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NBDL IDT; Great Horwood 6-2 MK Wanderers

Great Horwood – 6
MK Wanderers – 2

Eddie Archer scores second for Horwood

16.11.2019

Great Horwood progressed in the North Bucks & District Football League Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout with a convincing win over MK Wanderers on Saturday, an early second half penalty to the visitor’s halved the hosts two goal lead but Horwood were in no mood for an upset as they scored a quick third and then went on to confirm their dominance; the home side scored four of their goals all from corner routines which the Wanderers defence simply could not deal with.

The hosts took the lead on twenty-three minutes just seconds after almost gifting their guests possession in their own penalty area as they struggled to clear, however the ball worked up to Sid Hawkins in the centre circle saw him thread a pass through the green backline for Adam Dixon to advance and slot home, the Milton Keynes side almost equalised immediately when Dom Seymour broke free but was denied by the outstretched boot of home custodian Ben Curley.

That lead was doubled five minutes later as a Gary Ridgway corner curled in to the front post saw MK keeper James Hunter go up to challenge Brandon Bowes & Ben Head and the flick on saw two defenders try to clear but the ball simply sat up for Eddie Archer at the far post who simply couldn’t miss. The second period was barely two minutes old when skipper Sam Archer was adjudged to have fouled inside his own area as a back pass towards Curley was a little light, Seymour took responsibility and despatched into the top corner despite the home keeper getting a hand to it.

Sid Hawkins heads number three

Any hopes of a comeback for the away side were quashed just five minutes later as another Ridgway corner eluded most in the middle however Hawkins at the back stick thumped his header between the two defenders on the posts. The Horwood front man was denied by fingertips as he muscled his way through the green backline to shoot but Hunter did enough to push his effort over, with just over twenty minutes left another corner curled into the box saw Hawkins tussle with Lee Grice and the ball diverted across goal towards a green shirt on the post, his attempted clearance sliced into his own net.

Within sixty seconds Hawkins bagged his second and his sides fifth when his through ball saw Dixon clash with Hunter on the edge of the area, following up from his original pass the former Buckingham Athletic striker rolled into the unguarded net. Ridgway and his corner routine paid again on eighty minutes, this time the outstretched arm of the keeper and the leap of full back Stephen Waymark were both fruitless as the ball curled over them and nestled inside the back post, there was time for a late Wanderers second when Lewis Hook seized on a loose ball some twenty yards out and his first time effort flew into the top corner. F/T: 6-2

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NBDL; Great Horwood v MK Wanderers preview + Horwood midfielder Brandon Bowes reveals all

Saturday 16th November 2019
Great Horwood v MK Wanderers
North Bucks Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout
Castle Fields
MK17 0RD
K.O. 1.30pm

 

(This season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 5th

North Bucks League Division One (12 teams)

MK Wanderers 5th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 4th

North Bucks League Division One (10 teams)

MK Wanderers 4th

 

This game last season:

n/a

 

Last six games:

Great Horwood:

W 1-5 away v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos BD 2nd November NBDL

W 3-0 home v Olney 19th October NBDL

W 3-4 away v Stoke Hammond BT 12th October NBDL

W 5-0 home v Mursley United development 5th October NBDL IDK

L 3-2 away v City Colts 28th September NBDL

L 1-2 home v Buckingham Athletic 21st September BBFA ST

 

MK Wanderers:

L 0-5 home v Newport Pagnell Town reserves 9th November BBFA IC

D 1-1 home v Yardley Gobion 2nd November NBDL

D 2-2 home v Silverstone 26th October NBDL

D 2-2 home v Wendover 19th October BBFA IC (won on pens)

W 1-3 away v Tattenhoe 12th October NBDL

W 0-2 away v AFC Santander 5th October NBDL IDK

 

Brandon Bowes

Full Name: Brandon Bradley Bowes

Age: 27

Nationality: British

Nickname at club: For our younger viewers, team idiot

Marital status: In a relationship

Fave holiday destination: Jamaica

Preferred shirt number: Anywhere 1 – 11

Most effective position on the pitch: From full back to wing

Daytime job: Vehicle technician / site supervisor

Former clubs: Stony Stratford, St George’s and now Horwood

 

We asked Brandon:

 

Re-signed on for Horwood this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

The only influence to join Horwood is the lads that i play for and with, they’re a good friendly bunch of lads that look out for each other on and off the pitch. In my eyes there is no other team I would like to play

How do you feel your season has gone for you personally so far?

