Martin fires Athletic to win

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Buckingham Athletic came from behind for the second week running to take another crucial three points on Saturday – despite being without manager Damian Wiffin.

Following last weekend’s enthralling 4-3 comeback victory against Bedford, Athletic once again produced an impressive turnaround to beat Baldock Town 2-1 and climb to 12th in South Midlands Football League Division One.

With manager Wiffin unable to get to the game, assistant Paul Bowley took charge and, having named an unchanged team, his side began brightly with Simon King, Patch Hooper and Frankey Tarrant getting forward from midfield to support lone striker Phil Martin.

However, despite creating a number of chances, Athletic failed to make the pressure pay and they were punished by the visitors when goalkeeper Clark slipped to allow Aulsberry to open the scoring.

Athletic remained on top and, after Clark had produced a superb save, they deservedly levelled on the hour-mark through Martin’s rasping drive into the roof of the net.

With the scores now level, Buckingham needed just six minutes to go ahead when Martin struck again in identical fashion to the first to fire Athletic ahead and complete another fine turnaround.

Instead of sitting back, Athletic retained their attacking threat and restricted Baldock to half chances to comfortably see out a deserved victory.

This weekend, Athletic will look to make it three on the spin when they travel to 16th-placed Amersham Town.

The club are still seeking a part-time groundsman to help maintain their facilities. The role involves looking after the pitch and surrounding areas, with grass cutting and the marking out of the pitch and other small jobs for match days. All equipment and materials are held on site – hours are flexible and can be discussed on application.

Anyone interested can contact Tony Checkley on 01280 817826 or via email at

Athletic: Clark, Hodges, Bone, Wiffin, Walker, P Hooper, Dearlove, Latham, King, Tarrant, Martin. Subs: D O’Dell, Perna, Staley, Blundell.