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TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 2-2 Caversham AFC Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 2
Caversham AFC Ladies – 2

15.05.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies rounded off their season with a hard fought two all draw with Caversham on Wednesday evening at Stratford Fields, to finish their first campaign in the top flight of the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League with a very respectable top four finish, a number of teams around them have been unable to complete their fixtures leaving the final league table a little unclear, but at the time of writing they share joint third with Carterton. With a number of first team regulars missing both teams fought out a highly entertaining draw, the second half fiercely competitive with full credit to both sides considering there was very little riding on the game, a number of supporters at the end of the game commenting they had seen one of the best games of the season in this league!

The home side had the first effort of note on five minutes when a clearance to the penalty arc saw Rosie Hubbard head towards the target however visiting custodian Nina Merritt was under it all the way, Kerry Stapleton then had three shadowing her across the area but managed to drill low straight at the keeper, at the opposite end a great four player move saw the away side move the ball higher & higher up the pitch resulting in Freya Jenkins firing narrowly wide. Courtney Crawley was next to warm the hands of Merritt from distance claiming underneath her own crossbar, her goal keeping opponent was then busy denying Jenkins after she’d run thirty yards from midfield and tried to tuck inside the near post, Britten received a pass from Stapleton to hit on the turn but again the shot stopper was not to be beaten.

Nicole Britten scored second Ath goal

The deadlock was eventually broken on thirty-two minutes as a Hubbard corner eluded a couple of touches at close range but running in at the back stick Stapleton managed to divert inside the post, that lead looked good heading towards the break but the visitors drew level with two minutes remaining through Jenkins who fired low across the face from the left of the box, the ball thumping the base of the far upright and rebounding in. An injury then delayed the game but deep into added time the hosts retook the lead after a shot from Crawley came back off the woodwork and Britten was the first to react to turn home. H/T: 2-1

A free kick to Buckingham early after the restart saw Stapleton go for goal from some way out, Merritt parried the initial effort and had to jump up quickly to block the follow up by home captain Jade Copas, a Caversham corner then bounced off the top of the crossbar as it went over & out of play. The game was level once more just past the hour mark when a long punt downfield saw the blue defence switch off allowing Tiffany Newland to pick out Jenkins to the left, her first time drive angled into the near top corner with some power.

Caversham equalise for second time

The away side won a free kick that Jenkins fired straight at Ath keeper Ellen Fenables from just outside the box, Crawley did well out on the touchline skipping past her marker before advancing towards goal but as she drove across the area the ball was just too close to Merritt who gathered and at the opposite end Sophie Ali lifted over the top from the eighteen yard line; Stapleton tried driving at the Caversham backline but with three bodies trailing her again she did well to make any advance however she simply ran out of room and the chance was cleared as the visitor’s made every effort not to concede again.

The midfielder drove a free kick against the wall but as the ball rolled back to her she floated into the far post where Copas headed down to Crawley who lifted over the bar from twelve yards, a Caversham corner was headed wide before a decent one-two saw Jenkins fire into the gloves of Fenables, the last chance of the game fell to the double goal scorer who from inside the area pulled her effort past the back stick. F/T: 2-2

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Buckingham Athletic Ladies need your support tonight!

Tonight see’s the last game of the season for Buckingham Athletic Ladies as they host Caversham AFC Ladies at Stratford Fields with a 7.45pm kick-off, third in the table versus sixth promises to be a cracker!

Ath lost at Caversham back in November but beat them in cup game in January

A win would lift Carmen Robinson’s squad up into second place in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One table, but they won’t know if they stay there until the week-end when those below them play their final round of matches. However, in the reverse fixture last November their opponents put four past the Swans without reply, so this will be no easy game.

Support your local ladies’ team, it’s free entry and your support could help the team to clinch that vital three points they need as they seek that runners-up place in the first season in the top division.

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TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 3-0 Wantage Town Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 3
Wantage Town Ladies – 0

21.04.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies warmed up for their County Cup final next weekend with a routine win over Wantage Town Ladies on Sunday at a sun baked Stratford Fields, racing into three goal lead within the opening twenty-three minutes they took the foot off the gas for the remainder managing the game to a conclusion, in scorching Easter temperatures the match official allowed several drinks breaks throughout the game to keep those on the pitch hydrated, a good number of players turning out for Carmen Robinson’s side illustrating the hunger for cup success next week at Slough. Taking the lead in the opening minute soon followed by strikes from Lily Hamp and Evie Hawkins were enough to see the Ath Ladies jump to fourth in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division One table, with three games left to play they take a two week break now from league duties before resuming their battle for a top three finish.

With barely sixty seconds on the clock the home side won a penalty which Kerry Stapleton curled in towards the near post where two defenders along with Nicole Britten all challenged up against Town keeper Sophie Jones who put her hand out but only succeeded in pushing the ball into the back of the net. A couple of half chances for the visitor’s saw a throw bounce over the blue backline but Ellen Fenables was alert enough to advance & collect, a long punt downfield then threatened to release Izzy Ottley but again the Ath custodian was off her line in a flash to smoother.

The hosts doubled their lead on nine minutes when Britten did well down the wing and from the byline crossed into the six-yard box where a defender swung a boot but missed leaving Hamp unmarked in the middle to sweep home. A quick counter attack after a Wantage move broke down saw Stapleton feed Hawkins in the area but her first time shot looped up off a defender into the grateful hands of Jones, a corner swung in then saw Hawkins climb highest to connect and her looping header bounced off the top of the crossbar and out of play.

Athletic open the scoring

The move of the game saw the third goal arrive when Hamp did well down the left wing knocking the ball past a defender to round her and get forward before delivering the perfect cross into Hawkins who thumped her header past Jones into the bottom corner. The half then interrupted as players needed to take on fluids but with five minutes remaining the blue frontline were convinced they had scored a fourth twice in the same attack however it wasn’t given.

