Jones backs Buckingham to turn form around

Player of the Match Katrina Nicholson. Picture by Chris Hobson
Player of the Match Katrina Nicholson. Picture by Chris Hobson

Buckingham head coach Zak Jones believes the results will come following his side’s hard-fought defeat to Canterbury in the Investec Premier Division.

Buckingham have won just once since their promotion to the top tier, leaving them second from bottom in the table, but Jones is confident they can turn it around following several tight defeats.

He said: “It was another really pleasing performance against one a top sides who are very experienced and have a host of seasoned internationals.

“However, it is also pretty frustrating as we are consistently running sides close but are just lacking that bit of quality and accuracy in the final third and any slight errors are being punished ruthlessly at the other end.

“But we are learning and getting better week on week. It is important that we stay positive as I believe if we continue to play as we are and work hard the results will come.”

This week, Buckingham made the long away trip to Canterbury for an evening match with last season’s runners-up.

The visitors faced a daunting task with the home side wearing pink in aid of cancer research and a big crowd expected, but Buckingham made the stronger start and created a number of good opening in the first few minutes.

Despite this, however, the lack of quality in the final third proved costly and Canterbury made the home side pay for their wastefulness when South African international Dirkie Chamberlain made no mistake from close range to open the scoring.

Buckingham responded well with a rasping shot from Caitlin Wales flashing just past the upright and Jess Bloom having a couple of shots saved, while Canterbury also produced a few openings at the other end.

The second half saw both sides go in search of the all-important second goal with a fierce Zoe Shipperley strike well saved by the home goalkeeper.

With Player of the Match Katrina Nicholson outstanding in midfield, Buckingham continued to push for the equaliser and came close when a fine pinpoint pass from Shipperley left Jess Bloom one-on-one with the Canterbury ‘keeper but once again she was equal to the task.

It was the home side that got the decisive goal in the 57th minute when a defensive error gifted GB international Susannah Townsend the ball and her lifted reverse stick cross somehow found its way into the Buckingham net off Ann Searle’s glove.

Buckingham host Holcombe at Stowe School at 12pm this Saturday.