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Buckingham Junior Charity Cup 2019/20 draw

The Buckingham Junior Charity Cup draw for the 2019/20 competition has taken place.

The games will be played at Buckingham Athletic and Winslow United this season.

1st Round

  1. Silverstone v Roade
  2. Middleton Cheney v Padbury
  3. Potterspury v Deanshanger Athletic
  4. Great Horwood v Twyford
  5. Steeple Claydon v Olney
  6. Charlton & District v Towcester Town
  7. Marsh Gibbon v Wing Village
  8. Mursley v Syresham

Quarter Final

  1. Winners of 4 v Winners of 5
  2. Winners of 3 v Winners of 4
  3. Winners of 1 v Winners of 8
  4. Winners of 6 v Winners of 7

Semi Final

  1. Winners of 1 v Winners 3
  2. Winners of 2 v Winners of 4


  1. Winners of 1 v Winners of 2

The first two games of the competition have been organised.

Middleton Cheney will face Padbury on Monday 2nd September while Potterspury will play Deanshanger Athletic on Wednesday 4th September. Both games will be played at Buckingham Athletic.


NBDL; Great Horwood FC pre-season training begins tonight

Great Horwood FC begin pre-season training tonight ahead of the new 2019/20 North Bucks & District Football League campaign.

Players old & new are invited to Castle Fields this evening with a 7.30pm start (not 6.30pm as listed in advert below), which will continue every Tuesday thereafter.

A range of pre-season friendlies begin next Saturday, 13th July.

NBDL; Potterspury 1-0 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 1
Great Horwood – 0


Potterspury beat local rivals Great Horwood on Tuesday evening with an early strike from Jamie Hall to leapfrog their guests into second place in the North Bucks & District Premier Division table, a game played in some early evening sunshine that saw warm temperatures up until the end of the game that saw plenty of chances created during the ninety minutes from both sides, but some great keeping and defending saw the game decided by that solitary strike in the seventh minute. Horwood hit the woodwork twice, their hosts also found the goal frame in their way but both Neil Cardwell & Ian McStraw wearing the gloves made crucial saves throughout to keep the scoreline down, on another day any of the front men on display could have had a hatrick with the amount of chances that were spurned.

As early as the fifth minute Dale Armitage got down the flank and cut inside to Brandon Bowes who saw his shot bounce off the post and out for a goal kick, Sid Hawkins had a close range effort blocked and Adam Armitage fired straight at Cardwell all before the hosts opened the scoring, from the shot stoppers clearance Adam Kelly was away down the left channel to square inside to Hall who from twelve yards couldn’t miss. A Horwood free kick floated in was inches from Hawkins head, at the opposite end Lee White warmed McStraw’s hands from the edge of the box, a cross from their left saw the yellow midfielder Bowes head straight into waiting gloves and a good throw in routine for Pury saw Kelly released along the edge of the area where he curled over the top.

Sid Hawkins challenges Pury keeper Neil Cardwell

Kelly turned provider with a superb over the shoulder ball downfield for Hall to chase after, in behind the defence he was thwarted by McStraw advancing to block, another throw to Hawkins saw him loop over as he lost his balance and Hall again found space before driving over the crossbar. Despite the heat both sides continued to press and a goal kick headed back over the Horwood backline saw the scorer clear the bar, Dale Armitage fired wide of the back stick from midfield & Stevie Dean thumped straight at the keeper from distance, the final action saw a throw flicked onto Kelly in the penalty arc, he powered towards the target where Frankie Tarrant put his body in front to deflect over the top. H/T: 1-0

Dale Armitage got down the left early after the restart and found Hawkins in the box with his back to goal, he managed to turn and shoot forcing Cardwell into a great save, their next chance saw Ryan Tappin cut in from the wing and as the keeper came out he chipped past him but the wrong side of the frame. Just ahead of the hour mark the visitor’s did get the ball in the net when Dale Armitage beat his marker to a cross to head home however a raised flag denied, a Bowes drive from twenty yards had to be pushed over the top, the next Horwood attack was cleared long for Hall to collect and escaping his marker faced a one on one with McStraw who somehow denied with his feet when it looked odds on the lead would be doubled.

Ian McStraw Great Horwood

The away side conceded possession allowing their hosts to counter attack but as the ball was played into the box for recently introduced Jay Ditum he could only screw away from the target, Tappin found the head of Gary Ridgway in front of goal only to watch his effort crash back off the crossbar to safety, Pury skipper Danny Shepherd curled a twenty-five yard free kick straight at McStraw all before a cross saw a flick from Sam Pittam elude the reach of the custodian but bounce back off the bar, it hit the keeper and deflected back towards the empty net but somehow he gathered to stop it bouncing over the line, and a shot from the same player cutting in from the right saw another save with both hands.

