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NB&DFL, PDT, SF: Horwood grab late winner against Deanshanger to reach Premier Division Trophy final

By Darren Stanger

Dixon 27
Parker 85
Ben Green 29

1. Ian McStraw
2. Ben Thickbroom
3. Terry Cronin
4. Adam Armitage
5. Stuart Parker
6. Eddie Archer
7. Andy Brunning
8. Sam Archer
9. Adam Dixon
10. Ryan Tappin
11. Dale Armitage
12. Jake Hilliard
14. Brandon Bowes
15.James Baker
16.Chris McStraw
17. Mark Broom

1. Dave Elder
2. Ross Baldwin
3. Sam Barker
4. Jamie Cooke
5. Dave Walker
6. Ant Sherwood
7. Scott Valentine
8. Scott Moore
9. Ben Green
10.Conor Roberts
11. Sam Sibley
12. Ryan Andrews
14. Matty Walkins
15.Charlie Green
16. Alex Carroll

Second-placed Great Horwood progressed to the North Bucks Premier Division final thanks to a late winner by Stuart Parker against a well-organised and hard working Deanshanger side last weekend.

Adam Dixon

Deanshanger nearly opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Ben Green hit the post from close range following Conor Roberts dangerous corner into the box. Green also had a further opportunity to score when he found himself clear on goal but his shot was fired straight at Great Horwood goalkeeper Ian McStraw.

However Great Horwood gradually regained their league momentum and started to play some good passing football. Andy Brunning’s clever pass found Ryan Tappin but his low shot was saved by the feet of Deanshanger goalkeeper Dave Elder.

Deanshanger were hard to break down with a well organised and experienced defence and restricted Horwood to a few long-range efforts which did not trouble the Deanshanger goalkeeper and went over the crossbar.

In the 27th minute Horwood took the lead when Elder failed to hold Sam Archer’s corner into the area and the ball fell neatly to Adam Dixon who volleyed the ball sweetly into the net.

However Deanshanger hit back immediately and equalised with a well-worked goal. Dave Walker’s dangerous long free kick into the area found the head of Sam Sibley, whose clever flick found Green who finished superbly to put Deanshanger back into the game.

Deanshanger had a goal disallowed just before half-time when Sibley was offside when he struck the ball past McStraw following a dangerous run from Green.

Horwood started the second half in a more positive attitude and Dixon nearly regained Horwood the lead when his well-hit volley went just over the bar following Ryan Tappin’s dangerous cross into the box.

Horwood were having most of the possession and were made to work hard but were finding the Deanshanger defence hard to break down. Jamie Cooke and Dave Barker were dominant in the air and put in some good important challenges.

Deanshanger were a dangerous side coming forward but the Great Horwood defence was just as well organised as Deanshanger’s with Adam Armitage and Stuart Parker putting in some great challenges and reduce Deanshanger to a few long range efforts in the second half. Ben Thickbroom and Terry Cronin also had a solid game at the back and also caused some problems for Deanshanger coming forward.

Horwood had a goal disallowed for offside following Thickbroom’s dangerous cross into the box.

Substitute Brandon Bowes added some pace for Horwood and created a superb opportunity when his pin-point cross found Sam Archer whose shot went wide of the post.

However Archer soon made amends when his brilliant pass found Stuart Parker, who slotted the ball home into the bottom corner.

Stuart Parker (yellow shirt)

Deanshanger had to thank Walker with a superb last ditch challenge on Bowes when he was clear on the Deanshanger goal.

In the dying minutes Deanshanger nearly got a late equaliser when Ross Baldwin’s long range free-kick beat everybody and hit the post and then McStraw pulled off a fine fingertip save when he tipped over Scott Moore’s powerful header following Scott Valentine’s corner.

Despite the late pressure from Deanshanger, it was Horwood who hung on to reach the final of the Premier Division trophy.

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NB&DFL: Horwood progress into next round of Premier Division trophy by Daz Stanger

By Daz Stanger

Parker 8
Dixon 16
Sam Archer 36
Tappin 54, 86

Arnott (pen) 49
Nathan Gardner 83

1. Craig Woolley
2. Ben Thickbroom
3. Terry Cronin
4. Adam Armitage
5. Stuart Parker
6 . Eddie Archer
7. Andy Brunning
8. Sam Archer
9. Adam Dixon
10. Brandon Bowes
11. Ryan Tappin
Steve Brunning, Darren Sirett, Ian McStraw

1. Jack Banham
2. Lewis Evans
3. George Raynor
4. Nathan Gardner
5. Liam Lake
6. Matt Jeskins
7. Adam Donnelly
8. Steve Hirons
9. Ryan Arnott
10. Adam Cooper
11. Michael Gray
Matt Weston, Jordan Gardner, Dan Somerton

Great Horwood progressed into the next round of the North Bucks Premier Division Trophy with a 5-2. home victory over Brackley Sports.

