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NB&DFL: Wood’s late, late winner secures victory for Twyford

By Daz Stanger

Dearlove 29
Arnold 86
Wood 90

McCabe 21,70

Twyford United’s Sam Wood made amends for an earlier missed penalty as he hit a last minute winner to give Twyford the three points.

In cold and wet conditions this made it very tough for all the players and officials involved.

Twyford Utd had the earlier opportunities and could have took the lead in the 4th minute. Ryan Sunderland’s shot following a fine individual run was saved by Mark Broom.

Johnny Ayris and Martin Dearlove also had opportunities which went off target.

However Great Horwood were able to get themselves back into the game. Alex Stints dangerous cross into the box was too high for Colin Richens as he was unable to control his header goalwards.

Haydon Morrison was also able to connect to Steve Brunning’s cross but was denied by some good Twyford defending.

Great Horwood took the lead in the 21st minute when Dom McCabe scored from a fantastic free kick from outside of the 18 yard box which went the top corner.

Sam Wood nearly equalised shortly afterwards when his powerful header from Dave Barnes’ dangerous free kick into the box was tipped over the bar by Broom.

From the resulting corner Martin Dearlove hit an spectacular equaliser when his direct corner into the box beat everybody and ended up in the net.

Adam Carr nearly gave Twyford the lead when his long range effort went just over the bar.

Despite all the Twyford pressure it was Great Horwood who looked dangerous on the break.

Dom McCabe was able to beat the Twyford offside trap but Colin Piggott pulled off a fine reflex save.

Mark Broom also pulled off a good save from Twyford’s Rob Davis as at half time the honours were even at 1-1.

Twyford started the second half the more likely to score as Craig Woolhead’s volley went just over the bar and Mark Broom was able to save Martin Dearlove’s effort on goal.

Twyford started to apply the pressure but some resilient defending from Horwood they were able to keep Twyford at bay.

Great Horwood did look dangerous on the counter attack and from this they took the lead. Zac Reeve’s breakaway run found Dom McCabe who was able to poke the ball into the corner of the net.

Georgis Kother who had a superb game at the back for Great Horwood had to go off injured.

Mark Broom pulled off a couple of saves from Sam Wood and Rob Davis as Twyford continued to pile on the pressure. However Zac Reeve nearly put the game beyond Twyford’s reach when his solo effort hit the post.

Twyford still continued to work hard and press for an equaliser.

Finally in the 86th minute Jack Arnold’s spectacular half volley beat Mark Broom to equalise.

The game was far from over when Twyford were awarded a penalty following an infringement in the box. Sam Wood who worked tirelessly throughout the game missed the penalty which went over the bar.

Karl Dickens who had a solid game at the back for Twyford came to their rescue as his last ditch tackle was able to prevent a dangerous Horwood counter attack.

In a final twist to an eventful game Sam Wood was able to connect to a looping ball into the box to give Twyford the lead for the first time in the dying seconds of the game and seal victory.

Piggott – Underwood- Barnes – Dearlove- Ayris -Dickens (capt) – Carr – Wood – Sunderland – Davis – Woolhead
Subs- Gregory – Arnold – Hinson- Goodwin

Broom – Masala- Morrison – McStraw (capt) – Brunning – Stint- Richens – Ashley- McCabe – Reeve- Kother
Sub – Elson

NB&DFL,ID: Twyford up to third

Twyford replaced Stoke Hammond Wanderers in 3rd place in the North Bucks Intermediate league with a comprehensive 3-1 win at School Lane in what was their best performance of the season.

Having beaten the same opponents in the League Cup United knew what to expect but were without Jack Arnold, Matt Gregory, John Hinson and Hadyn Goodwin but welcomed back Rob Davis and Jamie Fitzgerlad into the squad.

In extremely windy conditions United set about playing football on the floor something which they did exceptionally well for the full 90, allowing Stoke Hammond little or no time to impose themselves on the game. Martin Dearlove and Craig Woolhead were excellent in midfield tackling anything in a blue shirt.

