TVCWFL D1; Buckingham Athletic Ladies 6-0 Launton Ladies

Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 6
Launton Ladies – 0

17.03.2019

Buckingham Athletic Ladies cantered to victory against Launton at Stratford Fields against a side that could not fulfil their full starting eleven positions, full credit to the ten that did turn up and play despite being manager less after a recent resignation, their misery compounded just before kick-off when they had to borrow a clubhouse patron to run the line for them. The game started under dark clouds which cleared to warm the Sunday afternoon atmosphere but by the interval those in attendance were sent scurrying for cover as the heavens opened, throw in some hailstones and a rapid drop in temperature which saw the away side forced to enjoy their fifteen minute half time break camped inside their dug out for cover, but just as soon as the rain had come the clouds cleared and the rest of the game was played out under blue skies and warm sunshine. Three strikes in each half for Carmen Robinson’s side were testament to how dominant an afternoon it was, they were even afforded a penalty to be saved quite brilliantly by visiting keeper Kate Williamson in the second period, more pleasing for the home manager was to see the goals shared around the side with five different scorers.

The game took a while to get going and it wasn’t until the twelfth minute that a shot in anger was fired, a half clearance from the Launton defence only found Sam Jolley to the right of goal from where she drove wide, their next move saw Evie Hawkins on the eighteen yard line slip a pass through the defence for Courtney Crawley to connect & score however a raised flag denied any celebration, then just before the quarter hour mark she did open the scoring when cutting in from the right touchline to drift past her marker and from the edge of the six yard box drill low inside the far post. The lead was doubled within three minutes of the opener when a free kick floated into the area by Rosie Hubbard was blocked by Williamson initially but Danielle Crossley fed the loose ball out to Jade Copas who went for goal, the keeper got back to save on her line but couldn’t hold on and Nicole Britten was on hand to fire home.

Lily Hamp fires home

A ball played down the centre of the field saw Hawkins away but with a defender on her shoulder she had to battle to get an inch of space in which time the goalie was off her line to bravely dive at the strikers feet, a rare Launton attack was brought to halt inside the Ath half and Crawley released on a quick counter attack where she made some ground before squaring inside to Britten who fired straight at the visiting custodian, a moment later the same routine saw the visitor’s struggle to contain the Buckingham winger who again found the same team mate who from the angle fired wide of the far upright, Hawkins then received a pass just inside the box with her back to goal where she held off a defender then turning and firing straight into the waiting gloves of Williamson, Lily Hamp was next to try her luck from twenty yards but again the keeper was behind it all the way.

The attacks were relentless and a poor clearance allowed Copas to shoot from close range which was denied by a boot on the line, Hamp put the ball back over the defence but again Williamson got blocked where from twelve yards Britten lifted over the crossbar much to her own disbelief, but then just after the half-hour mark a third finally arrived when a Jolley free kick found Hawkins whose effort was saved again on the line but it rolled out to Hamp on the six yard line who slotted home inside the near post. With eight minutes of the half left Launton had their first real chance of the game when a ball downfield eluded Georgina Howells allowing Ali Clarke a clear run at Ellen Fenables in the Ath goal, however she simply lifted straight into the keepers hands, at the opposite end Copas seized on a stray pass in the centre circle to advance before firing into Williamson’s hands. H/T: 3-0

Within one hundred and twenty seconds of the restart Buckingham had their fourth when a Hubbard free kick into the box eluded the Launton custodian and first to react was Hawkins who knocked home, just three minutes after the fourth came the fifth after good work down the flank from Crawley who squared inside to Britten, her low shot was well saved by Williamson but she only pushed into the path of Copas who rifled home. Encouraged by their second half opening the hosts sensed more & Jordan Heron burst forward from midfield & after evading a first challenge she looked set to shoot until a second defender came across to help out and got the slightest of deflections to stun it, Crawley almost increased her tally for the afternoon getting down the left and drifting along the by line before her curling effort around the keeper just wouldn’t bend in enough.