As the game wore on Ridgway curled an effort a couple of feet past the back post, a Horwood corner saw a mass of heads all rise but Hawkins glanced wide, Pury countered from the restart and as the ball was fizzed across the six yard box sliding in Nathan Short just couldn’t quite connect to divert home. Andy Brunning made a break down the flank for Horwood and reaching the area he fired low towards the back post but Cardwell got down well to push away, there was still time for another Pury attack that saw Hall & Ditum drive at the yellow backline, the former taking the shot on which McStraw somehow stuck out a hand to and divert past his upright. F/T: 1-0

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NBDL; Potterspury 2-1 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 2

Great Horwood – 1


Great Horwood were knocked out of the North Bucks & District League Interdivisional Trophy Knockout at the quarter-final stage on Saturday at Potterspury, on a day where the weather ruined any chance of any football being played as swirling winds reaped havoc especially for both goalkeepers. The hosts went ahead early on through a free kick routine that their guests later revealed was something they had discussed avoiding before the game, a second after the break seemed to put Pury in the driving seat until a late red card for full back Joe Richardson which the visitor’s took advantage of immediately pulling a goal back from the resulting free kick through Andy Brunning, in the remaining ten minutes Horwood hit the woodwork twice but it was their Northamptonshire rivals that progress through to the semi-finals where they will face Stewkley.

The home side took the lead on three minutes with a free kick curled in by James Golding that was met by the head of Stevie Dean who got his side off to the perfect start, at the other end a throw to Horwood saw the ball launched long into the box aimed at Sid Hawkins but the wind intervened taking it over him, in front of goal Adam Dixon was about to turn and shoot when defender Spike Crook stuck out a boot to divert over the bar for a corner. A corner to the hosts then swung in almost caught Ian McStraw out as it curled around him and towards the empty net, his skipper Sam Archer inside the six-yard box to head away, before a deep cross saw a glancing header from Danny Sheppard inches wide of McStraw’s right hand post.

Stevie Dean heads opening goal

The visitors were using the long throw routine at every chance, Dale Armitage saw one headed back towards him as he cut in from the touchline to join the action, meeting it on the volley he fired over the top and moments later a clearance from Pury keeper Sam Kelly screwed out to Brunning who tried his luck from distance with the home custodian stranded but Crook was covering and cleared, Dale Armitage and Frankey Tarrant tried to keep the attack alive but a half clearance to Brunning saw his shot cannon off a black & white shirt to safety. On thirty-two minutes Horwood went close when a Sam Archer free kick found the head of Gary Ridgway which had Kelly at full stretch to his right to brilliantly push away one handed as it seemed destined for inside the near post.

A minute later and the game threatened to boil over when a lob over the home backline saw Dixon in on goal, as he rose and flicked the ball towards the target the onrushing Kelly took the full force of his boot across his thigh which sparked a ten man brawl, handshakes all round soon saw the game restarted after bookings for Kelly, Dixon and Richardson. Ridgway curled a free kick from twenty-five yards over the wall but also the crossbar, a good move down the left touchline saw Ridgway play a one-two with Brandon Bowes which released the former inside his marker but his low shot was comfortable for the Pury keeper to smoother, Tarrant saw another effort from distance catch the wind and sail high over the bar, the final action of the half saw a Ridgway cross headed over by Brunning. H/T: 1-0

An early Jay Ditum corner for the hosts after the break again saw the weather intervene forcing McStraw into a last ditch fingertip save pushing onto his upright, the ball bouncing back to Sheppard but he could only fire over the top, a free kick then saw Golding find his skipper Dean Lyden but he could only head wide, Potterspury did then double their lead on sixty-three minutes as their guests struggled to clear their lines Adam Kelly charged down an attempted clearance and retrieved out on the wing, he crossed and inbetween two defenders Ditum headed down and into the far bottom corner.

Andy Brunning scores late on for Horwood

Horwood tried to get themselves back in the game with a free kick that Ridgway got to first but he could only head straight at Kelly, a corner shortly after saw Ridgway float his cross in and at the back post Hawkins headed back across goal but no yellow shirts were anywhere near to threaten, the clearance out to Tarrant who pushed up from defence bobbled just as he hit it which lifted the ball high over the top. Back came the home side when Ditum did well down the wing to square inside to Kelly, he bent his effort around McStraw and about a yard wide of the post, then with twelve minutes remaining Pury were reduced to ten men, a foul on Dixon out on the right saw the referee flash a second yellow to Richardson and he was off.

The Pury lead was halved straight from the free kick, played into the box where Brunning got his head to it to divert past Kelly and it was game on, a minute later a run from Ben Thickbroom from defence saw him travel forty yards upfield with the ball, a moment of indecision almost lost him possession however he continued on his run before hitting a dipping drive that bounced up off the crossbar and over the top, Ridgway then slipped a pass through the home backline for Brunning to bear down on goal, his first time effort crashing back off the woodwork and down to Dixon but the bounce too high for the striker to connect cleanly and he could only help it wide.

