Sunday 13th May 2018
Buckingham Athletic (Step 6) v Daventry Town (Step 5)
Buckingham Charity Cup Final
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;
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 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.
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
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
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
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.