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Buckingham Junior Charity Cup – 2017/18 draw

The draw has taken place for the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup.

The 2017/18 competition will see the first round matches played at Stony Stratford Town’s Oslers Lane, kick-off time 7.30pm.

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

First Round

Potterspury V Deanshanger Athletic
Tuesday 10th October

Charlton & Dist v Towcester Town
Tuesday 17th October

Twyford United v Brackley Sports
Tuesday 24th October

Buckingham United v Wing
Tuesday 31st October

Steeple Claydon – bye

Silverstone – bye

Middleton Cheney – bye

Great Horwood – bye

Rob Camper nets the winner for Silverstone against Great Horwood in the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup final. Image by Dale James


Quarter finals

Twyford United or Brackley Sports
Potterspury or Deanshanger Athletic

Steeple Claydon
Charlton & Dist or Towcester Town

Buckingham United or Wing

Great Horwood
Middleton Cheney

BREAKING … Buckingham Senior Charity Cup draw 2017-18

Olney Town – Buckingham Senior Charity Cup winners 2016-17 season


A repeat of the 2017 final –





Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final 2017 – Olney Town v Winslow United

Olney Town – 5

Winslow United – 2

Olney Town lifted the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup on May Day Monday with a win over Winslow United at Stratford Fields. Taking an early two goal lead looked to have put Town in the driving seat, but a United goal right on the stroke of half time gave The Elmfield Gate outfit hope for the second period, another Olney goal then looked to have settled the tie again, but Winslow won & converted a penalty with eleven minutes left, but before a grand finale could evolve two goals in as many minutes put the game to bed, and Olney lifted the trophy in front of a sizeable crowd.

The Nurserymen took the game to the Ploughmen from the off, and on five minutes ex-Winslow hot shot Drew Mitten got in behind and forced Owusu Boateng into an early save. Then a lofted ball into the United box saw Mitten and Boateng challenge each other with the striker firing over the crossbar.

On ten minutes Winslow had the ball in the back of the net when Joey Acheampong finished neatly from the edge of the box following a flick on, but the assistant referee had had his flag aloft long before the ball hit the net. Olney took the lead in the sixteenth minute when a simple through ball saw Nick Bines race clear of the United defence and fire home from twelve yards.

Bines fired Olney ahead

Olney continued to press and an in swinging corner almost went straight in but deflected away after grazing the goal frame, before a free kick saw Jordan Appleton beat Boateng to the ball but head over. The lead was then doubled on twenty four minutes when Drew Mitten cut in from the right and whilst initially losing possession he slid in to take the ball off a defender, with no one able to clear Appleton rifled into the roof of the net from six yards.

Gary Thurston then fired in a low cross from the right only to watch Nick Bines try a delicate back heel but could only steer into the waiting gloves of Boateng. Winslow threatened with a high ball up to Ben Baines who jumped along with Town keeper Josh Mcadoo and as both missed the ball and no other Winslow players in sight a defender had plenty of time to cover back and clear.

Baines then headed a cross straight at Mcadoo as Winslow got some football going and forced their way back into the game. Simon King dummied a clever run on the eighteen yard line before firing at goal, and was unfortunate to see his effort deflect off a team mate and go for a goal kick. As the half time oranges beckoned, the lead was halved when a right wing cross was met by Baines who beat his marker to nod home. H/T: 2-1

Joey Acheampong was in behind the Olney backline early in the second period but after slipping he managed to regain his footing before firing over. Olney scored moments later however the referee blew for a foul on Boateng in the build-up, but their third goal did arrive on fifty seven minutes when some good work out on the left from Drew Mitten saw him feed Rob MacDonald in front of goal who had time to control before despatching past Boateng.

Simon King blasted a fierce shot straight at Mcadoo as Winslow went in search of hope, but their hopes were further dashed when an injury to Owusu Boateng forced him off and substitute Tom Cleaver donned the green jersey for the remainder. A Simon King free kick was brilliantly tipped over by Mcadoo from right underneath his own crossbar, and a Tom Brindley cross was inches away from being converted by Grant Karwacinski.

Winslow’s pressure then paid off on seventy eight minutes, when a ball into the Olney area saw a huge appeal for handball and the referee pointed to the spot. United skipper Nick Farrow despatched the spot kick and Winslow had some hope of a late comeback.

Farrow scores from the spot

As Winslow piled on the pressure, they were undone by a counter attack just two minutes after the goal. Losing possession the ball was sent upfield for Drew Mitten to run onto and he squared to Jordan Appleton who fired home. A minute later Olney were awarded a penalty of their own for a foul just inside the United box, Olney captain Sam Parrish took responsibility and duly despatched, and the game then petered out with the result done and dusted, although Tom Cleaver made a couple of outstanding saves for Winslow to deny any further scoring. F/T: 5-2

Attendance: 200

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BSCC final: Olney Town lift the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup 2017

Olney Town have won the 2017 Buckingham Senior Charity Cup.

Neil Griffiths’ side lifted the trophy after defeating Winslow United 5-2 at Buckingham Athletic Football Club this afternoon.

