Wiffin forced to pick 
himself as Athletic dig deep to shock Crawley

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A severely depleted Buckingham Athletic outfit displayed great team spirit to go away and stun in-form Crawley Green 2-0 on Saturday.

Having travelled without a number of first tam players, manager Damien Wiffin was forced to start himself but his side more than held their own in a cagey opening half and they came closest to scoring when Dave O’Dell’s free-kick struck the bar.

Athletic remained in the ascendancy in the second half and needed only two minutes to break the deadlock when Adam Kelly was fouled and O’Dell rifled an unstoppable free-kick past the goalkeeper.

The visitors came under increasing pressure but, as full-time approached, they broke and Ryan Simons was able to slide the ball through to Sid Hawkins, who rounded the goalkeeper and scored to secure all three points.

Buckingham were back in action two days later when they entertained Amersham Town on Monday evening.

Athletic went ahead inside two minutes as Kelly stabbed home after a mass goalmouth scramble but tiredness began to set in and Amersham were able to nick a late equaliser.

This Saturday sees the big local derby as Athletic entertain friece rivals Winslow United in what promises to be a tight affair with the two sides separated by just two points in SSML Division One.