Buxton, unchanged from the strong New Year's Day performance against Alfreton Town, took the lead at Curzon Ashton (Saturday January 7th), were still ahead at half-time, but fell to two quickfire goals in the second-half and saw the game – and points – slip away. The hosts halted their recent dismal run of form to win 2-1 and leapfrog the Bucks in the National League North table.
With a 19th minute goal from Scott Boden, the Bucks looked comfortably in control, but Curzon Ashton grew into the game, were getting on top by the break and tightened their grip with the 53rd minute equaliser and a second straight after, both by striker Josh Hancock.
The consolation for the Bucks is that during the New Year's Day encounter against Alfreton and for the first half-hour at Curzon Ashton they showed they can play fast, attractive football, dominating the opposition. Next up are two home games, demanding more of their best, in order to build up league points. Full Report HERE
Team manager Craig Elliott was disappointed with the drift away from dominance on Saturday, describing his team as being outrun in the second half.
"I thought we created early opportunities and were in control. Somehow, we took our foot off the gas and Curzon Ashton stepped up to take full advantage. I've no complaints about the score and can see where we need to improve to put things right."
Leading up to Saturday's game, Bolton Wanderers agreed to extend Max Conway's loan for another month, while Jason Gilchrist and Jack McKay moved on to Ashton United. "I wish Jason and Jack all the best, they served the club well," said the manager,
The Chorley home game is on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm, then AFC Telford Town are the visitors on Saturday, 3pm.