Saturday 24th March 2018
Buckingham United v Steeple Claydon
North Bucks League Division One
Lace Hill Sports Centre
Buckingham United currently sit top of the North Bucks League Division One table and host Steeple Claydon on Saturday, whilst embroiled in a tight battle at the top which see’s four clubs separated by just two points. United have played just once in the league since 16th December last year but have progressed through to the Division One cup final where they wait to play either Stewkley Reserves, Bletchley Park or Willen.
Buckingham have won ten of their last eleven games and yet are being heavily put under pressure by Bletchley Park who are in second place in the table, two points behind but with two games in hand. United face Bletchley in two weeks-time at home and will be looking to gain some momentum going into that fixture, however their last league defeat was back in September and against this week’s opponents Steeple, who themselves will feel they are still in the title chase if they can pick up the three points at Lace Hill.
Ahead of the game, Sports Shots caught up with United leading goal scorer Ricky McAdam and asked if the long breaks between games affect the squad:
I don’t think it affects us too much, we have a good side and we are all good friends, maybe our fitness may drop a little but that’s about it
On a positive the club are through to the cup final, are the squad looking forward to that:
Yes, we are most definitely, for some of the squad it’s their third cup final in a row, we are all buzzing to get through & look forward to whoever we face
With Claydon on Saturday, we asked Ricky what he remembered about the defeat to them earlier in the season:
It wasn’t a good day for us, we had our chances and had we taken them then it would have been a totally different result, but that’s football and we came back from it & as a result we’ve been on this incredible run ever since
And how does Ricky see the season unfolding from here for the team, and himself as leading scorer?
Its going to be a tight one, all we can do is win every game and put the pressure on the other teams in and around us. Of course it’s great being the goal scorer in the team but as I said before, it’s about winning from here, it doesn’t matter who scores as long as we win
Finally, in two weeks’ time Buckingham face Bletchley, 1st v 2nd as it stands right now, is it a game the squad are looking forward to?
It will be the game of the season, and we have all been looking forward to the clash. We have to play them twice yet so it’s a chance to take points off them. We have a lot to look forward to and our season is far from over
Sports Shots would like to thank Ricky for his time this week.