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TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 6-0 Launton Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 6
Launton Ladies – 0

17.03.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies cantered to victory against Launton at Stratford Fields against a side that could not fulfil their full starting eleven positions, full credit to the ten that did turn up and play despite being manager less after a recent resignation, their misery compounded just before kick-off when they had to borrow a clubhouse patron to run the line for them. The game started under dark clouds which cleared to warm the Sunday afternoon atmosphere but by the interval those in attendance were sent scurrying for cover as the heavens opened, throw in some hailstones and a rapid drop in temperature which saw the away side forced to enjoy their fifteen minute half time break camped inside their dug out for cover, but just as soon as the rain had come the clouds cleared and the rest of the game was played out under blue skies and warm sunshine. Three strikes in each half for Carmen Robinson’s side were testament to how dominant an afternoon it was, they were even afforded a penalty to be saved quite brilliantly by visiting keeper Kate Williamson in the second period, more pleasing for the home manager was to see the goals shared around the side with five different scorers.

The game took a while to get going and it wasn’t until the twelfth minute that a shot in anger was fired, a half clearance from the Launton defence only found Sam Jolley to the right of goal from where she drove wide, their next move saw Evie Hawkins on the eighteen yard line slip a pass through the defence for Courtney Crawley to connect & score however a raised flag denied any celebration, then just before the quarter hour mark she did open the scoring when cutting in from the right touchline to drift past her marker and from the edge of the six yard box drill low inside the far post. The lead was doubled within three minutes of the opener when a free kick floated into the area by Rosie Hubbard was blocked by Williamson initially but Danielle Crossley fed the loose ball out to Jade Copas who went for goal, the keeper got back to save on her line but couldn’t hold on and Nicole Britten was on hand to fire home.

Lily Hamp fires home

A ball played down the centre of the field saw Hawkins away but with a defender on her shoulder she had to battle to get an inch of space in which time the goalie was off her line to bravely dive at the strikers feet, a rare Launton attack was brought to halt inside the Ath half and Crawley released on a quick counter attack where she made some ground before squaring inside to Britten who fired straight at the visiting custodian, a moment later the same routine saw the visitor’s struggle to contain the Buckingham winger who again found the same team mate who from the angle fired wide of the far upright, Hawkins then received a pass just inside the box with her back to goal where she held off a defender then turning and firing straight into the waiting gloves of Williamson, Lily Hamp was next to try her luck from twenty yards but again the keeper was behind it all the way.

The attacks were relentless and a poor clearance allowed Copas to shoot from close range which was denied by a boot on the line, Hamp put the ball back over the defence but again Williamson got blocked where from twelve yards Britten lifted over the crossbar much to her own disbelief, but then just after the half-hour mark a third finally arrived when a Jolley free kick found Hawkins whose effort was saved again on the line but it rolled out to Hamp on the six yard line who slotted home inside the near post. With eight minutes of the half left Launton had their first real chance of the game when a ball downfield eluded Georgina Howells allowing Ali Clarke a clear run at Ellen Fenables in the Ath goal, however she simply lifted straight into the keepers hands, at the opposite end Copas seized on a stray pass in the centre circle to advance before firing into Williamson’s hands. H/T: 3-0

Within one hundred and twenty seconds of the restart Buckingham had their fourth when a Hubbard free kick into the box eluded the Launton custodian and first to react was Hawkins who knocked home, just three minutes after the fourth came the fifth after good work down the flank from Crawley who squared inside to Britten, her low shot was well saved by Williamson but she only pushed into the path of Copas who rifled home. Encouraged by their second half opening the hosts sensed more & Jordan Heron burst forward from midfield & after evading a first challenge she looked set to shoot until a second defender came across to help out and got the slightest of deflections to stun it, Crawley almost increased her tally for the afternoon getting down the left and drifting along the by line before her curling effort around the keeper just wouldn’t bend in enough.

The weather turned for the worse

Just past the hour mark it was six when Launton struggled to get the ball away to safety and Anna Thompson charged down a clearance, her shot deflected off a defender to Crossley who was challenged and the loose ball fell kindly to Hawkins who despite being off balance managed to chip over Williamson into the roof of the net. The remaining half an hour didn’t see any further goals although Ath created enough chances to score as many again, Heron had another drive forward from midfield but her final touch just a little too heavy allowing the keeper to advance and smoother at her feet, Jolley released Hawkins with a defence splitting pass that saw the leading scorer flash across goal and inches wide of the far upright, & Hubbard tried her luck from twenty-five yards but too straight to trouble the shot stopper.

