LONG Buckby returned from Alfred Street with the points after a contest, in all reality, that didn’t bear any resemblance to the final score.
As early as the third minute John Debouri played a ball into the box for Nkosi Mzungwana to give the visitors the perfect start.
Dan Rogers then brought a good save from the keeper and the matach was only in the fifth minute.
On nine minutes the hosts burst into life and, following a good save by Ash Malhorta, Dan Turiccki hit an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net to level the scores.
On 18 minutes Dan Mullarky was going down the right and following a low cross was on hand as the ball returned into the box to restore the Buckby lead.
Two minutes later the lead was increased when Nkosi Mzungwana latched onto a through ball and beat the keeper with some ease.
On 23 minutes Dan Rogers went round the keeper, and still did not score as his shot was wide of the target.
There were plenty of opportunities to increase the lead as Mike Houghton and Gary Storher both went close with chances, as the first half came to a close.
The second-half started as the first had finished. Following a good move by Jean Debouri he found himself clear but was unable to keep his composure to increase the lead.
The visitors continued to control the game.
Buckby also had a decent appeal for penalties after fouls on Dan Mullarky and Dan Rogers went unrewarded.
As the match progressed, Buckby did not increase their lead and as expected Irchester produced a grandstand finish.
Lee Nash, on as a substitute, rifled in a superb volley on 90 minutes to set up a tense finale.
After five minutes of added time the referee’s whistle finally came as a relief, when in all honesty with all the chances squandered in the second half, Buckby could have had double figures.