Town boss Robson all smiles as McCormick earns a point

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Buckingham Town boss Chris Robson was delighted with his players after they claimed a 1-1 draw against an impressive Bugbrooke St Michael’s in UCL Division One on Tuesday night.

The Robins went into the game in good spirits following their 2-1 win over Blackstones on Saturday, but they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against the Northants side.

“Although we didn’t lose, I felt the game was our hardest test so far this season,” said Robson.

“Bugbrooke were very strong, organised, and had some real quality about them, especially in the first half.

“We had to change our game plan as they didn’t let us settle and play any football which we like to do.

“I feel a draw was a fair result and it was two good teams who should be looking to be in and around the top six come the end of the season.”

Town had to come from a goal down to secure the point against Bugbrooke, Joel McCormick scoring the all-important equaliser 15 minutes from time, after the Badgers had taken the lead just two minutes into the second half.

On Saturday, Buckingham weren’t at their best but still proved too good for visitors Blackstones as goals from Mitch Brent and McCormick sealed a 2-1 win.

Buckingham started strongly and took the lead with a Brent free-kick. Blackstones equalised on 58 minutes, only for McCormick to nick the winner nine minutes from time, making no mistake from the penalty spot.

BUCKINGHAM Athletic suffered last-gasp agony as they went down 3-2 at Arlesey.

Athletic led 1-0 at half-time thanks to a Phil Martin strike, and although the home side equalised, Paul Dearlove restored the lead.

Arlesey levelled on the hour, and it looked like the match would end 2-2, until the home side were awarded a stoppage time penalty, which they scored to take the points.

Manager Damien Wiffin was very disappointed, and said: “I thought we had done enough to take all three points but to come away with nothing? I really feel that was undeserved.”

On Tuesday night, Athletic returned to winning ways as they were 5-2 Challenge Trophy winners against Old Bradwell.

Dave O’Dell, Dan Staley, Frankey Tarrant, Phil Martin and Adam Bone netted.

Athletic Reserves were in County Junior Cup action on Saturday and won 6-0 against Clean Slate Reserves. Scorers were Danny Booden, Matt Cruse (2), Sol Janecki, James Foster and an own goal.