Buckland on the up ahead of away trip to Odd Down
BUCKLAND Athletic are looking to build on their first win in nine games when they travel to Somerset to take on Odd Down on Saturday (3pm).
Last weekend, an all-important 67th-minute strike from goal machine Gavin Hammon gave Buckland a 1-0 win over Gillingham Town.
It was Bucks' first three points in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division since January 5 when they beat Radstock Town.
Manager Antony Lynch hoped to carry this momentum into their mid-week fixture against Wells City which was due to take place yesterday evening (7.45pm).
Buckland then take on an Odd Down side currently positioned 7th in the league, with seven points more than Lynch's side who sit in 13th with 30 points.
The two teams are yet to meet in any competition so Buckland are to go into the game open minded.
However they have been hit by a list of injuries. Ben Carter (ankle), Karl Green (knee) and Si Revell (Achilles) are all still out of action.
As last weekend's game got underway at Homers Heath it was the home side that looked strong going into the early stages of the game with strike force of Antony Lynch and Jamie Mudge testing Gillingham's goalkeeper Jamie Beale in the opening minutes. However after only 19 minutes player-manager Antony Lynch was forced to be substituted after picking up a groin injury and was replaced by Ethan Phillips.
Phillips made a good initial impact and was splitting the Gillingham defence with his pace. Despite this, none of Buckland's chances were being converted and consequently the two sides went into half time with the score still goalless.
As the teams re-emerged for the second half, Buckland sprung into life and were pressing for the lead. They were looking the most likely side to score and continued to trouble Beale in goal.
Buckland's patience did eventually pay off as in the 67th minute the hosts took the lead through Hammon.
After being slotted through on the left hand side, Hammon rifled the ball across Beale's goal and into the far corner. Wild celebrations followed by the entire squad as they knew the importance of this goal.
All was not over at the Heath though, as Aaron Rodriguez and ex-Torquay United player Adrian Foster were pressurising for a late equaliser for Gillingham. However Griffiths in goal for Buckland along with his four defenders kept tight to give their side their first victory in eight weeks.