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PSF; Buckingham Athletic Development 7-1 Steeple Claydon

Buckingham Athletic Development – 7
Steeple Claydon – 1

Mason Luya restores Athletic lead


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


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


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


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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NBDL; Potterspury 1-0 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 1
Great Horwood – 0


Potterspury beat local rivals Great Horwood on Tuesday evening with an early strike from Jamie Hall to leapfrog their guests into second place in the North Bucks & District Premier Division table, a game played in some early evening sunshine that saw warm temperatures up until the end of the game that saw plenty of chances created during the ninety minutes from both sides, but some great keeping and defending saw the game decided by that solitary strike in the seventh minute. Horwood hit the woodwork twice, their hosts also found the goal frame in their way but both Neil Cardwell & Ian McStraw wearing the gloves made crucial saves throughout to keep the scoreline down, on another day any of the front men on display could have had a hatrick with the amount of chances that were spurned.

As early as the fifth minute Dale Armitage got down the flank and cut inside to Brandon Bowes who saw his shot bounce off the post and out for a goal kick, Sid Hawkins had a close range effort blocked and Adam Armitage fired straight at Cardwell all before the hosts opened the scoring, from the shot stoppers clearance Adam Kelly was away down the left channel to square inside to Hall who from twelve yards couldn’t miss. A Horwood free kick floated in was inches from Hawkins head, at the opposite end Lee White warmed McStraw’s hands from the edge of the box, a cross from their left saw the yellow midfielder Bowes head straight into waiting gloves and a good throw in routine for Pury saw Kelly released along the edge of the area where he curled over the top.

Sid Hawkins challenges Pury keeper Neil Cardwell

Kelly turned provider with a superb over the shoulder ball downfield for Hall to chase after, in behind the defence he was thwarted by McStraw advancing to block, another throw to Hawkins saw him loop over as he lost his balance and Hall again found space before driving over the crossbar. Despite the heat both sides continued to press and a goal kick headed back over the Horwood backline saw the scorer clear the bar, Dale Armitage fired wide of the back stick from midfield & Stevie Dean thumped straight at the keeper from distance, the final action saw a throw flicked onto Kelly in the penalty arc, he powered towards the target where Frankie Tarrant put his body in front to deflect over the top. H/T: 1-0

Dale Armitage got down the left early after the restart and found Hawkins in the box with his back to goal, he managed to turn and shoot forcing Cardwell into a great save, their next chance saw Ryan Tappin cut in from the wing and as the keeper came out he chipped past him but the wrong side of the frame. Just ahead of the hour mark the visitor’s did get the ball in the net when Dale Armitage beat his marker to a cross to head home however a raised flag denied, a Bowes drive from twenty yards had to be pushed over the top, the next Horwood attack was cleared long for Hall to collect and escaping his marker faced a one on one with McStraw who somehow denied with his feet when it looked odds on the lead would be doubled.

Ian McStraw Great Horwood

The away side conceded possession allowing their hosts to counter attack but as the ball was played into the box for recently introduced Jay Ditum he could only screw away from the target, Tappin found the head of Gary Ridgway in front of goal only to watch his effort crash back off the crossbar to safety, Pury skipper Danny Shepherd curled a twenty-five yard free kick straight at McStraw all before a cross saw a flick from Sam Pittam elude the reach of the custodian but bounce back off the bar, it hit the keeper and deflected back towards the empty net but somehow he gathered to stop it bouncing over the line, and a shot from the same player cutting in from the right saw another save with both hands.

As the game wore on Ridgway curled an effort a couple of feet past the back post, a Horwood corner saw a mass of heads all rise but Hawkins glanced wide, Pury countered from the restart and as the ball was fizzed across the six yard box sliding in Nathan Short just couldn’t quite connect to divert home. Andy Brunning made a break down the flank for Horwood and reaching the area he fired low towards the back post but Cardwell got down well to push away, there was still time for another Pury attack that saw Hall & Ditum drive at the yellow backline, the former taking the shot on which McStraw somehow stuck out a hand to and divert past his upright. F/T: 1-0

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Buckingham United FC manager to step down

Buckingham United have confirmed that manager Dean O’Connor is to step down from his role at the club, in a statement released today:


It is with regret that we have to announce First Team Manager Dean O’Connor has decided to step down from his role at the end of the season due to family commitments.

Anyone who has met Dean will know he is extremely family orientated and following the birth of his 5th child earlier in the season it will be time to call a close on his First Team role.

Dean O’Connor

Dean joined the club as manager back in 2016 building an extremely talented squad for our level, bringing the club our first ever silverware and creating some truly unforgettable memories along the way. Dean’s commitment, dedication and success to the club has been at the forefront of the recent growth over the last couple of years, for that everyone at the club will always be incredibly thankful.

This does of course mean that we are now in search for a new manager to continue the growth over the last few years, for the right person, we believe this is an incredibly exciting position.

With a number of facility improvements in the pipeline over the summer to come in place with our application for the Spartan South Midlands League, the ideal candidate will be tasked with putting together a side capable of competing in Division Two of the SSML, under realistic targets amongst some of the best facilities in that division. A good core of the squad are committed for the forthcoming season and the successful applicant will receive continuous support from the club’s committee. We strongly believe this is a fantastic opportunity for a new manager to continue the great work achieved, taking the club to the next level and building for the future.

Anyone interested in the application is encouraged to contact the club via the club email address – or Club Chairman Matt Hawes on 07734 395513.

