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NBDL; Potterspury 2-1 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 2

Great Horwood – 1


Great Horwood were knocked out of the North Bucks & District League Interdivisional Trophy Knockout at the quarter-final stage on Saturday at Potterspury, on a day where the weather ruined any chance of any football being played as swirling winds reaped havoc especially for both goalkeepers. The hosts went ahead early on through a free kick routine that their guests later revealed was something they had discussed avoiding before the game, a second after the break seemed to put Pury in the driving seat until a late red card for full back Joe Richardson which the visitor’s took advantage of immediately pulling a goal back from the resulting free kick through Andy Brunning, in the remaining ten minutes Horwood hit the woodwork twice but it was their Northamptonshire rivals that progress through to the semi-finals where they will face Stewkley.

The home side took the lead on three minutes with a free kick curled in by James Golding that was met by the head of Stevie Dean who got his side off to the perfect start, at the other end a throw to Horwood saw the ball launched long into the box aimed at Sid Hawkins but the wind intervened taking it over him, in front of goal Adam Dixon was about to turn and shoot when defender Spike Crook stuck out a boot to divert over the bar for a corner. A corner to the hosts then swung in almost caught Ian McStraw out as it curled around him and towards the empty net, his skipper Sam Archer inside the six-yard box to head away, before a deep cross saw a glancing header from Danny Sheppard inches wide of McStraw’s right hand post.

Stevie Dean heads opening goal

The visitors were using the long throw routine at every chance, Dale Armitage saw one headed back towards him as he cut in from the touchline to join the action, meeting it on the volley he fired over the top and moments later a clearance from Pury keeper Sam Kelly screwed out to Brunning who tried his luck from distance with the home custodian stranded but Crook was covering and cleared, Dale Armitage and Frankey Tarrant tried to keep the attack alive but a half clearance to Brunning saw his shot cannon off a black & white shirt to safety. On thirty-two minutes Horwood went close when a Sam Archer free kick found the head of Gary Ridgway which had Kelly at full stretch to his right to brilliantly push away one handed as it seemed destined for inside the near post.

A minute later and the game threatened to boil over when a lob over the home backline saw Dixon in on goal, as he rose and flicked the ball towards the target the onrushing Kelly took the full force of his boot across his thigh which sparked a ten man brawl, handshakes all round soon saw the game restarted after bookings for Kelly, Dixon and Richardson. Ridgway curled a free kick from twenty-five yards over the wall but also the crossbar, a good move down the left touchline saw Ridgway play a one-two with Brandon Bowes which released the former inside his marker but his low shot was comfortable for the Pury keeper to smoother, Tarrant saw another effort from distance catch the wind and sail high over the bar, the final action of the half saw a Ridgway cross headed over by Brunning. H/T: 1-0

An early Jay Ditum corner for the hosts after the break again saw the weather intervene forcing McStraw into a last ditch fingertip save pushing onto his upright, the ball bouncing back to Sheppard but he could only fire over the top, a free kick then saw Golding find his skipper Dean Lyden but he could only head wide, Potterspury did then double their lead on sixty-three minutes as their guests struggled to clear their lines Adam Kelly charged down an attempted clearance and retrieved out on the wing, he crossed and inbetween two defenders Ditum headed down and into the far bottom corner.

Andy Brunning scores late on for Horwood

Horwood tried to get themselves back in the game with a free kick that Ridgway got to first but he could only head straight at Kelly, a corner shortly after saw Ridgway float his cross in and at the back post Hawkins headed back across goal but no yellow shirts were anywhere near to threaten, the clearance out to Tarrant who pushed up from defence bobbled just as he hit it which lifted the ball high over the top. Back came the home side when Ditum did well down the wing to square inside to Kelly, he bent his effort around McStraw and about a yard wide of the post, then with twelve minutes remaining Pury were reduced to ten men, a foul on Dixon out on the right saw the referee flash a second yellow to Richardson and he was off.

