Athletic bounce back with Langford win

Matt Cruse (Picture by Guy Wills)
Matt Cruse (Picture by Guy Wills)

Buckingham Athletic rediscovered their mojo at the weekend when they returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Langford to move up to seventh in SSML Division One.

Athletic came into this game looking to bounce back following successive defeats but a scrappy first-half against Langford produced few chances.

Nick Bennion saved from Langford’s John Vooght while Jack Carter had Buckingham’s best chance with his effort punched away by Adam Lawrence to keep the game goalless at half-time.

Athletic improved after the restart and on 52 minutes, Matt Cruse latched onto a long ball, outrun the Langford defence and fired home to put the visitors ahead.

That sparked a dominant spell for Buckingham as Cruse repeated the trick moments later with a similar goal to double the lead.

Athletic continued to press and Simon King missed an open goal when failing to connect just five yards out, and that gave encouragement for the home side.

In the 64th minute, David Tembua, on from the bench, picked up the ball wide in his own half, sped down the wing cut into the penalty area beating four players on the way, then crossed to Stephen brooks who turned past Bennion from 12 yards.

That was to prove a false dawn, however, as Cruse set up King who put the game beyond Langford’s reach.

Athletic host promotion-chasing Chesham United Reserves this weekend.