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NBDL IDT; Great Horwood 6-2 MK Wanderers

Great Horwood – 6
MK Wanderers – 2

Eddie Archer scores second for Horwood

16.11.2019

Great Horwood progressed in the North Bucks & District Football League Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout with a convincing win over MK Wanderers on Saturday, an early second half penalty to the visitor’s halved the hosts two goal lead but Horwood were in no mood for an upset as they scored a quick third and then went on to confirm their dominance; the home side scored four of their goals all from corner routines which the Wanderers defence simply could not deal with.

The hosts took the lead on twenty-three minutes just seconds after almost gifting their guests possession in their own penalty area as they struggled to clear, however the ball worked up to Sid Hawkins in the centre circle saw him thread a pass through the green backline for Adam Dixon to advance and slot home, the Milton Keynes side almost equalised immediately when Dom Seymour broke free but was denied by the outstretched boot of home custodian Ben Curley.

That lead was doubled five minutes later as a Gary Ridgway corner curled in to the front post saw MK keeper James Hunter go up to challenge Brandon Bowes & Ben Head and the flick on saw two defenders try to clear but the ball simply sat up for Eddie Archer at the far post who simply couldn’t miss. The second period was barely two minutes old when skipper Sam Archer was adjudged to have fouled inside his own area as a back pass towards Curley was a little light, Seymour took responsibility and despatched into the top corner despite the home keeper getting a hand to it.

Sid Hawkins heads number three

Any hopes of a comeback for the away side were quashed just five minutes later as another Ridgway corner eluded most in the middle however Hawkins at the back stick thumped his header between the two defenders on the posts. The Horwood front man was denied by fingertips as he muscled his way through the green backline to shoot but Hunter did enough to push his effort over, with just over twenty minutes left another corner curled into the box saw Hawkins tussle with Lee Grice and the ball diverted across goal towards a green shirt on the post, his attempted clearance sliced into his own net.

Within sixty seconds Hawkins bagged his second and his sides fifth when his through ball saw Dixon clash with Hunter on the edge of the area, following up from his original pass the former Buckingham Athletic striker rolled into the unguarded net. Ridgway and his corner routine paid again on eighty minutes, this time the outstretched arm of the keeper and the leap of full back Stephen Waymark were both fruitless as the ball curled over them and nestled inside the back post, there was time for a late Wanderers second when Lewis Hook seized on a loose ball some twenty yards out and his first time effort flew into the top corner. F/T: 6-2

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NBDL; Great Horwood v MK Wanderers preview + Horwood midfielder Brandon Bowes reveals all

Saturday 16th November 2019
Great Horwood v MK Wanderers
North Bucks Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout
Castle Fields
MK17 0RD
K.O. 1.30pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 5th

North Bucks League Division One (12 teams)

MK Wanderers 5th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 4th

North Bucks League Division One (10 teams)

MK Wanderers 4th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last six games:

Great Horwood:

W 1-5 away v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos BD 2nd November NBDL

W 3-0 home v Olney 19th October NBDL

W 3-4 away v Stoke Hammond BT 12th October NBDL

W 5-0 home v Mursley United development 5th October NBDL IDK

L 3-2 away v City Colts 28th September NBDL

L 1-2 home v Buckingham Athletic 21st September BBFA ST

 

MK Wanderers:

L 0-5 home v Newport Pagnell Town reserves 9th November BBFA IC

D 1-1 home v Yardley Gobion 2nd November NBDL

D 2-2 home v Silverstone 26th October NBDL

D 2-2 home v Wendover 19th October BBFA IC (won on pens)

W 1-3 away v Tattenhoe 12th October NBDL

W 0-2 away v AFC Santander 5th October NBDL IDK

 

Brandon Bowes

Full Name: Brandon Bradley Bowes

Age: 27

Nationality: British

Nickname at club: For our younger viewers, team idiot

Marital status: In a relationship

Fave holiday destination: Jamaica

Preferred shirt number: Anywhere 1 – 11

Most effective position on the pitch: From full back to wing

Daytime job: Vehicle technician / site supervisor

Former clubs: Stony Stratford, St George’s and now Horwood

 

We asked Brandon:

 

Re-signed on for Horwood this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

The only influence to join Horwood is the lads that i play for and with, they’re a good friendly bunch of lads that look out for each other on and off the pitch. In my eyes there is no other team I would like to play

How do you feel your season has gone for you personally so far?

