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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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CS&TFL,D1: Robins hit four in away win

Buckingham Town returned to winning ways two weeks ago away at a resurgent S&L Corby and moved back into the top five of the United Counties League division one table.

S&L, with new management and a whole new first team were an unknown quantity but the Robins produced some fine football to secure a 4-1 win.

Kelvin Osei-Addo opened the scoring on twelve minutes with a shot that went under the home keeper and five minutes after that had a chance to double his tally after being set up by Dan Silver but wasn’t able to convert.

Kelvin Osei-Addo

The hosts worked hard and looked more than capable of grabbing an equaliser but Buckingham’s defence were in a less generous mood than last week and dealt with any threat that was mounted. Thrussell was quick off his line on three occasions to snuff out probing through balls but it was Buckingham who were pulling the strings with neat and pacey football on a deteriorating surface. Silver fired over the bar from inside the box and Chris Wreh saw his goalbound effort charged down as Town looked to add to their lead.

Gabrielius Judickas

The second goal arrived five minutes before half time when Gabrielius Jucickas hit a venomous shot from the edge of the penalty area that took a deflection on the way in and just before the halftime whistle blew Osei- Addo grabbed his second of the afternoon and his 23rd of the season, bursting into the area and shooting low and hard into the corner of the net.

The second half continued in the same way as the first but with the hosts creating more chances.

On the hour they had two inside a minute, one saved by Thrussell and another dropping the wrong side of the post, and then twice after that strikers found themselves one on one but unable to beat the Robins stopper.

Ryan Thrussell

Buckingham extended their lead further when the returning Danny Simpson came off the bench to finish off a great passage of play, steering the ball low into the net from 15 yards after some impressive build up play.

Thrussell was then called upon to beat away a thunderous shot as S&L searched for a consolation but he was powerless to stop a cross being drilled home off the underside of the bar with five minutes left.

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CS&TFL,D1: INTERVIEW Sam Bearman on Robins trip to S&L Corby

The Robins skipper Sam Bearman has previewed his side’s trip to face S&L Corby in the ChromaSport & Trophies League, Division 1 on Saturday.

Sam Bearman

Bearman told Sports Shots;

Firstly our recent game away to Harrowby Town two weeks ago was a massive disappointment to the team. We went there with a strong squad of 17 and hopes were high as we put 4 past them at home but from the off we were second best to everything from the first whistle! Fair play to them though they wanted it more all over the park. They looked a totally different side from our home game but on the day we just didn’t turn up!

Despite the defeat, Bearman believes the Robins are upbeat.

The mood in camp is still very positive considering a sticky spell over Christmas and new year. I have just come back from training and all the boy’s are looking hungry and fresh from recent games being called off and are looking to get things back on track.

The focus is still on promotion.

Our expectation is, as it has been all season, to take each game as it comes and see where we end up. Obviously looking to better last season and maybe with hard graft from the boy’s and push for that promotion place. The club itself is definitely going in the right direction to play at a higher level of football and if it doesn’t happen this year I’m sure it won’t be far off.

As for myself still enjoying playing for this club at the ripe old age of 43 and hopefully lead the team to a higher finish than last year and sign off in style by getting this club promotion.

Our next 8 games are against teams below us in the league and  I believe we will look to push on now, starting by getting 3 points at S&L Corby on Saturday.

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CS&TFL,D1: Robins leading scorer eyes push for promotion in 2018

Buckingham Town leading scorer Kelvin Osei-Addo is in positive mood as the Robins look to push on for promotion in 2018.

Kelvin Osei-Addo

On Saturday Huntingdon Town visit the fortress that Manor Fields has become with the last team to take a league win was back in November 2016.

The Robins are fourth in division 1, just two points off second with a game in hand.

The former MK Dons man told Sports Shots:

The team are really set up good at the moment, we didn’t finish 2018 how we wanted and we are not where we wanted to be in the league but overall we have had a great first half of the season and want to push on and we know it is still in our hands and we have more than enough games and points to take.

With nineteen goals in 28 games, Osei-Addo has lead the line in a positive manner for Gary Ollard and David Barron’s side.

