Buckingham Town – 2
AFC Long Buckby – 1
(played at Long Buckby)
Buckingham Town rounded off their season with a narrow victory at AFC Long Buckby on Monday evening, but left it late to secure all three points with substitute Dan Silver coming off the bench to grab a brace after his side trailed at the break to an early Tom Mellor strike. Long Buckby defied their lowly league status by causing Town problems for most of the match and will feel they should have gained something from the game for their efforts, but once Silver equalised the odds were always on The Robins going on to win the game with their confidence visibly lifted by the goal.
The opening fifteen minutes saw Buckby dominate the play, a cross was headed over by Fahmi Mohammed, and a corner cleared out to Calum Yeates saw the defender curl away from goal from twenty yards out. Buckingham relieved some pressure when George Shrieves drove into the Buckby area though shielded by three defenders he twisted & turned but could not find a way through.
The home side took the lead on fourteen minutes, a throw out on their right saw the ball played in to Mellor, as Town full back Sam Tamakloe went to challenge he slipped allowing Mellor to advance a yard before smashing home past Buckingham custodian Ryan Thrussell.
Another cross was then met acrobatically by Mohammed, but his overhead effort bounced wide, whilst at the other end a cross from Town winger Connor Collins saw Buckby keeper Jason Lee call for the ball, however Sam Bearman crept in unnoticed and got the slightest of touches taking the ball past the keeper and it bounced just a few inches the wrong side of the back post.
Buckby almost increased their lead on twenty-four minutes when a throw on their left saw the Buckingham back line so busy contesting the position of the throw that their hosts took it quickly and fed in Simon Barby to race away on goal, his cross cum shot flashed across the box and wide, despite the best efforts of Mohammed who was inches away from connecting in front of goal.
Pat O’Brien was next to try, receiving a pass on the edge of the box he twisted away from his marker before blazing over Thrussell’s crossbar, & home keeper Lee then came to the rescue for his side when a long clearance from a corner threatened to see the Town strike force break the offside trap, meeting the ball way out of his area he headed away to safety.
Mellor saw a long-range shot saved one handed by Thrussell diving away to his right turning away for a corner, and when ever Buckingham had the ball in their half the Buckby front line were hounding them ferociously at such a high tempo, earning them much applause from their bench. Mellor got down the Buckby left late in the half, his ball across the goal face was ahead of any colleagues & cleared, & on the stroke of half-time a long ball upfield saw Barby cushion down to Mohammed who lifted over the top. H/T: 1-0
Just three minutes after the break, George Shrieves made a driving run from the half-way line into the Long Buckby box, again heavily shadowed by two defenders he did manage to get a shot away, but the ball cannoned off a yellow sock and away for a corner. The corner swung right into the goal mouth and attacked by Chris Wreh, but Lee managed to punch up & away, Dan Bevis then fired over the bar from twelve yards.
At the other end the Town defence cleared a cross out as far as O’Brien whose looping shot cleared the crossbar, then just past the hour mark a header from Town centre forward Danny Simpson was heading top corner until Lee leaped to push away brilliantly one handed. Within a minute another looping cross from the Town right saw Simpson again head for goal but this time Lee stuck out a boot at his near post to divert away.
The hosts were then in again when a ball into the Town half saw Tamakloe slip and lose possession to Barby who headed into the area, as Tamakloe tried to recover he challenged which saw the striker go down giving Charlie Dolden the chance to get back & clear, and despite furious claims for a penalty, the referee waved them all away.
Mellor saw another low drive from the eighteen-yard line turned away by Thrussell, and the game began to open up. A huge goal kick from Lee then set the home side away in behind, despite the claims off offside from the Robins back line the flag stayed down, Barby got his shot away which took the slightest of deflections to flash across goal and away for a corner.
Buckby won a free kick some twenty-five yards from goal which Yeates drove over the crossbar, before a throw saw Mohammed released in behind the Town defence but from six-yards he lifted over the top.
Town equalised with just fifteen minutes left, with a goal the home side were furious was allowed to stand. A challenge in the middle of the pitch saw a Buckby player go down, and whilst all his team mates called for the free kick Collins took the ball on and sent in long for Silver to gallop after, his shot saved by Lee, but the power took the ball into the bottom corner.
The goal certainly lifted the visitors and they began sensing a winner, although did have Bevis to thank for two crucial blocks inside his own penalty area when Buckby threatened on two counter attacks, before Collins took on a long searching run at goal but fired straight into the waiting gloves of Lee.
Then in the ninetieth minute Buckby hearts were broken when a long ball into the bottom corner was chased down by Simpson, he turned and fizzed a cross into the area where running in Silver met the ball first to lift past Lee and into the roof of the net. F/T: 2-1
Just three days after the game, Buckingham Town FC announced it was folding with immediate effect.
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