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TVCWL,D2N: Ath Ladies hit ten to stay unbeaten at the top

Carmen Robinson’s side netted ten goals in a victory that keeps them unbeaten at the top of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s League, Division 2 North.

Goals from Evie Hawkins (4), Jordan Heron (3), Jade Copas, Emma Marshall and Kay-Leigh Harwood fired the Athletic Ladies to a 10-2 victory at Milton Keynes City reserves.

Evie Hawkins

City Belles 0-0 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

City Belles – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies dropped points for the first time this season, and found it hard going breaking down a resilient City Belles side who defended well and had chances of their own to win the game but found Ellen Fenables impossible to beat. On a cold Sunday afternoon in Brooklands, Athletic created numerous goal scoring chances but for the first time this season failed to find the back of the net, but the unbeaten run continues for Carmen Robinson’s side. The visitors did actually score in the first half however the referee waved play on having not seen the ball had crossed the line, despite his assistant flagging for the goal, insisting there was no clear view through a sea of bodies inside the six-yard box.

Captain Kerry Stapleton tried her luck on eight minutes from just outside the area but her swooping drive was straight at Christina Jesty in the Belles goal, before a corner from their right was firmly headed at goal again by Stapleton but Jesty was behind it all the way.

Belles threatened on fifteen minutes when Courtney Crawley collected the ball out on the right and opted to go for goal with a thunderous low drive that had Fenables scrambling down low to her left to save at the near post.

Buckingham were awarded a corner a minute later and as the ball was centred Emma Marshall stuck out a boot but couldn’t get the touch needed; running in behind Kayleigh Harwood did connect and a defender in the goal cleared away but convinced the ball had crossed the line both Harwood & Marshall appealed for the goal but the official waved away their appeals despite the assistant flagging to the contrary.

No goal?

Belles missed a great chance shortly after, when a long goal kick was flicked on in midfield and Chelsea Jeffery in behind the Athletic back line noticed Fenable off her line and tried to lob from distance but only succeeded in looping the ball well over the crossbar.

Buckingham continued to attack with a snap shot from twenty-five yards from Stapleton which flew over the top, and a long ball up into the City area saw some hesitancy in the defence which allowed Evie Hawkins in and from six yards she headed for the bottom corner but Jesty got down well to turn around her post.

Hawkins then harried a defender to gain possession inside the box but off balance she hit the loose ball wide, and at the other end Jeffery curled another effort straight into Fenables gloves. Just before the break another Belles attack broke down just inside the Buckingham half, and bursting forward from defence Marshall struck for goal from thirty yards however Jesty saw it all the way and gathered safely. H/T: 0-0

Four minutes after the restart Marshall tried her luck again, driving forward she let fly midway in the Belles half but this time clearing the crossbar. In reply Jeffery saw a shot from the edge of the box deflected away for a corner when looking dangerous on the attack.

A cross then from the Buckingham right saw Jade Copas swing a boot at it but only stunned the flight of the ball, as the ball lay unguarded inside the six-yard box Hawkins nipped in and somehow managed to lift the ball over the top from close range.

Ellen Fenables was in fine form

Buckingham were now trying everything to get the lead, and on the hour mark Karry Stapleton floated a free kick into the Belles penalty area and a good header from Copas despite being under heavy pressure saw Jesty have to get down to her right to push away. This was then followed closely by Stapleton driving across the area to shoot only to see Jesty use both hands to push the ball up in the air, following up Hawkins attacked the ball on its way down and chested for goal but the ball fell perfectly for the keeper to snatch at the second attempt.

Another free kick to the guests was then floated into the penalty area, a defender allowed the ball to bounce allowing in Rachael Thorpe who scuffed her shot and that allowed enough time for Jesty to judge the shot and smoother before it became any real threat.

With twenty minutes remaining the home side almost took the lead when Jeffery gathered the ball midway in the Buckingham half, and simply turned and went for goal with a fierce drive. Fenables had to scurry across her goal line and block the shot right under her own crossbar. F/T: 0-0

 

Afterwards Sports Shots spoke to Dani Roberts & Emma Marshall: 

 

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TVCWL,D2N: Ath maintain 100% start with Chinnor victory

Buckingham Athletic Ladies continued their excellent early season form as they ran out 3-0 winners against their Chinnor counterparts on Sunday.

Charlie Waugh (29) put the Athletic ahead before Kerry Stapleton (44) took the side in two goals ahead at the break.

Kerry Stapleton

The second half saw Jade Copas net a third on 84 minutes for the home side to take all three points.

The Athletic Ladies are the only side with a 100% record as City Belles dropped their first points of the season after being held to a 3-3 draw at Milton Keynes City reserves.

