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Grendon Rangers & ex Buckingham & Winslow player on this weeks BBC3CR Non-League show

This weeks BBC Three Counties non-league show featured former Buckingham Athletic & Winslow United player Phil Martin who discussed his previous clubs and his current club Hashtag United.

Phil Martin

Also an interview with Grendon Rangers manager Steve Jackman, talking about their game at the weekend against Sarrat which was in memory of the late Richard Smith who passed away recently.

Steve Jackman


To hear these interviews use this link:


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Phil is on 5 mins, whilst Steve can be heard on 37 mins.

SSMFL D1: Bines brace, Zulu and Olawale give Ath three points

Nick Bines netted a brace, while Blessing Zulu and Sam Olawale were on target as Buckingham Athletic eased to a 4-1 victory over Hatfield Town this afternoon.

Sam Olawale – Image by Nick Holder (Icnic Images)

On a wet and cold afternoon as Stratford Fields it was the Athletic who went ahead nine minutes after the break. Blessing Zulu opened the scoring for the home side with his first-ever senior goal in Athletic colours.

In the 63rd minute Nick Bines headed in as the Athletic extended their lead.

Sam Olawale’s sixth of the season put the Athletic in command as his strike made it three.

The visitors did pull a goal back but there was still time for Bines to net his second of the game.

SSMFL D1: Ath go down to away defeat at Harefield

Buckingham Athletic suffered an away defeat as they went down to Harefield United 1-3 on Saturday afternoon.

Kevin Owusu

The Athletic travelled for their Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 encounter after a two difficult FA Vase ties, including a midweek replay at FC Clacton.

The home side went two goals ahead in the first half before Kevin Owusu pulled a goal back for Neil Griffiths’ side.

In the 71st minute Harefield wrapped up the points as Mangan fired home.

Harefield United v Buckingham Athletic – Match details LINK

Next up for the Athletic is Hatfield Town, who are the visitors to Stratford Fields this Saturday.

SSMFL D1: Ath skipper looks ahead to Harefield trip

Sports Shots has spoken to Neil King as Buckingham Athletic will look to bounce back from their late midweek FA Vase defeat when they travel to play Harefield United tomorrow (Saturday).

Neil King

The Athletic skipper reflected;
The two Vase games had very mixed emotions throughout and at the end of each game. Going down to nine men and still grabbing an equaliser, to take it to a replay showed great character from the team and everyone including players fans and supporters were ecstatic. After a long 4-hour journey to Clacton on Tuesday we started excellently and raced into a 2-goal lead. We needed to manage the game better than we did in the second half and ultimately lost it at the end. Shows how football can change very quickly.
Athletic have changed manager over the summer and seen new signings arrive at Stratford Fields. King was quick to praise the new management team and players who have arrived.

I think the management/coaches have showed great professionalism since joining the club. Everything is done the right way and that can only be good for the players and the club. We have added some good players to the ones left from last season and we are just starting to see us really gel together.

The Athletic are enjoying a positive campaign and are still in the mix for both league and cup success this season, ironically like their neighbours who they are set to meet in one competition and are in the half of the draw to meet them in another.

The Berks and Bucks draw has seen us drawn against local rivals Winslow. They are on a very good run and we will need to be at our best to go through to the next round. Having good cup runs and winning always breeds confidence and that will only benefit our league campaign.

We obviously want to finish as high as possible in the league. We have 8 or 9 of next games at home, so it’s important we get as many points as possible on this run to push us up nearer the top.

In closing King wanted to make a few mentions.

Firstly I would like to say thank you to everyone at Sports Shots for everything they do for local football and sport.
Also thanks to The Carters, Marsdens and Seminerios and anyone else I missed for travelling to Clacton to support the team Tuesday.

FA Vase 1 Rd: Late goal sees valiant Ath knocked out of the Vase at FC Clacton

Buckingham Athletic are out of the Buildbase FA Vase after a late 1st Round replay goal at FC Clacton last night.

Sam Olawale – Image by Nick Holder (Icnic Images)

Neil Griffiths’ side had a long midweek journey after Saturday’s extra time equaliser took the game to another decider.

Sam Olawale netted twice to put the visitors into a two-goal lead but FC Clacton pulled one back before half time.

In the second period the home side levelled three minutes after the restart before netting the winner just six minutes from time.

2018/19 FA Vase Second Round Draw

The FA Vase second round draw was made on Monday and both our remaining clubs face home fixtures.


