By Darren Seaton
The Robins returned to winning ways on Saturday and in doing so played some of their best football of the season so far.
Harrowby arrived at Manor Fields in sixth place in the United Counties League, division one table, and with Buckingham’s head-to-head record against them far from impressive a testing afternoon looked set.
In reality Buckingham took control of the match from the first whistle and didn’t allow their visitors any time or space either with or without the ball.
Despite Town’s dominance it was Harrowby who created two golden opportunities to take a surprise lead but Thrussell in the home goal produced two superb saves to first turn a shot around the post and then tip a bullet header onto the bar and away.
The Harrowby defence were stretched for much of the first half as Buckingham moved the ball well as first Chris Wreh and then Kelvin Osei-Addo had chances to break the deadlock but neither could convert.
A free-kick from Judickas was then well held by the Harrowby stopper as it arrowed towards the top corner and despite Buckingham’s great all-round play it looked as though they would go into the break goalless.
Dan Silver was found by Thrussell’s goal-kick with two minutes of the half remaining and he ran on to the ball and fired home a low accurate shot to give Buckingham a deserved lead.
Better was to come as from the restart Town won back possession and Jelani Blair cut in from the left to curl home a superb second and put the Robins firmly in the driving seat as the halftime whistle sounded.
Buckingham emerged from the dressing rooms knowing that a third goal would probably sew up the points and they didn’t have to wait long for it as four minutes into the second half Chris Wreh found himself some space inside the penalty area when there seemed to be none and clipped the ball into the bottom corner.
Three goals in six minutes knocked the stuffing out of Harrowby but to their credit they continued to compete well as rather than settle for 3-0 Buckingham continued to play some sparkling football.
Wreh scored his second of the afternoon and Buckingham’s fourth as he drifted in field before drilling home from the edge of the penalty area and it looked as though Town would rack up a big score.
In the end a very pleasing afternoon for the Robins, four goals, a clean sheet, no injuries and no bookings.
Bugbrooke make the short trip to Manor Fields on Wednesday evening and the Robins will be hoping to continue this form.
UCL1 / Buckingham Town are back up to 4th, Olney Town sit 9th pic.twitter.com/qIIcZAQWJK
— FootballMK (@FootballMK) November 18, 2017