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SSMFL,D1: Stapleton goal takes Ath up to eighth

Chris Stapleton scored a 30-yard screamer to take Buckingham Athletic up to eighth in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 table.

Stapleton’s strike, seven minutes before the break, gave them a 1-0 victory over FC Broxbourne Borough.

The win was testament to the Stratford Fields ground staff who spent hours forking the pitch in order for the game to take place.

B&BC; Buckingham Athletic Ladies progress to Berks & Bucks County Cup Final

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 3

Haddenham Ladies – 2

Buckingham Athletic Ladies booked their place in the Berks & Bucks County Cup final on Sunday with this win over Haddenham, but their semi-final opponents made them work for the win right up until the final minute in a much closer game than their league encounter just two weeks previously. Despite Haddenham having a bright start, they found themselves two goals down early on, but a goal back before the break revived the visitor’s hopes; a wonder strike from Lauren Baker-Hawes moments after the break restored the Athletic two-goal lead, but a penalty to the away side then saw a tense end to the game as Buckingham held on to reach the final in their inaugural season. With the league title within their grasp, a cup final to look forward to now is the icing on the cake for Carmen Robinson’s side.

The opening minutes saw Haddenham take the game to their hosts, an early attack was thwarted by an offside flag before a through ball saw Athletic keeper Ellen Fenables have to advance from her goal to clear. Just as the away side started to enjoy their possession, they were caught with a sucker punch on nine minutes when a ball up to Evie Hawkins on the half way line saw her away on the visitor’s goal, shoulder to shoulder with her marker they tussled all the way into the box, but Hawkins was too strong and slotted home from six-yards to give her side the lead.

Ellen Fenables

Five minutes later they doubled their lead to leave their guests shell shocked, a loose ball across the pitch just outside the box saw Kayleigh Harwood fire into the top corner giving keeper Kirsty Kay no chance. But Haddenham regrouped and didn’t let their heads drop, a ball played long upfield saw Athletic centre-half Emma Marshall try to head clear but only flick on into the path of Emily Holmes, she advanced towards goal but Marshall recovered brilliantly to push the striker out wide, hesitating to shoot she took too many touches which allowed the defender to eventually block and clear the danger.

Hawkins was then sent away on goal again shoulder to shoulder with an opponent, Kay came out to meet the pair but the Athletic leading scorer got her shot away, as it rolled towards the unguarded net a defender managed to get back and clear off the line, before a shot from Jordan Heron from the corner of the box stung the hands of Kay who had to gather at the second attempt. Haddenham got themselves back in the game on twenty minutes, a free kick into the Buckingham area saw Fenables come out to block but a shot from Taylor Shields nestled in the bottom corner despite the best attempts of a clearance off the line.

Harwood saw a dipping drive from distance fly wide ten minutes before the break, and at the other end a long ball over the Athletic defence saw them caught square, Katy Simms was in behind but taking the shot on early she only managed to drill straight into Fenables gloves. Katie Riordan then tried her luck from the corner of the Athletic penalty area but drove wide, and on the stroke of half time a throw to the home side saw the ball fed in to Hawkins on the penalty arc, with back to goal she shrugged off her marker before turning and firing inches wide of Kay’s left hand upright. H/T: 2-1

An early ball down the right channel for Heron to run onto saw her try a deft lob over Kay in the Haddenham goal but the ball dropped the wrong side of the crossbar, but two minutes later came the goal of the game. Hawkins saw a shot cleared from inside the box out to Baker-Hawes out on the right wing, she sent a spinning shot high back towards goal that eluded everyone, over Kay’s head and in.

Lauren Baker-Hawes scores

Again, Haddenham refused to give up and a ball into the Athletic area saw Holmes bear down on Fenables but the keeper came out and bravely dived at her feet to stop the attack and managed to smoother the ball to snuff out any further danger. Buckingham captain Kerry Stapleton tried her luck from long distance, but Kay was behind the shot all the way, before another attack from the hosts saw a defender try to clear but instead allowed the ball to bounce up off her knee, Dani Roberts took control and laid off to Jade Copas who blazed high over the top.