A diagonal pass into the box saw Britten hammer into the side netting from close range, whilst a Heron corner was met at the near post by Philippa Burge who diverted about a foot wide of her own goal frame, as the game drifted towards its latter stages Crawley won her side a penalty when she was played inside the eighteen yard area but a defenders trailing leg brought her down, after much deliberation she was elected to take the spot kick which Williamson did brilliantly down to her right to save. Britten saw a curling shot from the edge of the penalty arc caught by the away keeper, within a minute Copas did exactly the same after her initial effort was charged down, the final action saw another Heron corner find Hawkins who only managed to get under the cross and head up and over the top. F/T: 6-0

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TVCWFL D1; Barton United Ladies 2-4 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Barton United Ladies – 2
Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 4

03.03.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies braved storm Freya and a spirited comeback from Barton United Ladies on Sunday to eventually run out victors in their latest Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One fixture, playing in strong winds that blew from one end of the pitch to the other they took a two goal lead and looked comfortable but a late first half strike gave the hosts hope, and within a minute of the restart they were level from the penalty spot. However after withstanding a period of pressure the visitors retook control with two quick strikes and saw out the game to take all three points, and even more pleasingly saw four different scorers for Carmen Robinson’s squad lifting the gloom of the dark grey skies and intermittent rain that had settled in for the afternoon.

It only took three minutes for the visitors to have their first attempt when Nicole Britten seized upon a ball played across the eighteen yard line however going away from the target she could only help it wide, ahead of a goal mouth scramble that began with Jordan Heron bursting through into the box but the chance seemingly over when she was shielded from making contact by Barton defender Beth Mulvany, but as she collided with her keeper Chelsey Dummett the ball bounced up allowing Hawkins in to challenge, her touch was too heavy although it rolled to Heron who fired at goal but never really connected as she’d wanted allowing the home custodian to fall to her right to gather with both hands.

The visitor’s took the lead on eight minutes when Hawkins played Courtney Crawley down the left flank where she advanced before turning inside her marker & firing across goal into the far bottom corner, it was almost two soon after when a high ball into the area saw Hawkins go up against a defender & the keeper but the full back only managed to head past her team mate where it bounced across the open goal face, Heron managed to get to it and shoot but on the line United skipper Francesca Woolfe managed to get a block and just as it looked like Hawkins could pounce Lauren Todd launched to safety. At the opposite end a throw in to the hosts found Rosie Hodgkins twelve yards out but her shot was charged down by Anna Thompson with Britten on hand to clear.

Courtney Crawley opens the scoring

Brooke McNab tried her luck for Barton from twenty yards out but drove wide of the target, and on the half hour mark a direct free kick to her side saw Stacey Coles avoid the Ath wall but it was too close to Fenables to cause concern. Despite enjoying their spell of possession just five minutes later the hosts were two down when a succession of corners from Heron were defended well, the last which was too deep found Chelsea Markwell who had only come on as a substitute moments before and she went for goal forcing Dummit down low to save but she couldn’t hold on and Hawkins was on it in a flash to roll into the unguarded net.

Crawley found space out wide to explore before squaring inside to Britten who fired straight at the Barton keeper, then just six minutes until the interval United halved the deficit, a simple ball down the middle for Bev Hirons to chase after saw Dani Roberts try and make a block but it was past her in a flash and the midfielder raced into the area to tuck into the bottom corner. There was still time for a Buckingham move down the middle where Crawley was set away on goal however some good tracking back saw her marker get enough of a block to divert for a corner. H/T: 1-2

Just twenty seconds into the second period saw the home side win a penalty when Hirons drove into the area where Gemma Ball was deemed obstructive to her run and a spot kick awarded, Courtney Sumner duly despatching low into the bottom corner to level the scores. Athletic were now playing against the wind and with the Barton tails up also playing against a rejuvenated side, and had to spend a few moments repelling attacks but slowly regrouped & on fifty-seven minutes regained the lead after a determined run from Alex Miller. Picking up possession in midfield she drove at the defence evading a challenge or two along the way, a block on the edge of the box almost brought her down but sheer determination kept her going and she fired low towards the near post where the ball squirmed past Dummett and in.

