Robson signs Hallford following “embarrassing” cup defeat

Kyle Stimpson
Kyle Stimpson

Buckingham Town manager Chris Robson has signed midfielder Lewis Hallford as he looks to turn around his side’s dismal run of form.

The Robins have not won a game since mid-November, a run which now stands at seven matches following Saturday’s Berks & Bucks County Cup defeat to New Bradwell St Peter.

In an attempt to resurrect his side’s season, Robson has signed Hallford from fellow UCL Division One side Raunds Town. The 23-year-old has an impressive CV having represented Scotland at U16 level. He’s also had spells at Rushden & Diamonds, Leighton, Elgin City and Aylesbury United.

On Saturday, Buckingham’s struggles continued when they limped out of the County Cup with a 4-1 defeat at Bradwell. Kyle Stimpson scored Town’s only goal against the South Midlands League Division Two outfit.

Robson slammed his side’s performance afterwards, saying: “To limp out of a cup competition like today was embarrassing. I was embarrassed by the way we just rolled over and gave up, and it is a becoming a worrying habit we have at the club.

“The first half was difficult for us as we played against a very strong wind, but at times we played some good stuff and created four or five clear-cut chances that we should have taken with better finishing.

“We looked completely toothless in the second half – we could still be playing now and not look like scoring. Frustration starts to creep in and players give up, which for me is totally unacceptable.”

Robson is planning to add to his squad over the next few weeks as he attempts to halt Buckingham’s slide down the table. The Robins play twice over the next week, first they welcome Raunds Town to Manor Fields on Saturday before going to Irchester United next Tuesday.

Robson added: “I still need to strengthen the squad as we are desperate for numbers.

“At the moment there is no genuine competition for places and players know they can get away with giving half-hearted performances as there is no one to replace them.

“We still have a semi-final in another cup and there is also still a lot to do in the league because if we carry on like we are, we will be dragged into a relegation battle.

“We need to get onto the training field this week and work our socks off to put this right. The coaching team and I are ready for the fight, we need to make sure the players feel the same as they are the ones who need to go onto the pitch and do the business.”