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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

Penalties:

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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After the game Sports Shots spoke to winning goal scorer Adam Dixon: 

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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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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Horwood boss Mark Broom: 
And also defender Stuart Parker: 

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NBLP; Great Horwood FC looking to toast a successful week-end

Saturday 31st March 2018

Great Horwood v Towcester Town

North Bucks League Premier Division

Castle Fields

K.O. 3.00

The North Bucks League Premier Division title race hots up this week-end with third placed Great Horwood hosting top placed Towcester Town at Castle Fields. Horwood were pushed down to third last week by Hanslope who beat Brackley Spots by the incredible scoreline of eighteen goals to nil, which drew them level with Horwood but the goals difference tally now significantly better. However, Horwood sit just four points off top place Towcester, but with three games in hand are in prime position to mount a serious title push.

Stability has helped the side this season, with nine players having started thirteen or more games, and up front have Adam Dixon who has fifteen goals in sixteen games (FA Full Time), but this is the first meeting of these two sides in the league this term, the reverse fixture set for the season finale in May. Horwood haven’t played a league game since 20th January due to the weather and various cup competitions, in which they have reached the Oving Cup Final on Monday against Long Crendon, reached the inter-divisional cup final where they wait for either Duston, Stony Stratford or Silverstone, and lost in the premier division cup to Duston at the quarter-final stage just two weeks ago.

The hosts have not lost in the league since October, whilst Towcester have lost their last two games one of which was a cup game, their league defeat at home to Deanshanger three weeks ago their first in the league since September. Hopefully the weather will not intervene, and these two title fighting sides can do battle, with the lighter evenings now available the title run in begins here.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with Horwood keeper Ian McStraw & defender Stuart Parker, and asked Stuart how big the game is for Horwood:

Saturday is a massive game for us, yes we have games in hand, but we need to ensure that we turn them into points. With home advantage we will be looking to close the gap and try to make things a little easier going into April which is going to be a very busy month for us, with plenty of midweek games coming up it won’t be easy. Despite winning plenty of cups over the past few seasons the club have never won the Premier Division title, so this is the one all the lads want to achieve this season

Stuart Parker

Ian agreed on the magnitude of this fixture:

This week’s game against Towcester is probably our biggest game of the season so far, they have points on the board, but we have the games in hand to catch them and overtake them, and we know the two games against Town are massive for Great Horwood FC

We asked Ian what has been the secret to the success at Horwood this season?

We have had a very consistent team this season, and we are much stronger in depth than previous years, and the spirit within the team is sky high

Stuart agreed their success has been built on the improved squad:

If I’m honest we haven’t played too many league games due to having some good cup runs & also the weather, but we have only lost three games all season so that in itself brings confidence to the squad. We haven’t got the biggest of squads, but we seem to have found a fairly settled formation & spine to the team which really helps. However, this will all be tested going into April with eleven league games still to play. Having good players who have played at a higher level is an added bonus!

What does Stuart expect from Towcester?

The last couple of seasons have all been very close games, so I expect Saturday to be no different, especially with so much at stake for both clubs. They are a physical side but we just have to ensure we continue to play the football that has got us into this position

Horwood haven’t played a league game since the 20th January, and we asked Ian how it affects the squad:

Having not played in the league for so long is frustrating but we have had such success in the cups, mixed with the weather we’ve had it makes it hard to get the consistency needed. But our lads can miss a week then turn up and still manage to play some decent football

How does Ian view Horwood’s leading scorer this season Adam Dixon:

Adam Dixon (Dicko) is in fine form and having played with Dicko for a number of seasons I have seen him score consistently, but he does seem hungrier this season

We asked Stuart how disappointing the Premier Division cup quarter-final defeat to Duston was:

Obviously it was very disappointing, we want to win every game and every competition we are involved in. Conditions and preparation were not ideal and we didn’t play anywhere near the level we have been at for most of the season. However, it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise and help us get a few more league games in on Saturday’s rather than midweek. We are already into the Inter-Divisional final, and also the Oving Cup final on Easter Monday, so we still have plenty of silverware up for grabs, but the league is our priority

Ian looked ahead to the season finale:

The clocks going forward last week bring lighter evenings, and with the amount of games we have left we could see three games a week which isn’t ideal, but I’m sure we can overcome any fixture pile ups and go on to lift the title

Finally, we asked Stuart how he feels his season has been:

It’s been enjoyable thus far, as it tends to be when you’re winning games, & I’m back playing in defence where my career started as a junior, after playing many seasons up front. We have a great bunch of lads here who all get on well off the pitch, which helps us on the pitch. Scoring both goals in the semi-final of the Inter-Divisional cup away at Potterspury was a personal highlight

Sports Shots would like to thank both Ian & Stuart for their time this week.

For more information on The Oving and District Villages’ Cup Competition, one of the oldest cup competition’s in the whole of the country, click here: http://www.ovingvillagecup.com/Pages/History.html

For full list of previous winners click here: http://www.ovingvillagecup.com/Pages/PastFinals.html 

Non-League Day 2017

This Saturday see’s the annual celebration of non-league day, started seven years ago to promote non-league football during the ‘international break’ and to encourage people to “support their local team”.

 

Supporters up and down the country face a week-end of discontent with no top flight matches due to the international break, but are encouraged instead of sitting at home or going shopping to go out and discover just what their local non-league football scene offers.

Many clubs offer special deals in order to encourage more support this week-end, in the hope a few will come along and enjoy what they see and return again later in the season. Clubs often use the week-end to try and raise money for charity.

