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UCLD1; Buckingham Town 2-1 AFC Long Buckby (played at Long Buckby – Town’s last ever game)

Buckingham Town – 2

AFC Long Buckby – 1

(played at Long Buckby)

Buckingham Town rounded off their season with a narrow victory at AFC Long Buckby on Monday evening, but left it late to secure all three points with substitute Dan Silver coming off the bench to grab a brace after his side trailed at the break to an early Tom Mellor strike. Long Buckby defied their lowly league status by causing Town problems for most of the match and will feel they should have gained something from the game for their efforts, but once Silver equalised the odds were always on The Robins going on to win the game with their confidence visibly lifted by the goal.

The opening fifteen minutes saw Buckby dominate the play, a cross was headed over by Fahmi Mohammed, and a corner cleared out to Calum Yeates saw the defender curl away from goal from twenty yards out. Buckingham relieved some pressure when George Shrieves drove into the Buckby area though shielded by three defenders he twisted & turned but could not find a way through.

The home side took the lead on fourteen minutes, a throw out on their right saw the ball played in to Mellor, as Town full back Sam Tamakloe went to challenge he slipped allowing Mellor to advance a yard before smashing home past Buckingham custodian Ryan Thrussell.

Another cross was then met acrobatically by Mohammed, but his overhead effort bounced wide, whilst at the other end a cross from Town winger Connor Collins saw Buckby keeper Jason Lee call for the ball, however Sam Bearman crept in unnoticed and got the slightest of touches taking the ball past the keeper and it bounced just a few inches the wrong side of the back post.

Buckingham Town FC 

Buckby almost increased their lead on twenty-four minutes when a throw on their left saw the Buckingham back line so busy contesting the position of the throw that their hosts took it quickly and fed in Simon Barby to race away on goal, his cross cum shot flashed across the box and wide, despite the best efforts of Mohammed who was inches away from connecting in front of goal.

Pat O’Brien was next to try, receiving a pass on the edge of the box he twisted away from his marker before blazing over Thrussell’s crossbar, & home keeper Lee then came to the rescue for his side when a long clearance from a corner threatened to see the Town strike force break the offside trap, meeting the ball way out of his area he headed away to safety.

Mellor saw a long-range shot saved one handed by Thrussell diving away to his right turning away for a corner, and when ever Buckingham had the ball in their half the Buckby front line were hounding them ferociously at such a high tempo, earning them much applause from their bench. Mellor got down the Buckby left late in the half, his ball across the goal face was ahead of any colleagues & cleared, & on the stroke of half-time a long ball upfield saw Barby cushion down to Mohammed who lifted over the top. H/T: 1-0

Just three minutes after the break, George Shrieves made a driving run from the half-way line into the Long Buckby box, again heavily shadowed by two defenders he did manage to get a shot away, but the ball cannoned off a yellow sock and away for a corner. The corner swung right into the goal mouth and attacked by Chris Wreh, but Lee managed to punch up & away, Dan Bevis then fired over the bar from twelve yards.

At the other end the Town defence cleared a cross out as far as O’Brien whose looping shot cleared the crossbar, then just past the hour mark a header from Town centre forward Danny Simpson was heading top corner until Lee leaped to push away brilliantly one handed. Within a minute another looping cross from the Town right saw Simpson again head for goal but this time Lee stuck out a boot at his near post to divert away.

Town piled on the pressure at the end

The hosts were then in again when a ball into the Town half saw Tamakloe slip and lose possession to Barby who headed into the area, as Tamakloe tried to recover he challenged which saw the striker go down giving Charlie Dolden the chance to get back & clear, and despite furious claims for a penalty, the referee waved them all away.

Mellor saw another low drive from the eighteen-yard line turned away by Thrussell, and the game began to open up. A huge goal kick from Lee then set the home side away in behind, despite the claims off offside from the Robins back line the flag stayed down, Barby got his shot away which took the slightest of deflections to flash across goal and away for a corner.

Buckby won a free kick some twenty-five yards from goal which Yeates drove over the crossbar, before a throw saw Mohammed released in behind the Town defence but from six-yards he lifted over the top.

Town equalised with just fifteen minutes left, with a goal the home side were furious was allowed to stand. A challenge in the middle of the pitch saw a Buckby player go down, and whilst all his team mates called for the free kick Collins took the ball on and sent in long for Silver to gallop after, his shot saved by Lee, but the power took the ball into the bottom corner.

Dan Silver scores last ever Robins goal

The goal certainly lifted the visitors and they began sensing a winner, although did have Bevis to thank for two crucial blocks inside his own penalty area when Buckby threatened on two counter attacks, before Collins took on a long searching run at goal but fired straight into the waiting gloves of Lee.

