Buckby rally after initial setback

Longt Buckby's Dan Quigley makes the tackle with Stuart Smeathers in the background
Longt Buckby's Dan Quigley makes the tackle with Stuart Smeathers in the background

THE last time Kempston visited Station Road was in season 2007/2008 when they were taken to the cleaners after a 7-0 drubbing which eventually led to their relegation.

This season they have come back as Division One champions and the team in no way reflects the previous regime.

They started the better and took the lead when Andrew Phillips hit an unstoppable shot into the top corner of Darren Watts’ net to give the visitors an unlikely lead.

Martin Conway in the Kempston goal was in for a very busy afternoon as the home team took the game to their opponents. Dunkley, Koriya and Ling all kept the keeper on his toes.

Buckby equalised on 19 minutes following a foul on Dunkley. His free-kick was tipped over by Conway and from the resulting corner, a Greg Ling shot was deflected off Dunkley to draw the home team level.

The home team continued the pressure. But despite great work from Ling, Koriya and Quigley the teams went in level at half time 1-1.

In the second half the visitors’ defence was in total disarray.

Attack upon attack eventually led to Buckby taking the lead on 52 minutes when a great cross from Koriya was headed goal-wards by Dunkley. The keeper parried it and Rob Foster put the ball into the net.

On 61 minutes the home side increased the lead when a Rob Foster shot hit the bar.

Greg Ling followed up and his header was saved but Russell Dunkley was on hand to get his second of the afternoon.

With Kings Lynn on Knock Out Cup duty this gave Buckby the chance to claw back a few points on the way towards a tremendous finale to the season assuming the weather holds out.