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.

Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.

Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/map.html

 

Sports Shots urges everyone to get out this week-end and discover the teams that are local to you! You never know, you may find a new passion, and when entry costs anything from £4 you’ll have enough to take the kids, other half and some places even admit your pet dog if you ask nicely. (Twitter page ‘non-league dogs’ love these pictures if you do!)

 

To find out more information about the campaign click here: http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/index.html

 

B&B Saturday Intermediate Cup: 1st Round draw

Buckingham United First Team VS Great Horwood Reserves

Olney FC VS Wing Village First

Hanslope First VS Buckingham Athletic Reserves

City Colts A VS Stony Stratford Town First

Old Bradwell United Development VS Tattenhoe First

MK Wanderers 1st Team VS AFC Santander Saturday

Wingrave (Saturday) First VS Haddenham United First

Wooburn Athletic First VS Risborough Rangers Development Under 25

Rivets FC First VS Ayletico First

Quainton First VS Hazlemere Sports First

Elmhurst First VS Long Crendon First

Gold Hill First VS Ludgershall United First

Oving First VS FC Leisure First

Bedgrove Wanderers First VS APBS FC First

Wendover First VS Aylesbury Dynamos First

Marsh Gibbon First VS Penn & Tylers Green Reserves

Bucks CC First VS Prestwood First

AFC Amersham First VS Great Missenden First

Bucks Blue First VS Aston Clinton Reserves

Downley Albion First VS Bedgrove United First

Ascot United Development VS Westwood United Reserves

Berks County Reserves VS Slough Heating Laurencians Reserves

Bracknell Town Reserves VS Richings Park First

Chalvey (WMC) Sports Reserves VS Langley Reserves

Finchampstead First VS Langley Galaxy First

Signcraft First VS Hurst Reserves

Maidenhead Town First VS FC Imaan Lions FIRST

Cookham Dean Reserves Saturday VS Real Saracens First

Eldon Celtic First Saturday VS Kintbury Rangers Reserves

Uffington United First VS Mortimer Reserves

Steventon First VS Shrivenham Reserves

Faringdon Town Reserves VS Compton First

Grove Rangers First VS Abingdon Town Mens

Abingdon United FC Developme VS Reading YMCA Rapids

Frilsham & Yattendon First VS Ardington & Lockinge First

Matches to be played 9th September.

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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Great Horwood 2-1 Duston Dynamo’s

NBDFL Interdivisional Trophy Final

Tuesday evening saw the final NBDFL cup final of the 2016/17 season, with Great Horwood overcoming Duston Dynamo’s at Stratford Fields, but it took one hundred and twenty minutes of football to determine a winner, and a penalty kick was all that separated the sides at the end. A game of very few chances saw a goal in each half send the tie into extra time, but a Sam Archer penalty in the first half of extra time saw the Buckinghamshire side lift the trophy.

Duston had the lion’s share of possession in the first half, and a fifth minute curling effort from Luke Adams had Horwood keeper Ian McStraw tipping around his post for a corner. A corner then for Horwood was only half cleared to the edge of the Duston box and Andy Brunning lifted over the crossbar.

A dangerous twenty second minute right wing cross from Dale Armitage saw Tom Parker stick out a knee to divert for a Horwood corner, when the ball could have gone anywhere. But from the corner Horwood took the lead, when Stuart Parker & Eddie Archer both rose to attack the ball only to see a block in the six yard box, however the ball fell to Parker who made no mistake from five yards out.

Stuart Parker opens the scoring

Just past the half hour mark the scores were almost level when a poor clearance from Horwood saw Luke Adams strike across goal only to watch his effort bounce off the far post and away to safety. H/T: 1-0

The second half began as the first ended, with a battle of midfields not generating much in the way of goal scoring opportunities. Dylon Feeney tried his luck for the Northamptonshire side from outside the box but could only screw wide.

From a Horwood throw the ball worked its way out to Dale Armitage but he blazed well over the top, and another goal did not seem likely at this stage. But with fourteen minutes left Duston found an equaliser although somewhat fortuitously.

A free kick up into the box was headed back across goal by Keith Nibbs and in front of his own keeper Eddie Archer attempted to head clear but only managed to glance into his own net.

Duston leveller

In the final minute Duston had the chance to win it, when another ball into the area was flicked on and with some space Xhamil Tocilla lined up to shoot from close range but slipped at the final second allowing Horwood to clear their lines. F/T: 1-1

An early corner to Great Horwood in extra time wasn’t cleared by the Duston defence and Stuart Parker tried an audacious overhead kick that grazed the crossbar before going over. Ryan Tappin then got down the right and crossed to Terry Cronin in front of goal, as the Dynamo defence appealed for offside the flag stayed down but Cronin could only steer wide.

Tappin then cut in from the left before firing into keeper Spencer Hack’s gloves, and moments later Ben Thickbroom got down the Horwood right and drilled a low cross hoping for a deflection from close range but the ball was eventually cleared, with team mates in space in the middle.

Eleven minutes into extra time saw Horwood awarded a penalty, Eddie Archer drove into the box and under pressure from Duston skipper Pat O’Dwyer went down, despite the protests the referee awarded the spot kick. Sam Archer made no mistake from the spot.

Luke Adams drove a low free kick straight at Ian McStraw as Duston tried to get an equaliser in the second period of extra time all to no avail, and a late Ryan Tappin free kick for Horwood curled into the arms of Spencer Hack, as the game drifted away from Duston. F/T AET: 2-1

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