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Updated: Apr 14, 2023

Connor Kirby with his 7th goal of the season against Boston on Easter Monday.

Buxton beat Easter Monday visitors Boston United 1-0 amidst sometimes atrocious weather. The win lifts the Bucks to ninth place in the Vanarama National League North, within three points of a play-off place.

The only goal of an entertaining, end-to-end game in front of a crowd of 1,005 came in the 76th minute, Connor Kirby pushing home a Diego De Girolamo pass from close range.

Having gone behind in the first minute at Kidderminster on Good Friday the Bucks went agonisingly close to a start-of-match goal of their own, a delightful lob by Sam Osborne, and quick-fire attempts by Max Conway and Diego followed. It was anything but one-sided, however, with Josh Granite marshalling the home defence in the face of waves of attacks and goalkeeper Theo Richardson needing to be at his best.

This was only the second time the Bucks have beaten Boston in 28 league and cup encounters. For team manager Craig Elliott it must have been particularly sweet, as he was the Pilgrims’ boss for more than four years. Match Report HERE

Craig said: “After Friday’s disappointment this was a good comeback, showing lots of character. There was some good football on display from fine players in difficult weather conditions. We never thought we’d be challenging for the play-offs, but we’ve got a chance of getting in there. These lads have been brilliant and the fans are unbelievable. The supporters helped get us over the line in a difficult last 10 minutes against Boston.

“There are just three league games and a cup final left, fingers crossed we will end the season in positive fashion.”

The Bucks travel to fourth-placed Scarborough Athletic on Saturday, with fifth-top Brackley Town next at home, on Saturday April 22nd, kick-off 3pm. In between, the Cawarden Derbyshire Senior Cup final will be at Pride Park against Derby County’s Academy on Wednesday 19th, kick-off 7.45pm.


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