By Darren Seaton
Buckingham Town made the long trip to Melton Mowbray on Saturday and kicked off their league campaign with three points.
Manager Gary Ollard handed competitive debuts to four new signings and it took a while for the Robins to find their rhythm.
A fairly low key first half saw Buckingham keep the ball well without finding the cutting edge but it was the home side who came close to opening the scoring on 25 minutes as a snapshot rebounded off the crossbar and away to safety.
Melton created three more decent chances and finally grabbed the opening goal with a low curling shot into the bottom corner on 33 minutes. Buckingham responded with a flurry of attempts on goal but none seriously troubled the home keeper and Town went in to the halftime break a goal behind.
The Robins emerged from the dressing rooms with a little more urgency for the second half and continued to use the ball well and the equaliser arrived just past the hour-mark. A fierce goal-bound shot was handled on the line by the Melton captain who was promptly shown the red card by the referee and summer capture Kelvin Osei-Addo tucked away his spot kick.
Five minutes later Buckingham got their noses in front after great work by Orlando Joao saw the ball cut back to the corner of the penalty area and Fuad Ahmed drove the ball high into the roof of the net.
Melton rallied as they tried to get themselves back into the game but their hopes were dealt a major blow as Jeremiah Adams raced onto a long kick from Thrussell in the Town goal who lifted a perfect lob over the onrushing keeper fifteen minutes from time.
Despite their slow start to the match Buckingham had hit a purple patch and the three goals in 12 minutes looked to have secured the points but three minutes later the home side gave themselves hope of a comeback with a powerful shot from eight yards that gave Thrussell no chance.
Rather than sit back and try to play for time the Robins themselves went in search of the goal that would seal victory and both Joao and Osei-Addo had golden chances to kill off Melton.
Osei-Addo tapped home his second and Buckingham’s fourth with two minutes left on the clock for his fifth of the season and that was enough to capture all three points for Town. Not a vintage display by any means from Buckingham but three points none the less.
Town host league new boys and unbeaten Pinchbeck United at Manor Fields this Saturday, Kick off at 3pm.