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Banbury United Ladies 1-5 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Banbury United Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 5

Buckingham Athletic Ladies put in a stunning second half performance on Sunday at the Banbury Skip Hire Community Stadium to go joint top of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division Two North table. A fairly even first half saw both sides squander chances, with Banbury nicking a late opener to go into the interval with a slender lead, but after the half-time oranges were consumed Athletic squeezed in five second half goals including a hat-trick from Evie Hawkins to leave their hosts stunned.

Evie Hawkins scored a treble

Banbury were testing the visitor’s back line from the start, and a shot from Deborah Andrews from close range was relatively comfortable for Ellen Fenables to collect in the Athletic goal. Jordan Heron then had a good run down the right and as she got inside the area tried to cross to team mates in the middle but United keeper Katie McLean was confident enough to come out and dive on the ball.

Evie Hawkins took the ball off a Banbury defender just outside the penalty area and went for goal, and again McLean made the save using her feet to block. The home side then almost took the lead on ten minutes when Jen Hoggins retrieved a ball out on the left of the box and turning her marker chipped for goal only to watch as the ball came back off the crossbar and was cleared.

Josie Clark then fired just wide of Fenables post from eighteen yards out, and further promising United attacks were denied by Hawkins and Jade Copas but Yazmin Holmes followed up with a low drive that Fenables got down well to smoother. Ten minutes before the break Hawkins squared to Kerry Stapleton who did well to work herself some space before firing straight at McLean.

A Buckingham throw then saw Hawkins try and square to a colleague waiting at the back post but a brilliant covering block from Banbury defender Caitlin Timms deflected for a corner. Four minutes before the break Banbury opened the scoring, a throw on their right found Andrews on the edge of the box, from almost on the byline she looped a shot up and over the head of Fenables and the ball dropped in the bottom corner.

Kayleigh Harwood then fired just wide of McLeans right hand post from twenty yards out, Kerry Stapleton had a decent run down the right from the half way line, evading numerous challenges and getting into the box before firing across the goal mouth but with no one anywhere near, the ball rolled harmlessly out for a goal kick, and on the stroke of half-time Banbury’s Lynsey Burdock fired straight at Fenables. H/T: 1-0

The Athletic Ladies came out for the second half and signalled their intent from the off, regaining possession in their own half and sending the ball long over the United defence for Evie Hawkins to run on to and shoot and only a brilliant save from McLean diving away to her right denied the visitor’s their equaliser.

Two minutes later however the game was levelled, and again pressure from the visitor’s caught the home defence on the hop. A defender lost the ball out on the left, it was worked in behind to Hawkins again who skipped the dive of McLean to cut back across goal and the loose ball was turned home by Sam Jolley.

Two minutes later Hawkins was again denied by a brilliant stop by the boot of McLean and a follow up curling shot from Isabelle Clamp came back off the crossbar and at this stage Athletic were sensing more goals. Kerry Stapleton swung in a free kick which was half-cleared to the edge of the box where Jolley fired at goal where a deflection steered it wide for a corner.

Buckingham took the lead on fifty-five minutes, again Hawkins was set away behind the Banbury defence and as McLean came out to dive at her feet she dinked the ball over the keeper and into the bottom corner. Hawkins followed her goal up with two more efforts when fed in behind, the first where she never really connected with the ball and it was comfortable for McLean to gather, and the second she shrugged off to markers to fire at goal only for the Banbury keeper to pull off another fine save.

Another chance for Hawkins was fired wide before a Banbury break from an Athletic corner that broke down saw Yazmin Holmes fed in down their left and her shot flashed across goal and away for a goal kick, and a minute later another chance for Holmes saw her fire wide of the other post.

Harwood slots home

The away side extended their lead on seventy-three minutes when Jade Heron drove down the right wing and crossed into the box, Hawkins missed the cross but running in behind Harwood struck the ball perfectly tucking inside the post.

Harwood then forced McLean into another save following a shot from a long clearance that bounced over the home back line, but with twelve minutes left Athletic got their fourth goal when a Hawkins header was screwed back across goal by a United defender back to the Buckingham forward who smashed the ball against the underside of the crossbar and in.

Jordan Heron then cut in from the left and fired at goal and with McLean at full stretch the ball flew inches wide of the near post. A minute before the end Evie Hawkins completed her treble when Emma Marshall knocked a ball deep into the United half, a defender allowed the ball to bounce which sent it over her head for Hawkins to race onto and fire home. F/T: 1-5

After the game Sports Shots caught up with Kerry Stapleton & Evie Hawkins

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Buckingham Athletic Ladies 5-0 Summertown Stars AFC Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 5

Summertown Stars AFC – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies started their season with an emphatic win over Oxford side Summertown Stars, scoring five without reply on an afternoon of driving rain and swirling winds that did not deter Athletic opening their campaign in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division Two North with some aplomb, leaving manager Carmen ‘Tigs’ Robinson “the proudest football manager ever”!

