Battling Buckby bag all the points

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THERE was not a lot to say about the first-half except that keepers Watts and Conway were rarely troubled.

Conway was perhaps slightly busier but his sharpness off his line prevented any chance of Rob Foster getting on the end of Russ Dunkley’s numerous flick-ons.

At the other end Darren Watts had to move smartly on one occasion to deflect a hopeful cross cum shot for a corner.

Whatever manager Botterill said to the Bucks’ players at half- time certainly had an immediate effect.

The Bucks picked up the pace straight from the restart with both central mid-fielders, Bunting and Quigley pushing forward.

With the Bucks back into ‘passing mode’ the Kempston defence was all at sea.

They allowed Josh Davis to pop up unmarked on the far post to score from eight yards to open the Bucks’ account after 49 minutes.

Eight minutes later, after the Kempston defence had survived a torrid barrage of crosses, Bunting was put through by Russ Dunkley.

After brushing off strong challenges from both central defenders, he drilled the ball into the net from 10 yards leaving keeper Conway moaning at his defence.

Meanwhile at the other end Kempston’s attempts at a come back were easily dealt with by the Bucks’ central defenders, Ashton and Smeathers.

Ashton, despite his lack of height, won everything in the air and was the pick of the bunch.

In midfield, Dan Quigley, in his usual role, snuffed out anything Kempston had to offer and found time later in the half to direct a fierce header just wide of the top corner.

Russ Dunkley put the game to rest in the 75th minute directing a well-judged header into the far corner from a Greg Ling corner.

The half finished as it had started with the Bucks pressing forward in numbers but Kempston somehow survived further punishment.