Anna Thompson completes the scoring

Now the away side were buoyed and scored again within seven minutes, a shot from Hawkins to the right of the area saw the keeper make the save put push the ball into the path of the incoming Anna Thompson who from three yards out couldn’t miss to score her first of the season. Barton huffed & puffed trying to get a foot back in the game winning a quick corner that Sumner headed over, ahead of Coles flashing a shot across goal & wide from twenty yards. With time running out the home side won a corner which swung into the near post saw three blue shirts all challenge to get their heads to, Roberts got there first and her header crashed back off the crossbar and over everyone to safety.

Credit to Barton who never game up to the end, Sumner thrashed a shot over Fenables crossbar from the corner of the eighteen yard area, a free kick swung in by Woolfe then found Sumner at the back of the box who fired towards goal and somehow the Buckingham keeper on her line got something on it to block, followed closely by Coles curling a twenty yard effort which Fenables had to push away with both hands for a corner. A final minute scramble saw another corner sung in to the Ath box and on the line Jade Copas blocked, under pressure from Dummett who had come up from the opposite end for the set piece the ball rolled out to Sumner whose shot was charged down by Markwell allowing Lily Hamp to bring it away from danger as the final whistle sounded. F/T: 2-4

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TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 0-0 Abbey Rangers Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 0
Abbey Rangers Ladies – 0

24.02.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies held league leaders Abbey Rangers to a goalless draw on Sunday at Stratford Fields but were left rueing what should have been more as they simply couldn’t put the ball in the back of visiting keeper Alice Carter-Champion’s net. Numerous chances were spurned including a first half penalty during a game played under clear blue skies and warm sunshine, the table toppers lost their leading scorer Rachael Johnson to injury early on after she had looked dangerous in the opening exchanges, with twenty-six goals and eighteen assists in her fifteen starts this season she was always going to be their main threat & looked dangerous but once she exited the field clutching her hamstring the home side grew into the game and had enough chances to inflict revenge for the defeat in the reverse fixture back in November. The point leaves Carmen Robinson’s squad in seventh place in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One table, but with games in hand on every team in the league they can still push themselves much higher in their inaugural season in the top flight!

It took five minutes for the first shot in anger, Rangers Isobel Saunders finding space to explore down the left and from the edge of the area fired wide of Ellen Fenables near post, confusion in the home defence from the kick off saw them lose possession and a cross was hit first time by Lauren Timbrell but she screwed away from goal. Athletic had their first chance when Evie Hawkins cut in from the wing across the eighteen yard line and drilled low towards the bottom corner forcing Carter-Champion down to her right to smoother, at the opposite end a powerful run from Johnson saw her tussling with Gemma Ball into the box and getting her shot away but straight at Fenables.

Kerry Stapleton free kick well saved by Rangers keeper

Ath skipper Kerry Stapleton drove into the box from midfield and saw her shot blocked by a Rangers defender, the ball rolled out to Nicole Britten who fired over the crossbar ahead of some patient build up play by the hosts which resulted in Jade Copas shooting wide from twenty yards. A misplaced pass in the Buckingham defence then saw Johnson in acres of space to burst forward but with options in the middle she opted to shoot low to the front post where Fenables was behind it all the way, but on twenty-four minutes the Abbey hotshot was replaced after failing to shake off a leg injury.

A Stapleton free kick some twenty-five yards out saw her go for goal which had the visiting custodian having to use both hands underneath her own crossbar to push over for a corner, and with a minute of the half remaining Courtney Crawley got into the penalty area and her shot struck the arm of a defender and the referee was perfectly placed to point to the spot, Ball stepped forward to take responsibility but lifted high over the top. H/T: 0-0

The home side were on the attack from the restart through Copas down the left channel where she fired across goal and wide of the back stick, whilst Hawkins robbed a defender of possession to angle her run in on goal but could only fire wide of the target before a twenty-five yard free kick was driven wide of the front upright by Stapleton. On sixty-six minutes Carter-Champion earned the applause of everyone watching as Courtney Davey-Ward pounced on a loose ball in the box to shoot which saw the keeper having to fling herself up to her left to quite brilliantly single handedly push over her goal frame to deny what looked a certain opener.

Gemma Ball penalty

Stapleton was busy in midfield looking to get on the ball whenever the opportunity arose, one such occasion saw her win possession before laying off to Copas whose first time shot flew inches wide of the post, then with fifteen minutes left Rangers reintroduced Johnson to the action and within a minute she received a pass inside the area with her back to goal, she managed to turn and shoot but it looped up off her marker allowing Fenables to comfortably collect, at the other end Stapleton saw a dipping drive from twenty yards nestle in the waiting keepers gloves.

