Athletic seek remedy after losses mount

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Langford 4

Buckingham Athletic 2

Athletic go into Saturday’s home contest against Wodson Park still looking for their first points of the season after four straight defeats in the Molten Spartan Division One.

The latest loss came at Langford on Tuesday following a 1-0 reverse last Saturday at home to Sun Postal Sports.

Against Langford, the hosts went ahead after 20 minutes but Athletic levelled through Alex Brookes’ long range shot. Poor defending led to a second Langford goal just before half time.

Langford added further strikes after the break to make it 4-1, but Athletic got a consolation through former Robins’ player Ash Farmer in the 75th minute.

Against Sun Postal, the vistors scored just before half time and despite a number of chances coming Athletic’s way, the score remained the same at the final whistle.

Athletic’s game against Wodson kicks off at 3pm at Stratford Road.

Boss Jim Gunn said: “I was disappointed particularly with Tuesday’s display as I put out a strong squad and we conceded a number of sloppy goals.

“I’ve now had a month to look at the squad and although fitness levels are getting better, attitudes still aren’t quite right, so I will need to bring in new players for this weekend’s game.”

Mursley United 2

Tring Corinthians 1

Mursley opened their Division Two campaign with a solid home win again Tring last Saturday.

United manager Mark Hardie had an almost full-strength squad to select from, but his charges went behind after 25 minutes to a goal from Richardson.

A goal behind at the break, Mursley pushed forward and it was Ricky Foster who levelled the scores five minutes into the second half and with just under twenty minutes remaining, James Griffiths grabbed the winner.

Mursley host Haringey Borough in the League Challenge Trophy tomorrow, kick-off 3 pm.

Risborough Rangers 3

Winslow United 2

Winslow threw away a 1-0 half time lead as Rangers hit back with three goals after the break to take the points in this Division Two opener.

Mark Holman netted after 12 minutes from Craig Heywood’s cross,but Risborough’s Ajanlekoko, Hird and Horne struck in the second half. Sam Balls volleyed home for Winslow with five minutes left.

Disappointed Winslow boss Damien Wiffin said afterwards: “A lack of concentration at key times contributed to our defeat.

“We were also missing a couple of players including our captain, Phil Martin, who will be back this Saturday for the game at Kent Athletic.”

Winslow’s new recruits this season include keeper Paul Bowley and Frankie Tarrant, both ex-Buckingham Athletic, and central midfielder Matthew Butler, from Aylesbury FC.

Winslow travel to Kent tomorrow, starting at 3pm.

Buckingham Athletic U18s 4

Brackley Sports 2

Athletic’s youngsters won their first piece of silverware of the season with an excellent win over Brackley Sports on Monday to retain the Tony Howard Memorial Shield.

Brackley took an early lead but Stuart Ironmonger hit back for Athletic just before the break.

The second half was dominated by Athletic and they quickly went into a 4-1 lead with goals from Josh Hooper, Ash Peacock and a second from Ironmonger.Brackley pulled a goal back with 15 minutes to go.