Saturday 5th August 2017
With the first team preparing to welcome SW Peninsula League favourites Bodmin Town in the FA Cup on Saturday, the Reserves were in action in the final of the Devon Champions Cup, at Coach Road Newton Abbot the night before.
Having won the South Devon League last season they qualified to play in the brand new competition, sponsored by football benefactor Carl Throgmorton, which paired the champions from the North Devon, South Devon, Devon and Exeter and Plymouth Leagues in semi-finals, the winners to play for the stunning new cup at the home of Devon FA.
In the end Buckland overcame all the odds to beat Ilfracombe Town 2-0, despite playing 20 minutes with ten men in an all action game in front of a good crowd. Buckland lost Jordan Ewing to injury early on as they looked to dominate but just before the half hour Sam Dicken got up to nod in the opener. After the break Ilfracombe threw everything at Buckland who lost further men to injury and then George Fice, sent off for a last man tackle, but they somehow hung on and in stoppage time James Colclough ensured the cup was staying in Newton Abbott.
Fifteen hours later the first team were home to Bodmin Town in the FA Cup and after a frantic game with five goals and two sendings off, the Cornish side earned a trip to Hengrove Athletic on Saturday week following their 3-2 victory. Goals from Lloyd Gardner and Charlie Johansen were not enough as after Cam Kelly and Adam Kelly were sent off, Bodmin held on and look forward to a long trip to Bristol on August 19.