Spirited Robins unable to halt Peterborough’s charge

Joel McCormick
Joel McCormick

A spirited performance was not enough for Buckingham to prevent leaders Peterborough Sports from making it 20 wins from 20 this season.

The runaway league leaders didn’t have things all their own way in Saturday’s UCL Division One clash against Town but ultimately they had enough to run out 3-1 winners which continues their relentless charge towards the league title.

Buckingham, meanwhile, remain down in 17th.

A tight first half ended with Peterborough going into the break with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Jordan Macleod and the league’s top goalscorer Avelino Vierra as Ash Farmer and Joel McCormick both spurned chances for Buckingham in a tight affair.

McCormick made amends with a goal in the second half, though, as the Robins threatened to upset Peterborough but Vierra’s 35th goal of the season deep into injury time secured the points after the home side had missed several chances to equalise.

A dejected Buckingham manager Chris Robson said afterwards: “I am absolutely gutted we didn’t take anything from the game.

“Peterborough are beating everyone in sight and I felt we matched them, but it is the same story again with us.

“We spoke at length before the game about the threat they pose out wide and with their striking players. We spoke about doubling up on their wingers when defending and we did it for the majority of the game, but there were three times when we didn’t do it and they scored three goals which is so frustrating for me.

“Against teams as good as Sports you cannot afford to switch off or become lazy as you will get punished.

“For us we need to take the positives of which there were a lot and move on.

“I felt we created chances, and at times had arguably the best side at our level of football in the whole country worried.

“Since Tariq (Kotey) has come back from injury we look a real threat going forward and the past two games he has been unplayable.

“Joel also has done well and scored again and those two link up well and it is pleasing to see us looking a threat again going forward. I also felt our work-rate was superb in difficult conditions, so overall we played well and need to try and take some confidence from the game and start winning.

“I know the situation we are in isn’t pretty, but I am fully confident in my boys to turn it around in the second half of the season.

“We need to cut out silly individual mistakes and work on a few things regarding our defensive shape on the training field and we will be OK. I am fully confident in that.”

Buckingham are at Thrapston this weekend when they will be hoping to end a five-game winless run which stretches back to November.