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

Saturday 31st March 2018

Great Horwood v Towcester Town

North Bucks League Premier Division

Castle Fields

K.O. 3.00

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

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

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

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

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

Stuart Parker

Ian agreed on the magnitude of this fixture:

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

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

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

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

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

What does Stuart expect from Towcester?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ian looked ahead to the season finale:

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

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

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

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

For more information on The Oving and District Villages’ Cup Competition, one of the oldest cup competition’s in the whole of the country, click here:

For full list of previous winners click here: 

Non-League Day 2017

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


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

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

Read why ‘NLD’ was set up:

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

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

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

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

If you are looking for a game to attend Saturday use link provided, all you need to tap in is your postcode:


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


To find out more information about the campaign click here:


B&B Saturday Intermediate Cup: 1st Round draw

Buckingham United First Team VS Great Horwood Reserves

Olney FC VS Wing Village First

Hanslope First VS Buckingham Athletic Reserves

City Colts A VS Stony Stratford Town First

Old Bradwell United Development VS Tattenhoe First

MK Wanderers 1st Team VS AFC Santander Saturday

Wingrave (Saturday) First VS Haddenham United First

Wooburn Athletic First VS Risborough Rangers Development Under 25

Rivets FC First VS Ayletico First

Quainton First VS Hazlemere Sports First

Elmhurst First VS Long Crendon First

Gold Hill First VS Ludgershall United First

Oving First VS FC Leisure First

Bedgrove Wanderers First VS APBS FC First

Wendover First VS Aylesbury Dynamos First

Marsh Gibbon First VS Penn & Tylers Green Reserves

Bucks CC First VS Prestwood First

AFC Amersham First VS Great Missenden First

Bucks Blue First VS Aston Clinton Reserves

Downley Albion First VS Bedgrove United First

Ascot United Development VS Westwood United Reserves

Berks County Reserves VS Slough Heating Laurencians Reserves

Bracknell Town Reserves VS Richings Park First

Chalvey (WMC) Sports Reserves VS Langley Reserves

Finchampstead First VS Langley Galaxy First

Signcraft First VS Hurst Reserves

Maidenhead Town First VS FC Imaan Lions FIRST

Cookham Dean Reserves Saturday VS Real Saracens First

Eldon Celtic First Saturday VS Kintbury Rangers Reserves

Uffington United First VS Mortimer Reserves

Steventon First VS Shrivenham Reserves

Faringdon Town Reserves VS Compton First

Grove Rangers First VS Abingdon Town Mens

Abingdon United FC Developme VS Reading YMCA Rapids

Frilsham & Yattendon First VS Ardington & Lockinge First

Matches to be played 9th September.

Potterspury 2-3 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 2

Great Horwood – 3

Great Horwood spoiled the end of season celebrations at Potterspury on Saturday by coming from behind twice to secure a shock win at the home of the NBDFL Premier Division Champions. Both sides were forced into changes with several players missing, but an entertaining game was still served up and with six minutes left it looked like the home side would be popping the champagne with an additional three points in the bag, however Horwood scored twice in the remaining moments to secure the shock away win.

Twice in the opening three minutes Potterspury got down either wing and prospered from some hesitant defending from their guests, first Joe Manning tried an audacious lob from the edge of the box followed closely by Sam Pittam who tried the same but both could only steer wide of Horwood keeper Scott Wilson’s goal frame.

The hosts did then take the lead on eleven minutes when a Horwood attack broke down and the ball was sent long down the Pury right for Danny Whitefield to chase, he skipped past his marker and slotted home from twelve yards.

Whitefield opens scoring

Scott Wilson then denied Sam Pittam who had cut in from the left, deflecting his shot over for a corner from close range, before skipper Andy Ord had another effort deflected over from inside the Horwood box.

Joe Manning blazed over the top, and Martin Blackwell then tried to curl into the top corner from the opposite angle of the penalty area, but Horwood defended resolutely and denied the home side from increasing their lead. Ten minutes before the interval they gained reward with an equaliser, a cross from the right was blocked right in front of goal and on hand to smash home was Eddie Archer.

The goal gave Horwood confidence to attack Sam Kelly in the Pury goal, and fired in a number of high crosses across the face of goal but no one got close to any of them to test the keeper’s reflexes. As the away side attacked, the danger was always there of a counter attack and a moments before the interval a lightening break away saw Joe Manning fed in behind the Horwood defence but faced with a one on one with Wilson he could only fire wide. H/T: 1-1

Ryan Tappin got down the Horwood right and delivered a good cross into Sam Archer who couldn’t quite keep his effort under the bar, before a corner saw the roles reversed when Archer fed Tappin on the corner of the box, he turned and went for goal but the slightest of deflections took it over for a corner.

Potterspury then took the lead again on sixty nine minutes when a corner was fizzed along the ground and running in among a mass of bodies Andy Ord glanced home at the near post. Steve Willetts then forced Scott Wilson into a very good save from twelve yards out to deny them home side from increasing their lead.

As the game seemed to be heading out towards a home win, Great Horwood scored their second equaliser on eighty four minutes, a ball into the Pury area was attacked by Adam Dixon going up against Sam Kelly, the ball looped up and with the keeper stranded it left Brandon Bowes the simple task of heading into the unguarded net.

Bowes levels for Horwood

In the final minute the Buckinghamshire side netted their unlikely winner when a ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and landed nicely for Adam Dixon to lash home from ten yards out. Ryan Tappin then almost added a fourth in added time when a Pury attack broke down and with Sam Kelly rushing out to close Tappin down he went for the shot from the touchline but the ball landed in the side netting, just as the final whistle sounded. F/T: 2-3

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Great Horwood 2-1 Duston Dynamo’s

NBDFL Interdivisional Trophy Final

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

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

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

Stuart Parker opens the scoring

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

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

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

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

Duston leveller

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

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

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

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

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

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NB&DFL: Horwood face Towcester in cup final

Great Horwood will play Towcester in the North Bucks & District Football League, Premier Division Cup final tonight.

Kick-off at Buckingham Athletic is 7.30pm.

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.

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 .

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.

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.