Match Reports 2003-2004
Sun 9 May BTFC 0-0 Harrowby Utd from Football Mitoo
Harrowby collected the point needed for a 'podium finish' in their first Premier Division campaign with this draw at runners-up Buckingham. The match provided good entertainment despite the lack of goals. It took 35 minutes before there was a real chance, Mark Lovelace heading into the side netting after a good cross from Gary Walters, who had a goalbound effort deflected to safety shortly afterwards. At the start of the second half Darren Harmon fired over after taking a return pass from Moses Olaleye while the lively Walters almost caught out Sean Griffith in the home goal with a snap shot from the edge of the box. Stuart Blaik wasted a golden chance for Buckingham, glancing a header wide from an Adam Turner free kick while Arrows' custodian Lee Sharp made the save of the match to tip over a header from Robins substitute Warren Waugh.
Sat 8 May S&L Corby 0-3 BTFC from Football Mitoo
Buckingham did their bit but a result elsewhere left their title hopes shattered. S&L put up stern resistance before Meshach Cole broke the deadlock after 74 minutes. Three minutes later Darren Harmon scored from the penalty spot and Warren Waugh completed the scoring in the final minute.
Wed 5 May BTFC 3-1 S&L Corby from Football Mitoo
Three goals in eight second half minutes kept the Robins' title hopes alive in a match switched to Newport Pagnell's Willen Road ground. After a goalless first period while saw Dave Torrance and Pete Sneddon go close for S&L, Marcus McGillicuddy eased Buckingham nerves with a 65th minute opener, scoring from the edge of the box after taking a return pass from Meshach Cole. An important win was sealed by an Abdul Abdi brace after 70 and 73 minutes. Moses Olaleye was denied by the frame of the goal before Greig McIlwain scored a last minute S&L consolation from the penalty spot after Torrance was brought down.
Wed 21 Apr BTFC 1-3 Beaconsfield SYCOB from Football Mitoo
The Robins' bid in this competition ended in disappointment as they went down to the Spartan South Midlands champions at Aylesbury. Steve Jones gave Beaconsfield a sixth minute lead and they went further ahead through Kevin Cotton after 29 minutes. Stuart Blaik put Buckingham back in contention three minutes later but Beaconsfield sealed their win with a third goal from Alan Arthur nine minutes into the second half.
Sat 17 Apr BTFC 3-2 Yaxley from Football Mitoo
The Premier Division's two most potent attacks duelled at Ford Meadow and the Robins won the shootout to stay in the title race a point behind Spalding. Reuben Max-Grant gave Buckingham a 12th minute advantage from the penalty spot after a Mark Hanton foul only for Ricky Hailstone to fire the Cuckoos on terms after 24 minutes, direct from a 25 yard free kick. By the break the Robins again held the lead, Max-Grant again the marksman after 34 minutes. Five minutes from time Marcus McGillicuddy sealed Buckingham's win, although a penalty second from Hailstone two minutes later after a foul on Ashley Stevens made it an anxious finale for the title chasers.
Wed 14 Apr
BTFC 6-2 Northampton Spencer from Football
Mon 12 Apr BTFC 0-2 Newport Pagnell Town from Football Mitoo
Buckingham's title bid suffered
another setback as they crashed to a fourth successive defeat. The
Swans, beaten in their last three matches, gave new managerial duo Wayne
Spencer and Jimmy Stoyles their first win at the helm. Paul Edgeworth
was the Newport matchwinner, opening the scoring ten minutes before the
break and adding a 63rd minute second to seal the victory.
Sat 10 Apr Desborough Town
6-1 BTFC from Football
Lowly Desborough produced one of the shocks of the season as they demolished the long time leaders of the Premier who now look outsiders for the crown. The Robins had Phil Turner sent off in the first half and Desborough made their man advantage count. Jamie Gilsenan opened the scoring after 35 minutes and on the stroke of half time George Donnelly added a second. The second saw Donnelly take centre stage with four more goals, after 55, 60 and 70 minutes. Reuben Max-Grant scored a 77th minute Buckingham consolation before Gilsenan completed the rout four minutes later.
Sat 3 Apr BTFC 1-3 St Neots Town
30 Mar Stotfold 2-1 BTFC from Football Mitoo
A Paul Garrett penalty five minutes from time sent Buckingham crashing to only their fourth defeat of the campaign. Substitute Joel West put the Eagles ahead after 52 minutes but the Robins replied through Adam Turner after 77 minutes.
