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BREAKING … Buckingham Athletic appoint Neil Griffiths as their new first team manager

Buckingham Athletic Football Club are very pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Griffiths as their new first team manager.

In a club statement, Athletic chairman Tony Checkley said:

We are obviously really pleased that Neil has accepted the position as manager after what has been a pretty hectic few weeks of interviews and discussions. I have to say the interest for the job was high and that makes the decision process a little harder but Neil’s enthusiasm really won us over. Over the next few weeks Neil will build up his management team but he will certainly be bringing along Ben Hill as his assistant.

There are many aspects that you have to look at when trying to choose the right person, obviously knowledge and ability is very high on that list but also making sure that people coming in fit the character of the club and during all our discussions with both Neil and Ben that certainly came across. They are fully aware of what we are trying to achieve at Stratford Fields, but they also can see what we have already put in place both on and off the field and their aim is pick up where Mark and his team have left off.

So the new phase starts here and although we are all looking forward to a break there is a busy few weeks in front of us to ensure we are all ready for the new season.

I want to finish by once again sending our thanks on behalf of all the committee and players to Mark Carter and the rest of his management team for all of their hard work and dedication over the last few years. We look forward to seeing them all at Stratford Fields next season in slightly different roles but all still striving to move the club forward.

Neil Griffiths talks exclusively to Sports Shots Russell & Butler YouTube channel regarding his appointment.


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Buckingham Charity Cup Final preview

Sunday 13th May 2018

Buckingham Athletic (Step 6) v Daventry Town (Step 5)

Buckingham Charity Cup Final

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic

The Buckingham Charity Cup final takes place on Sunday, where Buckingham Athletic host Daventry Town, to end the season for both clubs. For Athletic it also sees the end of manager Mark Carter’s reign at the club along with his staff, Paul Hassell and Jason Liscum, as they step down from their roles after the game. Both clubs have finished their seasons in the top half of their relevant divisions, and silverware would be a nice bonus to end the campaign. Sports Shots takes a brief look at both sides;

Buckingham Athletic:

Athletic finished their season in seventh place in the South Midlands League Division One. Of their thirty-eight league games they won eighteen drawing eleven, scoring seventy-seven goals conceding fifty-one. At Stratford Fields they won nine, drew seven and lost just three.

Their final eight matches of their league campaign saw three wins, four draws and just one loss: LWDDWDWD

Their Charity Cup campaign started with a quarter-final two goal win over Old Bradwell United back in November, the winter weather took hold and their semi-final was restricted to just one leg when a back log of fixtures for all clubs meant dates soon ran out, meaning both clubs agreed to play just the single game at Buckingham, which the hosts won by a single goal over Leighton Town.

Daventry Town:

Daventry ply their trade in the United-Counties League Premier Division, after gaining promotion last year as champions of the UCL Division One, and finished their season in tenth place. Of their forty-two league games, they won nineteen with ten draws, scoring seventy goals along the way and conceding sixty. Away from home they won eight, drew six and lost seven.

Their final eight matches of their league campaign saw two wins, two draws and four losses: DWLWLLLD

Their Charity Cup campaign started with a quarter-final six goal romp over Grendon Rangers back in October, then a two-legged semi-final against Winslow United saw a goalless draw at Elmfield Gate, before Town triumphed by two goals to one on Bank Holiday Monday to reach the final.

Daventry Town

Ahead of the final Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Dan Staley & Town joint manager Arron Parkinson, and asked Arron how much his squad are looking forward to the final:

The whole club is looking forward to this game, a cup final at the end of a long tough season is what myself and the players see as a great way to end the season on a high note

Staley also sees the game as a chance to banish a recent memory:

We are very much looking forward to the final, it’s a chance for us to finish on a high especially after the recent derby day misery, & we are all looking to right a few wrongs from last weekend

And what squad can we expect from Athletic?

I think our squad will be similar to last week, so very strong. One absentee will be Sol Janecki who is away for the weekend so he’s a player who will be missed because he’s been on a great run of form recently at right back

And Daventry:

Other than long term absentees Dan Childs, Adam Moussi & Anthony O’Connor we are pretty much at full strength, unfortunately we do miss skipper Ross Harris who is suspended for the game

Arron Parkinson when at Rushden & Diamonds

We asked Arron how the two-legged semi-final against Winslow was:

They were both very tight games, both sides in both ties had good periods of play. They were very open & attacking games and how only three goals were scored over the two ties is still a surprise. They had some good individual players and you can see why they had such a good season in their league

What does Dan know about Daventry Town?