Nick Bines fired Olney ahead in the 15th minute before Jordan Appleton made it two nine minutes later.

Winslow fought back after Olney’s bright start and Ben Baines netted for the Ploughmen right on the stroke of half time as he converted Joey Acheampong’s right wing cross.

Twelve minutes after the break Rob MacDonald swept home Drew Mitten’s centre from the left flank to restore Olney’s two-goal advantage.

In the 79th minute Nick Farrow calmly converted a penalty to set up a grandstand finish.

Sadly for United they conceded two goals in as many minutes after scoring from the spot and the game was won for Olney; Town skipper Sam Parish stroked home a spot kick and Jordan Appleton netted his side’s fifth and his second.

With £900 raised from the gate money and £126 made from the raffle, as always, charity was a winner again after another successful Buckingham Charity Cup campaign.



BSCC final: Mulholland looking to end Winslow era with a Charity Cup win

Sports Shots has talked to John Mulholland as he takes charge of his last game as Winslow United manager tomorrow (Bank Holiday Monday, 3pm).

John Mulholland – Picture courtesy of Dale James

The United boss has decided to stand down with his swansong being a Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final against Olney Town.

Mulholland is looking forward to the chance to finish his spell by becoming the first Elmfields Gate-based manager to win silverware since Damien Wiffin led the side to lifting the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 cup almost six years to the day; 4th May 2011.

I am very much looking to the final. It has been an extremely tough season for myself and the team and it’s a great way to finish a season having a cup final. It’s great for the club and players.

The Winslow manager has named his squad with Simon King the only player remaining from that 2011 cup final winning team. King netted the opener against 61FC in the 2-0 victory.

We are at full strength minus the injured Chris Setterfield, who got injured a week ago and unfortunately will miss the game.

We have Simon King returning after practically missing three quarters of a season through an unfair ban. Simon is a huge bonus for us, he has been training more than most of our regular players and you have to commend that and I’m looking forward to him playing for us again tomorrow.

Although the United manager has not seen his opponents he knows a fair amount about Olney Town already.

I haven’t been to watch them this season but I know a lot of their players and management and in Neil (Griffiths) and Ben (Hill) I know they will have a very good and well organised side. I’m expecting a very physical game, the UCL tends to be more physical than South Midlands. Drew Mitten who played for us, on his day, can be unplayable too. I definitely have one eye on him.

The competition holds some fond memories for the outgoing United boss.

The only memory I recall from this cup really was when I played for New Bradwell St Peter and we played Leighton Town when they were a top six side in the Southern League and their manager Keith Scott at the time signed me to play for them. I was only a young lad then, 18 or 19 years of age maybe, and I got a lot of experience from playing at Leighton.

BSCC final: Olney boss Griffiths looking to cap a positive season with charity cup silverware

Olney Town manager Neil Griffiths has spoken to Sports Shots as his side face Winslow United in the final of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon (tomorrow), 3pm.

Neil Griffiths

When asked if the Olney Town outfit, management and players, are looking forward to the final, Griffiths didn’t hesitate to answer;

Absolutely. It’s a massive chance for us to cap the season off with silverware. Winning trophies is a good habit to get into. We have pushed the club forward in terms of points total for the season, but a trophy would be another significant step in the right direction.

The Olney boss revealed his team news ahead of the game.

We have a couple of long-term absentees, and a suspension, but we are in a very good place. We have been supported excellently by a strong reserve side. As a whole club we have a strong 16 to pick from.

Neil Griffiths, Ben Hill and the Olney Town bench.

Griffiths has done his home work on the opposition, including making the trip for the competition’s semi-final, second leg tie.

I’ve been fortunate to watch Winslow on a couple of occasion. One of those where they were freely scoring. Whilst their league campaign may of not hit the heights they wanted, I fully expect them to be focused on a cup win. It’s Fritzy’s (John Mulholland) last game and I am sure he is adamant to end his time with a win. We will not be taking anything for granted.

The competition is viewed with positivity by Griffiths, who believes that the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup final is a large occasion in the local football calendar.

I was fortunate enough to take in the cup final between Olney and Banbury. Buckingham Athletic hosted the occasion superbly and I think our players will be presently surprised how many will be there. The cup as a whole is for a great cause and it’s great that locally it’s so well supported.

BSCC,SF,2L: Parsons looking for Grendon to reach charity final

Grendon Rangers boss Matt Parsons is looking for his side to overturn a one-goal deficit as they host Winslow United in the second leg of their Buckingham Senior Charity Cup match at Leighton Town on Wednesday evening.

Parsons said;

We come into the 2nd leg only one nil down so we don’t need to chase the game. We can play our normal game and just make sure we win on the night. If that’s only by one goal then it’s in the hands of the gods and penalties. Of course we will aim to win by more. There’s no pressure on us, as I strongly believe it will be harder for them to know what to do.

Having already done some scouting we had a good understanding of how they would play and set up. We struggled with their set pieces and this is something we have worked on in training.

