Buckingham Town 1 Huntingdon Town 2
Buckingham’s revival under new boss Dan Kingston foundered against a Huntingdon side who were no more than adequate.
The UCL table proppers will need to show a lot more cohesiveness if they are to make any impression at higher-ranked Rothwell Town this Saturday.
Buckingham were better than Huntingdon in the first half, but with all the possession they had and the chances they created, they should have gone into the break ahead, but had to settle frustratingly for 0-0.
Ashley Farmer, Geoff Baffo and Jared Cunniff were the livewires in the first session, making a number of runs into the visitors’ box, but often it all came to nothing as the final ball was wasted.
Unfortunately the promise of the first half was quickly shattered two minutes into the second session as Buckingham conceded a soft goal when Mark Ling ran through and fired past keeper Bines.
A short time later it was 2-0 as a penalty was awarded to Huntingdon for a foul on one of their players in the Robins’ box.Joe Furness stepped up and converted leaving Buckingham a mountain to climb.
Gradually the hosts got themselves back into the game and a fightback ensued in the last 20 minutes as they threatened the Hungtindon goal.A good build up of play saw Kyle Stimpson race into the visitors’ box but he fired straight into the arms of keeper Beeny. A minute later Stimpson’s header from a corner was off target.
Five minutes from time Buckingham pullled a goal back when Baffo latched onto a ball in the Huntingdon box, passed back to the onrunning Joel McCormick who hit a low shot through a melee of players for 2-1.
Buckingham kept up the pressure and with time running a draw seemed possible. A Farmer corner swung in from the right caught out keeper Beeny who fumbled the ball to the ground and in the scramble that followed it slithered into the back of the net. But the referee blew for a foul and Buckingham’s hopes of a draw were dashed.
Buckingham: Bines, Cross, Barker, Owosu, Diamond, Stimpson, Raven, Cunniff, Baffo, McCormick, Farmer.
The defeat to Huntingdon meant the Robins are 10 points adrift of Wellingborough Whitworths at the foot of the table, having played two more games.