FOOTBALL: Buckingham Athletic slumped to a disappointing 2-1 home defeat against Stony Stratford Town in the South Midlands Division One derby clash on Tuesday.
Stony always had the edge on the hosts, with their passing and movement more fluent all game and by the end it was no surprise to see the three points’ go the visitors’ way.
And if it hadn’t been for Athletic keeper Jack Bridges pulling off some tremendous saves, the winning margin could have been a great deal more.
Greg Tite sealed victory for Stony in the 64th minute after Josh Crawley put them 1-0 ahead in the first half.
Buckingham hit back with a leveller shortly after the break, Adam Bone netting from the penalty spot.
Both sides went into the game with little to choose between them in terms of league position, with Athletic a point above second-to-bottom Stony and with a game in hand.
Despite a bright start, Buckingham began to lose their way with slipshod passing and conceding space to the pacier visitors. Bridges was soon busy in goal fending off a wave of Stony attacks, in particular foiling a close range strike with a snap save after 20 minutes.
Jonny Cater went close with a low shot that was parried by keeper George Anderson for a corner just before the half hour, but that was all Athletic could muster.
In the 32nd minute Crawley found himself in space on the edge of the Athletic box, outwitted a defender and fired home past Bridges to take the lead.
Buckingham came out after the break with more purpose and took the game to Stony for a spell.Cater was fouled in the Stony box in the 51st minute and Bone netted from the spot with a well struck left foot shot that gave Anderson no chance.
Athletic however soon slipped back to their old ways of giving the ball away and Tite capitalised when he swept the ball in from a low cross from the right to make it 2-1 with just under half-an-hour left. Tite then shaved the upright with a blistering shot moments later. The hardworking Hodges managed a header with five minutes left from a Bone free kick but it was comfortably saved.
Buckingham Athletic: Bridges,D.Howkins, Fenton, P.Hooper, Bennett, Chart, Hodges, D.O’Dell, Woolard, Bone,Cater. Subs: J.Hooper, Higgs.
Athletic visit Amersham Town next Monday, kick-off 3pm.