We have a full strength squad available with Tom Weymes back having been out for the last 3 games due to a knee problem.
I’m also back from a 3-game stadium ban.
Unfortunately in the last month we have lost Nathan Perna who signed for Winslow. Adam Bone, after being selected on the bench and not in the starting 11, decided to leave.
To win the semi-final would be a great achievement and something to really look forward to. Since Andy and myself took charge the lads attitudes have changed massively and performances have hugely improved, so this would be a great reward for their hard work. It’s also a chance for the lads to repay all those that volunteer their time to make this football club.

BJCC Final: Silverstone lift the 2017 Buckingham Junior Charity Cup

By Dale James

Silverstone scored early on and defended valiantly for the last hour of the game after having a man sent off for a foul, Great Horwood created numerous chances but could not get back on level terms and Silverstone somehow held out to win the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup Final on Monday evening.

Horwood could have taken the lead seconds into the game when Dale Armitage got down the left and fired across the goal mouth, coming in at the back of the box Eddie Archer fired narrowly wide. Two minutes later Silverstone took the lead when a cross was half cleared to the edge of the box, where Rob Camper fired home through a crowd of bodies.

Rob Camper nets the winner for Silverstone against Great Horwood in the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup final. Image by Dale James

Adam Armitage then fired well over from distance for Horwood, and Silverstone skipper Patrick Martin fired a free kick past the post, before his keeper John Brown had to back track and tip over a curling effort from Sam Archer.

On the half hour mark, Silverstone were reduced to ten men when Richard Pannell was shown a red card for a late challenge, and from the free kick Horwood captain Sam Archer curled the ball around the post. Ryan Wade then wasted a glorious chance to double the lead when a ball over the Horwood defence saw the offside appeals waved away, but one on one Wade fired straight into the gloves of Ian McStraw.

H/T: 0-1

After the break Horwood were relentless with their attacks but Silverstone defended resolutely, and frustrated every attack with blocks and saves or using their offside trap. Andy Brunning forced John Brown to tip over from a corner, and from the corner Ryan Tappin hooked over his shoulder but the ball landed on top of the net.

Brunning then cut in from the right before unleashing a powerful drive over the bar, and a cross field pass found Dale Armitage perfectly out on the right, he cut across the eighteen yard line before curling an effort wide.

A near post flick on from Brandon Bowes then flew across the Silverstone six yard box and away for a goal kick, and with Silverstone trying to hit on the break their plan almost paid off when Rob Kirby received the ball on the edge of the box but fired past McStraw’s right hand post.

With ten minutes left a throw saw Ryan Tappin fed in behind the reds defence and his lofted effort was just wide of the back post, then Adam Dixon saw a long range shot saved by Brown, before late on a ball into the Silverstone area saw Brunning head wide from close range.

F/T: 0-1

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

GALLERY: Middleton Cheney v Potterspury by Dale James

A gallery of the images taken by Dale James of the Potterspury versus Middleton Cheney, Fred Tew Cup final playing on Monday evening (20th March 2017).


Fred Tew Final: Middleton Cheney lift the trophy

By Dale James


Potterspury – 1

Middleton Cheney – 2

An entertaining game saw both sides create plenty of chances but it was Cheney who made theirs count to lift the Fred Tew Cup at Buckingham Athletic on a chilly Monday night.

A total of £78 was raised for charity from the game.

Middleton took an early sixth minute lead when a ball over the Potterspury defence had the entire back line claiming offside but play was waved on, Steve Twynham did not hesitate in crossing into the box where Dan Archer fired home off the underside of the crossbar.

Jack Harrington had Adam Doyle in the Cheney goal at full stretch to tip around his post on nine minutes, and Adam Kelly fired a free kick wide of goal from outside the area. Sheppard then wriggled through a couple of Cheney defenders then from close range screwed his shot wide of Adam Doyles left hand post.

Potterspury continued to attack and Sheppard fizzed the ball across the goal mouth and running in Steve Willetts couldn’t quite get to the ball quick enough and the danger was gone. Just before the break another cross got the slightest of deflections from Willetts and the ball rolled agonisingly wide of the far post.

H/T: 0-1

An early goal mouth scramble in the second period saw a couple of shots blocked by the Middleton defence, and the loose ball fell out to Potterspury skipper Andy Ord who blazed over the bar. James Golding then crossed a superb ball into the box where it was met by the diving head of Sheppard but he could only divert wide.

Cheney almost doubled their lead from a corner when a corner was challenged for by keeper Sam Kelly and Sam Jaffe, the loose ball fell to Tom Mitchell whose drive was blocked on the line by the Pury defence, and Kelly recovered to pounce on the ball.

Dan Archer then almost added to his tally from a long free kick from the Middleton defence, the ball sailed long and the Potterspury defence seemed happy to let the ball go out but Archer didn’t give up and from a tight angle stuck out a boot and the ball looped up and onto the top of the net.

Steve Dean then headed a Potterspury corner wide, before Cheney doubled their lead on seventy three minutes. A ball into the box was sliced up in the air by a defender, Craig Nixon was quickest to latch onto the ball and held off a challenge before firing into the top corner from six yards out.

In added time a handball in the Middleton box gave Potterspury a penalty, and Adam Kelly made no mistake from the spot, but it was too little too late

F/T: 1-2