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Buckingham Senior Charity Cup – 2018-19 draw

The draw has taken place for the 2018-19 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.

First Round

Leighton Town v Unite MK

Buckingham Athletic v Daventry Town


Semi Finals

Leighton Town or Unite MK v Aylesbury

Buckingham Athletic or Daventry Town v Winslow United

Buckingham Junior Charity Cup: 2018-19 full draw

SEASON 2018 / 2019










KICK-OFF 7.30pm













Played for between the two losing semi-finalists


Vasculitis benefits from Buckingham Charity Cup 2018/19

Sports Shots are delighted to announce that two of the clubs we cover have already confirmed their participation in the forthcoming Buckingham Charity Cup 2018/19 campaign, and after contacting us for our chosen charity of choice, we have nominated Vasculitis UK for both clubs.

For anyone unfamiliar with Vasculitis, all your questions are answered here:

Our most recent donations were made to our other chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support, therefore we have directed both clubs towards Vasculitis for their cup campaigns.

Sports Shots would like to thank both clubs and everyone who has been involved in this incredibly kind gesture, and wish both clubs the best of luck in the competition.

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BCC; Buckingham Athletic 0-2 Daventry Town

Buckingham Athletic – 0

Daventry Town – 2

Buckingham Athletic put up a brave performance against higher level opponents Daventry Town on Sunday in the Buckingham Charity Cup Final but were undone in the first half by two goals in Mark Carter’s final game in charge at Stratford Fields. They had chances to get back in the game, Robbie Carter hit the crossbar late on, but Daventry always looked a threat going forward and saw the game out to lift the trophy on a warm & sunny afternoon.

The hosts had the first chance at goal when a Ryan Marsden throw in found Chris Stapleton in the Town area, he turned and got a shot away but Daventry keeper Lustin Cerga gathered comfortably, whilst the visitor’s first effort saw Adam Confue seize on a poor pass out of the Athletic defence & drive forward ten yards before shooting however a covering defender got a touch on the ball to help deflect into Lewis Dench’s gloves.

The next Daventry attack saw a header away collected by wide man Adam Creaney who took a touch to control before firing wide of Dench’s left-hand post. On eighteen minutes a cross from Town front man Kieran Fitzgerald saw a touch from Athletic skipper Dan Staley wrong foot everyone and Jack Carter had to clear for a corner. Bleu McNeil crossed from the right and at the back post Creaney was at full stretch to head down but Dench was able to gather.

Athletic management for the last time

Confue then seized on a clearance from the Buckingham defence, pushing forward he powered a low drive narrowly wide, and Creaney curled in a great cross from the left touchline to the back post where running in Fitzgerald headed over. Athletic fought back with Robbie Carter down the right, he had a personal battle with his marker which he won, getting to the edge of the box he crossed into the middle but with no one forward the chance was wasted.

Daventry midfielder Tom McGowan got away into the Buckingham area and as he aimed to shoot Sam Olawale tracked back brilliantly to slide in and tackle, win the ball and clear upfield. But just as Buckingham looked comfortable containing their opponents, all their hard work was undone by two goals in the final sixteen minutes of the half.

On twenty-nine minutes a ball into the six-yard box evaded a couple of attempted clearances, played back in to Fitzgerald with back to goal he turned and slotted past Dench, then in the final minute a corner swung in and as a mass of bodies went up, the ball flew into the back of the net off Staley with some power. H/T: 0-2

Daventry having the upper hand continued to probe in the second half, Dean Lukeman pushing forward from full back managed to get some space but could only fire over the top, & some brief respite for the home side when a shot was cleared from the Daventry six-yard box was soon back up the other end, Fitzgerald about to shoot when a flailing boot managed to take off his toe and divert for a corner.

Robbie Carter hit bar late on

As the second half wore on a couple of substitutions breathed some new life into the home side, Rory Busby newly introduced laid off to Neil King to force a good save from Cerga down to his right, before Stapleton broke the Town offside trap and his acrobatic scissor kick deflected away for a corner. From the set piece Stapleton flicked on with his head and in front of goal Robbie Carter turned the ball onto the crossbar with the rebound cleared to safety.

Daventry came back with Creaney who from the right fired along the six-yard line to which Elliot Herbert got a touch, but a deflection took it away for a corner, their next cross found Confue at the back post where he had to stoop down low to get his head to the ball but could only loop over the top. Athletic tried again to get something back, a loose pass at the back for Daventry saw King go for goal from twenty yards but he got under it and lifted over the top.