In added time a long ball downfield saw hesitation plus the weather hinder the yellow backline in their attempts to clear allowing Kelly to get a shot in that McStraw had to save at point blank range, straight back at the opposite end a throw to Horwood was launched high into the box where Kelly advanced through the sea of bodies to climb highest and claim with both hands, his clearance was met by the final whistle to signal that Pury progress in this cup, whilst the sides yet still have to meet home & away in their last few remaining league fixtures. F/T: 2-1

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NBDL; Horwood duo ready to go Inter battle for semi-final place

Saturday 16th March 2019
Potterspury v Great Horwood
North Bucks Interdivisional Trophy Quarter-Final
Castle Fields
K.O. 2.30pm

Great Horwood travel to local rivals Potterspury on Saturday for the quarter-final of the North Bucks & District Football League Inter Divisional Knockout Trophy, and it couldn’t be any tighter as the third & fourth placed side are separated in the league by just a single place and a single point. There has been no love lost between these two sides over the past few seasons, and a place in a cup semi-final for the winners of this will be the last reason either side want to win this fixture, and with both sides only having seven league games left each they still have to do battle at each other’s venues in the Premier Division after this game. Pury have won two cup ties but lost two league games in their last four outings, Horwood have three wins and a draw in theirs in all competition, neither side really mounting a serious threat to league leaders Dunston who look quite comfortable at the top of the table with a fifteen point gap albeit having played more games than all their nearest rivals, this cup is looking the only likelihood for either of these sides of silverware from their NBDL campaign this time around, the winners of this tie will go on to face either Stewkley or Deanshanger in the semi-final.

Frankey Tarrant

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood stalwart Andy Brunning and first of all we asked Frankey Tarrant how long he’s been at the club, how it all came about and how much he enjoys it there:

I originally joined Horwood about five years ago before leaving two years later, I quickly realised I’d made a mistake moving on, and re-signed two years ago. I ended up at Horwood mainly due to captain Sam Archer, he would spend his Saturday nights following me round The Junction asking me to join Horwood, at first I was reluctant but after many messages and promises from the captain himself I thought I’d give it a go. Its common knowledge that I have a few teams on my CV but I haven’t enjoyed my football anywhere else as much as Horwood, it’s a passionate club with a fantastic group of people, from the team, to the committee and throughout the village. Being a Horwood player is a decision I will never regret!

Andy has also been here a long time:

I was part of the first under eighteen Horwood team and then played for three years in my first stint and then another seven years on my second

How has Andy found this season in terms of his own fitness?7

I have had a good season fitness wise, having missed the whole of last season due to rupturing my ACL in 2017. I was due to be back to playing around Christmas 2018 but have found myself playing since the third or fourth game of the season, and scoring a few goals on the way

Frankie feels he has missed a lot of pitch time:

My season so far has been a pretty inconsistent one, in terms of health I’m the fittest I have been for a few years. Unfortunately with picking up a regrettable red card at a vital time and the league disappointing with the organisation of games along with not being able to play in the Oving cup competition, I have had to miss more games than I would like to. I feel like I contribute a lot towards the team, on and off the pitch, I know my team can rely on me to put in a shift come three o’clock on a Saturday, however with the inconsistency this year I don’t feel like I’ve been able to give my very best to the team, but there are still plenty of important games between now and the end of the season

How good does Frankie think the Horwood squad is this season, and which players have impressed?

I believe this Horwood team has massively underachieved this year, we have a fantastic team with a lot of really good individual players but despite this we haven’t been able to pick up them important wins that you need if you want to compete for the league title. A player that has impressed me so far is Dale (Armitage), he took a season away from here but like me soon realised that it’s hard to enjoy your football anywhere else after you’ve been a Horwood player. Since his return he is like a different player, so much stronger on the ball and I even witnessed him make a tackle on Saturday, one thing he’s always been good at is going on a little mazy run before going through on goal and missing!

Andy Brunning

Andy picks a couple of different team mates:

 We have a really strong team this year, which is why the results have been disappointing to take, however we are still deep into a few cups and aiming for a good finish in the league. Brandon Bowes has impressed me this year, he just keeps popping up in pockets of space and Gary Ridgeway has been a great addition with that wand of a left foot

What is Andy’s preferred position in the side?

I either play central forward or off the right hand side, for me I’m best centrally but at the moment just happy to be back playing after such a long layoff

Where does Frankey see his best position?

My favoured position is one of two, either central midfield which I am more known for, however I boast a good record at centre back playing there five times this year and not losing a game. The best formation is a four-three-three, this allows me to sit deep in midfield and do the all-important dirty work that other people don’t like doing

The last three Horwood games have seen wins over Silverstone & Towcester sandwiched by a draw at Olney, how did Frankey see these games?

