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BBC 3 Counties Radio launch weekly non-league football show for Beds, Herts & Bucks

BBC three counties radio launched their brand new non-league football show on Monday evening, and in their first broadcast spoke with former Winslow United player Ayden Callaghan, and included a regular ‘ninety second quiz’ in which the weekly guest is asked questions on their relevant club.

As the radio station covers Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & Buckinghamshire the show is open to all but three of the clubs we cover this season at Sports Shots.

To hear the whole of the first show from Monday, use the link here:

The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels.

Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72

BBST; Great Horwood 1-7 Winslow United

Great Horwood – 1

Winslow United – 7

Great Horwood were torn apart by their higher level guests on Saturday in this Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy second round tie, in persistent rain the goals flowed early on for United as they powered into a three goal lead inside the opening ten minutes that left the home side floored and no answer to the relentless waves of attacks that Winslow threw at them, a change of shape at the break stemmed the flow, however the completion of a hatrick for Harry Dalton saw the end scoreline reflect what had been a fairly comfortable afternoon for the Ploughmen.

The visiting side took the lead in the third minute when a free kick on the edge of the penalty arc saw Alex Kedzierski drill low into the bottom corner despite Horwood keeper Colin Solomon getting a hand to it, just a minute later a clearance off the line from a King shot after good work from Grant Karwacinski saw Winslow win a corner. From the set piece the ball was rolled along the eighteen yard line where King had time to look up before driving into the top corner to open his account for the afternoon.

King then threaded a ball through the home defence for Jack Bowers to chase after, shoulder to shoulder with defender Dale Armitage the pair tussled into the area where the Ploughman went down but the referee waved away the appeals, but Bowers got his goal when a long range effort from Marcus Hussey saw Solomon go down to his left to save but quickest to react was Bowers who tapped into the unguarded net.

Alex Kedzierski opens the scoring

It took until the eighteenth minute before the hosts had their first effort at goal, a throw worked across the box to Adam Dixon who fired wide, whilst a free kick a yard outside the corner of the box was curled over by Kedzierski at the opposite end. Winslow bagged their fourth on twenty-two minutes when a King free kick just outside the area on the right was curled around everyone including the flailing hand of Solomon and inside the far post.

Winslow looked like scoring every time they broke forward, a move that released King down the right saw him collect & drive into the box and hammer the ball across the goal face and wide just as Bowers was sliding in, but with eleven minutes of the half left the home side grabbed a lifeline when a ball over the yellow backline saw Dixon slot into the bottom corner. Any thoughts of a comeback were soon dashed as just three minutes later Dalton was fed eighteen yards out and escaping the attention of Adam Armitage he fired low into the bottom corner.

Horwood were almost punished further when Solomon rolled out from the back to Ryan Tappin who tried to break but Kedzierski was on him in a flash, sliding in he took possession from the winger and went for goal only to shoot straight at Solomon, before Anthony Ball strode forward from his defensive duties and forced the home keeper down to his left to deny any further damage ahead of the break. H/T: 1-5

Harry Dalton scores first of his treble

A change of formation at the break saw a much better start for the home side after the break, although they had much more possession they still couldn’t break down the United defence, one attack did see a cross headed clear and from just inside the box Dale Armitage, who was always leaning back lifted over Owusu Boateng in the Winslow goal, before a twenty yard free kick saw skipper Sam Archer curl over the top.

The visitors weathered the storm and duly scored again on sixty-five minutes when Dalton was fed down the left channel where he fired across Solomon and in off the far post, and he completed his hatrick moments later when again fed inside the area his shot deflected off a defender to loop over Solomon and in. Bowers then had a run at the home defence from deep in midfield, evading several challenges he worked himself into the box but just as he seemed destined to score he dragged his shot wide.