Then in the ninetieth minute Buckby hearts were broken when a long ball into the bottom corner was chased down by Simpson, he turned and fizzed a cross into the area where running in Silver met the ball first to lift past Lee and into the roof of the net. F/T: 2-1

Just three days after the game, Buckingham Town FC announced it was folding with immediate effect.

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After the game Sports Shots caught up with Robins manager David Barron: 

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BREAKING … Buckingham Town Football Club announces closure

It is with great sadness that we announce the news that Buckingham Town Football Club has closed it’s door for the last time.

In a statement released to Sports Shots at 8.30am this morning, the Robins informed us that they have been forced to close.

More reaction to follow.

Buckingham Town FC Statement

In light of the impromptu stepping down of Buckingham Town Chairman Vince Hyde it is with great sadness that the following announcement is being made.

Due to a lack of sponsorship, funding and volunteers Buckingham Town Football Club has no choice but to close its doors with immediate effect.

Any media or press enquiries please contact Vince Hyde.

CS&TFL,D1: Robins draw their final home game of the season

Buckingham Town were held to a 2-2 home draw by third-placed Raunds Town in their final game at Manor Fields on Saturday.

Kelvin Osei-Addo picked himself up after he was fouled to put the Robins ahead from the penalty spot before Raunds equalised.

Ryan Thrussell in the Robins goal made a smart save to keep his side in the game while at the other end the home side went ahead in the second half; Osei-Addo’s shot was saved with the alert Gabrielius Judickas pouncing to slot home the rebound.

Raunds came back again to level before Thrussell’s clearance was charged down with the Robins goalkeeper making a brilliant diving stop to keep his side on level terms in injury time.

Amazingly there was still time for the Robins Daniel Simpson’s hard-drilled shot to hit the underside of the crossbar and somehow not go in before being cleared to safety.

Match images from the game below:

Buckingham Town v Raunds Town

CS&TFL,D1: Robins set to play their final home league Saturday game

Buckingham Town will play their final ChromaSport & Trophies League, Division 1 Saturday home game of the season this afternoon.

Raunds Town are the visitors to Manor Fields as the Robins look for a top six finish.

CS&TFL,D1: Osei-Addo strikes FOUR times as Town record Huntingdon win

Kelvin Osei-Addo struck four times as Buckingham Town romped to a 5-2 victory over Huntingdon Town on Saturday.

Kelvin Osei-Addo

Recently appointed manager David Barron saw his team go back up to seventh in the ChromaSport & Trophies (UCL) League, Division 1 table as they blew their opposition away in the first half.

Osei-Addo was quick to give the Robins a fourth minute lead before scoring again ten minutes later. The striker completed his hat-trick on 31 minutes before Chris Wreh added number four eight minutes before the break.

Chris Wreh

Jones (47) got a goal back for the visitors just after the break.

The Robins striker smashed in his fourth of the game, making it 31 goals in just 35 appearances this campaign, in the 89th minute before the visitors scored a late consolation.

Ryan Thrussell

Buckingham Town: Ryan Thrussell, Enoch Sare, Charlie Dolden, Samuel Tamakloe, Gabrielius Judickas, Daniel Bevis, Lewis Strafford, George Shrieves, Kelvin Osei-Addo, Chris Wreh, Daniel Simpson.

Subs: Raheem Khan, Tobi Shoyoye, Levi Squillance,  Maxwell Dunwell.

Enoch Sare

NEXT UP: Buckingham Town head to Bourne Town this Saturday.

CS&TFL,D1: Gary Ollard stands down as manager of Buckingham Town – Barron takes charge

Gary Ollard has resigned as manager of Buckingham Town Football Club due to personal reasons.

The Robins revealed the news to Sports Shots this evening with Ollard’s assistant David Barron taking over.

David Baron (left) and Gary Ollard.

After being appointed on 13th May 2016, Ollard lead the Robins to fifth place in the ChromaSport & Trophies League, Division 1 table in his first season at the helm, 2016-17. A good run in the FA Vase saw the Robins reach the first round proper before being edged out in a nine-goal game at Bedfont.

This season the Robins have enjoyed another positive campaign and currently sit in ninth place in the Division 1 table, with games in hand that could again lead to another top five finish.

Gary Ollard; September 2017 manager of the month for the ChromaSport & Trophies League, Division 1.

Sports Shots would like to thank Gary Ollard for all the help and support he gave our website during his time at the Robins and wish him well in the future.