6 Mar Harrowby United 2-1 BTFC from Football Mitoo
Harrowby shrugged off an early back injury suffered by Rick Ranshaw to turn in their best display of the season to topple the long time leaders. Martin Wormall scored his 26th goal of the season on the hour to put the Arrows ahead, but when Paul Stanley equalised after 72 minutes the Robins looked to be heading for another stalemate. Instead, they fell to only their third defeat of the campaign as Mark Lovelace gave Harrowby victory with an 82nd minute decider.
28 Feb BTFC 1-1 Wootton Blue Cross Report from Football Mitoo
Buckingham's eighth draw in a dozen Premier matches saw their lead at the top reduced to just four points. The Robins went ahead in this one through Reuben Max-Grant after just three minutes, but a 34th minute Ricky Bulzis reply earned Blue Cross a share of the spoils.
19 Feb From http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/
A DISAPPOINTING return of just one point from their latest two home matches means Buckingham Town have won only one of the last six league matches.
Every team goes through a lean spell during the season, and it is true they have been severely hit by injuries and suspensions, but this is certainly not championship form at the moment.
However, manager Morell Maison is still very optimistic.
"There is certainly no crisis as, on the flip side, we went eight games with virtually a full team sidelined and lost just once," he said.
"Therefore, considering all the circumstances, I'm not too disappointed – we are the best team in the league and are seven points clear.
"I'm not denying it won't be a tough fight, but we'll stick together and I remain extremely confident.
"Indeed, my biggest worry is the interest other teams have shown in trying to sign my players."
On Saturday the Robins slipped to only their second league defeat of the season, 1-0 against Woodford.
Having said that, they had enough chances to have won it and, in general, did not play that badly.
They had four or five one-on-ones, but the visitors' outstanding keeper saved all of them, with Meshach Cole, Darren Harmon and Moses Olaleye the players involved.
And substitute Ruben Max-Grant also missed an opportunity in the final 20 minutes.
Woodford grabbed the only goal in the 81st minute, and although the Robins pressed hard the recent spate of hard matches finally caught up with them.
Following that, on Wednesday they were held to 1-1 by the in-form Ford Sports who have gone eight matches without defeat.
With several players returning, the Robins showed flashes of their true exciting passing game, particularly in the first half when Olaleye and Cole both missed chances, a Marcus McGillycuddy drive was cleared off the line and Darren Harmon hit the bar from the rebound.
However, the visitors also attacked with pace and Pearce missed a chance after keeper Sean Griffiths had fluffed a clearance.
If the Robins had the edge in the first half, the second was more even.
The visitors' Freed missed an opportunity before the Robins took the lead in the 67th minute after Cole was fouled in the box by Pestell. Although Cole's penalty was saved by Watts, he followed up to tuck the rebound away.
Stuart Blaik could have tied it up but missed with a free header before Ford equalised in the 78th minute. It came from a sweeping move that finished with Giles' cross being hammered in by Gibb.
That knocked the Robins back and, with several of the returning players visibly wilting, they looked very shaky in the remaining minutes and were indebted to Griffiths' fine near-post save in the dying seconds.
Maison thought his team had done enough to have won it.
"It was two points lost," he said afterwards.
"In the first half we started to get back to our passing game, but having four or five who had not played for some weeks told on us."
If the Robins do get promoted, in the latest re-structuring of the feeder leagues they will play in Southern Division One.
They will be up against the likes of Corby, Chesham, Oxford City, Slough and Thame, with their longest trips being to Clevedon, Taunton, Bideford and Yate in the West Country.
BUCKINGHAM Town picked up a vital four points from this week's two away matches.
The 2-1 win at Daventry on Tuesday evening was particularly crucial as it took them six points clear at the top with two games in hand.
And with at least six of their regulars, recently sidelined by injuries/suspensions, due back in the next week, they should be really geared up for the run-in to the title.
Daventry proved to be physical opposition and they had two players sent off, along with the Robins' Meshach Cole.
After a quiet opening, the Robins took the lead in the 15th minute when a fine ball over the top from Jamie Hawthorne gave Cole the chance to beat former Robins' keeper Paul Warnecki.
Then when Cole broke clear again he was hacked down from behind by Newman. The two players were grounded, clashed as they struggled to their feet and the referee sent them both off.