It’s not been my greatest start however I’m starting to find my feet again and slowly getting my fitness back, I think I over indulged a little in the summer break

Coming into the winter months now, what is the minimum you expect from now until the end of the season for the squad?

We have started to build a bit of momentum; we just need to keep fighting for each other to finish as high as we can

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

I haven’t really got any influences in a sense, I play just for the love of the game

Describe how your last two games have been?

Our last two games have been strong, scoring eight and only conceding the one, we’ve been managing and controlling the games and taking our chances well, our team spirit is at its highest

Home to MK Wanderers this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

I don’t know too much about them really, it’s just another game, another Saturday and three points are what we need

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

There’s a few people that like to have some sort of input into the game, such as Parky and Curley but it’s more constructive moaning. I’m probably the worst on the field

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

Just your standard warm up really, Boz has mixed it up a little recently adding a couple of different drills but nothing out of the norm

What has been the proudest moment for you in football to date?

I can’t really say I’m proud at the level we play at, but the charity cup final three or four years back against Silverstone was one of my best nights of football scoring the only two goals

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

I wouldn’t say anyone is underrated, everyone knows each other’s strength and how to utilise them

Frankey Tarrant

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

I’m probably not one to talk, but Frankey is a mix between peaky blinders and only fools and horses

What has been the worst piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

There’s not been many, not that I could remember what they said but I probably didn’t listen to them any way

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

This year we are looking at every result that could help us climb the table, but personally I look at Mursley Development so I can give Mitch, Graham and Ash a bit of stick if they lose

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

Me I think, tried it once and got told to turn it off after the first song

What’s the one game left this season you most want to win and why?

I would normally always look to beat Potterspury but believe this year it would be Towcester. It was a tough game at home this year so could do with beating them at their ground

Finally, after you’ve scored a hatrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

Think I’m going to stick to a nice squash, done enough on the team night out to last me the season!

Sports Shots would like to thank Brandon for his time this week

NBDL P; Great Horwood v Olney match preview + Horwood midfielder Sam Archer reveals all

Saturday 19th October 2019
Great Horwood v Olney
North Bucks League Premier Division
Castle Fields
MK17 0RD
K.O. 3.00pm

(This season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 9th

Olney 7th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 4th

Olney 11th

 

This game last season:

8th September 2018

Great Horwood 2 (Adam Dixon, Ryan Tappin)

Olney 0

 

Last six games:

Great Horwood:

W 3-4 away v Stoke Hammond BT 12th October NBDL

W 5-0 home v Mursley United Development 5th October NBDL ITK

L 3-2 away v City Colts 28th September NBDL

L 1-2 home v Buckingham Athletic 21st September BBFA ST

W 5-0 home v Twyford United 16th September BJCC

W 4-1 home v Wing Village 14th September OC

 

Olney:

L 3-0 away v Hanslope 12th October NBDL

W 5-2 home v Wing Village 5th October NBDL ITK

L 2-5 home v Bletchley Park 28th September NBDL PCT

L 2-0 away v Wendover 21st September BBFA IT

W 0-6 away v Steeple Claydon 18th September BJCC

L 2-3 home v Marsh Gibbon 14th September NBDL

 

 

Sam Archer

Full Name: Sam Archer

Age: 29

Nationality: British

Marital status: Single

Preferred shirt number: 8

Most effective position on the pitch: CM

Daytime job: Accountant

Former clubs: None

 

We asked Sam:

 

How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

It is nice to relax and get weekends back but after a couple of months off, you soon get the itch to play again

Re-signed on for Horwood this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

Nope, I won’t play for any other Saturday side, I grew up in the village and everyone in the squad is now either related to me or a good mate

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

Well, it started poorly but the team and I have turned it around recently with a couple of wins. Let’s hope it continues!