Not too much to be honest, they’ve had a steady year in their first season in that league so we are expecting a well organised physical side as most UCL Premier teams are

And we asked Arron the same question about Buckingham:

I don’t know much at all about them, a former team mate of mine Neil King I believe still plays there & I think last season Sid Hawkins & Simon King did aswell. What we will do is prepare correctly as we always do and make sure our players are ready for the challenge

What has been Dan’s highlight of the season so far?

It’s hard to pick a highlight as all at the club would say it might be a bit underwhelming as it promised so much at the start. We’ve still finished in a decent position in the league though, and had some great results along the way. A good thing to look back on for me is how we have performed defensively, we have a very good goals conceded record so that’s something to be proud of

Dan Staley

How has the season been for Daventry?

Our season overall has been very much up and down which our final league position suggests. The players have worked hard over the season and we have had some fantastic results along the way. Unfortunately we have lacked the consistency to push for a top five finish, but I, Ian King (joint manager) & the players see this cup final as the perfect way to finish off the season

We asked Dan how he thinks the game will go:

They are a level higher than us in the pyramid but that doesn’t mean that much to us. We’ve had good results this year against higher ranked sides and we’ll be looking to upset the odds again & will be confident of doing so because we know how we can perform

And Arron?

I expect it to be a tight game, hopefully it’s a good spectacle for the supporters of both sides, and I’m sure they will see two competitive teams go head to head to win the Charity Cup

And for Buckingham Athletic it’s the end of the Carter era, Dan’s thoughts?

This is Mark and his management team’s final game. Mark, Paul & Jason will be a huge miss to not only the squad but the club also. For me personally I’ve played my best football easily under Mark and his team. I cannot thank them all enough for what they’ve done for me and the rest of the boys. It’s a shame we couldn’t reward them with a higher league position but that being said we all have one more game to go out on a high, and we will do our very best to make it one to remember for all those leaving The Ath

Sports Shots would like to thank Dan & Arron for their time this week.

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TVCWFL; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 4-2 Haddenham Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 4

Haddenham Ladies – 2

Buckingham Athletic Ladies completed their league campaign on Sunday with a win over Haddenham, and finish unbeaten in their inaugural season, claiming the invincibles tag very rarely achieved in football at any level. To win fourteen of their sixteen league games is a fantastic return for Carmen Robinson’s squad, but to concede just nine league goals in the process is testament to the backline this team boasts, and to score an overage of over four and a half goals a game reveals the attacking threat the midfield pose when going forward, and in Evie Hawkins up front have the pace & finishing prowess to worry any defence, ending her season with thirty-three goals in nineteen appearances.

On a baking hot afternoon, the visitors took the lead inside three minutes when a cross from their left found Emily Holmes unmarked in the middle and she had time to control before burying into the bottom corner. It took the home side a couple of minutes before getting into their stride, Jade Copas exploring down the right channel before lifting over the bar from outside the area. Jordan Heron got down the right and slung a cross into towards Hawkins but Haddenham keeper Kirsty Kay rushed out to gather before the Athletic striker got to it, then on twelve minutes the home side were awarded a penalty.

Home captain Kerry Stapleton had a shot cannon off a defender and roll away towards the byline, Hawkins went to retrieve closely followed by Kay and as they both got to the ball Kay seemed to barge into her opponent and the referee had no hesitation in blowing his whistle. Hawkins took the penalty but watched as Kay dived away to her right to save. Buckingham continued to press, Copas feeding Heron who beat her marker but lifted over the top, & Hawkins had another ball fed through for her to chase down but her first touch took the ball through to the keeper.

So many times this season has Evie Hawkins been slipped a ball in behind an opposing defence for her to chase down, accelerate away from any defender and slot home, and on twenty minutes this tried & tested routine worked again for the hosts to equalise, the inch perfect pass saw her travel into the box and lift into the roof of the net from twelve yards.

Evie Hawkins levels

Just before the half-hour mark a free kick sent down the right to Heron saw her square across the six-yard box and in front of goal Hawkins lifted over, before the next Heron cross found Kayleigh Harwood who went for goal over her shoulder, Kay almost caught out when she allowed the shot to bounce and with the rock hard surface the ball almost looped over her & she had to jump to gather.