With fifteen minutes left Haddenham were given a lifeline when a trip on the edge of the box saw them win a penalty, Simms duly despatched and it was game on again. But as much as they huffed & puffed to try and get back on level terms it was the home side that created the better chances in the remaining minutes. Stapleton saw a free kick from twenty-two yards fly over the crossbar, whilst Heron burst free from her marker late on but could only scoop over the bar, and the final effort saw Heron again win the race to the ball but this time she fired straight into Kays gloves. F/T: 3-2

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After the game Sports Shots spoke to Athletic striker Evie Hawkins & goal scorer Lauren Baker-Hawes: 

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SSMFL,D1: Olawale’s double gives Ath maximum points after hosts miss late penalty

Buckingham Athletic survived a last minute penalty miss as Sam Olawale’s double gave them maximum points at Codicote yesterday.

Sam Olawale – Image by Nick Holder (Icnic Images)

The Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 clash saw all the goals come in the first period.

The Athletic are in ninth place going into Tuesday’s home encounter with FC Broxbourne, 7.30pm.


SSMFL,D1: McAndrew discusses a season of development at the Ath

Buckingham Athletic’s U18 defender Luke McAndrew has spoken to Sports Shots after his season’s development has seen him progress to make the first team squad in recent weeks.

Luke McAndrew

The youngster has enjoyed many unexpected experiences during the 2017-18 campaign.

This season has been a lot different for me with the cup runs and the high-pressured games that we have faced but feel I have used it to develop as a player and improve as you either win or you learn and from the games we have lost we have learnt from them.

The season will certainly go down as a memorable one.

At the start of the season pushing for all 4 competitions and especially the run we had in the FA Youth cup with the biggest attendance I’ve ever experienced and the hype around it was huge and was something I’ve never experienced as a player before. It is also the furthest the youth team has ever got before so just shows the progression of the youth team and the club.

Off the back of hard work and some positive displays has seen McAndrew catch the eye of the first team management with a call-up in recent weeks.

I’m always pushing to try and get myself into the first team and can only do that by playing well for youth and development and playing for first team I don’t feel pressured by it but build on it to try and improve as a player and get regular appearances in the first team.

McAndrew is still keen to build on the strides made and keep learning and progressing.

Since the start of the new year the development are on a good run of results at the moment so can hopefully keep that going and climb up the table as much as possible towards the end of the season. With the youth team we can only take each game as it comes and win the games that we have left as the league is out of our hands so can only keep the pressure on.

Saturday sees the Athletic head to Codicote in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 while in the Development Division the U25s host their AFC Dunstable at Stratford Fields.

SSMFL,DD: Winslow & Ath meet tonight in Development derby

Winslow United will host Buckingham Athletic in a Development team local derby tonight.

The teams line-up with United having gone down to defeat on Tuesday evening, Dale Butler on target. Match details below.

Kick-off at Elmfields gate is 7.45pm tonight.

SSMFL,DD: Skelton strike earns Ath Development away point at Holmer Green counterparts

Nathan Skelton was on target again for the Buckingham Athletic Development side as the drew 1-1 at Holmer Green Development on Tuesday evening.

Nathan Skelton

Skelton’s striker at Watchet Lane, his fifth in six outings for the Athletic’s Development, sees them in eighth position with a trip to neighbours Winslow United Development on Thursday evening.

Buckingham Athletic Development: Lewis Dench, Harry Ford, Chris Ikeaikhe, Harry Byron, Jack Carter, Alex Kennard, Stuart Ironmonger, Patch Hooper, Jordan Tavener, Rory Busby, Nathan Skelton.
Subs: Corey Bulley, Michael Davison, Adam Judd, Luke McAndrew.

