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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

TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 2-2 Eversley & California

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 2

Eversley & California Ladies – 2

Buckingham Athletic Ladies maintained their unbeaten start to the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One season on Sunday but were made to work for their point by a very good Eversley & California side who twice drew level after falling behind, and against the side that finished fourth in last season’s top tier were given a taste of how competitive this league is really going to be. Prolific goal scorers were on show with Evie Hawkins on target for the home side on the stroke of half-time, but two goals from Katie Hougham who bagged thirty-seven in this division last term earned the visitor’s a share of the spoils.

The opening stages were scrappy with neither side really taking control, and it took until the eighth minute to see a shot at goal when Alex Miller for the home side receiving the ball some twenty yards out had little option other than to shoot but Eversley keeper Jodie Gray-Piazza was behind it all the way. Home captain Kerry Stapleton then swung in a corner that Jade Copas headed straight at the goalkeeper whilst at the other end Hougham was getting her eye in when driving into the box from midfield she fired inches wide of Ellen Fenables’ right hand post, the ball brushing the net on its way.

On eighteen minutes Hougham latched onto a ball over the Athletic defence and getting ahead of her marker she poked wide, before a goal kick fell short and was lumped back into the Athletic box where running on Lucy Standen got a shot away that Fenables got her hand to which pushed the ball up onto the crossbar, the ball bouncing down was met on the half volley by Ellie Bland who lifted high over the top. A slip in midfield saw Hougham away on goal again, but being forced wide as blue shirts gained she hurriedly screwed her shot wide.

Lily Hamp set up first Athletic goal

The introduction of Jordan Heron to the Buckingham right wing made an immediate impact when she sprinted past her marker and sent an inch perfect cross into the six-yard box but with no one within reach the ball rolled away to safety, before Stapleton slipped a pass through the Eversley back line for Hawkins to connect and shoot, Gray-Piazza got down well to her left to save and the ball rolled agonisingly across the empty goal mouth and out for a corner.

Just as the half seemed destined to end goalless a throw on the Athletic left found Lily Hamp who knocked the ball up towards Hawkins inside the box, initially it appeared there for the taking for the keeper however the Buckingham leading scorer nipped in first with a deft touch to leave Gray-Piazza stranded, and the simple task of tucking into the unguarded net. H/T: 1-0

Six minutes after the break a home attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball was shifted quickly up the opposite end where Hougham was clear on goal, as she entered the area she powered a drive at goal which crashed down off the crossbar, and bounced away to safety. In return Stapleton fed a ball through to Courtney Crawley who headed for goal, her low drive saved well by Gray-Piazza, and as it seemed to be rolling towards another blue shirt the raised flag halted play.

Jordan Heron restores home sides lead

Heron continued to put pressure on down the right and a great battle saw her emerge with the ball, her cross found Crawley who took a touch before forcing the Eversley keeper down to the foot of her near post to save, then on sixty-seven minutes came the first equaliser when a ball through for Hougham to chase saw her race away and from just inside the box she fired into the bottom corner. Athletic fought back almost immediately when Hawkins was fed the ball with back to goal, turning her defender her shot was well saved again by Gray-Piazza.

Dani Roberts then broke down a promising attack and sent the ball away down the right for Heron to ghost past her marker and centre, as Hawkins bore down on goal out came the keeper to dive bravely and smoother at her feet. With nine minutes left Heron was rewarded for her afternoons work when sent away again she won the race to the ball, travelled into the area and slotted home. Any thoughts of it being the winner were soon dispelled when just four minutes later the game was level once again.

A throw on the visitor’s right found Hougham on the corner of the six-yard box with back to goal, it seemed harmless enough but she turned and aimed for the far bottom corner and before anyone could react the ball was nestling into its target. There was time late on for a Stapleton free kick on the corner of the eighteen yard area to float over a mass of heads and out for a goal kick before the final whistle sounded at the end of a thoroughly entertaining tussle. F/T: 2-2

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic duo Jordan Heron & Lily Hamp: 

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TVCWFL D1; Carterton Ladies 1-2 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Carterton Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 2

Buckingham Athletic Ladies made it two wins from two on Sunday with a last gasp winner to beat Carterton Ladies in what was a battling encounter, Evie Hawkins scoring another brace to bring her tally to four goals in two games which included a last minute winner to leave the hosts shattered at the end of fiercely competitive game. Leading at the break, Buckingham were pegged back within three minutes of the restart by an own goal and were lucky not to go behind when the home side hit the crossbar, but Hawkins popped up at the end to smash home to send the visitor’s home with all three points.

