Buckby fail to take all their chances

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LONG Buckby manager Glenn Botterill has asked his troops to be more clinical in front of goal after they were held to a 1-1 draw against Blackstones.

Despite creating a number of chances the Bucks were unable to take all three points at Station Road on Saturday.

Battle to win possession: Buckby go on the attack

Battle to win possession: Buckby go on the attack

The result means Botterill’s men remain in second place in the UCL Premier Division, five points behind leaders St Neots Town.

But the manager was hoping to come away with maximum points against a team who are currently in 11th place in the league.

Botterill said: “We were definitely hoping for the win so I was a bit disappointed to only get a point in the end.

“Unfortunately we didn’t defend very well but we still managed to get a goal up and had enough chances to increase our lead before half-time.

“I was pleased with the way we played generally but we need to put our chances away and be a bit tighter in defence. We’ve been strong in defence in recent weeks but a few of the lads were feeling ill on Saturday and the standards dropped a little bit.”

Right winger Andy Gordon had given Long Buckby the lead in what was his first game for nine weeks following injury.

But the visitors got an equaliser in the first minute of the second half as they began to get a foothold in the game.

The Bucks twice hit the woodwork and also had two efforts cleared off the line but they were unable to get a killer goal as the match finished all square.

Botterill added: “I think if we’d won 7-6 it would have been a fair scoreline because they had a few chances as well. But we just didn’t seem to have that bit of luck in front of goal and couldn’t get the second goal we needed.

“It was Andy’s first game back since he got injured against Irchester a couple of months ago so it was great for him to get a goal.

“He was doing well before he got injured so I’m pleased to have him back in the fold, hopefully he can find some good form and keep fit.

“We are away at Yaxley this weekend so we need to get our act together and put the ball in the back of the net to make sure we finish teams off.”