SSMFL,DD: Ath Development record fifth win in six league games in great start to 2018

Buckingham Athletic Development made it five wins from six league games in 2018 as they recorded a 4-0 victory at their Leighton Town counterparts last Wednesday evening.
The game started very quickly for visitors as they took a lead early on.
After good play on the wing from Jordan Tavener, he delivered the cross to Nathan Skelton who had his first shot brilliantly blocked but the rebound fell nicely to Skelton as he poked the ball past the keeper.

Nathan Skelton

The second goal came soon after, nice football from the boys in blue lead to Patch Hooper curling his shot across the box, into the top right hand corner of the goal. A superb strike.
And similarly to the first two goals, the third soon followed.
A flick on was well won by an Athletic player which found Rory Busby clean 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper as he calmly slotted into the bottom corner with his left foot.
Now the game became a little scrappy at times with the Athletic unable to really stamp their authority on the game.
A couple of wonderful saves from James Green in the Athletic goal kept the clean sheet in tact.
Half time came and went and Buckingham still showed high energy levels all over the park which limited Leighton to few chances.
However with Leighton pushing so many men forward looking for a way back into the game, Buckingham had the perfect opportunity to seal the 3 points as Michael Davison shot across goal and the keeper palmed the ball straight into the path of Corey Bulley who tapped in from a few yards out.

Ben Townsend and Jake Honor (right)

Overall a very good result and a performance to be pleased with. The Athletic’s Development side have now won 5 out of their 6 league games in 2018 and are looking to push for a place in the top 5 of the division.
Buckingham Athletic Development: James Green, Harry Ford, Chris Ikeaikhe, Sol Janecki, Adam Judd, Alex Kennard, Towa Oye, Patch Hooper, Jordan Tavener, Rory Busby, Nathan Skelton.
Subs: Sam Astin, Paul Dearlove, Corey Bulley, Michael Davison.

SSMFL,D1: Ath edged out in seven-goal game by Hillingdon

Buckingham Athletic suffered a 3-4 defeat to Hillingdon Borough in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 today.

The visitors were quick out of the blocks as they went ahead as early as the fourth minute.

The Athletic were back on level terms as Michael Davison’s strike hit the crossbar with Robbie Carter’s initial rebound shot well saved before he netted at the third attempt.

Robbie Carter

The visitors struck their hosts with a double-whammy as they scored in the 34th minute before adding another two minutes later.

Ten minutes after the break Hillingdon extended their lead to make it 4-1.

The Athletic were awarded two penalties in seven minutes with Matt Cruse converting both on 63 and 70 minutes.

Matt Cruse

Despite a late effort the visitors held firm to take the points.

Buckingham Athletic: Lewis Dench, Dan McAndrew, Ryan Marsden, Dan Staley, Soloman Janecki, Michael Davison, Jack Carter, Sam Balls, Christopher Stapleton, Matt Cruse, Robbie Carter.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

TVCWFL; Haddenham Ladies 0-5 Buckingham Athletic

Haddenham Ladies – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 5

In what was potentially (weather permitting) the Buckingham Athletic Ladies final away game of the league season and seen by some as the biggest test of the season to date, they romped to victory and with it took a giant step towards the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division Two North title. Any fears that Haddenham could be the side to derail the Swans title bid were soon quashed in a first half display that saw the visitor’s take a three-goal lead and play some of their best football of the season. A couple more in the second half was only not increased by some fantastic saves by the home goalkeeper, but with four home games left for the Athletic, all they need now is two wins and a draw to clinch the title. If they beat second placed Banbury United at Stratford Fields in two-weeks’ time, then Athletic will need just a point to clinch the league, but victory over their closest rivals would pretty much secure the title as their goal difference is currently twenty-two goals better than United’s.

