UCL FOOTBALL: Boss Stewart wants Long Buckby to keep it clean

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Long Buckby boss Dan Stewart has urged his side to start keeping it clean in the bid for UCL Premier Division survival.

The Bucks haven’t struggled to score goals in recent months, netting in their past 13 league matches, but it is at the other end where their troubles lie.

Stewart’s side have shipped 70 goals in 23 premier division games this season, failing to keep a single clean sheet.

And the boss know that record must change if his men are to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.

“The main objective this weekend is to keep a clean sheet,” said Stewart ahead of Saturday’s trip to Boston Town.

“I’ve got every confidence that the boys are strong enough, mentally and physically, to do that and we need to if we are going to win games.

“We’re always confident we can score more than the other side, but if you get a clean sheet the result takes care of itself.

“We’ll keep doing what we’re doing and continue with our style of play, but we’ve got to stop other sides scoring as well and we’ve been working on that in training.”

Buckby enjoyed a good end to 2014, going unbeaten in their final three matches of the calendar year.

But their progress has been hampered by a lack of games of late, with the weather taking its toll.

And Stewart, whose side are four points adrift of 20th-placed Harborough Town with five games in hand and 10 points away from safety, said: “I’d have preferred to have played the games.

“It’s in our own hands, but there’s going to be fixture congestion and we’re going to get a backlog towards the end of the season.

“We’ll have to use the squad and I’m lucky to have 20 players to choose from every week. Not many managers in this division have that.

“We’ve got a group that is capable of picking up points as we showed at the end of last year and the squad is stronger now than it was at the start of season.

“It’s always been a happy dressing room and that hasn’t changed.”

WOODFORD UNITED

Woodford United stopped the rot in some style last Saturday, claiming their first win in five matches with a 4-2 victory at Blackstones.

The hosts may have been a bit rusty, as they were playing their first game for a month, but Woodford made sure they took advantage.

Adam Knight’s men were made to work for the three points though, coming from 2-1 down to win.

Joe Henderson’s seventh minute Reds opener was matched within a minute by a Kieran Arthur reply for Stones, and Arthur gave the home side the lead after 32 minutes.

Adam Creaney put Woodford level after 48 minutes, and on the hour the same player gave Woodford the lead for a second time.

United’s victory was sealed by Ben Foster after 73 minutes.

The win means Woodford are 11th in the UCL Division One table.

On Saturday, they will be looking to make up some ground on ninth-placed Olney Town when the two teams meet at Byfield Road.

Olney are five points above the Reds, who have a game in hand.