First Team v Tring Athletic Res., 04 Sep 2021 (Aubrey Cup)
Buntingford Won 3-1
Harry Watson opened the scoring for Town
Buntingford welcomed Tring Reserves to The Bury in for this Aubrey Cup clash looking to improve on their fine performance from last Saturday; the opposition had a good youthful squad who looked ready to spoil Town's day.
A fine start to the game saw Max Reid brought down in the Tring box on 2 minutes only for the referee to wave play on.
Some good build up play by Buntingford from the back through to the midfield eventually paid off when Scott Langley put Harry Watson through on 15mins; Harry beat the Tring defender and confidently slotted it past the ‘keeper for a fine team goal - 1 0!
Tring had a chance to equalise shortly after but shot just over the crossbar.
Jack Bishop came close twice
Against the run of play Tring had a shot on 30mins come off the foot of Town’s centre-back Jamie Prouten and Palf could only watch as the ball looped over his head and into the Buntingford net for an own goal, levelling the scores.
Some strong challenges in midfield saw Hunter Diack enter the referee's book with a yellow card; an injury to Buntingford midfielder Jordan Sandford saw him replaced by Jack Bishop on 43mins.
Max Reid had a great chance just before half time being put through by Charlie Owen only to see his shot go just wide of the post, leaving the score 1-1 at half time.
Buntingford started the second half well and a free kick by Charlie Owen on 50mins narrowly missed; Scott Langley was replaced by James Collins on 52mins for his Buntingford debut with plenty of time to impress.
Charlie Owen saw his shot go wide
The game became a little scrappy but Town’s work rate paid off with chances falling to Jack Bishop on 55 and 65mins; eventually, debutant James Collins held the line well before being released, and calmly slot the ball past the Tring keeper on 65mins to put the home side in front.
James continued to be a threat to the Tring defence and eventually saw him beat 2 Tring defenders and then round the keeper to get his second goal of the game on 70mins.
Buntingford then went into game management control keeping the ball well to see the game out to the final whistle, moving into the next round of the competition with a well-deserved 3-1 victory.
Man of the Match: James Collins, impressing on his debut.
Squad: Palf, Dan Apos, Max Reid, Charlie Owen, Jamie Prouten, Freddy Dooling, Jordan Sandford, Hunter Diac, Scott Langley, Harry Watson, Dave McCann, Jack Bishop, James Collins, Antonio Fusco.