Town pick up valuable point in fiery clash

Tempers flared at the Sleaford Town versus Long Buckby game EMN-150323-133213001
Tempers flared at the Sleaford Town versus Long Buckby game EMN-150323-133213001

Tempers were at times fraught when Sleaford Town visited bottom markers Long Buckby on Saturday in their battle to avoid relegation from the United Counties League Premier Division.

The game began well, with Brad Hockin firing Town into the lead after nine minutes. Long Buckby drew level three minutes before half time through Nkosi Mzungwana.

The home side then went ahead in the 70th minute from a penalty, converted by Ryan Merrey, before Sleaford snatched a point in added time when Scott Coupland scored from the penalty spot

Long Buckby were reduced to 10 men mid-way through the second half when Jean Dakouri was shown a red card.

Although Town will have been disappointed not to pick up all three points, the point may yet prove crucial, especially as last Wednesday evening Sleaford secured an important 1-0 win at Holbeach.

That was club chairman Brian Rowland’s second game in charge following the departure of interim manager Terry Fleming, and Sleaford put in a gutsy performance to hold their hosts, who are fifth in the table. With 15 minutes to go, Scott Coupland scored the only goal of the game to clinch the win.

Rowland said: “I’m pleased with four points out of six. The win at Holbeach was a particularly good result.”

This Saturday, Town have the long journey to mid-table Newport Pagnell (KO 3pm).