Busy Athletic face cup and league games

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FOOTBALL: In-form Buckingham Athletic face a busy week of cup and league games after grabbing a 1-1 draw at home to St Albans City Reserves last Saturday in the South Midlands Division One.

After a goalless first half, Jonny Cater fired Athletic ahead in the 58th minute with a well-taken goal, but a lapse in concentration allowed St Albans to snatch an equaliser 20 minutes later through Sam Lyons.

Athletic had several chances to win the contest, but Adam Bone fired over the bar and Patch Hooper hit a shot just wide.

Buckingham host Harpenden Town this Saturday and will be hoping for three points against the Herts side following a highscoring draw away from home last month.

Although still in the lower half of the division, Athletic have pulled clear of basement side Sun Postal Sports and are moving up the table.

Athletic boss Jim Gunn said: “We’ve won our last six games of 12 played, drawn four and lost two. We’re steadily improving and hope to get a good result against Harpenden.”

The following Wednesday, December 14, Buckingham travel to Daventry United for the second leg of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup quarter-final, kick-off 7.45pm. Buckingham hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg.

>> Winslow United make the trip to Bletchley Town this Saturday for a Division Two Cup quarter-final contest on the back of a 2-1 league defeat at 0ld Bradwell United last Saturday.

Bradwell led through a Toby Cribb goal on 25 minutes and increased their lead to 2-0 with a Daniel Broad strike in the 40th minute.

Craig Rumble pulled a goal back for Winslow in the 48th minute but the visitors were unable to add to their score. Winslow lie in eighth spot in the Division Two table, 15 points adrift of leaders Mursley United, but Winslow have four games in hand.