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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

Fixtures for Saturday 18th March 2017

Latest tables up to Saturday 18th March 2017

NB&DFL: United’s unbeaten weekend

Buckingham United’s Saturday reserve team travelled to Deanshanger with the aim of further compounding the misery we had already inflicted on their Div Two title charge back in February. This game was destined to be a greater challenge with no help from the first team and a number of key men back in the Deanshanger side.

Deanshanger began passing strongly and confidently, however United’s midfield soon learned that the ball was there for the taking, and soon the whole team began passing fluidly to each other with the central back three looking comfortable and nice moves flowing throughout the team in particular up to Olly Watts and out to Tomas Goodgame who was bounding down the right regularly. However, the final ball through to striker Jonny Ackroyd didn’t apppear to want to come in the early stages.

Mid-way into the first half, Dave Akam nicked the ball in the centre of the pitch and played a one-two with Olly Watts towards the edge of the box and sent a left-footed effort soaring past the reach of the keeper and into the far-right of the net. 1-0 United. Confidence resonated throughout the team. Adam Matthews was enjoying one of his finest performances to date and kept a technically-gifted striker firmly in his pocket, meanwhile Ben Oxley was galloping out of defence and up the left hand-side, and James Watts was typically faultless. Keeper Andy Whitehead stayed alert after having little to do to keep United ahead going into half time with a good reaction save, making amends for an earlier near-calamity of letting an aimless ball over the top rebound off the post. All-in-all, a brilliant first half and a deserved lead.

By mid-way through the second half, Buckingham had lost Sear, Akam, and Van-Kleek to injury, however all of manager Ant Weights substitutions slotted in seamlessly to maintain the solid system, though the style of play did change to more of a ‘get-it-out’ philosophy! One of these clearances caused confusion in the Deanshanger backline and Ackroyd battled both centrebacks and bounced back up off the floor to run in on goal and slot it under the onrushing keeper. 2-0 United.

The rest of the half involved United chasing the ball, though thankfully Deanshanger’s petulance with every refereeing decision generously enabled United to get regular breathers and keep their shape. A poor clearance and a goal-mouth scrap ended in Deanshanger getting one back to half the deficit through Pollard to give United a nervy last 10 minutes. In the closing moments the Deanshanger captain blazed one criminally over the bar from 6 yards out, much to the amusement of Hailstone who had arguably battled harder than anyone all day and been the boo-boy of the home fans.

In extra time, the referee was forced to dismiss not one but two Deanshanger players after the occasion became too much for them, consolidating another fantastic and deserved win for the Buckingham boys over a team who would, otherwise for United, be unbeaten.

Please see all our results and scorers below from our historic weekend, plus we’ve got another report to come.

Buckingham University 2 – 2 Buckingham United
Goals: M. Carr, M. Young

Deanshanger Athletic Football Club Reserves 1 – 2 Buckingham United Reserves
Goals: D. Akam, J. Ackroyd.

MKSL Knock Out Cup
Great Linford Wanderers 0 – 7 Buckingham United Sunday A
Goals: J. Kumar (2), L. Dench, R. Roberts, A. Urqhart, C. Burnikell, and on OG.

Buckingham United Sunday B 6 – 0 Newton Leys
Goals: A. Peacock (3), J. Hinson, M. Gregory and D. Fallon


NB&DFL: Top of the table Olney too strong for Padbury Village

By Darren Stanger

Davies 81, 87

Waites 16,19,45,84
Ramsden 62,71
Viney 74

1. Sam Walker
2. Will Lee
3. Ben King
4. Clint Horne
5. Sebastian Boardman
6. Bill Hornby
7. Liam Moran
8. Matt Marsden
9. John Lynch
10. Phil Averill
11. Luke Davies
12. Johnny Moore
14. Craig Rumble
15. Ellis Jones
16. Tom Marshall
17. Joe Cooper

1. Robert Mungham
2. Matthew Broughton
3. Adam Broughton
4. Matt Day
5. Stephen Taylor
6. Sam Haslam
7. Ben Ramsden
8. Jake Stokes
9. Marlon Waites
10. Charlie Malcolm
11. Alex Smail
12. Matt Viney

Top-of-the-table Olney proved too strong for Padbury as they recorded a fine 7-2 victory thanks to four superbly taken goals from Marlon Waites, a double from Ben Ramsden and substitute Matt Viney scoring the goal of the game with a fine long range effort which flew into the top corner.

Padbury player-manager Craig Rumble had concerns before the game as he has been unable to field a regular squad in recent matches. New signing Ellis Jones was a named substitute for Padbury.

Olney dominated the game from the kick off with Marlon Waites and Charlie Malcolm working well together and Olney looking dangerous coming forward. Waites had a couple of opportunities to break the deadlock with a couple of headers that went wide of the post before finally scoring in the 16th minute when appeals for offside were turned down; Waites was able to capitalise and slotted the ball neatly past Sam Walker.