Dixon received the ball out on the left late on and his cross found substitute Gary Ridgway in front of goal whose excellent first touch deserved more but he turned to fire into the waiting gloves of Boateng, before the same pairing worked well again but Ridgway sliced his effort wide. F/T: 1-7

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Horwood captain Sam Archer: 
And also former Winslow captain Nick Farrow: 
Finally we caught up with Winslow manager Paul Alleyne: 

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BBFA ST; Defender hopes to sweep up whilst midfielder looks to Nick a win against former club

Saturday 6th October 2018

Great Horwood v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 2nd Round

Castle Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Great Horwood take a break from recent league action this week-end as they take on neighbours Winslow United in the Berks & Bucks senior trophy, and face the side that are two levels higher, have only lost one of their last eight games & have scored thirteen goals in their last three games! But as this year’s competition has already shown league status counts for nothing, and a local derby throws form and expectations out the window, therefore any result is possible.

Berks & Bucks FA Senior Trophy

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood defender Ben Thickbroom, and first of all recent signing & former Winslow United captain Nick Farrow to ask how his summer move came about:

It was all due to unfortunate circumstances with Winslow having to fold their development team, which was for the benefit of the club for this season. It was an extremely hard decision to leave Winslow after twelve years there, but all good things must come to an end I guess, and who knows what will happen in the future. I had a few options & offers at the beginning of the season but I’ve always admired Great Horwood and the quality they have in their side for such a small village, I knew a few players here already which obviously helps when moving clubs, and I’ve received a great welcome from everyone I’ve met so far so I am very happy to have come here to play

How does Ben think his side have started their season?

We had a difficult start to our season with some poor results, and a lack of squad numbers due to other commitments. Thankfully the results have improved of late with a more settled team which is a positive. The league position doesn’t lie however and we know that to compete in this division you need to have depth and consistency, so we will take each game as it comes and see where we finish come the end of the season

Nick agreed that the confidence is growing:

We had a difficult start similar to Winslow, with players missing it just took us a few games to find our feet. We have played some very attractive football and have gone four games unbeaten in all competitions so confidence is high amongst the squad. We have climbed the table after some decent wins recently and I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say we are only looking to improve on this over the next few games and keep this winning run going

How has the season started for Ben Thickbroom, and where does he see his best position being?

It was a difficult start for me having come back from injury which meant I didn’t have a proper pre-season, although my form & fitness have picked up recently with more game time. My best position is where ever the gaffer puts me, which usually is either as a right back in a four man defence, or wing back if we play as a five

Nick Farrow scores during Winslow days

Nick also feels his start has been hampered:

I would have to say that I had a bit of a slow start, with a limited pre-season and not having played in any friendlies it has taken me a while to play at a level that I am happy with. But after getting some games under my belt I’m starting to feel I can run for more than ten minutes now! I’ve been playing in a new position so it has taken me a bit of time to adapt, but I’m starting to feel a lot happier with my contribution to the team, and finally got myself on the score sheet in my last game. I’m not sure if I have a best position to be honest, I’m happy to play wherever the gaffer tells me to and as long as we win it doesn’t bother me

We asked Ben how he feels the Horwood squad has shaped up this season:

We have managed to keep hold of the squad from last season and build on that with the return of Dale Armitage, the signing of Nick from Winslow and more recently Gary Ridgway who played most recently at Kempston Rovers, all of which provide a competitive edge and are good quality additions. On top of these Andrew Brunning has been coming back from a serious injury and will be a welcome addition when he is fully fit

With their recent success, what does Ben think the secret to success in the NBDL league is?

That’s a difficult question, typically the teams that have performed well in this league have been physical, and control games from start to finish. As a team Horwood have always played a passing style of football but have lacked physical strength, we have however tried to improve this in recent years with the player additions across the team

Which players have impressed Nick so far in his new club, and what differences are there compared to his former club?

Well first of all I’ve been impressed with the style of football Great Horwood want to play as a whole club, we are always being encouraged to play short & simple football which has been very pleasing to be a part of. From what I have seen so far, we play the best football in the league although I haven’t played against Duston yet, and we always try to play the game the right way! In terms of players that have impressed there are many, but I must say that Dale Armitage & Brandon Bowes have impressed with their energy and hard work out on the wings, they have both been pivotal in getting our season up and running

And what differences are there compared to the South Midlands League?

The North Bucks league is a whole different game compared to the South Midlands, as most teams in that league attempt to play football whilst the NBDL is more physical and direct. I think this will be a great game on Saturday as I know both teams will be getting the ball down and playing good football

Ben Thickbroom

We asked Ben how he feels his side can do against higher level Winslow this weekend?