Buckingham were awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty arc which Stapleton took and was just a couple of feet wide of the right hand post, from the kick off the ball was headed back over the Abbey backline for Copas to chase down, approaching the area a tackle came in that floored the Ath player and earned the Rangers defender a booking, had it been another inch forward then it would have had to have been another penalty, the free kick taken from the white line cannoned off the wall for a corner, the last action saw a throw to the away side launched into Johnson, her first time effort straight into the arms of Fenables. F/T: 0-0

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TVCWFL; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 1-1 Banbury United Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 1

Banbury United Ladies – 1

09.12.2018

This gruelling battle ended with both sides sharing a point apiece and both sides leaving the field knowing they had missed chances to take all three, but the latest instalment of Buckingham Athletic Ladies v Banbury United Ladies saw one hundred and eight minutes of play fail to separate these old adversaries as injuries, substitutions and ball out of play all disrupted & delayed the game on a bitterly cold afternoon at Stratford Fields. Goal scoring chances were at a premium at either end, as both midfields and defences battled it out determined not to lose a tackle, not to give the ball away and definitely not to concede an inch of possession to their opponents, the hosts took the lead very early on from the penalty spot, the visitors equalised early after the break although it did take the head of a Buckingham player to draw them level.

Athletic took the lead in the fourth minute, Jade Copas out on the wing crossed into the area where two United defenders failed to clear allowing the ball to find Sam Jolley and as she shaped to shoot a challenge came in from her left which bowled her over and the referee pointed to the spot, despite the protests Gemma Ball calmly slotted home. It then took another fourteen minutes before the next worthy effort on goal, the visitors winning the ball in midfield and knocking it out left to Abi Smith who drove into the box but fired over the top, stand in keeper Courtney Davey-Ward who replaced the injured regular Ellen Fenables for the day was then in the thick of the action when a ball over the blue backline saw Josie Clarke clear on goal but Davey-Ward bravely dived at her feet to block with a defender on hand to clear.

Gemma Ball slots home from spot

A Banbury counter attack then saw Yazmin Holmes find space down the flank and her cross along the eighteen yard line resulted in Deborah Andrews having a fierce shot charged down before it threatened the Buckingham goal, at the opposite end Jordan Heron escaped the attention of her marker to the right of the box but her shot lacked conviction allowing Anna Crane to comfortably fall away to her left to gather. Heron was soon in behind again using her pace to accelerate from her defender, but Crane came flying off her line to meet her right on the edge of the box & sliding in made a fantastic save to deny, skipper Kerry Stapleton then curled one straight at the United custodian, and the last action saw Heron away again down the flank but her cross aimed for Evie Hawkins was read brilliantly by a defender who got to the near post to clear for a corner. H/T: 1-0

Just six minutes into the second half Banbury got their equaliser when a cross from the right was met at the front post by three bodies and unfortunately for Dani Roberts her head got there first to divert into the top corner. United piled on the pressure looking for a winner, but could not find a way through a resolute Buckingham defence and were almost made to pay when Alex Miller sent Hawkins away down the left where from the corner of the box she flashed her shot across goal and two to three yards wide of the far upright, moments later she repeated the feat again this time from a far more acute angle but again with the same result.

Stand in keeper Courtney Davey-Ward in action

Banbury then missed a guilt edged chance to take the lead when a ball downfield went through to Davey-Ward but her clearance went straight to Rochelle Buick and just as it seemed she would simply roll the ball into the empty net it squeezed under her boot as she trod on it and the chance was gone, she did square to Andrews but she lashed wildly wide from the angle. A ball over the red defence saw Hawkins in on goal but Crane was out to meet her, the pair collided which left the keeper needing some lengthy treatment before she could resume, and with ten minutes of the game remaining came the chance the hosts thought would put them back into the lead.

Another ball over the top for Hawkins to chase after saw both United keeper and a defender go to clear but instead collide leaving them both flat out, Hawkins collected the loose ball and adjacent to one post and the whole goal wide open she rolled the ball across the face and wide of the furthest upright, much to the disbelief of everyone inside the ground. From there both sides seemed to concede that the game would end in a draw, the closest either side came was a twenty-five yard free kick that Stapleton fired wide of goal. F/T: 1-1

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TVCWFL; Caversham AFC Ladies 4-0 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Caversham AFC Ladies – 4

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 0

25.11.2018

Buckingham Athletic Ladies were beaten for the second time this season on Sunday as their hosts Caversham AFC scored a brace in each half to seal the points; a defeat that was simply down to the pace of the counter attacking skills of the home side who were under fifteen minutes or so of pressure at the start of the second period, with the visitors looking for a foothold back into the game a move broke down and within seconds the ball was in the back of Ellen Fenables’ net and the game was over, whenever the Swans attack did breach the defence they found a determined Nina Merritt in between the sticks who refused to be beaten.