The weather turned for the worse

Just past the hour mark it was six when Launton struggled to get the ball away to safety and Anna Thompson charged down a clearance, her shot deflected off a defender to Crossley who was challenged and the loose ball fell kindly to Hawkins who despite being off balance managed to chip over Williamson into the roof of the net. The remaining half an hour didn’t see any further goals although Ath created enough chances to score as many again, Heron had another drive forward from midfield but her final touch just a little too heavy allowing the keeper to advance and smoother at her feet, Jolley released Hawkins with a defence splitting pass that saw the leading scorer flash across goal and inches wide of the far upright, & Hubbard tried her luck from twenty-five yards but too straight to trouble the shot stopper.

A diagonal pass into the box saw Britten hammer into the side netting from close range, whilst a Heron corner was met at the near post by Philippa Burge who diverted about a foot wide of her own goal frame, as the game drifted towards its latter stages Crawley won her side a penalty when she was played inside the eighteen yard area but a defenders trailing leg brought her down, after much deliberation she was elected to take the spot kick which Williamson did brilliantly down to her right to save. Britten saw a curling shot from the edge of the penalty arc caught by the away keeper, within a minute Copas did exactly the same after her initial effort was charged down, the final action saw another Heron corner find Hawkins who only managed to get under the cross and head up and over the top. F/T: 6-0

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MK Sunday League inviting new clubs for 19/20 season + Ten new enquiries received

Milton Keynes Sunday League have already received enquiries from ten new clubs for next season.

The league which encourages fair play continues to thrive, welcome enquiries from any club who may be interested in joining for 2019/20.

Dates have been set for April and May to meet with potential clubs.

The league would also like to hear from organisations who would be interested in offering sponsorship.

All enquiries to Ron James on rgjref@sky.com

SSMFL; INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF 18.03.2019 – South Midlands League update #59

THE INANE RAMBLINGS FROM UP NORFF
 ‘NOWT SO QUEER AS YORKSHIRE FOLK’
BY KAREN BROWNE

 

The Views Expressed Are Solely My Own, Are Written Tongue In Cheek

And Should Be Taken With A Pinch Of Salt

 

For the second Saturday in succession the gentle breeze caused a few problems for the 20 SSML fixtures.

SATURDAY’S HEADLINES

Harefield United are storming their way to a return to the Premier Division and now stand within twelve points of achieving their goal. In Division Two only a gale can blow Bovingdon off course to claiming the title. Stotfold’s brief spell off the bottom ended as they lost out to Cockfosters. Saturday’s 20 games seeing 74 goals (an average of 3.70 per game). Brandon McKenna (Enfield Borough) the day’s top marksman with three.

 

16 March Stats: 20 games played of which 11 were home wins, 6 were away wins and 3 draws.

 

(Most League Wins – all Divisions): 28 Harefield United 24 Broadfields United 22 Tring Athletic.

(Most League Draws – all Divisions): 11 Edgware Town 10 Oxhey Jets, Leighton Town 9 Colney Heath, Wembley.

(Most League Defeats – all Divisions): 25 Hatfield Town 21 Cockfosters 20 Brimsdown, Clean Slate.

 

Average Saturday Goals: 3.94 (3626 goals from 920 games).

 

Unbeaten:

(Division One League): Harefield United.

 

Most Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 85 Biggleswade FC.

(Division One League): 97 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 75 Bovingdon.

(U25 Development Division League): 40 Kempston Rovers Development.

Most Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 78 Cockfosters.

(Division One League): 94 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 83 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 42 Ampthill Town Development.

Fewest Goals Conceded:

(Premier Division League): 28 Hadley.

(Division One League): 27 Harefield United.

(Division Two League): 15 Old Bradwell United.

(U25 Development Division League): 9 Buckingham Athletic Development.

Fewest Goals Scored:

(Premier Division League): 29 Stotfold.