It’s not been my greatest start however I’m starting to find my feet again and slowly getting my fitness back, I think I over indulged a little in the summer break

Coming into the winter months now, what is the minimum you expect from now until the end of the season for the squad?

We have started to build a bit of momentum; we just need to keep fighting for each other to finish as high as we can

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

I haven’t really got any influences in a sense, I play just for the love of the game

Describe how your last two games have been?

Our last two games have been strong, scoring eight and only conceding the one, we’ve been managing and controlling the games and taking our chances well, our team spirit is at its highest

Home to MK Wanderers this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

I don’t know too much about them really, it’s just another game, another Saturday and three points are what we need

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

There’s a few people that like to have some sort of input into the game, such as Parky and Curley but it’s more constructive moaning. I’m probably the worst on the field

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

Just your standard warm up really, Boz has mixed it up a little recently adding a couple of different drills but nothing out of the norm

What has been the proudest moment for you in football to date?

I can’t really say I’m proud at the level we play at, but the charity cup final three or four years back against Silverstone was one of my best nights of football scoring the only two goals

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

I wouldn’t say anyone is underrated, everyone knows each other’s strength and how to utilise them

Frankey Tarrant

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

I’m probably not one to talk, but Frankey is a mix between peaky blinders and only fools and horses

What has been the worst piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

There’s not been many, not that I could remember what they said but I probably didn’t listen to them any way

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

This year we are looking at every result that could help us climb the table, but personally I look at Mursley Development so I can give Mitch, Graham and Ash a bit of stick if they lose

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

Me I think, tried it once and got told to turn it off after the first song

What’s the one game left this season you most want to win and why?

I would normally always look to beat Potterspury but believe this year it would be Towcester. It was a tough game at home this year so could do with beating them at their ground

Finally, after you’ve scored a hatrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

Think I’m going to stick to a nice squash, done enough on the team night out to last me the season!

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

NBDL P; Great Horwood v Olney match preview + Horwood midfielder Sam Archer reveals all

Saturday 19th October 2019
Great Horwood v Olney
North Bucks League Premier Division
Castle Fields
MK17 0RD
K.O. 3.00pm

(This season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 9th

Olney 7th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 4th

Olney 11th

 

This game last season:

8th September 2018

Great Horwood 2 (Adam Dixon, Ryan Tappin)

Olney 0

 

Last six games:

Great Horwood:

W 3-4 away v Stoke Hammond BT 12th October NBDL

W 5-0 home v Mursley United Development 5th October NBDL ITK

L 3-2 away v City Colts 28th September NBDL

L 1-2 home v Buckingham Athletic 21st September BBFA ST

W 5-0 home v Twyford United 16th September BJCC

W 4-1 home v Wing Village 14th September OC

 

Olney:

L 3-0 away v Hanslope 12th October NBDL

W 5-2 home v Wing Village 5th October NBDL ITK

L 2-5 home v Bletchley Park 28th September NBDL PCT

L 2-0 away v Wendover 21st September BBFA IT

W 0-6 away v Steeple Claydon 18th September BJCC

L 2-3 home v Marsh Gibbon 14th September NBDL

 

 

Sam Archer

Full Name: Sam Archer

Age: 29

Nationality: British

Marital status: Single

Preferred shirt number: 8

Most effective position on the pitch: CM

Daytime job: Accountant

Former clubs: None

 

We asked Sam:

 

How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

It is nice to relax and get weekends back but after a couple of months off, you soon get the itch to play again

Re-signed on for Horwood this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

Nope, I won’t play for any other Saturday side, I grew up in the village and everyone in the squad is now either related to me or a good mate

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

Well, it started poorly but the team and I have turned it around recently with a couple of wins. Let’s hope it continues!