Six minutes in Buckingham were made aware of the threat down the Caversham left through Freya Jenkins when she was released and her pace took her away from anyone in blue and her cross fizzed across the goal face out of Fenables reach and out for a goal kick, a free kick to the home side was then simply lifted over the top for Tiffany Newland to chase after but with two defenders on her tail she had to go for goal first time but could only lift over the top. The away sides first chance fell to Kerry Stapleton with a twenty-five yard free kick that sailed wide, and straight back up the other end Jenkins again exploited space down the wing to cut inside and fire across Fenables who had to dive to her left to smoother.

Caversham took the lead on twenty-one minutes when Newland cut in from the right and lost her marker to attack the Athletic penalty area, rounding the keeper she looked set to score but Fenables dived at her feet bringing her down and before the referee had to make a decision the loose ball rolled out to the incoming Sophie Ali who slotted into the empty net. Four minutes later it was two when the visitors surrendered possession in midfield it was knocked out to Jenkins on the wing, she twisted and turned her marker ahead of firing into the roof of the net inside the near post.

Kerry Stapleton goes close in first half

A superb Stapleton run ten minutes from the break deserved more, collecting just in the opposition half she drove at goal skipping a couple of challenges and from the edge of the six-yard box she tried to fire inside the near post but could only find the side netting, before a free kick on the halfway line was floated up to Evie Hawkins on the edge of the penalty arc, with her back to goal she managed to hold off her marker, turn and shoot but Merritt was behind it all the way. H/T: 2-0

Athletic made a positive start to the second half taking the game to the league leaders, an early lob over the back line saw Hawkins in on goal again but Merritt was off her line in a flash to make the block on the eighteen yard line, Courtney Crawley was introduced to the action and was soon accelerating down the flank ahead of releasing a dipping drive that eluded the out stretched gloves of the keeper but also the crossbar. A counter attack from the home side saw Newland feed Ali in the box but she fired straight at Fenables, her goal kick finding Crawley on the wing who in turn left two defenders in her wake before crossing into the box, the ball half cleared out to Stapleton who fired over the top.

A free kick into the Caversham box was cleared long out to Anna Thompson who simply headed back over the defensive line for Hawkins to chase after but again the keeper met her halfway making the block before clearing the danger. Then after twenty minutes of Athletic pressure the host’s struck again on the counter, another long clearance downfield for Newland saw her run at goal with Georgina Howells for company, just as the defender thought she’d forced her wide she fired low in to the bottom corner.

Courtney Crawley denied in second half

Back came the Swans again, an inch perfect cross from skipper Stapleton was met at the far post by Crawley whose volley was brilliantly blocked at point blank range by the keeper yet again, and just nine minutes after the third Caversham grabbed their fourth when a ball over the top set Newland perfectly to absolutely smash home. Buckingham won a free kick late on that Stapleton arrowed towards the top corner but the gloves of Merritt were more than ready, a corner then half cleared out to the captain was blazed high over the bar.

The final chance saw Jade Copas show some determination out on the right of midfield, winning the battle to gain the ball and feeding up the line to Heron who advanced a yard before unleashing a dipping drive that for a moment looked as though it could be over Merritt but a step back saw her able to claim comfortably. F/T: 4-0

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BBFA CC; Penn & Tylers Green Ladies 0-5 Buckingham Athletic Ladies

Penn & Tylers Green Ladies – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 5

18.11.2018

Buckingham Athletic eased through this Berks & Bucks County Cup fixture at Penn & Tylers Green on a bright but cold Sunday afternoon, four different goal scorers saw the visitors through to the next round in a game that in effect was done & dusted by half time as they lead by three goals, any early second half hopes of a comeback were soon dashed by two goals in a minute to kill off the hopes of their hosts. A nasty leg injury that caused a ten minute delay saw the second half stretch out over an hour, some alert goalkeeping by Penn keeper Jessica Smith as well as the goal frame kept the score line down as the Athletic squad warmed up nicely ahead of their trip to league leaders Caversham next weekend.

