Athletic narrowly beaten in first home game of 2014

Athletic's top scorer Phil Martin missed Saturday's game against Kings Langley
Athletic's top scorer Phil Martin missed Saturday's game against Kings Langley

Buckingham Athletic tasted defeat in their first home match of 2014 on Saturday, beaten 1-0 by title-chasing Kings Langley.

Having not played for six weeks, Athletic were put under pressure by the visitors from the off, but last season’s youth team central defensive pair of Brad Walker and Dan Staley dealt with the early threat and restricted Langley to long-range efforts.

However, it was from one of these efforts that the pivotal goal was scored as Campana fired home an unstoppable 25-yard free-kick on 17 minutes.

The remainder of the game followed a similar pattern, with Buckingham defending well but offering little going forward, although it seemed they would have the chance to earn a point in stoppage time when the referee awarded a penalty, only for the official to overrule his decision after consulting with the linesman, before Adam Bone fired over when well-placed even further into injury time as Langley saw out victory.

Athletic remain 13th in SSML Division One ahead of a visit to local rivals Stony Stratford tomorrow.