Southall punish wasteful Athletic

Buckingham Athletic’s run of three consecutive wins came to an end at the weekend with a 3-1 home defeat to Southall in SSML Division One.

The first half was a tight affair with both defences on top and little in the way of goal attempts from either side as the two teams went into half time all square.

Goalless at the interval, the game burst into life within minutes of the restart when the home side broke the deadlock. An Adam Bone free-kick was met by Bradley Walker, whose header fell to Simon King to knock home his fifth goal of the season.

That gave Athletic the confidence to push on and they should have extended their lead when Phil Martin’s header went narrowly wide before Path Hooper struck the post.

Those misses proved to be crucial as Southall made Buckingham pay for their wastefulness and they levelled on 54 minutes when a cross-shot was saved by Clark and the rebound fell to Kapenza to score.

With 10 minutes remaining, the game looked set for a draw but Kapenza rose highest to head home a free-kick to put the visitors ahead. Athletic then pushed forward looking for a late equaliser but they were hit on the break and Russell sealed all three points.

This weekend Athletic, who sit 12th in SSML Division One, play their final home game of 2013 against Langford.