Buckingham Athletic failed to build on last week’s big win over Amersham when they slumped to a 3-1 loss at Langford in SSML Division One.
The hosts settled quickly and went ahead on just four minutes as Athletic failed to clear and the ball dropped to Butler, who fired in through a crowded penalty area.
That goal appeared to spark Athletic into life as they started moving the ball around more fluently and created a number of opportunities before, on 11 minutes, Adam Bone’s well-placed corner was met by Glen Hawkins, who headed powerfully beyond the home goalkeeper.
Both sides had chances to go ahead in an even first period, but it was Langford who restored their lead when Butler scored his second.
Although Athletic were the more dominant force, the visitors were left to rue their poor finishing as a Langford counter-attack culminated in a third goal before half-time.
The second half followed a similar pattern with both sides having chances to score, but Langford held out for victory.
Buckingham Athletic Reserves, meanwhile, enjoyed an excellent 5-2 home win over Wolverton Reserves after goals from Danny Booden (2), Josh Hooper, Jason Riddel and Jack Menday. The win keeps the team second in the league.
Athletic’s Youth team played out an exciting 4-3 defeat at Stratford Fields against Wantage Town. Matt Cruse, Jack Menday and Adam Robinson were the scorers for Athletic, but a last-minute penalty saw Wantage snatch all three points.
This weekend, Athletic travel to high-flying Risborough Rangers while the Reserves travel to Totternhoe.