Buckingham Town ended a run of seven straight league defeats when they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Irchester United on Wednesday.
On a bitterly cold evening at Manor Fields, the Robins began brightly but, after Mitch Brent had an effort saved for Town, it was United who took a 2-0 lead into half-time through a brace from Sam Dengel.
Buckingham produced a much-improved second half display and they halved the deficit through Drew Mitten’s free-kick before Joel McCormick skipped past a defender and drilled the ball home to earn the Robins a deserved point.
Manager Chris Robson said afterwards: “The old cliché ‘a game of two halves’ comes to mind. I felt for the first half we were as poor as we have been all season.
“We lacked quality, urgency and fight. Confidence is low at the moment so the quality not being there you can understand, but you cannot excuse not having any fight or pride in personal performances considering the position we are currently in.
“At half-time some harsh words were said in the dressing room and credit to the lads they took it on the chin and went out in the second half and raised their games and produced a good performance.
“They could easily have folded at half-time and sulked or went into their shells, but instead they rolled their sleeves up and showed all the qualities we know that they have.
“We showed a lot more battling qualities and also in the final third we played some good stuff and looked a lot more dangerous than in recent weeks.
“That is the frustrating thing for me – I know how good my players can be and in the second half we showed that.
“We just need to do it on a consistent basis and we will climb the table, I have no doubt about that. We now have three very tough games coming up over the Christmas period and it is important we take a bit of confidence and belief from this game and we will be able to compete and cause these teams problems.
“We have put a halt to a dreadful run of defeats in the league, and although it wasn’t a win, I believe the monkey if now off our back and we can now push on and climb back up the table.”