Penalty miss is costly for Town

Joel McCormick equalises for Buckingham
Joel McCormick equalises for Buckingham

FOOTBALL: A second half penalty miss by Joel McCormick and a red card for substitute Euan Riley proved costly for Buckingham Town as they went down 3-1 at home to Wellingborough Whitworth in the UCL Division One.

With his side 2-1 down McCormick could have been the Robins’ hero if he had converted the 65th minute spot-kick, having levelled for Town just before the half-hour, but it wasn’t to be.

Top scorer Jake Newman netted twice for Whitworth with two first half goals, the first after six minutes. Jamie Black sealed victory in the 75th minute to stretch Whitworth’s unbeaten run to seven games.

Although Robins’ boss Kit Bamber wasn’t at the game, he said: “It was a disappointing result. We’ve had a reasonable run, winning some games and drawing a few, but Whitworth were a very strong side all round.”

The result saw Town stay in 12th spot in the table.

Bamber said he would be missing a number of players for this Saturday’s home clash with Rothwell Corinthians due to injury, suspension and unavailability.

Keeper Matt Bines is still sidelined with a thigh injury, and Chris Robson, who damaged ankle ligaments against Sileby Rangers the previous weekend, is an absentee, although he is said to be recovering well and could be back training next week. Craig Ross is also nearing a return.

>> The Robins’ hopes of ground sharing with Mursley United have been dashed. To accommodate the switch, the league said Mursley would need to move their fixtures, but Town’s management didn’t want to see this happen so the club will continue to play their matches in Winslow.

Town’s management and players haven’t been happy playing at the centre and the venue has often been described as “soulless” by supporters.