FOUR matches in eight days would be a team selection balancing act, and so it proved for Easter Monday’s derby.
Having scored four goals on Saturday against Sleaford, manager Glenn Botterill once again tinkered with his Buckby squad, including keeper Andy Fox from the reserves, to cover the absent Darren Watts.
Daventry meanwhile included Buckby’s all-time appearance maker Jon Crockett in their line up and United have also brought in Chris Trill and Joe Taplin for the remainder of the season due to centre half Marcel Simpson stepping up to sign for Daventry Town and Tommy Waldock transferring to Cogenhoe.
Buckby started brightly and immediately caused problems with a couple of early corners. But on eight minutes, United shocked Buckby when Jamie Gould hit a free kick into the top left hand corner.
Buckby piled on the pressure and were rewarded on 14 minutes when, following a good right wing cross, Michael Byrne passed the ball into the net for the equaliser.
Buckby continued to pressure but United’s threat was apparent when, following a long throw, Jonathan Crockett headed just over.
Michael Byrne and Rob Foster combined well but the alert defence and Anthony O’Connor in goal kept the score as it was.
Despite dominating, the hosts were shocked again on 45 minutes when Gould took advantage of a break on the left to drive the ball low into the corner of the net.
Russell Dunkley was introduced for Byrne at half time and his impact was immediate as he laid the ball back to Dan Quigley who bought a great save from the keeper.
Gould then hit the angle of post and bar from a free kick, and the introduction of Fazel Koriya for Greg Ling had an immediate impact when his cross was headed back across goal and David Glass was fouled in the area. However, Quigley’s spot kick was brilliantly saved by keeper O’Connor.
O’Connor was in outstanding form and along with his defence stood firm as time and again Buckby piled forward. He made saves from Bunting and Dunckley from close range and a tremendous block with his feet.
David Glass was foiled when one-on-one and even when Richard Bunting did beat the keeper, the post came to United’s rescue.
All looked lost for Buckby until the third minute of stoppage time when Tom O’ Brien poked the ball over the from what looked an offside position.
The hosts will definitely see it as two points dropped and were due to play Peterborough Northern Star last night before the visit of league leaders Kings Lynn on Saturday.