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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


B&B Int Cup, 2nd Rd: Armitage strike gives Horwood major cup upset

Dale Armitage scored the only goal of the game as Great Horwood caused a major upset when they knocked Buckingham Athletic out of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup, 2nd Round this afternoon.

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

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

The North Bucks & District League, Premier Division side produced an excellent display at Stratford Fields and it was Armitage who side footed home Ryan Tappin’s cross from ten yards out fifteen minutes from time to take his side into round three.

Buckingham Athletic: Lewis Dench, Ricky Brown, Sam McCarthy, Soloman Janecki, Dan Staley, Dan Hassell, Jack Carter, Neil King, Josh Hooper, Sid Hawkins, Encho Lemperov.
Subs: Harrison Wade, Rory Busby, Sam Pateman.

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, Darren Sirett.

Great Horwood defeated by Castlethorpe Rovers in MK veterans league shield final

By Darren Stanger


Great Horwood Veterans were defeated by Castlethorpe Rovers in the MK Veterans League Shield Final on Sunday morning. Played at Bletchley in front of a good sized following Great Horwood put in a brave performance in an evenly matched game.

Ian McStraw scored a fine goal when his magnificent free kick beat the wall and sailed into the top corner however this proved to be a mere consolation as Castlethorpe went on to win 3-1.