WITH Long Buckby’s match against Newport Pagnell called off last week due to a frozen pitch the prospect of an even longer season cannot be ruled out.
Questions are being asked how Long Buckby will attempt not only to win the league but put in place improvements to enable them to make the move to step four football if successful.
With the advent of potential playoffs, due to more Step Five winners than Step Four places, the league will end on April 28.
This means the club has a potential 30 games to fit in. They are still in the NFA Senior Cup, two matches, UCL KO Cup, maybe four more games, and also 25 league games.
The old adage is points are better than games in hand.
That is being demonstrated admirably with Peterborough Northern Star well up with their games and Kings Lynn, clear on points, and could be seven before Buckby kick another ball in a league match. Both teams are well ahead in games played.
The club is preparing to keep the momentum going with the recent signing of David Glass. They have also put in a seven-day approach for Simon Underwood at Wellingborough.
One would imagine that the management team of Glenn Botterill and Matt Green with the added support of chairman Guy Loveland will ensure the team fight to the end.
Ill discipline may be a contributory factor to any success because all players are walking a tightrope.
A total of 23 matches have been played so far this season and a player has only to get a booking once every four games, to get a one-match ban. Already Dan Quigley and Mark Hewitt are facing forthcoming suspensions.
The Bucks have been supported admirably this season with sponsorship from a diverse area of local companies.
Such is the interest in the club’s success this season that talks are also ongoing with Telecoms group Talktalk and they may also be a feature in a new Non League magazine called Football Focus.
A recent article showed that Kings Lynn this season, are reported to be on average, 81 spectators down on last season. If only Long Buckby could get 81 paying spectators.
One thing for sure, Long Buckby will battle to the end and hope that results are forthcoming for the entertaining way the team plays.