United took the lead when Ryan Sunderland fired in off the post from the edge of the box for his 16th goal in 18 games.

It should have been two moments later but Adam Carr fired off target from close range but made up for it 5 minutes later, dancing through a couple of tackles before firing home from 20 yards.

United had a goal controversially ruled out but were content with their 2-goal lead at the break.

The game was made safe on the hour when Johnny Ayris powered home a loose ball from 6 yards and although Stoke Hammond pulled a goal back with 8 minutes it was too little too late as United were deserved winners.

Manager comment:

We’ve had some good performances this season especially in the last couple of games but today was on a different level.

We dominated from start to finish in an important game as fourth played third. This team, as last season, have a great habit of performing g in the big games under pressure.

We sit third in the league and the players are firmly focused on finishing as high as we can. Their attitude is exceptional in training and on the pitch.

We have a league cup semi-final towards the end of the season so there is plenty to play for in the cup and league.

Martin Dearlove was man of the match. A player that could play at a higher level than North Bucks football.

NB&DFL: Twyford held in Southcott stalemate

By Twyford FC

Twyford were back in action after a month’s break due to Christmas and bad weather against a 2nd placed Southcott side that are battling United for promotion into the North Bucks Premier Division.

United were still without Craig Woolhead, serving the last game of his 3 game ban, Adam Carr and Dave Barnes and Mike McAuley who is unavailable for the rest of the season. United persisted with the new defensive pairing of Johnny Ayris and John Hinson with Karl Dickens at left back. Matt Gregory started on the left of midfield.

United were looking to avenge their 5-1 thumping on the first day of the season but certainly Twyford are a far different proposition to that day back in September. United shaded the first 20 minutes with Rob Davis playing in both Matt Gregory and Ryan Sunderland for good chances but who couldn’t work the keeper. Both sides were playing a decent brand of football and going toe to toe at either end without ever really carving open any clear cut chances. Southcott dominated the last 15 minutes of the half as United struggled to retain possession and were the happier of the two sides for the half time break.

Half time 0-0

The second half played out much like the first with both teams going for the win and playing good quality attacking football. Southcott had plenty of possession with United breaking quickly on the counter. Rob Davis crashed a free kick against the cross bar and after a scramble in the box the ball was hacked clear. Ryan Sunderland then thought he had opened the scoring after charging down a clearance and rolling the ball under the keeper the goal was disallowed for handball.

Southcott had their chances two, also hitting the woodwork this time from close range. Colin Piggott pulled off a great save to push away a fierce shot from a tight angle to keep the score level. Neither side could fashion a goal as the game ended 0-0 but it certainly was one of the better 0-0’s you’ll see this season.

Twyford manager Richard Corben said:

I don’t think I’ve had a 0-0 in my 2 and half seasons as manager but this was a good point. I said to the players before the game this wasn’t a must win but was probably a must not lose. We needed to stay in the pack at the top and we achieved that. Southcott are a good side and so are we and a draw was a fair result. I can’t think of a game where the players have worked harder. We came under quite lot of pressure in the last 20 minutes but there aren’t too many better defences than ours and we held our nerve. We are getting to the business end of the season and I am confident the players will rise to the occasion as they did last year when we won Division 1 on goal difference.

MOTM – mention to Sam Wood and Colin Piggott but award goes to johnny Ayris who didn’t put a foot wrong at the back.

NB&DFL: Twyford cruise to a 3-0 win over Yardley Gobion

By Daz Stanger

Carr 22
Cromwell (own goal) 58
Ayris 70


An under strength Twyford United sealed a 3-0 victory at home to Yardley Gobion.

Yardley had the first opportunities in a game which took a while to get going, Ben Thickbroom’s goal bound shot was deflected behind for a corner and Dan Carr long range effort went over the bar.

Johnny Ayris then made a terrific last ditch tackle when Thickbroom was clear on goal.

Dan Carr also had a teasing free kick into the Twyford box which Jack Arnold managed to gather.

