Chromasport United Counties League
Published 2nd May 2012
...paid tribute to champions Long Buckby after seeing his side pipped to the title for the second successive season.
Lynn’s incredible points tally of 106 points – their second century return in the UCL - wasn’t good enough with Long Buckby’s final day victory over Blackstones giving them a total of 108.
The Walks outfit will now have to wait and see who else gains promotion from Step 5 of the non-League Pyramid before seeing if they can go up through the back door as the best-placed runners-up.
Setchell said: “Long Buckby got 108 points and I will be the first one to ring their manager Glenn Botterill up and congratulate him.
“I take my hat off to them. It’s been a hard-fought battle and unfortunately we’ve come out on the wrong side.
“We’ve got 106 points – three more than last season – and I’m sure we’d have taken that at the start of the campaign. We can feel sorry for ourselves but Buckby had a fantastic season and there’s nothing we can do about it.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up, hopefully gain promotion and try to win the league cup.”
On the possibility of going up through default, with the Northern League looking the best chance of offering Lynn a route to the next level, Setchell said: “It’s unfortunate that we haven’t won the league.
“It’s now out of our hands whether we can promotion or not. If we do, we’ll be delighted with that after getting 200-odd points out of a possible 240 in the last two seasons.”