Athletic grab thrilling cup win at Bracknell

Bracknell Forest 2

Buckingham Athletic Reserves 3 AET

Athletic Reserves moved into the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup semi-finals after a gutsy performance at Bracknell last Saturday.

Bracknell were classed as one of the fancied teams to win the cup as they were unbeaten this season but Athletic stunned them in the first five minutes by going 2-0 up after Chris Brunning and Matt Ogle put them ahead,

Bracknell then came more into the game and pulled one back before the interval.

And it was the home team who got the next goal to level the game in the second half and take the tie into extra time.

Minutes into the session, Athletic had skipper Kenny Massey sent off for foul language reducing the Reserves to 10 men.

But to their credit ten minutes from the end a high ball into the box was glanced on by the head of Andy Smith and into the net for 3-2. Great defending for the last few minutes kept Bracknell out and the ten men of Athletic had taken the club through.

Striker Jonny Cater came into the side with Athletic’s first team game being called off against Harpenden and gave good support to his team-mates. Daniel Howkins was another to do well.

In the semi-final, Athletic have been given another away tie at Ardington & Lockinge Seniors (Wantage) on Saturday March 12.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Athletic’s first team are at home to Sun Postal Sports, 3pm kick-off, while the Reserves travel to Bletchley Town Reserves, 2-45pm kick-off.

>>In the South Midlands Division Two, there was disappointment for fans of Mursley United and Winslow United when the local derby at Mursley last Saturday was postponed due to waterlogging.

Winslow, in fourth spot in the table, and fifth-placed Mursley had been enjoying a good run of results.

Winslow travel to struggling Bletchley Town this Saturday while Mursley visit second-placed Risborough Rangers, both 2.45pm kick-offs.

Leaders Padbury United saw their game postponed at basement side MK Wanderers. They host Tring Corinthians this Saturday at 2.45pm.