However Twyford held firm and both Ayris and captain Karl Dickens both looked solid at the back.

It was until the 19th minute when Twyford had their first real opportunity when Adam Carr’s effort was superbly tipped over by Carl Clamp.

Martin Dearlove headed over from close range as Twyford started to apply the pressure.

In the 22nd minute the deadlock was broken.  Twyford were awarded a free kick just outside the 18 yard box. Adam Carr stepped up and his floating free kick sailed over the wall and past the keeper Clamp.

Sam Wood headed wide from Martin Dearlove’s corner as Twyford looked in control.

Both Sunderland and Hinson had close opportunities to double the lead in the first half.

The second half started evenly,  Twyford’s Jamie Fitzgerald had a goal ruled out for offside. Ben Thickbroom had a good opportunity to equalise as for once he beat the Twyford offside trap but his lobbed effort went over the bar.

Both John Hinson and Adam Carr had long range efforts that went over the bar for Twyford.

In the 58th minute Twyford doubled the lead when Clamp parried a goal bound shot into the air and Gary Cromwell was forced to head into his own net following pressure from the Twyford forward.

Twyford looked more in control and Clamp pulled off a good save from Martin Dearlove’s free kick which was pushed wide. From the resulting corner taken by sub Matt Gregory,  Ayris was able to head in from close range.

Chris Lawson had a long range effort for Yardley but it was not their day as Twyford sealed victory and the three points.

1. Jack Arnold
2. James Underwood
3. John Hinson
4. Martin Dearlove
5. Johnny Ayris
6. Karl Dickens (capt)
7. Adam Carr
8. Sam Wood
9. Ryan Sunderland
10. Haydn Goodwin
11. Jamie Fitzgerald
12. Matt Gregory
14. Richard Corben (player manager)

1. Carl Clamp
2. Tom North
3. Craig Allen (player manager)
4. Daniel Peel
5. Chris Allen
6. Dan Carr
7. Micky Stratfall
8. Grant Tissott
9. Ben Thickbroom
10. Chris Lawson
11. Luke Withers
12. Gary Cromwell
14. Ryan Lightfoot
15. James Turner

NBDFL, IDT: Sunderland hat-trick sends Twyford through in cup

By Daz Stanger

Fitzgerald 10
Ayris 22, 34
Sunderland 60, 67, 89

Worsfold 53
Pittham 54

Twyford cruised into the next round of Intermediate Division trophy with a 6-2 win over Potterspury thanks to a second half hat-trick by Ryan Sunderland.

Twyford got off to a flying start when Jamie Fitzgerald scored in the tenth minute when his powerful shot from a dangerous deep cross which hit the underside of the crossbar and past Mark Mickley in the Potterspury goal.

Ryan Sunderland nearly doubled the lead when his goalbound shot was deflected for a corner following some neat play by Martin Dearlove. From the resulting corner Johnny Ayris was able to poke in from close range.

Twyford were in control as John Hinson’s free kick went just over the bar as they worked hard to increase the lead.

In the 34th minute Twyford went three up, Dave Barnes dangerous corner was able to find the head of Johnny Ayris who was unchallenged and headed into the corner of the net.

Adam Carr also had an effort which went just wide.

Potterspury never threatened the Twyford goal until the 43rd minute when Nathan Short pin point cross found Rick Worsfold but his volley went wide.

Mark Mickley pulled off a good save from a Martin Dearlove free kick and John Hinson shot went just wide as the post as Twyford went in at half time 3-0 up and looking comfortable.

Potterspury had other ideas and started the second half in much more attacking fashion.

Nathan Short’s effort went just wide and Worsfold’s long range shot was caught by Colin Piggott.

Potterspury pressed hard and created pressure on the Twyford goal and it was Worsfold who pulled a deserved goal back with a header as he connected to a dangerous cross from the right.

Twyford were looking unsettled at the back.

A minute later Potterspury scored another when Sam Pittham was able to pounce as Twyford were unable to clear from a dangerous corner into the box.