Buckingham were attacking from the off, and early ball knocked long into the hosts half saw the left back leave the ball rather than clearing, in a second Evie Hawkins was on it and away down the right wing, she squared into the box where Rachel Thorpe went to shoot only for keeper Clare Farrow to bravely dive at her feet to block. Sam Jolley then knocked a ball into the area for Hawkins to chase down, she beat her marker but again Farrow advanced to block the shot. Haddenham then almost shot themselves in the foot when a defensive pass went awry and gifted the ball to Dani Roberts, her shot charged down by a defender and cleared.

Evie Hawkins opens scoring

The visitors finally took the lead on fifteen minutes, a Haddenham attack was stopped just inside the Athletic half and the ball knocked up to Hawkins just the other side of the halfway line, she ran shoulder to shoulder with her marker enjoying a battle all the way into the penalty area, as another Haddenham player came across to help Hawkins jinked between both & slotted home. That lead was doubled eight minutes later when a Haddenham goal kick was headed back towards their goal by Nicola Ryan, Hawkins was in again behind the defence and raced towards goal before slotting home.

The away side continued to press, Hawkins again fed in behind the Haddenham back line to chase down a ball over the top, Farrow advancing to gain a vital deflection taking the ball out for a corner. However, from the corner Athletic grabbed their third when a shot from Thorpe was saved and half cleared to just outside the box, advancing from defence Emma Marshall hit the ball first time and it sailed over everyone including Farrow and nestled in the back of the net.

On thirty-four minutes another Karry Stapleton corner was met in the six-yard box by Kayleigh Harwood whose shot came back off the post, Hawkins was first to react, her shot cleared off the goal line by a defender. Stapleton then soared a free kick over the Haddenham crossbar, and from the goal kick the ball was headed back into the home half where Hawkins & Stapleton were away on goal, the ball eventually squared to Ryan whose shot found the waiting gloves of Farrow.

A late Buckingham throw was headed on by Harwood and Hawkins was away on goal again, her pace & power easily taking her away from any defender and she powered a drive wide of Farrows left hand post, and on the stroke of half-time the hosts missed a glorious chance to get a foot back in the game. A ball over the top saw Courtney Kelly bearing down on Ellen Fenables in the visitor’s goal, as she approached the eighteen-yard line she pulled her shot wide of the right-hand post. H/T: 0-3

Two minutes into the second half saw Jade Copas try her luck from twenty-yards, Haddenham replacement keeper Kirsty Kay having to push away single handed for a corner. Marshall swung the ball into the six-yard box where Copas met the ball and scored despite the best efforts of Kay to keep it out.

Jade Copas shot crosses line

Roberts then beat a defender to a loose ball and chipped inches over the crossbar, before the home side missed another glorious chance to get on the scoresheet on fifty-four minutes. An initial shot was blocked by Fenables, but with the keeper stranded the ball rolled out to Kelly and with the goal wide open she miskicked, and the chance was gone.

They were made to pay just a minute later when Athletic won another corner, Stapleton crossing right down the throat of the keeper where a defender went to clear but could only slice into her own net. With Buckingham five goals clear & the game done, the pace slowed, and mixed with some great keeping from Kay they could not increase their lead any further.

Hawkins continued to haunt the Haddenham back line, one such attack saw her simply knock a defender off the ball before advancing towards goal, her initial shot well saved by Kay, she then saw her follow up cleared off the line. Marshall then sent the striker away again with a clever ball through the middle, Kay this time pulling off a brilliant save turning away for a corner.

