All change at Buckby as assistant managers leave club

ALL CHANGE - Joe Smyth (left) and Dave Williams (right) are no longer assistant managers to Long Buckby boss Scott Goodwin (centre)
ALL CHANGE - Joe Smyth (left) and Dave Williams (right) are no longer assistant managers to Long Buckby boss Scott Goodwin (centre)

Long Buckby boss Scott Goodwin says he needs coaches who are 100 per cent committed - after dispensing of the services of his two assistants.

Dave Williams and Joe Smyth have left the club as Goodwin seeks to freshen up the Station Road management team.

He has already moved to make Mike Houghton player-assistant, with the striker having shown his dedication to the cause this season.

And Goodwin now wants everyone to pull together to help Buckby improve their current UCL Premier Division position of 14th.

“There are going to be 101 rumours going around that there’s been an argument but there hasn’t,” said Goodwin.

“I need people who are 100 per cent committed to the club and they have to be here every Tuesday and Thursday (for training).

“If they’re not, it’s only a matter of time before players turn round and say, ‘if the management don’t turn up, why should we?’.

It’s something I’ve thought about for the past couple of weeks.”

Meanwhile, Goodwin believes Huntingdon Town will be ‘very awkward’ opponents for Buckby this weekend.

The Bucks go into the game on the back of a 3-3 draw with Cogenhoe United on Tuesday night, which saw talented teen Lewis Entwhistle strike twice and Gary Stohrer grab a single.

Goodwin’s men had been 2-0 up and 3-2 up at Station Road, but were forced to settle for a point as Cooks hitman Karl Bates completed his hat-trick.

Buckby will hope to build on that result on Saturday, against a Huntingdon side currently sitting 10th in the UCL Premier Division.

But Goodwin said: “They’re a good side, a big team. They do like to play football and they are very awkward.

“When they do win, they win well. They’ve already beaten the likes of St Ives and Wellingborough Town this season.

“If they’re on their game they can be a danger so we’ve got to make sure we stop them from playing.

“We’ll go there with a positive attitude and our hunger for it should be massive.

“My lads will get the ball down and play anywhere, and it’s a big test for them.”