UCL: Stewart keeping his cool despite Buckby’s early season struggles

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Long Buckby boss Dan Stewart insists there is no panic at Station Road after a tough start to the season.

And he is optimistic his side can pick up their first points of the campaign when they host Sileby Rangers on Saturday.

Stewart took charge of the Bucks during the summer, overseeing a raft of changes with only a few of last season’s squad remaining.

Six consecutive league defeats have followed, but the manager is keeping his cool as his side prepare for their next UCL Premier Division outing this weekend.

“It’s gone pretty much as I expected it to so far with the fixtures we’ve had,” Stewart said. “We’ve had some tough games and the average age of our squad is only 22.

“It was always going to be hard to get results at the start of the season and we know there is plenty we can work hard on and improve.

“We’re not panicking about the results, we’re just trying to get better with every game we play. Every match is a lesson for us. The performances have not been too bad, we’ve just come up against better quality sides.”

And Stewart is staying positive ahead of the clash with a Sileby side who have won one of their four league games so far, saying: “They’ve not had the greatest start either and it’s a game we’re looking to pick some points up from.

“If we can get a positive result it can kick-start our season and it should be a good game of football. A lot of our lads know their players and that should make for a good contest.”

Despite the tricky start to the season, Stewart, who was Phil Mason’s assistant at Buckby last season, is enjoying being in the managerial hot-seat.

And he says he didn’t expect to be garnering as much pleasure from the role as he currently is.

“I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much as I have,” he said. “With not being able to play, I thought it might be difficult, but I’ve liked the coaching side of things.

“I only see positives from what we’re doing and I’m not putting any pressure on my players. They are a young bunch and I’ve told them to go out and enjoy themselves. It’s my team and they are only doing what I tell them to and hopefully we can go on and pick up some points.”