UCL FOOTBALL: Buckby suffer double blow while Woodford lose again

MIDFIELD BATTLE - action from Long Buckby's 2-1 defeat to Huntingdon last Saturday (Picture: Mike Baker)
MIDFIELD BATTLE - action from Long Buckby's 2-1 defeat to Huntingdon last Saturday (Picture: Mike Baker)

Long Buckby’s winless streak continued as they suffered defeats at the hands of Huntingdon Town and Desborough.

Bucks were beaten by a late, late goal at Station Road on Saturday, going down 2-1 to Huntingdon after Joe Power had fired them into a fourth-minute lead.

Boss Phil Mason will have been frustrated that Huntingdon equalised a minute later from the penalty spot, and then furious as Niks Savalnieks scored the stoppage time winner for the visitors.

On Tuesday, Buckby were always up against it once they had gone 3-0 down on the stroke of half-time.

Mark Forbes put Desborough in front nine minutes in and Mark Redding doubled the home lead after 23 minutes.

When Michael Byrne added a third for the home side, a penalty two minutes into first half added time, the contest looked over.

But Buckby had other ideas and they were back in the hunt three minutes after the restart with a Josh Crawley penalty.

Robson Kightley scored a second for the Bucks after 67 minutes and the visitors will have been dreaming of a comeback.

But Desborough preserved their lead to take three vital points.

It means Buckby are now without a win in eight games, and on Saturday they travel to seventh-placed Wisbech.

Buckby’s poor run of form has seen them slip to 12th in the UCL table, with 14 points from 15 games.

WOODFORD UNITED

Woodford United are still in search of their first point of the season after they were beaten 6-2 at home by fellow strugglers Rothwell Corinthians last Saturday.

Mitch Austin’s men travel to another struggling team in Blackstones this weekend, although the home side will go into the fixture on the back of only their second win of the campaign against Buckingham on Saturday.

Woodford had high hopes of claiming a reward from the match with Corinthians, but found themselves 3-0 down after just 15 minutes.

Austin’s men did show character at this point, and by 53 minutes were back in the game at 3-2 thanks to two goals from Ryan Charles-Comery.

But Woodford’s comeback hopes were extinguished by a fourth Corinthians goal from Tom Scarratt on the hour. Chris Clarke celebrated his promotion from the reserves with the final two Rothwell goals after 70 and 81 minutes.

Woodford team: Dom Roggero, Izi Hassan (Jaser Sokolaj), Ridwan Emran, Lee Golding, Kieran Worrell, Steve Grimley, Ryan Charles-Comery, Craig Fowkes, Eddie Stewart (Chris Fury), Stefan Morris, Eathan Curtis (Harry Beckley).