Back-to-back wins for Buckingham

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Buckingham Town recorded their first back-to-back wins of the season after Kyle Stimpson’s hat-trick guided them to a 3-2 win over Bourne Town.

The Robins remain in relegation trouble at the bottom of the table despite their recent good form, but Neil Griffiths’ side have played fewer games than most the teams around them.

After his side’s win over Bourne, Griffiths said: “It’s our first back-to-back wins of the season and we now have some momentum going into the last two weeks of the season.

“We weren’t at our best but in truth we didn’t need to be. It’s these type of games that are difficult, we took the lead early and controlled the game.

“We needed a second and got that but leading by two goals is a dangerous scoreline. It gives you a sense of comfort but one goal from the opposition can change the shape of the game.

“Bourne got that goal and got it early in second half. When you’re down the bottom, the mental side of the game is huge.

“So for us to show a mental toughness, not to wilt away and to withstand some pressure and go and grab a third shows a significantly positive development in the squads character. That’s why, for different reasons, Saturday’s result is every bit as satisfying as the 5-0 at Bugbrooke.

“Realistically you’re not going to produce 5-0 wins every week but we can show the character we showed against Bourne. It’s that attitude that will win us games on a consistent basis.”

This weekend, Buckingham host Bugbrooke St Michaels, who were beaten 5-0 by the Robins a few weeks ago, at Manor Fields in another must-win game.

Griffiths added: “I have no doubt they will come here very determined and very focused on avenging the hammering we gave them.

“We will need to be at our best but with no midweek game, we can be fresh and hungry to tackle that challenge.”