CS&TFL,D1: Robins 5-star display takes them back into second

By Darren Seaton

The Robins regained second spot in the United Counties League division one table following a five-star performance against Oakham United at Manor Fields on Saturday.

Following a morning inspection the Manor Fields pitch was just about playable and it was a credit to both teams that a decent match took place.

Buckingham forced the issue from the first whistle and Kelvin Osei-Addo was twice thwarted by visiting keeper Tom Beckford inside the first five minutes  but even he was powerless to stop Town’s top scorer sweeping home his 19th goal of the season just a minute later with a shot in off the post.

Buckingham continued to press for the majority of the half but Oakham, under new management and with some new faces in their line up, were dangerous on the break and Thrussell had to be alert on a couple of occasions to snuff out the treat from Oakham’s forwards.

Ryan Thrussell

Beckford continued to play out of his skin, making seven great saves to keep his team in the match until a minute before half time when Orlando Joao doubled Buckingham’s advantage, allowing the ball to run across him before hitting a first time shot into the bottom corner.

Orlando Joao

Oakham’s heads never dropped and they came out for the second half competing for every ball as they tried to get a foothold back in the match.

The in-form Chris Wreh all but ended any ideas of a comeback though as he held off two defenders before shooting low and hard past Beckford and into the net on 68 minutes.

Chris Wreh

The Robins management sensibly made full use of their squad and bought on three substitutes in the final twenty minutes and it was one of those subs, Daniel Silver who marked his introduction with a close range volley with just his second touch of the ball with 16 minutes remaining.

Daniel Silver

Sam Tamakloe almost opened his account for the season as he fired narrowly over the bar from the corner of the penalty area and Wreh had two clear chances to add to his tally but his shots lacked power on the heavy and badly cut up pitch.

It was Silver again who had the last word as he picked up the ball near the penalty spot before turning and drilling home his second of the afternoon in the last minute.

Robins: Ryan Thrussell, Jelani Blair, Stephen Gavrovski, Sam Bearman, Orlando Joao, Merdy Maki, Junior Muya, George Shrieves, Samuel Tamakloe, Chris Wreh, Kelvin Osei-Addo.

Subs: Salam Amoako, Enoch Sare, Daniel Silver

A satisfying afternoon for Town who now face two tough away matches over the holiday period starting with a visit to high flying Rushden and Higham Utd on Saturday and then a Boxing Day clash with local rivals Olney Town at East Street.

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