We are in good form of late and are looking to keep that run going, so will look to play our football and give a good account of ourselves. In more recent years Horwood have had a love affair with the County Cup and love pulling off a giant killing or two against teams from, on paper, higher levels! The gaffer and his management team watched Winslow in their midweek hammering of Buckingham Town and will be looking to take his analysis of that game to formulate a game plan

If Horwood are to progress in the competition, where does he think they need to better than Winslow?

From speaking with the gaffer, Winslow play a quick & direct game, so to counter this we will need to reduce their ability to play direct and cut out their channel balls. As a team we like to play in a similar fashion, so on paper this game looks to be a good attacking game

Nick knows what his side need to do:

I think it’s key to be better than Winslow from front to back, side to side and all over the pitch for ninety plus minutes! We know the quality they have in their side, but we are certainly not lacking in our own players who can change things and win games. Horwood have previously knocked out Buckingham Athletic in this competition, so playing against a slightly better South Midlands team won’t be anything new to this squad. On paper we are underdogs going into the game, but I haven’t spoken to one player who is not confident of progressing into the next round

Does Nick see himself managing in future at senior level, and what would his dream job be?

I would have thought so. I had a brilliant time being player manager at Winslow last season, it was a great insight and learning curve for myself as I’ve only been coaching at junior level previously. It’s also made me realise how tough a job it is at non-league level & I have massive respect for anyone who is in charge of a team involved in non-league football. I’m thoroughly enjoying playing at Great Horwood and don’t have any plans to manage until I retire from playing. In terms of a dream job at this level, if you find it let me know where it is!

We asked Ben for his opinions on what Nick has brought to the club, and how he thinks the game will be against his former team mates:

Nick is a Winslow lad so I’m sure there will be a strange feel to the game for him, however he has settled in really well since joining and has slotted straight into the team. He is a box to box midfielder who gives one hundred percent and also has an eye for goal, I am sure he will be looking to put in a decent performance against his former club and help us to get to the next round

Rounding up with Ben, we asked if he has any friends there he would like to get one over:

No, I don’t really know any of the Winslow squad but I know the proximity of the two clubs will add spice to the game, hopefully it will be a competitive & good quality game which the spectators will enjoy. Everyone at Great Horwood FC would like to thank Sports Shots once again for the opportunity to preview our game & look forward to talking to you again soon, keep up the good work!

Finally, we asked Nick to predict who gets the first yellow card on Saturday:

The first name that comes into my head would by Kingy (Simon) for historical reasons! But he’s too busy banging in free kicks and thirty-yard screamers to worry about bookings, and I haven’t been booked yet this year so maybe I’m overdue? Lastly, I just want to say a massive thank you to Sports Shots for all the hard work you guys put into the local non-league football scene. It’s been great sitting back and seeing all the fantastic content you bring to the game

Sports Shots would like to thank both Ben & Nick for their time this week

BBFA ST; Winslow keeper confident his side have fully risen from the Ash-es

Saturday 6th October 2018

Great Horwood v Winslow United

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 2nd Round

Castle Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Winslow United are back in cup action this week with two games in four days in trophy competitions, beginning on Saturday with another local trip in the Berks & Bucks senior trophy as they visit Great Horwood in the second round. After winning at Mursley in the previous round, Paul Alleyne’s men face North Bucks & District League side Horwood who are second in their division and have won their last four league games, so again another tricky obstacle for last season’s semi-finalists awaits.

Sam Ashmead

This week Sports Shots caught up with United keeper Sam Ashmead to ask how he feels his side have started the season:

I feel after a shaky start we have now begun to show more of the good dominant football from last season, we are a very good footballing side with lots of ability. I personally believe it was just the confidence in the side that was the issue to start with, we had lost two players who over last season had scored over seventy goals between them, but spirit is up now and our performances are back up

How does Sam feel he has started the season?

In terms of my personal fitness I have lost over four stone since the end of last season and have put a lot of work into getting fit and up for this season. I feel I have had a good start with some good performances, making some crucial saves, I had a run of six games with clean sheets at the end of last season so it would be nice to start pulling some more from our performances

Just how much did the upheaval at the start of the season affect the squad, and are things more settled now?

