Buckingham Town stumble in title race after Lutterworth bite back

Leon Lobjoit
Leon Lobjoit

Buckingham Town’s promotion push suffered a setback as they drew 1-1 at Lutterworth Athletic.

Earning a point at Lutterworth would normally be considered a good result but Town were looking for all three to keep themselves in the picture as the promotion race hots up.

They do remain third in United Counties LeagueDivision One but without a game this weekend, rivals teams have the opportunity to leapfrog them.

There was little to separate the sides over the 90 minutes but it was the hosts who started the better and it took the Robins a while to settle with Lutterworth denying them space and time on the ball.

Ryan Thrussell produced a superb save on 20 minutes to tip over a swerving shot and both Squillance and Gavrovski made last- ditch tackles to keep the scores even.

Buckingham grew into the game and began to probe, looking for the breakthrough and it almost came when Leon Lobjoit collected Archer’s flick on but his low shot went the wrong side of the far post.

Five minutes later Lobjoit atoned for the miss as he slotted home after great work from Chris Wreh, who held off two defenders before playing the striker in.

With Buckingham now in the ascendancy another goal before the break would have been very welcome but efforts from Watts, Archer and Lobjoit again failed to trouble the home goalkeeper.

The Robins almost doubled their advantage two minutes after the restart as Ziann Watts crashed a header against the post with the keeper beaten and when Lobjoit tricked his way into the box ten minutes later, he was just unable to cut the ball back for what would have been a great opportunity.

Lutterworth were never out of the game and looked dangerous whenever they attacked the Robins goal, and they found the equaliser with 20 minutes to go. A break down the Robins left ended up with the ball diverted past Thrussell at the near post.

The Robins worked hard to try and get themselves in front again but despite a couple of free-kicks on the edge of the penalty area, couldn’t find the breakthrough.

In need of four wins from their final four games, Buckingham’s next home match is on April 1 against Long Buckby and will be dedicated to the memory of club president Graham Rigby who passed away in recent weeks and all the friends that the club has lost since leaving Ford Meadow. All are welcome to attend.