Newport Pagnell Town (step 5) host Thame Rangers (step 6) of the Hellenic League Division One East who are undefeated in their league campaign thus far, and knocked out SSMFL Premier Division side Crawley Green on Saturday.

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If Buckingham Athletic (step 6) can conquer Clacton in their replay this week, they too face a home tie with Kirkley & Pakefield (step 5) of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

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The draw in full:


1 Hallam v Hebburn Town

2 Vauxhall Motors v Runcorn Town or Guisborough Town

3 Staveley MW or Silsden v Bedlington Terriers

4 Newcastle Benfield v 1874 Northwich

5 Avro v Squires Gate

6 Winterton Rangers v Dunston UTS

7 Irlam v Hemsworth MW

8 Barton Town v Shildon

9 Garstang v Sunderland RCA

10 Thackley v West Auckland Town

11 Stockton Town v Nelson or Ashington

12 Prestwich Heys v Northwich Victoria

13 Westfields v Romulus or Wellington FC

14 Shepshed Dynamo v Blidworth Welfare

15 Worcester City v Desborough Town

16 Cadbury Athletic v Heather St Johns

17 Coventry United v Boldmere St Michaels

18 Sporting Khalsa v Hucknall Town

19 Quorn v Eastwood Community

20 Wolverhampton SC v Ilkeston Town

21 Walsall Wood v Dronfield Town

22 Lye Town v Brocton

23 Stourport Swifts v NKF Burbage

24 Hinckley v Hereford Lads Club

25 Leicester Nirvana v Saffron Dynamo or Bottesford Town

26 Biggleswade v Norwich CBS

27 Cogenhoe United v Leighton Town

28 Buckingham Athletic or FC Clacton v Kirkley & Pakefield

29 Great Yarmouth Town v Godmanchester Rovers

30 Little Oakley or Enfield 1893 v Leverstock Green

31 Redbridge v Sleaford Town or Peterborough Northern Star

32 Hullbridge Sports v Irchester United

33 Wellingborough Town v Tring Athletic

34 May & Baker Eastbrook Community v Swaffham Town

35 Stowmarket Town v Baldock Town

36 Colney Heath or Histon v Woodbridge Town

37 Wantage Town v Deeping Rangers

38 Wodson Park v Holbeach United

39 Newport Pagnell Town v Thame Rangers

40 Chertsey Town v Horndean

41 Sutton Common Rovers v Horley Town

42 Abbey Rangers v Lordswood

43 Chichester City v Windsor

44 Kensington Borough v Erith Town

45 Steyning Town Community v Banstead Athletic

46 AFC Croydon Athletic v AFC Uckfield Town

47 Spelthorne Sports v Sheppey United

48 Badshot Lea v St Panteleimon or Cray Valley (PM)

49 Crowborough Athletic v Eastbourne Town

50 Corinthian v Canterbury City

51 Pagham v Peacehaven & Telscombe

52 Bearsted v Newhaven

53 Southall v Chatham Town

54 Sholing v Malmesbury Victoria

55 Exmouth Town v Cadbury Heath

56 Almondsbury v Hamble Club

57 Bodmin Town v Alresford Town

58 Cheddar v AFC St Austell

59 Newport (IW) v Cribbs

60 Baffins Milton Rovers v Bournemouth

61 Brockenhurst v Bradford Town

62 Willand Rovers v Tavistock

63 Ivybridge Town or Holyport v Saltash United

64 Hamworthy United v Falmouth Town

FA Vase 1R: 9-man Ath grab dramatic last-gasp equaliser in action-packed Vase tie

9-man Buckingham Athletic scored a late extra-time equaliser to take 10-man FC Clacton to a replay in an action-packed FA Vase 1st Round tie at Stratford Fields yesterday.

Buckingham Athletic’s Sam Olawale equalises late on against FC Clacton in the FA Vase, 1st Round proper.

In an evenly matched first half it was the visitors who went in ahead after opening the scoring in the 35th minute. The unmarked Oliver Lamb headed the ball back into the danger area and Adam Hampson got a touch to put the ball into the net from just a yard out.

The Athletic came close to equalising after the break, as Robbie Carter’s run into the box saw him cut inside before seeing his shot come back off the post.

Jordan Appleton eventually got the Athletic back on level terms as he turned in a brilliantly delivered corner by Nick Bines into a congested area.