Horwood were missing a couple of players, including Dale Armitage, who was injured from the previous weeks game.

In cold and wintry conditions Horwood took the lead in the eighth minute when Stuart Parker powerfully headed in from close range meeting Sam Archer’s dangerous corner into the box.

Adam Dixon then made it 2-0 following a superb low cross into the area by Brandon Bowes; Dixon was able to cleverly head the ball into the bottom corner.

Andy Brunning and Ryan Tappin’s pace was causing problems for Brackley as Horwood always looked dangerous coming forward.

Jack Banham pulled off a good diving save from Bowes to prevent the scoreline increasing.

Eddie Archer, Andy Brunning and Ryan Tappin all had opportunities to increase the lead but their efforts went over the bar.

Brackley had further problems when keeper Jack Banham went off injured with defender Lewis Evans having to take his place in between the posts. Evans was soon brought into action when he pulled off a fine save tipping wide Sam Archer’s powerful half volley past the post.

However Evans was powerless from preventing Horwood going 3-0 up when Sam Archer shot, after a good solo run, flew into the back of the net.

Sam Archer

Craig Woolley pulled off a fine save from Steve Hirons as his long-range effort was tipped wide of the post as Brackley tried hard to get back into the game.

Ryan Tappin could have increased Horwood’s lead just before half time following some great interlinking play with Andy Brunning on the right wing, however Tappin’s effort went just over the crossbar.

Brackley started the second half more positively and were awarded a penalty in the 49th minute. Substitute Jordan Gardner clever through ball into the box found Adam Cooper however he was brought down in the penalty area. Ryan Arnott neatly slotted the penalty away to reduce the deficit and put Brackley briefly back into the game.

Any chance of a Brackley comeback was soon dashed when five minutes later Tappin’s neat finish into the bottom corner increased Horwood’s lead to 4-1.

Ryan Tappin

In the 61st minute the ever-dangerous Tappin was brought down in the penalty area following a good breakthrough run into the box. However Andy Brunning’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Evans.

Nathan Gardner pulled a goal back for Brackley with a superbly taken free kick which left Woolley no chance in the Horwood goal to make the score 4-2 before Ryan Tappin scored a deserved second goal for Horwood when he neatly lobbed the keeper with a superb finish to make the final score 5-2 to home side.

Craig Woolley did pull off a fine save in the final seconds of the game tipping Ryan Arnott’s powerful effort wide of the post .

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B&B Int Cup, QF: Horwood defeat ends amazing cup run

Great Horwood exited the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup with a 0-5 quarter-final defeat at Woodley United this afternoon.

Darren Sirett

Darren Sirett’s side went a goal down on 15 minutes and, despite having a lot of the ball, were two behind in the 23rd minute.

Woodley goals in the 54th, 75th and 83rd minutes wrapped up their victory.

The quarter-final defeat brings to an end an amazing cup run and the loss should not deflect from the club’s achievement. Horwood have defeated teams from much-higher in the football pyramid, something which will go down as arguably one of the best side’s in the club’s history.

Team: McStraw, E.Archer, S.Archer, Cronin, Parker, A.Armitage, D.Armitage, Bowes, A.Brunning, S.Brunning, Thickbroom.

Subs: T.Archer, Churchill, Dixon, McCabe, Tappin.

Thanks to Jon Davey for the updates.

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

By Darren Stanger

McCabe 41
Tapping 90+1
Taylor-Smith 12

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

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

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

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

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B&B,Int Cup, QF: Horwood facing biggest game in their history?

Great Horwood face arguably the biggest game in the club’s history when they travel to Uhlsport Hellenic League, Division One East, Woodley United in the quarter-final of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup tomorrow (Saturday).

Darren Sirett

Darren Sirett’s side have caused a number of upsets on their amazing cup run this season, which includes the scalps of two Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 outfits; Buckingham Athletic and Chesham United reserves.

Dale Armitage celebrates his winner for Great Horwood at Buckingham Athletic on Saturday 8th October 2016.