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

We just want to play every week and win as many as we can, one game at a time. We do like a cup run so let’s hope we can progress in those competitions

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

We know we can beat any team on our day, we just need to keep performing, every player needs to play well as we want to start climbing the table

Home to Olney this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

We drew one each away at the end of last season, they are young, energetic and organised. Hopefully, if we concentrate on playing our football then we can win the game

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Ben Curley. Sometimes he cries too

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

Mine isn’t exciting at all, I get picked up from the station and drink a load of black coffee

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

Probably Dale Armitage. You always know what you’re going to get with him and sometimes it’s taken for granted

Chris McStraw

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Chris McStraw. He has worn the same pair of illuminous green Converse for ten years

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

Whoever I’ve chosen in our group bet, I’ve been the only one to lose one week for £5k and I can’t let that happen again. I don’t look at Forest Greens results anymore

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

Brandon, we normally have to switch his music off. I don’t know what genre it is

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

At the moment, I’d say Bletchley at home, we lost four-three at their place and we were awful. I know we can play a lot better than that and would like to show them

Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

No one would come back to the pub as that would make me top goal scorer

Sports Shots would like to thank Sam for his time this week

NBDL P; City Colts v Great Horwood preview + Horwood keeper Ben Curley reveals all

Saturday 28th September 2019
City Colts v Great Horwood
North Bucks League Premier Division
Milton Keynes Village Pavilion
MK10 9AD
K.O. 3.00pm

Ben Curley

(This season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 9th

City Colts 10th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 4th

City Colts 7th

 

This game last season:

13th April 2019

City Colts 0

Great Horwood 2 (Andy Brunning, Stuart Parker)

 

Last four games:

Great Horwood:

L 1-2 home v Buckingham Athletic 21st September BBST

W 5-0 home v Twyford United 16th September BJCC

W 4-1 home v Wing Village 14th September OC

L 0-2 home v Towcester Town 31st August NBDL

W 3-1 home v Marsh Gibbon 27th August NBDL

D 1-1 home v Potterspury 24th August NBDL

 

City Colts:

L 3-2 home v Towcester Town 21st September NBDL CT

W 1-4 away v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos BD 14th September NBDL

L 2-1 away v Hanslope 7th September NBDL

L 1-2 home v Stewkley 31st August NBDL

L 5-1 away v Towcester Town 28th August NBDL

L 2-0 away v Olney 20th August NBDL

 

Full Name: Ben Curley

Age: 28

Nationality: English

Marital status: Married (to the game)

Preferred shirt number: 1

Most effective position on the pitch: In goal (apparently)

Daytime job: Social Worker

Former clubs: Buckingham Athletic, Grendon Rangers, Marsh Gibbon

 

We asked Ben:

How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

To be honest I was buzzing to get back playing. I’ve had a few years off for various personal reasons and work commitments. I wasn’t sure I was going to play but after speaking with some of the boys and the gaffer it was an easy decision to get the boots and gloves back out

Signed on for Great Horwood this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

As I say, I knew quite of few of the lads already, Frankey (Tarrant) is a good friend of mine and I’ve known the Archers for years. When they spoke to me about them needing a keeper, I thought it would be a good laugh to play with my friends, I knew loosely some of the other lads from cricket and upsetting a few when trying to poach players!

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

Early season form has been okay. It’s probably been the best part of five years since I’ve worn the gloves so it was good to get them back on, I think I’ve done pretty well, and my distribution has been good, there have been a few things I need to do better on but I think that will come with time. I was disappointed with the second goal against the Athletic, I thought I should have saved it but I think the more I play the better the form will become

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

My personal targets are kept pretty simple, keep as many clean sheets as possible and hopefully save us some points. In terms of the squad we haven’t spoken too much about specific targets, but we know the quality we have and think we can push on in the league, our second half performance against the Athletic really set the bar moving forward for us. If we play like that it will be interesting to see how much we can push on this year

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

We are a confident bunch of lads and we try and play the right way; we are lucky we have a good mix of youth and experience in the team. The core of the team is strong with the likes of Parky bringing lots of experience at the back, Sam, Frankey and Sammy Archer in the middle and big Sid up top. I could mention everyone to be fair, Gary’s left peg is a wand, Brandon has started well, Thickers and Army at the back have been fairly solid so I wouldn’t really like to pick, everyone offers something. Apart from Dale he’s a weasel!

