LONG BUCKBY: Boss Mason fearing player exodus from Station Road

Long Buckby boss Phil Mason
Long Buckby boss Phil Mason

Long Buckby boss Phil Mason is fearing a player exodus due to the scheduling of his side’s final two UCL Premier Division fixtures.

The Bucks play their penultimate game of the campaign at home to Yaxley on Saturday, but must then wait until April 19 to conclude the season.

Mason feels some players may not be prepared to go that long without a game and could seek pastures new before the final-day game against Peterborough Northern Star.

But he is remaining hopeful of persuading the majority of his squad to stay on in the fight for survival, which sees Buckby currently seven points clear of the trapdoor.

“We’ll have to wait a month for another game after Saturday and it’s a bit bizarre,” said Mason. “I just hope all my players don’t leave before then. If they want to go somewhere else I can’t really stop them.

“We’ll address that after Saturday’s game and hopefully I can keep them, but if not I’ll have to use some of the reserves.”

Mason is already short of options with strikers Josh Crawley (nose) and Nathan Stewart (collarbone) out of action. And the boss, who saw his side suffer a 3-0 defeat at Sileby Rangers last weekend, said: “It’s hard to get players in at this time of the year.

“No one wants to come just for a couple of games, so we’re having to play midfielders up front.”