UCL FOOTBALL: Late strike a sickener as Buckby are denied first win

GETTING STUCK IN - action from Long Buckby's 5-1 defeat to AFC Rushden & Diamonds (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
GETTING STUCK IN - action from Long Buckby's 5-1 defeat to AFC Rushden & Diamonds (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
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A goal six minutes from time denied Long Buckby their first win of the season in the United Counties League Premier Division on Tuesday night.

With 84 minutes played at Station Road, Daniel Stewart’s side led fellow strugglers Harborough Town 3-2.

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MNCE/MNT1/MHDE-UCL football - Long Buckby v Rushden & Diamonds NNL-141129-190815009

But Borough’s Ben Williams struck to salvage a point for Harborough to maintain the eight point gap between the sides.

Buckby had started the game brilliantly, and a goal from Nkosi Mzungwana gave them a fifth minute lead.

Harborough hit back straight from the kick off and level through Jack Nolan.

Buckby were back in front after 14 minutes, Ed Kostiuk scoring from the penalty spot.

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MNCE/MNT1/MHDE-UCL football - Long Buckby v Rushden & Diamonds NNL-141129-190805009

When Kostiuk scored again in the final minute of the first half the home side looked set for a vital win in their relegation fight.

Harborough needed an early goal on resumption and got it after 48 minutes through Alex Cooper, and they went on to grab the late leveller.

On Saturday, Buckby were on the wrong end of a 5-1 hammering at the hands of leaders and title favourites AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Tom Lorraine’s third minute Diamonds starter from a cross by Adam Confue was cancelled out two minutes later by a Kostiuk reply for the basement side, a far post finish from Nkosi Mzungwana.

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MNCE/MNT1/MHDE-UCL football - Long Buckby v Rushden & Diamonds NNL-141129-191233009

Diamonds were back in the lead after 29 minutes when Jason Turner fed Matt Gearing who slipped his marker to fire into the top corner from 20 yards.

Three minutes later Turner extended the lead from the spot following a handball in the box by Michael Yeates.

Defender Liam Dolman scored a visiting fourth after 72 minutes volleying in Charlie Butt’s centre.

Gearing completed the scoring with his second goal of the afternoon twelve minutes from time, converting a Lorraine cross from the left.

Buckby will be hoping they will be able to break their winning duck on Saturday when they travel to Harrowby United.

WOODFORD United’s dream of winning the NFA Junior Cup was dashed as they lost 1-0 at Thrapston.

A close Chancery Lane contest was settled by Leigh Chapman’s goal four minutes before the hour mark, the striker rounding off good work by Jedd Whiteman and Jack Wisniewski.

Late on Ben Foster and Adam Knight both hit the woodwork as Woodford pressed for a leveller.

The Reds are back in league action on Saturday when they travel to Raunds Town.