Mixed results for Town over holiday break

Graham Sands tussles with a Wootton player
Graham Sands tussles with a Wootton player

FOOTBALL: Buckingham Town are looking back on a busy festive programme which saw them take three points out of a possible nine in the UCL Division One.

A 3-2 defeat at Olney Town last Monday followed a 2-0 home success over Wootton Blue Cross on New Year’s Eve. Boxing Day saw them beaten 3-1 by highriding Bugbrooke St Michaels.

Against Olney, Buckingham went down to a last gasp penalty when the game looked to be heading for a draw.

After a goalless first half, the Robins took the lead through Ben Shepherd on 50 minutes but five minutes later Jason Goldman levelled for the Nurserymen.

Sam Parrish made it 2-1 to Olney from the penalty spot on 59 minutes.

Graham Sands levelled for Kit Bamber’s side with eight minutes to go but Parrish fired home his second spot kick in the 88th minute for Olney to take all the points at East Street.

Buckingham Town: M. Bines, Diamond, Stimpson, Gale, Kasprzyk, Riley (Cross), Sands, Lee (Bannister), Shepherd, N.Bines, Robson.

Chris Robson and Kyle Stimpson were on target for Town last Saturday in their win over Wootton.

Buckingham enjoyed large spells of possession and it came as no surprise when they took the lead on 24 minutes as Robson rifled home a low shot past the Wootton goalkeeper.

The score stayed at 1-0 at the break and afterwards the Robins continued where they left off in the first period.

Any attempts to progress by Wootton were snubbed out by Town’s centre back Mark Gale, who was excellent at the heart of the home defence along with Pat Diamond.

Town put the game beyond reach when Stimpson headed home at the far post midway through the second half. Near the end Jakub Kaspryzk enjoyed a fine run which saw him bend his shot just past the far upright as the Robins collected three points.

Buckingham Town: N.Bines, Cross, Kaspryzk, Diamond, Gale, Shepherd, Riley, Sands, Robson (Hull), Stimpson, Bannister (McCormick).

Town now lie 11th in the table behind leaders Harborough Town but have games in hand. They host seventh-placed Eynesbury Rovers at the Winslow Centre this Saturday, kick-off 2pm when they will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways.

Robins’ boss Bamber reflected:“The Wootton game was a pleasing result and we played very well on the day, Bodies were fresh and we had a big squad which meant a slight rotation of players and also offered more quality on the bench to make changes when needed.

“The Olney result was the hardest to take. We prepared as much as we could and I was confidant we would take something away from the game.

“The thing that let us down was the mistakes we made when we took the lead and when we equalised at 2-2.

“We collectively needed to be more responsible and take ownership of those mistakes.

“Did some players have tired legs from Saturday? Maybe, but I believe we should have and could have passed the ball better and in some sense gave the game to Olney with vital errors.

“We must now move on and get back on track and it will start this Saturday.”