Robson relieved as Buckingham secure survival with Olney draw

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Robins boss Chris Robins admits his side have endured a “terrible” season despite guaranteeing their safety with a 1-1 draw against North Bucks rivals Olney Town on Easter Monday.

Matt Old’s well-taken goal put Olney ahead on 15 minutes but Michael Olatude slid through Ashley Wadhams, who coolly rounded the goalkeeper to equalise.

Both sides had chances to take all three points but the game ended all square, which secured Buckingham’s survival in UCL Division One.

Robson said: “I think the draw was a fair result, and it was a much-needed point for us.

“Our confidence is shot to pieces at the moment so to come back from 1-0 down and get a positive result will do us the world of good. The Easter period is a nightmare for managers at this level as so many players cannot commit properly. We had so many players unavailable today, and I am sure Steve (Olney manager) did also. Credit to my boys who came in though as they did well, and to get a point after the awful run we have been on is a positive.

“It was a scrappy game with both sides battling very well and the draw was a fair result.

“For us that point guarantees our safety so we can now relax and enjoy our last three league fixtures. We cannot hide from the fact that this season has been terrible for us, but we now look forward to next season for a fresh start and doing a lot better.”

Buckingham and Olney will meet twice over the next few weeks in the Buckingham Charity Cup semi-final. The first leg will take place at East Street on Tuesday, April 21, with the second leg a week later at Manor Fields.

“We do have the cup semi-final against Olney and with players coming back for that hopefully we can give a good account and give Olney a good game over the two legs and maybe end the season on a high.”