Away at City Colts this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

We are expecting a tough game at City Colts. I don’t know much about the individuals there, but we know in this league that you must work hard for your points. That will be no different on Saturday and we will be trying to take three points back with us

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

There’s a few big moaners in the dressing room & I’m probably up there to be fair. Parky likes to moan at me if I don’t come off my line quick enough. Other than that, it’s got to be Brun… shouting at him to track back and the moaning he does afterwards is second to none. He actually told me he’s never tracked back in his career and why should he start now?

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

Pre match routine is pretty simple, normally a bit of Soccer AM, food, strap my body up so I don’t fall apart and try and keep it as relaxed as possible. Sam Archer always tells me to put my feet up as he knows I’m getting old

Frankey Tarrant

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

The worst dress sense at the club is an easy one, Frankey Tarrant hands down. He went to Barcelona and Ibiza on some midlife crisis quest this summer and some of the gear he wore was absolutely horrendous. Some terrible colours and co-ords and some very weird hats were on show. The worst part is he genuinely thought he looked good, the blokes twenty-eight and trying to dress like he’s nineteen just because he’s found a gym!

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

Saturdays result for me is Man City, being a Mancunian lad City has always been my team. That and anyone who’s playing Man United. But I’ve stopped that now due to them being a shambles, and completely irrelevant

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

We tend to have quite a quiet dressing room music wise. I think Brandon has tried to play a few tunes recently, most of the lads fancy themselves for a bit of music. It should be me though, get Liam Gallagher’s new album on and we’ll be nice and relaxed and ready to do our jobs

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

There isn’t one game this season that I’d pick out especially, we want to win every game and if we go in with that attitude then we will be happy come the end of the season

Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

Playing in goal I’d say I’m a little unlikely to score a hattrick however if I can keep a clean sheet and make a few good saves I wouldn’t mind a Ribena

Sports Shots would like to thank Ben for his time this week

PSF; Buckingham Athletic Development 7-1 Steeple Claydon

Buckingham Athletic Development – 7
Steeple Claydon – 1

Mason Luya restores Athletic lead

26.07.2019

Buckingham Athletic Development cruised to victory over Steeple Claydon on Friday night at Stratford Fields, an early opener saw the hosts take a fortunate first half lead but the North Bucks side levelled through Jacob Hodges before a mix up at the back saw Mason Luya restore the hosts lead, after the interval last season’s Spartan South Midlands Development League Champions took control scoring five more and hitting the woodwork numerous times; a useful warm up ahead of their new venture into the Hellenic League this coming season.

Athletic took the lead on thirteen minutes when a shot from Kieran Brady looped up off a defender and over the keeper into the empty net, parity was restored just over ten minutes later as a long goal kick saw a flick on in midfield which released Jacob Hodges to fire over the shoulder of James Green, however a mix up in the Claydon backline saw an intended back pass elude the advancing keeper leaving Luya to tap into the unguarded net, moments before the half-time whistle a Sam Pittam header forced another good save and following up Dan McAndrew saw his header rebound off the crossbar & away to safety.

Luke Tavener scored a brace in second half

Six minutes after the break the lead was increased when a shot from Tom Marshall was saved but Brady was quickest to react to smash home, the same time elapsed again before it was four when a ball into the Claydon box saw three blue shirts inside the eighteen yard area with plenty of time to share the play before Luke Tavener collected on the six yard line to slot home. A superb pass through the black & white backline saw Charlie Willis set free to round the keeper however from the angle his effort came back off the post, Chris Parr then hit the crossbar from distance and a Willis tap in was chalked off due to a raised flag.

