It has been a fantastic pre-season campaign for the Bucks! Two victories against Conference North sides this week have meant 9 victories and one draw in the 10 friendlies with the fitness of the squad being a major plus factor.
On Tuesday Chorley were the visitors and Buxton got off to a great start with Reece Styche netting from the spot in just the 3rd minute. There were chances aplenty in a high-quality first half with the visitors levelling through Elliott Newby from distance. The victory was wrapped up late on with goals from Diego De Girolamo and Warren Clarke.
Yesterday we welcomed Chester to the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium and James Hurst gave the Bucks an interval lead. Manger Gary Heywood made six changes at half time, in preparation for next Saturday’s first league match, and Chester soon levelled through Waring in the 47th minute. Seven minutes later Reece Styche was fouled in the area and he picked himself up to net the resulting penalty. Danny Elliott equalised once more for the visitors before Styche’s deflected shot with 7 minutes to go won the match for Buxton. There was a first outing for the Bucks for former Barrow captain Josh Granite and with all the squad showing well there is a selection headache of the right kind for the Buxton management before next Saturday.
The draw for the first qualifying round of the FA Cup will be made on Monday, news on social media outlets. That game is due to be played on Tuesday 22nd of September which follows the visit of Radcliffe to the Silverlands next Saturday for a first league encounter in some 47 years. Kick-off is 3pm with payment at the turnstiles.
It has also been a busy week for the Buxton junior sides with advancement in the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night and a first defeat for the newly-formed reserve side in the Staffordshire League yesterday. Goals from Campbell, Dillingham, Catt and Bayes earned the academy side a 4-2 victory over Ashton Town in the Youth Cup and they now entertain the City of Liverpool academy in the next round. This match is due to be played in the week commencing the 21st of September. The reserve side lost 1-0 at Silverdale Athletic yesterday but can bounce back with a home game this Tuesday at 7-30 against Redgate Clayton. Supporters are welcome to the reserve matches with just a £2 admission charge.