FOOTBALL: Buckingham Town were left rueing a hatful of missed chances on Saturday as UCL basement side Rothwell Town snatched a late equaliser against the run of play for a 1-1 draw.
The Robins were so dominant they could have been half a dozen goals ahead in the first half with further chances after the break but too often wayward finishing let them down.
Ben Shepherd put the hosts ahead after five minutes with a well drilled shot from 25 yards and onlookers would have thought it was the signal for a goal feast so one-sided was the Division One contest at the Winslow Centre. But it wasn’t to be.
The home side players had coloured their hair and wore black armbands in remembrance of Buckingham Town fan Eddie Cole, who had died earlier that week. The Robins set about playing with a purpose Eddie would have been proud of but profligacy in front of goal was to be their downfall.
Corey Lee, Chris Robson, Graham Sands and Pat Diamond all had chances to push the score on in the first half but fired wide or over the bar.
In some cases Buckingham were plain unlucky, particularly when Shepherd’s curling corner looked goalbound after evading keeper Lewis Marlow but somehow bypassed the net, while Ieuan Riley’s rasping shot from distance was parried by a shaken Marlow and then gathered up. The Robins’ ascendancy continued after the break. With the clock ticking down, it looked like Buckingham had done enough to secure the three points.
But with several minutes of stoppage time added after the 90 minutes, Buckingham suffered a lapse of concentration. The ball was cleared out of the Rothwell defence and as it bounced high over the Robins’ defenders, Jordan Henson got in between them and headed home, the ball hitting the post and trickling in, to grab an unlikely draw.
The draw saw the Robins remain in the lower half of the table on 10 points, 22 points adrift of leaders Harborough Town but with games in hand.
Buckingham travel to Northampton ON Chenecks this Saturday, kick-off 3pm.
Buckingham Town: Bell, Cross, Kasprzyk, Stimpson, Gale, Riley, Diamond, Sands, Lee (Hull), Robson, Shepherd