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Castle's Buckland are bouncing back into good form

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

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BUCKLAND Athletic boss, Adam Castle got just the reaction he wanted from his side following a run of two losses last week.

Since then, Athletic have returned to winning ways with wins over Hengrove Athletic and Bishop Sutton in the Toolstation Western League Premier Division before drawing 1-1 at Brislington on Tuesday night thanks to a Mike Booth goal.

The two sides had earlier shared a 1-1 draw at Homers Heath back in November.

This weekend Bucks return to Homers Heath, to host Odd Down (Bath) (3pm).

The two sides have met already this campaign at Down's Lew Hill Memorial Ground, with Down running out 3-2 winners.

The Somerset outfit sit in eighth place, two above their Devon opposition – collecting 49 points from 30 games.

Athletic aim to have Cameron Kelly return to the squad to complete a near-full-strength line-up available.

Despite the final outcome, Buckland failed to start brightly at Lakeview last weekend and went into half time just one goal ahead.

Carl Roles notched his fifth league goal in as many games on 37 minutes to send the visitors into the break in the lead.

The midfielder was on hand to follow up Ellis Laight's blocked shot to slam home past Sutton's number one.

The second 45 minutes was a different affair with Buckland taking control against the bottom of the table side.

Two quick goals in the 55th and 60th minute through Ellis Laight and on-form Gavin Hammon saw the hosts' heads drop.

Laight cooly converted a good ball in from Jordan Havlin with the help of a glancing header from captain, Si Revell.

Hammon then followed shortly with a lob over the goalkeeper after Revell assisted for the second time.

Ten minutes later a fourth was added, seeing Laight head home his second of the afternoon from an Alex Jeannin corner.

The hosts then claimed what was to be a small consolation on 77 minutes through Lewis Shipp. A long range 25 yard shot founds its way past Tom Buckler who, up to that point had been having a quiet afternoon.

Buckland bounced back quickly with good link-up play between Jamie Clifford and Roles leading to the ball being played back to Hammon, who hit home his second and Buckland's fifth, on 83 minutes.

Scoring came to a close three minutes from time and Hammon's hat-trick was also complete. Composed control was followed by a stylish rounding of the goalkeeper before slotting into the empty net.

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