Waites scored again three minutes later when he was able to meet a superbly taken floating cross from the right and beat keeper Walker to the ball to head into the net.

Olney were well organised playing neat passing football. Ben Ramsden hit the crossbar and Alex Smail went narrowly wide with a superb diving header as Olney pressed hard to increase the lead.

Walker denied Waites a hat-trick in the 38th minute by pulling off a good diving save, however Waites sealed his hat trick just before half time when following a great through ball. He was able to outpace the Padbury defence and was able to fire the ball past Walker with a neat low finish to put Olney 3-0 up at half time.

Olney increased the lead to 4-0 in the 59th minute when Charlie Malcolm pin-point pass found Ben Ramsden who slotted the ball home.

Charlie Malcolm was denied a goal himself shortly afterwards when Walker pulled off a fine save as Olney continued to pile on the pressure.

Padbury’s Tom Marshall had an opportunity to pull a goal back following a great run from Luke Davies his cross found Marshall who shot narrowly wide.

Olney increased the lead in the 71st minute when Walker pulled off a fine point-black save from Marlon Watkins’ shot, however the loose ball found Ramsden who slotted in from close range.

Matt Viney made it 6-0 to Olney with a fine long range effort which sailed into the top corner.

With ten minutes left Padbury did create a few opportunities. Tom Marshall powerful effort forced a good save from Olney goalkeeper Robert Mungham.

Luke Davies pulled a goal back for Padbury scoring from close range before.

Olney’s Watkins scored his fourth with a fine individual solo effort to make it 7-1 to Olney.

Davies scored another consultation goal for Padbury hitting a superb volley from Liam Moran’s corner to make the final scoreline 7-2.


Great Horwood Reserves snatch late winner to progress in Reserve Challenge Trophy

By Darren Stanger

McCabe 41
Tapping 90+1
Taylor-Smith 12

1. Scott Wilson
2. James Baker
3. Jack Trundle
4. Chris McStraw
5. Toby Slade
6. Mario Masala
7. Ryan Tapping
8. Callum Farnborough
9. Dom McCabe
10. Nick Reid
11. Russell Shah
Colin Solomon, Andy Ellison, Adam Wade, Josh Calcraft, Dylan Bingham

1. Liam Coles
2. Jamie Jones
3. Gary Cromwell
4. Martin Rock
5. Stuart Fennemore
6. Alex Page
7. James Turner
8. Glen Clarke
9. Carl Stokes
10. Craig Reynolds
11. Max Taylor-Smith
Subs – James Colley, Kerry Fussell

Great Horwood progressed into the second round of the North Bucks Reserve Team challenge trophy thanks to a late winner by Ryan Tapping.
In an evenly balanced game Great Horwood created the earliest opportunities . In the ninth minute Dom McCabe’s low testing shot forced Yardley keeper Liam Coles to pull off a diving save which was parried away and was cleared to safety by the Yardley defence. A minutes later James Baker’s dangerous cross from the right hand side beat all players including Yardley goalkeeper Coles but the ball was scrambled off the line.
However against the run of play the visitors took the lead. Carl Stokes superb cross into the area found Max Taylor-Smith who fired the ball home with a neat low finish. Horwood however continued to work hard and played some good passing football despite the muddy conditions after the previous night’s rain. McCabe had a great opportunity to equalise when beating the offside trap his powerful shot was wonderfully tipped over the bar by Coles.  Taylor-Smith also had an opportunity at the other end to double Yardley’s lead when his shot went narrowly wide following a good through ball by Glen Clarke.
In the 41st minute Great Horwood equalised through McCabe. Nick Reid dispossessed the opponent with a fine tackle and Read’s pinpoint pass found McCabe who slotted the ball past Coles with a neat finish. Tapping could have given Horwood the lead before half time however his shot, whilst clean through on goal, went narrowly wide.

 Horwood started the second half as they left the first when McCabe shot narrowly wide following a superb pass from Callum Farnborough. Yardley found the pace of McCabe difficult to deal with however they defended bravely and goalkeeper Coles commanded his area very well. Yardley did work hard and played some attractive football. James Turner’s powerful shot went over the bar following a great through ball from Martin Rock. Clarke nearly regained the lead for Yardley when he capitalised on a rare mistake by Scott Wilson. Wilson’s poor clearance went straight to Clarke but his shot was bravely cleared off the line by James Baker. The visitors were gaining confidence and were piling on the pressure. Stuart Fennemore and Clarke both had headers that went wide of the post. James Colley also beat the Horwood offside trap but his effort  was saved by Wilson. However the home looked dangerous on the breakaway and with the game heading to extra time Horwood were able to find the winner in the last moments of the game.  Farnborough’s dangerous pass found Tapping who was clean through on goal and with his pace was able to beat the Yardley defence and slot the ball neatly home to seal victory for  Horwood and see them progress to the next round.

NB&DFL: Latest North Bucks & District League tables as at 27th August 2016


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