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

We just want to play every week and win as many as we can, one game at a time. We do like a cup run so let’s hope we can progress in those competitions

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

We know we can beat any team on our day, we just need to keep performing, every player needs to play well as we want to start climbing the table

Home to Olney this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

We drew one each away at the end of last season, they are young, energetic and organised. Hopefully, if we concentrate on playing our football then we can win the game

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

Ben Curley. Sometimes he cries too

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

Mine isn’t exciting at all, I get picked up from the station and drink a load of black coffee

In your current squad, who is the most under rated player in your opinion?

Probably Dale Armitage. You always know what you’re going to get with him and sometimes it’s taken for granted

Chris McStraw

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Chris McStraw. He has worn the same pair of illuminous green Converse for ten years

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

Whoever I’ve chosen in our group bet, I’ve been the only one to lose one week for £5k and I can’t let that happen again. I don’t look at Forest Greens results anymore

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

Brandon, we normally have to switch his music off. I don’t know what genre it is

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

At the moment, I’d say Bletchley at home, we lost four-three at their place and we were awful. I know we can play a lot better than that and would like to show them

Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

No one would come back to the pub as that would make me top goal scorer

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

NBDL P; City Colts v Great Horwood preview + Horwood keeper Ben Curley reveals all

Saturday 28th September 2019
City Colts v Great Horwood
North Bucks League Premier Division
Milton Keynes Village Pavilion
MK10 9AD
K.O. 3.00pm

Ben Curley

(This season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 9th

City Colts 10th

 

(Last season’s) League standings:

North Bucks League Premier Division (12 teams)

Great Horwood 4th

City Colts 7th

 

This game last season:

13th April 2019

City Colts 0

Great Horwood 2 (Andy Brunning, Stuart Parker)

 

Last four games:

Great Horwood:

L 1-2 home v Buckingham Athletic 21st September BBST

W 5-0 home v Twyford United 16th September BJCC

W 4-1 home v Wing Village 14th September OC

L 0-2 home v Towcester Town 31st August NBDL

W 3-1 home v Marsh Gibbon 27th August NBDL

D 1-1 home v Potterspury 24th August NBDL

 

City Colts:

L 3-2 home v Towcester Town 21st September NBDL CT

W 1-4 away v Aylesbury Vale Dynamos BD 14th September NBDL

L 2-1 away v Hanslope 7th September NBDL

L 1-2 home v Stewkley 31st August NBDL

L 5-1 away v Towcester Town 28th August NBDL

L 2-0 away v Olney 20th August NBDL

 

Full Name: Ben Curley

Age: 28

Nationality: English

Marital status: Married (to the game)

Preferred shirt number: 1

Most effective position on the pitch: In goal (apparently)

Daytime job: Social Worker

Former clubs: Buckingham Athletic, Grendon Rangers, Marsh Gibbon

 

We asked Ben:

How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

To be honest I was buzzing to get back playing. I’ve had a few years off for various personal reasons and work commitments. I wasn’t sure I was going to play but after speaking with some of the boys and the gaffer it was an easy decision to get the boots and gloves back out

Signed on for Great Horwood this summer, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

As I say, I knew quite of few of the lads already, Frankey (Tarrant) is a good friend of mine and I’ve known the Archers for years. When they spoke to me about them needing a keeper, I thought it would be a good laugh to play with my friends, I knew loosely some of the other lads from cricket and upsetting a few when trying to poach players!