The Pury lead was halved straight from the free kick, played into the box where Brunning got his head to it to divert past Kelly and it was game on, a minute later a run from Ben Thickbroom from defence saw him travel forty yards upfield with the ball, a moment of indecision almost lost him possession however he continued on his run before hitting a dipping drive that bounced up off the crossbar and over the top, Ridgway then slipped a pass through the home backline for Brunning to bear down on goal, his first time effort crashing back off the woodwork and down to Dixon but the bounce too high for the striker to connect cleanly and he could only help it wide.

In added time a long ball downfield saw hesitation plus the weather hinder the yellow backline in their attempts to clear allowing Kelly to get a shot in that McStraw had to save at point blank range, straight back at the opposite end a throw to Horwood was launched high into the box where Kelly advanced through the sea of bodies to climb highest and claim with both hands, his clearance was met by the final whistle to signal that Pury progress in this cup, whilst the sides yet still have to meet home & away in their last few remaining league fixtures. F/T: 2-1

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Horwood midfielder Brandon Bowes:

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PSF; Buckingham Athletic 3-0 Potterspury

Buckingham Athletic – 3

Potterspury – 0

Buckingham Athletic FC

Buckingham Athletic beat Potterspury on Tuesday night to lift the Tony Howard Memorial Shield, in a game that saw the visitors spurn their chances whereas the hosts took theirs when they came along, and goals from Drew Mitten, Chris Stapleton & Sam Olawale meant the home side retain the shield for another year.

New Buckingham manager Neil Griffiths had a large pool of players on show, a blend of players from the last few seasons at Stratford Fields mixed with some who played under him whilst at Olney Town, and it was one of those who opened the scoring on seven minutes, Mitten receiving the ball some twenty yards from goal and he hit a fierce drive giving the Pury keeper no chance whatsoever.

Drew Mitten opened scoring

Eleven minutes later the away side were awarded a penalty for holding inside the area but the spot kick was blasted high into the tree’s behind, and on twenty-seven minutes another Pury chance came back off the crossbar. These chances were rued when ten minutes from the break Stapleton thumped home from a Luca Seminerio cross.

After the break the home side continued to press, Mitten forcing a superb save from the visiting keeper ten minutes in when a goal seemed inevitable, but just a minute later a great solo effort from Olawale saw him collect on the halfway line before advancing and turn a defender before drilling into the back of the net.

Multiple substitutions followed, enabling Griffiths to cast his eyes over his squad for the last time before the Spartan South Midlands league season commences this coming Saturday, and returning from a horrific injury suffered last Christmas Jack Menday thumped a free kick from distance against the Pury post the pick of the action from the remainder of the game. F/T: 3-0

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Tony Howard Memorial Shield: Buckingham Athletic 6 Potterspury 1

Buckingham Athletic wrapped up their pre-season campaign by lifting the Tony Howard Memorial Shield.

Buckingham Athletic – 2017 Tony Howard Memorial Shield winners

In the annual fixture between the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 side and the champions of the North Bucks & District League, Premier Division, it was Potterspury who again visited Stratford Fields to compete for the shield.

Summer signing Chris Stapleton netted a hat-trick, Ben Acquaye scored a brace and Rory Busby were on target for the home side. The prolific Adam Kelly converted from the spot for the visitors.

A useful work out for both teams ahead of their respective 2017-18 campaigns.


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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GALLERY: Middleton Cheney v Potterspury by Dale James

A gallery of the images taken by Dale James of the Potterspury versus Middleton Cheney, Fred Tew Cup final playing on Monday evening (20th March 2017).


Fred Tew Final: Middleton Cheney lift the trophy

By Dale James


Potterspury – 1

Middleton Cheney – 2

An entertaining game saw both sides create plenty of chances but it was Cheney who made theirs count to lift the Fred Tew Cup at Buckingham Athletic on a chilly Monday night.

A total of £78 was raised for charity from the game.

