

Results and performances have been good. We had a disappointing result in the cup to Potton losing on penalties however we put in a great performance and deserved more that night. We responded from that on Saturday  with a great 6-0 win against Brimsdown – even with some key players missing, so things are shaping up nicely for the busy period ahead as more players return from injury!

It is clear that Golding is evolving on the field this season.

Personally I have been enjoying my football a lot this year – coming to a new club the lads have been great and there is a great spirit around the club! I have been playing well in the development and in doing so I have earned a call up into the firsts for the last few games – it’s great being at a club where the first team look to integrate the development players and even some under 18s who are also doing great! For me I’ll continue to train hard, learn and improve as a player and do my best on the pitch to help get the 3 points along with the rest of the lads!

There is still a lot of hard work to put in.

We are at a crucial stage in the season at the moment, we need to make sure we continue to perform to ensure we get all 3 points. No game is easy in this league and we want to put ourselves in a position to be competing high up the league come the New Year! We will be focusing and taking every game as it comes!

Golding kindly finished by thanking us for the coverage.

Thanks to Sports Shots for the continued coverage and we will be looking forward to seeing you soon down the Ath! UTA!

Off the field, the Athletic secretary Colin Howkins has informed us that their semi-final in the Spartan South Midlands League, division 1 cup will take place away at Risborough Rangers on Tuesday 15th January 2019, 7.45pm start.

SSMFL U25: Wright treble helps Ath Development take maximum points

A strong Buckingham Athletic Development side defeated their Ampthill Town counterparts 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Jake Honor’s side enjoyed getting the better of a tough game in Bedfordshire as they finished their 2018 league fixtures with a win that takes them to second place in the table.

Charlie Wright grabbed a treble while substitute Rufus Barker was also on target in the win.

More good news for the Athletic was that Dan Staley continues to make his way back after injury.



BSCC SF: A mouth-watering Senior Charity Cup semi-final line-up

The 2018-19 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final, has it’s first date of four booked.

Buckingham Athletic will host Winslow United at Stratford Fields for the third time this season on Tuesday 5th February 2019 at 7.30pm in the first leg between the two sides.

Leighton Town entertain Aylesbury with dates still to be confirmed.

SSMFL D1: Brimsdown’ed as Ath smash in six!

Buckingham Athletic were in outstanding form as they defeated Brimsdown 6-0 at Stratford Fields.

The home side were missing numerous players for the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 clash but it made no difference.

Sam Olawale put the home side in front after being played in down the left with the Brimsdown defence stretched. With the goalkeeper off his line, Olawale calmly bent the ball in to the far corner of the net.

The second half started with recent signing Ricci Wigg played in and he slotted past the outcoming goalkeeper with a good finish to make it two-nil.

Ricci Wigg

Olly Golding side-footed home as the Athletic went three goals ahead.

Olly Golding

Wigg was played in down the right-hand side of the penalty area. The striker showed strength to get ahead of the visiting defender, who upended him, and the referee pointed to the spot. Skipper Neil King stroked the ball into the corner of the goal from 12 yards to make it four.

The home side were on the front foot and were denied more goals by good defending, some excellent saves and missed opportunities.

An Ash Farmer cross saw a number of players collide on the penalty spot, with the ball dropping to Ryan Marsden. The Athletic central defender then rolled the ball into an empty net.

The scoring was rounded off as under 18 striker Nathan Toxtle-Bell netted his first goal in senior football with number six.

The result takes the Athletic up to eighth in the table.

Buckingham Athletic: Josh Mcadoo, Ryan Coyle, Stuart Ironmonger, Olly Golding, Ryan Marsden, Robert Tapp, Kevin Owusu, Ashley Farmer, Neil King, Ricci Wigg, Sam Olawale.

Subs: Jamie O’Grady, Christopher Parr, Nathan Bell-Toxtle.

B&B Youth Cup, 3rd Rd: Ath U18 into quarter finals with WOW performance

Buckingham Athletic U18s are into the last eight of the Berks & Bucks Youth Cup.

They did it in dramatic fashion after coming from 3-1 down to win the game at Olney Town Colts 6-3, with a performance full of character.

Ethan White grabbed a brace, Kyran O’Dell netted a treble and Jacob Williamson was also on target at Emberton Park.

SSMFL D1: Ath set to host Brimsdown in league encounter

Buckingham Athletic will host Brimsdown in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 on Saturday afternoon.

Stratford Fields

The Athletic return to action after a narrow 4-5 exit in the League Challenge Trophy on penalties at Potton United on Tuesday evening.

Neil King and recent signing Kyle Stimpson, who made it two in two, were on target as the game ended 2-2 in normal time.

Neil King

Ryan Marsden collected the visitors man of the match award.

