Olney Town – 0
Buckingham Town – 0
The first of the seasons Olney v Buckingham UCL derbies ended goalless on Boxing Day, in a game that saw numerous chances created but neither side really utilising them when they came along, and both keepers not really having that much to do. The away side worked their opposing keeper the hardest, and both sides had very late chances to snatch an unlikely winner, but both had to settle for a point on a bright & sunny afternoon.
Olney started the better side and had the better of the opening twenty minutes or so, but Buckingham came back into the game and after the break looked the more menacing, but the stalemate means Olney finish their Christmas campaign in tenth place & ten points of second in the table, whilst for Buckingham they sit fourth just two points off second albeit with a game in hand. Just four points separate second and seventh in the battle to catch Pinchbeck United at the top.
Olney had the first real chance on eight minutes when Kelvin Igweani burst down the left and attacked the near post, with Jordan Appleton in the middle screaming for the ball Igweani opted to shoot but straight at Ryan Thrussell in the Buckingham goal. The home side continued to press and Appleton saw an effort from the edge of the box again find the gloves of Thrussell.
Buckingham had their first real chance when Kelvin Osei-Addo thumped an effort from just to the right of the goal forcing Olney keeper Jack Taylor to dive away and use both hands to push away for a corner. At the other end Igweani again got down the flank and from just inside the penalty area drove low into the side netting.
A free kick then to the hosts saw it taken quickly into the feet of Kevin Owusu who took the shot first time but again it was comfortable for Thrussell. Olney then had Taylor to thank when a simple ball straight down the middle for Osei-Addo to chase down whilst shoulder to shoulder with a defender saw him shrug off his marker and shoot but Taylor came out and blocked with his legs to deny the opening goal.
Orlando Joao then surged through midfield for Buckingham and shot from the eighteen yard line but Taylor was behind it all the way, before a free kick to Olney was swung in and a whole host of bodies chased the ball but coming in around the back was James Pacifici who stretched every sinew but could not quite get anything on it as it rolled away harmlessly for a goal kick.
Straight down the other end Taylor was again the saviour when a long range shot from Gabrieli Judickas that was flying into the roof of the net was brilliantly tipped over single handedly by the Olney keeper, to keep the scoreline level. H/T: 0-0
An early Gary Thurston cross for the home side early in the second half was too close to Thrussell, whilst Buckingham threatened when Joao fed in Junior Muya but much like the first half the shot was straight at the keeper and comfortable to collect.
The away side started to increase their pressure and a number of half chances in the area were blocked before eventually falling to Jelani Blair who had a shot saved by Taylor. Despite their possession the visitors were not really looking like scoring and a change in tactics saw Chris Wreh taken off with Merdy Maki pushed up from defence with Sam Tamakloe replacing him.
The change almost had an immediate impact when Maki got down the left and squared to Osei-Addo who was unmarked twelve yards out but his first touch let him down and allowed the ball to roll into the gloves of Taylor.
Olney were now defending wave after wave of attack, and another saw Joao try to curl into the top corner from the edge of the area but the ball would not come back in enough to threaten, before an Olney attack saw Igweani cross and climbing highest Christian Smail headed straight into Thrussell’s hands.
Both sides had chances in the last four minutes to have won the game, Buckingham had their chance eighty-six minutes when Osei-Addo found himself twelve yards out facing a one on one with Taylor, but somehow the striker didn’t connect with the ball at all and the keeper fell on the loose ball to smoother.
To typify the game, in added time Olney substitute Jeremiah Adams was set away on goal with a defender in hot pursuit, as he approached goal he just took too many touches instead of getting his shot away and his marker was able to stick out a boot to clear, and the chance gone. F/T: 0-0
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