A LATE Newport Pagnell goal may prove costly for Long Buckby as they battle on in their bid to secure a top place finish in the Premier League.
The 3-2 defeat against Newport Pagnell saw the Station Road outfit drop valuable points as the league enters an important phase of the season.
Daren Dykes got the Swans off to a fortunate start with a goal in the 28th minute from a disputed penalty decision.
Their joy was doubled five minutes later when Richard Armstrong found the back of the net for his side’s second.
But Long Buckby refused to give up the fight and Richard Bunting reduced the deficit seven minutes before the interval.
He scored his goal after a good move which began with Dan Holman. Holman played the ball to Andy Gordon who picked out Bunting and he made no mistake with his finish.
He added his second just past the hour when he equalised from the penalty spot.
Buckby were delivered another blow when Dan Quigley was sent off with a straight red with 20 minutes of the match still to play.
But Buckby continued to give their all to the delight of manager Glenn Botterill.
“To be fair we did really well and I couldn’t have asked any more from them.”
But despite a valiant rally from the home side the points were snatched from their grasp when Dykes bagged a late winner in the final minutes of the game
Botterill added: “We didn’t have the run of the green but hopefully we will bounce back at Wellingborough on Saturday.”
Botterill hinted that he might need to added more players to his squad with the tough months ahead with games against St Neots and Boston and also FA Vase encounters.