Ryan Marsden

Saturday sees the visit of Brimsdown as their penultimate game of 2018. The next three Saturdays sees Neil Griffiths take his side to London Lions, Bedford and Winslow United, respectively,  before Buckingham Town visit Stratford Fields on the 29th December for their final game of the calendar year.


TVCWFL; Caversham AFC Ladies 4-0 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Caversham AFC Ladies – 4

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 0


Buckingham Athletic Ladies were beaten for the second time this season on Sunday as their hosts Caversham AFC scored a brace in each half to seal the points; a defeat that was simply down to the pace of the counter attacking skills of the home side who were under fifteen minutes or so of pressure at the start of the second period, with the visitors looking for a foothold back into the game a move broke down and within seconds the ball was in the back of Ellen Fenables’ net and the game was over, whenever the Swans attack did breach the defence they found a determined Nina Merritt in between the sticks who refused to be beaten.

Six minutes in Buckingham were made aware of the threat down the Caversham left through Freya Jenkins when she was released and her pace took her away from anyone in blue and her cross fizzed across the goal face out of Fenables reach and out for a goal kick, a free kick to the home side was then simply lifted over the top for Tiffany Newland to chase after but with two defenders on her tail she had to go for goal first time but could only lift over the top. The away sides first chance fell to Kerry Stapleton with a twenty-five yard free kick that sailed wide, and straight back up the other end Jenkins again exploited space down the wing to cut inside and fire across Fenables who had to dive to her left to smoother.

Caversham took the lead on twenty-one minutes when Newland cut in from the right and lost her marker to attack the Athletic penalty area, rounding the keeper she looked set to score but Fenables dived at her feet bringing her down and before the referee had to make a decision the loose ball rolled out to the incoming Sophie Ali who slotted into the empty net. Four minutes later it was two when the visitors surrendered possession in midfield it was knocked out to Jenkins on the wing, she twisted and turned her marker ahead of firing into the roof of the net inside the near post.

Kerry Stapleton goes close in first half

A superb Stapleton run ten minutes from the break deserved more, collecting just in the opposition half she drove at goal skipping a couple of challenges and from the edge of the six-yard box she tried to fire inside the near post but could only find the side netting, before a free kick on the halfway line was floated up to Evie Hawkins on the edge of the penalty arc, with her back to goal she managed to hold off her marker, turn and shoot but Merritt was behind it all the way. H/T: 2-0

Athletic made a positive start to the second half taking the game to the league leaders, an early lob over the back line saw Hawkins in on goal again but Merritt was off her line in a flash to make the block on the eighteen yard line, Courtney Crawley was introduced to the action and was soon accelerating down the flank ahead of releasing a dipping drive that eluded the out stretched gloves of the keeper but also the crossbar. A counter attack from the home side saw Newland feed Ali in the box but she fired straight at Fenables, her goal kick finding Crawley on the wing who in turn left two defenders in her wake before crossing into the box, the ball half cleared out to Stapleton who fired over the top.

A free kick into the Caversham box was cleared long out to Anna Thompson who simply headed back over the defensive line for Hawkins to chase after but again the keeper met her halfway making the block before clearing the danger. Then after twenty minutes of Athletic pressure the host’s struck again on the counter, another long clearance downfield for Newland saw her run at goal with Georgina Howells for company, just as the defender thought she’d forced her wide she fired low in to the bottom corner.

Courtney Crawley denied in second half

Back came the Swans again, an inch perfect cross from skipper Stapleton was met at the far post by Crawley whose volley was brilliantly blocked at point blank range by the keeper yet again, and just nine minutes after the third Caversham grabbed their fourth when a ball over the top set Newland perfectly to absolutely smash home. Buckingham won a free kick late on that Stapleton arrowed towards the top corner but the gloves of Merritt were more than ready, a corner then half cleared out to the captain was blazed high over the bar.

The final chance saw Jade Copas show some determination out on the right of midfield, winning the battle to gain the ball and feeding up the line to Heron who advanced a yard before unleashing a dipping drive that for a moment looked as though it could be over Merritt but a step back saw her able to claim comfortably. F/T: 4-0

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SSMFL D1 Soetan & Marsden fire Ath to Amersham success

Seun Soetan and Ryan Marsden scored second half goals to give Buckingham Athletic a 2-0 win over Amersham Town today.

Ryan Marsden

After a goalless first half, Soetan went close just after the break as he rattled the crossbar.

He was soon on the scoresheet as he pounced to put his side ahead in the 55th minute.

Within five minutes Marsden put the home side two goals ahead.

An Amersham player received a red card in the 90th minute but by then the game was already won.

Buckingham Athletic: Josh Mcadoo, Ashley Farmer, Nick Bines, Olly Golding, Ryan Marsden, Robert Tapp, Kevin Owusu, Neil King, Seun Soetan, Robert MacDonald, Sam Olawale.

Subs: Ricci Wigg, Jack Carter, Jamie O’Grady, Ryan Coyle.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.