As I mentioned earlier, the loss of two players who had scored so many goals last season disrupted us all, mixed with a couple of defeats at the start of the season our morale wasn’t great. But we’ve started scoring goals again, and some crucial players are back and performing, also the return of Peck (Sean Coles) will make a huge difference

We asked if there had been any stand out players so far this term:

Personally I wouldn’t say there has been any one stand out player, as a team we have all stepped up from the start of the season & pulled together. Alex (McGowan) has been a great addition to our back four, with Peck returning now and Tom (Brindley) back & scoring goals things are definitely looking up

How were the last two away games for Winslow which saw defeat in the FA Vase and a last gasp draw at Wodson Park?

The Bedfont game we didn’t show up collectively and with the chances they had I think we were lucky to come away with just a two goal defeat. The match then at Wodson was just bad game management, we have addressed the issues from those performances and corrected things as you can see from our last result

How was the game midweek at Buckingham Town?

We started very well with Peck scoring after about nineteen seconds and then going two up within five minutes or so. Once those goals went in it made the evening a lot easier for us as it took most of the fight out of them, they managed to claw a goal back which I was personally very disappointed with after a string of saves, but a very good performance managing this game as we reduced them to one shot on goal in the second half

How difficult will this week be against a side from a lower level?

These cup games are more difficult than any, we as a team know how we feel when we are playing levels above us, it put’s that extra buzz through you and the fight & determination seems to step up with that. So we will not be expecting an easy game as they will be looking for the scalp

Finally, does Sam have any former team mates to look forward to playing against?

Personally I don’t have any no, and even if I did that all goes away when the whistle goes at the start of the game, we look to get the job done regardless of who we are playing

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

NBLP; Armitage predicts league will be a marathon not a sprint starting with Linford

Saturday 22nd September 2018

Great Horwood v Great Linford

North Bucks League Premier Division

Castle Fields

K.O. 3.00

Great Horwood entertain Great Linford on Saturday looking to build upon their solid start to the season which see’s them currently sitting fifth in the North Bucks & District League Premier Division table. A win would take Horwood level on points with Linford & both sides will be pushing for the win to try and chase down league leaders Duston who currently sit top of the pile with a 100% start to their campaign.

Dale Armitage

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood winger Dale Armitage to ask how it’s been back at the club after he spent last season away:

Life at Great Horwood is good and I am happy to be back, having played for them since the age of sixteen I took the opportunity last year to branch out and play in a different league. Whilst I enjoyed playing over in Bedford for Wootton, and had a successful year personally, you can’t beat playing for your local boyhood club

And how has the season started for the squad?

We didn’t get off to the start we wanted, picking up only a point from our first three games. Its always difficult to juggle work and also cricket commitments in August and having three games before September put us on the back foot slightly. We have however recovered well with strong performances against Silverstone & Olney finally kick starting our season

What does Dale expect from the game on Saturday?

This Saturday will be yet another stern test in what is proving to be the most competitive North Bucks league in the past few years, against a strong opposition in Linford. They’ve got off to a good start with some impressive results, including a win against the Premier Division champions Potterspury, who they beat quite convincingly. In years gone by Linford have been very physical whilst playing a good passing game

Horwood have three successive wins under their belts, how were those games?

As with all our games this year the level in the Premier has improved massively, you have a number of teams who are pushing to dethrone the champions and we’ve had to make a number of key additions to keep up. The wins we’ve had were a result of our normal passing style of football which we’ve adapted over the years

Playing joint second this week then top next week, is the league getting stronger or are some teams still waiting to get going?

I think it’s a bit of both. The league is definitely improving, compared to previous years we’ve already seen that anyone on their day can produce a shock result. Linford won ten games last year in the league whilst Duston won just nine, this alone highlights the improvement in the league with them both picking up four and five wins respectively from their opening five games. On the other hand some of the teams have maybe come into the season under prepared or lacking availability. You still have the likes of Potterspury, Silverstone, Towcester & us that have been on the end of a couple of shock defeats already this year. You can’t discount the new boys in Olney & City Colts from challenging either

Which players have impressed Dale so far?

