Winslow United – 1
Buckingham Athletic – 3
A feisty affair for a local derby that had it all. Four goals, a shock away win that not many predicted, two red cards, and a horrific broken leg suffered in the first few minutes for Jack Menday that was confirmed later as a broken tibia. Winslow dominated the game, showing just why they are the South Midlands Division One leading goal scorers with an effective front line that moved the ball quickly and effectively, however Athletic showed why they have the best defensive record in the division by throwing themselves at the ball whenever their hosts got near their target. Credit to the away side that defended for their lives, and took their chances when they came along, to rock their hosts who many had turned up expecting a heavy home win.
The game lasted just three minutes for Buckingham midfielder Menday who was at the end of a crunching tackle and after treatment was helped off the pitch and eventually off to hospital, being replaced by ex-Ploughman Juyin Oluwayemi.
Aaron King tormented the Athletic backline constantly and on nine minutes got away down the right and fizzed the ball across the six-yard line but no yellow shirts were anywhere near to tap home. Sean Coles & Alex Kedzierski were combining well with King and their clever interchanges were threatening to unlock the visiting defence but they couldn’t quite find the killer pass that would allow space for a clear sight of goal.
The pair linked up well to provide a sniff for Aaron King on the edge of the box but his low drive cannoned off a defender for a corner. Coles then squared across the box for the incoming Niall Williams but he blazed high over Nick Bennion in the Buckingham goal.
Just past the quarter hour mark a Winslow attack broke down and Buckingham were up the other end in a flash, Ben Acquaye heavily involved in setting up Ryan Kelsey whose shot took a big deflection off a defender allowing keeper Brad Kirkwood to gather with some comfort.
Straight down the other end and a tackle on Aaron King inside the area saw the majority of those in yellow appeal for a penalty, but neither referee nor linesman were interested in the appeals and waved play on. Then somewhat against the run of play the away side took the lead on twenty-four minutes, a free kick out wide on their left was swung in and climbing highest at the back post was Chris Stapleton who headed home.
As United fought back, Aaron King fed in Tom Brindley on the edge of the six-yard box but off balance he fired high and wide, before King himself had a chance on the edge of the box, his first shot blocked he then tried to curl his second effort around Bennion however with no real power it was comfortable for the keeper to dive away to his right and collect.
Dan Delderfield was next to try and curl into the top corner from distance, at first sight it looked dangerous enough but it fell the wrong side of the post, then in the final minute a free kick to Athletic found Robbie Carter in front of goal whose header almost caught Kirkwood off guard but he gathered at the second attempt. H/T: 0-1
The first effort of the second half fell to the away side when Oluwayemi curled an effort away from goal, then a shot from twelve yards out by Coles rebounded off a defender for a corner when Winslow looked set to equalise.
Buckingham then left the home faithful dumbstruck when they doubled their lead on fifty-two minutes through a simple but effective move. A Bennion goal kick was angled out to Carter on the left touchline, he drove at goal after beating his man and his initial shot was blocked but the loose ball fell nicely for Acquaye who stabbed home.
The Athletic approach to defending as a team was typified by Ryan Kelsey when a slip from Ryan Marsden on the wing allowed Coles to run forty yards towards goal, but he was shadowed all the way by the Buckingham front man and just as the shot looked on a brilliant last ditch sliding tackle took the ball out for a corner to avert the danger.
Marsden was next to deny Coles, the ball was worked well around the United front line for Coles to be in sight of goal but another last gasp sliding tackle took the ball off the South Midlands leading goal scorers boot as he shaped to shoot.
Winslow continued to press and a right wing cross was met by the head of Ryan Freshwater but straight into Bennion’s gloves, but then on seventy minutes the home side pulled a goal back. Aaron King pulled the ball back across the area for Coles to lift into the roof of the net, but the joy was short lived when some comments aimed at Bennion saw the referee pull Aaron King aside and show a straight red card.
Within two minutes of Winslow scoring Buckingham regained their two goal cushion when Robbie Carter was fed in through the middle and ran on to slot past Kirkwood. Five minutes later Buckingham were reduced to ten men when a ball knocked through for Carter to chase down saw Kirkwood come out and both players committed to getting the ball. With his boot too close to Kirkwood the home crowd implored the referee to show a red card to which he duly obliged.
As Winslow piled the pressure on they just couldn’t get past a resolute Buckingham back line, and when they did they found Nick Bennion maintaining his high standard of keeping. He pulled off a great save from Simon King late on, the second shot came in which hit Marsden on the line and the ball fell nicely for Bennion to fall on.
When the away side did get the ball down to the other end, substitute Oluwanimilo Ajigbolamu was a lone man trying to hold the ball up with his remaining nine team mates camped in their own half. As much as Winslow tried they could not get the goal that would have set up a grandstand finish and the final whistle was met by jubilation from those playing in red.
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After the game Sports Shots spoke with Athletic manager Mark Carter, coach Kit Bamber, and striker Robbie Carter:
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