Buckingham Town’s poor start to the season continued with a lacklustre 1-0 defeat to Burton Park Wanderers at Manor Fields on Saturday.
In a game that lacked any quality, the first half saw little action as both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances, although the Robins came closest to scoring through Derek Brown and Aman Nti, who both went close from corners.
The second half was a similar story and the game looked on course to be a stalemate until the 73rd minute when Jimmy Simpson pounced on the loose ball in a goalmouth scramble and slotted home.
Buckingham manager Chris Robson said afterwards: “I was very disappointed with our display. Our attitude and work-rate was very poor and we got what we deserved.
“We had nine players out yesterday and five of them would have been starting, but I still felt we had a squad strong enough to win the game.
“Burton worked a lot harder than us and wanted it more and they fully deserved the win. It was a poor game from start to finish regarding quality and the football played.
“We will have games in this style in this division so it is important the least we do is match teams for effort because if we don’t we’ll continue to lose these types of games.”
Buckingham are targeting their first win of the season at Bourne Town this weekend.
Robson added: “We are honest with ourselves and we know the start to the season has been poor and we need to pick up wins very quickly.
“We have the quality in the squad to do very well this season and we are only four games in, but we do need to start winning games sharpish.
“We need to pick ourselves up and train well this week and be prepared for a long trip to Bourne on Saturday.”