Buckingham Athletic 4 - 1 Amersham Town
Manager James Hall has been steadily improving his team with some good new signings. However, they were well beaten in this game as, on a heavy and cloying pitch, Buckingham played quick long balls to onrushing forwards which caused problems for the Amersham defence all afternoon. Town’s cause was not helped when they lost a mid-fielder to a red card just before half time.
Five of the last six goals conceded by Amersham have come from corners. It was therefore no surprise on ten minutes when, after Town Keeper Oliver Keil had touched a fierce shot over the bar, an opposition forward was left unmarked to head home the resulting corner.
Amersham were finding it hard to break down the strong Buckingham defence but Alfie Hall cut in from the left but shot just wide of the far post. At the other end Keil did well to save from a quick Athletic break. The second Buckingham goal arrived on thirty two minutes when a long ball found Tolu Ikuyinminu on the left. He turned his marker and slipped a diagonal pass between the two Amersham central defenders for Kyle Faulkner to slot home. John Nott was then dismissed for kicking an opponent.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first. As in the first Buckingham scored after ten minutes, this time from a scramble following a free kick as Oliver Power shot into the corner of the net. Amersham, who had not managed to test Buckingham keeper Nick Bennion, then drew a goal back. From a free kick on the left Kyle Clifford outjumped Bennion to back head into the net. The scoring was complete with nine minutes to play when both keeper and defender missed a high ball leaving the Buckingham forward to pass into the empty net.
Amersham Town: Keil, Line, Gibson, Nott, Clifford, Deritis, Hounto, Coleman, Keeley, Holland, A Hall.
Subs: Fowler, Salami, Ayres, Mohamed, Bennett