Middleton took an early sixth minute lead when a ball over the Potterspury defence had the entire back line claiming offside but play was waved on, Steve Twynham did not hesitate in crossing into the box where Dan Archer fired home off the underside of the crossbar.

Jack Harrington had Adam Doyle in the Cheney goal at full stretch to tip around his post on nine minutes, and Adam Kelly fired a free kick wide of goal from outside the area. Sheppard then wriggled through a couple of Cheney defenders then from close range screwed his shot wide of Adam Doyles left hand post.

Potterspury continued to attack and Sheppard fizzed the ball across the goal mouth and running in Steve Willetts couldn’t quite get to the ball quick enough and the danger was gone. Just before the break another cross got the slightest of deflections from Willetts and the ball rolled agonisingly wide of the far post.

H/T: 0-1

An early goal mouth scramble in the second period saw a couple of shots blocked by the Middleton defence, and the loose ball fell out to Potterspury skipper Andy Ord who blazed over the bar. James Golding then crossed a superb ball into the box where it was met by the diving head of Sheppard but he could only divert wide.

Cheney almost doubled their lead from a corner when a corner was challenged for by keeper Sam Kelly and Sam Jaffe, the loose ball fell to Tom Mitchell whose drive was blocked on the line by the Pury defence, and Kelly recovered to pounce on the ball.

Dan Archer then almost added to his tally from a long free kick from the Middleton defence, the ball sailed long and the Potterspury defence seemed happy to let the ball go out but Archer didn’t give up and from a tight angle stuck out a boot and the ball looped up and onto the top of the net.

Steve Dean then headed a Potterspury corner wide, before Cheney doubled their lead on seventy three minutes. A ball into the box was sliced up in the air by a defender, Craig Nixon was quickest to latch onto the ball and held off a challenge before firing into the top corner from six yards out.

In added time a handball in the Middleton box gave Potterspury a penalty, and Adam Kelly made no mistake from the spot, but it was too little too late

F/T: 1-2

Fred Tew Final: Potterspury boss Major names his squad ahead of final

Potterspury manager Joe Major has named his squad for his side’s Fred Tew final against Middleton Cheney at Buckingham Athletic Football Club tonight.

The game starts at 7.30pm with all proceeds going to charity.

Sam Kelly
Mo Page
James Golding
Joe Manning
Stuart Deeble
Jack Harrington
Paul Broughall
Andy Ord
Danny Sheppard
Ollie Whittome
Adam Kelly
Dean Lyden
Steve Dean
Steve Willetts
Lewis Blake
Rick Worsfold

BJCC: Horwood opponents to be known next Wednesday

Buckingham Junior Charity Cup holders Great Horwood will discover their final opponents next Wednesday, 2nd November, when Potterspury play Silverstone in the second semi-final.

Kick off at Buckingham Athletic’s Stratford Fields ground is 7.30pm.


BJCC: Potterspury through on penalties

Potterspury are through into the next round of the Buckingham Junior Charity Cup after winning 4-3 on penalties against Towcester tonight.

Adam Kelly

Adam Kelly

The game finished 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes; Adam Kelly giving Potterspury a half-time lead before Towcester levelled in the second period.

NBDFL: Twyford get baptism of fire at Potterspury

By Twyford United FC

Twyford United had a baptism of fire in their first league game following promotion to the North Bucks Premier Division taking a 7-0 thumping away to reigning champions Potterspury.

Three successive promotions had put United in the top flight of the North Bucks structure for the first time since their merger with Calvert in 1992 and they were able to field 2 of their 3 new signings, midfielders Ashley Peacock and Oliver McCabe in the starting 11. Unfortunately 11 was all United were able to travel with from their 18 man squad due to unavailability and injury.

More bad luck followed during the game as injuries to Mike Mcauley and James Underwood further depleted the side with Underwood forced to go in goal having started the game at right back.

Twyford were 4 down at half time and although they played well in patches conceded 3 more in the second half.

There were positives however and United can expect to have decent season with expectations still high.