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Saturday 24th March 2018

Buckingham United v Steeple Claydon

North Bucks League Division One

Lace Hill Sports Centre

K.O. 2.00

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

Ricky McAdam

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.

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Potterspury 2-3 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 2

Great Horwood – 3

Great Horwood spoiled the end of season celebrations at Potterspury on Saturday by coming from behind twice to secure a shock win at the home of the NBDFL Premier Division Champions. Both sides were forced into changes with several players missing, but an entertaining game was still served up and with six minutes left it looked like the home side would be popping the champagne with an additional three points in the bag, however Horwood scored twice in the remaining moments to secure the shock away win.

Twice in the opening three minutes Potterspury got down either wing and prospered from some hesitant defending from their guests, first Joe Manning tried an audacious lob from the edge of the box followed closely by Sam Pittam who tried the same but both could only steer wide of Horwood keeper Scott Wilson’s goal frame.

The hosts did then take the lead on eleven minutes when a Horwood attack broke down and the ball was sent long down the Pury right for Danny Whitefield to chase, he skipped past his marker and slotted home from twelve yards.

Whitefield opens scoring

Scott Wilson then denied Sam Pittam who had cut in from the left, deflecting his shot over for a corner from close range, before skipper Andy Ord had another effort deflected over from inside the Horwood box.

Joe Manning blazed over the top, and Martin Blackwell then tried to curl into the top corner from the opposite angle of the penalty area, but Horwood defended resolutely and denied the home side from increasing their lead. Ten minutes before the interval they gained reward with an equaliser, a cross from the right was blocked right in front of goal and on hand to smash home was Eddie Archer.

The goal gave Horwood confidence to attack Sam Kelly in the Pury goal, and fired in a number of high crosses across the face of goal but no one got close to any of them to test the keeper’s reflexes. As the away side attacked, the danger was always there of a counter attack and a moments before the interval a lightening break away saw Joe Manning fed in behind the Horwood defence but faced with a one on one with Wilson he could only fire wide. H/T: 1-1

Ryan Tappin got down the Horwood right and delivered a good cross into Sam Archer who couldn’t quite keep his effort under the bar, before a corner saw the roles reversed when Archer fed Tappin on the corner of the box, he turned and went for goal but the slightest of deflections took it over for a corner.

Potterspury then took the lead again on sixty nine minutes when a corner was fizzed along the ground and running in among a mass of bodies Andy Ord glanced home at the near post. Steve Willetts then forced Scott Wilson into a very good save from twelve yards out to deny them home side from increasing their lead.

As the game seemed to be heading out towards a home win, Great Horwood scored their second equaliser on eighty four minutes, a ball into the Pury area was attacked by Adam Dixon going up against Sam Kelly, the ball looped up and with the keeper stranded it left Brandon Bowes the simple task of heading into the unguarded net.

Bowes levels for Horwood

In the final minute the Buckinghamshire side netted their unlikely winner when a ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and landed nicely for Adam Dixon to lash home from ten yards out. Ryan Tappin then almost added a fourth in added time when a Pury attack broke down and with Sam Kelly rushing out to close Tappin down he went for the shot from the touchline but the ball landed in the side netting, just as the final whistle sounded. F/T: 2-3

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NB&DFL: Horwood face Towcester in cup final

Great Horwood will play Towcester in the North Bucks & District Football League, Premier Division Cup final tonight.

Kick-off at Buckingham Athletic is 7.30pm.

NB&DFL,D1 Final: City Colts face Scot at the Ath

City Colts will face Scot in the North Bucks & District League, Division 1 final at Buckingham Athletic Football Club tomorrow (Saturday).

The game starts at 2.30pm.

NB&DFL: Honours even in local derby

Buckingham United Firsts took on Steeple Claydon in another six pointer between two teams towards the top of the table.

After an impressive win over Scot, Buckingham were looking to push on and secure third place.

United started the better team and, managing to keep the ball on the ground against high winds and a poor surface they, moved the ball around and began to frustrate Steeple Claydon. The ball was worked through the midfield to the forwards Lewis Parkin and Mitchell Young both looking dangerous. Lewis picked up the ball on the edge of the box, with a few yards space, and whipped in a shot just missing the top corner. Although playing against the wind Buckingham were dominating the half. Lewis Parkin picked up the ball, turned and seeing the run of Jimmy Richardson, put a perfect through ball putting Jimmy Richardson in a one on one with the keeper before he calmly slotted it home in the bottom right corner.

Claydon began to make their presence felt across the pitch and tackling well got themselves back into the match. A long ball cleared the defence and found the Claydon forward who volleyed in from close range. Steeple Claydon started to use the strong wind and pegged Buckingham back into their own half. A succession of corners led to one being whipped in and a Buckingham defender putting a clearance into the Buckingham net. The half-time whistle blew on the score at 2-1.

Kicking with the wind in the second half Buckingham knew they could dominate large parts of the match. The Firsts started the second half well and several times Danny Charlesworth beat his man to start some promising moves that ended in tame efforts. Bobby Cooney grew in the match and the attention he received from the Steeple midfield resulted in two promising free kicks for Buckingham. The first was put over the bar and the second floated in with the wind, looked to be creeping in, but was finger-tipped over.

Dean O’Connor made some substitutions for the second half that made an immediate impact. Kemzie Elenwo picked up the ball on the right wing and, for the second time in three matches, scored from 30 yards by lobbing the keeper and finding the top left corner. Back in the match with 18 minutes left Buckingham were pushing for more goals. Substitute Chris Thornton’s influence grew, winning the ball back and the vision to put Buckingham on the front foot. A well worked move led to a corner, the cross didn’t clear the first man but, the rebound was whipped in by Chris Thornton and John Westcott headed home from 3 yards. Buckingham were level and, playing a tiring Claydon team, they had 10 minutes to win the match. Buckingham dominated the next 10 minutes but didn’t get the winner and a late effort from Lewis Parkin couldn’t find the net.

The full time whistle went and finished the match in a 3-3 draw. Not the result Buckingham were looking for but the draw leaves them in third place. Next week they face Tattenhoe which is the last of their tough run of fixtures

NB&DFL: Fixtures for Saturday 18th March + Results & latest tables

Results from Saturday 11th March 2017

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Latest tables up to Saturday 18th March 2017