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ACYFL; Buckingham Athletic U18 1-2 Clanfield U18

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 1

Clanfield U18 – 2

Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s were brought back to earth with a bump after Sunday’s demolition of Risborough as they were beaten in their latest league game at Stratford Fields on Thursday evening by a strong Clanfield side who battled back from a third minute opener from their hosts. Equalising just before half time with a freak goal and then taking the lead from the penalty spot moments after the break was enough for the visitors who defended well and could have increased their lead had it not been for some terrific saves from Hayden Coombs, despite the home side huffing & puffing to try and draw level they simply couldn’t find a way past the resilient red back line.

Athletic took the lead in the third minute when Elton Anning got down the left wing before pulling back inside to Kyran O’Dell, he had plenty of time to pick his spot before despatching low beyond the reach of keeper Luke Haley. At the opposite end Jack Bellenger forced Coombs down at his near post to save a low drilled effort to save with both hands, whilst the next Buckingham attack broke down high up the pitch, the visiting backline seemed hesitant to clear allowing Anning to regain possession on the edge of the area but he dragged his shot wide of the target.

A Clanfield free kick on the halfway line was then floated wide out to Lawson Gadle who explored some space infield before curling around the far post, Anning intercepting their next attack and releasing Samy Aouati down the right, he centred where Nathan Bell-Toxtle got to the ball first but he could only sweep up into the waiting gloves of Haley. Just before the half hour mark a superb save from the Clanfield keeper kept the scoreline intact, an eighteen yard curling effort from Anning saw Haley fling out a hand to push away, the ball coming back off the upright with a defender on hand to clear.

Home side celebrate opener

Clanfield were having plenty of the play but frustration started to show when Jaden Mole received the ball some twenty-five yards out and with little other options ahead of him he blazed high into the dark skies behind the goal, but moments later he crossed from the right only to see Coombs again dive down low to save, with both hands on the ball Bellenger kicked the ball into the goal but the referee was quick to spot the infringement. Mole was now sensing some progress, another ball played up to him thirty yards out saw him drive forward before firing wide of Coombs’ right hand post, ahead of a good run down their left from full back Luke Archer but again he fired wide.

The turning point came with four minutes of the half remaining, Mole out on the right almost on the byline seemed happy to cross into the box and the initial reaction of the Athletic keeper suggested the ball had gone out of play, but as it looped over his head it bounced at the back post and somehow into the empty net. H/T: 1-1

Four minutes after the restart Clanfield scored what turned out to be their winner, Ben Weller progressed into the Buckingham box where a clumsy challenge saw the captain go down, the referee waited to see if any advantage would be gained before pointing to the spot, Mole doubling his tally for the evening from twelve yards. Athletic substitute Cassius Brookes almost made an immediate impact after coming on, after robbing possession in midfield he drove at goal and after slipping the ball through a defenders legs the roll took it just a little too far ahead, allowing Haley to race out from goal and beat him to it to make the clearance.

Jaden Mole scores from spot

A free kick to the away side out on the wing was met by the head of centre half Ross McKenzie in front of goal but his glancing header flashed across the goal face and wide, and they should have scored again when their hosts conceded possession in midfield and an inch perfect pass fed Bellenger clean through on goal, Coombs made a great block turning past his post for a corner. Minutes later the keeper denied the same striker again with another fantastic one handed save, the shot from the edge of the penalty arc saw Coombs fling himself to push away from the target.

A cross from the visitors right made its way to Mole who, with back to goal, managed to turn and volley over his shoulder all in one move but he got under the ball to lift high over the top, the technique deserved more; ahead of his team mate Gino Castanga curling from the corner of the eighteen yard area straight into the keepers gloves, and in the dying moments another Clanfield substitute Luke Barton was sent down the middle in on goal but he hurriedly just toe poked straight to Coombs. F/T: 2-1

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PSF; Tring Athletic U18 0-0 Buckingham Athletic U18

Tring Athletic U18 – 0

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 0

Buckingham Athletic slogged out a goalless draw on Wednesday evening at Tring Athletic in hot & humid conditions at the Grass Roots Stadium, in a game that saw two evenly matched sides create just a handful of chances each. The game was split into three sets of thirty minutes to enable plenty of liquid rehydration, and for both managers to get their messages across during the game.