The last three games we have played very well, we were the best team in all three fixtures and should have took the win against Only but as you kindly stated in our previous interview the grass was too long…. We aim to push on from these fixtures and have a really strong finish to the end of the season

Andy feels his team are now gaining some momentum:

The performances in the last three games have been really promising for us, feels like we are getting into the swing of things and playing some good football, it’s always tough to get a win away at Silverstone, the draw at Olney was slightly disappointing as we had the chances to get the victory, then the win against Towcester was one of our best all round performances of the season. The only downside was Stuart Parker getting sent off for having a little too much to say for himself

With Potterspury this week, does Andy enjoy playing these local derbies?

I personally always look forward to the games against Potterspury, over the last few years we have had some great games against them. They are well organised and very direct, with our style of play being very different it always makes for an interesting battle. Normally in this fixture, the team that gets drawn into the others style of football is the team that gets beaten

Frankey feels Horwood just need to concentrate on themselves for this game:

Yes Horwood v Potterspury has always been a fiery affair as late, both teams have been strong for a number of years now, saying this we’ve had some great, exciting games against them, and I know Saturday will be no different. Having not faced them so far this season it’s hard to comment on their main threats as I don’t even know how they have been doing this year. They’re always a strong, physical side, as Horwood we just need to concentrate on ourselves and not get involved in their silly games. Be strong, play our own game and we stand a good chance of winning

What is the target for the remainder of this season in the eyes of Frankey?

Our aim for the rest of the season is almost definitely to win the cups we are still in however we go into every game with the same mindset and that is to win so whilst going for the cups we all aim to finish as high as possible in the league

Andy does not see either league or cup as any more important than the other:

I don’t think we have a priority and there is no reason we can’t do both, obviously it’s always nice to pick up a trophy at the end of the season but we have high expectations and want to finish as high in the table as possible

Finally we asked Andy if he could choose any team mate to go on any TV programme who and what would he choose:

Ryan Lightfoot on Strictly Come Dancing, he has a background in Latin American and ballroom but is an absolute sucker for a samba! I’d just like to also say a big thank you to Andy, Lorna, Dale and the Sports Shots team, what you guys have done over the last few years is amazing and has made following local sport so easy, keep up the good work!

Frankey picks another colleague:

I would choose Sid Hawkins, to go on ultimate fighter, I could see him putting up a good fight against Fedor Emelianenko, Stuart Parker can be his little mascot!

Sports Shots would like to thank both Frankey & Andy for their time this week

NBDL; Olney 1-1 Great Horwood

Olney – 1
Great Horwood – 1


Great Horwood were held to a draw by Olney on Saturday at East Street despite taking the lead from a stunning strike from Gary Ridgway in the first half, in truth they could have been four or five goals to the good by time the half-time whistle sounded but were made to rue those missed chances when their hosts equalised after the break and had chances themselves then to go on and win the game. Both sides hit the woodwork throughout the game, whilst Mark Broom’s side had the better of the first forty-five Olney came out much better after their half-time oranges & will take heart that they more than matched their higher placed opponents for stages of the game. The result does little for Horwood’s aspirations of climbing the North Bucks & District Football League Premier Division table, however still have games in hand on most of those above them as they try and hunt down those top three places.

A third minute free kick to the visitor’s saw skipper Sam Archer deliver and running in towards goal Adam Dixon got his head to it but the ball bounced off the post and out of play, closely followed by a Gary Ridgeway corner that several bodies attacked however sailed over everyone for a goal kick. Ridgway then turned provider for Dixon when he knocked a pass through the hosts backline for his colleague to round the Olney keeper Oli Knowles and slot home however a raised flag curtailed any celebrations, but on twenty-two minutes Ridgway did find a way past the custodian seizing on a loose ball just outside the penalty arc and smashing past the despairing dive of Knowles into the top corner.

Gary Ridgway fires Horwood ahead

From the restart the hosts won a corner which Matt Balmbra got his head to but could only glance wide, before the move of the half saw Dixon receive a clearance from his defence with back to goal in midfield, despite being clattered into he managed to release Ridgway down the wing and his inch perfect cross found Dale Armitage at the back post, he rose to side foot towards the bottom corner only for Knowles to somehow dive to his left & turn away for a corner, the resulting set piece was headed across goal and wide by Dixon. On the half hour mark Ridgway nicked the ball off an Olney defender just inside his own box and swinging his left boot at it he watched as it bounced back off the crossbar and avoid anyone in blue & yellow.