A stand out for me would be Adam ‘Paul Dickov’ Dixon who has led from the front and getting on the scoresheet as he is best known for. We’ve also had to adapt without our first choice keeper Ian McStraw but have found a superb replacement in Colin ‘Colesey’ Solomon. Other key mentions include new boy Nick Farrow who joined from Winslow, as well as Andy Brunning who has returned from injury having been out for a year

We asked Dale for any personal targets for the season:

Like any footballer I want to come away this season with some silverware. It’s always difficult to predict so I’ll leave it at that!

Finally, what is a realistic finish for the club this year?

I believe Adam Armitage answered this question in a similar fashion when we last spoke to Sports Shots but as with previous years where we’ve tipped ourselves for certain trophies and come away with nothing, we’re just taking each week as it comes with a view to winning each game we play in competitively.

As always Great Horwood FC would like to say a massive thank you to Sports Shots for their continued support and coverage throughout the season, and we look forward to seeing you down at Castle Fields soon

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

NBLP; Horwood skipper hopes his side aren’t kept hanging on for their first win

Saturday 25th August 2018

Deanshanger Athletic v Great Horwood

North Bucks League Premier Division

Deanshanger Sports Club

K.O. 3.00

Adam Armitage

Great Horwood travel to Deanshanger Athletic on Saturday in what is both sides second game of the North Bucks & District League Premier Division season, and for Horwood a chance to build upon the point they gained on Wednesday evening in a goalless draw at home to Stewkley, whilst Deanshanger were on the end of a six-goals to one defeat at home to last season’s champions Potterspury.

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood captain Adam Armitage to find out how pre-season went for his side:

Pre-season went well and we had good numbers at training as well as for the games we played. This was down to the hard work by Mark ‘Boz’ Broom & Jack ‘Pidge’ Trundell’s work behind the scenes

So how has the Horwood squad shaped up over the summer?

In terms of the squad for the season we have been able to retain everyone from last season whilst also adding strength across all areas. A selection of additions include: Dale Armitage who has returned after playing in the Beds Premier last season & Nick Farrow who joins from Winslow United. We have also added a striker & a winger from a couple of local sides, whilst we also anticipate the return of Andy Brunning half way through the season which will help us in the business part of the season in 2019

Do Horwood have any targets for the season?

Realistic targets for the season are to just take each week as it comes. We have been burnt by predicting titles and cups in the past and will look to take each game as it comes & remain focused as a team unit

We asked Adam how the opening game of the season was:

It wasn’t the start we wanted, and it was a frustrating game, Stewkley had a disciplined game plan and stuck to this throughout. Having said that there were plenty of positives to take from the evening, keeping a clean sheet whilst creating chances although none were converted, but I am confident we turn these chances into goals very soon

And finally we asked what Great Horwood will be expecting this week-end at Deanshanger?

We turn our attentions to this week-end and we will be missing a few key players for the game at Deanshanger, mainly due to the tail end of the cricket season, however we have a deep squad and we are still going to be going there positive, and hopefully come away with our first three points of the season.

As a footnote everyone at Great Horwood would like to thank everyone at Sports Shots for the continuous support given throughout pre-season and beyond, a brilliant platform for all local sports and great ambassadors for their various charities. We look forward to welcoming you all down to Castle Field’s this season

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

2018/19 North Bucks & District Leagues Constitution

The North Bucks & District League have revealed their league allocations for the new 2018/19 season.

Whilst Great Horwood FC remain in the premier division, there has been promotion for Buckingham United from division one up to the intermediate division.


NBDL-IDF; Great Horwood 2-2 Silverstone (Silverstone won 3-4 on penalties)

Great Horwood – 2

Silverstone – 2

(After extra time – Silverstone won 3-4 on penalties)

Great Horwood were on the verge of lifting the North Bucks & District League Inter-Divisional Trophy on Tuesday night, but conceded in the last few seconds to take the tie into extra-time, and eventually penalties which Silverstone won by four goals to three. Horwood took the lead with just fifteen minutes left on the clock and seemed destined to repel all their opponents were throwing at them, however they were taken into an additional thirty minutes play, where they then had to come from behind themselves to take the tie into the spot kick routine. Keeper Ian McStraw took their fifth and final kick, his opposite number Sachin Tayal saved to take the trophy back to Northamptonshire.