Athletic took a large pool of players allowing them to make several changes throughout the ninety minutes, whilst the hosts relied on their smaller squad which was reduced further as one player had to leave the field injured; both sides had chances to score, but neither keeper was really called into making too much effort to keep their clean sheets.

For Dan Turney & Sam Pateman it was another chance to run their eyes over their new look team, some players already signed on whilst a few are still trying to earn a place in the squad ahead of the new Allied Counties Youth League season which begins on 23rd August.

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ACYFL; Athletic run out of steam in title race

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 2

Didcot Town U18 – 3

Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s lost to Didcot Town on Thursday evening at Stratford Fields, suffering their second defeat to their opponents inside two weeks. Unbeaten in the league, Town stretched their lead over Athletic to thirteen points albeit having played two extra games, and even with half of their games yet to play the deficit looks healthy enough even with Didcot having to travel to Buckingham again before the season ends. Didcot took the lead, and despite being pegged back were confident enough to attack with pace and retake the lead before the interval, an early third goal after the break was immediately replied to straight from the kick off, but the home side could not find an equaliser, and had skipper Matt Chew sent off late on for a second yellow card to add to their woes.

The away side attacked from the off, two early offside flags thwarted their attempts and a tackle on the edge of the box by Athletic keeper Larry Mills certainly seemed to impede the Town player trying to latch on to the pass however neither of the officials in that half saw anything wrong. On seven minutes Town striker Henry Horton cut in from the left flank and unleashed a fierce drive that Mills had to push around his right hand post for a corner.

Walters makes vital tackle

An Athletic attack broke down shortly after and a superb long ball through the home defensive backline saw Brett Gardner get in behind full back Evan Walters, as the Town front man looked to shoot Walters recovered brilliantly to slide in and knock the ball away for a corner. The early pressure from the visitor’s paid off on fourteen minutes when another Buckingham attack was broken down in midfield, Horton threaded the ball through to Gardner who deftly lifted the ball over the advancing Mills and with one bounce the ball nestled into the empty net.

The hosts won a free kick on the edge of the box on twenty minutes, Rory Busby curled his effort around the wall and Town keeper Ash Stevens got his fingertips to the effort to turn over his crossbar. Just past the half hour mark saw Athletic equalise, a sublime pass from Chris Atkinson inside his own half saw Sam Olawale away on goal, his pace easily taking him away from any defender and once inside the box he tucked into the bottom corner with ease.

Moments after the equaliser Buckingham had another great chance when moving the ball neatly around the midfield leaving Busby a chance from twenty yards but he could only lift high over the bar. Then eight minutes before the break a Didcot attack saw Atkinson bring down a Town player and the referee did not hesitate to point for a penalty. Harry Hudson calmly stroked the ball home to regain his sides lead. H/T: 1-2

Six minutes after the interval Didcot increased their lead, a ball into the home penalty area caused chaos with numerous shots coming in that saw Mills & his defence throwing themselves at the ball to block, however it eventually fell to Riley Marshall who side footed home. Before the visitor’s had chance to calm down after their celebration they conceded, straight from the kick off Olawale made a nuisance of himself forcing an error which led to him in on goal with no one around him to reduce the deficit.

Didcot score from spot

Didcot continued to press when they could, one such attack saw Jack Badger played in behind the defence but a great sliding tackle from Harry Byron stopped him dead inside the area, and the defender managed to get up and clear the danger. A free kick to the hosts was half cleared to the edge of the Town box where Athletic substitute Finn Pardoe fired at goal but only found the waiting gloves of Stevens.

