UCL FOOTBALL: Stewart hoping new faces can change Buckby fortunes

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Dan Stewart has overhauled his Long Buckby squad and added to his coaching staff in a bid to turn the club’s fortunes around.

The Bucks have yet to win in the league this season, losing nine of their 10 games in the UCL Premier Division.

But Stewart remains upbeat and has this week moved to strengthen his squad with the likes of Mike Knight and Kettering’s Nathan Stewart heading to Station Road.

Also coming in are coaching duo Richard Day, who will be assistant manager, and Uche Igbawa, who will be head coach.

And Stewart is ready to start all over again as he looks to steer the ship out of choppy waters.

“We’ve got new players, new staff and this week we’ve got a new outlook,” said the Buckby boss.

“We’ve got a clean sheet for everyone and hopefully our fortunes will change from now on.

“It’s a big overhaul and I identified weak points in the squad where we needed more depth.

“The new players are going to be good for us because they’re older and more experience than the lads we’ve already got.”

And on the recruitment of his new coaches, Stewart

added: “They will give us more in the changing room and they’ve both got good backgrounds.

“Richard has played for Coventry City and Uche has been at Wolfsburg so they give the players something to look up to.

“It takes the pressure off me because I’m not having to do every job and I can focus more on the coaching.”

Long Buckby turn their attention to the FA Vase on Saturda as they hosty Oxhey Jets at Station Road (ko 3pm).

WOODFORD UNITED

Richard Pannell’s red card proved crucial as Woodford United slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Potton United.

Substitute Courtney Boughton was the home side’s matchwinner as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

The Reds took the lead 10 minutes in when a cross from Henry Spears was headed back across keeper Craig Lewis by Richard Pannell.

The Potton attack found Woodford keeper Darren Smith in fine form, denying Gary Ansell-Carter, Jamie Berryman and Mark Ansell-Carter.

The Reds scorer turned villain early in the second half and was dismissed following an incident with home man Dean Hamilton.

Initially the visitors coped comfortably despite the home man advantage but Boughton’s arrival from the bench began to stretch them.

Spears missed a chance to give Woodford the cushion of a second goal and Potton were level on 75 minutes through Boughton.

Seven minutes from time Boughton won it, converting Callum Forster’s through ball.

On Saturday, Woodford travel to Tring Athletic in the FA Vase.