The two sides who finished a point apart in their league campaigns didn’t really set the game alight until the latter stages, it took until the eighth minute for the first attempt when Horwood full back Terry Cronin pulled his shot wide of Tayal’s right hand post. Adam Dixon & Ryan Tappin then played a one-two on the left which resulted in a shot from Tappin that was comfortably gathered by the Silverstone keeper.

A Horwood corner from skipper Sam Archer was missed by two defender’s heads but fell nicely to Eddie Archer, with back to goal he turned and shot but another red shirt in behind him managed to block & clear, before Cronin latched onto a cross and went for goal from twelve yards only for another Silverstone body to throw themselves in front of the shot. At the other end Tony Linnell fired wide from distance as his side tried to get a foot hold in the game.

Another Horwood corner was half cleared out to Stuart Parker who thumped goalwards only again for a defender inside the six-yard box to block and clear, & Linnell had another go this time forcing McStraw down to his right to save. Tappin & Cronin then linked up well down the left to feed in Toby Slade who cut across the eighteen-yard line before firing over the top, & a long Horwood clearance saw Tappin away on goal closely marshalled by a Silverstone defender, taking the shot on early he fired straight at Tayal. H/T: 0-0

Terry Cronin shoots wide

Just seconds into the second half Silverstone midfielder Ryan Camper fired high over the top from the edge of the Horwood box, before a cross from their left saw Linnell outpace his marker to the ball but lift over the crossbar. Horwood defender Terry Archer then had a clearance charged down by Nially Duffy out on the touchline, the ball spiralled deep into the Horwood half and Duffy raced away to gather, his cross met by Camper, but he screwed wide.

Dixon then forced Silverstone keeper Tayal into a good save when he wriggled free of his marker inside the box, and a minute later a free kick to Horwood saw Sam Archer float the ball across only for it to come back off the crossbar where it fell to Dixon whose first time shot deflected off a defender for a corner. From that corner the game finally saw it’s first goal of the evening on seventy-four minutes, and what most on the side lines probably thought was going to be the winner.

Sam Archer crossed into the box and from twelve yards Sid Hawkins rose unchallenged to power his header into the corner of the net. Silverstone almost hit back immediately, a shot came back off McStraw which Camper fired back towards goal, but the keeper was able to grab at the second attempt, and from there they piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser.

They were almost undone pushing forward when a clearance found Ryan Lightfoot out on the left flank, he slipped a pass in between the backline of red shirts for Tappin to chase down, but the pass was ever so slightly overhit and rolled through to Tayal. As time rolled by Silverstone won a couple of corners, the first was half cleared to Duffy whose shot deflected of a Horwood defender.

Sid Hawkins scores opener

The second found the head of Robert Camper which was cleared off the goal line back to the centre-half, he headed again but wide of McStraw’s right hand post. Then in the sixth minute of added time Ryan Camper set Duffy away down the left, he got to the byline and crossed into the box where no defender could clear and running in at the back Bradley Smith slotted home. As Horwood took the kick-off to restart the game, the referee blew his whistle to end the game. F/T: 1-1

From the start of extra time Duffy burst through the Horwood defence and drove fiercely at goal which had McStraw diving away to his right to save with both hands, followed closely by Patrick Martin down the left pulling across the six-yard box & as four separate heads went up they all missed, and the chance was gone.

Seven minutes in Silverstone took the lead, a ball through the middle for Duffy to latch onto, and he fired across McStraw and into the bottom corner. The lead lasted just three minutes, a throw on the Horwood right saw Hawkins first to the ball to flick on & in front of goal Lightfoot turned to volley home. At the other end a cross from the left saw Linnell head wide at the back post. H/T: 2-2

Horwood attacked at the start of the second period through Lightfoot who climbed above a defender & got his head to a cross which saw Tayal having to grab with both hands underneath his crossbar, and another shot on the volley from Lightfoot from a corner saw Tayal get fingertips to the ball as it flew inches over the bar. As time ran out Silverstone got down their right and a ball across the eighteen-yard line found Callum Thompson who lifted high over the top. F/T: 2-2


Sam Archer gave Horwood the lead, Duffy levelled before Sid Hawkins restored the lead for his side. Bradley Smith then lifted into the top corner to regain parity before Ryan Lightfoot saw Tayal dive away to save, Robert Camper then gave Silverstone the lead before Adam Dixon levelled the tie again. Callum Thompson scored his kick despite the best efforts of Ian McStraw who got a hand to it, who himself got up to take a spot kick, Tayal saving to prompt the celebrations of his Silverstone team mates.