Creaney then saw a cross come back off the crossbar for the away side, then with five minutes left Buckingham were close to setting up a dramatic finale when Stapleton climbed highest to meet a cross, he headed down but somehow Cerga got down to the foot of his near post to push away for a corner. In the final minute another Athletic free kick saw Carter flick on and wide, but by now the result was done & dusted. F/T: 0-2

Attendance: 104

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Presentations after the game: 
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Buckingham Senior Charity Cup – Buckingham Athletic 0 Daventry Town 2

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Buckingham Charity Cup Final preview

Sunday 13th May 2018

Buckingham Athletic (Step 6) v Daventry Town (Step 5)

Buckingham Charity Cup Final

Stratford Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Athletic

The Buckingham Charity Cup final takes place on Sunday, where Buckingham Athletic host Daventry Town, to end the season for both clubs. For Athletic it also sees the end of manager Mark Carter’s reign at the club along with his staff, Paul Hassell and Jason Liscum, as they step down from their roles after the game. Both clubs have finished their seasons in the top half of their relevant divisions, and silverware would be a nice bonus to end the campaign. Sports Shots takes a brief look at both sides;

Buckingham Athletic:

Athletic finished their season in seventh place in the South Midlands League Division One. Of their thirty-eight league games they won eighteen drawing eleven, scoring seventy-seven goals conceding fifty-one. At Stratford Fields they won nine, drew seven and lost just three.

Their final eight matches of their league campaign saw three wins, four draws and just one loss: LWDDWDWD

Their Charity Cup campaign started with a quarter-final two goal win over Old Bradwell United back in November, the winter weather took hold and their semi-final was restricted to just one leg when a back log of fixtures for all clubs meant dates soon ran out, meaning both clubs agreed to play just the single game at Buckingham, which the hosts won by a single goal over Leighton Town.

Daventry Town:

Daventry ply their trade in the United-Counties League Premier Division, after gaining promotion last year as champions of the UCL Division One, and finished their season in tenth place. Of their forty-two league games, they won nineteen with ten draws, scoring seventy goals along the way and conceding sixty. Away from home they won eight, drew six and lost seven.

Their final eight matches of their league campaign saw two wins, two draws and four losses: DWLWLLLD

Their Charity Cup campaign started with a quarter-final six goal romp over Grendon Rangers back in October, then a two-legged semi-final against Winslow United saw a goalless draw at Elmfield Gate, before Town triumphed by two goals to one on Bank Holiday Monday to reach the final.

Daventry Town

Ahead of the final Sports Shots caught up with Athletic skipper Dan Staley & Town joint manager Arron Parkinson, and asked Arron how much his squad are looking forward to the final:

The whole club is looking forward to this game, a cup final at the end of a long tough season is what myself and the players see as a great way to end the season on a high note

Staley also sees the game as a chance to banish a recent memory:

We are very much looking forward to the final, it’s a chance for us to finish on a high especially after the recent derby day misery, & we are all looking to right a few wrongs from last weekend

And what squad can we expect from Athletic?

I think our squad will be similar to last week, so very strong. One absentee will be Sol Janecki who is away for the weekend so he’s a player who will be missed because he’s been on a great run of form recently at right back

And Daventry:

Other than long term absentees Dan Childs, Adam Moussi & Anthony O’Connor we are pretty much at full strength, unfortunately we do miss skipper Ross Harris who is suspended for the game

Arron Parkinson when at Rushden & Diamonds

We asked Arron how the two-legged semi-final against Winslow was:

They were both very tight games, both sides in both ties had good periods of play. They were very open & attacking games and how only three goals were scored over the two ties is still a surprise. They had some good individual players and you can see why they had such a good season in their league

What does Dan know about Daventry Town?

Not too much to be honest, they’ve had a steady year in their first season in that league so we are expecting a well organised physical side as most UCL Premier teams are

And we asked Arron the same question about Buckingham:

I don’t know much at all about them, a former team mate of mine Neil King I believe still plays there & I think last season Sid Hawkins & Simon King did aswell. What we will do is prepare correctly as we always do and make sure our players are ready for the challenge

What has been Dan’s highlight of the season so far?

It’s hard to pick a highlight as all at the club would say it might be a bit underwhelming as it promised so much at the start. We’ve still finished in a decent position in the league though, and had some great results along the way. A good thing to look back on for me is how we have performed defensively, we have a very good goals conceded record so that’s something to be proud of

Dan Staley

How has the season been for Daventry?

