Court frustrated as Town suffer third straight defeat

Akin Iluyemi
Akin Iluyemi

Buckingham Town assistant manager Alex Court felt his side deserved at least a point from their 2-1 home loss to Woodford Town on Tuesday – their third straight defeat.

With manager Chris Robson still away, Court took charge of Tuesday’s encounter but was left wondering how Town ended the game pointless after dominating for large periods.

The away side began brightly and quickly found themselves in a 2-0 lead as the Robins made a slow start before gradually gaining a foothold in the game, with forwards Akin Iluyemi and Andy Cleere looking dangerous.

Chance after chance was created, with the home side looking particularly dangerous from Hateley Mercer’s set pieces, and finally Buckingham pulled a goal back through the lively Iluyemi.

The second half began as the first ended as the hosts continued to dominate and create chances at will with forwards Iluyemi, Cleere and impressive substitute Nti all going close but it wasn’t to be.

Court said afterwards: “Before the game, all I asked for was an improved work-rate and for us to take a little more care when in possession.

“For the most part, I got that from the players. We still need to improve our work-rate and intensity off the ball as their two goals could easily have been stopped if we had shown the required application in correct areas.

“Again we didn’t have our strongest side out and not being able to field a consistent side has definitely been one of the factors contributing to our inconsistent results.

“That being said, every single one of the lads out there put in a performance that was 10 times better than the last two showings and I’m not sure how we haven’t come away from that game without a point, at least. After dominating the game, it’s hard to take.

“But if the players realise that the work-rate they showed today is the least that is expected, and then build on that, we will win more games than we lose. The quality is definitely there, they just need the required application.”

Buckingham were also beaten on Saturday when they lost 3-0 away at in-form Raunds Town. Those back-to-back defeats have pushed the Robins down to 14th in United Counties League Division One ahead of a trip to Willen in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup this weekend.