Buckingham sink MK Dons in pre-season opener

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Buckingham Town made a dream start to their 2015/16 campaign when they overcame a talented MK Dons Academy side in their first pre-season friendly.

The Robins handed debuts to eight summer signings who featured alongside a number of existing players, while the Dons brought 22 players from their academy.

Inevitably, MK Dons enjoyed long spells of possession with winger Callum Brittain twice going close in the first 15 minutes, while Kevin Owusu, Andrew Osei-Bonsu and Harry Stratton had further chances as the visitors dominated.

Eventually Buckingham settled and began to get a grip on the game as the lively Dan Delderfield fired a free-kick narrowly wide and also had a shot well saved before the deadlock was broken by Enoch Sare, who was quickest to react from a corner.

Town came out with more confidence in the second half and they needed just five minutes to go further in front through an outrageous chip from debutant Neil Walton after Lewis Hallford had put him through.

Despite further chances for Buckingham, MK Dons hit back and two quickfire goals from Bradley Bell and then Joe Evans brought them back on level terms.

Buckingham had the final say, however, when Delderfield was felled in the area and Mitch Brent stepped up to convert the resulting penalty five minutes from time.

Robins manager Chris Robson was delighted with his side’s performance and is hopeful it bodes well for the upcoming season, saying: “It’s a great way to open our pre-season campaign.

“It was a great day for the club with how well the day went, and hopefully everyone who attended from both teams and the fans enjoyed the day.

“It was good to finally get back on the pitch. We have trained hard and well for the past three weeks, so to get back on the pitch was enjoyable. Obviously it was going to be a very tough test for us, as they are exceptional talents.

“The way they were able to keep the ball made us work extra hard compared to when we play other non-league sides. So it was great for a pre-season game for the players to work hard and start getting their match fitness up to scratch.

“We knew before the game kicked off they would dominate possession, so I told our boys when out of possession we have to bepatient and only press them in the right areas.

“The first 20 minutes of the game we were all over the place. I think we showed a bit too much respect to the Dons, and we looked very nervous. Once we settled though we did our jobs well, and at times played some good stuff and created a few chances.

“The result didn’t matter. As long as we had a good work out, which we did, and the day went well, I would have been happy. Of course it is nice to get a win against a professional outfit, but it is pre-season so we will not get carried away.”