Straight up the other end Didcot substitute Tyrhys Luko refused to give up on a ball heading away from the Buckingham goal, he managed to get to the ball first despite some heavy pressure from the Athletic defence but he could only pull his shot well wide. Then with nine minutes left a tackled on the edge of the centre circle left Town midfielder Caelan Isaac floored, after consulting his assistant the referee brandished a second yellow of the evening to Chew and his evening was over.

With four minutes left the visitor’s had a golden chance to seal the game when Horton did really well to turn his marker some eight yards from goal, but he fired straight at Mills with the whole goal at his mercy. They were almost made to pay in the final minutes when a pull back from the byline found Tom Baldwin but as he lined up to shoot the ball bobbled on the surface, and he lifted high over the bar. F/T: 2-3

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ACYFLC; Athletic U18 on track for second semi-final

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 3

Didcot Town – 1

Buckingham Athletic under 18’s progressed through to the semi-finals of the Allied Counties Youth League Cup with a hard fought win over divisional rivals Didcot Town at Stratford Fields on Thursday night. Top of the league Didcot took the game to their hosts in the first half, and lead at the break through a Brett Gardner goal, but after the break the home side showed some fighting determination in midfield and scored the goals needed to take them through to the semis. Didcot were the last side to beat Buckingham back in early December, and they enjoyed some lengthy possession in the first forty-five minutes, but it took a breakaway goal for them to lead, although the crossbar did deny them before the opener, but they had no answer to the resurgent Athletic side in the second period.

An early corner to the hosts saw Rory Busby swing the ball in towards the near post where Chris Atkinson got some space but could only steer wide of goal, and a free kick at the other end to Didcot saw Chris Mortimore curl straight into Larry Mills’ gloves.

On eleven minutes an Athletic attack down their right seemed to have broken down when Luke McAndrew surrendered possession, but the Didcot defender in trying to clear simply sent the ball across his own penalty area to the feet of Harvey Thorne who went for goal first time, firing too far right of Ash Stevens in the Town goal.

Larry Mills kept Didcot at bay

Five minutes later Didcot were a lick of paint from taking the lead, a cross from their right saw Henry Horton hit the ball inside the box only for it to come back off the crossbar, & Mills had to recover quickly to block a follow up shot with his feet.

The visitors had a good spell where they continued to threaten the Athletic goal, Mortimore again got the ball in front goal, back to goal he had to retreat a few yards before he could turn and shoot but again only into the waiting gloves of Mills.

On nineteen minutes Didcot took the lead when a Buckingham attack broke down high up the pitch, the ball cleared up to Horton who in turn released Gardner to run at goal, Mills advanced to try and avert the danger but the midfielder lifted the ball past Mills and into the empty net.

The away side then wasted a glorious chance minutes later when heading a corner over the top from right in front of the goal, and by this stage they’d had enough chances to put the game to bed. Ben Acquaye then showed his quality when releasing Thorne away on goal, the Didcot defence had their keeper to thank as he came out to block at the left backs feet to divert for a corner. H/T: 0-1

Larry Mills was forced into another good block within thirty seconds of the restart, and this let off seemed to kick start the Buckingham come back. Sam Olawale was fed in down the left but his shot lacked conviction and was comfortable for Stevens to collect.

Athletic drew themselves level on fifty-five minutes when a diagonal ball across midfield saw Acquaye chase the ball towards the corner of the Didcot box, a clumsy challenge saw the Athletic player floored and a penalty awarded. Geraint Minney was made to wait whilst the away side complained and received a booking in the aftermath, his spot kick eventually saved by Stevens but the striker was first to the loose ball to side foot home.

Ben Acquaye involved in all three goals

Busby then had a chance down the left, driving towards the near post he forced Stevens to turn around his post for a corner, then on sixty-five minutes Athletic took the lead through Olawale when some great work out on the right saw Acquaye square across the six-yard box, and at the back post Olawale couldn’t miss.

Five minutes later Acquaye stretched his sides lead, some superb passing from the home side saw them move the ball around the Didcot defence and eventually Matt Chew fed in Acquaye who twisted and turned before curling into the top corner from twelve yards out.