Parr was denied again moments later after shrugging off his marker and curling around the keeper only for the ball to bounce off the post and away, with eight minutes left Tavener doubled his tally for the evening when poking home from twelve yards, it was soon six as a poor goal kick only found Tavener who threaded a pass inside to Marshall to drill into the far bottom corner, the final goal came in the final minute when another pass through the Claydon backline saw them all call for offside but with the flag staying down Jay Marsden advanced to fire home.

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NBDL; Great Horwood FC pre-season training begins tonight

Great Horwood FC begin pre-season training tonight ahead of the new 2019/20 North Bucks & District Football League campaign.

Players old & new are invited to Castle Fields this evening with a 7.30pm start (not 6.30pm as listed in advert below), which will continue every Tuesday thereafter.

A range of pre-season friendlies begin next Saturday, 13th July.

NBDL; Buckingham United announce managerial appointment

Buckingham United have today confirmed their new first team manager ahead of next season with the arrival of former Barnet, Wycombe & Exeter City player Sean Devine, with the following statement:

We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Sean Devine as the club’s new First Team Manager joined by John Walton as Assistant Manager.

Sean and John both join us from Leighton Town where they recently enjoyed success winning the Sparten South Midlands League Development League Cup.

Sean’s footballing CV is impressive with spells at Barnet, Wycombe and Exeter before playing in New Zealand. This includes previously holding the record for highest number of goals in a season at Wycombe in the Football League. While at Exeter Sean famously Captained the side that drew 0-0 against Manchester United in the FA Cup 3rd Round back in 2005.

John has been involved in local football over a number of years coaching and managing at Leighton Town Reserves/Development teams, while also having a successful spell at Pitstone and Ivinghoe United in the South Midlands League Division Two.

Preseason will begin in June with dates to be confirmed.

NBDL RCT; Hanslope Reserves 1-0 Steeple Claydon Reserves

Hanslope Reserves – 1
Steeple Claydon Reserves – 0

29.04.2019

Hanslope reserves scored the only goal of the game on Monday night at Stratford Fields to lift the North Bucks & District Football League Reserve Team Challenge Trophy despite playing for seventy-five minutes with ten men after Reece Akano was sent off for a lunge on Richard Smith in midfield. Both sides created chances despite the numerical mismatch however both keepers proved difficult to beat, the game decided within seconds of the second half starting from a corner routine that saw Alex Kennard net at the back post, as much as their opponents tried to find a leveller that solitary strike was enough to lift the trophy.

Barely sixty seconds had elapsed before the first effort of the evening when a Steeple clearance fell to Ed Wheatley twenty yards out but he blazed high over the top, a free kick to their opposition saw Adam Piosek float into a congested penalty area but no one could get a touch and it simply bounced away for a goal kick. A Hanslope counterattack almost saw the opener as Deanio Bailey Browne stole possession in midfield before laying out to Mason Luya who cut into the box and drilling low forcing Jack Edwards down low to the foot of his near post to save, at the opposite end a long throw from Josh Bell found the head of David Phillips but he could only loop over the bar.

Early red card for Hanslope

The team in black & white were seemingly disadvantaged on the quarter hour mark when both players were heading towards the main stand when Akano dived in to tackle for the ball, the referee had no hesitation in blowing his whistle and after a very short chat flashing a red card to the furious front man, the dismissal didn’t deter his side from pushing forward as a cross from their left found Paul Hollingsworth on the edge of the eighteen yard box whose volley had Edwards diving to his right to push away, a long clearance from the Hanslope defence saw the Claydon keeper advance outside his area to clear but he drove straight to Luya but he couldn’t direct towards the empty net.

