Buckingham Athletic are in the draw for the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
Match report by Sam Pateman
A performance that highlighted the fantastic commitment to improving on every week by all the players involved, with some outstanding performances all over the pitch!
The game started well for the home side from the off, with a well marshalled defensive line mopping up the long balls from Hampton and Richmond, coupled with some early pressure in the opposition half by Buckingham. Once the game settled, Buckingham really came into their own with some great football, playing combination passes and utilising the pace and power of individuals to really threaten the away side.
Carter opened the scoring with a good finish to polish off a brilliantly worked Acquaye move, after he brushed off the defenders to drive in a low cross for a clear opportunity at goal!
Around 10 minutes later Carter returned the favour as Acquaye doubled the Buckingham lead with more dominating attacking play that the away side were not able to deal with all night! Buckingham weren’t finished there though as Carter bagged a first half brace with another quality finish, after a great pass from Atkinson found Acquaye, who’s eventual shot was blocked and fell nicely into the path of Carter the recipient.
Moments later another assist for Acquaye as his well struck corner was headed home by McElroy, with a brilliant leap and bullet header to affirm Buckingham’s lead.
Hampton did however have a chance that they did not capitalise on as a set piece scramble in the box was well defended eventually by young 16 year old right back Pike at the back post.
Half time: 4-0.
The second half started against the run of play as Hampton nabbed a goal back shortly after kick off, as a lapse in concentration led to a well taken finish by the big striker for the away side, seconds after Buckingham had the opportunity to score their fifth! Nevertheless it didn’t take long for the 4-goal advantage to be restored as Acquaye worked another ball into the area for Minney to finish well. Great play again by Buckingham.
At this point changes were beginning to be made and as his replacement was being readied on the sideline, Carter managed to complete a quality strikers performance with his well taken hat trick, after McElroy played a scintillating pass through the defensive line of Hampton and Richmond, for Carter to finish calmly.
The away side to their credit continued to try and attack spiritedly but in doing so left gaps for the brilliant ‘Ath’ side to convert one final goal, thanks to a brilliant through ball from sub Olawale, into the path of Minney who made it 7-1 on the night.
The performance was of a high standard by the home side, who laid down a marker with their application throughout. The attacking quartet of Minney, McElroy, Acquaye and Carter were untouchable on the night, scoring all the goals between them and assisting all but two of them.
MOTM goes to Atkinson however, as his performance was pivotal in the midfield in the way that Buckingham look to play football, his role never undervalued by those around him.
Buckingham Athletic FC u18’s Squad:
Matt Chew (c) (Sub: Sam Olawale)
Tom McElroy (Sub: Harvey Thorne)
Robbie Carter (Sub: Rory Busby)
Thank you to everyone who made the journey to support both teams, a pleasure to have you all as part of this journey so far!
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