LONG BUCKBY: Goodwin believes future is bright at Station Road

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Scott Goodwin believes the future is bright for Long Buckby after seeing some of the club’s Under 18 side shine on Tuesday night.

Goodwin set up a friendly against Bugbrooke, which he used to give some of his fringe players some game time and throw some talented teens into action.

And the boss was impressed with what he saw despite seeing his side beaten 3-1 by the Badgers.

Goodwin feels some of the current youth crop could make their way into the first team in the coming weeks and he is excited by what the future holds.

“We put on a game against Bugbrooke on Tuesday night and, for a manager, if you just see one or two players shine it has been a worthwhile exercise,” he said.

“I saw one or two players who could make it into the first team in the coming weeks and I was really impressed.

“It was a group of players who hadn’t played together before but they came together and kept the ball well, at times better than the first team do.

“The Under 18s are a very good, well organised side and they grabbed their opportunity with both hands.”

Goodwin named a youthful side last weekend as Buckby were beaten 2-1 by Boston Town at Station Road in the UCL Premier Division.

But he will have a selection of senior players back for the trip to Blackstones this Saturday and the boss says the return of the likes of Brian Ndlovu and Mike Houghton will provide a big boost.

“We’ve got a few players back and it will be a massive help in the structure we’ve got,” said Goodwin.

“It will be good to get players back because Blackstones is always an awkward place to go.”