Buckingham Town 1
Burton Park Wanderers 1
Matt Bines came to Buckingham’s rescue with a fine penalty save just before half time last Saturday.
The score was 1-1 and if Wayne Brown’s spot-kick had gone in, the Robins would have been desperately chasing the game after the break.
Town, playing their first game at the Winslow Centre since the loss of Ford Meadow, adapted well enough to the new pitch and windy conditions, as did their opponents, having played several games more this season.
The exchanges were fairly even until Town took the lead through a Chris Robson penalty in the 26th minute. Spectators thinking it was the trigger for the hosts to dominate would have been wrong as Burton came back strongly to level in the 42 minute through Nathan Wills’ low shot struck across the face of goal.
With half time fast approaching the Robins conceded a penalty due to an incident in the box, a decision which was only given after the referee consulted with the linesman.
Bines performed heroics to second guess the direction of Brown’s spot kick, diving to his left to parry the ball to safety.
The second period saw Burton continuing to pressure. Craig Ross, who was booked 15 minutes into the action, redeemed himself almost immediately by clearing Louis Dupree’s goal bound shot off the line.
Buckingham came more into the game in the last 20 minutes and had several chances to take the three points, with skipper Jakob Kasprzyk martialling his side well.
First James Wardell hit the post following good build-up play and three minutes later Graham Sands fired home a rasping shot which went just wide.
Robson was replaced by substitute Kyle Stimpson,who along with Ben Shepherd added to Town’s pace and power up front, but despite some good running Buckingham were unable to find the winner.
Town are in action in the first round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup this Saturday, at North Bucks Premier Division side Great Linford FC, kick-off 2.30pm.
Buckingham Town: M.Bines, Menday, Ross, Sands, Kasprzyk, Diamond, Wardell, Shepherd, Robson, Lee, N.Bines.