Buckingham Athletic – 3
Potterspury – 0
Buckingham Athletic beat Potterspury on Tuesday night to lift the Tony Howard Memorial Shield, in a game that saw the visitors spurn their chances whereas the hosts took theirs when they came along, and goals from Drew Mitten, Chris Stapleton & Sam Olawale meant the home side retain the shield for another year.
New Buckingham manager Neil Griffiths had a large pool of players on show, a blend of players from the last few seasons at Stratford Fields mixed with some who played under him whilst at Olney Town, and it was one of those who opened the scoring on seven minutes, Mitten receiving the ball some twenty yards from goal and he hit a fierce drive giving the Pury keeper no chance whatsoever.
Eleven minutes later the away side were awarded a penalty for holding inside the area but the spot kick was blasted high into the tree’s behind, and on twenty-seven minutes another Pury chance came back off the crossbar. These chances were rued when ten minutes from the break Stapleton thumped home from a Luca Seminerio cross.
After the break the home side continued to press, Mitten forcing a superb save from the visiting keeper ten minutes in when a goal seemed inevitable, but just a minute later a great solo effort from Olawale saw him collect on the halfway line before advancing and turn a defender before drilling into the back of the net.
Multiple substitutions followed, enabling Griffiths to cast his eyes over his squad for the last time before the Spartan South Midlands league season commences this coming Saturday, and returning from a horrific injury suffered last Christmas Jack Menday thumped a free kick from distance against the Pury post the pick of the action from the remainder of the game. F/T: 3-0
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