Report by Alex Gilder
Buckingham Athletic find themselves 2-1 up against Winslow United in the first leg of the Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final. As always it was a game that never fails to disappoint with plenty happening throughout.
MATCH ACTION: Buckingham Athletic v Winslow United. Buckingham Senior Charity Cup, semi-final, 1st leg
Winslow had the first chances in the opening exchanges, both coming from corners.
First, usual corner taker Simon King whipped in a ball towards Harry Dalton which was superbly saved by Josh McAdoo.
The second chance came from the resulting corner, but this time Aaron King found himself free in the six yard box but could not get over the ball as it sailed past the bar.
In the first ten minutes Winslow certainly started the better team and another chance was created by Simon King, who worked some space for himself and fired at goal but smacked the post and the ball went out for a goal kick.
Totally against the run of play and Athletic found themselves 1-0 up through the head of Jack Menday, who rose highest above anyone, and powered past Sam Ashmead’s left. Winslow should have felt aggrieved with letting that goal in after all their pressure was undone.
Ath now, were getting a foothold in the game as Neil King struck a free kick but was comfortably saved by Ashmead to his right. However Winslow were a constant threat form corners, this time Marcus Hussey could only head wide from a delightful Simon King corner.
With the yellow and blues not taking their chances, at the other end the Athletic capitalised and made it 2-0 through star-striker Robbie Carter. He broke free and saw himself bearing down on goal but three recovering Winslow defenders stopped his path to scoring, so he cleverly cut back and passed off to Nick Bines, who had his shot cleared off the line, furthermore the ball cannoned back to Bines who squared to Carter, who had a simple tap in from a couple yards out. 2-0 to the dark and light blues.
But Winslow were not fazed by going another goal down as they reacted brilliantly. Daniel Parsons, who looked dangerous from kick off, drifted past two Buckingham defenders and pulled back to Aaron King, who had his shot deflected over the bar.
Winslow strived to half the deficit as a short free kick was played into Aaron King, who did well to control, turn and shoot which was saved by McAdoo, into the path of Ryan Freshwater who was deemed to be offside.
The Ploughman’s end to the second half was ruined by a red card after the half time whistle given to Anthony Ball for descent towards the referee.
At half time the score stood 2-0 to Athletic but they knew the game was not over yet.
The first minutes of the second half seemed to had lost a slight bit of tempo from both teams as they struggled to create any real clear cut chances. Then all of a sudden a moment of genius from Sam Olewale saw him beat his man and dink the cross towards the head of Carter, but there was not enough pace to trouble Ashmead in goal. This sprung the second half into some life.
United’s first chance of the second half came from a diagonal ball switched to Aaron King, who took his shot early, but some more fine glovework by McAdoo prevented the prolific striker from scoring.
But Aaron King was to have his way with the help from his brother Simon. He delivered a cracking ball in that caused havoc among the Athletic defence, but Aaron King got hold of the ball, turned and finished wonderfully into the top right corner. Winslow kept battling a credit to them they were deserved for their perseverance.
Now United were having the better of the chances and this time coming from Parsons, who picked up the ball at the edge of the area and rifled just wide of the mark. A momentum shift in favour of the yellow and blues.
Parsons once again was causing trouble to the Athletic backline however this time Menday paid the ultimate price as he challenged Parsons, which was seen as a second bookable offence to the referee.
Soon after a long ball from Ashmead was misjudged by Dan Staley, lead to Aaron King pouncing on the loose ball, and he looked almost certain to score if it was not for the heroic recovering challenge by the Athletic defender. That definitely made up for his mistake just moments prior.
The game was nearing an end with Athletic doing their best to see it out and unfortunately the ploughman were dealt a huge setback as Bowers was seen a straight red for his double-footed lunge towards Kevin Owusu.
The last action of the game came from a Simon King free kick that was superbly turned behind by McAdoo.
Full time and Griffiths’ men had won the game 2-1 against their local rivals, Winslow United. Alleyne will take this narrow defeat going into the next leg as the first half belonged to Athletic and the second to Winslow. This close game makes the second leg all the more to look forward to and it is a fixture you do not want to miss out on.
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