Saturday 8th December 2018
Buckingham United v Brackley United
Inter Divisional Trophy Knockout Competition
Lace Hill Sports Centre
Buckingham United are back in cup action this weekend as they attempt to bounce back after last week’s exit from the North Bucks & District League intermediate division cup, as they host Brackley United in the interdivisional trophy. Defeat at Lace Hill to Wing last Saturday by the odd goal in five means emphasis shifts to this competition, which will prove a sterner test overall for last year’s division one cup winners, a tough test this week as they welcome unknown Brackley from the second division of the NBDL; a team who are currently third in that division, following just three defeats in their fifteen league games to date. Two divisions may separate these sides, but cup games are great levellers especially on wet sodden pitches!
This week Sports Shots caught up with front man Ryan Guinnane to ask how he feels his season has been up until now:
I feel great so far, my fitness is good & I’m feeling fresh and ready to play! I’ve put in a few good performances and contributed to a few goals which is always a nice feeling
What is Ryan’s best position and system in his opinion?
I think my preferred formation is 4-3-3 as our team love to attack, and I like to play through the middle of that attack
How have United coped since gaining promotion last year?
We’ve coped really well to be fair, we haven’t come up against a team and been out played by a long shot, of course we haven’t won all of our games but have definitely been the better team in those we have lost, other than a charity game against Potterspury first team who have been the only team to beat us convincingly this season. No matter how well you play, there is always room for improvement
What does Ryan make of the current squad, and are they good enough to go up?
With the players that left, the players that have replaced them have made us stronger all round and recent new signing Jason Wilson will be a great asset to us and will help us to pick up some more points throughout the season. I don’t like to pick out individuals because I feel everybody has stepped up, it also helps with the lads having a lot of respect for one another and for our captain Paul Nevin and vice-captain Ricky McAdam. We would all love to give the premier division a go!
We asked Ryan which other teams have impressed so far this season in terms of title challengers:
I think it will be a tight one, with Bletchley Park, Wing and of course Marsh Gibbon all being very good sides, we need a few results to go our way so we can hopefully pip them to it
Defeat at home last week to Wing, how was the game?
Overall we can take a lot from the defeat to them last week, both teams played some good football and I’m pretty sure it would have been a good one to watch, we created more than enough chances to have won the game but the Wing stubborn defence stayed strong to hold on for the win
What is the aim for United this season?
Like I said earlier, as long as some results go our way and we keep picking up points I’m sure we can get promotion, it would be great if we could win the title but promotion is the main aim
Finally, we asked Ryan to look ahead to this week’s game:
We haven’t played this Brackley side this term as they are a second division side, but we never take any game for granted so as long as we’re up for it then we are always going to be hard to beat!
C’mon you bulldogs
Sports Shots would like to thank Ryan for his time this week