Eventful week for Athletic

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Buckingham Athletic earned a thoroughly deserved 2-2 draw against high-flying Harpenden Town in South Midlands Division One.

Athletic manager Damien Wiffin was absolutely delighted with his team’s performance on Saturday but felt it was two points dropped rather than one gained.

Athletic were the much better side in the first half and totally deserved their two goal lead at the break.

The initial breakthrough came on 16 minutes when leading scorer Phil Martin fired home his 13th goal of the season.

Just a few minutes from the break, it was Glen Hawkins who punished the Harpenden defence with an unstoppable volley from the edge of the box.

The second half was a much more even affair with chances at both ends – however, with just 10 minutes remaining, Harpenden struck two goals in a five-minute spell through Green and leading scorer Hill.

Athletic went hunting for the winner and it nearly came in at the last minute of the game when Jonny Cater saw his shot rattle the woodwork.

On Tuesday, Athletic were knocked out of the League Challenge Trophy on Tuesday after a 3-2 loss against London Lions.

Athletic took the lead when Pat Hooper put the pressure on the Lions defence and forced the keeper to make a hurried clearance which fell to Phil Martin.

Lions levelled late on to take the match into extra-time.

Athletic regained the lead through a Dave O’Dell penalty but the visitors replied with a penalty themselves before Lions won it in the final minute.