Buckingham Athletic – 3
Winslow United – 2
The first MK18 derby of the new Spartan South Midlands Football League season saw Buckingham Athletic triumph over Winslow United on Tuesday evening at Stratford Fields, in a typical blood & thunder battle expected between these two rivals. Whilst both sides lead during the game, it took a late winner for the hosts to take the points and more importantly the bragging rights so early in the season.
Winslow went close on four minutes when Shiblu Miah found some space deep in the hosts half and forced Athletic keeper Jack Taylor to push over for a corner, whilst at the other end Chris Stapleton got away down the right and United custodian Sam Ashmead had to get down at his near post to smother the shot.
On the quarter-hour mark Miah was released at pace down the Winslow left and with colleagues racing in to join in the attack the wide man flashed the ball across the goal face and wide of the back post; moments later Aaron King blasted a free kick wide from twenty-five yards. Buckingham saw a free kick from Neil King float over everyone and away to safety before the goals started to arrive in the thirty-third minute.
A simple long ball down field from the United defence saw Taylor come to the edge of his box and chest down but trying to evade a challenge from Winslow front man Matt Cruse he lost control, and the former Athletic striker simply had to roll the ball into the unguarded net. The lead lasted just eight minutes as a superb pass from Kevin Owusu on the edge of the area fed in Ryan Kelsey who made no mistake despite being under pressure. H/T: 1-1
Early after the break a Winslow corner was cleared out to the eighteen-yard line where Ryan Freshwater connected well and the ball flew past Taylor crashing off the inside of the post, the rebound bouncing across the goal line and past the opposite post & away for a goal kick!
On fifty-five minutes, Neil King slid a diagonal pass through midfield for Owusu to chase after, his run down the right saw him reach the box where Ashmead came out to block for a corner. The corner swung in wasn’t dealt with and Stapleton seized on the loose ball some eight yards out and rifled into the top corner to give the home side the lead for the first time in the game.
Winslow tried to fight back immediately, Aaron King sliding a ball through the middle of the home back line for Cruse to latch on to but he fired across goal and wide; at the opposite end a free kick fed in Owusu but he was blocked & the loose ball fell to Ashley Farmer whose attempted curler into the top corner narrowly cleared the crossbar, before another Kelsey effort flashed across the United six-yard box and wide of the far post.
Winslow made some substitutions hoping to freshen things up and almost immediately Riccardo Whittle curled an effort into the gloves of Taylor, but then on seventy-two minutes they were awarded a penalty when fellow sub Tom Brindley was played through the middle and shoulder to shoulder with a defender he was brought down, the referee checking with his assistant before pointing to the spot. Freshwater thumping home to level the game once again.
Both sides then pushed for a winner and this time it was a home substitution that paid dividends in that search, Sam Olawale coming on and using his pace to run the United defence ragged. A free kick saw him sent into space in the corner of the Winslow half, he pulled the ball back across the eighteen-yard line where a step over left Farmer to smash home to take all three points. F/T: 3-2
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