Mursley United Development – 3
Buckingham United – 1
Mursley United development upset the odds on Saturday by beating second place Buckingham United, a win the home side thoroughly deserved on the balance of play although two of the three goals were gifts after some horrendous defensive errors. A first half devoid of clear cut chances had many believing the second would be settled by the odd goal if any, but a great corner routine twenty minutes into the second period saw Conor White head the opener before two moments that the visitors will want to forget gave the hosts two goals in five minutes to leave Dean O’Connor’s men stunned, a late consolation was scant reward for the side that were hoping to increase the pressure at the top of the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division. Mursley hadn’t played a competitive fixture for four weeks but looked a lot sharper than their guests who had scored seven last week at Potterspury, but Mitch Toyer’s men became only the second team to win a league fixture over Buckingham this season, top of the league Marsh Gibbon have done the double already over them and now have two games in hand on the Lace Hill outfit with a three point lead.
The first ten minutes saw both sides embroiled in a midfield battle and anything the hosts tried was comfortably dealt with by the visitors defence or keeper Harry White, whilst Buckingham struggled to get anything going and anything played forward was too far from their intended targets and rolled to safety, it took until the eleventh minute for a shot in anger when a clearance from the away side fell to Sam Cartwright but his first time shot was high over the top. The guests slowly got there game together and a cross from Mitch Young found Ryan Guinnane on the eighteen yard line, a slight deflection off a Mursley defender saw the blues claiming handball but Guinnane didn’t wait for the decision from the official as he slipped a pass through for the incoming Tom O’Connell who flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the far upright.
A free kick to the away team out on the right hand touchline saw Will Wright curl into the box and elude everyone and for a split second it had home keeper Nick Bevans scurrying across his six yard area but he only had to watch it sail over his crossbar, at the opposite end Dan Finnis tried his luck from twenty yards but a huge deflection off a defender allowed the away keeper plenty of time to gather. The visitors were lucky to escape when a clearance at the back was charged down with the loose ball falling nicely for Jay Chawla to strike first time, he got his timing all wrong and screwed wide & moments later Luke Williamson capitalised on some hesitancy again in the blue defence, blocking a clearance he fed in Ben Johnson to the left of goal, Harry White dived at his feet and just as it looked like he would have a free shot at the empty goal White managed to stick out a hand whilst still on the floor and push the ball to safety, in the final minute Williamson saw himself played in on goal but he fired into the side netting from the angle. H/T: 0-0
Buckingham started the second period a lot brighter than the first and an early chance saw Guinnane in behind but Bevans was out in a flash and blocked, the ricochet back off the striker was heavy though allowing a defender to clear, whilst at the other end Finnis cut in from the flank and lost his marker where from the acutest of angles his attempt to square saw White dive away to his right to gather with both hands. Guinnane threatened again down the left and after playing a great one-two bore down on goal but fired past the back post, on the hour mark the same striker saw a low drive from the eighteen yard line brilliantly saved by Bevans turning out for a corner, that set piece was cleared long downfield to set Johnson in on goal, turning inside two defenders to create some space he then pulled his shot wide by some distance.
On sixty-four minutes Mursley finally took the lead when a Finnis corner was swung in and at the back post Conor White headed down and one bounce took the ball up into the roof of the net, from there the game began to open up as the visitor’s tried to get back into the game space opened up for the hosts to explore. A loose pass some twenty yards from goal saw Ash Urquhart try his luck but easily clear the goal frame, then with twelve minutes remaining it all went horribly wrong for the away side when Harry White took too long on the ball and Williamson was on him in a flash, charging down the keepers attempted clearance both players then tussled for possession but the midfielder got his boot to it first to lift into the back of the net.
Heads visibly dropped from that point and just five minutes later it was three when again hesitancy to clear cost dearly, deep in their own half the blue backline dithered too long and a pass was blocked then knocked out right to substitute Oscar Friell who advanced into the box before deftly chipping over the advancing White into the empty net. Buckingham scored with four minutes left, good work out on the flank from O’Connell saw him pull back to Aaron Jones whose fierce drive was too hot for Bevans to handle as it lifted into the top corner, but it was all too little too late. F/T: 3-1
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