Potterspury were briefly back in the game but Twyford’s Sunderland had other ideas. On the hour he slotted in with a neat finish after Lewis Remon had cleared off the line. Then, in the 69th minute, Martin Dearlove’s dangerous free kick into the box found Sunderland who scored again.

Sunderland sealed his hat-trick and a convincing win for Twyford with a neat finish in the final minute of the game.

NB&DFL: Twyford bounce back with five-goal away win

By Twyford United FC

Following defeat to leaders MK Gallactico, Twyford were looking to get back to winning ways, something they have become accustomed to in recent seasons, and did so with a comfortable 5-0 win away to Great Horwood Reserves on a very wet and windy afternoon.

Jonathan Ayris and Martin Dearlove were still unavailable as was leading scorer Ryan Sunderland. Rob Davis led the line in attack and James Underwood slotted in at right back. The starting 11 was otherwise unchanged from the previous match. New signing Haydn Goodwin made the bench.

United begun the game slowly but after 10 minutes of settling into the game they came alive and started to dominate in attacking areas. Jamie Fitzgerald volleyed in from 6 yards on 17 minutes to give the away side the lead and he got a second on 25 minutes when the ball was squared to Rob Davis whose shot hit Fitzgerald on the goal line and deflected into the top corner of the net. Rob Davis himself got on the score sheet to give Twyford breathing space passing into the far corner of the net after good build up play.

Half time Great Horwood 0 Twyford United 3

United for large parts maintained their dominance in the second half whilst keeping any Great Horwood Pressure to a minimum. With the wind in United’s face it made playing quick passing football difficult in and around the opponent’s box but the game was made safe through a neat Haydn Goodwin strike who make it 4-0 and John Hinson ghosted in at the back post to glance in a header from a Rob Davis free kick with 5 minutes to go.

For parts of the game this was the best United had played in an attacking sense this season and a clean sheet was an added bonus. Considering the players missing it shows the strength and depth of the squad when the players can turn out a performance like they did. The players’ feet are firmly on the ground and are only looking at the next game where a performance like this should bring about the desired result.

Man of the match – Some great saves were pulled off by Colin Piggott at crucial times, Mike McAuley had a great game but for his goals and overall contribution MoTM goes to Jamie Fitzgerald.

Full time Great Horwood 0 Twyford United 5

United are away to Charlton in North Bucks Intermediate Division on Saturday 21st November.

NB&DFL: Twyford unable to bank any points due to home defeat by Santander

By Daz Stanger

Twyford Utd 1
Sunderland 37 mins

AFC Santander 3
Miller 15, 59 mins
Foster pen 47 mins

Twyford Utd
1.Colin Piggott
2.Jack Arnold
3.Dave Barnes
4.Craig Woolhead
5.Johnny Ayris
6.Karl Dickens
7.Adam Carr
8.Sam Wood
9.Adam Sunderland
10. Rob Davis
11. Mike McAuley
Andrew White, John Hinson, Jason Logan, Ed Selby – Lowndes
Manager – Richard Corben

AFC Santander
1. Brett Hanson
2. Sammy Siddiqi
3.Mark Crumbie
4.Gavin Clark
5.Andy Davis
6.Andy Janes
7 Ricky Hamilton
8.Sef Akrong
9.Ash Foster
10.Steve Snelling
11.Adam Miller

A full strength Twyford United slipped to a home defeat to AFC Santander thanks to two goals from Adam Miller and a penalty by Ash Foster.

Miller broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when after a dazzling solo run his shot was blasted into the top corner which beat Colin Piggott.

It was not until the 21st minute that the Santander keeper was tested when Adam Carr’s goal bound bicycle kick was tipped away by Brett Hanson.

A minute later Ash Foster was finally able to break free of the Twyford defence and was clear on goal but his shot was superbly saved by Piggott.

Twyford then started to get back into the game.

Adam Carr’s header from Rob Davis cross was saved by Hanson.

Sam Wood and Jack Arnold and Johnny Ayris all had chances as Twyford worked hard for the equaliser.

