UCL FOOTBALL: Stewart believes Buckby have gone from boys to men

HAPPY MAN - Long Buckby manager Daniel Stewart
HAPPY MAN - Long Buckby manager Daniel Stewart

Boss Dan Stewart believes his Long Buckby boys have become men during a successful week.

The Bucks picked up their first win of the season last Saturday, securing a 5-3 success at Harrowby United, with Muziwandile Ndlovu-Nduna netting a hat-trick. And they followed that up with an impressive draw at Cogenhoe United on Tuesday night, only being denied all three points by a last-gasp Shane Lyons equaliser.

Buckby are now just four points adrift of second-bottom Sileby Rangers in the UCL Premier Division and the signs are positive for the Station Road side.

“I can’t praise the lads enough,” said Stewart. “Every week we work on stuff in training and it can become frustrating for them because it can be repetitive. We always try to play attractive football but, on Tuesday, we showed we can be resilient and the boys became men.”

And Buckby will now look to build a run of three games without defeat when they face Eynesbury Rovers on Saturday.

“We’ve got to take it one game at a time but we need to use the confidence gained from the past few results,” said Stewart. “It can go one of two ways now: either we undo all of our hard work or we build and try to improve.”

Buckby’s change in fortunes have been inspired by an influx of new players and the appointment of a different captain.

With Wes Emery having left to join Wellingborough Town, Jean Dakouri has been handed the armband.

And Stewart said: “Jean is a quiet lad but he is everything you want in a captain.

“He’s a strong, athletic lad and a great role model for the other boys.

“Some captains are vocally aggressive, but he let’s his football do the talking.”