It took the away side a while to get going and their first few attempts to feed the front line saw Smith able to warm her hands on a regular basis, one such attack saw Kerry Stapleton feed Gemma Ball in midfield who in turn fed a pass through the eye of a needle for Evie Hawkins to chase after but the home keeper raced twenty yards out from her goal to get there first and bravely slide in to clear. A delivery from Ball then saw Hawkins try and strike first time as she ran diagonally against its flight but she could only watch as it rolled harmlessly for a goal kick, a corner from Alex Miller saw Stapleton steel in on the edge of the six yard box to get her head to the cross but the ball bounced off the outside of the post and out to safety.

Jade Copas tried her luck from eighteen yards forcing Smith away to her left to save with a defender on hand to clear, a poor goal kick moments later saw Dani Roberts intercept and feed Hawkins where her attempt saw the keeper having to sink to her knees to save with both hands. Athletic eventually took the lead on eighteen minutes, Stapleton collecting the ball some twenty-five yards out before looking up and delivering the perfect dipping drive that eluded Smith at full stretch and nestled in the top corner. Roberts then tried getting in on the act when she powered her way forward with a twenty yard run into the box, her shot saved by the feet of Smith in what was a prelude of things to come later in the game.

Evie Hawkins bags her second of the game

Buckingham doubled their lead on twenty-seven minutes when Hawkins was again fed in on goal and this time beat Smith to it tucking past the shot stopper to effectively seal the game. Athletic continued to press and hurry the home defence every time they had possession, Ball chased down a loose pass to set Hawkins away again but off balance she fired wide, ahead of a long clearance saw the blue defence struggle as the slippery pitch allowed a rare chance for Penn with Rebecca Meller firing wide of Ellen Fenables right hand post.

A free kick to the visitors then saw Ball go for goal from twenty-five yards, the shot sailed inches over the outstretched hand of Smith and the top of the crossbar, but with five minutes of the half remaining Hawkins bagged her second latching onto a pass from her captain to fire home first time from just inside the eighteen yard line. H/T: 0-3

Athletic persevered with their predation after the halftime break, Hawkins screwed a shot wide from the right of goal, whilst Stapleton robbed a defender out in the corner of the pitch, turning in on goal and ghosting past her she released a dipping drive that shadowed the woodwork as it landed over the netting. An injury to a Penn player then saw a ten minute delay in proceedings, and from there the game was very stop start with various substitutions, offsides and waits for retrieval of balls. After the game finally restarted an away throw into Roberts just inside the opponents’ box saw her turn and spiral a shot beyond the far post, again another warmer for what was to come later!

Nicole Britten gets on scoresheet

A cross from Stapleton was fired wide by Ball, a through ball for Hawkins to chase after was signalled as offside just as she was about to pull the trigger and another attempt from Roberts saw Smith having to parry with both hands and collect after the bounce. A ball played from the left wing saw four blue shirts in the middle queueing to shoot, it fell to Copas who lifted high over the top, but on seventy minutes the fourth goal arrived when Hawkins turned provider robbing a defender on the wing, going past her she then delivered into the six yard box where Nicole Britten simply could not miss, firing high up into the net.

Within a minute Roberts got the goal she had worked tirelessly for, bursting through the Penn defence from outside the area she smashed goal wards where Smith couldn’t hold on despite getting to it, the whole team celebrating her overdue reward. Hawkins was millimetres away from her hattrick when Alex Miller sent her on her way to face Smith one on one, rounding the keeper she fired towards the empty net from the right of the box only to watch the ball come off the inside of the post and back along the goal line to the opposite upright where a defender almost made a hash of the clearance but somehow Smith recovered to jump on the ball.

Miller got down the wing and delivered the best cross of the afternoon inch perfect onto the head of Ball who six yards out headed over, Stapleton was unlucky not to add to her tally when a run through the Green’s defence saw her skip a number of tackles and as she rounded the keeper a last ditch block came in to divert for a corner, the last chance fell to Hawkins who was again thwarted by the knees of Smith as she fired from the right of the area. F/T: 0-5

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TVCWFL; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 6-3 Barton United Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 6

Barton United Ladies – 3

11.11.2018

A switch of venue less than two hours prior to kick off saw this fixture reversed back to Stratford Fields where the visitors only had eleven players for the ninety minutes, but they battled well and it took four attempts for Buckingham to take the lead before they managed to hold on to it and secure the points. Two goals in the final eleven minutes finally killed off the Barton resistance, yet another hattrick for leading scorer Evie Hawkins was secured in the final minute and after the game manager Carmen Robinson admitted it will be extremely difficult to replace her goals next season when the striker goes off to university.