(Division One League): 32 Hatfield Town.

(Division Two League): 14 Clean Slate.

(U25 Development Division League): 13 Ampthill Town Development.

 

Saturday’s Highest Attendances: 218 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic, 77 Colney Heath v Edgware Town and 70 Risborough Rangers v Hillingdon Borough.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Premier Division Clubs): 557 Biggleswade FC v Windsor (FA Vase), 527 Biggleswade FC v Stowmarket Town (FA Vase) and 323 Biggeswade United v Biggleswade FC.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division One Clubs): 351 Winslow United v Easington Sports (FA Cup), 318 Harefield United v Broadfields United and 257 Harefield United v Winslow United.

 

Season’s Highest Attendances to date (Division Two Clubs): 121 Bovingdon v Biggleswade United (League Challenge Trophy), 101 Aston Clinton v Pitstone & Ivinghoe, 92 Bovingdon v Old Bradwell United.

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Premier Division Clubs): 26 Alex Marsh (Biggleswade FC), Ashton Campbell (Tring Athletic) 21 Aaron McLeish (North Greenford United FC) 20 David Parkinson (Biggleswade United), Danny Webb (Potton United).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division One Clubs): 30 Leonard Farhall (Harefield United) 28 Tage Kennedy (Enfield Borough) 27 Sean Peter (Hillingdon Borough).

 

Season’s Leading Goalscorers to date (Division Two Clubs): 31 Joshua Smith (MK Gallacticos) 29 Nathan Skelton (Mursley United) 21 Albie Hall (Pitstone & Ivinghoe), Matthew Standen (Bovingdon).

 

Saturday 16th March

 

PREMIER DIVISION

The pick of the day’s Premier Division fixtures saw leaders Tring Athletic travelling to Leighton Town and spurned on by a crowd of 218 they edged the game by the odd goal in five and thus opened up a three point lead in the title race, the winner from George Ironton coming from a wind assisted deflection. With the weather putting paid to the chasing pack behind Tring it gave Baldock Town the opportunity to close the gap and they gleefully accepted the chance with a 2-0 success at Leverstock Green. Oxhey Jets were stunned by two late goals at Arlesey Town to finally go down 2-4. Wembley were held 2-2 at home by Crawley Green who had just the bare eleven players after injuries hot their squad. At the bottom it was 19th v 20th as Stotfold welcomed Cockfosters in a big ‘six-pointer’, and it was the visitors who edged it by the odd goal in three and thus sent the hosts back to the wooden spoon position. The day’s remaining game saw Colney Heath winning 2-0 at home against Edgware Town. Full results and goalscorers are listed below.

4-2 Arlesey Town v Oxhey Jets (Mead, Lamond, Browne, Hatch) / (Johnson, Giordmaina) Attendance: 56

2-0 Colney Heath v Edgware Town (Blunden, Clarke-Mardel [pen]) Attendance: 77

2-3 Leighton Town v Tring Athletic (Adams, Fredericks [pen]) / (Campbell [2], Ironton) Attendance: 218

0-2 Leverstock Green v Baldock Town (Ngwala, Payne) Attendance: 43

1-2 Stotfold v Cockfosters (Francis) / (Mosanya, Beattie) Attendance: 58

2-2 Wembley v Crawley Green (Ebonine, Lendore-Martin) / (Oyeniran [2]) Attendance: 29

 

DIVISION ONE

Leaders Harefield United had to come from behind twice at Buckingham Athletic before securing maximum points with a 4-2 win and thus ensuring a top two finish. Second placed Broadfields United kept up their faint championship hopes with a 3-0 win at home against Bedford. Winslow United came from a goal down to defeat relegation bound Hatfield Town 3-1. Rayners Lane and visiting FC Broxbourne Borough served up a nine goal thriller with the hosts winning 6-3. Amersham Town gave themselves further hope in beating the drop with a 2-0 home success against Park View. Hillingdon Borough have now gone seven games without a win following Saturday’s 1-3 reverse at Risborough Rangers. Langford’s long trek to Enfield Borough proved fruitless as the hosts ran out comfortable 5-1 winners. In the days other action Ampthill Town saw off the challenge of visiting Brimsdown by three goals to one. Full results and goalscorers (where known) are listed below.