Jolley took a corner that Harwood thumped a header over from, before on seventy-three minutes Fenables had to make a save away to her left to ensure her clean sheet was kept intact. With nine minutes remaining a ball up to Jolley saw her turn and shoot on sight forcing Kay to use both hands to push away for a corner. Tempers started to fray towards the conclusion of the game, but the final whistle sounded to leave the title within touching distance. F/T: 0-5

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Kerry Stapleton & midfielder Kayleigh Harwood: 

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ACYFL; Athletic run out of steam in title race

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 2

Didcot Town U18 – 3

Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s lost to Didcot Town on Thursday evening at Stratford Fields, suffering their second defeat to their opponents inside two weeks. Unbeaten in the league, Town stretched their lead over Athletic to thirteen points albeit having played two extra games, and even with half of their games yet to play the deficit looks healthy enough even with Didcot having to travel to Buckingham again before the season ends. Didcot took the lead, and despite being pegged back were confident enough to attack with pace and retake the lead before the interval, an early third goal after the break was immediately replied to straight from the kick off, but the home side could not find an equaliser, and had skipper Matt Chew sent off late on for a second yellow card to add to their woes.

The away side attacked from the off, two early offside flags thwarted their attempts and a tackle on the edge of the box by Athletic keeper Larry Mills certainly seemed to impede the Town player trying to latch on to the pass however neither of the officials in that half saw anything wrong. On seven minutes Town striker Henry Horton cut in from the left flank and unleashed a fierce drive that Mills had to push around his right hand post for a corner.

Walters makes vital tackle

An Athletic attack broke down shortly after and a superb long ball through the home defensive backline saw Brett Gardner get in behind full back Evan Walters, as the Town front man looked to shoot Walters recovered brilliantly to slide in and knock the ball away for a corner. The early pressure from the visitor’s paid off on fourteen minutes when another Buckingham attack was broken down in midfield, Horton threaded the ball through to Gardner who deftly lifted the ball over the advancing Mills and with one bounce the ball nestled into the empty net.

The hosts won a free kick on the edge of the box on twenty minutes, Rory Busby curled his effort around the wall and Town keeper Ash Stevens got his fingertips to the effort to turn over his crossbar. Just past the half hour mark saw Athletic equalise, a sublime pass from Chris Atkinson inside his own half saw Sam Olawale away on goal, his pace easily taking him away from any defender and once inside the box he tucked into the bottom corner with ease.

Moments after the equaliser Buckingham had another great chance when moving the ball neatly around the midfield leaving Busby a chance from twenty yards but he could only lift high over the bar. Then eight minutes before the break a Didcot attack saw Atkinson bring down a Town player and the referee did not hesitate to point for a penalty. Harry Hudson calmly stroked the ball home to regain his sides lead. H/T: 1-2

Six minutes after the interval Didcot increased their lead, a ball into the home penalty area caused chaos with numerous shots coming in that saw Mills & his defence throwing themselves at the ball to block, however it eventually fell to Riley Marshall who side footed home. Before the visitor’s had chance to calm down after their celebration they conceded, straight from the kick off Olawale made a nuisance of himself forcing an error which led to him in on goal with no one around him to reduce the deficit.

Didcot score from spot

Didcot continued to press when they could, one such attack saw Jack Badger played in behind the defence but a great sliding tackle from Harry Byron stopped him dead inside the area, and the defender managed to get up and clear the danger. A free kick to the hosts was half cleared to the edge of the Town box where Athletic substitute Finn Pardoe fired at goal but only found the waiting gloves of Stevens.

Straight up the other end Didcot substitute Tyrhys Luko refused to give up on a ball heading away from the Buckingham goal, he managed to get to the ball first despite some heavy pressure from the Athletic defence but he could only pull his shot well wide. Then with nine minutes left a tackled on the edge of the centre circle left Town midfielder Caelan Isaac floored, after consulting his assistant the referee brandished a second yellow of the evening to Chew and his evening was over.

With four minutes left the visitor’s had a golden chance to seal the game when Horton did really well to turn his marker some eight yards from goal, but he fired straight at Mills with the whole goal at his mercy. They were almost made to pay in the final minutes when a pull back from the byline found Tom Baldwin but as he lined up to shoot the ball bobbled on the surface, and he lifted high over the bar. F/T: 2-3

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Athletic coach Sam Pateman: 

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