From the kick off home skipper Kerry Stapleton released Alex Miller down the left channel where she drilled a shot low that beat United keeper Hollie Randall but came back off the foot of the post and across the open goalmouth, running in Hawkins pushed her effort wide of the target, moments later Barton threatened when Beverley Hirons was sent racing through the home backline but some alert goalkeeping from Ellen Fenables allowed her to accelerate and clear the danger, and a ball that looked lost when played down the Athletic right saw Hawkins chase it down and squared across to Stapleton who left footed curled around the top corner.

A corner to the hosts was flicked on inside the area towards the back of the box where a United player trying to head clear only managed to put the ball back into the eighteen yard area where Stapleton managed to control before seeing her shot canon off her marker for another corner, a goal kick was then headed back over the Barton backline for Hawkins to again get away but she could only help the ball on its path wide, and Nicole Britten sprung the offside trap as she scampered down the wing but she pulled her cross behind everyone in the box, it did reach Gemma Ball who controlled ahead of firing over the crossbar.

The hosts took the lead on eighteen minutes when a corner swung in found Stapleton whose initial shot was blocked but it offered her a second chance that took a deflection to loop over Randall and the spin meant it bounced in, but the lead lasted just five minutes as a cross from the visitors right found Courtney Sumner alone in front of goal where she swivelled to fire past Fenables. It wasn’t long before Hawkins was on the prowl again, a tackle from behind almost floored the Swans striker but she persevered to get her shot in which the keeper got enough on to stun with a team mate on hand to thump to safety.

Evie Hawkins opens scoring

Buckingham won a free kick on the edge of the penalty arc which Stapleton & Ball stood over mulling their options, the captain dummied her run for Ball to then angle an effort over the top, and within a minute their guests had a free kick in a similar position at the other end which Francesca Woolfe took and grazed the top of the netting as it sailed over. Just past the half hour mark the hosts regained the lead when a simple pass down their right from deep in their own half saw Hawkins away on goal again, despite the attention of two defenders she fired home from sixteen yards out.

Stapleton then had a run down the left and her shot came back off a defender where it was met on the eighteen yard line by Sam Jolley who drilled low past Randall’s right hand post, and a minute before the break a long upfield punt saw Sumner in behind the blue defence but always off balance she lifted over the top. As it seemed the half was done, the last action saw Barton grab their second equaliser when Hirons was threaded in between the defence and her shot took enough of a deflection of her marker to take it past Fenables and into the net. F/T: 2-2

Shortly after the restart Miller ran at the visiting defence but fired wide, her next attack saw her square behind the line of red shirts to Hawkins who sliding in could only steer wide, the next attack saw Hawkins down the flank beating the visitors attempted offside trap and accelerating off from her marker she was denied by a brave dive at her feet by Randall. From the goal kick the hosts retook the lead for the third time on fifty-two minutes, a simple header back downfield saw Stapleton all on her own, some hesitation arose as the wait for a flag that didn’t come allowed her to race away before blasting home giving the keeper no chance whatsoever.

Moments after the goal the captain was in again this time firing across goal and narrowly wide of the back post, but just seven minutes after going behind the visitors equalised again when a free kick lifted into the Athletic area wasn’t cleared and two United players almost got in each other’s way trying to shoot but Hirons eventually scooped home from close range. Back came the home side again, Miller down the left curled an effort inches wide of the upright, but on sixty-five minutes Hawkins grabbed her second of the afternoon when released straight down the middle to outpace her marker and from just inside the area fire home the seventh goal of the game.

Kerry Stapleton rifles home

This time there was no way back for the away side as their hosts pushed on from here, a ball over the top saw Stapleton down the flank and into the box but her shot was well saved by Randall with a defender on hand to thump to safety, Ball then collected in midfield and riding two tackles she slipped a pass through for Hawkins to chase, shoulder to shoulder with a defender and with the keeper coming out she went for goal only to watch her effort roll about two yards wide of the post, at the other end a long range looping effort from Sumner never had Fenables in any real trouble as she gathered with both hands.

Another Buckingham cross saw a block that rolled out to Jade Copas who slammed her shot against a red shirt, she collected again moments later and initially lost the ball under her feet but quickly regained her composure to lose her marker and go for goal, the ball landing on top of the netting. United then almost gifted their hosts another goal when a back pass towards Randall was never going to make it and Hawkins nipped in but as she went to pull the trigger the keeper was out to avert the danger by launching downfield.