Stapleton then seized on a loose ball twenty-five yards out and drove at goal, skipping a couple of challenges she then blazed over the top, before a corner to the home side was cleared out to Heron who curled the ball back into the waiting gloves of Kay. Heron was now enjoying herself down the right wing, and another perfect cross into the six-yard box found Hawkins running in but off balance she could only help the ball wide, and on the stroke of half-time a free kick saw centre-half Emma Marshall step forward and pull across goal and wide of the back post. H/T: 1-1

Six minutes after the break Copas forced Kay away to her right to push her shot away for a corner, and from the corner Athletic took the lead when Stapleton met the cross and got enough on the ball to force home. However, the celebration was cut short as the skipper landed awkwardly and had to be helped from the field of play, and take no further part in the game.

A Haddenham corner was cleared long upfield by Lauren Baker-Hawse for Heron to explore down the right, her cross into Hawkins bounced up waist height and without much of a connection Kay was able to gather. A long ball down the left channel then saw Hawkins away again, Kay came rushing out but missed both ball and opponent & ended stranded out from goal, Hawkins crossed into Sam Jolley who couldn’t quite connect and the danger was gone.

Jordan Heron scores

Dani Roberts then halted an attack by the visitors in the Athletic half, she sent Heron away who cut in getting away from her marker and from the corner of the box went hard and low to the near post where Kay did well getting down with both hands to block. Buckingham thought they had then sewn the game up when Hawkins bagged her second on seventy-three minutes.

Again a ball down field for her to simply chase after, and from inside the box she despatched into the bottom corner. But Haddenham fought back within ninety seconds when Katie Riordan fired into the bottom corner from distance, and again Buckingham were not allowed to relax. From the kick off Heron got away down the right, from the byline she went for goal forcing Kay down to her near post to save again.

Then with six minutes left Heron finally got the goal she deserved, played in to the right of goal, she had a defender catch her up and challenge however she simply forced her way through and slotted home from eight yards out. Marshall then fed Heron in again and from the edge of the box her drive brushed the side netting as it flew wide.

Chelsea Markwell then denied Riordan a second with a defensive block inside the six-yard box, and in the final minute at the opposite end, Jolley tried an overhead kick with her back to goal, the ball cleared everyone and bounced two yards wide of the unguarded goal. F/T: 4-2

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SSMFL,D1: Winslow take the honours in local derby win over the Ath

Winslow United rounded off an excellent season with a 3-1 win at neighbours Buckingham Athletic in front of a crowd of 215 on Saturday.

Ryan Freshwater

The game had only local pride at stake as both sides were due to stay in their positions irrespective of any result on the day.

Ryan Freshwater put United in front in just the seventh minute.

Following a foul on 30 minutes, it was Freshwater who stepped up to convert the spot kick to double his side’s advantage and be the unlikely source of a potential hat-trick.

Aaron King

Aaron King extended United’s lead when he added a third early in the second half.

Jack Carter

Jack Carter pulled a goal back for the Athletic but it was the visitors who finished the season with their ninth successive victory and their highest placed finish in 43 years.

On Monday Harry Heritage was on target but a weakened Winslow outfit lost their Buckingham Senior Charity Cup 1-2 at Daventry town.

Harry Heritage – Picture by Dale James

We will look back at our side’s season’s in the coming days.

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BCCSF; Buckingham Athletic 1-0 Leighton Town Development

Buckingham Athletic – 1

Leighton Town U25 – 0

Buckingham Athletic progressed to the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup Final with a solitary goal victory over Leighton Town Development on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields. A Sam Balls sixth minute header from a Solomon Janecki cross was enough to see Mark Carter reach the final in what will now be his final game in charge of Athletic, and his side were thankful to Lewis Dench at the end as he was forced into a good save low at his near post to ensure their place in the final, where they meet the winners of the other semi-final between Daventry Town & Winslow United who play on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

The home side took the lead on six minutes when Ryan Kelsey linked up with Janecki down the right & the full backs cross was met at the back post by Balls whose header came back across Town keeper George Zammit and bounced into the bottom corner. Leighton struggled to get going in the opening quarter of an hour, just two corners one of which saw skipper Josh Peacock get a shot away but simply blocked for another corner.

Jack Carter tried a long range shot which saw Zammit having to grasp with both hands, and at the other end Leighton threatened when Ude Osim broke down their right, avoiding a challenge he arrived inside the Athletic box and as he & team mate Kudawashe Butawo both tried to get a shot in theY ended up tripping up over each other, with the ball simply rolling away for a goal kick.