Early chances were few and far between, it took six minutes for the first shot at goal when Kerry O’Connor fired straight at Ellen Fenables in the visitor’s goal from twenty-five yards out, and a poor goal kick was almost punished by the home side but Talane Smith on the edge of the box again fired straight at the Buckingham keeper.

The away side took the lead on thirteen minutes when an attempted clearance from the Carterton defence hit the referee and fell nicely for Gemma Ball to slot through the home back line, Hawkins was free of her marker and fired between the advancing keeper Amy Bourton’s legs and in.

Jade Copas then tried to pressure the hosts back line but as she was dispossessed the ball fell invitingly for skipper Kerry Stapleton to hit first time but the ball was always spinning away from the target, before a ball over the blue defensive line saw O’Connor free on goal but Fenables was quick off her line to challenge on the edge of her box and gather.

Ellen Fenables in the thick of the action

A free kick to Carterton out on their right saw Georgina Tayman curl straight into the keeper’s waiting gloves, & just before the break Charmaine White threatened when she found space on the right of goal but again Fenables got down well to save at her near post. H/T: 0-1

An early corner after the interval saw a corner swung into the box where Stapleton going to clear only managed to slot past her own keeper to restore parity, but within a minute a ball over the home backline gave the skipper space to explore and rifle into the back of the net only for a raised flag to deny the celebration.

O’Connor tried her luck from eighteen yards which Fenables had to turn away for a corner, before a glorious chance went begging when a lay off inside the six-yard box saw Smith with the whole goal to aim drag her effort wide of the right hand post, closely followed by a throw on their right that found Smith who went for goal but the wind took over lifting the ball high over the top.

Evie Hawkins fires winner

On seventy-two minutes the home side went even closer to taking the lead when a driving run from midfield by Gina Napier saw her shoot from distance, the ball flying past Fenables but crashing back down off the crossbar and was eventually cleared away. At the opposite end a ball for Hawkins to chase after saw Bourton go to clear only to thump against the striker and as the ball rolled towards the unguarded net a defender got back to clear.

Another throw on the Carterton right saw Smith launch into the box and from a mass of bodies Napier somehow managed to get her head to the ball first but she could only flick wide from close range. From the goal kick O’Connor received the ball to advance, as Fenables came out the home striker shot which deflected off the keepers boot and towards the empty goal, but centre-half Courtney Davey-Ward was alert enough to cover and clear the danger.

With two minutes left a long clearance from Bourton cleared the Buckingham defence and saw O’Connor in the clear, allowing the ball to come under control she forced Fenables to dive away to her right and save with both hands.

As the game went into added time along came the winner, Hawkins collecting the ball out on the left she had colleagues in the middle waiting but she skipped one challenge before shrugging off a second, as she got into the box she flashed the ball over Bourton and inside the back post to win the game for her side. F/T: 1-2

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Kerry Stapleton & double goal scorer Evie Hawkins: 

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TVCWFL D1; Headington Ladies 1-6 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Headington Ladies – 1

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 6

Buckingham Athletic Ladies got their new season off to a flier with a healthy win at Headington on Sunday afternoon, and settled any early nerves to ease into their new surroundings in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One after promotion last season. Athletic gave seven new summer signings their debuts during a game played in warm sunshine, and despite some early resistance from their hosts two late first half goals put the visitors into a commanding position at the break before adding a further couple in the second period to confirm their dominance.

Headington went close early on finding the side netting from out wide, and from the goal kick Jordan Heron was sent sprinting away down the right flank where she drove at goal, with Evie Hawkins in the middle Heron opted to shoot low for the near post where home keeper Sarah Hillier gathered comfortably. The winger then saw another shot straight at Hillier spilled, but before anyone could react the shot stopper thumped to safety.

Captain Kerry Stapleton then burst forward from midfield and from distance went for goal only for her shot to bounce back off the post, for a split second the home custodian lost track of the ball but as Hawkins raced in she managed to smoother. A Buckingham attack broke down on the half way line and a simple ball over the backline saw Andreea Dumitru break free, she fed Caroline Plitt to the right of goal but she blazed high over the bar.

The visitors took the lead on thirteen minutes when an attempted pass from Stapleton hit her own player but fell nicely for Heron to collect and bear down on goal before firing into the bottom corner. As Headington tried to get back in the game they won a free kick some thirty yards from goal, Cecile Deer took responsibility but could only steer wide of Ellen Fenables’ right hand post.

