Athletic defeated but Winslow progress in cup

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Local rivals Buckingham Athletic and Winslow United experienced differing fortunes on Tuesday evening after both sides saw their weekend matches called off.

Buckingham were due to host Crawley Green on Saturday, while Winslow visited Kentish Town in SSML Division One, but continual heavy rain saw both matches postponed.

However, as the rain relented in midweek, the two sides were in action on Tuesday, with Winslow progressing through to the fourth round of the Challenge Trophy thanks to a 1-0 victory over Langford.

United were without top scorer Drew Mitten, who has this week signed for Newport Pagnell, but Ryan Freswater’s second half header sealed Winslow’s progress.

Buckingham Athletic, however, suffered a battling 3-1 defeat away at second-placed Sun Postal Sports in their SSML Division One encounter.

Having seen their three previous fixtures postponed, Athletic were without top scorer Phil Martin and the suspended Simon King, and it showed in the opening half as Sun Postal’s long-ball game gave the visitors problems in the difficult conditions.

The home side scored twice in five minutes, and things got worse for Athletic on the half-hour when Dave O’Dell felled the opposing striker and was sent off as the the last man, before Sun Postal extended their lead to 3-0 at half time.

It seemed a question of how big a victory the promotion chasers would rack up, but Damian Wiffin’s side produced a commendable second half display to battle their way back into the game.

Despite being a man down, a change of formation worked in Athletic’s favour as substitute Ryan Wiffin headed a goal back on the hour-mark and the visitors continued to defend well while looking to hit their hosts on the break.

However, Wiffin was then forced off with an injury and, having used all three subs, Athletic finished the game with nine men and were unable to pull another goal back.

Athletic, who are 13th in Division One, travel to Kentish Town this weekend, while ninth-placed Winslow host King’s Langley.