2-0 Amersham Town v Park View (Evans [2]) Attendance: 14

3-1 Ampthill Town v Brimsdown (Cerminara, Cooksley, Dillon) / (Sosanya) Attendance: 41

3-0 Broadfields United v Bedford (Gardner [2], Mboto) Attendance: 37

2-4 Buckingham Athletic v Harefield United (Farmer, Carter) / (Pacquette, Mangan, Jordan, Shaw) Attendance: 45

5-1 Enfield Borough v Langford (McKenna [3], Kennedy, Opoku) / (Unknown) Attendance: 20

6-3 Rayners Lane v FC Broxbourne Borough (Harris [2], Maher, Bevan, D Hastings, De La Salle) / (Unknown) Attendance: 30

3-1 Risborough Rangers v Hillingdon Borough (Urquhart, Pekun, Wylie) / (Jula) Attendance: 70

3-1 Winslow United v Hatfield Town (Freshwater [2] [1 pen],Karwacinski) / (Draper) Attendance: 58

 

DIVISION TWO

Bovingdon continue to blow away their opponents as they march on towards the title, this time it was Mursley United in the firing line, Bovingdon securing a 3-1 win. Second placed Berkhamsted Raiders travelled to third placed Aston Clinton and a very tight game was settled by a solitary goal for the hosts. It was honours even at Old Bradwell United where they were held to a 1-1 draw with local rivals MK Gallacticos. At the bottom Clean Slate will face re-election for the third time in four years following a 0-2 defeat at New Bradwell St Peter FC. The day’s other action saw Grendon Rangers winning 1-0 at Sarratt. Full results and goalscorers listed below.

1-0 Aston Clinton v Berkhamsted Raiders (Brown) Attendance: 20

1-3 Mursley United v Bovingdon (Skelton) / (Thurgood, Deadman, Matthew Standen) Attendance: Unknown

2-0 New Bradwell St Peter FC v Clean Slate (Whitcombe, Davey) Attendance: 25

1-1 Old Bradwell United v MK Gallacticos (Valentine) / (Lobjoit) Attendance: 43

0-1 Sarratt v Grendon Rangers (Adam) Attendance: 36

 

U25 DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

The day’s only Development fixture saw Biggleswade United U23 make the long trip to Holmer Green Development U25 and return home with a share of the points following a 2-2 draw. Full result and goalscorers (where known) listed below.

2-2 Holmer Green Development U25 v Biggleswade United U23 (Unknown) / (Unknown) Attendance: Unknown

 

AND FINALLY

Whilst clubs moan at referees spare a thought for Bradford in League One. Saturday saw them victims of a bizarre situation.

There’s drama and then there’s this – five minutes of total confusion over whether a stoppage-time Oxford goal would stand, or be ruled out to award Bradford a penalty.

Here’s our best understanding of the situation:

90+3 mins – Bradford unsuccessfully appeal for a penalty as Liam O’Brien goes down under a challenge six yards out as he shoots wide.

90+4 mins – Oxford take a quick goal kick and go down the other end to score through Jamie Mackie.

90+5 mins – After consulting his assistant, referee Andy Davies rules the goal out and goes back to award Bradford a penalty.

90+8 mins – Minutes later, Davies changes his mind and finally awards Oxford the goal.

The outcome means Bradford stay bottom of League One, seven points behind Oxford, who move out of the drop zone as a result of the decision.

Needless to say, Bantams boss Gary Bowyer wasn’t best pleased.

