Never giving up, Buxton came from behind to lift the Cawarden Derbyshire Senior Cup in the Pride Park final against Derby County Under-21s, with goals in the 89th and 95th minute to win 2-1 (Wednesday April 19th).
Buxton took time to settle in the impressive Pride Park surroundings against County's full-time youngsters and fell behind in the 35th minute to Kido Taylor-Hart goal. They grew into the game, however, and after the break were playing the kind of front-running, accurate passing football that has marked recent performances, making it a thrilling game.
Although the Bucks had several clear chances it took until the closing stages to pierce the home defence, underpinned by inspired goalkeeper Harry Evans, with close-in strikes by ex-Sheffield United striker Diego De Girolamo and former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Connor Kirby sealing victory and making Buxton the Derbyshire champions. Full Match Report HERE
A delighted team manager Craig Elliott said: "We found a way to win and that's what good players and teams do. Opponents Derby were terrific and will be disappointed. They tired late on, though, and we were able to take advantage. It's all about putting the ball into the back of the net and we did that by pushing right up to the end.
"Saturday against Brackley will be another kind of cup final, a massive game for us. We've got a few bumps and bruises but we'll be ready. Hopefully, we'll have big crowd support to shout us on."
Brackley, fourth-placed in the Vanarama National League North, are visitors to the Tarmac Silverlands on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. The Bucks need to win in order to maintain the challenge to reach the league play-offs in their first season at this level. Tickets for the Brackley match can be obtained HERE or Cash/Card at the Gate.