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B&B Womens Jnr Cup: Ath Ladies smash in TEN in county cup victory

Buckingham Athletic Ladies are into the next round of the Berks & Bucks Womens Junior Cup after defeating Aylesbury United Ladies 10-0 at Stratford Fields on Sunday.

Buckingham Athletic Ladies

On a bright, sunny afternoon Jordan Heron netted five times, Kerry Stapleton hit four and Kay-Leigh Harwood was also on target as Carmen Robinson’s side progressed into the next round. While much talk will be of some brilliant goals, the goalkeeper and back four kept another clean sheet in the excellent advert for the women’s game.

It took until the 33rd minute for the Athletic to break the deadlock. The ball was cleared from a visiting attack and it was Stapleton who allowed the ball to run across her body in her own half before dribbling through, holding off three challenges, and drilling low past the visiting goalkeeper.

Kerry Stapleton

Three minutes before the break Heron struck to take the Athletic in two goals ahead at the break.

Jordan Heron

Stapleton volleyed home early in the second half to make it three before Harwood produced an exquisite chip to lob the goalkeeper to make it four.

Heron and Stapleton then both completed their hat-tricks before going onto to score five and four goals respectively; Heron’s curling effort from twenty-five yards out the pick of the bunch.

Buckingham Athletic Ladies: Ellen Fenables, Jade Copas, Katie French, Lily Hamp, Kay-Leigh Harwood, Jordan Heron, Jade Hurst-Holdsworth, Samantha Jolley, Chelsea Markwell, Danielle Roberts, Kerry Stapleton.

Subs: Lara Ericsson-Nicholls, Georgia Howell, Emma Marshall, Nicola Ryan

 

Buckingham Athletic Ladies 8-1 MK City Ladies Reserves

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 8

Milton Keynes City Reserves Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies powered to their fourth consecutive win of the season with a thumping win over Milton Keynes City reserves, with an assured first half performance that saw them six goals to the good with another hatrick from goal machine Evie Hawkins who ended the afternoon with four goals for the second successive game, and third hatrick for the third game running. MK gave a much better second half performance and held their own against a team that had run them ragged in the first forty-five minutes, and managed to score only the second goal that Athletic have conceded this term.

Evie Hawkins opened her account after just four minutes, when collecting the ball some thirty yards from goal and advancing towards goal, outpacing her marker she then rounded the MK keeper Sarah Cloherty and slotted home. Captain Kerry Stapleton gave yet another superb performance from midfield, covering what seemed every blade of grass when her team was defending or attacking, and she had a low drive that narrowly sailed wide of Cloherty’s right hand post.

Jordan Heron then doubled the lead on fourteen minutes when she shot past the stranded Cloherty from twenty yards, and with the goal empty Hawkins even had time to shadow the ball home to ensure it crossed the line, and unselfishly allowed the ball to roll home to ensure Heron got her goal. Yet another sign of the team spirit that manager Carmen Robinson has running through her squad already, most strikers would have touched the ball home but Hawkins waited to make sure the ball crossed the line.

Athletic were attacking again two minutes later, a cross from Heron was met in the middle by Hawkins but a superb sliding tackle from a defender diverted the ball for a corner. Heron took the corner and on the penalty spot Stapleton headed into the top corner to increase the lead. Heron then went close again after beating a defender and keeper to the ball and shooting from the edge of the area the ball rolled agonisingly just wide of the back post.

On twenty-eight minutes it was four when Hawkins received the ball inside the MK penalty area, with back to goal and a defender on her shoulder she battled to shrug off the challenge, turned and fired home.

Hawkins with her second

Sensing goals Buckingham poured forward at every chance, and Jade Copas fired wide from the eighteen yard line, and just past the half-hour mark Hawkins completed her hatrick, again receiving the ball in front of goal with a defender on her back, she turned again and fired into the bottom corner.

Seven minutes before the break Copas got her goal, and Athletics sixth when she had a shot from the edge of the area come back off the crossbar and as a defender looked to be in control of the ball Hawkins dispossessed her and squared to Copas who fired home. H/T: 6-0

Athletic started the second half as they ended the first, when Heron got down the right and crossed into the middle where Sam Jolley collided with Cloherty and the ball rolled away for a goal kick. Within seconds Stapleton tried to curl home from the corner of the box but only found that waiting gloves of Cloherty.

Heron proved to be a thorn down the Athletic right, and again outpacing the full back she went for goal from the edge of the area only to fire into the side netting. Jade Copas then saw her shot brush the top of the netting as it looped over, before Heron again fired across goal from the right and the ball bounced off the back post before being cleared.