Hanslope keeper Tyler McGregor ensured parity was kept shortly after when he had to rush out from his goal and block a run from Phillips who was away down the middle of the pitch, the shot stopper then denied with his feet after an effort from Craig Thornton had looked dangerous from twelve yards, a Steeple corner was cleared as far as skipper Scott Porter who laid into the path of Smith but he drove over the top. H/T: 0-0

Alex Kennard scored early second half winner

Within two minutes of the restart Hanslope were ahead from a corner, lifted in towards the near post a flick on found Kennard at the furthest upright who pounced to open the scoring, shortly after a cross found Bailey Browne in the penalty arc who attempted the acrobatic bicycle kick however he never connected properly and it was comfortable for Edwards to gather. On the hour mark Steeple looked for a way back when Thornton was played diagonally across the box but going away from goal he could only drive wide of the far stick, at the other end Luya was fed inside a defender but just as he shaped up to shoot a challenge came in to take the ball off his foot and the chance was gone.

Claydon missed two great chances as the half wore on, the first for Phillips who was played in between the black & white back line into the box where his shot was saved by the feet of McGregor and moments later the same front man received the ball inside the penalty arc where he curled straight into the stopper’s gloves. Hanslope almost doubled their advantage when Hollingsworth collected a clever pass through the Claydon defence but after fighting off a marker he drove over the top, whilst a free kick on the eighteen yard line saw Bailey Browne absolutely smash at goal where Edwards had to just stick out his hands and take the impact, the bounce was kind allowing him to collect at the second attempt. F/T: 1-0

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NBDL D2C; Brackley United 0-1 MK Wanderers Reserves

Brackley United – 0
MK Wanderers Reserves – 1

25.04.2019

MK Wanderers lifted the North Bucks & District Football League Division Two cup on Thursday night at Stratford Fields with a solitary Chris King strike in a game that was only ever going to be decided by one strike, it came late in the second half after numerous substitutions had been made in order to try & break the deadlock and it was the Milton Keynes side that brought on the match winner as he drove at the Brackley goal down the left hand side before despatching past Will Goss. This final saw second versus third albeit with twelve league points separating the two sides and for the majority it looked like the tie would need extra-time and/or penalties to decide a winner, few scoring chances created but it was King who came off the bench to win the cup for Wanderers who now going into a final game trying to complete a league & cup double.

The first chance of the game fell to the Northamptonshire side when Philip Carroll tried his luck from distance but spun away from Callum Adamthwaite in the MK goal, it took a drive through midfield from defender Nathan Parker for Wanderers to have their opening attempt, taking on a lucky rebound through a sea of legs he simply warmed the hands of Goss from twenty yards out. A cross from the MK right saw Dominic Seymour force the United keeper to his left to save with both hands, Stephen Waymark almost capitalised on some hesitancy from the red backline but as he waited for the ball to come down in a busy penalty area the spin took it away from him, his half-hearted effort easily blocked and cleared. H/T: 0-0

Wanderers lift the trophy

Early in the second period a throw to MK was taken on the chest of Lewis Hook who managed to turn and get his shot away however the wrong side of the front upright, another deep cross found the same player at the back of the six-yard area but he could only loop over the top. Waymark was next to test the Brackley custodian when he explored the left hand side of midfield shrugging off the challenge of Ian Hazelwood who felt he was fouled in the build-up, as he tried to convince the man in black he had been wronged the full back fired straight at Goss, then just past the hour mark United skipper Alex Jennings collected on the corner of the eighteen yard box and his powerful drive across goal deflected off the far post and out of play.

Looking to inspire his side moments later the captain again tried from outside the area but dragged wide of the furthest upright, at the opposite end substitute Jake Austin got on the end of a cross but his overhead attempt cleared the bar, then with just eight minutes remaining before extra-time King escaped down the left channel to score the winner into the far bottom corner, the closest their opponents came to equalising was a free kick in the final minute which Jennings blazed over. F/T: 0-1

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NBDL; Potterspury Reserves 2-4 Mursley United Development

Potterspury Reserves – 2
Mursley United Development – 4

24.04.2019

Mursley United development won their penultimate league game of the season at Potterspury reserves on Wednesday evening despite being reduced to ten men in the first period, keeper Nick Bevans shown a straight red for handling outside his area although the incident did not pass without controversy, the home side equalised from the resulting free kick however after the break the away side went on to confirm their dominance with a further three strikes although one again caused outrage amongst the coaches on the sidelines for what looked a blatant handball in the build-up. Mursley dominated the proceedings but were guilty of numerous missed opportunities whilst their hosts defended well in the main but could do nothing to prevent the inevitable result, United have one remaining home game in their inaugural season but will finish in seventh place of the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate division, whilst Pury end their season in ninth with this result.