Sam Balls scores winner

Osim then tried another sprint down the right wing skipping a couple of challenges he fizzed the ball diagonally across the box and running in at the back-post Carl Tappin was inches away from connecting, but again the ball rolled away for a goal kick. A cross from the Athletic left saw Kelsey head down and almost elude Zammit, he managed to smuggle the ball wide of his post, from the corner Ryan Marsden headed over the crossbar.

Before the break a high ball into the Leighton box saw Kelsey again get his head to the cross, as the backline all called for a handball a melee of bodies attacked the ball & somehow Town managed to get it over the line and away for a corner. H/T: 1-0

The Second half started very slowly with little action of note, Chris Stapleton heading over a cross the closest either side came in the opening fifteen minutes. Sam Olawale then fed in Kelsey on the eighteen-yard line, but he angled his shot over the top, before Olawale himself robbed a defender of possession out on the touchline, the defender lay injured from the challenge, yet the referee saw nothing wrong allowing the Athletic wide man to advance on goal before shooting wide.

Leighton pressure late on

Marsden again fed in on the edge of the Leighton area curled a shot away from goal before the visitors suddenly seemed to realise they were in a cup semi-final and began to assert some pressure. But whatever the Leighton team threw at their hosts, they seemed to soak up the pressure without too much trouble.

A late corner swung into the home penalty area caused some panic, a mass of bodies throwing themselves at the ball in front of goal ended with Kelsey gladly thumping away to clear the danger. Back came Town who won a corner, which was met inside the box by a bullet header from Carl Resch, but he could not steer underneath the crossbar.

In the final minute, Butawo was fed in over the top and from the right of goal he powered for goal low and hard, Dench met it at his near post and somehow got down and got something in to block, a defender on hand to clear only found Tappin outside the area who went for goal only to see his shot cannon off a team mate away for a throw and sum up the Leighton evening. F/T: 1-0

Attendance: 74

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BSCC,SF: Ath prepare for Charity Cup semi-final

Buckingham Athletic play host to Leighton town in the semi-final of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup tonight (Tuesday).

On Saturday the Athletic won their penultimate home game of the season, a 3-1 victory over Hatfield town. Goals from Chris Stapleton (52), Matt Cruse (65) and Sam Olawale (87) giving Mark Carter’s side the win.

Sam Olawale – Image by Nick Holder (Icnic Images)

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SSMFL,D1: Stapleton double extends Ath unbeaten run to nine games

Chris Stapleton struck twice as Buckingham Athletic extended their unbeaten run to nine games last night.

Chris Stapleton

The Athletic returned from Enfield Borough with a point from a 2-2 draw on Monday evening.


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TVCWFL; Buckingham Athletic Ladies clinch title in style

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 5

Aylesbury United Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies clinched the Thames Valley Counties Women’s League Division Two North title with a routine win over Aylesbury United Ladies on Sunday, and now face one further game in two weeks’ time where avoiding defeat would claim the ‘invincibles’ tag by finishing the season without losing any of their sixteen league games. An emotional Carmen Robinson spoke afterwards of her pride for her squad, and how a county cup final appearance along with a league title in their first season at the club had been beyond the manager’s wildest dreams.

Aylesbury made their hosts work for the win, and it took until late in the first half for a second Athletic goal to put them well on their way, however a United goal back before the break gave them brief hope. Two quick fire goals after the break then put the home side in command, and the final whistle sounded to spark wild celebrations at Stratford Fields.

From the kick off Evie Hawkins was fed in behind the Aylesbury defence, using her pace as so many times this season she shrugged her marker off with ease but going away from goal and off balance she could only fire wide. A similar scenario on ten minutes saw the opening goal, again Hawkins away on goal with no one able to keep up, from twelve yards she easily slotted past Aylesbury keeper Alice Hall.

Evie Hawkins celebrates opener

Within sixty seconds the Athletic leading scorer had another chance, she initially stumbled over a challenge from a defender but managed to recover and get her foot to the ball stabbing it goalwards, but it rolled agonisingly wide of the back post. An attack down the right channel then saw Hawkins fire over when Rachel Thorpe was unmarked in the middle, and after a drinks break in the warm afternoon sunshine Hawkins again explored the right wing, cutting in she fired across goal and wide of the back post.

Kerry Stapleton then attacked down the left, taking on her marker she dragged the ball back before curling towards the top corner but inches over the top. A minute later Stapleton burst through midfield to head for goal, skipping over a number of attempted blocks she was always off balance as she fired past Hall’s right hand post. Thorpe then tried down the left channel, with the goal at her mercy she unselfishly crossed to Hawkins whose shot came off a defender and almost went in but for some quick reactions from Hall.