Jordan Heron opens the scoring

A brief drinks break was allowed by the official, from the off a poor goal kick found Gemma Ball some twenty-five yards out who went to shoot but a defender blocked, the loose ball falling to Heron whose attempt had to be turned round the post for a corner. Then on twenty-six minutes Athletic doubled their lead when a free kick from Emma Marshall sailed over everyone in the box only to crash back down off the bar, first to react was Ball who slotted home.

Before Athletic could relax on their lead, their hosts pulled a goal back within three minutes when a ball through the middle saw Dumitru accelerate away from her marker, Fenables made a challenge but the ball rolled wide where the striker flashed across goal and into the unguarded net. Heron was causing havoc every time she attacked the right wing, another burst of pace saw her in on goal and her fierce drive smashed away off the goal stantion.

Hawkins continued to cause the home defence headaches in the middle, one pass saw her inside their box and evading two challenges her effort was somehow sliced away for a corner, from the cleared set piece Ball fired through a crowded box but Hillier was behind it all the way. Despite some brave defending Headington were undone by two goals in the final eight minutes of the half, which seemed to kill off their resistance.

The first started by Hawkins collecting a loose ball in midfield found Ball in space, she looked up and just as it seemed she was going to pass elsewhere she slipped a delightful pass through the defence for Hawkins to run on and score. There were further chances for Alex Miller who wanted too much time when set up in front of goal, and Hawkins again who didn’t connect well, but finally a ball over the top saw Hawkins connect and fire into the top corner as the half-time whistle sounded. H/T: 1-4

Gemma Ball had impressive debut

Deer saw an early effort loop up off a Buckingham defender and hang nicely in the air for Fenables to collect, but any thoughts of a comeback was killed off on fifty-two minutes when Heron was sent down the right channel shoulder to shoulder with her marker, she simply over powered the defender and from a tight angle fizzed the ball low inside the near post.

Dumitru screwed wide from the edge of the box, ahead of a two minute delay that halted the game when Dani Roberts had to be helped off the field through injury. Athletic continued to look for more goals, Stapleton had a run from defence before firing straight at Hillier, as did Nicole Britten from the corner of the eighteen yard box. There were a couple of chances for the home side but they struggled to break through the stubborn blue line and were restricted to long range efforts.

The sixth goal came on seventy minutes when Stapleton fed the ball through for Courtney Crawley to latch onto and chip over the advanced goalkeeper and in. Hawkins then forced the keeper into a two-handed save which the striker retrieved and squared to Miller who fired over when in front of goal.

The hosts had a late chance when Plitt set up Dumitru who drove over the bar, which was followed by the pass of the game from the very impressive Gemma Ball that split the Headington central defence and set Hawkins away on goal, her shot taking a slight deflection before rolling through to safety. F/T: 1-6

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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic captain Kerry Stapleton and double goal scorer Jordan Heron: 

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PSF; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 3-3 City Belles

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 3

City Belles – 3

Buckingham Athletic Ladies drew their final pre-season warm up match against City Belles on Sunday on a pleasantly warm & sunny afternoon at Stratford Fields, where the home side took the lead three times only to be pegged back each time. City missed an early penalty and Ath spurned numerous chances in the second half, but a good work out for the Swans ahead of their season opener next weekend at Headington when they begin life in the top flight of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League.

It didn’t take last season’s leading scorer Evie Hawkins long to get back in the swing of things, the very first minute saw her charge down a ball in midfield and burst forward before firing straight at Christina Jesty in the Belles goal, whilst at the other end Athletic keeper Ellen Fenables had to use both hands to deny an Emily Mann effort from nestling in the top corner.

Home central defender Emma Marshall got caught in possession some thirty yards from goal allowing Lucy Mason to head for goal, her shot saved brilliantly by Fenables to spiral the ball away from goal, as Mason went to retrieve Marshall recovered to beat her to the ball and clear the danger. In the ninth minute City were given the chance to open the scoring that their early possession warranted.

Mason was fed down the middle again and as she entered the box Fenables came out to block but instead brought down the Belles forward and gave the referee no choice but to point to the spot. However, Fenables made amends by saving the spot kick from Mann and as both players went for the loose ball, an infringement gave the home side a free kick.

