Buckingham Athletic – 2
Winslow United – 1
Buckingham Athletic progressed in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy on Saturday at the expense of their closest rivals Winslow United to win a place in the fourth round and to also bag the local bragging rights for the second time this season after their league win back in August. United manager Paul Alleyne admitted afterwards that his side didn’t turn up, missing several regulars the Ploughmen were behind in the fifth minute to an early penalty, the lead doubled by half time although in truth it could have been many more had the hosts taken their chances. But when Winslow pulled a goal back half way through the second half the expected onslaught wasn’t as vociferous as many expected, the backline of blue shirts repelled everything thrown at them, and the final whistle saw last season’s semi-finalists bow out.
Athletic were gifted the chance to open the scoring after just five minutes when hesitation in the Winslow defence allowed Jack Menday to steal possession and drive into the box where a lunging tackle saw him floored and the referee point to the spot, Neil King making no mistake from twelve yards. Within moments of the goal the hosts won a corner on their right, Nick Bines curled it right into the middle of the goal where despite several bodies fighting to get a touch, Boateng claimed in mid-air and held on to deny any further damage, before a cross reached Robbie Carter in behind Alex McGowan but the Winslow centre half had done enough to distract the Athletic front man who could only glance his header wide.
United try to get back in the game when a ball down the right channel looked a lost cause until Jack Bowers chased it down and pulled back across the eighteen yard area, with the defence caught out the ball rolled on to Tom Brindley but he miskicked, looping the ball up in the air and the chance was gone. The next Ploughmen attack saw Bowers hit a fierce drive towards goal which saw a great block, the follow up by Marcus Hussey hitting a defender before spiralling out for a corner, the set piece was headed clear where from twenty yards Simon King lifted high over the crossbar. Just as the visitors looked to be getting a foothold in the game, the home side scored again on twenty-seven minutes thanks mainly to some great work by Sam Olawale.
Chasing down a long lost cause on their right he not only retrieved but kept the ball in play, on the byline he jinked past his marker before crossing and quickest to react was Rob MacDonald who met the cross at the near post to flick across goal and in the far corner. Winslow were on the attack from the restart, a long range effort from Simon King was charged down inside the penalty area before Harry Dalton faced a one on one with Buckingham custodian Josh McAdoo who dived bravely at the strikers feet, the ball rebounding towards the empty goal but the keeper was up in a flash to throw himself on the ball, at the opposite end a Neil King free kick was met by the head of Carter but under pressure from McGowan it was a regulatory save for Boateng.
The Ploughmen almost gifted a third to their hosts when Boateng failed to hold a header back from a colleague in his six-yard box, MacDonald was on it in a flash but an awkward bounce meant he didn’t connect and the keeper was able to recover and smoother. Another Athletic corner swung right into the six yard line saw Menday climb highest to head over, and in the final minute Dalton received a ball to the left of goal where he advanced towards the near post before firing across the goal face and wide of the back post. H/T: 2-0
It took less than thirty seconds of the second half for the home side to try and extend their lead, Menday exploring the space in midfield before driving over the top from twenty-five yards, before Carter got away down the right and from a tight angle flashed the ball towards the near post where Boateng had to get down well to stop with both hands. At the other end a Winslow corner saw Dan Parsons go up against Ryan Marsden at the far post, the United man heading back across goal where Ryan Kelsey was on hand to clear off the line.
Buckingham then could and probably should have put the game to bed when a United attack broke down and with Olawale fed inside the opposite half a break away saw three blue shirts attacking two yellow shirts, but the Ath youngster opted to pass early and it didn’t reach its target & the chance was gone in a flash. Chances still came their way as the game wore on, moving the ball from their right touchline across the eighteen yard line, Olawale onto MacDonald who rolled on towards Carter who left it purposely for Menday who lifted over the top.
Winslow were then awarded a penalty on sixty-seven minutes when Ryan Coyle brought a premature end to a promising attack, Ryan Freshwater duly despatched to half the arrears and set up a thrilling final quarter to the tie. However, it wasn’t the end of the home side’s intent as both substitutes Kevin Owusu and new signing Immanuel Soetan combined well which resulted in the latter firing over the top from distance, moments later Carter was fed through and faced Boateng one on one, as the keeper came out to meet the striker he knocked the ball past him but too far to reach and a defender was close enough to smash to safety.
Winslow won a throw on their right which saw Simon King fed on the eighteen yard line with his back to goal, he turned his marker but could only drag his shot wide of the target, Dalton then had a double chance inside the box, his initial shot blocked the rebound fell nicely for him to try again but McAdoo got down well to his right to save the second effort. Soetan then enjoyed some space to the left of the United goal, twisting and turning three separate challenges he fired into the side netting, at the other end Parsons fizzed a low cross into the six-yard box where McAdoo dived bravely at the feet of Rondell Joe to smoother.
In added time Soetan drove at the United backline switching from one foot to the other and back again before blazing high over the top, and the final action saw a Dalton cross take a flick on inside the area that came back off the post and as bodies clambered to regain possession a raised flag halted play, with the whistle sounding just seconds later. F/T: 2-1
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