Daventry's Salisbury became the third player to receive a red card when he clattered straight through Moses Olaleye.
However, the home side equalised in the 70th minute thanks to an own goal from Hawthorne.
But the Robins were not to be denied and grabbed the vital winner five minutes later. A great move concluded with Darren Harmon producing a peach of a pass which gave Olaleye a simple tap-in.
On Saturday, the Robins took a point from a 1-1 draw with a resolute and determined Boston.
In a game where they always looked the better side, they paid for one moment of slackness at the back as Boston grabbed a late equaliser.
They certainly dominated the opening exchanges and were good value for the lead Harmon gave them. Olaleye picked him out in the box, and Harmon stopped the ball with his left foot, swivelled and rifled it in with his right.
But that was to prove to be their only success despite creating plenty of chances. Dean Whittaker missed a great opportunity by shooting tamely, while Cole had two one-on-ones with the keeper only to fail each time.
And they were made to pay when, eight minutes from the end, they switched off at the back and allowed Lewsam to equalise.
Boston Town 1-1
BTFC Report from Football
The chasing pack are closing in on Buckingham after their sixth draw in eight outings. Darren Harmon gave the Robins a 31st minute advantage, but just when their sequence of stalements looked set to end, Bobby Lewsam popped up with an 85th minute equaliser to keep the Poachers' own unbeaten run going.
BTFC 3-2 Flackwell Heath Report from Football Mitoo
The Robins moved into the last four with an extra time win over their Ryman League opponents. Dean Whittaker, making a rare start, gave Buckingham a sixth minute lead, only for Matt Clarke to level after 24 minutes. Moses Olaleye restored the Robins' advantage after 69 minutes but a second Flackwell leveller from Rob Coombes after 80 minutes took the match into extra time. Whittaker popped up with Buckingham's extra time winner after 107 minutes
IN the circumstances, Buckingham Town's 1-1 draw at Wootton Blue Cross was a point gained rather than two lost.
Devastated by a lengthy injury list, they only had 11 fit players and manager Morell Maison was forced to include himself on the bench.
Add that to worsening pitch conditions due to driving rain throughout, then it was a creditable result which, with others going in their favour, keeps them well clear at the top.
The Robins had slightly the edge in the first half and could have been ahead at half-time, with Darren Harmon looking the most likely.
But it was the home side that took the lead around the hour mark.
A massive wind-assisted kick by the keeper landed in the Robins' penalty area. Keeper Sean Griffiths called for his defence to leave it to him, failed to make it and collided with Paul Stanley to leave Chambers with a simple chance.
However, the Robins were level seven minutes later when Harmon latched on to Meshach Cole's pass and lashed it past the keeper.
He almost gave them the lead shortly afterwards. This time he was put in by Dean Chapman, took it round the keeper and shot towards goal. He wheeled away in delight only to be stopped in his tracks as the ball stuck in the mud and was eventually cleared.
Wootton went straight down the other end and were denied by the woodwork.
The home side really piled on the pressure in the final 15 minutes. It was like the Alamo at times, but the Robins held out.
It wasn't pretty, but it was a point gained.
The Robins drew 0-0 after extra-time at Flackwell Heath in their Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy Second Round match.
The replay is at Ford Meadow next Wednesday, January 28, 7.45pm.
BUCKINGHAM Town have applied to be considered for promotion should their finishing position at the end of the season qualify them for it.
And with them currently five points clear with games in hand, the odds on that must be very short.
Although the structure of the football pyramid for next season is still being negotiated, the club have applied to the UCL for a place in the higher standard – this application will be forwarded to the FA.
As club treasurer Robin Taylor explained: "Nobody knows what the new structure might be and we are waiting to hear what the grading and ground requirements might be."
He said there was some money available from the Football Foundation and that the Ford Meadow Club will have to finance any shortfall.
"We are looking to improve the main stand and the changing rooms," he continued.
"We felt we needed to be part of the new structure, and the progress of the team and all aspects of the club warrant our application."
Naturally team manager Morell Maison is delighted.
"We are certainly in the driving seat and, although the recent injuries and suspensions made me a little reticent, the squad has responded well," he said.
"So much has been happening at the club which is now on an upward swing and that has given the committee the confidence to go ahead.
"There is real feel-good factor and I'm very happy about it."
BTFC 6-1 Deeping Rangers Sat 10 Jan 2004
In their latest match the Robins beat Deeping Rangers 6-1 at Ford Meadow.
