White Ensign – 4
Buckingham Athletic – 1
Buckingham Athletic were knocked out of the FA Vase by an Essex based side for the second consecutive season on Sunday, White Ensign of the Eastern Counties League Division One South progressing with two goals either side of the break although had the away side taken their chances when they came along a slightly different game may have been played out. Chances at either end were spurned in the opening stages but it was the hosts that scored twice inside six minutes to enjoy their half time refreshments, it was three soon after the restart but Ath pulled a goal back fairly quickly and then had two chances that could have changed the course of the game, however then a freak own goal sealed the game for the home side who go into the second round for the first time in their history.
Athletic had two early chances which saw Jacob Williamson fire over the top & a Jeremiah Adams lob land on top of the netting, but after a fairly even opening half hour the hosts took the lead when a cross from James Ainslie was headed against Luke Skinner allowing him the opportunity to smash home off the underside of the crossbar. That lead was then doubled just six minutes later when an initial shot hit a defender and fell nicely for Andy George to pounce and stab home.
Any hopes of a second half comeback were dashed just ninety seconds after the restart when a goal kick to the away side was sent straight back into their half and a simple ball across the eighteen yard box found player manager Brett Munyard unmarked who simply couldn’t miss. But just two minutes later the visitor’s pulled a goal back when a Kevin Owusu free kick into the box was flicked on by Jack Menday and quickest to pounce was Adams who poked home.
Shortly after the goal Adams went close again when from the acutest of angles his fierce drive bounced up and over the frame of the goal, a long clearance with a flick on in midfield then saw Chris Parr released down the right and from the corner of the eighteen yard box he fizzed across goal and inches wide of the far post. The game was finally sealed on the hour mark when a harmless looking cross from the Ensign left was met by a firm header in front of goal by Ath centre half Robert Tapp which planted the ball firmly into Josh McAdoo’s bottom right hand corner. F/T: 4-1
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All the goals (courtesy of @essexfootie):