Eager Bucks bounce back

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LONG Buckby bounced back from the midweek mauling at Desborough with a fine win.

Manager Goodwin again introduced two new faces with Nkosi Mzungwana and Liam O’ Neill to bolster the defence.

The new arrivals allowed Mike Houghton to partner Dan Rogers up front and he did well on seven minutes when he flicked the ball just over the bar from a Gary Storer cross.

Buckby continued to press with both Rogers and Debouri having decent chances.

On 36 minutes Gary Storer collected the ball 20 yards out and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net to give the visitors a well-deserved lead.

Buckby were now well on top and the home keeper had to make a double save from Houghton and Storer to keep his team in the game.

Dan Rogers increased Buckby’s lead in the second minute of stoppage time when he latched onto a Storer through ball and drilled his shot past the exposed keeper.

The first-half still had a twist when from the resulting kick off PNS were awarded a free-kick. As the ball pinged around the box it was slammed home by Wayne Morris to reduce the arrears.

The second-half started as the first and Mike Houghton brought a good save from the home keeper after good work by Dan Mularky on the right.

Mularky was at his best in defence minutes later following a flowing PNS move he cleared the ball for a corner to avert a difficult situation.

Mike Houghton beat the keeper with a great left-foot shot that thudded against a post and rebounded to safety.

PNS started to exert pressure on the Buckby goal and Ash Malhorta produced a fine save as he tipped over a header.

Buckby tried to run the game down with a couple of substitutions. But PNS persevered and hit the post three minutes into added time and still had time to blast over an open goal on 95 minutes. The referee’s whistle was a welcome sound.

Buckby were good value for their win which should have been a bigger margin.