Athletic score eight goals in back-to-back wins

Scott Latham
Scott Latham

Buckingham Athletic scored eight goals in two matches this week to take six points from six and leap to 13th in SSML Division One.

Their first win came on Saturday when they impressively disposed of promotion-chasing Welwyn Garden City 4-2.

Athletic started brightly and were only denied an early lead when a goal was ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper, but on 18 minutes they deservedly went ahead as Paul Dearlove fired into the net after a goalmouth scramble.

The hosts needed only a minute to double their lead when good work from Josh Hooper on the right was finished off by Sid Hawkins, before Dave O’Dell converted a penalty after Adam Bone had been fouled to put the rampant home side into a 3-0 lead with just 23 minutes gone.

Athletic then added to their tally with Brad Walker following up O’Dell’s free-kick to put Buckingham into a shock 4-0 half-time lead.

Welwyn responded in the second period and had a glimmer of hope when Walker was sent off for a foul in the penalty area and Brettell dispatched the spot-kick, but Athletic defended well for the remainder of the game and held on to the three points despite conceding a late consolation.

Damien Wiffin’s side followed that victory with an even more impressive win on Tuesday as they thrashed another top ten side, FC Broxbourne Borough, 4-0.

Having scored his first senior goal three days earlier, it took 17-year-old Brad Walker just four minutes to open the scoring when he met a pinpoint Adam Bone free-kick with a powerful header.

The home side increased their lead thanks to a fine strike from Scott Latham on 16 minutes and the points were sealed on the half-hour mark when Sid Hawkins headed home a cross from the right.

Broxbourne came more into the game in the second period, but Bone and Walker combined for a third time in two games as the youngster headed home a Bone corner to complete the scoring.

Athletic, who are now only two points behind rivals Winslow United with 11 games to go, travel to Codicote this tomorrow, Saturday.