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Buxton came away from Blyth Spartans empty handed on Tuesday March 19th, always playing catch-up after the home side, 3-2 winners, pulled ahead with a well-worked goal on the half hour and went on to show determination to continue to pull away from relegation danger. They move up to 15th in the Vanarama National League North table, one place and five points behind Buxton.

Luke Shiels scored a fine header for the Bucks on the stroke of half-time. Then, unusual defensive indecision allowed the hosts to score twice, both soft goals, and the catch-up looked unlikely. Although well below their best, the Bucks piled on pressure late in the game and Connor Kirby scored from the spot in stoppage time, but that did no more than add respectability to the final score. Report HERE

Team manager Craig Elliot was unhappy with what he saw and said: "We were poor from start to finish and the performance was nowhere near what I expect.

"We didn't settle down although Luke's goal gave us a lifeline. We had good chances late on but there can be no complaints.

"We need to respond in a professional manner and move back up the table. There is no point in moaning and roll on Saturday when we go to useful side Southport. It is a chance to redeem ourselves."

Saturday's game at Southport kicks off at 3pm and the next home game will be against Chester on Good Friday, also a 3pm start.


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