In the 37th minute it finally came. Sef Akrong fouled Michael McAuley with a late sliding tackle. Rob Davis dangerous free kick into the penalty area was headed in superbly by the in-form Ryan Sunderland.

Twyford then started to apply more pressure as Rob Davis caused problems for the Santander defence. David Barnes long pass found Sam Wood but his attempted lob was saved by Hanson.

Santander started the second half in a more livelier fashion.

Ash Foster was bundled down in the penalty area following a dangerous solo run. Foster coolly slotted away the penalty into the bottom corner sending Piggott the wrong way to give Santander the lead.

Sunderland and Carr had shots which were saved by Hanson. Adam Carr also created a chance as his cross was headed over by Sunderland.

However Santander extended the lead as the dangerous Miller slotted past Piggott following a good pass which beat the Twyford defence in the 59th minute.

Twyford could have pulled another goal back as they worked hard to get back into the game as Sunderland’s shot was parried away by Hanson, however Jason Logan blasted over.

Ash Foster could have put the game beyond Twyford’s reach when clear on goal he was forced wide by Piggott as Foster tried to round him.

Rob Davis also forced a good save from Hanson when his free kick was tipped wide however Santander held on and earned the three points.

NB&DFL: Twyford make it 5 wins from 6 games!

Twyford made it 5 wins from 6 games in North Bucks Intermediate with a comfortable 6-1 win away at Clean Slate Reserves. This win followed on from their 4-0 win at home to Wicken Sports the previous week.

Martin Dearlove made his first appearance again linking up with midfield partner Sam Wood and Rob Davis appeared on the bench for the second time since his 19 month layoff with a serious knee injury. Johnny Ayirs was unavailable so Craig Woolhead dropped back into central defence. Matt Gregory started in place of the injured Dave Barnes.

As so often in the last 12 months Twyford took an early lead with a blistering start with just 3 minutes on the clock when Sam Wood converted an Adam Carr corner at the far post. Clean Slate couldn’t cope with Twyford’s attacking play and it was soon 2-0 through a cool finish from Martin Dearlove as he swept home from 12 yards. Umar Zarahradeen got in on the act by scoring a lovely solo goal, jinking past a number of players for his first of the season. The goals kept coming at regular intervals and by 25 minutes it was 4-0 when Jamie Fitzgerald ran onto a through ball to clinically power home also for his first of the season. Adam Carr added icing to the cake with a 5th before half time with a neat finish into the far corner of the net.

Half time Twyford Utd 5 – Clean Slate Res 0

Typically with a half like United had in the first 45 minutes they couldn’t maintain that level and with the game over they stepped off the gas and held Clean Slate at bay who improved markedly in the second period. Both sides made a number of substitutions which killed any rhythm either side had. Clean Slate got themselves a consolation goal with a far post header on 70 minutes. United re-established the 5 goal lead through a Mike McAuley goal. United even had time to have a penalty saved from Martin Dearlove.

A superb 45 minutes from United makes it 5 league wins on the spin since their opening day league defeat. A long way to go of course but United have set the foundations to have another good season following back to back promotions.

MoTM – Adam Carr, was exceptional in the first half.

NB&DFL: Twyford make it two wins from three games

Twyford made it two wins out of 3 league games back in the North Bucks Intermediate Division with a comfortable 4-1 win away at Yardley Gobion.

Twyford FC - Fred Tew Cup winners 2014-15 season. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Ayris

Twyford FC – Fred Tew Cup winners 2014-15 season. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Ayris

United were able to welcome back Martin Dearlove for his first game of the season and the squad resembled something like full strength with only 3 or 4 players missing. Johnny Ayris returned to the defence after missing last week’s game at Pitstone as did Dave Barnes.

