Athletic return to form with emphatic win

Damien Wiffin
Damien Wiffin

Buckingham Athletic manager Damien Wiffin wants his side get their season back on track after recording their first league win in over a month on Tuesday evening.

Athletic have endured a frustrating and disappointing first third of the season despite a promising opening five games as a series of injuries to key players have coincided with a string of league defeats that has seen them slip down to 18th in South Midlands League Division One.

In contrast, Buckingham’s cup form has been excellent with the team still in contention for the South Midlands Challenge Trophy, Division One Cup and Buckingham Charity Cup.

On Tuesday, Athletic travelled to Amersham Town for a Division One encounter and were buoyed by the return of Sid Hawkins and Phil Martin from injury and were also able to add new signing Ross Firth to their squad, along with the return of Adam Bone and Scott Latham.

By half-time Athletic had all but sealed the game as they stormed into a 4-0 lead following goals from Chris Davies, Hawkins, Latham and a debut goal for Firth.

Amersham pulled a goal back early in the second but Athletic added a further two goals from Aylesbury FC loanee Ty Deacon and Adam Bone to ensure all three points headed back to Buckingham with an emphatic 6-1 win.

Wiffin said afterwards: “That was much better and having Sid and Phil back did make a difference. With a full squad now available it means everybody is fighting for a spot, but this victory is only a start and the lads now have to take it forward to our next game on Saturday at Langford.

“We have all stuck together through a difficult period and there is a lot of confidence in the team.”

This Saturday Athletic travel to Langford.

Buckingham Athletic Reserves, meanwhile, continue to benefit from the excellent youth setup at the club as they moved up to second in their league following a recent 6-0 win over Old Bradwell. The team host Wolverton Town this weekend.

Buckingham Athletic have also announced a link with Aylesbury FC that will see players on the fringe of their first team moving to Athletic for a loan period to gain extra game-time at senior level.

Chairman Tony Checkley said: “I am delighted that we have been able to form this relationship with Aylesbury FC and really believe that it will be beneficial for both clubs.

“This will be a great benefit especially when we are going through a patch of bad injuries like we are at the moment - Ryan has done really well to get this in place.”

The first player to benefit from the partnership is Ty Deacon, who joined Buckingham last Saturday and has already scored two in two games.