Olney Town defeated Buckingham Town by a solitary goal on Monday to secure fourth place in the UCL Division One table, and finish their season on a high going into the Buckingham Charity Cup Final in two weeks’ time. Buckingham Town struggled to get going, and were under the cosh for the opening forty five minutes, they rallied after the break but could not break down a resilient Olney defence, and could not work their way past the Olney keeper when presented with chances. The Buckingham keeper was the busier of the two, and Olney maybe should have secured victory long before the final whistle.
A twelfth minute cross from Drew Mitten saw Aaron Murrell jump with Robin’s keeper Ryan Thrussell and under the challenge the keeper released the ball which Murrell knocked home, but the assistant referee had already flagged for an infringement. Moments later Mitten got away down the left and flashed the ball across the goal face but no green shirts were forward enough to connect and threaten the Buckingham goal.
Mitten then sent a cross from the right into Jordan Appleton whose first time shot flew just wide of Thrussell’s left hand upright. Buckingham were awarded a twenty second minute free kick some way outside the Olney box which was blazed over by Warren Garcia, before at the other end Gary Thurston crossed to Drew Mitten who headed just wide of goal.
Olney took the lead on twenty five minutes, and again Mitten was in the thick of the action. From just inside the box his shot on the turn was saved by Thrussell who couldn’t hold the ball, and Rob MacDonald was on hand to tap home. Ten minutes before the break Mitten again got down the Olney left before flashing the ball across the goal face and again no team mates were close enough to connect.
Rob MacDonald scores only goal of the game
Just before the break Buckingham sent a long ball down their right, whilst the home defence claimed for offside Michael McKenzie was away on goal, he drove low towards the near post and Josh Mcadoo got down well to turn away for a corner. In added time Olney did the same routine, a ball over the Buckingham defence set skipper Sam Parrish away and Thrussell made a good save to deny a second goal. H/T: 1-0
Within a minute of the restart Drew Mitten struck into the gloves of Thrussell, whilst Nathan Tshikuna in turn warmed the hands of Mcadoo. Aaron Murrell then got a shot away that deflected off a defenders boot and Thrussell was forced to flip backwards to tip the ball away for a corner.
Drew Mitten was then sent away on goal, and despite some very close attention he still managed to get a drive away that flew over the crossbar. Murrell then faced a one on one with Thrussell and the keeper bravely dived at the feet of the big striker to smoother the ball and the danger.
Levi Squillace got down the Buckingham right and pulled the ball back to McKenzie who shot first time forcing Mcadoo into a good save down to his right, and a defender was on hand to thump to safety. From the resulting throw McKenzie worked some space and his shot was just wide.
Appleton then drove from distance forcing Thrussell into another good low save down to his left, before a Buckingham free kick was sent high over the Olney crossbar by Tshikuna. A corner seven minutes from time then almost produced a second goal, floated right into the six yard box Thrussell went up under a challenge from Kyle Stimpson and the ball deflected towards goal, almost on the line Samal Amoako headed straight into the path of Murrell who shot at goal only to be blocked by Thrussell and eventually the visitor’s cleared the danger.
Ryan Thrussell then denied Stimpson when the substitute was in behind the Buckingham defence, he skipped a challenge from Squillace on the edge of the box before firing at goal but the Robin’s keeper blocked twelve yards out. Thrussell then denied Rob MacDonald his second of the game in added time, saving a shot from the edge of the area, before Christian Small blasted an Olney free kick over the bar. F/T: 1-0
Olney manager Neil Griffiths spoke after the game:
As did Buckingham Town manager Gary Ollard:
All the match photo’s can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalejamesphotography/albums/72157679523825793