Back came the home side with a long range drive from Dylan Cunningham that Horwood keeper Ian McStraw was behind all the way, at the opposite end an attack seemed over but a defender only managed to blast his clearance against a team mate and the ball rolled across the six-yard line where Dixon lifted over the top from in front of goal. Cunningham was played in behind the visiting defence minutes before the break but going wide of goal he snatched at the chance only to spiral his effort away from the intended target, Horwood then went close again when a twenty-five yard shot from Andy Brunning had Knowles at full stretch to tip over his bar, the corner found Dixon whose header was inches over the top. H/T: 0-1

A corner to the away side early in the second period was curled in just over the head of Adam Armitage but waiting in behind Sam Archer poked over the goal frame, whilst two corners in quick succession saw the home side go close with a header from Cunningham which again flew wide of the post. They grew in confidence and another pass into the Horwood area saw a nudge in the back of Adam Armitage and as he went down Ben Ramsden pounced but the ball wouldn’t come down quick enough and he had to hurriedly take the shot on but could only loop high over the top, Cunningham was then released down the left where he drove into the box with Frankey Tarrant on his shoulder, as the pair tussled they approached McStraw on the corner of the six-yard area but hesitation to shoot saw the striker run out of room and he simply lost possession & the chance gone.

Olney applied some heavy pressure after the break

Olney got their equaliser on the hour mark when their guests failed to clear their lines and from just inside the area Ben Ramsden smashed home into the bottom corner, from the restart Horwood brought on Sid Hawkins hoping his aerial threat would bring some reward and almost immediately he was in action laying off to Dale Armitage where from twenty yards he curled around the back post, a long goal kick then saw the substitute jump against three Olney players & manage to win the knock down, from it Brunning was sent away down the right channel but getting into the box under pressure he opted for power and smashed high over the top, Brandon Bowes then tried his luck from eighteen yards but his shot hit the back of a black & white shirt and looped up nicely for Knowles to gather.

The hosts did score again on seventy-six minutes however another raised flag denied them the lead, they went close again when a free kick simply sent long into the box saw defender Tom Ramsden make a run into the area and get some part of his leg to the ball which deflected it past McStraw but again it bounced off the upright and away to safety. Sam Archer curled a cross into the back post where Hawkins outjumped his marker to force Knowles into a fine save at the foot of his goal frame, the whistle sounded however for the challenge therefore it wouldn’t have counted anyway, in added time Ridgway found some space down the flank but from twenty yards out he fired over the top. F/T: 1-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Horwood defender Frankey Tarrant:

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NBDL P; Horwood duo set to Olney focus on one game at a time

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Olney v Great Horwood
North Bucks League Premier Division
Castle Fields
K.O. 3.00pm

Great Horwood travel to Olney this weekend as they look to continue their fine recent form that has seen four wins on the bounce, including reaching the Oving Cup final for the second year running, two league victories and a cup win that sees them through to the quarter-finals off the Interdivisional Knockout where they await the winners of Potterspury v Buckingham United. With games in hand on all four teams above them in the North Bucks & District League Premier Division table victory on Saturday would put Horwood in a strong position to threaten second & third place in the league despite having only played four league games since last November! However a trip to Olney who are four places and five points below their guests may not be as routine as the table would suggest, they won last week to put an end to their four game losing streak meaning confidence will be buoyed going into the game.

Brandon Bowes

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood duo Sid Hawkins & firstly we asked Brandon Bowes how long he’s been at the club and how it all came about:

I believe I’ve been playing for Great Horwood for four or five years now starting off in the reserves to get up to scratch and then progressing to the first team. I heard about Horwood from the Armitage family, lads I work with and was asked to come along. It’s been great, to be honest I’ve never been in a team who regularly win

Sid hasn’t been here quite as long:

I signed on for Horwood a couple of months into last season, having played the previous couple of seasons at Buckingham Athletic, a combination of struggling to find the time to fully commit and my old worn out body giving up on me I’d half-heartedly decided to hang up my boots but in truth I didn’t need much convincing to dust them off again to play for Horwood. I knew most of the boys before I signed so it was an easy decision to join what was already a very close bunch of lads and a decent team

How does Sid think his season has been so far?

To be honest I haven’t really got going this season at all. I’ve only appeared in five or six games so far due to availability and fitness but I’ve got a few minutes under my belt in the last couple of weeks and I’m hoping to now be available for the majority of the run in

Brandon also feels he hasn’t played as much as he’d like:

I don’t think I’ve been at the races this year and struggled to find form with the tough start we had. I have been absent a few times this year due to injury, illnesses etc but I’ve had a good run of games now so starting to feel better in my game

How strong does Brandon feel the squad is this season, and have any plyers stood out?

We managed to keep more or less everyone from last season, which in itself was a strong base. With a new addition to the squad, Dale Armitage returning from a year out and Andy Brunning returning from injury we’ve should have a great second half of the season. It’s a bit hard to really choose player or players that have stood out as we all do our jobs the best we can, sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn’t

Sid Hawkins

Sid also mentions the midfielder:

I would say the squad this season is stronger than last year with Dale (Armitage) returning, and the addition of a couple of new faces, particularly Gary (Ridgway) who has impressed as a bit of a versatility player. The team spirit is always strong which is a massive plus

What does Sid see as his preferred position in the side?