Nathan Tshikuna celebrates his goal for Buckingham Town against Long Buckby much to the joy of Robins manager Gary Ollard.

Buckingham Town FC -Statement

Gary Ollard has resigned as manager of Buckingham Town.

Yesterday’s 9-1 defeat against second bottom Oakham Utd was a very difficult day for the club. Ollard’s resignation was not as a direct result of yesterday’s defeat but to due personal reasons.

Buckingham Town FC would like to thank Gary for his hard work and commitment to the cause for the last two years, it has not been easy for those trying to keep the club alive and Gary’s input has been much appreciated by us all. We wish him all the very best.

Ollard’s assistant Dave Barron will step up to become first team manager for the remaining matches of the season.

UCLD1; Nurserymen look forward to derby day

Monday 2nd April 2018

Buckingham Town v Olney Town

United Counties League Division One

Manor Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Olney Town travel the short distance to Manor Fields to face Buckingham Town on Monday for the local derby, and will be confident they can get a result to continue their recent good form that has seen just one defeat in their last eight games. Just three points separate the two sides but their hosts currently have four games in hand so victory is much needed if they are to keep Town below them.

Ahead of the game, Sports Shots caught up with Nurserymen Jason Crawley & Gary Thurston, and asked Jason how tough it is playing Buckingham Town:

It will be a tough game as any derby is in football. I’ve never played at Manor Fields before but from what I’ve heard the pitch isn’t great but I’m still looking forward to playing there for the first time

Gary also relishes the derby:

I love a derby game, most of us have friends who play for the opposition so it’s an even better feeling to beat not only your local rivals but your mates as well. Although saying that I’m still not convinced this standard of football should be played on Boxing Day or at Easter, having to run around with a belly full of roast dinner or crème eggs is not ideal!

Gary Thurston

We asked Gary what the secret has been behind Olney’s recent good run:

I think training has been a massive part of it. Conditions have been so bad that we have been training at Power League with at least fourteen players attending each week. I think the lads are less likely to throw an excuse in when its power league over a fitness session in the mud. We have a good crack up there which helps with team bonding

Jason discussed the confidence in the team:

We are very confident at the moment as we have only lost once in eight games. Our good result at Harrowby last week helped keep things going nicely, we’d have liked a win Saturday at home to Burton to take that little extra confidence into Monday’s game, but it wasn’t to be

We asked Jason how he sees the season panning out in terms of league position for both clubs:

We are above them at the moment but they do have those games in hand, but I honestly believe if we beat them on Monday then we will remain above them come the end of the season. They had a great start to the season but they’ve lost their momentum so I honestly cannot see anything but a win for us Monday, and a strong finish to our season resulting in us finishing higher in the table

Olney Town v Buckingham Town December 2017

Gary reflected on the positives of the season, and where points were dropped:

To be honest we haven’t really studied the table in recent weeks, we’ve simply agreed to have a real good go for the remainder of the season, win every game and then see where we end up. I think at the end of the season we’ll reflect on a season that should have been better, we have taken points off all teams in the top half, beating teams like Pinchbeck & Raunds, but unfortunately we’ve slipped up against teams lower in the table, and that’s what has cost us

Both players look back at their own personal season, firstly Gary:

My season has been up and down, the manager brought in a few new players over the summer which meant the start of the season saw me wearing the sub suit more than the playing shirt. I played a few games in the reserves to keep my fitness levels up & worked to get back into the first team. I feel my performances have mirrored that of the team, not consistent enough. As a defender, even playing at this standard if you make a mistake it could cost you the game. Having Ben Hill on the side lines has helped as you know he is always watching you and doesn’t hold back, letting us know when our standards drop. I haven’t got on the score sheet yet, so there’s a massive fine coming my way at the end of the season if that doesn’t change

Jason has a similar view:

It’s been up & down for me, at the start of the season I was in the squad but took a while to break into the starting eleven. Then in the middle part of the season I wasn’t available for training and a couple of games and rightfully found myself in the reserves getting minutes. But now I’m back in the first team where I think I belong, and I do love playing in this team. We have a very strong squad when everyone is available, and I’d like to give huge credit to the manager Neil Griffiths and his assistant Ben Hill for this season, a lot of times our squad has changed dramatically from one week to the next but they have always managed to get a team together when it would possibly have been easier to say no game as we have no team. Which recently we are seeing a lot of in the UCL with teams unable to field a full eleven

Jason Crawley

Rounding up, we asked Jason if he had any good memories against Buckingham:

I honestly don’t have many memories as this is my first season at Olney, so I’ve only faced them once which was the goalless draw at Christmas. I did play UCL football for Whitworths a few years ago & faced them a few times then, but that was a long time ago and I can’t really remember much about it, must be old age!