Mason then fired over the crossbar from the eighteen yard line, before the Athletic took the lead somewhat against the run of play on the quarter hour mark. Courtney Crawley sent skipper Kerry Stapleton down the left and she drove at the Belles backline, as they stood off she advanced into the box and stroked past Jesty with some ease.

Nicole Britten restores Ath lead

The lead lasted just sixty seconds as a corner to the visitors was swung into the box and from close range Katie Crawley flicked the ball past Fenables. Buckingham retook the lead on twenty-four minutes following a much needed drinks break, a poor goal kick was aimed straight at Stapleton who powered forward and forced the City keeper to make a good block, however the ball rolled out to Nicole Britten who curled into the unguarded net from the edge of the box.

The hosts then enjoyed some good possession and a corner from Marshall found Sam Jolley in the middle who turned well to fire at goal but her effort was blocked inside the six-yard box. Twelve minutes before the interval Belles equalised again when another simple ball through the middle of the home defence saw Mason set away again, advancing into the box she fired across Fenables and into the far bottom corner to level the game once more. H/T: 2-2

The start of the second half saw the Hawkins v Jesty battle intensify; two minutes in the striker received the ball in the penalty arc, under heavy pressure from a defender she drove wide of the keeper’s right hand post, then another ball through for her to chase saw her shoot straight at the Belles custodian.

Moments later Hawkins was fed to the right of the goal, her early attempt driven wide of the near post, and her next effort was even closer as she had to battle shoulder to shoulder with her marker before being forced wide right, her shot flashed across the goal face and bounced about a yard wide of the back stick.

The Milton Keynes side fought back with Mann who twisted & turned on the edge of the Athletic box before firing over the top, then just before the hour mark Hawkins finally got her goal. Jordan Heron was fed down the right wing and accelerating away from her marker she squared into the box where from twelve yards Hawkins restored her sides lead once again.

Evie Hawkins scores Ath third

Four minutes later Athletic missed a golden chance to extend their lead when a poor defensive pass found Jade Copas in midfield, she drove on & went for goal only for Jesty to save and the ball rolled away to the right, Stapleton retrieved and fizzed the ball back across goal where Gemma Ball tried to side foot home but didn’t connect properly and only helped the ball out for a goal kick.

Stapleton then slipped a great pass through for Heron to run onto, but on the edge of the box a superb sliding tackle took the ball off her foot as she prepared to shoot, then on sixty-nine minutes a foul inside the Athletic box from Marshall saw the away side awarded their second penalty of the afternoon. This time Crawley made no mistake to level for the third time.

Buckingham determined to get ahead once more then saw Copas send Ball through but her shot was saved by Jesty and cleared out to Stapleton, evading a couple of challenges she could only fire over. A ball over the Belles backline was then taken down brilliantly by Ball but she fired wide, from the goal kick the ball went straight to Crawley who ran at goal but fired straight at the keeper.

With nine minutes left Crawley again got down the right and squared into Ball in front of goal, but again her connection was all wrong and she simply helped the ball on it’s journey out for a goal kick, and they were almost made to pay moments later when Mason got down the Belles left and pulled back to Crawley whose low drive saw a Buckingham boot go out to deflect over for a corner.

In the final seconds a corner to the home side was half cleared out to Ball, her strike looked destined for the bottom corner until a last ditch out stretched leg diverted over the top, and at the other end Crawley still had time to fire over from the eighteen yard line. F/T: 3-3

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to assistant manager Lauren Baker-Hawes, and captain Kerry Stapleton: 

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PSF; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 9-0 Aylesbury United Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 9

Aylesbury United Ladies – 0

BAFCL v AUFCL 22.08.2018

Buckingham Athletic Ladies finally got their preseason campaign up and running on Wednesday evening at Stratford Fields with a comfortable win over Aylesbury United Ladies, and with several new faces blending into the core of last seasons squad put on a display the club could be very proud of going into the new Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League season in just a few weeks’ time.

The game played in three thirty minute slots saw Athletic take control from the off, Jordan Heron forcing United keeper Keri Clark to block with her feet within the first minute, after a great pass from Sam Jolley. Aylesbury won a corner in the fourth minute which was easily cleared to the middle of the pitch where Heron slid the perfect pass through for Alex Miller to latch onto, with Clark off her line Miller curled the ball from twenty yards around the keeper and into the top corner to give the hosts the lead.

Athletic threatened every time Heron got down the right, the United defence struggled throughout with her pace and on eighteen minutes she won the race down the wing and as Clark advanced from her goal, the Buckingham winger flashed the ball across the goal face and wide, Miller was inches away from getting on the end of the cross.