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Great Horwood lift Oving & District Villages Cup

Great Horwood – 1

Long Crendon – 0

Great Horwood won the Oving & District Villages Cup on Easter Monday, with a single goal victory over Long Crendon to capture the trophy for the first time in their history. A first half strike from leading scorer Adam Dixon was enough to settle the tie, and although Crendon dominated the second half they just couldn’t find their way through a resolute Horwood defence, and were restricted to long range shots that never really threatened custodian Ian McStraw.

Crendon had the first shot on goal on five minutes, when Eliot Farley twisted & turned to create some space to the left of the Horwood box but pulled his shot wide of the right hand post. The first chance for Horwood came on the quarter hour mark when a corner swung in by Sam Archer was attacked by both Stuart Parker & Adam Armitage, the ball somehow heading towards goal saw Crendon keeper George Collingwood almost collide with his defender on the post, but between them they cleared for another corner.

Crendon then won a free kick just inside the Horwood half, Dino Bonwick found Oli Lethbridge on the edge of the box and with his back to goal he turned and shot but could only find the gloves of McStraw. From the goal kick came the only goal of the game on eighteen minutes, a flick on in midfield from Brandon Bowes saw Adam Dixon in behind the Crendon defence, as Collingwood came out Dixon knocked it past him and into the empty net.

Adam Dixon scored only goal

Armitage then climbed highest to another cross into the Crendon box, his header forcing Collingwood to use both fists to punch away, before a ball out to Dixon to the right of the area saw him flash a low drive across the goal face, two yellow shirts were coming in at the back post but neither could connect and the ball rolled harmlessly away for a goal kick.

Ten minutes before the interval Bowes sent in a cross that Dixon got the slightest flick on and running in behind Terry Archer could only lift over the top. Dixon then threaded a ball through the Crendon defence for Eddie Archer to run onto, he went for the lob over the keeper but Collingwood recovered and gathered before the ball crossed the line. As the half drew to a close, a Crendon throw on their left found Bonwick in space, with little other option in front of him, he smashed at goal but wildly drove wide. H/T: 1-0

Crendon took the game to their opponents from off the off after the break, Archie Pettingell received the ball on the edge of the Horwood area just ninety seconds in, he took a touch and went for goal but his connection was poor and McStraw comfortably fell to his right to gather. Seconds later Crendon skipper Alex Farley got into the box and thumped the ball across goal and wide of the back post.

Horwood celebrate

Long Crendon continued to enjoy some possession, on fifty-six minutes Alex Farley again tried his luck from distance and for a moment McStraw looked in trouble, but he managed to scramble across his goal line and turn around the post. A diagonal ball through the Horwood back line then saw Ben Sykes faced with goal, but just to the left of the area he screwed his shot wide, beating the turf in frustration realising how good an opportunity it had been.

Despite their dominance Crendon just could not find that little bit of quality in front of goal, and passes continued to go astray or were mopped up by their opponents. With fifteen minutes left, another chance went begging when Bonwick found himself in possession down the left channel, again little option in front of him he went for goal but blazed high and wide.