Despite still being without a number of regulars, they produced some good, exciting football and dominated throughout.
The returning Meshach Cole got them off to a great start by finishing off good work by Darren Harmon and Moses Olaleye to fire the Robins in front in the opening five minutes.
And five minutes later Lewis Julius was instrumental as Harmon made it 2-0.
Harmon made it 3-0 before half-time when he beat the offside trap and latched on to Dean Whittaker's through ball.
Maison sent on Hutchinson for Julius as the second half started and it was not long before Cole evaded three defenders and curled a shot into the bottom corner for 4-0.
Cole and Olaleye were then withdrawn and replaced by Ruben Max-Grant and Giuseppe Lagioia.
The changes made little or no difference to the Robins' superiority, and Phil Turner made it 5-0 with a superb goal of the match.
Collecting the ball from keeper Sean Griffiths on the edge of his own penalty area, he ran the length of the pitch to the Deeping box before shooting into the back of the net.
Harmon grabbed the sixth by completing his hat trick, poaching the goal after the ball had rebounded off the keeper.
Deeping grabbed a consolation in the last minute.
Blackstones 2-3 BTFC Sat 3 Jan 2004. From http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/
DESPITE being without at least seven regular first-teamers, Buckingham Town continued their march towards the championship with a fine 3-2 win last at Blackstones.
Although injuries and suspensions are hitting the Robins hard, manager Morell Maison says there will be no change of tactics.
"We will continue to stick to our footballing principles," he said.
"Despite being under-strength we are still winning matches, although perhaps not by such convincing margins as we did earlier in the season.
"Hopefully we will have a few back shortly, although we won't be back to full strength until mid-February.
"That said, if we can keep winning while not at full strength, it augurs well for the future."
At Blackstones, they fell behind after just five minutes when they gave the ball away and Epps took full advantage.
The home side battled well and were quick to deny the Robins space and that's how it stayed until half-time, although the Robins could well have been leading had not Abdul Abdi, Darren Harmon and Dean Chapman all missed chances.
However, the Robins levelled 10 minutes into the second half when Chapman made up for his earlier miss.
Then Harmon also made amends by giving them the lead.
The second half was an entertaining end-to-end affair and Blackstones tied it up again when keeper Sean Griffiths failed to reach a cross and Farrington took full advantage.
But the Robins refused to be denied and stretched their lead at the top to five points when Adam Turner volleyed home a great winner in the 84th minute.
BUCKINGHAM Town picked up a very valuable point from a 1-1 draw at Spalding.
The home side are arguably Town's main challengers in the championship chase and really needed to win to haul themselves back into serious contention.
But, even without Adam Turner, Meshach Cole, Ruben Max-Grant and Nathan Bailey, the Robins were good value for the point that keeps them 12 points clear of the opposition.
They started well and had the boost of taking the lead in the sixth minute. Dean Chapman went down the left, played a one-two and supplied a lovely cross which Darren Harmon half-volleyed past the keeper. They were on top for the next 20 minutes or so and Abdul Abdi, Harmon and Moses Olaleye all had chances to increase the lead.
However, on the stroke of half-time they were caught on the break and Watts sent Hudson racing between two defenders to equalise.
The second half was end-to-end and made an entertaining spectacle for the sizeable crowd with both sides going for the win.
Spalding were denied by both the post and the bar, but the Robins also had their chances and they deserved to keep their rivals at arm's length.
They go into the Christmas programme having dropped just five points from 18 games and travel to Newport Pagnell on Saturday with a healthy lead at the top of the table.
Cogenhoe United 0-2 Buckingham Town From http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/
BUCKINGHAM extended their lead to nine points over second-placed Cogenhoe on Saturday in this absorbing advertisement for United Counties League football.
The clash between the two Premier Division pacesetters was evenly balanced in the first period, although playing into a strong wind made conditions difficult for the Robins to achieve any sort of penetration.
After a number of half chances fell to both sides, the first 45 minutes ended goalless.
The Robins stepped up the tempo in the second period and their midfield mastery and persistent forward pressure paid dividends with two goals.
In the last five minutes Dean Whittaker scored from a rebound in a goalmouth scramble.
Paul Stanley's shot appeared to go over the Cogenhoe line only to come out again and, as the referee did not blow his whistle, Whittaker ensured there was no doubt by putting away the rebound.
