Nightmare week for Robson as Town suffer heavy defeats

Andy Cleere (right) scored a late consolation goal for Buckingham against Chenecks on Wednesday
Andy Cleere (right) scored a late consolation goal for Buckingham against Chenecks on Wednesday

Buckingham Town boss Chris Robson couldn’t hide his frustration after watching the Robins slide to back-to-back defeats this week, conceding 13 goals in the process.

On Saturday, a patched up Robins side were put to the sword by Thrapston Town, who racked up thumping 9-1 victory with Cory James scoring four goals and Dom Schembre netting a consolation for Town.

Speaking afterwards, Robson said: “I think it’s a case of the less said the better. It was a freak day - we could play that game another 10 times and our performance wouldn’t be that bad, nor the score would resemble a rugby match.

“From the morning until full-time the day was a nightmare. We had players drop out on the morning and we went up with 12 players and no physio, which is embarrassing for this level of football.

“Our attitude towards the game was very poor - the players looked defeated before we even went out and I don’t understand why having come into the game on the back of two wins.

“Whatever 11 players I put out, it is totally unacceptable to get beat like we did.

“It was a nightmare performance, but we have to just brush it under the carpet and move on as we have a lot of games coming up so we cannot dwell on this or feel sorry for ourselves.”

Buckingham then welcomed high-flying Northampton Chenecks to Manor Fields on Wendesday evening.

The Robins, who handed debuts to Dan Delderfield, Nick Mentiply and Rommel Hicks, more than matched their title-chasing opponents in a goalless first half with chances falling to Schembre, Andy Cleere, Lewis Hallford and Mentiply.

However, Buckingham were forced into making two defensive changes at half-time due to injury and the visitors took full advantage with four second half goals as only Cleere could find the net for Town.

A frustrated Robson said afterwards: “We have a very talented bunch of players here, and the majority of them still young, but it is their mentality towards their football which lets them down.

“We showed we are capable of matching anybody in the league. Chenecks are in the hunt for the league title but we were the better side in the first half and looked comfortable.

“This is what frustrates me as I know we can do it. If we did it consistently and the players’ attitudes were spot on, we would be up at the top challenging, but we are being let down.

“The second half was a totally different story though and we deserved to concede four goals. We lost two of our defenders at half-time to injury and at the moment we have no defensive cover at the club due to injuries, and it is very hard to bring in good quality defenders for this level with no budget and when you are not doing so well in the league.

“So we played the second half with three midfielders in defence and every time Chenecks attacked you could tell we had to no idea what to do. Two of the goals were free headers where our marking was non-existent, which is just basic stuff.

“Until we get a settled squad, and all of the players taking their football seriously it is going to be the same story until the end of the season unfortunately.”