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Visitors South Shields ran out 2-0 winners at the Tarmac Silverlands on Saturday, March 16th, leaving hard-working Buxton frustrated at the missed chances and without reward.

The home side almost got off to a flyer after only three minutes when Diego De Girolamo, playing his 200th game for the Bucks, split the opposition defence but his low drive hit one post, bounced off the other, yet stayed out of goal. Diego had several more opportunities and it was a resolute, front-foot performance, with Tommy Elliott playing an always-positive role. The chances were there, particularly in the first half, but the Mariners' goalkeeper was given too easy an afternoon, as shots whistled past him, but also past the woodwork.

Striker Paul Blackett's 34th minute opener was against the run of play and he was to make sure of the points with a second goal in the 83rd minute, a breakaway as the home side pushed forward to try for an equaliser.

Buxton's task had been made significantly harder when midfield general Jak McCourt was sent off early in the second half and he will miss the next three games. They kept pressing, nevertheless, but it was not to be their day, despite a series of impressive individual performances. Full Match Report HERE

Team manager Craig Elliott said they played well, without being decisive where it mattered, in front of goal. "We limited them to little in the first half, while we were creating openings. It was a good start again after the break, but games are won and lost in both boxes and it is disappointing to lose. Even with 10-men we had spells of domination against the best possession side in this league and I can take heart that we played well for much of the time. It will be tough away at Blyth midweek and we will doing our best to make up for today's loss."

The Bucks are at Blyth Spartans on Tuesday, kick-off 3pm, then Southport on Saturday, 3pm.


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