A minute later the home lead was doubled when Heron again outwitted her marker, she advanced towards goal and from the corner of the six-yard box went for goal, the ball rebounded off the near post, hit the keeper and sat up nicely for Miller to lift into the roof of the net. From there the Buckingham confidence grew even more, Jade Copas trying her luck from twenty yards but screwing wide. 1/3: 2-0

Jordan Heron was a constant threat

Two minutes after the restart Courtney Crawley broke down the left and cut inside to force Clark to push away for a corner; Jolley swung the corner in & as Clark went to clear Kayleigh Harwood beat her to the ball and headed home. Two minutes later the lead was four, when Jolley picking the ball up out on the right went for goal from twenty-five yards, the ball sailing over everyone including Clark and in.

Athletic continued to press and Harwood saw a great run down the right result with her crossing into Gemma Ball twelve yards from goal, she took on the acrobatic over the head attempt but the ball bounced just wide of goal. On forty-two minutes Copas got in on the goal scoring when she ran at the Aylesbury defence and shrugged off a challenge before knocking past Clark with ease.

Ball then opened her Athletic account when a ball played through for her to chase down was met on the edge of the area by Clark, but she failed to hold on to it and Ball robbed her of possession before turning and firing onto the unguarded net. The seventh goal arrived on fifty-two minutes when Crawley fed Nicole Britton from the left and from twenty yards she hit the ball sweetly and it again sailed over the United keeper and in. 2/3: 7-0

Gemma Ball in action

Straight from the restart Heron posed more problems for the visitor’s as she tormented down the right, a cross into the middle saw Ball head straight into the hands of Clark, just before Miller was denied her hatrick by the post, beating the keeper the ball rebounded back off the upright with a defender on hand to thump away to safety.

Aylesbury enjoyed some possession calling Buckingham custodian Ellen Fenables to pull off a couple of regulatory blocks and saves, but with just under a quarter of an hour left the hosts won a free kick some thirty yards from goal, As the bodies assembled in front of goal, Copas took the kick and the ball sailed over everyone including Clark and went in.

With four minutes left Britton grabbed her second of the evening, picking the ball up out wide she cut across midfield before chipping over the defence and keeper to round off a convincing victory for the home side. F/T: 9-0

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Athletics Lauren Baker-Hawes & Dani Roberts: 

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Buckingham Athletic Ladies looking for players & coach

Buckingham Athletic Ladies are looking for new players & a coach ahead of the 2018/19 season.

A hugely successful season this term saw them crowned champions of the Thames Valley Counties League Division Two North, and also runners up in the Berks & Bucks County Cup.

Ahead of the new season, manager Carmen Robinson is looking for anyone interested in joining the playing squad to get in touch. A new chapter will begin in Division One to which a high standard of football is guaranteed.

Also a coach to come on board and help with the running of the team.

Anyone interested should either contact Carmen on 07850 649440, or the club on

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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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Dani Roberts & katie Hassell: 

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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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BBCCF; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 0-10 Abingdon United Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 0

Abingdon United Ladies – 10

Buckingham Athletic Ladies were blown away on Sunday in the Berks & Bucks Ladies cup final by a ruthless Abingdon United side, who have this season pretty much blitzed anyone who has come across their path in Division One, having scored sixty-five goals in their thirteen league games whilst conceding just eight. Athletic had no answer to the wave after wave of attacks they suffered in both halves of the game, and had it not been for some heroic goalkeeping by Ellen Fenables, some last ditch defending & some wasted chances the score could have been a lot worse. But Carmen Robinson’s side did not give in and battled away until the end, and are highly unlikely to face a side like this again, and did create chances of their own, but against a side that boasted players with previous experience with Oxford United & Oxford City simply had no answers to unlock their solid defence, and stem the onslaught they faced.

United made their intentions clear from the start, as Buckingham took the kick off within two passes they were hassled into losing possession, the ball slid through the defence saw Abingdon skipper Abbie Smith away on goal but Fenables was quick off her line to bravely dive at the strikers feet to smother. At the other end an early chance fell kindly for Jordan Heron but from the corner of the six yard box keeper Sophie Kirby was comfortable to block at her near post.