Minney & Acquaye combined well to feed Busby who screwed wide from the penalty arc, before Acquaye used his pace & strength to out muscle a defender and drive at goal forcing a great save from Stevens from close range.

Didcot almost found a lifeline late on, a ball down the middle of the park saw Matt Ritz away on goal, as he prepared to shoot a superb recovery from Atkinson saw the Buckingham defender get back and slide in to take the ball off the Town player’s foot in the nick of time.

There was a late chance again for Acquaye, a Town attack broke down and the ball cleared up to the winger, he again left his marker behind but from twelve yards fired wide, and deep in added time Didcot substitute Tyrhys Luko tried an acrobatic bicycle kick from close range but fired wide of Mills goal frame. F/T: 3-1

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Winslow United U18’s 1-9 Buckingham Athletic U18’s

Winslow United U18 – 1

Buckingham Athletic U18 – 9

Buckingham Athletic cemented their position in second place in the Allied Counties Youth League North Division table, but closed the gap to top placed Didcot Town to a single point and at the same time gave more game time to players fighting for places in Steve Farmborough’s squad with this convincing win at local rivals Winslow United. The home side got off to the worst possible start conceding after just twenty-six seconds but then regrouped and held their guests at bay almost until half time, but two quick fire goals just before the interval sunk the Winslow hearts and resistance and Athletic romped home in the second period.

Before most spectators, coaches and substitutes had taken their viewing positions for the game Buckingham took the lead, when pressuring the Winslow back line a simple through ball saw Sam Olawale fed through to slot home. Earl Atat was then presented with a chance on a plate from close range, burning the fingers of United keeper Jamie Oliver with a sizzling shot.

On fourteen minutes the impressive Evan Walters skipped a couple of challenges down the right and crossed only to see a team mate have an initial shot blocked and the follow up come back off the bar, before Olawale threatened again down the left but he was superbly marshalled back by Winslow’s Gus Nash who got a block to deflect for a corner before the pacey front man got his shot away.

Athletic management get their point across

From the corner the ball fell to Olawale who fired at goal from the eighteen-yard line but Oliver was behind it all the way, and from there Winslow enjoyed some possession of their own. First Jack Rowe seized on a loose ball just outside the area and curled an effort into the gloves of Larry Mills, before Harry Hadwin nearly made the most of Mills being off his line, going for the top corner he steered his effort wide.

Rowe then fired a low shot in from the edge of the area and again Mills had to get down well to save, whilst at the other end Fin Pardoe tried his luck from distance after some patient Athletic build up play but he dragged his shot wide of Oliver’s left-hand post. Olawale continued to be a threat down the left; another good cross saw Atat in the middle have to leap to get a foot to the cross but he could only help the ball out for a goal kick.

Oliver then had to show a strong hand to deflect away another fierce drive, from the corner Walters went for goal but again the keeper tipped away. Just as it seemed the home side would get to half time with just the single goal deficit, their guests upped the tempo. Five minutes before the break Atat slipped in Olawale through the Winslow defence and faced with a one-on-one with Oliver despatched to double the visitors lead. Two minutes later Athletic made it three with another simple ball over the top which was chased down and slotted home, but a minute later Winslow pulled a goal back when Charlie Willis battling down the left got his cross away and running in shoulder to shoulder with a defender Jack Rowe did well to get a foot to the ball to divert home. F/T: 1-3

Buckingham defender Luke McAndrew had Oliver blocking with his feet early in the second half, but on fifty seven minutes the away side started to assert their dominance. A surging run by debutant Kyran O’Dell saw him evade a handful of half-hearted challenges but he was eventually stopped on the edge of the box but his strike partner was on hand to curl home.

Olawale grabbed a treble

Geraint Minney then almost added to the scoreline when a great run into the Winslow box saw Oliver come out to clear only to thump the ball straight at the Athletic substitute and the rebound rolled wide for a goal kick. McAndrew then saw a thumping header clear the bar from an in swinging corner just past the hour mark, but moments later it was five when Olawale was again fed in behind the back line and slotted home.

