Griffiths encouraged after draw

Joel McCormick
Joel McCormick

NEIL Griffiths gained his first point as Buckingham Town manager on Saturday after his side earned a 1-1 draw away at mid-table Northampton ON Chenecks.

Recently re-signed Joel McCormick gave the Robins an early lead from the penalty spot but, despite dominating much of the game, Buckingham failed to hold on with ON Chenecks levelling just after half time.

The result keeps Buckingham second from bottom in UCL Division One but Griffiths was encouraged with his side’s display.

He said: “Reaction from Saturday has been very positive from the Buckingham camp.

“We are slightly frustrated as the performance warranted a convincing win but we also come away satisfied knowing that if we can maintain those levels every week we are going to pick up points.

“We played with a great desire to win the ball back and created some very good openings. Joel McCormick scored an early penalty but we didn’t let up. We had two one-on-one opportunities that would have seen us out of sight.

“We spoke at half time that there would be a reaction from them and that we needed to ride that spell.

“The referee awarded them a very weak penalty early in the second half that Dan Lydiatt promises me he got the ball. The linesman, who was in a better position, flagged for a corner.

“That gave them the momentum and we sustained some pressure in the second half but still created good openings.

“We are still not fully match fit and after the great work in the first half we tired a little and our ball retention suffered a bit. That said we were unlucky not score in the second half.”

Tomorrow, Buckingham travel to former Football League outfit AFC Rushden and Diamonds.

Griffiths added: “We’ve got a great game on Tuesday to look forward, the performance on Saturday has given us the confidence that we can do well for the remainder of the season.

“We need all our focus on Tuesday as we know it’s going to be a strong side we are up against but we have no reason to fear anyone.”