Within a minute Bonwick again got down the left, and again sent the ball high over McStraw’s crossbar. Horwood managed the remaining minutes and sent on long serving Darren Sirett to help hold the ball up at the other end and relieve some of the pressure off the defence, a tactic that worked well as the final whistle sounded with Horwood playing keep ball in the corner. F/T: 1-0

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NBLP; Great Horwood 3-0 Towcester Town

Great Horwood – 3

Towcester Town – 0

Great Horwood beat local rivals Towcester Town on Saturday to put themselves in pole position to clinch the North Bucks League Premier Division title for the first time in their history, but with ten league games left to play in a punishing schedule for the next few weeks, Horwood will need to ensure they maintain the form showed against Town to capture that elusive prize come May. Despite the weather, the game was played on a heavily sodden pitch, and more rain arrived during the ninety minutes, but the home side adapted to the conditions and two goals in the first half put them in the driving seat, before an acrobatic finish from Ryan Tappin sealed the win midway through the second period, to leave Horwood in second spot in the table, just a point off Towcester who remain top but they have played three games more.

Towcester started the brighter of the two sides, a cross from Jake Dixon found Horwood keeper Ian McStraw at the near post grateful to gather, before another cross from the byline saw bodies waiting in the middle however the cross landed on top of the netting the wrong side of the crossbar. The first shot at goal came from the hosts on seven minutes when a cross from their right from Ben Thickbroom found Brandon Bowes on the eighteen yard line, he turned and shot but Town keeper Laurence Benham was behind it all the way.

The home side took the lead on seventeen minutes, a relatively harmless looking long ball upfield seemed comfortable for the visitor’s defence however the ball was allowed to bounce which wrong footed a defender and Eddie Archer was on it in a flash, from just inside the box he curled around Benham and into the far bottom corner. From the goal Horwood seemed to take control, and it was a matter of Towcester trying to keep them out, a fierce drive from the edge of the centre circle from Frankey Tarrant was dipping towards goal and Benham had to use both hands to stun the ball, and gather at the second attempt.

Daniel Richardson goes close for Towcester

On twenty-six minutes Towcester had a chance to draw level when a half clearance fell nicely to Daniel Richardson twelve yards from goal, he went for the near top corner but the ball flashed narrowly wide. Then seven minutes later the hosts doubled their lead, attacking down their right wing the ball was pulled across the eighteen yard line by skipper Sam Archer to Adam Armitage who smashed at goal, Benham got something on it but the power on the shot took the ball into the back of the net.

A late free kick to Towcester was swung into the box and a glancing header from Jack Shaw bounced wide of McStraws right hand post, and seconds before the whistle a Towcester free kick was headed clear by Stuart Parker at the heart of the Horwood defence, the ball picked up by Tarrant saw him play a good one-two with Tappin to get down the right, he fed club leading scorer Adam Dixon but he didn’t connect as he’d like and Benham made the save. H/T: 2-0

Straight from the restart Tappin broke away from a couple of challenges before crossing into Sam Archer who lifted over the top, before a long ball over the top saw Adam Dixon away on goal, but before he had time to shoot a defender recovered brilliantly to block for a corner. Archer swung the corner in which was cleared to the edge of the box where running in Bowes smashed over the crossbar.

The next Horwood attack was halted on the halfway line, a ball through the Horwood defence for Jake Dixon to run onto saw him take the shot on early and he fired straight into the waiting gloves of McStraw. Armitage then cut in from the left and let fly from just outside the area but was inches wide of the Towcester goal frame.

Laurence Benham cant stop Ryan Tappin goal

The home side killed the game off on sixty-eight minutes, a goal kick from McStraw was met in midfield by substitute Ryan Lightfoot who went up to challenge a Town defender, the ball bounced off the Towcester man towards his own goal, Tappin was on it like a flash and as Benham came out the front man leapt and simply knocked the ball up and over the keeper from the edge of the area, and despite Benham doing his best to reach the ball on his six-yard line it sailed over his reach and bounced into the unguarded net.

Horwood continued creating the better chances, and deserved a fourth late on when substitute Robert Churchill played a good one-two with Tarrant to get down the right wing, he fizzed the ball across the six-yard box and running in at the back post Tappin threw himself at the ball just couldn’t get enough on it to poke home, steering wide instead.

A rare Towcester attack saw a pull back to Richard Parker who thumped wide from the edge of the area, and two minutes before the end Horwood did score again but a raised flag ruled the effort out. A free kick released Adam Dixon down the left wing and he threaded a great cross into the path of the incoming Lightfoot who scored from three-yards out only for the offside decision to cut short his celebration. F/T: 3-0

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