And Gary looked at the players he feels will make the difference for Olney:

It’s no secret how dangerous Drew Mitten can be when he’s on form, he’s a massive player for us and has been all season (excluding when he left us for two games). I also think Smail is untouchable in most games and miles above any other centre midfield player I’ve seen this season. Tapps (Robert Tapp) can play a huge part in Monday’s game, he’s a solid defender and although he doesn’t stop moaning you can’t question his passion on the field. I don’t usually like to name individuals because everyone needs to be on form for the game, from Jack in goal to Pas (James Pacifici) on the bench, we all have a part to play

Sports Shots would like to thank both Jason & Gary for their time this week

UCLD1; Robins frontman looking forward to derby day

Monday 2nd April 2018

Buckingham Town v Olney Town

United Counties League Division One

Manor Fields

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Town play just their third league game of 2018 at Manor Fields on Easter Monday, when they host local rivals Olney Town, and will be looking to get points on the board and more importantly some confidence as they go into their final eight games of the season. Town haven’t tasted victory since February, and a win over their closest rivals would be the ideal way to get back on track.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with leading scorer Kelvin Osei-Addo, and asked how much the squad look forward to the derby:

We look forward to every game but as this is our local derby and we are at home we look forward to it even more. There is always that different feeling to any other game, as it’s the derby, and we don’t want to lose

How difficult has the recent run been for the team:

The last four games have been really tough, but so has the second part of the season. It’s been up and down but we know we are good enough to get back on track and finish the season strongly

Kelvin Osei-Addo

With Town having games in hand on Olney they can go above them, does Kelvin think they can finish higher:

Yes I do see us finishing above Olney and with the games we have in hand on other teams above us I know we can finish above all of those also, it’s in our hands and we know what we have to do

We asked Kelvin what he would consider a good finishing position for Town:

I think finishing in the top four would be a good finish for us, especially after how this part of the year has gone for us

Finally, we asked how Kelvin feels his own personal season has been:

Personally it hasn’t been the best season for me, but I know there’s enough games left for me to try and score in & help the club finish the season strongly

Sports Shots would like to thank Kelvin for his time this week

CS&TFL,D1: Injury-time Lutterworth goal denies Robins of victory

An injury-time goal saw Buckingham Town held at Lutterworth Athletic in the ChromaSport & Trophies League, Division 1 on Saturday.

Jack Astill put the home side ahead as early as the 4th minute.

The Robins fought back in the second half with leading scorer Kelvin Osei-Addo netting an equaliser in the 68th minute.

Kelvin Osei-Addo

Osei-Addo put the visitors ahead with just six minutes remaining with his 27th strike of the campaign.

Lutterworth grabbed a 92nd minute equaliser as Dominic Ivens scored.

The Robins had Lewis Strafford sent off.

Buckingham town: Ryan Thrussell, Merdy Maki, Levi Squillance, Junior Muya, Gabrielius Judickas, George Shrieves, Lewis Strafford, Samuel Tamakloe, Daniel Simpson, Kelvin Osei-Addo, Daniel Silver.

Subs: Tobi Shoyoye, Maxwell Dunwell, Raheem Khan.

UCLD1; Robins going hunting for points

Saturday 24th February 2018

Huntingdon Town v Buckingham Town

United Counties League Division One

Jubilee Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Buckingham Town take the trip up to Huntingdon on Saturday looking to get their season back on track after the recent weather has restricted them to just three games since the turn of the new year. With numerous games in hand on the teams above them, Town have slipped down to ninth in the division one table, and with Huntingdon just two places behind them, a win is much needed on Saturday.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots spoke with Town assistant manager David Barron:

Unfortunately I wasn’t at the game last week-end where we lost 2-1 at home to Burton Park Wanderers which simply wasn’t good enough. We went down to ten men early on which didn’t help, and it is most important that we get back to winning ways this week. This will be just our fourth game of this year, so we haven’t had any chance to get any sort of rhythm going, and as a result we’ve dropped down the league table.

We have a fair few games in hand, but only positive results will put us back in the mix at the top of the division. Saturday’s game is the re-arranged fixture from earlier in the season, where we were 2-0 up before the game got abandoned. Hopefully the boys can take confidence from that and look to take all three points.

Our squad has been stretched a bit thin of late, even with the lack of games we are still suffering with injuries. But we have no excuses when we get there as we know our squad can compete with anyone if we have the right attitude on the day

David Barron with manager Gary Ollard

Sports Shots would like David for his time this week.