Griffiths frustrated with first leg defeat to rivals

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Buckingham Town boss Neil Griffiths said he was frustrated with his side’s performance in their 3-2 first leg defeat to Buckingham Athletic in the semi-final of the Charity Cup.

Max Risby gave the Robins an early lead but Athletic fought back to take a slender lead into the second leg, which takes place on February 25.

Griffiths said: “We came away very frustrated after the game, it was a fantastic opportunity to show the people of Buckingham that we are still very much alive and kicking.

“We didn’t perform anywhere near the levels we can do. I don’t mind losing games if you have given everything but we were probably at about 40% of what we can do.

“Our saving grace is that it’s two legs and we are very much still in the tie at 3-2. We’ve made it hard for ourselves but not impossible to progress.”

Buckingham resume their league campaign this weekend when they host Rothwell.

Griffiths added: “Rothwell is a winnable game, we were superb last Saturday before the game was called off. It was the best football we’ve played all season. We are keen to carry that on, get three points and continue to climb up the table.

“There have been no changes to the squad as we continue to work with what we have. We may add one or two new faces if they are right but Leon Chicksen is nearing a return and he will be a major boost.”