Our season overall has been very much up and down which our final league position suggests. The players have worked hard over the season and we have had some fantastic results along the way. Unfortunately we have lacked the consistency to push for a top five finish, but I, Ian King (joint manager) & the players see this cup final as the perfect way to finish off the season

We asked Dan how he thinks the game will go:

They are a level higher than us in the pyramid but that doesn’t mean that much to us. We’ve had good results this year against higher ranked sides and we’ll be looking to upset the odds again & will be confident of doing so because we know how we can perform

And Arron?

I expect it to be a tight game, hopefully it’s a good spectacle for the supporters of both sides, and I’m sure they will see two competitive teams go head to head to win the Charity Cup

And for Buckingham Athletic it’s the end of the Carter era, Dan’s thoughts?

This is Mark and his management team’s final game. Mark, Paul & Jason will be a huge miss to not only the squad but the club also. For me personally I’ve played my best football easily under Mark and his team. I cannot thank them all enough for what they’ve done for me and the rest of the boys. It’s a shame we couldn’t reward them with a higher league position but that being said we all have one more game to go out on a high, and we will do our very best to make it one to remember for all those leaving The Ath

Sports Shots would like to thank Dan & Arron for their time this week.

BJCCF; Middleton Cheney 0-0 Wing Village (Cheney win 4-2 on penalties)

Middleton Cheney – 0

Wing Village – 0

(Cheney won 4-2 on penalties)

A game of few chances was settled on penalties on a baking hot afternoon at Stratford Fields on Bank Holiday Monday, as Middleton Cheney triumphed over Wing Village in the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup Final. Both sides enjoyed their share of possession during the ninety minutes but with little end product, neither keeper really tested meaning it went down to the dreaded spot kicks to decide the tie, three of the first four were missed but Cheney lifted the trophy when Scott Whitmore converted to win four goals to two.

Wing had the first chance on three minutes when Brett Robinson fired at goal from the edge of the box but Cheney keeper Adam Doyle was comfortable to fall away to his right to save. Dan Spence then went up to challenge Doyle just inside the box and got to the ball first, as he shaped up to turn and shoot the keeper managed to stick out a boot to take off the strikers foot and avert the danger.

A good free kick routine then saw Cheney float the ball into the Wing area but as James Curtis came in at the back post he was just a fraction behind the cross and it drifted away for a goal kick. On the quarter hour mark Robinson latched onto a loose ball across the eighteen yard line but dragged wide and held his head in his hands in frustration.

Wing almost gifted their opponents the opening goal when defender Toby Waller attempted header back to his keeper Rhys Evans fell short allowing Curtis to get in between him and the advancing shot stopper, as the full back challenged the Cheney front man went down and his team called for a penalty but the referee waved away their appeals.

Penalty appeal waved away

Curtis got away down the left before pulling back to Ollie Goddard whose first time effort took a deflection taking it inches over the bar, the first cleared but the second caused panic in the Wing area, Dan Archer saw his shot deflected in front of goal by defender Ross Elliott, running in behind Curtis was inches from getting a touch & Robinson gladly headed over his own bar.

Cheney’s Ross Atkins then drove low at the Wing goal from twenty-five yards which had Evans throwing himself away to his left but the ball zipped past his post, & a Wing corner saw the ball curled right into the six-yard box where Waller went up against Doyle but the keeper gathered, before another high cross into the Middleton box found Spence with his back to goal, but he struggled to get it under control and Doyle came out to smother.

A Cheney right wing cross found the head of Liam Manley in front of goal, right behind him Evans instinctively stuck out a hand and pushed the ball away from the target, and with the break approaching their next cross found Jamie Delvalle at the back post but he could only steer his header wide. H/T: 0-0

Five minutes after the break Wing moved the ball diagonally across the Cheney box where Matt Brown picked up and as he tried to curl around the keeper the ball flashed past the back post. A free kick to Middleton then saw the ball reach Billy Shepherd at the back of the six-yard box but his over the shoulder attempt bounced wide.

Wing defence stands strong

Another deep cross into the Wing box from the right saw Delvalle head over the crossbar, and minutes later Wing almost contrived their own downfall again when from a throw a back pass to keeper Evans saw him simply offer the ball to Manley who was chasing down, but the front man failed to control and Evans dived at his feet to smother.

A seventieth minute Wing corner saw keeper Doyle get fingers to the cross to push onto his own crossbar and over for a corner, whilst at the other end Archer was set away down the left but he powered his shot yards wide of Evans right hand post. A throw to Wing saw the ball worked into Tyler Penman on the eighteen yard line and he angled a shot a yard over the bar.

Wing were then almost in when a long pass upfield saw skipper Danny Farmer away on goal, but as he got into the box Cheney defender Lee Davis chased back and executed an inch perfect sliding tackle to just nudge the ball towards his keeper who managed to clear before Farmer got his shot away.

