Buckingham United Firsts and City Colts share the points
By John Westcott
Buckingham test City Colts in thrilling 4-4 draw
Buckingham United Firsts were away to City Colts in the league this week and facing a team that has won all of their previous games. It was a great test for the Firsts after their impressive performance against Olney and they started with a change to a 4-4-2 formation to compete with an attacking City Colts team. Buckingham took a while to get going but City Colts started quickly although the early possession only created a half chance which was easily saved by goal keeper Harry White. In the 10th minute a City Colts midfielder picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, took a shot, and scored to the top left. The goal came out of nothing but it seemed to kick the game into action and it then became an end to end game. A hopeful ball was lobbed over the Colts defence and, after a mix up between the defender and goalkeeper, striker Lewis Parkin latched onto the loose ball, passed it into an open net, to score his first goal for the club.
The goal gave Buckingham the confidence to attack what looked like a shaky defence but it was City Colts that scored next. The Firsts conceded a soft goal when the right winger cut into the 18 yard box and confusion between the defenders allowed the forward to run in, and unchallenged, get in a shot that landed in the net. This goal was quickly followed by another for City Colts and a poor goal for Buckingham to concede. The ball came in from a long throw and was headed in from close range putting City Colts 3-1 up.
After a poor 10 minutes Buckingham Firsts picked themselves up and started to play great football. Bobby Cooney began to influence the midfield and had the vision to bring the wide players into play giving Buckingham width on the pitch that began to stretch the City Colts team. Buckingham began to create chances and it wasn't long before they were on the score sheet. Matt Carr picked the ball up on the left wing, beat the defender to whip in a cross to the back post for Bobby Cooney who knocked it down for Mitchell Young to finish low. A beautifully worked goal that encouraged Buckingham to go for the equalizer and soon after the team won a free kick on the edge of the area after a promising attack. The ball was put in and, flicked on, found Danny McCarthy who calmly slotted it home to level the match at 3-3. A great comeback from Buckingham but they weren't finished yet. After another 10 minutes of dominance Mitchell Young and Lewis Parkin linked up again to work the ball between themselves to create a tap in from 5 yards for Lewis. A partnership between the two strikers was already developing and they look likely to produce a lot of goals this season for the team. The whistle went after an eventful first half. Buckingham went in at 4-3 up after a huge effort to get themselves back into the match and finish ahead.
The second half was a shadow of the first. Both teams had put everything into the first 45 minutes and the game slowed down. There were few attacks and City Colts resorted to long balls and throws. The Buckingham defence dealt with this style of play but were beaten by one long throw, the forward ran in and fired low to level the match at 4-4. It was another poor goal for Buckingham to concede and as the second half went on City Colts began to dominate. Colts, the younger team and with better fitness, began to pressurise the Buckingham defence. For the last 20 minutes Buckingham defended the draw, City Colts were unable to break through again, and the match ended 4-4.
Buckingham will be disappointed they couldn’t take all 3 points but as the only team this season to take any points from City Colts they should see this as a positive result. Buckingham Firsts now know they can compete with the best teams in the league and will push forward to work their way up the table.
The First take on Steeple Claydon at home in the league next week in a match they will be looking to win and put pressure on the teams at the top.