My season is going good, I’m happy enjoying my football and that’s the main thing, I haven’t scored as much as I have wanted but like I said there is more than enough games left for me to score a lot more goals. I know I’m not at my best but I know what I have to do and I have so much more to give to the team and take my game to the next level. Our home form has been so important for where we are at the moment no one has come and taken points off us in the league and that has been vital wether it’s a win or draw, we know what we have to do at home and we know what we have to do away from home to get the job done. I think keeping our form at home will be crucial come the end of the season and where we finish.

Kelvin Osei-Addo

In closing, the Robins striker added:

As a player speaking for the team I wanna give credit to the management team and the people who work behind the scenes at the club and thank them for what they have done and they deserve so much credit and as players we want to thank them by hopefully getting the club promoted.

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UCLD1; Olney Town 0-0 Buckingham Town

Olney Town – 0

Buckingham Town – 0

The first of the seasons Olney v Buckingham UCL derbies ended goalless on Boxing Day, in a game that saw numerous chances created but neither side really utilising them when they came along, and both keepers not really having that much to do. The away side worked their opposing keeper the hardest, and both sides had very late chances to snatch an unlikely winner, but both had to settle for a point on a bright & sunny afternoon.

Olney started the better side and had the better of the opening twenty minutes or so, but Buckingham came back into the game and after the break looked the more menacing, but the stalemate means Olney finish their Christmas campaign in tenth place & ten points of second in the table, whilst for Buckingham they sit fourth just two points off second albeit with a game in hand. Just four points separate second and seventh in the battle to catch Pinchbeck United at the top.

Olney had the first real chance on eight minutes when Kelvin Igweani burst down the left and attacked the near post, with Jordan Appleton in the middle screaming for the ball Igweani opted to shoot but straight at Ryan Thrussell in the Buckingham goal. The home side continued to press and Appleton saw an effort from the edge of the box again find the gloves of Thrussell.

Buckingham had their first real chance when Kelvin Osei-Addo thumped an effort from just to the right of the goal forcing Olney keeper Jack Taylor to dive away and use both hands to push away for a corner. At the other end Igweani again got down the flank and from just inside the penalty area drove low into the side netting.

Ryan Thrussell kept Olney at bay

A free kick then to the hosts saw it taken quickly into the feet of Kevin Owusu who took the shot first time but again it was comfortable for Thrussell. Olney then had Taylor to thank when a simple ball straight down the middle for Osei-Addo to chase down whilst shoulder to shoulder with a defender saw him shrug off his marker and shoot but Taylor came out and blocked with his legs to deny the opening goal.

Orlando Joao then surged through midfield for Buckingham and shot from the eighteen yard line but Taylor was behind it all the way, before a free kick to Olney was swung in and a whole host of bodies chased the ball but coming in around the back was James Pacifici who stretched every sinew but could not quite get anything on it as it rolled away harmlessly for a goal kick.

Straight down the other end Taylor was again the saviour when a long range shot from Gabrieli Judickas that was flying into the roof of the net was brilliantly tipped over single handedly by the Olney keeper, to keep the scoreline level. H/T: 0-0

An early Gary Thurston cross for the home side early in the second half was too close to Thrussell, whilst Buckingham threatened when Joao fed in Junior Muya but much like the first half the shot was straight at the keeper and comfortable to collect.

The away side started to increase their pressure and a number of half chances in the area were blocked before eventually falling to Jelani Blair who had a shot saved by Taylor. Despite their possession the visitors were not really looking like scoring and a change in tactics saw Chris Wreh taken off with Merdy Maki pushed up from defence with Sam Tamakloe replacing him.

The change almost had an immediate impact when Maki got down the left and squared to Osei-Addo who was unmarked twelve yards out but his first touch let him down and allowed the ball to roll into the gloves of Taylor.

Jack Taylor denies again

Olney were now defending wave after wave of attack, and another saw Joao try to curl into the top corner from the edge of the area but the ball would not come back in enough to threaten, before an Olney attack saw Igweani cross and climbing highest Christian Smail headed straight into Thrussell’s hands.

Both sides had chances in the last four minutes to have won the game, Buckingham had their chance  eighty-six minutes when Osei-Addo found himself twelve yards out facing a one on one with Taylor, but somehow the striker didn’t connect with the ball at all and the keeper fell on the loose ball to smoother.