SSMFL; New Bradwell St Peter 0-4 Mursley United

Mursley United travelled away for the final time this season to New Bradwell St Peter and won 4-0

Nathan Skelton hit his 30th goal of the season

The game was evenly matched for the first half-hour; Tom Brazier had a chance for the visitors, but blazed over and Crossley was left one-on-one with Dan Willett who made a reflex save to keep the scores level. Just after the half-hour, Ryan Lee burst into the box and was brought down and Nathan Skelton tucked away the spot-kick for his thirtieth goal of the season.

Early in the second period, the hosts dominated, but couldn’t turn chances into goals and Mursley weren’t further ahead, when Jamie Green arrived late into the six-yard area and powerfully headed home Brazier’s corner.

Tom Brazier

Ten minutes later, Mursley extended their lead when Luke Williamson was on the end of smart play by Linus Kusi, Brazier and Skelton to slide the ball past Wood in the home goal. Williamson completed his brace with a low drive from the edge of the box, which crossed the line before the defender could clear.

The hosts came close on two further occasions; Davey’s rising drive from distance was tipped over by Willett and the former’s header came back off a post with the keeper able to gratefully collect the rebound.

Meanwhile Mursley United Development were defeated 3-1 at home to Marsh Gibbon in North Bucks Intermediate Division.

Reports supplied by Justin Daley

NBDL; Mursley frontman feels young squad are developing nicely

Saturday 30th March 2019
Mursley United Development v Marsh Gibbon
North Bucks & District League Intermediate Division
The Playing Field
K.O. 3.00pm

Mursley United development host top of the league Marsh Gibbon on Saturday looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointment of exiting the North Bucks & District League Interdivisional Trophy quarter-final stages at Duston Dynamo’s, but in the Intermediate Division leaders face the side that beat them convincingly by four goals to one just two weeks previously. Three wins from four before this sequence had seen Mitch Toyer’s squad cement their mid-table status however having played just five league games since mid-December leaves them with games in hand on most teams in the division, a good run in the last few games could see them put the pressure on the top four which in their inaugural season would be a fine achievement, as well as build some momentum going into next season. But first they must overcome Gibbon who have only lost two league games all season, they put twelve past Clean Slate reserves two weeks ago (the second time they have reached double figures in a game this campaign!), but both of those defeats have been in March to Bletchley Park, so can Mursley inflict more pain or is it beware the wounded animal?

Ben Johnson

This week Sports Shots caught up with Mursley front man Ben Johnson to ask when he joined the club and how it all came about:

I joined in August 2018, I was playing for Lonely Town previously and as they folded I had nowhere to go so Mitch (Toyer) who was assistant manager down there brought me along to Mursley, yeah it was tough settling in at the start with some terrible results but since my PIC Sam Cartwright joined after his time off travelling it’s been a dream having a player of his quality playing alongside me

How has the season been in terms of performances & availability?

I think the seasons been great however it could always be better. We’re a brand spanking new team and you’d think the availability wouldn’t be the best but it’s the complete opposite, we have a few problems with people being the big age of nineteen and still not able to drive but we’re a team so we do what we can do to get everyone to games. We’re the youngest team around and all performances have been strong

How good is this squad and have any players stood out?

The development squad is very strong on and off the field, I’ve never known a bunch of lads in a football team to be so strongly knitted together, and the thing is we’re only going to get better as ninety nine percent of our team are below twenty-three, providing we stay together. As for what players have impressed, all of them! I think some weeks some players perform better than others but that’s how the story goes. Even if Nick Bevans sends the ball out for a throw in from a goal kick six times in a game, he still impresses me with some of his cat like saves

What is Ben’s preferred position in the side and what formation best suits?

I don’t have a favoured position, I listen to my manager and give one hundred and ten percent wherever I am put on the field, if I don’t listen to managers orders then Graham will eat me. However, I play most of my time in the number ten role just off the striker and I try to create as much as possible. We formally played a four-three-three wide with wingers and three midfielders but as you know one of our wingers, I won’t name names, is very old and going on twenty-seven! He can’t track back as much so we changed to a four-five-one with two wide midfielders to compact the midfield more and help defend

The last three games saw cup progression which was then halted last week by defeat at Duston, sandwiched by a big loss at Marsh Gibbon, how were these games?

What a beautiful cup run for us lads in our first season, hands up to Duston though who are a very good side but we didn’t give it away easily, two very scrappy goals. If I’m honest I don’t remember the Stoke Hammond game

Home to Marsh Gibbon this weekend, they beat United four-one recently, what do they need to do differently this time round to get something from the game?

We took a weakened side to Marsh Gibbon a few weeks ago, with players turning up including myself five minutes before kick-off. We were running the game and then conceded, I think a few heads fell & a few players went off injured and they took control. This time round we have a strengthened squad and we’re actually playing on a full size pitch this game so we can play our wide game

Does Ben have any personal targets for the rest of the season, and what have the squad been asked to achieve in their remaining games?

If I’m being honest I have no personal targets, I enjoy going out on a Friday night and coming to football & enjoying myself. I don’t give myself targets or expectations because if there’s no expectations there’s no disappointment right? The squad has been asked to try keep whiteboards and bins in the changing room in one piece as we have a few stroppy boys from time to time who like to break things. You can’t expect much from a new team, I think the real expectations are that we have enough players week in week out for the first season and we can build on what we have next season

Finally, we asked Ben if he could nominate any team mate to go on any TV programme, who and what would he choose?

I would choose Graham Anderson and choose him to go on Take Me Out as his love life is extremely DRY and it’s about time he lost his virginity and the island of Fernando’s would be lovely place for it

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