Back-to-back wins boost Athletic after slow start

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Buckingham Athletic recorded back-to-back wins in an excellent week for the club.

Having failed to win any of their opening four SSML Division One fixtures, Athletic made a welcome return to form on Saturday when they travelled to Silver Jubilee Park to face much-fancied Edgware Town on their 4G surface.

Despite only having 12 available players, Athletic produced an excellent performance to return home with all three points after a Josh Hooper blockbuster secured Athletic’s first win of the season.

Buckingham, buoyed by that result, then welcomed a Risborough Rangers side still on a high following their FA Cup success at Stratford Fields on Tuesday evening.

Neil King sent out a message of intent as early as the fifth minute with a swerving long range effort that was punched away for a corner.

The game flowed from end-to-end before, in the 26th minute, Dan Hassell was sent clear, only to see his effort blocked by Parrack in the Risborough goal.

Four minutes later Risborough should have taken the lead when a cross from Justin Gordon was spooned over from close range by former Athletic man Chris Davis.

Athletic made the visitors pay for being wasteful soon after when Simon King drilled a free-kick under the wall and into the corner of the net to give the hosts a 1-0 lead which they took into the break.

Risborough were denied two minutes after the restart by a good block by Butler before the hosts doubled their advantage when King’s cross was met by Brad Walker, who headed home with style.

Risborough then dominated the play, enjoying plenty of possession, but resolute defending and the opportunity to break quickly always proved a threat for Athletic.

The travelling support realised it was not to be their night when two good chances went begging; firstly on 79 minutes a great cross from Tavender was met by Mansell but the resulting shot was too high before, two minutes later, Lawrence Clark’s desperation was evident with a wayward finish when well-placed.

Athletic then knuckled down to withstand the mounting pressure until the final whistle and claim their second win in a week.

Those two victories take Athletic up to 10th in Division One ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Arlesey Town Reserves.

Buckingham Athletic Reserves began their league campaign at home to Old Bradwell Reserves on Saturday.

A very young team started the game brightly and should have been two goals up before Luke Tavener opened the scoring, slipping the ball past the keeper to give Athletic a half-time advantage.

The second half was rather more one-sided with Athletic defending doggedly to protect their lead and sometimes enjoying a piece of luck.

The young team worked tirelessly, and despite a bizarre four substitutions being made by the visitors, managed to get over the finish line for the three points.