To typify the game, in added time Olney substitute Jeremiah Adams was set away on goal with a defender in hot pursuit, as he approached goal he just took too many touches instead of getting his shot away and his marker was able to stick out a boot to clear, and the chance gone. F/T: 0-0

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After the match Sports Shots caught up with Olney manager Neil Griffiths: 
And also spoke to Buckingham Town coach Dave Barron: 

For full match photography click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsma8TEUD

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UCLD1; Stephen Gavrovski talks Olney Town v Buckingham Town

Tuesday 26th December 2017

Olney Town v Buckingham Town

United Counties League Division One

East Street

K.O. 1.00pm

Olney Town host Buckingham Town on Boxing Day with both clubs looking to bounce back from week-end defeats, in the first of this seasons UCL Division One Derbies. Both sides can climb the table with a win if other results go their way, and Buckingham can potentially reclaim second spot in the league table with three points in their battle for promotion. An early kick off (1pm) at East Street is eagerly awaited as both sides resume the fight for local pride.

Sports Shots spoke to Buckingham Towns Stephen Gavrovski ahead of the game, and asked what he expects:

We know we need to bounce back on Tuesday, and it’s always a big game when we play Olney. We go into the game after losing on Saturday but we all know what we have to do to put things right again. Both sides will see the game as a must win scenario

Steve Gavrovski

We asked if his squad are confident of getting a result at East Street?

I think with the depth of our squad now, and our strength, we can beat anyone on our day. It will be a battle on Tuesday like it is every year we play them, but I believe we will get back to winning ways and put Saturday behind us

Again, Stephen concentrated on the squad rather than individuals to win the game:

All our players need to turn up and be ready from the first whistle. We are a team and if everyone is on the job and on their game from the off then we will be very difficult to beat

Finally, we looked at the Christmas schedule for players:

Playing on Boxing Day has become the norm since moving to Buckingham, we’ve had this fixture every year since I’ve been here. We enjoy Christmas Day with family & friends but come Boxing Day morning your mind is on the game, it’s an early kick off so there is plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day

Sports Shots would like to thank Stephen for his time this week.

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CS&TFL,D1: Robins 5-star display takes them back into second

By Darren Seaton

The Robins regained second spot in the United Counties League division one table following a five-star performance against Oakham United at Manor Fields on Saturday.

Following a morning inspection the Manor Fields pitch was just about playable and it was a credit to both teams that a decent match took place.

Buckingham forced the issue from the first whistle and Kelvin Osei-Addo was twice thwarted by visiting keeper Tom Beckford inside the first five minutes  but even he was powerless to stop Town’s top scorer sweeping home his 19th goal of the season just a minute later with a shot in off the post.

Buckingham continued to press for the majority of the half but Oakham, under new management and with some new faces in their line up, were dangerous on the break and Thrussell had to be alert on a couple of occasions to snuff out the treat from Oakham’s forwards.

Ryan Thrussell

Beckford continued to play out of his skin, making seven great saves to keep his team in the match until a minute before half time when Orlando Joao doubled Buckingham’s advantage, allowing the ball to run across him before hitting a first time shot into the bottom corner.

Orlando Joao

Oakham’s heads never dropped and they came out for the second half competing for every ball as they tried to get a foothold back in the match.

The in-form Chris Wreh all but ended any ideas of a comeback though as he held off two defenders before shooting low and hard past Beckford and into the net on 68 minutes.

Chris Wreh

The Robins management sensibly made full use of their squad and bought on three substitutes in the final twenty minutes and it was one of those subs, Daniel Silver who marked his introduction with a close range volley with just his second touch of the ball with 16 minutes remaining.

Daniel Silver

Sam Tamakloe almost opened his account for the season as he fired narrowly over the bar from the corner of the penalty area and Wreh had two clear chances to add to his tally but his shots lacked power on the heavy and badly cut up pitch.

It was Silver again who had the last word as he picked up the ball near the penalty spot before turning and drilling home his second of the afternoon in the last minute.

Robins: Ryan Thrussell, Jelani Blair, Stephen Gavrovski, Sam Bearman, Orlando Joao, Merdy Maki, Junior Muya, George Shrieves, Samuel Tamakloe, Chris Wreh, Kelvin Osei-Addo.

Subs: Salam Amoako, Enoch Sare, Daniel Silver

A satisfying afternoon for Town who now face two tough away matches over the holiday period starting with a visit to high flying Rushden and Higham Utd on Saturday and then a Boxing Day clash with local rivals Olney Town at East Street.

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