Within sixty seconds of the fifth came the sixth, another corner into the six yard box was blocked but the loose bell fell kindly to O’Dell who didn’t hesitate to thump home. Minney was then denied again by Oliver diving to deny with his feet, but there was nothing the United keeper could do when a half cleared cross fell to unmarked Rory Busby who turned and rifled into the top corner.

Another superb run and cross from Walters was then narrowly stabbed wide by O’Dell, but Athletic grabbed their eighth with eleven minutes left following another ball fed down the left channel. O’Dell then saw a shot deflected off Oliver’s arm onto the crossbar and over for a goal kick, and in the final minute a long ball saw Busby away on goal and he had time to steady before picking his spot and firing into the bottom corner. F/T: 1-9

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ACYFL Central Division: Ath U18s up to fourth with win

Buckingham Athletic U18s are now up to fourth in the Allied Counties Youth Football League, Central Division table after victory at leaders Aylesbury on Thursday evening.

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Ath U18s up to fourth with fifth consecutive win + latest ACYF, CD table

Buckingham Athletic under 18s won their fifth game in succession last night to move up to fourth place in the Allied Counties Youth Football League, Central Division.

Matt Ogle’s side continued their excellent run at Stratford Fields as they ran out 2-0 winners over Henley Town under 18s.

An early goal from captain Dan Staley gave the Athletic the lead from a corner before top scorer Jordan Gardner added to his tally with a neat finish.


A man of the match from Bradley Walker in central midfield made sure that for all Henley’s pressure they could not muster a real shot of meaning and Jake Butler’s goal.

Ogle’s side we have now conceded only one goal in the process of winning their last five matches.

The Athletic now have a week off before traveling to Aylesbury for their rearranged cup tie then hosting the local derby of Ardley United on the 28th March.

1 Didcot 10 8 0 2 21 24
2 Holmer Green 7 6 1 0 15 19
3 Carterton 11 6 1 4 8 19
4 Buckingham Athletic 9 5 3 1 7 18
5 Wantage Town 10 5 1 4 6 16
6 Henley Town 11 5 1 5 4 16
7 Ardley United 12 3 3 6 -8 12
8 Kidlington 9 3 1 5 0 10
9 Thame United 9 2 1 6 -16 7
10 Holyport 12 1 0 11 -37 3

Evening games this week

Buckingham Athletic are set to face Cranfield United in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 (KO 7.30pm) this evening.

Also due to play tonight is Winslow United Reserves v Buckingham Athletic Reserves  at Elmfields Gate – kick off 7.45pm.

Tomorrow night Charlton are due to play Stewkley in the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup, 1st Round.

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Buckingham Athletic u18s League Cup game at Aylesbury last night was called off.

Promotion-chasing Ath U18s secure another league victory

Buckingham Athletic under 18s remain on course in their quest for promotion as they won 3-1 at Holyport in the Allied Counties Youth Football League, Central Division last night.

Matt Ogle’s side recorded their fourth win on the bounce thanks to an impressive second half display.

After a disappointing first half, it was the home side who went in one goal ahead as the Athletic under 18s conceded only their second goal in six games.

The Athletic manager introduced Henry Jones and Stuart Ironmonger, both who were rested, and the changes worked for the visitors.

Luke Tavener produced an excellent finish to equalise after the Athletic u18s had crafted the goal with some good football.

Brad Walker put the visitors in front as he headed home a superb Dan Staley delivery from a free kick and from here there was only ever going to be one winner.

Athletic wrapped up the game as Jordan Gardner went on a mazy run and set up Walker to slot home his second and the visitors third.

The Athletic are now six points behind the leaders with games in hand.

On Monday evening Ogle’s side travel to Aylesbury with a place in the quarter-final of the League Cup awaiting the winners. Kick-off at Hayward Road is 7.45pm.