It was Jason Beck's first game in charge of The Blue Boys on Saturday as his new look Hatfield Town welcomed Buckingham Town to Cotslandwick for a Spartan South Midlands League Division One game.
The Robins went into the game in good form winning five of their previous eight league and cup games putting them comfortably in mid-table.
Both clubs have something in common in that they don't have a ground in their own town. Hatfield Town, as readers of The Cold End will know, currently ground-share at London Colney after leaving The Gosling Stadium in Welwyn Garden City midway through last season.
Buckingham Town left their Ford Meadow home in 2011 where they had played since 1883. They had a short stay sharing at Winslow United before moving to Manor Fields in the Bletchley area of Milton Keynes which they currently share with UNITE MK of the SSMFL Division Two. During the summer it was announced the club would fold however this decision was happily reversed and the historic club continue to play - they made the lateral move from the United Counties League Division One over the summer where they had finished in seventh placed last season.
Their old home which hosted their famous FA Cup First Round Proper game against Leyton Orient in 1984 is now owned by the University of Buckingham.
The Robins were 0-2 up with two goals the home side would been disappointed to concede from a defensive point of view especially the second which saw the Buckingham player in what seemed acres of space to head home. It was 1-2 just prior to half time when the Buckingham keeper picked the ball up from a pass back and Brian Simpson scored from the resulting free kick.
Like the first half Buckingham were much the better side in the second 45 minutes running in three more goals with the fifth being particularly impressive.
Both sides had a man sent off with the sending off for Buckingham being a real talking point which has been viewed on twitter over 2,500 times since i posted it and lots of people have commented as below. Have at the clip below and see what you think?
RED CARD INCIDENT
You don't need to make contact to be sent off for a challenge like that. Out of control and dangerous. That's an excellent decision,not one you see often but excellent none the less. This phrase "he won the ball" doesn't mean anything especially with the way the law is worded these days. You can't take out the man after you've played the ball either even if you can't avoid it. I don't agree with it but that is how it is expected to be enforced
no question about it.2 footed , jumped in out of control. could've broken both his legs.
At first I thought great tackle. On second look I still thought great tackle but this element of being “in control” of both feet are off the ground it’s deemed not to be. So by the way it’s judged these days, the red got it right.
Think the reds a little harsh myself but if I don’t bottle it and jump, my leg gets broken
@dazzaOB (who is the Hatfield player the challenge was made on)
It's tricky. Could of gone either way. Can't jump/lunge like that....think ref got it right myself.
Watched it a lot of times and not sure ref has any choice given the intent when leaving the ground. Interestingly he pulls out a little and wins the ball with left foot with studs low which on its own would probably be yellow. For me Ref got it right particularly at normal pace
20 years ago no, but the lunge off the floor etc - I'm undecided if I'm honest but - he does give the ref a decision to make, so i wont be disagreeing with the red card.
For me, I think the way he jumps off the floor gives the ref no choice even though he does win the ball. Did he really need to go in like that would be my question to him as a team mate or manager?
Buckingham Town's next two games come at Winslow United next Saturday followed by a home game against Risborough Rangers and then it's the big Christmas local derby on Saturday 29th December which sees Buckingham Athletic host The Robins at their Stratford Fields home.
Jason Beck's Hatfield have a spare weekend coming up followed by a massive local derby at Codicote on Saturday 22nd December and then a trip to Rayners Lane on Saturday 29th December. A glance at the bottom of the SSMFL Division One table shows that it's not just local pride on offer in the Codicote game as it's a real relegation six pointer! The Cod have a home game against title chasing Hillingdon Borough on Saturday before the Hatfield game.
JASON BECK IN THE DUG OUT FOR HIS HOME TOWN TEAM ON SATURDAY - LOTS OF HARD WORK AHEAD
SPARTAN SOUTH MIDLANDS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE
CURRENT BOTTOM TWO