Christina Lee then got down the right wing, her attempted cross sailed over Hall’s head and grazed the crossbar before being eventually cleared. Then with eleven minutes to the break the home side finally doubled their lead, a huge misunderstanding in the Aylesbury defence allowed Kayleigh Harwood the opportunity to feed Charlie Waugh in front of goal, as Hall advanced Waugh simply fired between the keepers legs into the empty net from six yards out.

Woodwork denies again

Thorpe almost made it three before the break, she was in behind the defence and had time to wait for the ball to sit up nicely, she went for the lob over the advancing keeper but the ball bounced down off the crossbar and in play and Hall racing back managed to gather. Two minutes before the interval the visitor’s got themselves a goal, only the seventh the champions have conceded this season, a speculative shot from distance from Sara Madden-Connor eluding stand in keeper Lauren Baker-Hawes.

On the stroke of half-time a shot from Thorpe deflected off a defender and looped up in the air, Hall allowing the ball to bounce then lost all track of its movement and on it in a flash Sam Jolley toe poked the ball inches wide. H/T: 2-1

Eight minutes after the restart Buckingham restored their two-goal lead when Waugh grabbed her second of the afternoon, some great work from Stapleton saw the ball land perfectly for Waugh to run onto and fire low past Hall. Three minutes later the game was done and dusted with a fourth Athletic goal. Harwood burst forward to rob possession from the Aylesbury defence, she had Hawkins with her all the way but the midfielder fired across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

Emma Marshall then stepped up from her defensive duties to start splaying some fantastic passes across the pitch, one such diagonal crossfield pass saw Dani Roberts flick a header on into the path of Hawkins, who scooped over from the edge of the box. Hawkins & Harwood then played a good one-two on the eighteen yard line, the former escaping the attention of her marker with the return ball, and her low drive flew a yard wide of Hall’s left hand post.

Charlie Waugh scores her second

Jade Copas then beat the offside trap to exploit the ring wing, her low drive comfortable for the United keeper to gather at her near post, before Hawkins was sent down the left shoulder to shoulder with Aylesbury defender Sarah Gerrard, a good tussle ensued into the area before Hawkins drove wide. A loose ball was then seized upon by Roberts who thumped at goal but narrowly wide of the target.

Aylesbury struggled to clear their lines on the next Athletic attack and Hawkins gained possession at the back of the United penalty area, she turned the defender before flashing the ball across goal and yet again the goal frame denying another goal, the ball bouncing back off the foot of the post this time, and eventually cleared. Harwood collected the clearance and curled her effort straight into the waiting gloves of Hall.

In the final minute of the game Stapleton grabbed Buckingham’s fifth goal of the game, attacking from midfield she kept her marker behind her all the way before lifting the ball into the roof of the net from twelve yards out. There was still time for Marshall to try another long range effort from the half way line, Hall allowing the ball to bounce in front of her which almost deceived her, she thankfully grabbed the ball at the second attempt. F/T: 5-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with manager Carmen Robinson, & players Kerry Stapleton & Chelsea Markwell: 

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B&B U14/15 Cup Finals @ Buckingham Athletic – Winslow United Lions set for big day on Sunday!

Buckingham Athletic Football Club’s Stratford Fields ground will host the Berks & Bucks U14 and U15 cup finals this Sunday (29th April).

In the U14 final Winslow United Lions will play Risborough Rangers Juniors at 11am. This game will be covered by Sports Shots.

At 3pm Newport Pagnell Town Lions take on Wendover Juniors in the U15 final.

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SSMFL,D1: Ath enjoy a positive few days; League leaders suffer rare defeat

Manager Mark Carter has seen his Buckingham Athletic produce two big displays just days after he announced he will be stepping down at the end of the season.

Mark Carter

On Thursday evening they inflicted a rare defeat against Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 leaders Southall.

Ryan Kelsey lobbed former Stratford Fields-based goalkeeper Nick Bennion from 35 yards to put the home side in front after 35 minutes.

Seven minutes after the break Matt Cruse increased their lead to earn three points in only Southall’s second defeat of the season.

Yesterday (Saturday) Cruse’s 32nd goal of the season earned the Athletic a point against a hard-working, well-organised Broadfields United outfit, who currently sit third in the table. The striker converted from the spot after Chris Stapleton had been fouled.

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