Athletic climb away from danger

Buckingham Athletic manager Damien Wiffin
Buckingham Athletic manager Damien Wiffin

Buckingham Athletic assistant manager Ryan Wiffin praised the attitude of his players after they recorded an invaluable 3-2 win at Bush Hill Rangers.

The result lifts Athletic away from danger and up to 15th in South Midlands League Division One, much to the relief of Wiffin who said: “We took a very young side with us but the attitude of all the players who stepped up was first class.”

Buckingham took the early initiative as Ben Cutting put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes, but Tashan Richmond quickly equalised from the penalty spot.

Athletic struck back and scored two goals either side of half-time, first through George Jackman and then Dan Staley.

Usama Hamdan’s goal then set up an anxious final 15 minutes but the hosts held on to all three points.

On Tuesday, Athletic lost 2-0 at home to Bedford.

Buckingham Reservesbeat local rivals Winslow United 2-0 – James Blundell and Lewis Greaves with the goals – while a Matt Cruse hat-trick inspired the youth team to a 5-0 win over Clanfield.

This weekend, Athletic host Broxbourne Borough.