Cheney put some concerted pressure on for the final five minutes which saw Wing defending for their lives, a corner saw Delvalle head back towards where the cross came, Evans then had to challenge Delvalle on the edge of the six-yard box before he got a shot away, the corner swung in to the back post where Elliott & Curtis both battled for possession, as the ball bounced loose Michael Goodyer thumped to safety. F/T: 0-0


Delvalle put Cheney ahead, before Doyle saved from Farmer. Evans then saved from Shepherd, but Wing couldn’t draw level as Andy Mayne hit the post. Goddard increased the lead for Cheney, Robinson then pulled one back for Wing before Manley increased the lead again. Spence kept his sides hopes alive briefly until Whitmore stepped up to capture the trophy for Cheney.

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BCCSF; Buckingham Athletic 1-0 Leighton Town Development

Buckingham Athletic – 1

Leighton Town U25 – 0

Buckingham Athletic progressed to the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup Final with a solitary goal victory over Leighton Town Development on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields. A Sam Balls sixth minute header from a Solomon Janecki cross was enough to see Mark Carter reach the final in what will now be his final game in charge of Athletic, and his side were thankful to Lewis Dench at the end as he was forced into a good save low at his near post to ensure their place in the final, where they meet the winners of the other semi-final between Daventry Town & Winslow United who play on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

The home side took the lead on six minutes when Ryan Kelsey linked up with Janecki down the right & the full backs cross was met at the back post by Balls whose header came back across Town keeper George Zammit and bounced into the bottom corner. Leighton struggled to get going in the opening quarter of an hour, just two corners one of which saw skipper Josh Peacock get a shot away but simply blocked for another corner.

Jack Carter tried a long range shot which saw Zammit having to grasp with both hands, and at the other end Leighton threatened when Ude Osim broke down their right, avoiding a challenge he arrived inside the Athletic box and as he & team mate Kudawashe Butawo both tried to get a shot in theY ended up tripping up over each other, with the ball simply rolling away for a goal kick.

Sam Balls scores winner

Osim then tried another sprint down the right wing skipping a couple of challenges he fizzed the ball diagonally across the box and running in at the back-post Carl Tappin was inches away from connecting, but again the ball rolled away for a goal kick. A cross from the Athletic left saw Kelsey head down and almost elude Zammit, he managed to smuggle the ball wide of his post, from the corner Ryan Marsden headed over the crossbar.

Before the break a high ball into the Leighton box saw Kelsey again get his head to the cross, as the backline all called for a handball a melee of bodies attacked the ball & somehow Town managed to get it over the line and away for a corner. H/T: 1-0

The Second half started very slowly with little action of note, Chris Stapleton heading over a cross the closest either side came in the opening fifteen minutes. Sam Olawale then fed in Kelsey on the eighteen-yard line, but he angled his shot over the top, before Olawale himself robbed a defender of possession out on the touchline, the defender lay injured from the challenge, yet the referee saw nothing wrong allowing the Athletic wide man to advance on goal before shooting wide.

Leighton pressure late on

Marsden again fed in on the edge of the Leighton area curled a shot away from goal before the visitors suddenly seemed to realise they were in a cup semi-final and began to assert some pressure. But whatever the Leighton team threw at their hosts, they seemed to soak up the pressure without too much trouble.

A late corner swung into the home penalty area caused some panic, a mass of bodies throwing themselves at the ball in front of goal ended with Kelsey gladly thumping away to clear the danger. Back came Town who won a corner, which was met inside the box by a bullet header from Carl Resch, but he could not steer underneath the crossbar.

In the final minute, Butawo was fed in over the top and from the right of goal he powered for goal low and hard, Dench met it at his near post and somehow got down and got something in to block, a defender on hand to clear only found Tappin outside the area who went for goal only to see his shot cannon off a team mate away for a throw and sum up the Leighton evening. F/T: 1-0

Attendance: 74

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Fred Tew Final: Deanshanger Athletic v Towcester Town – This Thursday (19th)



@ Stony Stratford Town Football Club

The Buckingham Junior Charity Cup final & Fred Tew final

The 2017-18 Buckingham Junior Charity Cup final will take place between the current holders Middleton Cheney and Wing Village.

Silverstone – Buckingham Junior Charity Cup winners 2017. Image by Dale James

The 2017-18 Fred Tew final, played between the two losing semi-finalists, will be contested Deanshanger Athletic and Towcester Town.

The dates for both games are to be announced.