Langford leapfrog Athletic with victory

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Langford leapfrogged over Buckingham Athletic with a 1-0 victory, their fourth SSML Division One success of the campaign on Saturday.

The match kicked off in bright sunshine on a drying pitch. Both teams tried to play good football from the off creating end to end action but without any good goal scoring opportunities being made.

Buckingham had a chance from a corner which was cleared. Then Langford’s Jack Brown picked up the ball wide on the left flank, made ground and crossed to Nathan Mallett whose shot was punched out and fell to Ryan Nicholl who saw his volley saved by Nick Bennion, Buckingham’s captain in goal.

The Reds piled on the pressure with crisp passing in possession and pressing high up the pitch when not. Sean Murray hit the Buckingham bar with a snatched shot, then following a free kick Simon King hit Langford’s bar with a shot on the turn.

Langford replied when Nathan Mallett’s shot was saved by the keeper’s legs. Then in the 21st minute Ryan Nicholl’s corner was punched out to Sean Murray who shot the visitors into a well-deserved lead.

Langford had most of the possession and made good chances playing passing football, Mallett hitting the bar and Matt kenneford having a fierce shot saved.

As the second half wore on the pitch cut up and Buckingham coped better, and put the Langford defence under prolonged pressure.

They squandered chance after chance. Then in the 73rd minute Langford’s Mallett looked to have scored their second only for it to be ruled out by an assistant referee, despite already been awarded by the man in the middle.

Despite Buckingham pressure the game was played out without further goalmouth drama.

Langford’s are at home to Chesham United Reserves in SSML Division 1 on Saturday.