Joseph double moves Dev XI up table
By John Anderson
Mid-table Athletic overcome in even game
After two successive Saturday postponements the “Dev XI” resumed their stop start season at Stratford Fields. The pitch was grassy soft and slippery, a result of a succession of rapidly changing weather recently and having been one of the few grounds to survive an inspection last Saturday. Ben Hillary made his debut in goal, and apart from an apparent misjudgement which allowed an equaliser, showed good ability and bravery when called upon. There was also a first outing of the season for Marcus Horwood who has spent the last few months in the US. After each team probing at the other for 20 minutes, The Greens fashioned a good chance down their left. But Harwood was unable to take the ball in his stride. The surface was flat and not at all bumpy, but was cutting up. Taking control of an oncoming ball was not proving easy for either side. The home ‘keeper thwarted a similar beak just a few minutes later by coming out smartly, before Holmer took the lead on 24 minutes. Anthony Tyson found Jamie Britnell (playing at centre-forward). He passed it on to Raiqwan Joseph who slid the ball under the oncoming ‘keeper after outpacing the home defence. On the half hour Joseph got a fine shot away towards the top corner of the home goal, but the Buckingham ‘keeper made a fine save. But five minutes later Athletic should have been level. A left-wing break of their own was pulled back to an unmarked Ajigbolamu, homing in on the near post. But he pulled his effort well wide. This should have been a wake-up call for The Greens, and they went to the other end where Joseph struck the post with a fierce rising shot. But it was Athletic who now took over for a few minutes. Slack marking allowed Tavener a clear shot at goal, and he scored from 25 yards out. It was almost a complete turnaround one minute later as the home side hit the crossbar. The loose ball which ensured was kept out well by Hillary, who got down amongst a forest of legs. This let-off did spur The Greens on though, and they regained the lead with virtually the last kick of the half. Joseph controlled the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the Buckingham penalty-area. A smart turn was followed by a fine low shot into the bottom corner. HT 1-2
Holmer moved Britnell into defence at half time, Ben Booker and Jago Seymour shifted positions, with Charlie Stottor coming on up front. On 62 minutes Athletic struck the crossbar again, this time with a header. Not to be outdone a Stottor effort suffered the same fate, following good work from Ben Bedford. Both sides looked as if they could add to their score, but it was not to be. Joseph might have had his hat-trick. But went for the spectacular when a stooping, glancing header would have done the trick on such a surface.
Team: Hillary, Seymour, Oscar Harrison, Michael Adasete, Booker ©, Tyson, James Awokoya-Davids, Horwood, Joseph, Bedford, Britnell.
Substitutes Used: Stottor,Ross Baker, & Shoaib Miah.
Substitutes Not Used: Malique Johnson, & Joe Magro.