Buckingham Athletic Development – 0
Long Crendon – 3
Long Crendon took the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup on Saturday putting three past Buckingham Athletic development with a hatrick for Asher Yearwood to secure the Charles Twelftree trophy for the Hellenic Football League Division Two side. Their opposition never really got their game going and after finding themselves behind early on were then given a mountain to climb after the break as they had two players sent off from where Crendon sealed the win with two further strikes, after the game Athletic manager Jake Honor admitting his side were second best and hadn’t turned up. An afternoon of contrasting weather saw blue skies with warm sunshine interrupted on several occasions as the clouds gathered and an icy wind that saw the healthy crowd searching for extra clothing, the rock hard surface did little to help either side get any passing football together and in truth James Green was far busier in goal for Buckingham than George Collingwood at the opposite end.
Crendon took the lead after just five minutes when Oli Lethbridge pressured the Ath defence enough to concede possession, he fizzed the ball across the six-yard box where two outstretched defenders boots couldn’t make contact allowing Yearwood to take a touch before drilling into the bottom corner, for a while the development backline looked nervous every time they received the ball and again Lethbridge gained an advantage out on the left ahead of feeding James Hawkes who fired wide, a free kick then floated in by skipper Alex Farley found the rising head of Hawkes but he simply helped it on its way past the upright.
The Spartan South Midlands side struggled to stamp their authority on the game during the first period, rarely getting anywhere near their opposition penalty area, whilst their opponents had plenty of the play but never really looked like increasing their lad, with ten minutes of the half left a simple pass through the blue back line saw Lethbridge in on goal but Green was off his line in a flash to dive at his feet to take it away and gather at the second attempt, before a Yearwood free kick from eighteen yards took a deflection off the wall for a corner being the closest they came. H/T: 0-1
Within five minutes of the restart Crendon midfielder Harry Pettingell tried his luck from twenty yards but wide of the target, another lob over the defence saw the same player race towards goal but again Green was out of his area to clear before any danger materialised, skipper Dan McAndrew then had to keep his composure under some serious pressure from Lethbridge, twice having to head away from the front man and eventually getting the better to clear the threat. Buckingham summed up their afternoon on the hour mark when a Harry Heritage free kick into the box simply grazed the head of striker Charlie Wright on its way out, it took until the sixty-fourth minute for the first effort at goal, substitute Luke Tavener driving over the top from a clearance.
At the opposite end a shot from Archie Pettingell was blocked inside the six yard area where it then fell nicely for Hawkes to hit, a deflection off a blue shirt saw a big shout for a handball but the official waved the appeals away, it then all went wrong for Buckingham with just over twenty minutes left when Rufus Barker was spoken to by the official in the lead up to a corner, as he signalled for play to then resume the defender clashed on the edge of the box with Nathan Brownsword & the referee brandished a straight red card which was later confirmed for a clash of heads, the set piece eventually taken saw a flick on to Yearwood who from close range headed straight at Green.
A cross from the wing was met by a glancing header from Yearwood to flash the ball across the area and wide, then with sixteen minutes left the game was all but put to bed when Yearwood was played away across midfield towards goal all on his own, he rounded the advancing Green before slotting home from the angle, within a minute Ath were reduced to nine when Wright was adjudged to have impeded a throw deep in the Crendon half, a second yellow saw him off for an early shower much to the delight of the green defence.
A free kick twenty-five yards out saw Tavener drill past Collingwood’s right hand post, a quick counter attack the other end saw Harry Pettingell explore space down the left flank before picking out Christian Warwick on the other side of the box all on his own, his shot beat Green but hit the post and rebounded away, another cross in to the area saw Green having to go up against Lethbridge but the Crendon man won the battle only to head wide, moments later he was fed again in front of goal by Yearwood but he could only screw past the woodwork.
With four minutes to go the striker completed his treble with a strike to remember, a cross from the left picked him out twelve yards out, he had time to position himself before unleashing a right footed volley into the back of the net. There was still time for Warwick to get down the flank & square into the box where Lethbridge stepped over allowing Harry Pettingell to strike however he chipped over the top, from the goal kick the whistle sounded to spark the deserved celebrations from the Crendon contingent. F/T: 0-3
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