Athletic taste first defeat against rvials

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TWO goals in the last 12 minutes meant Buckingham Athletic succumbed to their first defeat of the season against rivals Stony Stratford on Tuesday evening.

Damien Wiffin’s side had made a tremendous start to the season, having won their first three games, but they couldn’t keep up their 100 per cent record at Stratford as they lost 2-1 despite dominating much of the match.

The game started well with Athletic enjoying long periods of possession but the Stratford defence were able to match this and for the first half hour no real chances were made.

However, the stalemate was broken following a neat move started by Sam Balls, who stretched the Stony defence with a long, cross-field pass that found Phil Martin.

His good control allowed him to take on the defence and put a pin-point ball into the box, which was met by Adam Bone who steered the ball into the corner of the net.

Five minutes later Athletic nearly doubled their lead when a speculative cross from Martin dipped under the bar 
forcing the keeper into a fine save.

After the break, Athletic once again picked up the control of the game with both Martin and Perna testing the keeper.

But things started to turn against Athletic when Martin and Brooks both went off injured.

It then got worse for Wiffin’s side when Stony beat the 
Athletic line and won a penalty, which was converted by Dom Marsala.

The hosts then snatched an unlikely victory with less than five minutes to go when David Reynolds bundled home after a goalmouth scramble to give Stony victory.

Earlier in the week, Athletic secured their third win of the season with a 2-0 victory against Kentish Town after goals from Brooks and Martin.

Meanwhile, Athletic Reserves had a tough start by losing 6-1 at Hatfield Town.

This Saturday, the first team have another tough test as they come up against Codicote at Stratford Fields at 3pm with Athletic eager to get back to winning ways.