Buckingham Town manager Chris Robson has already shifted his attention to building for next season with his side’s current campaign heading for a disappointing finish.
Robson had high hopes for his sides at the start of the season, but a string of poor results has seen Buckingham plummet towards the wrong end of the table with the Robins currently 17th in UCL Division One with seven games remaining.
Speaking this week, Robson said: “We are now building for next season. I aim to sit down with the club this week and go through a few things to make sure we are in good shape on and off the pitch.
“We currently have a very young but talented squad. Against Burton on Saturday, we had four teenagers playing, including a 16-year-old goalkeeper, and if I can keep this group together and add three or four experienced, quality players in the summer, there is no reason why we cannot push on next year.
“This year has been disappointing but with these young lads a year older and wiser, they will improve next season.
“Add to that my coaching team and myself, who are all new to this side of the game, knowing what it now takes to do well, we will be a lot better for it next season.”
At the weekend, the Robins threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with relegation-threatened Burton Park Wanderers in a game that encapsulated Town’s season.
The first half promised so much with Mitch Brent giving the visitors a deserved lead at the break following good work from the impressive Dan Delderfield as well as debutant Abdul Salmin.
Joe Donaldson’s powerful header five minutes into the second half seemingly put Buckingham on course for a comfortable victory before a mini-capitulation saw Burton score twice in the space of 90 seconds to pull level.
Both sides went close to winning it, but Lewis Hallford and Dom Schembre wasted golden chances as the Robins were made to rue another missed opportunity.
Robson said afterwards: “It is another disappointing day at the office – how we have not come away with a comfortable victory I do not know.
“When you go 2-0 up you shouldn’t be throwing games away like we did. It has been the story of our season though – two minutes of madness and a lack of concentration defensively has denied us an important win.
“Although I am disappointed we got to take the positives from the game. We have ended a poor run of defeats, and at times today we played very well.
“I was pleased with how we started the game and we showed a bit of fight and desire that we haven’t done for weeks. I felt Dan (Delderfield) was brilliant for us and was just pipped to man of the match by their goalkeeper who was unbelievable.”
“Overall for 88 minutes I was pleased with the lads and our performance. We now need to take that into our last seven league games, starting with a tough trip to Wellingborough this week.”