Athletic snatch late win to go top

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Buckingham Athletic bounced back from their midweek defeat at Stony Stratford with a fine 1-0 home win against Codicote to go top of Division One.

Codicote travelled to Athletic unbeaten in their opening games so it was always going to be a tight match.

The opening quarter of the game was a pretty even affair with very few chances falling to either side as it took until 20 minutes before the first real attempt at goal.

It came from Athletic when the Hooper brothers linked well before the resulting shot whizzed inches past the post.

Athletic took control for the rest of the half, creating a number of good opportunities but they failed to convert.

The second half was almost a re-run of the first but goal-scoring opportunities were few and far between for both sides.

It appeared the game was heading for a draw until an exquisite through ball from Adam Bone sent Josh Hooper away.

He broke into the box and was bundled over before he could get a shot on goal, leaving the referee no choice but to give a penalty.

Dave O’Dell stepped up and placed the kick perfectly past the Codicote keeper to give Athletic three points.

Meanwhile, the reserves also had a win as they travelled to Welywyn Garden City with a young and inexperienced side.

No less than six U18s started the game and came away with a deserved 2-0 win.

Luke Tavener scored both the goals for the Athletic with Dan McAndrew awarded man-of-the-match.

Tonight, the first team face a top-of-the-table clash with second-placed Harpenden Town at 7.45pm.