The visitors had the first chance on three minutes when Naomi Jayaratne broke away and homed in on goal, out pacing her marker to get into the box a last ditch saving tackle from a covering defender managed to clear the ball for a corner. Straight up the other end Evie Hawkins got in behind the Stars defence but fired straight at Annabelle Trafford.

Athletic grew in confidence and a right wing attack saw Jordan Heron progress deep into the Stars half, laying the ball back to skipper Kerry Stapleton she crossed to Emma Marshall who fired over the bar. The home side then took the lead on sixteen minutes, Jade Copas making history as being the first Athletic Ladies goal scorer, collecting the ball some forty yards from goal, advancing into the area and firing across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

Copas scores 1st Athletic Ladies goal

A minute later Hawkins almost copied her team mates’ effort when slipped in behind the defence but this time keeper Trafford came out to clear sliding in to take the ball off Hawkins boot. Summertown won a free kick which Hayley Heam thumped at goal and Stapleton was alert to head away from in front of goal, before some good build up play resulted in Heron firing narrowly wide from close range.

Summertown broke on twenty-six minutes through Jayaratne again and her drive was initially parried by home keeper Ellen Fenables who collected at the second attempt. A minute later Athletic doubled their lead when a Stapleton shot was punched out by the Summertown keeper straight to Hawkins to side footed into the empty net.

Hawkins was then denied again by a brave diving save at her feet by Trafford averting the danger on the edge of the box, and moments later Hawkins dispossessed a defender and got a shot away from just a few yards out and on the line Stars defender Tamara Powell headed away with the keeper stranded.

Seven minutes before the break Stapleton scored the goal of the game, collecting the ball some twenty odd yards out she smashed at goal and the ball sailed over the keeper and into the roof of the net. Before the interval Heron drove into the keeper’s gloves, and Hawkins lifted an effort over the top from just outside the area. The last kick of the game saw Jayaratne break free again and after closing down on Fenables fired wide from twelve yards out. H/T: 3-0

Summertown went close early in the second period when a cross just eluded the boot of Jayaratne who was inches away from pulling a goal back for the visitor’s. Heron then hit the post for Athletic when crossing from their right, and on fifty-three minutes the hosts scored their fourth. A corner into the six-yard box wasn’t cleared and eventually Stapleton side footed home amongst a mass of bodies.

Stapleton scores her second

Evie Hawkins then made it five on sixty-one minutes when she drove at goal and shrugging off a challenge she stroked the ball into the bottom corner. As the rain increased Athletic enjoyed their superiority and played some nice football, Lily Hamp down the left beating her marker and crossing in to Heron who fired at goal only to see her effort bounce up off the crossbar and over for a goal kick, a move deserving of a goal.

Heron then forced the Summertown keeper into a fine save tipping over a shot from the righthand side of the area, & Stapleton battled well to retrieve the ball from a defender before firing wide from outside the box. Before the end Heron blasted wide, before Stapleton fed in Kayleigh Harwood whose shot was turned away for a corner with the slightest of deflections. F/T: 5-0

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PSF: Buckingham Athletic Ladies denied by visiting goalkeeper in inaugural fixture

Buckingham Athletic Ladies were denied by an outstanding visiting goalkeeper’s display in their inaugural game which ended in a narrow defeat on Sunday.

A large crowd of close to 150 watched as Carmen Robinson’s side took to the field for their first-ever friendly against an established outfit in Welland Valley Ladies.

A minute’s silence was observed before the game in memory of Alan Goodger.

The home side grew as the game went on but were constantly thwarted by a brilliant display by the visiting goalkeeper.

The Athletic Ladies had their own goalkeeper, Ellen Fenables , to thank for keeping them in the game with some excellent saves of her own.

The Welland Valley Ladies went into a two-goal lead before Jordan Heron eventually had the ball in the net as she raced through slot home.

When the final whistle blew the result was secondary to what was a very positive start to a new era of football at Stratford Fields.

Ellen Fenables, Jessica Cox, Sam Jolley, Lauren Whiting, Jordan Heron, Jade Copas, Kerry Stapleton, Dani Roberts, Lara Ericsson-Nicholls, Charlee Waugh, Chelsea Markwell, Lauren Bakes-Hawes, Katie French, Jade Hurst-Houldsworth, Nicola Ryan, Precious Smith, Chez Jenkinson, Katie Hassell, Kristina Lee.