Brackley Sports look back on outstanding season

Gavin Hansell
Gavin Hansell

FOOTBALL: Brackley Sports held their annual end-of-season presentation evening at Rumours Bar in Brackley, with all three sides receiving accolades for what has been a fantastic season for the club.

Sports’ first team was also presented on the night with the North Bucks Premier Division Trophy by league chairman Adam Jeskins.

The individual honours were as follows:

First team: Players’ player – Ritchie Adams and Graham Beckett, manager’s player – Darren Sharpe, highest goalscorer – Gavin Hansell, shining star – Steve Pratt.

Reserve team: Manager’s player – Stewart Jennings, players’ player – Stewart Jennings, highest goalscorer – Jamie Delvalle, shining star – James Cox.Ladies team : Players’ player – Leanne Jones, manager’s player – Rachel Love, highest goalscorer – Kelly Harry, shining star – Rita Peverall.

The clubman award went to treasurer Nigel Jenkins while the Sportsperson award was won by Ladies team captain, Christina Picchianti. As well as the two men’s sides in the North Bucks League and the Ladies side, Sports will be running a third men’s side in the 2011/12 season, subject to acceptance in the Banbury District Lord Jersey League.

Anyone who is interested in playing for any of the Sports’ sides should contact secretary Andy Bannard on 07931 370491 or e-mail him at

> Last Sunday saw Sports Ladies back in action with two sides at the Woburn tournament, of which they were runners-up last year.

Playing on this success, Sports’ two sides were named the Spinners and Tea Cup’s and had mixed fortunes in the tournament.

Sports Spinners in a group of six put in a determined performance in their group and despite three goalless draws against teams of a higher standard, two defeats against Kingsthorpe Jaguars and Leighton United Luton saw them eliminated at the first hurdle.

Sports Tea Cups also had a nervy group stage, losing their first group game 1-0 to Moulton Magpies. However they soon bounced back, goals from Zoe Cox and Kelly Harry secured a 2-1 victory over St Albans side Harvesters before getting a well earned goalless draw against Peterborough Azure.

Sports needed to win their last game against Flitwick to stand a chance of finishing group runners-up and a brace from Zoe Cox kept the hopes alive in a 2-0 victory.

The place in the final four of the plate was not guaranteed though until Harvesters beat Moulton 1-0 in the final group game to see Sports Tea Cup’s sneak into the plate semi-finals of goal difference. The semi-final saw Sports line up against Kingsthorpe Jaguars and after a hard battled game, the two sides could not be separated, with penalties getting Sports through to the final and in a bizarre twist facing Rothwell Town in a final for the second time in eight days.

Both sides battled hard. It was not to be decided in normal play this time as after extra-time the game remained goal less, Sports were again left runners-up after it took sudden death penalties to finally split the sides.