“I’ve never seen anything like it – not just as a football manager, but in my life. I’m not being funny, but I still can’t understand what’s gone on.”

His opposite number Karl Robinson sympathised: “If I was Gary, I’d be devastated – I don’t know what’s gone on.

“We have to speak to you [the media] within 30 minutes, but we can’t speak to the referee for 30 minutes. How stupid is that?”

 

Remember to tune into Three Counties Radio (Herts, Beds & Bucks) and a show all about local non-league football- The show is live every Monday evening from 7.00pm – 8.00pm and is the perfect opportunity to catch up with our local non-league scene at all levels. Both presenters of the show are on twitter, and to follow what’s coming up in the next show make sure you give them a follow, Ollie Bayliss is @Ollie_Bayliss and Luke Ashmead is @Ashmead72.

 

A reminder from Potton United Secretary Bev Strong, Bev has posted the following – In 7 days I am stepping well out my comfort zone by running a half marathon so if you can spare a pound or two please sponsor me. I am running the Landmarks Half Marathon for Tommy’s, the baby charity because they have been tremendous support to a good friend. Having only taken up running 2 years ago and vowing to never run more than 10k (6 miles) I was asked to join this team and could not possibly say no.  I am the oldest of the team and the least fit as the majority are all football referees but it will be the knowledge that I am collecting a lot of sponsors and doing this for a good friend that I hope will get me round.

 

UP OR DOWN

Who can go up or down

 

PREMIER DIVISION

Champions: Current leaders 70

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 67

Biggleswade FC (94), Tring Athletic (91), Hadley (88), Biggleswade United (83), Baldock Town (75), Potton United (70), Arlesey Town (70), Colney Heath (69)

Relegation: Current safety 44

Cockfosters (39), Stotfold (43), Leverstock Green (50), Wembley (51), London Tigers (52), Edgware Town (56), North Greenford United FC (57), Harpenden Town (58), London Colney (59), Crawley Green (61), Leighton Town (61)

 

DIVISION ONE

Champions: Current leaders 86

Harefield United (104) or Broadfields United (96)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 75

Harefield United (104), Broadfields United (96), Winslow United (85), Bedford (76)

Relegation: Current safety 51

Hatfield Town (31), Codicote (50), Amersham Town (51), Brimsdown (52), Milton Keynes Robins FC (56), Park View (58), Wodson Park (61), Ampthill Town (61), Hillingdon Borough (62), Rayners Lane (65), Enfield Borough (66), Risborough Rangers (68), London Lions (69), Langford (69), Buckingham Athletic (76)

 

 DIVISION TWO

Champions: Current leaders 56

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64) or Berkhamsted Raiders (56)

Runners Up: Current 2nd place 47

Bovingdon (71), Old Bradwell United (64), Berkhamsted Raiders (56), Aston Clinton (54), Pitstone & Ivinghoe (50)

Re-election: Current safety 25

Clean Slate plus one of following – The 61FC (Luton) (24), Sarratt (29) or New Bradwell St Peter (36)

Note:

Figures in brackets denote maximum points that can be won.

Division One runners-up promotion places will be the nine best runners-up from the Step 6 divisions on a points per game basis.

NBDL; Potterspury 2-1 Great Horwood

Potterspury – 2

Great Horwood – 1

16.03.2019

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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SL D1C; Barton Rovers 2-4 Thame United

BARTON ROVERS 2 (Clayton 14,  Osobu 57)
THAME UNITED 4 (Goss 23, Gledhill 36, West 51, Tack 65)

Saturday 16/3/19
15:00
Sharpenhoe Road, Barton
Weather – 13 Celsius, Windy

Report & images by Carl Catling

*** STARTING LINE UPS ***
Barton Rovers – Malone (gk), Goodman, Jones, Bailey, Andrews (cpt), Close, Osobu, Spence, Clayton, Phillips, Williams
Subs used – Hartley, Gibson
Thame United – Hill (gk), Peake-Pijnen, Lynn, Essex, Gledhill, Tutton, Tack, Sturgess (cpt), Goss, West, Fasanmade
Subs used – Martin, Carter

