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Castle wants in-form Buckland Athletic to end their season top of the form table

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

By AMY ALFORD and ANDY PHILLIPS

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BUCKLAND Athletic boss Adam Castle has urged his side to finish their season at the top of the form table after extending their run to six games last weekend.

Buckland beat Street 3-0 away from home on Easter Monday – despite being held up by Bank Holiday traffic – having drawn 1-1 at home to Devon rivals Willand Rovers the previous Thursday.

Buckland were due to take on Sherborne Town at Homers Heath last night – after the Herald Express went to press – but Castle is adamant his side can finish well this season in their final games.

"[Monday] was just extremely comfortable," he said.

"The journey took us two-and-a-half hours due to Bank Holiday traffic, and the kick off was delayed, but we dominated from start to finish.

"It was disappointing not to get the three points against Willand because we had chances, but we've faced three sides from the top eight and taken seven points.

"We can't do much about our position now, but we can be at the top of the form table going into the summer."

This weekend, Castle's men are back on their travels, visiting Winterbourne United on Saturday (3pm).

However, due to Winterbourne hosting a County match at their ground, the fixture will be played at Bitton FC.

Against Street, Castle had defender Kai Fisher return to his squad after a two-game suspension, while midfielder Mike Booth also returned.

Both Buckland goalkeepers Kenny Griffiths and Tom Buckler were unavailable for the trip, meaning that Galmpton United keeper Simon Primmer wore the gloves.

Ellis Laight scored the only goal of the first half when host stopper Nathan Whatley cleared from his box only to see his knock come back off his own player.

Laight slid into the six-yard box to poke the ball home into an empty net.

Carl Roles and Si Revell had near misses soon afterwards, with Roles only managing to find the crossbar and Revell's effort going just wide.

Bucks continued to pressurise the fourth-placed side after the break, demonstrating that in the Western League, anyone can beat anyone.

On 63 minutes, Gavin Hammon added to Laight's earlier goal to double the lead. Si Revell provided the assist with a superb ball across the pitch into the path of Hammon who found the back of the net after Whatley failed to come and collect the cross.

Laight notched the third – and his second of the afternoon – on 76 minutes. A header at the far post from the experience forward went across goal, off the other goalpost and into the net past the scrambling goalkeeper.

Prior to this, debutant Simon Primmer was required to keep the hosts scoring to a minimum and claim his first clean sheet for Athletic.

A series of good palming saves over the bar kept Street out of the game and therefore without the points.

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