Early action for Ellen Fenables

Any thoughts of frustrating the United ladies evaporated just three minutes in, to the right of goal Heather Young fired across goal, the ball evading the dive of Fenables and running in behind Kiera Isaac tapped into the empty net. A minute later another right wing cross found Isaac who cushioned off to Smith who sliced her effort just wide. Then on seven minutes Abingdon doubled their lead through the highly impressive Molly Lygo, she found the freedom of the left channel too good to ignore and strode forward, from the eighteen yard line she drove at goal & despite two hands from Fenables the power took the ball home.

Buckingham captain Kerry Stapleton tried to get her side back in the game moments after the goal, a long range shot from outside the area seemed harmless enough initially, however the ball dipped over the head of Kirby and bounced up off the crossbar and over for a goal kick. This was brief respite for the Athletic side, as their opponents tore at goal at every opportunity, Isaac cutting down the right and with few options she flashed the ball across the goal face and a yard or two wide of the back post. Then on twenty-three minutes United won a corner, the ball swung in and as a mass of bodies went to attack the ball centre-half Steph Carrick went down, the whistle sounded and for a moment no one seemed to know what was happening, but the referee calmly walked towards the goal before pointing at the penalty spot.

Full back Gina Ianniello-Phillips took responsibility and fired home giving Fenables no chance. Buckingham tried to regroup & get some sort of foothold in the game, Heron had a block in the Abingdon box blocked at close range, before Evie Hawkins was fed in on goal but her marker was so close she had to take the shot on early and it lacked any real power or conviction. Then eleven minutes before the break United scored a fourth, again a cross from the right found Lygo unmarked and she had time to control before picking her spot to bury home. Isaac was next to try to increase her sides lead, clear through on goal she took too long to shoot allowing Fenables to advance and dive on the ball at her feet, before substitute Amy Pipe attacked down the left with Georgina Howells right on her shoulder, the two tussled into the box and a brilliant last ditch tackle saw the Buckingham defender divert for a corner.

Gina Ianniello-Phillips scores penalty

From the corner the ball swung in and as a group went up for the ball it looped over Fenables and a scramble at the back post saw Nell Boxall turn home. Five minutes before the break a rare poor clearance from the United defence saw Heron away down the left, her cross however was seized upon by Kirby although it took two attempts to gather with Hawkins lurking nearby, and there was still time for an Abingdon corner to be met by Carrick who flashed  her header across goal and wide. H/T: 0-5

The pressure didn’t ease at all after the break, a great cross from the left from Pipe saw Fenables again have to throw herself at the ball to smother as Isaac looked to add to her tally, moments before Smith worked herself some space on the edge of the box before narrowly firing wide of Fenables left hand post. Four minutes into the half saw the best chance for Hawkins, she was fed a ball in behind the Abingdon defence and her pace took her away on goal, from twelve yards she could only fire wide.

The agony of the missed chance was then compounded from the goal kick as Abingdon scored their sixth of the game, a through ball for Pipe to chase saw her outpace the defence, and whilst Fenables stood tall the pacy winger slotted home. Just six minutes later it was seven, a ball over the top saw Isaac away, her first shot saved by Fenables however the ball fell kindly back to the forward who smashed home.

Smith then saw a long range shot pushed away two-handed by Fenables for a corner, before an inch perfect cross from their right from Heather Young found Isaac in the middle but she glanced her header inches wide of the back post. On sixty-five minutes they got their eighth of the afternoon, Pipe away down the left channel and from the corner of the box she chipped over Fenables and into the top corner.

Buckingham tried to press when they could, but were now just happy to keep the ball out of their own half, Heron got down the right and from the acutest of angles fired into the side netting. But it didn’t last long and United soon had their ninth with fifteen minutes left, Lygo crossed into the box and Fenables made an initial save, the ball fell loose and Isaac back heeled to Tina Higgs who couldn’t miss.

Athletic await the presentation

A through ball from Stapleton threatened to release Heron on goal but the ball rolled so quickly it was comfortable for Kirby to collect, then immediately back up the other end Isaac saw a shot from the edge of the area screw wide. With four minutes left Lygo completed her hatrick with the goal of the game, collecting a pass right on the corner of the area she curled over Fenables and into the top corner.

In the dying moments a good pass from Stapleton saw Hawkins get a close range effort away that was blocked for a corner, the resulting corner swung in and met by a firm header from the captain and Kirby had to use both hands to push up and over her crossbar, the ball landing on top of the net. The final whistle sounded seconds later much to the relief of the beleaguered Athletic Ladies, who turn their attention now to their quest for promotion. F/T: 0-10

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