 

*** MATCH STATS ***-
Shots on Target – Barton Rovers 5 –  8 Thame United
Corners – Barton Rovers  2 –  4 Thame United
Yellow cards – Barton Rovers  0 –  1 Thame United

Today saw a return to the starting line up for Thame’s Dan West. Also due to injury Peake-Pijnen was handed a starting position at right back showing his versatility within the side. Both sides were surprised by the strong winds at Sharpenhoe Road and knew they would face a difficult day ahead.
In the first 6 minutes of the game both sides had equal amounts of possession. Ten minutes into the match West held the ball up before passing wide to Fasanmade who was able to put in a left footed cross with venom which was neither attacked or defended which went out of play. At this time Barton appeared nervous at the back and unsure how to cope with the runs and pace of Fasanmade.
It took a while but Barton did create a move when a long ball towards Osobu on the left allowed him to run at the defence before squaring a pass towards Clayton which did deflect up into the air. Thame’s Hill was grounded which resulted in an easy tap in for Barton’s number nine Clayton. Barton then shortly after had a goal disallowed for offside in a period of play when Thame were dropping deeper even with Goss having to support defensively in midfield. Thame continued to search for a way back into the game, and Peake-Pijnen nearly brought the away side back level when a left footed strike from distance went over the bar.
Thame were nearly awarded a penalty but the appeal was rejected when it appeared Andrews had handballed inside his own penalty box. Despite no penalty Thame got hold of possession from a clearance and passed towards Goss inside the box, who turned with the ball and fired a shot away quickly which went underneath Malone to make it 1-1. Barton followed this by Clayton being one on one with Essex. Clayton managed to go past Essex before Hill forced Clayton to dribble the ball wide of him before getting a shot away which hit the outside of the post and wide. Barton had began to try and play on the counter and break forward in numbers when possible to put pressure on the Thame defence. Towards the end of the half Tack put in a dangerous corner which was not dealt with resulting in the ball bouncing up into the air and a firm header by Gledhill hit a defender but crossed the line to give Thame the lead for the first time in the game. It should be noted that Thame’s Peake-Pijnen had a great first half at right back with his positional play and decisions made. Barton ended the half playing at a higher tempo and finding space off the ball. West nearly extended the lead when  his run off the ball meant he was one on one with the goalkeeper and attempted to lift the ball over Malone but failed to do so. The first half was a story of equal chances but Thame being more efficient with their end product inside the box.

HT Score – Barton Rovers 1 – 2 Thame United

It was a slow start for the first five minutes, before West had another opportunity to loft the ball over Malone but was unable to score. Although West missed chances with his feet, he was able to head the ball onto the bar and in by leaping above the defender from Fasanmade’s corner from the right to make it 1-3. It took a decision from the linesman to award the goal. The Thame side were jubilant on the pitch. Thame nearly extended their lead when a superbly weighted long ball by Lynn up the left flank reached West who dribbled infield before passing square to a running Tutton who hit the ball wide before it was eventually cleared. Barton then had a period of putting in multiple crosses but time and time again no one could get on the end of them much to the Dugouts frustration. An excellent run on the right by Williams led to him switching play left to Osobu who hit the ball firmly past Hill to give Barton hope in the game. Thame’s captain Sturgess could be heard passing on words to his players to ‘concentrate and relax’. Barton’s Clayton found space on the right and a diagonal ball to him was hit wide of the post with Thame’s Hill watching the ball go wide. The match was sealed for Thame when Tack’s sublime second half display led to his shot from 30 years being deflected and lobbing the goal keeper to make it 2-4 on the day to Thame. The goal gave the Thame side confidence and an increase in their work rate off the ball in order to see off Barton Rovers. There was a late scare for Thame when West went into a 50/50 challenge and came off worse. This led to a large stoppage in play but West appeared to run it off and continue. In the last 15 minutes Barton were attempting to play the ball behind the defenders but with not much joy following Clayton being substituted. Thame were able to slow play down in the final few minutes and manage the game until the final whistle.