Shortly afterwards fast-running Moses Olaleye, who had tormented the home defence all afternoon, was floored for the fifth time and the referee pointed to the spot. Adam Turner slotted the ball home coolly to give the Robins a well-deserved win.
Manager Morell Maison said afterwards: "It was a tough game for us as Cogenhoe are a handy side who had only let in one goal at home in their last nine games.
"We did well to win in difficult conditions and still have a healthy lead at the top of the division.
Town 4 Desborough 0. Report by Derek Carpenter
Olaleye sent in a high cross that the 'keeper could only "tee-up" -
volley ball style - for Darren Harman to volley home. Robins' fans thought that
Christmas had come early until Marcus McGillycuddy received a red card, two
Cole received the ball as he ran on, with a defender shadowing him. He pushed
the ball on, ran round the turning defender who resorted to bundling him over,
inside the penalty area.
Blues did have one late chance. A forward was charging through on-goal
but managed to loft the ball clear of the fir-trees – Wilko style – some
feat that in itself. Unfortunately, that was the best that plucky Desborough
was not one of our classic matches but one which demonstrated the Robins'
capacity to dig-in, re-group and come out on top.
dig-this! Report by Derek Carpenter from the message
BTFC 7-0 Bourne Town 8 Nov Report by Derek Carpenter from the message board.
could say that Darren Harman "missed" a hat trick as he clattered the
woodwork twice and just could not find the net once more. However, as lively as
ever, he was ducking and weaving, looping over and flicking on the ball at
lightning speed such that poor Bourne did not know which way to turn.
"Ratty" had been denied by a well-timed, last-ditch tackle by the
Bourne defender. It was not until the forty-third minute that the Bourne
barrier was finally breached when, yes - that man D.H. - cut-back the ball from
the goal line for Marcus to claim his first goal.
St Neots Town 2-3 BTFC Report by Derek Carpenter from the message board.
The Robins had an excellent first half being
in almost total control for the first forty minutes. In the twelfth minute, Marcus
McGillycuddy hit the mark in splendid style, courtesy of Darren
Harmon's supply work.
Taken from the website at http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk
AFTER two fluke goals had ended Buckingham Town's 100% start to the league season in a 2-0 defeat by Spalding last Saturday, they bounced back in great style to beat Daventry Town 4-0 on Wednesday evening.
In truth, there was only one team in it as Daventry were second-best throughout.
Moses Olaleye and Marcus McGillycuddy created havoc down the flanks, although man of the match was two-goal Darren Harmon.
He was back to his irrepressible best, his movement leading the Daventry defence a merry dance, while his link-up play was also excellent.
It took the Robins just eight minutes to break through as Meshach Cole cut inside and pulled the ball back for Abdul Abdi to score.
Harmon notched his first in the 19th minute when he pounced on the ball and coolly rounded the keeper after Ian Trott's chip had evaded the centre-backs.
As a contest, the match was as good as all over when Harmon made it 3-0 in the 33rd minute.
Playing a one-two with Olaleye, he teed up McGillycuddy whose shot was cleared off the line, but Harmon was on hand to curl the ball back into the net.
Already without Ruben Max-Grant, Phil Turner and Nathan Bailey, the Robins could afford the luxury of taking Harmon off as they cruised through the second half.
And they wrapped it up in the 79th minute with a trademark run and shot from McGillycuddy.
Against Spalding, the match was barely a minute old when keeper Sean Griffiths dribbled the ball to the edge of the box before hitting his clearance against Spalding's Watts. The ball could have gone anywhere, but sailed back past Griffiths to nestle in the back of the net.
Then, 86 minutes later, Stanhope got the faintest touch on a right-wing cross. The ball struck incoming substitute Simon Carmichael, who had no chance of getting out of the way, and deflected off him and gently past Griffiths.
In between, Spalding frustrated the Robins by packing their midfield and defence and showing little urgency to get dead balls back in play.
Town missed Ruben Max-Grant up front and his ability to hold the ball up and bring his team-mates into play. And, in truth, despite having by far the majority of the possession, they lacked that little bit of invention and inspiration of previous matches.
Junior George did his best in midfield, but Meshach Cole and Darren Harmon were well policed by an uncompromising defence, while Moses Olaleye had one of his quieter games.
Marcus McGillycuddy was their most potent attacking outlet and he made several promising runs which could have brought him a goal.
