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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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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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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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