FT Score – Barton Rovers 2 – 4 Thame United

The result ended a brilliant week for Thame United. As three points proved invaluable in the playoff picture. Thame move up to fifth in the table due to results elsewhere in the division going in Thame’s favour. It has to be said that Thame showed great determination and team work for this away win. Barton will be disappointed to not have taken early chances in the first half which made the defeat a tough one to take.

*** NEXT GAME ***
Thame United v Coleshill Town
Saturday 23/3/19
15:00
ASM Stadium, Thame

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SSMFL D2: Brown goal helps Aston Clinton defeat Raiders as 3rd beat 2nd!

In the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 game of the day, third placed Aston Clinton defeated a Berkhamsted Raiders side who started the day in second position.

David Brown

The winning goal came from Clinton substitute David Brown.

SSMFL D2: Adam strike takes Grendon Rangers up to seventh

Grendon Rangers are up to seventh in the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 2 table.

Mohammed Adam

Mohammed Adam’s strike gave Rangers a 1-0 win at Sarratt.

SSMFL D1: Ath edged out by unbeaten league leaders

Buckingham Athletic came close to inflicting the first defeat of the season on unbeaten Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 leaders, Harefield United, but eventually suffered a narrow defeat.

Ash Farmer

Ash Farmer opened the scoring a minute after the break but the visitors fought back to level on 55 minutes.

Robbie Carter soon had the Athletic back in front as his fired in his 18th goal of the season in the 61st minute.

Their lead lasted six minutes as Harefield equalised for the second time in the game before going ahead on 73 minutes.

Harefield grabbed their fourth ten minutes from time.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for his updates.

SSMFL D1: United come from behind for victory at WIND-slow

Winslow United came from behind to defeat Hatfield Town 3-1 in horrendous conditions at Elmfields Gate on Saturday afternoon.

Winslow United celebrate going ahead against Hatfield Town. Saturday 16th March 2019.

Very strong winds and rain gave the Spartan South Midlands League, Division 1 encounter an unwanted element.

Hatfield started brightly and went ahead when the home side were penalised for a foul in the area and a spot kick was awarded. The visiting striker made no mistake with a well-taken penalty which gave United goalkeeper Sam Ashmead no chance.

United were soon on the front foot but a counter attack saw Ashmead produce a brilliant one-on-one save to keep Hatfield’s lead to just the one goal.

Matt Cruse found himself in the left-hand channel and cut backwards before producing a cross, which Harry Dalton flicked on. Sean Coles was quickest to react as he pounced to lift the ball over the visiting goalkeeper’s flying block. The ball came back off of the crossbar and Grant Karwacinski rolled the ball in from four yards out.

In driving wind and rain, United took the lead as a short throw to Simon King saw the Winslow captain twist one way and the other before finding Alex Kedzierski, who moved the ball quickly across the pitch to Ryan Freshwater. The United defender took one touch before drilling his shot low into the far corner of the net.

In the opening minutes of the second half, a United attack saw Coles fouled and Freshwater made no mistake in sweeping home his spot kick.

The rest of the game was a battle, mainly against the conditions as the wind became more fierce.

Hatfield had a player sent off late on for a second yellow card.

Winslow United v Hatfield Town

 

Sponsor renews as Sports Shots maintain their presence on the local sporting landscape

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Having sponsors like S. D. King & Sons allows Sports Shots to continue covering all local football and cricket clubs in the region, and in return we hope many of our viewers will call upon the excellent services that S. D. King & Sons offer.

Sports Shots would like to thank our friend Simon King for his continued support, just one of many local businesses renewing or coming on board, details to follow in due course.

 

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