Kings held to Buckingham stalemate

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Faced with the task of playing three matches in four days, Kings Langley made five changes for the trip to Buckingham Athletic and ground out a goalless draw.

As well as a fixture schedule that will see a minimum of three games a week until the end of the season, the long winter has left a number of pitches in a poor state – including the one at Buckingham.

To their credit, both teams tried to play entertaining football at a fast pace which meant that the encounter never descended to the realms of a bore draw, but too many moves broke down in the final quarter.

Buckingham had the best chances of the game, with Kings keeper Ross Hampton saving superbly from skipper Phil Martin just before half-time, then smothering a run by substitute Luke Tavener in the second half.

The best Kings had to show for their efforts was a Ben Long shot over the bar following a five-man move, and a Sam Warrell effort that was comfortably saved.

Athletic seemed happy to settle for a share of the points as the encounter drew to a close, while Kings probed unsuccessfully to the end.