A close range shot from Hawkins deflected off the keeper towards the open goal but a defender recovered and cleared right off the line, the Buckingham leading scorer reeled away arms aloft but play waved on then saw Britten head for the corner where Jones got up to push out, the winger got a second effort in that hit the post and rolled along the line but again a defender got across to clear and no goal was the verdict. There were a couple of late chances that saw Britten fire wide and Stapleton find the gloves of Jones. H/T: 3-0

Early in the second half the home defence struggled to clear their lines and pushing forward Charmaine White latched onto the loose ball but dragged her shot across goal and wide of the far upright, on the hour mark the hosts were denied a fourth once again when a cross from their right from Gemma Ball was headed in by Stapleton but a raised flag saw the referee consult with his assistant before denying.

Wantage clear off the line to deny a fourth goal

A speculative effort from twenty-five yards saw Meghann Steptoe loop wide with little other options ahead of her, a corner soon after saw Fenables come out and punch to the edge of her area where Jade Wilkinson went for goal however only screw away from the target, a long clearance downfield saw Hawkins released down the right hand channel and into the box where Jones came to meet her and make the block taking a painful blow in the process.

A Buckingham attack broke down high up the pitch and the ball sent long for White to chase after, with space ahead of her she opted to shoot from twenty odd yards but straight at the home custodian, a free kick to the hosts just inside the Wantage half saw Emma Marshall making just her second start of the season float in towards goal where Jones had to push away with both hands from under her own crossbar.

A Gemma Ball cross from the right found the head of skipper Jade Copas forcing Jones to single handedly push around her goal frame for a corner, in added time a long distance free kick was fired straight at the visiting keeper by Stapleton. F/T: 3-0

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TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 1-4 Carterton Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 1
Carterton Ladies – 4

24.03.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies were soundly beaten on Sunday although it did take two late strikes for the visitor’s to confirm their deserved victory, the hosts losing their first competitive game at Stratford Fields since they came together last season. Under clear blue skies with a cold breeze The Swans once again started the game having to heavily reshuffle the pack with regulars Kerry Stapleton, Gemma Ball & Dani Roberts watching from the touchlines all nursing recent injuries, going two down at home was new territory for Carmen Robinson’s team but pulling a goal back ahead of the break through Nicole Britten gave hope going into the second period, in all fairness Carterton had enough chances to have sown the game up long before the final five minutes but it took two gifts as the game petered out to a close until the Oxfordshire side could relax knowing their job was done & the points safely tucked in their kit bag.

The home side were the first to threaten through Jordan Heron who was released down the right flank and reaching the eighteen yard area she fired over the top, Rosie Hubbard playing at left back then sent her captain Evie Hawkins scampering off down that wing in acres of space and into the area where visiting keeper Amy Bourton came out but the Ath striker went round her challenge though the merest of touches was enough to slow the ball down allowing a defender to get back and hold Hawkins off until Bourton could collect. Despite their early defending the away side slowly grew into the game, and Katie Wadey tried her luck from the eighteen yard line but could only loop up into the gloves of host custodian Ellen Fenables, at the other end pressure from Heron on a defender in possession forced her to lose out and the Ath winger peeled off her shoulder to shoot but only straight at Bourton.

Carterton open the scoring

After soaking up their hosts early pressure Carterton opened the scoring on the quarter hour mark when a diagonal pass across the box found Gina Napier just to the left, she took a touch to control before rifling into the bottom corner, then just seven minutes later they doubled their advantage when a goal kick was headed back through the home backline for Wadey to chase after, rounding the advancing keeper she stroked home left footed from ten yards out. Wadey was played in again just sixty seconds after scoring but she hit it first time and could only screw wide, and at this stage it looked as though the away side were going to dominate however Athletic bounced back just before the half hour mark when a lucky deflection in the Carterton defence set Britten up to head for goal and knock past Bourton to half the deficit.

Hubbard took a free kick out on the flank which travelled through a sea of bodies in front of goal and at the last second Bourton had to stick out her left arm to stop it going straight in, the next away attack saw a ball over the top that looked set to offer Kerry O’Connor the chance to shoot from twelve yards until a superb sliding block came in from Hubbard that denied any chance of danger. A free kick to the visitor’s right on the eighteen yard line saw Napier drill straight at Fenables, before another corner saw some pinball inside the box and an eventual shot saw Sam Jolley having to clear off her own line, the half ending with Wadey drifting inside from the wing and flashing a low drive across goal and wide of the far upright. H/T: 1-2

A busy afternoon for Ellen Fenables

After the break a third minute punt downfield for Carterton to chase saw Fenables come out to the edge of her area and catch before dropping then knocking to safety, the visitor’s screaming for an outside the area decision forcing the referee to consult with his assistant until finally awarding a corner, moments later they did get the ball in the back of the net again however a raised flag denied any celebration. The hosts won a free kick on the edge of the penalty arc and after some encouragement Jade Copas drilled over the crossbar, the next away attack saw Emma Wilcocks played in behind the blue backline to face a one-on-one with the home keeper, but Fenables made herself as big as possible and brilliantly stick out an arm to divert over the top for a corner.

Wadey was next to be released on goal but from eighteen yards she fired straight at the keeper, and the game seemed to be drifting quietly to a conclusion with neither side really looking like scoring again. Then with just three minutes remaining a harmless looking back pass from Lily Hamp to her keeper somehow crept under her boot and rolled into the empty net, a minute later they won another corner which saw a shot from Kirsten Rolls get a late touch from O’Connor as it flew up towards Fenables gloves, but she couldn’t hold on and escaped her grasp to bounce over the line. F/T: 1-4

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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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