Sirett has vowed that his side will go Woodley and “give it their best” with a place in the semi-final awaiting the winners.

Sports Shots will have Jon Davey covering the game tomorrow.

Squad: S.Archer T.Archer, E.Archer, A.Armitage, D.Armitage, A.Brunning, S.Brunning, Bowes, Churchill, Cronin, Dixon, McCabe, McStraw, Parker, Tappin, Thickbroom.

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B&B Int Cup,4th rd: Horwood into quarter-final as amazing cup run continues!

Great Horwood’s amazing run in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup has continued as they defeat Aylesbury Dynamos on penalties this afternoon to go into the quarter-final of the competition.

The North Bucks & District League, Premier Division side drew their 4th Round tie 0-0 before winning 4-2 on penalties.

Great Horwood FC - Winners of the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup 2016

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B&B Int Cup, 3rd Rd: Horwood produce ANOTHER cup shock!

Great Horwood produced another cup shock as the North Bucks & District League, Premier Division side defeated Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 outfit Chesham United reserves 6-5 on penalties in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, 3rd Round this afternoon.

Andy Brunning

Andy Brunning

Andy Brunning’s lob put Horwood ahead but the visitors fought back to go in with a 2-1 half time lead.

It was Brunning who converted a penalty to bring Horwood back on level terms before Sam Archer netted to put Darren Sirett’s side on the verge of an upset.

Chesham came back again and levelled ten minutes from time as the game went into penalties.

Horwood won through into the fourth round as Sam Archer, Adam Dixon, Ben Thickbroom, Dale Armitage, Stuart Parker and Steve Brunning kept their composure to convert their spot kicks.

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B&B Int Cup, 3rd Rd: Horwood boss looks ahead to big county cup game

Great Horwood manager Darren Sirett will be looking to his players to produce another performance when they play in the 3rd Round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup; a big game in the club’s history.

Darren Sirett

Darren Sirett

Sirett’s team produced a major local upset last month when Dale Armitage’s second half strike gave them victory at Buckingham Athletic.

Sirett told Sports Shots this afternoon:

We are looking forward to hosting Chesham United reserves tomorrow (Saturday) and hoping to continue our run in this competition.

After a hard-fought but deserved win in the last round at Buckingham Athletic we know this match will be difficult too with Chesham sitting near the Ath’ in the South Mids Division 1.

We need to improve from last week’s disappointing performance against Potterspury in the league and a Cup match is just what’s required to lift the boys again as we are a team who likes to be the underdog.


The Horwood squad will be –

Broom, Thickbroom, Cronin, Armitage(A & D), Parker, Brunning(A & S), Archer(E & S), Dixon, Bowes, Tappin, Morrison, Sirett.

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BJCC, SF: Holders Great Horwood reach Junior Charity Cup Final

Andy Brunning struck twice as Buckingham Junior Charity Cup holders Great Horwood reached the final with a 4-1 victory over Middleton Cheney on Monday evening.

Horwood began the game naming the same starting eleven that had won on their previous visit to Buckingham Athletic’s Stratford Fields and were soon in front after just two minutes. Eddie Archer was fouled in the area and Brunning converted from the spot.

Sam Archer volleyed home Andy Brunning’s right wing cross to increase Horwood’s lead on 36 minutes but Cheney pulled a goal back within sixty seconds.

Twenty minutes into the second half Sam Archer produced an excellent cross for his brother Eddie, who headed home.

Ten minutes from time Horwood broke through substitute Ryan Tappin, who fired a powerful shot onto the crossbar but the ball rebounded into space.

Tappin did score five minutes from time as Horwood wrapped up a 4-1 victory and a place in the final.

Great Horwood: Ian McStraw, Ben Thickbroom, Terry Cronin, Adam Armitage, Stuart Parker, Steve Brunning, Andy Brunning, Sam Archer, Brandon Bowles, Eddie Archer, Dale Armitage.
Subs: Ryan Tappin, Georgij Katkov, Mark Broom, Toby Slade, Dom McCabe.

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B&B Int Cup 3rd Round draw: Robins pull Olney, Peters travel, Horwood at home

Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, 3rd Round draw CLICK HERE

Tie of the 3rd Round draw has to be Buckingham Town versus Olney Town, with Haddenham playing host to New Bradwell St Peter, while Saturday’s giant killers Great Horwood are to entertain Hale Leys United or Chesham United reserves.


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