Another Heron corner found Stapleton in the middle and her attempted over the shoulder volley found Cloherty waiting to catch. Then something kicked MK into life and on fifty-seven minutes had a goal disallowed for offside, and this seemed to give them a lift and all of a sudden tackles were more vigorous and challenges had more conviction.

As they were enjoying some possession Athletic then stunned them with a seventh goal on sixty-five minutes, a Hawkins shot rolled across the goal mouth and away for a goal kick. Cloherty took the goal kick but only found Kayleigh Harwood on the edge of the box who somehow managed to head the ball back into the empty net.

Credit then to Milton Keynes who went straight up the other end with Kiki Hurst who fired across goal and into the bottom corner, due reward for their much improved second half performance. Cloherty then denied Harwood from close range, and followed that up with another good save from Jolley inside the box.

Jordan Heron then took on a defender before fizzing a low drive wide, but with six minutes left Copas scored her sides eighth of the day when she received the ball some twenty yards from goal, without hesitation she went for goal, lifting the ball over the keeper as it flew in. F/T: 8-1

After the game Sports Shots caught up with Kerry Stapleton & Jordan Heron: 

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Aylesbury United Ladies 0-8 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Aylesbury United Ladies – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 8

Buckingham Athletic Ladies may have had a two week break since their last game but they certainly didn’t show any signs of relaxing their amazing start to the season, scoring another eight goals against Aylesbury United at Bedgrove Park on Sunday afternoon. It took until the second half for the Athletic side to assert their dominance and once again Evie Hawkins led the scoring with four goals taking her season tally to nine in three games. Jade Copas weighed in with her first hatrick of the season, including two long range efforts that gave the Aylesbury keeper no chance at all, and even some very strange decisions from the official could not dampen the spirit shown by the Buckingham Ladies.

Athletic team spirit

From the kick-off Hawkins took the ball off the foot of an Aylesbury player to attack & cross, but Copas just couldn’t get to the ball as it rolled away to safety. Hawkins was then fed in behind the home backline but could only shoot wide, before Copas fired over from outside the box.

A Buckingham throw saw Kay-Leigh Harwood steal in behind the United defence and take the shot on early but screwed wide, and on fifteen minutes Hawkins chased down a lost cause when the ball appeared to be heading towards Aylesbury keeper Keri Clark but the Athletic striker got to the ball first, turned the keeper and with the open goal to aim at opted for power but lifted the ball over the top.

Captain Kerry Stapleton then tried her luck from distance, only for the keeper to dive to her left and parry away and quickest to react was Harwood who flashed the loose ball across goal and wide. The visitor’s then broke the deadlock on twenty two minutes, Hawkins playing a good one-two on the edge of the box before advancing and slotting home with some ease inside the near post.

Harwood then found the net soon after only to be adjudged offside, and Aylesbury went close with a glancing header from a corner however Athletic keeper Ellie Fenables was never really in any danger of being beaten. Georgia Howell then set Hawkins away on goal only to be denied by a good save from Clark. H/T: 0-1

Two minutes after the break Katie French drove into Clark’s gloves from twenty yards, and a couple of minutes later Evie Hawkins was brought down in the box and a penalty awarded much to the derision of the home faithful. Hotshot Hawkins picked herself up to convert and double her sides’ lead.

Hawkins was in again moments later but the bounce wasn’t kind and she could only shoot wide, and at the other end Aylesbury saw Sarah Jackson fire high & wide from the edge of the box. Just before the hour mark the game was put to bed when a throw to Athletic found Copas on the corner of the eighteen yard area and she took a touch before smashing over the keeper and into the back of the net.

Copas scores her first

Two minutes later it was four when Copas again thrashed home from the edge of the area, and Buckingham were on a roll and playing some great football. A Stapleton corner was headed over from close range by Copas, before a cross was met by Hawkins and Harwood but they got in each other’s way before the latter fired wide.

Jade Copas completed her hatrick on seventy-seven minutes when an Aylesbury goal kick went straight to her twenty yards from goal, and with the keeper to the right of her goal Copas kept her cool to drive home. A minute later Hawkins completed her hatrick, from the restart of the previous goal Hawkins hunted the ball down, gained possession and dribbled past several defenders before stroking home.

A minute later Hawkins was brought down in the box and again the referee pointed to the spot despite being yards away from the offence. Kay-Leigh Harwood stepped up and scored her second of the season from the spot.

A minute into added time Hawkins grabbed her fourth when a long ball wasn’t cleared by a defender and Hawkins harried her to concede possession, she turned back in and from eight yards out smashed home. F/T: 0-8

Sports Shots spoke with Kerry Stapleton & Jade Copas after the match: 

 

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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

Match highlights courtesy of Banbury United FC

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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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After the game Sports Shots spoke with captain Kerry Stapleton: 

 

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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.

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