AFC Dunstable lost 1-0 at Creasey Park on Saturday and then found out they have lost their star forward to their rivals.
BJ Christie, the former Aylesbury forward, played in the 1-0 defeat to Harefield in the South Midlands Premier Division and then announced he was joining Dunstable Town, the league leaders.
“It was such a good financial offer that it wasn’t fair of us to stand in his way,” said Butler. “Dunstable Town have got plenty of money and we simply can’t compete with them.”
Dunstable’s financial muscle was also demonstrated by the fact they asked Luton about signing Adam Watkins on loan.
“All due respect to Dunstable Town but he does not need any more speculation right now,” said Luton boss Buckle.
AFC will miss Christie, who scored 126 goals in three-and-a-half seasons, as they failed to even score with him on Saturday.
As early as the second minute on Saturday, AFC had a glorious chance when they were awarded a penalty but the normally reliant Gareth Harnaman blasted the kick high over the bar.
It was an injury to Harnaman that led to the vistitors taking the lead, the forward receiving treatment off the pitch and leaving AFC a man down when a long ball from the Harefield keeper was flicked on to set up the only goal.
AFC had a number of chances to equalise in the second half but manager Alex Butler was furious with his wasteful forwards. “We could have carried on playing all night and still not scored,” he said.