SSMFL,D1: Stapleton strike gives Ath all three points

Chris Stapleton’s 52nd minute strike gave Buckingham Athletic maximum points in their opening game of 2018.

Chris Stapleton

Athletic manager Mark Carter named Matt Cruse in his starting eleven after the striker returned to the Stratford Fields club over the festive period.

After a goalless first half it was Stapleton who delivered his 15th goal of the season which was to be the winner.

The result sees the Athletic go into eighth place with their third straight win. They have games in hand on the teams above.

Buckingham Athletic: Nick Bennion, Soloman Janecki, Ryan Marsden, Dan Hassell, Dan Staley, Jack Carter, Ben Acquaye, Matt Chew, Ryan Kelsey, Chris Stapleton, Matt Cruse.

Subs: Neil King, Nathan Skelton, Stuart Ironmonger.

Thanks to Colin Howkins for the updates.

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