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

Early season form has been okay. It’s probably been the best part of five years since I’ve worn the gloves so it was good to get them back on, I think I’ve done pretty well, and my distribution has been good, there have been a few things I need to do better on but I think that will come with time. I was disappointed with the second goal against the Athletic, I thought I should have saved it but I think the more I play the better the form will become

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

My personal targets are kept pretty simple, keep as many clean sheets as possible and hopefully save us some points. In terms of the squad we haven’t spoken too much about specific targets, but we know the quality we have and think we can push on in the league, our second half performance against the Athletic really set the bar moving forward for us. If we play like that it will be interesting to see how much we can push on this year

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

We are a confident bunch of lads and we try and play the right way; we are lucky we have a good mix of youth and experience in the team. The core of the team is strong with the likes of Parky bringing lots of experience at the back, Sam, Frankey and Sammy Archer in the middle and big Sid up top. I could mention everyone to be fair, Gary’s left peg is a wand, Brandon has started well, Thickers and Army at the back have been fairly solid so I wouldn’t really like to pick, everyone offers something. Apart from Dale he’s a weasel!

Away at City Colts this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

We are expecting a tough game at City Colts. I don’t know much about the individuals there, but we know in this league that you must work hard for your points. That will be no different on Saturday and we will be trying to take three points back with us

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

There’s a few big moaners in the dressing room & I’m probably up there to be fair. Parky likes to moan at me if I don’t come off my line quick enough. Other than that, it’s got to be Brun… shouting at him to track back and the moaning he does afterwards is second to none. He actually told me he’s never tracked back in his career and why should he start now?

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

Pre match routine is pretty simple, normally a bit of Soccer AM, food, strap my body up so I don’t fall apart and try and keep it as relaxed as possible. Sam Archer always tells me to put my feet up as he knows I’m getting old

Frankey Tarrant

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

The worst dress sense at the club is an easy one, Frankey Tarrant hands down. He went to Barcelona and Ibiza on some midlife crisis quest this summer and some of the gear he wore was absolutely horrendous. Some terrible colours and co-ords and some very weird hats were on show. The worst part is he genuinely thought he looked good, the blokes twenty-eight and trying to dress like he’s nineteen just because he’s found a gym!

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

Saturdays result for me is Man City, being a Mancunian lad City has always been my team. That and anyone who’s playing Man United. But I’ve stopped that now due to them being a shambles, and completely irrelevant

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

We tend to have quite a quiet dressing room music wise. I think Brandon has tried to play a few tunes recently, most of the lads fancy themselves for a bit of music. It should be me though, get Liam Gallagher’s new album on and we’ll be nice and relaxed and ready to do our jobs

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

There isn’t one game this season that I’d pick out especially, we want to win every game and if we go in with that attitude then we will be happy come the end of the season

Finally, after you’ve scored a hattrick on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

Playing in goal I’d say I’m a little unlikely to score a hattrick however if I can keep a clean sheet and make a few good saves I wouldn’t mind a Ribena

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

B&B Senior Trophy, 1R: Ath edge past Horwood in local derby + Vlog + Images

Buckingham Athletic progressed past neighbours Great Horwood in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy, despite a late flurry by the home side.

The Athletic took the lead as Chris Parr side footed home at the far post after the ball fell at his feet via a couple of deflections.

Skipper Dan Staley collected the ball just inside the home side’s half and progressed before firing in a low drive from 30 yards out.

The visitors continued to have the better of the exchanges as the half drew to a close. Horwood goalkeeper Ben Curley produced a brilliant save from a header as the Athletic went in ahead at the break.

As the second half went on it was Horwood who took more risks as they looked to get back in the game. Curley again save well as the play started to get stretched in the hot September sun.

Dale Armitage nipped in to pull a goal back for Horwood after latching on to a through ball.

It was Horwood who were trying desperately to get back on level terms with Josh McAdoo producing good saves to deny the home side.

With minutes left Sid Hawkins headed down a free kick and Dale Armitage was just unable to hook his right foot around the ball to level as Horwood’s efforts fell just short.

Attendance 42

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Great Horwood v Buckingham Athletic

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

Final

  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

17.04.2019

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

16.03.2019

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