United bossed the first half from start to finish with a very professional display. They took the lead after 14 minutes with a lovely worked goal between Umar Zaharadeen and Mike McAuley who headed into the path of Ryan Sunderland who tucked the ball underneath the advancing keeper. On 21 minutes it was two nil. A corner was hit to the back of the box where Karl Dickens, unmarked, headed back towards goal and the ball floated after the keepers outstretched hand and into the net for his first goal in over a year. At 3-0 and the game was effectively over after half an hour when Ryan Sunderland showed great determination to brush a defender off the ball and fire in a shot which took a slight deflection over the keeper.

Half time 0-3

The away side started the second half where they left off in the first and Ryan Sunderland grabbed a deserved hatrick from close range on 55 minutes. The rest of the half was played out in relative comfort although United did concede on 84 minutes as legs began to tire to leave the final score 4-1.

Overall a very satisfactory performance with the team starting to gel in all areas.

Last saturday Twyford went out of the Berks and Bucks Junior cup to South Midlands reserve side Pitstone and Ivinghoe Reserves losing 3-2. Goals from Adam Carr and SamWood.

Twyford are at home to Stoke Hammond Wanderers this Saturday. The visitors finished second behind Twyford in last season’s Division 1 title battle.

NB&DFL: Twyford snatch victory with late winner by Woolhead by Daz Stanger

By Darren Stanger

Twyford Utd 2.         Potterspury Res 1
Own goal – 21 mins.      Carl Ware 25
Woolhead 87 mins

Twyford Utd:
C Piggott – J Arnold – R Corben (player manager) – J Hinson – J Ayris – K Dickens (capt) – D Barnes – C Woolhead- R Sunderland – M McAuley- V Zaharadeen -Sub P Hutt

S McGregor –  L Romon- R Jenner- J Lynch – G Clark (capt)- G Morgan – A Beechers – N Bingleby – C Ware -A Gerrard – T Dawson – Subs – N Short – S Pitten – K Flower – A Werman- D Owers

Managers – Mark Hallam & Nick Hampar

Newly promoted Twyford Utd claimed their first win of the season in the North Bucks Intermediate Division with a late winner over Potterspury Reserves.

Twyford FC - Fred Tew Cup winners 2014-15 season. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Ayris

Twyford FC – Fred Tew Cup winners 2014-15 season. Picture courtesy of Jonathan Ayris

In an evenly matched game Twyford had the early chances.

Sunderland’s shot on the ten minute mark was saved by Steve McGregor.

Jack Arnold and David Barnes all had chances to give Twyford the lead.

David Barnes had a couple of free kicks that tested the Potterspury keeper.

However it was Barnes that assisted in giving Twyford the lead. His corner into the six yard box was deflected by the head of the Potterspury defender past the despairing McGregor in the 21st minute.

Potterspury fought back and equalised four minutes later. A testing ball into the six yard box saw keeper Colin Piggott and forward Carl Ware clash for the ball and Ware was able to score from close range.

Sunderland had an opportunity to get Twyford back in the lead when his free kick was parried by McGregor and the follow up hit the post.

The dangerous Zaharadeen shot hit the side netting.

Both Hinson and Dickens shot over the bar just before half time as Twyford edged the first half.

Potterspury had a stronger start to the second half. John Lynch shot wide just after the break and Tim Dawson shot was saved by Piggott.

Dickens had the chance to give Twyford the lead but his shot was cleared off the line, Ayris follow up went over the bar.

Potterspury then had the opportunity to take the lead when Glen Morgan shot was deflected off a Twyford player and hit the upright, Piggott was able to save the shot from the loose ball.

Piggott also came to the rescue saving twice from Nathan Bingleby.

McGregor was also keeping Potterspury in the game saving from David Barnes.

Barnes dangerous free kick in the 78th minute into the six yard box was narrowly missed by Dickins then McAuleys long range effort was tipped over by McGregor.

Sunderland shot was also superbly tipped wide by McGregor. From the resulting corner Woolhead was able to head home from Barnes corner to get the late winner.

Comment from Richard Corben (player/manager of Twyford Utd)

We are pleased to get the win and our first win since gaining promotion. Hopefully this sets us up for the season. I felt we deserved the win and was pleased the way we played. We were dangerous from set pieces and had more chances to win the game.