Below-par Buckingham slide to disappointing Reading defeat

Katrina Nicholson
Katrina Nicholson

Buckingham head coach Zak Jones admitted he was “hugely disappointed” after his side were beaten 2-0 by local rivals and fellow strugglers Leicester at the bottom of the Investec Premier Division.

With Leicester taking six points from their two games since Christmas and Buckingham four, both these sides were in good form, however Buckingham began poorly and never really recovered.

Reading enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory early on although Buckingham’s stern defence restricted the hosts to few clear-cut chances throughout the first half.

In fact it was the visitors who came close first when a penalty corner was saved before Reading spurned a glorious opportunity and then Bella Williamson was required to palm a rasping shot over the bar moments later, while Amie Hone failed to make the final pass having stolen possession on the edge of the D as the first half ended goalless.

The second period started much the same as the first with the home side in the ascendency but with chances few and far between.

However, on 43 minutes, a cheap defensive turnover resulted in a pull back from the baseline being deflected over the hapless Williamson in goal and somehow, the ball found its way over the line.

Buckingham enjoyed a good spell with 12 minutes remaining but a couple of chances to get back on level terms came and went.

With chances at a premium at both ends, Buckingham conceded a number of penalty corners in the last ten minutes and were made to pay with just three minutes to go when a fierce strike from the hosts’ fifth and final penalty corner found its way into the roof of the net via another deflection,

Nicholson came close to a consolation with a diving deflection before the final whistle but the ball drifted just wide and the game ended 2-0.

Jones said afterwards: “It was a hugely disappointing result especially given the magnitude of the game.

“We never really got going and in all honesty didn’t really deserve to get anything from the game. We showed spirit and resilience and we defended well and battled hard but made too many errors with our basic skills so spent long periods of the game without the ball, which is always going to make life difficult.

“However, on the positive side, we cannot dwell on it as we have another huge game this weekend when we will be looking to bounce back from this disappointment by producing a quality performance at home.”