On seventy-nine minutes Buckingham scored their fifth and effectively killed the game off once and for all, Hawkins was released away down the right and as she attacked the ball on the edge of the area both her, the Barton keeper and a defender all collided leaving the Athletic striker to go and collect out wide, as she attempted to cross into the box the Barton custodian was running back to cover and unfortunately her attempt to clear saw her slice into her own net. Stapleton then explored acres of space down the left before trying to find bodies in the middle, a block saw her get a second chance which she blazed over the bar.

A goal kick saw Copas intercept out wide, she laid off into the path of her skipper who travelled into the area but Randall was out quick to dive bravely at her feet, ahead of a superb pass down the right from Dani Roberts saw Hawkins away again and into the box, her effort however straight at the goalkeeper. As the clock ticked over into added time, Copas found Hawkins out wide and her cross cum shot sailed over the outstretched glove of the keeper and into the back of the net for her third of the game. F/T: 6-3

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TVCWFLC; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 8-0 Ascot United Ladies Reserves

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 8

Ascot United Ladies – 0

Buckingham Athletic Ladies eased past Ascot United Ladies reserves on Sunday in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Cup first round, but full credit to the visitors who competed for ninety minutes with just nine players due to unavailability which was duly noted by the Athletic manager & captain after the game. With the game put to bed long before the half time whistle, the home side gave game time to all the squad that attended, with eight goals scored by five different goal scorers it was a pleasing afternoon for the manager to see goals spread amongst her team.

Athletic took the lead with just fifty-five seconds on the clock when skipper Kerry Stapleton drove at goal from midfield and from the edge of the box smashed over Cara O’Brien in the Ascot goal and into the back of the net, just sixty seconds later it was two when Jordan Heron exploited the space on the right to advance towards goal and smash past O’Brien giving the forlorn keeper no chance whatsoever.

Continuing their relentless wave of attacks the hosts again threatened when Stapleton got down their right and forced the United keeper to stick out a boot at her near post to divert for a corner, the resulting corner was cleared to the edge of the area where Dani Roberts lifted over the crossbar. Stapleton again had space to discover down the left wing and her attempted centre to Evie Hawkins eluded both the Buckingham striker and an Ascot defender, waiting behind Heron fired wide.

Jade Copas heads home

The third goal arrived on nineteen minutes when Stapleton crossed from the wing and as no defenders tried to deal with it and O’Brien stood rooted to the spot in nipped Jade Copas to head home. Within two minutes they had a fourth when Stapleton received the ball twenty yards out and she sent a dipping shot over the keeper which brushed the underside of the bar as it went in.

Heron then tried to add to her tally with a shot from the right that saw Carol Checkley having to stick out a boot to divert for a corner, before Alex Miller saw her effort from eighteen yards pushed onto the top of the netting by O’Brien. Hawkins was working hard to get on the end of crosses & passes and finally opened her account just before the half hour mark, a ball knocked into the box saw her nip inbetween two defenders to slot home.

Hawkins attacked again only to be challenged on the edge of the area, the loose ball rolled out to Heron who went for goal but could only find the waiting gloves of O’Brien, the next chance saw Hawkins again burst forward from midfield to latch onto a long ball over the top but she lifted over the crossbar. H/T: 5-0

Despite numerous changes at the break it only took Athletic four minutes to get their sixth when Nicole Britten created some space in the Ascot half, Miller held her run back perfectly to beat the offside trap and latching onto the pass she chipped over the keeper. Soon after a corner to the home side was half cleared by the United backline but only as far as Sam Jolley who flashed her shot wide of the back post.

Jordan Heron complete hatrick

Courtney Davey-Ward slipped a perfect pass through the middle for Copas to then chase after, her shot saved brilliantly by the legs of O’Brien, and she was soon busy again when a defender completely missed her kick allowing Miller a free run on goal, she could however only shoot straight at the shot stopper who grateful caught with both hands.

On sixty-eight minutes Buckingham scored their seventh when Heron again used her pace down the right channel, receiving the ball she simply headed for the near post before slotting home, soon after Ascot almost had a consolation when a throw out on their right saw Hannah Swallow in behind the Athletic backline but she could only lift over the top.

With ten minutes left Heron completed her hatrick when yet again her pace was far too much for an initial challenge, as another defender came across to cover she was also beaten for pace and from the tightest of angles the Athletic forward fired into the bottom corner. There was still time for Miller to feed Christina Jones late on and her effort was inches away from the target. F/T: 8-0

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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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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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