A second minute corner to the visitors was cleared as far as Ash Urquhart whose first time effort had custodian Mark Burns gathering under his crossbar, Dan Finnis was next to try but from the right of goal he poked past the back stick before another United corner found Luke Williamson unmarked at the back of the six-yard box, he headed high over the top and suitably chastised himself for wasting a great opportunity. The home side struggled to clear their lines aiming up the slope and were almost made to pay when Urquhart broke forward to take possession & drive over the bar, the green & white attacks were finally rewarded as they took the lead on seventeen minutes.

Nick Bevans shown red card in first half

Another corner curled in saw Burns push out as far as Williamson who simply headed into the back of the net, moments later a simple pass down the middle of the pitch had Harry Stewart-Proctor away on goal and as he tried to bend around the keeper the slightest of touches took it off for a corner, from the set piece centre half Anthony Gerrard glanced wide and Williamson curled around the back post from the corner of the box. A rare Pury attack saw Ryan Rice break free but from twenty yards he fired straight at Bevans, the ball moved straight back to the opposite end where a Finnis cross into Stewart-Proctor saw the forward shoot over the top.

Williamson headed a deep corner back across goal where two defenders on the line somehow managed to clear to safety, with four minutes of the half remaining the away side were reduced to ten men when Andy Owens was released upfield, Bevans came to the edge of his box to challenge and as he went down the ball was adjudged to have hit his arm outside his area, the referee waved play on where the striker fired towards the empty net however full back Sultan Hussaini had come across to cover and cleared off the line, the whistle sounded as the official pulled back play for the free kick, and flashed the red card to the shot stopper. Player-manager Mitch Toyer donned the gloves sacrificing his centre forward in the process but his first job was to pick the ball out of the net as the subsequent free kick from Owens struck the wall to wrong foot the keeper & bounce into the opposite bottom corner. H/T: 1-1

Urquhart had an early tussle down the left flank with a defender but gaining an inch he fired over from twenty yards, a free kick played in front of a retreating Pury backline saw a deflection off Ben Johnson into the side netting and another chance for full back Urquhart saw him drag across goal and wide. A throw to the visitor’s released substitute Jay Chawla down the touchline  where he pulled back to Williams who volleyed straight at Burns, Johnson curled around the back stick before United finally retook the lead on sixty-five minutes when a Chawla drive low from eight yards eluded the grasp of Burns at his near post.

Jay Chawla restores Mursley lead

The hosts side tried to get back in the game through Jack Barkus who found some space to the left of goal but he could only fire straight at Toyer, this was brief respite as the team in green were soon back up the other end with Hussaini & Chawla combining well down the channel, as the ball was cleared it landed at the feet of Tom Lloyd-Roberts who fired over the bar but then with thirteen minutes left they did get a third when a corner curled in was far too deep but Williamson retrieved on the far side and swung back in and from twelve yards Lloyd-Roberts flicked his header into the far bottom corner, within a couple of moments it was four when a poor throw out to a defender saw Johnson nip in to steal with a suspicion of handball thrown in, he advanced before tucking home much to the protest of the yellow back line but the goal was given.

A Pury corner was headed over by Tom Hill but the visiting defence did not take the warning as the next move saw a free kick curled in by Adam Johnson met at the back post by Hill who headed past Toyer. Mursley had a late penalty shout turned down as Ben Johnson looked to be tripped from behind, the last chance fell to Urquhart who curled his effort away from the target in added time. F/T: 2-4

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