Having played as a striker my whole career that’s obviously my strongest position but I did play most of last season at the back. I don’t really mind where I play to be honest but wherever it is I do need some younger legs around me to do the running!

Brandon isn’t so sure on his best position:

Tough question and one I ask myself, I get played in few positions at Horwood. I would like to play anywhere across the midfield, central attacking midfield and left midfield or wing position in a four-three-three where I can float around finding pockets and creating chances for the strikers

Two cup wins and league success at Silverstone, how does Brandon look back at this run?

It’s a great confidence and morale boost to the players in the squad, as long as we take it game by game, with a run of form we should have a successful end to the season

Sid isn’t eligible for one of those competitions:

The last three games have been really positive. Annoyingly I’m not eligible to play in the Oving Cup as I haven’t played for the club for long enough and I’m not in-bred enough to live in the village, but it’s great for the club to get to the final again and hopefully retain the cup. The other two games against Linford and Silverstone respectively were both solid away wins against decent teams, particularly coming from behind to beat Silverstone which shows we can grind out results when needed

How does Sid view this week’s game at Olney?

I didn’t play in the home game against Olney so I don’t know much about them, but we won’t underestimate them and will go there focused on picking up three more points

Brandon doesn’t remember the home fixture from back in September:

I couldn’t tell you how the game went to be honest but as every team in this division anything can happen on the day

With one cup final already booked, a quarter-final place in another and games to put pressure on the top spots, what does Brandon see as realistic targets for the remainder?

As I’ve said previously, taking each game step by step grind out the wins and anything could happen. I would be happy with two cups this season and build on winning the league next season

Sid admits early form has seen them slip away from any title aspirations:

Some poor league results early in the season have left us slightly off the pace and Duston have been strong all year and look to have it in the bag but we’ve still got nine league games to play so plenty of points up for grabs. Hopefully we can go on a bit of a run, pick up as many points as possible and you never know where we might finish. Obviously everybody likes to win something so it would be great to win another cup or two this season!

Finally, we asked Sid to pick any team mate and any TV programme he’d like to see him on and explain why?

This would have to be Parky (Stuart Parker) to go on Extreme Makeover so he can have some hair implants to sort out his hair loss issues and have his third nipple removed. Myself, and everyone at Great Horwood FC would like to again show our appreciation to Andy, Lorna, Alex and Dale at Sports Shots for the great work covering local sport and supporting all local teams. Keep up the good work!

Brandon picks someone different:

I guess it would be funny to see how long it takes Lofty (Ryan Lightfoot) to lose his rag on Bear Grylls Island

Sports Shots would like to thank both Sid & Brandon for their time this week

NBDL P; Great Horwood front man hoping his cloud can have a Silver lining

Saturday 16th February 2019

Silverstone v Great Horwood

North Bucks League Premier Division

Church Street

K.O. 2.00pm

Great Horwood travel over to Silverstone on Saturday looking to get some more league points on the board as they play catch up on the sides above them in the North Bucks & District League Premier Division table, Horwood have games in hand on everyone above them and if they convert those into wins they will put pressure on the top four places. Having played just three league games since mid-November has not been ideal for Horwood as they look to try and string some results together, and they go to Silverstone who have mirrored their guests form with two victories in the last two games; Horwood scoring nine past Great Linford in their couple of fixtures whilst Silverstone put seven past Deanshanger on aggregate. The hosts can move into the top half of the table with victory on Saturday and will be looking for revenge after their two-one defeat at Castle Fields back in September, a keenly contested game lies ahead….

Ryan Lightfoot

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood’s Ryan Lightfoot to ask when he joined the club and how it came about:

It’s my third season with Great Horwood now, a few of the lads who I played with at Thornborough joined them after they folded, it took me a few years to get to grips with joining a team that we had spent years battling with but I saw sense in the end and have started to really enjoy my football again

How good a season has it been so far?

My fitness can always improve! If I’m honest I’m probably the most unfit player in our team taking Macca (Ian McStraw) out of it, but it’s something I’m working on. I’ve been in and out of the team all season, playing in nearly every position going, but I have managed to come off the bench and score a couple in the last couple of weeks so I’ve just got to keep working hard and chipping in for the team when I can

How good does Ryan think this Horwood squad is & have any players stood out?

It’s not too different to last season, but where we have added players we’ve strengthened in key positions. I think we’ve got a really good core to the team, and the players who play around that are all challenging for each other’s places. We don’t play well when just one player has a good game, we play well when everybody does their bit. Having Eddie Archer out to a broken leg is a big loss for us but now it’s about who steps up and fills that gap

What is Ryan’s preferred position in the side?