However, too often the ball was played up the middle where the visitors' central defenders had much the upper hand.
Having said that, the Robins did have their chances.
In the first half McGillycuddy shot just wide, keeper Cross went full-length to turn away Adam Turner's firm drive and then, just before half-time, Stuart Blaik's header from Adam Turner's corner was cleared off the line and Harmon hooked the rebound over from close range.
Olaleye was also narrowly off-target as the second half got underway, but then the Robins went off the boil for a spell and Appleby was denied by Griffiths.
Back came the home side again but, despite McGillycuddy going close on at least three occasions and an Olaleye cross which passed across the six-yard box without anyone able to apply a finishing touch, that all-important equaliser wouldn't come.
And with time running out that unfortunate own goal put paid to their chances.
Manager Morell Maison was naturally disappointed, but not too down-hearted.
"It was disappointing to end our winning run in such an unlucky manner," he said afterwards. "However, if they are our nearest challengers, then I don't think we have much to worry about."
BTFC 0-2 Spalding Utd. Report by Derek Carpenter from the message board.
stinger signals dodgy day at the office.
Town 3 Raunds 1. Report by Derek Carpenter from the message
Woodford United 0-1 BTFC Report by Derek Carpenter from the message board.
a windy night at Woodford the Robins clinched the points which took
them to the top of the table.
BTFC 4-0 Boston Town Report from message board by Derek Carpenter.
turn the screw on Boston. TOWN crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday after
visitors Thurrock snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with two
late goals, writes Mark Pendred.
TOWN crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday after visitors Thurrock snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with two late goals, writes Mark Pendred.
Playing before their biggest crowd of the season, the Robins outplayed the Kent side for most of the second qualifying round match and were 1-0 up when their cup dream was shattered in the dying minutes.
From the start, the Robins took the game to Thurrock, with Adam Turner and Junior George winning the midfield battle against the more experienced Paul Linger and Steve Heffer.
But despite their supremacy they failed to convert several goalscoring chances and the first period ended 0-0.
Eighteen seconds after the restart the Robins' dominance paid off when Abdul Abdi threaded a pass through to Moses Olaleye, who cut inside to blast home a shot past 'keeper Paul Gothard.
Victory looked in sight for the home side but Thurrock countered by putting three men up front in a last-ditch bid to get on the scoresheet.
The ploy worked for in the 85th minute Town's defence was caught offguard as Cliff Akurang pounced to head the equaliser from a corner.
Two minutes later Town's gloom deepened as Thurrock's Howard raced down the left flank and crossed into the box for a fellow player to nod home at the back post.
Town were unable to save the match despite a late penalty appeal and Olaleye also went close with a strike.
Manager Morell Maison said afterwards: "I'm very proud of our players. We made all the running and were very unlucky to get beaten. We had most of the play and Thurrock never really imposed themselves on us.
"To quote their chairman, the best team on the day lost. It was a fantastic game."
Sports (Daventry) 1 Buckingham Town 3
by Derek Carpenter. Taken from the message board.
25 September 2003 From BuckinghamOnline web site at http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk
BUCKINGHAM Town produced some delightful football last Saturday to brush aside high-flying visitors Holbeach 6-3 and move back up to second in the table.
only negative aspect was they conceded three goals, two of them with
the visitors down to 10 men, but that should not detract from what was
an outstanding performance that fully justified their standing as one
of the favourites for the title.
Buckingham Town 2 Ware 1
aet, (1-1 @ 90mins).
By Derek Carpenter (Message board)
Ware FC 2 Buckingham Town 2
Mark Bridge put Ware went ahead after ten minutes only for the Robins to reply immediately with two goals in as many minutes. Scorers Ruben Max-Grant and Ian Trott (shown scoring his goal of last season on this year's Meadow Magazine cover) suggesting that the Robins' fast-flowing football was back on-stream. Ware's defender Dave Greenwood was dismissed for stamping on a Robin's ankle right in front of the referee and the goalkeeper Tony Tillbrook for deliberately handling outside the area: Ruben was bearing towards his second goal, nodded the ball downwards only for the keeper to steal possession.
Brian Maycock, the Robins' Fixture Secretary was sounding understandably triumphant when 'phoning back to Ford Meadow with the half-time news "2-1 to us and they've had two sent off including their 'keeper." He was replaced by the usual first choice keeper who made his mark with a fine performance denying all the Robins' attempts, except the one that hit the post, as substitute Marcus McGillycuddy tried to mark his recent return from Spain.
