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Andreas Latta

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Penn & Tylers Green F.C. crash out of Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy

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A highly disappointing result for Penn& Tylers Green FC at French School Meadow on Saturday as Penn lost 3-1 to Buckingham Athletic, who play in the Spartan League division one, in the third round. This is a cup Penn continually seem to under achieve in and so once again this season that status quo will prevail.

The first half started so well for Penn as they dominated proceedings and once again created many chances but, as has been the case so often this season, when they are on top they have not put their opponents “to the sword” and taken their gilt-edged chances. After 20 minutes of dominance Penn finally took the lead when a simple corner from Adam Davies was met by the run of Danny Blatchford to head in a fine goal from eight yards out with the Buckingham goalkeeper rooted to the spot. Everyone now thought this would be the catalyst for a goal spree, but the missed chances continued, with one unbelievable chance from six yards being blasted straight at the goalkeeper when some composure followed by a simple “tap-in” should have been “the order of the day”.

The first half was coming to a relatively comfortable conclusion for Penn when with seconds to go they paid the price for not converting the glut of chances previously on offer. A simple cross came into the Penn area and instead of applying the coaching manual’s “smash it into row Z scenario” the Penn defender tried to play the ball out and was disposed by the Buckingham Athletic forward, who accepted the early Christmas present and duly smashed the ball expertly past Sam Southerden in the Penn goal to make it an unlikely 1-1 at half time. Chances so far - Penn 5 or 6, Buckingham 1. There, that tells the story.

The second half started with Buckingham Athletic now in the ascendancy and after 53 minutes and a few half chances they went in front when a good move down the left wing resulted in a cross and shot which Sam Southerden saved well, but the follow up was dispatched calmly into the open goal to make it 2-1 to the visitors. This seemed to knock the spirit out of Penn and the game became scrappy and Penn were giving away needless fouls in dangerous positions and in the 63rd minute, with the forward facing his own goal, the Penn defender contrived to commit the foul from behind to give away a free kick on the edge of the penalty area to the right of the “D“.

Penn were now losing discipline, shape and were a shadow of their first half performance and a comeback never looked likely and Buckingham continued to dictate proceedings. Before the end Penn managed to have two players sent off to make matters even worse as suspensions will now have to be served, but that also gives others the opportunity to stake their claims for a place in the team. So, a bad day for Penn and in this case not one to forget, but more one to remember and learn from and make sure this outcome never happens again. Next week its our old friends Chinnor AWAY. The players should need no team talk for this one and I expect Penn to come roaring back and get this game out of their system and I have every confidence in the players that they will.

By the way congratulations to Buckingham Athletic.

Team: S. Southerden J. Gumbs, JJ Lofthouse-Smith, B. Holland, J. Fox, C. Bocarro, D. Jordan, D. Blatchford, A. Davies, F. Tripp, J. West. Substitutes: C. Bocarro, G. Weller, N. O’Meally-Newell (all played), J. Harding, J Pritchard