Griffiths upbeat after Olney draw

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Buckingham Town manager Neil Griffiths says his side are still learning after their 1-1 draw with Olney Town at the weekend.

Up against Griffiths’ former team, the Robins fell behind before a spectacular overhead kick from Kyle Stimpson earned Buckingham a share of the points which keeps them second from bottom in UCL Division One.

Griffiths said: “Overall it was an even game and both sides will feel they should have won.

“We had some fantastic chances – Joel McCormick did very well to break through one-on-one, we then forced their keeper into a spectacular save and had a Masimmo Colucci header cleared off the line. Had we taken those chances in the first half we would have been out of sight.

“However, we didn’t and they came at us second half and took a lead from a great strike. We then quickly equalised with a well-worked move through Dan Lydiatt and Joel to cross for a spectacular Kyle Stimpson overhead kick.

“I really wanted us to kick on from their and go on and win the game but Olney reacted well and came at us.

“We tired and they had some very good chances to win. We nearly nicked it ourselves when Kyle broke free and forced the goalkeeper into another save but with no one to follow up they cleared to safety.”

Buckingham remain in trouble at the bottom of the table despite recent improvements but Griffiths insists his side are still learning.

He added: “Overall we know we need to be winning these games when we are on top of teams and that’s where I feel we need to be but we are still new and improving each game.

“I won’t ever make excuses but with that being only our third game as a settled squad I think it’s fair to say we are still learning.

“We now need to kick on, each and every training session and game we spend together is an opportunity to progress.”

Buckingham, who are hosting quiz night in the Woolpack as a fund-raiser next Wednesday at 8pm, return to action tomorrow, Saturday, when they travel to league leaders Northampton Sileby Rangers.