It was a day the Robins' were never going to find the goal to settle the tie and things were looking a bit nervous at the back. Then came the equaliser that the courageous nine-men from Ware deserved.
Brian again phoned back to base "You'll never believe it - 2-2 ! How did Padbury BTFC get on (against Buckingham Athletic in the SML Cup)? Playing extra-time? Great performance! They finally went down 2-1 to a late goal and a penalty. Well done lads.
Don't forget Robins fans, look out for SML Division 2 Padbury BTFC matches when the first team are away - they are a force to be reckoned with).
And so to Wednesday night's replay. See you all there!
Thanks to Derek Carpenter for the above match report.
Long Buckby 0-5 BTFC
The first of Ruben's two goals was a fine header converting a pin-point
cross following a fine run down the right wing by the industrious Meshach Cole. Ruben scored once more and thumped
the underside of the bar before Meshach came on-stream: one, two then I asked "Who's gonna be first to get
Report posted on the message board by Derek Carpenter.
Buckingham Town Vs Ford Sports Daventry
Buckingham Town again were expected as always to win today's
match. Town started poorly almost identical to Wednesday
night game against Southend Manor, gifting Daventry some good early possession.
The second-half was a different story with the Robins playing much better football and
keeping possession more frequently. Town were now beginning to find openings in Fords Sports
defence. Ten minutes
into the second half Dykes limped off injured due to we understand, ligament damage. Moses replaced Dykes and showed
some great skill and determination to create an opening in Daventry's
defence. Ruben came on for Abdul who had
a very quiet game. Moses again went on a wonder run taking several players on laying the ball calmly to Ruben to tap
home in his third consecutive substitution appearance. The game now 1 - 0 Town started to knock the ball around
much better releasing Moses with some great fifty yard balls from Adam Turner. Moses again taking several
players on playing the ball to Louis to smash home. The game finished 2 - 0 to Town much deserved due to some
good play in the second half. Town now play Ware or London Colney in the next round. Scully made the save of the
century to keep a clean sheet for town. To round things up the referee had a poor game.
Man of the Match = Moses Olaleye
Richard Roach (Tricky Dicky)
Buckingham Town 4-1 (AET) Southend Manor
Buckingham Town began with
a strong starting eleven, expectations were high and Town were expected to win tonight's match.
Town started poorly and
conceded a sloppy early goal through dreadful defending 0-1.
The Robins were able to
grab one back twenty minutes later from a good corner delivery from Dykesy where a scramble broke out in the box and
the big man Blaikey was able to blast home 1-1.
Town were not at there
best throughout the first half, however things gradually got better during the second half. Half-time.
Town were now playing
better and releasing Dykes more on the right hand side, unfortunately there was no end product to the good build up
Buckingham were now
beginning to knock the ball round more smoothly which led to some great long range shots from Adam Turner and Aaron
Brennon, which went just wide.
Southend were then at the
other end where the ball had been slotted through to a Southend striker, he was now one on one with Scully, Scully
had probably made one of the saves of the sessions already.
They took the lead with an
emphatic finish by Junior George 2-1.That goal really got the team and Robins supporters buzzing.
Town were now looking for
a third as they were playing much better. They went three one ahead through Meshach Cole 3-1. Town were now
comfortable and now just had to keep possession for the remainder of the game. But the Robins were still looking for
the fourth and finally got it through Ruben Max-Grant. 4-1
Sean kept Town in the match with some tremendous saves in the closing half
an hour. Although throughout the game Sean
Sean kept Town in the match with some tremendous saves in the closing half
an hour. Although throughout the game Sean
Buckingham Town 4 VS 2 Cogenhoe
Substitution: Ruben Max-Grant on for Birthday Boy Abdul
By Richard Roach (Tricky
11 Sept 2003 From BuckinghamOnline web site at http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk
THE score line was just
about right as Buckingham Town safely negotiated last Saturday's FA Cup Preliminary Round tie with a 2-0 win over
However, as against Southend
Manor in the previous round, they tended to make hard work of it.
21 August 2003 From BuckinghamOnline web site at http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk
BUCKINGHAM are joint leaders of the division after winning both their
BUCKINGHAM are joint leaders of the division after winning both their
"We have a very strong squad and are playing some good football," he said.