Saturday 23rd March 2019
Clean Slate Reserves v Buckingham United
North Bucks League Intermediate Division
Downs Barn Pavillion
Buckingham United travel across to Clean Slate reserves on Saturday looking for the three points to put pressure on the top three places in the North Bucks & District Football League Intermediate Division but having played more games than all three of those sides they must win their remaining four league games and hope those above slip up. The Lace Hill outfits chances of finishing in those upper echelons of the division have been shattered in the last two weeks, after two successive home defeats to Wing Village & AFC Santander shipping nine goals in the process, but they now face the opportunity to get off that horrible run as they travel to the leagues bottom side who have lost fifteen of their sixteen league games this season, at home they haven’t mustered a single point scoring just eight goals in seven games in return for conceding forty-nine! In their sixteen league games they have leaked one hundred and one goals, including the ten that Buckingham put past them back in October, surely United will be looking to increase that on Saturday?
This week Sports Shots caught up with Buckingham midfielder Craig Rumble to ask when he joined the club, how it all came about and how he’s enjoyed it since:
I joined the club a few games into last season after stepping down as Padbury manager the season before, I wanted to push myself again with a competitive team. A few old team mates were at the club and I just got chatting with Deano (O’Connor) and it seemed the right fit, it has been like a breath of fresh air fitting in as they are certainly moving in the right direction and with a great bunch of lads throughout
How good a season does he feel he has had so far?
My season couldn’t have started off better, I was fit, playing really well and most of all we were winning games. Since then it has been a bit hit and miss personally with injuries and selection but I feel whenever and whichever team I have played for I have never failed to give less than one hundred percent and backed it up with some solid performances
How good does Craig feel the squad is at Buckingham?
The squad has always been strong; it is just a shame we have struggled every week to have a consistent squad and it just doesn’t keep the fluidity and progression required to challenge like we certainly should be. I am not one for sounding out individuals, all I will say is when we work hard as a team the results should and will be there. Lewis Parkin is always a massive miss when unavailable, I couldn’t not mention him
What is Craig favoured position & formation in the side?
My favoured position would be holding midfield but I honestly am a team player and happy with the Gaffa’s choice either way. Our best formation with the right personnel for me is three-five-two with me in holding midfield, this proved to work well at the start of the season. The inconsistent squad has hampered us on numerous occasions
Three successive defeats for the side recently, how were the games against Potterspury, Santander & Wing?
It’s just been disappointing and I will sound out to the lads that we are better than this and we put it right as a team, starting this weekend. The Potterspury game wasn’t a bad performance we just lost to the better & more clinical team, Santander for me was one of the worse team performances I have seen, a lack of grit and determination which is always disappointing, I was injured last week but watched and it was anyone’s game. I believe our squad was made up of more reserves through late omissions which shows a lack of commitment to the cause, the guys who stepped up though more than held their own, so thanks for that
Is this week’s game at Clean Slate reserves the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways?
We won’t take the opposition lightly as I am sure we have learned from a few this season that we should have won. It is about putting it right as a team and building for next season with hopefully a strong finish by all
What are the targets for now to the end of the season?
As afore mentioned it is all about finishing on a high and building for next year, with our squad and depth throughout the club we should & will push to win both leagues next year
Finally, we asked Craig if he could nominate any team mate to go on any TV programme who and what would he choose?
Tough one to think of, maybe Jason (Wilson) and TOWIE, as his all year round tan and pearly whites wouldn’t put him out of place!!
Sports Shots would like to thank Craig for his time this week