Athletic boss pleased with progress

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BUCKINGHAM Athletic continued their pre-season following more friendlies over the last two weeks with new manager Damien Wiffin pleased with the progress his side are making.

Having lost to Totternhoe in their first friendly, Athletic have since picked up two draws and one loss against tough opposition.

The first, against Olney Town, produced a 2-2 draw with Phil Martin’s well-taken header and Josh Hooper’s strike ensuring the draw for Athletic.

Athletic then took on Southern League Premier outfit Banbury United in midweek.

After having the better of the opening exchanges, Athletic deservedly took the lead through Nathan Perna’s header.

However, Banbury hit back with two goals from O’Grady and Lorraine to take a lead into half-time, which they held on to until the final whistle.

Another goal from Hooper four days later then gave Athletic a half time lead over Northampton Spencer but the visitors hit back early in the second half for a 1-1 draw.

The Reserves also played Olney Town and Northampton Spencer with a mix of youth and senior players.

Against Olney Town, they went down 3-1 but managed a 1-1 draw with Northampton Spencer – Craig Howkins was the scorer for Athletic.

The Youth team will once again be playing in the Allied Counties Youth League and they took on Aylesbury in a friendly.

Despite producing a good performance and scoring through Haydn Goodwin, Athletic fell to a 2-1 defeat.

The first team play their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday, August 7, against Premier side Cogenhoe of the United Counties League at 7.45pm before starting their season on Saturday, August 11, at home to Chesham United Reserves.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Youth team take on New Bradwell at home for a 12pm.