As I said earlier I’ve played in nearly every position this season, I think if I was to start a game then my legs would last longer playing at the back. Coming off the bench I like to go up front and try and make an impact. I don’t get too tied up on one position, we have payers that can play anywhere so we just trust the gaffer to play us where he thinks we can get something out of the game

Since the turn of the year Horwood have beaten Stoke Hammond, lost at Dunton then had two good wins over Great Linford, how has the recent run been?

Looking back, all you think about is the game that we lost, I thought we played well over there, just missed a few chances. It’s been quite frustrating having so many weeks off this season, I’m sure many other teams agree that the sporadic fixture list hasn’t helped anyone in terms of stringing a run of wins together

Up against Silverstone this weekend, Horwood won the reverse fixture earlier this season, how does Ryan view this one?

They’re a decent team and have some good players. You mentioned we beat them at the start of the season but they beat us in the final of the cup last year and I know that still leaves a bad taste in the lad’s mouth. These are the games I look forward to the most to be honest, we know they’re going to come for us, I’m hoping both teams turn up on the day and we have another good match

How competitive is this North Bucks Premier Division now, and who does Ryan believe could step up a level?

This season has proved that anyone can beat anyone. Duston in my opinion are the best team in the league on what I’ve seen this season. They’re a young side who could learn a lot from going up, even if they don’t do too well at first. The rest of the league is a free for all. You can argue Potterspury should have tried to go up a few seasons ago but they seem comfortable in this league

Finally, we asked Ryan if he could pick a television show for any of his team mates to go on, who and what would he pick?

I can’t decide between Parky (Stuart Parker) on embarrassing bodies due to having 3 nipples or Frankie Tarrant on love island coz he has a beach body!

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

NBLP; Great Horwood midfielder used to having more than one target on match days

Saturday 26th January 2019

Great Linford v Great Horwood

North Bucks League Premier Division

Marsh Drive

K.O. 2.00pm

Great Horwood travel the short distance to Great Linford on Saturday hoping to get another ninety minutes under their belts as they still trail all the other sides in the division bar one in terms of number of games played. Their hosts go into the fixture seven points clear of them however Horwood have five games in hand so the current table position does not give a true reflection of their campaign, if they were to win their games in hand they would climb up to fourth in the North Bucks & District League Premier Division before any other results maybe go their way. Since the turn of the year Horwood have beaten Stoke Hammond convincingly but then lost to league leaders Duston Dynamo a fortnight ago, whilst Linford have a draw and three defeats in their least four outings in all competition, that draw was against reigning league champions Potterspury at Linford so the visitors are not guaranteed an easy ride.

Eddie Archer

This week Sports Shots caught up with Horwood midfielder Eddie Archer to find out how long he’s been at the club and how it all started:

I’ve been here since I was allowed to play senior football at sixteen, I’m now twenty-five and it all came from a family tradition. Great Horwood is where I was brought up and I had two older brothers as well as my Dad playing for the first team at that time so I had to get involved. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, there’s always been a great bunch of lads here, we’ve had some big characters come & go but the majority I have grown up with and went to school with. The Saturday changing room banter cannot be beaten!

How has this season been so far personally?

It’s been difficult this season I must admit, not only for me but for everyone, with the breaks between fixtures it’s been hard to get a proper run going and to keep those fitness levels ticking over. I haven’t quite managed as many goals this season but they are coming, we’ve still got lots of games to play and this will hopefully bring us more points to shoot up that league into the Champions League places

How good is the Horwood squad this time around, and have any players stood out?

When we have everyone available we have a very strong side, one of the strongest I’ve been involved in, but having everyone available is the problem. We’ve had some great moments though this year, the football has been impressive at times, but the ball just hasn’t gone in the net. I’m a big fan of most of my team mates and their ability, it’s hard to pick one or two out but I must say that it’s been huge to have Dale Armitage back this season as he has so much to offer, chipping in with goals and he links up well with Adam Dixon

What is Eddie’s favoured position in the side?

I’m happy to play anywhere in midfield to be honest, I see myself to be disciplined & I want to make sure my man doesn’t affect the game. Historically I’ve been central and the last couple of seasons I’ve been allowed to play a number ten role which gives me the freedom to get forward, I’m happy with the way we currently play

We asked Eddie what it’s like to play in the side with two brothers, and who owes who what for their prowess?

It’s a normality now I suppose, especially for Great Horwood, in the past we have started a game with three Archer’s, two Brunning’s, two Armitage’s and two McStraw’s. But yes when you’ve played next to Sam for almost ten years in midfield you get used to it, when Terry plays as well nothing seems different, although you don’t tend to celebrate with them as it feels a bit weird. The one advantage I’d say is that you know what they are going to do with the ball and that definitely helps on the pitch. We are all very different players, Terry likes to think he has the most swaz, Sam has resulted to just scoring penalties now and eighty percent of my goals are scored with my head, but most of it all came from a sponge ball in our back garden

A win over Stoke Hammond followed by defeat to league leaders Dunston since the New Year, how were those games?

