UCL: Buckby on the brink of relegation after Harborough defeat

Action from Long Buckby's 2-2 draw with Sleaford (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
Action from Long Buckby's 2-2 draw with Sleaford (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

Long Buckby are on the brink of relegation from the UCL Premier Division after picking up just one point from a possible six in their past two matches.

With just six games remaining and 18 points available to them, Buckby remain bottom of the table, and 13 points adrift of third-from-bottom Harborough Town.

Buckby travelled to Harborough on Tuesday for what was a must-win game, and lost it 2-1.

Harborough made it 10 points out of their last 12 as the latest in their annual late season bid to beat the drop gathered momentum.

Jordan Crawford put the Bees in front 18 minutes in.

Nkosi Mzungwana levelled for Buckby after 36 minutes, but the decisive goal arrived from Ben Williams four minutes before half time.

On Saturday there was more frustration for Buckby manager Richard Kay as Buckby drew 2-2 at Station Road against Sleaford - with the visitors’ equaliser coming via a stoppage time penalty.

The spot kick was converted by Greens skipper Scott Coupland and gave the visitors a vital point which inched them eight points clear off the drop zone, and kept them 17 points above Buckby.

Brad Hockin’s left footed strike after nine minutes gave Sleaford a great start, but they were pegged back by a Mzungwana reply three minutes before the interval.

Ryan Merrey’s spot kick gave Buckby the lead with 20 minutes remaining but the win proved elusive leaving them nine points adrift.

Buckby’s cause wasn’t helped with a red card for Jean Dakouri.

This Saturday, Buckby are at home to mid-table Eynesbury Rovers.

In division one, Woodford United were without a game last weekend.

They were due to travel to ON Chenecks last night (Weds), and then on Saturday they travel to Burton Park Wanderers.

Adam Knight’s men are also in action next Tuesday when they travel to champions-elect Spencer.