Late on in normal time Robert Tapp and Jake Plane went for a bouncing ball in the middle of the area and the pair ended on the floor. The referee deemed the Athletic central defender’s challenge dangerous and issued a straight red.

Extra time came with tensions rising as the Seasiders’ substitute calmly shot home to put the visitors back in front in the first period, after FC Clacton had worked an opening with an excellent passing move.

The introduction of Kevin Owusu to join fellow substitute Sam Olawale saw the home side add pace to their attack.

With the Athletic committing men forward, FC Clacton broke and Hampson lifted the ball over the advancing home goalkeeper Josh McAdoo. Straight away McAdoo stopped and put his arms up before Hampson collided with him. Ryan Marsden picked up the ball five yards from an empty net and started to bring the ball up the field with the referee seemingly happy with McAdoo’s attempts to not impede his opponent. With this, the assistant referee raised his flag and the referee awarded the foul and issued another straight red.

Substitute Ash Farmer took the shirt and gloves and took up another position during the game after coming on. He had started up front, went into left midfield, defence, then between the sticks.

The visitors smelt victory and it was Farmer who produced a string of excellent saves to keep his side in the game.

Buckingham Athletic v Clacton

With tensions rising, a visiting player picked up a red card to make it nine versus ten.

With two minutes left, Owusu carried the ball in his own half before playing a pass into the channel for Olawale to chase. The Athletic youngster’s pace saw him somehow get between the visitors defender Chapman and goalkeeper Joe Fowler before carrying the ball into the area and calmly sliding home to see Stratford Fields erupt with joy.

There was still time for the visitors to get in the area only to see claims for a penalty waved away before the final whistle sounded.

The two sides have to do it all again on Tuesday night.

FA Vase, 1 Rd: Ath boss relishing FC Clacton Vase clash

Buckingham Athletic boss Neil Griffiths has looked ahead to their Buildbase FA Vase, 1st Round proper tie as FC Clacton are the visitors to Stratford Fields on Saturday.

Neil Griffiths

Ahead of the visit of the Seasiders, Griffiths told Sports Shots;

Saturday’s game represents a fantastic opportunity for the players and the club.

On a personal note it’s special as this season has been my first in the Vase and it’s a competition that gets great coverage.

We are in fantastic shape having won 7 of last 9 and only losing 1 of the two games we didn’t win.

We’ve continued to improve all the way since the beginning of the season and got to a place where the players understand what we are trying to do and they are flourishing.

Robbie Carter’s goals have had the headlines of late and deservedly so, his form has been sensational.

Behind that though has been 16 other players also performing to some really high standards. Tuesday’s game against Wodson was indicative of the group we have. The side has settled in recent weeks due to the wins but on Tuesday we gave the four lads that had previously been on the bench for the last 3 games game-time.

We were convincing in our win of unbeaten Wodson Park. It’s a great marker for the squad we have here at the Ath and that no matter who plays we are not weaker for it.

The game against Clacton is a freebie to some extent, they are the higher level opponents and are the ones expected to progress.

It allows us to go into the game free from expectation. That being said, the run we are on gives us great confidence and we will be setting our own targets in terms of performance. If we play like we have done in big games this season against Winslow, Clanfield and Wodson on Tuesday then it’s going to make for a real good afternoon.

Tomorrow’s visitors, FC Clacton, twice came from behind to finally defeat Hoddesdon Town 3-2 with a last-gasp Matt Eve winner in the last round.

The Athletic defeated Wodson Park in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 Cup on Tuesday evening to set up a quarter-final home tie against the winners of Hillingdon Borough and Buckingham Town, who play this Tuesday night.

Should the Athletic be successful and reach the last four they will face a mouth-watering semi-final tie at neighbours Winslow United. This news comes off the back of a Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, 3rd Round tie which sees the rivals set to meet on Saturday 5th November at Stratford Fields.

All-in-all, the Athletic are fighting on all fronts, with an exciting few months ahead.

SSMFL D1 Cup: Winslow & Ath progress in the Division 1 cup

Winslow United and Buckingham Athletic have both progressed in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 Cup tonight.

United had Harry Dalton and Matt Cruse on target as they knocked out league leaders Harefield United.

Robbie Carter netted twice and Jordan Appleton was also was also on target as Neil Griffiths’s side won 4-2 at Wodson Park.


BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here:

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72