LONG BUCKBY: Houghton says Bucks buoyed by fightback

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Player-coach Mike Houghton says the Long Buckby squad are in buoyant mood ahead of Saturday’s trip to AFC Kempston Rovers.

The Bucks came back from 3-0 down at Shepshed last weekend to claim a spirited 3-3 draw, thanks to goals from Houghton and talented teenager Lewis Entwistle.

It was a great fightback from a Buckby side who are now without a win in their past seven UCL Premier Division games.

And Houghton believes last weekend’s result could be the catalyst for a good conclusion to the current campaign.

“We could have even won the game last weekend in the end and it was great to have 35, 40 minutes of possession in the second half,” said the striker and assistant boss.

“It was pleasing to see the resilience. It was fantastic and we felt like we’d got the three points at the end.

“It was a great team effort on Saturday and everyone’s been in buoyant mood since.”

This weekend’s game represents a step into the unknown for Buckby as they have yet to face Kempston this season.

Both sides have had mixed campaigns, with the Bucks just two places and seven points above this weekend’s opponents in the table.

And Houghton said: “It’s a vital game for us.

“We’ve played well in the past 10 games, with a couple of blips and we’ve been unlucky.

“It’s been a bit stop-start with the weather but hopefully now we can go on a little run.”