Against Stoke Hammond we played some nice football and took our chances, I missed a sitter actually just before half-time denying myself a first half hattrick, but that’s why we won the game as we were hungry for goals and if we play like that we will win most of our remaining fixtures. Duston was different, we played well in the first half and should really have been out of sight but found ourselves only level at the break, then to get in front but lose four-two left us feeling a bit hard done by as the game was a lot closer that the score line suggests. Duston are a good, young energetic side and we always have close encounters against them

On to Linford this week, after beating them earlier in the campaign what does Eddie remember of that game, and what do they expect this time round?

That would have been one of our better games this season as we didn’t concede, it’s been a while since we’ve done that, although Linford tend to be a different side at their ground, it’s a difficult place to go and win. They’re similar to us in that they’ve won as many as they’ve lost this term, so both teams need to win to be able to kick on, we have no information on their squad since then, I just expect it to be a difficult game

Finally, we asked Eddie if he could be anyone else for a day, from his squad and in the world, who would he choose and why?

From the squad it’d have to be Stuart Parker, because not only is he too late to do the nets but he’s always the first in the shower, he even fakes injury to be the first to take all the hot water! As for anyone in the world I’d have to go for Darren Sirett, who doesn’t want to be on four hundred & ninety-nine goals for Great Horwood still……..

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

NBDL P; Horwood defender not ready to Park the boots up just yet

Saturday 5th January 2019

Great Horwood v Stoke Hammond BT

North Bucks League Premier Division

Castle Fields

K.O. 2.00

Great Horwood hope to resume their league campaign on Saturday when they host Stoke Hammond at Castle Fields and look to start using some of their games in hand on those above them to climb the North Bucks & District Football League Premier Division table, however their three league fixtures scheduled for January are against three of the top four sides. Horwood have played just three league games since the beginning of October which leaves them with a backlog to catch up on, they have games in hand on all seven teams above them in the league and still have cup competitions to navigate so any bad weather would hamper their season even further! Last time out they lost to Hanslope in the Premier Division cup, however two thumping wins previous to that saw them score ten with just a singular reply, time for some momentum to build…..

Stuart Parker

This week Sports Shots caught up with defender Stuart Parker to ask how long he has been at the club, and how he ended up there in the first place:

I joined the club at the start of the 2013/14 season. After playing at Thornborough for a number of years the club folded due to many players moving away, Sam (Archer) was messaging me non-stop asking me to join Horwood so eventually I gave in! I was already captain of the cricket team so knew a lot of the lads already, it’s a great club with a great bunch of lads, we all get on well and have managed to win a few trophies along the way

How good a season has Stuart had so far?

Fitness hasn’t been too bad this season surprisingly and I have only missed games due to cricket or holidays, all at the beginning of the season. Performance wise I would have liked a few more clean sheets, it has been a difficult season to get into though with so many Saturdays without fixtures

How good is the Horwood squad this year, and have any players impressed?

On paper we have a very good squad for this level, however you can only judge on results and they haven’t reflected that to date. Over the last couple of seasons I have struck up a good centre back partnership with Army (Adam Armitage), he makes my job easier by doing most of the marking and running!!!!

Two wins before cup defeat last time out, how have these three games been?

Wing was one of our best performances of the season, we created lots of chances and were clinical early on which is something we haven’t done in a number of games which has proven costly. Deanshanger was another convincing win, we missed chance after chance in the first half but managed to get the goals in the second half. Hanslope was disappointing, again we missed a lot of chances and should have had the game won early on, to their credit they hung in and made us pay after the break

We asked Stuart what he expects from Stoke Hammond this weekend:

After three weeks without a game it will be nice to just get back playing, I’m sure fitness and match sharpness won’t be at its highest after the festive period but it’ll be the same for them too. They are not a side we are too familiar with over the past few seasons but they are having a decent season so I’m sure it’ll be a tough game, as most are in this division. However, at home we just try to concentrate on ourselves and play our own game

How will the big backlog of games affect the squad going forward?

We just need to try and get a run going, we have only played nine league games to date! The league looks very unlikely for us now but if we can get some momentum by playing week after week hopefully we can finish in the top three and possibly pick up a couple more trophies along the way

So which of the two sports will Stuart give up first?

I said last season was going to be my last in football but here I am, so who knows; It certainly gets tougher as you hit your mid-thirties! Cricket on the other hand you can play a little later into your life

Finally we asked Stuart if he could play any other position for Horwood then where and who would he replace?

There’s been a few times this season when I’ve wished I was a twenty-five year old striker again! I would also happily take the gloves from Macca (Ian McStraw) when he stands rooted to his goal line!

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